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France/US Drivers' Cup on tap at Yonkers

on 03/16/2016 2:00 AM
Apparently, all that was missing from Yonkers Raceway's "French-centric" trots were the French. That small detail gets rectified Sunday afternoon with the inaugural Drivers' Cup.   Five of Yonkers' leading drivers battle five of France's finest in a four-race, transatlantic competition. It begins with races 2 and 4 here, with those events included among the seven races simulcas...
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Meadowlands to host Hambletonian through 2021

on 03/16/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack, longest-running host track of the classic Hambletonian race for 3-year-old trotters, has signed a contract extension to host the event through 2021. The Hambletonian Society, which owns the race, and Jeff Gural, chairman of the New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, have extended the existing Hambletonian contract from 2018 to 2021. An option to host future races was requ...
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Lindy's Tru Grit captures Woodbine Preferred

on 03/15/2016 2:00 AM
Lindy's Tru Grit and driver Paul MacDonell took advantage of a tiring front end to win the $34,000 Preferred Trot Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   A field of seven trotters competed in the weekly feature event. Fearless Man and trainer-driver Rick Zeron were looking to rebound following a disappointing sixth-place finish in last week's event.   Zeron pushed the gas p...
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Referendum in November for north NJ casinos

on 03/15/2016 2:00 AM
On Monday, New Jersey lawmakers approved legislation that will put a referendum on the November ballot, asking voters to approve or reject two northern New Jersey casinos. The Meadowlands continues to be mentioned as a site and Meadowlands owner-operator Jeff Gural has said he has spoken with potential casino partners and believes the leading candidates may be Caesars and MGM.   ...
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2 berths for handicapping contest up for grabs

on 03/15/2016 2:00 AM
Two coveted berths to the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship will be on the line this Saturday, March 19, in a qualifying tournament hosted by the Meadowlands. The qualifier features a $200 buy-in that includes a $100 entry fee and a $100 bankroll. Contestants are required to bet a minimum of 10 Meadowlands live races with a minimum $10 wager per race. There is no maximum wager...
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Matchmaker, Levy series set to start at Yonkers

on 03/15/2016 2:00 AM
Post positions have been parceled out for the start of Yonkers Raceway's "adult" series, the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Series. Each series off five preliminary rounds, leading to their respective Apr. 23 finals.   Friday night, three consecutive (races 6 through 8), $40,000 events begin the Matchmaker for 23 of the sport's best pacing mares.   ...
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Big M, RTN to offer HD streaming and replays

on 03/15/2016 2:00 AM
The New Meadowlands Racetrack and Racetrack Television Network (RTN) have partnered together to distribute live streaming and race replays of Meadowlands Racetrack harness racing in high definition ("HD").   A 60-day free trial period began on March 11. During this trial offer, Meadowlands Racetrack customers will get to experience live streaming and race replays in HD on http:...
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Hoosier Park to debut passing lane

on 03/15/2016 2:00 AM
In a continued effort to provide a superior racing product, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the recent completion of a passing lane to Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile racing surface.   Track Superintendent Gary Wolff and his crew, along with the help of renowned track consultants Greg and Dan Coon, have been working diligently, not only to prepare the entir...
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Celebrity Bugatti wins second straight in series

on 03/15/2016 2:00 AM
Celebrity Bugatti rolled to his second straight series victory in Tuesday's third leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Marty De Vie captured the other $15,000 third-leg split in the event for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings.   Celebrity Bugatti was away second for Dan Rawlings, but after a sluggish 29.4 opening quarter, Rawlings thought the point might be...
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Blakemore captures Isle Amateur title

on 03/14/2016 2:00 AM
New Zealand's Danny Blakemore captured the title in the first Isle International Amateur Driving Championship, which concluded on Sunday night at Pompano Park.   The DVD video store owner scored in his only Sunday night drive in the competition to wind up with 41 points in the competition, pinning the defeat on Dein Spriggs (36 points) while Italy's Enrico Columbino and Germany's Mi...
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Wasaga Beach repeats in Meadows series

on 03/14/2016 2:00 AM
Wasaga Beach got her second straight win in the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace when she zipped to the front and scored handily in Monday’s third leg at The Meadows. Candyapple Hanover and Rollatown also took $12,000 third-leg splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers. Tony Hall enjoyed a series double behind Wasaga Beach and Rollatown.   Two scratches allowed Wasa...
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Silver Fox J rallies for Dover victory

on 03/14/2016 2:00 AM
Silver Fox J closed strongly with a :27.3 final panel along the inside to win the $18,500 pace at Dover Downs on a drizzling Monday "good" track at Dover Downs. A change in post position was just what Silver Fox J needed as the 4-year-old Kenneth J-Fox Valley Backoff gelding scored a 1:53.2 victory in the feature race. With trainer-co-owner George Dennis in the bike Silver Fox J chalked up his...
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Another Big M win for Rockeyed Optimist

on 03/13/2016 1:00 AM
Odds-on choice Rockeyed Optimist rolled to the front and never looked back en route to his third consecutive win in Saturday (March 12) night's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands, and handle exceeded $3 million for the 12th time in the last 13 cards at the North Jersey harness track.   In the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace, Rockeyed Optimist ($3.60) sprinted off from...
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Major Athens lowers Papagayo E's Yonkers mark

on 03/13/2016 1:00 AM
Major Athens (Brian Sears, $11.20) gutted it out Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,400 Open Handicap Trot.   Assigned post position seven, he was one of several leavers through some quick fractions. Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) played leapfrog on the lead with Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) between equal opening intervals of :28.2 ( :56.4 half). It took a half-mile befor...
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Penn tops Il Mago in Miami Valley Open Trot

on 03/13/2016 1:00 AM
A long awaited stretch showdown between the two most dominant trotters at the current Miami Valley Raceway meet finally took place in the $20,000 Open Trot on Sunday (March 13). Actually Penn and Il Mago were pitted against each other (and seven other classy square-gaiters) two weeks ago, but a suicidal :26.3 first quarter speed duel between the two ended the anticipation early as Blackwolf Ru...
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Sayitall BB wins Meadowlands mare feature

on 03/12/2016 12:00 AM
The Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Sayitall BB ($5.80) made all the pace in Friday (March 11) evening's featured $13,000 distaff pace at The Meadowlands, earning her first win of 2016 in 1:51.2 over fast going in the night's 11th event.  Also, for the 11th time in 12 programs, punters wagered over $3 million on races contested at the Big M.   Joe Bongiorno sent the 5...
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HH Tracy to live out her days in KY thanks to Wanut Hall Ltd

on 03/12/2016 12:00 AM
The gray-faced mare, H H Tracy who stirred up more than 30,000 lookers on the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) Facebook page has arrived safely at Walnut Hall Limited.   When the SRF posted the very sad photo of the 29-year-old mare, many people stepped up with help, comments, and compassion. Of the wonderful people were Meg Jewitt and Alan Leavitt of Walnut Hall Ltd. in K...
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Four big wins for Eash Stable at Miami Valley

on 03/12/2016 12:00 AM
The Eash Racing Stable and driver LeWayne Miller teamed up for a night to remember on Saturday (March 12) at Miami Valley Raceway. Not only did Astreo's Love capture the $20,000 Open Pace for trainer Don Eash and Miller, but E R Rudy copped the $20,000 championship leg of a top conditioned late closing series, stablemate Undertaker triumphed in the $10,000 first leg of the George Williams Memo...
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Mohawk opens for training starting March 15

on 03/12/2016 12:00 AM
Mohawk Warrior will aim for a WEGZ Series sweep following a 1:51.3 victory Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   A field of five met up for the second leg of the three-week series. Trainer Richard Moreau sent out a trio of starters, including Mohawk Warrior.   Moreau trainee Rafa cut the mile with Mohawk Warrior and Jody Jamieson sitting on his back. After fractions of ...
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TG's Divine Scene wins Saratoga feature

on 03/12/2016 12:00 AM
TG's Divine Scene (Artistic Freedom) made his local debut a winning one on Saturday night in the $15,000 Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   The Ron Burke trainee utilized his terrific early speed to secure a pocket trip behind longshot Titus Seelster (Frank Coppola Jr), who overcame post position eight within the first few strides of the 1 1/16 mile feature. Driver Larry St...
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