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Solveig delivers full sister to Shake It Cerry

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Solveig, who has become one of the breed's top trotting broodmares, foaled a filly by Donato Hanover on Friday morning (March 27) in New Jersey. The filly is thus a full sister to 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry 3, 1:51.2 ($1,450,205).   Jimmy Takter campaigned Solveig and still owns the mare and has retained and campaigned her offspring Shake It Cerry; Dontyou...
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Tony Morgan wins at Philly for number 15,000

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Tony Morgan on Friday afternoon joined Dave Palone and Herve Filion as the only North American harness racing drivers with 15,000 career wins when he guided Lightning Moon to victory in the first race on opening day at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The 56-year-old Morgan was joined by a large crowd, including fellow drivers, in the winner's circle.   Lightning Moon won by 4-3/4 lengths ...
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Scarborough drops April 3 due to horse shortage

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Opening weekend of the 2015 harness racing season at Scarborough Downs is set to occur exactly as scheduled with 10 race programs in place for Saturday (March 28) and Sunday (March 29). Saturday's card will go to post at 4 pm (EDT) while Sunday's matinee kicks off at 1:30 p.m.   We all know how brutal the past winter has been in Maine and how difficult it has been for the local ...
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PHHA adds $25,000 to social media initiative

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA)  informed the U.S. Trotting Association  (USTA) Friday that the organization will contribute $25,000 to the harness racing industry's social media initiatives being conducted by the USTA in partnership with the award-winning social media agency Converseon from New York.   The PHHA becomes the first industry organization to a...
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Maine horseman Peter Hanley, 86, dies

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Peter Kieran Hanley, 86, died peacefully Wednesday, March, 25, at Togus VA Hospice, following a short illness. Mr. Hanley and his family have been active in harness racing for many years.   Mr. Hanley was born on July 25, 1928, in Gardiner, Maine, to William Francis and Anne Kieran Hanley. He was educated at Gardiner High School, where he graduated in 1947. He also attended the Kenne...
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Simulcast dispute over; Mid-Atlantic takes Big M

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
The simulcast dispute that had prohibited certain bettors from wagering on the Meadowlands has been resolved. Effective Friday (March 27), those customers who wager at Mid-Atlantic sites will be able to bet into the largest pools in harness racing once again.   "First and foremost I want to apologize to our customers who have been unable to partake in the Meadowlands product these past fo...
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US Attorney's Office indicts track veterinarians

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) officials on Friday (March 27)  praised the announcement by Peter Smith, attorney for the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, concerning the criminal indictment of four racetrack veterinarians with administering drugs to Thoroughbred racehorses within 24 hours of when the horse was entered to race. ...
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Breeders: caterpillars hatching in Central KY

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Eastern tent caterpillars have begun hatching in Central Kentucky, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader. The caterpillars were associated with Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS), which resulted in foal losses that devastated the Thoroughbred industry in 2001 and 2002. Lee Townsend, an entomologist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, ...
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Hoosier Park, Harrah's Philly open meets

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Pertty Music and Ed Hensley returned to their winning ways at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 27. Using a powerful rally late in the lane, the 5-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:54.2 to reach the winner's circle in front of a packed house that turned out for the openi...
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Rev Me Up scoots up pylons for Miami Valley win

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Rev Me Up, at age eight the oldest mare in the field, found room up the pylons just in time to zoom by pacesetter Shine N Shimmer and capture the $17,050 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace at Miami Valley on Friday (March 27).   Driver Randy Tharps left alertly with the winning daughter of Park Place before turning Shine N Shimmer (Chris Page) loose and accepting the pocket just prior t...
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Trainer J.D. Perrin has Buffalo hat trick

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer JD Perrin scored the "hat trick" and was assisted by three different drivers in doing so to highlight the Friday night (March 27) program at Buffalo Raceway. Perrin, who leads the trainer's standings at Buffalo Raceway with a 35-24 edge over John Mungillo, swept the early daily double. Yosemite Camn ($12.80) took the opener with Jack Flanigen in the bike while Retail ($7.80) took the sec...
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Matchmaker splits to Carolsideal, Camille

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. A baker's-dozen worth of of Free-For-All pacing mares went it at in two, $40,000 divisions.   The opening Matchmaker event was an early series two-fer for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.80). Outdrawing her rivals for the second consecutive start, "Carol” gave it up to a parked-early ...
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JL Cruze, Rockeyed Optimst early favs

on 03/27/2015 2:00 AM
The final winter series' conclude this Saturday at the Meadowlands and it should come as no surprise that the two names that have headlined the winter meet take center stage once again. JL Cruze (coupled with Razor Ramone) will begin as the 2-5 morning line favorite in the $59,800 Shiaway St. Pat Final, while Rockeyed Optimist has been installed as the 1-5 morning line choice in the $59,000 Clyd...
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Crazed’s stud fee now $2,500

on 03/26/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 stud fee for World Champion Crazed has been changed to $2,500 for the 2015 breeding season. The new fee is retroactive for mares that have already been booked this year. Crazed returned to his roots at New York’s Blue Chip Farms this season after a two year stint at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. "The breeders who make up his syndicate understand the competitive nature of the st...
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Nothinbutanallstar takes open trot at Pompano

on 03/26/2015 2:00 AM
Lester Raber's Nothinbutanallstar, superbly driven by trainer Mark O'Mara, wore down a game Winemaster Hanover, handled by Bruce Ranger, to take top honors in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Trot on Wednesday (March 25) in a lifetime best 1:53.2. The winning margin was a half-length with Flyhawk El Durado rallying for third, 2 1/4 lengths away. High Blue, prominent in the garden spot for the first ...
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Favorites victorious in Weiss Series at Pocono

on 03/26/2015 2:00 AM
The favorites used different methods in the two $15,000 divisions of the first round of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting females on Wednesday night (March 25) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but both ended up in the desired positions -- home first, and then in the winner's circle. Classic Belisima headed right to the front in her division and was never headed, winning by almost sev...
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Mandatory Jackpot Hi-5 payout date is April 4

on 03/26/2015 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that the mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 is set for Saturday, April 4, the second-to-last card of the Woodbine meet. Harness racing moves to Mohawk for 118 dates, beginning Thursday, April 9. In preparation for the event, the final opportunity to wager on the Jackpot Hi-5 before the mandatory payout date will be Mo...
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The Meadows adds additional $4 million in improvements

on 03/26/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announced today it has invested an additional $4 million to the backstretch operations of the facility’s racetrack.  Investments in the improvements to the barns, infrastructure and environment have exceeded $10 million to date. The Meadows replaced many of the older barns which house the 825 horse population. Other improvements include new stalls...
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RMTC recommends cobalt threshold of 25 ppb

on 03/26/2015 2:00 AM
The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) announced Thursday (March 26) that a uniform threshold for cobalt regulation in the United States was approved at its regularly scheduled meeting held on March 24 at Gulfstream Park racetrack in Hallandale, Fla.   The cobalt threshold, which was developed and unanimously recommended by the RMTC's Scie...
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Holloway talks Bettor Be Steppin, Divine Caroline

on 03/26/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Joe Holloway is uncertain where many of the top 3-year-old female pacers might race to start this season, but he is pretty sure that no matter where he sends Bettor Be Steppin and Divine Caroline, it's not going to be easy. Bettor Be Steppin and Divine Caroline -- who finished third and fourth, respectively, in November's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers -- are among the hor...
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