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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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Brittany acquires interest in Shebestingin

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
Brittany Farms has added world champion Shebestingin, whose 1:47 victory in a $122,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial division in 2013 at The Red Mile is the fastest mile ever by a female pacer, to its broodmare band. Brittany has purchased the interest in the mare owned by L & L DeVisser and Ted Gewertz. Val d'Or Farms retains its ownership position in the mare. Shebestingin is by Bettor's Deli...
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New classes offered at the Meadowlands

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
There are a few new wrinkles to point out in next week's condition sheet at the Meadowlands.   On Friday, a mini-series for pacing mares that are non-winners of $5,000 in the last five starts offers the top finishers a chance to race back the next Friday (March 27) for purse of $25,000. The same opportunity is available to non-winners of $5,000 last five pacing horses and geldings o...
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Meadowlands adds guarantee to Jackpot Hi-5

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
With the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 pool featuring a carryover of $161,277, the Meadowlands announces that if there is one winning ticket and the last race jackpot is hit, the payout will be guaranteed to be $200,000.   Going forward, as the jackpot carryover continues to grow, the guaranteed payout will also increase. Once the carryover reaches $200,000, the jackpot payout will b...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 stakes season is still several weeks from getting underway, but George Teague Jr. looks like he's got a budding star in the 3-year-old gelding pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Teague talks about the talented sophomore who brings a five-for-five career slate into Saturday's Gilmour final at the Meadowlands. Also, Tim Tetrick finished third...
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38 Levy eligibles, 23 Matchmaker eligibles

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced the list of eligibles for its "big boy” and "big girl” pacing series, the 2015 edition of the George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Matchmaker. Connections of 62 of the best Free For Allers in training—39 Levy and 23 Matchmaker—have paid to play as both series get underway next weekend (Matchmaker Friday, March 20, and GM Levy Saturday, March 21). A...
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Lebanon Legends kicks off at Miami Valley

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
The first of nine "Lebanon Legends” series, honoring the memory of revered former successful Lebanon Raceway horsemen, kicked off at Miami Valley Raceway on Thursday night (March 12) with two divisions of the George Williams Memorial Series. Alwaysfoolnaround and E R Oliver captured their respective splits in impressive style.   Randy Tharps guided Alwaysfoolnaround to a 1:53.4 tr...
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Adventure Bound 1:50.3 winner at Dover

on 03/12/2015 2:00 AM
Just A Jolt won the $26,000 Delaware Special/Handicap for the first time this meet on Thursday (March 12) at Dover Downs. Dylan Davis moved back into first place in the trainer standings with four wins.   After being favored in the week's top pace the of the last five starts, Just A Jolt, a 5-2 favorite again, paid off with an impressive 1:51.1 victory, beating a field of nine in th...
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Monticello cancels Thursday due to track thawing

on 03/11/2015 2:00 AM
Due to thawing track conditions, Monticello Raceway has canceled live racing for Thursday, March 12. Qualifiers have also been canceled for the week.   Live racing resumes Monday, March 16.
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