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Meadows delays Friday post to 1:55 pm

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
Post time for Friday's live card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will be delayed one hour — until 1:55 PM — to allow additional time for preparation of the track following Thursday's snow and subzero temperatures.
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Spagnola, Northern Secret take Saratoga feature

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
Trainer Kyle Spagnola continued his good start to the 2015 season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday afternoon. Spagnola's Northern Secret (Angus Hall) prevailed in the opener on the twilight racing card that began at 4 pm.   Northern Secret put her local win streak on the line when she drew the outside post in the $8,300 trotting feature. Frank Coppola Jr. pointed the 4-year-old&...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
It's no secret that Dan Dube has been on a driving tear at Yonkers Raceway, but what's changed from last year for the Canadian who in the past has been the regular driver of two Horses of the Year? In the latest FREE edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview (now available after a delay due to the record 17-inch snowfall in Lexington, where it is produced), Dube and a couple of the trainers he ...
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Wrenn, Cummings to battle at Buffalo

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
Harness racing fans in Western New York are in for a treat Saturday night (March 7) at Buffalo Raceway as defending North American dash champion driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. comes to the Hamburg half-mile oval and will battle the red-hot Kevin Cummings in what is the best card of the 2015 season thus far.   Wrenn, who had 847 victories last year to win the crown, is off to another excell...
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Scioto expansion to include microbrewery

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
Scioto Downs' general manager Stacy Cahill has confirmed published reports that a microbrewery and restaurant are in the plans for a $9.5 million expansion by Eldorado Resorts Inc., the parent company of the racetrack and casino.   Brew Brothers microbrewery will include 10 brewing vessels, a 44-foot-long bar with 23 seats, seating for 127 indoors and 80 outdoors on a patio, and an ...
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72 nominated to Pepsi NA Cup; 79 in CTC

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
A strong list of 72 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been nominated to the 32nd edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest race in Canadian harness racing, will be contested on Saturday, June 20, at Mohawk Racetrack.   Headlining this year’s group of nominees is the Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winner Artspeak. The Ton...
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Maplelea impressive winner in WEG series

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
Maplelea scored an impressive victory Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack in the first leg of the Horseplayer Interactive series. Just one $17,000 division featuring seven horses was needed for the first leg of the three-week series for Ontario sired 3-year-old pacing fillies.   Maplelea and driver Rick Zeron sent a strong message to their six rivals with a five-length victory in 1:5...
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Fashion Rocker, Somewhere Fameous win

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
Fashion Rocker swooped the field down the backside and scored a comfortable victory in a division of Friday’s Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Somewhere Fameous took the other $15,000 opening-leg split of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The series honors the memory of the late Donna Dunn, longtime Standardbred owner and wife of veteran The Meadows-based trainer an...
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Sayitall BB scores in 1:55 in season debut

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
Tightener, schmightener. Season-debuting Sayitall BB (George Brennan, $13.60) went the distance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   The 2014 Breeders Crown champ, who ended her season with in a local distaff derby win, used her customary tactic here. Assigned penultimate post position 7, she stepped around Handsoffmycook...
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Rev Me Up upsets in Miami Valley mare feature

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
Rev Me Up, the pride and joy of the Kathy Millman Stable, captured the $16,500 Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday, returning $19.60 to her mutuel backers.   Despite being the richest mare in the full field with over a half million dollars in career earnings, the eight-year-old was dispatched at 8-1 odds in search of her 37th lifetime win. Driver Randy Th...
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Big M features to Melady's Monet, Delightful Dragon

on 03/06/2015 12:00 AM
Friday night, March 6 at The Meadowlands saw Melady's Monet overcome an uncovered trip in blustery conditions to return to his winning ways in the $27,500 Open Handicap Trot. A pace feature for mares went to Delightful Dragon, who topped Shebestingin.   Driver John Campbell used a quick backstretch move around cloggers and Melady's Monet trotted right up to race favorite DW's N...
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Record KY snow closes HFW offices Thursday

on 03/05/2015 12:00 AM
With the entire state of Kentucky in the midst of a historic snowstorm Thursday, the offices of The Horseman And Fair World, in Lexington, are closed for the day. Lexington already has already seen more than 14 inches of snow, and the number will go higher since it isn't expected to taper off until afternoon. As a result, the Weekend Preview, normally available late Thursday afternoons, will be de...
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Yonkers, Dover cancel Thursday night cards

on 03/05/2015 12:00 AM
Dover Downs and Yonkers Raceway have cancelled their live racing programs for Thursday due to a winter snowstorm. Yonkers is also closed for simulcasting. For Yonkers, it is the eighth weather-related cancellation this season.   Though Aqueduct has also cancelled for the day, Yonkers' afternoon/early evening simulcasting is continuing until approximately 6 pm. Live racing is sc...
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Stepping up: Wiggle It Jiggleit, National Seelster

on 03/05/2015 12:00 AM
Emerging from the winter and the snow each year at the Meadowlands is a 3-year-old pacer that captures the imagination and brings a wonder of what could be on the horizon. This year there are two, Wiggle It Jiggleit and National Seelster.   While it may not be the final of the Buddy Gilmour just yet, all eyes will be on the early season clash between this pair of unbeaten sophomore pacers...
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Crown champ Sayitall BB races Friday at Yonkers

on 03/05/2015 12:00 AM
Breeders Crown champion Sayitall BB returns to action Friday, looking this year to be the talk of the division for older female pacers. The 4-year-old Sayitall BB will prep for the upcoming Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway by competing in the Open Handicap for fillies and mares Friday at the Hilltop. She starts from post seven with driver George Brennan and is the 7-2 second choice...
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HHI meetings continue in Florida

on 03/04/2015 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International's Annual Meetings continued with General Sessions and a keynote speaker on March 3 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla. Dr. Mary Robinson of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, Chester, PA, presented "Equine Drug Testing in the 21st Century,” discussing many of the current methods used by most equine testin...
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New amateur club teams up with Meadowlands

on 03/04/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands and GSY Amateur Racing Club are announcing a regular schedule of races geared toward amateur driver participation at the New Jersey track every Friday beginning March 20. The GSY Amateur Racing Club is the result of discussions between Meadowlands management and Dave Yarock, an avid amateur driver who has helped to facilitate other such endeavors in the northeast.   The ra...
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$260,000 yearling debuts Friday at Meadowlands

on 03/04/2015 12:00 AM
She's named for the heroine in The Hunger Games, yet the racing career of Katniss has taken a bit longer than was hoped to live up to its lofty expectations.   With a price tag of $260,000, Katniss was the most expensive trotting filly to sell at the 2013 Harrisburg yearling sale. She was picked out by trainer Francisco Del Cid and purchased by owner Mario Mazza.   O...
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Vallee looks for lightning strike in Gilmour

on 03/04/2015 12:00 AM
Shaun Vallee hopes Midnight Lightning is ready to strike in Saturday's second leg of the Buddy Gilmour Series for 3-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Midnight Lightning, trained and co-owned by Vallee, finished third in his opening-round division last weekend, beaten 3 3/4 lengths by undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:51.2. This week, Midnight Lightning and d...
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Full sisters win Meadows series divisions

on 03/04/2015 12:00 AM
After Wednesday’s program at The Meadows, it’s hard to say which of the trotters Lou Goans owns and trains, Laurie Lin and Linborghini, he prefers. In a rarity, the full sisters — daughters of Linbo-Bacon Hill Bonnie — each won a $12,000 opening-round division of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Perhaps most gratifying for Goans — the siblings we...
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