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Nominations open for Caretaker of the Year

on 11/29/2016 12:00 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its second year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport -- the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. Initially titled Groom of t...
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Stalbaum making himself at home at Batavia

on 11/29/2016 12:00 AM
Larry Stalbaum has been a regular competitor at Yonkers Raceway and Pocono Downs for many years now. But much like Jim Morrill Jr. before him, the small-town feel of western New York has drawn Stalbaum from the major circuits and he couldn't be happier about the move.   Stalbaum made his first start of the year at Batavia Downs on Saturday, Nov. 5, and has since been one of the...
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Harness Museum holiday concert Dec. 8

on 11/29/2016 12:00 AM
Great music and fun are traditions of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert. Celebrating its 42nd year, this community event kicks off the festive season. Although much has changed in the world since that first concert in 1974, the charm of sleigh bells and the warmth of gathered neighbors continue to make the season bright. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec....
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Series nominations at Woodbine close Dec. 1

on 11/29/2016 12:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Alliance would like to remind horsepeople that Winter Series nominations are due Thursday (December 1).   Woodbine Racetrack is pleased to offer the Niagara and Valedictory Series for three-year-old pacers during December and the Blizzard and Snowshoe Series for three and four-year-old pacers during January. Each series features two prelimi...
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Drivers donating prize money to injured paramedic

on 11/29/2016 12:00 AM
While everyone in Ohio is reveling over the Ohio State Buckeyes football triumph over their rivals from the state to their north, anticipation for the second annual "Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers Driver's Challenge" on December 10 at Hollywood Dayton Raceway is steadily building.   The Hoosier team will be comprised of the five leading dash winners at Hoosier Park during their recently-comp...
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Barn Girl makes it two straight at Meadows

on 11/29/2016 12:00 AM
Barn Girl made it two straight Tuesday at The Meadows when she quarter-poled to the lead and jogged off to a comfortable victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot.   Barn Girl was away second when Aaron Merriman sent her after the leader, Mistress Valentine. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie never let Mistress Valentine get close, defeating...
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Prairie Sweetheart wins another Florida title

on 11/28/2016 12:00 AM
Pompano Park hosted the Florida Standardbred Breeders Owners Association Super Night, with $430,000 in Breeders Stakes purses for Florida bred two and three year-olds on Sunday night (Nov. 27).   In the $50,750 Breeders Stakes Final for 2 Year-Old Trotting Colts and Geldings, the only two entrants in this non-wagering event, I'm Done and Azzaro, renewed their rivalry ...
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Two harness interests on MI Advisory Commission

on 11/28/2016 12:00 AM
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed a six-member Horse Racing Advisory Commission, which was created through legislation signed earlier this year that updated the state's horse racing statute. Included among the six appointments are Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association president Tom Barrett and Northville Downs' operations manager Mike Carlo. Others on the commission are Michigan Hor...
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Easy Lover Hanover wins Progress Pace

on 11/28/2016 12:00 AM
Easy Lover Hanover completed a modern day harness racing "Cinderella story" by winning the $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace in 1:49 at Dover Downs on Monday.   Purchased a year ago after a monumental fire wiped-out owner Brad Grant and trainer Ben Wallace’s stable in Ontario, Easy Lover Hanover was purchased at the Meadowlands Sale early this year for $70,000 and it turned into a...
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Classic Carpet rides to Meadows victory

on 11/28/2016 12:00 AM
Dismissed at 14-1, Classic Carpet found late racing room outside, overpowered the leader and scored the upset in Monday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Classic Carpet was fourth and seemingly blocked into the final turn. But when Mike Wilder angled her off the cones to the middle of the track, the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Red Carpe...
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Rock Me Baby captures Courageous Lady

on 11/27/2016 12:00 AM
The festive and well-attended evening was made even better for Thomas Dillon, when his horse, Rock Me Baby, won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park.   The Courageous Lady was a series of firsts for Rock Me Baby. It was the first time she had raced for Dillon. He purchased her just two weeks ago for $82,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. It was also Rock Me Baby's first start fo...
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Mr Hasani N upsets in Meadowlands feature

on 11/27/2016 12:00 AM
While odds-on favorite Ashley's Husband failed to make any impression by way of his first-over bid in Saturday (November 26) night's $17,500 featured pacing event at The Meadowlands, the Muscara Racing Trust's Mr Hasani N ($23.20) took full advantage of a clear pocket trip to just gather in pacesetter Bullet Bob for a 1:50.3 upset score.   Andy McCarthy nestled the 8-year-old Christ...
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Another big night at Stga for Aldrich, Godinez

on 11/27/2016 12:00 AM
For the second consecutive night, driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. and trainer Jose Godinez teamed up for the winner of the feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   After recording a win in Friday's feature for fillies and mares, the Aldrich-Godinez tandem prevailed with RU Ready To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) in Saturday's $18,000 Open Pace. The eight year old pacer who had been the runner-up in e...
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Hemi Seelster wins Open at Yonkers Sunday

on 11/27/2016 12:00 AM
Favored Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) atoned for last week, winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot. In play early (actually, everyone was, since post time was 11:12 AM) from post position No. 7, ‘Hemi' had to wait before making the lead. He did so around Centurion ATM (Mark MacDonald) just after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. Tweet Me (Pat ...
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Inittowinafortune takes Meadowlands feature

on 11/26/2016 12:00 AM
Inittowinafortune ($5.00) seized command early and never looked back in Friday (November 25) evening's top distaff pace at The Meadowlands, using a powerful :54.2 back half to evade her eight rivals in the $17,500 feature by 2-3/4 lengths.   Corey Callahan wasted no time with the 6-year-old daughter of Cams Fortune, putting her in play and clearing the lead just upon entering the fi...
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Josh Sutton increases dash lead at Dayton

on 11/26/2016 12:00 AM
Leading driver Josh Sutton is making a shambles of the Hollywood Dayton dash derby. The red, white and blue clad reinsman notched a six-pack on the Friday (November 25) program to bring his total to 130 through 51 nights of the 75-night meet. Runnerup Kayne Kauffman has 72 tallie, followed by Jeremy Smith with 70.   Sutton won both halves of the early daily double with John's Sunny ...
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Dilly Dali's class drop proves a winning move

on 11/26/2016 12:00 AM
Dilly Dali (Dali) went coast to coast in the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on what was a big night for driver Bruce Aldrich Jr.   Aldrich motivated class-dropping Dilly Dali to move out to the early lead in the $10,060 conditional/claimer for fillies and mares, a lead she would never relinquish. One week removed from a third-place finish in the Open for distaffers, Dilly D...
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Two in a row at Batavia for Perfect Rendition

on 11/26/2016 12:00 AM
For the second week in a row, Perfect Rendition stalked quick early fractions before gearing up in the payoff half to win the $10,000 Open trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 25).   When the gate released the short but classy field of six trotters, Noble Legend (Shawn Gray) went for the early lead, seating Jim Dandy (Jim McNeight Jr.) and Perfect Rendition (Larry...
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Sweet Beach scores over sloppy Pocono oval

on 11/26/2016 12:00 AM
Sweet Beach, unraced in 21 days and with only one trip behind in the gate in the last 41, paced back to his pedigree (and rumored sharp training reports) in taking the final feature race of the year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, a $20,000 conditioned pace, in 1:51.2 over "sloppy +1" going in 40 degree temperatures.   The five-year-old Sweet Beach, an altered son of Somebe...
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Atta Boy Dan takes Meadows preferred

on 11/26/2016 12:00 AM
Atta Boy Dan moved powerfully first-over to wear down his stablemate, Mykindachip, and capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   With Mykindachip on a seemingly comfortable lead, Mike Wilder moved Atta Boy Dan from fourth. The 7-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikesithot gelding overtook Mykindachip in mid-stretch and scored in 1:52. Latest Desire rallied for second,...
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