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Andy Miller: "I am going to be back"

on 04/22/2014 2:00 AM
Driver Andy Miller, seriously injured in an April 15 race accident at Yonkers Raceway, told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that despite the prognosis of six months of recovery time, "The upside of it is that I am going to be back. This is not a career-ending injury.” Miller, 45, broke a pair of lumbar vertebrae in his back after Marmara Denzi, the horse he was driving in the first race...
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McMasters wins WHHC at Meadowlands

on 04/22/2014 2:00 AM
Robert McMasters, 44, of Milford, Ohio, captured the $16,600 grand prize in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday, April 19, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.   McMasters finished the tournament with a $2,968 bankroll to top the field of 83 players from across North America who competed for $41,500 in prize money. McMasters was an $800 tournament buy-...
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Unbeaten Kayla Grace choice in Courageous Lady

on 04/22/2014 2:00 AM
The $110,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Friday evening at Northfield Park. The race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2014.   Kayla Grace is a late supplement to the field and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park's executive vice president of racing and simulcasti...
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Will she be "That Woman" in the Courageous Lady?

on 04/22/2014 2:00 AM
After watching That Woman Hanover recover from a mid-season slump and finish 2013 with three consecutive wins, trainer Dan Altmeyer is looking forward to the filly's 3-year-old campaign.   That campaign begins Friday when That Woman Hanover faces five foes in the $110,000 Courageous Lady Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Northfield Park in Ohio. That Woman Hanover, driven by Alt...
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Post 3 for Foiled Again in $567,000 Levy

on 04/22/2014 2:00 AM
Foiled Again landed post position 3 for Yonkers Raceway's $567,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night.   Harness racing's richest-ever pacer ($6,130,968) eyes a third Levy title, having won this event consecutively in 2009 and 2010. Foiled Again won his first four prelims legs this time around before finishing a non-factor sixth this past Satu...
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Cammikey locks in Meadows series sweep

on 04/22/2014 2:00 AM
Cammikey completed his sweep of the Visible Gold Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings with an impressive front-end victory in Tuesday's $34,250 championship leg at The Meadows.   Cammikey fired out for the lead from post 7 but had to blaze a :26.4 quarter — on a "good” surface — to get there. Even then, the son of Somebeachsomewhere and 2004 Breeders Crown winner Always Cam ...
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Scioto gearing up for May 8 opener

on 04/21/2014 2:00 AM
Scioto is ready to kick off another exciting summer of power packed racing and generous purses. The action starts on Thursday, May 8, be sure to join us as we celebrate our freedom and honor America with the flying of an American flag that was flown over the skies of Afghanistan and is provided to us by the United States Air Force.   Live racing will continue Tuesday through Saturda...
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Harrington opens 68th meet Monday

on 04/21/2014 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway's 68th season of live harness racing will get underway Monday night with a 15-race program scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.   There will be a hat giveaway (while supplies last) at 5 p.m. on the lower level of the grandstand, as well as $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs throughout the evening.   Most of the track regulars are back in action inc...
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No casino plans for Saratoga Raceway?

on 04/21/2014 2:00 AM
According to a report on the website of the Albany Times-Union newspaper, the owners of Saratoga Casino & Raceway have told local officials in Saratoga Springs that they are abandoning plans to bid for a full-blown casino at the 10-year-old racino in favor of a new site in East Greenbush. East Greenbush is located in Rensselaer County, just minutes from Albany across th...
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Team Miller and a "Perfect Alliance"

on 04/21/2014 2:00 AM
Life is different these days for the wife-and-husband team of trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller, but their passion for harness racing remains unchanged.   As Julie Miller prepares undefeated Perfect Alliance for Wednesday's $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series final for 3- and 4-year-old female trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, she talked about the bond that keeps Team Miller...
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Frost Free Hanover takes Meadows series final

on 04/21/2014 2:00 AM
Lightly-raced Frost Free Hanover stalked from the pocket, then fired through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $33,750 championship of the TSM Photo Bugger Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows.   Although he won last week on the engine, Frost Free Hanover rated kindly for Tony Hall before his decisive move that put away the leader, Andover The Gold. The Cantab ...
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Tour Hall rolls in Balmoral victory

on 04/20/2014 2:00 AM
After closing out his freshman campaign with a stakes victory at Balmoral Park back in November, Tour Hall picked up right where he left off on Saturday night as the talented youngster cruised to an easy 1 1/2-length triumph over three other sophomore trotting colts in the $10,000 Speedy Rodney Stake. The final time was 1:59.3.   Given a confident steer by co-owner and tr...
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Panocchio still perfect at Pompano Park

on 04/20/2014 2:00 AM
Panocchio kept his seasonal record perfect by scoring his third straight win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night.   The 4-year-old son of No Pan Intended, owned by trainer Jim Mattison along with Emile Johnson, was driven by Bruce Ranger and stopped the timer in 1:53, scoring by a head over the late charging Freeneasy Hanover (Wally Hennessey). Cartoonist...
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Foiled Again sixth in final Levy preliminary

on 04/20/2014 2:00 AM
Foiled Again lost Saturday night. Not exactly the stuff that breaks into regularly-scheduled programming, but rare enough. Harness racing's richest-ever performance added nothing to his $6.1 million bankroll, winding up a non-factor sixth in the third and final $50,000 division of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   Starting outside his six rivals as the ...
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USTA's Langley responds to TV criticism

on 04/20/2014 2:00 AM
The following is a statement from U.S. Trotting Association president Phil Langley regarding the decision by the USTA Executive Committee to table a television sponsorship proposal put forth by the Meadowlands.   Over the past day or so, there has been some criticism of the United States Trotting Association and its Executive Committee's vote to table until next year a funding ...
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Weiss series set to wrap up at Pocono

on 04/20/2014 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hosts the three remaining $30,000 championship races in the Bobby Weiss Series this Tuesday and Wednesday, with the late-developing 3 and 4 year olds racing for the glory in the male trot and female pace divisions the first day and the lady trotters then closing out the quartet of series finals.   It's hard to make a case against a horse who has won all f...
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Frisky Magic headed to France after Lifetime Dream

on 04/20/2014 2:00 AM
After finishing second in both preliminary legs, Frisky Magic will look for her best stride when she faces the gate in Monday's $43,200 final of the Lifetime Dream Series at Woodbine.   Trained throughout her career by Per Henriksen, Frisky Magic will look for the upset in race nine when she begins from post seven for driver Chris Christoforou.   The speedy trotter will l...
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Matchmaker prelims wrap up with a duet

on 04/19/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceways Good Friday festivities featured the fifth and final round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Mare pacers. Two $40,000 divisions went postward. Series points leader Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $3.20) did nothing to diminish her reputation, winning the opening event with solid, two-move effort. Leaving outside her six rivals, the people’s choice settled in fourth ...
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Callahan wins six/$30k pick 5 carryover at M1

on 04/19/2014 2:00 AM
It was a Callahan kind of night at The Meadowlands on Friday, as "The Captain” notched six wins on the card.  The six victories moved Callahan into sole possession of third place in the driver standings behind Yannick Gingras and Dave Miller.  In addition to book-ending the night with wins in the first and last race, Callahan will have a decision to make in the "Dash For The C-Note...
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Hackett Filly final set at Miami Valley

on 04/19/2014 2:00 AM
The stage is set for the James K. Hackett Memorial filly division showdown next Saturday night (April 26). A pair of $7,500 eliminations were contested Friday night (April 18) at Miami Valley Raceway to determine the nine Ohio-sired 3-year-old finalists that will chase the $25,000 championship purse next week. In the first division, Crown Time Keeper sped to a 1:56.1 triumph for driver Ch...
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