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Babies shine Saturday at Meadowlands

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
The popular Saturday Breakfast With The Babies event at the Meadowlands again enjoyed a perfect morning weather-wise for the races. They got underway at 9:30 a.m. with the Cantab Hall-Musical Victory colt Musical Rhythm reversing his previous form, heading right to the front for a gate-to-wire 1:59.1/:28.2 win for Scott Zeron. P Mac Attack was second and Wicker Hanover third. He's trained in t...
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World record set early on Sun Stakes undercard

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
Sun Stakes Saturday got off to an early fast start at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as 4-year-old trotting gelding Wind Of The North stormed to a 1:51 victory in the second half of the Daily Double, a $21,000 trot.   Driver David Miller, to be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame next weekend, left swiftly with the altered son of Cantab Hall to hit the quarter in :26.2, then...
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Sebastian K trots world record 1:49!

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
All age, all gender, all size track--it was an "all everything” 1:49 world record for Sebastian K in the $100,000 Sun Invitational for open class trotters on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   The prior all age, all everything record was 1:49.3 by Enough Talk in 2008 and the five-eighths-mile record was 1:50.2 by Market Share at Harrah's Philadelphia in May...
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Frou Frou earns speed-badge honors in NYSS

on 06/27/2014 2:00 AM
The New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies highlighted a 13-race program on Thursday at Vernon Downs with four separate divisions being the focus of the night.   The $27,750 first division (Race 5) went to Frou Frou (Conway Hall-Nowerland Hana) in 1:58.1. Frou Frou (Brett Miller) followed live cover from Northern Obsession (Ray Schnittker) and just blasted on by...
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Sires Stakes action heats up at Hoosier Park

on 06/27/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park played host to a stakes filled card on Thursday with five divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts and six divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies battling in Indiana Sires Stakes action. It was the second round of stakes action for the 3-year-old trotting colts and the opening round for the freshman fillies. After the dust settled on the evening's 14-race card, the track record...
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Donald "Thunder" Valentine dies

on 06/27/2014 2:00 AM
California-based horseman Donald "Thunder" Valentine has died at the age of 61, and on Friday morning he will be laid to rest at the Lind Brothers Funeral Home in Carmichael, Cal.    Thunder lived life on his own terms. Never more than a few strides away from a track or training center, he enjoyed training in California during the 2000s and most recently worked for longtim...
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Stars, 2YOs shine in Meadowlands qualifiers

on 06/27/2014 2:00 AM
It was another beautiful morning on Friday for babies and qualifiers at the Meadowlands with the 2-year-old trotters opening the card.   Jimmy Takter won the first two, opening with the Muscle Hill-Unbelievable colt Falk On Hill S winning in 2:01 last quarter in :29 with Jimmy driving. The colt was bred in Sweden by Goran Falk who has retained ownership and imported to the...
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Miller time with Uffizi Hanover in Lynch?

on 06/27/2014 2:00 AM
Uffizi Hanover won the biggest race of her career so far at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, the 2013 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers, after losing the previous week. David Miller is hoping for a repeat storyline this weekend.   Last weekend, Uffizi Hanover finished second to Cinamony in her elimination for Saturday's $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pa...
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Sunshine Meadows to host Sunshine Stakes

on 06/27/2014 2:00 AM
Harness racing "county fair style” is coming to Palm Beach County in Florida this September as the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach will host two days of Sunshine Stakes racing on their one mile racetrack.   The elite equine training facility has reached an agreement with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) to hold races for 2- and 3...
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Ohio breeder-owner Jerome Osborne Sr. dies

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
Jerome T. Osborne Sr., the founder of Osborne Companies Inc. and self-made entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist, of Mentor, died peacefully on Saturday, June 21, surrounded by family and his beloved dog Drummond. He was 92.   Mr. Osborne was a prominent owner at Northfield Park and in Ohio. He is a member of the honorary Distinguished Owners that is awarded to one individual...
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All-time trot mark falls at Harrington

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
Patrons attending Harrington Raceway Wednesday evening witnessed a multitude of significant happenings on the racetrack. They witnessed an undefeated horse, the fastest trotting mile in the track's 68-year history, and three Harness Horse Youth Foundation pony races.   Undefeated trotter I Like My Boss ($2.10, Jon Roberts) registered his 11th straight win in as many lifetime starts ...
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Fox Valley Veto overturns Tour Hall

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
After playing second fiddle to division leader Tour Hall in their last three match-ups, Curt and Craig Grummel's Fox Valley Veto turned the table on his chief rival Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as he posted a hard fought neck decision in the $10,000 Betzotic Stake for ICF 3-year-old trotting colts. The final time of 1:55.4 was a career best for the Curt Grummel trainee.   With o...
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2YO Toatsmygoats wins at Running Aces

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
The first leg of the summer-long Minnesota-sired 2-year-old pace program was highlighted on Wednesday night at Running Aces with Toatsmygoats (Jason Ryan) winning the initial $13,000 race in 1:58.3. Owned by the Van Otterloo Stables and trained by David Flinn, the son of Relentless Yanee sat third or fourth throughout the majority of the mile before exploding with a final :28.3 panel to down Q...
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Post-breeding stint, Wishing Stone ready to race

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
After a stint in the breeding shed, 7-year-old trotter Wishing Stone is ready to make his 2014 racing debut in a conditioned handicap Friday at the Meadowlands.   Wishing Stone received post 10 in the race and is 9-2 on the morning line. He enters the race off one qualifier, a 1:55.2 effort on June 20 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. Undercover Strike is the 3-1 f...
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Zombie cast to be at Scarborough Downs

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
Hollywood filmmaker and Maine-native Kyle Rankin, who has recently turned the streets of Portland, Maine, into a zombie apocalypse with his newest production, Night of the Living Deb, will make a stop at Scarborough Downs. The Hollywood zom-rom-com is scheduled to film on the Downs' property sometime next week, and members of the cast and crew will take some time off from production to...
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3YO NY-sired pacing colts at Buffalo Friday

on 06/26/2014 2:00 AM
Thus far in 2014, two different divisions of the New York Sire Stakes have visited Buffalo Raceway and left town with two track records. On Friday night, the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers will have their work cut out for them if they want to set a new mark in their division.   The 3-year-old mark is also the same as the all-aged time of 1:52.3 set by Steelhead Hanover in 2012. ...
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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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