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Kindergartners begin class Friday at Meadowlands

on 07/29/2014 2:00 AM
The 2014 Kindergarten Classic Series begins on Friday night, Aug. 1, at the Meadowlands with eight healthy divisions of freshman trotting fillies and colts, each racing for a purse of $10,000. The entry fee is $250 made payable to the Meadowlands.   Fifty-two fillies and 33 colts will face the starting gate as the series begins its course through summer into fall with several s...
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Cal Expo announces incentives for meet

on 07/29/2014 2:00 AM
Watch and Wager LLC, the operator of Cal Expo, has announced the Incentive Plan for their upcoming meet, which is set to begin October 4 and will run through May 2 of 2015. Each returning (non new) horse will receive a onetime owners credit of $300, with the incentive money being credited to the owners account upon making its first Cal Expo start. To be eligible, the layover/returning horse mu...
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Designed To Be 1, Shake It Cerry 11 in Oaks

on 07/29/2014 2:00 AM
Designed To Be, one of three Julie Miller-trained starters in Saturday's $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands, drew post position one, but she will have rival Shake It Cerry directly behind in the trailing post 11 position. With 11 three-year-old filly trotters entered, no elims were needed and all advanced directly to the final. Shake It Cerry is riding a three-race win streak hea...
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Father Patrick draws post 10 in Hambletonian

on 07/29/2014 2:00 AM
Eleven 3-year-old trotters will go postward in Saturday afternoon's $1,006,125 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, the first time in the classic's 89-year history that the race will be contested in a single heat. Although the race conditions call for same-day eliminations, with just 11 entered no elims were needed. Post positions were drawn Tuesday afternoon at a press conference at the Meadow...
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Sebastian K to start from post 1 in Cashman Trot

on 07/29/2014 2:00 AM
The field is set for the $300,650 John A. Cashman Jr. Memorial Trot, part of the great Hambletonian Day card at the Meadowlands Saturday. The elimination winners for the Cashman, Sebastian K and Archangel, earned the right to select their post position, with the Sebastian K team getting the first pick and taking post 1.   Here is the field, drivers and morning line: 1—Sebastian K ...
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Ryder Steck in ICU at Columbus hospital

on 07/29/2014 2:00 AM
Ryder Steck, the 18-year-old son of horseman Ron Steck and Kila Steck, is in the intensive care unit in Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, following a car accident on Sunday morning in Columbus while on his way to work. Ryder suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident. Doctors are currently monitoring his brain swelling and he is in a medically induced coma. ...
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Sportswriters dominate Battle eliminations

on 07/28/2014 2:00 AM
Sportswriter has taken the province of Ontario by storm this season, and all you had to do was watch Monday's Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles eliminations at Grand River Raceway if you wanted proof. The white-hot sire has been on fire to start the 2014 season, and he produced four of the five elimination winners on the card.   Sporting The Look turned a second-over ...
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Persuasive Look breaks maiden in Fox Valley Flan

on 07/28/2014 2:00 AM
After a big Saturday night of stakes action it was time for freshman trotters to bring the Southland Festival of Racing to a close with a pair of big money events for Illinois conceived and foaled youngsters sharing top billing on the Sunday night card at Balmora Park.   The ladies kicked off the Sunday night stake action as a field of eight were sent postward in the $44,000 Fox Val...
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Corwin "Keith" Nixon dies at 67

on 07/28/2014 2:00 AM
Corwin Keith Nixon, Sr., 67, of Lebanon, Ohio, died Saturday, July 26.   Born to Corwin M. and Eleanor E. (nee Van Meter) Nixon on Nov. 7, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Nixon was a 1964 graduate of Lebanon High School and lifetime member at the Lebanon United Methodist Church.   He was the general manager at the Warren County (Lebanon) racetrack for many years and was ve...
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Drop The Ball tries for Lady Liberty repeat

on 07/28/2014 2:00 AM
Drop The Ball has been something of a streaky performer throughout her career, but driver Corey Callahan believes the 6-year-old pacing mare is on an upswing as she gets ready for Saturday's $177,750 Lady Liberty Stakes at Meadowlands Racetrack.   The Lady Liberty, for older female pacers, is part of a stakes-filled Hambletonian Day card at the Big M. Among the other highlights...
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The Wayfaring Man snags Dream Maker leg

on 07/28/2014 2:00 AM
A group of seven freshman pacers dueled Monday night at Mohawk in the $12,000 second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series. With leg one winner Pierce Hanover skipping round two, the door was left open for a new winner to pick up momentum heading into next week's $43,200 final.   Besides Pierce Hanover, the colt that caught the attention of many in leg one was The Wayfaring Man, a so...
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Do Me Honor wins Meadows mare feature

on 07/28/2014 2:00 AM
Do Me Honor settled into the pocket, then blew by the leader in the lane to capture Monday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Do Me Honor got away first but yielded to Novascotia Hanover, who was hard-used from post nine to make the front. When the field turned for home, Do Me Honor responded to Aaron Merriman's urging and brush...
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Svandstedt sends One Direction to ONSS

on 07/28/2014 2:00 AM
Ake Svanstedt, the leading trainer in Sweden for many years, will make his first 2014 appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes program Tuesday evening at Mohawk.   Svanstedt will start the 2-year-old trotting colt One Direction in the first of two $105,000 OSS Gold divisions at the Campbellville, Ontario oval. It will be the first pari-mutuel start for the Deweycheatumnhowe ...
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Illinois-breds shine at Balmoral

on 07/27/2014 2:00 AM
A busy night of state-bred stake action is in the books as Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters starred in six stake finals as part of the Creteplant’s Southland Festival of Racing. With more than $250,000 in purse money up for grabs for this year’s two and three-year-old crops these battles kick off the richest and busiest time of the season for these stat...
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Bidding hot at Tattersalls sale at Meadowlands

on 07/27/2014 2:00 AM
The annual Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands witnessed hot and fast bidding that resulted in a 34.7 percent increase in average per horse sale price from the previous year. Of the 123 racehorses that sold for a gross of $2,544,200, the average reached $20,685. The main attraction of the well-attended Harness Horse auction was the "drop-in-the-box" nature of the 30 horses that ra...
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Track record smashed in NYSS at Batavia

on 07/27/2014 2:00 AM
Three divisions of the New York Sire Stake for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the Sunday afternoon card and it didn't take long for the youngsters to impress the crowd. Prohibitive post time favorite All Bets Off put on a clinic in winning the first division of the $116,900 sophomore stake and rewrote the record book in the process. Leaving from post five, All Bets ...
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Billy Flynn stays undefeated in Arden Downs

on 07/26/2014 2:00 AM
Billy Flynn bore out in the stretch but still had enough forward momentum to equal the stake record in Friday’s $80,000 Arden Downs at The Meadows. The Grand Circuit event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Edward M. Ryan, was contested over four divisions, with Explosive Drama, Shoot The Thrill, Billy Flynn and Canappealformore taking the other splits. Grand Circuit...
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Mission Brief sets track mark in Merrie Anabelle elim

on 07/26/2014 2:00 AM
Friday night at the Meadowlands celebrated the remarkable career of Cat Manzi with that Hall Of Famer meeting fans then joining friends and family for a night at the races. On the track, the night featured the eliminations for the top freshman trotting stakes of the 2014 Championship Meet, the Peter Haughton Memorial colt stake and the Merrie Annabelle for the fairer sex. The Peter Haug...
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Southwind Pepino ties Scioto 1:52.2 trot record

on 07/26/2014 2:00 AM
Southwind Pepino tied the all-time trotting track record of 1:52.2 on Friday night in the $25,000 Open Trot at Scioto Downs. He now shares this record with Modern Family and Unefoisdanmavie.   A 6-year-old son of Chocolatier, Southwind Pepino is trained, driven and partially owned by Hugh "Sandy" Beatty and Robert Sharrits.   Southwind Pepino started ...
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NYSS 3CPs set for Buffalo Sunday afternoon

on 07/26/2014 2:00 AM
The first of eight visits by the lucrative New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) takes place Sunday afternoon at Batavia Downs and for the local fans it's a chance to see some of the biggest names in harness racing. The 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers will be on hand and that means some very exciting action.   There will be three legs of the NYSS and two of the Excelsior series and the e...
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