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Palone, Wilder close out The Meadows in style

on 12/24/2013 12:00 AM
Count Me In roared three wide around the final turn and powered on to his second straight victory in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Count Me In was trailing by three lengths when Mike Wilder moved him wide for the decisive move. He knifed through the slop and scored at 6-1 in 1:56.2, a neck better than Summer Indian. Longshot Martz Time finished thir...
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Vintage Master to remain in Ontario in 2014

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
Although the original plan had Vintage Master moving to New Jersey for the 2014 breeding season, it has been decided that the world champion racehorse and promising young stallion will remain in Ontario for next year.   According to Brittany Stallion Management, he will continue to stand at Winbak Farm of Canada in Caledon, Ont. for a fee of $3,500©.   Brittany manag...
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Monticello cancels Monday race card

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway has cancelled its Monday, Dec. 23, race card.   "Due to an unsafe racetrack caused by the unusually warm winter temperatures in our area so for the safety of everyone concerned, we canceled our live race card Monday,” noted Eric Warner, senior director of racing.   No racing is scheduled on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and with no racing on Christ...
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Important deadlines for Pennsylvania breeders

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission reminds horsemen that Pennsylvania-sired yearlings must be nominated to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, with the first supplemental nominations, for those missing the regular May 15 deadline, requiring postmarking by Dec. 31. Owners who pay after this date will incur a higher fee during the Jan. 1–Mar. 15, 2014 period, and must also make the March 15 ...
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Tetrick, Burke honored again by USHWA

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick and Ron Burke both need to make room for another award. For the second consecutive year, Tetrick was named harness racing's best driver while Burke nabbed the honor for trainers for the second time in three seasons..   Results for the awards, voted upon by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, were announced Monday.   A 32-year-old Illinois native, Tetrick has...
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Rosecroft meet ends with live handle up 28%

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
The recently concluded 29-night fall meet at Rosecroft Raceway showed a 28% in total live handle versus the comparable 2012 meet. A robust export handle, especially on Tuesday evenings, helped fuel the increased wagering figures.  Exports were up 39% for the fall meet; live on-track handle was down just under 3%.   Another highlight of the fall meet was the strong Maryland raci...
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Prairie Jaguar 1:50 winner at Pompano

on 12/22/2013 12:00 AM
Northern Companion scored a repeat win in Pompano Park's feature $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night, but had to share the spotlight with Prairie Jaguar as the latter scorched the "PPk" five-eighths mile oval in a lifetime best 1:50 to win the Open 2 Pace.   Prairie Jaguar, a Florida-bred five year-old son of Spy Hard driven this night by Jason Dillander, rocketed out of the gate fr...
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I Luv The Nitelife NJ Standardbred of the Year

on 12/22/2013 12:00 AM
I Luv The Nitelife, one of the top pacers of the year, has been named 2013 Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy winner as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year as selected by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.   I Luv The Nitelife will be among the honorees at the 57th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 26, 2014 at Charley's Other Brother in Easta...
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1:48.4 mile by Validus Deo; $2.88 million handle

on 12/22/2013 12:00 AM
While we are many months away from the warm spring and summer months and the marquis Championship Meet at the Meadowlands, the unseasonably mild conditions provided a hint of summer on the track on Saturday night. In what was the fastest mile witnessed so far at the new Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Validus Deo opened eyes by going a huge first-over trip and stopping the teletim...
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Sweet Justice wins again at Meadowlands

on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM
Dave Miller, who had driven Sweet Justice to victory in his last two starts was missing from that horse's sulkyFriday night at the Meadowlands. That was because a horse that Miller co-owns, Aisling, was entered in the same race. While Aisling mounted a strong late surge to finish a very solid third from an impossible spot, it was Sweet Justice who stole the show again.   Making the ...
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Woodbine cancels Saturday due to ice storm

on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will cancel its live card of racing for Saturday evening. The 12-race program has been cancelled due to an impending ice storm in the Greater Toronto Area.   Live racing will resume on Boxing Day (December 26) with a special 1 p.m. post time.
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Sapphire City takes Yonkers Open Pace

on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM
Last laurels of the season went to Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) Saturday night, who won Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace.   In the fray early from post position 3, Sapphire City, along with Dream Out Loud N (Matt Kakaley) and Dallenbach Hanover (Larry Stalbaum), led the legions. They were 1-2-3 through early intervals of :27 and :55.2. Escape The News (George Brennan), as th...
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Solid Queen takes fastest Niagara split

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
Fifteen sophomore pacing fillies made their way to Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday evening to contest two divisions of the $15,000 second leg of the Niagara Series. The Niagara Series is for 3-year-old fillies, who are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of Oct. 31.   After skipping the opening round of the series, U.S. invader Joe Bongiorno guided Solid Queen to victory in 1:53.3. In...
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Bartlett scores 5,000th career victory

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
He was the victim of bad luck Monday (shuffled out of the last race) and bad weather Tuesday (Mother Nature snowed on his parade), but Jason Bartlett completed his appointed rounds Thursday night.   Bartlett, a Yonkers Raceway mainstay since migrating from Maine a few seasons ago, drove his 5,000th career winner. He hit the number with solid, two-move effort from Box Car Johnnie ($8...
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Byron takes home Mighty M's America Cup

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
In what turned out to be a bit of a shocker, Aaron Byron and Secluded Island stalked the pacesetter and 1-5 favorite, Hickory Louie, until the final turn and then they battled all the way to the wire with Byron's pacer prevailing by a head in a 2:01.3 clocking over a muddy racetrack in the Heritage Drivers Series final at Monticello Raceway on Thursday.   Monticello Raceways Heritag...
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TrackMaster upgrades its pocket, tablet products

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
TrackMaster has announced an upgrade to its Pocket and Tablet Handicapper products with the addition of Harness race cards to its popular apps.  The Harness products are available for both smart phones and tablets using both Apple and Android operating systems. The Harness versions of the products are similar in functionality and content to their Thoroughbred counterparts, but specificall...
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Ontario commission reviews 2014 dates

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) today announced the decision on a number of additional applications seeking variances to the assigned dates for 2014.   In addition to previous applications from Woodbine Entertainment Group for Woodbine Standardbred, Western Fair Association and Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) for Flamboro, dealt with by the Director in p...
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Catalogs available for Tattersalls sale

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
The sale catalog and racelines for the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale, presented by Tattersalls, are now available on the company's website, www.tattersallsredmile.com. For iPad users, the catalog is also on the Equineline® sales catalog app.Those on the company's mailing list should receive the printed catalog and racelines later in December.   The sale, to be held ...
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Oldford named Amateur Driver of the Year

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
Steve Oldford, of Croswell, Mich., has been named the U.S. Harness Writers Association's 2013 Amateur Driver of the Year and it is hard to come up with a more stellar list of accomplishments than those he has achieved this year.   He is this year's Billings overall point champion as well as the points champ in the Billings Midwest Region and a winner of one of the Bil...
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Aldrich scored eight-bagger at Monticello

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
There is no denying that Bruce Aldrich Jr. has arrived. He's had a great season and is third in races won in North America with 632, and on Friday afternoon over a muddy racetrack at Monticello Raceway, Aldrich put the icing on the cake when he reined eight winners on the card. His output left him one short of Billy "Zeke” Parker's nine wins which the bearded wonder had on Oct. 22, 1996. &nbs...
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