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Meadowlands to stream live babies, qualifiers

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
Beginning on Friday, June 27, the baby races and qualifiers at The Meadowlands will be streamed live on the Meadowlands website, http://www.playmeandowlands.com/. These baby races will be streamed each and every day they are contested for the balance of the summer as a convenience for owners, horsemen and fans.   In order to access the live stream of the baby races and qualifie...
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Strategy chance pays off for Nuncio

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
Nuncio spent a lot of this past winter learning to use his natural talent in a more productive way, and it shows.   The 3-year-old trotter, who is 3-1 from post two in Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, is undefeated in four starts in 2014 after a barn change following his 2-year-old season.   New trainer Jimmy Takter conc...
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Ohio VLT money to boost Jug purse by $150k

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
Ohio harness horsemen, and Thoroughbred horsemen, gained Ohio State Racing Commission approval to spend a portion of their Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) proceeds to augment stakes programs and purses at a meeting held on Thursday (June 26). Each commission-endorsed transfer of funds must now go before the Ohio Controlling Board. This is expected to happen in August.   ...
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Get ready for Sun Stakes with Weekend Preview

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
If you follow great harness racing, you've got to download the June 27 edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. The big Sun Stakes Saturday event at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, with $2.2 million in purse money on the line, gets underway with a post time of 6:30 p.m., and the racing action is expected to be the best you can see. Last Saturday's Pocono card, when the eliminations were conteste...
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New OTB opens in south NJ on July 2

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
New Jersey's fifth off-track wagering facility, Favorites at Gloucester Township, will open to the public on Wednesday, July 2. Favorites at Gloucester Township Sports Bar and Off-Track Wagering, opened under a license granted to Freehold Raceway Off-Track LLC, will be managed by Penn National Gaming, Inc., co-owner of Freehold Raceway and the largest operator of pari-mutuel facilities in North Am...
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Varney-Campbell-Grodin sweep Maine stakes

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
The freshman trotting division of the Maine Sire Stakes program hit the ground running on Thursday (June 26) at Scarborough Downs. The Maine-bred action was completely dominated by the trio of driver Heath Campbell, trainer Valerie Grondin and owner William Varney, who sent three trotters to the post with all three easily earning trips to the winner's circle.   Bibbidi Boo scored t...
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Angel Dark wins at Vincennes for Gerry family

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
Angel Dark (pictured), a 4-year-old owned by trainer Anders Lindqvist and the Gerry family's Arden Homestead Stable, won the 38,000 euro Prix Irene (Merci Alfred) on Tuesday night at Paris-Vincennes. The trotter was purchased at the 2013 sale held in conjunction with the Prix d'Amerique by Peter Gerry and Lindqvist.   Driven by Johanna Lindqvist, the 32...
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Sweet Lou responds to routine change

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
It might run counter to trainer Ron Burke's intuition, but less appears to be more with Sweet Lou.   Burke changed Sweet Lou's between-race routine and the 5-year-old male pacer has responded with a four-race win streak heading into Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   It is Sweet Lou's longest streak since putting together six cons...
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Ontario 3YO trotting colts compete in Sires Stakes

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
Jitterbug and PL Hercules overcame the sloppy racing conditions Tuesday night at Mohawk to capture their respective $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting colts. In the first division it last year's leading money winner among this group, Muscle Matters, making his first 2014 start, who grabbed early control for Mario Baillargeon and marched the field by the...
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Newman new chair of PA Harness Commission

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
Jonathan Newman, whose parents owns an interest in such greats as Nihilator and who has owned and bred horses himself, was sworn in as chairman of the Pennsyvlania Harness Racing Commission on Tuesday at the commission's June meeting at the new hotel and convention center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Newman was nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett and was confirmed by the state S...
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Big M, SBOANJ starting NJ-sired bonus program

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
Together with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, the Meadowlands will be implementing a bonus program for several of its overnight races for New Jersey-sired horses. The program will begin on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Beginning with that date, races meeting the condition of non-winners of one, two, three or four pari-mutuel races will carry a 60 percent&...
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NJSS freshmen get underway Friday

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
Hope springs eternal as 2-year-old New Jersey-sired pacers and trotters make their first career starts on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Eight trotting colts--five sons of Muscles Yankee and three by Muscle Hill--will make their debuts in the second race, the first leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes, vying for a purse of $39,000.   Seven trotting fillie...
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Sebastian K on fast track to history

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
No trotter in history has recorded four winning miles of 1:50.3 or faster, but on Saturday night Sebastian K will try to accomplish the feat in only his fourth start in North America.   Sebastian K is among the seven horses in Saturday's $100,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The field also includes Market Share, who is history's only other trot...
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Mistress Valentine cruises at The Meadows

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
Mistress Valentine hustled from post 8 for an early seat, then made the decisive first-over move en route to victory in Wednesday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Mistress Valentine was sitting fourth when Mike Wilder tipped her off the cones. The 5-year-old daughter of Master Glide-Patsy's Valentine gobbled up the leader, Vixy, an...
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Wheres The Beach, dam of SBSW, dies at 16

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
Wheres The Beach, the dam of the great Somebeachsomewhere, died on Friday, June 13. The 16-year-old mare was humanely euthanized at Ohio State University Equine Hospital following colic surgery.   Owned by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug of West Jefferson, Ohio, Wheres The Beach foaled a Well Said weanling earlier this year and was bred to A Rocknroll Dance prior to passing.   ...
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Bojarski new media correspondent at Batavia

on 06/25/2014 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs is pleased to announce that national harness writer Tim Bojarski has joined their staff as a media correspondent of racing information.   Bojarski is a 36-year veteran of harness racing and has actively participated in all aspects of the sport during that time. He currently writes a monthly column and periodic feature articles for the award winning Hoof Beats magazine...
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Avalicious, Market Rally win NYSS splits

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
The New York Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies were the feature events on a special 15-race program of racing at Tioga Downs on Monday night. The Sires Stakes races were carded as the seventh and ninth races on the program and both offered purses of $62,400.   The first division was won by Avalicious (RC Royalty-Say Your Prayers), who moved past the early pacesetter, Glow...
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Aldrich Jr. wins 5,000th career race

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
It was the Bruce Aldrich Jr. show at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon. But then again it could have been an Aldrich show here many times over the past four years since the talented reinsman has captured the driving title at The Mighty M during that period.   On Monday afternoon Aldrich--again the Mighty M's leading driver--reined three winners on the nine-...
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July 25 is Cat Manzi Night at Big M

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
In honor of one of the greatest careers in the history of harness racing, the Meadowlands will present an evening that will honor the career of Catello (Cat) Manzi. On Friday, July 25, the "Cat-Man” as many fans called him, will return to the Meadowlands, not to drive any horses, but to take part in an evening that will look back and pay tribute to his storied career.   Manzi, a w...
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Tony Chiaravalle, owner of top pacers, dies

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
Antonio "Tony" Chiaravalle, who campaigned such notables as 1993 Pacer of the Year Presidential Ball, his blazing-fast stablemate Riyadh, and the top free-for-allers Dream Maker and Lime Time, died Monday, June 23, at the age of 78. While involved with the construction industry, Mr. Chiaravalle invested heavily in horse ownership for decades.   Before Presidential Ball gav...
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