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Bercury on Meadows Maturity: I'm in it to win it!

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
Friday's inaugural staging of the $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for older distaff trotters has attracted two of harness racing's superstars—2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and 2014 Mare Trotter of the Year Classic Martine. But locally based horsemen aren't backing off. Instead, they're sending out The Meadows' female trotting elite—Daylon Miracle, Anaffairtoremember, Cowgirl Hall and ...
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Handle up at Ont. Standardbred Alliance tracks

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Alliance announced on Friday (April 24) that significant wagering growth, stable purses, and integrated marketing efforts from the first year of operation are showing signs that Standardbred racing in Ontario is on track toward a sustainable future. Led by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), the Standardbred Alliance is a consortium of eight Ontario racetracks created in A...
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Communicator Janoff to celebrate 100th at Pompano

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
Harness racing Hall of Fame communicator and World War II decorated veteran, Murray Janoff, will be honored at the Isle Casino & Racing Pompano Park Saturday night as he celebrates his 100th birthday.   Janoff, of Boca Raton, will have the third race on the program named in his honor as family, friends and well-wishers are all invited to join him in the winner's circle for a special r...
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Tetrick finds room to win with Blush Hanover

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
A field of eight upper-conditioned level filly and mare pacers lined up for the featured event on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The wagering public put their support behind Linda Toscano trainee Blush Hanover. The daughter of Art Major was coming off of a solid third-place performance against similar.   At the start, the race favorite initially left, but took back, ...
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Moonlit Dance takes Princess leg at Mohawk

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
Moonlit Dance and James MacDonald made a bold statement with a 1:52 victory in the opening leg of the Princess Series Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Just a single $20,000 division, featuring a field of eleven, was needed for the first leg of the three-week Princess Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies.   Moonlit Dance, the 9-5 favorite, turned in a razor-sharp performance to stri...
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Dune In Red upsets in Yonkers mare feature

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
Pole-assigned Dune in Red (Tyler Buter, $16.80) held off the cavalry Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $31,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   After seeing Fanticipation (Mark MacDonald) grab the first glory, Dune in Red edged from the pocket. The one made the lead just at a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then rated a :57.3 intermission. Sweetnsinful (Jason Bar...
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Top 3 drivers at Buffalo dominate on Friday

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
The top three in the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings showed the way on Friday night (April 24) as the trio combined for seven victories on the 12-race card. Drew Monti, who sits in third place in the rankings, had a triple and moved his seasonal total to 71. Last season, he posted 86 victories the entire season at Buffalo Raceway.   Leading driver Kevin Cummings had a double and now ha...
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Color's A Virgin scores at Hoosier in 1:52.2

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
Color's A Virgin notched her second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after she effortlessly captured the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, April 24.The reigning Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year has now gone back-to-back at the top level with her 1:52.2 victory and remains undefeated in 2015. ...
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A Penny Earned captures Vernon Open Trot

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
After only mustering a fourth-place finish in his seasonal debut last week, A Penny Earned ($4.10) was quick to right the ship, taking Friday (April 24) evening's $10,000 Open Trot at Vernon Downs in 1:56.2.   The six-year-old Conway Hall gelding secured the pocket early behind Grey Ice (Jimmy Whittemore), brushing to a clear lead just upon entering the clubhouse turn. After exerting hims...
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Friskie Lil Devil captures Hackett at Miami Valley

on 04/24/2015 2:00 AM
Friskie Lil Devil, who captured the $200,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for freshman pacing fillies in her final 2014 start, opened her 2015 campaign by copping the $38,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship race at Miami Valley on Friday night.   Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. decided to take the safest route possible by leaving alertly and cutting all the fractions in an impressi...
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Classic Belisima wins Weiss championship

on 04/23/2015 2:00 AM
Classic Belisima was the easiest of winners in the $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series championship for trotting females on Wednesday night (April 22) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, guided by Hall of Famer David Miller to her fifth straight triumph, this one in 1:54.1. Hopes for a showdown between Classic Belisima, who had won all three of her Weiss preliminary starts, and Dress For Success, ...
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Grand Circuit debuts at Big M Saturday

on 04/23/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 Grand Circuit racing season at the Meadowlands begins on Saturday night with the $47,306 Tar Heel, the 3-year-old pacing colt division of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial stake.   Trainer John Butenschoen holds a strong hand in the Tar Heel with a pair of multiple Pennsylvania Sires Stakes winners in Tomy Terror and Dragon Eddy.   Tomy Terror was precocious right ...
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$205 winner sends France to lead over USA

on 04/23/2015 2:00 AM
After the first leg of the North America Amateur Drivers Association-sponsored, France vs. USA International Driving Competition, which was held at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday, the American team had vaulted to the lead on the strength of a wire to wire triumph by America's Monica Banca.   After the day was over and all involved were breaking bread together, Joe Faraldo, chided to Fra...
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Muscle Network begins road to redemption

on 04/23/2015 2:00 AM
When Muscle Network races Friday night at the Meadowlands, it will mark the first start of the horse's 4-year-old season, but more importantly, it will serve as the first step in what his owner hopes will be his road to redemption.   "Last year was probably one of the biggest disappointments I've ever had in racing,” said co-owner Joe Bellino. "It was definitely a bitter pill...
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Confederation Cup--for 4YOs--returns in May

on 04/23/2015 2:00 AM
The return of the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs is less than a month away and it is shaping up to be a great event. A total of 23 top-level four-year-old pacers have made the final payment to remain eligible to the $200,000 (added) Confederation Cup on Sunday, May 17.   World champion He's Watching headlines the group of 23 eligibles. The Dave Menary trainee enters his four-ye...
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Divisionist taking shot in Dexter Cup elim

on 04/23/2015 2:00 AM
With his first career win now under his belt, Divisionist heads to Saturday's (April 25) Dexter Cup elimination at Freehold Raceway looking to build on his success. And trainer/driver Charlie Norris believes the 3-year-old trotter is ready to put his best foot forward.   Divisionist was winless in 13 races last season, going off stride four times, but had on-the-board finishes in di...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/23/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is the site Saturday night for the finals of the George Morton Levy and Blue Chip Matchmaker series, and driver Jason Bartlett has a pair of contenders that could sweep the contests. But while Venus Delight starts from post 1 in the Matchmaker, PH Supercam will leave from post 8 in the Levy, and Bartlett talks strategy from the outside starting spot in the new and free HarnessRac...
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Hape repeats in Celias Counsel Series leg

on 04/23/2015 2:00 AM
The second leg of the Celias Counsel Series Thursday night at Mohawk saw a repeat winner and a filly break her maiden. A pair $15,000 divisions were contested in the second round of the three-week Celias Counsel series for three-year-old trotting fillies.   In the first division, Hape and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev returned to the winner's circle for the second leg in a row with a 1:57....
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Miami Valley looking for invitational horses

on 04/23/2015 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway plans an assault on two world records as part of its final 2015 program on Sunday afternoon, May 3.   In addition to a pair of featured Grand Circuit stake races for older trotting and pacing mares, the track plans to card a five-eighths mile dash and a one-and-a-quarter mile race with a goal of establishing new world records for those distances over a five-eighths mi...
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SRF to auction Foiled Again painting

on 04/22/2015 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) was gifted an original painting of the harness racing wonder, the richest pacer in history, Foiled Again. This framed original 18x24 oil painting will be up for grabs in SRF's live auction at their 23rd annual charity golf outing.   The Florida artist, Debbie Pounders was commissioned by Chrissy (Haislip) Daniel to render a portrait from...
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