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Monticello horsemen up ante in bonus program

on 04/18/2017 2:00 AM
The Monticello Harness Horseman's Association (MHHA) has increased the bonus program for all members of the MHHA. Starting on May 8, for one week only, all horses that finish first through fifth will receive a 20 percent purse bonus in addition to purse money earned. The bonus programs is only offered to members of the MHHA.   Membership to the MHHA is $30 per year, benefits in...
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A different kind of horsepower for Cayouette

on 04/18/2017 2:00 AM
Sitting behind a horse wasn't Mike Cayouette's first time around a track. Before he found harness racing, Cayouette was active in snowmobile racing.   "We raced on horse tracks; they iced them down in the wintertime and we raced on them," said Cayouette, who lives in Maine.   "(Racing) a snowmobile is a little easier," he added with a laugh. "You've got a little more con...
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Meadows Standardbred group to launch campaign

on 04/18/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners' Association (MSOA) has received a $150,000 grant from the State Horse Racing Commission for the marketing of racing in the region. The MSOA is one of six horsemen's and breeders' associations in the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition to receive a grant.   The state grant is part of Act 7, which was enacted in 2016 to reform the racing industry in Pennsylv...
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Meadows bettors get lucky with 33-1 Fancytucky

on 04/18/2017 2:00 AM
Dismissed at a juicy 33-1, Fancytucky followed live cover, then roared through the lane to pull off the shocker in Tuesday’s $22,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Fancytucky was fifth down the backside when Dan Rawlings moved her off the cones to follow the first-over Goodtogo Hanover. The 5-year-old daughter of Pinetucky - Beaucoup Amo...
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Another Breath captures Farwick Series final

on 04/18/2017 2:00 AM
The Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway came to a conclusion on Tuesday afternoon with the $27,500 championship leg. The late closer for non-winners of six races or $60,000 lifetime was open to trotters foaled in any jurisdiction, but it was a pair of Buckeye-breds who finished one-two at the end of the 1:54.1 mile.  Another Breath (Jason Brewer), despite drawing th...
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Sing For Me George takes Pompano Open

on 04/17/2017 2:00 AM
Sing For Me George, driven by Kevin Wallis, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, scoring a gate-to-wire win in 1:50.4.   The 8-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight rocketed through an opening quarter in :26.2 and then went on to card panels of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before a :27.2 sprint home sealed the deal by 3 ¼ lengths over the only mare in...
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Hannelore Hanover returns with qualifier win

on 04/17/2017 2:00 AM
The 2016 Older Mare Trotter of the Year Hannelore Hanover made her 2017 debut a successful one, scoring a 1:55.3 victory in a qualifier Saturday at the Meadowlands. Yannick Gingras drove the 5-year-old mare for trainer Ron Burke, sitting the pocket behind the 2016 Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year Broadway Donna before moving past in the stretch with a final quarter of :26 flat. Hann...
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Saratoga horsemen's group hires PR group

on 04/17/2017 2:00 AM
Baker Public Relations, a full-service, woman-owned communications firm in Albany, NY, has announced the addition of Saratoga Harness Horseperson's Association (SHHA) to its diverse roster of lifestyle brands.   SHHA represents the interests of owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and caretakers of Standardbred horses. Its goal is to promote the welfare of Harness Racing in the ...
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Miami Valley introduces new races for Ohio-breds

on 04/17/2017 2:00 AM
Owners and trainers of good Ohio-sired older horses are invited to enter four special $25,000 Lucky Buckeye races at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday, April 29. There will be separate divisions for trotting mares, pacing mares, male trotters and male pacers.   There are no nomination or starting fees required. If more horses enter any division than can be accommodated, the horses wi...
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Show Runner wins third straight at The Meadows

on 04/17/2017 2:00 AM
Besieged by nearly the entire field in the lane, Show Runner dug deep and collected her third straight victory in Monday’s (April 17) $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Show Runner took the field through a 1:24 three-quarters but appeared vulnerable out of the final turn with four mares in hot pursuit. Jim Pantaleano asked her for more, and the 7-year-old d...
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Post positions drawn for Levy, Matchmaker

on 04/17/2017 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for harness racing’s two richest races of the season to date, Yonkers Raceway’s $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and its companion event, the $310,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker. The races go Saturday night (Apr. 22nd), highlighting a 12-race card (first post 7:10 p.m.) with total purses of just under $1.3 million. The 30th Le...
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A Sweet Ride goes wire-to-wire for Plainridge win

on 04/17/2017 2:00 AM
After experiencing broken equipment in his first start of the year last week in a free-for-all event at Scarborough Downs, A Sweet Ride bounced back with a gutsy gate-to-wire effort in the $10,000 conditioned pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (April 17). A Sweet Ride (Jimmy Whittemore Jr.) left hard to take the front and got there with no problem. While Whittemore laid-o...
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Levy prelims set stage for $529,000 final

on 04/16/2017 2:00 AM
 The time to impress the judges concluded Saturday night, with preliminary-round competition ending for Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Round Five saw three, $50,000 divisions go at it. Favored Somewhere In L A (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) became the sport’s newest millionaire, easily winning the third event in front-end fashion. From post position five, he ...
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Gallant Seelster wires field at Buffalo

on 04/16/2017 2:00 AM
Gallant Seelster ($4.70) put in a gallant effort and easily strolled away for a two-length victory over Littlebitaclass in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night. Drawing the inside post in the field of seven, Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) went gate to wire in a seasonal best 1:54.0 over the fast track. From the start, it was Gallant Seelster who was in comma...
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Windsun Glory hands Prairie Sweetheart 1st loss

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
Prairie Sweetheart, the Florida-sired super mare, entered her 4-year-old and Meadowlands debut with a perfect 14-for-14 career mark. But then she ran into a fellow 4-year-old who was sitting on a monster race. Windsun Glory converted a perfect second-over trip into a jaw-dropping :25.4 final quarter to defeat Inittowinafortune and the pace-setting Prairie Sweetheart in the $18,000 Meadowlands f...
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Hoosier Park taking Breeders Crown reservations

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has officially opened reservations for the Breeders Crown VIP Party Tent for the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, taking place on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, at that facility. The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual series of 12 championship events valued at $5.8 million, is returning to the Midwest for the first time in more than three deca...
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Palone sweeps legs of Meadows series

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
Beach House looked vulnerable late after fronting the mile, but he held on gamely to notch his second straight series victory in Saturday’s Unlocked Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Yukon took the other $15,000 division in the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, giving Dave Palone a sweep of the second leg. On Saturday, April 22, The Meadows will host the championships of the U...
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Major Nemesis sets Miami Valley record

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
Nine of the finest Ohio-sired 3-year-old colts and geldings earned starting spots in the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship next week by finishing top three in one of a trio of very quick $12,500 elimination heats on Saturday at Miami Valley Raceway. The Hackett Series, now in its 46th year, serves annually as the kickoff event to open the Buckeye state’s stakes season for sophomor...
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Callahan stars with 5 wins at Meadowlands

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
Since adding Lasix on April 1, Rodeo Romeo has taken his already considerable talent to a career-best level. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover stallion won for the second time in three starts since adding Lasix, this time holding off the late charge of Special T Rocks to win Saturday night's $18,000 pacing feature at the Meadowlands in a career-best 1:50. Andrew McCarthy moved Rodeo Romeo to...
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Jerseylicious repeats at Hoosier Park

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
 Jerseylicious and Trace Tetrick found the winner’s circle for the second consecutive week in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday. Racing from off the pace this week, the 7-year-old mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and just missed her lifetime mark by a two-fi...
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