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Arrangements announced for Sam McKee

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
Arrangements have been announced for Sam McKee, who passed away on Wednesday, March 8, at age 54. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 12, at the Newbaker Funeral Home in Blairstown, NJ, from 1-5 pm and 7-9 pm. A service will be held Monday, March 13, at  Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, also in Blairstown, at 12 pm. Memorials may be made to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 1...
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Emeritus Maximus takes Delaware Special

on 03/09/2017 12:00 AM
For the third straight start Emeritus Maximus toyed with a sub-1:50 victory. This week he did it by pacing a 1:49.3 mile to win the $30,000 Delaware Special Handicap on Thursday (March 9) at Dover Downs where fast times were the norm. Yannick Gingras was in the bike behind the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity’s Delight horse and despite his tough trip, he posted his seventh win in 10 start...
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Thursday night swan song at Big M

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
The last of the Thursday night live Meadowlands cards comes around this week with racing from here forward condensed down to Friday and Saturday through the Aug. 5 Hambletonian Day conclusion of the summer meet. This week's feature is the eighth race, a conditioned trot. It's a well-balanced field of nine with O U Sexy Guy listed as a tepid 3-1 morning line choice. The 8-year-old veter...
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Explosive Muscles scores in Pompano feature

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
Explosive Muscles, driven by Dave Ingraham, definitely lived up to his name on Tuesday night (March 7) by using his explosive muscle power in the final stages to score a well-earned 1:55.3 win in Pompano Park’s $10,000 trotting feature. The 7-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass out-dueled Lugar, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, heading into the opening turn and went on to post panels of :27.4, :...
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Date changes for Bobby Weiss Series at Pocono

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
There will be some date changes regarding some of the events in the upcoming Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The late-closer for 3 -and 4-year-old horses returns in April with four events for non-winners of two extended pari-mutuel races or $30,000 lifetime as of and including Jan. 1, 2017. The separate events will be for male pacers, female p...
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$50,000 Pick 5 guarantee Wednesday at Meadows

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
Prompted by a three-day carryover of $19,578.12, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has established a $50,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager on Wednesday. The guarantee, one of the largest in track history, is offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative.   In addition, Wednesday's card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee fo...
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Sagamore Series kicks off at Yonkers

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's stakes season continued Tuesday night, with five divisions beginning the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The series, named for Long Island estate of Theodore Roosevelt, is open to 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through this past Dec. 1.   Never Say Never N (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) made it 3-for-3 stateside with an off-...
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Hall of Fame announcer Sam McKee dies at 54

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
Communicators Hall of Famer Sam McKee died early Wednesday morning, March 8. Mr. McKee had suffered a major stroke early last month. He was 54. Mr. McKee was the announcer and simulcast director at the Meadowlands, leaving his home state of Michigan in 1998 to work on a fill-in basis at the New Jersey racetrack. Soon after he was hired as full-time announcer, later adding the title of...
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Woodbine Hi-5 pool expected to top $2 million

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
Horseplayers can start studying immediately, as the draw is out for this Saturday's Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race at Woodbine Racetrack.   A carryover of $578,231.58 is being brought into the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout, which is offered on Race 10 this Saturday.   A 12-horse field has been put together for the Jackpot Hi-5 race. Overnight pacers meeting the ...
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Ms Mullen takes win in Meadows series opener

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
  Pressured most of the mile while on the lead, Ms Mullen drew away from the field into the final turn and scored decisively in Wednesday's opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. Pennys N Dimes upset at 15-1 in the other division of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The event honors the memory of the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of the 2:00 Club, the...
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Tough Mac wires $20,000 Dover open trot

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan zipped Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac quickly to the front from the outside and then never-looked-back en route to a 1:53.1 victory in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Wednesday, March 8 at Dover Downs. Tough Mac has been super-sharp of late winning for the second straight time making it four wins in his last five outings. The Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady gelding won for the fo...
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Voltina breezes to victory in Buffalo feature

on 03/08/2017 12:00 AM
There were strong, gusty winds at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 8) but Voltina found things to be just a 'breeze' in the featured $8,200 pace for the mares. Scoring from the rail, Voltina (Kevin Cummings) made every step a winning one and  defeated Dontch Remember (Jim Morrill Jr.) by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:58.3 over the fast track. ...
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Petticoat Series underway at Yonkers

on 03/07/2017 12:00 AM
It wasn't all ‘death and taxes' for Yonkers Raceway's first ‘death and taxes' proposition of the season.   Vintage Babe (Yannick Gingras, $2.10) did indeed win her fourth and final, $20,000 division of Monday night's opening round of the Petticoat Series, though it was far from attractive.   Leaving from post position No. 2, she jumped in the first turn, then righted ...
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Prairie Fortune goes deep to win at Pompano

on 03/07/2017 12:00 AM
Prairie Fortune, driven by John MacDonald, made a sweeping and devastating three-deep move around the final turn and went on to score a handy two-length victory in 1:55.2 in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night.   The win—his second in a row—came at the expense of Sooo Handsome, handled by Rick Plano. The early leader, Boli, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, was t...
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Sustaining payment due March 15 for '18 M Pace

on 03/07/2017 12:00 AM
The 2018 Meadowlands Pace has a sustaining supplemental payment due by March 15. This $400 sustaining payment continues eligibility for those foals of 2015 nominated as yearlings by the May 15, 2016 payment. If that payment was not made, the horse may now be supplemented at a cost of $1,000. All future payments must be made to continue eligibility toward that 2018 stake. Also be remind...
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Sky's the limit for 3YO Stealth Bomber

on 03/07/2017 12:00 AM
Eight years ago, Frank Bellino bought a colt from the first crop of stallion Rocknroll Hanover. The pacer's name was Rock N Roll Heaven and at age 3 the horse won 16 of 21 races, earned $2.15 million in purses, and was named Horse of the Year in the United States.   Two years ago, Bellino bought a colt from the final crop of Rocknroll Hanover. The pacer's name is Stealth Bomber...
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Maryland 2-year-old payments due March 15

on 03/07/2017 12:00 AM
Two-year-old payments (foals of 2015) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Mar. 15, 2017. This payment MUST be made to maintain eligibility!!!   All staking forms, race dates and stallion pedigrees are now available online. Please use our website for all your current MSRF info and any updates as they become available. We recommend that al...
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WEG announces 2017 stakes nominees

on 03/07/2017 12:00 AM
The lists of eligible horses for all Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Alliance stakes in 2017 has been released by the Mohawk Race Office.   Nominations for most stakes events were due on Feb. 15 and with a sustaining payment quickly approaching on March 15, the full lists of nominees to each event are now available for public viewing.   As announced last week, the ...
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Don't Rush takes Miami Valley Open Trot

on 03/07/2017 12:00 AM
Don't Rush, who was in no rush until the open trotters at Miami Valley Raceway neared the three-quarter station on Tuesday (March 7) afternoon, did rush home from there—swinging three-wide around the final bend and cruising to a 1:56 upset victory at 22-1 odds. Driver Dan Noble was content to hug the pylons near the rear of the compact field of six as favored Somebody AS (Trace Tetrick) c...
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Joyful wins Meadows opening series leg

on 03/07/2017 12:00 AM
Joyful exploded past the leader with an uncovered backside brush and went on to capture his division in Tuesday’s (March 7) opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. DD’s Comet, a seven-race maiden entering the day, took the other $12,500 division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The event honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a...
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