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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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Altomonte wins Harness Handicapping qualifier

on 02/25/2020 12:33 PM
Anthony Altomonte of New Jersey, captured the Feb. 22  World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Altomonte cashed on eight of his 10 wagers, allowing him to outdistance his closest competitor by $445.    Altomonte is a contest veteran and has qualified for both the WHHC Finals and NHC finals via ...
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Spain leads in World Cup Amateur contest at Pompano

on 02/25/2020 10:46 AM
In a spirited and highly competitive first round of the World Cup Amateur Driving Championship, Spain emerged with the lead — although precarious — without winning any of the four Monday night (Feb. 24) contests. Spain’s Miquel Vich Capo finished second, fifth and third in his trio of drives and his consistently high finishes garnered him enough points to top the leaderboard...
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Icanflylikeanangel holds off Perlucky

on 02/24/2020 8:43 PM
 Icanflylikeanangel outdueled Perlucky for the early lead, then blunted his rival's late charge to capture Monday's $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   The pocket-sitting Perlucky moved wide for the stretch drive and appeared well positioned to brush past Icanflylikeanangel. But the 6-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding would have none of it, digging dee...
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Friday Night Blues wins Hiteman final

on 02/24/2020 8:22 PM
Friday Night Blues (Cameron McCown), an Ohio county fair standout at age three, captured the championship leg of the $20,000 final of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series at soggy Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Feb. 24).   The 4-year-old son of Pet Rock won for the third time in six 2020 starts, lowering his lifetime best time to 1:53.1 despite a rain-soaked ‘sloppy’ track.&nbs...
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Horsemen's organizations form new alliance

on 02/24/2020 4:03 PM
Key leadership of several horsemen’s organizations met in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 22, as the newly formed North American Harness Horse Alliance (NAHHA). The meeting was held in conjunction with the sport’s Dan Patch Awards dinner, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel.   In a statement, the NAHHA said it plans to “cooperatively work together to achieve results to be...
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First foal by Helpisontheway born in Indiana

on 02/24/2020 11:14 AM
The first foal by the trotting sire Helpisontheway, the second richest son of Chapter Seven, has been born.  The dam of the colt is Moon Rocket 3,1:57f  ($78,320), a daughter of Andover Hall- Sprocket Hanover.  Sprocket Hanover was a winner of 23 races, earned $173,363 and took a mark of 1:55. She is out of Swift Kathy, the dam of 33-race winner Salutation Hanover 4, 1:54....
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Certify scores in Saratoga Open Trot

on 02/24/2020 7:38 AM
Sunday’s feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel was the $15,000 Open Trot and it went the way of an Open first timer. Certify (Credit Winner) was a winning machine in 2019 spending much of his year competing in New York Sire Stakes races.   Whether it was traveling the Fair Circuit or racing in Excelsior competition, Certify thrived throughout his three year old campaign. A late season ...
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Purses increasing 10% at Yonkers

on 02/24/2020 7:36 AM
Yonkers Raceway is offering a nearly across-the-board purse increase of approximately 10 percent, effective with the race week beginning Monday, March 2.   The aforementioned increase goes for all overnight classes, save for the bottom-level claimers and bottom-level conditions. The Raceway’s new purse structure ranges from $10,000 to $44,000.   “We understand h...
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Crowntimerockette takes series final

on 02/24/2020 7:34 AM
Co-favorites Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) and Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) finished one-two in the $20,000 championship final of the George "Red" Owens Memorial Series for green pacing mares at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Feb. 23).  Big Bad Mosa (Trace Tetrick) was next to cross the line in a 'chalky' finish to the three week series for non-winners of two races or $2...
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62 claims at Pocono for $1.1 million

on 02/24/2020 7:32 AM
The Game Of Claims Series for pacers base-tagged at $10,000 and $7500 conducted their third and final preliminaries during the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, giving indications of form ahead of their $20,000 and $15,000 Championships in seven days’ time.   The Rocknroll Hanover gelding Charger Blue Chip established himself as most likely to sit on the C...
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Shartin N voted Horse of Year

on 02/23/2020 11:56 PM
Shartin N on Sunday night became the first pacing mare to be named Horse of the Year, receiving harness racing’s top honor to cap the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Awards banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek resort. The New Zealand import also became the first horse bred outside North America to receive the award.   Shartin N, who also was named Pacer of the Year, ...
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Watch Dan Patch Awards Live Sunday

on 02/23/2020 4:16 PM
The name of the 2019 Horse of the Year will be announced Sunday night (Feb. 23) at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. But even if you aren’t among the attendees you will be able to watch the announcement live via USHWA’s Facebook page. After a one-hour cocktail hour, the awards ceremony gets u...
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Hall of Fame broodmare Stienam's Place dies

on 02/23/2020 11:19 AM
Hall of Fame broodmare Stienam's Place died Saturday night at Kentuckiana Farms in Lexington due to complications from colic. She was 25.   A daughter of Artsplace, Stienam's Place hailed from a successful filly family and continued the line by producing the winners of $4.6 million. But first, she was top stakes winner on the track. As a 3 year old she won the Breeders Crown, ...
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"Trump", Gingras rule at Big M

on 02/23/2020 1:17 AM
For a second straight night, Yannick Gingras recorded five wins and won the feature at the Meadowlands, as he scored with Trump Nation in Saturday night's Preferred Handicap for pacers. Trump Nation, sent to the gate as the 4-5 public choice, blasted away from post seven in the field of eight along with Atta Boy Dan and Americanprimetime. Endeavor was in the early scrum but driver Corey C...
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Game of Claims Series underway at Pocono

on 02/23/2020 1:13 AM
The Game Of Claims Series for the highest two levels of pacers raced their third and final preliminary round on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the top contenders for the thrones to be won in the rich Game Of Claims Championships next week were not exactly clarified by the twilight card's action.   The highest-level horses, going here for a b...
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Im So Handsome wins the war at Buffalo

on 02/23/2020 1:11 AM
Im So Handsome (David McNeight III) had to battle to be the boss on the front end and then ended up winning the war in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 22).   Getting parked for over a quarter mile, Im So Handsome ($11.80) finally got to the pylons and paced home in scoring the length victory over Beachy&nb...
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Melady's Monet, Tookadiveoffdipper win at Yonkers

on 02/23/2020 1:03 AM
The next time Melady's Monet (George Brennan, $3.90) throws in a bad race would probably be the first time Melady's Monet throws in a bad race.   It was career win No  63 (in start No. 207) for 'Melady' Saturday night (Feb. 22nd), taking down Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Preferred Handicap Trot.   Melady's Monet—the odds-on favorite from assi...
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Kyle, Bergman named to Communicators Hall of Fame ballot

on 02/22/2020 7:06 PM
Two veteran harness racing journalists – Jay Bergman, longtime editor/writer/handicapper in the Sports Eye / Daily Racing Form publication family, and Joe Kyle, a noted photographer/writer primarily associated with the Horseman and Fair  World magazine, were selected to be ballot candidates for this summer’s voting for entrance into Communicators Hall of Fame. Their selection wa...
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