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Fillies and mares featured at Hoosier Park

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
White Metro returned to her winning ways as she pulled the slight upset to capture the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 1 at odds of 6-1. After a third place finish at this level last week, White Metro and Jason Dillander staged a big rally in the late stages of the mile to stop the timer in 1:51.3, just missing ...
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New PA commission holds first meeting

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
A stronger, unified governance body to oversee Pennsylvania's more than $1 billion equine racing industry began its work to strengthen horse and harness racing today as the new State Horse Racing Commission had its first meeting. Governor Tom Wolf paved the way for the new commission and other needed reforms to the industry earlier this year when he signed Act 7. The law represents the first s...
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Michael Neafus arrested on animal cruelty charges

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
Horseman Michael Neafus, 46, has been arrested in Harrison County, Ky., on animal abuse charges after he electrically shocked a horse, according to court documents.   Neafus, whose USTA membership shows a home address in Corydon, Ind., is facing level six felony cruelty to an animal charges after using an electric device to "shock a horse repeatedly while the horse was in ...
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Cue Hall takes 1:53.3 career mark at Meadows

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
Cue Hall quarter-poled to the front and had little trouble maintaining the lead from there as he captured Wednesday's $14,900 Conditioned Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53.3.   Cue Hall was away second behind TSM Photo Bugger, but winning driver Tony Hall moved the 4-year-old son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue to the lead. Cue Hall easily thwarted the first-over bid of Trustworth...
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Jules Siegel takes in big winner in need

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
"It amazes me how many people had something to say about Drive All Night (Dan), the $628,000 winner in need of help to live out his life," said Kate Kingsbury.   Kate took the calls at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's office after a plea for help was sounded. Whether the fact that Dan made so much money, or because he was in such dire need, or both, prompted enough help to t...
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Student returns to Goshen to race

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
After winning a race several years ago at Goshen Historic Track as a "student," Kimberly Gilman-Daios hopes to notch a victory at the upstate New York oval as a "teacher." Gilman-Daios won the U.S. Trotting Association Driving School exhibition race at Historic Track in 2012, with assistance from professional driver Gareth Dowse. Gilman-Daios attended the USTA Driving School because she wan...
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6:30 pm post time at Meadowlands Saturday

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
The holiday weekend at The Meadowlands offers a look into racing's future with two-year-old stakes on Friday, July 1, then celebrates America's Independence on Saturday with a special 6:30 p.m. post time and a grand fireworks display immediately following the races.   The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for two-year-olds gets underway on Friday with six divisions of Garden State...
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Alagna says Racing Hill ready for Hempt

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer Tony Alagna thought Racing Hill came into this year flying under the radar, but the colt is getting his share of attention now following a second-place finish in the North America Cup and a win in his Max C. Hempt Memorial elimination last weekend at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Racing Hill is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's (July 2) $500,000 Hempt final. T...
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Lots of talk about Franklin fireworks in Preview!

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
The chatter on social media has been constant since the draw for Saturday night's $500,000 Ben Franklin free-for-all pace came out, and the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has more about the epic showdown between Wiggle It Jiggleit, Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki, who all won their elims for the Franklin.   So Weekend Preview has commentary from trainers, dr...
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Lifetime mark for Princess Pablano at Meadows

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
Let go at 10-1, Princess Pablano followed live cover and scored in 1:54.1, a career best, in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   When Whata Donato moved first-over to challenge the leader, She Nuit, Princess Pablano and Mike Wilder alertly followed in her wake. Princess Pablano was faster in the lane, downing Whata Donato by two lengths, with...
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Shenandoah Downs set to race Sept. 10-Oct. 9

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
The Virginia Harness Horse Association would like to invite all Standardbred horsemen to attend the inaugural race meet at the newly renovated Shenandoah Downs, (formerly known as Woodstock) in northwestern Virginia.   The track and grounds have been completely renovated. The half-mile track has been widened to accommodate eight horses with banked turns and there are stables for mor...
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Saftic's late drive takes him to OSS winner's circle

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
Mike Saftic picked up an extra mount 45 minutes before the first three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots division went behind the gate at Georgian Downs on Tuesday and turned the unexpected opportunity into an Ontario Sires Stakes driving double. Stepping into Parkhill Maximus's race bike for the first time, Saftic eased the gelding away from post 4 and then found cover behind Ulysses Bi as...
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Dan Patch Project hopes to raise $100,000 by Aug. 25

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
With just less than two months before the start of the Minnesota State Fair, the Dan Patch Project has set an ambitious goal of raising $100,000 in pledged donations before the Fair's opening day on Aug. 25.   The Dan Patch Project is a grassroots effort to have a 1.5 times sized sculpture of the great Standardbred race horse Dan Patch and his driverat the site of his 1906 record-se...
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Ohio Sires Stakes on tap at Scioto Downs

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies will be contested Friday night (July 1) at Scioto Downs. A total of 26 Ohio-bred, diagonally-gaited distaffs are set to battle in races two, three and 11 on the 13-race program, with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. In the first division (race two) OSS leg one winner Kerfuffle Cookie goes head to head with rival and leg two ...
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Hannelore Hanover leads Miss Versatility

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
Fresh off a Canadian record performance in the Armbro Flight, Hannelore Hanover headlines the second leg of the Miss Versatility on Friday's Canada Day card at Mohawk Racetrack.   A group of 13 older trotting mares have been split into two $30,000 divisions for the second leg of this year's series. The first leg, which was contested on May 23 at Mohawk, saw Jewels In Hock and Rockin...
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Older pacers ready to rumble in Franklin

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
After last weekend's three Ben Franklin Pace eliminations produced two of the three fastest miles in harness racing history on a five-eighths-mile track, horsemen and fans are anticipating an extraordinary encore in Saturday's $500,000 final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Five-year-old stallion Always B Miki won his Franklin elimination in 1:47, equaling Sweet Lou's record fo...
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Trotting & Pacing Guide now available online

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) announced on Wednesday that a new, online version of the Trotting & Pacing Guide, the harness racing industry's media guide, was launched on its website, http://www.ustrotting.com/.   "Through the efforts of several departments at the USTA who have worked closely together on this project, we now have the most complete compilation of up-t...
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Ohio 3YO pacing fillies set for Saturday

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions are set to be contested Saturday night at Scioto Downs, featuring 32 side-wheeling sophomore fillies that were born and bred in the Buckeye State, vying in the third leg of this series. First race post time at the five-eighths mile oval is 6:30 pm, ET. Each Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) event features a field of eight fillies. She Gone and Johnsbad...
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Hall of Fame Day in Goshen is Sunday

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
A reminder that this Sunday, July 3, is Hall of Fame Day at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. Tickets to attend Sunday evening's Hall of Fame Dinner are still available. Individual tickets are $125. Call the Museum at 845-294-6330 for information.   There will be live harness racing at neighboring Goshen Historic Track Friday through Monday, July...
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Cherry Royal Ruby impressive in NYSS at Buffalo

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
Cherry Royal Ruby put in the fastest time of the five divisions ($109,800) of the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly trotters at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 29) as she romped to an easy 6-1/2 length victory in 2:02.1. Despite the eye-opening performance by Cherry Royal Ruby, it was well off the track record for her classification of 2:00.2 set in 2009 by Munis Bluechi...
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