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Brett Miller's move east paying off

on 07/03/2014 2:00 AM
Brett Miller has knocked on the door when it comes to winning a major stakes race. Now he hopes he can break through.   Miller, who has won more than 6,600 times in his harness racing career, will drive Tellitlikeitis in Saturday's eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace.   Tellitlikeitis, who finished second to JK Endofanera in last month's North America Cup final, is the ...
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Maturity, Pace featured in new Weekend Preview

on 07/03/2014 2:00 AM
The inaugural Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters—raced at 1 1/8 miles—is on tap Saturday at the Meadowlands, and you can learn the genesis of the race in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Also Ron Pierce will drive Spider Blue Chip from post 8, and he reveals some possible race strategy for the trotter in the bulky 14-horse field. Also, there are a pair of Meado...
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Northfield Park increases purses

on 07/03/2014 2:00 AM
Northfield Park has announced a purse increase beginning with the Thursday (July 17) race program. This is the fourth increase since the opening of the $265 million Hard Rock Rocksino in December 2013. "This is another step in the right direction as we continue to make improvements in our racing program,” said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. "Our h...
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Breeders Crown to Woodbine in 2015

on 07/03/2014 2:00 AM
The $5 million Breeders Crown year-end championships will return to Canada in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. Woodbine Entertainment Group has signed a letter of intent to host all 12 events in the fall of next year, announced WEG Executive Vice-President of Racing Jamie Martin and Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administrates the series.   Woodbine...
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Carolyn Grismore, 65, dies in Ohio

on 07/03/2014 2:00 AM
Carolyn Sue (Spicer) Grismore, 65, of Pandora, Ohio, died July 2 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay, Ohio, after battling cancer.   Born May 25, 1949, to Robert and Dorothy Spicer in Lima, Ohio, she married the love of her life, Mark Grismore, on Feb 22, 1969, in Pandora. Together they had two children, Greg and Lori.   Mrs. Grismore&nbs...
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Vic Kirby's Harrington win puts him at 3,000 wins

on 07/03/2014 2:00 AM
Driver Victor Kirby joined the 3,000 win club Thursday at Harrington Raceway, completing a three-win day to reach the milestone at Harrington Raceway.   After winning one race earlier in the day at Harrah's Philadelphia, Kirby started the Harrington card with a win in the first with Stirling Charisma ($19) before taking the sixth with Cashco ($5.60) to reach 3,000 career wins. &n...
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Yonkers cancels after race 2 Thursday due to storm

on 07/03/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway cancelled the final 10 races of its scheduled 12-race Thursday night card due to torrential rain accompanied by lightning in the greater New York area. Evening simulcasting continued. Note that the $25,000 guaranteed pool Pick 5 (with $7,500 carryover) has now been rolled over to Friday's Fourth of July program, with the usual first post of 7:10 p.m.   The Pick ...
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Varney 2YOs big Maine stakes winners

on 07/03/2014 2:00 AM
Maine Sires Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (July 3) with the 2-year-old trotting divisions taking center stage. The appearance marked the second week that the freshmen graced the seaside oval and once again, the William Varney-owned entries dominated.   Bibbidy Boo (Heath Campbell), a daughter of Noble Venture, remained perfect on her career, scoring he...
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Visible Gold wins second straight at Meadows

on 07/03/2014 2:00 AM
Given a second-quarter breather, Visible Gold clicked off the back half in a nifty :55.1 en route to his second straight victory in Thursday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold had to work hard for the lead through a 26.4 opening panel. But when Dave Palone was able to give him a more leisurely 29.2 second quarter, Visible Gold got the pick-...
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First-time starter ties Northfield 2FT record

on 07/02/2014 2:00 AM
The 1:58.1 freshman filly trotting record set by Rose Run Keepsake and Steve Carter in 2008 was equaled on Tuesday in Northfield Park's sixth race. First-time starter You're Majestic appeared to be an unlikely candidate to equal a track record. The program showed her only line as a qualifier, trotting in 2:07.2. But when the horses crossed the finish, she was in front and no other 2-year-...
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Big M announces wagering format for Pace Night

on 07/02/2014 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Pace will be carded as the 9th race on Saturday, July 12, with a post time of 9:39 p.m. The Meadowlands Pace will end one pick four sequence, while simultaneously starting another. The William Haughton Memorial will go postward as the 8th race, with post time at 9:03 p.m. Both races will be shown live on the nationally televised broadcast on CBS Sports Network. ...
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Racing video-sound guru Sid Alpert dies

on 07/02/2014 2:00 AM
Sidney A. Alpert, 87, a master innovator of raceway video and sound systems at a number of racetracks and a holder of a number of patents during the last half of the 20th century, died after a short illness on June 30.   Mr. Alpert served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an x-ray technician, and early in his career was a successful photographer at the Washington Times Herald ...
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It will be "Miller Time" at Goshen on Sunday

on 07/02/2014 2:00 AM
When harness racing driver David Miller headed from Ohio to the East Coast more than a decade ago, he thought it would be temporary. He was wrong. And it resulted in a permanent place among the sport's all-time greats.   On Sunday, the 49-year-old Miller will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N...
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County fair racing returns to Batavia Downs

on 07/02/2014 2:00 AM
The Genesee County Agricultural Society has held an annual fair in Batavia, N. Y., since 1839, and from 1890 through 1946 they called the current site of Batavia Downs their home. The track was known as Exposition Park and every year harness racing was one of the most anticipated events on their schedule. But in 1947 when Batavia Downs founder Pat Provenzano bought the property he ha...
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Pennington new Freehold assistant race secretary

on 07/02/2014 2:00 AM
Rob Pennington, an award-winning caretaker and activist for Standardbred causes, has been named assistant racing secretary and program director for Freehold Raceway, effective August 2014. The Freehold meet begins on Thursday, Aug. 28.   Pennington, a 34-year-old Ohio-native who currently lives in Allentown, N.J., was honored as the Harness Tracks of America Caretaker of the Year in...
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First-time owner in ISS at Hoosier on Saturday

on 07/02/2014 2:00 AM
When Katie Brown sends Mrprsdnt Bluegrass to post on Saturday, July 5 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino it will be a first. Not only is Mrprsdnt Bluegrass the first horse that 20-year-old Katie Brown purchased but it will be the first major stakes race in which the duo has competed. Brown, a newcomer to owning harness racing horses, has a chance to win one of the state’s most premier ...
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Mikado Blue Chip fastest In NYSS at Buffalo

on 07/02/2014 2:00 AM
There's been five track records either tied or broken this season at Buffalo Raceway but the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers came up empty in trying to challenge any of the marks in the three $37,266 divisions of the New York Sires Stakes on a steamy Wednesday night (July 2). While not breaking the 2-year-old standard of 1:55.4 set by He's Watching in 2013, there were still plenty of impress...
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Just A Jolt equals his Harrington track mark

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($6, Victor Kirby) reset his own track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings Monday with a 1:50 triumph in the $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. It also established a new national season's mark for 4-year-old pacers on a half-mile racetrack. Sent for the lead from post position seven, the Village Jolt gelding made the lead in :26.3, before cruising to the ha...
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Certified Ideal takes F&M feature at Meadows

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
Used twice in the race, Certified Ideal still was much the best in capturing Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Certified Ideal was looped from the gate by the 9-5 favorite, Foxy Lady, but found a seat fifth. When Tony Hall moved her first over, the 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last put Foxy Lady away in the final turn and scored in 1:5...
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Champion Matt's Scooter euthanized at age 29

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
Matt's Scooter, at one time the breed's fastest horse and the grandsire of one of the breed's modern-day legends in Somebeachsomewhere, was euthanized on Monday, June 30, at Mid-Atlantic Equine Clinic in Ringoes, N.J. He was 29 years old and had been residing at Perretti Farms in New Jersey, where he had stood at stud virtually his entire siring career. In September 1988, Mike Lachance drov...
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