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TwinSpires forbidden to take Virginia wagers

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
TwinSpires, one of three Advance Deposit Wagering companies licensed to accept on line horse racing wagers in Virginia, is no longerable to do so. At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Virginia Racing Commission set a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, for TwinSpires to pay an outstanding total of $688,000 owed under state law to various groups, including the Virginia Equi...
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Mohawk Warrior wins Valedictory leg

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
Mohawk Warrior prevailed off a perfect pocket trip with his stablemate Cajon Lightning closing off cover for second-place in the $18,000 second leg of the Valedictory Series on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   The Valedictory is for 3-year-old male pacers that are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of Oct. 31. The series final will be held on the Boxing Day matinee program ...
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Kingofthejungle rules in Meadowlands open

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
Following wins in mid-level and upper-level company, Kingofthejungle took the crown in Saturday night's featured $25,000 Open Pace at the Meadowlands, reeling off his third consecutive win.   Andy Miller settled the 4-year-old Well Said gelding into the mid-division early on, rated off a contested :27.1 first quarter. Upon yielding briefly on the first turn, 2-1 favorite Ashley...
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Trustworthy Kid upsets in Meadows feature

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
Dismissed at 10-1, Trustworthy Kid rallied three wide around the final turn and went on to capture Friday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Trustworthy Kid got away at the back of the back and, when third over, appeared to have excess cover. But when Brian Zendt tipped him three wide, he roared through a stretch rendered "good” by pers...
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Buckeye Thea freezes out foes at Dayton

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
Despite temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, Buckeye Thea swept to her second straight $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace victory on Friday by equaling her lifetime mark of 1:51.4.   With the impressive win, the 5-year-old's 10th of the year and 22nd of her career, Buckeye Thea ran her lifetime bankroll to $175,552 for owner Richard Paltani, who entrusts the traini...
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Melmerby Beach one to beat Saturday at Big M

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
Of the eight horses to do battle in Saturday evening's featured $25,000 Open Pace at the Meadowlands, seven of them enter the race having won their most recent effort. But the only one which hasn't--Melmerby Beach--could very well be the horse to beat in the evening's 12th of 14 races.   Ettore Annunziata's 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere entire ships in from Yonkers after a quar...
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Waiting On A Woman wins Meadowlands trot

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
After a narrow defeat at the same level two weeks ago, Michael Polansky's Waiting On A Woman took advantage of a pocket trip, out-sprinting pacesetting favorite Opulent Yankee to the winning post for a 1:52.2 triumph in Friday evening's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at the Meadowlands. Flanked by Stirling Cadet and Opulent Yankee at race's outset, Corey Callahan used Waiting On A Woman to ...
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Enrollment open for SBOANJ health plan

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
 December is open enrollment month for the health insurance program provided by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, with changes which ease the rules for qualification and a cut rates for caretakers. "We are trying to be more inclusive,” said SBOANJ president Mark Ford. "We are trying to encourage qualified individuals to apply.” The cost for premiums f...
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Amateurs star Saturday at Pompano

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
Zeitgeist and Mystical Shopper took top honors at Pompano Park on Saturday as Late Closing events continued at the South Florida oval—this night for the Florida Amateur Driving Club spotlighting claiming trotters. Zeitgeist. trained by Allen Saul for owner-driver Dein Spriggs, took the opening division of two with a hard earned 2:00.4 victory, holding off the determined late bid of Sain...
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Social Marketing Initiative exceeds 2015 goals

on 12/18/2015 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Social Marketing Initiative conducted in partnership with Converseon, the New York City-based, full-service social media consultancy, has released the year-end results for 2015 activities. In only its second year, the initiative has achieved substantial growth and engagement across the board while exceeding its goals for the year.   "By every available measure, th...
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Wanda Bayama repeats in Niagara leg

on 12/18/2015 12:00 AM
 A week after a 6-1 victory, Wanda Bayama was back in the winner’s circle Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   The 3-year-old Stephane Larocque trainee defeated nine rivals in the $18,000 second leg of the Niagara Series.   Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wanda Bayama, the 6-5 favorite, got away seventh in the early stages and sat along the pylons until the midway point...
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Merriman up by 4, poised to take championship

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman won three races on Wednesday, giving him a total of 836 victories for 2015 to increase his leading in this year's North American dash championship to four over George Napolitano Jr., who has finished driving for the year.   There had been a brief flurry of interest yesterday when Napolitano's name was down on two Chris Oakes-trained horses at Pompano on Sund...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit voted 2015 Horse of Year

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
Harness racing's Horse of the Year made the most of nearly every month on the calendar.   Three-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, who on Thursday was named the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, won his first race of the season in January and continued posting victories through November. In fact, the only month during that span in which he ...
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Miller trainees poised in Big M feature trots

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
Trainer Julie Miller's stable accounts for the morning-line favorites of both Open Trots on Friday evening's 14-race card at the Meadowlands, and over $150,000 in guaranteed pools and carryovers await punters on a card that boasts 10- and 11-horse fields all around.   The featured $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot is carded as the evening's eighth race, coinciding with the start of ...
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New Weekend Preview! What were the votes?

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
With Yonkers and Harrah's Philadelphia closing for the year last weekend, there was an overflow of horses in the entry box at the Meadowlands for this weekend's cards. Weekend Preview talked to the Meadowlands' Darin Zoccali, the SBOANJ's Mark Ford, and Jersey-based trainer Tom Fanning about the situation and what's been done to try to manage the situation in the future.   Surely no...
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Tattersalls January catalog now available

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
The sale catalog and racelines for the upcoming Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls website (http://www.tattersallsredmile.com/) and on the Equineline sales app for iPad users.   Tattersalls has cataloged more than 250 horses for the sport's most popular winter sale, which will be held in the Meadowlands race paddock on Martin Luther King Jr. D...
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Laughing Matters wins again at Dover

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
PT Stable's Laughing Matters proved the best for the second straight week recording a 1:53 victory in the $20,000-$25,000 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap Allowance over a "good” track on Thursday, Dec. 17, at Dover Downs. It was the last day of racing until Monday, Dec. 28, as Delaware horsemen have a hiatus from racing during the annual Christmas holiday bread week at Dover Downs. ...
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Miami Valley to increase purses 30 percent

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
As a new race season rapidly approaches, Miami Valley Gaming & Racing and the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) jointly announce a 30 percent purse increase from prior year which will surely attract an abundance of quality racing interests to the upcoming meet beginning Jan. 9.   "It is a pleasure to see the loyalties of our Ohio-based horsemen rewarded." OHHA repr...
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Merriman moves to top of NA dash standings

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman finally made it back to the top of the 2015 North American driving win standings on Tuesday--but at Northfield Park it was more a rollercoaster ride than a smooth progression to the top.   With the score starting the day at 832-830, Merriman two victories behind George Napolitano Jr., Merriman first went to work in the afternoon at The Meadows, where he...
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Bartlett, Allard take Yonkers titles for 2015

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Jason Bartlett and Rene Allard won Yonkers Raceway's 2015 driver and trainer titles, respectively. The 230-program season (eight postponements due to weather), which concluded this past Sunday (Dec. 13), saw Bartlett roll along to a fifth Yonkers title.   Bartlett, a 34-year-old originally from Augusta, ME, easily outdistanced George Brennan, 466 wins to 377. Bartlett was ...
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