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Gingras, Takter win trots with "Patrick," Pinkman

on 11/22/2014 12:00 AM
"Redemption for Father Patrick. He is blessed with a Breeders Crown,” called out track announcer Ken Warkentin as Father Patrick hit the wire to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting colts by a neck in a stakes record time of 1:51.4 on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Pinkman took the lead prior to the half-mile point and held off Muscle Diamond in the stretch to w...
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Campbell sweeps Older Breeders Crown paces

on 11/22/2014 12:00 AM
Thinking Out Loud burst through the stretch for driver John Campbell and caught favorite Sweet Lou in the final strides to capture Saturday's $400,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace by a head in 1:48.3 at the Meadowlands.   Campbell also won the $281,250 Breeders Crown Mare Pace with Shelliscape, who came from the back of the pack to win by a half-length over Rocklamation in 1:49.4,...
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McWicked, Traceur Hanover take BC paces

on 11/22/2014 12:00 AM
McWicked grabbed the lead midway through the race and held off the fast-closing group of Somesizesomestyle, JK Endofanera and Doo Wop Hanover to win Saturday's scratch-depleted $531,250 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers in 1:49 at the Meadowlands.   The complexion of the race changed prior to the start when elimination winners Always B Miki and Limelight Beach both were side...
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RTN to show Crown races in HD

on 11/22/2014 12:00 AM
Fans will be able to watch harness racing's championship event, the Breeders Crown, in high definition on the Racetrack Television Network on Friday and Saturday.   The races can be found on channel 9731.   The Breeders Crown at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will be shown after racing from Del Mar, starting at approximately 7:10 p.m. (EST). (Meadowlands)
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John Dayle Hinshaw, 72, passes

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
John Dayle Hinshaw, 72, of Ankeny, Iowa, died from natural causes at the Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny, Iowa on Monday, Nov. 17.   Mr. Hinshaw was born July 16, 1942, in Richland, Iowa, to Kermit and Janet (Trigg) Hinshaw. He attended Richland High School and graduated from Parsons College in 1965. Mr. Hinshaw spent the first part of his career as a t...
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Fillies battle in round two of Autumn Series

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
Ontario sired 3-year-old fillies returned to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday night for the second leg of the Autumn Series. Two $15,000 divisions for both gaits took place in the second round of the three-week series.   In the first division for the trotters, Meadowview Vicky returned to victory lane for the second week in a row. The daughter of Muscle Mass was sent to straight to the l...
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It's halftime for Yonkers Sunday matinees

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
The third of Yonkers Raceway's six Sunday matinees goes this weekend, with another card that overstuffed for overseas.   Post time for the dozen-race dossier is a bit after 11 a.m. (ET). Once again, the Sunday's card is front-loaded with trotters, with the French-based audience wagering on the first five races. Those events are all added-distance (1 1/4 miles) with higher purse...
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Jeremy Smith whip suspension upheld in Ohio

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
At its monthly meeting on Nov. 20, Ohio State Racing Commissioners upheld the ruling by judges at Dayton Raceway fining Jeremy Smith $1,000 and suspending him for 10 days in December.   Smith violated the rule related to whipping -- 3769-17-17(a) -- on Oct 13, for the fourth time in six months. Each violation resulted in a horse being cut by a whip.   Chairman Robert K. S...
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Meadowlands to race 81 dates in 2015

on 11/21/2014 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) has awarded 191 Standardbred racing dates for 2015 with 110 dates at Freehold and 81 dates at the Meadowlands.   The possibility of adding four dates to the Meadowlands live racing schedule will be addressed at the Jan. 14, 2015 meeting of the NJRC.   The Meadowlands schedule, as approved, will begin on Jan. 2 and run through Aug. 8...
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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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