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Opulent Yankee, Maine bettor big Big M winners

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Opulent Yankee ($5.40) is finding his best stride again, capturing Friday evening's featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands in pillar-to-post fashion, digging deep to hold sway for a 1:53 triumph in the night's second of 14 races.   Andy Miller sent the 5-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding immediately to the fore, stretched out a bit by Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick...
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Mares shine in Hawthorne series finals

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Friday night at Hawthorne had the final two series finals for the winter meet as the females were featured in the Pretty Direct and Ohyouprettything pacing series.   Race 7 was the Pretty Direct Pacing Series final as a field of eight lined up. The favorite was Whiskersonkittens as she and driver Robert Smolin had won each of the first two legs of the series. At the start of th...
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Regil Elektra wins by 3 in Yonkers Open

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) won the draw, the hearts and minds of the electorate and the race Friday night (Feb. 5), annexing Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. From the pole, Regil Elektra saw Inittowinafortune (Jordan Stratton) take the first ballot. The people's preference then reclaimed the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, it was very simple ...
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Napierala named new track super at Meadowlands

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Longtime Meadowlands director of track maintenance Gary Wolff is leaving the historic harness racing facility to become the new track superintendent at Hoosier Park in Indiana. Wolff will be replaced by Ryan Napierala, effective Feb. 8, who comes to the Meadowlands from White Birch Farm in Allentown, N.J.   Wolff has served in his position at the Meadowlands since 2008. During that ...
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Palone wins 5 at The Meadows, including feature

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
  Buried at the pylons entering the stretch, Rockin Ron exploited a suddenly vacant Lightning Lane and scored an 8-1 upset in Saturday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A newcomer to The Meadows who’d been off since Nov. 8, Rockin Ron figured to get no more than a minor award when he was shuffled to fifth. But when Capital Account pull...
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Spriggs earns final spot in Isle International

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Dein Spriggs has, literally, won the right to represent the Florida Amateur Driving Club and the U.S.A. as Pompano Park gets set to host the Isle International Amateur Series on March 12 and 13 at the South Florida five-eighths mile oval. Spriggs will join Johann Preining, Jr. (Austria), Ivan Serik (Russia), Nils Olav Holm (Norway), Andrea Fazekas (Hungary), Enrico Columbo (Italy), Jaum...
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Diamond Cowboy a gem in Buffalo's open pace

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Diamond Cowboy put in a gem of an effort on Saturday night (Feb. 6) to prevail in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Open Pace by beating a stubborn Beach Hero by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.4. After finishing a disappointing sixth as the heavy favorite in last week's Open, Diamond Cowboy rebounded nicely for driver/trainer Shawn Gray to score the $14.40 mild upset victory. It was his second Open...
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Cajon Lightning strikes in Ontario Boys opener

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Fichard Moreau trainees swept the Exactor in the opening leg of the Ontario Boys Series Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine Ontario sired four-year-old pacers competed in the Ontario Boys $18,000 opening leg. Richard Moreau sent out a pair of starters, including the 2/5 favourite Rafa. However, Cajon Lightning would steal the thunder from his stablemate with a ...
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Always A Virgin's book is full and closed

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
Victory Hill Farm is pleased to announce that the book for Always A Virgin is now full and closed. Currently in his eighth season at stud, Always A Virgin made national headlines last year as the sire of Breeders Crown champions Always B Miki p,3,1:47.4 ($1,228,076) and Color's A Virgin p,4,1:49.2s ($1,046,818). "We want to thank everyone who booked to Always A Virgin&...
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Cracklin Rosie gets on board in Miss Vera Bars

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
Cracklin Rosie and driver Phil Hudon timed a late rally perfectly to win the first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in the $17,000 opening leg of the Miss Vera Bars.   Originally a field of 11, Cracklin Rosie started from the second-tier in Thursday's contest. Driven by Phil Hudon, the Luc Ouellette ...
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Topville Avatar sweeps Dygert Trot Series

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
Thursday night at Hawthorne featured the final in the Dygert Trotting Series. The series was for colts, horses, and geldings that were non-winners of three pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime as of Dec. 1, 2015.   The first two legs of the series were dominated by Topville Avatar as he won both legs by daylight. The final would be no different. From the outside, Riet's Kid left ea...
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Southwind Spirit first colt born at Dublin Valley

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
Dublin Valley Farms of Fredericksburg, Ohio is excited to announce the first colt to be born at the farm out of first crop sire Southwind Spirit 2, 1:54.1. The strong and vigorous colt is out of the SJ’s Caviar mare Shouda Cuda Wuda 3, 1:54.2f and is owned by Robert Hershberger of Dublin Valley Farms. Southwind Spirit is owned by Spirit Equine Enterprise of Fredericksburg, Ohio and stands for...
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PA Sires Stakes payments due March 15

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission today reminded Standardbred horse owners that 2016 Sire Stakes payments for two-year-old and three-year-old horses are due by March 15.   The first payments due for two-year-old horses are $150 for the Pari-mutuel Division and $25 for the Fair Division. This payment must be made for the horse to qualify for future opportunities in the PA Si...
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CHHA Stallion auction ends Sat., Feb. 5 at 2:00

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
The CHHA Stallion Auction ends tomorrow, Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 pm. There are some terrific bargains so don't be shut out. Bids are accepted at www.ongait.com/stallionbreedingsandsharessale.asp or you may call Lee at 603-898-1927. Proceeds will benefit the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association. Thank you for your support.
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Ronnie Wrenn Jr. drives 3,000th winner

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 3,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Say It Again Sam in Northfield Park's fifteenth race on Wednesday. Wrenn led at every call with Say It Again Sam, eventually besting his competition by 4 1/4 lengths. The 1:58.1 clocking was the 13th career score for the 6-year-old pacer, who returned $2.60 to win. The 29-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008. H...
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Ocaptain Mycaptain upsets in Hawthorne final

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
A pair of series finals, along with a consolation final took place on a breezy Wednesday night at Hawthorne Race Course. Race six on the Wednesday card was the Whizzer R. White pacing series consolation final as a field of nine lined up after the scratch of Big Moon Rizing. Early in the consolation final JDs Brent N Sheree took the lead and led the field into the lane. At the top of the str...
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21-1 longshot War Cry Hall wins at Dover

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
War Cry Hall and Tim Tetrick, a 21-1 longshot, came flying down the lane to score a 1:54.1 victory in the $20,000 Open trot over a sloppy track at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Tetrick pulled RBH Ventures’ War Cry Hall out of the middle of the pack in a nine-horse field to follow Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) down the backstretch. Panamanian Hanover took the lead with a cluster o...
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Trustworthy Kid wins one more for late trainer

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Veteran horseman Walter "Boots" Dunn died Wednesday morning, but he got one more training victory hours later when Trustworthy Kid captured the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dunn, 85, of Cochranton, PA, was a prominent and successful owner, breeder and trainer who also collected five national UDR driving championships. Because Dunn was the trai...
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Kesons Silhouette posts upset In Buffalo feature

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Kesons Silhouette stepped up in class to Buffalo Raceway's featured filly and mare pace for $7,400 on Wednesday night (Feb. 3) and rewarded her faithful backers with a nice $36.00 win mutual. After watching Ding (Ron Beback Jr.) do the dirty work in putting up some hot fractions of 28.2, 57.4 and 1:28.0, Kesons Silhouette (Truman Gale) was the benefactor. The tiri...
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Justa A Bee takes Pompano mare handicap

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Just A Bee, splendidly handled by Mike Micallef, buzzed out of the gate in a hurry and never looked back while stinging her six rivals with a 1:51.3 mile in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Wednesday night. The eight year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, carding panels of :27, :56.1and 1:24, put the stinger in for good with a :27.3 finale to pin a defeat measuring 2 ½ lengths on God...
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