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McRaven takes Hackett at Miami Valley

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
McRaven, the hard luck colt that was sidelined after just two starts—both Ohio Sires Stakes victories—as a 2-year-old, is back bigger and better than ever. The son of McArdle captured the championship of the 46th annual edition of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Buckeye-bred sophomore pacers on Saturday (April 22) at Miami Valley Raceway, stopping the timer in 1:51.4 despite significant ...
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Keystone Velocity, Mackenzie A tops in finals

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
Keystone Velocity charged through the stretch to overtake pacesetting McWicked and then held off Somewhere In LA by a head to win Saturday’s $529,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship for older male pacers in 1:51.2 over a track labeled "good" at Yonkers Raceway. Even-money favorite Missile J finished third and Bit Of A Legend N, the defending champion, was fourth. Mc...
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Martin suggests US Anti-Doping bid for testing

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, closed out the racing regulators' equine welfare and integrity conference Thursday by urging his member organizations to extend an invitation to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to bid on their equine drug-testing contracts. USADA is the national anti-doping organization in the United States for Olympic, ...
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Evenly-matched Saturday feature at Meadowlands

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Saturday night's co-featured eighth race at the Meadowlands, a conditioned pace for a purse of $18,000, offers horseplayers a field so evenly-matched that seven of the eight horses in the field are between 4-1 and 6-1 on the computer generated morning line.   More Dragon (Dave Miller) is the slightest of favorites for the Burke stable at 4-1 from the rail with a pair of Delaware shippers,...
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Somewhere In LA favored in Saturday's Levy

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
When trainer Rich Banca purchased Somewhere In LA at the 2016 Harrisburg Sale, he thought he was getting a solid older gelding with potential to race in the upper-level conditions at Yonkers Raceway. Instead, heading into Saturday night's $529,000 George Morton Levy Series final, Somewhere In LA tops the leader board with 287 points earned in the series' five preliminary legs and leads all ...
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Dr. J's Kiss impresses again at Harrah's Philly

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Mother Nature was kind to the suburban Philadelphia area on Thursday afternoon. The rain held off long enough to provide a delightful mix of sun, light wind, and comfortable temperatures for the 14-race program at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The featured event was a trot for non-winners of $20,000 in their last five starts, positioned as Race 5 on the program. In a wide-open wagering bo...
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Tim Tetrick goes back to school

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Before Tim Tetrick was a world-renowned harness racing driver, he was a member of the FFA. On Thursday night, Tetrick returned to those roots when he visited the Allentown High School chapter of the organization, which was formerly known by its full name, Future Farmers of America.   Tetrick participated in FFA all four years at Fairfield High School in southern Illinois. He served as the...
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Lady Shadow wins Moh qualifier in 6YO debut

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
A 14-race card of qualifiers on Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack featured some of Canadian harness racing's top talent making seasonal debuts or tuning up for a return to the track.   Leading the charge was three-time O'Brien Award winner (and 2016 Dan Patch Older Mare Pacer of the Year in the U.S.) Lady Shadow, making her first on-track appearance since concluding her award-winning 5-y...
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Gillock hopes for "stepping stone" efforts at Meadows

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Beach House and Dragon Striker took different paths last season as 2-year-olds, but the Rich Gillock-trained pacing colts seem to be heading the same direction this year, which could lead to stakes engagements down the road. First, though, both horses will compete in Saturday’s $27,200 Unlocked Pace Series championship for 3-year-old male pacers at The Meadows. The series is for Pennsylvania-...
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Studio City returns to Buffalo Raceway and wins

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
After making two starts at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland to begin his 2017 campaign, Studio City had a successful return to familiar territory, that being Buffalo Raceway, on Friday evening (April 21) and captured the featured $8,200 trot with a length victory over Noble Legend in 1:59.2. Studio City, who had five wins on the Western New York circuit in 2016, made two uneventful starts at Rosec...
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Night Pro takes Hoosier feature in 1:49.3

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
After an equipment malfunction last week, Night Pro and Sam Widger rebounded gamely to capture the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (April 21). Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro turned in a gritty performance to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:49.3, just a few ticks off his career best. I...
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Catalog available for Spring Mixed Sale

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
The sale catalog and past performances booklet for the Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls Sales Co. website, tattersallsredmile.com, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app. The "all-racehorse" sale is scheduled to get underway at noon on Sunday, May 7, in the back paddock at the Meadowlands.   Sale manager David Reid said that entries for the supp...
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Missile J primed and ready for Levy final

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
It's one thing to stand out against many of the finest older pacers in training. It's quite another to do it as a young'un.   Missile J, a relative toddler at the age of four, finds himself worthy of a seat at Saturday night's adult table for Yonkers Raceway's $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. This race, and its companion, the $310,600 Blue Chip M...
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Interesting mix of trotters in Big M Preferred

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
It's an interesting mix of six trotters that will compose the field for the featured sixth race, a $20,000 Preferred trot, on Friday night at the Meadowlands.   A few familiar faces remain in B Yoyo, Muscle Diamond and Opulent Yankee. These three have been in the thick of things at the top trotting level throughout the early third of the Meadowlands' racing season.   ...
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Simpson appointed to Ohio Racing Commission

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Gregory H. Simpson is the newest appointee to the Ohio State Racing Commission by Governor John R. Kasich.   The 66-year-old Milford, Ohio resident‘s term is from April 14 through March 31, 2021. Commissioner Thomas R. Winters of Columbus was reappointed by Governor Kasich to serve another term for the same time period.   Simpson owns and operates Key Transportation Se...
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Norm Ducharme to take over at Cornell Ruffian

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Dr. Norm Ducharme, James Law Professor of Large Animal Surgery at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), will be taking over as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists (CRES), a Cornell University affiliate center for equine sports medicine & critical care, located in Elmont, NY. Ducharme will succeed Dr. Alan Nixon, professor of large ani...
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Top racehorse, stallion Dragon Again dies at 22

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Dragon Again, a winner of more than $2.3 million on the racetrack and the sire of the winners of more than $122.7 million, including the $7.5 million-winner Foiled Again, the sport's all-time richest racehorse, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he had stood stallion duty since 2014. Dragon Again's death comes one week after Sugar Valley Farm annou...
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CHHA scholarship applications due April 30

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association Scholarship Applications are due this month.The application can be found at www.chha.net. Completed applications, including all attachments, must be postmarked by April 30, 2017. Purpose: To assist students from Christian families involved in harness racing in continuing their education by providing financial aid to worthy applicants. For the 2...
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SRF's Elitlopp raffle winner is deserving

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) Elitlopp raffle winners, Kim and Bill Hutchison of Hampton Bays, N.Y., have been donors since 2009, as horse sponsors, event supporters, and as saviors of a very special horse.     For a very brief time, Kim worked at EJ Farms in Aquebogue, N.Y., taking care of a daughter of Keystone Raider, Raider Arms. She raced from 1998-2001...
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Inside look at Levy in new Weekend Preview!

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
The Levy and Matchmaker finals are upon us this weekend at Yonkers and there is something missing in the rich Levy. Find out what that is as well as read a preview of the $529,000 contest in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. An American-born, Italian-bred trotter makes his North American debut on Friday night at the Meadowlands and Kathy Parker spoke to trainer Julie Miller on the...
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