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Burke wins record 1,000th; Yoder also hits 1,000

on 11/23/2013 12:00 AM
Magic Starlight followed live cover and blazed through the stretch to capture Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace at The Meadows for trainer Ron Burke. With the victory, Burke became the first trainer in North American harness racing history with 1,000 wins in a season. Earlier this month, Burke surpassed $20 million in 2013 purses, also a record for a trainer in a single season. ...
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Autumn Series in books; finals set for Nov. 29

on 11/23/2013 12:00 AM
The final four preliminary divisions of the Autumn Series for 3 year olds were featured on the 12-race program Friday evening at Woodbine.   Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters and sophomore pacing colts and geldings each clashed in a set of $15,000 divisions.   After finishing second in the opening round, post time favorite Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) redeemed him...
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Rock N Load, Quick Deal win Yonkers features

on 11/23/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot for any qualified candidates--were won by a pocketed Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton, $7.10) and all-age track record-holder Quick Deal (George Brennan, $4.60).   In what turned out to be a two-speed number, eight-hole-ordered Swinging Beauty (Brennan) made the lead around Rock N Load--from ...
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Taylor looks to Goldsmith Maid with Valbrunella

on 11/23/2013 12:00 AM
After listening to trainer Rick Zeron extol the potential of Valbrunella, owner Howard Taylor decided he could not give up on the untested trotter. He says, with a laugh, it is still unknown whether that ends up being a good or bad thing.   But the next eight days might give him an indication as to which.   Valbrunella competes Sunday in a conditioned race at Harrah's Ph...
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Pick 13 winners at Big M--win $1 million!

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
One million dollars! That's what could be won on Saturday's opening night card at the Meadowlands. All a person needs to do to walk—or run—away with the money is correctly pick the winners of all 13 races. The contest is open to the first 2,000 contestants who sign up at the Players Club Desk prior the first race. Contestants must be present to win. If no contestant correctly picks a...
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Meadowlands preview in new Weekend Preview!

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
The much-anticipated opening of the new grandstand at the Meadowlands takes place on Saturday with a 13-race program kicking things off, and Weekend Preview's Kathy Parker is already in New Jersey for the big night. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Parker talks to trainer Tony Alagna about Captaintreacherous's qualifying effort Thursday that was part of the Preview Night part...
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Billings finals on Sunday; fees to aid Coletta

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
Eighteen of the country's top amateur drivers will convene at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24, to compete in the Delvin Miller Memorial Driving Gold and Silver Cup Championships--the final contests in the seven-month C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series.   The Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Association has announced that the entire $2,000 in drivers' co...
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Samira Hanover still cruising in Autumn Series

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
After a comfortable victory in the second round of the Autumn Series, Samira Hanover has established herself as the horse to beat heading into the $33,600 final next Friday at Woodbine. The 3-year-old trotting miss captured her division in the opening round last week before cruising to a new lifetime best of 1:55 to kick off the Thursday program.   Keith Oliver and Magic Peach...
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Augustine to donate percentage to Coletta fund

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
Bill Augustine, co-owner of Breeders Crown Open Trot winner Market Share, has pledged to donate 50 percent of his share of the horse's Saturday night earnings to the Anthony Coletta fund. Installed as the early morning line favorite at 4-5, Market Share will face five other trotting stars in the $50,000 final leg of the TVG Free For All at the new Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's ...
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Breedings to be auctioned to benefit Coletta

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
In a continuing effort to raise money for Anthony Coletta and his family, several breeding farms have donated 2014 breedings to stallions that will be auctioned off on Ongait,com and all proceeds will go to the Coletta's.   Brittany farms has donated a breeding to Vintage Master; Fashion Farms has donated a breeding to Real Artist; and Anointed Farm has donated a breeding ...
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Glidemaster to stand at Winbak of Ontario

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
Brittany Stallion Management announced today that world champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of Ontario. Winbak will be assuming managerial duties for the stallion, whose stud fee will remain at $4,000. Glidemaster becomes the sixth addition to the stallion barn at Winbak of Ontario. "We’re glad the opportunity presented itself to stand a Horse of the Year...
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Strongest Blooded Horse Sale in 66 year history

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
All roads led to Ohio as owners and trainers from 29 states, Canada, and Europe flocked to the Delaware County Fairgrounds for the 66th annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale. Opening day featured nearly 25% of Ohio’s total yearling crop, along with over 100 Indiana breds and a large number of Pennsylvania, Ontario, and New York breds. The strong catalog of slots enhanced sire stakes-eligibles drove...
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2014 race dates approved in New Jersey

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission on Wednesday approved 2014 race dates for the state's Standardbred and Thoroughbred meets.   The Meadowlands will conduct 81 days of harness racing split over two meets. Racing will be held from Jan. 2 through Hambletonian Day, Aug. 2, followed by a 14-day program from Nov. 14 through Dec. 27. The Breeders Crown will be held at the Meadowlands next N...
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Summer Indian still in control at The Meadows

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
Summer Indian continued his domination of The Meadows' trotting elite, winning his third straight — and fifth in the last seven — in Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap. His time of 1:52.3 was a tick off the track's all-age trotting record.   Summer Indian was caught wide in a three-ply battle for the early lead, finally making the front in a rapid :27.2. But he was unto...
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Motion to reinstate SARP in Ontario carried

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
The Ontario New Democratic Party's motion calling for the reinstatement of the Slots-At-Racetracks Program was carried in a 45-38 vote by the Ontario Legislature at Queen's Park on Wednesday.   The non-binding motion was tabled by NDP leader Andrea Horwath and carried with the support of the NDP and PC parties while the Liberals voted against it.   "Kathleen Wynne's OLG m...
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Byron wins Monticello's Maple Leaf Mile

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
It has been often been alleged that good things come for those who wait and that was precisely the strategy that Aaron Byron used to win the sixth edition of the Maple Leaf Mile at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon.   Byron guided Integrity to a 1:58.3 come-from-behind victory in the event strictly for drivers of Canadian heritage, which was the eighth and final preliminary ...
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Out with the old, in with the new at Big M

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
This is the scene at the Meadowlands on Thursday morning as the razing of the original toteboard is underway. This picture, taken by track photographer Michael Lisa, was shot on the apron of the original grandstand and shows the new grandstand.   The new grandstand opened for simulcast business on Monday, Nov. 18. A special preview night was also held Monday in Pink, the new dining ...
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Auciello hopes for a Thorn In Your Side

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
Since arriving in the Carmen Auciello barn, Thorn In Your Side has found a new stride and the conditioner hopes that continues when he begins in the second leg of the Autumn Series on Friday at Woodbine.   The talented sophomore has posted a 4-1-0 record from five starts since arriving in the Stouffville trainer's stable.   Auciello, who has enjoyed a career year wit...
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Ohio commission awards 2014 race dates

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
At the monthly meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission on Thursday, live racing dates for 2014 at three of the seven commercial racetracks in the state were approved.   Live days at two other racetracks, Thistledown and the new Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, were awarded in October. The Dayton harness track will replace Raceway Park in Toledo.   Lebanon Race...
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Bill proposed in PA to change oversight of racing

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
Legislation has reportedly been introduced in Pennsylvania that would replace the state's racing commission for Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing with a Bureau of Horse Racing that would overseeing all day-to-day operations of racing statewide. The Bureau would be overseen by the state's Gaming Control Board.   A report on philly.com stated that the state's  Racing Commissio...
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