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Saturday night special at the Meadowlands

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Saturday night's race card at the Meadowlands has a lot to offer. The first leg of the Graduate Series brings Grand Circuit 4-year-old trotters and pacers to town and the pacing side of the New Jersey Sires Stakes gets underway, featuring 2015's top freshman Boston Red Rocks in his seasonal debut.   The Graduate trotters were split into a pair of $50,000 divisions with Wings Of Vict...
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Charmed Life is Menary's "franchise player"

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Like many residents north of the border David Menary is a huge hockey fan and also was a participant in the game. Therefore, it is certainly not surprising he employs jargon stemming from the sport when he describes Charmed Life.   "She is a franchise player," he said. "She is not Bee A Magician but she is one of the top three horses in my barn and I am grateful every day for my lov...
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A Penny Earned takes Tioga trot feature

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Vernon invader A Penny Earned ($6.80) employed a change of tactics on Friday (May 20) evening at Tioga Downs, stalking cover and lunging to the line for a 1:55.3 triumph in the featured $11,000 Open Trot.   After a slow start, Mike Simons pointed the 7-year-old Conway Hall gelding second-over on the backstretch, drafting with the live cover of Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements) after ...
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Sell A Bit N tops Stokk Zone at Yonkers

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $7) was left without adult supervision Friday night, then made ‘em, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from assigned post position No. 5, Sell a Bit N was three-wide early before getting past pole-sitting Lookout Stokk Zone (Tyler Buter) and Know it All (Eric Abbatiello). The leader was able to put up poke...
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Ohio ownerThomas York Jr. dies at 92

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Thomas H. York Jr., 92, died peacefully Tuesday (May 17) at his home in Newark, Ohio, following a brief illness, surrounded by family and friends.   He had a passion for Standardbred racehorses and devoted 30-plus years to being deeply involved in the sport as an owner and breeder, working with trainers Terry Holton and most recently, Jim Arledge Jr. He owned such standouts as Mythi...
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Striker Ace bests Lutetium in 1:56,4 at Buffalo

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
There were three divisional track record holders in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 20) but their past credentials didn't impress Striker Ace ($22.40) as he rallied to a half length stunner over Lutetium in a seasonal best 1:56.4.   Striker Ace (Todd Cummings) had to battle the likes of BZ Glide, Lutetium and Strong Hope who all have their names in the Buffa...
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3PC Gerries Sport scores at Mohawk in 1:49.2

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Just a week away from the start of the Ontario Sires Stakes season, the 3-year-old pacing colt Gerries Sport put his rivals on notice with a sizzling 1:49.2 performance Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   The Richard Moreau-trained colt competed in a non-winners of three-races or $75,000 lifetime event Friday night, which featured three Pepsi North America Cup eligibles, Arsenic, Be...
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Pounce K, Godiva Seelster win at Vernon, Spa

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Regina Dewhurst's Pounce K ($16.60) made sustained progress from race's midpoint en route to a two-length victory in Friday (May 20) evening's featured $7,500 top-level Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs.   Chris Lems was in no hurry with the 6-year-old Donato Hanover gelding, sitting last but one in the initial stages while Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) engaged Ulster (Brian Russo...
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Last call for entries for Goshen Sale

on 05/19/2016 2:00 AM
The Goshen Yearling Sale has announced a last call for entries. Entries will close on Monday, May 23. Launched in 2015, more than 150 horses are already consigned to this year's Goshen Yearling Sale, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Mark Ford Training Center. "With yearlings consigned by such major consignors as Hanover Shoe Farms, Blue Chip Farms, Cameo Hills Farm, Concord St...
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Cameron, King appointed to new PA commission

on 05/19/2016 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday announced several appointments to the new state's racing commission, including several with ties to harness racing. Included in the new commission will be an Office of Horse Racing, with separate bureaus for Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds. Appointed to the commission to represent the Standardbred breeders is Wendy Cameron, while appointed to represent...
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McWicked fills out May 27 Molson Pace field

on 05/19/2016 2:00 AM
The final piece to this year's Molson Pace puzzle has fallen into place with the announcement that $1.7 million winner McWicked will join seven other outstanding rivals in the $150,000 event on Friday night, May 27, at The Raceway in London.   The 5-year-old son of McArdle, who now hails in the Steve Elliott stable, will come into the race fresh off a pair of winning ...
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WIJI vs. Pete in new Weekend Preview!

on 05/19/2016 2:00 AM
The Battle of Lake Erie Saturday night at Northfield Park pits Wiggle It Jiggleit against Freaky Feet Pete, with Pete coming out on top 2-1 in three match-ups last year. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview WIJI owner George Teague and Freaky Feet Pete trainer Larry Rheinheimer talk about the first of what is likely many showdowns this year between the two star pacers.   ...
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NYSS gets underway Monday at Monticello

on 05/19/2016 2:00 AM
The New York Sires Stakes season gets underway at Monticello Raceway on Monday, May 23, as 3-year-old pacing fillies take center stage.   When race secretary Eric Warner opened the box there were a total of 44 fillies, this was broken down to two divisions of each the Excelsior A and Excelsior B series and two Sires Stake events. The A classes vie for a purse of $15,000 an...
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Front-end strategy pays off in PA All Stars 3FT

on 05/18/2016 2:00 AM
The front end proved the place to be in three $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for 3-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Synonymous Hanover, Lookin Sharp, and Modern Mercury all parlaying leads at the half-mile pole into new career marks.   Synonymous Hanover made a sharp brush to the top on the second turn in her All...
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Goldstar Rockette wins photo in Pompano open

on 05/18/2016 2:00 AM
Goldstar Rockette, driven by Kevin Wallis for owner-trainer Lou Ginesi, turned back a ferocious bid by Sue's Night Out, handled by Wally Hennessey, to win a photo finish decision in Pompano Park's $9,500 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Tuesday night.   The Florida-bred 6-year-old daughter of Rock On, took command from Sue's Night Out past the :27.1 opening panel, set warm fractions ...
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Tony Morgan wins 7 at Harrington

on 05/18/2016 2:00 AM
Current Harrington Raceway leading driver Tony Morgan won seven races on the Tuesday program.   Morgan entered the program as the current leading driver and helped his cause with wins with Miss Profitability ($9.40), Northern Rocknroll ($5.20), Together Again N ($4), On Your Six ($5.80), Naty ($16.40), Pearl Handlepistol ($10) and Maby Bonkey ($2.40).   In one of the few ...
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Rockin Ron eyes 12th straight in Graduate

on 05/18/2016 2:00 AM
There is an old adage that says "It's not how you start, it's how you finish." Sometimes, though, how you start is how you finish. And in the case of Rockin Ron, how he starts and how he finishes are often fast.   Rockin Ron has reeled off 11 consecutive wins since joining the stable of trainer Ron Burke in November. He will try to make it 12 in a row when he faces eight rivals in S...
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2016 Harness Heroes cards now available

on 05/18/2016 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2016 set of Harness Heroes trading cards is now available. All pre-ordered sets have been mailed. This year's 35-card featured equine stars Wiggle It Jiggleit (Horse of the Year), Trotter of the Year Pinkman, State Treasurer, Mission Brief, Southwind Frank and Bee A Magician. Human honorees include Sylvain Filion, David Miller, Bruce Nickells, Dr. Ian Moore...
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Rheinheimer talks Freaky Feet Pete

on 05/18/2016 2:00 AM
Freaky Feet Pete won over Indiana--and then much of North America--with his winning ways over the past two years. Now the 4-year-old male pacer is getting ready for his first stakes race of 2016, facing seven foes in Saturday's $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park.   The Battle of Lake Erie features not only Freaky Feet Pete, who won 15 of 17 races last year including the...
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Non Stick stays perfect with NYSS victory

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
The Empire's annual caravan made its seasonal downstate debut Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $164,672 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot for 3-year-old fillies.   Not that there is ever a bad time to break a maiden, but going for $40,768 qualifies as a good time to do so. Pylon-diving (from post position No. 2), rank outsider Young Bridge (Scott Young, $60....
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