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Trotters featured Friday at Meadowlands

on 01/26/2017 12:00 AM
Friday night's program at the Meadowlands offers fans and horseplayers a dozen well matched fields. The feature is race six, a $13,000 conditioned/optional claiming trot where a field of eight veteran square gaiters will battle for the winner's share.   There's a new face among the octet, that of Dale Wareham and Kris Rickert's 5-year-old gelding Wilberforce. A winner in 15 of his 4...
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Prix d'Amerique, NJ controversy in Preview!

on 01/26/2017 12:00 AM
The big news across the Atlantic is Sunday's Prix d'Amerique in Paris, while the big news stateside is Howard Taylor's revelation that he plans on filing an injunction regarding the cancellation of this year's New Jersey Classic. Weekend Preview talked to both Taylor and Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural about their stalemate that appears headed for court and you can read what they say about the...
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MSOA hires Mock as director of social media

on 01/26/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is pleased to announce that Dawnelle Mock has joined the association as director of social media.A 2016 graduate of Youngstown State University, Mock earned a degree in Marketing Management. This past summer she interned with the marketing department at the Meadowlands after spending the previous two summers working with the MSOA as a marke...
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Tater Twister tops again in Pompano trot

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
After a tough trip last time out after starting from the outside post, Tater Twister took advantage of the coveted five post on Tuesday night to score a gate-to-wire win for Mike Simons, stopping the timer in 1:53.4 in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park.   The gallant 7-year-old gelded son of ABC Garland pushed the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way at the start and...
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Ohio commission to focus on 3 priorities

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) will focus on a trio of priorities in 2017, it was announced at the Jan. 17 monthly meeting.   Chairman Robert K. Schmitz announced that the OSRC plans to address the regulation of ADW (advance deposit wagering) platforms and review recommendations by RMTC (Racing Medication and Testing Consortium) and ARCI (Association of Racetrack Commissioners In...
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Justin MacEachern named Caretaker of Year

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
Justin MacEachern, who works in the Ross Croghan Stable, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HHRNP) in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   MacEachern, 26, has worked for Croghan for three years, and in 2016 he was the caretaker of Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Pace champ ...
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Dinger Four upsets at 184-1 in Meadows finale

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
  Bettors pegged Wednesday's 13th and final race at The Meadows as a predictable affair, hammering down Town Speaker to 3-5. But James "Calvin" Dodson and Dinger Four had other ideas, as they rushed by the favorite in the shadow of the wire to score at an astronomical 184-1. Dinger Four returned $370.20 to win and $464.80 across the board for a $2 wager. Trained by Ron Lineweaver...
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Celebrity Pegasus, Moonlight Cocktail win Dover features

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
Art Stafford Jr. took Celebrity Pegasus to the front and then took no prisoners along the way to a lifetime best equaling 1:53.3 conquest in the Wednesday, Jan. 25 $15,000 Mares 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot at Dover Downs on Jan. 25. A five-year-old by Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena, Celebrity Pegasus had been racing well since her last win in late November three consecutive seconds, a...
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Pertty Music pulls off mild upset at Pompano

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
Pertty Music, superbly handled by George Napolitano, Jr., pulled off a mild upset in the $11,000 Open Pace for the Mares on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. The seven year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, first, got by the heavily favored Wild Wanda (Richard Macomber, Jr.) and, then, held off the late surging Metro Glide (Tom Jackson) and Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey) to score by...
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Kaitlyn Rae captures F&M open pace at Buffalo

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
In the Wednesday (January 25) feature race at Buffalo, Kaitlyn Rae used a late rush to capture the Fillies and Mare Open Pace. The first half mile was uneventful as the horses stayed in post position order with favorite Artzia Hanover on the lead in :59.3. By the time the horses reached the back stretch the second time around they were three wide. Ben McNeil kept Artizia Hanover on the lead...
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Longtime partners enjoying ride with Panocchio

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Emile Johnson Jr. was looking for a young, up-and-coming trainer to condition horses for him in New England. Jim Mattison was looking to re-establish himself as a trainer and driver following a stint in the Army.   That was 45 years ago.   The two men were introduced to each other, hit it off, and have remained partners in racing ever since. And they are continuing to rea...
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Ohio recognizes its best at annual banquet

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
On Saturday (Jan. 21), the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association honored horsemen, horsewomen, and equines throughout the state for their accomplishments during the 2016 racing season at the OHHA and USTA District 1 annual banquet held at Doubletree by Hilton Columbus/Worthington in Columbus, Ohio. The day’s activities included the annual P.A.C.E.R stallion service auction, HHHRP trustees...
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NY educating about equine after care

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
As part of its ongoing commitment in driving attention to the issue of responsible aftercare of racehorses, the New York State Gaming Commission announced all horse racing owners, trainers and assistant trainers seeking to participate in New York State racing as of Feb. 1 must view the Commission’s new video underscoring the importance of responsible horse aftercare and the many options for ...
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Trace Tetrick notches MVR six-pack

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Driver Trace Tetrick got a new nickname fromMiami valley Raceway announcer Barry Vicroy as he renamed Trace "Touchdown Tetrick" when he scored his sixth win in the nightcap of the Tuesday matinee program. Tag Up And Go (Tetrick) notched his first local score but it certainly wasn’t anything new to the well-traveled 7-year-old son of Angus Hall who now sports 29 career victories. In just his s...
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Medusa goes last to first at Meadows

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Last in the field of six at the three quarters, Medusa unleashed a three-wide blitz that carried her to victory in Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa was following sluggish cover when Tony Hall decided to show her racetrack. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Mythical quickly looped the field and engaged the leader, Show Runner, defeat...
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Retired horseman Aime Choquette dies at 102

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Aime J. Choquette, one of the best know second trainers in the sport of harness racing, died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 102. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on Oct. 31, 1914, Choquette passed away from natural causes at a nursing facility in Sherbrooke. As a youth after World War I, Choquette's life revolved around horses as they were still utilized for daily transportation. He had jo...
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Nat A Virgin wins 5-horse Dover photo

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Nat A Virgin took the lead at the half and held on to win a five-horse photo in 1:52.4, ending the five-race win streak of Enhance Your Mind in the $20,000 Mares Open pace at Dover Downs Tuesday.  Corey Callahan drove Nat A Virgin, a 6-year-old Always A Virgin-Nat-a-tat—tat mare, owned by Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva Stables, to her first local win after two straight second-pl...
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Blazing Bobby Sox 1:51.4 winner at Dover

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
After breaking stride with a big lead en route to victory last week, Blazing Bobby Sox made amends on Monday winning the co-feature race with a convincing 1:51.4 success at Dover Downs on Jan. 23. Don’t Ya Know won his race in 1:53.4. Art Stafford Jr. moved Blazing Bobby Sox three wide at the three-quarters and quickly took the lead on the final turn and pulled away from her eight foes in the...
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Bad Angel scores in 1:56.1 in Pompano series

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
Bad Angel, handled by Tom Jackson, desperately seeking some racing room when it counted, found some in the final sixteenth to score a narrow victory as the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" trotting series continued at Pompano Park on Monday night (Jan. 23). As stiff westerly winds reaching 30 miles-per-hour continued to pound South Florida, the eight year-old daughter of Valley Victor stopped the c...
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Rocky's Z Tam steps up to Pompano Open, wins

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
Rocky’s Z Tam, fresh off a 1:50.4 winning effort in conditioned company a week ago, stepped up to the top Open ranks and promptly won that, as well, stopping the timer in 1:51.1 for Ricky Macomber Jr.  The five year-old gelded son of World of Rocknroll took home the major share of the $12,000 purse in pinning a photo finish defeat measuring a neck over the pacesetting Respectable Dream, ha...
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