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Levy eligibles score at Yonkers Saturday

on 03/12/2016 12:00 AM
While Bad Boy Matt (Mark MacDonald, $19.20) lasted—barely—from first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Pace, eligibles to the George Morton Levy Memorial Series also tuned up for the action. Three posted wins, Bettorever, Let's Drink On It and Mattamerican. .   Spectating early from post position five, "Matt" saw 3-10 favorite Bit of a ...
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Prix D'Ete, WEG payments due March 15

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
The Hippodrome 3R management team wants every horse owner and trainer in North America to not miss the March 15 nomination payment for the 2016 $200,000 Prix D'Ete.   The race is only eligible to 4-year-old pacers with the top eight money earners in 2016 at time of entry going into the rich final. The race will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21.   Last year's second annual revival of...
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Brett Miller third in day 6 tourney in Australia

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
A second successive winning double has Kerryn Manning perched atop the International All Star Series leaderboard, with only Dexter Dunn and Brett Miller having a mathematical chance to unseat her.   Manning has amassed 161.5 points to lead Dunn by 10.5, with Miller third at 150.5. To claim the crown Dunn or Miller would have to win, claiming the 14 points, and have Manning finish ni...
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50 nominated to Levy; 27 to Blue Chip Matchmaker

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
Recently-ratified Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, defending series champion Domethatagain and the inimitable Foiled Again lead a list of 50 of the best Free-For-Allers in training for Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The hot-off-the-presses list also includes (alphabetically) All Bets Off, Bit of a Legend N, Ideal Cowboy, Limelight Beach, P H Superc...
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Fly By Night Stables having fun with K Slater

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
Nearly a decade ago, Tom Amendola told several friends he was going to start his own harness racing ownership group. His friends jumped on board immediately and Fly By Night Stables was born. Then came a pacer named K Slater, and the partners have been riding a wave of good times ever since. K Slater, a 9-year-old gelding, has won 28 of 194 races and earned $415,266 since Fly By Night Stables ...
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Secrets Out N controls Yonkers Mare Open

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
Favored Secrets Out N (Brian Sears, $5.40) was the only leaver and the only mover for three-quarters of mile Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Pointed from assigned post position No. 5, Secrets Out N easily worked around pylon-assigned Caribbean Rose N before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. None one felt the need to challenge this m...
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Safe From Terror wins second straight at Miami Valley

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
Safe From Terror scored her second straight win in Miami Valley’s Friday (March 11) $20,000 Mares Open, besting bridesmaid Native Dream (John DeLong) for the second straight week with Aqua Artist (Trace Tetrick) holding on for third after showing the way to the first quarter pole in a quick :26.3. Driver Chris Page elected to move the winner from fourth to the lead during the second quart...
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Wanda Bayama takes Woodbine series leg

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
Wanda Bayama turned in a career best effort to the win the $20,000 second leg of the HPIBET.com Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   A big field of 11 four-year-old pacing mares squared off Friday, but the clear horse to beat was Rick Zeron trainee Our Hot Majorette. The Zeron trainee captured one of two first leg divisions and with Much Adoo, the other first leg winner, skipping l...
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FL legislative session ends without action on decoupling

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
Joe Pennacchio, president of the Florida Breeders and Owners Association, issued the following statement after th Florida legislature finished its 2916 session without moving forward a bill that could have set the stage for live harness racing to be discontinued at Pompano Park and the track's owners keep the gaming license.   Here is his statement: "This week's attempts at expandi...
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Little Santamonica holds off favorite at Saratoga

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
Little Santamonica (Little Steven) was up to the task as she held off the favorite in the stretch to win the $12,000 feature for fillies and mares at Saratoga. The Jordan Hope-trained distaffer powered out to the early lead in the 1 1/16 mile Winners Over and was forced to park out last week’s feature winner before being met with the challenge of the favored Bye Bye Michelle (Mark Beckwith). ...
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Cold Certified gives Buffalo field cold shoulder

on 03/11/2016 12:00 AM
Cold Certified gave the field in the $9,000 featured trot at Buffalo Raceway the 'cold' shoulder in the stretch on Friday night (March 11) and romped to a convincing 2-3/4 length win over Winkys Pride in 1:59.1 over the good track. Jim Morrill Jr., who guided Cold Certified to the victory, put on another driving clinic as he had a five-bagger, his 22nd win of the season at Buffalo Raceway in ...
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HHI meetings conclude in Florida

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International's annual meetings concluded Wednesday, March 9, at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla.   The Wednesday session included a presentation from Joe Pennacchio, president and executive director of Florida's SBOA, who discussed "de-coupling," an issue which recently threatened the existence of harness racing in the Suns...
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Team Victoria surges to lead in All Star Series

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
Kerryn Manning and Chris Alford led a Victorian surge on day four of the International All Star Series at Ballarat, overturning The World's advantage. Manning drove a treble, including two series victories, and Alford was at his consistent best, producing a win, two thirds and a fourth to position himself as the night's leading point scorer.   The headlines belonged to Manning, who ...
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Bongiorno off to fast start in 2016

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
Joe Bongiorno is sitting behind more horses than ever this year, which has the 22-year-old driver sitting on a breakout season. Bongiorno, who entered Thursday ranked fifth in wins among all drivers in North America, is on pace to shatter his career highs for starts, victories, and purses.   Bongiorno has visited the winner's circle 104 times this year, which puts him only 88 victor...
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CHHA to host luncheon at Spring Garden Ranch

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
Everyone is invited to join members of the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association on Tuesday, March 22 at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon, Florida for a delicious lunch, great music and an inspirational message from Jack Levine. Jack was a top Madison Avenue advertising executive, owned a successful television production company and raced as an amateur harness driver. Eventually he beca...
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Stakes payments due; Milstein now an invite

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Tuesday, March 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Wednesday, March 16.   The Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park has been changed from a stakes to an Invitational event, open to 3-year-old pacers regardless of gender. The field will be limited to eight starters a...
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Isle International Amateur races set for Pompano

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
Amateur driver Dein Spriggs is looking forward to this weekend's Isle International Amateur competition at Pompano Park this weekend.   "This competition will be highly competitive--yet friendly--with eyes throughout the world on our sport in this highly anticipated event," said Spriggs.   The seven race competition--four races on Saturday and three on Sunday--will featur...
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Horseman Sam Fava, 60, dies in NJ

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
Serafino (Sam) Fava passed away at Hackensack University Hospital in Hackensack, NJ, on Wednesday, March 9, at age 60.   On Feb. 5, Mr. Fava suffered a massive stroke while in the Meadowlands paddock and underwent surgery that night for removal of a clot.   Mr. Fava was born in Mt. Kisco, NY, on March 26, 1955, to the late Velia Bueti Fava and the late Diego Fav...
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Weekend Preview: Gordon's on a backstretch

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
If Gordon's on a backstretch, you're going to be hearing about it in Backstretch with Gordon. Usually a staple on harnessracing.com during the fall Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile, Gordon was in South Florida for last Sunday night's big Dan Patch awards dinner and he visited Sunshine Meadows Training Center on Friday morning. In another couple of weeks it will be peak foaling season for ...
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Big win for Affective Action at Saratogs

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
Affective Action (Conway Hall) was an impressive first-over winner in the feature on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The John Grasso-trained 4-year-old got away sixth in the $9,950 eight horse trot for New York Sired highsteppers. The journey proved irrelevant as Stephane Bouchard tugged on the right line heading to the half and Affective Action cruised from there. After overcoming an ea...
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