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Walnridge founder Dr. David Meirs II, 87, dies

on 03/28/2017 2:00 AM
Dr. David A. Meirs II died Monday at the age of 87 in New Jersey.  In 1965 Dr. Meirs established Walnridge Equine Clinic. With the advent of the New Jersey Sire Stakes program in 1972, he decided to become active in New Jersey’s Standardbred Industry and established Walnridge Farm. The first stallion to stand at Walnridge was Peerswick, a horse imported from New Zealand and ac...
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Down Under star Christen Me arrives in US

on 03/28/2017 2:00 AM
Richard Poillucci has admired pacer Christen Me from afar. With this week's arrival of New Zealand's 2015 Horse of the Year on U.S. soil, Poillucci looks forward to appreciating Christen Me's talents from much nearer proximity. An 11-time Group 1 winner Down Under with nearly $2.5 million in purse earnings, Christen Me was recently purchased by Poillucci from the stable of New Zealand trainer Cra...
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Boffin wins Miami Valley trot feature in 1:55

on 03/28/2017 2:00 AM
Boffin (Chris Page) returned to the Miami Valley winner’s circle following the $22,000 Open Trot on Tuesday afternoon (March 26), making his first visit there in six weeks. The veteran campaigner narrowly held off Walter White (John DeLong) in 1:55, after cutting fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.3 on the front end.  Penn (Jason Brewer) grabbed the show dough in the full field of ni...
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Never Say Never N takes Sagamore Hill final

on 03/28/2017 2:00 AM
A pocketed Never Say Never N (Jason Bartlett, $7.10) out-tripped 2-5 favorite Awesomeness (Scott Zeron) Tuesday night to win Yonkers Raceway’s $61,800 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The annual Teddy Roosevelt-A-Thon was open to 3- and 4-year-old pacers (guys only, girls went at in the Petticoat) who are/were non-winners of four races or $40,000 through last Dec. 1. Leaving f...
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Delaware champ Logan's Girl wins again in DSBF

on 03/28/2017 2:00 AM
Logan’s Girl and Spanish Dream, both trained by Jim King, owned by his wife Jo Ann Looney-King, and driven by Vic Kirby won first-leg divisions of the 2017 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old $20,000 preliminaries on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick drove five winners, Vic Kirby four, and Jim and Jo Ann King enjoyed a three-win day. Logan’s Girl, winner of both ...
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Muscle Diamond, Campbell win at Pocono

on 03/27/2017 2:00 AM
Maybe Hall of Fame horseman John Campbell might want to reconsider that July 1 career change he’s talked about. Set to become the president/CEO of the Hambletonian Society on the first of July, Campbell showed he still has plenty of sulky magic left at his command, sending Muscle Diamond right to the front in the $20,000 handicap trotting feature Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun P...
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Record 93 nominations for Hackett at MVG

on 03/27/2017 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway has received a record of 93 nominations for the 2017 edition of the James K. Hackett Memorial series for Ohio-sired sophomore pacers. A total of 38 fillies are eligible to drop in the box for $12,500 elimination heats on Friday, April 14; while 55 colts can enter for their eliminations a night later. $40,000 championship races are scheduled for April 21 (fillies) and April...
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Drachan Hanover takes Pompano feature

on 03/27/2017 2:00 AM
Drachan Hanover, confidently handled by Wally Hennessey, scored a handy 1:51 win in Pompano Park’s $12,000 Open Pace on Sunday night (March 26). The 5-year-old son of Jereme's Jet, leaving from the coveted post five, darted off the Hummer’s wings into an early lead, yielded at the hot :26.1 opening station to Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis), re-took a few long strides later and carved...
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Ontario farmers enjoying Cousin Mary

on 03/27/2017 2:00 AM
The manner in which Cousin Mary found her way to owner Jeff Williamson’s stable --- not to mention the Petticoat Series at Yonkers Raceway --- could best be described as fortuitous. Especially given the way she has frequently found her way to the winner’s circle. Williamson bought Cousin Mary, the 9-5 morning line favorite in Monday’s $61,000 Petticoat Series final for 4-year-old fema...
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Lets Go Bucks wins Paver Series final

on 03/27/2017 2:00 AM
Lets Go Bucks, who captured the Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore trotters last September, added another notch to his girth when he captured the $22,500 final of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial late-closing series on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley.  With the victory, the now 4-year-old And Away We Go gelding’s career bounty exceeds $140,000 for owners Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. ...
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Lincolnjames captures Meadows Preferred

on 03/27/2017 2:00 AM
Lincolnjames gobbled up the leader with a powerful first-over move, then drew off late to capture Monday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Lincolnjames was fourth when Dave Palone sent him after Dapper Dude, who was rendered vulnerable by a 26.3 opening panel. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding had little trouble clearing and opening a daylight lead. He triumphed in ...
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DSBF 3YO trotters in action at Dover

on 03/27/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old $20,000 preliminaries got underway on Monday at Dover Downs with Master Clave and Moonshine Lavec posting trotting wins. In the first division, Master Clave quickly responded after breaking stride at the start making up 10 lengths before taking the lead on the final turn on the way to a 2:01.1 victory. Ross Wolfenden guided ...
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Missile J lone repeater in Levy second round

on 03/26/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers continued Saturday night, with another quartet of $50,000 divisions. Second choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick, $4.40) enjoyed his off-the-pace antics so much in Round 1, he parlayed the performance this time around. From post position No. 3 in the third division, he was fourth as Somewhere in L A (Jason Bar...
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Down under import Our Sky Major wins M1 debut

on 03/26/2017 2:00 AM
  Our Sky Major brought a pretty big resume from Down Under as a multiple top-class stakes winner when he made his North American debut in February. After another eye-catching win on Saturday in the Meadowlands pacing feature, his first ever start at the New Jersey oval, Our Sky Major has stamped himself as a horse to watch in the free-for-all ranks this season. Joe Bongiorno wor...
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Mystical Nectar gives Billings first Big M win

on 03/25/2017 2:00 AM
Marcus Miller and Mystical Nectar had a lot left in deep stretch, but nowhere to go, until a narrow seem opened with 100 yards to go. Mystical Nectar exploded to win comfortably in 1:52.1 in the $18,000 pacing feature for mares on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The win is the 6-year-old daughter of Charley Barley's third straight victory after a pair of nose wins at Yonkers and provided t...
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Three complete sweeps in Meadows series

on 03/25/2017 2:00 AM
  The Meadows hosted the championships of four series Saturday, and three of the winners — DD's Comet, Art N Music and Ms Mullen — completed sweeps of the events for 3- and 4-year-olds. The finals offered combined purses of $102,100. In accomplishing his sweep of two preliminary legs and the $24,700 final of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot, DD's Comet scored in 1:57.4, a career best ...
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Crafty Master wins Saturday's feature at Pocono

on 03/25/2017 2:00 AM
Crafty Master, a son of Mister Big shipping to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono from Canada's capital city track, Rideau Carleton, couldn't have been more impressive in his "return" to the Downs, winning Saturday night's top purse event, an $18,000 claiming handicap pace, in 1:52 to complete a consecutive triple for Team Allard, driver Simon and trainer Rene. vercoming post eight, Crafty Mas...
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Zipnthruthehall 'zips' to Buffalo victory

on 03/25/2017 2:00 AM
Zipnthruthehall showed plenty of 'zip' in the stretch and captured the $8,600 featured pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 25) by holding off Jolt Of Whiskey by a half length in 1:57.4. Starting a first over journey at the half mile marker, Zipnthruthehall ($3.80) and driver Ray Fisher Jr. were able to finally grab the lead at the three-quarter pole. They managed...
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Gerries Sport equals Miami Valley track record

on 03/25/2017 2:00 AM
Gerries Sport (Trace Tetrick) equaled the Miami Valley track record for 4-year-old male pacers with a dominating 1:50 triumph in the Saturday night (May 25) $22,000 Open I Handicap Pace.  Despite a double jump up in class, Tetrick handled the talented son of Mach Three confidently, allowing a trio of gate leavers to move ahead of him early before immediately moving back to the outside follo...
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Action all day Saturday at Meadowlands

on 03/24/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has a long day in store for horseplayers on Saturday with the $30 million Dubai World Cup card simulcast from halfway around the world opening the doors at 8:30 in the morning, an important handicapping contest all afternoon and a dozen live races covering the evening hours.   The live races are a mixed bag with competitive fields and guaranteed horizontal wagers to h...
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