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Wiggle It Jiggleit still perfect after Gilmour sweep

on 03/15/2015 2:00 AM
Undefeated and untested, that sums up the winter for Wiggle It Jiggleit. The 3-year-old gelded son of Mr. Wiggles made it a perfect six for six to start his career with a three-length romp in the $58,000 final of the William "Buddy” Gilmour Series Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   The 1-9 favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit was sent right to the front on this night by Montrell Te...
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JJ's Delivery scores in WEGS Series

on 03/15/2015 2:00 AM
J Js Delivery and Chris Christoforou went gate to wire to win the second leg the WEGZ series Saturday night at Woodbine.   A compact group of seven 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings squared off in the $17,000 second round of the WEGZ. However, only four of the seven horses were returning from last week's first leg.   One of the new faces to the series made an immediate...
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PL Hellcat best in Pompano feature

on 03/15/2015 2:00 AM
PL Hellcat, Dan Clements' splendid 4-year-old son of Mach Three, known for his tremendous brushing power, brushed the entire mile on Saturday night in taking top honors in Pompano Park's top pacing feature—the $13,500 Open.   Trained by Renaldo Morales, III, PL Hellcat led at every pole--:27.1, :56.1 and 1:23—in route to a victory measuring a length over the fast closing Raji's ...
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Mac's Beach Boy takes Yonkers Open Pace

on 03/15/2015 2:00 AM
Favored Mac's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance, $5.60) prevailed from a soggy pocket Saturday night, annexing Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Pace.   Winning the blind draw, Mach's Beach Boy was only going to allow one horse to outleave him, and that one wasWarrawee Needy(Mark MacDonald). Beach Memories was summarily stuffed into a three-hole before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a 56.4 ...
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"The Grinder" wears down rivals at Miami Valley

on 03/15/2015 2:00 AM
Lucky Lime, nicknamed "The Grinder" in keeping with his racing style, wore down all his adversaries for driver Kyle Ater in the $15,500 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night--despite a grueling first-over journey (the kind he appears to like!).   Speed Trap (Chris Page) allowed Gareth Nourrir (Tyler Smith) to briefly clear to the front before retaking control as the quickest l...
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Langley retains USTA presidency

on 03/15/2015 2:00 AM
Phil Langley was re-elected as president of the U.S. Trotting Association by a 38-13 tally over challenger Jason Settlemoir during the general session of the USTA Board of Directors meeting on Sunday, held at the Hilton-Easton.   Langley was re-elected to a fourth consecutive term -- his first in which there was an election -- and vowed to continue his current platform of leading me...
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JL Cruze still cruising in Shiaway St. Pat opener

on 03/14/2015 2:00 AM
With Swedish interests looking on from the Meadowlands grandstand, Melady's Monet put forth a flawless audition, winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Trot for the second week in a row and for the fifth time in his last eight starts.   The 7-5 favorite from post 9, Melady's Monet was gathered back off the gate early in the mile and established a stalking position halfway through the fie...
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Rockaround Sue upsets in Yonkers feature

on 03/14/2015 2:00 AM
Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett, $31), coming off a trio of non-descript efforts, bottomed out her foes Friday night in winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from post position No. 3, "Sue” had to wait her turn as RD IOU (Tyler Buter) and Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) both left inside of her. Rockaround Sue worked around Palm Patrol...
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Maplelea romps by nine at Woodbine

on 03/14/2015 2:00 AM
Maplelea crushed her rivals for the second consecutive week in the Horseplayer Interactive series Friday night at Woodbine.   Headlining a field of seven 3-year-old pacing fillies, Maplelea was sent off as the 1-9 choice and performed just like her odds would indicate.   Driven by Rick Zeron, Maplelea made a second-quarter brush to the lead from third and reached the half...
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Fashion Rocker survives inquiry for Meadows win

on 03/14/2015 2:00 AM
Fashion Rocker had to survive an inquiry to do so, but she captured her second straight in the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace Friday at The Meadows. Dream Ball scored in a career-best 1:53.2 to take Friday's other $15,000 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares.   Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke teamed to sweep Friday's series leg, and that's not al...
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Mares revolving door continues at Miami Valley

on 03/14/2015 2:00 AM
Add Betterluvnexttime to the growing list of talented mares who have won Miami Valley Raceway's featured distaff open during the first 10 weeks of the 2015 meet.   The 7-year-old American Ideal mare, driven by leading driver Josh Sutton, copped the $16,500 event on Friday night by topping Carlina Hanover (Tyler Smith) and Artie's Last Party (Jeff Nisonger) in 1:53.2 over a rai...
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Comm. Committee gets USTA meetings underway

on 03/14/2015 2:00 AM
The Communications Committee meeting on Saturday brought a range of new ideas as well as updates with the progress of 2014 and plans for the future at the USTA Board of Directors annual meetings, held at the Hilton-Easton in Columbus. USTA communications and marketing director Dan Leary and Committee vice chairman Chris Schick discussed handicapping contests and the hot topic of fantasy c...
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Hall of Famer Jim Doherty dies at 74

on 03/14/2015 2:00 AM
It is with great sadness that the family of Jim Doherty announced his peaceful passing at the Villa Marie Claire Hospice on Saturday, March 14, at the age of 74. Arrangements are under the care of Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, Clifton, N. J.   Mr. Doherty, from Canada, got his start in the sport by helping his father in New Brunswick. He came to New England in the mid-1960s and soon e...
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Brennan wins St. Patrick's Day Pace

on 03/14/2015 2:00 AM
Driver George Brennan didn't need the luck of the Irish in capturing the St. Patrick's Day Pace at Freehold Raceway on Saturday.   "It was like shooting fish in a barrel,” Brennan said. "It was that easy. My horse got a dream trip in the outside flow and we were mailed home.”   Brennan was driving Absolutely Michael, a 6-1 mild longshot and they paid $14.40 to win. An...
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HANA contest field, charities lined up

on 03/13/2015 2:00 AM
The field has been set, the races picked, and the rescues selected for the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, all sponsors who have renewed their support for Standardbred rescue with their sponsorship (additional sponsors are anticipated)...
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Indiana champion Msnaughtybynature dies at 8

on 03/13/2015 2:00 AM
Msnaughtybynature, whose 22 career victories in her two years of racing included four Indiana Sires Stakes championships, died Thursday night, March 12, at Black Creek Farm in Grabill, Ind., at the age of eight. According to Black Creek Farm's John Schmucker, Msnaughtybynature was in foal to Guccio and was 30 days from foaling when she attempted to foal, but she aborted the foal. Msnaughtyb...
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South Florida Training Center sold to Stathis

on 03/13/2015 2:00 AM
 It was announced Friday  that the owners of the South Florida Trotting Center has reached an agreement to sell the harness racing training facility to Stathis Enterprises of New York and Vero Beach. The selling price was not disclosed.   The 102-acre facility features 14 barns and is home to 300 harness racing horses located on route 441/SR 7 in Lake Worth.   S...
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Sutton wins six at Miami Valley

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
Red-hot Josh Sutton, Miami Valley's leading driver and ranked seventh in the country in 2015 wins, racked up another most impressive night over the southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval. The 32-year-old reinsman visited the winner's circle six times during the 14-race card to become the first Miami Valley driver to pass the 100 win plateau already this season and the seventh driver in North Am...
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Nothinbutanallstar shines in Pompano trot

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
Trotters highlighted the midweek card at Pompano Park on Wednesday night with Nothinbutanallstar taking top honors in the $13,500 Open Handicap but having to share the spotlight with Highland Yankee in the $10,000 Open (2) Trot and the 57-1 outsider Ex King in a $9,400 supporting feature.   Nothinbutanallstar, a 4-year-old son of Allstar Hall trained and driver by Mark O'Mara f...
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Northfield Park adds three late-closers

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
Northfield Park has announced the dates of three spring late-closing series. These series offer increased racing opportunities for younger horses coming back to the races this season.   All of the newly added late-closers carry a condition of: non-winners of two pari-mutuel Races (Ohio breds N/W Three) or non-winners of $15,000 lifetime (Through 3/15/2015).   Tuesdays (...
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