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Bresnahan excluded from Big M after EPO positive

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
As a result of its out-of-competition testing program, the Meadowlands Racetrack announces the positive test of a horse trained by Robert Bresnahan Jr., Tag Up And Go, a 6-year-old trotter, returned a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance, epogen, more commonly known as EPO.   The blood samples were taken from two horses at Bresnahan's barn at Gaitway Farm ...
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Somebody AS, Phil Your Boots win Yonkers features

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
A pocketed Somebody AS (Jordan Stratton, $13.40) and a down-the-road Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, $5.40) earned the glory Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $32,000 Open Handicaps.   The weekly featured trot saw Somebody AS?from assigned post position No. 3?watched invading Major Athens (George Brennan) led the way. The slight 2-1 choice threw down the anvil (:28...
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Nickle Bag scores in Woodbine Preferred Pace

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
Nickle Bag turned in a tremendous effort to win a thrilling $34,000 Preferred Pace Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Bill Robinson trainee got away seventh in the field of eight for driver Trevor Henry, as Nirvana Seelster rejected a two-hole trip to take command for driver Rick Zeron.   After a first-quarter of :27.1, Nirvana Seelster marched down the backside to the half ...
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Morgan trainees finish 1-2 in Miami Valley final

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
With a whopping total of $188,200 in purses offered on a stellar 14-race program at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday, Hall Of Fame announcer Roger Huston, subbing for the regular voice of Miami Valley Barry Vicroy, had plenty to get excited about. In addition to a $20,000 Open Pace, a pair of lucrative Claim To Fame Series championships went postward for $12,500 claiming pacers of each sex. The ?b...
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Bold Eagle easy winner of Prix d'Amerique

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
The French trotter Bold Eagle is officially the newest superstar on the European scene as he won the 1 million euro Prix d'Amerique opodo on Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. He set a race and track record of 1:11.4 for the 2,700-meter distance, or a mile rate time of 1:55. The old mark of 1:11.9 was held by Royal Dream.   The 5-year-old Bold Eagle, a son of two-time...
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High Five pays $110,000 at Hawthorne

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
          The final week of the "winter" meet at Hawthorne Race Course kicked off in a big way on Friday, Jan. 29, as one lucky fan nailed the $84,000 + carryover and Friday's additional pool monies taking home a whopping $110,906 on the 20 cent minimum jackpot wager. The winning ticket was sold at the Oregon "hub."            Friday...
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A tough Friday night for favorites at Bg M

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
On a night where 10 of 14 favorites were handed defeat, punters combined to wager $3,035,296 on Friday evening's harness racing program at the Meadowlands. A near steady stream of minor upsets yielding generous dividends throughout.   The first such minor upset came in the evening's second event--the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, as Can Do ($14.20) sprinted to the fore a...
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One streak continues, one ends at Woodbine

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
Winning is never easy in harness racing, but Betit To Getit and Marquis Volo have been making it look effortless this winter at Woodbine Racetrack.   Betit To Getit, a 6-year-old pacing mare, and Marquis Volo, a 4-year-old trotter, came to Woodbine Friday riding respective win streaks. However, only one was able to head home with their win streak intact.   Trained by Ric...
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Leg 2 of series contested at Hawthorne

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
Leg two of the Ohyouprettything and Pretty Direct pacing series for fillies and mares took place on Friday evening at Hawthorne. The Ohyouprettything went in three divisions while the Pretty Direct was a full field of 10.   In the first division of the Ohyouprettything, longshot JD's First Lady left and tried to steal things through a quick opening half. She led the field into the s...
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Winners crowd in series finals at Miami Valley

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
A pair of lucrative Claim To Fame series championships shared top billing with a $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace on Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway.   The $8,000 claiming pacers that qualified by either winning a division or finishing second twice went postward for a $23,000 purse, the largest purse any of these older geldings has chased in two years. Mares that starte...
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Tessa Seelster wins Yonkers debut

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
Locally-debuting Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $7.90) overcame one eight hole and seven elders Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   It turned out to be an outside-assigned, two-speed number, as ?Tessa? and Inittowinafortune (Jordan Stratton) both left around a dormant Regil Elektra (Brian Sears). It was Tessa Seelster making the lea...
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Dover win gets Nova Artist closer to $1 mil

on 01/29/2016 12:00 AM
Twice Horse of the Meet Nova Artist scored his first win of 2016 to win one of the Thursday tri-feature races at Dover Downs.   Nova Artist turned back eight rivals in 1:51.3 to win the $9,000 pace to bring his lifetime earnings to just short of seven-digits, $976,197, with his 44th career victory. Fire In The Belly (Vic Kirby) was second with Four Staces (George Dennis) third....
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Broadcast, Smallsreed award winners announced

on 01/29/2016 12:00 AM
Clive Cohen and Frances Lund were named winners of the 2015 George Smallsreed Awards for excellence in harness racing photography while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley was named the recipient of the 2015 John Hervey Award for excellence in broadcasting, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Friday. Winners in the John Hervey Awards categories for excellence in writing will...
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Cantab Lindy upsets at 9-1 in Meadows top trot

on 01/28/2016 12:00 AM
Dismissed at 9-1, Cantab Lindy found late racing room and pulled off the upset in Wednesday?s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cantab Lindy was pinned along the pylons at the top of the lane, 4 lengths behind. But when Jim Pantaleano steered him through a seam, the 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Lindy N Caviar gelding roared through and scored in 1:55.2. F...
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Bluebird Reverend wins Dover trot; Callahan wins 4

on 01/28/2016 12:00 AM
After skipping two weeks, Bluebird Reverend returned to the $20,000 Open trot on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to score a 1:53.4 lifetime best at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan had a four-bagger. With Montrell Teague in the bike, Bluebird Reverend came from off the pace to catch leader Tough Mac with I Love My Boss also flying down the lane for his second straight victory this meet for trainer Bob Rees...
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Musclesprinctonian to stand in Indiana

on 01/28/2016 12:00 AM
Musclesprinctonian, a son of Muscle Hill from Breeders Crown champion mare Broadway Schooner, will stand his inaugural season for $2,500 at the Schwartz Boarding Farm in Berne, Indiana. From an active family, the 5-year-old is a half brother to this year?s Dan Patch 2-year-old trotting filly champion Broadway Donna 2, 1:53.3 ($531,286). His introduction to the lucrative Indiana progr...
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Dreamy Fella wins 5th straight at Northfield

on 01/28/2016 12:00 AM
Dreamy Fella paced home for his fifth straight win Wednesday in Northfield Park's 12th race. The 4-year-old stallion is owned by Tessa Roland of Lackawanna, N. Y., and trained by John Perrin. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive.   Dreamy Fella started from post four and made every pole a winning one through fractional times of :28.1, :58.1, 1:28.2 and 1:58.2. H...
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Velocity Vespa continues roll at Pompano

on 01/28/2016 12:00 AM
Velocity Vespa survived a "roughed up" opening quarter and went on to win the $12,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace in 1:53 over a sloppy Pompano Park oval on Wednesday night.   The 6-year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover, driven by George Napolitano Jr., dug in late to hold off the pocket sitting Mach It A Par, handled by Dan Clements, by a neck with Classic Carpet and Wally Hennessey te...
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Trot-centric card Friday at the Meadowlands

on 01/28/2016 12:00 AM
Friday night in northern New Jersey brings with it the promise of better weather and the return of live racing to the Meadowlands. A 14- race program starting at 6:35 p.m. is trot-centric with big fields and plenty of possibilities for the punter.   The weekly $25,000 Open Handicap Trot has had a different winner each week since live racing returned last fall with Opulent Yankee now...
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Big January business at Big M

on 01/28/2016 12:00 AM
The winter meet at the Meadowlands has always offered handicappers some of the most attractive wagering opportunities of the season. A look at the numbers so far in 2016 show that this year has provided some of the most competitive races not only in harness racing, but also when compared to the major Thoroughbred tracks.   Post-time wagering favorites have won just one-third of the ...
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