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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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Time On My Hands' 1:54.2 sets Saratoga mark

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
Time On My Hands (American Ideal) broke the track record for 2-year-old filly pacers on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   There were three divisions of the $49,000-plus New York Sire Stakes for freshman fillies and the Chris Ryder-trained Time On My Hands was the star of the show. Jim Morrill Jr. guided the youngster to the early lead before being met with the late...
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Big M announces out-of-competition list

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands wants to reiterate its stance on putting forth the most integrity-driven product in all of racing.  We take blood samples from horses all year long for the purposes of out of competition testing and that practice will continue with our most significant stakes races upon us.   "It goes without saying that the out of competition testing at The Meadowlands is second to n...
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Babies and qualifiers at Meadowlands

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
The Pace elimination morning edition of Breakfast with the Babies was conducted under skies as blue as Taylor Swift’s eyes with fluffy clouds, flags were limp and temperatures in the 70’s.   Filly trotters kicked it off with Southwind Hope, a $52,000 Muscle Hill Lexington sale purchase winning out of the pocket in 2:00/28.1 for Andy Miller. She tracked Pampered Winner until the stretc...
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Imagine Dragon, Split The House win finals

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
Imagine Dragon turned in another hit with a 1:51.2 victory Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the $48,600 Town Pro Series final for driver Rick Zeron and trainer Frank Antonacci.   The series final victory for the Antonacci trainee couldn't have been written any better, as the series namesake Town Pro is the granddam of Imagine Dragon.   A daughter of Dragon Again, Ima...
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"Wiggle It," In The Arsenal win M Pace elims

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
Wiggle It Jiggleit and In The Arsenal won the two $50,000 eliminations of the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Wiggle It Jiggleit started out in unfamiliar territory at the back of the pack, but ended up in a familiar spot--in front--by a length at the 1:48.4 finish of the second elimination.   Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick...
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JL Cruze wins Graduate Trot final in 1:49.4

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
JL Cruze is the fastest trotter in Meadowlands history. After winning the $250,000 Graduate final in 1:49.4, JL Cruze captured that title as well as becoming a world champion as the final time was the fastest trotting mile in one-mile track history.   Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, JL Cruze floated off the gate and sat on the outside while the leaders sorted themselves out. In the meantime...
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Band Of Angels scores in Mistletoe Shalee elim

on 07/11/2015 2:00 AM
There was a single Mistletoe Shalee elimination for $25,000 on tap Saturday night at the Meadowlands, with three filly pacers  receiving byes into the final. Those fillies are Bettor Be Steppin, Sassa Hanover and The Show Returns.   The winner of the elimination was Band Of Angels, who scored in 1:50, a lifetime-best effort. Driver Yannick Gingras put her in play early and she ...
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