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Run Director upsets, Engblom sweeps NJSS 2YO filly trots

on 07/18/2020 7:45 AM
It was Hall of Famer David Miller’s night at the Meadowlands Friday, as “The Buckeye” drove three winners on the program, including among them, Run Director in the featured Open for trotters.   “I raced him at [Harrah’s Philadelphia] in his last start and he had all kinds of road trouble but still trotted in (1):51,” said Miller. “I reall...
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Favorites dominate in Ohio SS 2YO trots

on 07/18/2020 7:37 AM
Freshman trotting colts and fillies battled on a steamy Friday night at Scioto Downs in seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Leg 2 divisions. Swizzle Hanover continued her dominance by winning easily the first filly division in 1:57.4 for driver Mike Wilder and trainer-owner Randy Bendis.  The daughter of Uncle Peter left the gate as the 1-5 favorite, and now has $40,000 in ...
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Mystical Carrie, Maggie Rhee win INSS 3FP splits

on 07/18/2020 7:31 AM
Three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday as they squared off in the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Two $33,000 divisions were featured on the evening’s 14-race card.   In the first division, Mystical Carrie was a decisive gate-to-wire winner scoring in 1:50.2 with Trace Tetrick in t...
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Namesmuscle, Just Enuf Sass extend steaks at Plainridge

on 07/17/2020 11:31 PM
After winning back-to-back Free-for-all trots at Scarborough Downs in recent weeks, Namesmuscle ran his streak to three after scoring a gate to wire victory in the $12,000 Winners-Over feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon.    Leaving from post four and opening up a quick three-length advantage at the quarter, Namesmuscle (Matty Athearn) trotted along unchallenged until ...
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Grand slam afternoon in Philly for Gingras

on 07/17/2020 5:35 PM
Driver Yannick Gingras won four races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, all of them with frontsteppers.   Two of his victories came with pacers for trainer Ron Burke. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Lifeonthebeach A fronted his field home in 1:51.3 for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC; the Yankee Cruiser gelding Ginger Tree Marty went just a tick slower...
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Ohio horseman Richard "Gibby" Betts, 97, dies

on 07/17/2020 3:49 PM
Richard “Gibby” Betts, 97, formerly of Barnesville, Pa., and the grandfather of horseman Scott Betts and the late veterinarian Dr. Barry Betts, died July 16 at South Hills Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Canonsburg, Pa.    He was born on Nov. 25, 1922, in Quaker City, Ohio, to the late Dick and Margaret (Gibson) Betts. Mr. Betts was a decorated Worl...
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Gural on Tioga, Vernon Downs: ‘We're not closing!’

on 07/17/2020 3:06 PM
Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, emphatically told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that despite published reports that indicated both New York racetracks would be closing on Oct. 1, that is not the case.   “We’re not closing!” Gural answered when asked about the reports that appeared after paperwork was filed on Monday (July 13) with the New York...
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7th edition of Hambletonian Maturity set for Saturday

on 07/17/2020 2:05 PM
The seventh edition of the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 as Race 8 (scheduled post time of 9:30 p.m. EDT) on the dynamic, stakes-laden Meadowlands Pace card at The Meadowlands.    (Maturity race history can be found here https://www.hambletonian.com/maturity/2014 )   It’s a brand that until 2013 represe...
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Running Aces cancels Saturday due to high heat index

on 07/17/2020 1:54 PM
The Saturday qualifiers and race program at Running Aces have been canceled due to an expected high heat index. An additional race date will be added in September to replace the lost racing day. In the event of a severe weather advisory, racing program(s) or qualifier(s) will be canceled by order of the Minnesota Racing Commission Chief Veterinarian. Whenever possible, 24-hour advance notice...
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3CT Ripped And Ripped 1:56.1 Grassroots winner

on 07/17/2020 8:38 AM
The three-year-old trotting colts returned to Grassroots action Thursday, July 16 and all five winners matched or bettered their personal best efforts, in spite of competing over a rain soaked Woodbine Mohawk Park oval. Ripped And Ready led off in the first $23,150 division and delivered an impressive effort from post 9 to score his second straight Grassroots victory. In rein to Jody Jamieson...
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Swan In Motion best in Indiana Sires

on 07/17/2020 8:37 AM
Swan In Motion and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a dominant performance to find the winner’s circle in the featured event of the evening, the lone $60,500 division of Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 16. Scoring in 1:53.4, Swan In Motion recorded his third win from four outs this ...
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If Not Why Not takes top Vernon trot in 1:54.3

on 07/16/2020 9:39 PM
If Not Why Not (Brett Crawford) captured the $5,600 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 16). Jeny Lake (Leon Bailey) got the early but Piercewave Hanover (Jordan Derue) took over before hitting the first quarter in :27.3.   He would use a 30.2 second quarter as he hit the half  on top in :58.0.  If Nor Why Not ($2.90) made his move going first ov...
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Paternity Suit A wins feature at Plainridge in 1:53.2

on 07/16/2020 9:37 PM
After not racing since Feb. 8 at Menangle Park in Australia, Paternity Suit A made his North American debut a winning one after going from last to first in the $12,000 Winners-Over pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (July 16).   Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) took the lead before the quarter and stepped off a quick :26.1 panel while the field lined up single file behind ...
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Rome Pays Off scores in 1:54.2 in Philly

on 07/16/2020 6:07 PM
The Muscle Hill sophomore colt Rome Pays Off, a winner of $339,484 at two including a second in the Breeders Crown, had not hit the board in four qualifiers before his seasonal debut Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but his preparations may be coming along just right for the all-conquering Team Melander as he took a new mark of 1:54.2.   Trained by 2019 Trainer of the Year...
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Meadowlands Pace night in new Weekend Preview!

on 07/16/2020 4:09 PM
The Meadowlands Pace headlines a blockbuster Saturday night card at the Big M, and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the stories. Tall Dark Stranger is arguably the one to beat in the Meadowlands Pace, but Tim Tetrick, who already has five Pace wins on his Hall of Fame resume, believes he has a great chance to add a sixth with Allywag Hanover.   Brian Sears is on ...
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Scioto Downs home to Ohio SS action this weekend

on 07/16/2020 3:37 PM
Nine Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions are set to be contested this weekend at Scioto Downs, with 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies featured Friday night  and 3-year-old colt pacers in the spotlight on Saturday night.  Post time each night is 6:30 p.m. (EDT).   A total of 37 trotting fillies are set to battle in four $40,000 Leg 2 divisions, while 25 trotting colts ...
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NJ OKs harness dates through December

on 07/16/2020 2:00 PM
At a meeting held via teleconference on Wednesday, the New Jersey Racing Commission approved fall harness dates at the Meadowlands. The action came after the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and track management at the Meadowlands decided against converting the dirt track from Standardbreds to Thoroughbred racing—which entails a massive addition of dirt. Per an agree...
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Beware of a Tall Dark Stranger in Meadowlands Pace

on 07/16/2020 1:49 PM
A little more than 50 years ago, Buck Owens cautioned country music listeners to beware a tall dark stranger. Decades later, the warning could apply to Saturday’s Meadowlands Pace. Tall Dark Stranger, the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the $636,650 Meadowlands Pace for 3 year olds at the Meadowlands. The colt, who won last...
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Countdown to the Pace is on at the Big M

on 07/16/2020 12:59 PM
The “Biggest Night in Harness Racing” takes place Saturday at the track known as the Big M. And for bettors, Meadowlands Pace Night 2020 is now even bigger. The action and stakes racing will be excessive Saturday at North America’s top venue, with the marquee event – The Meadowlands Pace, a 3-year-old open for a purse of $636,650 – scheduled as Race 9, with ...
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CT Stables to support Pacing For The Cure and Cell Phones For Soldiers

on 07/16/2020 8:36 AM
Pacing For The Cure is pleased to share this exciting announcement. Beginning July 18, CT Stables will be donating four percent of winning purse money from the 3-year-old pacing colt Catch The Fire’s Grand Circuit races in 2020 to two charities, Pacing For The Cure and Cell Phones For Soldiers. This donation will be split equally between both charities and will apply to any top three fi...
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