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Del. prelims go to Cicada's Song, Miss Baltimore

on 11/16/2015 12:00 AM
The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund two-Year-Old Filly Trot moved into second-leg prelim action with Cicada's Song and Miss Baltimore posting wins. Little Ben scored a lifetime best 1:49.3 winning the $18,000 Open Handicap at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 16.   After being scratched from last week's prelim, Cicada's Song continues her winning ways collecting her sixth victory in s...
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Resolve headed for TVG trotting championship

on 11/15/2015 12:00 AM
Saturday night at The Meadowlands featured the final $50,000 preliminary legs for the TVG Free For All Pacing and Trotting Championships, to be contested for $400,000 on next Saturday night. Resolve, fresh off his runner-up performance in the Breeders Crown, was established as the 6/5 betting choice in the TVG Free For All Trot and he did not disappoint. Resolve was sent straight to ...
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Trainer's reports at Meadowlands put on hold

on 11/15/2015 12:00 AM
After discussions with representatives of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), the Meadowlands has decided to delay its implementation of the trainer's reports on each horses condition until a meeting with the SBOANJ takes place. The purpose of the meeting is to determine the most effective and efficient way of implementing such a program.   We wa...
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Red Hot Herbie wins Sunday trot at Yonkers

on 11/15/2015 12:00 AM
A repeating Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, $5.90) won both the draw and the dash Sunday morning, annexing Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Trot.   Seating everyone early from the pole,. "Herbie” led through a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. Zooming (Tyler Buter), as the 7-5 choice, then moved from third, picking up the gauntlet toward and :58.1 next station. After a 1:27.3 three-quarters, Su...
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Crown champ All The Time wins Goldsmith Maid elim

on 11/14/2015 12:00 AM
All The Time was last seen in The Breeders Crown winner’s circle at Woodbine three weeks ago.  The Muscle Hill filly picked up right where she left off winning in authoritative fashion in the $20,000 elimination for the $409,950 Goldsmith Maid Final, which will be contested next Friday, November 20th. All The Time left for position, while Ultimate Shopper appeared intent on the lea...
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TVG opens lead Saturday night at Meadowlands

on 11/14/2015 12:00 AM
The last $50,000 TVG Opens of the season take place on Saturday (November 14) at The Meadowlands. The sport’s top older horses will return next week in the $400,000G Finals. The seventh race pits seven of the fastest trotters around in a very evenly matched contest. Resolve is the 2-1 morning line choice off a solid season in which he’s picked up nearly a half-million dollars in just el...
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Update: Sears gets days; Big M to require horse info

on 11/14/2015 12:00 AM
Driver Brian Sears was handed a 15-day suspension for his drive with Bee A Magician in Race 2 at the Meadowlands on Friday night.   Presiding Judge John Tomasello informed Meadowlands Racetrack management that Sears has been suspended for 15 days for "lack of judgment in his driving performance." No other details were made available. Sears can appeal his suspension.   ...
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Winwood Scout, Sports Sinner take Day features

on 11/14/2015 12:00 AM
An $11,000 Open Handicap Trot and a $12,000 Open Pace shared the spotlight at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Nov. 14).   The upset winner in the trot was Winwood Scout (Jeremy Smith), who upset favorites Rehab Mountain (Dan Noble) and Cantab Linday (Josh Sutton) in 1:55.1. In just his third local start for owner Howard Jacobs and trainer Sherif Cunmulaj, the five-year-o...
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Trace Tetrick, Burke capture Hoosier titles

on 11/14/2015 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded its 2015 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday (Nov. 14). In addition to the racing action, Trace Tetrick and Ron Burke secured leading driver and trainer titles, respectively.   Ron Burke, who took home Hoosier Park's top training honors in 2013 and 2014, was officially recognized as the 2015 lead...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/13/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is back this weekend and the opening cards are highlighted by the final preliminaries of the TVG Series and eliminations of the Fall Final Four freshman stakes. The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview includes stories about Goldsmith Maid starter Double Exposure, who brings an unblemished record into her elim, Valley Victory starter Ideal Rocky, who had an adventurous trip...
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Meadowlands kicks off with Friday qualifiers

on 11/13/2015 12:00 AM
Friday is Opening Day at the Meadowlands with live racing at 7 p.m. A half-dozen qualifiers kicked it off at 9:30 a.m. on Friday under sunny skies with temperatures around 60 degrees and a considerable breeze across the track offering resistance in the home stretch.   There were several stakes types on the bill looking for some work going into next weekend's even...
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Gural gives Meadowlands update

on 11/13/2015 12:00 AM
Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural has sent out an update on the Meadowlands:   As the new season begins we believe this is the most pivotal in the history of Standardbred racing at the Meadowlands. It is quite obvious that without the benefit of alternative gambling it is very difficult for the Meadowlands to compete with tracks in New York and Pennsylvania for horses and for the bree...
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PA budget talks continue; progress reported

on 11/13/2015 12:00 AM
Talks between the Wolf administration and leaders of the General Assembly continued to yield progress this week (Nov. 9-13) on how to correct a long-standing structural deficit in the State Racing Fund, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said today (Friday, Nov. 13).   As a result of that progress and in light of an expected vote on Senate Bill 352 next week by the House Agricult...
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Sell A Bit N wins Yonkers distaff feature

on 11/13/2015 12:00 AM
  Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $11.60) went the distance and repeated Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Raring to go from post position No. 7, Sell a Bit N worked around Medusa (George Brennan) and was then left without much in the way of adult supervision. So, she toyed with her rivals (:28, :57.1, 1:25.3, 1:53.2), eas...
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Three DSBF 2YO filly pace prelims held at Dover

on 11/12/2015 12:00 AM
First leg prelims ended with 86-1 Mortgage Bags, Apple Bottoms Jeans and Eternal Rings chalking up wins before heading to next week’s 2nd leg events in the  Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Two-Year-Old divisions. Spunky Jack took the $20,000 Open trot on the Veteran’s day, Wednesday, Nov. 11 program at Dover Downs. In one of three $20,000 DSBF Two-Year-Old Filly Pace divisions,...
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"Hot Hands" Hannah Miller does it again

on 11/12/2015 12:00 AM
Twenty-three-year-old sulky phenom Hannah Miller continued her dream season of driving on Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning the $12,000 Eastern Final II of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series and earning herself a spot in the $25,000 Delvin Miller Gold Cup Championship of the Billings Series, to be held Sunday, Nov. 22, at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Mil...
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Longtime Ohio horseman Lloyd Hawk dies

on 11/12/2015 12:00 AM
Driver/trainer Lloyd E. Hawk, of Newark, Ohio, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, at his residence. He was 76.   He was born Dec. 8, 1938, in Long Bottom, Ohio, to Ross and Zura (Swartz) Hawk. He graduated from Shade High School in 1956.   Mr. Hawk enjoyed harness racing, horse races at county fairs, and spending time with his family.   He is survived by his wif...
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Sliding Home aims to score in Valley Victory

on 11/12/2015 12:00 AM
Trainer Jonas Czernyson hopes Sliding Home can score in the season's final major open stakes event for 2-year-old male trotters, the Valley Victory at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Two eliminations for the Valley Victory will be held Saturday at the Big M. Sliding Home, who finished third in the Breeders Crown on Oct. 24, is 10-1 on the morning line in the first elimination. David Miller ...
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Harness writer Chris Wittstruck wins Bergstein award

on 11/12/2015 12:00 AM
Chris Wittstruck, a columnist for the United States Trotting Association website, won Team Valor International's Stan Bergstein Writing Award on Thursday night in a presentation at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Lexington.   A panel of five independent judges selected Wittstruck's piece "Watching the Cheaters Cheat" for the fourth annual award boasting a $25,000 prize from Barry Irwin...
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Mission Brief dazzles in 1:50.2 WR Matron win

on 11/12/2015 12:00 AM
Mission Brief stole the thunder while Wiggle It Jiggleit was dominant in Thursday highlights of the Matron Series finals at Dover Downs. Crazy Wow and Mosquito Blue Chip won the other Matrons on a balmy 60-degree night.   In the $187,400 Matron for 3-year-old filly trotters, Mission Brief got back in winning form establishing a 1:50.2 world record over a five-eighths mile track. Yann...
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