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Coleman has update on McWicked, Reverend

on 06/18/2015 2:00 AM
Although Casie Coleman has a strong Pepsi North America Cup contender in Arque Hanover, the trainer had thought Reverend Hanover might be in the race.   Reverend Hanover, who was four-for-four in Ontario Sires Stakes competition as a 2 year old, has suffered a setback. "He has a bone bruise on his right hind canon bone," Coleman revealed. "We're hoping he'll be back for the last hal...
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Maywood Pace set for Friday night

on 06/18/2015 2:00 AM
Last week we saw the "ladies” meet in one of Maywood Park's signature events, the Filly Maywood Pace, and Friday night their male counterparts will step into the spotlight as a field of eight Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts will slug it out in the $36,000 Maywood Pace, which goes as race eight on the 12-race program. Earndawg has been the "top dog” in this...
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Inside look at NA Cup in new Weekend Preview!

on 06/18/2015 2:00 AM
Can anyone beat Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Pepsi North America Cup? Will Artspeak be able to overcome post 10? Is post 5 the best for In The Arsenal and Brian Sears? As the first major open stakes of the season for the 3-year-old male pacers, the NA Cup has plenty of intrigue, and those associated with the contenders talk about their chances in the latest HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Tim T...
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Brennan heading home to Ireland to drive

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
Driver George Brennan has announced that he will be heading over to Ireland the first week of August to compete in the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend at Portmarnock Raceway.   The 48-year-old reinsman will be missing Hambletonian day, but that is OK with him.   "I really did not have a top 3 year old that I was committed to for the Hambo this year.” Brennan ...
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Downstate Classic set for June 23 in Illinois

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
For the second year the Greene County Agricultural Fair will host the Downstate Classic for 3 year olds. The 3-year-old trotters and pacers will go to post on Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. at the Greene County Agricultural Fairgrounds in Carrollton, Ill.   Each division (colt pace, colt trot, filly pace, filly trot) will race for an estimated $16,000. There wi...
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Sassa Hanover in top form for Fan Hanover final

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
Sassa Hanover got "a perfect trip” in winning her elimination for Saturday's $479,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers and trainer Ron Burke is now hoping for a perfect ending to her stakes trip to Mohawk Racetrack by posting a victory in the final.   Last weekend, Sassa Hanover won her elimination by a half-length over Wrangler Magic in 1:49.4 -- a time faster than al...
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Pontone named to SBOANJ board of directors

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
Thomas Pontone, whose TLP Stables has owned more than 250 horses including Hambletonian winners Muscle Hill and Market Share, has been elected to the board of directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ).   Pontone, who resides in Holmdel, N.J., is president of the Funeral Homes Products division of Matthews International. He has owned ...
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HOF Communicator Alan Prince dies at 85

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
Alan Prince, a longtime journalist for the Miami Herald, a journalism professor at the University of Miami and 48-year national officer for the U. S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and a harness racing Hall of Fame Communicator inductee, died early Wednesday morning. He was 85.   Mr. Prince saw his first Standardbred race at Monticello Raceway in 1959 and from that po...
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Coleman back in Cup 5 years after Sportswriter

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Casie Coleman remembers Sportswriter's 2010 victory in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack as if it was yesterday, not five years ago.   "Saying that, I've got 3 year olds of his in the barn,” she said, laughing. "Time flies.”   Sportswriter, now based at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ont., is the leading stallion in the Ont...
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Celebrate July 4 at Goshen, New York

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
The Fourth of July celebration in Goshen, N.Y., might be just 90 minutes from New York City, but it's 150 years back in time.   The county seat of Orange County, Goshen is home to the 34th annual Great American Weekend celebration-- two days of activities that celebrate the nation's independence on July 4 and 5. Activities for the whole family are centered in and around the town's ...
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Northville adds 28 dates August-early November

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
The Michigan Gaming Control Board approved on Tuesday a 28-day extension of Northville Downs' 2015 live harness race meet. The extension includes two days a week of racing from the first week of August through the first week of November.   The meet extension calls for Northville's harness schedule to resume on Aug. 5 with Wednesday and Thursday night racing until Hazel Park's live T...
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Elliott packs 1-2 punch in Friday's Graduate leg

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
Through the first two legs of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, it would be hard to find a trainer holding a stronger hand than Steve Elliott. Elliott has swept the series so far with his devastating duo of Doo Wop Hanover and Rockeyed Optimist. The pair will finally face each other as part of an overflow field of 12 going the extended 1 1/8-mile distance in the third leg of the Gradu...
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Justgottogetthere wires field in Buffalo feature

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
One thing is for certain, seven isn't a lucky number for Justgottogetthere. With four starts in his last six outings coming from the seven post, Justgottogetthere has come up empty. But the 6-year-old gelding has been lights out when drawing from the six post inward, going a perfect 4-for-4. Wednesday night (June 17) was a perfect example of that. Justgottogetthere took advantag...
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Atta Boy Dan an easy victor in Meadows feature

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
Atta Boy Dan battled Sam Hill for the early lead but was unassailable once he reached the top, scoring in 1:50 in Wednesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sam Hill stretched Atta Boy Dan to a demanding 26.3 first quarter. Rather than weakening late, however, the 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding drew off late for Dave Palone,...
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Band Of Angels leads NYSS winners

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway hosted the ladies Monday night, specifically the $166,375 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Three divisions, at $55,125, $56,125 and $55,125, comprised the event.   Band Of Angels (Yannick Gingras, $2.80) won both the draw and the endorsement of the electorate, holding sway (:28.3, :57.3, 1:25.4, 1:54.3) in the opening event. She defeated p...
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Breyer honors Foiled Again with portrait model

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
He was named after a cartoon character's catchphrase, but harness racing world champion Foiled Again has been nothing but serious when it comes to making money. The 11-year-old pacer is the richest Standardbred in history, with purse earnings of $7.01 million following his win last Friday in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. With the victory, Foiled Again also became the race's first...
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Posts drawn for $1 million Pepsi North America Cup

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
The post position draw for Saturday night's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup took place Tuesday afternoon at Mohawk Racetrack. Ten 3-year-old male pacers--the top three finishers in each of the three eliminations held last Saturday as well as one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will start in the 32nd renewal of the sport's richest race.   Toronto Maple Leafs center Peter Holla...
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Arthur Jackson Jr. dies at 69

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
Arthur Jackson Jr., 69, of Canyon, Texas, died June 12. Born in Belmont County, Ohio, Mr. Jackson was a longtime owner and trainer-driver of Standardbreds while living in Zanesville, Ohio.   Mr. Jackson relocated to Texas, to work as a cattle buyer. He continued to train Standardbreds on his ranch in Texas before sending horses back to Ohio to race. His best horses included Kuzzin K...
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Court rules Mich. Board violated drivers' rights

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
Mlive.com is reporting Tuesday that a federal appeals courts has ruled that the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) violated the constitutional rights of four harness drivers--John Moody, Don Harmon, Rick Ray and Wally McIlmurray Jr.--when it suspended their licenses for refusing to answer questions about fixing races.   The four horsemen claimed the MGCB violated their F...
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International Trot set for Oct. 10 at Yonkers

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
It's taken two decades, but the International Trot, one of harness racing's elite events, is returning.   Yonkers Raceway, which last hosted the spectacle in 1995 (won by Sweden's His Majesty), is bringing it back, complete with a million-dollar purse. It's scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10, and the seven-figure purse would be Yonkers' second-ever million-dollar race (2007 A...
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