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Huge Hi-5 payoff on tap Saturday at Woodbine

on 04/01/2015 2:00 AM
The hype and anticipation has been building for more than three months and it will all comedown to the final race this Saturday night at Woodbine.   The Jackpot Hi-5, which has not been won since Dec. 8, 2014, will finally be paid out this Saturday night, as a mandatory payout is in effect.   On a regular evening, the entire Jackpot Hi-5 pool is only paid out if there is ...
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Trainer Doug McIntosh announces retirement

on 04/01/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Doug McIntosh, developer of Hambletonian winner Yankee Paco and countless other stakes stars, is retiring from training to concentrate his time on his McIntosh Pro Line, his business which markets all-natural products for horses, pets and people.   "We started this business in the mid-1990s and it's been rewarding,” said McIntosh. "My father was always involved in producin...
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Meadowlands to start double draws on Mondays

on 04/01/2015 2:00 AM
Beginning with next week's races on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, the Meadowlands will hold a double draw for both of those racing cards on Monday, April 6, with the box closing at 9 a.m.   Please click "more" at the end of this item on this page and then follow this link for the April 10/11 condition sheet and please call the racing office at (877) 782-2537 if you have ...
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Revisions to Meadowlands Spring Preview

on 04/01/2015 2:00 AM
There have been a few revisions to the conditions for the "Spring Preview” series for three-year-olds at The Meadowlands the last two weekends of April.   The "Spring Preview” is comprised of eight separate events for 3 year old trotters and pacers with filly divisions for each.The money conditions have been increased and now readsNon-Winners of 1 Pari-Mutuel race or $15,000Life...
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Smokey Joe's Cafe wins Miami Valley series final

on 04/01/2015 2:00 AM
A pair of champions were crowned at Miami Valley Wednesday night with favored Smokey Joe's Café (driver Randy Tharps) capturing the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series and longshot Big Bear Bow (Kayne Kauffman) prevailing as "the last man standing” in the three-week Survivor Series.   Lightly raced Smokey Joe's Café made it four wins in a row, including all three legs ...
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No fooling--favorites sweep DSBF 3FP splits

on 04/01/2015 2:00 AM
A trio of favorites–Totally Rusty, Spin Vision and Purrfect Bags–dominated $20,000 second-leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminaries while Wind Of The North held on to win the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Red hot Vic Kirby had five wins.   It was no contest in the first DSBF prelim as Totally Rusty won for fun in 1:52.1 with Core...
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Royal Heart goes first-over to win Meadows pace

on 04/01/2015 2:00 AM
Royal Heart moved powerfully first-over to wear down the leader, Easy Again, and capture Wednesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows.   Easy Again enjoyed a comfortable :57.1 first half on the front, but he was no match for Royal Heart, who was sitting fourth when Eric Goodell unleashed him down the backside. The 4-year-old Royal Art-BJ's Sunrise gelding scored...
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Heston's Blue Chip's sis makes debut Friday

on 04/01/2015 2:00 AM
After reaching the sport's highest level in 2012 with champion 3-year-old pacer Heston Blue Chip, owner Ken Jacobs is looking to strike again, this time with Gweneeee J, a full sister to his earner of more than $1.7 million.   The 3-year-old daughter of the mare Shot Togo Bluechip makes her first career start Friday night in Race 3 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Jac...
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Godiva Seelster edges Just A Bee at Pompano

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
Godiva Seelster, the mare that gave Just A Bee all she could handle last week before succumbing in the final few strides, turned the tables on the "Queen Bee" on Monday night and scored a narrow win in a lifetime best performance of 1:51.2 for driver Wally Hennessey.   The 5-year-old daughter of Camluck, trained by Wally's brother, Dan, for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, took command jus...
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Meadowlands adds series for youngsters

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
As a result of discussions with horsemen on what types of races they are seeking, the Meadowlands is pleased to announce new short series' for 3-year-old trotters and pacers with separate divisions for fillies scheduled for the last two weekends of April.   The "Spring Preview” is designed to offer races to green horses preparing for their sophomore stakes season. The classes...
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Ohio horseman Dominic Staffrey dies at 92

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
Horseman Dominic Staffrey, 92, best known for his top pacing mare Missouri Time, died March 30 at his residence.   Mr. Staffrey was born Dec. 6, 1922, in Vienna, Ohio, the son of Achille and Theresa Schiavone Staffrey. He was a member of Christ Church in Boardman. He was a POW during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart while serving in the United States Army. He was a...
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Penn National steps out of proposed PA track

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
Penn National Gaming Inc. announced Monday that it had informed Endeka Entertainment LP of its intent to withdraw from the proposed Lawrence, Pa., casino and racing project. Endeka, based in Philadelphia, had proposed a $225 million harness racing and gaming facility off U.S. Route 422 in Mahoning Township near New Castle. The proposed facility would be located within 30 miles of Penn Nat...
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Marohn's star to still shine at Meadowlands

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
Jimmy Marohn Jr. has been one of harness racing's best kept secrets over the past few years and in case you've missed it, Jimmy Marohn Jr. has officially arrived.   That may sound foolish given that Marohn is now 33 and nearing 3,000 wins in his career. But Marohn is clearly in the midst of what must be described as his breakout season.   Since its opening in 2006, Marohn...
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Eaves leaves Woodbine with reflections

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
The March 30 edition of The Toronto Sun carries an interview with outgoing Woodbine Entertainment Group CEO Nick Eaves.   Among Eaves' comments is the following observation about government's business deal with racetracks for other forms of gaming than pari-mutuel horse racing: "Horse racing and gaming are operated in an integrated way. It makes sense that gaming and horse raci...
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Artspeak among 63 still eligible to NA Cup

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
The connections of 63 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have made the first sustaining payment to remain eligible to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million showcase, to be contested on Saturday, June 20, at Mohawk Racetrack, is Canada's richest harness race. Headlining the top-notch group of sophomore pacers is O'Brien and Dan Patch Award winner Artspeak. The Tony Alagna...
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Ohio Commission hears medication presentations

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
Presentations by the US Trotting Association's Phil Langley and Mike Tanner, along with Dave Basler of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and trainer William Cowan, and the OHHA's Renee Mancino and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. highlighted the Ohio State Racing Commission monthly meeting, March 30, on the 31st Floor of the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio. ...
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Rediscovery wins $62,200 Sagamore final

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Tuesday afternoon offered its richest race of the season to date, the $62,200 final of the Sagamore Hill for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers. Newly-purchased Rediscovery (pictured, with George Brennan, $6.70) won the big prize—$31,100 and a date with Teddy Roosevelt—off a textbook pocket trip beneath the wet snow.   Winning the draw in the finale (all 4-year-olds),...
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Beach Memories moves to DiDomenico

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
Beach Memories, PH Supercam, and Polak A will try to remain unbeaten in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series on Saturday at Yonkers Raceway, but Beach Memories will do it from a new barn. The 5-year-old pacer has moved from the stable of trainer Ron Burke to trainer Scott DiDomenico.   Saturday's third round of the Levy Series features four divisions, with PH Supercam compe...
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Egosnattitudes, Political Foe score in prelims

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
Egosnattitudes and Political Foe scored $20,000 victories to complete second leg preliminaries for 3-year-old male trotters in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action at Dover Downs Tuesday. Racing took place on a track which turned sloppy late in the Tuesday card. PL Hoofhearted came from far back to win the regular card feature.   Jonathan Roberts left fast from outside ...
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Daylon Miracle captures Meadows feature

on 03/31/2015 2:00 AM
After more than holding her own against the track's top male trotters, Daylon Miracle relished her return to the distaff ranks, easily capturing Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Daylon Miracle faced all comers in her four most recent outings, collecting two wins and a pair of show finishes. In Tuesday's event, how...
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