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Wins adding up for Ronnie Wrenn Jr.

on 03/20/2015 2:00 AM
Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. ended 2014 winning at a historic rate and the beginning of a new season has done little to slow him down. No driver in harness racing history has more wins in his first four consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 starts than Wrenn's total of 2,148 victories from 2011-14. Brett Miller is second, with 1,745 from 1999-2002.   Wrenn captured his second consecutive...
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Its Payday Friday Wednesday at Pompano

on 03/19/2015 2:00 AM
Its Payday Friday paid early dividends this Wednesday night with a splendid 1:54.1 victory for owner-driver Dan Clements in Pompano Park's featured $12,500 Open Handicap Trot.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III,was sent away carefully by Clements before brushing up strongly around turn one to take command and control the proceedings off of panels ...
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Pocono Downs set to open Saturday

on 03/19/2015 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs begins its 50th anniversary season of harness racing this Saturday night, with the first of 14 races at the northeast Pennsylvania oval set to go to post at 6:30 p.m.   Highlighting the getaway card are three divisions of the Bob Weiss Series for male pacers just coming into their prime, with $15,000 divisions slotted for races 3, 4, and 5. The top horses...
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Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale moved to Sept. 30

on 03/19/2015 2:00 AM
Due to a scheduling conflict at the Champions Expo Center, the sale date for the inaugural Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30. According to auction manager Steve Cross, "The Expo Center is hosting a large horse show prior to our auction and to assure the barn area would be cleaned and ready for our consignors, Expo officials asked us to consider moving o...
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NJ man turns $3.60 Hi-5 play into $200,000

on 03/19/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands is pleased to announce a racetrack patron won $200,000 on the 13th race on Saturday, March 14. The patron, who wishes to remain anonymous, won the money by having the single winning 20-cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 ticket. Remarkably, the patron utilized the Quick Pick feature available on the racetrack's self-service betting machines.   The man from Union City, N. J....
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RCI expects to address cobalt next month

on 03/19/2015 2:00 AM
In remarks made before the Board of Directors of the United States Trotting Association this past weekend, Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) President Ed Martin indicated that he expected regulators would set a uniform approach on cobalt when they meet in Tampa, Fla., April 21-23, 2015. Martin predicted that the regulators would act to set in motion a ban on intentiona...
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Tyler Smith set to spend Saturdays at Big M

on 03/19/2015 2:00 AM
"Home free. Tyler Smith. Big Night. That's five on the card.” That was the race call from the 13th race on June 28 of last year. A skyrocketing career had its biggest night as Smith won five races at the Meadowlands. Now, Smith is back.   With his sights set on the Mecca of harness racing, Smith took time to reflect on the biggest night of his career. "Winning one r...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/19/2015 2:00 AM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Ron Burke talks about Yonkers new "Burke Rule” which led to him having just five Levy Series entries and four Matchmaker entries this year. Both series get underway this weekend and Burke gives his thoughts on the new condition and his starters. Joe Holloway dishes on Somwherorvrarainbow, who is set to defend her Matchmaker title,...
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25 eligible to Hambletonian Maturity

on 03/19/2015 2:00 AM
The second edition of the $400,000 (est.) Hambletonian Maturity Stake attracted 25 eligibles, including Dan Patch Trotter of the Year, the filly Shake It Cerry and Dan Patch sophomore trotting colt of the year, Father Patrick. Both are trained by Jimmy Takter.   The Maturity moves to Saturday, July 18, a night worth $2.6 million, anchored by the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, whic...
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Sweet Rock wins Del. special; Tetrick wins 6

on 03/19/2015 2:00 AM
Sweet Rock returned from the Meadowlands last month and has been invincible since, rolling off four consecutive wins capped by a 1:51.1 photo finish score in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap Thursday at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick won six races to give him 11 in two days.   In a driving finish, Sweet Rock had his nose up first for Allan Davis with Mojo Terror and Tetrick second j...
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Hoping for "Ladies Night" in Matchmaker opener

on 03/18/2015 2:00 AM
For older female pacer For The Ladies N, it's not how you start, but how you finish.   The 6-year-old New Zealand import is not the quickest mare off the starting gate – only twice in 11 lifetime U.S. races has she been better than fifth after the opening quarter-mile – but she still can find her way to the winner's circle on a regular basis.   For The Ladies N, train...
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Meadowlands Hi-5 payout indeed $200,000

on 03/18/2015 2:00 AM
Heading into this past Saturday's racing program at the Meadowlands, the last race 20-cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 sported a carryover of $167,731 and a guaranteed pool of $200,000. The carryover wouldn't make it past Saturday, as one lucky player hit the Hi-5 in the Saturday finale. The total pool which included the above carryover and $22,424 in new money resulted in a total pool of $190,155. The...
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Yankees clubhouse assistant takes to sulky Friday

on 03/18/2015 2:00 AM
For more than 20 seasons, New York Yankees clubhouse assistant Joe Lee has had the best seat in the house for some of baseball's greatest moments. On Friday night, Lee will take the best seat at the racetrack when he drives the trotter Free Rollin in Race 12 at the Meadowlands in the GSY Amateur Series.   "Baseball is in my blood for sure,” said the Bronx-native Lee, who star...
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USTA to create industry summits in 2015

on 03/18/2015 2:00 AM
Building upon the momentum generated by its recently concluded annual board of directors meeting, the United States Trotting Association will create and host at least two "industry summits” this year, USTA President Phil Langley announced Wednesday.   Each meeting will concentrate on specific topics of importance to the sport and will attempt to bring together various harness raci...
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Wu Long continues to dominate Meadows series

on 03/18/2015 2:00 AM
Wu Long continued her march through the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows, winning her third straight with a powerful first-over explosion and stamping herself as the clear favorite for the final. Main Gate Tam and Byfleet Hanover took the other $12,000 divisions in Wednesday’s third leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The championship legs of the Mary Wo...
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Lutetium, Justgottogetthere dead heat at Buffalo

on 03/18/2015 2:00 AM
Lutetium is a known front-runner and Justgottogetthere is a known closer. You figured something had to give. Nothing did. The pair couldn't settle their differences as Lutetium and Justgottogetthere finished in a dead heat for the victory in 1:58.3 over the fast track in the $8,500 conditioned trot at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (March 18). Lutetium, starting in the eight post wi...
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Callahan and Tetrick dominate at Dover

on 03/18/2015 2:00 AM
Deacons Valley made it two-in-a-row winning the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot giving meet leading driver Corey Callahan his fourth win on Wednesday, March 18  at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick did Callahan one better steering five winners. Consistent Deacons Valley won for the second time this year, along with three seconds and a third in his last seven starts, in the feature ...
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Mach It A Par wins by nose in Pompano feature

on 03/17/2015 2:00 AM
Mach It A Par made it two in a row at Pompano Park on Monday night, eking out a very narrow decision in the $10,000 top pace for mares.   The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three, driven by owner Dan Clements, upset the heavily favored Pertty Music, handled by Ed Hensley in 1:52.4, the official margin being a nose.   Mach Me Not, teaming up with Wally Hennessey, finished a v...
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Rinker named Ohio Stdb. Fund administrator

on 03/17/2015 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission announces the appointment of Kimberly A. Rinker as Administrator of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund, effective immediately.   Rinker, a Springfield, Ohio native, Ohio State University graduate (B.A. Journalism) and racing journalist and Standardbred trainer, will develop and implement policies and procedures for the Ohio Standardbred Developme...
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Ken McNutt dies at 81

on 03/17/2015 2:00 AM
Gerald Kenneth McNutt, died March 15 at Wilmington Hospital after a short illness. He was 81.   Mr. McNutt was born to Jannie and Charles McNutt in Bible Hill in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, on Oct. 15, 1933. He was the youngest of nine children. He grew up on a farm, and left home in his teens to pursue his goal of working in the sport of harness racing.  ...
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