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Captain getting ready for Meadowlands Maturity

on 03/24/2014 2:00 AM
As the 2013 harness racing season came to a close, the then 3-year-old Captaintreacherous headed to the Meadowlands for a race against the sport's best older male pacers. Although "TheCaptain” finished sixth in that race -- the $512,000 TVG Free for AllChampionship won by ageless Foiled Again -- trainer Tony Alagna was happy withwhat he saw.   Now as the 4-year-old Captaintreacher...
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A busy Saturday night at The Meadowlands

on 03/23/2014 2:00 AM
The six week "Legends vs Phenoms” Meadowlands drivers’ tournament kicked off with the Saturday, with the top point earner of each distinction awarded a $2,000 prize. Scott Zeron was the leader at every call for the Phenoms and had his bounty salted away by race ten. The Legends, though fewer in number, were far more contentious in their competition. The Millers, Andy (who seemed to re...
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Foiled Again--Again--in Levy Series at Yonkers

on 03/23/2014 2:00 AM
That Foiled Again came out swinging in the opening round of Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series shouldn’t have come as a surprise…though some of the wagering public needed convincing. The now-10-year-old began his season and a quest for a third Levy title, throwing down the gauntlet with a wire-to-wire win the last of five, $50,000 divisions. In play early fr...
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Modern Family wins feature at Pocono

on 03/22/2014 2:00 AM
Modern Family parlayed a pocket trip into a late-kicking victory in the Preferred Handicap featured trot on Opening Night Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $25,000. Leaving from post position #7 in a field of nine as the 4-5 favorite, Modern Family was sent to the front end early by driver/trainer Daryl Bier before ceding the lead in the ...
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Salazar takes Buffalo open pace

on 03/22/2014 2:00 AM
Salazar made an early first-over move and kept right on going in registering an easy four length victory over Sand Savage in the featured $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (March 22). Sitting sixth before the half-mile marker, the favored Salazar ($4.80) and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. were already out and and winging. Getting the lead past the three-quarter pole, it was Salaza...
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Cruizin K C ekes out open win at Pompano

on 03/22/2014 2:00 AM
Cruizin K C, deftly handled by Mark O'Mara, edged by a stubborn Northern Companion (Dave Ingraham) turning for home and then held off the late surging Cartoonist (Bruce Ranger) to eke out a narrow win over the latter in 1:51.4 in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. Northern Companion was a clear third at the end of the mile, while Premier, pacing the fastest ...
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Up Front Kellie Jo upsets at Northfield

on 03/21/2014 2:00 AM
Up Front Kellie Jo was victorious in the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday in Northfield Park's fifth race. She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners C. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive.   Up Front Kellie Jo (Bettor's Delight-Life's Highway-Life Sign) started from post six and was content being mid-pack while her competition ca...
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Spiritina breaks maiden in Meadows series

on 03/21/2014 2:00 AM
A nine-race maiden entering Friday’s Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows, Spiritina blew up the tote board with a shocking victory at 94-1 in the slop. There was no Show wagering in the race, but a $2 Win/Place ticket returned $422.20. Stirling Bella took the other $15,000, third-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers. The Donna Dunn championship, alo...
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Armed Dangerously in narrow win at Buffalo

on 03/21/2014 2:00 AM
Armed Dangerously needed everything in his arsenal to hang on for a nose victory over a hard-charging Fiorentina in the featured $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (March 21) in a lifetime best of 1:58.1. It took every step for Armed Dangerously to capture his third victory in six starts in 2014. After finally disposing of a parked Detailer just past the half mile, Armed Dangerou...
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Horse & Groom continues at Meadowlands

on 03/21/2014 2:00 AM
The second $20,000 leg of the Horse & Groom trotting series drew a dozen entries and went as the first and third races on the Friday night card. Bambino Glide took the opener in wire to wire fashion for Andy Miller to kick off the card on a pleasant spring evening, reducing his career record to 1:52.2 in the process. Miller sent the favored Bambino Glide to the top and ...
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Matchmaker quartet features solid efforts

on 03/21/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier series for Open Mare pacers. Four, $40,000 divisions went postward. The first event saw Angel’s Delight (George Brennan, $16.40) pop from a perfect second-over trip in 1:53.2. Leaving from post position No. 5, she watched as Shelliscape (Tim Tetrick) take over from Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube),...
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Dragon Lore wires field in Big M victory

on 03/21/2014 2:00 AM
On what is likely to be Yannick Gingras' final night at the Meadowlands until after the Levy and Matchmaker Series at Yonkers, the Big M's leading driver went out with a driving double on Thursday night.   First, he scored on Dragon Lore in the 5th race $9,000 C-2 Pace at 5-2. It was Dragon Lore's first start since Feb. 22, but he was ready off a qualifier where he finished up in a ...
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Harness Racing Fan Zone introduced

on 03/20/2014 2:00 AM
To help drive greater awareness of and engagement with the sport of harness racing to current and new fans, the United States Trotting Association ("USTA”), in partnership with social consultancy, Converseon and key industry constituents, have officially launched a new socially powered, consumer-facing website, The Harness Racing Fan Zone (http://www.harnessracingfanzone.com/).   ...
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Jeff Gregory to drive in qualifiers Friday

on 03/20/2014 2:00 AM
Jeff Gregory, who suffered a broken left elbow in a racing accident on Sept. 6, 2013, at Freehold Raceway, will make his return to action on Friday morning, March 21, in qualifying races at the Meadowlands. The East Windsor, NJ resident expects to be back driving in races next week.   Gregory's elbow was shattered and required extensive surgery and rehab after the spill. He had...
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Meadowlands changes draw schedule

on 03/20/2014 2:00 AM
Beginning with the draw for the weekend of March 28, the Meadowlands will shift to a Monday-Tuesday draw schedule. Going forward, the Friday card will be closed on Monday at 9 a.m. while the Saturday card will be closed on Tuesday at 9 a.m. In addition, beginning Saturday, March 29, qualifiers will be moved to Saturdays at 10 a.m. with the box for qualifiers closing at 4 p.m. on Friday. Those ...
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Scarborough Downs issues statement on bill

on 03/20/2014 2:00 AM
LD 1111, an act that would authorize the creation of a fully-integrated racino at Scarborough Downs or another Southern Maine location, continues to make its way through the Maine legislative process. After an overwhelming vote of support from the House of Representatives last week, the Senate last night voted to indefinitely postpone action on the bill. This morning, the House of Represent...
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Woodbine adjusts quailfying schedule

on 03/20/2014 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced that it has made an adjustment to this week's qualifying session.   Due to the high demand of qualifiers this week, Woodbine Racetrack will host qualifying sessions on both Friday and Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. Five qualifiers on the pace will take place on Friday, while a quartet of qualifiers on the trot will be featured on Saturda...
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Freehold to pay accident equipment claims

on 03/20/2014 2:00 AM
Chris McErlean, vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming, parent company of Freehold Raceway, has sent a letter to Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association president Tom Luchento that noted claims already submitted for damage suffered in a race accident Jan. 10 have been approved. "I have been informed by our legal counsel involved with our insurance company that any claim subm...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/20/2014 2:00 AM
The George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Matchmaker series begin this weekend at Yonkers Raceway and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes a look at both. Foiled Again has had great success in the Levy Series—but do you know exactly how much success? And what are Feeling You's chances of repeating in the Matchmaker? Also, we asked some regulators their thoughts on 20-y...
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Hoosier adds technology to race charts

on 03/20/2014 2:00 AM
Buoyed by a sensational 27 percent increase in all-sources handle for the 2013 live harness racing meet over the previous year, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has now set sail on providing the most accurate past performance lines in harness racing history for the upcoming 2014 live harness meet.   Along with the recent addition of Trakus, the automated racehorse tracking system, H...
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