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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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News in Preview: PA OKs more testing

on 03/02/2017 12:00 AM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we've got news about another pacing mare. This time its 2012 Sweetheart winner Jerseylicious, who is competing Friday night at Miami Valley but will be beginning a second career as a broodmare this spring.   In other breeding news, we have a photo of a baby by French sensation Bold Eagle that was born in the US last month. ...
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McArdles Lightning captures Dover feature

on 03/02/2017 12:00 AM
McArdles Lightning came up big in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap as John Campbell reined a 1:50.2 triumph at Dover Downs on Thursday.  With six of the seven starters in the week’s top pace owning career records lower than 1:50 and three of his rivals fresh from victories in their most recent outings, McArdles Lightning came to the outside and rushed up the backstretch to challenge fr...
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USTA concludes annual meeting

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Russell Williams, newly elected president of the USTA, said the Association will conduct a test program at Scioto Downs using microchips to identify Standardbreds during his address to the board of directors at the closing session of their annual meeting Tuesday (Feb. 28) at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. Williams, who was elected by members of the board on Monday (Feb. 27) and immedi...
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Modern Mercury captures Pompano Open Trot

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Modern Mercury, cleverly handled by George Napolitano Jr., took top honors in Pompano Park’s $8,500 Open Trot for mares on Tuesday night (Feb. 28), orbiting past her rivals turning home to score by two lengths in a lifetime best performance in 1:54.3. The 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover pinned the defeat on Serendipitious, driven by Wally Hennessey. Celebrity Artemis, with Marcello ...
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More than $5,000 awarded in Own A Horse program

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
The second month of the Meadowlands Racetrack's Own A Horse promotion gave 10 more fans an inside look at racehorse ownership and the results continue to show there are few thrills like owning a winning horse. The 10 fans won a combined $5,122 during February with the biggest chunk of that amount coming courtesy of Jacksrluckytoo who won three times during the month for trainer Patti Harmon...
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Smoke Pan Mirrors a blessing for Magie family

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Judy Magie gets emotional when she talks about Smoke Pan Mirrors. The 10-year-old female pacer might not be a household name around the nation, but she is a beloved member of the Magie family's home in central New Jersey.   Purchased as a yearling for $5,500 by Judy and her husband, trainer Brian Magie Jr., at the 2008 Standardbred Horse Sale, Smoke Pan Mirrors has won 39 of 271 car...
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March 11 mandatory Jackpot Hi-5 at Woodbine

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced a mandatory payout date of Saturday, March 11, for the current Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5. Horseplayers will have three more opportunities to wager on the Woodbine Racetrack Jackpot Hi-5, which currently has a carryover of $476,469, before the wager is suspended following this Saturday's card (March 4) in preparation for the mandatory payout. ...
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Jim Pantaleano drives 7,000th winner

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Not many busboys in the clubhouse dining room will go on to win 7,000 harness races, yet that's just the unique career path Jim Pantaleano has taken. He got career win 7,000 Wednesday at The Meadows when he piloted PL Intimidator to victory in the eighth race.   "I just go to work — I enjoy it quite a bit — and don't think about the numbers that much," said Pantaleano, whose mou...
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Wakizashi Hanover, Always At My Place, Missile J meet at Dover

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Three starters – Wakizashi Hanover, Always At My Place and Missile J - who won their previous starts collide in this week’s $30,000 Preferred Handicap, the top event at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 2. First Post is 4:30 p.m. Wakizashi Hanover makes his first start since late December as he prepares for his 2017 season with Tim Tetrick driving the five-year-old $1.4-millon winner for...
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Susie's Delight takes Buffalo feature

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Rain and the 'lightning' lane proved to be a perfect combination for Susie's Delight ($4.60) at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 1) as she got the win in the featured $8,200 pace for the mares in 1:58.4. With Missevil set fractions of 30.0, 59.4 and 1:29.2, pacers fanned out four wide. With five ladies having a realistic chance, it was just a matter of who had the best ...
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Market Share scores first 2017 win at Dover

on 03/01/2017 12:00 AM
Outside post  8 was no problem for Earl's Speeder who chalked up his second straight Wednesday feature  trot at Dover Downs on March 1.   After a win from the rail last week, Yannick Gingras drove Earl's Speeder from the outside this week with the same result, a victory in 1:55.1, over a sloppy track. The Earl Of Stormont-Trapezius gelding made it two wins in his last thre...
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