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Opulent Yankee set to return to races Friday

on 12/02/2015 12:00 AM
Julie Miller likens Opulent Yankee's return from a nearly five-month layoff to compete in Friday's Open Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands to "jumping off the high dive a little bit.” But it might help the trainer determine whether the 4-year-old gelding can make a big splash in 2016.   Opulent Yankee has won six of 18 races this year and finished second on nine occasions en...
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Escuela wins, Hennessey honored at Pompano

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Escuela, deftly handled by Ed Hensley, stretched her winning streak to three with a sharp 1:54.2 win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night.   The 5-year-old daughter of ABC Garland, owned by the Hensleys—Ed and trainer Ashleigh—overcame the handicap of the outside seven post and six rivals to score her 11th win of the year and 21st lifetime, sending her se...
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Unlocked wins Meadows feature

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Unlocked found the key to victory Monday at The Meadows—a clean journey on the front with plenty of pop late. That was his formula for success in the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace.   Mike Wilder hustled Unlocked to the lead from post 5 in :27.2. When no credible outside challenge developed, the 4-year-old son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power was able ...
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Mission Brief, Stayin Strong NJ HOYs

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Mission Brief, who trotted the fastest mile in New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) history, has been selected as the New Jersey Sires Stakes' Premier Division Horse of the Year for 2015 while Stayin Strong was named the Green Acres' Horse of the Year.   The awards, which are voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, are based solely on performances in races for New ...
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Hinckley wins, Waterstone 4th in HANA contest

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
The marathon we lovingly call the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge has concluded with Sally Hinckley running away with the title, finishing 570 points ahead of her nearest competitor, Dennis O'Hara. Anne Stepien finished third to complete the winning trifecta, while harnessracing.com's Gordon Waterstone settled for fourth.   We graciously thank the Bellino Stab...
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Meadowlands qualifiers moved to Saturday

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Due to the light number of entries qualifying races have been moved to Saturday evening, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Contact the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 with any questions. (Meadowlands)
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Meadow Skipper book-signing at Meadowlands

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Equine authors Victoria M. Howard and Bob Marks will be at the Meadowlands on Saturday, Dec. 5, for a book signing of their recent book, Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story. The book signing will take place inside the main entrance of the racetrack from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Both Howard and Marks will also be appearing live on the Meadowlands TV show. The book will be sold at the track for $15. ...
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Illinois horseman Bill McEnery dies at 73

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Bill McEnery, a well known horseman from Illinois and former president of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association, died Nov. 23. He was 73.   Mr. McEnery was also known as the one-time owner of the Gas City fuel and convenience store outlets. He bred Standardbreds at his Bell Valley Farm in Frankfort, Ill., and campaigned many with the Bell Valley name.   He is ...
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Youth Foundation scholarship applications available

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Updated applications are now available for three scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Completed applications are due at the HHYF office by April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on towww.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships to access the applications and each scholarship's eligibility requirements and general information. The scholarships, for students who are at least ...
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Kentucky chairman Beck stepping down

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) chairman Robert "Bob” Beck announced today that he will step down from his post effective Dec. 7, 2015. Beck, who has chaired the KHRC since his appointment by Governor Steve Beshear in 2008, made his decision known at the December meeting of the KHRC.   "This incredible opportunity to serve with a number of excellent industry leaders who ar...
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Big M requiring training reports this weekend

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands race office has requested that all trainers with horses entered in the fifth race at the Meadowlands for both Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, evening's programs to submit training reports via email to trainers@playmeadowlands.com by noon Wednesday, Dec. 2.   Additionally, trainers of horses indicated as the top two morning line favorites in all r...
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Coffee Addict wins with first-over trip at Mea

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Coffee Addict knifed through the slop first-over, wore down the leader and went on to a convincing victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Coffee Addict was fourth when Wilbur Yoder sent her after the leader, White Metro, who was seeking her sixth consecutive win. The 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen powered by White Me...
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Florida crowns champions at Pompano

on 11/30/2015 12:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association presented their annual Super Night Stakes program for Florida-bred Standardbreds Sunday night at Pompano Park with over $430,000 in purses on the line for the eight classes of 2 and 3 year olds.   In the $53,800 Two Year-Old Filly Trot, Gold Star Briana kept her juvenile record unblemished with her seventh consecutive vic...
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Wittstruck invests in HHYF's future

on 11/30/2015 12:00 AM
It was no surprise that harness racing booster and attorney Chris Wittstruck recently won the Team Valor International's Stan Bergstein Writing Award. He has long been a featured, cutting-edge columnist at ustrotting.com, but his actions following the announcement were even more cutting edge. Wittstruck immediately announced he was donating the accompanying stipend to the Harness Horse Yo...
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That's a wrap! WIJI wins Progress in 1:48.2

on 11/30/2015 12:00 AM
George Teague Jr. Inc.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit led every step of a 1:48.2 mile to win the $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace final on Monday night at Dover Downs. The time set a new track record.   The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover cut fractions of :26.1, :54 and 1:20.4 for driver Montrell Teague and kicked home in :27.3 on his way to a 3 3/4 length victory over Dealt A Winner (Dav...
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Ontario Success wins for Burke at Meadowlands

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
One week after being beaten a neck for all the money, Ontario Success did not disappoint those that bet him down to odds on favoritism in the top-level condition pace for $17,000 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands.   Released as the even-money choice, driver Yannick Gingras took no prisoners, sending his horse to the lead past the opening quarter in 27-seconds. He was able to work...
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Ideal Cowboy delivers a win as fav at Yonkers

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Ideal Cowboy (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) held off a two-pronged challenge Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Remanded outside his seven foes, Ideal Cowboy had a reasonably-simple path to the lead. He worked around Texican N (Eric Carlson) and Bigtown Hero (Dan Dube) just before a 27-second opening quarter-mile.   From the...
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Panocchio wins fourth straight at Pompano

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Panocchio, the grand 5-year-old son of No Pan Intended, stretched his winning streak to four on Saturday night at Pompano Park, covering the mile in 1:49.4 for driver Dan Clements.   Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio beat a very classy field numbering six by skimming the pylons turning for home and pushing past the stubborn Bandolito (Kevin ...
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Astreo's Love invades and scores again

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Astreo's Love travelled from Greenfield, Ind., to Dayton, Ohio, for the second straight week since his home base of Hoosier Park closed and the result is he's now "2 in a row in O-Hi-O."   The five-year-old son of Make My Day captured a top conditioned pace a week ago and promptly stepped up into open company this Saturday (November 28) with the same result. Driver Lewayne Miller s...
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Jokeman posts 10th victory of season

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Jokerman ($4.20) led from gate to wire in the $9,000 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 28) to register his tenth win of the year.   After easily taking the lead, driver Jim McNeight guided Jokerman through even fractions of :28.3 and :58.4 before anyone in the field made a move. At the half, Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) pulled to challenge the leader...
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