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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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56 still eligible to Pepsi North America Cup

on 03/24/2017 2:00 AM
The connections of 56 three-year-old pacers have made the first sustaining payment to remain eligible to the 34th Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is Canada's richest harness race and will take place on Saturday, June 17, at Mohawk Racetrack.   A total of 60 three year olds were originally nominated and all but four have been kept eligible through the first ...
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The Bronx Bumper doesn't disappoint at Buffalo

on 03/24/2017 2:00 AM
The Bronx Bumper was sent off at 1-to-5 odds on the tote board and he didn't disappoint on that proposition in easily taking down the field in the featured $8,200 trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (March 24). Drawing the rail and having the services of red-hot driver Jim Morrill Jr., The Bronx Bumper ($2.50) allowed Lucky Pablo and City Kid tussle for the lead before making ...
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Pocono to race Sat-Sun-Tues cards this week

on 03/24/2017 2:00 AM
After successfully getting to race on one of the two days planned for the first week of 2017 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – Tuesday's inaugural card followed a Saturday cancellation due to snow – the northeast Pennsylvania track will try for three cards of racing in this, its second week of the year, with racing planned for Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday (the bookend action starting at ...
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Jerseylicious, Tetrick shine at Miami Valley

on 03/24/2017 2:00 AM
Jerseylicious avenged a narrow defeat last week by capturing the $22,000 Mares Open at Miami Valley on Friday night (March 24).  Leaving alertly from an outside post, driver Trace Tetrick put the money-making machine on the front end early and dictated all the fractions before pulling away in the stretch to an impressive 1:51.1 triumph.  The 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal now has...
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Yonkers Friday led by Blue Chip Matchmaker

on 03/24/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up Round 2 Friday night (March 24th), with another trio of $40,000 divisions for top-flight pacing mares. The opening event saw Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley, $25) get encouraged to leave the gate, then trip out from the pocket to pick off Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) at the wire in 1:54. Diva’s Image (Joe Bongiorno), as the just-over-eve...
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Icommandmyspirit one to beat at Big M

on 03/23/2017 2:00 AM
Live racing returns to the Meadowlands on a Friday evening card composed of 11 races.   Pacing mares populate the featured seventh race where reigning queen of the class Icommandmyspirit faces several Yonkers shippers who seek to dethrone her.   Icommandmyspirit made a rapid ascent up the Meadowlands class ladder, having won three of her last four starts beginning with a NW $5,000 ...
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Saratoga adds new rules for scratching horses

on 03/23/2017 2:00 AM
As of Thursday, March 23, Saratoga Casino & Hotel has a new policy for horses scratching out from post seven or eight. Trainers stabled on the grounds who scratch from said posts, will not be permitted to enter their horse for seven days. Under no circumstances during that period will they be allowed to enter at any other venue. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in possible f...
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Enrollment open for USTA Driving School

on 03/23/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 USTA Standardbred Driving School will be held May 31-June 3 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. The school begins Wednesday evening, (May 31) with a Welcoming Reception/Dinner featuring Bob Boni, co-owner of the 2017 horse of the year Always B Miki. Classroom and hands-on instruction will be conducted each day Thursday (June 1) through Saturday (June 3). Studen...
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Meadows' Saturday program has 4 LC finals

on 03/23/2017 2:00 AM
Four late-closer finals totaling more than $100,000 in purses will go to the post on Saturday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino featuring top three- and four-year-old pacers and trotters. Up first on the 1 pm card is the $24,700 Ken Weaver Memorial for trotting colts, stallions and geldings. DD's Comet, out of the Chris Beaver Stable, is the morning line choice after winning both legs o...
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Fundraiser set for NJ candidate Murphy

on 03/23/2017 2:00 AM
On Thursday (May 4) at 5 p.m. the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) and TrotPAC will host a fundraiser reception in support of Ambassador Phil Murphy, the likely Democratic nominee for governor in New Jersey, at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ. Murphy has earned significant Democratic Party support from coveted county ballot line placements to politic...
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Double shot of Preferred Saturday at Woodbine

on 03/23/2017 2:00 AM
It doesn't happen regularly, so fans and horseplayers are in for a treat when a double dose of Preferred action highlights Saturday night's card at Woodbine Racetrack.   The $34,000 Preferred Pace (Race 6) and $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace (Race 2) will give everyone a chance to see many of the top pacers on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit on the same night.   American Virgin, a ...
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New Weekend Preview now available

on 03/23/2017 2:00 AM
Shesjustadelight N was 12-for-12 last year after arriving in the U.S., and while she is no longer undefeated, she quickly made her presence felt with a win in the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, owners Kevin Sywyk and Ron Cushing talked to Gordon Waterstone about the Down Under-bred mare's success. Also, Kat...
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