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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 06/18/2020 4:24 PM
There is no shortage of harness racing this weekend as tracks across the continent are now back and in full swing. With 36 races on tap Friday and Saturday, the Meadowlands will be teeming with action, and on Friday night, the rivalry between trotting mares Atlanta and Manchego resumes. Drivers Yannick Gingras (Atlanta) and Dexter Dunn (Manchego) give their thoughts about the match-up in the new...
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Bettor's Wish to debut Sunday in Roll With Joe Open Pace

on 06/18/2020 3:59 PM
Bypassing the same-day opening leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, Bettor’s Wish will instead take on nine older horses in the $164,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs.   With 13 wins and six seconds in nine starts last year, Bettor’s Wish was easily voted honors as the 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year. Trained by Chris Ryder, who sha...
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Hambletonian-eligible Preferred trots added at Meadowlands

on 06/18/2020 3:25 PM
In the wake of the sports and events scheduling havoc wreaked by the covid-19 shutdown, the road to the $1 million 2020 Hambletonian has turned into more of a “guideline.”   In an attempt to close some of the gaps on the calendar, the Meadowlands and Hambletonian Society are sponsoring $25,000 overnight events for 3-year-old filly and colt trotters, Hambletonian-eligible p...
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Sires Stakes standouts clash in Meadows qualifier

on 06/18/2020 3:07 PM
In a match-up of Sires Stakes pacing titans, Kentucky champ Catch The Fire defeated Ohio champ Elver Hanover in a qualifier Thursday at The Meadows. The pair were both coming off qualifying wins at Scioto Downs last month in their 3-year-old debuts.   In the non-betting contest, Catch The Fire led at every call (:29, :57, 1:24.4) for driver Mike Wilder, crossing the wire in 1:52.1 and...
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Marion Marauder, Alicorn impress in Mohawk qualifiers

on 06/18/2020 2:35 PM
Two-year-old trotting colts and geldings commanded the spotlight during Woodbine Mohawk Park's Thursday, June 18 qualifying session, as the first five races on the 11-dash card were devoted to the youngsters. The back half of the program featured a pair of O'Brien Award winners, Alicorn and Marion Marauder.   The conditions were ideal for the session, and a “fast” ...
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Shartin N sharp in 1:51 qualifier win at Harrah's Philly

on 06/18/2020 1:46 PM
The 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N stuck to her recent off-the-pace tactics in a Thursday morning qualifier at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but she still devastated her field in a snappy 1:51 over a “good +1” oval.   Driver Tim Tetrick had the daughter of Tintin In America in fourth, five lengths off the lead in a :55.3 half, then turned her loose down the backstretch, a...
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Big M goes back-to-back 18-race cards this weekend

on 06/18/2020 1:05 PM
Horsemen sent up a signal. They needed some help. And management at the Meadowlands answered the call. After last week’s overloaded entry box saw 777 horses hoping to get raced, many had to continue to wait on the sidelines in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown. Two days ago, the box had over 600 horses drop in, hoping for a chance. What was different this time around, was that instea...
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Batavia stall apps available; meet opens July 25

on 06/18/2020 8:32 AM
Horsemen wishing to race at Batavia Downs for the upcoming 2020 annual summer/fall meet should note that stall applications are now available on the track’s website https://www.bataviadownsgaming.com/.   Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen>Stall Application, Agreement & Reservations link to download. Stall applications are also available at the Western New York Harness H...
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Faraldo issues statement re: Yonkers' antibody requirement

on 06/18/2020 8:29 AM
SOA of NY president Joe Faraldo has issued the following statement regarding Yonkers Raceway's requirement of a positive antibody test in order to race there. Here is the statement:   The SOA of NY is working very hard to get resolved  the “positive antibody“ requirement which is not imposed on other NYS harness tracks. We have done much research on the CDC guidel...
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Gia's Surreal impressive at Buffalo

on 06/17/2020 10:17 PM
Gia's Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) posted her first victory of the campaign with a 1-1/2 length win over Protect Blue Chip in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Filly and Mares Open Pace on Wednesday night (June 17)   After earning nearly $100,000 last season as a 3-year-old, it was just the second start of the year for Gia's Surreal and it was sure impressive.   Sitting ...
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Purpose Blue Chip scores at Vernon

on 06/17/2020 9:22 PM
Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley) captured the $4,800 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Wednesday (June 17). American JJ (Michael Miller) went to the first quarter in :27.1.  Purpose Blue Chip ($2.10) took the lead right after the quarter.  He used a :29.2 second quarter to hit the half in :56.3.  American JJ tried to keep up but Purpose Blue Chip cruised to three-quarters in 1...
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Photo Bomber takes Harrington Open

on 06/17/2020 9:20 PM
Frank Canzone and Ronald Sabatini's Photo Bomber ($4.40, Victor Kirby) made his Harrington Raceway debut a winning one Wednesday with a 1:58.4 triumph in the featured $10,000 Open Trot Wednesday.  The 6-year-old Explosive Matter led most of the way under confident handling from Kirby for a one length score over Faithfulandtrue and There'sademoninme. Trained by Jay Gannon, it...
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Minimum not met so no spectators at Meadowlands

on 06/17/2020 5:22 PM
The Meadowlands regrets to announce that the number of reservations taken did not meet the minimum required to set up dining on the West deck for Friday and Saturday night's live racing.   As a result, the West Deck dining service has been canceled. There will be no live attendance for the races as the permission was granted to present an outdoor dining servi...
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Ideal Jimmy headlines Philly's opening-day feature

on 06/17/2020 4:33 PM
The trotters and pacers make their long-awaited return to pari-mutuel action this Sunday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with eight fast-class types lining up for the $14,400 seventh race featured event.   Starting from the rail is the veteran Western Ideal gelding Ideal Jimmy, who returns to racing adding the medication Lasix and coming off two impressive qualifiers at the ...
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Cheery Peep sweet in Meadows trot

on 06/17/2020 4:32 PM
Cherry Peep quarter-poled to the top and was untouchable from there, scoring an easy victory in Wednesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 conditioned trot.   Mike Wilder swept the front three and finished with five victories, winning a nifty half the 10-race card. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners.   Although Cherry Peep hadn’t raced since March 11, Aaron...
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Hippodrome 3R to open June 24 for live racing

on 06/17/2020 11:32 AM
The Quebec Jockey Club has received approval from the Quebec Racing Commission to begin spectator-less harness racing at Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday, June 24, which is National Quebec Day in the province. The regular season will feature Sunday afternoon racing at 1 p.m. every Sunday through Nov. 8. The special Wednesday opening day race program will have a 4 p.m. first race post time. The...
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Monticello horsemen thank the MHHA

on 06/17/2020 10:51 AM
Since March 12, when live racing was halted at Monticello Raceway due to the covid-19 outbreak, the horsemen have been without purse checks.   The Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association Inc. (MHHA) has been supplying  the many horsemen in the backstretch of Monticello Raceway with straw, hay and feed since the cancellation of racing.   The horsemen are real...
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Northfield Park opens to spectators on June 19

on 06/17/2020 9:48 AM
MGM Northfield Park is pleased to announce the official reopening of wagering on live and simulcast horse racing on Friday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. The action kicks off with Gulfstream Park at noon, followed by a full slate of the best Thoroughbred and Standardbred action from around the globe and the opportunity to advance wager on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Then on Saturday doors will open ...
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Wednesday Big M dinner reservation deadline

on 06/17/2020 8:38 AM
With the draw for the 36 races to be contested over the weekend now complete, the Meadowlands invites owners and fans to attend and watch their horses race for the first time since March. Post time for Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 is 6 p.m. with 18 races each evening.   Please make your reservations Wednesday by calling (201) 842-5059 or emailing Marianne Rotella at...
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Valuable Art takes Harrington feature

on 06/17/2020 8:32 AM
Breakaway Racing's Valuable Art ($8, Corey Callahan) was a 1:54.2 winner in the $10,000 mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.  Valuable Art assumed the lead near the opening quarter mile in 27.3 seconds, where she would stay through the half mile in 57 seconds and three-quarters in 1:25.4 before opening up a four length lead near the top of the stretch. Anytime N gained ground la...
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