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PASS finals now $350K; 3YO Classics announced

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
A $1.6 million investment in Pennsylvania's harness racing industry will boost purses that strengthen breeding programs and establish a prestigious stakes race, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced Thursday.   "Harness racing is a unique agritourism experience,” said Redding. "From the sport's tracks and fans to its breeding and training operations, it's an industry tha...
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Graduate Pace final entry details

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
The $250,000G final of the Graduate Series for pacers will be raced at the Meadowlands on Friday, July 3. Please note that horses must be entered for the final with the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 by the time on the condition sheet (9 a.m. on Monday, June 29).   Point standings may be viewed on the Meadowlands website. Horses that have raced in two legs of the series will h...
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Two-time LBJ-winning owner Roy Davis dies

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
Roy Dempsey Davis, 85, of Dallas, Texas, Pittsburgh, Pa., Jupiter, Fla., and Cat Cay, Bahamas, died Tuesday, June 16.   Mr. Davis was an extremely successful horseman in the Standardbred horse world. His horses, who all had the surname of Spur, included Barberry Spur and Jaguar Spur, who won the 1986 and 1987 Little Brown Jug, respectively. He also won a pair of Breed...
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HOFers lining up for Gerry Memorial at Goshen

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
Goshen Historic Track will feature a power-packed field of drivers, all members of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, in the annual $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot, to be held July 5. Post time is 1 p.m. The slate for that race brings together a "Who's Who” of harness racing talent. John Campbell, David Miller, Bill O'Donnell, Dick Stillings, Jimmy Takter and Wally...
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Aldebaran Eagle looks to soar in Beal elims

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
Aldebaran Eagle has held his own against some of the best 3-year-old male trotters around and now trainer Jonas Czernyson is hoping the colt is ready to soar as he prepares for Saturday's Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Aldebaran Eagle, who has won only two of 15 career races but hit the board a total of 11 times, is the 5-2 second choi...
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A look at Pocono elims in new Weekend Preview!

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
After spending last weekend in Canada, the stars have made their way to Pennsylvania where there are 10 eliminations Saturday for the Beal, Hempt, Lynch and Franklin at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. We've got plenty of stories in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, including trainer Brian Brown telling why he's "lost for words” when it comes to Lost For Words, who brings a fou...
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MSOA honors veterans with special event

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a very special event on Tuesday, June 24, the third annual Ruffner/Yoder Gun 23 Memorial Pace.   The event was named in honor of two fallen heroes, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarret Yoder. Both served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and lost their lives in a helicopter crash in April ...
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Short-priced winners in PASS 3FT splits

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $73,000.   In the first division, it was Julie Miller trainee Livininthefastlane (Andy Miller) remaining perfect in 2015.   The daughter of Donato Hanover got away an early third from post one b...
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Breyer offers Foiled Again model

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
When it comes to things like government intelligence, the location of oil deposits, or even the formula for Coca-Cola, it's all very top secret. So too are the decisions of the famed Breyer Co. which proclaims it makes "the world's finest model horses." That's why when it was announced Tuesday morning, June 16, that Breyer had made a model of Foiled Again, the world's richest Standardbred, ...
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Impressive debuts for INSS freshmen

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Tuesday as the 14-race program featured six divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for 2-year-old trotters. With two divisions of 2-year-old trotting fillies and four divisions of trotting colts, the 2015 crop of freshman trotters opened their series in impressive fashion.   Fawn De Sa...
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Undefeated Iowa sensation heads east

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
Roland N Rock, fresh off an impressive 1:53.2 qualifier at Running Aces in Minnesota, is headed east to take on the "big boys.” The sophomore son of Rocknroll Hanover's next scheduled start is the Landmark Stake on July 4 followed by the Meadowlands Pace eliminations the next weekend.   Lightly staked at two, owners Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, Iowa, have their pride and j...
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Plainridge opens new $250 million casino

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
Even two tornado warnings and torrential rainfall in the middle of Tuesday's card could not dampen the horsemen's spirits on the eve of Wednesday's grand opening ceremonies at the new $250 million Plainridge Park Casino.   "It is tremendously exciting,” said track identifier Bob Lieberman, who has been involved in New England harness racing for 30 years. "We have been re...
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1991 HOY Precious Bunny dies in Australia

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame was informed Wednesday that last year's Living Horse Hall of Fame inductee, Precious Bunny, died April 20, 2015 at Empire Stallions in Victoria, Australia.   Bred by Alfred Ochsner Jr., the 1991 Horse of the Year and Little Brown Jug winner Precious Bunny was foaled on May 6, 1988 at Windhaven Farm in Cranbury, N.J.. Purchased in 1990 by ...
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Obrigado: From Maine to Meadowlands

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
It is a long way from the fairs of Maine to the big leagues at the Meadowlands, but it is a trip that Obrigado is making. Now, his trainer Paul Kelley expects him to make noise against the sport's top trotters.   Obrigado, a 5-year-old gelding by leading Maine stallion Boy Band, faces five others in the $50,000 TVG Free For All on Friday at the Meadowlands.   "He is ...
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Atta Boy Dan equals Meadows track record

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
Atta Boy Dan reeled off two sub-27 quarters yet was fresh as a daisy in the lane, capturing Wednesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in 1:49.2. The time equaled the track record for older geldings established by Itrustyou in 2013. Atta Boy Dan won a three-ply battle for the early lead but had to pace in 26.2 to get there. He blazed the third p...
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Winkys Pride breaks own track mark at Buffalo

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
The record book hasn't been safe recently at Buffalo Raceway and Winkys Pride sure is helping in re-writing it. For the second time in three weeks, Winkys Pride ($3.90) set a new standard in winning the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 24), going the mile in 1:57.0. The time broke the all-aged mares trotting record and aged (5+) mare mark of 1...
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Record North America Cup night handle

on 06/23/2015 2:00 AM
Wakizashi Hanover's victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup was the highlight of a record-setting evening Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.   A handle of $4,292,777 on Saturday's 15-race card broke the previous North America Cup card handle record of $3,820,598 set in 2005 at Woodbine. Saturday night's wager was up 24.9 percent over the all source wager of $3,437,076 in 2014. ...
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Meadows delay no problem for Anaffairtoremember

on 06/23/2015 2:00 AM
Anaffairtoremember stalked Cowgirl Hall from the pocket, then blew by her inside to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   A storm midway through the card rendered the surface sloppy and forced a delay of approximately 50 minutes. After the interruption, Anaffairtoremember flashed some Lightning Lane magic of her own, blazing through for...
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Stars gather Saturday for Sun Stakes elims

on 06/23/2015 2:00 AM
Most of the stars in 2015's early-season harness firmament will be gathered at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night, with 3YO pacers of both sexes, 3YO trotting colts, and FFA pacers looking to earn spots in the $1.8M "Sun Stakes Saturday” Championship events of their divisional stakes on Saturday, July 4.   The first Ben Franklin elim is headed by the richest ...
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Owner seminar set for July 19 at Buffalo

on 06/23/2015 2:00 AM
A seminar for new and prospective owners sponsored by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and hosted by Harness Horse Breeders of New York State will be held at Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg, New York. This seminar will provide valuable information for prospective or rookie owners and focus on all aspects of horse ownership.   The seminar is scheduled for...
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