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Night Pro takes Hoosier feature in 1:49.3

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
After an equipment malfunction last week, Night Pro and Sam Widger rebounded gamely to capture the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (April 21). Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro turned in a gritty performance to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:49.3, just a few ticks off his career best. I...
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Catalog available for Spring Mixed Sale

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
The sale catalog and past performances booklet for the Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls Sales Co. website, tattersallsredmile.com, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app. The "all-racehorse" sale is scheduled to get underway at noon on Sunday, May 7, in the back paddock at the Meadowlands.   Sale manager David Reid said that entries for the supp...
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Missile J primed and ready for Levy final

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
It's one thing to stand out against many of the finest older pacers in training. It's quite another to do it as a young'un.   Missile J, a relative toddler at the age of four, finds himself worthy of a seat at Saturday night's adult table for Yonkers Raceway's $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. This race, and its companion, the $310,600 Blue Chip M...
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Interesting mix of trotters in Big M Preferred

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
It's an interesting mix of six trotters that will compose the field for the featured sixth race, a $20,000 Preferred trot, on Friday night at the Meadowlands.   A few familiar faces remain in B Yoyo, Muscle Diamond and Opulent Yankee. These three have been in the thick of things at the top trotting level throughout the early third of the Meadowlands' racing season.   ...
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Simpson appointed to Ohio Racing Commission

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Gregory H. Simpson is the newest appointee to the Ohio State Racing Commission by Governor John R. Kasich.   The 66-year-old Milford, Ohio resident‘s term is from April 14 through March 31, 2021. Commissioner Thomas R. Winters of Columbus was reappointed by Governor Kasich to serve another term for the same time period.   Simpson owns and operates Key Transportation Se...
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Norm Ducharme to take over at Cornell Ruffian

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Dr. Norm Ducharme, James Law Professor of Large Animal Surgery at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), will be taking over as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists (CRES), a Cornell University affiliate center for equine sports medicine & critical care, located in Elmont, NY. Ducharme will succeed Dr. Alan Nixon, professor of large ani...
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Top racehorse, stallion Dragon Again dies at 22

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Dragon Again, a winner of more than $2.3 million on the racetrack and the sire of the winners of more than $122.7 million, including the $7.5 million-winner Foiled Again, the sport's all-time richest racehorse, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he had stood stallion duty since 2014. Dragon Again's death comes one week after Sugar Valley Farm annou...
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CHHA scholarship applications due April 30

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association Scholarship Applications are due this month.The application can be found at www.chha.net. Completed applications, including all attachments, must be postmarked by April 30, 2017. Purpose: To assist students from Christian families involved in harness racing in continuing their education by providing financial aid to worthy applicants. For the 2...
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SRF's Elitlopp raffle winner is deserving

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) Elitlopp raffle winners, Kim and Bill Hutchison of Hampton Bays, N.Y., have been donors since 2009, as horse sponsors, event supporters, and as saviors of a very special horse.     For a very brief time, Kim worked at EJ Farms in Aquebogue, N.Y., taking care of a daughter of Keystone Raider, Raider Arms. She raced from 1998-2001...
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Inside look at Levy in new Weekend Preview!

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
The Levy and Matchmaker finals are upon us this weekend at Yonkers and there is something missing in the rich Levy. Find out what that is as well as read a preview of the $529,000 contest in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. An American-born, Italian-bred trotter makes his North American debut on Friday night at the Meadowlands and Kathy Parker spoke to trainer Julie Miller on the...
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Harrington set to open 71st season on April 24

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Live harness racing will commence Monday, April 24, for the 71st consecutive season at Harrington Raceway with a 10-race program starting at 5 p.m.   A revised wagering format will include superfectas in the even-numbered races with pick four wagering beginning in races three and seven. In the event there is more than 10 races, the Pick Four will cover the last four races.  ...
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Delaware, Ohio fair names new sponsorship manager

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Delaware native, Thomas "T" Thomson has been named the Sponsorship Manager of the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug. Thomson has more than 25 years of sales and production experience, most recently with Brown Enterprise Solutions.  Thomson is the grandson of Henry "Hank" Thomson, co-founder of the Little Brown Jug and the son of W. D. "Tommy" Thomson, who ran the Jug for ne...
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Black Broadway sets Plainridge track record

on 04/20/2017 2:00 AM
Fresh off a victory in her seasonal debut last week, Black Broadway came off cover to capture the $14,000 Open trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon and made history in the process. When the gate released the seven classy trotters, Waiting On A Woman (Greg Merton) shot right to the front and authored a brisk :26.4 opening panel. With all participants seated only briefly,...
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Repeat winners in Weiss male trot splits

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
Developing trotters headlined the Tuesday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with three $15,000 preliminary round divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series for both male and female trotters.   The males started their prelims a week behind the other Weiss contestants, and thus this was only their second prelim. But all three winners from last week were able to repeat Tuesday night; a...
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Machin Marley scores narrow Pompano win

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
In a classic "fistfight to the finish," as described by announcer Gabe Prewitt, Machin Marley eked out a photo finish win in Pompano Park's $9,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night.   Driven by Wally Hennessey, Machin Marley, squeaked by a tenacious Goldstar Rockette, handled by Kevin Wallis, right at the wire, after a stretch long duel that was determined by a head with the mile...
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Drug testing forum tops ARCI conference opener

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
Increased out-of-competition testing, investing in additional investigators and research into emerging threats is the most effective way to catch-- and, more importantly, deter-- cheating in horse racing. That was the big take-away from the drug-testing forum on opening day of the Association of Racing Commissioners International's 83rd annual conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity ...
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Monticello set to raise purses 10 percent

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, Monticello Raceway has raised purses. When this week's condition sheet come out, horseman will note an additional 10 percent to their purses, on top of last week's purse increase.   Monticello Raceway race secretary Eric Warner noted that, "Historically, this has always been the time of year that we raise the purses. The purses were ra...
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Downbytheseaside romps in MVR qualifier

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
World champion Downbytheseaside made an impressive 3-year-old debut Wednesday afternoon, winning a qualifier at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:53.1. With Chris Page driving for trainer Brian Brown, Downbytheseaside closed out the mile with a final quarter of :27.4 as he romped home a winner by 7 3/4 lengths over Lovely Feelin, with Berazzled third.   Starting from post seven, Page and Do...
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Tricky Nick takes Meadows $18K trot

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
  Tricky Nick pocketed Barn Girl early, then held her off late to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tricky Nick worked hard to get the lead for Jim Pantaleano but eventually was able to put Barn Girl, seeking her fourth consecutive win, on his bumper. The 5-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding downed Barn Gi...
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Ron Beback Jr. hits 2,000 career wins at Buffalo

on 04/19/2017 2:00 AM
"The way things went several times in my career, I never thought I'd be able to reach 2,000 wins," driver Ron Beback Jr. said after reaching that milestone on Wednesday night (April 19) steering Ergo Hanover ($3.60) to victory in the sixth race at Buffalo Raceway. The 52-year-old Beback Jr. has had to overcome two serious medical issues over the years but has bounced b...
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