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WIJI, BAM win Yonkers $250K Invitationals

on 10/15/2016 2:00 AM
The post position gods made it difficult for Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague, $2.80). The opposition did not.   Harness racing's richest horse of 2016 had it easier than expected Saturday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $250,000 Invitational Pace.   Everything, save for the draw, worked out splendidly. First, there was an inside scratch, moving WIJI in one notch ...
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Three Keystone Classic records at Meadows

on 10/15/2016 2:00 AM
On a brilliant fall Saturday, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino brought down the curtain on its 2016 stake season with four Keystone Classics for 2-year-olds competing for total purses of $460,796. The freshmen were as brilliant as the weather, as Caviart Wonder, Giveitgasandgo and Caviart Cherie all established stake records. Scott Zeron sparkled as well, piloting five stake winners —...
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Campbell gets call for International drive

on 10/14/2016 2:00 AM
One driver heads to Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot with his name already etched among previous winners of the race. The driver, of course, is John Campbell.   Campbell won the 1988 International Trot as part of a magical campaign with Mack Lobell. The legendary trotter won 17 of 19 races that season and also counted the prestigious Elitlopp among his victories on h...
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Strong efforts in Autumn Series splits

on 10/14/2016 2:00 AM
Rookie colts and geldings of both gaits were on display Thursday night in a quartet of Ontario-sired Autumn Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack. Each division, two for pacers and two for trotters, carried a purse of $16,000 with 14 horses competing in each category.   Mach Deja Vu broke his maiden in gate-to-wire fashion to win the first pacing division for driver Chris Christoforo...
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State Treasurer retired to Seelster Farms

on 10/14/2016 2:00 AM
State Treasurer, one of the best open pacers to look through a bridle in recent years and Canada's reigning Horse of the Year, has been retired to stand stud at Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario, starting with the 2017 breeding season. Now seven, State Treasurer earned $2,072,450 during his illustrious racing career during which he faced the gate 106 times for a top three summary of 33-15-16...
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MD Horse Council to present Evening at Races

on 10/14/2016 2:00 AM
Rosecroft is proud to play host to an extraordinary evening Thursday, Oct. 20 when the Maryland Horse Council presents its Evening at the Races; a fun evening of harness racing, a behind-the-scenes tour of the track, a scrumptious dinner overlooking the finish line, and guest speakers. Evening at the Races begins at 6 p.m. Appetizers and a special Finish Line Buffet will be served in Rosecr...
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Gingras hopes to add International to resume

on 10/14/2016 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras has driven in some of the world's most prestigious trotting races--the Prix d'Amerique, the Elitlopp, the Hambletonian--and, as he says with a chuckle, "I'm yet to win any of them." He hopes to change his luck Saturday when he returns to the track that launched his career in the U.S., Yonkers Raceway, for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot.   Gingras moved fro...
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Simpson stakes make Philadelphia debut

on 10/14/2016 2:00 AM
Dayson, who has lost only twice in his 23-start career when he has stayed flat, and Sir Royson, who hadn't stayed flat in his last four starts (but was second to Dayson the last time he did), won $40,000 divisions of the John Simpson Sr. stakes series for three-year-old trotting colts, as the time-honored races came to Harrah's Philadelphia for the first time on Friday; their counterpart fillies a...
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Take My Picture wins third straight at Harrington

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
Joseph and Laurie Davino's Take My Picture ($7.80, Ross Wolfenden) won his third straight race Wednesday, in 1:56 in the $17,700 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway.   Trained by Nik Drennan, Take My Picture, a venerable 9-year-old increased his lifetime bankroll to more than $1.1 million in achieving his 36th lifetime win with a front end score from post seven over Theresademoninme and...
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Steacy poised to be top trainer in Ontario SS

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack hosts the $2 million Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals on Saturday, Oct. 15 and trainer Mark Steacy will cap off a career best year in the program by sending out starters in four of the eight division championships. With 263 points, Steacy is poised to capture his first Johnston Cup title as the top trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Heading into the season finale...
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Hanover yearling videos now online

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
The Videos of roughly half of the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings including most of the trotters are now available on the Farms' website hanoverpa.com. The remaining videos will be posted daily as they are completed. All of them should be up and available by no later than Monday, Oct. 17. The yearlings will be available for inspection daily except Sunday beginning each day at 11.00 A.M. beginn...
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Dancin Yankee hopes to waltz in OSS final

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
Dancin Yankee, the seemingly-indefatigable $1.4 million winner, heads up the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for aged pacers on Saturday night at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. He'll square off against seven rivals in the one mile test for 4 year olds and up Ohio-breds.   "He's the type of horse everyone wants to have in their barn," trainer Josh Green noted. "My fath...
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Former Stonegate manager Gary Bergmann dies

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
Gary Bergmann, 65, a lifelong resident of Washington, NJ, died at home with his family by his side on Oct. 10. Mr. Bergmann was at one time the general manager for Stonegate Farms in Glen Gardner, NJ.   He was born on Dec. 5, 1950, in Phillipsburg, N.J., to the late Charles and Ethel Bergmann. Mr. Bergmann was a graduate of Warren Hills High School class of 1969.  He ...
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Breeders Crown races to be aired live on SNY

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
Harness racing's year-end championship event, the Breeders Crown, will be broadcast to a live television audience on SNY in a pair of one-hour broadcasts on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29. The broadcasts are scheduled to air from 9-10 p.m. each night. SNY is available to viewers throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania, and nationally on DIRECTV, Veriz...
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Crown supplements, entries due next week

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
The countdown is on for entries to the $5.8 million Breeders Crown Events, to be raced Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12 noon, Monday, Oct. 17, in the race office (1-877-782-2537) at the Meadowlands. There are no supplements for the 2-year-old races.   Foreign...
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Sophia Stillings named pleasure horse champion

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
Sophia Stillings, granddaughter of Hall of Famer Dick Stillings, has been named the unanimous World Champion of the Western Pleasure class, junior exhibitor, at the 2016 Morgan Grand Nationals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sophia, 14, is following in the equine footsteps of the Stillings family, longtime staples in the Standardbred industry. "She's been out there for the last several years...
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Victory Is Coming bring tears of joy to owner

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
Betty Shaw says she still cries every time her mare Victory Is Coming wins a race. It's likely Shaw will need some tissues this Saturday night when the 9-year-old Victory Sam mare goes postward in the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for aged mares at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway.   Betty, along with her husband John "Red" Shaw of Mount Vernon, Ohio, have been ...
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RUS coming to Rosecroft on Nov. 15

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
RUS America and Friends of Maryland Standardbreds (FOMS) is pleased to announce Racing Under Saddle (RUS) will be coming to Rosecroft Raceway on Tuesday, Nov. 15, as a non-wagering event conducted between races on the evening program.   Over the past three years, RUS has been contested at Ocean Downs and the race will be the first RUS event at Rosecroft during this period. "RUS...
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Inside look at International in Weekend Preview!

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
Harness racing fans around the globe will be focused on Yonkers Raceway Saturday afternoon for the $1 million International Trot, and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has the full story. Driver Yannick Gingras and Ron Burke told Gordon Waterstone how they plan to use post 1 to their advantage with Hannelore Hanover. Driver Brian Sears talks about his chances with Flanagan Memory,...
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Indiana stars set to shine at Hoosier

on 10/13/2016 2:00 AM
The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2016 Indiana stakes season.   With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes ...
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