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Appomattox overcomes post 9 at Meadows

on 02/02/2015 12:00 AM
 Appomattox vaulted to the lead from post 9, then cruised to a comfortable victory in Monday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Appomattox had been taking on tough fields at the Meadowlands and more than holding his own. The 6-year-old, battle-tested son of Yankee Glide-Courtney Hill had little trouble overcoming his difficult post p...
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Hall of Famer Lou Guida dies at 82

on 02/01/2015 12:00 AM
Harness racing Hall of Famer Louis P. Guida died Friday, Jan. 30. He was 82 and had been ill for a number of months. Ironically, Mr. Guida died the same day as Charles "Chuck" Coon, his fellow inductee into the Hall of Fame in 2008.   Mr. Guida owned all or part of 21 harness horses that each won a million dollars, not bad for a kid from Jersey City who first wor...
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Ultimate Beachboy scores in Big M feature

on 02/01/2015 12:00 AM
The feature race on the Saturday night program at the Meadowlands was the $20,000 B-1/A-2 Handicap Pace. The race favorite was Ultimate Beachboy leaving from the outside post, sent off as the 3-2 choice.   Driven by Yannick Gingras, Ultimate Beachboy was asked for speed throughout the first quarter of a mile and cleared the lead nearing that first quarter in :27.1. Gingras and his g...
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Sapphire City, Count Me In score at Yonkers

on 02/01/2015 12:00 AM
Sapphire City (Eric Carlson, $18.20) and Count Me In (George Brennan, $4.80) divided Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night glory, winning the co-featured $35,000 Open Handicaps.   Sapphire City annexed the Open Handicap Pace in rallying fashion. Working out a second-over trip from post position No. 6, he was chasing 4-5 choice Doctor Butch (Brian Sears). That one had to wait his turn bef...
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Twilight Bonfire equals Miami Valley track mark

on 02/01/2015 12:00 AM
Twilight Bonfire didn't just capture the $14,500 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night, but he tied the all-time all-age track record in 1:51.1 on a wintry night in southwest Ohio.   Driver Dan Noble allowed favorites Ice Scraper (Josh Sutton) and Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) to mix it up through brisk opening panels of :25.4 and :54.1. Still sitting seventh at the 1:22.3 thir...
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Nine Innings surprises at Pompano Park

on 02/01/2015 12:00 AM
Pompano Park's Saturday night program included the finals of two late-closing events, an Open Handicap Pace, the second leg of the Murdock Hanover L.C. and a Super Hi-5 with a huge carryover of over $87,000.   The Murdock Hanover--honoring one of the first 2:00 performers in Pompano Park history during its infancy--went to Nine Innings, a 36-1 outsider driven by Aaron Byron, that on...
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Melady's Monet returns to Big M in style

on 01/31/2015 12:00 AM
The trotter that had stolen the show this winter at the Meadowlands had been conspicuous by his absence for the last four weeks. Melady's Monet had not been seen since winning the top-level trot on Jan. 2. Trainer Kevin McDermott reported the gelding suffered a quarter crack and was given time to heal and freshen up. There was no evidence of any lingering affects of that quarter crack Fri...
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The Meadows honors Burke, Palone

on 01/31/2015 12:00 AM
On their second annual "Night of Champions,” The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) honored locally based horsemen Dave Palone and Ron Burke, who have become two of harness racing's most celebrated champions.   Burke, the sport's leading trainer for six consecutive years, in 2014 smashed his own record with more than $28.3 mi...
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Miami Valley invader takes mares open

on 01/31/2015 12:00 AM
Shine N Shimmer slid into town Friday night and captured the $16,500 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.3, just two-fifths of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares despite 26 degree temperatures and gusting winds.   Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the 2014 national dash champion, pushed the 7-year-old American Ideal mare right to the front when the wings folded a...
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Woodbine Jackpot Hi 5 pool keeps growing

on 01/31/2015 12:00 AM
Marquise De Sarah retook the lead from Waasmula in deep stretch to deliver on her pari-mutuel promise in the featured $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night.   Woodbine's Jackpot Hi 5 carryover climbed to $221,920.98 for Saturday night's 10th race. The entire pool pays out only when there is one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the...
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New stakes info at Meadowlands

on 01/31/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has added several important new stakes to its existing menu for 2015 with the nomination payment due by Feb. 17 (Feb. 15 falls on a Sunday, so postmarked by Feb. 17 is acceptable) on the whole slate.   Leading the parade of new races is the return of the $1 million (est.) Graduate Series, resurrected to provide an opportunity for 4-year-old trotters and pac...
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"Upset City" at Meadowlands on Thursday

on 01/30/2015 12:00 AM
The first of the Dash For The "C" Notes mini-series this week at the Meadowlands got underway on Thursday night with the filly and mare pacers. It was contested in four divisions requiring a horse finish first or second to guarantee a spot in the $25,000 final next week. The word of the night was upset.   The first division saw a mild upset as SGT Molly Pitcher (9-2), who led early ...
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Believe This Bob takes third Dover feature

on 01/30/2015 12:00 AM
Believe This Bob, off at 5-1, made everyone a believer after a 1:51.1 victory in the $25,000 Delaware Special during a sudden snow shower at Dover Downs on Thursday. Meet leader Corey Callahan had a big day with another quadruple.   With Ross Wolfenden in the bike, Believe This Bob won the $25,000 feature for the third time this meet, his second in the last four starts. The alt...
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Fundraiser for Michigan horsewoman with cancer

on 01/30/2015 12:00 AM
On Sunday, March 8, a benefit event will be held in Bay City, Mich., for a horsewoman who is battling cancer.   Jeanne Duso Boudot, a lifelong harness racing participant and Standardbred breeder, was recently diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer. Jeanne is known by many for her love of horses, kids and bulldogs. She is a native of Bay City and currently lives in Fre...
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Prominent names to speak at Ohio commission meeting

on 01/30/2015 12:00 AM
Two individuals representing organizations at the forefront of the movement toward model medication rules in the horse racing industry will make presentations at the next meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission on Feb. 25.   Ed Martin, president of the Racing Commissioners International (RCI), and Dr. Dionne Benson, executive director of the Racing Medication & Testing Conso...
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$206,861 Jackpot Hi 5 carryover at Woodbine

on 01/30/2015 12:00 AM
The public's top choice used last-second heroics to capture the Thursday evening finale at Woodbine Racetrack, and because she was so popular she played a key role in ensuring another carryover for the Jackpot Hi 5 wager. The carryover going into Friday evening's 10th race is $206,861.78.   Artistic Madison, who was sent off as the 6-5 favorite, overcame an outside post and a ton a ...
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Hall of Famer Chuck Coon dies at 86

on 01/30/2015 12:00 AM
Hall of Famer Charles E. "Chuck” Coon died Friday morning, Jan. 30, in Oxford, Mich., after a short illness. He was 86. Mr. Coon became harness racing's premier innovator in racetrack design, construction and maintenance, and starting gates during his 40-plus year career in harness racing. He adopted such cutting-edge design features as super-elevated curves, which addressed both equine s...
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First 2015 foals arriving at Winbak Farm

on 01/30/2015 12:00 AM
As the new year begins, so does foaling season at Winbak Farm. This year the farm is expecting around 300 foals that will be eligible to rich stakes programs in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For the second year in a row, a filly was the first to be born. This year, the first to arrive was a Muscles Yankee filly out of the mare Call Me Hazel (sired b...
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Carolsideal best in Yonkers feature

on 01/30/2015 12:00 AM
Favored Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $5.40) offered up some first-over fisticuffs Friday night, handily winning Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Sitting chilly (literally and figuratively early from post position No. 5, "Carol” saw Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) stepped over Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. After a win...
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Orator speaks to 83-1 Pompano upset

on 01/29/2015 12:00 AM
Rick Plano has driven over 6,500 winners during his illustrious career of 43 years but Wednesday night at Pompano Park was a first for him as he drove Orator to an 83-1 upset victory in the $13,000 final of the Sea Eagle Late Closer.   This 5-year-old son of Tell All, owned by trainer Casandra Uppal along with Rebecca Uppal, stormed home from eighth around the final turn to nai...
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