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Hemi Seelster, Caviart Luca win Yonkers co-features

on 03/05/2017 12:00 AM
  A pocketed Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett, $17.80) and a down-the-road Caviart Luca (George Brennan, $14) were the melba toasts of the town Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. In play from post position No. 3, Hemi Seelster nestled into an early pocket behind pole-sitting Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton), with the lass Allerage Star (...
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$1,606 pick-5 carryover creates guarantee at Pompano

on 03/05/2017 12:00 AM
With nobody able to solve Pompano Park's Pick-5 on Saturday night, a $1,606 carryover has spawned a $10,000 guaranteed pool for Sunday night'a Pick-5 beginning with the first race. The south Florida oval will also offer a $20,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool, as well. The Pick-4 covers races 6 through 9. Gabe Prewitt, Director of Racing, said "It was pretty amazing that one 18 to 1 long-sh...
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Pick 5 Meadowlands carryover spurs big pool

on 03/04/2017 12:00 AM
A rare Pick Five carryover at the Meadowlands proved to be a horseplayer's delight as more than $170,000 in new money was wagered into the sequence. With the carryover of $25,497, there was virtually zero percent takeout, a highly unusual situation that tilts the advantage squarely in the hands of the player. The sequence proved to be fairly formful with two favorites, two second choices, a...
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Meadowlands pick 5 carryover attracts new money

on 03/04/2017 12:00 AM
  A rare Pick Five carryover at the Meadowlands proved to be a horseplayer's delight as more than $170,000 in new money was wagered into the sequence. With the carryover of $25,497, there was virtually zero percent takeout, a highly unusual situation that tilts the advantage squarely in the hands of the player. The sequence proved to be fairly formful with two favorites, two secon...
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Gotalottacredit scores upset win at Saratoga

on 03/04/2017 12:00 AM
Gotalottacredit (Credit Winner) sprung the upset in the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Dewhurst trainee sat the pocket in the $7,500 conditional trot for New York Sired highsteppers and wound up on the lead when the race's front-runner made a break heading to the three-quarter pole. Gotalottacredit held off the late challenge from rival Intensify (Phil Fluet) before sto...
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Don'tcallmefrancis scored in Saratoga feature

on 03/04/2017 12:00 AM
Don'tcallmefrancis (Rocknroll Hanover) scored in Saturday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The four year old gelding made his local debut last week and announced his presence with authority, prevailing by almost five lengths while stopping the timer in 1:53.1 in a high level conditional race. This week, it was up into the Open Pace for the Al Annunziata-trained Don'tcallmefrancis who t...
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Gokudo Hanover pulls off 20-1 Meadows shocker

on 03/04/2017 12:00 AM
  Gokudo Hanover gobbled up the leader, Dapper Dude, with a powerful first-over move and went on to pull off a 20-1 shocker in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Gokudo Hanover's most recent victory (Feb. 11) came in the same class when he upset at 16-1 by following live cover. On Saturday, he needed no such help. Eric Goodell sent...
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Gallant Seelster warms things up at Buffalo

on 03/04/2017 12:00 AM
The thermometer at Buffalo Raceway read a brisk 19 degrees on Saturday night (March 4) but Gallant Seelster sure did make the mercury rise with an impressive victory in the featured $8,600 pace. Tying the fastest mile of the 2017 meet with a 1:54.4, Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) went gate to wire and beat Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) by solid 2-1/4 lengths. A scorching 56.4 second ...
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Carl Becker, Briggs on ballot for Communicators' Hall

on 03/03/2017 12:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the world's largest organization for industry communicators, conducted its annual two days of business meetings this past weekend at the Planet Hollywood hotel/casino along "the Strip" in this renowned gambling mecca. The weekend culminated in the Sunday evening celebration of the sport's best and brightest stars of 2016, both human and eq...
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$100 winners trigger Pick 5 carryover

on 03/03/2017 12:00 AM
Back-to-back $100-plus winners helped trigger a carryover in the Pick Five at the Meadowlands on a long shot's delight Thursday. The $25,497 carryover will be up for grabs on Friday's program. The Pick Five covers the first five races of the night. It carries a 50-cent base wager and a low 15-percent takeout rate that should almost be eliminated with the carryover. The last time there wa...
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Milky Way Rae scores in Saratoga feature

on 03/03/2017 12:00 AM
Driver Billy Dobson and trainer Heidi Rohr teamed up for three wins on the Thursday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel including a victory in the matinee's feature.   Milky Way Rae (American Ideal) got a pocket ride for the second consecutive week in the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open but this week rolled out of the two hole and pounced on her rivals en route to her first victory of the ...
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60 sophomores nominated to Pepsi NA Cup

on 03/03/2017 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced that 60 three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 34th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest harness race, will take place on Saturday, June 17, at Mohawk Racetrack. The eliminations will be held a week prior.   Nominations to the 2017 Pepsi North America Cup were up ov...
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Prince Palani one to beat in G-Note final

on 03/03/2017 12:00 AM
The Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands is the $15,000 final of a "Dash For The G-Note" dual leg pacing series. It is the evening's fourth race.   Among the eight leg winners leading into Saturday's final, only Harmon Racing Stable's Prince Palani was able to repeat. The wagering choice in both of his scores, Prince Palani was able to convert a couple of brilliant st...
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John Jay wins Survivor Series at Miami Valley

on 03/03/2017 12:00 AM
It’s not every day that $10,000 claimers get to race for a $25,000 purse, but that is exactly what happened when the Elite Survivor Series championship final went postward at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 3).  Each of the ten finalists had survived three preliminary knockout rounds when half of each field was eliminated and only the five check-getters advanced.  Six o...
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Tessa Seelster wins 50G distaff at Yonkers

on 03/03/2017 12:00 AM
Tessa Seelster (George Brennan $18.20) survived from first-up  Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from post position No. 4, ‘Tessa’ saw Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) want in early. The latter reclaimed from the former just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a soft :56.4 intermis...
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Southern Palms returns to winning ways at Buffalo

on 03/03/2017 12:00 AM
After opening the season with an impressive three-race win streak, Southern Palms hit the skids and failed to earned a check in his next two starts. But on Friday night (March 3) in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot, Southern Palms regrouped and got back to his winning ways with a $23.40 upset victory in a seasonal best 1:58.2 over the fast track. He was able to comfortably hold off the...
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Woodbine exec Pinsonneault leaving company

on 03/02/2017 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced on Wednesday, March 1, that Sean Pinsonneault, the company's Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Wagering, will be leaving the organization on March 7, 2017.   Pinsonneault, 47, came to Woodbine in 2000 as the Director of Wagering, then in 2010, became Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer. He has represented the compa...
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Bedroomconfessions back at Yonkers Saturday

on 03/02/2017 12:00 AM
Pacing mare Bedroomconfessions is the dominant force in Yonkers Raceway's Filly and Mare Open Handicap in the early stages of the 2017 racing season.   After finishing second in her first start of the year Feb. 3, she has strung together back-to-back victories in the distaff feature for trainer and co-owner Tony Alagna and co-owners Myron and Stephanie Bell of Riverview Racing, LLC....
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Tim Tetrick, David Miller at Pompano Saturday

on 03/02/2017 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick and David Miller are two of harness racing's greatest stars and they will be in action at Pompano Park on Saturday night in the second edition of the "Pro-Am" Championship Driving Series. This "Saturday Night Special" features Tetrick and Miller as the participating captains in a three race series benefitting, in Tetrick's case, New Vocation, and, Miller's favorite, The Make-A-W...
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Illinois bill for slots at tracks makes progress

on 03/02/2017 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association has posted the following update on gaming that would allow slots at the state's racetracks. It the update, posted on the organization's website, follows.   The Illinois Senate on Tuesday advanced SB7, the much anticipated big gaming bill, which would allow slots at the racetracks. Originally this bill was problematic for us because of our ...
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