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Total harness handle climbs in 2015

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
The total wagering on harness racing at U.S. tracks in 2015 surpassed $1.5 billion, a 1.02 percent increase compared to 2014 according to statistics announced by the U.S. Trotting Association on Wednesday. During the past year, the$1,512,300,328 wagered on pari-mutuel harness racing nationwide was $15,295,745 more than the 2014 total of $1,497,004,583. In addition, there was an increase ...
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Fire at Classy Lane kills more than 40 horses

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
Tragedy struck in Ontario late Monday night as a barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, not far from Mohawk Racetrack, took the lives of more than 40 Standardbred racehorses stabled in Barn 1. Standardbred Canada reported that trainers Ben Wallace, Roger Mayotte, Chantal Mitchell, Kris DiCenzo and Dan Lagace lost horses in the blaze. The fire reportedly started at...
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Rockin Image's 2016 book full and closed

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
With performers such as Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete and his first two crops making him Indiana's number one money-winning sire in 2015, it's no surprise that Rockin Image's 2016 book is full and closed. Dr. Maria King of Victory Hill Farm, which stands Rockin Image at stud, announced the news.   Victory Hill Farm also stands Rockin Image's half brother Tellitlikeitis, A...
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Meadowlands fundraiser for fire victims

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack and its horsemen are joining together this weekend (Friday and Saturday) to raise funds for the victims of a devastating fire at Classy Lane Training Center in Ontario on Monday that killed more than 40 Standardbred racehorses. "This is every horseperson's absolute worst nightmare,” said Jason M. Settlemoir, general manager and CEO of Meadowlands Racing & En...
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Unefoisdansmavie upsets at 15-1 for Burke

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
Unefoisdansmavie saved ground until the final turn, then swooped the field wide from last to score a 15-1 upset in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Dave Palone was content to keep Unefoisdansmavie along the cones while others attacked the leader, Mistress Valentine. But when Palone angled the 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The W...
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Fashion Showdown scores at 35-1 at Dover

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
A :25.3 opening quarter on a chilly Tuesday apparently was too much for Elliesjet N and Jerseylicious as Fashion Showdown was fastest in the stretch to score a 35-1 upset in the $20,000 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Jan. 5. Corey Callahan notched four wins.   Elliesjet N and driver Art Stafford Jr. brought an eight-race win streak as the mare stepped up into the top distaff...
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Hannah Miller named US rep in World Cup

on 01/04/2016 12:00 AM
The World Cup, considered the Super Bowl of amateur racing, will take place in Budapest, Hungary in September 2016 and Hannah Miller has been designated to represent the United States in that prestigious event. This year the World Cup will pit 12 countries from three continents in an international amateur driving competition.   Miller was named the USA's 2015 Amateur Driver of the Y...
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No Meadowlands for David Miller until April

on 01/04/2016 12:00 AM
Although David Miller enters 2016 less than $683,000 from becoming just the third driver in history to reach the $200-million mark in career earnings, don't look for the Hall of Famer to reach the milestone any time soon. That's because Miller and his wife, Misty, will be spending the winter in Florida and not returning north until April, which means he will be out of action at the Meadowlands...
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Burke, Allard to race at Hawthorne

on 01/04/2016 12:00 AM
There shouldn't be any shortage of horses for Hawthorne's winter meet that gets under way on Friday, Jan. 8. The track's barn area will soon be jammed-pack after 500 stall applications were accepted, placing the track's backstretch at capacity. Hawthorne will have a three-day box for its meet. Entries for opening night will be taken at its Race Office on Tuesday morning, Jan. 5. Entries are...
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Meadowlands moves post time to 6:35 p.m.

on 01/04/2016 12:00 AM
Post time for the Meadowlands will be moved to 6:35 p.m. for the eight weeks encompassing the entire months of January and February. This move comes on the heels of consecutive Saturday nights that produces nearly $7.4 Million in combined handle.   "It is impossible to ignore the success we have had the past two Saturday nights of racing," said general manager Jason Settlemoir....
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Set Me Up wins Meadows opening day feature

on 01/04/2016 12:00 AM
Set Me Up captured Monday’s opening day feature at The Meadows when she outdueled Hidden Land in the stretch and took the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. The 2-5 favorite, Set Me Up was on an easy lead with Hidden Land fifth and facing a seemingly futile first-over bid. Indeed, Hidden Land made that move and drew even past the three-quarters. But Set Me Up had just ...
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Mustang Art upsets at Dover

on 01/04/2016 12:00 AM
Mustang Art, overlooked at 33-1, enjoyed a perfect trip to come on to post a 1:51 success in the $28,500 Delaware Special Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Monday. Yannick Gingras, Corey Callahan and George Dennis  drove three winners on a windy and cold day. Starting from the second tier in the Monday feature, Mustang Art, reined by Brett Miller, found room deep in the lane to score a 1...
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Merriman has 8 wins at Northfield Saturday

on 01/03/2016 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, the 2015 North American dash winner, has continued his winning ways into 2016. After posting three wins on Friday (Jan. 1), Merriman had a monster night on Saturday (Jan. 2) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race program.   Merriman’s triumphs were with Lady Ideal ($2.10) in race three, King Richard ($9.20) in race six, Talbotcreek Armani ($3.80) i...
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Wrenn, Loney take 2015 Northfield titles

on 01/03/2016 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Brian Loney were repeat winners in 2015 with Northfield Park dash titles. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. again topped the Northfield driving ranks in 2015, winning 653 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 579 winners. Jason Merriman (338), Ryan Stahl (210) and Kurt Sugg (199) completed the top five reinsmen.   Wrenn, 29, resides in C...
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Meadowlands opens 2016, handles $3.7 million

on 01/03/2016 12:00 AM
The 15-race Saturday card at The Meadowlands produced a total handle of $3,775,943, an increase of $1,178,455 over the 13-race card on this same night in 2015, or 45-percent. The per-race handle of $251,729 was a 26-percent increase over the $199,806 per-race handle on this night in 2015.   In addition, on-track handle nearly doubled, increasing 95-percent from $209,066 to $407,897 ...
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Timoko easy winner in prep for Prix d'Amerique

on 01/03/2016 12:00 AM
Timoko, the runner-up in the 2015 Yonkers International Trot and 2014 Elitlopp champion, crushed the competition in the Prix de Bourgogne at the Vincennes track in Paris, France, on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 3. The French trotter was parked the entire distance and then won by open lengths. You can watch the video by going to Today's Videos (see below).   Driver Bjorn Goop attacked quic...
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Bill Perretti, 36, nephew of Anthony Perretti, dies

on 01/02/2016 12:00 AM
William "Bill" Perretti, 36, close nephew of Anthony Perretti, a member of the boards of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and The Hambletonian Society, died Dec. 26, 2015. Mr. Perretti was a passionate surfer, skateboarder and sport bike rider. Visitation for Mr. Perretti will be on Sunday (Jan. 3) between 1-2 p.m. at the Lohman Funeral Home Ormond, 733 ...
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Erle Dale N takes Woodbine Preferred

on 01/02/2016 12:00 AM
Sent postward at odds of 10-1, Erle Dale N came through between horses down the stretch off a ground-saving trip to win Woodbine Racetrack's first $34,000 Preferred Pace of the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 2.   Also, fresh off fantastic 2015 seasons, Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau were recognized Saturday night at Woodbine. Filion led all drivers on the Woodbine/Mohawk circuit in 2...
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Teddy Barcus, subject of card drive, dies

on 12/31/2015 12:00 AM
Teddy F. Barcus, 70, of Delaware, Ohio, and formerly nearby Sunbury, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Willow Brook Christian Village in Delaware. Mr. Barcus was a longtime fan of harness racing and assistant for various horsemen over the year at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. When a heavy snowstorm would made roads virtually impassable in the winter, Mr. Barcus was known to walk to the ...
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Hollywood Dayton closes with handle up 20%

on 12/31/2015 12:00 AM
Hollywood Dayton Raceway closed the curtain on a successful second season on Wednesday night (December 30) with an overall average nightly handle increase of 20 percent over the inaugural 2014 session. Over $5.2 million in purses were paid out over the 75-night meet. In addition, Hollywood Dayton Raceway put an exclamation point on its successful second season with another all-time record hand...
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