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Valley Of Sin three-peats at The Meadows

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
Abandoning his customary rallying style, Valley Of Sin zipped right to the front, thwarted his lone serious challenger and captured his third straight victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   In his most recent six starts, Valley Of Sun never held the lead until the final call. On Wednesday, however, trainer-driver Wilbur Yoder hustled him to the poin...
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Team Teague wins Bergstein Proximity Award

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
Team Teague, a group of horsepeople based in Harrington, Del., who have been masterful in both their care and campaigning of the charismatic $3.9 million-winning pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit over the last two years, has won the top honor that the U. S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) solely votes on--the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award, "presented annually to those who have made outstan...
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Svanstedt drops Resolve appeal

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
According to the New Jersey Racing Commission, trainer Ake Svanstedt has withdrawn his appeal of the penalties imposed as a result of positive tests on two of his horses in early August at the Meadowlands, including $273,600 John Cashman Jr. Memorial Trot winner Resolve. Svanstedt was fined $500 and suspended 15 days for the positive test for Dexamethasone on Resolve after winning the Aug. 6 Ca...
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Top-level pacers highlight Friday Big M card

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
A top-level conditioned pace headlines Friday evening's 13-race card at the Meadowlands, and players will note a couple youthful additions to the Big M driver colony.   The night's sixth race takes top billing, as nine upper-level pacers square off for a $15,500 purse in the closing leg of the early Pick 4. Betty Tauber's Elrama N seeks a third consecutive win after circling off cove...
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Hollywood Dayton adds Dec. 28 race card

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
Due to recent weather-related cancellations, Hollywood Dayton has scheduled a make-up program on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 6:15 p.m. The condition sheet for that program is available online.   Declarations are due Friday, Dec. 23, by 2 p.m. as part of a double draw for both Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Wednesday, Dec. 28. Hollywood Dayton's meet ends on Friday night, Dec. 30.
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Wellwood/Keeling voted Owners of the Year

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
They were the pairing that seemed to be almost too good to be true--combining a proud family tradition, a love of the trotting horse, a woman pursuing the dream that her late husband never quite attained, and a young man, a college student, with sparkling "bloodlines" on both sides of his pedigree.   But it was this perfect harness team--Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling--who owned M...
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RMTC urges RCI adopt out-of-competition testing rules

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) urges racing authorities to adopt the Out of Competition Testing and Multiple Medication Violation rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) at its Dec. 9 board meeting in Tucson, Ariz. The Out of Competition Testing rules adopted by the ARCI are largely based upon rules developed and proposed by the RMTC. I...
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New Weekend Preview: Miki is Horse of Year!

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
The owners of Always B Miki are celebrating as the 5-year-old pacer was voted the 2016 Horse of the Year by the members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Kathy Parker talked to co-owner Joe Hurley about the honor and Diamond Creek shared a sneak peak at his first stud book. Kathy also spoke to Miki's trainer, Jimmy Takter, who also tr...
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Sneak peak at Always B Miki's first book

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
Even before Always B Miki was voted the 2016 Horse of the Year and Pacer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers' Association, his book was full and closed for his first season at stud, and the names of the mares are some of the top female pacing stars in the breed. Driven by David Miller, Always B Miki won 12 of 18 races this year and finished worse than second only once. After winning the TVG...
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Kelsey's Keepsake captures Meadows trot

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
Kelsey's Keepsake pulled the pocket into the final turn, blew by the leader and drew off late to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Kelsey's Keepsake was stalking Barn Girl, who was seeking her fourth straight victory, when Joe Bongiorno tipped her off the cones and asked her for trot. The 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Distaff ...
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Number 9, number 9, number 9 at Pompano

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
The number 9 seems to be a very troublesome number in the world of etymology.   The phrases "cloud nine," "whole nine yards" and "dressed to the nines" are just a few including the number 9 and, Tuesday night at Pompano Park, the number '9 proved to cover the entire rainbow of these meanings.   First off, the number 9, Bistro, driven by Aaron Byron, took the first race at...
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Takter, Miller repeat as Trainer, Driver of Year

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
One is a native of the heartland of U.S. harness racing, the Buckeye State of Ohio. One is a Swedish emigrant who is fiercely appreciative of the opportunities his adopted United States has given him. Both are in their mid-50s. Both are members of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.   David Miller and Jimmy Takter were the Driver and Trainer of the Year in 2015, respectively, their out...
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Whataworkout retired to stud at Morrisville

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
The well bred and conformed Muscle Hill son Whataworkout has been retired to stand stud at Morrisville College Equine Institute in conjunction with his owner, Lindy Farms.   Sold as a yearling for $155,000, Whataworkout is the first foal of Southwind Sofia, a half-sister to Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena ($388,224), the dam of $1.6 million winner Mission Brief. Whatawor...
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How about $1 million for Xmas gift at Woodbine?

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
Christmas will come early for horseplayers on Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack in the form of a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5.   The Jackpot Hi-5, which requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order, has a carryover of $548,396.96 heading into Friday's mandatory payout.   The current Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has been growing since early-October ...
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Catalog now available for January Mixed

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
The first horse sale of the new year will be held Jan. 16 at the Meadowlands, as the January Select Mixed Sale, presented by Tattersalls, gets underway there at 11 a.m. on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.   The catalog and past performances booklet for the sale are now available, and may be downloaded on the Tattersalls website, http://www.tattersallsredmile.com/, or by using the...
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Tater Twister tops in trot

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
Tater Twister, superbly handled by Mike Simons, turned the tables on the vaunted Prairie Fortune to score a gate to wire 1:54 victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday.   The 6-year-old gelded son of ABC Garland cut panels of :27.3, :56 and 1:24 before holding off the late surging, ground-saving Gold Savage, with Kevin Wallis, to score by a half-length. It was 6...
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USTA to host owner's school at Sunshine Meadows

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
The US Trotting Association will be hosting a free Standardbred Owner's School at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach, Fla., on Jan. 21-22, 2017. While there is no fee to attend, participants are required to register in advance on the USTA website atshop.ustrotting.com. Enrollment may be limited. The second annual Owner's School will provide both hands-on and classro...
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Canada's O'Brien Award finalists announced

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
On Tuesday, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2016 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont.   This will be the 28th edition of the O'Brien Awards, named i...
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Yonkers to reopen Jan. 8 with $75,000 Open Trot

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
With Opening Day 19 afternoons away, Yonkers Raceway has thrown down the gauntlet with oversized purses. The 2017 seasons begins—pending approval from the New York State Gaming Commission—with a "French" Sunday, Jan. 8 (post time TBA).   To offer appreciation to the rank and file, the first-day purse structure is highlighted by a $75,000 Open Handicap Trot (1¼ miles) and a $60,...
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The Meadowlands races into 2017

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
As the calendar turns to2017 at the Meadowlands, the reasons are many to be optimistic about the future of harness racing's flagship racetrack. A total of 91 live Standardbred racing dates have been granted for the new calendar year, a slight increase over 2016.   While there's no denying that the defeat of the expanded gaming referendum was a disappointment to those directly a...
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