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Fall Finals, “Mr. 1:46” retires in Weekend Preview

on 11/17/2016 12:00 AM
The stakes season is winding down but for the 2 year olds there is one more big night of action with the Fall Finals on tap Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Joe Holloway gives his take on Air Strike in the Governor's Cup, taking on the likes of world champions Huntsville and Downbytheseaside. Speaking of world champions, no horse ha...
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Bags To Riches bags DSBF final

on 11/17/2016 12:00 AM
Bags To Riches enjoyed a perfect two-hole trip en route to ending Henry The Dragon’s five-race win streak to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final on Thursday at Dover Downs.   With Tim Tetrick at the controls, Bags To Riches left fast to get the early lead and gave way to prohibitive favorite unbeaten Henry The Dragon. Montrell Teague steered Henry The...
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Safe From Terror safe under wire at Pompano

on 11/16/2016 12:00 AM
Safe From Terror, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace for the mares on Tuesday night, scoring a handy win in 1:52.1.   The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror registered her first win of the fall season in South Florida—her 10th of the year—at the expense of Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis), the margin being 1 ¾ lengths at the wire...
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Vince Copeland wins 5,000th career race

on 11/16/2016 12:00 AM
Vince Copeland topped the Tuesday program at Dover Downs by winning his 5,000th career race.   A Michigan native, Copeland, 55, reached the milestone in Race 13 with Spirit Light in 1:55.2 in an $11,500 pace for owner Callahan Family Farm and trainer Robin Callahan.   Tim Tetrick posted his second win on the card directing Nike Franco N home after starting from outside po...
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Big M Friday feature has a cast of newcomers

on 11/16/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands resumes live racing on Friday, Nov. 18, and will continue with two cards per week through the Christmas holiday. Be advised that live racing will be on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 22-23, due to a Jets game on Dec. 17 and Christmas eve falling on a Saturday this year. The last week of December will see Thursday added as a third live date and there will be ...
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U of L to honor Jeff Gural with Galbreath Award

on 11/16/2016 12:00 AM
The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program announced Wednesday that Jeffrey Gural, a long-time New York real estate magnate, Standardbred breeder and owner, and, more recently, harness track owner and operator in New Jersey and New York, has been selected at the recipient of the John W. Galbreath Award, given each year since 1990 to a person or persons who have led successful eq...
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Easy Lover Hanover to supplement to Progress

on 11/16/2016 12:00 AM
The connections of Easy Lover Hanover are feeling pretty good, seeing as though their Somebeachsomewhere gelding has turned some heads during his current five-race win streak on the WEG circuit. The connections are hoping that the next few weeks will be as fruitful, as the 3 year old will be supplemented to the $285,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace. Easy Lover Hanover first made a bit of...
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Corey Callahan drives 5,000th career winner

on 11/15/2016 12:00 AM
Mel Mara won the $30,000 Preferred in 1:49.4 to give Corey Callahan his 5,000th career victory in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap Pace on Monday at Dover Downs.   Callahan left from post eight with Mel Mara, a 7-year-old son of Lis Mara. Mel Mara took the lead early and was never headed winning for the eighth time this season advancing his bankroll to the tune of $248,540 this y...
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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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