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Fast horses, fast-food trucks at the Big M

on 06/02/2017 2:00 AM
A very accomplished field of seven fast-class pacers will face the starting gate in Saturday night's featured seventh race at the Meadowlands, a $20,000 Preferred pace.   Despite a career that has seen him earn over $700,000 and share a world record with his 1:47 mark taken last year, morning line favorite Mel Mara remains an enigma. He flaunted remarkable speed early on as a 2 year...
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Hanover Shoe Farm's Eddie Miller retires

on 06/02/2017 2:00 AM
Eddie Miller, the second longest Hanover Shoe Farms employee in its glorious history, will be retiring on Friday June 2.   Miller now 69, first came to work at Hanover in June of 1967. He started as a groom with a string of six yearlings. One of those yearlings was a Caleb colt by the name of Clu Hanover, who very well might have been the toughest and most difficult to handle Hanover yea...
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Maple Leafs' Matt Martin NA Cup drawmaster

on 06/02/2017 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced that Matt Martin, left-winger for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the guest drawmaster for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The Pepsi North America Cup draw will take place on Tuesday, June 13 at Mohawk Racetrack and Martin, 28, will be on hand to assist with the festivities. The draw and press conference will begin at noon. A native of ...
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Driving School: Gustafson loves the horses

on 06/02/2017 2:00 AM
After moving to Kentucky from Texas, April Gustafson saw her Amish neighbors driving around with horses she didn't recognize. The horses were Standardbreds and Gustafson, who showed horses 20 years ago, was intrigued. After convincing her neighbors to give her a ride, and later to let her jog some of the horses, she was hooked.   Gustafson, who is a logistics officer fulltime in the U.S. ...
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Marion Marauder wins 2nd straight qualifier

on 06/02/2017 2:00 AM
The stars of today and the stars of tomorrow converged on Mohawk Racetrack for qualifying action Friday morning. A total of nine qualifiers were held under ideal conditions, with the final three being the Campbellville oval's first 2-year-old qualifiers of the season.   Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion, turned in his second qualifying effort of the season and stopp...
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Beaver banking on Moonshiner Hanover

on 06/02/2017 2:00 AM
Moonshiner Hanover did not win many races last year, but his ability to make money won over trainer Chris Beaver.   Beaver, who owns Moonshiner Hanover with Synerco Ventures and Bill Manes, saw the colt win one of 12 races last year yet bank $263,101. He ranked sixth in earnings among all 2-year-old male trotters and was the only 2-year-old trotter in the top 25 with fewer than three vict...
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Caprice Hill wins 4 year old debut in 1:53.3

on 06/02/2017 2:00 AM
Caprice Hill, a two-time O'Brien Award winner, won her 4-year-old debut Friday night at Mohawk. Leaving from post nine, driver Doug McNair pointed Caprice Hill to the front and she worked to command through a :27.1 first quarter. From there, the Kadabra-Bramasole filly led the rest of the way while rebuffing first-over challenger Batoutahill (Mike Vanderkemp) through middle splits of :56.3...
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Bluebird Jesse springs 47-1 upset in ISS

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
Bluebird Jesse and LeWayne Miller pulled a stunning 47-1 upset in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 31. Stopping the timer in 1:54.4., Bluebird Jesse used a well-timed rally late in the lane to hold off his rivals and in the process, lowered his lifetime...
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Groovey Kid scores on closing night at PPk

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
Groovey Kid and Goldstar Rockettetook their respective co-featured races as Pompano Park closed out their 2016-2017 126 night stand in grand fashion. Groovey Kid, again handled by driver Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey and owner John Campagnuolo, scored a repeat win in Pompano Park's $9,500 Open Handicap Trot, again using a devastating backside brush to sweep into the lead on the ...
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Ariana G strong favorite in NJSS 3FT final

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 edition of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for 3 year olds come to their conclusion with the $100,000 finals for all four divisions on Friday night at the Meadowlands.   The speedy pacing colt Every Way Out has been invincible at both two and three, sweeping through the state restricted program with nary an anxious moment. There is no reason to think Friday's race will be any d...
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Boni delivers keynote address at Driving School

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
When he was a young child, around the age of 4 or 5, Pep Moretti sat down with some crayons and began to create his own harness racing driving colors. Now, three decades later, he hopes to begin on a path to put his design to use.   Moretti, a police officer from Illinois, is among the 20 participants in the 18th annual U.S. Trotting Association Driving School, which got underway Wednesday...
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Late Pick 4 pool continues growth at Big M

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
The Late Pick Four at the Meadowlands has continued its growth in 2017 with an average nightly pool size of $91,912 during May. That amount is an increase of 7.8 percent versus April (carryover date excluded). May saw a nearly 24 percent increase in average pool size compared to January, which traditionally provides some of the larger nightly handles of the year.   May featured three nigh...
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Russell Foster takes Rosecroft driving title

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
Driver Russell Foster celebrated an incredible spring meet at Rosecroft Wednesday evening by winning five races, including two Maryland Sire Stakes Finals, on his way to the driving title on closing night. Foster, a native of Easton, Md., who shared the spring and fall driving titles, ran away with the spring meet driving title with 70 wins, 25 more than runner-up Frank Milby. Roger Plante...
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Long Tom second choice in NJSS final

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
After opening his 2017 campaign with a 1:52.1 win in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes series for 3-year-old male trotters, Long Tom is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line in Friday's $100,000 championship at the Meadowlands Racetrack, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. The colt's win time is the fastest this season for a 3-year-old trotter. "I couldn't be happier with him aft...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
While Ariana G and the rest of New Jersey's 3-year-old stars are in action this weekend at the Meadowlands in rich Sires Stakes finals, we still haven't seen the likes of the New York-sired Walner, the pre-season Hambletonian favorite, nor the 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is in the shadow of the $4-million mark in earnings. Find out where the two big-name horses are in the new ...
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Free-legged Classic Pro "pretty nice"

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
Following a two-year-old season rife with bad trips and bad posts, Classic Pro returns to the Grand Circuit stage and will attempt to tap into his potential in the first of two $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere divisions on Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. "He was a pretty nice colt as a two-year-old, but he never got the chance to impress," trainer Dr. Ian Moore said. "He raced against all of the go...
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Red Cash captures Saratoga feature

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
Red Cash (Cash Hall) set a new lifetime mark on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. John Podres owns and trains the 6-year-old mare who came up second best while a beaten favorite during Monday’s Memorial Day matinee.  On Thursday, Red Cash moved first-over on the favored Crazycat (Mark Beckwith) in the $9,000 feature for New York-sired trotters. Red Cash cleared the lead an...
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Mistress Valentine cards Plainridge victory

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
After four unsuccessful attempts to defeat the predominantly male open trotters, Mistress Valentine led from gate to wire and imposed her girl power on them Thursday in the $15,000 handicap trot at Plainridge Park. Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) left strong from post six and gained the front easily after the field was released from the gate. With no early pressure, she cut comfortable frac...
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Classicality best again at The Meadows

on 06/01/2017 2:00 AM
Classicality dominated The Meadows’ elite trotters for the second straight week when he roared to the front and scored in 1:52.4, matching his career best, in Thursday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap. Classicality was parked for most of the opening half, but he easily repelled the first-over challenge of Boy Meets Girl K and drew off late for Brian Zendt, defeating Tricky Nick by 2 1/4 len...
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Backstretch

on 05/31/2017 2:00 AM