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Missile J kicks off Levy Series with 1:54.1 win

on 03/19/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night (March 18), with a quartet of $50,000 divisions over a ‘sloppy’ surface. The opening event saw 3-2 choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick, $5) charge from sixth in the lane to win going away in 1:54.1. Unhurried from post position two, he rolled late, whipping a pocketed Blood Brother (Jason Ba...
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Millenium Wheel wins two in a row at Meadowlands

on 03/19/2017 2:00 AM
Millenium Wheel made a winning Meadowlands debut last week as a 7-1 outsider. Making a double jump up in class tonight, the Joe Hundertpfund Jr. trainee won again in the $18,000 featured pace as an 11-1 long shot on Saturday (March 18). Andy Miller positioned Millenium Wheel in the pocket while Tyler Buter put The Rock on the front end through swift fractions of :26.4 and :55.1 for the half...
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Kiss Of Terror scores for new connections

on 03/19/2017 2:00 AM
Sossy's King Kong was gorilla-like in the $22,500 championship final of the George Williams Memorial Series on Saturday night (March 18) at Miami Valley Raceway. Following a pair of runner-up finishes to Control Tower (Dan Noble) in preliminary legs driver Tyler Smith decided to play hardball in the early stages of the final after drawing two spots closer to the pylons than his daunted adve...
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China Dream's 1:54.3 fastest of meet at Buffalo

on 03/19/2017 2:00 AM
With less than ideal weather and track conditions at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 18), it appeared that the times weren't going to be all that impressive. Someone forgot to tell that to China Dream. Going the fastest mile of the meet with an eye-popping 1:54.3 clocking, China Dream ($3.30) steamrolled the field in the $10,000 Open Pace with an easy wire-to-wire victory over B...
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Artful Way back on top at Saratoga

on 03/19/2017 2:00 AM
Artful Way prevailed in Saturday’s (March 18) feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene trainee was the 2016 Pacer of the Year at the Spa and headed into Saturday’s Open Pace off a fast second-place finish in his second start of the season. Again starting from the outside post in the $12,000 Open, Artful Way flashed early speed and carried on to the front end for driver Frank ...
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Aggressive wins Yonkers' Sunday trot feature

on 03/19/2017 2:00 AM
Aggressive (Mark MacDonald, $9.80) angled off the cones and was up at the wire Sunday afternoon (March 19), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $68,000 Open Trot. Starting from the pylons in the field of nine, as the 10-hole was scratched, Aggressive minded his manners as the lass Allerage Star (Andy Miller) left over Lady’s Dude (George Brennan), and wasn’t in too much of a hurry (:29.1, :59)....
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Melady's Monet wins again at Meadowlands

on 03/18/2017 2:00 AM
As impressive as Melady's Monet was last week in winning his 2017 debut, he was even better on Friday, March 17, winning his second straight top-level trot at The Meadowlands. The millionaire, trained by Kevin McDermott, left from post position six to make the lead before the opening quarter-mile with Brett Miller at the lines, before yielding the lead to Rose Run Parker; half of a Ron Burk...
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Art N Music, Town Speaker take Mea series leg

on 03/18/2017 2:00 AM
Art N Music exploded from the pocket in the lane and captured his second straight in Saturday’s (March 18) Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Town Speaker took the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3-and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The Walter Russell championship, as well as the finals of three other current series at The Meadows, is set for Saturday...
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City Kid gets a win at Buffalo after two close losses

on 03/17/2017 2:00 AM
City Kid showed who the 'man' was on Friday night (March 17) at Buffalo Raceway by winning the featured $8,200 trot by a length over The Bronx Bumper in a seasonal best 1:58.2 on the fast track. After a pair of narrow defeats the past two weeks, City Kid ($14.40) finally his photo opportunity thanks to a pylon-skimming journey over the Hamburg half-mile oval. Lenny Mac, the lone mare in the ev...
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Shesjustadelight N scores in Matchmaker division

on 03/17/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker for top pacing mares began Friday night (March 17), with a trio of $40,000 divisions. The opening event saw odds-on choice Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing, $3.60) parlay a perfect pocket trip into a handy, 1:53 victory. Winning the draw, Shesjustadelight N watched as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) grabbed the lead before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile...
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Crazy Bad K captures Coven championship

on 03/17/2017 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway paid tribute to one of southwest Ohio’s racing ‘legends’ on Friday night (March 17) when the $22,500 Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series championship was decided. Coven, one of nine deceased former great Lebanon Raceway horsemen remembered annually with the Legends Series, is best known as the trainer/driver of the outstanding pacing mare Norma Ruth Hanover, but also was a ...
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Ms. Mullen wins second Meadows series leg

on 03/16/2017 2:00 AM
Ms Mullen zipped to the front from post eight and dug in late to preserve her victory -- her second straight -- in the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Stars N Sparkles rallied from last to take the other $12,500 division in Wednesday’s (March 15) second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. While Ms Mullen had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge ...
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Celebrity Pegasus scores at Dover

on 03/16/2017 2:00 AM
Art Stafford Jr. took Celebrity Pegasus to the outside in mid-backstretch and they rallied to notch a 1:56.1 triumph on a windy and cold Ides of March feature race, Wednesday, March 15 at Dover Downs. Celebrity Pegasus and leader Bluebird Reverend raced as a team from the three-quarters until turning for home before Celebrity Pegasus pulled away for his second straight and fourth victory o...
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Godiva Seelster a repeat winner at Pompano

on 03/16/2017 2:00 AM
Godiva Seelster, again handled splendidly by Wally Hennessey, took top honors in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Wednesday (Mar. 15) night, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. The grand 7-year-old daughter of Camluck conquered cool temperatures (low 60’s) and an outside post (six) in defeating five rivals after taking command an eighth into the mile and recorded panels of :27.3, :56....
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Devil Child makes 2017 debut in Matchmaker

on 03/16/2017 2:00 AM
When Devil Child makes her 2017 debut Friday night at Yonkers Raceway, she will also make her first start for trainer John Butenschoen, who was tasked by owners Crawford Farms Racing and Susan Oakes of prepping the daughter of American Ideal for the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. "We had a little bit of luck last year for the Crawfords," Butenschoen explained. "Chris (Oakes) is still in South Flo...
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Scioto holding handicapping contest qualifier

on 03/16/2017 2:00 AM
Eldorado Scioto Downs will play host to a handicapping contest on April 1. The winner of the free contest will earn an entry into the $50,000 BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship to be held at The Meadowlands Racetrack on April 29. The entry into the championship final is valued at $800 and Eldorado Scioto Downs will be kicking in an additional $500 for travel expenses to...
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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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