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Father Patrick brings streak to PASS Friday

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
Juvenile champion Father Patrick brings a 10-race winning streak to the Meadows for Friday's $211,700 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, but Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter said the streak is the farthest thing from his mind.   "I don't think like that,” Takter said. "They're horses. They win, they get beat. I don't worry about things like that....
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Doug Ackerman funeral on June 3 in Pinehurst

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
Arrangements have been set for Hall of Fame horseman Doug Ackerman, who died early Wednesday morning, May 28, at the age of 86.   The Ackerman family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m. at Boles Funeral Home in Pinehurst on Tuesday, June 3, prior to a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the Holly Inn in Pinehurst.   Memorial contributions may be dir...
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49 still eligible for Pepsi North America Cup

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
The connections of 49 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have kept their charges eligible to the 31st edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup by making the final May 15 sustaining payment.   Eliminations for the North America Cup are scheduled for Saturday, June 7, at Mohawk Racetrack, while the rich final is scheduled to be raced Saturday, June 14, at the Campbellvi...
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Meadowlands Pace has 47 eligibles

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
After the final sustaining payment, 47 three-year-old pacers remain eligible for the 35th edition of the Meadowlands Pace.   Last year, The Meadowlands Pace was won by Captaintreacherous who went on to become the Dan Patch Award Winner as champion 3-year-old pacer as well as Pacer of the Year for the second consecutive season. While Captaintreacherous was a dominant force in the 3-...
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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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