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Hard-fought win for JL Cruze in Dover Open

on 12/29/2020 10:26 PM
JL Cruze gave his all in the stretch to earn a 1:52.3 victory in the $20,000 Open Trot on Tuesday night at Dover Downs. JL Cruze was driven aggressively by Dexter Dunn for early position but yielded to Scirocco Rob through a :27 first quarter. After brushing for command just past the quarter, JL Cruze set middle fractions of :56 and 1:24.3. Jack Vernon mounted a first-over challenge into t...
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Bettor Memories one of five Burke wins at Meadows

on 12/29/2020 5:36 PM
Pinned inside, Bettor Memories found the Lightning Lane just in time and shot through to capture Tuesday’s $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   With Rock Candy surging outside and passing the leader, Wild Wild Western, it wasn’t clear that Bettor Memories would find racing room soon enough. But he was up to the task when Dave Palone urged him through the Lightning ...
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Breeders Crown No. 37 Stallion refund reminder

on 12/29/2020 3:26 PM
Stallion nominators and breeders are reminded that refund applications for Breeders Crown No. 37 (breedings of 2020, foals of 2021) must be postmarked or requested by Dec. 31, 2020.   There are provisions to refund all or part of stallion nomination fees under the circumstances described in the payment conditions below. All requests must be directed to the Hambletonian Society of...
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USTA's Williams responds to Meadowlands statement

on 12/29/2020 2:02 PM
The following is a response from USTA President Russell Williams on statement made Monday (Dec. 28) by the Meadowlands supporting the recently passed Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act: “Mr. Gural’s central message seems to be that he would like to see harness racing brought within the jurisdiction of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) and that ‘we can modify th...
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Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show on Jan. 16

on 12/29/2020 10:57 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the group of the industry’s communicators who are the primary voters on Hall of Fame and year-end honors, is announcing a special Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 from 5 to 6 p.m.   The Dan Patch Awards Show can be watched live on USHWA’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/...
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DG's Caviar stretches winning streak to 4 at Pompano

on 12/29/2020 8:32 AM
DG’S Caviar stretched his winning streak at Pompano Park to four with a convincing win for trainer-driver Andy Shetler in 1:53, a new lifetime mark, in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot. The four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar, bred and owned by Daniel Graber, put a margin of 3 ¾ lengths between he and Muscles For Life (Wally Hennessey) while The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) finished...
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Circle The Page upsets in Meadows feature

on 12/28/2020 8:05 PM
Dismissed at 37-1. Circle The Page attacked relentlessly first-over and pulled off the shocker in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Circle The Page was sixth, 7-1/2 lengths in arrears, when Chris Shaw sent her after the leader, Hedges Avenue A. The 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Queen Marie edged in front through the final turn and ...
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Meadowlands supports HISA inclusion in Appropriations Bill

on 12/28/2020 2:17 PM
The Meadowlands supports the inclusion of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) in the 2020 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.     The Omnibus passed through both houses of Congress last week and was signed into law by President Trump on Sunday.   "The HISA is important to all of horse racing to demonstrate that we are addressing the problems that have pl...
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Prairie Panther denies Southwind Amazon a 100th win

on 12/28/2020 8:25 AM
Trainer Mike Deters and driver Wally Hennessey teamed up to take the twin features on Sunday night at Pompano Park. Prairie Panther and Rebellious were the two stars that shined on this night with the former taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace and Rebellious scoring in the companion $10,000 Open II event. Prairie Panther, trained by Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin...
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Windsun Ricky closes Philly meet with feature victory

on 12/27/2020 8:41 PM
Windsun Ricky ($16.20) circled four wide off the home turn and vaulted to a 1:50.4 victory in the $14,400 top-level featured pacing event on Sunday's closing day program at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 4-year-old American Ideal gelding waited well behind a contested pace before Dexter Dunn angled him third-over into a :54.1 first half. As Peace Out Posse advanced to engage pacesetter...
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Warrior One wins top trot on $3.7 mil night at Big M

on 12/27/2020 7:45 AM
The Meadowlands faithful was out in force with Christmas money in hand Saturday night and at the conclusion of the 15-race card, all-source wagering topped the $3-million mark for the first time during the Fall Meeting on the last day of racing in 2020. Handle for the night totaled $3,718,250, an average per race of $247,883. The last time – other than Hambletonian Day and Meadowla...
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Tyler Smith sweeps features on record Dayton program

on 12/26/2020 10:18 PM
Driver Tyler Smith stole the show at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday by winning both co-feature events, the $18,400 Open Handicap for male pacers and the $17,800 sister event for the best distaff pacers in the region. Despite a 41-day layoff, Smith hustled Stars Align A to an early lead in the 'boys' event before allowing GD Western Joe (Chris Page) to clear to the front just steps befor...
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SBOANJ names Play Trix On Me 2020 Horse of Year

on 12/26/2020 2:15 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is proud to announce Play Trix On Me as the 2020 Horse of the Year. Play Trix On Me, by Trixton out of the Credit Winner mare Lima Playmate, won the New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old colt trotters at the Meadowlands. A winner of $433,843 in 2020, the 3-year-old colt trotter won four of his 15 starts this yea...
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Gingras wins four on Christmas Eve card at Philly

on 12/24/2020 4:29 PM
With the whole harness world watching Thursday afternoon, Harrah’s Philadelphia conducted its usual “Trottin’ Thursday” cad with a deluxe twist – all 14 races were for horses on the diagonal gait.   In the first of two $12,800 feature races, the Sebastian K sophomore filly Heat Wave Hanover brushed to the lead under the finish wire the first tim...
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Filion wins 2020 finale at Mohawk Park

on 12/24/2020 4:26 PM
The lights dimmed on the 2020 harness racing season in Ontario shortly after State Of Mind and driver Sylvain Filion rebuffed a challenge from Lainie Hanover to capture the Wednesday night finale at Woodbine Mohawk Park. For Filion, the win in the nightcap put a bow on a 245-win season at Mohawk, good for top honors in the driving colony at the Campbellville, Ont., facility. Bob McClure eked ...
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Ontario temporarily revises claiming rule

on 12/24/2020 1:53 PM
The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is temporarily deleting Standardbred Rule 15.09(a) which requires that horses who are claimed in Ontario only race at tracks in the province for 60 days after being claimed, otherwise risking a monetary penalty or suspension. In order to support industry participants and reduce burden for owners who claimed horses in the pas...
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All Day Sunshine rolls home in Meadows feature

on 12/23/2020 9:29 PM
All Day Sunshine pulled the pocket into the final turn, blew by the weary leader, Seadog Lady, and rolled on to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $9,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   All Day Sunshine may have won the race in the first quarter, when she made a relatively easy lead while Seadog Lady was parked in 26.4 before she could cross over. All Day Sunshine ...
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Its Mesmerise N rallies for Philly feature victory

on 12/23/2020 9:28 PM
The American Ideal mare Its Mesmerise N got a great trip in the pocket behind Bye Bye Felicia, then came outside in the lane and ran that one down by  a neck in 1:52.1 while winning the $11,600 featured distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon.   Driver Simon Allard kept Its Mesmerise N in the golden chair behind fractions of :27.4, :57.2, and 1:24.3, and whe...
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Mohawk cancels first half of doubleheader

on 12/23/2020 3:20 PM
MILTON, December 23, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment has announced the cancellation of this afternoon card at Woodbine Mohawk Park due to deteriorating track conditions caused by mild temperatures.  This evening’s 12-race card will proceed as scheduled. Post time is 7 p.m. 
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Father Patrick's stud fee reduced due to covid-19 hardships

on 12/23/2020 10:37 AM
The Father Patrick Syndication has announced a reduction of his 2021 stud fee from $25,000 to $17,500 in response to the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that have been endured by breeders, owners, trainers and others in the harness racing industry. Following is a statement from Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm on the reduction of Father Patrick's 2021 stud fee 2020...
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