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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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Under The Stars shines in Holiday Trot

on 12/15/2016 12:00 AM
Under The Stars (Yankee Glide) came from the clouds to win the 2016 Holiday Trot final at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday evening.   Frank McMahon trains the 9-year-old veteran campaigner whose second place finish in leg one of the series propelled him to Thursday’s final.   Phil Fluet piloted Under The Stars, who got a second-over trip behind the race’s favorite Go...
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Tetrick scores 4 at Dover Downs

on 12/15/2016 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick recorded four wins for the second straight day as he drove Ideal Cowboy to his second consecutive $30,000 Preferred Handicap victory to highlight a strong program on a chilly Thursday at Dover Downs.   With the racing officials giving a two-second speed allowance due to the cold and strong winds, Ideal Cowboy was clocked in 1:50.2. Tetrick raced the American Id...
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Scharf to present Gallo scholarships Dec. 29

on 12/15/2016 12:00 AM
In a winner's circle presentation during the Thursday, Dec. 29 race card at the Meadowlands, Martin Scharf will present the 2016 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarships to Garrett Chellis and Natalie Martuscello. The scholarship is administered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF).   Chellis, of Honesdale, Pa., will receive a $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip stipend. The son of Drew and We...
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2016 Dan Patch trot division winners announced

on 12/15/2016 12:00 AM
Top-earning female trotter Hannelore Hanover and Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder were among six trotters named Dan Patch Award winners Thursday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Ariana G, Broadway Donna, Obrigado, and Walner also were named divisional champs by the organization.   A total of 155 Dan Patch Award ballots were returned by USHWA's membership. Ariana G, Hannelore...
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Empire City helps bring Christmas to kids

on 12/15/2016 12:00 AM
Christmas came early at Empire City Casino with the presentation to Catholic Charities of nearly 1,000 toys and coats collected during the casino's Tenth Annual "Christmas Spirit" Toy and Coat Drive. The donations will ensure that New Yorkers in need have a warm coat this winter and a toy or two to put under the Christmas tree for their children. Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO of Empi...
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Bud Hatfield wins SRF trip to Prix d'Amerique

on 12/15/2016 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) annual fundraiser to win a trip to the Prix d' Amerique was won by Bud Hatfield. An Ohio resident, Bud's response was one of great surprise, stating, "I wasn't expecting this."   Involved in racing for more than 35 years in so many capacities, Bud says he loves the sport. Most recently he has enjoyed great success as the owner of Bar Ho...
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