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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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14YO Armbro Casino retired Friday at Batavia

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
Not too many Standardbreds are tough enough to make it through their 14th year and still be on the track winning races. Former Open trotter Armbro Casino is one and he will lead the post parade for the Open trot on Friday night at Batavia Downs and then circle back to the winner's circle where he will be officially retired.   Whereas some horses make a lot of money in a short p...
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New Vocations receives $100K in donations

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced Friday that leading harness racing owner Burke Racing Stable LLC and an anonymous Thoroughbred donor have become the newest $50,000 Foundation Donors for the New Vocations Capital Campaign.   To date the campaign has raised more than $1.6 million of the $2 million goal needed to build the country's premier racehorse aftercare f...
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Rosecroft wraps up meet; Plante Jr. top driver

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
Rosecroft's Fall Meet, highlighted by the inaugural Potomac Pace, came to a conclusion Thursday evening with drivers Russell Foster and Roger Plante Jr., sharing in the driving title and Brian Burton taking the training crown.   For Plante Jr., the driver's title was his first at Rosecroft.   "It's great," Plante Jr., said. "It's a lot of hard work and just the right hors...
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Always B Miki voted Older Horse Pacer of Year

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
History's fastest pacer, Always B Miki, and once-beaten Betting Line were among six pacers named Dan Patch Award winners Friday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Huntsville, Idyllic Beach, Lady Shadow, and Pure Country also were named divisional champs by the organization. A total of 155 Dan Patch Award ballots were returned by USHWA's membership. All of the winners were named on at ...
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New Weekend Preview; news on glaucine

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
If you would like to have a list of the new Dan Patch honorees handy and haven't printed if off of a website, just go to the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. It has the new honorees listed.   Although it is the holiday season, if you're not shopping you can watch racing, with big cards at Woodbine this weekend and the Meadowlands racing Friday but not Saturday (due t...
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American Girl takes Dayton mare feature

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
Despite dueling through a very taxing :26.1 first quarter, favorites American Girl (Trace Tetrick) and Aniston Seelster (Josh Sutton) finished one-two in 1:54 in the $15,000 Mares Open pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Dec. 16).   Sutton, driving even money Aniston Seelster, who was last week's feature race winner, left the gate with the petal to the metal in an atte...
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Mach It A Par wins by 2 1/2 in 1:52.3 at Yonkers

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
A shrewdly-driven Mach It A Pair (Jordan Stratton, $6.90) prevailed from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Usually a authentic closer, Mach it a Par—from mandated post position No. 7—was put in play here, and it obviously served her well.   She and eight-hole assignee Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) both cleared the insid...
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Jimbelina, PL Jasmine win Niagara splits

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
Jimbelina will have an opportunity at a Niagara Series sweep on Boxing Day following a sharp 1:52.3 score in Friday's second leg at Woodbine Racetrack. The Rene Bourassa trainee cruised to a strong three-length victory in the second of two $17,000 Niagara Series divisions Friday.   Driven by Sylvain Filion, Jimbelina was fired out from post-six to the lead and posted an opening-quar...
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95-1 shot leads to $25k Pick 5 carryover at Meadowlands

on 12/16/2016 12:00 AM
A 95-1 shocker in the fifth race proved too difficult to conquer for the handicappers leading to a $25,874.24 carryover in the Pick Five heading into next Thursday's Meadowlands program. This is the first Pick Five carryover at the Meadowlands since March 25, 2016. On that night, a carryover of more than $31,000 helped create a total pool of $151,096. The Pick Five covers the first five races ...
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Monti heading to Big M: "Wicked cool man"

on 12/15/2016 12:00 AM
"Wicked cool man."   Those three words perfectly sum up the youthful excitement of Drew Monti when asked how he will feel next Thursday when he is scheduled to make his Meadowlands driving debut.   The 22 year old, who will wrap up the driving title at Batavia Downs when its season concludes this weekend, will not only drive at the Meadowlands for the first time, but will...
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Big M 3FP stakes race to honor Craig Lipka

on 12/15/2016 12:00 AM
Last week it was reported that Craig Lipka, a longtime prominent horseman and founding partner of Deo Volente Farms, passed away at the age of 56.   The New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC and Deo Volente Farms announced Thursday the dedication of a stakes race in Craig's honor during the 2017 racing season. The race will be for 3-year-old filly pacers. This will be a fitting tribute...
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Wide-open Friday features at Meadowlands

on 12/15/2016 12:00 AM
A pair of wide-open $18,000 top level conditioned events—a fourth-race trot and a seventh-race pace—share the spotlight on Friday evening's 13-race program at the Meadowlands.   In the night's trotting feature, the Burke Racing Stable's Classical Annie is among those likely to lead the charge after her near miss of Muscle Diamond in last week's top trotting event. Classical...
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