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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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Pertty Music sounds great to her backers

on 11/11/2014 12:00 AM
Pertty Music, owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley made her first career start at Pompano Park a winning one when she found a seam in the lane and stormed home in :28.1 to stop the teletimer in 1:51.3.   The 4-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet won for the 12th time during her career but this was her first success over a five-eighths mile oval--her other successes coming over half...
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156 entered in Crown; no elims for 3CT, 3FT

on 11/11/2014 12:00 AM
The first entry box of the Meadowlands fall championship meet was packed with 156 trotters and pacers creating Breeders Crown eliminations on Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, in all but five divisions.   The $5.4 million Breeders Crown finals will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the new Meadowlands grandsta...
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Palone 7 short of record; Count Me In scores

on 11/11/2014 12:00 AM
With one win on the 15-race card at The Meadows on Tuesday, Dave Palone extended his career total to 16,746, seven short of the world record held by Germany's Heinz Wewering. Palone has 11 scheduled assignments on Wednesday's program at The Meadows while Wewering has no scheduled drives before Sunday at the earliest.   In the $18,000 winners over $10,000 life/Preferred Handicap Trot...
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Maven draws post 10 in BC Open Trot elim

on 11/11/2014 12:00 AM
Two-year-old female pacer JK She'salady, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly poll, will try to stay undefeated and older female trotter Maven will try to take down the boys when Breeders Crown eliminations are held Friday and Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack.   A total of 156 horses entered on Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at the Meadowlands. Eliminations a...
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White Bliss ready for Tuesday debut

on 11/10/2014 12:00 AM
Not often is there an opportunity to bet on a 200,000-to-1 shot, but such will be the case Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. At least figuratively.   White Bliss, the rare white harness racing horse, makes his career debut in Race 11 at Pocono Downs. The race is scheduled for 9:30 p.m., approximately.   Ake Svanstedt, who trains White Bliss, will drive the 2-year-ol...
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Six supplemented to Breeders Crowns

on 11/10/2014 12:00 AM
A trio of sophomore filly pacers, Color's A Virgin, Sayitall BB and Weeper, a pair of mare pacers, Yagonnakissmeornot and Venus Delight, and 3-year-old colt pacer Always B Miki were supplemented to their respective Breeders Crown divisions by the noon deadline Monday, Nov. 10. The $5.4 million Breeders Crown events will be contested on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Meadowla...
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Big M weekend box closes Tuesday morning

on 11/10/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands will open the 2014 fall meet this coming weekend with harness racing's championship series, the $5.4 million Breeders Crown. Entries for Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15 will be accepted by the racing office at (877) 782-2537 until the box closes at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11. A double draw for both cards will be executed after the box closes.   Supporting ...
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