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Dapper Dude newest millionaire after Meadows win

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
Dapper Dude became a millionaire Saturday by surviving a four-wide first quarter in :25.4 and holding firm late to capture the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The win pushed his career bankroll to $1,004,110. After Dapper Dude reached the half in :54.2, he was challenged first-over by...
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Zeron wins 1st Crown with Call Me Queen Be

on 10/29/2016 2:00 AM
 October of 2016 has been quite a month for Scott Zeron -- first, a Trotting Triple Crown with Marion Marauder, and now his first ever Breeders Crown title.   Zeron sustained a first-over push through the far turn with Call Me Queen Be ($27.80) to duel down Jugette winner L A Delight for a 1:49.4 score in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday at ...
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Autumn Series finals contested at Mohawk

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Rookies were in the spotlight Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack for a quartet of Ontario Sired Autumn Series finals.   The temperature teetered around the freezing mark during Thursday’s card, but the action got off to a hot start. You Cant Afford Me and Roger Mayotte were able to capitalize after a break by the heavy favorite to win the $21,150 Autumn Series final for 2-year-old...
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Record $211 winner at Hollywood Dayton

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Princeofrocknroll produced the highest $2 win mutuel in the three-year history of Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night.   Despite winning six races and more than $26,000 at Ohio county fairs this summer, the 3-year-old son of World Of Rocknroll was dispatched at odds of more than 99-1 and returned $211.20 to his backers following his come-from-behind 1:55.2 triumph. ...
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Crown trophies in memory of Van Lennep, Weaver

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
The signature crystal trophies that have graced the Breeders Crown championship series since 1984 will bear additional etching this year--in memory of Frederick Van Lennep and William B. Weaver, two men with enormous influence on the sport of harness racing and the Breeders Crown championship series in particular.   Van Lennep was a vital advocate in the advancement and promotion of...
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Holland has Crown hopes for Sir John F

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Veteran trainer Herb Holland is happy to be a member of harness racing's dream team.   The 59 year old, whose career in the business goes back to the early years of the Meadowlands, is part owner of a horse, Sir John F., that is owned by brothers John and Jim Fielding and Christina Takter, whose husband, Jimmy, trains the 2-year-old Donato Hanover colt. Sir John F is entered in this...
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Second career Standardbreds lead BC way

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Standardbreds with new careers under saddle will serve as honorary parade marshals on Breeders Crown nights at the Meadowlands on Friday and Saturday.   On Friday night, a pair of pacers will lead the older divisions to the post. Nite Train, winner of 11 races in 36 starts, will be ridden by Mary McDermott, daughter of trainer Kevin McDermott.   Nite Train is known ...
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Takter: "This is what it's all about"

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter needs few words to sum up tonight's Breeders Crown Open Pace at the Meadowlands, which features a continuation of the rivalry between Takter's Always B Miki and George Teague Jr.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit.   "This," Takter says, "is what it's all about."   Wiggle It Jiggleit is the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's current Top 10 poll. Always B Miki is N...
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Breeders Crown horses test negative

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
All 117 horses entered in the Breeders Crown events this weekend have been subjected to out-of-competition testing by the New Jersey Racing Commission. To date, 80 percent of the collected blood samples have been analyzed and have cleared the lab. This includes 20 entrants that have had blood drawn and analyzed more than once.  In addition, the standard pre- and post-race testing will ...
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$60K pacer, trotter top Hoosier Classic Sale

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Despite not offering a yearling with a price tag of $100,000 or more, the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale can boast on strength in other numbers as two colts, a pacer and a trotter, each fetched $60,000 to lead the first day of the sale conducted on Friday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.   "I have not had the opportunity to go through the results," said Steve Cross, sales manag...
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Always B Miki edges WIJI in Crown Open Pace

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
The much-anticipated showdown between the top two harness horses in the world lived up to the hype as Always B Miki forged ahead by three-quarters of a length to upend 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit to capture his second straight $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Finishing third was Shamballa.   Wiggle It Jiggleit stormed to the le...
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Hannelore Hanover cruises in Crown Mare Trot

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) sprinted away from the field in the last eighth of a mile to win the $250,000 Breeders Crown for trotting mares in 1:53.3 by two lengths on Friday night at the Meadowlands.   Hannelore Hanover is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and Jerry and Teresa Silva.   Bee A Magicia...
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Flanagan Memory rallies to win Crown Open Trot

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Flanagan Memory (7) and driver Brian Sears flushed out heavily favored Resolve past the half and then just waited their turn to wear down the field to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot in 1:52.1 by a length on Friday at the Meadowlands.   Flanagan Memory is trained by Rene Dion and co-owned by him with Liette Flanagan.   Windsun Revenge (Scott Zeron) was first to ...
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Lady Shadow rolls to BC Open Mare Pace win

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Lady Shadow ($2.40) asserted her superiority in the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace on Friday night at the Meadowlands, pushing clear of arch rival Solar Sister early and evading her foes en route to a 1:49.4 victory, her 11th of the season.   The 5-year-old Shadow Play mare stalked the top flight from the two path on approach to the first turn before pushing to the fore afte...
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Fine Tuned Lady fastest in Simpson splits

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
The John Simpson Sr. stakes series continued at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, with action for 2-year-old trotters of both sexes, and even though each of the winners had been away from the races for 18 days or more, all had been trained up to a winning mile by well-known conditioners and got the job done.   In this sense, perhaps the most appropriately-named of the winne...
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Kindergarten prelims wrap up at Meadowlands

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
A pair of Kindergarten Classic preliminary events headlined the Friday Breeders Crown undercard at the Meadowlands, with 2-year-old trotting fillies vying for $10,000 in the night's opener and freshman trotting colts and geldings competing for an identical purse in the third event.   In the filly division, Feed Your Head ($7.20) pushed to the fore on approach to the backstretch...
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Monti puts on seven-win show at Batavia

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
On a night when he could seemingly do nothing wrong, Drew Monti put on a driving clinic Wednesday at Batavia Downs, winning seven of the 10 races he competed in. And among his drives, he also scored a second and a third and posted a lofty .788 UDR for the evening.   Track photographer Paul White spent some quality time with Monti in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle as he took hi...
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Dover's first week of draws continue

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
On Wednesday morning at Dover Downs, Tip It On Back (Bret Brittingham) edged Wakazashi Hanover (Vic Kirby) and Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford Jr.) by a head in a three-horse 1:54.3 finish in the fastest of 10 qualifying races. Stakes seasoned Table Talk (Bart Dalious), after breaking stride at the start, recovered quickly to notch a 1:55 decision in the second fastest qualifier while Sky...
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Meadowlands postpones Saturday fireworks

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
In light of Saturday's huge Breeders Crown card that is expected to end well after 11 p.m., the Meadowlands Racetrack has decided to postpone the fireworks show that was scheduled for Saturday to a date next spring. The date is to be determined, but will be part of a special fan appreciation night that will include an earlier-than-normal post time and food & beverage specials.   ...
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Pocono set to celebrate Halloween on Monday

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono gets into the spirit of the heavenly haunted holiday this coming Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween, with its annual staging of "The Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace," which will be held as the fifth race on the (appropriately) twilight card, because isn't twilight when the Halloween spookiness begins to come out?   The nine-horse race is comprised of horses w...
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