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USTA rolls out new Online Registration service

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
The USTA staff’s rollout of the online foal registration program highlighted the Registration Committee meeting of the USTA Board of Directors annual meeting Monday (Feb. 27) at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. T.C. Lane, USTA director of registry and member services, told the board that since its launch on Dec. 6, 2016, 286 foals from the 2016 crop were registered online from an esti...
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Franzo scores in 1:51.4 in Miami Valley open

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
Franzo, moving into open company after three straight solid efforts in $30,000 claimers, was the upset winner of the weekly $22,000 Saturday (Feb. 25) night feature at Miami Valley Raceway. Owner/trainer Adam Short entrusted the lines to Dan Noble, and the purple-and-white clad 34-year-old teamster responded with his fifth win on the program from a second tier start in the full 10-horse field. ...
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Soto edges Somewhere In LA by neck at Yonkers

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
Saturday night (Feb. 25) offered any number of entrants for Yonkers Raceway’s upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Series for which nominations close this Wednesday, March 1, including favored Soto (Matt Kakaley, $4.50), winner of the featured $50,000 Open Handicap Pace.  In play from post position four, Soto then gave up the baton to Somewhere in L A (Mark MacDonald) just before a moist...
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Rockeyed Optimist 1:51 winner at Meadowlands

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
Jacksrluckytoo unleashed his patented late rally to win the Saturday night pacing feature at the Meadowlands in 1:52.1. The 5-year-old Michigan sired gelding by He’s All That has regained the top form that saw him earn close to $100,000 last year. Bettor Rock On set up shop on the front end through a :28.3 opening quarter and a half mile in :56.2. Corey Callahan kept the winner of last week...
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Yonkers holds fourth Sunday card of season

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s fourth Sunday card (Feb. 26) of the season included seven French trots, although the featured $50,000 Open Handicap wasn’t among them. A field of seven, after a defection, were all nose-to-gate going the flat mile, with second choice B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno, $7.90) picking off 11-10 choice Rose Run Parker (George Brennan) at the wire in 1:56.1. The eventual winner—from po...
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Saratoga Sunday feature to St Lad's Moonwalk

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
St Lads Moonwalk (Mach Three) prevailed in the Open Pace as part of the double feature on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 26) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jackie Greene had last year’s local Pacer of the Year as Artful Way took home top honors after being the winningest participant in the Open Pace in 2016. This year’s version for Greene could be St Lads Moonwalk, who was aggressively ...
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Opulent Yankee one of 4 wins for Andy Miller

on 02/25/2017 12:00 AM
Andy Miller entered the weekend in ninth place in the Meadowlands driver standings, but Friday night (Feb. 24) reminded fans why the "Orange Crush" can still get it done with four wins including a score in the featured trot with Opulent Yankee. Miller began the evening by capitalizing on a perfect pocket trip with Opulent Yankee to upset 4-5 favorite Lady’s Dude in the $17,000 conditioned tro...
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Kingofthejungle takes Meadows pace feature

on 02/25/2017 12:00 AM
Kingofthejungle waited patiently in the pocket behind the dueling leaders, then blazed through the Lightning Lane to score the 9-1 upset in Saturday’s (Feb. 25) $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While Mykindachip was fending off the first-over challenge of Latest Desire, Kingofthejungle and Tony Hall kept up, waiting for the opportunity to strike. They ...
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China Dream captures Buffalo Open Pace

on 02/25/2017 12:00 AM
China Dream is known for his late-closing speed, but a change in tactics paid off for him in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 25). He defeated Itsonlyrocknroll A by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over the good track. In an uncharacteristic move, China Dream (Shawn Gray) fired off the gate and had to go three-wide to grab the lead as Gallant Major and Thunderbolt Jaxon played h...
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Snow Cone jogs to 5-length win in 1:51.3

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
Leading drivers Brett Miller and Jim Marohn, Jr. stayed hot on Thursday at the Meadowlands on a day where temperatures were unseasonably into the 60s. Marohn won three of the night’s nine races including a five-length blowout in 1:51.3 with the Darran Cassar trained-mare Snow Cone. Brett Miller was the star of the latest broadcast of "Meadowlands Harness Live" airing on SNY. Miller won two o...
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Gingras drives 5 winners at Dover; third in standings

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
On unusually mild spring-like late Feb. 23, Yannick Gingras rang up five winners on a card boasting a 1:49, 1:49.1, 1:50, 150.2 and two150.4 miles at Dover Downs. Gingras won the $30,000 Preferred,with Take It Back Terry in 1:50.4 after Gingras’ 1:50 performance winning the $27,500 Delaware Special with the resurgent Emeritus Maximus. The leading drivers statistics show defending champion Cor...
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Bo Sowers gets 1,000th training victory

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
When Monster Cantab ($20.40) crossed the finish line in Buffalo Raceway's sixth race on Friday night (Feb. 24), it gave trainer Philip 'Bo' Sowers his 1,000th career victory. "It now puts me in a category that I never thought I'd ever reach when I started training," Sowers said of hitting that magical plateau. Back in 2002, Sowers was training four horses as a hobby in Maine but this wife sugg...
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Jackie's Rocket bests American Girl at MVG

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
For the fifth consecutive week there was a new winner in the Friday (Feb. 24) $22,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway. Jackie’s Rocket, the smallest in stature in the talented field but with one of the biggest hearts, worked hard to grab the lead at the :27.2 quarter-mile marker and then cruised on top in middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24, before hitting the wire first in 1:52.2....
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Mach It A Par takes Yonkers mare pace feature

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $6) was the third and last leader Friday night (Feb. 24), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Into the game early from assigned post position seven, Mach It A Par waited her turn as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) took turns with the lead. Mach It A Par grabbed her chance just after a :27.2 opening quarte...
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Aussie stakes mare Mackenzie set for US debut

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
Driver Jordan Stratton sat behind 5-year-old mare Mackenzie for the first time last Friday (Feb. 17) as she faced the starting gate for a qualifier at Yonkers Raceway. Starting from post position six, she paced evenly in the early stages before sprinting home late. She posted her final quarter in :27.1 and finished fourth. Although it was her first outing since finishing second in the Breeders Cro...
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Lady's Dude makes '17 debut at Meadowlands

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
On Friday night The Meadowlands will present an 11-race program conducted under spring-like conditions with temperatures in the 60s all weekend. Among the evening's racing highlights are the weekly featured trot carded as the first race where Lady's Dude, another Ron Burke veteran trotter, makes his 2017 debut. The now six-year-old Ohio bred won the final of his home state sires stakes program ...
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Wanna Rock N Roll scores at Buffalo

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
Wanna Rock N Roll couldn't win the battle for the lead off the starting gate but she ended up winning the war to the wire instead. Getting a first-over trip, Wanna Rock N Roll proved much the best in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace for the mares on Wednesday night (Feb. 22) with a solid length victory over Susie's Delight in the seasonal best 1:56.3 over the fast track. It was the fourth...
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Call For Justice wins first start after 13-week layoff

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
Racing off a 13-week layoff, Call For Justice found an escape route late and went on to capture Wednesday’s (Feb. 22) $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Call For Justice zipped to the early lead for Dave Palone but was shuffled to fourth into the final turn. Palone was able to angle Call For Justice to the outside, and the 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika’s Mazurka took off ...
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Live stream of USTA general session on Monday

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association’s 2017 Board of Directors Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday (Feb. 26) through Tuesday (Feb. 28) at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The meetings kick off with the Executive Committee at 1 p.m. (PST) followed by the Marketing/Communications Committee at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 26).  Sunday (Feb. 26) evening, the U.S. Harness Write...
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More from Horse Peoples' Alliance about Ontario racing

on 02/23/2017 12:00 AM
In a statement issued Thursday (February 22) the Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario addressed Ontario Racing's Letter of Intent webinar as well as a perceived lack of financial disclosure pertaining to the province's horse racing industry. The statement from the Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario appears below. The Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario (HPAO) closely monitored the Webinar co...
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