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On the road with Commander Crowe

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
Karoliina Oinonen has been around the world with trotting star Commander Crowe, but there is one more place she hopes to visit before returning to Europe next week. The Breeders Crown winner's circle. Oinonen, from Finland, has been Commander Crowe's caretaker since the chestnut gelding, known as "Le Grand Blond,” arrived in the stable of trainer Fabrice Souloy in 2010. Commander Crowe is...
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Gingras: Maven is "really special"

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
No matter what Maven accomplishes in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at the Meadowlands, she will always be special to driver Yannick Gingras. Gingras was with the now 5-year-old mare when she went to the track for her first qualifier, back in June 2011 at the Meadowlands. He was behind Maven for her first start, a winning effort in a division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes a...
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Crown out-of-competition tests all cleared

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has cleared the out-of-competition tests screened to date on entrants in the $5.5 million Breeders Crown races to be held Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Meadowlands. This procedure has been routine for nearly a decade in the Hambletonian Society sponsored and owned Breeders Crown events, as well as the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. ...
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Changes made for Season 2 at Miami Valley

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Gaming and Racing management is anxiously awaiting the start of the track's second exciting season of live harness racing when the calendar turns to 2015 in six weeks. Opening night of the rapidly approaching 89-program season is Friday, Jan. 2, with continuous five days a week live racing scheduled through Sunday, May 3.   Both patrons and participating horse...
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Breeders Crown flashback: Class of 1984

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
In the fall of 1984 harness racing opened its doors to an innovative collection of stakes races known as the Breeders Crown. Borrowing in some ways from its thoroughbred cousins, the Standardbred powers that be put together a series of races at racetracks across North America designed to promote the sport and define champions. Throughout 30 years the Breeders Crown has had many changes with...
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Mission accomplished for Mission Brief

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
Mission Brief made it mission accomplished as she stormed to a 4 3/4-length win over Danielle Hall in a stakes-record 1:51.4 in Friday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters at the Meadowlands. Livininthefastlane was third and Smexi finished fourth.   Wild Honey, Wiclet Hanover and Mission Brief all moved to the front on the first turn, with Wiclet Hanover and driv...
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Back-to-back Crowns for Shake It Cerry

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
Shake It Cerry and Ron Pierce made it back-to-back Breeders Crown victories as the duo won the $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Trot on Friday night at the Meadowlands in a stakes record time of 1:52.2, two-fifths of a second better than the old mark set by Bee A Magician last year.   It was the 19th Breeders Crown for her trainer Jimmy Takter and 30th for driver Ron Pierce, and she w...
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Bee A Magician survives inquiry in Crown OMT

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, won Friday's $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot, holding off Classic Martine by a head in a stakes-record 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands.   The judges posted the inquiry sign following the finish and reviewed the stretch drive to determine whether Bee A Magician interfered with Classic Martine as she tried to find room along the pylons, but foun...
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Robin Cruiser cruises up passing lane to win

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by a cone-skimming Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton, $15.40).   Unhurried early from post position 6, he watched as slight 2-1 favorite Coffee Addict (Dan Dube) step around Jonsie Jones (Greg Merton). After early intervals of :27 and :56.3, Let's Go Higher (Eric Carlson) moved from thir...
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Sayitall BB wires field in Crown 3FP

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
Sayitall BB took the lead in the early moments and controlled the race from there, winning Friday's $593,750 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers by three-quarters of a length over Major Dancer in 1:50.3 at the Meadowlands.   Supplemented to the Breeders Crown for $62,500, Sayitall BB started from post nine and led the field through fractions of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.1 on her...
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Baby Boy Grin still smiling at Pompano

on 11/20/2014 12:00 AM
Baby Boy Grin, superbly handled by Kevin Wallis, scored his second consecutive victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday night.   The 9-year-old pacing-bred trotter, trained by Norm Dessureault for owners Geoff and Mary Howles, stopped the clock in 1:55.1, pinning a three-length defeat on She's All In (Rick Plano) with Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) third. Fav...
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TrackMaster announces free iPhone App

on 11/20/2014 12:00 AM
TrackMaster has announced that it has launched a free iPhone App called the TrackMaster Pocket Handicapper Suite, which includes nine different handicapping products. The new App is now available in the iTunes store. "This new iPhone App brings handicappers the convenience of having a wide array of handicapping tools whenever and wherever they want them,” said David Siegel, President...
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Crown trophies named for Hempt, Simpson

on 11/20/2014 12:00 AM
Two of the trademark crystal trophies that have graced the Breeders Crown championship series since 1984 will bear additional etching from this year forward—in memory of two men whose influence on the creation of the series and in the greater sphere of harness racing cannot be understated. The Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Pace trophy has been named the Max C. Hempt Memorial Trophy and...
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Division honors on the line in Crown 3CP

on 11/20/2014 12:00 AM
The race for divisional honors could become clearer, or further muddled, depending on the outcome of Saturday's $531,250 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands.   No fewer than eight horses in the 3-year-old male pacing division can claim at least one major open stakes triumph this season.   The Pacing Triple Crown races – the Cane Pace, Little Bro...
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Breeders Crown horses being tested

on 11/20/2014 12:00 AM
As part of the continuing effort to insure a level playing field for those horsemen racing at the Meadowlands, samples have been taken from many of the horses competing in Breeders Crown races this weekend and will be sent to various labs equipped with the most current testing equipment available at the expense of The Meadowlands.   A number of trainers that ordinarily would not be ...
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Batavia cancels live racing for rest of week

on 11/20/2014 12:00 AM
As a direct result of the relentless snowstorm that has crippled most of western New York, Batavia Downs has announced that it will forgo live racing for the remainder of the week. The programs that were originally scheduled for Friday (Nov. 21) and Saturday (Nov. 22) have been cancelled. The decision was made jointly this morning by Batavia Downs management and the Western New York Harness...
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Sunshine Select Sale website online now

on 11/20/2014 12:00 AM
The website for the Sunshine Select sale featuring gaited and going 2-year-olds can be viewed online at sunshineselectsale.com. The sale is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 25, at the South Florida Trotting Center in Lake Worth, Fla. Entries are now being accepted by contacting Bob Marks at bobmarks444@gmail.com or the head office for the sale and trotting center at echerry@icn.com  
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Late All American mare has 2 Crown contenders

on 11/20/2014 12:00 AM
Fred Hertrich III says he isn't a seller or a buyer. "I'm a trader,” said Hertrich about his activities surrounding any horse sale.   As the owner of All American Harnessbreds, Hertrich's yearlings go to auction every year and sell fairly well. "We had a great sale this year,” Hertrich said. In 2009, after his yearlings had sold, Hertrich stayed a while longer to attend the H...
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Get ready for the Crown with Weekend Preview

on 11/20/2014 12:00 AM
It all comes down to the Breeders Crown, and the Crown championship action begins on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Make sure you tune in early because White Bliss, the rare white Standardbred, will be starting from post 2 in Race 1 at the Meadowlands on Friday. The latest FREE HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has insights from trainers and drivers about their Breeders Crown contenders. If y...
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Batavia cancels Wednesday due to 6 feet of snow

on 11/19/2014 12:00 AM
As a result of the massive lake effect snowstorm that has dumped as much as six feet of snow over much of western New York, Batavia Downs has been forced to cancel its live racing card for Wednesday, along with the qualifying races which had already been cancelled.   Batavia has received almost two feet of snow through this morning and squalls are forecast to continue throughou...
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