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Hoosier open for training; meet begins March 28

on 03/17/2014 2:00 AM
Training is officially underway for the upcoming season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the seven-eighths mile oval was opened to horsemen on Monday, March 17. The track will remain open for training from 6 a.m.-12 p.m. the rest of the week, with weather permitting. Stalls were allotted for the upcoming season by Hoosier Park Race Secretary Scott Peine, and hor...
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Morrill, Hall, Smith to drive at Meadowlands

on 03/17/2014 2:00 AM
A couple of new shooters have declared their intentions to drive at the Meadowlands this coming weekend, including two that have confirmed their intention to participate in the upcoming drivers' competition at The Meadowlands that begins this Saturday.   Jim Morrill Jr. will be racing at the Meadowlands on Friday only for the next few weeks as he transitions into the summer meet at ...
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Imagine Hanover continues roll in Weaver Series

on 03/17/2014 2:00 AM
Imagine Hanover continued his march through the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot, rolling to his third straight series win Monday at The Meadows. Spicey Victor took the other $15,000, third-leg split in the event for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts, horses and geldings.   The championship legs of the Ken Weaver and three other current series at The Meadows are set for Friday, March 28. ...
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Alexachase rallies to win Dover feature

on 03/17/2014 2:00 AM
A post position change was a help as Alexachase closed quickly for a 1:52.3 triumph in the St. Patrick's Day $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Monday at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce drove five winners.   With Pierce and Jeremes Sweetheart cutting out the fast pace, Alexachase, who picked up lengths but not position change after starting from outside post eight last week, closed st...
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Feeling You set to defend Matchmaker title

on 03/17/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's six-week fairer-sex festival, otherwise known as the Blue Chip Matchmaker, begins Friday night. Twenty-nine (of the 39) eligible Free-For-All pacing mares made their intentions known, resulting in four, $40,000, opening-round divisions. They go as races 4,6,9 and 10 on the 12-race card.   Defending series champion Feeling You drew into the third event, landing post...
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Customer Appreciation Days at Northfield Park

on 03/17/2014 2:00 AM
Last Wednesday and Thursday (March 12-13), Northfield Park was forced to close due to an Ohio Edison high voltage electric line that fell on the property as a result of issues surrounding a late winter snowstorm.   As part of Northfield's Customer Appreciation, this Wednesday (March 19) and Thursday (March 20), Player Reward members will receive a coupon for a FREE $10 wager; FREE N...
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Simon Allard wins $8k in PPk drivers' tourney

on 03/16/2014 2:00 AM
Despite being "not quite as sharp," Prairie Jaguar, with Jason Dillander in the sulky, was still able to capture his ninth straight victory at Pompano Park on Saturday night in the $10,000 Open Pace. Again, Northern Companion finished second for Dave Ingraham while Cruizin KC, driven by Mark O'Mara, finished third. Lyons Johnny, Premier and Legal Dream comprised the rest of the finish.   ...
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3YOs Bestofthebunch, Leyden win at Dover

on 03/16/2014 2:00 AM
Bestofthebunch and Leyden, both 3-year-olds, scored lifetime-fastest victories in co-feature events for young horses amid a light snow shower on Sunday, March 16, at Dover Downs.   Veteran Ron Pierce rushed Bestofthebunch out from post 8 to get the lead and led eight followers on the way to a lifetime record 1:53.3 victory in the first of the Delaware $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old ...
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After accident, fund set up to help Janet Davis

on 03/16/2014 2:00 AM
One of the most giving people in harness racing, Janet Davis, who has championed numerous charity causes in recent years and was winner of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Service to Youth award last month at the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) ‘Night of Champions' dinner, has run into some bad luck and now needs help herself.   Last week, the Davis's truck transporting ...
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Royal Cee Cee N wins Yonkers Open

on 03/15/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a pace for the ladies and a trot for all who sent in the box tops--were won by a pocket-sitting Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $5) and an come-from-behind Super Manning (Matt Kakaley, $6.70).   Royal Cee Cee N, who became a career millionairess with a second-place finish a week ago, was in play early this night from post positi...
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Somwherovrarainbow cruises in 1:49.1

on 03/15/2014 2:00 AM
The 2013 season for filly pacers was all about I Luv The Nitelife and Shebestingin. At year's end, Somwherovrarainbow hadn't lived up the her2-year-old championship season. Now four, Somwherovrarainbow decided she was going to make a statement in her 2014 debut, a $22,500 B-1/A-2 Handicap for filly & mare pacers at the Meadowlands Friday night.   In a race that included a w...
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Canadian pacer Kindly Poet tops $1 million

on 03/15/2014 2:00 AM
With a third-place finish in a $14,000 conditioned event on Saturday evening at Woodbine, Kindly Poet etched his way into the history books as he became harness racing's newest millionaire--using Canadian funds, where he has been based for his entire career. The talented 11-year-old son of Western Ideal was a mere $460 shy before the contest, but driver Chris Christoforou gave Kindly Poet...
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Pierce, Sears each win 4 Saturday at Yonkers

on 03/15/2014 2:00 AM
Montana Pablo A (Ron Pierce) prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's Ides of March $22,000 featured high-conditioned pace.   Away fourth from position 4, "Pablo" saw 17-10 favorite Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) control the intervals of :27.3 and :56.1. Aracache Hanover (George Brennan) then moved from third, with Montana Pablo A tailing.   ...
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9 straight wins for Apprentice Hanover

on 03/15/2014 2:00 AM
Apprentice Hanover dominated yet another $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack while lowering his own Canadian season's record to 1:50.4 early Saturday evening. He's now headed to the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway.   The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere romped to his ninth win in a row for Woodbine's leading owner Bradley Grant of Milton, Ont. His streak began back in No...
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Golden Receiver back in Big M winner's circle

on 03/15/2014 2:00 AM
With series action heating up and some more recognizable names populating the entries, Saturday nights at he Meadowlands are beginning to feel more event-like.   Golden Receiver is back and delivered a gallant 1:49.3 win in the $30,000 FFA, out-gaming Dovuto Hanover to the wire after having been headed by that one in midstretch. Corey Callahan had Golden Receiver on the good foot of...
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Meadowlands creates new drivers tourney

on 03/14/2014 2:00 AM
Beginning on Saturday, March 22, the Meadowlands will host a six week tournament for drivers that pits the sport's established stars against the emerging new talent. Each Saturday night through April19 (five legs), a point tally determined by each driver's order of finish will be kept over the course of the entire race card and the top point earner for each of those two groups will be awarded $2...
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3YO Fire In The Belly wins 4th in a row

on 03/14/2014 2:00 AM
Nova Artist held off fast closing Malak Uswaad N by a nose to win the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap in 1:51.while Emeritus Maximus came from far back to take the $17,500 Open Handicap sub-feature in 1:51.1 on a windy Thursday (March 13) at Dover Downs. Allan Davis put Nova Artist in motion heading around the clubhouse turn and moved up on the backstretch to finally take the lead in the stret...
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William J. "Bill" Perretti dies at 87

on 03/14/2014 2:00 AM
William J. "Bill" Perretti, the founder of Perretti Farms, where champions were bred and the top stallions Muscles Yankee and Rocknroll Hanover stood at stud, died Thursday night (March 13) in Florida, where he spent the winter months and was frequently in attendance at the training centers. Mr. Perretti had turned 87 on March 9.   Mr. Perretti was an owner of Muscles Yankee when the...
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Sevruga, Heston Blue Chip win qualifiers

on 03/14/2014 2:00 AM
Friday (March 14) qualifiers at the Meadowlands showcased several returning stars on a chilly morning in East Rutherford, N.J. Sevruga made his second appearance for the Andy/Julie Miller barn and continued his return to form with a 1:54.2/:28.1 win out of the pocket. He followed Detour Hanover's even fractions around the track before edging out at the head of the stretch and widening a...
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Qualifiers set for March 21, 25 at Harrah's Philly

on 03/14/2014 2:00 AM
Horsemen are reminded that Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack will hold pre-meet qualifiers on Friday (March 21) and Tuesday (March 25) mornings, with first post at 10 a.m. each day. Entries will be accepted the day prior on both occasions, with the box scheduled to close at 11 a.m. Following the March 28 Opening Day card, qualifiers will be held weekly on Tuesdays, with entries accepted ...
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