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Crosby's Clam Bake favored Thursday at Big M

on 12/14/2016 12:00 AM
Another dozen pari-mutuel puzzlers are in store for the horseplayer a day early with the Meadowlands racing live on Thursday and Friday this week as a result of NY Jets football game on Saturday night at Met Life stadium.   With East Coast racing down to just a few tracks every field is full to the brim, a condition that will continue to benefit the Meadowlands and its faithful foll...
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Deters celebrates special 1,000th training win

on 12/14/2016 12:00 AM
Dec. 13, 2016 is a day that Mike Deters will never forget.   It started with Deters getting his first chemotherapy treatment and radiation blast for the treatment of cancer. It ended with his Prairie Fortune, the brilliant Florida-bred trotter he co-owns with Laurie Poulin, winning the feature $12,000 Open Handicap Trot for driver John MacDonald at Pompano Park, resulting in milesto...
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Horse of Year set to be announced Dec. 19

on 12/14/2016 12:00 AM
The U. S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the sport's largest organization for communicators of the Standardbred sport, presents the announcement schedule for the naming of the 2016 Harness Horse of the Year, the Trotter and Pacer of the Year, and the various divisional award winners.   These announcements are made with the partnership of Hoosier Park, who is the title pre...
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Monti, Perrin secure Batavia dash titles

on 12/14/2016 12:00 AM
With only two nights of racing left in the 2016 season at Batavia Downs, the competition for top horsemen of the meet has been decided. Drew Monti is the dash winning driver of the meet and JD Perrin is the dash winning trainer of the meet.   Monti currently has 114 wins at Batavia Downs and is two ahead of Jim Morrill Jr., who began his winter break a short while ago. He also has 8...
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Sheila Libfeld, wife of Al Libfeld, passes

on 12/14/2016 12:00 AM
Sheila Libfeld, the wife of Al Libfeld, one of North America's most noted breeders and owners of harness horses, passed away last Thursday (Dec. 8) at her home. Sheila was also the loving mother of Steven, and Rachel; grandmother to Michael and Matthew; and sister and sister-in-law of Myrna and Jim McDonald of California, Barry and Charlotte David of Chicago, Sandy and the late Donald David...
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USTA to provide videos of Dan Patch winners

on 12/14/2016 12:00 AM
For the first time, the U.S. Trotting Association will provide assorted video highlights that can be downloaded for each of the Dan Patch Award divisional winners in conjunction with the announcement of those winners by the U.S. Harness Writers Association this week. The video, which will be made available via Dropbox, will feature exclusive footage captured by the USTA of major races won, win...
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Il Sogno Dream scores in 1:53 at Woodbine

on 12/13/2016 12:00 AM
Il Sogno Dream picked up his second Preferred Trot victory in his last three starts Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The five-year-old son of Cantab Hall banked some nice money throughout the summer for his connections on the Grand Circuit, but his return to the WEG Circuit last month has allowed him to regain his winning touch.   Il Sogno Dream got away fourth in Monday's $34,00...
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Serendipitious wins at Pompano for new owners

on 12/13/2016 12:00 AM
Serendipitious, driven by Wally Hennessey, pulled off a minor upset in Pompano Park's $8,500 trotting feature for mares on Monday night (December 12), covering the mile in a lifetime best 1:54.2.   A recent purchase by Paul and Patricia O'Neil and now in the Hennessey Stable, Serendipitious, a five year-old daughter of Majestic Son, won a fierce early battle with the 1-2 favorite, S...
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Tyler Smith heading east to Meadowlands

on 12/13/2016 12:00 AM
Leading Midwestern-based driver Tyler Smith is expected to move east to the Meadowlands beginning Thursday, Dec. 15. The 23 year old became the youngest driver in the history of harness racing to reach the 2,000 win plateau, which he achieved this past April.   "I am definitely planning to come out there starting this week and stay clear through December," explained Smith, who also ...
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Hollywood Dayton cancels Tuesday card

on 12/13/2016 12:00 AM
Due to weather-related unsafe track conditions, the Tuesday afternoon matinee at Hollywood Dayton Raceway has been cancelled.
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Kirby wins 5 at Dover

on 12/13/2016 12:00 AM
Vic Kirby was at it again, driving five winners while for the second straight week and third time in four starts, Empress Deo rallied to score a come-from-behind victory in the Tuesday $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Dover Downs.   While Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) and Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) battled for the early lead and Purrfect Bags (Vic Kirby) and Scandali...
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Crazed moving to Ontario for 2017 season

on 12/12/2016 12:00 AM
World Champion Crazed will move to Ontario starting with the 2017 breeding season and will stand at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry. The million dollar-winning, World Champion son of Credit Winner stood at Blue Chip Farms in New York prior to his move, where he produced numerous New York Sire Stakes champions and Grand Circuit stars such as Crazy Wow 3,1:51.1 ($1,530,804), World Champion JL C...
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Panocchio stretches win streak to 6 at Pompano

on 12/12/2016 12:00 AM
The "unbelievable" Panocchio stretched his winning streak to six at Pompano Park on Sunday night after being forced to change his usual front stepping tactics in a come from behind win for Wally Hennessey in 1:50.2. The 6-year-old son of No Pan Intended, starting from the outside eight post, had to come from near the back of the pack as more than half of the field went in search of the top ...
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Western Terror to stand in Ohio in 2017

on 12/12/2016 12:00 AM
Hagemeyer Farms is thrilled to announce the arrival of Western Terror to their stallion roster for 2017. Western Terror p,3,1:48.3 ($1,164,174) is by Western Hanover and out of the Artsplace mare, Arterra, who is a full sister to the great sire Artiscape and producer of the amazing If I Can Dream. A relentless competitor on the track, Western Terror was the winner of the B...
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COSA issues statement supporting alliance

on 12/12/2016 12:00 AM
After Ontario Racing concluded its first round of in-person industry consultations on the long-term funding model, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) wishes to provide its full support of:   --A new racetrack alliance of all Ontario tracks administered and overseen by Woodbine Entertainment Group; Long term government funding that give stakeholders confide...
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Kentucky star Thirty G's dies at 26

on 12/12/2016 12:00 AM
Thirty G's, who recorded sub-1:55 miles in 10 consecutive years in a racing career that spanned 1992-2002, died Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Lebanon, Ky. farm of his owner-trainer Jack Gray Jr. He was 26. A son of Nihilator out of the Shadow Wave mare Savilla Almahurst, Thirty G's made 215 starts over his career, posting 58 wins, 34 seconds and 20 thirds, with earnings of $364,369. Fourtee...
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Medusa uses Lightning Lane to win at Meadows

on 12/12/2016 12:00 AM
Medusa stalked Spreester from the pocket, then kicked by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Although Spreester held off the outside challengers, she was helpless against the attack inside from Medusa, the 8-5 favorite. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical scored in 1:54.1 for Tony Hall, a l...
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Shady City shines at Batavia

on 12/11/2016 12:00 AM
The public was heavily backing Thunderbolt Jaxon after he won the top class the last three weeks, but Shady City ($9.40) had other ideas as he fired late to a photo win in the $9,500 feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night.   Three horses bolted from the gate and argued for the front before Thunderbolt Jaxon (Ray Fisher Jr.) took control as they passed the quarter-mile pole. Thin...
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Kakaley lights up Yonkers toteboard

on 12/11/2016 12:00 AM
That Matt Kakaley is nothing if not an instigator. What Kakaley did Saturday night was blow up Yonkers Raceway’s Pick-5 wager, winning three-fifths of it with double-digit numbers.    First, Kakaley—with a catch-drive—bottomed out the $45,000 Open Handicap Pace with First Class Horse ($29.40).   Leaving outside his six rivals, First Class Horse was strung ...
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Meadowlands Super High Five pays $68,000

on 12/11/2016 12:00 AM
One lucky horseplayer will have plenty of extra dough for the holiday shopping season after taking down the Jackpot Super High Five wager Friday at the Meadowlands for $68,028.42.   The winning ticket was purchased through the Oregon Hub.    The 20-cent wager requires a horseplayer to correctly select the top five finishers in order. The jackpot amount pays out only ...
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