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Two elims for Confederation Cup 4YO Pace

on 05/06/2015 2:00 AM
A group of 16 four-year-old pacers will go postward Sunday at Flamboro Downs in a pair of eliminations for the $200,000 (added) Confederation Cup on Sunday, May 17.   The 16 entrants have been split into two $20,000 eight-horse eliminations on Sunday evening. The top four finishers in each division will qualify for the Confederation Cup final.   The inaugural Confede...
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PA All Stars on tap this weekend at Pocono

on 05/06/2015 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania All-Stars events for Keystone-sired 3-year-old pacers--$224,000 worth--will highlight the weekend action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with three divisions of colts in the Saturday spotlight and four sections of fillies set to go Sunday.   Among the horses to watch in Saturday's colt racing will be the very first horse to set foot on the Pocono track in post ...
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Palone wins five at The Meadows

on 05/06/2015 2:00 AM
With five wins Wednesday at The Meadows — including the feature — Dave Palone pushed his career total to 16,993 as he pursues the unprecedented achievement of 17,000 victories. Palone, of course, already is harness racing’s "winningest” driver, so every victory establishes a new record. The Meadows resumes racing Friday, when Palone has nine scheduled assignments. In Wednesda...
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Sam Schillaci drives 3,000th career winner

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
Sam Schillaci scored the 3,000th win of his driving career aboard Pay The Winner in Northfield Park's opening race on Monday evening. They boldly loomed from far back to pass their rivals, besting the competition by 8 1/4 lengths in 1:58 over a sloppy surface.   Schillaci grew up in the horse business. His father owned harness horses and his uncle and cousin were trainers. Schi...
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Covert Operative captures Tie Silk final

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
Covert Operative tracked down a drifting out Hemi Seelster to win the Tie Silk final Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   A field of 10 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings contested the $34,000 Tie Silk final Monday evening. Tarot came into the final with a chance at a series sweep, while Covert Operative, Hemi Seelster and Duh Bubbees entered the final with a win and a second...
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Maven draws post 2 for Copenhagen Cup

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
The Copenhagen Cup is set for Sunday at the Charlottenlund track in the Danish capital city and the American representative Maven has drawn post position 2. The starting post is a big piece of luck for Maven as she started from either the far outside or the second tier in her last four races.   The Copenhagen Cup is contested over a distance of 1-1/4 miles and the purse for the...
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Dresden granted 11 race days this summer

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
Lucille Laprise said there was a buoyant atmosphere at Dresden Raceway on Monday when word came that the track had been granted an 11-race day summer meet by the Ontario Racing Commission.   "Everybody's been anxiously waiting to see what was going to happen. Now that it's official that we're getting our 11 race days, we are very enthused and we're good to go,” said Laprise, the p...
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Delaware horse racing has $182 million impact

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
Delaware horse racing contributed more than $182 million to the state's economy in 2014, supporting the equivalent of more than 1,500 full-time jobs, according to an economic impact study released Tuesday.   "Horse racing is an important part of Delaware agriculture," said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. "These numbers show just how important, demonstrating the endurance and streng...
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Murderers Row steps to plate in Simpson

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
Murderers Row is ready to step to the plate. Or, perhaps more accurately for a harness racing horse, step to the gate.   Murderers Row is one of nine 3-year-old female trotters entered in Friday's $39,816 John Simpson Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The filly – whose name is a reference to the moniker bestowed upon the famed New York Yankees lineup in the late 1920s ...
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Unefoisdansmavie wins Meadows feature

on 05/05/2015 2:00 AM
 Unefoisdansmavie had to battle for the early lead, but she was strong once on top, capturing her second straight victory in Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Boo’s Party Girl stung Unefoisdansmavie in a 28 opening panel and stalked her from the pocket. But the 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The...
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Fox Valley Qatar takes Illinos 3YO stakes

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
The state-bred stakes action continued on Sunday, May 3, at Balmoral Park as a pair of Illinois conceived and foaled events for both trotters and pacers shared top billing on the Sunday night card. In the opening event, the Herman Wheeler owned and trained Fox Valley Qatar, last year's freshman champion, picked up right where he left off, posting an easy 3 ¾ length wire to wire victory in 1:5...
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Julie-Andy Miller take 2 of 3 PA All Stars

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
The chalk was perfect Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in three divisions of a $96,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies.   First up was Focus On Me, a daughter of SJ's Caviar who is now perfect in two seasonal starts after rallying from the pocket into a :28.1 last quarter to catch pacesetting Fly Angel Fly by a neck while taking a race...
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Sutton, Morgan take Miami Valley titles

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Driver Josh Sutton and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. captured their respective titles at the recently-concluded second-ever Miami Valley Raceway meet. The 89-day season, which started Jan. 2 and ended May 3, could only be deemed a huge success as almost $8.5 million was doled out in purses, numerous track records were lowered, and overall average daily handle was up a whopping 29.2 percent. &nb...
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Marketing aimed at "Ownership Experience"

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Social Media Initiative, in partnership with the U.S. Trotting Association and key partners, has announced the launch of a new marketing campaign to help recruit new owners into the sport. The "Ownership Experience” initiative is designed to target potential owners in key regions through online media targeting based on location, income and interests across multiple...
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Public invited to horse farm open house

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
New Jersey celebrates the "Month of the Horse” in June and Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge is helping the celebration along by opening its gates from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. 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.   Visitors will get see some of the dozens of foals, baby horses just a f...
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HANA contest underway; Waterstone sits second

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
With four legs of the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, Buffalo Raceway announcer Michael Carter has taken an early lead with 319.70 points.   Carter managed to surge to the lead due in a large part to his per...
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Rekila's winning trip to Freehold for Lady Suffolk

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Riina Rekila cannot explain it, but something compelled her to make her first trip to drive in a race in New Jersey with EL Love in the Lady Suffolk Stakes. Whatever forces were at work, it proved to be a worthwhile journey.   EL Love, hailing from a family of stakes-winners that includes full-brother Appomattox and half-brother EL Titan, improved to 4-for-4 in her career by winning...
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Keeneland to move Tbed simulcasts to Red Mile

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Keeneland, the Thoroughbred racetrack in Lexington, Ky., has filed a request with the state's Horse Racing Commission to move its simulcasting to The Red Mile. There has been no Thoroughbred simulcasting at The Red Mile since the late 1990s, when ownership sold the Thoroughbred rights to Keeneland for $4 million. The request is on the May 6 agenda of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission mee...
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Tall Cotton takes Meadows trot feature

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Tall Cotton lulled the field with a sleepy second quarter, then scorched the back half in :56 to capture Monday's $18,000 winners-over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Tall Cotton, who shares The Meadows' all-age trotting record of 1:51.3, made an easy lead and enjoyed comfortable fractions of :28/:57.4. Dave Palone turned him loose down the backside, and the 9...
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Just A Jolt snags second straight Harrington win

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt ($2.60, Victor Kirby) notched his second straight win Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $16,000 Open Handicap for pacers in 1:51.2.   The 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding successfully mounted his attack second over after leader Elite Awards blazed through fractions of :26.1, :54.3 and 1:22.4. 'Jolt' gathered momentum on the outside following Beli...
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