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Cutler final could produce historic mile

on 05/15/2014 2:00 AM
Harness racing fans could witness the first sub-1:50 trotting race on a mile track Saturday at the Meadowlands, but if not then, it is probably just a matter of time.   Saturday's $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters features a speedy group of 10 horses, including newly minted world champion Sebastian K. The former Swedish star won his Cutler elimination last week, ...
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Takter talks trotters in new Weekend Preview!

on 05/15/2014 2:00 AM
"T” is for Takter and "T” is for trotters, and trainer Jimmy Takter certainly has trotters. Great trotters. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Takter talks about those trotters and his early expectations as the 2014 stakes season gets underway. George Brennan is one of the sport's best drivers but it wasn't a driver that earned him a rare distinction—it was a 3 wood. Bren...
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Gural vs. Gural Friday at the Meadowlands

on 05/15/2014 2:00 AM
As a racetrack owner, Jeff Gural has been a winner at Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and more recently with the Meadowlands. As a racehorse owner and breeder, Gural has enjoyed plenty of victories including the current nine-race winning streak by his 4-year-old trotting mare Perfect Alliance.   But Gural will experience even a first for him in Friday's first race at the Meadowlands when ...
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Nuncio's 1:54.3 fastest PASS division

on 05/15/2014 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts got underway at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon with three divisions.   The Walt Carroll-trained, Jim Raymer-driven Wheelsandthelegman turned in a strong, virtually wire-to-wire 1:55.1 victory, winning by 5 3/4 lengths over Journey. Beth Carroll owns the gelding by Donato Hanover, who carved out fractions of :28, :5...
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The Meadows sold for $465 million

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc.(the "Company"), a corporate spin-off from Penn National Gaming last November, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, located in Washington, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, from Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC for $465 million. Cannery purchased The Meadows in November 2006 for $200 million from...
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Crawford Farms sponsoring Meadowlands Pace

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
Continuing its massive investment in harness racing, Crawford Farms, located on more than 100 acres in Central New York, has signed on as a premier sponsor of the Meadowlands Pace, to be broadcast nationally for the first time since 1999. The $750,000 classic for the sport's premier 3-year-old pacers will air on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, July 12.   Crawford Farms has also been...
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Bettors hit $282 jackpot with Mia Casino

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
Veteran reinsman Kyle Di Benedetto has driven plenty of winners in his career; 5,837 to be exact. And he's driven many that have returned a big mutuel payoffs. But when he won the third race at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday in 2:00.3 with Mia Casino from the seven hole, the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight pacing mare paid a whopping $282 for win.   Di Benedetto and M...
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Hambletonian Monte final Aug. 1 at Meadowlands

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
The popular Hambletonian Monte (racing under saddle), a late-closing series for trotters, will feature a $25,000 final on Hambletonian Eve, Fri., Aug. 1, at the Meadowlands. The inaugural Hambletonian Monte final was won by 2008 Hambletonian winning driver Ray Schnittker, who rode Flex The Muscle to victory in the $32,800 final.   Monte racing, a hybrid of harness and Thoroughbred r...
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3YO PA-sired pacing colts at Pocono Saturday

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
Harness racing's "glamour division,” the 3-year-old pacing colts, will open the 2014 Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Pennsylvania Sire Stakes season this Saturday night, with four divisions of sophomores contesting the $266,252 event. Captaintreacherous, 2013's Pacer of the Year, opened his 3YO campaign in this same event 52 weeks ago with a victory, and many of this year's stars in the sopho...
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Sebastian K ready to go in Cutler

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
Sebastian K will return to the races a little quicker than usual, but doing things quickly might be the trotter’s style. A week after winning his North American debut in 1:50.1 to equal history’s fastest trotting race on a one-mile track, Sebastian K will start from post No. 1 in Saturday’s $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. "Sebastian K never raced back-to-...
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Special matinee card Friday at Hoosier

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will play host to a special matinee card of live harness racing on Friday, May 16 with an adjusted post time of 1 p.m. A total of 14 races will compliment the afternoon festivities showcasing exciting horse racing action, fan-friendly activities, and giveaways. The matinee card of live harness racing will be the prelude to a night full of entertainment as count...
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Stride For The Cure race at Meadowlands

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
On Saturday (May 17) join Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment at the fifth annual Lisa Photo Stride For The Cure race and fundraiser, hosted by award-winning Meadowlands Racetrack photographer Michael Lisa and his wife, Annette. The festivities kick off at 3 p.m. with a 5K around the racetrack for guests to participate in. The 5K is just $25 to enter including an event t-shirt, po...
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Stevensville stars in Stallion Series at Pocono

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
Stevensville posted the fastest winning time among five divisions of the Stallion Series on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The races were for three-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, and each carried a purse of $20,000. Driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Ray Schnittker, Stevensville (Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show) won his division in 1:50:2. That’s the faste...
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Daylon Miracle sets Meadows track record

on 05/14/2014 2:00 AM
Foiled in her bid for the early lead, Daylon Miracle unleashed her frustration on the rest of the field, capturing Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap in 1:52.4, fastest ever by an older trotting mare at The Meadows. Daylon Miracle hustled out of post 6 for the lead but was denied by Magic Wheel and had to find a seat fourth. When Aaron Merriman sent her first over d...
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Rock On Moe uses pocket trip to score in 1:51.1

on 05/13/2014 2:00 AM
Rock On Moe ($40.60, George Dennis) was the beneficiary of a pocket trip and scored a 1:51.1 upset win in the $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway Monday. The 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, owned by Jlrl LLC, left alertly from post seven and sat behind pacesetter Lollipop Kid throughout fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.2. ‘Moe' found room in the stretch and surged by Lollipop Ki...
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Ron Wrenn memorial service on May 19

on 05/13/2014 2:00 AM
Michigan Hall of Fame horseman Ron Wrenn died Saturday afternoon, May 10, after a battle with cancer. He was 62. Mr. Wrenn was a member of one of Michigan's founding families of harness racing, following in the footsteps of his late father, Howard. Mr. Wrenn's brothers Gary, Mark and Peter also all have had success in harness racing. Mr. Wrenn was inducted into Michigan's Hall of Fame in...
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Dolly Koch, mother of Peter Koch, dies

on 05/13/2014 2:00 AM
Elizabeth T. "Dolly” Koch, 87, the mother of Meadowlands race secretary Peter Koch, died peacefully at home on Mother’s Day, May 11.   A lifelong resident of Little Silver, NJ, Ms. Koch was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Frank and Mary O’Farrell. She graduated from Notre Dame College (Staten Island) Summa Cum Laude as valedictorian. She earned two masters degrees and a PhD in Educa...
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Ranger breaks pelvis, vertebrae in Pompano spill

on 05/13/2014 2:00 AM
Involved in a race accident in the third race at Pompano Park on Monday night, Bruce Ranger is in a Pompano Beach area hospital Tuesday morning after suffering a broken pelvis and lumbar vertebrae, according to Pompano Park director of racing operations John Yinger. The accident began at the three-eighths when driver Bryce Fenn attempted to tip Mini Shark to the outside from third. The hors...
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Shortest Distance into Mighty M winner's circle

on 05/13/2014 2:00 AM
For the 10th time this season Shortest Distance has been victorious. On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, the 9-year-old Park Place pacing mare returned to the track where she started the season and turned back five others to score a two-length triumph in 1:56.3 with Bruce Aldrich Jr. at the controls.   With her latest victory Shortest Distance moved into second...
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Saratoga Raceway, Churchill team up in NY

on 05/13/2014 2:00 AM
Saratoga Casino and Raceway (SCR) and Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) announced on Tuesday (May 13) that they will partner in bidding for the New York "Capital Region's" commercial casino license to build a $300 million world class destination resort casino in the Town of East Greenbush.   "Saratoga Casino and Raceway could not be more excited about partnering with...
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