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Insomniac scores second straight in Dayton

on 10/31/2016 2:00 AM
For the second straight week, Insomniac was wide awake when starter Mike Woebkenberg called the "Trick or Treat" Open trotters to the gate at Hollywood Dayton Raceway during a Halloween matinee.   Insomniac, a 4-year-old son of Crazed-Catch Some Zs, was looking through his bridle and ready to go when trainer-driver Brady Galliers sent him quickly on his way from the word g...
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Mel Mara kicks off Dover meet with 1:49.1 tally

on 10/31/2016 2:00 AM
Mel Mara led off the 2016-17 meet at Dover Downs, recording a 1:49.1 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred Open Handicap. Drivers Art Stafford Jr., Bret Brittingham, trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta made the winner’s circle three times each to highlight the opener of its 48th season on Monday, Oct. 31.  Corey Callahan and Dylan Davis, the meet’s defendi...
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Racing Hill wins Crown 3CP in record 1:48

on 10/30/2016 2:00 AM
In impressive and record fashion, the last Breeders Crown winner of the season is Racing Hill. Racing Hill took the lead with an eighth of a mile to go and held off 60-1 Manhattan Beach to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in a stakes record of 1:48 on at the Meadowlands.   The previous record of 1:48.3 was held by Somebeachsomewhere, ...
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Bit Of A Legend N holds on in Yonkers open

on 10/30/2016 2:00 AM
Despite nearly falling asleep at the wheel, favored Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.70) prevailed Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from a generous post position No. 5 (posts 2 through 6 were drawn), the Levy Series champ worked around Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) before a pokey 28-second opening quarter-mile. There were no goose bumps at th...
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Meadows-based Tyler Stillings hurt in training accident

on 10/30/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer/driver Tyler Stillings suffered transverse process fractures of the lumbar spine in a training mishap Friday at The Meadows. His fiancé, Greta Slater, said the injury occurred when the bit Stillings was using for a training trip broke, causing his horse to dump him from the cart. Slater said Stillings was treated at a local emergency room and now is recuperating at home. S...
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Former owner, breeder David Brooks dies in prison

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
New York's Newsday reported on Friday (Oct. 28) that former leading owner/breeder David Brooks died in federal prison on Thursday (Oct. 27) in Danbury, Conn. of undisclosed causes. Brooks, 61, was the former executive of DHB Industries Inc. and was in the midst of serving a 17-year sentence after he was convicted in 2010 on a 17-count indictment that included conspiracy; securities, wire and m...
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Walner, Ariana G win Crown freshman trots

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
Walner (pictured, Tim Tetrick) was the easiest kind of winner in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a track and stakes record 1:53 by 4 1/2 lengths on Saturday at the Meadowlands. The record had been 1:53.2, shared by Pinkman (2014) and Manofmanymissions (2010).   Also, Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) came out of the clouds to win the $600,000 ...
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Someomensomewhere upsets in Crown 2FP

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
Someomensomewhere (6), by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Hanover mare Omen Hanover, angled towards the center of the track into the stretch and rallied by pacesetter and 1-2 favorite Roaring To Go to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace on Saturday night at the Meadowlands in 1:51.2 at odds of 17-1.   Taking command into the first turn, Someomensomewh...
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Here Comes Herbie colt brings $75K at Hoosier

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
Sales manager Steve Cross certainly knew what he spoke of when he intimated the second day of the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale might pack a bit more punch than the first. While the first day of the annual event held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds yielded two colts that sold for $60,000, Saturday's edition yielded a top bid of $75,000 for a black son of Here Comes Herbie-Ljanearl named ...
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Huntsville game in Breeders Crown 2CP

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
Huntsville ($3.60) used a bold middle move to secure command in a fast pace before heading off two challengers—including rival Downbytheseaside—to capture the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:49.1, missing the stakes record by a fifth of a second.   Tim Tetrick settled the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Wild West Show into midfield early ...
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Bar Hopping, Broadway Donna win BC 3YO trots

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
The duo of Tim Tetrick and Jimmy Takter has done it again. Bar Hopping (pictured) the 4-5 favorite, kicked off cover and won by 1 1/2 lengths to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Split times were :28.3, :56.2 and 1:24.1, with the mile time of 1:51.4 equaling the stakes record of Father Patrick, ...
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Dapper Dude newest millionaire after Meadows win

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
Dapper Dude became a millionaire Saturday by surviving a four-wide first quarter in :25.4 and holding firm late to capture the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The win pushed his career bankroll to $1,004,110. After Dapper Dude reached the half in :54.2, he was challenged first-over by...
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Zeron wins 1st Crown with Call Me Queen Be

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
 October of 2016 has been quite a month for Scott Zeron -- first, a Trotting Triple Crown with Marion Marauder, and now his first ever Breeders Crown title.   Zeron sustained a first-over push through the far turn with Call Me Queen Be ($27.80) to duel down Jugette winner L A Delight for a 1:49.4 score in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday at ...
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Autumn Series finals contested at Mohawk

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Rookies were in the spotlight Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack for a quartet of Ontario Sired Autumn Series finals.   The temperature teetered around the freezing mark during Thursday’s card, but the action got off to a hot start. You Cant Afford Me and Roger Mayotte were able to capitalize after a break by the heavy favorite to win the $21,150 Autumn Series final for 2-year-old...
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Record $211 winner at Hollywood Dayton

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Princeofrocknroll produced the highest $2 win mutuel in the three-year history of Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night.   Despite winning six races and more than $26,000 at Ohio county fairs this summer, the 3-year-old son of World Of Rocknroll was dispatched at odds of more than 99-1 and returned $211.20 to his backers following his come-from-behind 1:55.2 triumph. ...
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Crown trophies in memory of Van Lennep, Weaver

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
The signature crystal trophies that have graced the Breeders Crown championship series since 1984 will bear additional etching this year--in memory of Frederick Van Lennep and William B. Weaver, two men with enormous influence on the sport of harness racing and the Breeders Crown championship series in particular.   Van Lennep was a vital advocate in the advancement and promotion of...
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Holland has Crown hopes for Sir John F

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Veteran trainer Herb Holland is happy to be a member of harness racing's dream team.   The 59 year old, whose career in the business goes back to the early years of the Meadowlands, is part owner of a horse, Sir John F., that is owned by brothers John and Jim Fielding and Christina Takter, whose husband, Jimmy, trains the 2-year-old Donato Hanover colt. Sir John F is entered in this...
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Second career Standardbreds lead BC way

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Standardbreds with new careers under saddle will serve as honorary parade marshals on Breeders Crown nights at the Meadowlands on Friday and Saturday.   On Friday night, a pair of pacers will lead the older divisions to the post. Nite Train, winner of 11 races in 36 starts, will be ridden by Mary McDermott, daughter of trainer Kevin McDermott.   Nite Train is known ...
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Takter: "This is what it's all about"

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter needs few words to sum up tonight's Breeders Crown Open Pace at the Meadowlands, which features a continuation of the rivalry between Takter's Always B Miki and George Teague Jr.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit.   "This," Takter says, "is what it's all about."   Wiggle It Jiggleit is the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's current Top 10 poll. Always B Miki is N...
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Breeders Crown horses test negative

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
All 117 horses entered in the Breeders Crown events this weekend have been subjected to out-of-competition testing by the New Jersey Racing Commission. To date, 80 percent of the collected blood samples have been analyzed and have cleared the lab. This includes 20 entrants that have had blood drawn and analyzed more than once.  In addition, the standard pre- and post-race testing will ...
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