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Precocious Beauty to make debut in NYSS

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
The 2013 Dan Patch Award winner in the 2-year-old pacing filly division, Precocious Beauty, makes her 2014 debut on Friday in a $41,300 division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs. Precocious Beauty races in the first of three divisions and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. "I've already got the butterflies, that's for sure,” said breeder-owner Jim Avritt Sr. "She c...
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Bandolito is the Molson "Mystery Horse"

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
A familiar face, and former leading driver at The Raceway at Western Fair District, is coming back to London for the Molson Pace. Mark MacDonald has been one of North America's top pilots for many years, but this is one race he has yet to win.   "I've been in ‘The Pace' with some very nice horses,” he said. "Tigerama set the track record there (1:50.4 in 2008) in his elimination...
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Clear Vision looks for second Roll With Joe

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
After prevailing in the Levy consolation at Yonkers in April, Clear Vision has his sights set on a second triumph in the $160,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace, which headlines Sunday afternoon's stakes-laden program at Tioga Downs.   Formerly known as the Bettor's Delight, the Roll With Joe was unveiled in 2010 by Tioga Downs and Blue Chip Farms. Clear Vision (post 9) and Matt Kakal...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
The stakes season really heats up this weekend as the top 3-year-old colt pacers will be in action in the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk and the Rooney at Yonkers on Saturday. In stories in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Joe Holloway has Always B Miki primed for a big effort in a SBSW division, while Dave Menary hopes He's Watching rebounds off a sub-par effort last ti...
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Western Vintage looks to defend NJSS crown

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Nancy Johansson might keep an eye on the racing in Canada on Saturday night, but her primary focus will be on her own horse at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Johansson's Western Vintage, one of the most highly regarded 3-year-old male pacers in North America, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in his division's $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship at the Big M. Sire Stak...
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Rose Run Parker equals Hoosier record in INSS

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
Rose Run Parker turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle Thursday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the opening round of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and extended his win streak to seven in the process. Reaching the wire in 1:54.1, Ron Burke's Rose Run Parker established a new lifetime mark and remains undefeat...
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Hoosier hosts opening round of Indiana SS

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 28 program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for June 7 at Hoosier Park. The two-time Indiana Sire Stakes Champion...
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Tour Hall takes Cardinal thriller at Balmoral

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
Sophomore trotting colts received top billing on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 state-bred three-year-olds battled in a $47,100 Cardinal Stake. Once again the sidewinders in this division provided another thrilling finish as Mike Brink & Loren Tournear’s Tour Hall stuck a nostril in front right at the finish line to edge Fox Valley Veto in 1:56.1. Sent to the top ...
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Hall of Famer Doug Ackerman dies at 86

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame horseman,Douglas J. Ackerman, 86, died Wednesday, May 28, in North Carolina after an illness of almost two years.   He was one of the most respected trainers in harness racing and widely admired for his innate horsemanship, ironclad integrity, and memorable sense of humor. His fellow horsemen held him in the highest esteem, and that is the ultimate complimentin his...
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Red Mile, KHHA reach Historical Racing deal

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association president Bob Stewart told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that a seven-year agreement has been reached with The Red Mile on revenue generated by the Historical Racing machines that are scheduled to go into operation next summer. "We reached the deal and it was accepted by us last night,” said Stewart. "Hopefully now it's full speed ahead.” ...
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May 31 deadline for Dewey Scholarship

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
The opportunity for eligible college students looking to apply for the 2014 Dewey Degree Scholarship is fading fast as there are less than three days remaining to get their paperwork turned in.   The Upstate New York Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association is looking for eligible high school seniors or returning college students from families of licensed owners, trainer...
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Indiana Sires Stakes get underway Wednesday

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
The 2014 stakes season is set to get underway at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday as four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes races showcase the top 3-year-old trotting fillies in the state.   Revamped for the 2014 live racing season, Hoosier Park will debut a new and improved Indiana Sires Stakes format approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission last ye...
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Stars set to shine in NYSS, EBC at Vernon

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
Friday night's program at Vernon Downs includes three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies, as well as eliminations for the Empire Breeders' Classic for 3-year-old colts and 3-year-old fillies. The stars will also be in the bikes on Friday night with the likes of Tim Tetrick, David Miller, Jim Morrill Jr., Matt Kakaley, and many others coming into Vernon to ...
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Iovino named Saratoga race secretary

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
Saratoga Casino and Raceway is pleased to welcome Peter James (P.J.) Iovino as race secretary. Iovino will be replacing Don Hoover, who is retiring at the end of this month after serving as race secretary for Saratoga Harness for 12 years.   Hailing from Brooklyn, Iovino's lifelong passion for harness racing developed at an early age through trips to Monticello Raceway to watch fami...
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All Bets Off for Burke in Rooney final

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
Everything appears to be right on with All Bets Off as he heads into Saturday's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway.   All Bets Off, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Matt Kakaley, won his Rooney elimination last weekend by 2 1/2 lengths over Some Playa in 1:52.3. In his eight starts since joining the Burke Stable last September, All Bets Off has won five times and finished...
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Trustworthy Kid equals Meadows track mark

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
Trustworthy Kid stalked Daylon Miracle from the pocket, then brushed by in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in 1:52.4, matching the track record for older geldings. The only mare in the field, Daylon Miracle cut out a fast three-quarters in 1:24.2 but yielded when attacked outside by Tamarind and inside by Trustworthy Kid. Urged on...
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Foiled Again draws post 7 in Molson Pace

on 05/27/2014 2:00 AM
The post position draw for this year's Molson Pace was conducted Monday at The Raceway in London, Ont., and it was defending champion State Treasurer who came away with the coveted rail position in this Friday night's $150,000 event.   State Treasurer has been off to a great start this season, winning his last three, including a 1:48.3 national season's record in his lates...
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"Breakfast with the Babies" Saturday at Big M

on 05/27/2014 2:00 AM
This time of year is always exciting, not only because warmer weather is upon us, but we have the opportunity to get our first glance at the stars of tomorrow with "Breakfast with the Babies” at the Meadowlands.   The first baby-race session will take place Saturday, May 31, with post time at 9:30 a.m., and will be combined with older qualifying races as well. Thanks to ...
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$57,800 of $103,800 in TV pledges sent in

on 05/27/2014 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the National Television Fund in response to the Jack Darling initiative in his Standardbred Canada blog.   So far, Meadowlands has received $ 57,817.99 of the $103,875 total that was pledged. If anyone who made a pledge would still like to contribute, please send in a check to :   Meadowlands Racetrack TV...
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Foiled Again aims for third Molson title

on 05/27/2014 2:00 AM
He defies what you would expect from a world-class professional athlete at the top of his game in just about every category except heart. He lacks size, is an old man in a younger man's game and isn't blessed with blinding speed or a chiseled physique.   Yet, Foiled Again stands atop the globe as the richest horse in harness racing history and is an epic overachiever by any sport's ...
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