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Dresden granted 11 race days this summer

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
Lucille Laprise said there was a buoyant atmosphere at Dresden Raceway on Monday when word came that the track had been granted an 11-race day summer meet by the Ontario Racing Commission.   "Everybody's been anxiously waiting to see what was going to happen. Now that it's official that we're getting our 11 race days, we are very enthused and we're good to go,” said Laprise, the p...
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Delaware horse racing has $182 million impact

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
Delaware horse racing contributed more than $182 million to the state's economy in 2014, supporting the equivalent of more than 1,500 full-time jobs, according to an economic impact study released Tuesday.   "Horse racing is an important part of Delaware agriculture," said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. "These numbers show just how important, demonstrating the endurance and streng...
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Murderers Row steps to plate in Simpson

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
Murderers Row is ready to step to the plate. Or, perhaps more accurately for a harness racing horse, step to the gate.   Murderers Row is one of nine 3-year-old female trotters entered in Friday's $39,816 John Simpson Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The filly – whose name is a reference to the moniker bestowed upon the famed New York Yankees lineup in the late 1920s ...
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Unefoisdansmavie wins Meadows feature

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
 Unefoisdansmavie had to battle for the early lead, but she was strong once on top, capturing her second straight victory in Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Boo’s Party Girl stung Unefoisdansmavie in a 28 opening panel and stalked her from the pocket. But the 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The...
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Fox Valley Qatar takes Illinos 3YO stakes

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
The state-bred stakes action continued on Sunday, May 3, at Balmoral Park as a pair of Illinois conceived and foaled events for both trotters and pacers shared top billing on the Sunday night card. In the opening event, the Herman Wheeler owned and trained Fox Valley Qatar, last year's freshman champion, picked up right where he left off, posting an easy 3 ¾ length wire to wire victory in 1:5...
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Julie-Andy Miller take 2 of 3 PA All Stars

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
The chalk was perfect Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in three divisions of a $96,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies.   First up was Focus On Me, a daughter of SJ's Caviar who is now perfect in two seasonal starts after rallying from the pocket into a :28.1 last quarter to catch pacesetting Fly Angel Fly by a neck while taking a race...
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Sutton, Morgan take Miami Valley titles

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Driver Josh Sutton and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. captured their respective titles at the recently-concluded second-ever Miami Valley Raceway meet. The 89-day season, which started Jan. 2 and ended May 3, could only be deemed a huge success as almost $8.5 million was doled out in purses, numerous track records were lowered, and overall average daily handle was up a whopping 29.2 percent. &nb...
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Marketing aimed at "Ownership Experience"

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Social Media Initiative, in partnership with the U.S. Trotting Association and key partners, has announced the launch of a new marketing campaign to help recruit new owners into the sport. The "Ownership Experience” initiative is designed to target potential owners in key regions through online media targeting based on location, income and interests across multiple...
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Public invited to horse farm open house

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
New Jersey celebrates the "Month of the Horse” in June and Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge is helping the celebration along by opening its gates from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. The farm is at 74 Red Valley Road in Cream Ridge.   The events of the day are free and this is a rain or shine event.   Visitors will get see some of the dozens of foals, baby horses just a f...
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HANA contest underway; Waterstone sits second

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
With four legs of the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, Buffalo Raceway announcer Michael Carter has taken an early lead with 319.70 points.   Carter managed to surge to the lead due in a large part to his per...
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Rekila's winning trip to Freehold for Lady Suffolk

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Riina Rekila cannot explain it, but something compelled her to make her first trip to drive in a race in New Jersey with EL Love in the Lady Suffolk Stakes. Whatever forces were at work, it proved to be a worthwhile journey.   EL Love, hailing from a family of stakes-winners that includes full-brother Appomattox and half-brother EL Titan, improved to 4-for-4 in her career by winning...
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Keeneland to move Tbed simulcasts to Red Mile

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Keeneland, the Thoroughbred racetrack in Lexington, Ky., has filed a request with the state's Horse Racing Commission to move its simulcasting to The Red Mile. There has been no Thoroughbred simulcasting at The Red Mile since the late 1990s, when ownership sold the Thoroughbred rights to Keeneland for $4 million. The request is on the May 6 agenda of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission mee...
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Tall Cotton takes Meadows trot feature

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Tall Cotton lulled the field with a sleepy second quarter, then scorched the back half in :56 to capture Monday's $18,000 winners-over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Tall Cotton, who shares The Meadows' all-age trotting record of 1:51.3, made an easy lead and enjoyed comfortable fractions of :28/:57.4. Dave Palone turned him loose down the backside, and the 9...
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Just A Jolt snags second straight Harrington win

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt ($2.60, Victor Kirby) notched his second straight win Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $16,000 Open Handicap for pacers in 1:51.2.   The 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding successfully mounted his attack second over after leader Elite Awards blazed through fractions of :26.1, :54.3 and 1:22.4. 'Jolt' gathered momentum on the outside following Beli...
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Bee A Magician sets Yonkers track mark

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Season-debuting Bee a Magician (Brian Sears, $9.20) and Michael's Power (Dan Dube, $4.20) both went down the road Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,000 Open Handicaps.   Bee a Magician, 2013's Harness Horse of the Year, showed no signs of a five-month hiatus and a pair of mundane qualifiers in the weekly trotting feature. In play from penultimate post positio...
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Gray Camo, Chief Talkalot win Ohio Sires Stakes

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Ohio Sires Stakes action continued Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway with four $40,000 divisions for Buckeye-bred three-year-olds, two for pacers and two for trotters. Gray Camo and Chief Talkalot captured the pacing splits; while Neely's Messenger and Upfront Chip Daddy were victorious in their first leg trotting divisions.   Gray Camo (Chris Page) topped Roaddog Jess James (K...
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Whom Shall I Fear wins by neck in 1:55

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Kentucky Derby Day meant a doubleheader of harness racing action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace on the evening card taken by the hot Domethatagain in 1:49, and Whom Shall I Fear and Cruzado Dela Noche both notching 1:55 triumphs among four division of a $128,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for sophomore trotting colts in the early card...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit coasts in Simpson stakes

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
When last seen on the racetrack, Wiggle It Jiggleit was dominating the Final of the William "Buddy” Gilmour at The Meadowlands in mid-March. The three year old gelded son of Mr Wiggles was given a brief break following that win, but returned in style on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, winning the $47,124 John Simpson Memorial by three lengths over pocket-sitting Rock N' Roll World. &nb...
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Penn takes second straight Hoosier feature

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Penn used a decisive front, running effort to find the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the $21,000 Invitational Trot on Saturday, May 2. Once again dismissed at the betting windows, Penn pulled a mild upset to score at odds of 10-1 in 1:53.4 with Darrell Wright in the sulky.   The Bobby Brower trainee ...
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NA Cup eligible The Wayfaring Man scores

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
The Wayfaring Man and Star Cover scored round two victories in The Diplomat series Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 12 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two $20,000 divisions for the second leg of the three-week Diplomat series.   JJs Delivery, the winner of leg one, did not enter round two leaving the door open for some fresh blood to get on the...
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