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James ready to watch McWicked in Levy

on 03/16/2017 2:00 AM
Moments after his purchase of McWicked at the 2013 Standardbred Mixed Sale in Harrisburg, Ed James was reaching into his pocket. On this occasion it was not to extract his wallet, but to answer his phone.  "It was my ex-wife," he said. "She asked me if I was in Texas, which I told her I was, but now I’m at the Harrisburg Sale buying a couple horses, but I haven't bought any yet. She said t...
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Campbell elected prez, CEO of Hambo Society

on 03/16/2017 2:00 AM
John Campbell, a Hambletonian Society director since 1992 and harness racing’s leading money-winning driver of all time, was recently elected president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Society in a unanimous vote of the board of directors at the winter board meeding held March 12 in Boca Raton, Fla. He will succeed current president Tom Charters effective July 1, 2017. Campbe...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/16/2017 2:00 AM
The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series gets underway at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night and trainer Ron Burke shares his thoughts about his contenders in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview.   Also, the snowstorm that dumped large amounts of snow in the northeast didn't stop breeding activity at major farms, and Kathy Parker checked in with folks at some of the fa...
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Hoosier set to open; improvements underway

on 03/15/2017 2:00 AM
With the return of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino less than a month away, final preparations for the 2017 season are underway throughout the property. Opening day of the 163-day meet is set for Saturday (April 1). With a new, daily post time of 6:30 p.m. this season, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer the most lucrative stakes program in the track’s history hi...
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Faraldo issues proposal for dealing with beards

on 03/15/2017 2:00 AM
Joseph Faraldo, president, Standardbred Owners Association of New York and a director of the US Trotting Association, has distributed the following regarding "beard" trainers. Faraldo's thoughts and proposal follow: "Let’s face it-- our industry loves to demean itself and is often the victim of self-inflicted wounds and so let’s acknowledge that we will have difficulty drawing any new ...
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Mohegan Sun Pocono pushes opener to Tuesday

on 03/15/2017 2:00 AM
Winter Storm Stella caused havoc in northeast Pennsylvania, dropping more than two feetof snow in the area, and thereby forced the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to cancel their opening night for Saturday (March 18). The five-eighths-mile racing surface would not be ready to kick off the racing season, and track officials, along with the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, decided to ca...
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Kiss Of Terror steps up at Miami Valley

on 03/15/2017 2:00 AM
At least one thing is certain this week at Miami Valley Raceway: Kiss Of Terror will not get claimed. Already claimed five times this year, Kiss Of Terror is entered in Saturday’s $22,000 Open Handicap at Miami Valley. Kiss Of Terror, a 5-year-old gelding pacer who has won six of nine races this season and earned $54,425, will start from post four with Kyle Ater at the lines for his father, tra...
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NJ court upholds cancellation of NJ Classic

on 03/14/2017 2:00 AM
On Monday (March 13), the New Jersey Superior Court in Monmouth County rejected an effort by an owner of a New Jersey-bred horse to force New Meadowlands to host and race the New Jersey Classic and the Miss New Jersey Classic this year. Attorney Howard Taylor had filed to force Meadowlands to hold the race. New Meadowlands determined in December 2016 to cancel this event for a variety of reason...
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Fields set for Levy, Matchmaker openers

on 03/14/2017 2:00 AM
The adults come out to play this weekend, featuring opening rounds of Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Friday night (March 17) finds three, $40,000 Matchmaker melees (races 4,5 and 6), comprised of 24 of the best pacing mares in training. Saturday night (March 18) offers four, $50,000 Levy groupings (races 5 through 8), including Bit Of A ...
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Marcus Miller to represent US in World tourney

on 03/14/2017 2:00 AM
The field of 11 harness racing drivers has now been confirmed for the 2017 World Driving Championship, to be hosted by Standardbred Canada this August. Marcus Miller will represent the United States. Brandon Campbell of Calgary, Alberta, is Canada’s representative in the WDC and earned his spot in the international competition by winning the 2016 National Driving Championship at The Raceway a...
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Former horse owner, breeder Bill Kraner dies

on 03/14/2017 2:00 AM
William C. Kraner, 79, died March 9, 2017, at the William C. Kraner Heart Center, Grant Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. He was born March 29, 1937, in Columbus to the late Fred and Marie Kraner. Mr. Kraner was a very generous and caring husband, father, papa, and friend. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis (Cropper) Kraner; daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Abraham Godinez; ...
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Pine Dream captures Miami Valley trot feature

on 03/14/2017 2:00 AM
Pine Dream (Trace Tetrick) became the seventh different Open Trot winner on Tuesday afternoon (March 14), out of nine contested so far at the 2017 Miami Valley Raceway meet.  Only Tag Up And Go and Walter White, each with two triumphs, have been able to repeat in the weekly feature. Stepping into open company for the first time, Pine Dream and Tetrick were content to get away fourth in the...
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Meadows leg to DD's Comet, Claire And Kenny

on 03/14/2017 2:00 AM
DD’s Comet moved three-wide into the final turn and left the field five lengths in his wake in capturing his second straight victory in Tuesday’s (March 14) Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Claire And Kenny took the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The 3-5 favorite, DD’s Comet briefly followed the first-over cover of...
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Florida honors its best at awards dinner

on 03/13/2017 2:00 AM
More than 125 horsemen and women were in attendance Friday night (March 10) at the 26th annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame Dinner held at the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort & Spa in Pompano Beach. The highlight of the evening was the inductions into the Florida Hall of Fame. Entering were horsemen Mark Friedman and Dan Hennessey and horses Rock On and Royel Millennium. Hosted by the F...
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Yonkers, Dover, Monticello, Rosecroft cancel

on 03/13/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway, Dover Downs, Rosecroft Raceway and Monticello Raceway have all announced the cancellation of racing on Tuesday. In addition, the Meadowlands has closed for simulcasting, as is its OTB outlet in Bayonne.
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Terrortina rallies to win Meadows series leg

on 03/13/2017 2:00 AM
Terrortina spotted the leader 4 lengths down the backside, then gobbled her up in the lane to capture her second straight Donna Dunn Memorial Pace split at The Meadows on Monday (March 13). Flight On Board, a 25-1 long shot, took the other $12,500 division in Monday’s second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Terrortina was fourth when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Ha...
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Pocono opens new season on Saturday

on 03/13/2017 2:00 AM
Trotters and pacers will begin their 52nd season of pari-mutuel harness racing in northeast Pennsylvania this Saturday night (March 18), as The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will present the first of 135 cards of harness racing scheduled for 2017, with Saturday’s first race marked for 6:30 p.m. The two biggest purse races on the Saturday card, each worth $16,000 and both for pacers, will come e...
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Rockin Ron powers to Meadowlands win

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
More than $200,000 in new money was wagered into the Meadowlands Pick-5 on Saturday night thanks to a carryover of $38,069. The sequence proved to be rather formful with four of the five winners paying $6.40 or less. The one trickier horse for handicappers was Millenium Wheel, who won the fourth race at 7-1 odds. The winning combination returned $213.70 to 780 winners. In the featured $18,000 ...
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Guantanamo Bay captured Yonkers pace

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
I'm A closing Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron, $11.80) tagged Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. Away fifth from post position three, Guantanamo Bay saw Vegas Vacation (Jordan Stratton) work his way to the lead right at a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.2 intermission, 25-1 outsider Sports Bettor (Brent Holland)...
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Franzo wins third straight at Miami Valley

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
Franzo, the former claimer, sped to his third straight Open victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night. The last two wins were sub 1:50 miles. On the heels of his all-age 1:49.1 track record performance a week ago, Franzo shot to the front from his assigned outside post position this week and never looked back. Driver Dan Noble guided the 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding through fractions...
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