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Saratoga opens Friday for 75th season of racing

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
Friday, March 4, will mark the beginning of Saratoga Raceway's 75th anniversary season of live harness racing. The first post for Friday is set for 6:45 pm. In honor of the 75th anniversary of racing, 75 cent deals on hot dogs, sodas and programs will be featured on Friday and Saturday of opening weekend. Additionally, Friday and Saturday will feature $75 Mutuel Voucher Giveaways after each...
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Owner seminar at Meadowlands March 12

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
TheStable.ca, an innovative, new fractional ownership group headed by respected Canadian horseman Anthony MacDonald, will host a new owner seminar and informational night at the Meadowlands on Saturday, March 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Pink Skyboxes. The event is free to attend although advanced reservations are required by sending an email to media@playmeadowlands.com. Light refreshment...
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Flowers N Songs remains perfect in Meadows win

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
  Flowers N Songs remained undefeated in her three-race career when she overwhelmed the field in Wednesday’s opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows.  UF Lindsay Lou Who and Pink Pistol took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits. The series honors the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of the track’s iconic 2:00 Club. Unraced at 2, Flowers N So...
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Somebody As takes second straight at Dover

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan and Somebody AS made it look easy rolling to a second consecutive victory in the $24,000 Open/Handicap trot on a windy and chilly Wednesday, March 2, at Dover Downs. Somebody AS and Callahan got away quickly from the outside to take the early lead and continued to extend the margin until turning for home when War Cry Hall with Tim Tetrick picked up the pace in the stretch t...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit to qualify Wednesday at Dover

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015 Horse of the Year, will make his first appearance of the year in a qualfier scheduled for the fourth race Wednesday (March 2) at Dover Downs.  Now a 4 year old, Wiggleit Jiggleit leaves from post 7 for driver Kevin Switzer and trainer Clyde Francis. Inside will be the likes of Remember Me VK, second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the first division of the Matron St...
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Aaron Merriman wins 8,000th career race

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman won the 8,000th race of his driving career when he steered Watcha Got Abby to a 1:58.2 victory in the sixth race Tuesday night at Northfield Park.  Merriman, 37, started the day four wins away from the milestone before scoring three times during the afternoon card at The Meadows. The current leader among all drivers in starts and wins, Merriman won the national driving...
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Wilberforce upsets at The Meadows

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
Wilberforce blew up the tote board Tuesdayat The Meadows when he pulled off a 43-1 shocker in the opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings.  Cantad Kid and Raisethejollyroger took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits. The series honors the memory of the late trainer Ken Weaver, long a fixture at The Meadows and on the PA Fairs circuit...
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15 trotters nominated to Elitlopp Playoff

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
A total of 15 trotters have been nominated for the inaugural Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands, The list of horses nominated reads like a "who's who" of North American trotters with combined earnings of well over $19 million. Thirteen of the 15 have records under 1:52.   With an estimated purse of $150,000, the Elitlopp Playoff is a collaborative effort between executives at ...
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Reports are Florida "decoupling" bill on hold

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
Multiple news organizations in Florida have reported that Florida State Senate Appropriations Chair Tom Lee (R-Brandon) has said the gaming bill that would allow tracks to "decouple," and in particular Pompano Park to discontinue harness racing but still have gaming and simulcasting, is not going to be addressed by his committee. That means the entire deal with the Seminoles, wh...
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Horseman Steve Oliwa Jr., 56, dies in Florida

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Horseman Stephen A. Oliwa Jr., 56, of Cape Coral Fla. passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 25, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with cancer.   Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Mr. Oliwa resided in Florida for the past 20 years. He was a graduate of Roselle Catholic High School. He operated a public stable for more than 25 years and was a regular driver at the Meadowlands and Free...
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Blackwolf Run upsets in Miami Valley Open

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Miami Valley racing fans waited a month for an inevitable showdown between top trotters Penn and Il Mago on Sunday (Feb. 28) afternoon, but a taxing :26.3 speed duel between the two star square-gaiters ended any dreams for an ensuing memorable stretch drive in the weekly $20,000 Open. Both trotting titans sped from behind the gate with intentions of dictating the tempo, but three other contend...
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Not Afraid snags another Yonkers Open Trot

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $11.80) lasted on the lead Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Looped leaving (from post position four) by outside entity Major Athens (George Brennan), Not Afraid did make the lead before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. He rated a :58.4 intermission before 3-5 choice Crazshana (Jason Bartlett)—who had left into a four-hole...
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Blaze hits Brodeur sulky building in Quebec

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has reported that Brodeur Sulky company in Quebec had its facility destroyed by fire on Friday.   "It's discouraging but it's not ending there. We're insured and I'm still interested," said the 67-year-old Fernand Brodeur, owner of Brodeur Sulky and Pepin Harness, in an interview with Paul Delean for Standardbred Canada'sTrot Insider.   Brode...
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Carol Dauplaise, mother of Jeff Dauplaise, dies

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
New York media outlets have reported that Carol Dauplaise, the mother of horseman Jeff Dauplaise and widow of the late Norman Dauplaise, died in Midtown Manhattan Monday morning after she was struck by a livery cab. According to reports, Mrs. Dauplaise, 77, died despite the efforts of Good Samaritans who rushed to her aid.   According to reports, Mrs. Dauplaise was ...
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USTA to continue funding social media initiative

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Funding for the social media, digital marketing initiative as well as monetary support for major-race television broadcasts were approved at the final general session of the USTA Board of Directors annual meeting Monday in Columbus, Ohio.   A lengthy and emotional discussion preceded the votes for both spending measures. Directors presented their cases for and against allocating $250,000 ...
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Spreester takes Meadows mare feature

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
My Buddy Liz opened a daylight lead at the three-quarters but had to hang tough late to capture the fastest division in Monday's opening leg of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Tricky Girl and Call Me Little Terror, each piloted by Mike Wilder, took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits.   The series honors the memory of the late Donna Dunn, a longtime ...
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Blazing Bobby Sox snags fourth win of year

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Lucan Hanover made it two-in-row in the $30,000 Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on a balmy Monday, Feb. 29.   Unlike last week, when Lucan Hanover enjoyed a two-hole trip to score a nose victory, this week after overtaking Mustang Art with Sean Bier after a :26 opening quarter, Corey Callahan put Lucan Hanover on the point. They pulled away to a victory with a: 27.1 final pa...
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Polak A wins Yonkers open handicap pace

on 02/28/2016 12:00 AM
Favored Polak A (Brian Sears, $4.60) snapped Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $32,000 Open Handicap Pace. Those two, leaving from post position Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, were sent toward the lead. "Phil" worked around Polak A, then laid down intervals of :27.4, :57 and 1:24.4. The third-quarter pace was prompted by a first-up First ...
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Ninth straight $3M night at the Big M

on 02/28/2016 12:00 AM
Healthy dividends--including a late Pick 4 which paid nearly $4,000 on a 50¢ ticket and a 52-1 upset from Fan of Terror in the featured ninth race--contributed to a ninth consecutive card with over $3 million in handle at The Meadowlands on Saturday (February 27) evening. A total of $3,342,144 was wagered on the 14-race program, extending the streak of racing programs with over $3 millio...
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Northfield objects to USTA District 1 election

on 02/28/2016 12:00 AM
The USTA donated $10,000 to the fight against decoupling in Florida and a challenge to the election of track directors in Ohio was defeated during the general session of the USTA Board of Directors Annual Meeting Sunday (Feb. 28) at the Hilton-Easton.   Chairman Ivan Axelrod opened the session by asking for a moment of silence for Walter "Boots" Dunn, the longtime USTA District 7 director...
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