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Oaks, Adios & Gordon in new Weekend Preview!

on 07/30/2015 2:00 AM
How about this trifecta: Hambletonian Oaks, Adios and Gordon! That's what you'll find in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. On the racetrack, find out why trainer Dustin Jones believes Spirit To Win has it in her to follow up her Miller shocker with a big effort in her Oaks elim, why Aaron Merriman has two chances in the Oaks elims, and the reason behind Howard Okusko contemplatin...
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Alagna has Haughton hopes for Winter Harbor

on 07/30/2015 2:00 AM
Winter Harbor will hope to make the most of the summertime stakes – and beyond – for trainer Tony Alagna and his ownership group. A $240,000 yearling purchase, the son of Muscle Hill will make his second career start in Friday’s eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack.   A total of 19 horses entered the Haughton...
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Autotune Hanover, Travel Playlist win NYSS

on 07/30/2015 2:00 AM
It was downstate statebred rookie initiation Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $153,024 New York Sire Stakes Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.   The event, which honored the memory of the Raceway’s long-time corporate controller, went in two divisions of $76,512 each.   The first event saw odds-on number Autotune Hanover (Tyler Buter, $2...
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Purses get boost at Running Aces

on 07/30/2015 2:00 AM
Purses will be on the rise for the final month of the 2015 season at Running Aces. Due primarily to improved business levels in the 80-table cardroom casino in 2015, purses in several key overnight classes were increased earlier in the summer and many classes are expected to see another boost in the very near future.   The most noticeable increases, which will be effective from Aug....
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Jim Campbell sends out 1,000th career winner

on 07/30/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Jim Campbell posted the 1,000th winner of his career when Broadway Jo Ell won the fourth race on Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. The U.S. Trotting Association began keeping trainer stats in 1991.   The 53-year-old Campbell has trained many top horses in his career including Run The Table, Tagliabue, Galleria and Broadway Hall.   The outstanding pacer Run ...
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Starting fees increased for Northville meet

on 07/30/2015 2:00 AM
The Northville Downs harness meet has been extended by 28 racing dates by Michigan Gaming Control after receiving requests from Northville and the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA).   The extended racing is to begin on Friday, Aug. 14, and race every Friday and Saturday night until the last night of live racing for 2015 on Nov. 14. The recently-concluded race meet ...
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Mississippi horseman Tom Wilburn dies at 96

on 07/30/2015 2:00 AM
Thomas Luther Wilburn II, 96, died July 27, 2015, at Smith Oaks, Lowndes County, Miss. During his era, Mr. Wilburn was a successful and popular horseman. He won driving awards and was recognized for his accomplishments at several tracks, including Wolverine Raceway.   Mr. Wilburn was born at Smith Oaks near Artesia, Lowndes County, Miss., on Nov. 30, 1918. He was the third son of ...
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Pocono to hold $100k Sebastian K Invitational

on 07/30/2015 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce that the $100,000 Invitational Trot on August 22 will be named "The Sebastian K”. The event will honor the recently retired trotter who recorded the fastest trotting mile in the history of harness racing to date. The record shattering 1:49 effort was recorded at Pocono last year. Anyone interested in entering this invitational event should c...
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Colt allergic to sweet feed wins Ontario stakes

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
After having his early season derailed by allergies, two-year-old trotting colt Willyorwonthe finally found his way to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening.   The colt and driver Mike Saftic fired away from Post 8 in the last $18,000 Grassroots division and reeled off fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:30.1 before fending off a late challen...
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Chewy Baca earns another win at Running Aces

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Chewy Baca, one of the winningest horses in Running Aces history, did it again Tuesday night (July 28) capturing the $8000 Open I Pace in 1:52.4 by a half-length over three-year-old Linkjack Hanover (Rick Magee) and Quality Sport (Steve Wiseman). The winner was making his first start for new owner Dr. James Findlay and new trainer-driver Travis Bowman after they plucked him for $15,000 via the...
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Hammer drives 3 winners at hometown fair

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Roger Hammer, "King of the Pennsylvania Fairs” and coming to race in his hometown of Bedford, where he is in the Sports Hall of Fame, posted three victories on both Monday and Tuesday at the local fairgrounds to be the leading driver for the meet and retake command of the local seasonal win category. Hammer posted the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.3, and got the biggest purse of the sess...
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Gray still recovering from Buffalo spill

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Harness driver Shawn Gray was spotted at Plainridge Race Course, just south of Boston on Monday (July 27), but he wasn't there plying his trade. Instead he was in the grandstand with friends, watching the races and working on getting better.   Gray, 42, made the stop on his way back home to Maine where he planned to spend some time recuperating from a racing accident that ...
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Governor's Day set for Thursday at Harrington

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway will showcase many of Delaware's top Standardbreds Thursday evening as part of the annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair.   The 13-race program, which features Harrington's richest aggregate purse total for one card on the season of $610,000, will have a 7 p.m. post time. A prestigious day of racing is ahead that honors the memory of former ...
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Meadowlands under-30 contest brought 52 players

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Saturday evening at the Meadowlands was one that was filled with youth, energy and excitement, thanks to a free handicapping contest geared towards younger harness racing enthusiasts.   The contest was for anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 and was free to enter. It centered around 10 races at The Meadowlands on the Saturday program and each contestant selected one horse in each ...
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Cocoacabana 1st Oaks starter for Ingrassias

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Jacqueline Ingrassia, affectionately known as Lady Jay, is about to break new ground. She and her racing and life partner for more than four decades, Frank Ingrassia, will be sending out their first Hambletonian Oaks starter on Saturday night, Aug. 1, at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Cocoacabana drew post two in the sixth race, the first of two $35,000 elimination races which wi...
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Legal Lady a Doherty contender for Gerrys

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Caroline "Kitty” Gerry remembers the thrills she enjoyed watching Bruschette compete on the racetrack and she hopes to rekindle those feelings with a daughter of the stakes-winning trotting mare.   Legal Lady, a daughter of Bruschette who Gerry bred and owns, is entered in Friday's second of three eliminations for the Jim Doherty Memorial Stakes (formerly Merrie Annabelle) for 2-y...
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OHHA raising Best In Show Award prizes

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Since its inception in 1990, the Industry Day celebration at Grand River Raceway has been enthusiastically supported by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA). In the early days, the organization hosted the Backstretch Olympic Games with such epic events as water-pail and bandage-rolling contests.   More recently, OHHA hosted the Best In Show Awards, providing $500 in cash pri...
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William Woityra, original JL Cruze owner, dies

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
William M. Woityra, who purchased world champion trotter JL Cruze as a yearling in 2012 and sold the son of Crazed last November to the current owners, died Thursday, July 16, after a battle with cancer. He was 75.   A resident of Churchville, N.Y., near Rochester, Mr. Woityra graduated from Cornell University and was a Vietnam veteran, serving with a light helicopter battalion. He ...
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Kellys Cross dominant in Batavia mares feature

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
It seemed like a stroll in the park on an 86 degree summer night for Kellys Cross as she totally overpowered a solid field of Open II pacing mares in Wednesday night’s (July 29) feature at Batavia Downs. As the wings closed, the speedy Voltina (Jack Flanigen) bolted to the lead, but not before getting rimmed to the quarter by rail-rider Real Joy (Drew Monti) in 27.4. After she took, Rea...
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Posterity leads NYSS winners on Batavia opener

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Four divisions of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old trotting fillies went postward on opening night Monday at Batavia Downs and as a result the first record of the season just missed being broken. The track proved lightning fast as three of the four divisions set lifetime marks.   Posterity (Lucky Chucky-Vintage Ship) took full advantage of an early break by favored Winni...
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