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Burke Stable has 10 of 47 eligibles to Levy

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
In a sure sign that spring is (theoretically) approaching, Yonkers Raceway has announced the eligibles for its premier free-for-all events, the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker.   Leading the list of 47 Levy lads is twice-a-champion Foiled Again. The now-10-year-old gelding looks to add to his $6 million retirement account when the series g...
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Ontario racing exec Ken Middleton Sr. dies

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
Longtime racing official Ken Middleton Sr. passed away Thursday, March 6, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. He was 67. The resident of Bobcaygeon, Ont., who began his career in the racing industry as a teenager in the mailroom at the Ontario Jockey Club, held a number of racing-related positions. He was the Toronto Sun's handicapper for racing from the Ontario Jockey Club before movin...
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Purse increase, reward program at Meadowlands

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), together with Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, announced that beginning on Nov. 14, 2014, a system will be implemented for taking entries that will reward those trainers who raced their horses predominantly at the Meadowlands during the period of March 28, 2014, through Aug. 2, 2014.Over that same period of time ...
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Jim Moran retiring after 50 years at Vernon

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has named Michael Chamberlain its lead racecaller as legendary announcer Jim Moran will retire after a half century in the broadcast box.   Announcer emeritus Moran, a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame's Communicators' Corner, will call his final race at Vernon Downs to kick off the Opening Night program on Friday, April 11.The evening, capping a 50-year le...
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Mogul Hanover wins second straight in series

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
First-over from before the half, Partyatbartsplace ground out his second straight victory in Tuesday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Also capturing $15,000, second-leg splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts, horses and geldings were Mogul Hanover, who won his second straight in the Russell, and KR's Power Surge, a 25-1 surprise.   Partyatbartsplace wa...
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Pierce wins 6 at Dover, Morrill 4 at Saratoga

on 03/10/2014 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce and Jim Morrill Jr. had big days on Sunday, Pierce at Dover and Morrill at Saratoga.   Pierce, coming off a four-win slam on Thursday at Dover, made it six winning drives on Sunday. Pierce's six winners were Sucha Bad Girl in the second, Devil's Ivy in the fourth, Reindance Ray in the fifth, Go Big Spinder in race 10, Nuts And Jolts in the 12th and Three Ten in ...
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Imagine Hanover, Gotta Luv Cash score

on 03/10/2014 2:00 AM
Imagine Hanover dominated his Ken Weaver Memorial Trot field once again, cruising to an unchallenged victory Monday at The Meadows. Gotta Luv Cash took the other $15,000 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts, horses and geldings.   Hammered down to 1-9, Imagine Hanover sped to the lead for Brett Miller and was ahead at every call, just as he was ...
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National Debt captures Buddy Gilmour final

on 03/09/2014 1:00 AM
National Debt continued the parade of unbeaten prospects when he captured the $60,500 Buddy Gilmour pacing series fina in Saturday’s eleventh race at the Meadowlands. Driver Tim Tetrick protected the eventual winner’s position from the rail, allowing second choice Capital Account a short lead before retaking before the 55.2 half. The winner faced token pressure through the 27.4 third ...
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A J Corbelli wins open handicap at Yonkers

on 03/09/2014 1:00 AM
AJ Corbelli (Ron Pierce) prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from post position No. 4--his best starting venue the way the race was laid out--"A J" watched lone leaver American Rage (Brian Sears) work around pole-assignee Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton). American Rage found early intervals of :27.1 a...
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Yagonnakissmeornot, DW's NY Yank win at Yonkers

on 03/08/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who knew the secret password--were won by a formful Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $4.90) and an equally-so DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.30). Leaving—as the second choice--from post position No. 5, Yagonnakissmeornot worked around Summer Snow (Larry Stalbaum), making the lead bef...
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Maywood & Balmoral prepare for openers

on 03/08/2014 12:00 AM
With a new 16-month contract with the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association in place both Maywood Park and Balmoral Park are busily preparing for the opening of the 2014 racing season which will take place on Friday, March 14th at Maywood Park. Balmoral Park will host its opening weekend of racing on Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th.  As always, post time at both tracks wil...
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Bruce McElven, owner of Fool's Goal, dies

on 03/08/2014 12:00 AM
Bruce B. McElven, age 66, co-owner of the 2002 Trotting Horse of the Year Fool's Goal, passed away suddenly March 6 at home. He was a lifelong resident of Pemberton, NJ, and graduate of Pemberton Township High School Class of 1966.   Mr. McElven was a fuel oil merchant and was the second generation owner of McElven Fuel Inc., Pemberton. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and for...
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Running Book romps at Buffalo

on 03/08/2014 12:00 AM
Running Book is currently like a fine wine...he's getting better with age. The 10-year-old Running Book proved he's still got plenty left in the tank as he buried seven rivals in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (March 8). With driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the sulky, Running Book ($4.30) blasted off the starting gate and never looked back in posting an impressive 6-1/4 l...
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Cruizin K C takes Pompano feature

on 03/08/2014 12:00 AM
The last 24 hours have been quite memorable for Mark O'Mara. On Friday night, Mark was inducted into the Florida USHWA Hall of Fame and, less than 24 hours later, his own Cruizin K C took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace. The six year-old gelded son of Mach Three engineered a final half in :54.2 to score a 1 1/2 length decision over the pace-setting Lyons J...
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Perfect Alliance sweeps Charlie Singer Mem.

on 03/08/2014 12:00 AM
Perfect Alliance completed her sweep of the Charles Singer Memorial at the Meadowlands with a dominant 1:52.2 stakes record performance in the $53,200 final for Andy Miller. Sent away as the overwhelming 1/5 betting choice, Perfect Alliance followed Time To Quit around the first turn before brushing to the top before the 55- half. Ray Hall ranged up first over for Tetrick and pressed the ...
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Mattador D bulls way to Survivor Series win

on 03/07/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands Winter Survivor Series began on Thursday with a pair of $12,500 divisions. The opening round drew 21 horses that had started in a $15,000 or less claiming race in at least once in their last four starts, which resulted in a couple of pretty competitive fields.   In the first division, Tamayo shipped in from The Meadows for Ron Burke with a fairly imposing record...
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Y Mach Me upsets in Northfield open

on 03/07/2014 12:00 AM
Y Mach Me was victorious in the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday at Northfield Park. She is trained by Pat Karcher for Carey, Ohio owner Lucky Draw Racing Stable. Kurt Sugg was in the bike for the winning drive.   Y Mach Me (Mach Three-Sunnie Corleone-Pacific Rocket) started from the rail and was fourth through a taxing :27 opening quarter. Sugg pulled Y Mach Me ...
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Tracks, horsemen reach deal in Illinois

on 03/07/2014 12:00 AM
After a flurry of activity and a hearty debate among the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) board of directors reached an agreement on a contract with Maywood Park and Balmoral Park on Thursday night. IHHA president Dave McCaffrey posted the following update on the IHHA website, and noted that the deal begins March 14 and runs through June 30, 2015.   "In this 16 mo...
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Foiled Again wins qualifier at Meadowlands

on 03/07/2014 12:00 AM
A star-laden card of Meadowlands qualifiers were conducted on a pleasant Friday morning of 30 degrees with mild gusts to no wind.   The third race trot saw Daylon Magician (Mark Ford) return to form after a month's freshening with a 1:53.2 score for David Miller. Sweet Justice led most of the way before Daylon Magician moved past in the stretch. Sevruga was an even third i...
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Watch the Dan Patch Awards dinner video

on 03/07/2014 12:00 AM
The entire Dan Patch Awards Banquet, which was held at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 23, is now available for viewing "on demand” at the home of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), http://www.ushwa.org/ . Thanks to the USTA and Roberts Communications, the entire production has been archived and made available to everyone through a link at the top of the USHWA homepage. &n...
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