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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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Dan Patch Award-winning pacers announced

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Harness racing's richest pacer of the year, 3-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, and fastest pacer of the year, 6-year-old stallion State Treasurer, were among the six pacers named divisional champions in Dan Patch Award voting announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on Wednesday.   Also receiving Dan Patch Award pacing honors were undefeated 2-year-old female Pure Count...
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Holiday race changes at the Meadowlands

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
With Christmas and New Year's Eve paring live racing down to just a single weekly card on the next two Saturdays at the Meadowlands, a few important details are being announced concerning those cards.   Trainers should note that the entire Saturday, Dec. 26, card will be comprised of races that usually populate the Friday cards, consisting primarily of trots and pacing mare races. T...
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2016 Pepsi North America Cup on June 18

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced the date of the 2016 $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The 33rd edition of the Pepsi North America Cup for the finest three-year-old pacers will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Mohawk Racetrack. The eliminations for Canada's richest harness race will be contested a week prior on Saturday, June 11. The Pepsi North America Cup was firs...
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Despite listed at Pompano, Napolitano not driving

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
"He's definitely not driving at Pompano Sunday night,” Kathy Napolitano told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon when she heard the question asked of her husband George over the speakerphone while in the car near their Pennsylvania home. George Napolitano Jr., who was surpassed for the North American dash lead by Aaron Merriman on Tuesday night, said before and after last Sunday's closi...
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Balmoral/Maywood auction extended to Dec. 28

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association has posted on its website an update regarding the auction that was conducted on Monday on Maywood Park and Balmoral Park and all of their assets. The update reads:   Bids for Maywood and Balmoral Park and all of their assets were due in their attorney's office by last Friday. Three bids were submitted, only one met the qualifying criteria. That ...
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Purchase of The Meadows moves forward

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
After more than a year of wrangling, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is being sold for $440 million after an extended legal dispute over the purchase price. Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc., a spinoff company of Penn National Gaming, is paying Cannery Casino Resorts LLC of Las Vegas $15 million less than it had offered in May 2014 for the North Strabane casino.   The Pennsylvania G...
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Hawthorne announces condition sheet, late closers

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Racing Secretary Peter Hanley has released the condition sheet for the upcoming 2016 winter harness meet at Hawthorne Race Course. Racing will kick off on Friday (Jan. 8) and will be conducted on a five-night a week schedule with post time Wednesday through Sunday at 7:20 p.m. (CST).   A host of winter series have also been announced for both pacers and trotters. Entry fee for all s...
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Merriman blanked at Meadows; wins at Nfld

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Suppose this shaped up to be the first day of what should be one of the best weeks of your life – a week when you went to the lead in the North American drivers dash-winning derby. And then you lost in your first 17 drives of the day. But Aaron Merriman kept his cool. He won with his 18th steer of the day. And his 19th. And his 20th, and suddenly things had righted themselves....
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Auspicious Hanover takes Open Trot at Pompano

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Auspicious Hanover, masterfully driven by Kevin Wallis, overcame the nine post and eight rivals to score a hard earned 1:54 victory in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night.   His winning margin was a neck over the late charging Cashahallic, handled by Aaron Byron, with Diamond Dagger third for Mark O'Mara. Elin rallied for fourth while Gold Savage saved ground a...
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Iowa Hall of Famer Jim Coulter dies at 85

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
James "Jim” Coulter, of New Sharon, Iowa, died Monday, Dec. 14, at the Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. He was 85.   Mr. Coulter was born Sept. 13, 1930, in What Cheer, Iowa, the son of Warren and Marie Grudgings Coulter. He was a 1948 graduate of What Cheer High School. While a senior in high school he enlisted in the Iowa National Guard so he could continue to...
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ARCI to focus efforts on racing unification

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
The Board of Directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has voted to focus its efforts in 2016 on unifying the racing industry behind efforts to strengthen integrity efforts and possibly a central rule making process in the U.S. to achieve uniform medication policies and consistent implementation.   "The political divide that currently exists in the racing ...
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Wheeling N Dealin to Seelster Farms

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Wheeling N Dealin enjoyed a spectacular freshman season during which time he never tasted defeat in nine starts. He swept the Bridger Series, won the Champlain in a season’s best 1:55, captured the elim and final of the William Wellwood Memorial and concluded the season with a sweep of the Breeders Crown. He was the overwhelming choice as the best two-year-old trotting colt of the yea...
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Pinkman, Mission Brief win 3YO Dan Patch Awards

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Bee A Magician, Mission Brief, and Pinkman added to their respective Dan Patch Award totals Tuesday when divisional honors for trotters were announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Mission Brief, a filly, and Pinkman, a gelding, were Dan Patch Award winners last year at age 2 and repeated as honorees for 2015. Five-year-old mare Bee A Magician was previously recognized in 2013, w...
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