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Horseman Lloyd Gilmour, 71, dies

on 02/28/2017 12:00 AM
Lloyd H. Gilmour, part of the famous Gilmour clan in harness racing, died suddenly Feb. 26. He was 71.   Lovingly known as "Fuzzy" by his many friends and family, his laugh and sense of humor will be something that they will all remember. Born and raised in Ft. Erie, Ontario, the son of William and Margaret Gilmour, Mr. Gilmour followed in the family business of harness racing wi...
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Shakerattlenrock takes MVG Survivor final

on 02/28/2017 12:00 AM
It started with 79 hopeful $5,000 male claimers in Round 1, was narrowed to 40 in Round 2, then down to 20 for Round 3. It culminated with 10 finalists on Tuesday (Feb. 28) afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway when the championship leg of the "Survivor Series" went postward for a $20,000 purse. Shakerattlenrock, who scored two wins and a ‘neck’ defeat in the first three legs, used his cust...
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Winbak welcomes its first foal by Bolt The Duer

on 02/28/2017 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm’s first Bolt The Duer foal p,2,1:51; 3,1:47.4f ($1,828,995), was born at Winbak Farm of Maryland on Feb. 22. The filly is the first for her dam, Winbak Speedi p,3,1:54.4s; 1:52.4f ($125,044). "We are highly anticipating the first crop of Bolt The Duer foals. This filly already shows athleticism and looks the part at her young age. We expect the rest of his first crop to look...
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Marketing discussed at Sunday USTA meeting

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
The future of the USTA marketing efforts in social media, wagering, and racehorse ownership was the focus of the Communications/Marketing Committee on the first day of the USTA Board of Directors annual meeting Sunday (Feb. 26) at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.   Allison Conte, the USTA’s social media and publicity manager, showed the committee the plan for the USTA’s soci...
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"I'll probabaly never drive another horse like that"

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
If all David Miller did in 2016 was win a couple Breeders Crowns, the North America Cup, Little Brown Jug, sit behind three divisional champions, become only the third driver in history to surpass $200 million in lifetime purses (while also setting a career best for earnings in a single season) and become only the fifth in North America with at least 12,000 victories, well, that would be a pretty ...
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First Of Itskind upsets in Pompano Open

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
First Of Itskind, giving a strong hint last week by closing fastest of all in the Open Pace, used a backstretch blitz from fifth into the lead on Sunday night (February 26) and went on to post a 10-1 upset in the $12,000 Open 1 Handicap, stopping the timer in 1:51.2.  Handled by Tom Jackson, the six year-old gelded son of Western Terror pinned a 1 ½ defeat on Uncmprmising Z Tam (Mike Sim...
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NYSS finals, International Trot set for Oct. 14

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
The New York State Gaming Commission and the Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Monday (Feb. 27) that Yonkers Raceway will host one of the world’s single biggest harness racing events this October. For the first time, both the New York Sire Stakes "Night of Champions" and the International Trot will be held together. The event features horses from around the globe and New Y...
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Russell Williams voted USTA president

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
Russell Williams was elected president of the USTA by a vote of Association directors during the first general session of the USTA board of directors annual meeting Monday (Feb. 27) at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Williams, who represents District 7 as a membership director and most recently served as the Association’s vice chairman, was elected by a majority vote over four other c...
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My Hare Lady takes MGV Survivor final for mares

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
My Hare Lady led a cavalry charge through the wire to capture the $15,000 championship final of a three-week Survivor Series for $5,000 claiming mares on Monday afternoon (Feb. 27) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet lass held on by a nose over Certitude (Brady Galliers), with show finisher Endeavors Ladyluck (Jeremy Smith) and a host of others all within a couple lengths a...
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Rockin Rum Springs scores at Meadows

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
An unruly Rockin Rum Springa was wide in the turns -- and not much more manageable in the straightaways -- but still was much the best in Monday’s (Feb. 27) feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Rockin Rum Springa nearly blew the first turn while trying for the lead before Dave Palone was able to wrestle her back to the cones. The 4-year-old daughter of...
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USTA rolls out new Online Registration service

on 02/27/2017 12:00 AM
The USTA staff’s rollout of the online foal registration program highlighted the Registration Committee meeting of the USTA Board of Directors annual meeting Monday (Feb. 27) at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. T.C. Lane, USTA director of registry and member services, told the board that since its launch on Dec. 6, 2016, 286 foals from the 2016 crop were registered online from an esti...
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Franzo scores in 1:51.4 in Miami Valley open

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
Franzo, moving into open company after three straight solid efforts in $30,000 claimers, was the upset winner of the weekly $22,000 Saturday (Feb. 25) night feature at Miami Valley Raceway. Owner/trainer Adam Short entrusted the lines to Dan Noble, and the purple-and-white clad 34-year-old teamster responded with his fifth win on the program from a second tier start in the full 10-horse field. ...
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Soto edges Somewhere In LA by neck at Yonkers

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
Saturday night (Feb. 25) offered any number of entrants for Yonkers Raceway’s upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Series for which nominations close this Wednesday, March 1, including favored Soto (Matt Kakaley, $4.50), winner of the featured $50,000 Open Handicap Pace.  In play from post position four, Soto then gave up the baton to Somewhere in L A (Mark MacDonald) just before a moist...
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Rockeyed Optimist 1:51 winner at Meadowlands

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
Jacksrluckytoo unleashed his patented late rally to win the Saturday night pacing feature at the Meadowlands in 1:52.1. The 5-year-old Michigan sired gelding by He’s All That has regained the top form that saw him earn close to $100,000 last year. Bettor Rock On set up shop on the front end through a :28.3 opening quarter and a half mile in :56.2. Corey Callahan kept the winner of last week...
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Yonkers holds fourth Sunday card of season

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s fourth Sunday card (Feb. 26) of the season included seven French trots, although the featured $50,000 Open Handicap wasn’t among them. A field of seven, after a defection, were all nose-to-gate going the flat mile, with second choice B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno, $7.90) picking off 11-10 choice Rose Run Parker (George Brennan) at the wire in 1:56.1. The eventual winner—from po...
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Saratoga Sunday feature to St Lad's Moonwalk

on 02/26/2017 12:00 AM
St Lads Moonwalk (Mach Three) prevailed in the Open Pace as part of the double feature on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 26) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jackie Greene had last year’s local Pacer of the Year as Artful Way took home top honors after being the winningest participant in the Open Pace in 2016. This year’s version for Greene could be St Lads Moonwalk, who was aggressively ...
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Opulent Yankee one of 4 wins for Andy Miller

on 02/25/2017 12:00 AM
Andy Miller entered the weekend in ninth place in the Meadowlands driver standings, but Friday night (Feb. 24) reminded fans why the "Orange Crush" can still get it done with four wins including a score in the featured trot with Opulent Yankee. Miller began the evening by capitalizing on a perfect pocket trip with Opulent Yankee to upset 4-5 favorite Lady’s Dude in the $17,000 conditioned tro...
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Kingofthejungle takes Meadows pace feature

on 02/25/2017 12:00 AM
Kingofthejungle waited patiently in the pocket behind the dueling leaders, then blazed through the Lightning Lane to score the 9-1 upset in Saturday’s (Feb. 25) $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While Mykindachip was fending off the first-over challenge of Latest Desire, Kingofthejungle and Tony Hall kept up, waiting for the opportunity to strike. They ...
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China Dream captures Buffalo Open Pace

on 02/25/2017 12:00 AM
China Dream is known for his late-closing speed, but a change in tactics paid off for him in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 25). He defeated Itsonlyrocknroll A by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over the good track. In an uncharacteristic move, China Dream (Shawn Gray) fired off the gate and had to go three-wide to grab the lead as Gallant Major and Thunderbolt Jaxon played h...
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Snow Cone jogs to 5-length win in 1:51.3

on 02/24/2017 12:00 AM
Leading drivers Brett Miller and Jim Marohn, Jr. stayed hot on Thursday at the Meadowlands on a day where temperatures were unseasonably into the 60s. Marohn won three of the night’s nine races including a five-length blowout in 1:51.3 with the Darran Cassar trained-mare Snow Cone. Brett Miller was the star of the latest broadcast of "Meadowlands Harness Live" airing on SNY. Miller won two o...
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