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Emeritus Maximus tops sale at $248,000

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
Hip 183 Emeritus Maximus, who was purchased for $248,000, was the sales topper Monday at the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale presented by Tattersalls.   Kevin McDermott bought the 4-year-old male pacer for brothers John and Tom Cancelliere.   "He's Roman, so I had to get him,” John Cancelliere said, laughing. "We're from the same peninsula.”   Em...
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Killean Acres' Don McNiven dies at 81

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
Longtime breeder and owner Don McNiven of Ingersoll, Ont., died on Saturday, Jan. 18. He was 81.   Mr. McNiven played a major role in the harness racing industry. Although he worked for 35 years in the Ingersoll post office, he helped establish Killean Acres along with his father Robert and brothers Bob and Jack in the 1950s. Over the years, Killean stood three of Ont...
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Palone, Wrenn Jr., Noble at Miami Valley opener

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
Hall of Famer Dave Palone, the winningest driver in the storied history of North American harness racing and the reigning Harness Tracks of America ‘Driver of the Year', has accepted an invitation to compete on the inaugural three racing programs at the brand new Miami Valley Raceway in southeast Ohio. He will join Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble, also recent national dash champions, and a ho...
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On The Cusp wins Mares Open at Dover

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
The sport's leading driver, Corey Callahan, piloted On The Cusp to her second win in a row stepping up and besting six foes to win the $20,000 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Dr. Martin Luther King day on Monday.   Callahan, who streak of three consecutive four-win days at the track came to an end on a day when he only drove two winners, steered On The Cusp to a 1:53.1 succes...
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Gingras wins six at Meadowlands

on 01/19/2014 12:00 AM
Apparently five wasn't enough. That must have been what Yannick Gingras was thinking as he took to the track Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   On the heels of a five-win night on Friday, Gingras did one better, winning six on the Saturday program. Included in his victories was a win in the featured Free For All Handicap with Bettor's Edge, who went right to the lead, setting frac...
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Lumberjack Willie barrels to Yonkers victory

on 01/19/2014 12:00 AM
Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) prevailed from the two hole Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned post position No. 2, he was sequestered second behind 7-10 choice Sapphire City (Eric Carlson.) That one led through early intervals of :27.3 and a flat 57 seconds.   Not a whole of grief from a first-up Safe Harbor in and out of...
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Dont Say Goodbye scores in Buffalo feature

on 01/19/2014 12:00 AM
Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) continued his winning ways in Western New York as he made it three straight locally by capturing the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night. Since arriving from Indiana in November, Dont Say Goodby ($4.20) has been a perfect three-for-three, all coming in the Open paces.   The 6-year-old gelding won two Opens at Batavia Downs in November...
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World Cup scores at 17-1 at Meadowlands

on 01/18/2014 12:00 AM
Billed as a matchup between the razor sharp Sweet Justice and the classy Daylon Magician, Friday's Open Trot at the Meadowlands seemed to be a two-horse race on paper, but in the end, it was anything but. Sweet Justice broke stride right at the start, seemingly leaving the race to Daylon Magician who asserted an early lead.   Setting fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:23.4, Daylon Magi...
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Sayitall BB's streak hits six in Blizzard split

on 01/18/2014 12:00 AM
The opening round of the Blizzard Series got underway on Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Twenty-eight 3- and 4-year-old pacing fillies and mares were showcased in three $15,000 divisions.   In the opening division, Sayitall BB and Jody Jamieson won in a nail-biter for trainer Ron Burke in 1:54. With the victory, the swift pacer remains undefeated in six career starts as she se...
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Economy Terror, Zooming take Yonkers features

on 01/18/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot who all RSVP'd in time--were won by odds-on favorite Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald, $3.80) and second-up Zooming (Tyler Buter, $14.60).   As the 9-10 favorite, Economy Terror--from post position No. 7--was the line leaver. She easily worked around pole-sitting palm Patrol (Larry Stalbaum) b...
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Prix d'Ete 4-year-old pace returns in 2014

on 01/17/2014 12:00 AM
The Quebec Jockey Club (QJC) is pleased to announce the revival of the Prix d'Ete as a race for 4-year-old pacers, to be contested Sunday, Sept. 21, at Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivieres.   With a guaranteed purse of $200,000, the race marks the return of a great tradition and reflects the intention of the Quebec Jockey Club to have the province's harness racing industry return, p...
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Time To Quit fastest in Super Bowl splits

on 01/17/2014 12:00 AM
He had to work a bit harder this time, but Time To Quit was victorious once again on Thursday at the Meadowlands, winning his division of the second round of the Super Bowl by a hard-fought nose over Cajole Hanover in 1:55.1.   Despite being labeled as the horse to beat in the series, Time To Quit escaped as the second choice in the wagering at 2-1. Cajole Hanover received all ...
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Grand Circuit returns to Scioto in 2014

on 01/17/2014 12:00 AM
Scioto Downs will once again host Grand Circuit racing during the 2014 summer racing season.   The Laverne Hill Memorial Pace will be the first Grand Circuit race to be held at the Columbus five-eighths-mile oval in 2014 on May 17, Preakness Day. The 4-year-old and up mare pace will be raced as an overnight with no nominating fee and will go for $50,000 (guaranteed). The top 10 life...
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Freehold issues statement on meeting

on 01/17/2014 12:00 AM
The following is a statement from Freehold Raceway on meeting with horsemen and members of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.   Howard Bruno, General Manager, Freehold Raceway: "We appreciated the opportunity to speak with the Freehold based horsemen on Wednesday afternoon regarding the incident that occurred last Friday (Jan....
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Freehold, horsemen meet over track concerns

on 01/16/2014 12:00 AM
A private 90-minute meeting between Freehold Raceway officials and New Jersey-licensed horsemen was held at Freehold Wednesday afternoon to discuss the incident last Friday that occurred when the starting gate slid sideways on a rain-soaked surface and turned back toward the horses seconds after letting the horses loose at the start of the fifth race, which resulted in several drivers being ta...
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Breeders Crowns set for Nov. 21-22 at Big M

on 01/16/2014 12:00 AM
The 2014 Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands will be raced over two nights in November, with the year-end championships divided into a four-race block of distaff races on Friday, Nov. 21, and the remaining eight championship races held Saturday, Nov. 22.   The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot and Pace for 3-year-old fillies, and a pair of $250,000 Crowns for Mare pacers and trotters will ...
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Freehold accident examined in Weekend Preview

on 01/16/2014 12:00 AM
Ever since the starting car slid sideways seconds after the start of Race 5 at Freehold Raceway on Jan. 10, which led to horses colliding into the car and five drivers being transported to the hospital, there has been much discussion. In the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we examine not only what happened, but possibly why it happened, and what is being looked at to...
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Nova Artist snags 32nd career victory

on 01/16/2014 12:00 AM
For the second straight week, Nova Artist recreated a 1:50.4 victory to win the $30,000 Preferred Pace at Dover Downs, while Jeremy's Successor stepped up for a second consecutive victory, taking the $27,500 Delaware Special, the top two races on a powerful Thursday, Jan. 16, program.   Allan Davis put Nova Artist into high gear in the stretch and the son of Real Artist-Avon La...
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Former pacer wins trot debut at Northfield

on 01/15/2014 12:00 AM
Pacer turned trotter, Action-Ear-To-Ear, was successful in his trotting debut in the opening race on Tuesday at Northfield Park. Action-Ear-To-Ear began from post two and led at virtually every call, posting a winning time of 2:05.3.   Action-Ear-To-Ear (Grinfromeartoear-Life With Mindy-Life Sign) began racing in Canada in 2010, winning one of five races as a freshman pacer. He was ...
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Ryan notches five-bagger at Monticello

on 01/15/2014 12:00 AM
Look out Bruce Aldrich Jr. Don't look over your shoulder, Jimmy Marohn Jr. There's a new kid on the block at Monticello Raceway and he's hungry for winning races. He's Jason Ryan and he's got talent.   On a muddy Tuesday, Ryan broke out and reined five winners.   Asked if he moves up when he drives on a muddy track,  Ryan answered: "Not particularly, but I get a...
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