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Always B Miki wins by 4 1/4 in final career start

on 11/12/2016 12:00 AM
Always B Miki ($2.10) will always be remembered as a champion. The fastest pacer in the history of harness racing capped his career in triumphant fashion, using a sustained first-over bid to overpower All Bets Off and sprint off to a 1:48.2 victory in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace on Saturday (November 12) evening at The Meadowlands.   David Miller moved Always B Miki first-ove...
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Bit Of A Legend snags 13th win of season

on 11/12/2016 12:00 AM
Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $13.80) couldn't possibly have had an eight-hole trip than he did Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace.   In play from behind the eight-ball, the Levy Series winner found a gaping three-hole for a brief respite, then marching toward the lead. He made it around pole-sitting, 9-5 choice Rock N' Roll World (George Bren...
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Freeneasy Hanover a winner for Nap, Oakes

on 11/12/2016 12:00 AM
Freeneasy Hanover again defeated Terror Time A, who had a six-race win skein snapped in his last start, taking the $18,000 claiming handicap pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:50.4 despite a reading of 40 degrees at post time.   Last week the Western Ideal gelding Freeneasy Hanover debuted for the barn of the meet's leading trainer, Chris Oakes, and he was sent t...
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Tim Miller wins Billings with Vaya Con Dios

on 11/12/2016 12:00 AM
After a very competitive year the top nine drivers with the most points in the western region of the seven- month CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series convened at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway on Saturday night, Nov. 12, for the $10,000 regional final.   When the judges declared the trotting contest official "Tiny Tim" Miller and Vaya Con Dios romped to an easy three-length triumph...
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Dapper Dude wins third straight at Meadows

on 11/12/2016 12:00 AM
Dapper Dude made it three straight when he zipped to the front, thwarted one serious challenger and captured Saturday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Dapper Dude took the field through a 1:24 three-quarters when he was confronted by the first-over Kingofthejungle, who appeared to poke his nose in front. But the 7-year-old son of The Pand...
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TVGs to Hannelore, Lady Shadow, Obrigado

on 11/12/2016 12:00 AM
In the $200,000 TVG for trotting mares at the Meadowlands Saturday night, Hannelore Hanover ($3.60) rallied from off the pace to once again defeat Bee a Magician, vaulting home and reeling in the quadruple millionaire for a 1:51.4 score.   Yannick Gingras settled the 4-year-old Swan for All mare well off a contested pace before sliding second-over behind Shake It Cerry (David M...
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Woodbine opens with Autumn Series leg

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
Harness racing returned to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday evening with Autumn Series action highlighting a 10-race program. A quartet of $16,000 second leg Autumn Series divisions for three-year-old colts and geldings were contested with a pair of round one winners repeating. Think On It delivered a carbon copy of his round one victory by taking Thursday's first division for pacing colts and g...
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Hoosier Park closes meet Saturday

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will close out the 2016 live harness racing season with a 14-race card on Saturday, Nov. 12, alongside annual Veterans Day and Fan Appreciation specials starting Friday, Nov. 11. On Friday, Nov. 11, service men and women with military identification can enjoy a special Veterans Day lunch buffet for only $5 at Prime Harvest Buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Servi...
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Hurley has mixed emotions over Always B Miki

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
Joe Hurley's run with Always B Miki is coming to an end.   On Saturday night, Hurley, who at trackside ran down the final portion of the stretch at Lexington as Always B Miki made history with his 1:46 all-time record mile a month ago, will watch the 5-year-old pacing stallion he bred and co-owns compete for the final time in his career.   Always B Miki, the No. 1-ranked...
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Downbytheseaside qualifies in Dayton

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
Rock The Look dominated Hollywood Dayton Raceway's best mares again Friday night (Nov. 11) with a 1:53.4 score, her tenth of the season and second in a row. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image has banked $125,510 in her 25 2016 starts, an average of $5000 every time she has stepped on the track for co-owner and trainer Joe Putnam and his partner Suttons Bay Racing.   Driver Jaso...
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Hanover spends $200,000 for Bettor Be Steppin

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
The final day of the Standardbred Mixed Sale took place on Friday (Nov. 11)at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Among the horses that were sold on Friday was the 4-year-old trotting stallion Crescent Fashion, purchased by Ross Croghan for $250,000. The son of Muscle Hill-Fashion Feline is a career winner of $440,196 and competed in the Breeders Crown in his most recent start fo...
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Krispy Apple cruises in Open at Yonkers

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
A three-peating Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $5.20) easily disposed of her rivals Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from behind the eight-ball, the 8-5 favorite worked around Tessa Seelster (George Brennan), making the lead just before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Then, she just toyed with ‘em (:57, 1:25, 1:52.4), a 2½-...
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Draws held, fields set for Fall Four finals

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
Grand Circuit two-year-olds invaded Woodbine Racetrack Friday night for the eliminations of the Valley Victory and Three Diamonds, part of the Fall Four series. Each stake featured two $25,000 eliminations, with the other two events in the Fall Four, the Governor's Cup and Goldsmith Maid, going directly to a final. The draws for all four finals follow.   A group of 15 two-year-old t...
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Meadowlands Super High 5 hit for $13,395

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
Veterans Day proved to be a memorable one for one lucky horseplayer that hit the Meadowlands Jackpot Super High Five for $13,395.06. The winning ticket was purchased at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.   The wager featured a carryover of just under $10,000 coming into Friday night. The Race Five winning sequence featured 19/1 winner Harper Lee followed by 57/1 Lastladystanding, 17/...
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BZ Glide overcomes outside post to win

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
BZ Glide drew the outside for the fourth consecutive week, but also found himself in lower company. So he used his class to overcome post eight and win the $8,500 Open II trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 11).   Mike Caprio hustled BZ Glide off the gate and took a lead he would never relinquish. He tripped the timers in :28.2, :59 and 1:28.2 while his seven opponents struc...
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Delightful Dragon wins Meadowlands feature

on 11/11/2016 12:00 AM
Delightful Dragon ($6.20) and Mambo Lindy ($10.40) proved tops in Friday (November 11) evening's featured events at The Meadowlands, while Jim Marohn, Jr. led all drivers with a hat trick on the 11-race card.   Delightful Dragon used steady first-over gains through the middle stages of the $17,500 top-level distaff pacing feature (race 7), chasing down a fast pace and edging away to...
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Distaff pacers featured Friday at Meadowlands

on 11/10/2016 12:00 AM
While the live racing this weekend at the Meadowlands will feature the $1.2 million finals of the TVG Championship Series on Saturday night, Friday's card is an amalgamation of overnight events composed largely of trotters and pacing mares.   A solid field of nine distaff pacers will go forth for a purse of $17,500 in race seven. From her assigned outside post, Not Before Eight must...
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Standardbreds return to Woodbine Thursday

on 11/10/2016 12:00 AM
Standardbred racing is set to return to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday and Grand Circuit action will help launch the proceedings on opening weekend.   The 81-date Woodbine Fall-Winter meet will run from Nov. 12 to April 10 (pending regulatory approval) and feature live racing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   Opening weekend of the meet will be highlighted by the return o...
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Wallin leaves Svanstedt, opens own stable

on 11/10/2016 12:00 AM
Lucas Wallin knows he still has a lot to learn about training racehorses. But at the age of only 23, he says with a laugh, "I have a couple of years to learn everything."   Wallin, who worked for trainer Ake Svanstedt for more than two years after arriving in the U.S. from Sweden in 2014, recently started his own harness racing stable. He is based in New Egypt, N.J., and is in the p...
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Steady numbers posted for 2016 Mohawk meet

on 11/10/2016 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Thursday announced the final wagering numbers for the recently concluded Standardbred meet at Mohawk Racetrack.   The 2016 Mohawk meet, which began on April 7, featured 144 race cards, 26 more than 2015, and had an "all-sources" wagering total of $215,022,527, an 18.5 percent increase over the 2015 "all-sources" wagering total of $181,432,4...
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