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Gallant Seelster wires field in Buffalo open

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
Gallant Seelster ($5.30) is finding the rail at Buffalo Raceway to be in his comfort zone. For the second time in three weeks, Gallant Seelster went gate-to-wire from the pylons and won the $10,000 Open Pace with a seasonal best 1:53.2 on Saturday night (April 28). Drawing the rail in the field of six, Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) took off from the start and posted splits ...
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Sintra wows in 4-year-old debut at Mohawk

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
It generally takes time for a four-year-old to step up and beat top overnight horses, but that was not the case Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Four-year-old gelding Sintra won Saturday's $27,000 feature event with a large 1:50.4 performance for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. The former Ontario Sires Stakes star was making his four-year-old debut and first start since t...
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Top pacers in action Saturday at Meadowlands

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
Several more stakes stars of last season will make their return to the races on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. With the first of three Graduate Series pacing legs set for May 6, Boston Red Rocks, Check Six and Western Fame gather in the evening's eighth race to get their 4-year-old seasons underway with an eye on that target.   Boston Red Rocks was the top freshman of the 2015 class a...
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HHBNYS issues statement on NYSS changes

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
On Friday afternoon, the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State issued the following statement, regarding the approved change made on Thursday by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund that moves the administration and promotion of the New York Sires Stakes program to Capitol Hill Management Services.   To Industry Members, From Harness Horse Breede...
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Lady Shadow romps by 23 in Mohawk qualifier

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack hosted 14 qualifying races on Friday morning under clear and sunny skies with stars out...on the racetrack.   O'Brien Award winner Lady Shadow was out for second qualifier of the season in the Friday morning opener. With James MacDonald again at the controls, Lady Shadow accelerated away from post 6 and was never challenged. After fractions of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:25....
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Safe From Terror wins at Miami Valley

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
Safe From Terror (Dan Noble) returned to her customary winning ways on Friday night (April 28) in the $20,000 Mares Open I Handicap at Miami  Valley Raceway.  It was the 18th win in 2016-17 and 30th of her career, boosting her lifetime bankroll to $715,207. The 5-year-old Western Terror lass worked hard to get the front end during a :27.3 initial quarter, then cruised ...
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Freeze Out wins Yonkers 55G distaff derby

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
  Freeze Out (Jordan Stratton, $8.90) was first-up and first home Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from post position No. 2, Free Out saw Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) leaving around 9-10 choice Windsun Glory (George Brennan), the latter shoehorning herself into a pocket. Call Me Queen Be set early intervals of ...
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Wind Of The North wins in Harrington debut

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($2.20, Victor Kirby) had a successful Harrington Raceway debut with a 1:55.4 win in the featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday.   The winner of more than $730,000 lifetime and 25 races scored impressively from post position five for trainer Jenny Bier. Five Towns (14-to-1) was sent for the early lead from post three and marched through...
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Tami Smith, mother of driver Jeremy Smith, dies

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
Tami Sue Smith, of Washington Court House, Ohio, the mother of Ohio harness driver Jeremy Smith, died on Tuesday, April 25. She was 58.   She was born on July 28, 1958, in Fayette County to the late William and Barbara Stookey Redman. She was a 1976 graduate of Miami Trace High School and also attended Southern State Community College. She was most recently employed by Tig...
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Top trotting mare Allerage Star retired

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
Top homebred trotting mare Allerage Star has been retired due to a fractured pelvis. Allerage Star, a 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall out of the mare Starry Eyed (Muscles Yankee), owned by Jeff Gural's Little E LLC, David Stolz, Arthur Geiger and Jason Settlemoir, earned more than $415,000 in 62 career starts. The "quick footed" mare won 17 of those 62 starts, while finishing first...
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Big weekend on tap at Big M

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has an intriguing and eventful weekend on the horizon, hosting 11 races on both Friday and Saturday evenings with stakes types beginning to populate the card and the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Challenge final on Saturday.   Friday's offering has a pair of features with a stout group of eight pacing mares set to go in the sixth race and an octet of trotters, s...
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3YO filly pacers set to kick off Ohio Sires Stakes

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
Seven, $40,000 divisions of 3-year-old fillies vie in the first leg of the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. Post time is 2:05 p.m., EDT.   Four divisions (races 4,8,10 & 12) of pacing fillies and three contests (races 2,6, & 9) for trotting fillies will be held on the matinee card; featuring returning OSS 2016 Champions Let's Get Star...
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Brower rejoins, Prewitt added to Big M TV team

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
The award-winning Meadowlands Racetrack television broadcast will have a decidedly different look when the Championship Meet begins on May 5.   Former Meadowlands handicapper and television host Dave Brower is rejoining the Big M television team after six years away. Brower grew up five minutes from the Meadowlands in nearby Passaic. He previously served as the track's morning line oddsma...
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Burton looks for "ride of a lifetime" with Ei Ei O

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
Brian Burton has no idea what to expect in the weeks ahead, but he is looking forward to finding out.   Burton is the driver of Ei Ei O, another pacing-sired trotter from the stable of breeder/owner/trainer Richard Hans. The lightly raced 3-year-old is eligible to this year's Hambletonian Stakes, but will first have to prove himself on the Grand Circuit stage.   His first...
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NYSS administration change meets disapproval

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund on Thursday approved a change in the administration of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) program. After being the administrative arm of the NYSS program since its inception in 1967, the Harness Horse Breeders of New York (HHBNY) is being replaced by the Albany-based lobbying firm Capitol Hill Management Services Inc. Joh...
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New VP of marketing and sales at Meadowlands

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is proud to announce the appointment of Andrea Lokshin to the position of vice president of marketing and sales. Ms. Lokshin began her role on April 25.   Ms. Lokshin comes to the Meadowlands with more than 25 years of experience in the retail, consumer products, spirits and automotive industries. Ms. Lokshin has had extensive experience in mar...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
The older mare pacing division should be tough and competitive this year, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Nancy Johansson talked to Gordon Waterstone about her 4-year-old Darlinonthebeach, who makes her 2017 debut Friday night at the Meadowlands. Blue Moon Stride makes her season debut in that same race and we also have trainer Mark Harder's thoughts about his mare...
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Just Make Believe drops and pops at Plainridge

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
Class relief was the difference for Just Make Believe, who stepped down from last week’s Open to take this week’s $10,000 feature race for conditional trotters at Plainridge Park on Thursday.  Just Make Believe (Eddie Davis Jr.) out-charged Old Oak (Steve Nason) off the gate for the lead before settling into that position by the eighth pole. The remainder of the field followed in post ...
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Tight Lines wins $100,000 Yonkers final

on 04/26/2017 2:00 AM
It ain't a fit night out for man or beast. Such were the words of W. C. Fields many decades ago, repeated Tuesday evening before, during and after the $100,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's YR/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series.   The all-card wind-driven rain didn't deter one man (Jeff Gregory) and one beast (Tight Lines, $2.40), who made short work...
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Spilling The Beans captures Pompano Open

on 04/26/2017 2:00 AM
Spilling The Beans, who took a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in Open 3 competition at Pompano Park last week, stepped up a notch to claim the top prize in the $9,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night, leading every step of the mile clocked in 1:52.3. Handled superbly by Kevin Wallis, the five year-old daughter of Camluck posted panels of :26.4, :56 and 1:24.1 before a :28.2 sprint home sealed ...
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