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Kingofthejungle takes Meadows pace feature

on 02/25/2017 12:00 AM
Kingofthejungle waited patiently in the pocket behind the dueling leaders, then blazed through the Lightning Lane to score the 9-1 upset in Saturday’s (Feb. 25) $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While Mykindachip was fending off the first-over challenge of Latest Desire, Kingofthejungle and Tony Hall kept up, waiting for the opportunity to strike. They ...
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China Dream captures Buffalo Open Pace

on 02/25/2017 12:00 AM
China Dream is known for his late-closing speed, but a change in tactics paid off for him in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 25). He defeated Itsonlyrocknroll A by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over the good track. In an uncharacteristic move, China Dream (Shawn Gray) fired off the gate and had to go three-wide to grab the lead as Gallant Major and Thunderbolt Jaxon played h...
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Snow Cone jogs to 5-length win in 1:51.3

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
Leading drivers Brett Miller and Jim Marohn, Jr. stayed hot on Thursday at the Meadowlands on a day where temperatures were unseasonably into the 60s. Marohn won three of the night’s nine races including a five-length blowout in 1:51.3 with the Darran Cassar trained-mare Snow Cone. Brett Miller was the star of the latest broadcast of "Meadowlands Harness Live" airing on SNY. Miller won two o...
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Gingras drives 5 winners at Dover; third in standings

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
On unusually mild spring-like late Feb. 23, Yannick Gingras rang up five winners on a card boasting a 1:49, 1:49.1, 1:50, 150.2 and two150.4 miles at Dover Downs. Gingras won the $30,000 Preferred,with Take It Back Terry in 1:50.4 after Gingras’ 1:50 performance winning the $27,500 Delaware Special with the resurgent Emeritus Maximus. The leading drivers statistics show defending champion Cor...
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Bo Sowers gets 1,000th training victory

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
When Monster Cantab ($20.40) crossed the finish line in Buffalo Raceway's sixth race on Friday night (Feb. 24), it gave trainer Philip 'Bo' Sowers his 1,000th career victory. "It now puts me in a category that I never thought I'd ever reach when I started training," Sowers said of hitting that magical plateau. Back in 2002, Sowers was training four horses as a hobby in Maine but this wife sugg...
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Jackie's Rocket bests American Girl at MVG

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
For the fifth consecutive week there was a new winner in the Friday (Feb. 24) $22,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway. Jackie’s Rocket, the smallest in stature in the talented field but with one of the biggest hearts, worked hard to grab the lead at the :27.2 quarter-mile marker and then cruised on top in middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24, before hitting the wire first in 1:52.2....
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Mach It A Par takes Yonkers mare pace feature

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $6) was the third and last leader Friday night (Feb. 24), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Into the game early from assigned post position seven, Mach It A Par waited her turn as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) took turns with the lead. Mach It A Par grabbed her chance just after a :27.2 opening quarte...
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Aussie stakes mare Mackenzie set for US debut

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
Driver Jordan Stratton sat behind 5-year-old mare Mackenzie for the first time last Friday (Feb. 17) as she faced the starting gate for a qualifier at Yonkers Raceway. Starting from post position six, she paced evenly in the early stages before sprinting home late. She posted her final quarter in :27.1 and finished fourth. Although it was her first outing since finishing second in the Breeders Cro...
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Lady's Dude makes '17 debut at Meadowlands

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
On Friday night The Meadowlands will present an 11-race program conducted under spring-like conditions with temperatures in the 60s all weekend. Among the evening's racing highlights are the weekly featured trot carded as the first race where Lady's Dude, another Ron Burke veteran trotter, makes his 2017 debut. The now six-year-old Ohio bred won the final of his home state sires stakes program ...
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Wanna Rock N Roll scores at Buffalo

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
Wanna Rock N Roll couldn't win the battle for the lead off the starting gate but she ended up winning the war to the wire instead. Getting a first-over trip, Wanna Rock N Roll proved much the best in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace for the mares on Wednesday night (Feb. 22) with a solid length victory over Susie's Delight in the seasonal best 1:56.3 over the fast track. It was the fourth...
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Call For Justice wins first start after 13-week layoff

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
Racing off a 13-week layoff, Call For Justice found an escape route late and went on to capture Wednesday’s (Feb. 22) $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Call For Justice zipped to the early lead for Dave Palone but was shuffled to fourth into the final turn. Palone was able to angle Call For Justice to the outside, and the 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika’s Mazurka took off ...
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Live stream of USTA general session on Monday

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association’s 2017 Board of Directors Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday (Feb. 26) through Tuesday (Feb. 28) at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The meetings kick off with the Executive Committee at 1 p.m. (PST) followed by the Marketing/Communications Committee at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 26).  Sunday (Feb. 26) evening, the U.S. Harness Write...
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More from Horse Peoples' Alliance about Ontario racing

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
In a statement issued Thursday (February 22) the Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario addressed Ontario Racing's Letter of Intent webinar as well as a perceived lack of financial disclosure pertaining to the province's horse racing industry. The statement from the Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario appears below. The Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario (HPAO) closely monitored the Webinar co...
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Retirement Foundation has breedings for sale

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has new breedings for sale, and also appreciates the donation of breedings throughout the season. To gift or purchase breedings, please contact Tammy at 732-446-4422 or email admin@srfmail.com. Donations of breedings are tax-deductible and help rehabilitate, rescue, retrain, adopt and follow-up every adoption for life, as well as support SRF's Youth ...
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New edition of Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we've got a few insights about two pacing mares who are likely headed to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, which gets underway at Yonkers Raceway on March 17. In addition, because it was received past last week's deadline, this edition of Weekend Preview also contains comments from attorney Howard Taylor about New York's recent rul...
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Massive Lightning strikes at Pompano

on 02/22/2017 12:00 AM
Although the stormy weather isn’t expected until Wednesday, Massive Lightning struck again on Tuesday night (February 21) at Pompano Park in the form of a lifetime best 1:54 performance. The 5-year-old gelded son of Muscle Massive, trained and driven by Mickey McNichol for the Fred Monteleone Stable, went a brave first-over journey to score by 1 ¼ lengths over Explosive Muscles, teamed ...
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CHHA scholarship application now available

on 02/22/2017 12:00 AM
The Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA) wants to see our harness racing youth succeed. To help the students CHHA plans to award two scholarships in 2017: 1. $1,000 John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship 2. $TBD Rambling Willie Scholarship CHHA scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and/or students enrolled in an educational institution of higher lear...
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Holloway fillies lead Thursday Meadowlands card

on 02/22/2017 12:00 AM
The Thursday (Feb. 23) Meadowlands card opens with a pair of interesting 3-year-old fillies from the Joe Holloway barn competing in a non-winners pacing class as the evening's first race. Holloway has developed some truly great mares including Shebestingin, the fastest female Standardbred ever, who seared around Red Mile in 1:47 a few years ago, along with multiple world champion She's A G...
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Dan Patch awards dinner can be seen Monday

on 02/22/2017 12:00 AM
The best in harness racing in 2016 will be honored Sunday night, Feb. 26, at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Awards dinner, presented by Hoosier Park, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. But even if you are not planning on attending, you can still watch the entire night of award presentations.  While the video streaming won’t be live, it will b...
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A conversation with Joe Bongiorno

on 02/22/2017 12:00 AM
Joe Bongiorno plans on working nearer to home this year, but hopes to be no less busy. The 23-year-old New Jersey resident, who in 2016 set career highs with 2,754 starts, 399 wins, and $3.79 million in purses, drove frequently at Ohio’s Northfield Park last season, but plans to cut down on long commutes this season. So far this year, Bongiorno has focused on racing at the Meadowlands, Freeho...
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