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1991 HOY Precious Bunny dies in Australia

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame was informed Wednesday that last year's Living Horse Hall of Fame inductee, Precious Bunny, died April 20, 2015 at Empire Stallions in Victoria, Australia.   Bred by Alfred Ochsner Jr., the 1991 Horse of the Year and Little Brown Jug winner Precious Bunny was foaled on May 6, 1988 at Windhaven Farm in Cranbury, N.J.. Purchased in 1990 by ...
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Obrigado: From Maine to Meadowlands

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
It is a long way from the fairs of Maine to the big leagues at the Meadowlands, but it is a trip that Obrigado is making. Now, his trainer Paul Kelley expects him to make noise against the sport's top trotters.   Obrigado, a 5-year-old gelding by leading Maine stallion Boy Band, faces five others in the $50,000 TVG Free For All on Friday at the Meadowlands.   "He is ...
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Atta Boy Dan equals Meadows track record

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
Atta Boy Dan reeled off two sub-27 quarters yet was fresh as a daisy in the lane, capturing Wednesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in 1:49.2. The time equaled the track record for older geldings established by Itrustyou in 2013. Atta Boy Dan won a three-ply battle for the early lead but had to pace in 26.2 to get there. He blazed the third p...
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Winkys Pride breaks own track mark at Buffalo

on 06/24/2015 2:00 AM
The record book hasn't been safe recently at Buffalo Raceway and Winkys Pride sure is helping in re-writing it. For the second time in three weeks, Winkys Pride ($3.90) set a new standard in winning the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 24), going the mile in 1:57.0. The time broke the all-aged mares trotting record and aged (5+) mare mark of 1...
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Record North America Cup night handle

on 06/23/2015 2:00 AM
Wakizashi Hanover's victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup was the highlight of a record-setting evening Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.   A handle of $4,292,777 on Saturday's 15-race card broke the previous North America Cup card handle record of $3,820,598 set in 2005 at Woodbine. Saturday night's wager was up 24.9 percent over the all source wager of $3,437,076 in 2014. ...
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Meadows delay no problem for Anaffairtoremember

on 06/23/2015 2:00 AM
Anaffairtoremember stalked Cowgirl Hall from the pocket, then blew by her inside to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   A storm midway through the card rendered the surface sloppy and forced a delay of approximately 50 minutes. After the interruption, Anaffairtoremember flashed some Lightning Lane magic of her own, blazing through for...
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Stars gather Saturday for Sun Stakes elims

on 06/23/2015 2:00 AM
Most of the stars in 2015's early-season harness firmament will be gathered at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night, with 3YO pacers of both sexes, 3YO trotting colts, and FFA pacers looking to earn spots in the $1.8M "Sun Stakes Saturday” Championship events of their divisional stakes on Saturday, July 4.   The first Ben Franklin elim is headed by the richest ...
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Owner seminar set for July 19 at Buffalo

on 06/23/2015 2:00 AM
A seminar for new and prospective owners sponsored by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and hosted by Harness Horse Breeders of New York State will be held at Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg, New York. This seminar will provide valuable information for prospective or rookie owners and focus on all aspects of horse ownership.   The seminar is scheduled for...
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Brandon Parker, gives dad Zeke a winning present

on 06/22/2015 2:00 AM
The third on final Sunday matinee card at Goshen Historic Track on June 21 was well attended and offered seven races: six for pacers and trotters hooked to sulkies and a trotting race under saddle.   Arguably, the most interesting one was the sixth race when 16-year-old Brandon Parker made his first drive a winning one. The son of Billy "Zeke” Parker Jr, drove his dad's Wizar...
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Stakes-filled Sunday at Balmoral in the books

on 06/22/2015 2:00 AM
A Sunday night Balmoral Park program full of Illinois conceived and foaled stakes action which mainly put the spotlight on this year's crop of 2 year olds kicked off with a non-wagering event as a field of five diagonally gaited fillies met in the Star Slinger Stake.   Powering to the front after an opening quarter in :30.3, Providence West Inc.'s Vengeful never looked back as she p...
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Southwind Frank leads Burke's Gaitway winners

on 06/22/2015 2:00 AM
Training down, 2-year-old male trotter Southwind Frank didn't act like much of a race horse. But ever since getting a taste of more speed, he's come around.   Southwind Frank was one of four Ron Burke-trained 2-year-olds to win qualifiers Monday at Gaitway Farms. A son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, he won in 1:55.3 over a track labeled "good” to lead all...
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Bandolito returns to Harrington a winner

on 06/22/2015 2:00 AM
Daryl Bier's Bandolito ($2.60, Bier) was a decisive winner in the $16,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:51.4. The 5-year-old Ponder stallion led virtually wire to wire in hand over Bad Boy Matt and Shiretown Pitbull. Bandolito raced at Pocono Downs in his most recent two starts, including a 1:49.2 victory on May 30. Monday's win was the 22nd in his career, which has banked h...
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Rule imposing strict whip rules passes Ohio committee

on 06/22/2015 2:00 AM
Harness racing drivers in Ohio face stiffer penalties and more restrictions on the use of whips under a new rule that passed through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review Monday.   After fielding opposition and proponent testimony, JCARR members declined not to take action to delay or sidetrack the rule, clearing the way for its implementation by the Ohio State Racing Commi...
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Tamarind just misses Meadows track record

on 06/22/2015 2:00 AM
Tamarind made it two straight in The Meadows' top trot with another first-over victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap.   Tamarind was sitting fourth down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Tall Cotton. Much as he did last week, the 7-year-old son of Angus Hall Spicegirl Kosmos wore down Tall Cotton and defeated him by a length in 1:52.3, a tick off t...
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AHC opposes bill to repeal Interstate Horseracing Act

on 06/22/2015 2:00 AM
During the annual American Horse Council (AHC) June meeting in Washington, D.C., the AHC Board of Trustees voted unanimously to oppose legislation introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA) to repeal the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 (IHA).   "The industry is united in its opposition to these bills. The Interstate Horse Racing Act is the framewor...
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Heavy rain forces Northfield to cancel after 1 race

on 06/22/2015 2:00 AM
Northfield Park was forced to cancel after one race on Monday night due to unsafe track conditions caused by a heavy rain storm.   Northfield Park will resume live racing on Tuesday with a first post of 6 p.m. (Northfield Park)
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Wrangler Magic prevails in Fan Hanover

on 06/21/2015 2:00 AM
Wrangler Magic delivered the performance of her career to win the $479,000 Fan Hanover Saturday night at Mohawk. A impressive field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies, including 2014 Horse of the Year JK Shesalady, lined up to contest the Fan Hanover. Wrangler Magic and Sylvain Filion showed early speed to grab the front heading into the first turn. Sassa Hanover, who handed J...
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Account Rollover sweeps the Caramore

on 06/21/2015 2:00 AM
In a highly competitive field, Account Rollover was able to defeat five different Caramore division winners en route to completing a series sweep in The Caramore at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 8/5 favorite, Account Rollover showed good speed early in the mile, made an aggressive move to the lead past the quarter in 27.1 and took charge down the backstretch.  Driver Vincen...
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Maven sets track record in Swedish victory

on 06/21/2015 2:00 AM
Maven set a new track record for older trotting mares at Kalmar in Sweden on Sunday when she scored in a mile rate of 1:55.1f for the 1 5/16-mile race. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Maven was driven by his brother, Johnny.   While Maven found the competition much to her liking on Sunday, she won't have much time to rest on her laurels as she has been entered for next Saturday's Kymi Gran...
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Barn Doll, Crazy Wow dominate in Vernon EBC

on 06/21/2015 2:00 AM
Both brushing to the fore and opening up at will on their respective rivals, Barn Doll ($2.70) and Crazy Wow ($2.30, part of entry) proved dominant in a pair of Empire Breeders Classic events for New York-sired 3-year-old trotters on Sunday (June 21) afternoon at Vernon Downs. The $248,275 Classic for fillies saw Zanna ...
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