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SBOANJ to pay for training at Meadowlands

on 05/10/2016 2:00 AM
For the past several years, the Meadowlands racetrack has been made available for training on Thursdays in May and June at a cost of $50 per horse or $1,000 per trainer for unlimited use that was used to defray the expense. Effective, immediately, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) will be covering that cost for the horsemen. SBOA of NJ president Mark ...
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Hoping for some "Oompa" in Confederation Cup

on 05/10/2016 2:00 AM
When horse owner Peter Mazzella was growing up, he looked up to his grandfather, John Nittolo. It was Nittolo, known as "Oompa," who introduced a young Mazzella to racing--and ever since then it has been Mazzella's passion. And although his grandfather is no longer alive, he is still with Mazzella whenever he sends out a horse to compete.   Mazzella races under the stable name Oompa...
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Crescent Fashion breaks 23YO Yonkers record

on 05/10/2016 2:00 AM
If Sherman and Mr. Peabody dialed up the WABAC Machine to the summer of 1993, they would have found Giant Force winning Yonkers Raceway's International Trot.   As a 4-year-old back then, Giant Force, driven by John Patterson Jr., traversed the mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:27. That local aged group standard lasted for nearly 23 years….until Tuesday afternoon.   Cresc...
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Classical Annie three-peats at The Meadows

on 05/10/2016 2:00 AM
Classical Annie extended her winning streak to three when she captured Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Up in class from a pair of victories in conditioned events, Classical Annie shot to the lead from post 3 for Dave Palone before releasing her stablemate, Barn Girl. The 4-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Classi...
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Hannelore Hanover, Solar Sister win GC races

on 05/09/2016 2:00 AM
Hannelore Hanover and Solar Sister notched Grand Circuit victories on closing day of the 2016 Miami Valley Raceway meet on Sunday. The pair of $100,000 races were highlights of the 88th and final program of Miami Valley's third season, its most successful to date with huge increases above 20 percent in both average handle and total purses.   Hannelore Hanover kept her 2016 seas...
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WIJI draws trailing post 9 in Confederation Cup

on 05/09/2016 2:00 AM
The post position draw for the 2016 Confederation Cup took place Monday morning. With no eliminations necessary, a group of nine 4-year-old pacers advanced directly to this Sunday's (May 15) $244,000 Confederation Cup final.   U.S. Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit headlines the field of nine and will start from the second tier in post nine. The George Teague stable star is by fa...
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LA Delight wins Mohawk qualifier in 3YO debut

on 05/09/2016 2:00 AM
O'Brien Award winner LA Delight surfaced on Monday at Mohawk Racetrack and recorded the first charted line of her 3-year-old campaign for trainer Bob McIntosh and driver Randy Waples.    LA Delight took to the track for Race 4 and lined up in the outside Post 8. Waples opted for a cautious approach off the wings, as he and the daughter of Bettors Delight were charted ...
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HOFer David Miller talks $200 million

on 05/09/2016 2:00 AM
David Miller chuckled when acknowledging his harness racing career has come a long way since he got his first win in 1981 at Lebanon Raceway. The 51-year-old Ohio native recently became only the third driver in the sport's history to surpass $200 million in lifetime purses--adding another accomplishment to his already Hall of Fame credentials.   Miller exceeded the $200 million mark...
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Purse increases, condition changes at Yonkers

on 05/09/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is announcing an across-the-the-board purse increases and some condition changes, beginning with next week's sheet.   The hike raises the overnight purse range from $8,500 (for non-winners of $5,000 last five starts and/or $12,500 claimers) to $45,000 (weekly Opens/Open Handicaps). The current structure is $8,000 to $40,000.   Again, the new scale takes ef...
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Scioto Downs set for May 10 opener

on 05/09/2016 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs kicks off its 2016 racing season on Tuesday, May 10, at 2 p.m.   With the 2016 racing season fast approaching at Scioto Downs, horsemen are reminded that any horse that wins out of the eight hole will receive a 10 percent bonus and any horse that wins out of the nine hole will receive a 20 percent bonus.   To receive the bonus, the horse must be Ohio sir...
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Just A Jolt wires Open Pace field at Harrington

on 05/09/2016 2:00 AM
Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt ($13.60, Victor Kirby) returned to his winning ways with a wire-to-wire 1:53 score in the $15,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway.   Trained by Jim King Jr., the 6-year-old Village Jolt notched his fourth win of the year and 34th lifetime with a front stepping triumph over Sparky Mark and Special T Rocks. The win gave Kirby a driving double. Ross Wo...
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Elysium Lindy snags third straight win in Weiss final

on 05/09/2016 2:00 AM
Elysium Lindy, the only horse coming into Monday night's $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championship for trotting males with two consecutive victories, made it three straight with a gate-to-wire victory in 1:55.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Jim Marshall III put the son of Cantab Hall on the lead early, reaching the quarter in :27.4, then combined a stretch headwind with...
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Spreester takes Meadows Monday feature

on 05/09/2016 2:00 AM
Spreester made the decisive move entering the final turn and had just enough to prevail in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   With Show Runner on an easy lead and no outside flow developing, Aaron Merriman was content to save ground with Spreester until late in the mile. When the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree attacked from...
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Always B Miki, Gallie Bythe Beach win at Big M

on 05/08/2016 2:00 AM
Mother's Day at the Meadowlands wasn't all about the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff as Always B Miki and Gallie Bythe Beach were winners in the co-features on the Sunday matinee program's undercard. Making his second start of the year, Always B Miki scored decisively in the $25,000 open handicap pace for trainer Jimmy Takter. After making the top in a leisurely opening quarter that was...
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Check Six, Pure Country win inaugural PA event finals

on 05/08/2016 2:00 AM
Ron Burke trainees finished 1-2-3 in the inaugural $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic Final for state-sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Check Six going a big mile on the front end to reduce his mark a tick to 1:50.3, while in the companion filly event, the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Final, Pure Country bounced back from her first ...
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Art History dominant in Meadowlands feature

on 05/08/2016 2:00 AM
Art History displayed his considerable back class powering clear of seven overmatched foes to take the Meadowlands Saturday night featured $13,000 conditioned pace. The Steve Elliott trainee was handled aggressively from the start by driver John Campbell and battled for the early lead around the first turn with longshot Totally Dreamy, who had the front at the quarter in a quick :26.1. ...
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Nickle Bag steals the show in HOY showdown

on 05/08/2016 2:00 AM
The much anticipated match up between State Treasurer and Wiggle It Jiggleit developed around the final turn Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, but neither horse came away with a victory. Nickle Bag spoiled the Horse of the Year showdown with his 10th victory of the season in Saturday's seven-horse $34,000 Preferred. State Treasurer showed good early speed and cleared to t...
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Sugg scores 3,000th career victory in OHSS

on 05/08/2016 2:00 AM
Career milestones and outrageous upsets were all the fashion in Ohio Sires Stakes action on Saturday night (May 7) at Miami Valley Raceway. Eight $40,000 OSS divisions for 3-year-old colts and geldings of both gaits were contested over the southern Ohio, five-eighths-mile oval. Driver Kurt Sugg nailed down career victory 3,000 en route to winning an OSS test for sophomore trotters. The...
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Outrageous Art, Luminosity win Yonkers co-features

on 05/08/2016 2:00 AM
  Pocketed Outrageous Art (Jason Bartlett, $29) and two-move Luminosity (George Brennan, $7.90) shared the Saturday Derby Night glory, winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. The week’s marquee pace was a two-speed number, with 6-5 favorite Atta Boy Dan (Brennan) and Outrageous Art leaving from post position Nos. 5 and 4 (each in one after an inside scr...
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Bee A Magician wins Elitlopp Playoff via DQ

on 05/08/2016 2:00 AM
 Almost immediately after Resolve crossed the finish line 4 1/4 lengths in front of runner-up Bee A Magician in the inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff on Sund at the Meadowlands, his number "4" began to blink on the infield toteboard with the word "Inquiry."   To see the video replay of the race, please go to the "Today's Video" box on the home page.  ...
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