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Freshmen in NJSS action Friday at Big M

on 07/07/2016 2:00 AM
Friday night's racing at the Meadowlands centers on the second preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for freshmen pacers and trotters. There is a single $25,000 division for each group in advance of next week's $100,000 finals.   Colt trotters open the card and Hammer Time returns after having won a division of the first leg while the other winner, New Jersey Viking,...
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Chris Page takes driving lead at Scioto

on 07/07/2016 2:00 AM
There is a new leader atop Eldorado Scioto Downs' ultra-competitive driver colony: Chris Page has surged to the lead with a season-leading 81 driving victories. Page has been on a roll, scoring at better than 19% over the last ten racing programs. Adding to the total most recently with a four-bagger on July 4th's Ohio Sires Stakes extravaganza. Clearly within striking distance is 2015 champion...
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Arrangements for Ben Stafford Jr.

on 07/07/2016 2:00 AM
Horseman Ben Stafford Jr., 45, died July 6, at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Mr. Stafford Jr. trained horses with his father, Ben, at Delaware tracks. According to reports, just a few days before his passing Mr. Stafford Jr. learned he had a rare infection carried by ticks.   Mr. Stafford was born Aug. 4, 1970, in Stratford, N.J., to Benjamin Staf...
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Sintra returns in Summertime Series at Mohawk

on 07/07/2016 2:00 AM
After finishing second to the Pepsi North America Cup champion, Sintra returns to the Summertime Series Saturday looking to finish what he started two weeks back. The Dave Menary trainee headlines a field of eight for the $47,000 Summertime Series Final on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   Sintra won the opening leg of the annual series for sophomore pacing colts and geldings o...
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Hoosier horsepower making headlines

on 07/07/2016 2:00 AM
In a state that is well known for its racing industry, from the Indianapolis 500 to the Brickyard, motorsports have always reigned supreme in Indiana. Now Indiana's other racing industry is making national headlines. Indiana sired horses, Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggle, finished first, second and third, respectively in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace last Saturday at ...
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Graduates, M Pace elim in Weekend Preview!

on 07/07/2016 2:00 AM
The star power this weekend shifts to the Meadowlands where a pair of Graduate finals and a Meadowlands Pace elimination will be held Saturday night. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, drivers Montrell Teague and Trace Tetrick talk about their chances with Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete in the Graduate Pace, and driver John Campbell and trainer Ben Baillargeon do the s...
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Takter has 2 in Reynolds 3FT divisions

on 07/07/2016 2:00 AM
Few trainers have dominated the Hambletonian Oaks like Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. The 55-year-old has won the filly classic five times including the past two editions with Wild Honey and Lifetime Pursuit. Takter will have a contender in both divisions of the $56,486 Reynolds on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, which also features a pair of $250,000 Graduate Series Finals for four-ye...
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Ajessia takes Indiana 2FT final in 1:57.3

on 07/06/2016 2:00 AM
Indiana-sired freshman trotting fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 5, as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and $25,000 consolation for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ajessia broke her maiden in fine fashion as she used a perfectly timed rally to pull the slight upset ...
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Sir Native, Action Majesty win in Ontario

on 07/06/2016 2:00 AM
As the two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes season gets into full swing across the province, it was the pacing fillies turn to shine at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening.   Two $105,000 Gold Series divisions went postward and it was fan favorites Sir Native and driver Jody Jamieson who emerged victorious from the first contest. Starting from post 3 in a field cut down to five starter...
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Ontario-sired 2YO filly trotters compete

on 07/06/2016 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting fillies were the stars of the show at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, making their Ontario Sires Stakes debuts in a trio of $70,000 Gold Series divisions. Winter Sweet Frost kicked things off in the first race with an effortless front-end tour of the Innisfil oval, clocking fractions of :30.2, :59.3 and 1:29.4 on her way to a 1:59.3 victory. Lady Justice closed to w...
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President Lindy's 1:57 fastest in PA All Stars

on 07/06/2016 2:00 AM
Sire Cantab Hall emerged as the star of the show during five $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old trotting colts Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as he was the father of the three fastest winners. Quickest of the quintet was President Lindy, who made a big move during the third quarter, then coasted home to win a laugher by 8 lengths in 1:57 in his...
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Brian Sears nominated for Hall of Fame

on 07/06/2016 2:00 AM
Driver Brian Sears, a third generation horseman, is the sole nominee on the ballot in voting for the 2017 Harness Racing Hall of Fame. The Harness Racing Hall of Fame screening committee met this past weekend in Goshen and reviewed nominations from 11 chapters of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Sears was the only candidate to make the ballot. The ballot will be sent t...
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HFW's Parker on Thursday's Mike and Mike show

on 07/06/2016 2:00 AM
Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by Bet America has a fantastic program lined up for Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m. (EDT).   Legendary track announcer Larry Lederman will be joining the program. Known for his quick wit and entertaining race calls, Larry will talk about some of his memorable moments of his career. He was also give us an update on his health, as he was diagnosed wi...
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Hambletonian Maturity entry & supplement info

on 07/06/2016 2:00 AM
The $400,000 (est.) Hambletonian Maturity trotting race is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, at the Meadowlands.   The race conditions allow for supplemental entry and are as follows:   Supplemental entries are due and payable by 8 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016. Payment of $50,000 ($42,000 plus the $8,000 entrance fee) must be in certified U.S. Funds and RECEIVED in t...
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Blood Line's 1:51.3 fastest in PASS

on 07/05/2016 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono produced fireworks on the racetrack for the fourth of July, as five divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts raced their first preliminary leg – and each of the races was a fast or faster than any division before it. And as much as the racing babies, sire Somebeachsomewhere was a star in the stakes sections, siring four of the five w...
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Air Raid's OSS win gives breeder Esty a thrill

on 07/05/2016 2:00 AM
Breeder Senena Esty beamed with pride after the 2-year-old pacing colt Air Raid—who she bred and raised—captured his Ohio Sires Stakes, leg one division on Monday, July 4 at Scioto Downs.   Senena was almost speechless in the Scioto winner's circle, but was quick to give the gigantic son of The Panderosa a well-deserved pat for his 1:57 victorious effort. The bay colt had triump...
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Calvin K fastest in Ontario Gold 2CP at Mohawk

on 07/05/2016 2:00 AM
It was an extreme case of quality over quantity in Monday's OSS Gold Series divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. A mere 11 rookie battled in a rich set of $105,000 divisions on the 10-race program, and the newest wave of stars scorched the oval.   Calvin K set a North American season's record with a 1:52.3 triumph in the first...
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Nickells draws for sale order at Goshen

on 07/05/2016 2:00 AM
Newly inducted member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Bruce Nickells, drew the random letter "W" from a lottery-style basket for hip number allocation at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Sunday (July 3). Yearlings whose dam's names begin with the letter "W" will start the Goshen Yearling Sale, and continue through the alphabet for the 160 colts and fi...
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Big opportunity with Big M Jackpot Super High 5

on 07/05/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands late Jackpot Super High Five carryover has been frozen at $267,769 until a mandatory payout of the pool on July 16, Meadowlands Pace Night.   This will produce an extraordinary wagering opportunity for horseplayers on one of the track's biggest nights. The card features seven stakes finals with purses totaling more than $2.5 million. The combination of the jackpot ca...
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Always B Miki moves to top of weekly poll

on 07/05/2016 2:00 AM
Now eighth. Now fourth. Now second. Now first. No, that's not a race call by Hall of Famer Roger Huston, but instead the ascent of Always B Miki over the last four weeks in the top 10 Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll conducted by Harness Racing Communications.   After capturing the $500,000 Ben Franklin final for older male pacers on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Su...
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