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Walnut Hall Ltd. steps in to save mare

on 02/20/2016 12:00 AM
Walnut Hall Limited, Meg Jewitt and Alan Leavitt, have opened their doors and their hearts to the 29-year-old mare in a kill pen, H H Tracy.   Calls came in to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), and gifts were sent to save the gray-faced senior gal who stood in the kill pen, tagged for a trip to the Canadian slaughterhouse.   "There were a lot of angry peo...
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Jackpot Hi-5 hit for $189,970 at Woodbine

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
A single winning ticket correctly hit the Jackpot Hi-5 Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack to score the winning horseplayer a massive $189,970.16 payout. The winning ticket was constructed by an HPIBet customer from Nova Scotia, who made a $252 wager to correctly hit the Jackpot Hi-5. The winning horseplayer keyed race-winner #4 Princess Katie on top and used several others underneath. Pri...
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First Winbak-bred Heston Blue Chip colt born

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
On February 15th, Winbak Farm welcomed the first Winbak-bred colt sired by Heston Blue Chip p, 2, 1:50.4f; 3, 1:48f ($1,781,881). Heston Blue Chip, the richest son of American Ideal, was a standout stakes performer. He was voted the USHWA top 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the year in 2012. At 2, he won the John Simpson Memorial, Matron Final at Dover Downs, 7 New York Sire Stakes legs and Fi...
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Kyle Dibenedetto drives 6,000th winner

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
On Thursday afternoon, Kyle DiBenedetto scored his 6,000th win at Monticello Raceway, reaching the milestone with Simply Rockin. The son of Rockin Image made his Monticello Raceway debut a winning one after recently competing at Northfield Park. The gelding won in wire-to-wire fashion for owner-trainer Michael Weiner of Woodridge N.Y. Sent off at 1-5, he did not disappoint the betting pub...
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Jug champ Limelight Beach set for '16 debut

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
Limelight Beach, the 2014 Little Brown Jug winner, will make his seasonal debut in Saturday's featured event at The Meadowlands after last week's races--and his expected return to the track--were postponed due to extreme cold. The 5-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear tackles seven others in the $20,000 upper-level pace, and has been installed as the 3-1 morning line second c...
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Rockn Ruby N rocks at 9-1 in Yonkers feature

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
Pocketed Rockn Ruby N (Dan Dube. $21.60) picked off pacesetting favorite Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett) Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from her assigned post position No. 6, "Ruby" worked around Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald) before yielding to Regil Elektra. The 13-10 choice made the lead right at the :27.4 opening quarter...
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War N Munn, Bad As Leader win Woodbine finals

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
The series finals of The Count B and Miss Vera Bars were in the spotlight Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine 3-year-old pacers competed in the $42,200 The Count B final, while a field of eight 3-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $41,600 Ontario Girls final.   All eyes were on Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn, who aimed for a series sweep in The Count B fi...
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Lutetium best by a nose at Buffalo

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
It's a good thing Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot is raced at an even mile because an inch longer, the result probably would have been different for the front-running Lutetium on Friday evening. Leading nearly every step of the way, Lutetium (Truman Gale) found the wire just in the nick of time to hold off the hard-charging Cold Certified (Shawn McDonough) by a nose in 2:01 over the sloppy...
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Release of purse money in NJ overnights

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
Effective immediately, the request submitted by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) to permit the release of purse money prior to post race testing results has been approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission.   This approval was granted on an experimental basis through Dec. 31, 2016 and applies to all overnight races offering a purse of $25,000 ...
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Rock Of Cashel hopes to cash in Big M open

on 02/18/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands presents another weekend of racing with a pair of 14-race cards on tap at 6:35 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights.   The Meadowlands goes into the weekend looking to continue the current streak of five consecutive $3 million-plus handle nights. Friday's program offers more of the exciting, competitive racing that has marked the winter meet thus far with big fi...
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10wins10's Benson to guest on Big M TV show

on 02/18/2016 12:00 AM
Harness racing owner Joel Benson, of the JL Benson Stable, will be the special guest on Saturday's In the Sulky Show at the Meadowlands   Benson will be interviewed by Sam McKee at 6:05 p.m. about his new online racing game, http://www.10wins10.com/, and how he has put up the $10,000 cash prize if anyone can pick 10 straight winners.   Race 5 at the Meadowlands ...
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Ouellette, Big M updates in Weekend Preview!

on 02/18/2016 12:00 AM
The name Luc Ouellette has been one of the biggest in harness racing for many years now, even after he returned to his native country of Canada a while back after huge seasons competing at the Meadowlands and Yonkers. Returning to Canada also led to spending more time with his family, and that in turn led to reduced time in the sulky. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Ouellett...
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Maximum Terror, Race Me Villa score at Dover

on 02/18/2016 12:00 AM
Maximum Terror closed with a rush at 31-1 for Ben Stafford Jr. while Montrell Teague piloted Race Me Villa to victory in Thursday's featured races at Dover Downs.   Stafford Jr. came from out of the pack on the outside and Maximum Terror overtook the leaders at the wire for a 1:53.3 triumph for the longest price payoff of the day $64.20 for a $2 win ticket. T's Electric (T...
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Brenway Dixie fastest in Meadows series split

on 02/17/2016 12:00 AM
Floundering outside for most of the opening quarter, Brenway Dixie found her best stride late and captured her division in Tuesday's second leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pembroke Castaway took the other $15,000 second-leg split.   Jim Pantaleano sent Brenway Dixie, the only mare in the field, for the early lead but had to wrangle her...
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Celtic Merchant best in Over The Hill Gang Series

on 02/17/2016 12:00 AM
The popular "Over The Hill Gang" series continued on Tuesday night at Pompano Park featuring a field of seven with combined career earnings of over $2.3 million and, in a photo, it was the senior citizen of the group, 13-year-old Celtic Merchant, handled by the senior citizen of this group of drivers, Rick Plano, a winner in 1:56.4.   Trained by owner Steve Oldford, Celtic Merchant ...
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Matinee Dragon scores big upset at Dover

on 02/17/2016 12:00 AM
With a win, second and two thirds in her last four stats, Matinee Dragon was overlooked at 56-1 in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, took the lead at the top of the stretch en route to a lifetime best 1:52.4 victory at Dover Downs on Tuesday.   Jonathan Roberts pulled Matinee Dragon out of fifth heading to the half mile post. She worked her way up to challenge front-pacing Springfort...
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Beinhauers' dog Best in Breed at Westminster

on 02/17/2016 12:00 AM
Longtime Meadows Standardbred Owners Association members Rick and Regina Beinhauer earned an honor of a different sort on Tuesday (February 16), when their cocker spaniel "Striker" was named Best In Breed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club 2016 Dog Show.   Striker (full name GCH Silverhall Strike Force) has won several awards so far in his young career, including Best In Sho...
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Meadowlands can boast of low % of winning favs

on 02/17/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack is proud to celebrate the lowest percentage of winning favorites in harness racing. During 2016, post-time wagering favorites have won just 32.26 percent from a sample of 155 races. Not only is this percentage the lowest among American harness tracks currently racing and more than 13 percent lower than the average favorite's winning percentage at American half-mile tr...
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Wilder wins 5 at The Meadows including feature

on 02/17/2016 12:00 AM
TSM Photo Bugger grabbed the lead with a determined first-over bid, then dug in late to capture Wednesday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was fourth down the backside when Mike Wilder sent him after the leader, I Know My Chip. The 9-year-old SJ’s Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding wore down I Know My Chip but was all out to hold o...
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Little Santamonica wins Buffalo F&M open

on 02/17/2016 12:00 AM
The $10,000 Open Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (Feb. 17) looked like an instant replay of last week's event, Little Santamonica sitting dead last then bursting through in the home stretch to post an come from behind victory. This time around, Little Santamonica ($9.00) gave herself a little more breathing room, romping past Memumsnotnice by ...
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