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Tie up issues keeping Melady's Monet at home

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
Melady's Monet, who has won five of seven starts this year at the Meadowlands, was under consideration for an invitation to May's Elitloppet in Sweden, but trainer Kevin McDermott on Monday informed race organizers that the 6-year-old trotter would not be sent overseas.   A homebred son of Revenue S out of the mare Keystone Melady, Melady's Monet won his third consecutive Open Handicap...
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Canadian Hall of Fame announces ballot list

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
On Monday, March 23, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame unveiled the names of horses and horsepeople which are on the Hall's 2015 ballot. A total of 30 horses and people comprised of 15 Standardbred racing candidates and 15 Thoroughbred racing candidates have been selected to appear on this year's ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the winners in their respe...
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Witch Dali sweeps Petticoat preliminary legs

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
After Tim Tetrick won with Witch Dali Monday night at Yonkers Raceway, he had this to say: "She's just a big, strong (mare) who carries her speed a long way and hums around Yonkers with no problem.”   Tetrick and Witch Dali ($2.10) authored a third consecutive public workout, sweeping the Raceway's thee preliminary legs in the Petticoat Pacing Series.   Leaving fro...
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Penny Paratrooper, Callmemza dead heat

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
Three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminaries inaugurated for 2015 three-year-olds with filly trotters got things underway on Monday at Dover Downs. The regular program spotlighted $20,000 female pacers with Penny Paratrooper and Callmemza finishing in a dead-heart in one. Tony Morgan won two races to move with six of 15,000.   Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Stabl...
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Pick 5 guarantee at Meadows for Tuesday

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
On Tuesday, the live card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two total-pool guarantees — a $20,000 guarantee for the Pick 5 and a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 4. Both are offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant” Pick 5 guarantee after Monday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day...
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P H Supercam nips Foiled Again in Levy series

on 03/22/2015 2:00 AM
The annual rite of spring known as the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series began Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting five, $50,000 divisions for the best Free-For-Allers in training. The featured foray did not disappoint, as last season’s champ, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), picking off the season-debuting, 11-year-old Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) in the third grouping....
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Virgil sets track record at Miami Valley

on 03/22/2015 2:00 AM
"Virgil set a track record at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night!”  That statement would come as no real surprise to any harness racing devotee in the Buckeye state, and their next question would be "With which of his horses?”  The reference, of course, would be to prolific trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., not only Miami Valley’s current runaway leader in the trainer’s standing...
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Pocono opens 2015 season

on 03/22/2015 2:00 AM
Sky McFly dominated on the front end to defeat a group of $25,000 claimers and kick off the 2015 racing season on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The race, the first of the night and the meet, carried a purse of $16,000. Driven by Matt Kakaley for the Ron Burke barn, Sky McFly (Jereme’s Jet-N’vincible) took over around the first turn and never faced a serious challe...
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Woodbine hosts Wegz/Horseplayer Interactive finals

on 03/22/2015 2:00 AM
Dialamara arrived in the nick of time to collar favoured J Js Delivery and win the $42,400 WEGZ Final on Saturday night at Woodbine. A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings squared off in the WEGZ final including first leg winner Dialamara and J Js Delivery who impressed in the second leg while making his seasonal debut. Dialamara, trained by Pat Fletcher for owner Joh...
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Rehab Mountain lowers Miami Valley trot record

on 03/22/2015 2:00 AM
Less than a full day after Virgil established a new track record for older male pacers, Rehab Mountain lowered the standard for older trotters at Miami Valley.  A model of consistency this season, Rehab Mountain employed his customary front-stepping style to win for the sixth time in nine 2015 starts with a pair of place finishes as well.  Brad Hanners trains and drives the eight-yea...
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Yonkers hosts opening Matchmaker events

on 03/21/2015 2:00 AM
In theory, spring sprung Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the snowy opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three compact, $40,000 fields of the some of the best Free-For-All pacing mares went it at. Friday’s first Matchmaker mélange went to a grinding Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $6.10), who picked off pace-setting (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2) Charisma Hanover (G...
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Snowy welcome to Spring at The Meadowlands

on 03/21/2015 2:00 AM
The calendar indicates that spring begins on March 20 but snowy conditions led to an "Inquiry” of that seasonal change at The Meadowlands on Friday night. The races began in the midst of what would eventually measure out to several inches of powder. The $20,000 second leg of the Shiaway St Pat trotting series drew just eleven entries resulting in a single division that pit the top pair ...
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Somewhere Fameous in Meadows series win

on 03/21/2015 2:00 AM
Somewhere Fameous overwhelmed the 1-5 favorite, Fashion Rocker, with a first-over burst and went on to defeat her by 2-3/4 lengths in the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Dream Ball took the other $15,000 split in Friday’s third leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. It was the second series victory each for Somewhere Fameous and Dream Ball who, along with Fa...
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Sutton on serious tear at Miami Valley

on 03/21/2015 2:00 AM
Driver Josh Sutton is enjoying his own version of ‘March Madness’ at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 32-year-old reinsman, ranked sixth in the national dash standings prior to winning a handful (5) of races on Friday night, has scored multiple victories on 12 of the 15 programs presented thus far this month and is averaging better than three wins per night in March.  Sutton visited th...
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Rockeyed Optimist paces fastest mile of 2015

on 03/21/2015 2:00 AM
There have not been many horses, if any, better than Rockeyed Optimist this year. After the second round of the Clyde Hirt series on Saturday at The Meadowlands, there now has not been any horse faster than Rockeyed Optimist this year, as he won this round of the Clyde Hirt in a spectacular 1:48.3.  Doctor Butch had paced the fastest mile of 2015 prior to Saturday, with a time of 1:4...
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Ultimate Velocity dies day after foaling colt

on 03/20/2015 2:00 AM
Standout open pacing mare Ultimate Velocity p,3,1:53; 4,1:51.1 ($254,373) has died at the age of 9, after only beginning her breeding career.   According to her co-owner and trainer, Trent Stohler, the mare was euthanized at 2:50 a.m. on March 19, following complications of a surgery at New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania. She had delivered her second foal only one day earlier. ...
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Southwind Serena foals brother to Mission Brief

on 03/20/2015 2:00 AM
Southwind Serena delivered a full brother to world champion Mission Brief 2, 1:50.3, early Friday morning (March 20) at Park Equine Hospital in Paris, KY. However, the birth of the colt by Muscle Hill was by cesarean section, an unusual but safe and established method of delivery for horses in the right circumstances. The mare and her foal were both standing ...
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Plainridge delays opener until April 15

on 03/20/2015 2:00 AM
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved a request to postpone the opening day of the 2015 Plainridge Racecourse meet for two weeks.   The delay was necessitated by the snowiest winter in Massachusetts' history, which set back training schedules throughout the Bay State.   The 2015 live opener will now take place on Wednesday, April 15, with first post at 4 p.m. P...
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PA HarnessWeek season starts Saturday

on 03/20/2015 2:00 AM
Pocono's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration and new stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia are just some of the exciting events viewers can expect to see during the eighth season of "PA HarnessWeek.”   One of the most recognizable broadcast teams in harness racing is back for new episodes jam-packed with news, features and behind-the-scenes coverage from Pennsylvania and across the gl...
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Gural: “You're right, I'm being vindictive”

on 03/20/2015 2:00 AM
"Anybody who wants to say I'm vindictive, they're right. I'm really pissed.” That was Meadowlands' chairman Jeff Gural's answer when asked by harnessracing.com Friday about his response to the Hambletonian Society and Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) decision to drop the rule for stallion restrictions. Gural lobbied both groups four years ago for the restrictions that kept star horses on...
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