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NJ horse farm open house at Fair Winds

on 06/02/2015 2:00 AM
New Jersey celebrates the "Month of the Horse” in June and Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge is helping the celebration by opening its gates on Sunday, June 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. The farm is at 74 Red Valley Road in Cream Ridge. The events of the day are free and this is a rain or shine event.   In addition to many opportunities to get "hands on” with horses, a variety of equine edu...
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Publicist John Manzi honored at Goshen dinner

on 06/02/2015 2:00 AM
The John Manzi retirement dinner on Sunday, May 31, at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY, was a sell-out event in honor of the hardest working publicist the Standardbred sport has ever known.   Attended by over 125 well-wishers, friends, colleagues, family members and fans, some of the sport's brightest stars came out to honor a guy who has been propping up ...
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Meadowlands offering short series for 3YOs

on 06/02/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands is offering the short series' listed below to accommodate those three-year-old trotters and pacers who will have no state-restricted stakes in which to race over the next few weeks.   The NJSS program has concluded, the NYSS/Excelsior 3YO trotters have no stakes scheduled until late June, and the PASS/Stallion Series pacers have a lapse in their schedule for the last...
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Warrawee Needy tops Tattersalls at $260,000

on 06/01/2015 2:00 AM
The Tattersalls Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale, featuring 2 year olds in training, turned out to feature the sport's second fastest horse of all time, Warrawee Needy. The 6-year-old stallion was consigned to sell with Northwood Bloodstock Agency and after several live bidders pushed the bid board well past $200,000, Mark Ford bought the horse for $260,000.   Ford had been training Wa...
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Gural voices support for federal bill

on 06/01/2015 2:00 AM
Upstate New York congressman Paul Tonko plans to introduce a federal bill establishing uniform drug and medication standards in thoroughbred racing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and begin in 2017. This announcement was made on Friday in Washington, DC.   The racing industry has been regulated on a state-by-state basis with a patchwork of rules and penalties, ...
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Dan Patch Awards banquet to Fort Lauderdale

on 06/01/2015 2:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced that it will hold its 2016 Dan Patch Awards Banquet and annual meetings at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale FL, with the awards dinner set for the last night of the USHWA conclave March 4-6, 2016. Within a 10-minute drive on major highways from Fort Lauderdale airport, the Hyatt Pier 66 is located directly ...
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Grand River, Georgian to rotate Jackpot Hi-5

on 06/01/2015 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Alliance has announced a rotating Jackpot Hi-5 wager to be held between Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs.   Beginning with Grand River's opening card this evening (June 1), a Jackpot Hi-5 wager will be offered on the final race of the night. If there are multiple winning tickets, half of the pool will be carried over to the Jackpot Hi-5 wager on the final...
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Wiggle It jogs in 1:49.3 in Indiana Sires final

on 05/31/2015 2:00 AM
On a night where Indiana's brightest harness racing stars were out in full force, Wiggle It Jiggleit was the brightest of them all as he paced to a 1:49.3 victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, May 30 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino over a sloppy rated track. Mother Nature was uncooperative as Hoosier Park played host to the first round o...
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Cardinals to Fox Valley Qatar, Dinky Dune

on 05/31/2015 2:00 AM
On a night in which temperatures plummeted into the low 40s and were accompanied by strong winds and soaking rains that made it seem more like mid-October than the end of May, a pair of Cardinal Stakes put Illinois conceived and foaled trotters and pacers in the spotlight on Saturday, May 30.   Trotters were first on the docket as a field of eight diagonally gaited sophomore colts l...
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Elitlopp elims in books; draw & how to watch

on 05/31/2015 2:00 AM
Per Eriksson, a three-time Hambletonian winner, tasted his first Elitlopp victory when his horse Royal Fighter won the first elimination heat for the Elitlopp on Sunday afternoon at the Solvalla track in Stockholm. Second in that race was 2014 Kentucky Futurity champion Nuncio.   The second elimination was won by the American-bred Magic Tonight, with the American-owned, Jimmy Takter-train...
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Magic Tonight captures Elitlopp, headed to US

on 05/31/2015 2:00 AM
The American-pedigreed Magic Tonight captured the Elitlopp at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden, late Sunday afternoon, trotting wire-to-wire for Swedish driving ace Orjan Kihlstrom. Mosaique Face finished second for Lufti Kolgjini while Nuncio, the 2014 Kentucky Futurity champ, was third for Stefan Melander. Maven was stuck racing third-over and was too far back to be a factor.   M...
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Hollywood Park grandstand demolished

on 05/31/2015 2:00 AM
Hollywood Park, the site of great harness racing for many years, and where legends such as Bret Hanover and Niatross competed, was demolished on Sunday morning in Inglewood, Calif. To see the iconic grandstand fall thanks to explosives, click here to see the video footage provided by KTLA.
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Golden Receiver returns to racing, wins

on 05/31/2015 2:00 AM
Making his much-anticipated return from a retirement which ultimately resembled a winter layoff, double millionaire Golden Receiver ($4.70) proved triumphant over his four rivals in Sunday (May 31) afternoon's featured $10,000 Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   Before the race, trainer Allie Berube expressed nothing but optimism: "We're excited for Golden Receiver's return, and he is very excit...
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Sunday racing news from Tioga, Saratoga

on 05/31/2015 2:00 AM
Despite a slower beginning than in past weeks, Bourbon Bay ($2.30) maintained his dominance in the trotting ranks at Tioga Downs, sweeping to the fore and edging clear for a 1:55 triumph in Sunday (May 31) afternoon's $14,000 Open Trot. After failing to sustain a first-over bid against champion Father Patrick in last week's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia, lessee-driver...
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Talking Blues upsets in Saratoga feature

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
Talking Blues (Rocknroll Hanover) pulled off a rare upset in the feature on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on an evening in which the favorites were thriving.   Talking Blues was dismissed at odds of 9-1 and picked up cover in the $18,000 Open Pace. The race was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles for the first time and Talking Blues needed every bit of that extra dista...
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Uncle Lasse loses 2 shoes, sets 1:51.4 mark

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
Dan Patch Award winner Pinkman strolled to a workmanlike win in Friday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, but it was his stablemate, Uncle Lasse, who stole the show, blazing to a track- and stake-record 1:51.4 — despite losing two shoes in the race. Wicker Hanover captured the other division of the $191,217 event, known as the Super Bowl, for sophomore colt and gelding trotters.  ...
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Tetrick wins four in a row at Meadowlands

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
With several of the leading Meadowlands drivers racing at The Meadows for Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Tim Tetrick made the most of his live-mounts, scoring four wins in a row on the Friday program at The Big M.   The Tim Tetrick parade began in the second race on Friday night at The Meadowlands as he scored in wire to wire fashion with the overwhelming favorite, That Woman Hanover for train...
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Natural Herbie sets pace, Allie Labrook wins

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
Allie Labrook and driver, trainer Dan Shetler found the winner's circle for the second consecutive time at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after turning in a sharp effort to capture the $21,000 Invitational Trot on Friday, May 29. Using her customary late-surging tactics, Allie Labrook rallied gamely in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:52.3. The 1:52.3 clocking was just a few ticks off the ov...
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State Treasurer edges All Bets Off in Molson

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
State Treasurer closed out the meet at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Friday, May 29 earning his third straight Molson Pace title and becoming harness racing's newest millionaire.   State Treasurer defeated 3-5 favorite All Bets Off in the $150,000 invitational at the wire in a stakes record clocking of 1:51 flat. The former stakes record of 1:51.1 was set by Eagle Luck in 20...
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Wild Honey breezes in 1:54.1; 2YO races

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
Saturday morning served as Opening Day for the 2015 edition of Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands. It was a beautiful, windless morning with temperatures in the 70's. There were but four two-year-old races with short fields in all.   The first race was for trotters with a field of three fillies. Royal Treason led all the way with a :28.4 sprint on the end of a mile in 2:02....
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