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McArdles Lightning captures Dover feature

on 03/02/2017 12:00 AM
McArdles Lightning came up big in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap as John Campbell reined a 1:50.2 triumph at Dover Downs on Thursday.  With six of the seven starters in the week’s top pace owning career records lower than 1:50 and three of his rivals fresh from victories in their most recent outings, McArdles Lightning came to the outside and rushed up the backstretch to challenge fr...
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USTA concludes annual meeting

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Russell Williams, newly elected president of the USTA, said the Association will conduct a test program at Scioto Downs using microchips to identify Standardbreds during his address to the board of directors at the closing session of their annual meeting Tuesday (Feb. 28) at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. Williams, who was elected by members of the board on Monday (Feb. 27) and immedi...
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Modern Mercury captures Pompano Open Trot

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Modern Mercury, cleverly handled by George Napolitano Jr., took top honors in Pompano Park’s $8,500 Open Trot for mares on Tuesday night (Feb. 28), orbiting past her rivals turning home to score by two lengths in a lifetime best performance in 1:54.3. The 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover pinned the defeat on Serendipitious, driven by Wally Hennessey. Celebrity Artemis, with Marcello ...
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More than $5,000 awarded in Own A Horse program

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
The second month of the Meadowlands Racetrack's Own A Horse promotion gave 10 more fans an inside look at racehorse ownership and the results continue to show there are few thrills like owning a winning horse. The 10 fans won a combined $5,122 during February with the biggest chunk of that amount coming courtesy of Jacksrluckytoo who won three times during the month for trainer Patti Harmon...
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Smoke Pan Mirrors a blessing for Magie family

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Judy Magie gets emotional when she talks about Smoke Pan Mirrors. The 10-year-old female pacer might not be a household name around the nation, but she is a beloved member of the Magie family's home in central New Jersey.   Purchased as a yearling for $5,500 by Judy and her husband, trainer Brian Magie Jr., at the 2008 Standardbred Horse Sale, Smoke Pan Mirrors has won 39 of 271 car...
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March 11 mandatory Jackpot Hi-5 at Woodbine

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced a mandatory payout date of Saturday, March 11, for the current Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5. Horseplayers will have three more opportunities to wager on the Woodbine Racetrack Jackpot Hi-5, which currently has a carryover of $476,469, before the wager is suspended following this Saturday's card (March 4) in preparation for the mandatory payout. ...
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Jim Pantaleano drives 7,000th winner

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Not many busboys in the clubhouse dining room will go on to win 7,000 harness races, yet that's just the unique career path Jim Pantaleano has taken. He got career win 7,000 Wednesday at The Meadows when he piloted PL Intimidator to victory in the eighth race.   "I just go to work — I enjoy it quite a bit — and don't think about the numbers that much," said Pantaleano, whose mou...
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Wakizashi Hanover, Always At My Place, Missile J meet at Dover

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Three starters – Wakizashi Hanover, Always At My Place and Missile J - who won their previous starts collide in this week’s $30,000 Preferred Handicap, the top event at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 2. First Post is 4:30 p.m. Wakizashi Hanover makes his first start since late December as he prepares for his 2017 season with Tim Tetrick driving the five-year-old $1.4-millon winner for...
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Susie's Delight takes Buffalo feature

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Rain and the 'lightning' lane proved to be a perfect combination for Susie's Delight ($4.60) at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 1) as she got the win in the featured $8,200 pace for the mares in 1:58.4. With Missevil set fractions of 30.0, 59.4 and 1:29.2, pacers fanned out four wide. With five ladies having a realistic chance, it was just a matter of who had the best ...
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Market Share scores first 2017 win at Dover

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Outside post  8 was no problem for Earl's Speeder who chalked up his second straight Wednesday feature  trot at Dover Downs on March 1.   After a win from the rail last week, Yannick Gingras drove Earl's Speeder from the outside this week with the same result, a victory in 1:55.1, over a sloppy track. The Earl Of Stormont-Trapezius gelding made it two wins in his last thre...
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Horseman Lloyd Gilmour, 71, dies

on 02/28/2017 12:00 AM
Lloyd H. Gilmour, part of the famous Gilmour clan in harness racing, died suddenly Feb. 26. He was 71.   Lovingly known as "Fuzzy" by his many friends and family, his laugh and sense of humor will be something that they will all remember. Born and raised in Ft. Erie, Ontario, the son of William and Margaret Gilmour, Mr. Gilmour followed in the family business of harness racing wi...
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Shakerattlenrock takes MVG Survivor final

on 02/28/2017 12:00 AM
It started with 79 hopeful $5,000 male claimers in Round 1, was narrowed to 40 in Round 2, then down to 20 for Round 3. It culminated with 10 finalists on Tuesday (Feb. 28) afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway when the championship leg of the "Survivor Series" went postward for a $20,000 purse. Shakerattlenrock, who scored two wins and a ‘neck’ defeat in the first three legs, used his cust...
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Winbak welcomes its first foal by Bolt The Duer

on 02/28/2017 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm’s first Bolt The Duer foal p,2,1:51; 3,1:47.4f ($1,828,995), was born at Winbak Farm of Maryland on Feb. 22. The filly is the first for her dam, Winbak Speedi p,3,1:54.4s; 1:52.4f ($125,044). "We are highly anticipating the first crop of Bolt The Duer foals. This filly already shows athleticism and looks the part at her young age. We expect the rest of his first crop to look...
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Marketing discussed at Sunday USTA meeting

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
The future of the USTA marketing efforts in social media, wagering, and racehorse ownership was the focus of the Communications/Marketing Committee on the first day of the USTA Board of Directors annual meeting Sunday (Feb. 26) at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.   Allison Conte, the USTA’s social media and publicity manager, showed the committee the plan for the USTA’s soci...
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"I'll probabaly never drive another horse like that"

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
If all David Miller did in 2016 was win a couple Breeders Crowns, the North America Cup, Little Brown Jug, sit behind three divisional champions, become only the third driver in history to surpass $200 million in lifetime purses (while also setting a career best for earnings in a single season) and become only the fifth in North America with at least 12,000 victories, well, that would be a pretty ...
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First Of Itskind upsets in Pompano Open

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
First Of Itskind, giving a strong hint last week by closing fastest of all in the Open Pace, used a backstretch blitz from fifth into the lead on Sunday night (February 26) and went on to post a 10-1 upset in the $12,000 Open 1 Handicap, stopping the timer in 1:51.2.  Handled by Tom Jackson, the six year-old gelded son of Western Terror pinned a 1 ½ defeat on Uncmprmising Z Tam (Mike Sim...
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NYSS finals, International Trot set for Oct. 14

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
The New York State Gaming Commission and the Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Monday (Feb. 27) that Yonkers Raceway will host one of the world’s single biggest harness racing events this October. For the first time, both the New York Sire Stakes "Night of Champions" and the International Trot will be held together. The event features horses from around the globe and New Y...
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Russell Williams voted USTA president

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
Russell Williams was elected president of the USTA by a vote of Association directors during the first general session of the USTA board of directors annual meeting Monday (Feb. 27) at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Williams, who represents District 7 as a membership director and most recently served as the Association’s vice chairman, was elected by a majority vote over four other c...
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My Hare Lady takes MGV Survivor final for mares

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
My Hare Lady led a cavalry charge through the wire to capture the $15,000 championship final of a three-week Survivor Series for $5,000 claiming mares on Monday afternoon (Feb. 27) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet lass held on by a nose over Certitude (Brady Galliers), with show finisher Endeavors Ladyluck (Jeremy Smith) and a host of others all within a couple lengths a...
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Rockin Rum Springs scores at Meadows

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
An unruly Rockin Rum Springa was wide in the turns -- and not much more manageable in the straightaways -- but still was much the best in Monday’s (Feb. 27) feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Rockin Rum Springa nearly blew the first turn while trying for the lead before Dave Palone was able to wrestle her back to the cones. The 4-year-old daughter of...
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