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New marketing by Yonkers-Saratoga-Batavia

on 04/09/2015 2:00 AM
Empire City Casino, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, and Batavia Downs/Western Off-Track Betting Corporation today announced they are forming a unique and unprecedented alliance devoted to the further marketing and promotion of their harness racing products, as well as NYRA and featured thoroughbred racing from across the nation.   During the month of April, participating horseplayers f...
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Last Chance WHHC qualifier Saturday at Big M

on 04/09/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands' Saturday night card at offers 13 pari-mutuel puzzles aching to be solved by the horseplayer and the timing could not be better. Saturday is also the date for the "Last Chance" qualifying event for the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) contest hosted by the Meadowlands.   The estimated prize pool for the April 11 qualifier is $20,000 (based on 10...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/09/2015 2:00 AM
New conditions that preclude a trainer from having more than one starter in any one division of the Levy or Blue Chip Matchmaker series at Yonkers Raceway may not be taking a toll on the Levy, but it's certainly affecting the Matchmaker, which is down to just 10 mares on Friday night. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we go inside the numbers to tell the tale of the two series. ...
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Appomattox wins featured trot in Philly

on 04/09/2015 2:00 AM
A field of seven conditioned trotters squared off in the featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia on a cold and cloudy Thursday afternoon.   The wagering public placed their support behind Reima Kuisla's Appomattox (Yannick Gingras). The 6-year-old son of Yankee Glide was coming off of a second-place finish against open trotters at the Meadowlands.   At the start, Appomattox fired q...
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12 Hambo eligibles in Sat. qualifiers at Big M

on 04/09/2015 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter-trained Canepa Hanover and Whom Shall I Fear headline a group of 12 Hambletonian hopefuls scheduled to qualify Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Whom Shall I Fear and Canepa Hanover both battled maturity and health issues last season at age 2, combining for only 11 starts and one victory.   Canepa Hanover, who made six starts, won a Peter Haughton prep race in 1...
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Sonofa Sizzle edges Smoking Joey in DSBF final

on 04/09/2015 2:00 AM
Sonofa Sizzle edged Smoking Joey to win the 100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly pace event-record breaking time of 1:50.2 while Just A Jolt put on a wire-to-wire 1:49.2 performance in the $32,500 Preferred/Handicap on closing day of the 46th Dover Downs season Thursday.               &n...
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Political Foe captures DSBF 3CT final

on 04/08/2015 2:00 AM
Political Foe, who had a first and second in his two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals last year as a 2 year old, captured the first $100,000 final as a 3 year old on Tuesday night at Dover Downs. With trainer Eddie Dennis driving, Political Foe took the early lead, yielded his position, and then re-took the front before going on to a two-length victory over the Tony Morgan-drive...
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Sonofa Sizzle looks to keep sizzling in DSBF

on 04/08/2015 2:00 AM
When owner Michael White first met trainer Dan Daley there was a horse in Daley's stable named Life Sizzles. White so admired the hard-knocking pacer, who raced through age 11 and amassed nearly $930,000 in purses despite never winning a race worth more than $40,000, he decided to buy one of the stallion's first-sired sons.   White admits it was a decision fueled by emotion, but it ...
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Mohawk opens Thursday, adds Jackpot Pick-6

on 04/08/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 Mohawk Racetrack meet is set to get underway Thursday for a 52nd season of live racing.   The 118-date meet of North America's premier harness racing will feature racing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tuesdays will be added to the lineup beginning June 2 for the balance of the meet. First-race post time each night is 7:25 p.m.   "Back to M...
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Breeding plans delayed, Rocklamation races on

on 04/08/2015 2:00 AM
Champion mare Rocklamation will delay motherhood and race another year, said her trainer Ron Burke. This announcement comes after it was originally planned for her to race while in foal until August.   "The owners have decided to abandon her breeding plans and race her the entire year,” said Burke of the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover that has earned more than $2.25 million. "I'm v...
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35 nominated to Northfield's Milstein Memorial

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
As the Ohio weather changes for the better, harness fans can start focusing on some exciting racing events slated this year at Northfield Park.   The $200,000 (est.) Battle Of Lake Erie is set for Friday, June 12, and has 22 nominees. The nominated list includes two-time Battle of Late Erie champion and the richest Standardbred of all-time, Foiled Again (1:48f, $6,921,281) and the d...
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Cast No Shadow, Maplelea win in Blossom

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
A pair of sophomore pacing fillies continued their dominance Monday night in the second leg of the Blossom Series at Woodbine. Two $15,000 second leg divisions of the series event for 3-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday evening. First round winners Cast No Shadow and Maplelea returned to score victories once again and set up a potential showdown in the series final.   In...
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Just A Bee picks up 8th win of season

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
Just A Bee survived an early speed duel with Godiva Seelster and went on to score a narrow win over her newest arch-rival on Monday night (April 6) at Pompano Park. Handled by trainer Mike Micallef, the 7-year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, was involved in a speed duel through a good portion of an opening panel of :26.4 while seeking command from her outside five post in her quintet. Once on ...
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Schmitz reappointed chair of Ohio commission

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
Ohio Governor John R. Kasich has reappointed Robert K. Schmitz as chairman of the Ohio State Racing Commission for a second term beginning April 3, 2015 through March 31, 2019. Gary G. Koch and T. Todd Book of Columbus have also been reappointed as OSCR commissioners for terms beginning April 3, 2015 through March 31, 2019.   Schmitz, of Bexley, Ohio, will be serving his s...
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Australia screening for performance-enhancing gasses

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW), the regulatory body of harness racing in the state that includes the Tabcorp Park Menagle track, will send a range of urine samples to Cologne, Germany, to be screened for several different prohibited substances including xenon and argon gas. Methods of analysis for the detection of the elements has been developed for both blood and urine ...
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Colonial announces shutdown of all venues

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
Citing legislation currently working its way through the 2015 Virginia legislative session which will deny Colonial Downs approximately $2 million of operating funds annually, Colonial Downs announced on Tuesday (April 7) the immediate shutdown of all its remaining pari-mutuel venues.   Senate Bill 1097 will reallocate funds previously used to offset Colonial Downs' live racing...
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3 Levy splits; Foiled Again sits out this week

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night attracted 18 entrants, thus neatly divided into three, $50,000 divisions (races 5,6 and 7). The math of three groupings and four horses entered does not work with the new one-horse-per-trainer-per-division rule, so Ron Burke had to "bench” someone, and that someone was Foiled Again. Harness racing'...
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Shoppers find the "Dress" they want in Lex

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
Stacey Ruddick and Denise Dennis said yes to the dress and ended up with a horse. It happened in 2012. Ruddick and Dennis were interested in buying a yearling trotter named Panthere Dream at the Lexington Selected Sale, but worried the filly might not fall in their price range. A friend asked if they saw a dress they really liked, would they look at the price tag or simply buy the dress. Ruddi...
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Gale, Armstrong, Anderson into Canadian Hall

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2015 inductees. A total of 10 horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame. Standardbred inductees include horses Artsplace, JC's Nathalie and people H. Charles (Charlie) Armstrong, William (Bill) Gale and Harry Eisen. The Thoroughbred inductees are Mine That Bird, Robert (Bob) M. Anderson, James (Jim) Bannon, Stewart...
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Woodbine posts increase in handle per race

on 04/07/2015 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced on Tuesday (April 7) that per race handle for the 2014-15 Woodbine Standardbred Fall-Winter meet, which concluded on Monday, April 6, was up in comparison to the same period during 2013-14.   With a total of 94 cards held between Oct. 16, 2014, and April 6, 2015, which is 22 more race dates than the same period over the 2013-14 racing...
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