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Franzo wins third straight at Miami Valley

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
Franzo, the former claimer, sped to his third straight Open victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night. The last two wins were sub 1:50 miles. On the heels of his all-age 1:49.1 track record performance a week ago, Franzo shot to the front from his assigned outside post position this week and never looked back. Driver Dan Noble guided the 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding through fractions...
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Sassy Hanover scores in Saratoga feature

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
Sassy Hanover (Cam’s Card Shark) secured his first ever Open Pace victory at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday as the 6-year-old pacer parlayed the pocket ride to the win in the $12,000 feature.  Billy Dobson is the regular pilot of Sassy Hanover and the leading driver chose to yield early on to Roethblissberger (Mark Beckwith). The move was the winning one on a cold night as the Simone ...
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Jim Kennedy, trainer of granddam of ABM, dies

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
Horseman James "Jimmy" H. Kennedy of Pompano Beach, Fla., passed away on Thursday, March 9, at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. He was 65. Born Feb. 1, 1952, in Bay City, Mich., Mr. Kennedy was the son of the late James D. and Gay (Young) Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy trained harness horses for many years, with Joe Hurley's Roll The Dice Stable and Arthur Courtemache among his clients. He winter...
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Woodbine 20-cent Hi-5 mandatory pays $38K

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
Sent postward as the longest shot on the board, Company Man pulled off a double-digit upset in defeating odds-on favorite Nickle Bag at the wire in this week's $34,000 Preferred Pace on Saturday night  at Woodbine Racetrack. Driver Sylvain Filion worked out a perfect pocket trip aboard the 24-1 longshot, who returned $51.40 for a $2 Win ticket. Firing off the gate from post five, Compa...
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Grand Priority upsets at The Meadows

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
Grand Priority pulled the pocket just in time to get clearance and powered home to pull off a 23-1 upset in Saturday’s opening leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Art N Music took the other $12,500 division in the series for 3-and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The event honors the memory of the late Hall of Fame judge Walter Russell, who served with distinction...
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Red Hot Herbie takes Yonkers Open Trot

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
A pocketed Red Hot Herbie (Tim Tetrick, $7.50) proved best Sunday afternoon (March 12), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Trot. At the outset, Red Hot Herbie—from post position three—found himself in behind Springbank San N (Jordan Stratton) as that one led through early intervals of :28.2 and :58.3. Lady’s Dude (George Brennan), as the 17-10 favorite, then moved from third.  T...
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Melady's Monet edges Opulent Yankee in 1:54.1

on 03/11/2017 12:00 AM
His trainer was planning to qualify him again, but decided to stick him in a race to help the race office. Sometimes, a change in plan works out just fine. That was the case for trainer Kevin McDermott's millionaire trotter, Melady's Monet, who chased down the razor sharp Opulent Yankee to win Friday's (March 10) featured $18,000 conditioned trot at the Meadowlands. "I was supposed to...
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Regil Elektra holds on to win Yonkers Open

on 03/11/2017 12:00 AM
Odds-on Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) held off Change The Rulz N (George Brennan) in a two-speed, inside number Friday night (March 10), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Winning the post positions two through six draw, Regil Elektra was stung a bit by the lass to her left, making the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.3 inter...
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Riverofroyalty back winning at Saratoga

on 03/11/2017 12:00 AM
Riverofroyalty (RC Royalty) won the award for 3-Year Old Trotter of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2016. On Friday night (March 10), the Dave Spagnola-trained highstepper made her seasonal debut in the evening’s $7,500 co-feature for New York-sired trotters. The 4-year-old mare sat back patiently throughout as her main rivals battled it out. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. activated Riverofroy...
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Bongiorno stars as Big M honors McKee

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
The final Thursday card of the season began with heavy hearts as the Meadowlands paid tribute to its Hall of Fame announcer Sam McKee, who passed away Wednesday following complications from a stroke. A touching tribute video was played and the first race of the night was raced in silence.  Joe Bongiorno won three of the first five races on the nine-race program including minor upsets with ...
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Hamb. Society stakes payments due March 15

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments to 131 Hambletonian Society stake events at 14 different tracks are due Wednesday, March 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Thursday, March 16.   Please note that there is a separate Breeders Crown 2-year-old future eligibility payment of $500 due March 15 that maintains eligibility for the Breeders Crown 3-year-o...
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Showdown set in Saturday night Big M feature

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
The Saturday night card at the Meadowlands brings a number of contentious pacing races with excellent wagering options in the multi-race guaranteed horizontal wagers.   The featured sixth race has a full field of 10 talented pacers with the mile track loving City Hall facing a pair of brutes in Rockin Ron and Bettor's Edge.   City Hall at age seven is no novice having won 34 times ...
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WIJI to make 2017 debut in Ben Franklin

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
Although he did not capture the 2016 Horse of the Year crown, Wiggle It Jiggleit still received a tremendous outpouring of emotion from some very devoted admirers who were not intimate with the sport. From the raucous crowd chanting his name as he led the post parade for last year's Little Brown Jug, to the many parents who whispered in their children's ears as they held them aloft to witness su...
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Freehold cancels after 1 race due to weather

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
Freehold Racewaycanceled racing after the first race on the Friday (March 10) card due to weather conditions.
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Noble Legend wins Buffalo Open Trot

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
Noble Legend and driver Shawn Gray showed plenty of patience in the $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (March 10) and it paid off with a strong 1-1/4 length victory over Southern Palms in 1:58.1 over the fast track. Noble Legend is the 2016 Trotter of the Year at Buffalo Raceway and also holds the track record for 4-year-old geldings with a 1:56.3 mark set last season. In the...
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Jerseylicious upsets in Miami Valley mare feature

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
 Jerseylicious isn’t just back…she’s all the way back. The 7-year-old Western Ideal lass, who is the 2012 Sweetheart Pace winner and was feared as a distaff pacer in the sport, captured the $22,000 Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 10). The Tim Lane-trainee paced a mile in 1:52.3, despite sub-freezing temperatures, for driver Trace Tetrick, upsetting Safe...
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Brower handed 15-year suspension in Indiana

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
The Anderson, Ind., Herald-Bulletin has reported that the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has handed down a career-ending sentence to trainer Bobby Brower. Brower, who has trained the stakes winners Allthatglitrsisgold, Soulful Delight, Mystical Treasure and Barryscourt, was accused of severely beating the horse B Abland in August 2016 at Pacesetter Farm in Anderson, where Brower...
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Melady's Monet set to make '17 debut at Big M

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
Melady's Monet, the pride of Esther and Luca Balenzano's Melady Enterprises, makes his seasonal debut in the first race on Friday night at the Meadowlands, an $18,000 conditioned trot.   Thoughtfully managed by his dedicated owners and trainer Kevin McDermott, Melady's Monet has earned over $1 million in his 40-win career the old-fashioned way, by grinding it out in overnight races....
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American Girl set for Yonkers debut Friday

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
When trainer Tyler George planned to ship his filly Angelinmyway to Yonkers Raceway for the Petticoat Series, he knew he'd have room on the trailer for another horse. Rather than waste the opportunity, George nominated aged pacing mare American Girl to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series and planned to ship her east for the first time.   "The races in Ohio are getting tougher all the ti...
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New Jersey owner Joe Chnapko Sr., 95, dies

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
Joseph Paul Chnapko Sr., 95, of Livingston, NJ., died March 6. He owned many Standardbreds over the years, among them Hellava Hush, Escortention and Cherry Hills. Born in Newark, N.J., he lived in Essex Fells prior to moving to Livingston. Mr. Chnapko was an Army veteran of World War II serving in the 101st Airborne Division during the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. ...
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