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Favorites rule in Hackett 3FP eliminations

on 04/14/2017 2:00 AM
The James K. Hackett Memorial Series, the traditional kickoff to the Ohio-sired stakes season, got underway Friday night with three $12,500 elimination divisions of sophomore pacing fillies. When the dust settled, 21 hopefuls were reduced to nine of the finest 3-year-old Buckeye fillies, who will return next Friday (April 21) for the $40,000 championship final. Three elimination heats of Hackett...
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Undefeated Prairie Sweetheart returns Friday

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
Let It Ride Stable, Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham's Prairie Sweetheart brings her perfect career record to the Meadowlands, facing five rivals in an $18,000 conditioned pace.   The lightly raced Florida-bred 4-year-old mare caught the eye of her current connections with impressive back-to-back scores at Pocono and Yonkers last summer and was placed in the barn of Ross Croghan at The Red ...
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Longtime horseman Del Richards dies

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
Delbert R. Richards, 68, passed away Tuesday, April 4, at his home surrounded by his loving family.   Born in Caribou, Maine, where he was raised. His love for horses led him to a career in harness racing. He trained and raced throughout New York State and Delaware. Mr. Richards was a member of the Harness Horse Racing Association of Central New York, the United States Trotting...
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Vernon Downs postpones April 21 opening

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural, chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, announced Thursday that he will be delaying the opening day of racing at Vernon Downs amid significant financial losses due to the added competition from Yellow Brick Road, Lago and Rivers.   Final preparations are currently underway at Vernon Downs to open the 64th season of live harness racing, which was set for Friday, Apr...
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Date change for Reynolds, Tompkins-Geers 2YOs

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
The Tompkins-Geers for 2-year-old pacers has been moved from Saturday, Aug. 19, to Sunday, Aug. 20, joining the 2-year-old trotting events.   All divisions of the Tompkins-Geers 2-year-old early closers are now on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Tioga Downs.   The W.N. Reynolds for 2-year-old pacers has been moved from Saturday, Aug. 26, to Sunday, Aug. 27, joining the 2-year-old tro...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
It's down to the final preliminary of the Levy and Matchmaker series at Yonkers Raceway, and you can see the up-to-date scorecard in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. While those two series are getting ready to wrap up, things are fresh and new at Mohawk Racetrack, where the 2017 season gets underway on Thursday night. Kathy Parker spoke to Sugar Valley Farm's Joe McLead about the...
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Waiting On A Woman, Black Broadway score at Plainridge

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of $10,000 condition trots headlined Thursday’s (April 13) card of racing at Plainridge Park and solid efforts were turned in by both Waiting On A Woman and Black Broadway in those events. After facing many 10-horse fields in mid-level condition races at the Meadowlands all winter, Waiting On A Woman found an abbreviated field in a similar class much to his liking and proved it by ...
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Vernon horsemen's group issues statement

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Association of Central New York issued the following statement regarding the delay in opening the 2017 meet at Vernon Downs. "We are greatly upset to read that management has decided that it will delay the April 21, scheduled open at Vernon Downs pursuant to our contract. That plan of operation and our contract requires Vernon to be opened on that day. The Gaming Commission ha...
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Ontario judges to begin tweeting about calls

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
The live tweeting of Race Officials’ calls began Monday (April 10), as part of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario project. Currently a pilot project, the intent of the live tweeting is to provide transparency with regard to calls made by Race Officials during a race. For example, if an inquiry is posted, that information will be...
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Lifetime marks set in Weiss splits at Pocono

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
There were three $15,000 preliminaries for trotters of both sexes in Bobby Weiss Series action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night, and a female posted the fastest time of all–-the Kadabra mare Sunrise Avenue, who knocked a second off her winning time in the first round of the Weiss by triumphing Tuesday in 1:55.4.   Sunrise Avenue used tactics similar to last week...
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Favorites rule in Plainridge pacing features

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Two $8,500 conditioned paces highlighted the card at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon and the public heavily supported both winners.   Luke's Cowboy, who most recently competed in the Sagamore Hill series at Yonkers Raceway, brought a heightened sense of awareness to Plainridge and threw the best race of his life.   Tucking fourth off the gate, Luke's Cowboy (Bru...
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Lebanon, Ohio horseman Emmor Baily dies

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Well-known Lebanon, Ohio, horseman Emmor Thomas Baily, 91, died April 9.   Born to Emmor D. and Pearl S. (nee Gardner) Baily on April 27, 1925, in Lebanon, he was a 1943 graduate of Lebanon High School. He was active for many years with the Warren County Fair Board and raced at Lebanon Raceway for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Lebanon Masonic Lodge, a veteran of...
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Longtime NY PJ "Duke" Dranichak dies

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
George "Duke" Dranichak,74, died peacefully surrounded by his family on April 10. He raced horses but became well known as a racing judge and steward at New York racetracks. Mr. Dranichak was born and reared in Binghamton, NY,  and lived most of his life in Pavilion. He graduated from Niagara University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. After college, he raced St...
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Stallion Donerail dies in Denmark at age 25

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Donerail, a colt who was poised an early favorite to win the 1995 Hambletonian but instead left his mark as a filly sire and broodmare sire of champions, died in Jutland, Denmark, on Jan. 29 at age 25. Bred by Mary Hilliard and named for small town outside of Lexington, Ky., where historic Walnut Hall Farm is located, Donerail was one of the last top colts trained by Hall of Famer Stanley D...
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Mohawk set to open 54th meet on Thursday

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
The 54th season of live harness racing at Mohawk Racetrack is set to begin this Thursday. The 2017 meet will run from April 13 through October. The final number of race dates for the meet is pending regulatory approval.   Live racing will be offered every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings will be added to the schedule in June f...
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Dragon Again retired from stallion duties

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Dragon Again, a sire of winners of over $122 million, is officially retired from stallion duties effective Tuesday, April 11. The 22-year-old stallion, himself a world champion and winner of over $2.3 million, will live out his retirement at Delaware, Ohio's Sugar Valley Farm, where he has been standing stud since 2014.   "We made the decision in the best interest of ‘Dragon,...
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April 15 deadline for Hambo Society stakes

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Saturday, April 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, April 17. Payments mailed from Canada must be postmarked by midnight Tuesday, April 18, as Monday is a legal holiday in Canada with no postal service.   Due at this time is the first nomination payment fo...
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Miami Valley's weekend full of action

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway has an exciting weekend in store. It includes a $10,000 guaranteed total pool in the 50-cent Lucky Pick-5 wager on Friday, eliminations for the James K. Hackett Memorial series for top Ohio-sired 3-year-olds on Friday, April 14 (fillies) and Saturday, April 15 (colts), outstanding $22,000 Opens for older mares on Friday and older horses and geldings on Saturday, and a spec...
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Canwood repeats in Meadows series

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Canwood jogged to a front-end victory in 1:56.2, fastest this year by a 3-year-old filly on a five-eighths-mile track, collecting her second straight series win in Wednesday’s Princess Pablano Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. Miss Da Line earned her second straight series win in the other $15,000 division. Canwood zipped right to the lead from post five for Brian Zendt and easily t...
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Spoonful best by a nose in DSBF 3FT final

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Spoonful won her second $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final in six months holding on by a nose in the 3-year-Old Filly trot final on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Trained by Les Givens, who has trained more DSBF winners than any other conditioner, Spoonful won for the third time this year and seventh time in 18 races lifetime, earning $174,512 for owners Delbert Cain and...
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