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The Extra Mile podcast debuts with NA Cup preview

on 08/28/2020 2:30 PM
The Extra Mile, a new biweekly news-magazine podcast centered around Standardbred racing, debuts with a Pepsi North America Cup preview, which was released Friday morning. James Witherite, who has served as a race caller, oddsmaker, handicapper, publicist and columnist in his 15 years in harness racing, presents this new podcast to share the stories of harness racing’s events, particip...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park charging hard into NA Cup Night

on 08/28/2020 2:28 PM
Woodbine Mohawk Park is charging towards its biggest race of the season as the top-wagering Standardbred track in North America.      Set to play host to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, Woodbine Mohawk Park has been generating $10 million a week in handle and is home to harness racing’s largest pools.     The Early Pick-5 has been th...
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Delaware horseman Randy Stafford, 51, dies

on 08/28/2020 10:16 AM
Randall Burns Stafford, 51, of Felton, Del., died peacefully at home on Aug. 22. He was born on July 26, 1969 in Voorhees, N.J. and raised his family in Felton, Del. Mr. Stafford is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Caitlyn (Nick), Samantha and Jacob; parents, Arthur and Karen; siblings, Arthur Jr. (Stacy), Andrew (Shannon) and Sandra (Josh); grandchildren, Brayden and Max; and many niec...
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Hot Mess Express, Somethingbeautiful score in ISS

on 08/28/2020 8:45 AM
A pair of Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were showcased at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Thursday, August 27 and brought forth impressive performances from the freshman fillies. Somethingbeautiful and Hot Mess Express each won their respective $40,500 divisions and did so with authority to deliver as the heavy betting favorites.   After suffering the f...
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Determination takes 3 Champlain splits at Mohawk

on 08/28/2020 8:43 AM
 If Thursday’s start to “Grand Circuit Month” at Woodbine Mohawk Park is any preview, the team of Determination, Luc Blais and Bob McClure is going to have a lot of fun.   Determination, Blais and McClure struck for a Champlain hat-trick, winning three of Thursday’s four divisions for two-year-old trotters.   The trio’s rookie star Macho M...
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Firstup invades Plainridge and scores

on 08/27/2020 9:11 PM
A pair of $12,000 filly and mare paces headlined the card at Plainridge Park on a rainy Thursday afternoon (Aug. 27) and both events provided very close finishes.   The first was an aged upper level conditioned race that went to Firstup, who shipped in from Yonkers.   Dontustopbelievn N (Mitchell Cushing) took the lead to the quarter, but Firstup (Shawn Gray) came first up and grabbe...
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2TF Insta Glam sets 1:54 Philly record in PASS

on 08/27/2020 4:50 PM
A pair of second choices upended the favorites in the $204,634 fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, including 1:54 track record performance by Insta Glam.   Insta Glam’s driver Tim Tetrick yielded the lead to Evening Stroll before the :27.3 first station, but had r...
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North America Cup in new Weekend Preview!

on 08/27/2020 4:04 PM
It’s finally North America Cup time and the role of morning-line favorite in Saturday night’s race at Woodbine Mohawk Park goes to Tall Dark Stranger. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, driver Yannick Gingras talks about his chance to win the $1-million race in his ninth attempt as well as the past two weeks he’s spent quarantining in Canada for covid-10 protoco...
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Online bidding available for Goshen sale

on 08/27/2020 1:16 PM
The 2020 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Monday, Sept. 14 at noon and with that date fast approaching, some major enhancements have been added this year to make remote bidding easier if you can’t, or choose not to, attend in person. Live video of the entire sale and online bidding will be available this year through Cattle In Motion. Their website is your one-stop shop for everythi...
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17 horses bought via online bidding at Blooded Horse

on 08/27/2020 12:43 PM
The Blooded Horse Sale held its 65th Annual Summer Mixed Sale on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Champions Center Expo in Springfield, Ohio. The mixed sale included yearlings, broodmares and racehorses.   Because of covid-19 restrictions and concerns, this year, for the first time ever, the Blooded Horse Sale offered online bidding through Proxi Bid. Sale manager Jerry Haws said the online b...
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Pompano Park gearing up for Nov. 8 opening

on 08/27/2020 10:56 AM
Pompano Park is readying for its 57th season of world class harness racing, which is scheduled to begin its 2020-2021 season. The 126-night season is set to begin on Nov. 8, with the finale on May 19, 2021.   According to director of racing Gabe Prewitt, there will be free stall rent for all competing racehorses. Stall rent for yearlings and 2 year olds will be $250 per month. &nbs...
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Rocknificent, JK First Lady in PA All-Stars showdown

on 08/27/2020 10:41 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is proud to feature “the glamour division,” the 3-year-old pacers, in the last two Pennsylvania All-Stars races of the year, with fillies going postward Saturday afternoon and colts taking to the track for the Sunday twilight card. There will be two $35,000 divisions of stakes performers in both contests.   The most hotly-anticipated of the ...
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Odds On Osiris a "special horse" for breeder Schwartz

on 08/27/2020 9:16 AM
One morning a little more than five years ago, Merlie Schwartz was paging through the catalog for the 2015 Blooded Horse Winter Mixed Sale when a horse caught his eye. He looked to his wife Christina and said, “This is the one I want.”   The horse was the 5-year-old mare pacer Antigua Hanover. Schwartz paid a sale-topping $55,000 for the mare, who was a daughter of Somebea...
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HP Sissy takes Batavia Open in 1:54.2

on 08/27/2020 8:32 AM
HP Sissy had a career session in 2019 but hasn’t won a top class pace this year since March 4. That drought was quenched on Wednesday (Aug. 26) when the mare dominated in the $8,500 Open I distaff pace at Batavia Downs.   HP Sissy (Denny Bucceri) started from post two and stayed right there while Tellawoman (Drew Monti), who left from post three, marched off quarters of :28, :57...
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Love A Good Story cruises in NYSS at Stga

on 08/27/2020 8:30 AM
With the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace being canceled this season, the richest race of 2020 at Saratoga Casino Hotel was Wednesday evening’s $156,500 New York Sire Stakes event for 3-year-old trotting fillies.   Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven- Celebrity Lovin- Andover Hall) was the public’s 1-5 betting favorite while in the midst of another monster campaign...
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2CT Breckinridge overcomes post 9 at HoP

on 08/27/2020 8:27 AM
Two $39,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions were contested for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday, August 26 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. It was the third round of the six-leg series for the freshman competitors.   Breckenridge turned in an impressive front-stepping effort to score his second lifetime victory and second score in stakes action, ...
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Former Hempt associate Arnold Shaw dies

on 08/26/2020 8:25 PM
Arnold C. Shaw, 86, passed away on Monday, Aug. 10, at his home in Carlisle, Pa.   Shaw, a native of Caribou ME and a U.S. Army veteran, is primarily known in harness racing for his more than 20 years working as public relations manager for the Hempt Farms of Hall of Famer Max C. Hempt, located not far from Carlisle in Mechanicsburg PA. The “Home of the Keystones” annu...
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Marsala Hanover wins $206k PASS

on 08/26/2020 8:23 PM
In a lively affair full of movement, Marsala Hanover made the best move last en route to victory in Wednesday’s Meadow Cheer, a $206,133 Pennsylvania Sire Stake for freshman filly pacers, at The Meadows.   Marsala Hanover zipped to the lead from post 7 for Scott Zeron only to see the three-wide Continualou overtake her before the quarter. That was the signal for Uptown Hanover t...
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Gural, SBOANJ lobbyist address NJ budget

on 08/26/2020 8:16 PM
 “It’s a disaster for the industry and would be catastrophic, no two ways about it. It would cost thousands of jobs and be devastating for breeders,” said Meadowlands Owner Jeff Gural regarding the announcement that NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s revised budget proposal includes that elimination of the $20 million purse subsidy for horse racing. Gural emphasized that i...
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Plunge Blue Chip ready to take on Atlanta in Armbro Flight

on 08/26/2020 3:10 PM
Manchego and Atlanta are considered the sport’s top trotting mares, each with a spot in harness racing’s weekly top 10 rankings, but Plunge Blue Chip hopes to dive into the fray with a win in Saturday’s $220,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older mare trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Plunge Blue Chip is a 5 year old, the same age as Manchego and Atlanta. They are three of the s...
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