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Wiggle It Jiggleit, Pinkman lead Graduate fields

on 06/09/2016 2:00 AM
Four-year-old superstars Wiggle It Jiggleit and Pinkman head a star-studded 15-race card on Sunday (June 12) afternoon at Tioga Downs, with the third preliminary leg of the Graduate Series and New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old pacing fillies sharing the spotlight. In the $75,000 eighth race, a Graduate event for pacers, double millionaire Wiggle It Jiggleit squares off against ten ...
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Meadowlands' 1st annual "Wing Bowl" Saturday

on 06/09/2016 2:00 AM
The last of the Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes, takes place on Saturday, headlining a monster card that begins at 11:30 a.m. the simulcast of which will have the Meadowlands abuzz all day, then segue into the live racing program with first race post time of 7:15 p.m.   There is a 12-race card Saturday night at The Big M with a solid group of seven pacers set to go ...
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Tioga announces Summer Claiming Series

on 06/09/2016 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs announces a Summer Claiming Series for pacers which have raced for a claiming price of $8,000 or less in at least one of their last three starts. Preliminary legs will take place on Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, June 25, with a $14,000 final slated for Saturday, July 2. A one-time declaration fee of $50due on the day of a horse's first race in the serieswill keep a horse eligi...
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New edition of Weekend Preview now available!

on 06/09/2016 2:00 AM
The stakes season heats up this weekend with the eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, Armbro Flight and Roses Are Red at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday and Saturday nights. In addition to past performances, the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has insights about the top contenders from trainers Steve Elliott, Bob McIntosh and Nancy Johansson. &nbs...
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So Nice an easy winner at Pocono

on 06/08/2016 2:00 AM
As announcer Jim Beviglia put it, "So Nice made it look so easy," and the daughter of Ponder indeed dominated the $15,500 pacing mares feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night, with a 6½-length triumph in 1:51. Although established as the 3-5 chalk coming off a lifetime best 1:49.3 last week here, So Nice was given hard early argument for the lead by Tipitina, who finally w...
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Me The Boss takes Quebec series leg

on 06/08/2016 2:00 AM
Me The Boss and driver Louis-Philippe Roy put in a game first-over effort and was able to not only collar Maximuscle, but beat him to the wire in capturing the third leg of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R. Louis-Philippe Roy was sensational in the sulky Tuesday as he won six of the eleven races he competed in, taking the lead in the driver standings away from Ga...
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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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