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Alagna talks about his 3 NA Cup contenders

on 06/08/2016 2:00 AM
Tony Alagna won the Pepsi North America Cup three years ago with Captaintreacherous and the New Jersey-based trainer is back again this year hoping to advance three horses to the lucrative June 18 final. Alagna's Highlandbeachycove and Racing Hill are in the first of two 9-horse North America Cup eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers Saturday (June 11) at Mohawk Racetrack. The two ...
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Cal Expo renews lease for harness racing

on 06/08/2016 2:00 AM
The California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo) and current harness racing operator Watch and Wager LLC have reached an agreement to keep Cal Expo as the home of California Harness racing until May of 2022. The Cal Expo Board of Directors voted unanimously to extend the lease agreement at Friday's Fair Board meeting in Sacramento.   "As the home facility for five professional le...
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Top trotters will contest Hill Memorial

on 06/08/2016 2:00 AM
For the third consecutive season, the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial will bring the best older trotters in the sport to Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (June 11).   Last year's champ, multi-millionaire Bee A Magician, will not be making the trip to Columbus,but a rock-solid field is assembled for this year's edition. From the rail out, the field will be: Southwind Pepino (Hugh B...
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Ohio-sired 3CP in action Saturday at Scioto

on 06/08/2016 2:00 AM
Thirty-six Ohio-bred sophomore pacing colts will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Saturday night, June 11 to vie in four $40,000 divisions of the second leg of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) competition. Post time is 6 pm, ET, for the 15-race program. First leg winner Mr Wiggle Pants will be harnessed by trainer and co-owner Jim Mulinix from post two in the competitive third OSS di...
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Minnesota passes ADW law; purses to benefit

on 06/08/2016 2:00 AM
The Minnesota horse racing industry received a significant boost from the state legislature and governor this session when legislation was passed and signed into law authorizing the licensing and oversight of advance deposit wagering providers in the state. Under the new law, an estimated $1.5 million annually will be recaptured from newly licensed ADW providers and re-directed to increased...
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Who Says That keeps hot streak going at Buffalo

on 06/08/2016 2:00 AM
It may have been an unseasonably cool Wednesday night (June 8) at Buffalo Raceway but Who Says That ($5.40) continued her red-hot streak with an decisive three length victory in the $9,500 Open Pace for the mares. It was the second straight win for Who Says That (Drew Monti) and the fifth in her last six outings. Ugly Betty (Kevin Cummings) took the lead and notched splits of 28.3, 5...
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Tamarind wins third straight in Meadows trot

on 06/08/2016 2:00 AM
  Tamarind overcame post 9 to collect his third straight victory — and fifth in his last six starts — in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind got away fifth before Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, I Know My Chip, down the backside. The 8-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos cleared easily and went on to ...
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Jason Merriman drives 2,000th winner

on 06/07/2016 2:00 AM
Jason Merriman made his 2,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Stop Payment in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday (June 6). Merriman led at every call with Stop Payment, eventually besting his competition by 2-3/4 lengths. The 1:53.2 clocking was the 14th career score for the eight year-old pacer, who returned $7.00 to win. The 29-year-old Merriman began driving in 20...
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NJ Racing Commissioner Tony DePaloa dies

on 06/07/2016 2:00 AM
New Jersey Racing Commissioner Anthony "Tony" DePaloa passed away Saturday, June 4, of complications from surgery. He was 80. Born in Newark, NJ, on Nov. 1, 1935, his family moved to East Orange, NJ, where he graduated from high school in 1955. Upon graduating, he proudly served in the US Army. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Mr. DePaloa went on to work for the United ...
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Pacing filly drowns in infield pond at Hoosier

on 06/07/2016 2:00 AM
An incident during a regularly scheduled training session at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday resulted in the drowning fatality of a Standardbred racehorse. After a preliminary review, it is believed that Just Dance With Me, a 3-year-old driven by Brett Wilfong and owned by the Wilfong family, veered left off the racetrack at 11:45 a.m. as a result of a broken bit and loss o...
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Fredi Herrera makes driving debut at Gaitway

on 06/07/2016 2:00 AM
When announcer Larry Lederman went through the driver changes for Monday's (June 6) eighth race qualifier at Gaitway Farm, spectators shared a few puzzled looks when Fredi Herrera was named on the No. 1 horse, Southwind Cruze, from the stable of trainer Julie Miller. As it turned out, Herrera and Southwind Cruze were making their career debuts together.   A 33-year-old native of Guatem...
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18 to compete in 2 NA Cup elims Saturday

on 06/07/2016 2:00 AM
The finest 3-year-old pacers in harness racing will go postward Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in  two eliminations for the 33rd Pepsi North America Cup. A total of 18 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into a pair of $50,000 eliminations. The top five finishers from each nine-horse elimination will advance to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup final on Satur...
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Cash Me Out, Devil Child rally for PcD wins

on 06/06/2016 2:00 AM
Despite a strong headwind hitting the trotters and pacers in the face as they entered the homestretch at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night, closers won both of the $25,000 winners-over features. The winners came from almost-opposite ends of the pari-mutuel spectrum: Cash Me Out paid $53.80 as the second-longest shot in the trot headliner, while $6.80 favorite Devil Child took the...
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Burke qualifies 25 two year olds at Gaitway

on 06/06/2016 2:00 AM
Ron Burke can't say whether he has a horse similar to Southwind Frank in his group of 2-year-olds that qualified for the first time Monday (June 6) at Gaitway Farms, but the trainer was generally pleased with what he saw from his 25 rookies that went to the track. Burke won six of the day's 11 qualifiers for the 2-year-olds, finishing first with male pacers John Dally, Miso Fast, and Norman...
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Box closes Tuesday morning for NA Cup elims

on 06/06/2016 2:00 AM
Major stakes season has officially arrived with the eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup and several events set for this weekend at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 39 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to this Saturday's NA Cup eliminations. Also this weekend is the eliminations for the Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red and Armbro Flight. The entry box for the eliminations of...
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Coughlin tops Tattersalls at $65,000

on 06/06/2016 2:00 AM
Coughlin, a 3-year-old trotting colt by Credit Winner who had been racing for the Burke stable, topped the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Sunday (June 5) when he brought a bid of $65,000. Purchased by Vito Cucci of Belmar, N.J., Coughlin has amassed a 4-0-1 career record from 12 starts and earned $41,530. A total of 85 horses were sold for $1,621,100 for an ave...
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Getitoffyourchest overcomes post 8 for win

on 06/06/2016 2:00 AM
David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest ($9.20, Ross Wolfenden) overcame post eight Monday at Harrington Raceway for a dazzling 1:50.4 win in the $17,500 Open Pace.   The Richard Lewis-trainee followed a parked out Just A Jolt before surging three-wide at three-quarters and blitzing by pacesetter Soto for a three and a half length score. Soto held on for the runner-up pos...
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Talk Show beats Missile J in NYSS at Monticello

on 06/06/2016 2:00 AM
On Monday at Monticello Raceway, Scott Zeron won three New York Sires Stakes events featuring 3-year-old pacing colts.   On an afternoon when being on the front end meant almost certain defeat, seven of the afternoon's 13 race were won by the horse sitting the pocket at the top to the stretch. Talk Show was a perfect example of this. Missile J left strong from outside in r...
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Southwind Frank, Blue Moon Stride dominant in NJ

on 06/05/2016 2:00 AM
Heavy favorites were sent to the gate in four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals Saturday night at the Meadowlands, and when the dust cleared, the results for chalk players were clearly mixed. Southwind Frank continued his march toward the Hambletonian with an easy win in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot. The son of Muscle Hill went the mile in 1:52.3 for trainer Ron Burke, upping...
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Sophomore stakes action highlights Hoosier card

on 06/05/2016 2:00 AM
  Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the early stages of the 2016 harness racing season with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday, June 4. The evening's 14-race card featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old divisions. With heavy rain in the area earlier in the day, the track was rated ...
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