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Meadows scholarship winners announced

on 07/14/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has announced the winners of its 2015 MSOA Collegiate Scholarships. The $5,000 MSOA Scholarship, presented by the MSOA Board of Directors, has been awarded to Ryan Zidek, a student at Saint Vincent College. He is the son of Jeff Zidek.   Riley Harvey, son of Naquel Harvey, has been awarded the $3,200 Crazed Scholarship, present...
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Cowgirl Hall takes Meadows mare trot feature

on 07/14/2015 2:00 AM
Cowgirl Hall pulled the pocket at the three-quarters and exploded to an insurmountable lead en route to victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Cowgirl Hall made the early lead but released Majestic Ginger at the quarter pole. When Dave Palone tipped Cowgirl Hall off the cones, the 6-year-old daughter of Cash ...
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Tribute to Canadian Hall of Famers at Mohawk

on 07/14/2015 2:00 AM
Standardbred racing fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with many harness racing greats this Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Standardbred Canada's "I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club” will be hosting a Tribute Night this Saturday evening at Mohawk. Racing fans will have the chance to meet Hall of Fame me...
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Franky Provolone wins again at Running Aces

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
A pair of $8,000 Opens, a $7,500 mini-series final, and an $11,000 open for Minnesota-sired 3-year-old trotters shared the spotlight on Sunday night at Running Aces.   The open trotters were the first of the four featured races to go postward and second choice Franky Provolone prevailed as he has so many times at Running Aces over the past three seasons. Robin Clements' pride and joy used...
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CHHA, SBOANJ to host free barbecue at Gaitway Farm

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
The CHHA and the SBOA of New Jersey will host a free barbecue at Gaitway Farm on Monday, July 20 at 12:30 p.m. The event is open to everyone and will feature Ron Dancer, son of the late Stanley Dancer, speaking about the race of life. Gaitway Farm is a beautiful place to spend a few hours listening to music, munching on a burger and enjoying the company of Christians in harness racin...
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2FT Caprice Hill powerful 1:55.2 winner

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
If the performances in Sunday night's Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs were any indication, Ontario has produced another world class group of two-year-old trotting fillies. Caprice Hill established the lofty standard for the evening in the first $52,500 division with a commanding gate-to-wire victory in 1:55.2. Yannick Gingras made his first-ever trip to Georgian Downs for the ra...
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Persuasive Look tops Illinois fillies at Balmoral

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled action grabbed the Sunday headlines at Balmoral Park with a pair of state-bred events for diagonally gaited three-year-olds sharing top billing on the 10-race program. The "boys” kicked off the action in race four as a field of eight colts and geldings met in the $8,000 Brandenburg Stake. Once again, this figured to be a battle between the top two colts in th...
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JL Cruze supplements; 6 in Hambo Maturity

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
The second edition of the $443,300 Hambletonian Maturity Stake attracted the attention of the fastest trotter in Meadowlands history: JL Cruze, whose connections supplemented their Cinderella story purchase for a fee of $50,000.   "He's just awesome,” said William Dittmar Jr., who co-owns with Kenneth Wood and Stephen Iaquinta, in a post-race interview after JL Cruze's 1:49.4 vict...
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PA-sired 2CP at Pocono Tuesday, Wednesday

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania-sired two-year-colt pacers see the first action of their summer-long state series during the first part of the week at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with $160,000 divided among eight divisions of the first preliminary leg of the Stallion Series Tuesday, and Wednesday featuring five sections of babies racing for $268,940 in Sire Stakes action. The Stallion Series is intended ...
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New incentive program for Cal Expo meet

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
Harness racing returns to Cal Expo under the Watch and Wager LLC banner on Saturday, Oct. 24, with a new horse incentive plan in place. Under the two-tiered system, qualifying horses that start on or before November 15 will receive $1,000 for their first start and $500 when they make their eighth start. Those qualifying trotters or pacers who start after November 15 and on or before Decemb...
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Tall Cotton edges Major Athens at Meadows

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
Tall Cotton walked the field through a leisurely first half, then turned on the jets to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Tall Cotton had to outduel Major Athens for the early lead, but Dave Palone then slammed on the brakes, giving Tall Cotton a comfortable :58 first half. From there, the 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra g...
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Summit ideas: reallocation of purses to young horses

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
On Monday (July 13), 40 key industry stakeholders met in Columbus, Ohio, to exchange dozens of ideas on how to address the problem of declining foal crops and the challenge of attracting new owners to harness racing at a summit organized by the U.S. Trotting Association.   Many of the participants commented throughout the day on the value of the gathering and the need to leave the m...
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Master Of Law tops EL Titan in 1:52.2 at Mohawk

on 07/13/2015 2:00 AM
Freshman trotters can often be unpredictable, and that was quite apparent during Monday's 11-race card at Mohawk Racetrack. The Campbellville, Ontario oval hosted a set of $105,000 OSS Gold Series divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and longshot players had a field day thanks to winners that were sent off at 48-1 and 6-1, respectively. Stormont Esquire blew up the totebo...
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Sheppard eliminations in the books

on 07/12/2015 2:00 AM
Two-year-olds were prominent Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting a pair of eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. A baker’s dozen worth of plebes went it at in their $25,000 elims, with the first four finishers in each back for next Saturday’s (July 18) $107,500 finale.   Jason Bartlett, who won half the evening’s dozen races, included wagering choice Do O...
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Hanovers continue at Balmoral Park

on 07/12/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 Hanover Stakes continued on Saturday with a total of 15 sophomore pacing colts squaring off in a pair of $21,775 divisions as the Grand Circuit action returned to the Crete oval.  Pacing fillies were also in action with a field of eight slugging it out for a purse of $26,000 in another Hanover tussle.   In the filly event Kristopher Heim, Connie Hochstetler and Ja...
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Daylon Miracle cruises to 1:54.3 Saratoga win

on 07/12/2015 2:00 AM
Daylon Miracle (Pegasus Spur) trotted the fastest time of the year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon as the Rene Allard-trained mare cruised to victory in the $18,000 Open Trot in 1:54.3.   Overcoming their assigned outside post in the early going, Daylon Miracle and driver Billy Dobson charged out to the lead in :27.4 and after covering the first half in :56.3, the...
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Lauxmont Caper, Burkentine Hanover score

on 07/12/2015 2:00 AM
Taking advantage of a pocket trip, Lauxmont Capri ($16.40) scored an upset win in Sunday (July 12) afternoon's $14,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs, kicking clear at will for a 1:53 score.   The 5-year-old Red River Hanover gelding pushed the pace up the pegs, stringing out U Belong To Me (Jim Marohn, Jr.) through a :26.4 first quarter before easing back to the pocket. The two remained ...
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Whitelake Hanover's 1:55.4 leads PASS 2FT

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
Whitelake Hanover remained undefeated in her three-race career by capturing the fastest division of Friday's $211,838 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman filly trotters at The Meadows.   The event, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over six divisions, with Broadway Donna, Womans Will, Lookin Sharp, Windowshopper and Sunset Glider taking the other splits. David Miller enjoy...
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KJ's Caroline, Southwind Trinia win mare features

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
Taking advantage of a pocket trip and a blistering pace, KJ's Caroline ($5.40) took charge late, holding off a bevy of closers in Friday (July 10) evening's $10,000 top-level pace for fillies and mares at Tioga Downs.   The 5-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare dueled early with Stormunn (Aaron Byron), ceding the lead on the first turn but not without having a hand in forcing a taxing ...
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Keith Waples has Grassroots winner in Senior K

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
Ontario's 2015 two-year-old pacing colt crop kicked off their provincial careers at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday night in the presence of a Canadian harness racing legend.   Hall of Fame horseman Keith Waples was on hand to watch the debut of his colt Senior K in the fourth Grassroots division, and when the Bettors Delight son delivered an impressive victory Waples joined the colt in ...
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