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Nominations close May 15 for new NJ races

on 05/09/2017 2:00 AM
The SBOANJ has revamped their stakes program for foals of 2016. In an effort to attract more eligible horses and create competitive races, the SBOANJ sponsored stakes program has developed three new races. All nominations for these events are due May 15. The New Jersey Garden State Trot for 2- and 3-year-olds will replace the Dancer and Smith trots once these events have ended. The 2-year-old ...
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Cal Expo finishes meet with increases

on 05/09/2017 2:00 AM
Despite one of the wettest winters on record in Northern California, final figures from the Watch and Wager LLC harness meet at Cal Expo that concluded last Saturday were positive. Average nightly handle was $809,724, representing a 5.4 percent increase over last season. Nightly on-track handle rose 2.5 percent and in-state brick and mortar numbers showed a major turnaround with a 14 percen...
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Bessie best in Meadows Preferred Trot

on 05/09/2017 2:00 AM
Bessie sat patiently through three-quarters before tackling the leader, Goodtogo Hanover, and nailing her in the stretch to capture Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Goodtogo Hanover enjoyed a comfortable :58 opening half, which discouraged any early challenges. But when Tony Hall tipped Bessie off the cones, the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-C...
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Hostess Lisa posts 32nd win in Harrington Open

on 05/09/2017 2:00 AM
Brian Malone's Hostess Lisa ($3.60, Tony Morgan) notched her 32nd career win Tuesday  with a 1:52.4 win in the featured $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway.  Longshot Matinee Dragon made the early lead and led the field to the half-mile under heavy pressure from Westsluckycam to a half-mile in 56.1 and 1:24.4. Hostess Lisa soon shook loose from the pocket and cleared a tiring...
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Italian-bred Tuonoblu Rex now 2-for-2 in U.S.

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
Tuonoblu Rex, a son of Credit Winner recently come to the U.S. from Europe, is finding life on this side of the Atlantic very enjoyable.   The Italian-bred 5 year old made the lead past the quarter in the $20,000 Sunday trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then rolled right along en route to a 5 1/2-length win in 1:53.1, a clocking even more impressive considering a ...
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Fritzie Pic Up Man ekes out Pompano victory

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
In a classic fight to the finish, Fritzie Pic Up Man, driven by Wally Hennessey, eked out a photo finish victory over a very game Arsenal, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night.   The official margin of victory was a head at the end of the 1:50.3 mile with Goldstar Raider and Kevin Wallis teaming up for third, five lengths ...
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Anthony Abbatiello honored in New Jersey

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
Harness Racing Hall of Famer Anthony T. Abbatiello was honored Saturday by the Monmouth Park Charity Fund at its 14th annual Kentucky Derby Day Celebration at the racetrack in Oceanport, N.J.   Abbatiello was among four honorees and the only horseperson recognized by the charity, which has raised and distributed funds for more than 70 years to non-profit agencies in Monmouth County that p...
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Meadowlands stakes payments due May 15

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
Horsemen are reminded of important stakes payments due (postmarked by) May 15 for Meadowlands Racetrack.   Eligibility for the 2019 Meadowlands Pace requires a $50 payment on foals of 2016 (yearlings) due by May 15.   The last sustaining payment for many of the Meadowlands' Grand Circuit 2017 stakes is also due on that date.   Any questions should be directed t...
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North America Cup eligibles qualify at Mohawk

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
With the Pepsi North America Cup 40 days away, 11 eligible 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings made a stop by Mohawk Racetrack to qualify on Monday morning.   The Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses competed over the course of three different qualifying races on Monday. The qualifiers were raced under sunny skies, but a stiff wind and 'Good' racing surface still recovering from...
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Trace Tetrick reaches 4,000 win milestone

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
Trace Tetrick drove his 4,000th career winner last Friday night, May 5, at Hoosier Park. Tetrick's milestone score came with the Ron Burke-trained 3-year-old gelding pacer Luvnmysharkaway, who won by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:54 as the 3-5 betting favorite. Tetrick, 30, is the brother of driver Tim Tetrick. His parents are Tom D. and Mary Alice Tetrick, who have had success racing horses in the Mid...
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Lady Shadow equals Miami Valley track mark

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
Defending Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winning Older Mare Pacer Lady Shadow began her 2017 campaign in the same fashion that she ended her 2016 season. The 6-year-old daughter of Shadow Play scored a wire-to-wire victory in the $100,000 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble III Memorial at Miami Valley Gaming in 1:50.3, equaling the track record for older pacing mares on Monday afternoon (May 8). Leaving ...
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Wakizashi Hanover scores at Harrington

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover ($10.80, Allan Davis) won his Harrington Raceway debut Monday with a 1:53.3 win in the $15,000 featured Open pace. The 5-year-old Dragon Again gelding notched his first win of the year for trainer Jim King Jr. The complexion of the race changed when heavily favored (1-5) Poisonous went off stride while on the lead near three-quart...
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Escape The News wins Plainridge feature

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
Escape The News took full advantage of a garden-spot trip to surge late and snatch a win in the $10,000 pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (May 8). It was a tale of two races and the Jekyll/Hyde appearance was quite evident. The short field left the gate and settled in post-position order. Jackson’s Image (Jim Hardy) was content to set the pace and did his best to put h...
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Sea Rose rallies up pylons to win by head

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of high-level claiming handicap events going for $14,000 were the twin features at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday evening.   First to go forward was a group of pacing mares, with the Dragon Again mare Sea Rose calmly sitting a pocket trip while action exploded all around her (26.3, 54.3, 1:23.4), then rallying up the Pocono Pike to post a head decision in 1:53.2. Grac...
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Resolve wins Cutler; Elitlopp invite accepted

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
Showing no rust after a six-month layoff, Resolve went parked for the final half-mile on the way to a determined win in the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. "He raced well," understated trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "He was a little bit lazy but he was strong." Indeed. Resolve ($3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite), who won four of 13 a ye...
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Barimah A wins Van Rose Invitational

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
In a race where the field of eight had collectively earned more than $8 million, and five had bankrolled more than a million dollars each, it was Barimah A, with less than $200,000 on his card, coming off of fireball fractions to take the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, the evening feature on a doubleheader Kentucky Derby Day of racing. There h...
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Great Vintage, Taco Tuesday take Yonkers features

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of down-the-roaders -- Great Vintage (Dan Dube, $4) and Taco Tuesday (Jason Bartlett, $6.40)-- were the Saturday night standouts, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $55,000 co-features.  Great Vintage started inside his rivals in the blind-draw Open Pace, then took it the distance (:27.2, 56.4, 1:24.4, 1:52), though not without an elongated scrum with Blood Brother (Bartlett). ...
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Night Pro captures Miami Valley Open

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
The 18th and final weekly $20,000 Open I Pace shared the spotlight with seven divisions of first leg Buckeye Stallion Series action for sophomore pacers and trotters on the Saturday program at Miami Valley Raceway. It took Night Pro (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) two tries to get his first win at Miami Valley, but owner-trainer Dale Decker’s pride and joy did it in style, topping trainer Dan Ater sta...
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Tioga, Vernon meets get underway

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
 The first race of the Tioga Downs 2017 season on Saturday was the $12,000 Open Trot. The front running favorite Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would lead the field all the way until deep stretch. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart Jr.) followed the leader in the pocket the whole way. Taggart would then pop out of the pocket with the 6-year-old Federal Flex gelding in mid-stretch....
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Charmed Life upsets Hannelore at Miami Valley

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
Charmed Life spoiled the coming-out party for defending Dan Patch Older Mare Trotter of the Year, Hannelore Hanover, with a half-length, 1:53.2 win in the $86,400 Miami Valley Distaff Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. Leaving from post seven, Charmed Life and driver Chris Page took back to sixth off the gate as Barn Girl went to the lead from post six. After the quarter-mile ma...
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