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Koper cops first prize in WHHC at Meadowlands

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Stanley Koper, 67, of Chicago Ridge, Ill., captured the $16,600 grand prize in the 2016 World Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday, April 30, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.   Koper finished the tournament with a $1,100 bankroll to top the field of 83 players from across North America who competed for $41,500 in prize money. Koper won his spot in the BetAmer...
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Star-studded field set for Elitlopp Playoff

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
The inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff (a Grand Circuit event) will be the featured first race on a special Meadowlands Mother's Day matinee card beginning at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Nine of the continent's finest trotters with collective career earnings in excess of $12 million comprise the field.   The idea for the Elitlopp Playoff was conceived last August ...
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Joe Sbrocco wins SRF's trip to Elitlopp

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Of all the winners of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's Elitlopp raffle fundraiser, this year's winner, Joe Sbrocco, an Ohio resident, couldn't contain his excitement and shock. Sbrocco has been an owner for nearly 40 years and has enjoyed tremendous success, most recently with Captaintreacherous and Artspeak. "You gotta be kidding," were his first words when SRF's Director, Judy Bokman...
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Burke has fearsome foursome in PA Classic

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Ron Burke will send four horses to Saturday night's $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and he is undecided, at this point, which is the best. Of course, with three of them leading the morning line odds, it is easy to understand why.   "It looks like they're all at least good," Burke said about his quartet, led by morning line favorite Check Six and...
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Million-dollar weekend set for Miami Valley

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Well over $1 million in purses will be up for grabs during Miami Valley Raceway's closing weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 6-8).   A total of $381,000 will be doled out following the Friday program, which includes eight $40,000 divisions of first leg Ohio Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old pacing and trotting fillies.   The 2015 champion Miss Me Yet, who won ...
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Sentencing Memo wins Weiss final for 86YO Foster

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
You didn't have to go beyond the point standings of the preliminary legs of the two $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night to get to success – in the distaff pacing section, Southwind Tango, the leading point winner entered in her championship, was home first, and the pacing males saw the two horses tied at the top of the standings, Sentencin...
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Southwind Amazon wins again at Pompano

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
Southwind Amazon, superbly handled by John MacDonald, used Pompano Park's coveted five post (22.7% wins this season) to score a well rated 1:51 gate-to-wire victory in the $8,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 1). The six year-old gelded son of Camluck bolted out of the gate from the outside post in his quintet, drove over to the inside around the initial turn and proceeded to post...
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O'Brien award winner Bill Davis dies at 54

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
Veteran Canadian horseman Bill Davis of Langley, British Columbia, has died at the age of 54. For decades, Mr. Davis dominated the harness racing scene on Canada's west coast. Originally from Ontario, Mr. Davis made the move west in the early 1980s and earned the nickname "The Dominator" for his stellar driving and training numbers that earned him multiple training and drivin...
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Czernyson talks about shoeing in video

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
To shoe or not to shoe – that is one of the questions addressed in the third edition of "Fika with Jonas," which airs on YouTube, starting on May 1. Fika is the Swedish word for a coffee break, and Swedish-born trainer Jonas Czernyson is the star of the monthly series produced by Cody Bach Productions.   Czernyson, who is stabled at Winners Training Center in Chesterfield, NJ, int...
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Driving school gives owner hands-on experience

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
For horse owner Joe Battaglia, a trip to the U. S. Trotting Association Driving School in 2012 had little to do with becoming a trainer or driver, but everything to do with enhancing his enjoyment of harness racing, not to mention his level of participation.   Battaglia, who got his first horse in 2006 and two years ago joined the ownership group of top older male pacer Rockeye...
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Mel Mara one of Callahan's 6 wins at Big M

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
With many of the regulars racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, driver Corey Callahan took full advantage and won six races on the 12-race program at the Meadowlands Saturday night. A win behind Mel Mara in the featured $17,500 conditioned pace were among Callahan's half-dozen. Callahan urged Mel Mara, the 4-5 favorite, right to the top, cut fast fractions and never had an anxious moment,...
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Yonkers features to Artistic Major, Melady's Monet

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
Season-debuting Artistic Major (Brent Holland, $15.40) and odds-on Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) shared the Saturday night glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps.   The week's marquee pace had a different look, with many of the just-concluded G-M Levy Series participants getting some well-deserved R&R. At the outset, Mister Bling A (Jordan S...
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Nickle Bag tops State Treasurer at Mohawk

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
Canada's reigning Horse of the Year made his season debut Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, but Nickle Bag spoiled the party with the nation's fasted mile of 2016.   A strong field of nine older pacers competed in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap pace. State Treasurer, last year's Canadian Horse of the Year, was making his 2016 debut and started from the outside post-nine. Driven by...
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Hippodrome 3R opens 2016 season

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
The Hippodrome 3R enjoyed a splendid opening day program for 2016 that featured warmer than normal weather, a super-fast race oval, high priced winners in nearly every race and a full and competitive program with eleven action packed races.   "What a great day to start our new season," said 3R general manager Vincent Trudel. "Our numbers both on track and from simulcasting were the ...
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Tyler George takes 2 Opens at Miami Valley

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer Tyler George, who has had a fantastic 2016 meet at Miami Valley Raceway (winning at a 30 percent clip), swept both the Open I and Open II trotting features on the Sunday (May 1) afternoon matinee.   Il Mago (Josh Sutton) needed the help of Southwind Pepino (Hugh Beatty Jr.), who actually finished a neck ahead in the $20,000 Open I but who made an unfortunate break just a ste...
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Hawthorne condition sheet now online

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
Racing Secretary Peter Hanley has released the condition sheet for the opening weekend of the upcoming 2016 summer harness meet at Hawthorne Race Course.   Racing will kick off on Friday, May 6, and continue on Saturday, May 7. There will be no racing on Sunday, May 8, for Mother's Day. Hawthorne will then begin its regular four night a week a schedule, Thursday-Sunday on Thursday, ...
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Wakizashi Hanover has tieback throat surgery

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that Wakizashi Hanover, the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup and O'Brien Award winner, is set to start back into training on Monday (May 2) after undergoing throat surgery in early April. The 4-year-old was sent to equine surgeon Dr. Patty Hogan for an examination and she found the horse had a paralyzed flap in his airway and recommended tieback...
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Katie Said scores; Hi 5 carryover at $199k

on 04/30/2016 2:00 AM
Katie Said was barely heard in the early going but spoke loud and clear through the stretch Friday night, powering past her foes for a second straight week in the $25,000 open handicap pace for fillies and mares at the Meadowlands.   The Jimmy Takter trainee was in no hurry for the first half-mile, sitting last in the field of seven off quick fractions of :26.4 and :54.2. Katie Said...
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Princess Series for 3YO fillies underway at Mohawk

on 04/30/2016 2:00 AM
The second round of the Princess Series highlighted racing action Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Following a scratch, a group of 11 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in a pair of $20,000 second leg divisions. Leg one winner American Curves skipped the second round, which opened the door for two new winners.   In the first division, Noone To Depend On scored a 16-1 upset vict...
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Ubettorbeturlife takes HoP invite; "Color's" third

on 04/30/2016 2:00 AM
Ubettorbeturlife turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 29. Slightly dismissed at odds of 5-1, Ubettorbeturlife left early for position and was game in the stretch to score her second win of the season in 1:50.4, besting her lifetime mark by a full second. ...
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