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Series action underway at The Meadows

on 02/09/2016 12:00 AM
Drift Away moved powerfully first over and went on to a comfortable victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pittstop Kip shot the Lightning Lane to take the other $15,000 opening-leg split.   Drift Away had been hampered by post 8 or 9 for five consecutive starts, when he felt compelled to try for the early lead. O...
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Classy pacer Allthatgltrsisgold passes

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
A classy veteran competing in open/invitational events for the past few seasons, Allthatgltrsisgold p,2,1:52.3; 3,1:49 ($824,471) was euthanized at Miami Valley Raceway in Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, following an injury. This was the same track where he had scored a decisive victory in his previous start. A foal of 2007, he was 9 years old. The son of Cam's Card Shark and the Life Sign ...
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Meadowlands stakes payments due Feb. 17

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
The 2016 Grand Circuit stakes season at the Meadowlands will offer over $14 million in purses including both the $1.7 million Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks and $5.7 million Breeders Crown.   A few new events have been added to the list of lucrative Meadowlands administered stakes led by the inaugural $150,000E Elitlopp Playoff for older trotters scheduled for the lone Sund...
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Maryland payments postmarked by Feb. 16

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
Reminder that sustaining forms and possible payment are due Feb. 15, 2016 for the 4- and 5-year-old Open Maryland Sires Stakes for trotters and pacers (foals of 2011 and 2012).   Three-year-old payments (foals of 2013) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sires Stakes on Feb. 15, 2016.   All stallion pedigree's, staking forms, and stake dates are now...
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PHHA urging out-of-competition testing

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in collaboration with fellow horsemen's organizations, the PA Department of Agriculture, and legislative leaders, has developed proposed legislation initiating out-of-competition testing for illegal drugs such as Epogen, under the jurisdiction of the Racing Commissions.   Once in effect, it will provide for the added ability of the Co...
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Schedule set for 2016 Youth Foundation camps

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has announced an extensive 40th anniversary summer program schedule which includes several new locations and also the organization's established leadership program at the Goshen Historic Track in New York. The complete 2016 schedule information, is available at http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications.   Applications will go live on the website in...
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Wakizashi, Market Share training at Pinehurst

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
The Pinehurst Driving Club is proud to present the training rosters for the Pinehurst Harness Track in Pinehurst, N.C., for 2015-2016. There are several stars on the grounds, including familiar names Wakizashi Hanover and Market Share.   This is the first year for the Linda Toscano stable in the Tar Heel State. Her 45-horse stable features the former Hambletonian champ Market S...
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Miller, Kenney take NAADA splits

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
Showing that last year was no fluke the talented Hannah Miller was again in the winner's circle Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway after she reined Jacks To Open to his second consecutive victory in their division of the NAADA Trotting Series. Robert Kenney won the other split with Rev Up The Spice.   But once again all eyes were on "Hurricane Hannah" as she seems to be picking ...
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Trackman Wolff returns to Hoosier Park

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is pleased to announce that veteran trackman Gary Wolff has recently been named track superintendent and will return to Hoosier Park for the 2016 live harness racing season. Wolff previously held the position of track superintendent at Hoosier Park in 2008 before most recently serving as track superintendent at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.   Wolff ...
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Hawthorne meet finishes with a flourish

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
After a seven-year absence from the harness racing scene at Hawthorne Race Course the trotters and pacers returned to the Stickney spa for a short four-week meet which kicked off on Jan. 8. If the numbers that were put up are a sign of things to come racing fans will be in for a treat when the Standardbreds return to Hawthorne in May for an extended five-month meet.   With Mother Na...
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Peck Blue Chip crowned king at Miami Valley

on 02/08/2016 12:00 AM
Bottom claimers got a unique opportunity to race for a $20,000 purse at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon when the championship leg of the track’s popular Survivor Series was contested.  Ninety-one $5,000 claimers paid $100 entry fees to start the elimination tournament on Jan. 11 in 10 divisions. The top three finishers plus the six fastest fourth place finishers advanced t...
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Ashley's Husband storms home in Big M feature

on 02/07/2016 12:00 AM
A monstrous :25.4 closing quarter propelled William J. Donovan's Ashley's Husband ($14.60) to the fore in the closing strides of Saturday (February 6) evening's featured $17,000 top-level conditioned pace at The Meadowlands. Brett Miller settled well off the pace with the 6-year-old Henry Clay gelding, second from last through a :55.1 half with a contested pace in front of him.  Just...
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Crazshana, Atta Boy Dan win Yonkers features

on 02/07/2016 12:00 AM
  A week before Valentine’s Day, "Shana" and "Dan" were the popular couple, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $32,000 Saturday night co-featured Open Handicaps. "Shana," as in Crazshana (Jason Bartlett, $6.70) prevailed from the pocket in the week’s featured trot. Leaving from post position No. 4, he tailed a three-wide-early Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears) through that’s one journ...
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Horseman Tony MacRae dies in Florida

on 02/07/2016 12:00 AM
Horseman Anthony "Tony" MacRae, a well known horseman, especially during the era when Ben White Raceway in Orlando was a major winter training center for champions, died Jan. 31. He was 80. In addition to his own work as a trainer-driver for more than 50 years, during which time he won more than 1,100 races, Mr. MacRae was known to help many of his peers troubleshoot a problem with a horse....
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Randy Tharps drives 5,000th winner

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Randy Tharps became the 103rd harness driver in North American history to reach 5,000 career victories on Friday night (February 5) at Miami Valley Raceway. The winningest African-American driver in history, by a wide margin, 52-year-old Tharps scored a hat trick to reach the coveted plateau. Jessie's Field got Randy's string of successes going with a 1:57.4 score in a $10,000 conditioned trot...
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War N Munn series leg winner at Woodbine

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Winter Series action ramped up Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with round one of The Count B and Ontario Girls Series.Each series featured a pair of divisions for their opening leg. A group of 14 sophomore pacing colts and geldings were split into two $17,000 The Count B divisions, while 15 Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares competed in two $18,000 Ontario Girls splits.   T...
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Opulent Yankee, Maine bettor big Big M winners

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Opulent Yankee ($5.40) is finding his best stride again, capturing Friday evening's featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands in pillar-to-post fashion, digging deep to hold sway for a 1:53 triumph in the night's second of 14 races.   Andy Miller sent the 5-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding immediately to the fore, stretched out a bit by Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick...
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Mares shine in Hawthorne series finals

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Friday night at Hawthorne had the final two series finals for the winter meet as the females were featured in the Pretty Direct and Ohyouprettything pacing series.   Race 7 was the Pretty Direct Pacing Series final as a field of eight lined up. The favorite was Whiskersonkittens as she and driver Robert Smolin had won each of the first two legs of the series. At the start of th...
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Regil Elektra wins by 3 in Yonkers Open

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) won the draw, the hearts and minds of the electorate and the race Friday night (Feb. 5), annexing Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. From the pole, Regil Elektra saw Inittowinafortune (Jordan Stratton) take the first ballot. The people's preference then reclaimed the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, it was very simple ...
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Napierala named new track super at Meadowlands

on 02/06/2016 12:00 AM
Longtime Meadowlands director of track maintenance Gary Wolff is leaving the historic harness racing facility to become the new track superintendent at Hoosier Park in Indiana. Wolff will be replaced by Ryan Napierala, effective Feb. 8, who comes to the Meadowlands from White Birch Farm in Allentown, N.J.   Wolff has served in his position at the Meadowlands since 2008. During that ...
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