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Indiana horseman Richard Taylor dies

on 03/28/2016 2:00 AM
Indiana horseman Richard D. Taylor, 88, died on Friday, March 25, at his home in Westfield.   Mr. Taylor served his country as a member of the United States Army with the Occupation Forces in Japan where he chauffeured for the staff of General Douglas MacArthur. He earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 1952. He began his training and driving career with hi...
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Southwind Amazon takes Pompano feature

on 03/28/2016 2:00 AM
In a field laced with lifetime winners of close to $3,000,000 and six sub-1:50 performers, Southwind Amazon, handled by Mike Micallef, emerged victorious, stopping the teletimer in 1:50.3. The six year-old son of Camluck, trained by Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor, pinned a half-length defeat on stablemate Dedi's Dragon (Ricky Macocmber, Jr.) with Alexa's Jackpot (John MacDonald) third. ...
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Martz time wins blanket finish at Miami Valley

on 03/28/2016 2:00 AM
Martz Time (John DeLong) made it "two-in-a-row in Ohio" by pushing his nose in front of three rivals in the $20,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Easter Sunday (March 27). Penn (Josh Sutton) and Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) dead-heated for second with Cimeronken (Randy Tharps) finishing fourth.   All four combatants hit the wire within a nose of each other, each timed officially...
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World champion Casimir Camotion dies at 15

on 03/28/2016 2:00 AM
World champion Casimir Camotion, winner of the 2004 Canadian Pacing Derby, was euthanized on Friday, March 25, at a New Jersey clinic. Casimir Camotion was 15 and was just two days shy of 16 years from his foaling date. A winner of 53 of 269 lifetime starts with earnings of $1,705,817 for Bill Matz and Cary Potkin's M&M Harness Racing LLC, Casimir Camotion's biggest victory came when he...
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Don'tcallmefrancis aims for Sagamore Hill title

on 03/28/2016 2:00 AM
Richard "Nifty" Norman thought he came away with a nice little horse when he purchased Don'tcallmefrancis for $25,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He now thinks he came away with a little bit more.   Named after a popular South Jersey cover band, Don'tcallmefrancis has won five of 11 lifetime starts and hit the board a total of 10 times, earning $64,058 for Norman's Enzed Ra...
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Horseplayer Judy Wagner new RCI chair

on 03/28/2016 2:00 AM
The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has installed Judy Wagner as its new chairman for 2016-2017. Recently re-appointed to the Louisiana State Racing Commission by Governor John Bel Edwards, Wagner is the first horseplayer to assume the helm of North America's umbrella group of racing regulatory bodies. Wagner is the only woman to have won the National Handicap...
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Merriman going to Ireland to drive in August

on 03/28/2016 2:00 AM
The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee has announced that North America's leading dash winning driver in 2015, Aaron Merriman, is committed to coming to Ireland for the Delaney Memorial Weekend on Aug. 13-14.   "I was shocked when I got the invite," Merriman said. "I have read about the race, knew that George Brennan went last year and had a great time and now I am ge...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit wins 2016 debut in 1:51.4

on 03/28/2016 2:00 AM
Wiggle It Jiggleit kicked off his 4-year-old season on Monday night at Dover Downs, breezing to an easy 1:51.4 victory in the $60,000 Invitational Handicap. To see the video of the race please click the link in the middle of this story or in the video box on the home page.   The 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit was driven to the early lead by Montrell Teague and cut o...
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Capela captures Petticoat Series final

on 03/28/2016 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Capela (Scott Zeron, $3.10) maintained her form spree Monday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $60,200 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series.   The series was open to 3  and 4 year olds who were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1.   Capela, the lone lass to sweep her three series preliminary rounds, made short work of post p...
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Melmerby Beach edges Foiled Again in Levy

on 03/27/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night brought with it the second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Five, $50,000 divisions featured all six opening-leg winners, and half of those repeated. George Brennan had an embarrassment of riches, winning again with a pocket-ripping Take it Back Terry ($2.50) in a night's-fastest 1:51.1 and a down-the-road Lucan Hanover ($3.50) in 1:52...
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Meadowlands cancels after 8 due to power outage

on 03/27/2016 2:00 AM
Due to a power outage that affected the track lights around the first turn and paddock area, the Meadowlands was forced to cancel the remainding four races of its card on Saturday night's racing card. Eight of the 12 scheduled races were completed before the outage. The outage only affected lights in those areas. The rest of the facility has power and continued to operate normally. ...
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Flyhawk Thriller takes Saratoga Open

on 03/27/2016 2:00 AM
Flyhawk Thriller (Cash Hall) pulled off the upset in the Open Trot on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   With no Sunday racing on Easter, there were co-features on the 13-race card as the $15,000 Open Trot joined the regular Saturday feature the Open Pace . Both races were contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles.   Flyhawk Thriller was dismissed a...
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Undertaker buries foes at Miami Valley

on 03/27/2016 2:00 AM
The Undertaker buried his foes again Saturday night (March 26) capturing the $20,000 championship final of the George Williams Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway. The wire-to-wire triumph completed a three race sweep of the Williams series, which was open to non –winners of four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 lifetime, for the four-year-old son of Rockin Image.   Driver LeWayne...
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Zooming cruises to victory at Pocono feature

on 03/27/2016 2:00 AM
The Classic Photo gelded trotter Zooming became the first two-time winner of the nascent 2016 meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, making two early moves in the $15,500 trotting feature and then storming off to a 5¾-length victory in 1:53.1. George Napolitano Jr., who had six wins on the card in the first 13 races, was again in the sulky as last week's trotting feature winn...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit leads Prix d'Ete entries

on 03/27/2016 2:00 AM
Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit headlines the list of 24 four-year-old pacers that have been nominated for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit Stake at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, Aug. 21. The third annual revival of one of the most prestigious races in the history of Canada, this year's edition of the Prix D'Ete could be the best yet. Wiggle It Jiggleit was sensational in 2015, ...
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Up Front Lindsay Lou sweeps Meadows series

on 03/26/2016 2:00 AM
UF Lindsay Lou Who completed her sweep of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares when she rolled to a front-end victory in Saturday's $30,800 championship at The Meadows. The card featured the finals of four series for 3- and 4-year-olds, with total purses of $122,500. Also taking championships were Wasaga Beach, Cantad Kid and Connecting Flight.   U...
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Al Raza N repeats in Matchmaker leg

on 03/25/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night. It was "second verse same as the first," with three consecutive, $40,000 divisions comprising the encore round.   The evening's opening event saw Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $5.50) take full advantage of a rare good starting station. In play from post position 4, she held sway (:27.3, :56.3, 1:24.3, 1:52.1). &...
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Jackie's Rocket takes Herb Coven Memorial

on 03/25/2016 2:00 AM
American Girl (Trace Tetrick) ran her Miami Valley Raceway win streak to three by winning the $20,000 Mares Open Pace on Friday (March 25) for the second consecutive week; while upstart Jackie's Rocket (Brady Galliers) pulled a mild upset in the $20,000 championship leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial series.   For the second straight week American Girl benefitted from a pocket ride ...
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Pick 5 carryover on Saturday at Meadowlands

on 03/25/2016 2:00 AM
After a series of longshots to kick off the Friday night card, there were no winning tickets in the Pick Five, creating a carryover of $31,206 heading into Saturday night's card. The Pick Five pool will be guaranteed at $75,000 providing horse players with even more incentive to take a swing at the wager. The Pick Five begins on Race 1 with a post time of 7:15 p.m. The wager offers a 50-cent b...
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Scarborough to open 66th season on Saturday

on 03/25/2016 2:00 AM
Maine's 2016 harness racing season is set to commence on Saturday (March 26) as the gates at Scarborough Downs swing open for the 66th year in a row. The Downs will launch the season on a two day a week schedule, racing Saturday and Sunday, with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EST) on both days. Well over 200 horses have entered to qualify this spring, a sharp contrast to the weather plag...
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