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Pan From Nantucket takes Yonkers feature

on 02/16/2014 12:00 AM
Season-debuting Pan From Nantucket (Eric Goodell) worked out the perfect trip Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Unhurried early from post position No. 3, Pan From Nantucket was away fourth as Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) made the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a wind-restricted 57-second intermission, the even-money...
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Northern Companion repeats at Pompano

on 02/16/2014 12:00 AM
In a five-horse photo, Northern Companion, again handled by Dave Ingraham for trainer Howard Klohr and owner Dorothy Zarza, gutted out top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night.   The 6-year-old son of Cambest showed remarkable gameness and resiliency, refusing to give up when he appeared beaten in mid-stretch, and scored in 1:52, his winning margin officially...
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Big night for Gingras/Burke at Meadowlands

on 02/15/2014 12:00 AM
The snow stopped for a few hours on Friday evening in East Rutherford, N.J., and live harness racing resumed at the Meadowlands thanks in a large part toa Herculean effort by the track and facilities staff.   Friday historically features trotters and pacing mares and the night was no exception,with the $30,000 trotting feature carded as the second race. DW's NY Yank crossed the riv...
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Monticello Raceway answers back in dispute

on 02/15/2014 12:00 AM
In response to a statement issued by Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association president Alan Schwartz regarding the impasse betwee the horsemen and Monticello Raceway management that has led to the curtailing of simulcasting from the track, Charles Degliomini, executive vice president of Empire Resorts/Monticello Raceway has issued the following statement: Monticello Ca...
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Yonkers, Freehold cancel Friday due to snow

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
Freehold and Yonkers Raceway have announced the cancellation of their live race cards on Friday, Feb. 14.   Yonkers has also canceled simulcasting on Friday as a result of the after effects of the latest snowstorm to hit the greater New York area. Live racing (and afternoon/evening simulcasting) is scheduled to resume Saturday, Feb. 15, with the usual 7:10 p.m. first...
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Payments to WEG races close Feb. 18

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
Nominations for Woodbine Entertainment Group's major stakes events, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and the $685,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, close Tuesday, Feb. 18.   Woodbine Racetrack will once again proudly host the ‘Fall Four' stakes for two-year-olds in 2014, which includes the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor's Cup and Valley...
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Changes to payments for Breeders Crown

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
With the February 15 payment deadline approaching for many stake events, the Breeders Crown, which is administered by the Hambletonian Society, has important changes. Because of the federal holiday on Monday, payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced stakes must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 18, per USTA rule 12, section 4.   The $5 million Breeders Crown series wi...
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Sylvain Filion on Woodbine Live Saturday

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
Sylvain Filion, the 2013 O'Brien Award winner as Canada's top driver, will be the guest on Woodbine Racing Live's pre-game show this Saturday, Feb. 15, beginning at 6:45 p.m.   Filion, a resident of Milton, finished as the leading money-winning driver on the WEG circuit in 2013 with over $5 million in purse earnings. The talented reinsman also led all drivers in the nation in purse ...
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Deadline Saturday for breedings to benefit Hall

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum urges breeders to take advantage of the exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction, especially those bidders who were recently outbid in other stallion breeding auctions. Phone bidding ends this Saturday (Feb. 15) at 12 p.m. Eastern; mailed bids must be postmarked Feb. 15, 2014.   By state and gait, Ohio's trotting sires are Break Th...
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Minger qualifiers for World handicapping tourney

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
Matt Minger from New Lenox, Ill. won Thursday's USTA qualifier for the 2014 $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship at the Meadowlands in April, by selecting 19-1 longshot Coopers Beach, who paid $16.80 to place, and raised his total earnings to $134.50 on the 12-races contest from Dover Downs.   Entering the final race of the contest, the top four contestants Joseph Desposi...
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Automatic Slims wins third straight at Meadows

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
Automatic Slims stormed from the pocket at the three-quarters, blew by the odds-on favorite, Visible Gold, and rolled to victory--his third straight and fifth in the last six--in Friday's $18,000 winners-over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Although he was getting the trip, Brett Miller sensed that, with challengers starting to gain outside, the time was right...
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Freehold cancels Saturday race card

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway announced that live racing scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, has been cancelled due to weather conditions. Live racing is scheduled to resume on Monday, Presidents' Day with first race post set for 12:30 p.m.
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Monticello horsemen release statement

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association president Alan Schwartz has issued a statement regarding the impasse between the association and Monticello Raceway that led to the blocking of the racetrack in sending its signal out for simulcasting. Here is Schwartz's statement:   I offer this to help those who are concerned about the future of harness racing in New York State. Please all...
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Trevor Henry wins two in Australia

on 02/14/2014 12:00 AM
Top Canadian driver Trevor Henry celebrated a pair of harness racing victories abroad at Australia's Leeton racetrack on Friday afternoon.   Adorned in borrowed red and blue silks, Henry won back-to-back races on the card with horses trained by Neil Day. Henry struck up a good friendship with the Australian trainer when the two represented their respective countries in the World Dri...
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Sugar Valley open house on March 2

on 02/13/2014 12:00 AM
Sugar Valley Farm will be hosting their annual open house on Sunday, March 2, from 1-3 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, the home of the Little Brown Jug. The Sugar Valley Farm stallions will be available for inspection in the Jugette Barn and stallion videos and a reception will be held in the Log Cabin. Food and beverages will be provided by Shorty's BBQ. RSVPs are pr...
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Sand Royal Blu tops Blooded Horse Sale

on 02/13/2014 12:00 AM
In spite of the arctic blast that slammed Delaware, Ohio, with sub-zero temperatures, the Blooded Horse Winter Mixed Sale was among the strongest in the past 12 years. The Jailhouse Jesse gelding Sand Royal Blu topped the sale at $29,000. The stakes winning trotter moved from Ty Loy's barn at Northfield Park to Kurt Sugg's.   Rene Allard brought a large consignment of quality r...
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Ice skating accident sidelines John Campbell

on 02/13/2014 12:00 AM
John Campbell, the sport's all-time leading money-winning driver, will be out of action for an undetermined time after needing surgery late Wednesday afternoon to repair a broken left collarbone suffered in an ice skating accident earlier in the day.   Campbell's wife, Paula, told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that her husband was skating on an outside neighborhood rink with hi...
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Sydney Weaver reunited with Sydney Seelster

on 02/13/2014 12:00 AM
Harness racing's social media community erupted on Sunday Feb. 9, following the $6,250 claim of Sydney Seelster at Flamboro Downs. Horses are claimed every day in the harness racing world, but this particular claim upset many fans of the sport.   To some, the horse might be just a $4,500 claimer (plus allowances), but for owner Sydney Weaver the pacing mare was worth a lot more. ...
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Take a look at Pierces's numbers in new Preview

on 02/13/2014 12:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available and it includes a look at the impact Ron Pierce has made on the Yonkers Raceway driving scene in just two weekends. Also, Dave Briggs has a point to make in his new column "Stretch Call."   Please click here to go straight to the download, which also contains free program pages courtesy of Trackmaster. You can also...
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New Vocations stallion auction ends Friday

on 02/12/2014 12:00 AM
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program's 16th annual stallion auction is currently in progress and ends at 2 pm Friday, Feb. 14. The auction is taking place online at http://www.ongait.com/. Breedings to Donato Hanover, Deweycheatumnhowe, Conway Hall, Camluck, and A Rocknroll Dance are among the 85 breedings offered. All proceeds go to rehab, retrain, and re-home Standardbreds that are ...
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