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Bessie is best in Meadows feature

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
Bessie powered to the lead past the quarter and faced little pressure thereafter as she rolled to victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Away third for Jim Pantaleano, Bessie overtook the leader, Barn Girl and enjoyed a comfortable :57.2 front half. Anaffairtoremember avoided a tangle of horses down the bac...
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Mach This Way reigns supreme at Batavia

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
This was the fourth straight week that Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.) and Memumsnotnice (Ray Fisher Jr.) locked horns with "Mach” having a 2-1 advantage over "Mum” to date. After a hard fought battle, Mach This Way reigned victorious again in the $9,500 distaff pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night.   Memumsnotnice left sharply and paced on the front uncontested to ...
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Fantasy sports discussed at Racing Symposium

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
SWOP Stakes, a racing jackpot based on multiple race outcomes, received a $15,000 cash prize for winning the Innovators' Circle at the wrap-up session of the Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday.   SWOP Stakes was developed in Australia by Shaun Pyrah, Director of Strategy for Six Faces, an interactive wagering company. The three-judge panel deemed...
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Napolitano holds onto 3-win lead

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
Wednesday was a very calm day in the very heated battle between George Napolitano Jr. and Aaron Merriman for the 2015 North American dash-winning crown for drivers. Both recorded one winner on the day, bringing the current scoreline to Napolitano 820, Merriman 817.   It was an unremarkable day at Philly on Wednesday afternoon, as far as the range of winning prices – the average wi...
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Florida gov approves new gaming compact

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
After months of negotiations, Florida Gov. Rick Scott quietly signed a compact with the Seminole Tribe on Monday, Dec. 7, that will generate nearly $3 billion in added revenue to the state over seven years in exchange for the exclusive right to operate blackjack and add craps and roulette. Under the previous agreement, the tribe agreed to pay at least $234 million a year in exchange for the...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
We're heading down the homestretch in the 2015 racing season but there will still be plenty of action over the next few weeks. The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes a look at this week's Open Trot at the Meadowlands, with trainer Todd Buter giving his thoughts about Stitch In Time, who he purchased as a suckling and has rewarded him handsomely. Dave Briggs had a chance to tal...
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Sassy Sarah goes out a winner for Saindon

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
Sassy Sarah will always be amazing in the eyes of Lisa Saindon.   A 14-year-old pacing mare, Sassy Sarah won on Nov. 22 at Scarborough Downs to notch her first victory of the year. It was the 64th triumph of the mare's lengthy career, and it also was her final one. With mandatory retirement at age 15 looming for Sassy Sarah, Saindon--who owns and trains the horse--decided there was ...
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Jingle Bell Rocker in holiday spirit at Dover

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
The feature race wasn't ‘No Laughing Matters,' because Laughing Matters did win the top race on the Thursday, Dec. 10, program at Dover Downs. Framed Art was the fastest winner on the card in 1:50.   Claimed two starts back by PT Stable, Laughing Matters rushed away from post 7 and was not approachable the rest of a 1:51.2 mile to win the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-yea...
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Gimme The Cash takes trot feature at Saratoga

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
Gimme The Cash (Cash Hall) got the money in the co-feature for New York-sired trotters  on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Angus MacDonald trains and drives the 4-year-old mare who scored in the $11,250 trot on a warm December evening in Saratoga. The Vernon Downs invader shook loose in the stretch after getting away third in the race's early going to trot past ...
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Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers Tuesday in Dayton

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
The races have been drawn and the trash-talking has begun in anticipation of the first annual "Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers Drivers Challenge" to take place Tuesday night (December 15) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Top drivers from the recently-completed Hoosier Park meet will invade to challenge the top drivers in the current Hollywood Dayton dash standings. The contest will be decided o...
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Miami Valley unveils 30 new late-closers

on 12/09/2015 12:00 AM
With Miami Valley Raceway's third live racing season rapidly approaching, 30 late-closing series have been unveiled and are now available at the southwest Ohio track's website: http://www.miamivalleygaming.com,/ under the Racing/Horsemens Info tabs. The series are spread over the course of the four-month, 86-program meet which will feature record purses over 30 percent higher than in 2015...
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Mach It Par repeats at Pompano Park

on 12/09/2015 12:00 AM
Yes, it was raining "cats and dogs" at Pompano Park and, yes, the $828,000 winner Precocious Beauty was lurking in the shadow and, yes, Pertty Music was back in town after her winning debut one week ago.   But none of those obstacles could stop Mach It A Par from winning her second straight Open Pace for mares on Tuesday night.   The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three, giv...
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Merriman cuts Napolitano's dash lead to 3

on 12/09/2015 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman bounced back on Tuesday from the horrible luck he had the first two days of the week, winning twice at both The Meadows and Northfield to cut George Napolitano Jr."s lead in the 2015 North American dash-winning derby to three, with the score now Napolitano 819, Merriman 816.   Again, Merriman did not enjoy sitting behind well-regarded horseflesh during his 23-mou...
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Top Meadows honors to Atta Boy Dan, Chef Lee

on 12/09/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has named its 2015 award winners, as voted on by the organization's members.   Atta Boy Dan, owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, has been named Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Atta Boy Dan won 10 of 13 starts at The Meadows during the season en route to more than $225,000 in earnings. He paced his best mile in...
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Jonathan Roberts drives 3,000th winner

on 12/09/2015 12:00 AM
Driver Jonathan Roberts garnered his 3,000th win with Cowboy Artist for trainer Trevor Stafford in 1:55.2 at Rosecroft Raceway on Tuesday night (Dec. 8). Roberts comes from a family that has been involved in the harness racing business on the east coast for decades.
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"King" Richard hoping to wear crown again

on 12/09/2015 12:00 AM
Richard Gutnick is happy to see this year coming to an end, at least as it relates to his racehorses. But Gutnick, the sport's Owner of the Year in 2012 when his Chapter Seven was Horse of the Year and Market Share was Hambletonian champion, is looking optimistically for a better 2016.   And Chapter Seven and Market Share figure as prominently in this future as they do in ...
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Xerox it! Carbon copy Pompano win for Escuela

on 12/08/2015 12:00 AM
Escuela, looking to extend her current winning streak of three in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot, did just that on Monday night as the 5-year-old daughter of ABC Garland made it a "grand slam" with a 1:55 clocking on a "coolish" evening in South Florida.   With co-owner Ed Hensley in the bike for trainer and co-owner Ashleigh Hensley, Escuela used her now patented late knockout p...
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Bushwacker repeats at Dover Downs

on 12/08/2015 12:00 AM
Bushwacker made it two wins in a row stepping up to the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while Captive Audience Atta Boy Bones romped to victory in the $27,500 twin features at Dover Downs.   After winning last week's $20,000 Open Handicap, Bushwacker scored an impressive 1:50.3 success in the Preferred Handicap with David Miller at the controls. The win was the eighth of the year f...
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Gingras, Callahan, Brett Miller heading to Oz

on 12/08/2015 12:00 AM
Some of the best drivers from around the world will converge on Victoria next March for the inaugural International All Star Series conducted by Harness Racing Victoria, the state where the great Australian city of Melbourne is located.   Five local drivers will represent Victoria on tracks right across the state, while five star international reinsmen will make up the World Team. T...
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Hannah Miller named Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/08/2015 12:00 AM
She's known as "Hurricane Hannah” because she has taken amateur racing by storm. This year, in her first full season of driving, and overwhelmingly against male counterparts, Hannah Miller has won 32 races and will finish with a .425 UDR in 118 drives, and for her prowess the U. S. Harness Writers Association has unanimously named her the National Amateur Driver of the Year. And Miller ...
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