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Montenegro upsets Darena Hanover in 1:54

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
Montenegro tucked in behind the favorite, Darena Hanover, then blew by her in the lane to pull off an 11-1 upset victory in Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Montenegro was caught wide the first quarter, but when Tony Hall steered her to the pocket, the 5-year-old daughter of Camluck-Cyber Wave got welcome cover and scored in ...
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Avatartist wires field in Valedictory leg

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
Over a track rated ‘sloppy,' Avatartist and driver/co-owner Mike Saftic took the lone $15,000 division of the second leg of the Valedictory series on Friday at Woodbine. With the victory, the son of Rocknroll Hanover stamped his way into the rich $33,900 final on Boxing Day (December 26), which holds a special 1:00 p.m. first-race post time.   The field was narrowed down from 12 t...
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Christmas miracle for NJ harness racing family

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
This holiday season, Frank Rende Jr. is conjuring up every ounce of his faith, work ethic and positive energy to pull through a recent family disaster.   On Nov. 29, after celebrating Thanksgiving, Rende, his wife Debbie, and their three children, Nicholas, 19, Vincent, 9, and Sofia, 8, were suddenly awakened just after 4:30 a.m. and forced to flee their burning home in Ringwoo...
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Tetrick recovering from hip replacement surgery

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
Driver Tim Tetrick told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that while he is still in some pain following surgery two days ago to replace his left hip, the operation was successful and he hopes to return to the sulky in early February. Because of a degenerative hip condition that resulted in him limping and in constant pain, Tetrick had his right hip replaced in December 2008 and originally ...
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Three named unanimous Dan Patch winners

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, and Maven were unanimous 2013 Dan Patch Award selections as the best harness racing horses in their respective divisions, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday.   A total of 131 ballots were returned. Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician and older female trotter Maven were named on all 131 while 2-year-old male trotter Father ...
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McMullen, Buxton named MSOA directors

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has announced that John McMullen and Brad Buxton have been newly elected to its board of directors.   McMullen, of Armagh, Pa., will serve as an owner director while Buxton, of Meadow Lands, Pa., was elected as a trainer/driver director.   The third open seat went to Jon Erdner of Washington, Pa., also an owner director, who was...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
Michael Jordan did it successfully, so why can't Hypnotic Blue Chip? Find out the connection between basketball star and harness star in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Also, Take My Picture went dashing through the snow with a two-wheeled harness sulky to victory last weekend at Woodbine, and driver Paul MacDonell talks about how the blizzard-like conditions affected both h...
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Scioto dates approved; Miami Valley on hold

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
At the monthly meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission earlier Thursday, a resolution authorizing live racing dates for 2014 at Scioto Downs were approved. Also, the commission has reportedly postponed the granting of a race license to the new Miami Valley Gaming and Racing because of concerns the track does not plan on having any mutuel clerks and rely solely on self-serve wage...
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Breeder Myrna Sholty dies in Lexington

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
Myrna Sholty, the widow of Hall of Famer George F. Sholty, died Thursday afternoon in Lexington, Ky., after battling cancer. She was 74.   Ms. Sholty was actively involved in harness racing throughout her late husband's career, and following his passing she continued to be involved, breeding notable performers Power To Charm 3, 1:53.1 ($664,880) and Whata Winner 3, 1:55 ($642,844). ...
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Can Bad Girl Vegas keep defying the odds?

on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
Bad Girl Vegas hasn't been getting the attention she deserves when she lines up behind the gate these days, but that may change when the second leg of the Niagara Series goes to post Thursday at Woodbine.   The pacing daughter of Believeinbruiser has won two straight races at the helm of Jonathan Drury and has certainly rewarded her backers.   On Nov. 25 at Flamboro,...
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Toys for Tots rescheduled on Saturday at BIg M

on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will hold its 10th annual Toys for Tots collection drive this Saturday, Dec. 21. The event was previously scheduled for this past Saturday, but was postponed when live racing was canceled due to the winter storm in the area.   All are welcome to bring in new, unwrapped toys throughout the day and spread some magic and cheer this holiday season ...
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Morgan presented key to Grove City

on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
On Tuesday evening, trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. received a special proclamation and the key to the city from mayor Richard "Ike" Stage of Grove City, Ohio.   The presentation was made to recognize Morgan's achievement as the first trainer, since the U.S. Trotting Association has kept records, to reach 5,000 lifetime training wins (as of Tuesday evening, he had 5,051).   ...
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Canada's 2013 O'Brien finalists announced

on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada on Wednesday announced the finalists for the 2013 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.   This will be the 25th edition of the O'Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O'Brien, an outstanding horseman and member o...
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Kindly Poet still going strong at age 10

on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
At the age of 10, Kindly Poet is hard not consider the ultimate war horse on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit. The veteran pacer has been a star at the Rexdale oval and has gone on to earn 44 career victories and is a mere $7,640 shy of surpassing $1 million in career earnings.   On top of that great accomplishment, the talented pacer etched a new 1:49.4 career best this season at...
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Smilin Eli NJSS premier horse of 2013

on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
Smilin Eli has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division Horse of the Year for 2013. The son of Muscles Yankee won all three of his NJSS starts at The Meadolwands, including the $150,000 championship final in a career best and stakes record matching 1:51.2. The award for NJSS Green Acres Division Horse of the Year went to the two-year-old pacing filly Ideal Helen, winner ...
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Perfect Chance repeats in Meadows F&M Trot

on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
Perfect Chance made it look easy on the front end once more, ripping off her second straight victory in Wednesday’s $16,500 Filly $ Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life trot. Although parked the opening panel in 28, Perfect Chance had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of True Day Dream for Dave Palone and scoring in 1:55.3. Even-money favorite Daylon Miracle finished second, 2...
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Jersey Boy wins second straight at Dover

on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
For the second straight week, Jersey Boy turned back seven rivals to score a 1:54.3 victory in the $20,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Trace Tetrick driving for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. and owners Dom Costanzo, Dawn Gannon and Yannick Gingras became the fourth and last horse to take the lead, matched his lifetime best of last Wednesday, a 1:54.3 triumph. The four-year-old...
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Kramer sets Sports Creek mark with 8 wins

on 12/17/2013 12:00 AM
If Santa Claus is hampered by snow next week while trying to deliver his Christmas presents, maybe he should turn to Michigan-based driver Brad Kramer for help. Kramer proved last Saturday night at Sports Creek Raceway he can find his way through snow as he won a track-record eight races over a racetrack surface rated three seconds off by the stewards because of the conditions. Because of t...
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Yonkers cancels Tuesday card due to weather

on 12/17/2013 12:00 AM
A third early taste of winter in the greater New York area has forced Yonkers Raceway to cancel its live racing program and evening simulcasting for Tuesday, Dec. 17. Afternoon simulcasting remains available until approximately 6 p.m.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Thursday, Dec. 19, with the usual 7:10 p.m. first post, as the Raceway continues its final live week of the seaso...
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Abbatiello, Fusco take Freehold titles

on 12/17/2013 12:00 AM
Driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Vincent Fusco Jr. wrapped up meet titles when Freehold Raceway wrapped up its 2013 season on Saturday, Dec. 14.   "I believe this is the third consecutive driving title for me at Freehold,” said Abbatiello. "I appreciate the opportunities given to me by the trainers at Freehold.”   Abbatiello held a five-win margin over Jim Pantalean...
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