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Black Broadway sets Plainridge track record

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Fresh off a victory in her seasonal debut last week, Black Broadway came off cover to capture the $14,000 Open trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon and made history in the process. When the gate released the seven classy trotters, Waiting On A Woman (Greg Merton) shot right to the front and authored a brisk :26.4 opening panel. With all participants seated only briefly,...
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Repeat winners in Weiss male trot splits

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
Developing trotters headlined the Tuesday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with three $15,000 preliminary round divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series for both male and female trotters.   The males started their prelims a week behind the other Weiss contestants, and thus this was only their second prelim. But all three winners from last week were able to repeat Tuesday night; a...
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Machin Marley scores narrow Pompano win

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
In a classic "fistfight to the finish," as described by announcer Gabe Prewitt, Machin Marley eked out a photo finish win in Pompano Park's $9,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night.   Driven by Wally Hennessey, Machin Marley, squeaked by a tenacious Goldstar Rockette, handled by Kevin Wallis, right at the wire, after a stretch long duel that was determined by a head with the mile...
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Drug testing forum tops ARCI conference opener

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
Increased out-of-competition testing, investing in additional investigators and research into emerging threats is the most effective way to catch-- and, more importantly, deter-- cheating in horse racing. That was the big take-away from the drug-testing forum on opening day of the Association of Racing Commissioners International's 83rd annual conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity ...
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Monticello set to raise purses 10 percent

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, Monticello Raceway has raised purses. When this week's condition sheet come out, horseman will note an additional 10 percent to their purses, on top of last week's purse increase.   Monticello Raceway race secretary Eric Warner noted that, "Historically, this has always been the time of year that we raise the purses. The purses were ra...
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Downbytheseaside romps in MVR qualifier

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
World champion Downbytheseaside made an impressive 3-year-old debut Wednesday afternoon, winning a qualifier at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:53.1. With Chris Page driving for trainer Brian Brown, Downbytheseaside closed out the mile with a final quarter of :27.4 as he romped home a winner by 7 3/4 lengths over Lovely Feelin, with Berazzled third.   Starting from post seven, Page and Do...
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Tricky Nick takes Meadows $18K trot

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
  Tricky Nick pocketed Barn Girl early, then held her off late to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tricky Nick worked hard to get the lead for Jim Pantaleano but eventually was able to put Barn Girl, seeking her fourth consecutive win, on his bumper. The 5-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding downed Barn Gi...
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Ron Beback Jr. hits 2,000 career wins at Buffalo

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
"The way things went several times in my career, I never thought I'd be able to reach 2,000 wins," driver Ron Beback Jr. said after reaching that milestone on Wednesday night (April 19) steering Ergo Hanover ($3.60) to victory in the sixth race at Buffalo Raceway. The 52-year-old Beback Jr. has had to overcome two serious medical issues over the years but has bounced b...
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Melander has three ready for Yonkers series

on 04/18/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's lucrative purses were on trainer Jenny Melander's mind when she opened the sale catalogs last fall. Melander, who's been running her own stable for five years now, only had a few horses who could compete at the Hilltop oval last season and she wanted to change that. "I would love to always have a good focus on Yonkers, but last year, we didn't have horses that would get ar...
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Weiss series action continues at Pocono

on 04/18/2017 2:00 AM
Dash Of Danger kept his Bobby Weiss Series record after the third preliminary round for male pacers on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, scooting up the Pocono Pike and reducing his mark a fifth to 1:51.3 to take his $15,000 section.   The Western Hanover gelding fled the gate quickly from his outside post six for driver Matt Kakaley, but met a determined rail starter in D...
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Boli redeems self in Pompano Open Trot

on 04/18/2017 2:00 AM
Boli, perfectly handled by Wally Hennessey, captured Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Monday night, covering the mile in 1:54.4.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Kadabra stalked Tater Twister, with Jim Meittinis handling his lines, through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:26 before leaving the coziness of his pocket turning for home and using a :28.3 finale to score by three-parts-o...
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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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