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McWicked wins at Pompano, first since 2014

on 02/13/2017 12:00 AM
The highly anticipated 2017 debut of McWicked proved to be highly successful as the now six year-old son of McArdle scored a 1:50.4 win in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace "Romp at the Pomp" Pace on Sunday night (Feb. 12). David Miller, also making his 2017 driving debut, was in the bike for the victory, the 12,027th of his Hall of Fame career. Facing a stout field of competitors incl...
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Marcus Miller to represent USA in World championship

on 02/13/2017 12:00 AM
Marcus Miller is going from Rising Star to Stars and Stripes. The 27-year-old Miller, who in two weeks will receive the 2016 Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association, today was named by the U.S. Trotting Association as America's representative for August's World Driving Championship in Canada. Miller, a native of Illinois now living in eastern Pennsylvania, has won 2,648 rac...
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Eleanor Gillock, mother of Rich Gillock, dies

on 02/13/2017 12:00 AM
Eleanor Gillock, matriarch of a longtime Meadows racing family, passed away on Sunday, February 12 at the age of 87. A resident of Belle Vernon, she was often in attendance at The Meadows watching her sons' horses race. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Michael J. Gillock, along with 10 brothers and sisters. She is survived by three daughters, Brenda (Bill) Sutton ...
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Medusa cruises at Meadows; Hall wins 7

on 02/13/2017 12:00 AM
Medusa zipped to the front for Tony Hall and made a shambles of the race, opening a 6-length lead in the stretch before gearing down and capturing Monday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The victory highlighted a spectacular day for Hall, who won seven of the 13 races on the card. Hall had ducked Medusa in her three most recent starts...
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Longshots advance in Miami Valley series

on 02/13/2017 12:00 AM
A pair of longshots prevailed in second round Survivor Series action for $5000 claiming mares at Miami Valley on Monday afternoon. The top five finishers from each $7500 split will return in two weeks for a $15,000 championship final on February 27. Togetherforever scored in the first elimination in 1:56, returning $35.40 to his $2 supporters. Mike Oosting guided the 6-year-old Duneside Pe...
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Red Hot Herbie trots to Open win at Yonkers

on 02/12/2017 12:00 AM
Red Hot Herbie (Jason Bartlett, $5.50) and Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron, $15) earned the praise of the populace Saturday night (Feb. 11), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicaps. Favored ‘Herbie’—from post position five in the week’s marquee trot—stalked the second-choice, eight-baller Allerage Star (Andy Miller) through moderate intervals of :28, :58.4 and 1:27. The las...
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Missile J posts third straight Meadowlands win

on 02/12/2017 12:00 AM
The pace was slow and the trip did not go as it was planned, but the result was the same as the past two weeks as Missile J led all the way to win his third straight in the $16,000 featured pace at the Meadowlands on Saturday (Feb. 11). When the select field of seven left the gate, none of the horses were interested in seizing command so Jonathan Roberts sent Missile J, the 4-5 public choic...
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McWicked makes first start of '17 Sunday at PPk

on 02/12/2017 12:00 AM
Harness racing's version of "The Thrilla in Manilla" takes place on Sunday night at Pompano Park with the "Romp at the Pomp" featuring the South Florida track record holder Panocchio in a classic match-up with the $1.7 million dollar winner McWicked, making his Pompano Park debut in a comeback effort. Carded as the second race on the 11 race program, Panocchio, the winner of 10 of his 11 st...
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Payments due for Delaware, OH races

on 02/12/2017 12:00 AM
Sustaining payments for the sophomore classics Little Brown Jug (3-year-old colt pace), Jugette (3-year-old filly pace), Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due February 15. These payments are for foals of 2014.   The Little Brown Jug and Old Oaken Bucket will be raced Thursday, September 21 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, ...
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Bold Eagle wins Prix de France; Propulsion 5th

on 02/12/2017 12:00 AM
Bold Eagle remains the king of France, and the international trotting scene, as he easily won the $425,000 Prix de France on Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. Timoko and Bjorn Goop were the early leaders in the race, contested over a distance of about 1 ¼ miles (2,100 meters), but Un Mec d'Heripre quickly took control. Franck Nivard had Bold Eagle trotting in third-ove...
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B Yoyo victorious in Meadowlands Trot feature

on 02/11/2017 12:00 AM
B Yoyo produced an "A-Plus" performance to pull off a minor upset in the $18,000 featured trot on Friday (Feb. 10) at the Meadowlands. Crosbys Clam Bake left for the lead while odds-on favorite Muscle Diamond was content to take back to last through an opening quarter mile in :27.2 and a half mile in :56.3. Past the half-mile, B Yoyo and Joe Bongiorno pulled first-over, giving Muscle Diamon...
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Gokudo Hanover upsets at 16-1 at Meadows

on 02/11/2017 12:00 AM
Dismissed at a lush 16-1, Gokudo Hanover followed live cover before brushing through the lane to score the upset in Saturday’s (Feb. 11) $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Gokudo Hanover was sixth down the backside when he picked up the first-over cover of Believeinthespirit. Eric Goodell sent the 5-year-old Cam’s Card Shark-Gifted Yankee gelding w...
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Western Fair honors its best from 2016 season

on 02/11/2017 12:00 AM
Longtime local horseman Ross Battin and pacing mare Nadia Can Go were the headliners at Saturday's (Feb. 11) awards banquet at The Raceway at Western Fair District, which celebrated the best on and off the track over the past racing season. Ross Battin has had many honors over the years at the London, Ont., racetrack. He topped the drivers’ standings on four occasions, was ...
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Latest Desire repeats with win at Miami Valley

on 02/11/2017 12:00 AM
A neck separated the top four finishers in Saturday’s (Feb. 11) featured $22,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway, with Latest Desire pushing a nose in front at the wire. As the 3-5 favorite off an impressive 1:50 triumph a week ago, driver Simon Allard was able to coax a 1:51 mile from Latest Desire this week to down nine rivals in 1:51. Fancy Creek Elusiv (Mike Oosting) got the first q...
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Knocking Around scores in Buffalo open

on 02/11/2017 12:00 AM
Knocking Around has been camera shy recently but that doesn't mean the 7-year-old gelding hasn't been trying. With three runner-up finishes and two shows in his last five appearances in Open competition, it was just a matter of time before Knocking Around got back into the win column. That time came on Saturday night (Feb. 11). Knocking Around ($6.10) got a perfect first over trip...
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2016 Levy champ Bit Of A Legend N qualifies

on 02/11/2017 12:00 AM
Bit Of A Legend N, last season’s winner of Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, returned to the scene of his greatest triumph for a first 2017 sighting. The now-8-year-old was an even third in the fastest of four qualifiers Saturday night (Feb. 11), pacing his mile in 1:55.4 (last quarter :27.2). "I was very pleased," regular driver Jordan Stratton s...
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Muscle Diamond trying for another win

on 02/10/2017 12:00 AM
Friday night's feature trot comes up in race two where a balanced field of six does battle for a purse of $18,000.   Muscle Diamond comes right back after an impressive front end win against similar last week in 1:53.4. The now five-year-old has returned nicely after a year away for cagey conditioner Brett Bittle and regular driver John Campbell. Muscle Diamond, owned by the Kellers...
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Foiled Again wins 92nd career race at Dover

on 02/10/2017 12:00 AM
Foiled Again, the richest-ever Standardbred, added to his laurels on Thursday night at Dover Downs when he led gate to wire to win in 1:52.4. Foiled Again was sent off the 1-2 betting favorite in the $15,000 conditioned event, and driver Yannick Gingras had no problems as the 13-year-old gelding cruised to a 2 1/2-lengh score over runner-up Don't Ya Know (Corey Callahan).   Thu...
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Last call for ICF 3YO stakes

on 02/10/2017 12:00 AM
Racing secretary Robin Schadt would like to remind all horsemen wishing to enter 3 year olds for this year's Illinois Conceived and Foaled stakes program, that nomination payments must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, Feb 15. The fee for this season's sophomore events is $1,750.   Payments for this season's Illinois Conceived and Foaled 2-year-old stakes ($1,250) are due by A...
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Gangle leaving WEG for Western Fair

on 02/10/2017 12:00 AM
Growing up West Lorne, Ont., Greg Gangle considered The Raceway at Western Fair District his home track so it will be a homecoming of sorts on March 6 when he starts his new job as assistant racing manager at the London oval.   A marketing graduate of St. Clair College, Gangle also attended the University of Arizona's Racetrack Management Program which he left in 2007 to join The H...
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