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Odds-on Purrfect Bags wins Harrington open

on 06/01/2016 2:00 AM
Jo Ann Looney King's Purrfect Bags ($2.20, Victor Kirby) won the featured $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.2.   The Roddy's Bags Again 4-year-old mare left alertly from post position four and never looked back in her wire-to-wire win over Dublin Rose and Hidden Land for her owner-trainer. It was the 18th career win in 27 lifetime starts for Purrfect Bags, who...
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Hennessey, Holzman take Pompano titles

on 06/01/2016 2:00 AM
Pompano Park closed out its highly successful 2015-2016 meeting on Tuesday night as the 20-cent Super Hi-5, with a carryover of $28,537 going in, attracted over $271,000 in new wagers, sending that final pool total over the $300,000 mark.   With Sweet Bet, the even money toteboard favorite taking the finale, and the only other "single digit" odds horses finishing "2-3-4," the 2...
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Breeder-owner Morty Finder dies at 82

on 06/01/2016 2:00 AM
Morton Finder, a prominent Standardbred horse owner and breeder, passed away in his sleep Wednesday morning, June 1, in the VA Hospital in New York City. A native of Brooklyn and a former Coast Guard officer, Mr. Finder was 82. A legendary owner and breeder, Mr. Finder raced horses on the New York circuit at Yonkers Raceway, the now-defunct Roosevelt Raceway, The Meadowlands and other leadi...
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JerseyFest, NJSS finals at Meadowlands

on 06/01/2016 2:00 AM
On Saturday, June 4, award- winning Jersey and Philly Food Trucks will travel to Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for JerseyFest Food Truck Mash Up 2016. Beginning at 3:30 pm until 11:00 pm, fest-goers will experience an evening of the best live-harness racing, music and food the Garden State has to offer. Once again, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment has partnered with Exposure Events ...
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Meadowlands wants 30 and under handicappers

on 06/01/2016 2:00 AM
In its continuing effort to attract younger fans to the racetrack and engage them in playing the races, the Meadowlands Racetrack is offering a free handicapping contest exclusively for fans age 30 and under. The contest will take place Friday, June 3 and offers a $5,000 total prize pool, sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms. Last year's inaugural 30-and-under contest featured...
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Big M bettor hits $1.4 million Santa Anita Pick 6

on 06/01/2016 2:00 AM
Anthony Altomonte is one of the most well-known horseplayers at the Meadowlands and is no stranger to big scores betting the horses. He estimates that he has been a part of at least two six-figure winning tickets and even cashed a Pick Four ticket on the Meadowlands for about $80,000.   But this past Memorial Day will forever be remembered for the score of a lifetime. Altomonte and ...
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Muscle Up The Goal sets Meadows track record

on 06/01/2016 2:00 AM
  With his rivals vanquished early, Muscle Up The Goal raced against the clock — and won, scoring in a track record 1:52 in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. It was the fastest mile ever by a 4-year-old stallion at The Meadows, eclipsing the mark of 1:53 set by Monte Christo Spur. Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman we...
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Medusa sets OMP track record at The Meadows

on 05/31/2016 2:00 AM
Medusa zipped to the front from post 6, held off the late charge of Set Me Up and scored in 1:50—fastest ever by an older mare at The Meadows — in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   Medusa suffered narrow losses in her two most recent outings when she stalked the leader from the pocket and couldn't find the Lightning Lane soon enough. On Monday, Tony Ha...
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Dude's The Man captures Vernon feature

on 05/31/2016 2:00 AM
Commencing his move upon exiting the far turn, M & L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson's Dude's The Man ($4.30) worked to the fore in mid-stretch to capture the Memorial Day feature at Vernon Downs, a $10,000 Open/Preferred Pace.   A stakes contender at three, the 4-year-old son of American Ideal was kept well off the early pace, better than only the well-detached Dam...
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Pacing fillies star in OSS action at Scioto

on 05/31/2016 2:00 AM
A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies featured some spectacular performances by Buckeye-bred distaffs on a special matinee program Monday at Scioto Downs.   A total of 37 side-wheeling fillies went post-ward on a sunny afternoon before a robust Memorial Day crowd.   The first $40,000 OSS division saw an exciting stretch duel won by the ...
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Bee A Magician sidelined with leg injury

on 05/31/2016 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada reported on its website Tuesday morning that the injury that forced star trotting mare Bee A Magician to miss this past Sunday's Maxie Lee invitational trot has her sidelined for the time being and will keep her out of the upcoming Armbro Flight Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack.   Trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman said Monday that Bee A Magician has "minor soft tissu...
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RCI Standardbred Town Halls at Big M, Harrington

on 05/31/2016 2:00 AM
Two Standardbred Racing "Town Hall" focus group meetings to gather input from racing industry participants will take place in June, one at Harrington Raceway in Delaware on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. and the other at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m.   The Town Hall meetings represent an effort by The Association of Racing Commissioners Internatio...
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Hockey star, horse owner Rick MacLeish dies

on 05/31/2016 2:00 AM
Rick MacLeish, 66, a three-time National Hockey League all-star and a longtime Standardbred owner, died May 30. Mr. MacLeish had been battling meningitis, along with kidney and liver problems, according to his daughter, Brianna MacLeish.   An Ocean City, NJ, resident, Mr. MacLeish grew up in Cannington, Ont. He was a Standardbred racehorse enthusiast and he owned several horses ...
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Inside post leads to Meadows win for Barn Girl

on 05/31/2016 2:00 AM
 Leaving from an inside post position for the first time in more than a month, Barn Girl followed live cover and turned it on late to score in 1:53.3 — a career best — in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot.   Barn Girl started from post 8 or 9 in her four most recent races and still managed to hit the board in three of those...
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Graduate, SBSW divisions highlight Mohawk card

on 05/31/2016 2:00 AM
 A talented group of 19 3-year-old pacers have been split into two $75,000 divisions for this Saturday’s Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk Racetrack.   A stacked 11-race card has been assembled for Saturday and along with the Somebeachsomewhere will also feature a leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-olds and an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for sophomore pacing ...
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Aggressive back winning at Pocono

on 05/30/2016 2:00 AM
After a recent bout of "seconditis," Aggressive showed himself back in winning form Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the $18,000 featured trot while posting a new mark of 1:52.4.   George Napolitano Jr. got away third with the gelded son of Kadabra as ABC Muscles Boy tripped the timer in 27.2 before yielding to favored B Yoyo, and that one put up middle splits...
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Rockntouch takes Pompano feature

on 05/30/2016 2:00 AM
Rockntouch, given a superb drive by Mickey McNichol, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 29), stopping the timer in 1:51.3.   The four year old altered son of Rock N Roll Heaven, pinned a 1 3/4 length defeat on new arch-rival Northern Companion, with Dave Ingraham in the bike. I'm A Gift, handled by Kevin Wallis, finished third while Abr...
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Dayson sets 1:52.2 Tioga track mark in NYSS

on 05/30/2016 2:00 AM
Fast miles were the rule on Sunday (May 29) evening at Tioga Downs, as all nine races resulted in lifetime marks over the Jason Bluhm-conditioned 5/8-mile course. Among those lifetime marks was a track-record effort from Dayson ($3.40), who sprinted away from a collapsing pace in his $62,400 New York Sire Stakes event.   Dayson, a 3-year-old Conway Hall gelding, sat second-over off ...
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Kestrel's 1:57 leads OSS 3FT at Northfield

on 05/30/2016 2:00 AM
Confidently driven by Chris Page, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar took the lead just past the :29 first quarter and never looked back, trotting through panels of :58.3 and 1:28.2 before stopping the timer in a strong 1:58.3.   Owned by the Green Acquisition Corporation, Consolidator is conditioned by Jim Arledge Jr. The boisterous filly upped her seasonal earnings to $40,000 ...
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Limelight Beach captures Pocono feature

on 05/29/2016 2:00 AM
The 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach gained from the pocket into a :27 last quarter to out-blast pacesetting Cooperstown home by a head in taking the $20,000 featured pace Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:49.4.   Matt Kakaley settled the Somebeachsomewhere gelding in the pocket early as Cooperstown insured the early leader with a :26.1 first quarter; then...
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