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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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Longtime Ohio owner Jack Shearer dies

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Longtime Standardbred owner Jack R.Shearer died Wednesday, Jan. 29. He was 86.   Mr. Shearer was born in Canton on Aug. 13, 1927, to the late Nelson and Ester (Roth) Shearer. He attended Avondale Elementary and was a member of the class of 1945 at Lehman High School.   After serving two years in the Navy and attending Ohio University, he joined his three-generation f...
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NJSS sustaining payments due Feb. 15

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
The Feb. 15 deadline for New Jersey Sires Stakes first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of NJ-sired 2-year-old and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2014 Premier and Green Acres racing programs.   The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at the Meadowlands in 2014 starting in May for 3 year olds and in late June for 2 yea...
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PA Equine Coalition issues statement

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition is fully opposed to the proposed legislation introduced by state Rep.Todd Stephens to transfer $250 million annually from the Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF) to support education funding in Pennsylvania. Representative Stephens has unfortunately chosen to propose this legislation as a means to score political points. While we agree that equitable and fair f...
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SBOA honors Freehold outrider Cumberland

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association and the horsemen who compete at Freehold Raceway gathered in the winner's circle on Friday, Jan. 31, to salute outrider Beth Cumberland. After the fourth race on the card, Cumberland was presented with a plaque which read: "Thank you for your exemplary horsemanship on January 10, 2014.” Joining her for the presentation were SBOANJ Execu...
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Meadows executive Mike Jeannot dies at 61

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Mike Jeannot, president of Meadows Racing for The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, died Friday, his family confirmed. He was 61 and had been suffering from liver cancer. "The entire Meadows family is saddened by the passing of Mike,” said Bill Paulos, principal of Cannery Casino Resorts, which owns and operates The Meadows. "His enthusiasm for his work, combined with his genuine and warm p...
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Miss Poppycock upsets at 10-1 in Blizzard

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Trainer Murray Brethour had much to be thankful for on Friday night at Woodbine as his stable stars finished first and second in the $34,000 final of the Blizzard Series. After finishing second in both preliminary legs, Miss Poppycock scored the 10-1 upset for Brethour with stablemate Murrayfield finishing second in 1:54.1.   Rock N Roll Xample (Billy Davis, Jr.) was the quickest to...
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Economy Terror wins from post 8 at Yonkers

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all qualified participants--were won by Economy Terror (Ron Pierce, $15.20) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $5.50).   Ordered behind the eight-ball, Economy Terror--a winner in her last effort two weeks ago--saw a whole lot of action take place in front of her. A wide-early Lorrie P...
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Ellisarro Hanover, Peter Wrenn win at Buffalo

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Ellisarro Hanover used a big brush down the backstretch to the three-quarter pole and took off from there to notch an impressive 6-3/4 length victory in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (Jan. 31).   Fiorentina (Aaron Byron) had laid down a :58.4 opening half mile over the fast track but Ellisarro Hanover (Peter Wrenn) went first-over at that point and was out and movi...
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Magic made in Meadows featured trot

on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
Despite jumping up two classes, Magic Wheel controlled the mile after an uncertain start and collected her third straight victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Magic Wheel appeared to be idling on the outside early before Mike Wilder clicked her into gear. She roared to the front and scored in 1:58.1 on a "slow” surface. Don't Bl...
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