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Spriggs earns final spot in Isle International

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Dein Spriggs has, literally, won the right to represent the Florida Amateur Driving Club and the U.S.A. as Pompano Park gets set to host the Isle International Amateur Series on March 12 and 13 at the South Florida five-eighths mile oval. Spriggs will join Johann Preining, Jr. (Austria), Ivan Serik (Russia), Nils Olav Holm (Norway), Andrea Fazekas (Hungary), Enrico Columbo (Italy), Jaum...
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Diamond Cowboy a gem in Buffalo's open pace

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Diamond Cowboy put in a gem of an effort on Saturday night (Feb. 6) to prevail in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Open Pace by beating a stubborn Beach Hero by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.4. After finishing a disappointing sixth as the heavy favorite in last week's Open, Diamond Cowboy rebounded nicely for driver/trainer Shawn Gray to score the $14.40 mild upset victory. It was his second Open...
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Cajon Lightning strikes in Ontario Boys opener

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Fichard Moreau trainees swept the Exactor in the opening leg of the Ontario Boys Series Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine Ontario sired four-year-old pacers competed in the Ontario Boys $18,000 opening leg. Richard Moreau sent out a pair of starters, including the 2/5 favourite Rafa. However, Cajon Lightning would steal the thunder from his stablemate with a ...
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Always A Virgin's book is full and closed

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
Victory Hill Farm is pleased to announce that the book for Always A Virgin is now full and closed. Currently in his eighth season at stud, Always A Virgin made national headlines last year as the sire of Breeders Crown champions Always B Miki p,3,1:47.4 ($1,228,076) and Color's A Virgin p,4,1:49.2s ($1,046,818). "We want to thank everyone who booked to Always A Virgin&...
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Cracklin Rosie gets on board in Miss Vera Bars

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
Cracklin Rosie and driver Phil Hudon timed a late rally perfectly to win the first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in the $17,000 opening leg of the Miss Vera Bars.   Originally a field of 11, Cracklin Rosie started from the second-tier in Thursday's contest. Driven by Phil Hudon, the Luc Ouellette ...
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Topville Avatar sweeps Dygert Trot Series

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
Thursday night at Hawthorne featured the final in the Dygert Trotting Series. The series was for colts, horses, and geldings that were non-winners of three pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime as of Dec. 1, 2015.   The first two legs of the series were dominated by Topville Avatar as he won both legs by daylight. The final would be no different. From the outside, Riet's Kid left ea...
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Southwind Spirit first colt born at Dublin Valley

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
Dublin Valley Farms of Fredericksburg, Ohio is excited to announce the first colt to be born at the farm out of first crop sire Southwind Spirit 2, 1:54.1. The strong and vigorous colt is out of the SJ’s Caviar mare Shouda Cuda Wuda 3, 1:54.2f and is owned by Robert Hershberger of Dublin Valley Farms. Southwind Spirit is owned by Spirit Equine Enterprise of Fredericksburg, Ohio and stands for...
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PA Sires Stakes payments due March 15

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission today reminded Standardbred horse owners that 2016 Sire Stakes payments for two-year-old and three-year-old horses are due by March 15.   The first payments due for two-year-old horses are $150 for the Pari-mutuel Division and $25 for the Fair Division. This payment must be made for the horse to qualify for future opportunities in the PA Si...
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CHHA Stallion auction ends Sat., Feb. 5 at 2:00

on 02/05/2016 12:00 AM
The CHHA Stallion Auction ends tomorrow, Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 pm. There are some terrific bargains so don't be shut out. Bids are accepted at www.ongait.com/stallionbreedingsandsharessale.asp or you may call Lee at 603-898-1927. Proceeds will benefit the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association. Thank you for your support.
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Ronnie Wrenn Jr. drives 3,000th winner

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 3,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Say It Again Sam in Northfield Park's fifteenth race on Wednesday. Wrenn led at every call with Say It Again Sam, eventually besting his competition by 4 1/4 lengths. The 1:58.1 clocking was the 13th career score for the 6-year-old pacer, who returned $2.60 to win. The 29-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008. H...
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Ocaptain Mycaptain upsets in Hawthorne final

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
A pair of series finals, along with a consolation final took place on a breezy Wednesday night at Hawthorne Race Course. Race six on the Wednesday card was the Whizzer R. White pacing series consolation final as a field of nine lined up after the scratch of Big Moon Rizing. Early in the consolation final JDs Brent N Sheree took the lead and led the field into the lane. At the top of the str...
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21-1 longshot War Cry Hall wins at Dover

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
War Cry Hall and Tim Tetrick, a 21-1 longshot, came flying down the lane to score a 1:54.1 victory in the $20,000 Open trot over a sloppy track at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Tetrick pulled RBH Ventures’ War Cry Hall out of the middle of the pack in a nine-horse field to follow Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) down the backstretch. Panamanian Hanover took the lead with a cluster o...
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Trustworthy Kid wins one more for late trainer

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Veteran horseman Walter "Boots" Dunn died Wednesday morning, but he got one more training victory hours later when Trustworthy Kid captured the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dunn, 85, of Cochranton, PA, was a prominent and successful owner, breeder and trainer who also collected five national UDR driving championships. Because Dunn was the trai...
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Kesons Silhouette posts upset In Buffalo feature

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Kesons Silhouette stepped up in class to Buffalo Raceway's featured filly and mare pace for $7,400 on Wednesday night (Feb. 3) and rewarded her faithful backers with a nice $36.00 win mutual. After watching Ding (Ron Beback Jr.) do the dirty work in putting up some hot fractions of 28.2, 57.4 and 1:28.0, Kesons Silhouette (Truman Gale) was the benefactor. The tiri...
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Justa A Bee takes Pompano mare handicap

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Just A Bee, splendidly handled by Mike Micallef, buzzed out of the gate in a hurry and never looked back while stinging her six rivals with a 1:51.3 mile in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Wednesday night. The eight year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, carding panels of :27, :56.1and 1:24, put the stinger in for good with a :27.3 finale to pin a defeat measuring 2 ½ lengths on God...
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Big M's Pick Five Friday guarantee at $50,000

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands kicks off Super Bowl weekend with yet another 14-race program on Friday evening starting at 6:35 p.m. Both Friday and Saturday nights offer full fields and real value for the bettor.   Coming off a powerful pari-mutuel performance last week, handling over $3 million on both Friday and Saturday, the focus is directed to a carryover of $18,653 in the Pick Five whi...
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Meredith Noble follows in family's footsteps

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Meredith Noble had attended harness races at the Greene County Fairgrounds in her hometown of Xenia, Ohio, for years, but can never recall a sound at the racetrack there like she heard on Aug. 5, 2015.   It was the roar of the crowd. And it was loud. And it was for her.   The 28-year-old Noble, driving in the third race of her newly-started career, was on her way to a 4 1...
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Super Bowl picks in new Weekend Preview!

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
The year's most-anticipated edition of the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available: Super Bowl picks! While the Preview contains stories about racing at the Meadowlands and Hawthorne and a spring training report from Florida, everybody is buzzing about who picks Carolina and who picks Denver in Sunday's Super Bowl 50. So many people wanted to offer their opinion we had to a...
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Meadowlands moves Friday qualifiers to Saturday

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
Due to a winter weather advisory, Friday morning's qualifiers at the Meadowlands have been moved to Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.
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Rockeyed Optimist set for 2016 debut

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
 After a well-deserved layoff stretching the fall and half of the winter, 15-time winner Rockeyed Optimist is ready to return to the races with two sharp qualifiers under his harness.  The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday evening's featured eighth race at the Meadowlands.   As a 4 year old, Rockeyed Optimist ...
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