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Jeremes Sweetheart wins Dover feature

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Jeremes Sweetheart, after four times finishing second in the $20,000 Mares Open Pace, finally made the winner's circle in the feature on Monday at Dover Downs.   With Ron Pierce driving the Jereme's Jet-Fox Valley Evanna mare sitting directly behind Cooking The Books, who had lead from early in the race, the 5 year old trained by Eric Ell for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve ...
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Jebswesternshake wires field in Northfield open

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Jebswesternshake was the winner of the $9,500 Open Pace at Northfield Park on Monday. Staci Malady of Rives Junction, Mich. owns the 9-year-old pacer. Trainer Gerald Malady called upon Northfield Park leading driver Josh Sutton to pilot.   Jebswesternshake (Western Hanover-Shake Away-Dream Away) started from the rail and led at every call through blistering fractions of :2...
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Monticello horsemen shut off simulcast signal

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
As a result of the expiration of an agreement between the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association and Monticello Raceway for consent of the simulcast of live racing at the card, the export of the Monticello signal has been shut down, per federal law.   In a release issued by Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association representative Joe Faraldo, it was stated: Due to an impasse...
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Feb. 8 O'Briens to be videostreamed live

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
How would you like to watch the 2013 O'Brien winners receive their awards live from the comfort of your own home?   For the fourth consecutive year, there will be a live video stream for the O'Brien Award presentations. This will be made available courtesy of Bell Aliant and is sponsored by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino, Charlottetown and Summe...
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Monticello racing Tues.; cancels Weds. due to snow

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Although Monticello's Tuesday afternoon race card will go on as scheduled, due to an impending winter storm, the racetrack has cancelled live racing for Wednesday, Feb. 5.
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Pocono announces 2014 stakes schedule

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
A doubleheader on Kentucky Derby Day and an additional day per week of racing in July and August are two of the changes in the new Pocono Downs racing schedule for 2014, as announced by vice president of racing operations Dale Rapson.   Racing opens at the renowned five-eighths mile oval in Wilkes Barre, Pa., on March 22, and for the first few months of the new season, (M...
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Indiana's Stewart finding home at Buffalo

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Charles Stewart and his stable were looking for a place to settle down for the winter months with Hoosier Park closed during that time.   His choice? Buffalo Raceway. It's a selection that has proved to be the right and a profitable one thus far.   "I looked around and I thought the horses I had would fit very well into the conditions at Buffalo Raceway," Stewart said. "H...
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Veteran racing official Andy Reese dies

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Andrew L. "Andy" Reese Jr., 87, for many years the starter at Vernon Downs, died Feb. 2, at Olean General Hospital.   Born in Buffalo, NY, Mr. Reese was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in the Cavalry Division. He was a highly successful salesman and retired from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. His sons Gary and Todd have both served as racing o...
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Mary Gulotta, mother of Michael Gulotta, dies

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Mary Gulotta, 90, mother of Michael J. Gulotta, an owner of Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, N.J., died Friday, Jan. 31. Mrs. Gulotta and her late husband, Michael, were avid followers of Deo Volente Farms' horses. Among their favorites were Worldly Beauty, Lis Mara and Wishing Stone.   She is survived by three children; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. &n...
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TSM Photo Bugger tops Run And Tell Pap

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
TSM Photo Bugger unleashed his first-over bid before the three-quarters and wore down the leader to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Run And Tell Pap was unchallenged on the front until Mike Wilder turned TSM Photo Bugger loose. The 7-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding scored in 1:56 on a sloppy surface, three-quar...
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Meadows, Yonkers cancel Monday race cards

on 02/03/2014 12:00 AM
A snowstorm has forced the cancelation of Monday's live card at The Meadows. All facilities remain open for simulcasting. Live racing is set to resume Tuesday, first post 12:55 p.m.   Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live racing program and all simulcasting for Monday due to the snowstorm in in the greater New York area. Live racing (and afternoon/evening simulcasting) is sche...
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Pierce to drive at Yonkers on weekends

on 02/03/2014 12:00 AM
So, there was driver Ron Pierce, going back home to New Jersey after a very successful and profitable Yonkers Raceway weekend...as in a pair of wins Friday night and a happy half-dozen Saturday.   "I was talking to a friend of mine, and he said, 'Do you realize you made more money in the last two nights than in the last month at the Meadowlands?' "   Right there, Pierce ...
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Must read: Tracks collaborating in Ontario

on 02/03/2014 12:00 AM
If you were too consumed with the Super Bowl to follow all the harness racing news last week, you might have missed the update on racing in Ontario from Dave Briggs, who is now writing for HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. In his debut column "Stretch Call," Briggs broke the news about the change in the business model for Ontario's racetracks.   When word came that Toron...
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Byron returns from injury with victory

on 02/03/2014 12:00 AM
Steve Byron, who was sidelined from the racetrack since last May, captured his first victory since his layoff on Monday evening at Woodbine.   The 51 year old guided Andreios Kardia to an off-the-pace victory for trainer James Madill in the opening dash on the 12-race program in 1:55.1.   The 3-year-old son of Badlands Hanover paid $4.10 to win as the even-money favorite....
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Tioga & Vernon announce stakes schedule

on 02/03/2014 12:00 AM
Horsemen are now able to access all information for Tioga and Vernon Downs live and stakes racing season on each track's website.   The 2014 season at Vernon Downs will begin on Friday, April 11, and conclude with a stakes-laden cardon Saturday, Nov. 1. The $200,000e Artiscape (mare pace), Muscle Hill (mare trot) and $200,000e Kindergarten Trotting Classic final have been ...
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Still no contract for racing at Balmoral-Maywood

on 02/01/2014 12:00 AM
The Illinois Racing Board met on Friday and approved the 2014 racing calendar and mediated six hours of contract negotiations between the leadership of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) and the Johnston family, which operates Balmoral and Maywood Park.   IHHA president Dave McCaffrey posted on the organization's website that the negotiations failed to produce an agr...
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14 qualifiers held at new Miami Valley track

on 02/01/2014 12:00 AM
When trainer Ben Davis guided Julie Lou onto the Miami Valley Raceway track to warm up at 10:48 Saturday morning, the five-year-old mare was the first horse to ever set foot on the brand new five-eighths mile oval. Four hours later, 14 qualifying races had been completed successfully with high praise for the racing surface and an air of eager anticipation for opening night of the pari-mutuel m...
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Robinson-Rawlings take Buffalo feature

on 02/01/2014 12:00 AM
Sand Summerfield didn't mind the rainy, raw and sloppy conditions at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Feb.1) as he splashed and dashed his way to victory over Stonebridge Rocket in the $10,500 Open Pace. The win completed the sweep in Open competition for owner Robert Main and trainer Jason Robinson at Buffalo Raceway as Ellisarro Hanover took the $10,500 Open Trot on Friday night.   ...
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Prairie Jaguar extends streak to 7 wins

on 02/01/2014 12:00 AM
This harness racing journalist had to make a decision after Prairie Jaguar won for the seventh consecutive time at Pompano Park--simply "cut and paste" the same article written in his last start two weeks ago or write something new. Of course, the answer is obvious.   Prairie Jaguar, the incredible Florida bred six year-old son of Spy Hard, did it again--winning, this time, in 1:49....
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Dancin Yankee steps to 8-1 Dover victory

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
After consecutive fast wins, 8-1 Dancin Yankee moved into the $30,000 Preferred to another win to highlight a strong Thursday card at Dover Downs.   Overlooked in the betting despite two straight impressive victories, Dancin Yankee, driven by Chris Page, blew past the leaders in the stretch to record a 1:51.1 triumph in the top purse race of the week. The 6-year-old son o...
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