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Burke Brigade tops $20 million again

on 11/15/2016 12:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke's stable surpassed $20 million in purses for the fourth consecutive year on Monday night when Encore Deo won the seventh race at Yonkers Raceway.   No other trainer in history has ever reached $20 million in purses in a season. In 2014, Burke's stable set an all-breed record of $28.4 million in purses.   Burke has led the sport in wins and purses ea...
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Yonkers slot player hits for $961,411

on 11/15/2016 12:00 AM
The second-largest jackpot in Empire City/Yonkers Raceway's 10-year history was taken down this past Sunday, Nov. 13. Linda H., of nearby Thornwood, NY, parlayed an impromptu visit and a $10 bet into a $961,411.81 payday. The big hit occurred on a $5 denomination Wheel of Fortune machine in Empire City Casino's Gotham Palace.   "It was such a shock," Linda said. "I couldn't believe ...
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Is Three Diamonds the time for Caviart Ally?

on 11/15/2016 12:00 AM
Winning races might be in Caviart Ally's blood and there could be no more appropriate time for the 2-year-old female pacer to get her first open stakes victory than Saturday's $427,000 Three Diamonds Stakes at Woodbine. After all, Three Diamonds is in her blood too.   Caviart Ally hails from a family of stakes winners, starting with half-brother All Speed Hanover and half-sister All...
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Governor's Cup headlines Fall Four

on 11/15/2016 12:00 AM
 The 2016 Woodbine Entertainment Group stakes season will come to a close Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with nearly $1.8 million on the line in the Fall Four.   The Governor’s Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid will see many of the finest 2-year-olds in the sport attempting to finish off their rookie seasons in style.   The richest e...
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Kestrel bests elders in Meadows trot

on 11/15/2016 12:00 AM
Kestrel, a 3-year-old filly taking on a field of accomplished mares, socked it to her elders with a powerful uncovered move that carried her to victory in Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Kestrel was fifth down the backstretch when Jim Pantaleano sent her after the leader, Cowgirl Hall. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock seized ...
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David Miller wins 12,000th career race

on 11/14/2016 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver David Miller posted career victory No. 12,000 when he piloted Vegas Dream to a 1:54.4 victory in the 13th race on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Miller became just the fifth driver in North American harness racing history to reach the 12,000 victory plateau. He trails only Dave Palone, Tony Morgan, Herve Filion and Cat Manzi on the all-time win...
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Boston Red Rocks to supplement to Progress

on 11/14/2016 12:00 AM
Peter Blood, who co-owns recent Matron winner Boston Red Rocks, told The Horseman Monday morning that he and partner Rick Berks will be writing the $25,000 supplemental payment check for the 3-year-old colt pacer to start in the Progress Pace at Dover Downs, which has eliminations on Nov. 21 and final on Nov. 28. Although Boston Red Rocks has earned nearly $400,000 this year, Blood admits t...
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More buy into Miki; champ to be retired Friday

on 11/14/2016 12:00 AM
The ownership group for world champion Always B Miki continues to grow as several major breeders have joined the stallion's ownership group. Always B Miki's breeding career will begin next year at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. Always B Miki is the sport's fastest Standardbred ever, pacing to a world record 1:46 victory in the Allerage at The Red Mile this fall. He is also the only hor...
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Bergstein Writing Award announcement Wednesday

on 11/14/2016 12:00 AM
Team Valor International will reveal the winner of the $25,000 Stan Bergstein Writing Award on Wednesday in a live video broadcast at noon Eastern. The live webcast will be available here and archived at the same address. In addition to the award presentation, racehorse owner Andrew Cohen will headline a panel discussion on the state of investigative journalism related to horse racing. Cohe...
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Miami Valley announces $25K drivers' contest

on 11/14/2016 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway is pleased to introduce its first-ever driver's competition, dubbed the North America Driver's Championship. To be contested over three consecutive afternoon matinee programs beginning Sunday, Jan. 8, and ending Tuesday, Jan. 10, the contest will pit up to 30 of the continent's winningest drivers chasing prize money totaling $25,000.   Drivers interested in...
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Spreester is a coaster in Meadows feature

on 11/14/2016 12:00 AM
 Spreester retook the lead at the quarter-mile marker and coasted home from there in Monday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 2-5, Spreester zipped to the front for Aaron Merriman but briefly released Aniston Seelster. Back on top, the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree scorched the back half in :55...
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Prairie Fortune takes Pompano trot

on 11/14/2016 12:00 AM
Prairie Fortune, handled by John MacDonald, took top honors in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night, wearing down a very stubborn archrival Boli (Wally Hennessey) in midstretch for a one length victory in 1:55.2. Explosive Muscles (Dave Ingraham) rallied for third while DC Flashback trotted the fastest final panel of all to finish fourth. She’s All In, prominent thr...
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Hemi Seelster cruises in Yonkers Open Trot

on 11/13/2016 12:00 AM
Favored Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett, $4) finished what he started Sunday morning, winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Away alertly from post position No. 5 for his 11:25 AM local time audition, Hemi Seelster had to wait his turn before making the lead. He took over from Luminosity (George Brennan) before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile, then ra...
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Caretaker Appreciation big success at Meadows

on 11/13/2016 12:00 AM
Thanks to donations from more than 100 individuals, stables and organizations, the annual Caretaker Appreciation Day, hosted by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, was a resounding success.   All caretakers with horses racing on Saturday (November 12) at The Meadows received a free gift, while many were fortunate enough to take home additional goods, courtesy of donations w...
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Foiled Again meets Mel Mara at Dover Monday

on 11/13/2016 12:00 AM
Foiled Again, the all-time leading money winning horse in the sport, along with American Rage meet Mel Mara in the $30,000 Preferred Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs Monday night while last week's winner, Little Ben, heads the field in the $27,500 Delaware Special. Post time for the 15-race program is 4:30 p.m. In addition, two $20,000 DSBF 2nd leg prelims are on the pre-race non wagerin...
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Bye Bye Michelle takes Saratoga feature

on 11/12/2016 12:00 AM
Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) prevailed in the $10,600 feature for filly and mare pacers at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night.   Dan Cappello Jr. piloted the Andy Sardella-trained mare who drew the rail in the optional $20,000 claimer for distaffers and powered the six year old out to the early lead. Despite setting fast fractions throughout, Bye Bye Michelle scooted away...
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Burke, Trace Tetrick take Hoosier titles

on 11/12/2016 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2016 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, Nov. 12. In addition to the racing action, Ron Burke and Trace Tetrick were recognized as the leading trainer and driver, respectively.   Ron Burke, who secured his fifth consecutive and sixth leading trainer title at Hoosier Park, was officially re...
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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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