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Dayton winners surpass $100K in '16 earnings

on 12/03/2016 12:00 AM
My Buddy Ninkster scored his eleventh 2016 victory on Saturday night (Dec. 3), copping the $15,000 Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:51.1. With the sharp triumph the winner eclipsed the $100,000 earnings plateau for the season and the 4-year-old son of Dali is rapidly closing in on $200,000 for his career. Driver Tyler Smith hustled My Buddy Ninkster from the gate forcing JD’s...
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January Mixed Sale closes Monday

on 12/02/2016 12:00 AM
Tattersalls Sales Co. reminds horsemen that entries for the main catalog for the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale will close Monday, Dec. 5.   The popular winter sale will be held in the back paddock at the Meadowlands on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16.   Sale manager David Reid said that despite the racehorse population not being what it used to be, the...
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Tioga Downs opens casino Friday afternoon

on 12/02/2016 12:00 AM
After a gaming license pursuit that has spanned more than three years, Tioga Downs has announced it will officially open the new casino to the public on Friday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.   The new gaming floor features 33 long-awaited table games, including Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, as well as popular casino games like Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Let It Ride, 3-Card ...
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Holiday Trotting Series kicks off at Saratoga

on 12/02/2016 12:00 AM
The 2016 Holiday Trotting Series kicked off on Thursday at Saratoga Casino Hotel for trotters who had compiled seasonal earnings of $12,500 or less as of Oct. 31, 2016.   There were two divisions of the series each going for a purse of $6,000. Golden Stroke (Yankee Glide) worked hard early and moved to the lead while aggressively piloted by Stephane Bouchard in the first division on...
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In The Arsenal headlines Saturday Big M feature

on 12/02/2016 12:00 AM
Kelvin Harrison trainee In the Arsenal looks to return to his winning ways in Saturday night's $17,500 pacing feature at the Meadowlands. The millionaire squares off against six rivals—including the red-hot Bullet Bob and recent Stateside arrival Uncle Lile A—in the night's second of 13 races.   Despite a break at the start of his last race, the 4-year-old son of American I...
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All Bets Off to return to racetrack in 2017

on 12/02/2016 12:00 AM
The owners of All Bets Off and Hickory Lane Farm have mutually agreed to end the agreement to have the stallion stand stud at Hickory Lane in 2017.   All Bets Off tested to be very fertile and would have been well received as a stallion in Ohio. However, with the lucrative purses All Bets Off would be eligible to race for and the fact he is an extremely sound and dura...
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Mach It A Par wins distaff derby at Yonkers

on 12/02/2016 12:00 AM
Mach It A Par (Jordan Stratton, $11.40) uncoiled her usual late rush Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.Beating only a breaker for much of the mile, Mach It A Par—from post position No. 7—stormed home when it counted. She whipped a lane-finding, 17-10 fave Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron) by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2, with p...
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Safe From Terror repeats in Pompano open

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Safe From Terror, driven by Bryce Fenn, proved that last week's victory over Godiva Seelster was no fluke as she rallied bravely in the lane to post a 1 ¼ length victory in 1:51 over Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Wednesday night. It was her third straight win in the top class.   All Charged Up (John MacDonald), desperate...
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Theresademoninme takes Dover trot

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Theresademoninme scored a 1:52.4 lifetime best winning the $20,000 Open Handicap Mare Trot, giving trainer Dylan Davis three wins for the day on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Jonathan Roberts guided the Kadabra-Tortoni 5-year-old gelding to his 10th win of the campaign, his second straight Open for Mike Casalino and co-owner Dylan Davis, and his second on the card. Theresademonin...
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Wilder continues hot streak at The Meadows

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Valley Of Sin used a relentless uncovered move in the slop to wear down the leader and capture Wednesday's $15,500 winners-over $10,000 life trot at The Meadows.   Valley Of Sin was fifth near the half when trainer-driver Wilbur Yoder sent him after I Know My Chip, who had worked hard to reach the front. The 6-year-old Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover ridgling put away I Know My Chip at ...
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A conversation with New York's Drew Monti

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Drew Monti has enjoyed a season to remember, and it's not finished yet.   Among the 22-year-old driver's accomplishments so far are: graduating from college, winning a New York Sires Stakes race for the first time, and posting seven victories on a single card. He also is in the hunt for the driving title at Batavia Downs, where he trails Jim Morrill Jr. by 12 wins with eight more da...
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George Teague named HHI Person of Year

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
George Teague Jr. has been awarded the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year award by Harness Horsemen International. Teague is best known for conditioning and owning such greats as Wiggle It Jiggleit and Rainbow Blue.   The 53-year-old Harrington, Del., native has conditioned 1,631 winners to the tune of $35,161,481 in career earnings to date, and has graciously allowed the public to m...
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Shamballa is racing with a purpose

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Shamballa, the surprising 6 year old with earnings closing in on the million-dollar mark, makes a difference in memory of Taylor Vit, the late son of Kathie and Bill Vit, long-time owners, who race under the stable name of Cool Cat Racing.   Taylor Vit was just 22 years old when he passed as a result of an automobile accident in 2010. His love of the horses and time spent working wi...
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Racing Hill to stand in Ohio at Hickory Lane Farm

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Owner Tom Hill, Lancaster, UK and Hickory Lane Farm, Findlay, Ohio are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement to syndicate and stand Racing Hill (Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals-American Ideal) 2,1:51.2, 3,1:48 ($1,727,689.00) at Hickory Lane Farm beginning in 2017. A winner in excess of $1.7 million dollars, Racing Hill retires to stud with the credentials of a true champio...
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Ron Stokley, trainer of Lightning Wave, dies

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Ohio horseman Ron Stokley, 81, of Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, at his residence.   Born Nov. 3, in Middletown, Ohio, the son of the late Albert French and Viola (Foley) Stokley, Mr. Stokley attended the University of Florida on a full football and basketball scholarship. He was an employee of ARMCO with eight years of service and previous...
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Sacramento sportswriter remembered at Cal Expo

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Saturday's main event at Cal Expo is named for Bill Conlin, the longtime sportswriter, editor and columnist for the Sacramento Bee who passed away in 1997 at the age of 84. "Bill Conlin, quite simply, is a legend, a real newspaperman who loved his work and his hometown of Sacramento like no other," related Sacramento Bee columnist Debbie Arrington. "With great wit, he covered sports (and...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, read why trainer Julie Miller hopes Opulent Yankee's "drop and pop" last time out will lead to bigger things beginning on Friday at the Meadowlands, and why trainer Mark Steacy hopes Harper Blue Chip will get untracked before the calendar turns to 2017 in a Friday race at Woodbine. Also, Hoosier Park's leading drivers will soon take on the ...
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Nike Franco N wins third in a row in US

on 12/01/2016 12:00 AM
Nike Franco N stepped out of the distaff ranks to beat the top pacers at the track in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while Sicily held off the opposition to take the $27,500 Delaware Special on a talent-filled Thursday, Dec. 1 program at Dover Downs.  Driver Tim Tetrick sent unbeaten in the U.S. mare Nike Franco N out of fourth along the passing lane to reach to finish line first in a per...
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Kokinos looks to continue GSY success at Big M

on 11/30/2016 12:00 AM
Friday night's Meadowlands card should delight fans and horseplayers alike with full and competitive fields in many of the night's dozen races and a $47,000 carryover in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5.   The GSY Amateur weekly leg kicks off the card where this scrappy troupe of enthusiasts have recently been unable to stop and now only hopes to contain Dr. John Kokinos and his hig...
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Gingras, Burke sweep Grand Circuit titles

on 11/30/2016 12:00 AM
The 2016 Grand Circuit season has come to a close, with the 2017 schedule set to be released in January. The Grand Circuit leaders among drivers, trainers and owners were tracked in a points system for the top three finishers in both the divisions/finals and eliminations/legs. Sponsored by Winbak Farm, the 2016 Grand Circuit Awards went to driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke and owner...
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