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Yonkers opens 2017 with Sunday matinee

on 01/03/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway opens its 2017 season on Sunday, Jan. 8, with first post for the 11-race extravaganza at 11:30 a.m. Please note this post time as there was some scuttlebutt about a later one, but 11:30 a.m. is the gospel. The seven trots that will be simulcast to France, led by a $75,000 Open Handicap, are races 4 through 10. Also note that Sunday is the return of the New York, New York ...
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Skippin By wins Meadows mare pace feature

on 01/03/2017 12:00 AM
Skippin By overwhelmed the leader with a first-over blitz in the slop and went on to a comfortable victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By was third when Dave Palone sent her after Medusa, who was unchallenged to that point. The 6-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia cleared into the final turn and drew off to score in 1:52...
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Elliesjet N snaps Empress Deo's win streak

on 01/03/2017 12:00 AM
Elliesjet N, who has finished second four time during the current Dover meet, finally made the winner’s circle, breaking Empress Deo’s three-straight winning streak with a 1:52.2 effort to win the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on a misty, rainy Tuesday over a sloppy track, Jan. 3 at Dover Downs.   In an almost repeat of last week’s distaff feature, this time Elliesje...
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Merriman kicks off 2017 with 8-bagger

on 01/02/2017 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman is harness racing's dash winning driver for both 2015 and 2016. Flipping the calendar to 2017 has not changed his winning ways. In fact, Merriman won eight races on Sunday at Northfield Park.   Aaron's triumphs were with King Muscles ($2.40) in Race 1, Jude Hall ($2.60) in Race 3, Ewald Hanover ($3.60) in Race 5, Beauty Chip ($2.20) in Race 6, Stevie Diamonds ($3.20) i...
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Panocchio posts 49th lifetime win at Pompano

on 01/02/2017 12:00 AM
The grand gelding Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey, celebrated his seventh birthday with his 49th lifetime win in Pompano Park’s $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. Panocchio stopped the timer in 1:51.2 in defeating a against a stellar sextet with combined career earnings of more than $2.5 million. The son of No Pan Intended, off as the second choice at 4 to 5, pinned a 1 ¾ length defeat on the ...
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Top Ohio-based horseman Joe Adamsky dies

on 01/02/2017 12:00 AM
Joe Adamsky died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at his home in Rochester, Mich. He was 80.   Mr. Adamsky was one of the top drivers in Ohio during the 1980s and 1990s. For his career he posted 2,707 victories and more than $11.42 million in purses.   In 1984, he handled Happy Alche who was named Ohio's 2-year-old Pacer of The Year. But Happy Alche wasn't the only one receiving ...
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Horseman Gerald Russell dies

on 01/02/2017 12:00 AM
Longtime horseman Gerald Oneal Russell died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, after a long battle with COPD. He was 74.   Mr. Russell was born on March 12, 1042, to the late Norval and Mary Evelyn Russell Morris in Metropolis, Ill. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and spent most of his adult life with the harness horses that he loved. He was well known around most of the tracks in Ken...
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Western Fair cancels Monday race card

on 01/02/2017 12:00 AM
Monday night's program at The Raceway at Western Fair District has been canceled due to deteriorating track conditions.   Unseasonably warm and sunny weather in London, along with a forecast of rain later in the day, took its toll on the oval and prompted officials to make the decision.   Live racing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 3, at The Raceway at 6:15 p.m. The ...
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Horse Races Now at impasse with RCN

on 01/02/2017 12:00 AM
Horse Races Now (HRN) and Roberts Communications Network (RCN) have come to an impasse over contract negotiations concerning horse racing video feed. RCN has opted to turn off the video feed to HRN, causing the abrupt disruption of both live and race replay videos on the HRN app for more than 66 racetracks.   Roberts Communications Network, created in 1984, is a primary communicatio...
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DGs Justlikethat extends winning streak to 5

on 01/02/2017 12:00 AM
D Gs Justlikethat, who was riding a four-race winning streak — all compiled in the claiming ranks — extended his streak and graduated to the elite level when he captured Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, the 2017 opening-day feature at The Meadows. D Gs Justlikethat followed the live cover of the first-over Kingofthejungle, swung wide out of the final turn for Mike Wilder and used ...
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Teague celebrates 26th birthday with Dover win

on 01/02/2017 12:00 AM
Montrell Teague observed his 26th birthday driving Gallic Beach to victory in the first of two co-feature races while Fancy Colt won his second straight in the other half at Dover Downs on a sloppy track on Monday.   In a driving finish, Gallic Beach held off a fast-closing Bobby The Greek (Tony Morgan) to score a 1:52.1 triumph in the first pacing event for males. Skyway Gladiator ...
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Bold Eagle wins prep for Prix d'Amerique

on 01/01/2017 12:00 AM
Bold Eagle, the winner of the 2016 Prix d’Amerique in Paris, took step toward a repeat victory in the classic when he easily won the Prix de Bourgogne at the Vincennes track in Paris Sunday afternoon. Bold Eagle had already qualified for the Prix d’Amerique by virtue of his earnings. The top three finishers in the Bourgogne all received an invitation. Runner-up Timoko also already...
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Sutton, Virgil Morgan Jr. take Dayton titles

on 12/31/2016 12:00 AM
Hollywood Dayton Raceway wrapped up its third season of live racing on Friday night (Dec. 30) with an increase in daily overall handle, a record purse distribution of just under $7 million and a  handful of new divisional track speed records.   Josh Sutton retained his badge as dash champion, winning the title for the third straight year with 175 triumphs over 71 racing program...
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Crosbys Clam Bake makes M win his 31st in career

on 12/31/2016 12:00 AM
Windsun Glory ($4.00) and Crosbys Clam Bake ($5.80) controlled the terms in their respective featured events and held all comers at bay to score repeat wins on Friday (December 30) evening at The Meadowlands.  In the $18,000 featured distaff pace, carded as race six, Windsun Glory lived up to even-money billing and captured her ninth career win, also her third in four starts. After she...
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City Hall prevails in Auld Lang Syne

on 12/31/2016 12:00 AM
 As City Hall ($5) entered the winner’s enclosure on New Year’s Eve at the Meadowlands, announcer Ken Warkentin was succinct.  "You can’t stop him; you can only hope to contain him." Any way you look at it, there was no fighting City Hall in Saturday’s featured $35,000 Auld Lang Syne Invitational, as he stalked a hot pace from second-over before vaulting clear to a 2-1/...
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40YO Waco Hanover feature will not air Jan. 1

on 12/30/2016 12:00 AM
Jan. 1 is the universal birthday for every horse in North America. Waco Hanover (born May 4, 1977) of Randolph Center, Vt. and his fellow 40-year-old (born March 20, 1977) Standardbred, Chocolate Sundae, of Cumberland, Maine, overcame very long odds to reach that milestone. A crew from the CBS Sunday Morning Show visited with Waco Hanover, and two men devoted to his care, on Dec. 21 and 22....
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Northfield to race 222 dates in 2017

on 12/30/2016 12:00 AM
Northfield Park, Ohio’s leading racetrack in pari-mutuel handle, both on-track and export, is offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2017 racing year. From Jan. through Sept., racing is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  The exceptions to this schedule are the addition of three Sundays, Jan. 1, May 28 and Sept. 3. Also, there is no live racing on Mem...
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Auld Lang Syne time at the Meadowlands

on 12/30/2016 12:00 AM
A full field of 10 pacers—three of them millionaires—will contest the $35,000 Auld Lang Syne Invitational on New Year's Eve at the Meadowlands.   Trainer Ron Burke's pair of Limelight Beach and Clear Vision have been installed as the 5-2 favored entry on the morning line. Limelight Beach, the 2014 Little Brown Jug winner, earned top-level wins at both Saratoga and Dover i...
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Northfield has $30k Pick 4 pool guarantee Jan.1

on 12/30/2016 12:00 AM
Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Sunday (Jan.1). Beginning in Race 8, the $30,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $7,070.82. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout ra...
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Mares favored in Friday's Big M trot

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
Friday night's card offers another densely populated 12-race program with a balanced mix of six trotting races and six on the pace.   Friday's trotting feature is the seventh race for a purse of $18,000. The 10-horse field led by a pair of stakes tested 4-year-old mares starting from the far outside posts.   Kelsey's Keepsake (post nine) picked up checks in both the $170...
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