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Hawthorne approved for casino development

on 07/30/2020 4:21 PM
Thirty years after Illinois passed legislation legalizing 10 casinos to operate throughout the State, Hawthorne Race Course has been preliminarily approved to become its next casino. Thursday, the Illinois Gaming Board voted unanimously that Hawthorne’s ownership and key personnel are “suitable” for eventual casino licensure.   Founded in 1891, Hawthorne is the ...
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Adios, Hambo elims in new Weekend Preview!

on 07/30/2020 4:07 PM
A big weekend of racing is coming up and we have the stories in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. First up on Saturday afternoon is the Adios at The Meadows, and trainer Ron Burke talks about his enhanced chances with his three starters, including elim winner The Greek Freak, following the scratch of heavy favorite Papi Rob Hanover due to injury. Owner David McDuffee spoke to Gordo...
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Hoosier Park announces purse increase

on 07/30/2020 3:57 PM
Although the start of the 2020 racing season was put on hold for 3 ½ months, it hasn’t taken long for Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s 27th year of live harness racing to produce encouraging gains from all facets of its wagering operations. With that, officials with Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino have announced purses will increase by approximately $35,000 p...
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Team Miller's Hambo hopes ride with Big Oil

on 07/30/2020 3:38 PM
On Saturday, trainer Julie Miller will experience her Hambletonian present. One night earlier, maybe she will get a glimpse at her Hambletonian future. Miller sends out Big Oil in the first of Saturday’s two $50,000 Hambletonian eliminations at the Meadowlands. The top-five finishers from each elim advance to the $1 million final for 3-year-old trotters Aug. 8 at the Big M. On Friday...
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Pick 5 and Pick 6 carryovers sure to create Big M buzz

on 07/30/2020 1:24 PM
At the conclusion of last Saturday’s (July 25) Meadowlands program, the Big M faithful were no doubt already looking forward to the next race card since both the 20-cent Pick-5 and 20-cent Pick-6 failed to produce any winning tickets, creating huge possibilities for Friday, July 31 when racing resumes at 7:15 p.m. A total of $270,000 in guaranteed money will be up for grabs and you won&...
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Bonilla, Hallett receive Finkelson scholarships

on 07/30/2020 1:20 PM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced two candidates who will receive awards this year from the Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship.   The scholarship was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former vice president of public relations at Pompano Park and longtime vhairman of the board of the national USHWA organi...
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Adios Day Super Hi-5 mandatory with $50K guarantee

on 07/30/2020 10:23 AM
Saturday’s $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids promises to be exciting, and now, The Meadows has upped the ante by adding a Super Hi-5 wager on the Adios with a $50,000 guarantee. Moreover, the entire pool will be paid out.   Ordinarily, the Super Hi-5 jackpot is paid only if there is a single correct ticket with the top five finishers in their exact o...
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My Ruebe Star brings four-race win streak to Yonkers Open

on 07/30/2020 9:30 AM
Since the husband-and-wife training duo of Lauren and Shane Tritton arrived in the United States this spring, their stable has been on a tear, winning 10 of its first 35 starts, including a four-for-17 start at Yonkers Raceway. Of the 12 horses the Trittons brought over from Australia, none have adapted quicker or been more consistent than My Ruebe Star, who brings a four-race win streak to the ...
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Posts drawn for Grand River's Industry Day races

on 07/30/2020 9:02 AM
The card is set for Grand River Raceway’s 30th annual Industry Day event on Monday, Aug. 3. The lineup boasts purses of $669,663 with nine stakes races, featuring the track’s marquee dashes — the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles — and sophomore pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. 23rd Annual Battle Of Waterloo The Battle Of Waterloo is the 10th an...
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Kelly (Schoeffel) Rader dies at age 34

on 07/30/2020 8:50 AM
Kelly (Schoeffel) Rader, of Evans City, Pa., died suddenly on Monday, July 27. She was 34. She was born Aug. 31, 1985, and was the loving wife of nine years to Justin and a devoted mother to Kaydence and Laurie. She treated everyone with kindness and respect. She enjoyed and was dedicated to raising, training and racing her family’s horses. Some of her happiest times were spent in t...
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Swan For All fillies sweep in Indiana Sires Stakes

on 07/30/2020 8:33 AM
Rock Swan and Swan Bomb, a pair of trotting fillies sired by Indiana’s leading trotting stallion Swan For All, were victorious in their respective $31,500 divisions of the Indiana Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 29. It was the third round of the seven round series for the sophomore fillies. Rock Swan and ...
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Finally! Northville Downs gets OK to resume racing

on 07/29/2020 11:04 PM
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday gave approval for Northville Downs to reopen on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Earlier in the day she also gave the OK to the three Downtown Detroit casinos to reopen, albeit at 15-percent capacity.   The Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association posted the following on its website: Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate...
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Milstein Memorial 3CP set for Aug. 15 at Northfield

on 07/29/2020 10:58 PM
MGM Northfield Park’s premier event on the racing calendar, the Carl Milstein Memorial, a by-invitation-only event for the sport’s top 3-year-old pacers, will be raced for a $250,000 purse on Saturday night, Aug. 15. Uncertainty caused by the covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of two of Northfield’s earlier stakes events in 2020, the Battle of Lake Erie and the Clevel...
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Il Mago, Julio's Girl take opening features at Batavia

on 07/29/2020 9:17 PM
The 2020 racing season got underway at Batavia downs on Wednesday (July 29) with owners only on hand to watch the action. But absent a crowd and the usual fanfare, the horses showed up and took full advantage of a lightning fast track.   A pair of $10,000 Open events headlined the card and the winner of each took a new seasonal mark for their efforts.   In the Open I trot, ...
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Palone wins 4; Dancinginthedark M debuts with stake record

on 07/29/2020 9:14 PM
Dave Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, had a Palone-like day Wednesday at The Meadows, collecting seven wins that included a sweep of four Arden Downs Grand Circuit stakes splits. He shared the spotlight with Dancinginthedark M, who turned in a breathtaking career debut in setting a stake record. Here are the highlights:    $37,644 Edward M. Rya...
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Alexa’s Power wins Philly feature

on 07/29/2020 5:02 PM
Alexa’s Power parlayed a pocket trip into a new career mark of 1:50 while winning the $14,400 distaff pacing feature Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   The impeccably-bred 5-year-old mare (Somebeachsomewhere out of Michelle’s Power, a millionaire and a full sister to Jug winner Michael’s Power) was hustled away from the rail by driver Tim...
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Svanstedt brings four into Hambletonian elims

on 07/29/2020 3:40 PM
Ake Svanstedt believes Back Of The Neck has got it all, which is everything a horse needs in the Hambletonian. Back Of The Neck is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first of Saturday’s two $50,000 Hambletonian eliminations at the Meadowlands. The 3-year-old colt trotter is a nose from being unbeaten in three races this season and will start from post one with Scott Zeron in the ...
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Brandon Bates drives 1,000th career winner

on 07/29/2020 1:27 PM
With two months left in the summer racing season at Hawthorne, the Night of Champions legs rolled on as points leaders looked to extend their leads while others looked to break into the top 10. Friday night featured a pair of divisions of leg three of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial. The Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial is for Illinois-bred 3-year-old male pacers. The first division feature...
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Stalbaum wins 6,000th career race at Saratoga

on 07/29/2020 1:25 PM
It’s already been a big week for Larry Stalbaum at Saratoga Casino Hotel. On Monday afternoon, the veteran reinsman won a pair of races, the last of which resulted in him reaching the 6,000 win plateau for his career.   The 56 year old has had a solid season racing primarily at Saratoga and on Monday made his 6,000th career trek to the winner’s circle after piloting longshot...
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Fillies ready to take on the boys in Hambletonian

on 07/29/2020 1:19 PM
Sister Sledge might not have attracted overwhelming attention heading into this year’s Hambletonian, but as one of two fillies in Saturday’s eliminations at the Meadowlands, she should find plenty of eyes on her now. The Ron Burke-trained Sister Sledge has won three of four races this season and 11 of 16 lifetime. She has hit the board in every start, finishing worse than sec...
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