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Draw for big Pennsylvania races on Monday

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
The inaugural edition of a pair of important stakes events, between them having purses of $800,000-added, as the start of the high-level stakes season for the sport's glamour divisions, the three-year-old pacers, will take place on April 30 (eliminations) and Kentucky Derby Day May 7 (finals) with the $500,000A Pennsylvania Classic Pace and its companion $300,000A Miss Pennsylvania Pace, for t...
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Stratton says "Legend" not used that hard in prelims

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
We're not condoning identity theft, but c'mon, which one of the other 4,247 currently-licensed U-S harness drivers wouldn't change places with Jordan Stratton this Saturday night? That's because Stratton has better-than-legitimate shots to win both of Yonkers Raceway's series finals, the $609,000 George Morton Levy Memorial and $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker. These are the sport's two riches...
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Change in feed helped JL Cruze thrive

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Winning 16 of 21 races, trotting the fastest mile in the history of the Meadowlands, and earning a Dan Patch Award as the sport's top aged trotter, would seem like the perfect season for any horse. And yet trainer Eric Ell says JL Cruze probably could have been better. "Honestly, I cannot recall a start last year where he did not have gait issues, was not on a line, or was not fighting thro...
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S. Florida Trotting Center fire fund distributed

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association (FSBOA) president Joe Pennacchio told The Horseman Thursday afternoon that all funds collected in the aftermath of the March 16 barn fire at South Florida Trotting Center that killed 13 horses have been distributed. Pennacchio said the funds, which included donations from a GoFundMe page, fundraisers and from the FSBOA, Meadowlands and the...
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Creatine suffers injury; retired from racing

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
The $2 million-winning trotter Creatine, who won last year's Breeders Crown Open Trot and the 2013 Kentucky Futurity, has been retired from racing due to a suspensory injury. Creatine qualified at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 16, at the Meadowlands, finishing second to Bee A Magician, trotting his own mile in 1:53.4 with a :27 flat last quarter.   Creatine was bred by Dia...
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Hanover broodmare Hattie dies at 24

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Hattie, one of the greatest producers in the history of the breed, died yesterday at Hanover Shoe Farms. The daughter of Abercrombie and the Albatross mare Albaquel was 24 years old. She was a terrific race filly herself, taking a 2-year-old record of 1:55.3 and earning $266,323, when both those achievements were relatively exceptional. She was bred and trained by Doug Ackerman. Ironically,...
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Goodtogo Hanover completes series sweep

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Goodtogo Hanover completed her sweep of the Whata Donato Trot for 3-year-old fillies — and notched her sixth straight win overall — when she captured Wednesday's $31,300 championship leg at The Meadows. Goodtogo Hanover zipped to the front from post 2 for Brian Zendt and put away most of the field early, but she couldn't shake Rule Of Hall, who abandoned the pocket around the final turn...
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Levy final featured in new Weekend Preview!

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Saturday night's $609,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Series final at Yonkers is the richest race of the year thus far, and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the information needed. Find out the history of the winner and the winning posts in the final, as well as who the horses to beat are. We talked to driver George Brennan about Take It Back Terry and trainer Jeff B...
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Darlinonthebeach wins season debut at Pocono

on 04/20/2016 2:00 AM
South Side Hanover and Stirling Debutante both took their third victories in as many preliminaries of the Bobby Weiss Series by winning $15,000 divisions of the trotting females competition Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while in the third cut two "logical" horses came home 1-2 – and combined for a $919 exacta.   Also Tuesday night, at 10:48 pm, the 3-year-old f...
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Pointblank Hanover upsets in Meadows final

on 04/20/2016 2:00 AM
Lightly regarded at 10-1, Pointblank Hanover seized the lead with an uncovered backside bid and rolled on to the upset in Tuesday's $33,100 championship of the Classicality Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows.   Pointblank Hanover's uneven performances in recent outings had prompted Ron Burke, who trains the SJ's Caviar-Puffed-Up gelding, to switch from blinkers to...
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Tricky Nick, Honey B take Miami Valley series legs

on 04/20/2016 2:00 AM
A pair of final preliminary round $12,500 divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series were contested at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (April 19). Both Tricky Nick and Honey B were repeat winners, setting up a showdown in next week's $25,000 final, although the betting public dispatched both winners at handsome odds.   Tricky Nick, a 4-year-old Band's Gold Chip geldi...
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All Charged Up wins Pompano mare feature

on 04/20/2016 2:00 AM
All Charged Up, a "bridesmaid" to Godiva Seelster last week by the slimmest of nostrils, took top honors on Sunday night at Pompano Park, winning the featured $9,500 Open Pace for Mares in 1:52.4.   Owner-trainer John MacDonald was in the sulky for the victory, measuring one length over a game Heart Major, driven by Joe Pavia, Jr. Limelight, handled by Kevin Wallis, finished thir...
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Classy Lane barn fire fundraising concluded

on 04/20/2016 2:00 AM
After receiving 1,950 donations totaling over $710,000 (Cdn) to aid those impacted by the January 4 barn fire at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, Ont., the Central Ontario Standardbred Association has concluded its GoFundMe campaign. COSA President Bill O'Donnell said he has been overwhelmed by the generosity and can't begin to properly thank everyone who donated to the fund. "The whole ...
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Billy Davis Jr. takes seven At Buffalo

on 04/20/2016 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr. has been dominating Friday nights at Buffalo Raceway the past few weeks with seven wins on a card becoming a regular occurrence. Driver Billy Davis Jr. wanted to get in on the act and has taken over Wednesday evenings. Making the weekly trip from Flamboro Downs, Davis Jr. is sure liking the Hamburg half-mile oval as he posted a seven-bagger, the first of his career, to hig...
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Wallis becomes 11th to win 10,000 races

on 04/19/2016 2:00 AM
Kevin Wallis reached a plateau shared by only 10 other drivers when he won his 10,000th career race with Strong Profile in Pompano Park's 11th race on Monday night.   The Ontario-born Wallis, who bought partnership in his first horse at age 12, has been driving winners since the late 1970s with his peak years, in terms of wins, coming during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, when he won 6...
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Wrenn makes a snowman Monday at Northfield

on 04/19/2016 2:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had a monster night on Monday at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race program. Wrenn's triumphs were with Ultimate Warrior, Jagger Blue Chip, McPort In A Storm, Absolutely Certain, Mythical Hall, Major Marcus, Rusty's No Fool and Orse Power.   Wrenn is Northfield's leading driver with 184 local wins so far this year. Aaron Merriman (156), Kurt Sugg ...
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Right place, right time, and "Goodtogo"

on 04/19/2016 2:00 AM
For Bill Zendt and Gary Saul, Goodtogo Hanover was in the right place at the right time. Zendt and Saul weren't planning on looking at the then-yearling trotter at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, but she happened to be in a stall adjacent to a horse they were considering buying. After ruling out their initial horse of interest, Zendt happened to turn and see Goodtogo Hanover. "I said to G...
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Fields set for Levy, Matchmaker finals

on 04/19/2016 2:00 AM
Post positions have been draw for Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night's (Apr. 23) series finals, the $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker and $606,000 George Morton Levy Memorial.   The Levy, going as the ninth race (approximate post 9:50 PM ET), found points leader Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) landing post position No. 2. Bit of a Legend N swept his five series prelims, including last...
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Justin Huckabone cutting his teeth at Monticello

on 04/19/2016 2:00 AM
For a young man in his early teen years who never had any intentions of getting involved in harness racing, Justin Huckabone has made great strides a relatively short amount of time. It seemed like only yesterday that the 21 year old won his first pari–mutuel drive at Vernon Downs with Powerful Love for trainer Scott West.   Justin is a third generation horseman, the son of Claude...
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OnGait to begin issues/solutions forum

on 04/19/2016 2:00 AM
On Gait. Com, the leading internet auction venue in harness racing, will now be providing an issues and solutions forum as part of its weekly newsletter on which the potential solutions are directly provided by you the readers. The brainchild of On Gait owners Eric Cherry and Maurice Chodash, the issues and answers segment will feature commentary by Cherry and Hall Of Fame communicator Bob ...
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