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$15,000 donation to Komen Foundation

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Earlier this week the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) and Tim Rooney made a check presentation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of greater New York.   The amateur drivers organization raised $7,500 from their spring and fall trotting series and that amount was matched by Yonkers Raceway president Tim Rooney, and a total $15,000 was donated to that or...
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Pip's Jenny G will try for 56th career win

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Pip's Jenny G hasn't been around forever, it just seems that way. When the 13-year-old mare got the job done last weekend by a nose, it was her 55th win from 350 starts and pushed her career earnings to $144,000.   Pip's Jenny G currently goes about her business for owner Juan Pacheco and trainer Lester Smith, but for much of her career raced under the banner of her breeder, Br...
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Palone wins 16,754th, now best in world

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Already North America's "winningest” harness racing driver, Dave Palone broke the world record Friday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino when he notched career win 16,754 to surpass the mark of 16,753 held by Germany's Heinz Wewering. The record-breaker came with Missy Tap Tina in the 15th and final race of the day. In the winners' circle presentation, an emotional Palone said he felt his...
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Palone getting closer to Wewering

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows, is now five wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won three races on Wednesday and has 16,749 wins at the end of racing on the day.   The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs four to tie him and five to surpass him and take the record. Wewering has seven drives schedul...
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Trace Tetrick ready for Breeders Crown debut

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
Trace Tetrick is ready to make his Breeders Crown debut Friday night at the Meadowlands, but the 28-year-old driver is looking to treat the occasion like any other race.   Tetrick drives Color's A Virgin in the second of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old female pacers on Friday. Color's A Virgin, whose connections paid $62,500 to supplement to the event, starts ...
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Butenschoen is seeing Happiness in action

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
For John Butenschoen, happiness is seeing Happiness in action.   A 2-year-old filly pacer, Happiness faces seven foes in the second of two Breeders Crown eliminations Friday night at the Meadowlands. Butenschoen trains the filly, which he co-owns with breeder Dr. John Egloff's Vieux Carre Farms. Happiness drew post eight in her Breeders Crown elim and is 20-1 on the morning ...
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Surprising 11-1 win for I'm So Striking at Dover

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
I'm So Striking, a 3-1 winner last week, was overlooked at 11-1 in a 1:55.2 success in the $18,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday,   Trainer-driver Eddie Dennis patiently waited with I'm So Striking as Enrico AS (Allan Davis) cut out the early fractions. Modest Prince (Tony Morgan) took over heading to the final turn as the field began to bunch. Dennis took I'm So Striki...
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Bax says Stubborn Belle is "a fighter"

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
It might have taken a while, but trainer John Bax has gotten the best kind of "stubborn" from 2-year-old female trotter Stubborn Belle. "She's a lot like her name, she's a fighter,” Bax said. "You need that to have a good horse. "But it took a while to get on the same page with her. She was pretty single-minded. At first, you had to do things her way. As the year has gone on, she's got...
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Winning smile for Baby Boy Grin at Pompano

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
Baby Boy Grin, the pacing bred "trotting machine," took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night.   Completing his journey in 1:55.2, the 9-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear, was driven by Kevin Wallis and pinned a one-length defeat on the late charging She's All In, handled by Rick Plano.   The early pacesetter, Increditable, with Aaron Byron han...
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Page & Noble battling for Hollywood Dayton title

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
With Hollywood Dayton Raceway midway through its inaugural meet, Chris Page has nudged ahead of Dan Noble by a 54-52 win tally in the chase for the driver's dash title. Page scored a grand slam with four victories on the Wednesday night program, the 28th of 57 scheduled this season, to grab the ever-so-slight lead. Josh Sutton ranks third with 39 victories, Kayne Kauffman fourth with 29, and K...
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Yonkers ready for second simulcast to France

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
It's "Matinee Sunday, the Sequel” with Yonkers Raceway set for another late-morning excursion across the Atlantic. After a very successful opener, the second of the Raceway's six Sunday matinee racing programs—post time 11 AM—goes this weekend, offering the same freebies and a return to "wagering normal.”   Once again, this Sunday's card is front-loaded with trotters, with t...
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Rockin Amadeus to stand at Cool Winds in Ohio

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
Rockin Amadeus, the 2012 Breeders Crown 2-year-old Colt Pace champion, has been retired and will stand stud at Cool Winds Farm in Lima, Ohio, for the 2015 breeding season. The announcement was made by owner Lothlorien Farm and Cool Winds Farm manager Randy Haines.   In three seasons of racing Rockin Amadeus earned $728,392 and took a record of 1:48.4f this year. In additio...
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WatchandWager offers 5 percent takeout on Cal Expo

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
WatchandWager LLC set a new pari-mutuel industry standard Thursday when it announced that it is offering a five percent takeout to WatchandWager customers who wager on Cal Expo harness racing. "Takeout” is the portion of the total pari-mutuel pool that is withheld by racetracks for taxes, purses, and operating expenses. Racing fans struggle with takeout because it reduces the amount of avail...
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Meadowlands Pace champ back for Crown elims

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
He's Watching returns Saturday to the site of his biggest win, the Meadowlands Racetrack, and trainer Dave Menary is hopeful it will spark a return to winning form.   The colt, who captured the Meadowlands Pace in July with a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 performance, will try to snap a four-race skid when he competes in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old mal...
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Breeders Crown Preview now available!

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
There have been plenty of comments on social media the past few days about the tough decisions driver Yannick Gingras had to make in the Breeders Crown eliminations, and he talked exclusively to HarnessRacing Weekend Preview about why he made some of those choices. Gingras will drive Sassa Hanover in the 2-year-old filly pace elims and not the undefeated JK She'salady, and that filly's trai...
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Political Foe, Perfect Vangogh win DSBFs

on 11/12/2014 12:00 AM
Political Foe, winner of the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final at Harrington last month, and Perfect Vangogh, won first leg, $20,000 two-year-old preliminaries, as the Delaware stakes moved to Dover Downs on the Veteran's Day card on Tuesday.   Eddie Dennis steered Political Foe, a Political Briefing-Paris Filly freshman gelding, to his third win of...
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Chinese Cuisine sets Rosecroft trot mark

on 11/12/2014 12:00 AM
Tina Duer's Chinese Cuisine continued a record breaking fall meet at Rosecroft Raceway by setting a mark for all trotters, winning the $10,000 Open on Tuesday in 1:53.4.   Trainer-driver John Duer was in the bike for the 6-year-old son of Revenue-Missysmandarine.   Duer put Chinese Cuisine on the lead just after the :27.3 first quarter and posted fractions of :56 and 1:24...
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White Bliss third in career debut

on 11/12/2014 12:00 AM
Rare white Standardbred White Bliss made his career debut Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, finishing third in a maiden race for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old male pacers.   White Bliss and driver Ake Svanstedt were fifth on the pylons in the early stages of the race, got shuffled back a spot with three horses to their outside, but in the stretch came up the inside to...
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Sports Chic scratched from Crown 2FP elims

on 11/12/2014 12:00 AM
Sports Chic, who drew post six in the second of two eliminations Friday night for the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace at the Meadowlands, will be scratched "sick" from the contest.   Trained by Black MacIntosh, Sports Chic was scheduled to be driven by Jody Jamieson. A daughter of Sportswriter, Sports Chic is a half-sister to the 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue. Sports Chic...
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Wrenn wins 2,000th race at Northfield Park

on 11/11/2014 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 2,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Western Kissed in Northfield Park's fourth race on Monday.   Wrenn led at every call with Western Kissed, eventually besting his competition by 1 1/2 lengths. The 1:55 clocking was a season's mark for the 9-year-old pacer, who returned $7.60 to win.   The 28-year-old Wrenn began driving in 20...
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