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Noble back in action at Miami Valley

on 02/28/2020 9:58 PM
Driver Dan Noble, making his first drives on Friday (Feb. 28) after a 3-1/2 month respite, guided Big Bad Jane to victory in the $25,000 Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 6-year-old daughter of Ohio stallion Big Bad John narrowly defeated Diamondtequilashot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) in 1:52.4, with last week’s winner Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) finishing third.   Bet do...
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Dancin Dragon takes Meadows feature

on 02/28/2020 7:31 PM
 Dancin Dragon roared from the pocket into the final turn, blitzed by the leader and had just enough late to capture Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $15,000 Conditioned Pace.   In only his second start this year, Dancin Dragon took full advantage of his pocket trip, putting away Do Work Son with ease. But he needed to dig deep for Tony Hall to thwart the late bid of K...
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Shartin N set to race Wednesday at Dover

on 02/28/2020 11:19 AM
Shartin N will make her 2020 debut on Wednesday at Dover Downs, taking on five foes in a $50,000 Mares Invitational Pace.   Shartin N, who was recently honored as the United States Harness Writers Association 2019 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, will make her first start of the year in the 12th race on Wednesday’s card. Her clocking of 1:46.4 is the fastest for a female pacer in harn...
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A big Thursday for the Parkers at Monticello

on 02/28/2020 9:38 AM
Brandon Parker won four of the nine races on the Thursday afternoon card at Monticello Raceway, while his father, Billy “Zeke” Parker, had a training triple.   The first trip to the winner’s circle for Brandon Parker came with Bettoriffic, who scored a two-length win after sitting the pocket behind pacesetter Urbana Bayama (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) in 2:01.2. The 11-year-o...
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HHI to launch initiative for horse after care

on 02/28/2020 9:33 AM
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) held their annual meetings from February 24-27, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield, Beach, Fla., capped off by feting three, well-deserving harness racing honorees.   Those in attendance witnessed informative and productive presentations by the American Horse Council, the United States Trotting Association, and the Standardbred ...
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Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale moved to Sept. 15

on 02/27/2020 4:07 PM
Due to scheduling conflicts resulting from the 2020 calendar shift, the Hoosier Classic Sale Company has announced a date change for the Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale. The sixth annual Buckeye Classic, held at the Champions Expo Center in Springfield, Ohio, will be conducted Sept. 15. The auction is open to all foals of 2019.
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/27/2020 4:05 PM
Trainer Kelvin Harrison recently added several New Zealand-bred pacers to his stable and on Saturday night at the Meadowlands he will debut The Devils Own N. Coming in off a big second-place effort in a qualifier, The Devils Own N is ready, according to Harrison, who gives the background into the horse in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview.   Also, Yonkers’ director ...
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None Bettor A, Rodeo Rock back racing Saturday

on 02/27/2020 2:19 PM
None Bettor A and Rodeo Rock hope to make strong impressions on the Grand Circuit this year and the two older male pacers will begin their journey together by making seasonal debuts in Saturday’s (Feb. 29) preferred at the Meadowlands. None Bettor A captured last year’s Battle of Lake Erie as part of a campaign that saw him win 12 of 18 races and $375,970. Rodeo Rock, who won eigh...
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Pick 6 a big hit in Big M return

on 02/27/2020 11:26 AM
On Feb. 7, management at the Meadowlands gave their wagering menu a big shakeup, and while the early returns on the new 20-cent-base Pick 5 and additional 50-cent Pick 4 have been solid, the bet that’s provided the biggest jolt of energy has been the 20-cent Pick 6, which looks fresh off a considerable layoff. “When you go back to the days when the Pick 6 was a staple at many trac...
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Ohio horseman Rich Wagers, 77, dies

on 02/27/2020 9:45 AM
Richard “Rich” Allen Wagers, age 77, passed away at Stein Hospice of Sandusky, OH on Sunday (Feb. 23). Mr. Wagers was born to the late Alvin and Dorothy “Boyce” Wagers June 8, 1942 in Millersburg, OH. Mr. Wagers and Martha “Miner” Wagers have been married 59 years – June 25, 1960, is their anniversary date. Mr. Wagers worked as a manager of Pickw...
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Breedings to Andover Hall, Bolt The Duer for scholarship fund

on 02/27/2020 9:40 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the auction of two breedings to benefit the organization’s collegiate scholarship fund. Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to trotter Andover Hall while Winbak Farm has donated a breeding to pacer Bolt The Duer. Andover Hall has produced 9 million-dollar winners in his stallion career, led by Nuncio, who m...
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Breeders Crown champ Winndevie in foal to Enterprise

on 02/27/2020 8:57 AM
Hambletonian elimination winner Enterprise 2,1:58.1f; 3,1:52 ($423,121) had his first foals hit the ground over the last few weeks. A rambunctious colt from the Muscles Yankee mare Anklets Aweigh 2, 1:57 ($94,626), was born Feb. 13 at Ruddick Stables in Indiana.  Already the dam of 3 stakes winning, 2:00 two-year-olds (2 by Chapter Seven), this foal is a half brother to Twin B ...
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Six wins for Wilder, 6 straight wins for Blue Ivy

on 02/27/2020 8:38 AM
Blue Ivy ended her outstanding sophomore season with five straight wins. But how would the daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue perform in her 4-year-old debut following a layoff of nearly 10 weeks?   The answer: just fine, thank you, as Blue Ivy shot the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Lakeisha Ha...
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Greene, Gray team up for Saratoga victories

on 02/26/2020 5:49 PM
Jackie Greene has a pair of training titles to her credit at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The trainer of the Horse of the Year at the Spa on multiple occasions, Greene used driver Frank Coppola Jr. as her stable’s regular reinsman for the last several seasons.   With Coppola not in the mix anymore, Greene has used Shawn Gray on all of her horses in the first couple weeks of the 2020 r...
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Shorter season planned for Shartin N in 2020

on 02/26/2020 3:18 PM
No one needs to worry about Shartin N resting on her laurels, although she might get to relax a little more this year than her previous two seasons. In 2018, Shartin N made at least one start in every month from January through November on her way to the first million-dollar season for a pacing mare and a Dan Patch Award for best older mare pacer. Last year, she made at least one start in ...
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Eight drivers, 100,000 wins, to battle at Pompano

on 02/26/2020 2:24 PM
Pompano Park will host two major events on Sunday, March 1 as eight of the greatest names in the sport will compete in a multi-race competition over the famed five-eighths mile oval. The top billing goes to the “Masters of the Mile Drivers Challenge” featuring eight drivers whose total victory count is over 100,000 with horse owners benefiting to the tune of almost $1 billion in p...
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Belgium wins World Cup Amateur Championship

on 02/26/2020 10:59 AM
Belgium, lolly-gagging near the back of the pack after opening night, rallied under the direction of driver Piet Van Pollaert to capture the coveted World Cup Amateur Championship title, which wrapped up on Tuesday at Pompano Park.   The 37 year old from Lokeren, Belgium piloted two winners on the final night to eke out a "photo finish" victory over Italy, represented b...
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Noon deadline for breedings to benefit Pacing For The Cure

on 02/26/2020 9:12 AM
The Pacing For The Cure auction ends this afternoon. Breedings to many stallions are available, but time is running out! The deadline is noon Wednesday. Here is the link…https://ongait.com/s/pacingforthecure
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Cherry Peep is sweet in Meadows victory

on 02/25/2020 6:57 PM
Hammered down to 3-5 in the wagering, Cherry Peep looked every bit the best as she powered to victory in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   Cherry Peep was away second for Aaron Merriman but took the point with a quarter-pole move. She held off the determined uncovered bid of Sophia Lia and defeated her by three-quarters of a l...
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Majestic Player A wins third straight Miami Valley Open

on 02/25/2020 5:32 PM
Majestic Player A certainly has enjoyed his first month of American racing. After a ‘head’ defeat in his first US start on Feb. 4, the 6-year-old Australian-bred gelding has reeled off three consecutive impressive triumphs in Miami Valley Raceway’s weekly Open Handicap Trot.   With his 1:53.4 score on Tuesday (Feb. 25), he increased his earnings for th...
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