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First Big M Hambo a Saskatchewan surprise

on 08/08/2020 10:40 AM
The famed mile oval of the Meadowlands has now played host to the Hambletonian for 40 years — longer than any of the legendary tracks in its past. So how did America’s Trotting Classic, nicknamed the “Corn Tassel Derby,” end up in, as Bruce Springsteen sings, the “swamps of Jersey?” The inaugural Hambletonian at The Meadowlands in 1981 had more twists...
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2YO filly Summer Touch sets 1:51.4 mark

on 08/08/2020 8:18 AM
Five fields of fillies provided Northfield Park harness racing fans with sizzling miles, including a new track and world record clocking of 1:51.4 by Summer Touch, the 1-5 favorite in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a lovely August 7 evening.    The Ronnie Burke-trained daughter of Well Said-Real Touch-Real Desire was given a perfe...
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2YO Southwind Tyrion stays undefeated

on 08/08/2020 8:13 AM
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Southwind Tyrion continued his impressive winning ways Friday night at The Meadowlands, upping his lifetime record to three wins in as many starts after taking the $60,000 Garden State – sponsored by the Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey – for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot in 1:54.3 over a track labeled ‘good’.  ...
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Dial A Chic moves up in class, still wins at Plainridge

on 08/07/2020 9:33 PM
After winning in a seasonal best time just last week, Dial A Chic moved up in class and came right back to the winner’s circle, winning the $12,000 Winners-Over trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 7).   Dial A Chic (Joe Di Stefano) settled in third from the pylons off the gate while stablemate Jericho (Mitchell Cushing) hit the quarter first in :28.1. D...
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Midnite Craze, Live Love Laugh score

on 08/07/2020 8:22 PM
Midnite Craze (Ivan Davies) and Love Live Laugh (John McDonald) captured the $3,600  co-features at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 7). Midnite Craze ($12.40) charges late to win the featured trot. Warrawee Preferred (Leon Bailey) charged to front and easily led to the first quarter in a :26.3.  He used a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half first in :55.4.  As they headed to...
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NYSS revises schedule, including Excelsior finals

on 08/07/2020 3:35 PM
The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) has announced changes to its schedule affecting the Excelsior finals and the remaining two NYSS divisions scheduled to race at Monticello Raceway. The full revised schedule can be found here. The Excelsior finals will now be held Friday, Sept. 11 at Tioga Downs, instead of Sept. 19 as previously scheduled. This is one day before the NYSS finals at Yonk...
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Northville Downs to resume live racing on Aug. 14

on 08/07/2020 2:30 PM
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has approved live pari-mutuel racing to begin at Northville Downs. The MGCB approved 18 live race dates, on Fridays and Saturdays, from Aug. 14 through Oct. 10.   In addition, the Michigan-bred and sired colt stakes will be raced on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 12, at Northville. The Michigan Great Lakes Stakes will be raced on Tuesday, Aug. ...
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Death, taxes, and Marion Marauder

on 08/07/2020 2:23 PM
To the list of certainties in this world, such as death and taxes, add Marion Marauder racing at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. Marion Marauder, a multiple Dan Patch Award-winner, makes his fifth consecutive Hambletonian Day appearance at The Big M on Saturday when he races in the $291,350 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters. The 7-year-old stallion won the 2018 Cashman and fi...
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Sophomore colt pacers to battle Tuesday in PASS

on 08/07/2020 1:00 PM
The early-season high flyer Allywag Hanover leads the sport’s “glamour division,” the 3-year-old colt pacers, to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon, when they will compete in three divisions of the $191,159 third preliminary round of their Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. There will also be five $20,000 divisions of the companion Stallion Series during the card. ...
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Family ties in the Hambletonian

on 08/07/2020 12:57 PM
The Pinske and Allen families have several things in common. Both run businesses that have existed for more than 100 years. Both are longtime participants in harness racing. And, on Saturday, both will be hoping to win their first Hambletonian Stakes. Amigo Volo carries the hopes of the Pinske family, as well as fellow owner David J. Miller. A year ago, the gelding gave the Pinskes their firs...
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Rock Diamonds N shines at Plainridge

on 08/06/2020 8:20 PM
The field saw nothing but his heels because Rock Diamonds N led from gate to wire as he won the $14,000 winners-over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon..    Ron Cushing took early control with Rock Diamonds N and went full throttle with him during the race. After setting quarters of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:22, Rock Diamonds N spun off the last turn with ...
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Bella Ava takes new mark of 1:53.2

on 08/06/2020 8:02 PM
Streaking classriser Bella Ava held off a late bid from favored classdropper Winnerup to take a new mark of 1:53.2 in the $13,600 trotting feature on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   Dexter Dunn made two moves to control the pace with the daughter of Cantab Hall, opened up ground on the second-over Winnerup down the backstretch and around the far turn, then stayed stro...
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Lex Selected announces fall mixed sale

on 08/06/2020 3:50 PM
Lexington Selected Sales Co. announced today that it plans to hold a mixed sale after the company’s Oct. 6-10 Selected Yearling Sale at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. The specific date and time for the mixed sale is to be announced.   This will be the company’s second mixed offering. Before a hiatus last year, the company’s first mixed venture in 2018 grossed nearly $5-m...
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Hambletonian day in new Weekend Preview!

on 08/06/2020 3:30 PM
The Hambletonian is set for Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the news and information you’ll need. Our lead story is about Ramona Hill, and driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna talk about their chance to make history with the filly trotter. Also, Nancy Takter is sending out a pair of starters in the companion Oaks and ...
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Plenty of wagering opportunities on Hambo day card

on 08/06/2020 2:34 PM
The stream of stakes races will overflow as a small creek would after a tropical storm, just like the money that will flood the pools at The Meadowlands on Saturday when the 95th edition of the $1,000,000 Hambletonian takes center stage on “Harness Racing’s Greatest Day.” Post time for the first race is noon.   Sitting atop the list of betting opportunities will...
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WEG drivers, jockeys team up for charity challenge

on 08/06/2020 1:58 PM
Woodbine Entertainment, in partnership with Kraft-Heinz Canada, Thursday announced the launch of the Heinz Challenge, a six-week series to be contested during Racing Night Live on TSN.    The Heinz Challenge pairs a top Woodbine Racetrack jockey with a top Woodbine Mohawk Park driver to create four teams competing for a $5,000 charitable donation from Woodbine.  &nbs...
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Hobbs, Chaptiama cruise in NYSS victories

on 08/06/2020 10:41 AM
There were two divisions of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) action for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested on Wednesday evening at Saratoga Casino Hotel and two horses who have been winning machines in stakes action continued their winning ways. The fastest of the $74,500 divisions of the NYSS went the way of the Jim Campbell-trained Hobbs (Credit Winner-Cruella De Ville-Yankee Glide)...
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Charlie May looks to stay undefeated in Saturday's Ohio SS

on 08/06/2020 10:36 AM
Twenty freshmen pacing colts are set to battle in two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS)  on Saturday, at Scioto Downs. This is the third round of the four-leg series for foals sired by an Ohio-registered stallions. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. (EDT).   Odds On Pick Six and I’m Sorry Man are previous leg winners who return in the first OSS division (Race 3).&nbs...
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Favorites flourish in 2YO stakes action at Hoosier

on 08/06/2020 8:27 AM
Indiana Sires Stakes (INSS) action rolled on at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday as two divisions for the freshman pacing fillies and two divisions for the freshman trotting colts were featured on the evening's 14-race card. The betting favorites delivered in three of the four divisions as the 2-year-old competitors squared off in the second round of their six round...
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Purses increasing 25 percent at Scioto

on 08/06/2020 8:27 AM
Eldorado Scioto Downs has increased purses 25 percent across the board starting with the races on Friday, Aug. 7.   "We are happy to announce this purse increase due to great numbers, both on our export signal and on the gaming floor," explained Joe Morris, senior vice president of racing for Eldorado Resorts. "Our property has been outperforming projections s...
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