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Major Nemesis sets Miami Valley record

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
Nine of the finest Ohio-sired 3-year-old colts and geldings earned starting spots in the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship next week by finishing top three in one of a trio of very quick $12,500 elimination heats on Saturday at Miami Valley Raceway. The Hackett Series, now in its 46th year, serves annually as the kickoff event to open the Buckeye state’s stakes season for sophomor...
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Callahan stars with 5 wins at Meadowlands

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
Since adding Lasix on April 1, Rodeo Romeo has taken his already considerable talent to a career-best level. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover stallion won for the second time in three starts since adding Lasix, this time holding off the late charge of Special T Rocks to win Saturday night's $18,000 pacing feature at the Meadowlands in a career-best 1:50. Andrew McCarthy moved Rodeo Romeo to...
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Jerseylicious repeats at Hoosier Park

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
 Jerseylicious and Trace Tetrick found the winner’s circle for the second consecutive week in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday. Racing from off the pace this week, the 7-year-old mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and just missed her lifetime mark by a two-fi...
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Orillia paces to 2017 Pocono speed badge

on 04/15/2017 2:00 AM
The Western Ideal gelding Orillia Joe paced the fastest mile of the young 2017 season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:49.4, in the featured $25,000 winners-over pace on Saturday. Driver Eric Carlson left strongly from the rail with the Yonkers shipper and parked Casimir Jitterbug to a quarter in :26 before letting him go to sit in the two-hole. Awesomeness, the 9-5 favorite, was right b...
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Bags To Riches takes $100k Delaware final

on 04/14/2017 2:00 AM
Bags To Riches is living up to his name. Tim Tetrick drove the Only Money Inc. homebred to his second $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF). After winning the two-year old final last November, he completed his double, scoring an impressive 1:51.4 victory on Thursday at Dover Downs.   Also on the Thursday night program, Blazing Bobby Sox took the $27,500 Delaw...
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Increase in Ohio Sires Stakes nominations

on 04/14/2017 2:00 AM
The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund has received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions for the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS).   The OSS series—the most lucrative of any for Ohio-bred Standardbreds—saw a six percent gain from 2016, which had 1,091 nominees in these same categories and a 49 percent increase of 2015 nom...
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Beer and horses at Meadowlands on Saturday

on 04/14/2017 2:00 AM
Saturday night brings with it an 11-race Meadowlands card with six solid pacers set to contest the featured $18,000 pace in race six.   The inside three met last week and Rodeo Romeo fared better than rivals Bullet Bob and Matrix Of Luck by finishing third in a photo as the race favorite. "Romeo" has drawn the rail in Saturday's race with Andy McCarthy keeping the drive on the lightly rac...
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Rockin Ron looks to rock in final Levy prelim

on 04/14/2017 2:00 AM
After sitting out last week's round in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series because of a numbers crunch, Rockin Ron's connections hope the gelding can come back this weekend with a performance good enough to maintain a spot in the upcoming $200,000-added final at Yonkers Raceway.   The preliminary divisions of the six-week Levy Series for older male pacers conclude Saturday at Th...
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First Turn Stable returns to Hoosier Park

on 04/14/2017 2:00 AM
Building upon the successes of the 2016 debut, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is excited to announce the return of First Turn Stable, Hoosier Park's ownership program. The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, First Turn Stable was designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership and educate for future ownership endeavors.   First ...
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Mach It A Par, Regil Elektra win Matchmakers

on 04/14/2017 2:00 AM
 Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker Series offered up Round Five Friday night with a pair of $40,000 divisions. The opening event saw 2-5 favorite Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron) get looped leaving, then walk home. That scenario was good news for a second-up Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $7.80), who was carried into the race and into the winner’s circle. After Diva’s ...
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Favorites rule in Hackett 3FP eliminations

on 04/14/2017 2:00 AM
The James K. Hackett Memorial Series, the traditional kickoff to the Ohio-sired stakes season, got underway Friday night with three $12,500 elimination divisions of sophomore pacing fillies. When the dust settled, 21 hopefuls were reduced to nine of the finest 3-year-old Buckeye fillies, who will return next Friday (April 21) for the $40,000 championship final. Three elimination heats of Hackett...
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Undefeated Prairie Sweetheart returns Friday

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
Let It Ride Stable, Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham's Prairie Sweetheart brings her perfect career record to the Meadowlands, facing five rivals in an $18,000 conditioned pace.   The lightly raced Florida-bred 4-year-old mare caught the eye of her current connections with impressive back-to-back scores at Pocono and Yonkers last summer and was placed in the barn of Ross Croghan at The Red ...
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Longtime horseman Del Richards dies

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
Delbert R. Richards, 68, passed away Tuesday, April 4, at his home surrounded by his loving family.   Born in Caribou, Maine, where he was raised. His love for horses led him to a career in harness racing. He trained and raced throughout New York State and Delaware. Mr. Richards was a member of the Harness Horse Racing Association of Central New York, the United States Trotting...
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Vernon Downs postpones April 21 opening

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural, chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, announced Thursday that he will be delaying the opening day of racing at Vernon Downs amid significant financial losses due to the added competition from Yellow Brick Road, Lago and Rivers.   Final preparations are currently underway at Vernon Downs to open the 64th season of live harness racing, which was set for Friday, Apr...
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Date change for Reynolds, Tompkins-Geers 2YOs

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
The Tompkins-Geers for 2-year-old pacers has been moved from Saturday, Aug. 19, to Sunday, Aug. 20, joining the 2-year-old trotting events.   All divisions of the Tompkins-Geers 2-year-old early closers are now on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Tioga Downs.   The W.N. Reynolds for 2-year-old pacers has been moved from Saturday, Aug. 26, to Sunday, Aug. 27, joining the 2-year-old tro...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
It's down to the final preliminary of the Levy and Matchmaker series at Yonkers Raceway, and you can see the up-to-date scorecard in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. While those two series are getting ready to wrap up, things are fresh and new at Mohawk Racetrack, where the 2017 season gets underway on Thursday night. Kathy Parker spoke to Sugar Valley Farm's Joe McLead about the...
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Waiting On A Woman, Black Broadway score at Plainridge

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of $10,000 condition trots headlined Thursday’s (April 13) card of racing at Plainridge Park and solid efforts were turned in by both Waiting On A Woman and Black Broadway in those events. After facing many 10-horse fields in mid-level condition races at the Meadowlands all winter, Waiting On A Woman found an abbreviated field in a similar class much to his liking and proved it by ...
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Vernon horsemen's group issues statement

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Association of Central New York issued the following statement regarding the delay in opening the 2017 meet at Vernon Downs. "We are greatly upset to read that management has decided that it will delay the April 21, scheduled open at Vernon Downs pursuant to our contract. That plan of operation and our contract requires Vernon to be opened on that day. The Gaming Commission ha...
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Ontario judges to begin tweeting about calls

on 04/13/2017 2:00 AM
The live tweeting of Race Officials’ calls began Monday (April 10), as part of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario project. Currently a pilot project, the intent of the live tweeting is to provide transparency with regard to calls made by Race Officials during a race. For example, if an inquiry is posted, that information will be...
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Lifetime marks set in Weiss splits at Pocono

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
There were three $15,000 preliminaries for trotters of both sexes in Bobby Weiss Series action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night, and a female posted the fastest time of all–-the Kadabra mare Sunrise Avenue, who knocked a second off her winning time in the first round of the Weiss by triumphing Tuesday in 1:55.4.   Sunrise Avenue used tactics similar to last week...
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