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Production underway on Johnny Longshot

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
Production on Johnny Longshot, a movie being produced by actor Emilio Estevez, who will also star in the film as a retired Thoroughbred jockey who wants to make a comeback in racing as a harness driver with winning the Little Brown Jug his goal, has begun. A trailer has been posted on Youtube promoting Johnny Longshot, although Estevez told harnessracing.com the version is still not completely...
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After 68 losses, a pacer a maiden no more

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
Something occurred Wednesday at Monticello Raceway that brought back memories to longtime harness fans. If one happened to be around the sport in late 1970s and early 1980s they may have recalled a pacer by the name of Super Kris.   Super Kris was anything but super. Spotted locally and proclaimed to be the world's perennial loser, Super Kris was cited for losing 85 races in a ...
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Contract extended for live racing at Rosecroft

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
Since reemerging from bankruptcy in 2011 under the direction of Penn National Gaming, Rosecroft Raceway has provided an economic kick start to Prince George's County and the Maryland Standardbred industry. Since reopening in the fall of 2011 the focus at Rosecroft has been on directing racing opportunities and increasing purses towards Maryland horses and horsemen. Penn National Gaming has ...
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Big week for $200-million man Pierce

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
With 11 drives in the 12 Breeders Crown finals last Saturday night, Oct. 19, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Ron Pierce and Tim Tetrick were the busiest drivers on the card. Pierce and Tetrick both won three Crown finals, but with Pierce also having three second-place finishes to Tetrick's trio of third-place finishes, he was the leading money-winning driver on the night with $1,126,500 in pur...
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Qualifiers at new Meadowlands on Nov. 14, 21

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host two nights of qualifying races prior to the grand opening of its new facility. Those dates will be Thursday, Nov. 14, and Thursday, Nov. 21. Post time for the Nov. 14 qualifiers will be 7:15 p.m. while the Nov. 21 qualifiers will begin at 6 p.m.   These qualifiers will be the first races being raced out of the new facility. The b...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
Although the Breeders Crown championships are in our rear-view mirror, there is still plenty of stakes action left in 2013, including this weekend at Hoosier Park, Yonkers Raceway and Vernon Downs, and the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the details. It's graduation time for the Kindergartners at Vernon and trainers Jimmy Takter and Noel Daley talk about their chances with their r...
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Wolfenden, Dennis in Harrington dead heat

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
Going into the final night of the 2013 live racing meet at Harrington Raceway, drivers Ross Wolfenden, George Dennis and Allan Davis were separated by just two wins in the race for the driving championship. When the dust settled Thursday, Dennis and Wolfenden finished in a deadlock with 144 wins, while Allan Davis put up a gallant fight in third with 142.   Dennis entered the n...
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Two Ohio racetracks approved for 2014 dates

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission approved live racing dates at two commercial racetracks next year during its monthly meeting in Columbus on Thursday.   Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, formerly Raceway Park, was granted 56 live days that won't begin until the racing permits are moved to Dayton.The company will also conduct video lottery terminal wagering at the new racetrack. Ra...
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Autumn Series gets underway at Woodbine

on 10/24/2013 2:00 AM
Beginning Thursday night Woodbine Racetrack will be playing host to the Autumn Series featuring 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters as well as 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Each series will consist of two preliminary legs and a final.   A quartet of divisions kicked off on Thursday evening. Two divisions for 2year-old filly trotters and a pair for rook...
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American Ideal's 2014 fee set at $10,000

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Brittany Stallion Management has announced that the book for world champion pacing sire American Ideal is now open for 2014, with his fee set at $10,000 for next year. He stands at Blue Chip Farms in New York.   In making the announcement, Brittany manager Art Zubrod noted that the stallion is enjoying one of his best years at the sales, while his offspring continue to add to h...
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Elite Awards captures Delaware Breeders final

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) completed a sweep of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events at Harrington Raceway by winning the $100,000 final Tuesday in 1:55. Trained by David Rearic, the Powerful Toy gelding equaled his track record that he set in his win on October 8. Elite Awards raced from off the pace as Hawker fired from post eight and set fractions o...
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Date, name changes for Hoosier GC stakes

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Here are some important reminders to owners and trainers regarding date and name changes for the upcoming Grand Circuit stakes at Hoosier Park.   The 2-year-old Circle City races have been renamed The Madison County. The Elevation, Carl Erskine (formerly the Oliver trot), Monument Circle, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby (formerly the Indiana Pacing Derby), will be contested on Friday, Nov...
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PA-sired horses set earnings record

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
As of Oct. 21, Pennsylvania-sired 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers have earned $37,056,780 racing at the three Pennsylvania pari-mutuel racetracks, The Meadows, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Harrah's Philadelphia, in addition to the amounts earned at the 15 non-pari-mutuel Pennsylvania fair racetracks.   The amount does not include monies earned by Pennsylvania-sire...
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Kindergartners set to graduate Friday at Vernon

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
After five preliminary legs that began at the Meadowlands on Aug. 2 then wound through Tioga Downs and The Red Mile on their way to Vernon, the Kindergarten Trotting Classic finalists will vie for over $400,000 in total purses at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   It is ladies first in the eighth race where Yoga (Muscles Yankee) leads the way for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter from p...
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Will Takter be able to pass Kindergarten test?

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter hopes that all Trixton, Yoga and Red Hot Spicy need to know they learned in kindergarten. More precisely, the Kindergarten Classic Series, which holds its finals for 2-year-old male and female trotters on Friday night at Vernon Downs.   Trixton, a colt, and the filly Yoga led their respective classes in points in the five-round series. Trixton won three of the four legs...
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Stallions return to races with qualifying wins

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Wednesday morning's qualifying session at Mohawk Racetrack looked like a blast from the past as two horses that had been retired to stallion duty both returned to the races in impressive fashion.   The first horse to show up on the docket was 2011 Canadian Trotting Classic and O'Brien Award winner Daylon Magician. Now five, the son of Kadabra-Daylon Marvel last saw action almos...
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A "white out" expected at Harrisburg Sale

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
When you've already beaten odds of 200,000–1, nothing else seems all that daunting.   The white Standardbred colt born May 6, 2012, and named White Bliss, is one of about 200,000 births among Standardbreds and a big surprise to all at Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J. He's the son of a bay stallion and a bay mare, with not a single white relative in the family tree.   ...
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McNair to represent Canada in France

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Doug McNair may need to brush up on his French as he will be representing Canada in the 2013 International Weekend of the French Trotter. The multi-day event, which will take place at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, will kick off Nov. 29 and conclude on Dec. 1.   "I definitely wasn't expecting that," said McNair. "It's exciting and it's going to be a lot of fun. I've never been to t...
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Blooded Horse Sale to offer 346 yearlings

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
The 66th annual Blooded Horse Fall Sale will offer 346 yearlings on the Monday of its four-day sale that begins Nov. 18. The yearlings include over 100 Ohio-breds led by a large Midland Acres consignment and 120 Indiana-breds. In addition, the Walnut Hall Ltd reduction has seven by Deweycheatumnhowe and two highly-prized Kentucky-sired yearlings. There are dozens of other yearlings f...
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DSBF trotting finals contested at Harrington

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the penultimate 2013 program at Harrington Raceway on Wednesday (Oct. 23). Owner/trainer Syl King, Jr.’s Whichwayrightrleft ($10.80, Ross Wolfenden) took the final for colts and geldings with a career best 2:01 triumph. The Crown Prince Gar gelding sat behind pacesetter LG’s Pride and sur...
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