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Stars, stars & more stars on Meadowlands Pace card

on 07/11/2014 2:00 AM
No fewer than seven major Grand Circuit stakes will populate the Saturday night card at the Meadowlands, led by the track's signature race, the Meadowlands Pace.   The all-star lineup begins with a pair of high-stakes preps for trotting's top prizes, the Aug. 2 Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks.   Race 4 is the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial 3-year-old colt trot which will be t...
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Sebastian K, Market Share win Maple Leaf elims

on 07/11/2014 2:00 AM
Sebastian K did exactly what he's been doing all year long Friday night at Mohawk…dominated. "The Scandinavian Powerhouse" and trainer/driver Ake Svandstedt put on a trotting clinic in the first of two $40,000 eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot, winning in 1:52.4. With his win, Svandstedt selected post 1 for the final (the complete draw appears below.)   Svandstedt blasted his prized ...
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Monkey On My Wheel takes Yonkers Open

on 07/11/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—for distaff pacers and all-allowed trotters--were won by millionairess Monkey On My Wheel (Jason Bartlett, $3.10) and Fort Valley As (Bartlett again, $13.40).   Odds-on choice Monkey On My Wheel, working from a rather-generous post position 5 starting venue, gave nothing else a chance. She strolled around pole-assign...
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Honey Money, Lutetium score at Vernon, Buffalo

on 07/11/2014 2:00 AM
House Money (Angus Hall-Emmamzaing) received an excellent drive from trainer-driver Roman Lopez to score a victory in the $9,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   House Money actually sat the pocket trip behind early leader War Hero (Frank Davis), who set fractions of :28 for the quarter, :57.3 for the half, and 1:25.4 for three-quarters. House Money then commenced a rally a...
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JK Letitgo's 1:49.3 leads Big M speed parade

on 07/11/2014 2:00 AM
If Friday night was any indication, we are in for quite the speed show on Meadowlands Pace night tomorrow. Tonight's card, populated largely by C classes, saw several sub-1:50 performances and with many of the regular drivers off on remote assignments, Scott Zeron (five wins) and David Miller (four) stuck around and dominated.   On the race track, JK Letitgo continued her storybook season b...
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Livininthefastlane's 1:56.1 leads PASS

on 07/11/2014 2:00 AM
Freshman trotting fillies got their first taste of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action Friday at The Meadows, and that taste was sweetest of all for Livininthefastlane, who triumphed in a stake-fastest 1:56.1.   The event known as the Meadow Gladys was contested over seven divisions, with Kelsey's Keepsake, Gatka Hanover, Iluvmyjimmychoos, Sweet Thing, Wild Honey and Speak To Me taking ...
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Barn Doll's 1:59.1 fastest in NYSS at Tioga

on 07/11/2014 2:00 AM
Four divisions of the New York Sire Stakes headlined Friday (July 11) evening's program at Tioga Downs, with Barn Doll ($2.70) fastest of the victorious two-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of Conway Hall and Headintheclouds was rated well off the pace in her division, settling fifth behind Zanna Blu (Gaetan Brunet) and Kaliska (Ray Schnittker) through a :29.1 first quarter.   With...
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Late breaks prove costly in ICF stakes

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
Jubilation quickly turned to heartbreak in a pair of trotting events at Balmoral Park on Wednesday, July 9th as a pair of diamond gaiters looked to be home free only to have late miscues cost them what looked to be sure victories in these state-bred stake events. In what looked like it was going to a replay of their last two encounters Macie Rae (Ryan Anderson) carved ...
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Libfeld/Katz launch new website

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
Toronto-based partners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz have launched a new website to not only promote their sale yearlings, but to show how they evolved from the owners of trotting champions to one of the most respected breeding enterprises in the sport. Their new website, http://www.libfeldkatz.com/, has what one might expect with the partnerships' inventory of sale yearlings and broodmares, b...
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Bettor's Edge holding own heading to Haughton

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
Bettor's Edge is not the highest profile pacer in the Ron Burke Stable, but he is holding his own against the best in the sport. It's something he has done pretty much throughout his million-dollar-earning career. The 5-year-old gelding heads into Saturday's $463,300 William R. Haughton Memorial for older pacers at the Meadowlands off a second-place finish in the Ben Franklin Pace on June 2...
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52 freshman filly trotters in PASS Friday

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
A total of 52 freshman filly trotters will make their Pennsylvania Sires Stakes debut Friday evening at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Add to that the 37 two-year-old filly trotters who competed in Wednesday's PA Stallions Series at The Meadows and you have one of the most robust, promising classes of youngsters ever seen in the Commonwealth, or anywhere else in harness racing. &n...
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Ritchie reflects on four decades of driving

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
Writing for the Geulph (Ont.) Mercury, Dave Briggs talked to driver Trevor Ritchie the day after he announced his retirement:   In simplest terms, injuries brought a premature end to the tremendous driving career of Trevor Ritchie. But integrity also led the 58-year-old Acton resident to announce this week that he was retiring from the sulky after some 25,000 races over nearly 40 y...
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Arrangements set for Joseph Muscara

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
Arrangements have been set for Joseph Muscara, who died Monday, July 7, at age 90.   Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Sunday, July 13, from 7-9 p.m. at The Lamb Funeral Home, 101 Byberry Rd., Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Viewing will also be at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Knowles Rd and 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, Pa. 18966, on Monday, July 14, from 10-...
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Father Patrick leads Takter trio in Dancer

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
Father Patrick is no stranger to overcoming difficult starting spots, and no stranger to providing fantastic finishes.   He did both in his most recent performance, starting from post eight at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and winning the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial in a world-record 1:50.2. Post eight produces only 6.7 percent winners at Pocono Downs, the worst figure at the five-eighths-...
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"Andycapping" the Pace in Weekend Preview!

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
Go ahead, look at the program page for Saturday's Meadowlands Pace and try and figure how each driver will race their horse. After you do that, read the feature story in the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview and see if your ideas match up with the four drivers we talked to. You can receive the program page for the Pace for free as well as all the other stakes on the rich card at the Big...
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NJSS 2YO finals on tap Saturday at Big M

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
 The quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes finals for 2 year olds are gems in a star-studded 13-race program, including the Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   It is early in the campaign of these 2 year olds but already some of the divisional standouts are beginning to emerge.   Among the trotters--with 10 colts and geldings carded i...
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Lex is best in Maywood feature

on 07/10/2014 2:00 AM
 Coming off an impressive late rushing victory in her second lifetime start at Balmoral Park, Kay Willis’s good looking freshman pacing filly Lex showed that a half-mile oval also suits her style as she blew right by her rivals in the lane to record a sharp two-length victory in Thursday’s $10,000 My Metallica Stake at Maywood Park. The final time was 1:57.   Well positione...
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Dancer a match-up of Hambo contenders

on 07/09/2014 2:00 AM
The hotly anticipated match-up between Father Patrick and Trixton will take place this Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial. The Grand Circuit stake for sophomore trotting colts is a highlight of the dazzling Meadowlands Pace all-star undercard. A field of 12 were named into the race, including this marquee match-up of Jimmy Takter trainees who are currentl...
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Only The Lonely ties Monticello track record

on 07/09/2014 2:00 AM
It seems like 1:54.3 is a final race time that 4-year-old stallion pacers like to adhere to at Monticello Raceway. On Tuesday, Only The Lonely joined two others in the Mighty M record books when the son of Western Ideal-Lonesome Day reeled off a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:54.3 in his first pari-mutuel start this season. That mile equaled the record held by both All My Life (2005) and Lover...
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Report: $436,865 underpayment at Running Aces

on 07/09/2014 2:00 AM
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has reported a legislative auditor has found Running Aces Harness Park underpaid purses from 2008 through 2012 by $436,865. The report indicated the track contributed 8.4 percent of the takeout to the purse pool when state law requires the track to pay the money from the total handle. The state's Thoroughbred track Canterbury Park has paid the purse pool from th...
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