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Freshman colts shine in Ohio State Fair Stakes

on 08/07/2015 2:00 AM
State-breds took the stage once again at Scioto Downs on Thursday (Aug. 6) when 66 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts raced for more than $277,000 in purses for their respective divisions of the Ohio State Fair races. Nothin Fancy stayed perfect, winning the fastest and last division of pacers in 1:53.3 for driver Kyle Ater and trainer Fred Huff Jr. Now four-for-four, the son of Metropo...
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Gural hosts event attended by President Obama

on 08/07/2015 2:00 AM
Meadowlands President Jeff Gural recently hosted a dinner party where the guest of honor was the President of the United States, Barack Obama. Those involved in harness racing know Mr. Gural via his long-term passion for the sport. He maintains a racing stable, standardbred breeding farms in New York and Pennsylvania as well as operating three racetracks. His current...
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Freaky Feet Pete dominates again in INSS

on 08/07/2015 2:00 AM
Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner’s circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday in his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, extending his win streak to six in the process. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete reached the wire five lengths in front of his clos...
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Whom Shall I Fear wins Townsend Ackerman split

on 08/07/2015 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter kicked off his Hambletonian weekend with a victory as Whom Shall I Fear produced a dominant win Friday night in the $50,000 Townsend Ackerman Stakes at the Meadowlands.   Takter has five entrants in the Hambletonian in the bid for a fourth training victory in the classic for 3-year-old trotters. The win by Whom Shall I Fear, a full brother to Takter star Father Patrick,...
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Sam Hill game in Meadows victory

on 08/07/2015 2:00 AM
Sam Hill had to work hard for the early lead, but he was much the best once he got there, capturing his third straight victory in Friday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Carol's Comet seized the lead and forced Sam Hill to a :27.1 opening quarter. But the 9-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding suffered no anxious moments thereafter, easily thwarting the first-over...
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Lima Playtime fastest in NYSS 2FT divisions

on 08/07/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the $151,625 New York Sires Stakes Mike Cohen Trot for 2-year-old fillies.   The event went in five, same-worth $30,325 divisions. The quintet of races honored the memory of the former Yonkers and NBC Sports publicity director, with his family and friends making winner's circle presentations.   Lima Playtime (Mark MacDonald, $7.50) did ...
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Yagonnakissmeornot rallies for Pocono win

on 08/07/2015 2:00 AM
Yagonnakissmeornot, winless since May 13 and having raced only once since July 4, was still assigned the outside post eight in Friday's $30,000 mares open handicap pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the daughter of The Panderosa bore out the local racing office's judgment by rallying from fifth at midstretch to win in 1:50.1. Driver Simon Allard got away fourth, just behind Oo...
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Yankeeland legacy imprinted on Hambletonian history

on 08/06/2015 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian, to be raced for the 90th time on Saturday, has a rich family heritage. Page through the pedigrees of today’s finest horses and you can take a trip back in time and find the greatest trotters of the last century. Family means everything when it comes to equine pedigree and it means even more to those heavily invested in the sport. Charlie Keller III, the recent Hal...
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Hambletonian & more in new Weekend Preview!

on 08/06/2015 2:00 AM
Everything you want to know about the 90th Hambletonian—and more—can be found in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview! Jimmy Takter talks about his chances for a Hambo repeat with his five contenders, and Ron Burke—who has two starters—gives the inside scoop on Mission Brief’s preparation as she attempts to become the 14th filly to ever win the trotting classic. We also hav...
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Big M freshmen stakes winners return for Hambletonian

on 08/05/2015 8:00 PM
Two horses enter Saturday’s $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes at Meadowlands Racetrack having already posted victories at the Big M on Hambletonian Day – colt Centurion ATM and filly Mission Brief. Centurion ATM won last year’s Peter Haughton Memorial while Mission Brief captured the Merrie Annabelle, both in world-record-equaling times. On Saturday the two will compete in the Hamble...
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Kadabra fillies dominate in Ontario Sires Stakes

on 08/05/2015 2:00 AM
Ontario's elite trotting fillies continued to impress fans as they battled in their third Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. More than half of the fillies entered in the trio of $70,000 Gold divisions were sired by Kadabra and when the evening was over, all three trophies had been awarded to daughters of Kadabra.   Starting the sweep was Ready Any Time, who sp...
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Racing applications for Rosecroft available

on 08/05/2015 2:00 AM
The 27-night summer-fall racing season at Rosecroft Raceway kicks off Saturday, Sept. 19. Racing applications are now available at http://www.rosecroft.com/ under the "Horsemen” section and must be submitted for consideration by Aug. 31.   "The racing program continues to gain momentum at Rosecroft and we anticipate a purse increase going into this summer – fall meet,” said Pe...
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Nuncio wins over Daley Lovin in Stockholm

on 08/05/2015 2:00 AM
Nuncio, the runner-up in last year's Hambletonian, won at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday night. Racing barefoot for trainer-owner Stefan Melander, Nuncio won the 2,140-meter race in a mile rate time of 1:54.4, but he had to work for it. Melander left with him post 7, but dropped back at the pylons as Orjan Kihlstrom (Exodus Hanover) and Erik Adielsson (Daley Lovin) left s...
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Dayson much the best in NYSS at Batavia

on 08/05/2015 2:00 AM
He’s yet to taste defeat and judging from his performance on Wednesday (Aug. 5) at Batavia Downs, it might be quite some time before that happens. Dayson (Conway Hall-Nervey’s Taurus) simply obliterated the competition in his $55,500 leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings and set a new lifetime mark in the process. When Dante (Ake Svanst...
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Control The Moment takes Mohawk final

on 08/04/2015 2:00 AM
Control The Moment capped off his dominance of the Dream Maker Series with a 1:52.1 victory Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   The Brad Maxwell trainee came into Monday's $36,400 final off a pair of easy victories in the preliminary legs and delivered another similar effort for the series sweep. The scratch of Kokanee Seelster brought the field down to just four two-year-old pacers...
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Youth Foundation Hambo Day drivers set

on 08/04/2015 2:00 AM
Four talented and dedicated young ladies have been selected to compete in this year's Harness Horse Youth Foundation driving demonstration at The Meadowlands on Hambeltonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 8.   They are Katilee Dunn of Honesdale, PA; Alexandra Urbanski of Jackson, NJ; Hayley Halloran of Lewes, DE; and Emily Clemons of Holland Patent, NY. The non-wagering event is a one-half mil...
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At Maine's Topsham, Mosher drives 6,000th winner

on 08/04/2015 2:00 AM
One of Maine's top harness racing drivers and veteran horsemen has reached a career milestone. After achieving his first win in 1977 at the Skowhegan State Fair, Gary Mosher can now be called Mr. 6,000 after piloting So What Who Cares to career victory number 6,000 at the Topsham Fair on Monday (Aug. 3) in the sixth race.   The horse may be named So What Who Cares (owned by Victoria...
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Palone wins 9 at The Meadows

on 08/04/2015 2:00 AM
Hall of Famer Dave Palone enjoyed one of the "winningest” single programs of his career Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted nine winners — including Cowgirl Hall in the feature.   Palone's best single-card haul came April 21, 2008, when he collected 11 victories. He also drove 10 winners at The Meadows on Sept. 11, 1999 and again on July 6, 2002.   In Tuesday's fea...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit confirmed for Milstein

on 08/04/2015 2:00 AM
The Carl Milstein Memorial, Northeast Ohio's premier race, is scheduled for its second edition on Friday, Aug. 14. The Grand Circuit event has attracted the best sophomore colt pacers in the sport of harness racing.   It has been confirmed by owner George Teague Jr. that pacing superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit will enter this year's Milstein. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 15 of 16 career ...
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Fear strikes at 41-1 in Hanover 2CT

on 08/03/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 Hanover Stake season drew to a close on Sunday with a pair of trotting events for 2 year olds sharing top billing on the 10-race program.   The "girls” kicked off the action in race three with a compact field of eight diagonally gaited fillies battling for a purse of $22,400.   Looking to avenge her first career loss after a break took her out of contenti...
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