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Wally Hennessey 11 wins away from 9,000

on 03/23/2016 2:00 AM
Ed Hensley's Pertty Music, deftly handled by Kevin Wallis, held off arch rival Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef, in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night (March 22).   Trained by Rod Lorenzo in Hensley's absence, the six year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, led at every juncture of the mile, clocking hot panels of :26.1, :54 and 1:22.4 in route to a 1...
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Free online qualifier for handicapping tourney

on 03/23/2016 2:00 AM
In conjunction with BetAmerica and the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship, the U.S. Trotting Association announced that they will sponsor a free, online qualifying contest at BetAmerica.com on Friday (April 1), with the top 10 finishers earning an entry ($800 value) into the WHHC final to be held at the Meadowlands on Saturday (April 30). TrackMaster will provide free Platinum Plu...
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Meadowlands taking donations for fire victims

on 03/23/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands and its horsemen will continue to accept donations and pledges for victims of a barn fire at the South Florida Trotting Center last week that killed 12 horses and injured 11 others.   Pledge forms will be available in the Meadowlands paddock during live racing on Friday and Saturday for drivers and trainers that would like to donate a percentage of their earnings. Th...
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NJ TrotPAC raising funds for lobbying

on 03/23/2016 2:00 AM
Anthony Perretti, whose family operated Perretti Farms in New Jersey for many years and who serves on the board of the Standardbred Breeders Association of New Jersey and as a director of the Hambletonian Society, has written the following request for support for New Jersey's TrotPAC.   "On behalf of the trustees at TrotPAC, I am seeking your financial support to aid in TrotPAC's ef...
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June 5 All-Star Driver's tourney in Quebec

on 03/23/2016 2:00 AM
Quebec Jockey Club has announced it will host its inaugural All-Star Spring Driver's Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, June 5, with John Campbell and Tim Tetrick headlining the top drivers that will compete. Featured will be the greatest lineup of professional harness racing drivers ever to grace the 3R half-mile oval. In addition to Campbell and Tetrick will be the Grand Circuit's...
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Natural Herbie grabs first win of season

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
On a chilly evening in South Florida, Verlin Yoder's Natural Herbie overcame a second tier post and a somewhat lackluster beginning to score a narrow victory in Pompano Park's $16,500 Open Handicap Trot on Monday (March 21).   The 6-year-old son of Here Comes Herbie came from "out of the clouds" half way through the mile to pin a photo finish defeat measuring a head over Wind Of The...
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84 trotters eligible to 2016 Hambletonian

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
The $1 million Hambletonian and filly companion stake, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 6, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 91st edition of the Open event will feature eliminations and the final on the same day.   Eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, if necessary, will be raced the prior week, Saturday, July 3...
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Yarwood wins Harness Handicapping qualifier

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
Darren Yarwood of Garden City, NY, captured the March 19 World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $10 minimum win, place and/or show wagers on Meadowlands races. Yarwood cashed 6 times and built his $100 bankroll to $469.10 earning him the $1,344 top cash prize and an $800 seat in the World ...
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Racing Under Saddle NY announces schedule

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
The excitement of racing under saddle at New York State county fairs will continue this summer. RUS New York, an organization that helps promote the sport and the versatility of Standardbreds, is excited to announce its third fair series. Races will begin on July 5 with the H.S. Mead Memorial at Tioga County Fair in Owego and conclude with the final to be held at Batavia Downs on September 7. ...
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Plans finalized for harness racing in Virginia

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) has announced immediate and longer term plans for thoroughbred and standardbred racing in the Commonwealth,and introduced a new website that will cater to all aspects of Virginia horse racing.   The future of Virginia's Standardbred racing circuit has been firmed up, with the town of Woodstock, Va., becoming home to pacers and trotters beginni...
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30 fans participate in "Own A Horse" promotion

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
A total of 30 harness racing fans have been given all the thrills of racehorse ownership, without any of the costs, thanks to the "Own A Horse" promotion at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Beginning in January, 10 fans were randomly selected from entries taken on the Meadowlands website and through targeted ads on social media. The fans were assigned one of five horses that regularl...
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Orriene Buckley, mother of Magee brothers, dies

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
Orriene (Berg) Magee Buckley, 89, of Shawano, Wisc., passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Mrs. Buckley is the mother of horsemen Dave and Dean Magee. Mrs. Buckley was born to John and Mabel (Lutsey) Berg in Green Bay, WI on March 2, 1927. She grew up in the town of Green Valley near the town of Advance. She graduated from Pulaski High School in 1945. She then attended the Green Bay vocati...
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Four straight wins for Rockeyed Optimist

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
Rockeyed Optimist, a 1:49.4 winner in the $36,000 Preferred and Blazing Bobby Sox in 1:51.2 taking the $33,000 Delaware Special were impressive on a windy Monday (March 21) at Dover Downs.   For the fourth consecutive time, Rockeyed Optimist, piloted by Tim Tetrick, proved a powerful winner of the week's top pace for the Steve Elliott Stable and owners Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia a...
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Holloway talks about return of top pacing mares

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
Divine Caroline and Bettor Be Steppin were two of harness racing's top female pacers last year and trainer Joe Holloway is hopeful the dynamic duo can return to similar form this season. Both horses, now 4-year-olds, will be in action in Friday's qualifiers at the Meadowlands. It will be the first trip to the track this year for Divine Caroline, who received the 2015 Dan Patch Award for best 3...
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Jeremy Smith returns to action after accident

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
Exactly one week after suffering serious bruises and abrasions as the result of a frightening racing accident at Miami Valley Raceway, driver Jeremy Smith returned to action with a scintillating four-win performance on the Tuesday (March 22) matinee. The grand slam matched honors on the day with leading driver Josh Sutton, who also scored four victories.   Smith, currently ranked th...
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5 divisions of second Levy leg on Saturday

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
Round 2 of Yonkers Raceway's series for the adult table set, the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Series, has been drawn. Friday night, it's the Matchmaker, with three consecutive (races 6 through 8), $40,000 events again featuring some of the sport's best pacing mares. The final division collides two of last week's first-leg winners in Al Raza N (Jordan Stratton, pos...
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Sage N, Tetrick win Mare Open again at Dover

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
Give Sage N the rail and Tim Tetrick driving and that's all you need as the combination worked for the second consecutive week in the $24,000 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday. George Dennis had a four bagger on the card.   Tetrick took command after a :55.3 opening half mile and was on the way for Sage N's fourth win of the year with a new mark of 1:50.4. Scott DiDomenico t...
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Indiana champ Hannelore Hanover rallies to win

on 03/22/2016 2:00 AM
Making the first start of her 4-year-old campaign, Hannelore Hanover erased a six-length deficit late to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Hannelore Hanover was Indiana's champion 3-year-old, banking $305,574 at 2 and 3. But she was facing distinguished mares off a layoff of more than five months, and when ...
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New gaming revenue agreement in Alberta

on 03/21/2016 2:00 AM
Alberta's Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board Joe Ceci announced a new 10-year funding agreement for the provincial horse racing industry at a press conference today (Saturday, March 19) at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino.   The Government of Alberta and Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) have signed a new 10-year agreement, which will support rural communities and the ag...
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Well Said, Winning Mister to help scholarship fund

on 03/21/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that breedings to Well Said and Winning Mister have been donated and are being auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's College Scholarship Fund. Two of the sport's leading breeders, Hanover Shoe Farms and Bob Key, have donated breedings for the second straight year. Well Said stands at Hanover Shoe Farms for a fee of $7,500...
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