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Great Scott! Zeron wins 4 at Meadowlands

on 03/19/2016 2:00 AM
In the words of Hall of Fame racecaller Sam McKee on Friday (March 18) night at The Meadowlands, "you can only hope to contain him."  McKee was speaking of driver Scott Zeron, who captured four races on the 12-race card.  Total betting turnover on the program exceeded $3 million for the fourth consecutive live racing night, and for the 13th time in the last 14 cards. Despite two...
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Five win night for Filion Friday at Woodbine

on 03/19/2016 2:00 AM
Sylvain Filion started his weekend in style with a five-win performance Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The veteran reinsman closed out Friday’s 10-race card with four victories in the final five-races to complete a solid night on the track. Filion got his first victory of the night behind pacing mare I C Anastro in the evening’s third-race. Eight-year-old pacing mare Boat Ho...
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Keystone Dylan 27-1 shocker in Meadows series

on 03/19/2016 2:00 AM
Pouncing on a mistake by the 1-9 favorite, Keystone Dylan opened a daylight light and dug in late to pull off a 27-1 shocker in Saturday’s third leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace. Cheapskate Hanover took the other $15,000 third-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. The championships of four current series at The Meadows, including the Walter Russell,...
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Kauffman, De Long have hot hands at Miami Valley

on 03/19/2016 2:00 AM
My Buddy Ninkster, a winner in his first start at Miami Valley Raceway four weeks ago, returned to the spotlight on Saturday (March 19) by winning the $20,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3.  With the victory the four-year-old altered son of Dali becomes the third repeat winner of the weekly feature race during the current winter meet.  Astreo’s Love, who finished third this week, has won the...
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Pocono kicks off 2016 campaign

on 03/19/2016 2:00 AM
The opening night card of the 2016 racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono saw some familiar trainers and drivers revisiting the winners circle, and the Holiday Road gelding Its Huw You Know capturing the featured $15,500 second race trot in 1:55.2. Jim Morrill Jr., with a UDR of over .600 starting the season at Buffalo, completed a sweep of the Daily Double with Its Huw You Know...
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Mohawk Warrior, Wanda Bayama win Woodbine series finals

on 03/19/2016 2:00 AM
The WEGZ and HPIBET.com series finals highlighted racing action Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Just a field of five went postward in the $55,800 WEGZ for four-year-old pacers, while a full field of ten four-year-old pacing mares competed in the $54,400 HPIBET.com. All eyes were on Mohawk Warrior in the WEGZ, as the Richard Moreau trainee aimed for a series sweep and he did not...
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Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale on June 5

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale will be held this year on Sunday, June 5, the weekend following Memorial Day and a date, according to sale manager David Reid, that will better accommodate those wanting to sell 2-year-olds in training.   "I've had several trainers tell me that even just a week more at that time of year helps in regard to a 2-year-old's progress," Reid said. "Like a...
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USTA president Langley responds to Faraldo

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
In response to a letter to the editor published in today's HarnessRacing Weekend Preview written by U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) director Joe Faraldo titled "USTA Spending and Transparency," USTA president Phil Langley sent a letter to the members of the USTA board of directors. The USTA sent that letter to harnessracing.com, and it appears below in its entirety:  "It is ...
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World champion mare trotter Maven retired

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
World champion and 2013 Dan Patch Award-winning female trotter Maven has been retired, trainer Jimmy Takter said. The 7-year-old Maven was attempting to return from a suspensory injury, which she suffered in August while in Sweden.   "We did a scan on her (right hind) leg and it looked like it's too high risk to get her where she could compete at the level she was," Takter said. "It...
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USTA donates $5,000 to South Fla. fire fund

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association president Phil Langley announced Friday that the USTA will make a $5,000 donation to the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to assist horsemen involved in the fire at the South Florida Trotting Center near Lake Worth on March 16. The fire led to the death of 12 horses and injuries to many others. "Long ago, in 1960, the stable owned by Billy ...
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Gary Maciejewski, MVG paddock guard, has died

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
The Southwest Ohio harness racing community is saddened today (March 18) to learn of the sudden death this morning of Gary Maciejewski, a longtime horseman who was currently employed as a paddock security guard at Miami Valley Raceway. Maciejewski, age 67, was born in Toledo, but migrated to Lebanon before securing his driver-trainer license in 1985. Gary only used his driver’s license ...
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Ali De Vie loving Friday nights at Buffalo

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
Ali De Vie sure must like the work of Buffalo Raceway track photographer Steve Roth. For the third straight Friday night, Ali De Vie (Jim Morrill Jr.) posed for pictures in the winner's circle for Roth by taking the $9,000 featured trot in a seasonal best 1:58.1 over the good track. And while Ali De Vie ($8.30) isn't camera shy, he's not afraid of taking on stiffer competit...
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Nutmegs Yankee handles slop In Buffalo feature

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
With early afternoon rain showers and temperatures in the low 50s, it put Buffalo Raceway's half mile oval in the sloppy category. But the off going sure didn't bother Nutmegs Yankee one bit as she took a 1-3/4 length victory over Dontch Remember in the featured $9,000 pace for the mares on Wednesday evening (March 16). Heavenly Place (David McNeight III) set the tempo...
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Gural Hanover wins open trot at Dover

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
Gural Hanover, who won only two races last year, turned in his second straight trip to the winner’s circle on Wednesday, May 16 romping to a 1:53 victory in the  $24,000 Open trot. With Andrew McCarthy driving the Crazed-Givemearing gelding, Gural Hanover final took command after a :26.3 opening quarter and proved the best from there. Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, Pahellenic and Burke...
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Handsoffmycookie retired from racing

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
Seven-year-old female pacer Handsoffmycookie, a multiple-stakes winner of more than $1.40 million, has been retired, trainer Scott DiDomenico said Thursday.   Handsoffmycookie was owned throughout her career by Joann Fucci's JFE Enterprise LLC and trained by DiDomenico. She won 33 of 116 lifetime races and hit the board a total of 58 times. Her victories included the 2011 New York S...
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Just A Bee stings 'em at Pompano

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef and "stung," herself, half way through the mile, got the last fatal sting to her competition when it counted as she edged by late to score a half-length win in 1:51.1 in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Wednesday night. The eight year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood pinned the narrow defeat on Godiva Seelster, handled by Wally Hennessey, and Pe...
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Trotters, distaffers on tap Friday at Meadowlands

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
A 12-race card featuring trotters and distaff pacers awaits punters on Friday at the Meadowlands, with nearly a quarter-million dollars in carryovers and guaranteed pools on the line as well.   Co-featured third-level events share the spotlight on the track, with a full field of 10 trotters competing in the evening's seventh event and a septet of distaff pacers squaring off in ...
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Jimmie Hofler Sr. dies at 79

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
James Myron "Jimmie" Hofler Sr., 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, in his home in Sunbury, NC.   Mr. Hofler was born in Gates County on June 22, 1936, and was the son of the late H. Sidney and Thelma Riddick Hofler. He, with his father and brother, the late Bernard S. Hofler, were the owners and operators of H.S. Hofler & Sons Lumber Company, where he retired as its Pr...
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Sunfire Blue Chip taking a shot in Levy series

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter already had a nice one-two punch in the older male pacing division with multiple-stakes-winners Always B Miki and JK Endofanera. The return of Sunfire Blue Chip from stallion duty adds even more clout to the trainer's stable. Sunfire Blue Chip, who won the 2013 Adios and is on the verge of $1 million in career purses, bred 37 mares in 2015. He sat out more than a year because of h...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
You know it's spring when MLB teams are back in action, there is March Madness in the NCAA tournament, and the Levy and Blue Chip Matchmaker series get underway at Yonkers Raceway. Kathy Parker talked to trainer Noel Daley about his chances with Delightful Dragon in a Matchmaker split. Kathy also spoke to Hanover Shoe Farms' president/CEO Jim Simpson for her "Breeding Banter" and he revea...
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