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Meetings held for USTA Districts 1, 8A

on 01/21/2017 12:00 AM
The annual membership meeting of the USTA District 8A (New York City) was held on the afternoon of Saturday (Jan. 21) in the Good Time Room at Yonkers Raceway.   District chairman Joe Faraldo directed the proceedings, and was joined by fellow directors Bob Galterio, Mike Kimelman, and Jordan Stratton, as well as USTA Executive Vice President Mike Tanner, and approximately 30 members...
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Vegas Vacation to make Big M debut Saturday

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
Vegas Vacation has certainly been around during his racing career, he's just never been to the Meadowlands. Now seven years of age, the 2013 Little Brown Jug winner and runner-up to Captaintreacherous in that memorable 2013 edition of the Tattersalls Pace has to this point never set foot on the Meadowlands mile.   In the midst of yet another comeback from injury, "Vegas" makes his Big M ...
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Pair of sub-1:50 winners Thursday at Dover

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
Bushwacker wins the $30,000 feature in 1:49.3 and Remember Me VK follows with 1:49.4 victory on the fastest card of the New Year at Dover Downs on Thursday. Also, Yannick Gingras won five races.   Stepping up to the $30,000 Preferred after winning last week's $20,000 Open Pace, Bushwacker left fast from the outside eight post. After Seventh Secret took over for George Dennis, wh...
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USTA chairman Axelrod having fun, fun, fun

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
Proficiency in math led Ivan Axelrod to a career as a CPA and eventually to his current position as chief operating officer of Provident Financial Management, a business that specializes in managing the financial affairs of members of the entertainment industry and other high net-worth individuals and executives.   But it also led indirectly to Axelrod discovering a passion for harness ra...
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Well Said moving to Ohio's Sugar Valley Farm

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
Well Said, who has stood stud at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania since 2010, is relocating to Delaware, Ohio’s Sugar Valley Farm, just a couple miles down the road from the scene of his decisive 1:51.4 score in the 2009 Little Brown Jug. Well Said took his 1:47.3 mark in the 2009 Meadowlands Pace en route to being that season’s Dan Patch Award winning 3-year-old colt pacer and P...
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Finalists excited for O'Brien Awards

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
Anticipation is building for this year's O'Brien Awards, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale Hotel. The black-tie gala, presented by Standardbred Canada, will honor the best in Canadian harness racing from the 2016 season. It is the night that fans and industry participants will learn who takes home the prestigious hardware.   The O'Brien Awards annuall...
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Mach Three euthanized in accident in NZ

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ont. has reported that pacing stallion Mach Three was euthanized Friday morning (January 20) at Alabar Farms in Waiau Pa, New Zealand following a paddock accident. The 18-year-old, who is the sire of the legendary Hall of Fame racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere ($3.3 million, 1:46.4 world record), suffered a broken leg in his paddock and had to be put down...
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Bettor N Better narrowly wins Yonkers feature

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
Slight favorite Bettor N Better (Jason Bartlett, $7.20) lasted—barely—Friday night, January 20, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from post position No. 4 (a one-notch improvement after an inside scratch), Bettor N Better was able to get around pole-assigned Set Me Up (George Brennan) before a moist :28.2 opening quarter-mile.   Af...
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Opulent Yankee scores 1:53.3 upset at Big M

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
On this night, the house horse got the money. Opulent Yankee, co-owned by Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural, upset a field of razor sharp upper-level conditioned trotters to headline a 13-race program at the Big M Friday, January 20.   Andy Miller and Opulent Yankee were part of an early three-pronged duel for the front. Crosbys Clam Bake, returning a week after a sick scratch and gunning f...
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McNair steers four winners at Woodbine

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
Winter Series action continued on Friday’s 11-race card at Woodbine Racetrack and once again Doug McNair was the first star of the night.   McNair, who swept round one of the Blizzard Series Thursday, made four visits to the winner’s circle on Friday’s card, including in one of two divisions of the Snowshoe Series for three and four-year-old pacers.   Awesomeness was sent str...
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Miami Valley feature to Safe From Terror

on 01/20/2017 12:00 AM
Safe From Terror, a 13 time winner in 2016 who banked $166,205, returned to her winning ways at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 20) night when she captured the $22,000 Mares Open pace in 1:52. Confidently handled by Chris Page, the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror was sent directly to the front in a :26.3 opening panel. After seating Aniston Seelster (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) behind her, Safe...
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"The Green Hornet" in action Friday at Big M

on 01/19/2017 12:00 AM
"The Green Hornet" returns to work at the Meadowlands on Friday night as Yannick Gingras will don his familiar green and white colors and drive in eight of the 13 races.   Gingras is on several Ron Burke horses with a chance on Friday including the solid trotting mare Classical Annie in the featured second race and Abbijade Hanover in the top class for pacing mares (race 11). ...
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OK Heavenly captures Pompano open

on 01/19/2017 12:00 AM
OK Heavenly, handled by Kevin Wallis, snuck through along the pylons late in her mile to take top honors in the $11,000 Open Pace for Mares on Wednesday night at Pompano Park.   The 5-year-old daughter of Sportswriter completed her journey in 1:52.1, pinning a photo finish defeat measuring a neck on the pacesetting Miss Mady, driven by Ricky Macomber Jr.   Metro Glide, wi...
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Entries closing for Blooded Horse Winter Sale

on 01/19/2017 12:00 AM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale are closing at noon on Friday January 20. If that deadline is missed, a supplement will be open until Feb 6 and cataloged in order received. This exciting 57th annual event takes place February 13 & 14 in Delaware, Ohio. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at the home of the Little Brown Jug to replenish t...
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Breedings available to benefit New Vocations

on 01/19/2017 12:00 AM
Breedings to Donato Hanover, Art Major, Well Said, Creatine, Pet Rock, McArdle, Guccio, GooGoo GaaGaa, Triumphant Caviar, Sunshine Beach and Artspeak are among the 75-plus seasons donated to New Vocations 19th Annual Stallion. Breedings are still being sought and can be added until the auction begins.   The auction runs Tues Feb 7th through 2:00 pm Friday Feb 10th at www.ongait.com....
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/19/2017 12:00 AM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer-owner Anette Lorentzon talks to Kathy Parker about her chances with the 7-year-old mare trotter Anaffairtoremember against the boys on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Also, trainer Gregg McNair sends out Senior K in the opening round of the Snowshoe Series at Woodbine, and he tells Gordon Waterstone what's been happening with the recent...
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Doug McNair drives Blizzard division winners

on 01/19/2017 12:00 AM
Doug McNair has been off to a flying start in 2017 and Thursday night he continued his hot streak by sweeping round one of the Blizzard Series at Woodbine Racetrack. McNair guided Stonebridge Pearl and Senseless Beauty to victories to take both $17,000 first leg divisions of the Blizzard for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares.  The first division of the evening saw all the atte...
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Don't get shut out for Dan Patch Awards night!

on 01/18/2017 12:00 AM
Although the Feb. 2 deadline for special room rates at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the U.S. Harness Writers annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park on Sunday, Feb. 26 is still two weeks away, rooms are nearly sold out.   If you haven't secured your room yet and are planning to attend, you're advised to make a reservation now and avoid ...
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Here's your chance to bid on Ohio's top stallions

on 01/18/2017 12:00 AM
Here is your chance to bid on some of Ohio's best stallions and you won't even have to leave your easy chair! There are 39 Ohio stallions in the annual P.A.C.E.R. fund raiser, 21 pacing stallions and 18 trotting studs. This year OHHA, who manages the auction, is offering on line bidding as well as bidding on site. You may also bid on site during the OHHA/USTA annual meetings held at the Do...
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Big M business off to strong start in 2017

on 01/18/2017 12:00 AM
Business at the Meadowlands is off to a strong start through the first four cards of 2017 with per race handle averaging a robust $221,793 or less than one percent ahead of last year's pace at this time.   The first two Friday night cards of 2017 have produced total handle in excess of $3 million while average nightly handle is $2.88 million.   As usual, horseplayers have...
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