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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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JL Cruze ready to aim for third series title

on 03/11/2015 2:00 AM
With wins already in the Super Bowl and Charles Singer Memorial, JL Cruze begins his quest for a third straight winter series win Friday night in the opening round of the Shiaway St. Pat, honoring the 1981 Hambletonian champion, at the Meadowlands.   Thirteen trotters were entered for Friday's first round. JL Cruze is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the second of two divisions...
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Deadline near for Hambletonian Society stakes

on 03/11/2015 2:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Monday, March 16, and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, March 17. The Hambletonian Society services 127 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. The website Hambletonian.org contains all the tools a...
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Horseman Jack Leonard, 84, dies in Fla.

on 03/11/2015 2:00 AM
Horseman Jack Leonard, who raced coast-to-coast and trained the one-time world champion Bandelier, died Wednesday, March 4, in Gainesville, Fla., following a period of ill health. He was 84.   Born in Decatur, Ill., Mr. Leonard became a horseman because it was in his blood. Mr. Leonard's father, Edgar, was a horseman, as were Edgar's two brothers, Phil and Ted, who both worked ...
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Make plans for Manzi retirement party

on 03/11/2015 2:00 AM
Without a doubt, when harness aficionados think of the hardest working, most dedicated and creative publicity hound in the business, they think of John Manzi. Known for his affable demeanor, wacky promotions, and as Master of Ceremonies of some of the Catskill region's most memorable awards banquets, JM in the PM has never disappointed.   The list of individuals that Manzi and his M...
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Wu Long repeats in Meadows series

on 03/11/2015 2:00 AM
Wu Long made short work of her Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot field at The Meadows, gliding through the slop to capture her second straight series victory. Seduce A Stranger and Miss E Claire took the other $12,000 splits in Tuesday’s second leg of the event for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Wu Long got away fifth for Dave Palone, but when she quarter-poled to the lead, the race for...
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Powerful Charger pulls upset at Dover

on 03/11/2015 2:00 AM
Powerful Charger, piloted by Tim Tetrick, pulled a 10-1 upset in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, the Wednesday feature at Dover Downs on March 11. Tetrick finished with four wins. Wagering favorites, Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) and newcomer Sevruga (Andy Miller) finished off the board after Powerful Charger roared down the lane for his third win of the year in his last four starts. Tim Tet...
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Hoosier to open for training prior to 2015 season

on 03/11/2015 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to open the racetrack for training as final preparations are underway for the 22nd season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The 160-day meet will begin Friday, March 27 offering live racing through Saturday, November 14, with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. EST. Hoosier Park will allow horsemen to ship-in to use the racetrack for ...
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Kate Smith upsets in Lifetime Dream opener

on 03/10/2015 2:00 AM
Kate Smith scored an upset victory to get the Lifetime Dream series underway with a bang Monday night at Woodbine. A field of eight four- and five-year-old trotting mares, including defending series winner Samira Hanover, contested the $20,000 first leg of the Lifetime Dream.   Sent off as the heavy 3-5 favorite, Samira Hanover made a costly break before the start and spotted the fi...
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Just A Bee wins fourth straight at Pompano

on 03/10/2015 2:00 AM
As Pompano Park racing fan Gary Andrews lamented, "They could have just shown the replay from last week!" Gary was speaking of Just A Bee's win in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night (March 9) as the seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood extended her winning streak to four with a 1:51.4 win for trainer-driver Mike Micallef in an almost identical manner as last week's win....
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NHL's Sedin brothers able to jog their trotters

on 03/10/2015 2:00 AM
Brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who are star players for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League, also own Standardbreds. When the Canucks were in Florida in January the brothers took advantage of a day off to head to the Sunshine Meadows Training Center where they have a pair of 2 year olds in training with fellow Swede Robert Bergh.   The Sedins, who owned the 2...
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Northfield cancels Tuesday race card

on 03/10/2015 2:00 AM
Due to a continued severe thawing of the racetrack causing unsafe track conditions, Northfield Park has canceled Tuesday night's live racing program.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Wednesday, March 11. The Wednesday card will feature a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool. Wednesday's post time is 6 p.m.
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Monticello cancels Tuesday & Wednesday

on 03/10/2015 2:00 AM
Due to continuing thawing track conditions, Monticello has canceled live racing for Tuesday, March 10, and Wednesday. March 11. Management will assess the situation again on Wednesday regarding Thursday's card.
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Shebestingin retired: "She just didn't come back"

on 03/10/2015 2:00 AM
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, has been retired by her connections. Trainer Joe Holloway confirmed to harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight is now headed to the breeding shed following the second of two second-place finishes in as man...
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Terror Of The Nite repeats in Russell Series

on 03/10/2015 2:00 AM
Terror Of The Nite pulled the pocket down the backside but needed to survive a late challenge to capture his second straight in the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Wok N Roll K and Big World Of Rock also took $12,000 splits in Tuesday's second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt, stallion and gelding pacers. Dave Palone teamed with trainer Ron Burke for a pair of Russell ...
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Delaware, Ohio payments due March 16

on 03/10/2015 2:00 AM
Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 46th Jugette, the 64th Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 65th Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 16. These payments are for foals of 2013 and will be raced in 2016.   Sustaining payments are also due for the 76th Standardbred 2-year-old colt and filly stakes for foals of 2013...
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Chalk players rejoice in Sagamore Hill splits

on 03/10/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's 2015 stakes season continued Tuesday afternoon, with the opening round of the annual tribute to Teddy Roosevelt, aka the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series.   The series, for 3- and 4-year-old males who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offered five, $12,500 events, with odds-on form holding in every race.   The well-bet wi...
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"Sins" rewarded at Pompano Park

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
Remissionofsins, knocking at the door with second-place finishes in his last three starts, finally got through to the pearly gates of the winner's circle on Sunday night at Pompano Park, scoring a handy victory for George Napolitano Jr. in a lifetime-best performance.   The 7-year-old altered son of Final Cheers stopped the clock in 1:50.4 in the $10,000 pace for $20,000-$25,000 cla...
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