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Zeron, Antonacci sweep round one of Town Pro

on 06/26/2015 2:00 AM
Three-year-old pacing fillies clashed Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack in round one of the Town Pro Series and a direct connection to the series namesake took the first of two splits. Imagine Dragon and driver Rick Zeron made a big third-quarter move to the front and never looked back en route to a three-length 1:51.3 victory in the first $18,000 division. A daughter of Dragon Again,...
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Sistas fastest in PA Stallion 3FT splits

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
There were five stallion series races for 3-year-old filly trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday, each going for a purse of $20,000.   The fastest of which went to Albert and Michelle Crawford's Sistas (George Napolitano Jr.). The daughter of Andover Hall was able to repel the bid of six-time winner Speak To Me (Scott Zeron) to secure back to back wins in a time of 1:54.3. ...
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Cleveland Trotting Classic draws 22 eligibles

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
The Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, is scheduled for its inaugural edition on Friday, July 3. The Grand Circuit race is estimated to carry a purse of $180,000 and has drawn an impressive slate of 22 of the best veteran trotters in North America that are eligible to the event.   Market Share leads all eligibles in earnings with $3,685,796. The 6 year...
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Plainridge Thursday card postponed due to casino

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
Thursday afternoon's race card at Plainridge Park has been postponed due to logistical difficulties related to the opening of Massachusetts' first casino.   Plainridge Park Casino opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday morning, and shortly thereafter mammoth traffic delays surrounded the facility. With similar crowds expected on day two, Plainridge management and the ...
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Ohio commission gets cobalt update

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) held its monthly meeting on Tuesday in Columbus.   A quartet of requests by the Delaware County Agricultural Society was unanimously approved by the OSRC, including: conducting future win wagering on the 2015 Little Brown Jug program; simulcasting of all 2015 Little Brown Jug week races; requiring all horses entered in the Jug and Jugette to b...
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Ohio forum to be held on new Use of Whip rule

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) invited the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) to help create an informational forum that will educate Ohio harness drivers on a new "Use of the Whip” rule (3769-17-17) at their monthly meeting on Tuesday in Columbus.   "We asked the OHHA at our meeting this morning to participate with the OSRC in educating harness drivers on the new...
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Brittney Ohol named Batavia parade marshal

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs Gaming is pleased to announce that Brittney Ohol will go to post as the new parade marshal for the upcoming summer-fall meet.   Ohol grew up around harness racing while being raised by her grandparents (Mike and Brenda Ohol) who both competed on the western New York circuit for over 30 years. The 21-year-old Lockport (N.Y.) High School graduate attended Medaille Colleg...
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123 eligible to 2015 Little Brown Jug

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
The connections of 123 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have made the final payment to remain eligible to this year's 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug. The 123 eligibles represent a 19.4 percent increase over the 103 eligibles in 2014. The list of remaining eligibles includes last year's 2-year-old champion Artspeak, the 2015 Art Rooney Memorial champ In The Arsenal, Go Daddy Go...
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PASS finals now $350K; 3YO Classics announced

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
A $1.6 million investment in Pennsylvania's harness racing industry will boost purses that strengthen breeding programs and establish a prestigious stakes race, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced Thursday.   "Harness racing is a unique agritourism experience,” said Redding. "From the sport's tracks and fans to its breeding and training operations, it's an industry tha...
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Graduate Pace final entry details

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
The $250,000G final of the Graduate Series for pacers will be raced at the Meadowlands on Friday, July 3. Please note that horses must be entered for the final with the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 by the time on the condition sheet (9 a.m. on Monday, June 29).   Point standings may be viewed on the Meadowlands website. Horses that have raced in two legs of the series will h...
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Two-time LBJ-winning owner Roy Davis dies

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
Roy Dempsey Davis, 85, of Dallas, Texas, Pittsburgh, Pa., Jupiter, Fla., and Cat Cay, Bahamas, died Tuesday, June 16.   Mr. Davis was an extremely successful horseman in the Standardbred horse world. His horses, who all had the surname of Spur, included Barberry Spur and Jaguar Spur, who won the 1986 and 1987 Little Brown Jug, respectively. He also won a pair of Breed...
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HOFers lining up for Gerry Memorial at Goshen

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
Goshen Historic Track will feature a power-packed field of drivers, all members of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, in the annual $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot, to be held July 5. Post time is 1 p.m. The slate for that race brings together a "Who's Who” of harness racing talent. John Campbell, David Miller, Bill O'Donnell, Dick Stillings, Jimmy Takter and Wally...
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Aldebaran Eagle looks to soar in Beal elims

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
Aldebaran Eagle has held his own against some of the best 3-year-old male trotters around and now trainer Jonas Czernyson is hoping the colt is ready to soar as he prepares for Saturday's Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Aldebaran Eagle, who has won only two of 15 career races but hit the board a total of 11 times, is the 5-2 second choi...
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A look at Pocono elims in new Weekend Preview!

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
After spending last weekend in Canada, the stars have made their way to Pennsylvania where there are 10 eliminations Saturday for the Beal, Hempt, Lynch and Franklin at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. We've got plenty of stories in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, including trainer Brian Brown telling why he's "lost for words” when it comes to Lost For Words, who brings a fou...
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MSOA honors veterans with special event

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a very special event on Tuesday, June 24, the third annual Ruffner/Yoder Gun 23 Memorial Pace.   The event was named in honor of two fallen heroes, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarret Yoder. Both served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and lost their lives in a helicopter crash in April ...
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Short-priced winners in PASS 3FT splits

on 06/25/2015 2:00 AM
There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $73,000.   In the first division, it was Julie Miller trainee Livininthefastlane (Andy Miller) remaining perfect in 2015.   The daughter of Donato Hanover got away an early third from post one b...
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Breyer offers Foiled Again model

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
When it comes to things like government intelligence, the location of oil deposits, or even the formula for Coca-Cola, it's all very top secret. So too are the decisions of the famed Breyer Co. which proclaims it makes "the world's finest model horses." That's why when it was announced Tuesday morning, June 16, that Breyer had made a model of Foiled Again, the world's richest Standardbred, ...
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Impressive debuts for INSS freshmen

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Tuesday as the 14-race program featured six divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for 2-year-old trotters. With two divisions of 2-year-old trotting fillies and four divisions of trotting colts, the 2015 crop of freshman trotters opened their series in impressive fashion.   Fawn De Sa...
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Undefeated Iowa sensation heads east

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
Roland N Rock, fresh off an impressive 1:53.2 qualifier at Running Aces in Minnesota, is headed east to take on the "big boys.” The sophomore son of Rocknroll Hanover's next scheduled start is the Landmark Stake on July 4 followed by the Meadowlands Pace eliminations the next weekend.   Lightly staked at two, owners Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, Iowa, have their pride and j...
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Plainridge opens new $250 million casino

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
Even two tornado warnings and torrential rainfall in the middle of Tuesday's card could not dampen the horsemen's spirits on the eve of Wednesday's grand opening ceremonies at the new $250 million Plainridge Park Casino.   "It is tremendously exciting,” said track identifier Bob Lieberman, who has been involved in New England harness racing for 30 years. "We have been re...
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