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Tioga welcomes new announcer

on 05/03/2017 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will begin the 2017 racing season in less than a week, and when it does it will be with a new announcer. Taking over the mic this year will be John Horne, Jr. John has been an employee at Tioga for the past 3 years, working as an assistant to the Judges as well as filling in as the track’s back-up announcer. John has also filled in at several other tracks around the state as well...
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Quillo, dam of Kadabra, dies at age 23

on 05/03/2017 2:00 AM
It is with great sadness that Hochstetler Racing relays prolific broodmare and Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Famer Quillo has been euthanized at Last Hurrah Stables after ongoing health complications at the age of 23. The daughter of Trottin’ Happy and Arsenal’s Dynasty notably produced the great racehorse and sire Kadabra ($1,806,779, 1:51.3) as well as the Illinois champion Lifes A Holi...
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Highalator, Cousin Mary win Weiss finals

on 05/02/2017 2:00 AM
The favorites kept long winning steaks going at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday night in their respective $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships for pacers, with Highalator winning his ninth straight race in conquering the males and Cousin Mary in control of the distaffs to run her win skein to eight.   Highalator took the "low road" for trainer Jenny Bier getting ready for...
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Sophomore fillies kick off 2017 OSS action

on 05/02/2017 2:00 AM
Seven $40,000 divisions of sophomore fillies kicked off the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes season on Monday at Miami Valley Racetrack. Three divisions of diagonally-gaited distaffs battled along with four divisions of female side-wheelers on a blustery and severely windy afternoon.   Bourbon And Barley, a 3-year-old daughter by Charley Barley, picked the right time to break her maiden as sh...
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NZ star Christen Me wins Philly qualifier

on 05/02/2017 2:00 AM
Eleven-time Australian group one winner Christen Me made his stateside debut a winning one Tuesday morning in a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Driver Tim Tetrick came away third with Christen Me, patiently drafting until just past the half. The 2015 New Zealand Horse of the Year brushed on the backside, and was able to secure the victory in a qualifying time of 1:53.4. &nb...
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Purrfect Bags snags 27th career victory

on 05/02/2017 2:00 AM
Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($9.80, Ross Wolfenden) recorded her 27th career win Tuesday (May 2) at Harrington Raceway in 1:53 in the $15,000 Mares Open. Arts Jem assumed the early lead in a contested opening quarter in 27.2 while Purrfect Bags (Roddy's Bags Again) challenged and eventually cleared the former as the field of six reached the half-mile mark in 55.2. Through three-qu...
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Sonny Winslow wins Harness Handicapping Championship

on 05/02/2017 2:00 AM
Harold "Sonny" Winslow of Clinton, N.Y., captured the $20,000 grand prize in the 2017 BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday (April 29) at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Winslow finished the tournament with a $1,809 bankroll to top the field of 92 players from across North America who competed for $50,000 in prize money. Winslow won his spot in the Monticell...
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Mr. D's Dragon wins at Pocono for Team Lind

on 05/01/2017 2:00 AM
Mr. D's Dragon left from the rail, went right to the lead, and improved his position from there, scoring an easy 4 1/2-length victory in the $18,000 featured pace Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Christian Lind hustled the 4-year-old altered son of Dragon Again right to the top and caused wholesale tucks to the :26 quarter, then backed off the half to :55.1....
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Heart Felt game in Pompano Open victory

on 05/01/2017 2:00 AM
Heart Felt, craftily handled by Bryce Fenn, put on a game performance on Sunday night, taking Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap in 1:51.4.   The 6-year-old altered son of Well Said overcame the outside post to post a photo finish win—a neck—over Arsenal, driven by Dave Ingraham. Fritzie Pic Up Man, with Wally Hennessey in the sulky, recovered from an early miscue to finish th...
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Fresh Yankee Trot renamed for Dr. John Steele

on 05/01/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands is pleased to announce that the stake for older trotting mares formerly known as the Fresh Yankee shall be titled to memorialize long-time Grand Circuit "Veterinarian to the Stars" Dr. John R. Steele beginning with the 2017 edition of the race.   Dr. Steele graduated from Cornell university in 1946. After leaving academia, developed a successful Standardbred pra...
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Sunshine Beach's 2017 book full and closed

on 05/01/2017 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Sunshine Beach's book is full and closed for 2017.   The world champion son of Somebeachsomewhere is having a tremendous year in the breeding shed for a third-year stallion with a total book in excess of 180 mares, highlighted by Fancy Creek Funny, dam of One More Laugh ($2.6m).   This is exceptional for a third-year stallion an...
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Canadian Hall of Famer Irv Liverman dies

on 05/01/2017 2:00 AM
Montreal businessman Irving Liverman,who parlayed a small initial investment 50 years ago into a harness racing dynasty still going strong today, has died. Liverman, who never fully recovered from a stroke in 2011, was 94.   "We worked side by side from the time I graduated from university. He was my best friend for all my 70 years," said son Herb, who shared his father's passion fo...
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USTA rules, by-law changes in effect May 1

on 05/01/2017 2:00 AM
Changes to U.S. Trotting Association rules and bylaws that were approved at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors in February 2017, were enacted and went into effect on Monday, May 1.   The changes apply to venues in which the USTA is the sole regulatory authority. As specified in the USTA Rulebook's preface, "the rules…are applicable only to those non-pari-mutuel meetings ...
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Major Uptrend stretches win streak to 5

on 05/01/2017 2:00 AM
Allen Inc.'s Major Uptrend ($3.40, Tony Morgan) recorded his fifth straight win Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $17,500 Open pace in 1:50.3. Remember Me VK was the early leader and set a hot pace with an opening quarter in :26.3 before Poisonous cleared the front at the half-mile marker in :54.4. Poisonous led the field to the three-quarters in 1:22.1 while 3-5 favorite Major U...
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Artful Way in career-best 1:50.2 at Plainridge

on 05/01/2017 2:00 AM
After winning feature races at the Meadowlands and Saratoga Raceway in recent weeks, Artful Way ($4.20) brought his traveling road show to Plainridge Park and captured the $13,000 Open Handicap pace on Monday afternoon. It was a mad rush for the lead when the gate released the field. Marital Bliss (Chris Long), Artful Way (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) and last week's Open winner Hickory Icon (Eddie D...
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Brennan, Burke sweep co-features at Yonkers

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
Lady’s Dude (George Brennan, $7.30) and All Bets Off (Brennan again, $4.80) shared the Saturday night spotlight, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $55,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. After a couple of no-shot eight-holes, Lady’s Dude found this post position No. 5 assignment more than acceptable in the week’s featured trot. Caught three-deep early, Lady’s Dude made the lead...
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Pick 4 carryover pool tops $288,000 at M1

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
Horseplayers were salivating at the prospects of chasing a rare Pick Four carryover entering Saturday's program at the Meadowlands. The first such carryover since December of nearly $62,000 attracted more than $226,000 in new money to comprise a total pool of $288,482. Players looking to lean on a favorite were disappointed as the chalk went 0 for 4. Second-choice Sam Hill kicked off the ...
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Stevensville scores in his debut at Saratoga

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
Stevensville (Somebeachsomewhere) scored in his debut in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night and completed a rare natural hat trick for his trainer. Conditioner Ray Schnittker brought three horses to town to compete on Saturday night and his stable went three-for-three. Stevensville pulled off the upset in the $14,500 Open as he picked up cover and followed it all the...
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Brad Kramer wins 8,000th race at Northville

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
Driver Brad Kramer won his 8,000th career race on Saturday night, reaching the milestone with the 4-year-old gelding pacer Mystical Beach in Race 9 at Northville Downs. Kramer, who turned 60 in early February, came into the night with 2,997 career victories, but he was able to post a hat trick, also scoring earlier on the program with He's Got Issues in Race 2 and Not So Sweet in Race 4. ...
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