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Yonkers to reopen Jan. 8 with $75,000 Open Trot

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
With Opening Day 19 afternoons away, Yonkers Raceway has thrown down the gauntlet with oversized purses. The 2017 seasons begins—pending approval from the New York State Gaming Commission—with a "French" Sunday, Jan. 8 (post time TBA).   To offer appreciation to the rank and file, the first-day purse structure is highlighted by a $75,000 Open Handicap Trot (1¼ miles) and a $60,...
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The Meadowlands races into 2017

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
As the calendar turns to2017 at the Meadowlands, the reasons are many to be optimistic about the future of harness racing's flagship racetrack. A total of 91 live Standardbred racing dates have been granted for the new calendar year, a slight increase over 2016.   While there's no denying that the defeat of the expanded gaming referendum was a disappointment to those directly a...
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No Bad Dreams best in Pompano Open

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
No Bad Dreams, driven by Dave Ingraham, proved to be a nightmare for his five foes in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, stopping the timer in 1:51.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Dream Away swept by his competitors, abruptly stopping Panocchio's six-race winning streak, in pinning a victory measuring three-parts-of-a-length over Sing For Me George, with Kevin...
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Hey Miki! Always B Miki voted Horse of the Year

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
Five-year-old stallion Always B Miki on Monday was named harness racing's Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association while 3-year-old colt Marion Marauder was named Trotter of the Year in the closest vote in the 46-year history of the award.   Always B Miki, who on Friday was named the Dan Patch Award winner for best older male pacer, defeated 4-...
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Classy Lane fire determined "electrical"

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
According to the local Office of the Fire Marshall, the cause of the barn fire at Classy Lane Training Center in Ontario last January that killed 43 horses was determined as electrical. A story on CTV News stated that while the cause has been determined, what exactly started the fire in Barn 1 cannot be determined. "The OFM (Office of the Fire Marshal) was unable to say exactly what the ...
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Meadows website offers handicapping tips

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association reminds all horseplayers that handicapping help is available on the group's website, http://www.themsoa.com/. The Dean is a veteran handicapper that provides insight, analyzing charts and providing an in-depth view of each and every Meadows race. The Dean specializes in following every horse throughout the race and spotting items that some handica...
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New rules for Michigan Colt Stakes

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
For nearly 25 years, the Michigan stakes program has been restricted to Michigan-sired horses only. An amendment to the State of Michigan’s Horse Racing Law of 1995 Act 279 now allows Michigan bred along with Michigan sired to be raced in the Michigan Early Closing Colt Stakes.   A Michigan bred horse is defined as all foals from a mare that was owned or leased exclusively by a...
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Hall notches five-bagger at The Meadows

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
Medusa powered to the lead from post 7 for Tony Hall and rolled to victory — her 13th this year and second straight — in Monday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 12-race card.   Once Medusa cleared to the lead, she easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Skippin By and prevaile...
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Dan Patch Awards dinner information

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
With the various racehorses, including Horse of the Year Always B Miki, now recognized for the achievements on the track during 2016, and the human and breeding award-winners for the year being announced over the next week and a half, the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) would like to direct those interested in attending the 2017 Dan Patch Night of Champions Present...
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Top Swedish mare D'One for sale

on 12/18/2016 12:00 AM
The trotting mare D´One, a winner of the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, is for sale. The daughter of world champions Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo is owned by 60 shareholders in a limited partnership managed by Kenny Thörnblom.   D'One is presently stabled at Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar Stud farm outside of Stockholm. She was examined to determine her soundness for breeding by Menh...
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Lily's Swan Pond scores in Yonkers Open

on 12/18/2016 12:00 AM
Lily's Swan Pond (George Brennan, $25) was a three-hole terror Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's season-ending, mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot.   While a few of the nine participants—including 9-5 choice Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett)—misbehaved over the moist surface, ‘Lily' had no such issues. From post position No. 3, he sat behind Not Afraid ...
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Saratoga wraps up 2016 season

on 12/18/2016 12:00 AM
Slugfest (Conway Hall) scored in the season's final feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The track's Trotter of the Year in both 2014 and 2015 didn't have quite the same kind of year in '16 but the Maureen Salino trainee was still a solid threat this season. In Sunday's $18,000 Open Trot, Slugfest was guided first-over by his regular driver Jay Randall and cruised by hi...
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Brett Miller wins 8 Friday at Meadowlands

on 12/17/2016 12:00 AM
City Hall ($5.80) used another powerful stretch kick to crush his eight foes in Friday (December 16) evening's co-featured $18,000 top-level pacing event at The Meadowlands, winning his fourth consecutive race and giving driver Brett Miller one of eight wins on the 13-race card.   Miller floated into midfield with the 6-year-old Metropolitan gelding, settling well behind Matrix of L...
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Saratoga Holiday Final to Moveoutofmyway

on 12/17/2016 12:00 AM
Moveoutofmyway (Dontgetinmyway) parlayed his pocket ride to victory in the 2016 Holiday Pace Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   Driver Billy Dobson yielded to the favored Mayfield Hanover (Dragon Again) in the early going and Moveoutofmyway rode the leader's coattails throughout before pouncing on him in the final 1/16 of a mile. Mayfield Hanover, the 3-5 public choic...
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Meadows, Dayton cancel Saturday cards

on 12/17/2016 12:00 AM
Freezing rain that coated the track has prompted The Meadows Racetrack & Casino to cancel Saturday's live card. The track and its Harmar facility remain open for simulcast viewing and wagering.   The Saturday night (Dec. 17) races at Hollywood Dayton Raceway were also canceled due to icy track conditions coupled with a forecast for persistent rain throughout the day. &nb...
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Mach It So takes Yonkers feature by neck

on 12/17/2016 12:00 AM
Mach It So (Jason Bartlett, $7.90) picked off pacesetting First Class Horse (Matt Kakaley) nearing the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace.   As was the case a week, ago, the two lads led the way, with First Class Horse working around Mach it So—from outside post positions 7 and 6, respectively—right at the :27.3 opening quarter-mile. By a :...
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Shady City rallies to win Open at Batavia

on 12/17/2016 12:00 AM
Shady City stuck to script with a strong come from behind effort to win the $9,500 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 17).   Foreign Officer (Shawn Gray) shot out for the lead quickly and gained that position without any opposition. Once there, he led the group in single file to the half in :57.2. When the race advanced past five-eighths, Shady City (Larry ...
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Modern Legend wins at Woodbine

on 12/17/2016 12:00 AM
The second leg of the Valedictory Series featured career-best performances by three-year-old pacers Awesomeness and Lyons Sands at Woodbine Racetrack while Canada's 2014 Older Pacing Horse of the Year, Modern Legend, made his return to the races in Preferred action on Saturday evening (December 17).   Awesomeness opened the Saturday card with a 1:52.3 pocket-pulling victory in the first o...
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Woodbine Hi-5 pool now over $500,000

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
The Woodbine Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has grown to over $500,000 following Thursday evening's card. Despite a 50-1 upset in the Jackpot Hi-5 race by Deadly Action and driver Scott Coulter, multiple winning tickets connected on Thursday's Jackpot Hi-5 to bring the carryover to $510,899.49.   In order to win the entire Jackpot, a horseplayer must have the only winning ticket to correctl...
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Icommandmyspirit scores at Meadowlands

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
Cheryl Costello's homebred Icommandmyspirit ($4.60) lived up to favored billing in Thursday (December 15) evening's $13,500 featured distaff pace at The Meadowlands, using a first-over push to put away pacesetter Bullville Maggie and hold clear of the chasing Nerida Franco N en route to a 1:53.2 score on a chilly December night.   Jim Marohn Jr. floated the 6-year-old daughter of Dr...
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