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Red Hot Herbie takes Yonkers Open Trot

on 03/12/2017 1:00 AM
A pocketed Red Hot Herbie (Tim Tetrick, $7.50) proved best Sunday afternoon (March 12), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Trot. At the outset, Red Hot Herbie—from post position three—found himself in behind Springbank San N (Jordan Stratton) as that one led through early intervals of :28.2 and :58.3. Lady’s Dude (George Brennan), as the 17-10 favorite, then moved from third.  T...
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Melady's Monet edges Opulent Yankee in 1:54.1

on 03/11/2017 12:00 AM
His trainer was planning to qualify him again, but decided to stick him in a race to help the race office. Sometimes, a change in plan works out just fine. That was the case for trainer Kevin McDermott's millionaire trotter, Melady's Monet, who chased down the razor sharp Opulent Yankee to win Friday's (March 10) featured $18,000 conditioned trot at the Meadowlands. "I was supposed to...
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Regil Elektra holds on to win Yonkers Open

on 03/11/2017 12:00 AM
Odds-on Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) held off Change The Rulz N (George Brennan) in a two-speed, inside number Friday night (March 10), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Winning the post positions two through six draw, Regil Elektra was stung a bit by the lass to her left, making the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.3 inter...
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Riverofroyalty back winning at Saratoga

on 03/11/2017 12:00 AM
Riverofroyalty (RC Royalty) won the award for 3-Year Old Trotter of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2016. On Friday night (March 10), the Dave Spagnola-trained highstepper made her seasonal debut in the evening’s $7,500 co-feature for New York-sired trotters. The 4-year-old mare sat back patiently throughout as her main rivals battled it out. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. activated Riverofroy...
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Bongiorno stars as Big M honors McKee

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
The final Thursday card of the season began with heavy hearts as the Meadowlands paid tribute to its Hall of Fame announcer Sam McKee, who passed away Wednesday following complications from a stroke. A touching tribute video was played and the first race of the night was raced in silence.  Joe Bongiorno won three of the first five races on the nine-race program including minor upsets with ...
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Hamb. Society stakes payments due March 15

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments to 131 Hambletonian Society stake events at 14 different tracks are due Wednesday, March 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Thursday, March 16.   Please note that there is a separate Breeders Crown 2-year-old future eligibility payment of $500 due March 15 that maintains eligibility for the Breeders Crown 3-year-o...
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Showdown set in Saturday night Big M feature

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
The Saturday night card at the Meadowlands brings a number of contentious pacing races with excellent wagering options in the multi-race guaranteed horizontal wagers.   The featured sixth race has a full field of 10 talented pacers with the mile track loving City Hall facing a pair of brutes in Rockin Ron and Bettor's Edge.   City Hall at age seven is no novice having won 34 times ...
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WIJI to make 2017 debut in Ben Franklin

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
Although he did not capture the 2016 Horse of the Year crown, Wiggle It Jiggleit still received a tremendous outpouring of emotion from some very devoted admirers who were not intimate with the sport. From the raucous crowd chanting his name as he led the post parade for last year's Little Brown Jug, to the many parents who whispered in their children's ears as they held them aloft to witness su...
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Freehold cancels after 1 race due to weather

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
Freehold Racewaycanceled racing after the first race on the Friday (March 10) card due to weather conditions.
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Noble Legend wins Buffalo Open Trot

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
Noble Legend and driver Shawn Gray showed plenty of patience in the $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (March 10) and it paid off with a strong 1-1/4 length victory over Southern Palms in 1:58.1 over the fast track. Noble Legend is the 2016 Trotter of the Year at Buffalo Raceway and also holds the track record for 4-year-old geldings with a 1:56.3 mark set last season. In the...
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Jerseylicious upsets in Miami Valley mare feature

on 03/10/2017 12:00 AM
 Jerseylicious isn’t just back…she’s all the way back. The 7-year-old Western Ideal lass, who is the 2012 Sweetheart Pace winner and was feared as a distaff pacer in the sport, captured the $22,000 Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 10). The Tim Lane-trainee paced a mile in 1:52.3, despite sub-freezing temperatures, for driver Trace Tetrick, upsetting Safe...
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Brower handed 15-year suspension in Indiana

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
The Anderson, Ind., Herald-Bulletin has reported that the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has handed down a career-ending sentence to trainer Bobby Brower. Brower, who has trained the stakes winners Allthatglitrsisgold, Soulful Delight, Mystical Treasure and Barryscourt, was accused of severely beating the horse B Abland in August 2016 at Pacesetter Farm in Anderson, where Brower...
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Melady's Monet set to make '17 debut at Big M

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
Melady's Monet, the pride of Esther and Luca Balenzano's Melady Enterprises, makes his seasonal debut in the first race on Friday night at the Meadowlands, an $18,000 conditioned trot.   Thoughtfully managed by his dedicated owners and trainer Kevin McDermott, Melady's Monet has earned over $1 million in his 40-win career the old-fashioned way, by grinding it out in overnight races....
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American Girl set for Yonkers debut Friday

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
When trainer Tyler George planned to ship his filly Angelinmyway to Yonkers Raceway for the Petticoat Series, he knew he'd have room on the trailer for another horse. Rather than waste the opportunity, George nominated aged pacing mare American Girl to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series and planned to ship her east for the first time.   "The races in Ohio are getting tougher all the ti...
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New Jersey owner Joe Chnapko Sr., 95, dies

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
Joseph Paul Chnapko Sr., 95, of Livingston, NJ., died March 6. He owned many Standardbreds over the years, among them Hellava Hush, Escortention and Cherry Hills. Born in Newark, N.J., he lived in Essex Fells prior to moving to Livingston. Mr. Chnapko was an Army veteran of World War II serving in the 101st Airborne Division during the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. ...
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Campbell, Heyden, others remember Sam McKee

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
It is impossible to put a figure on the number of lives touched by Sam McKee. Whether through his race calls, studio interviews, work at horse sales, or personal interactions, Sam left an indelible mark on harness racing and the people in and around the sport.  And it would be difficult to find a person more respected and universally liked than Sam McKee. When news of Sam’s passing a...
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Sam McKee: Barrel Racer

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
Sam McKee was as accomplished on top of a horse as he was skilled behind a microphone. He often competed in speed events, such as barrel racing, with his retired Standardbred Who's Your Buddy, or simply, Buddy. Helene Gregory, the vice president of the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey, recounted the following story about Sam and his competition with renowned equine advoca...
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Bit Of A Legend, McWicked, Wakizashi in Levy

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
Defending champion Bit Of A Legend N leads 40 free-for-all nominees into Yonkers Raceway's 2017 edition of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The event again honors the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. The five weeks of preliminaries begin next Saturday, March 18, with each race in each leg worth $50,000. Bit Of A Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight,...
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Weekend Preview remembers Sam McKee

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
Some called Sam McKee "Mr. Harness Racing." To others he was "Mr. Meadowlands." To many he was "Hall of Famer," having been inducted into both Michigan's harness racing Hall of Fame and the national Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. But it was universal that Sam was everybody's friend, whether you knew him for 30 years or just by saying hello. On Wednesday, March 8, one month after suffering a major...
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Plainridge announces $250K Spirit of Mass. Trot

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
Plainridge Park Casino announced Thursday the inaugural $250,000 guaranteed Spirit of Massachusetts Trot that will take place on Friday July 28, 2017. The Spirit of Massachusetts Trot will be the richest race ever in New England harness racing history.   The success of Plainridge Park Casino, the Commonwealth's first expanded gaming facility, is the catalyst for such an event. ...
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