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Certified Ideal takes Mea feature for Barnard

on 01/27/2014 12:00 AM
Phone Terror followed the first-over cover of Certified Ideal, then brushed by her in the lane to capture Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Certified Ideal worked hard to wrest the lead from Foxy Lady, setting the stage for Phone Terror's rally. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Miss Lex scored in 1:56 on a "slow...
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Pierce drives 4 winners at Dover Monday

on 01/27/2014 12:00 AM
After winning last week's $20,000 Mares Open/Handicap Pace by three-quarters of a length, the 9-year-old mare Monochromatic won this week by a nose to take the female feature race at Dover Downs on Monday, Jan.27. For the second straight day, Ron Pierce racked up a four bagger.   Monochromatic, reined by Corey Callahan, won the top distaff pace for the fourth time this meet, ho...
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Fourth time a charm for Sweden's Maharajah

on 01/26/2014 12:00 AM
Maharajah, considered one of the greats of his generation in Europe but a horse who has struggled with injuries, won the 1 million euro Prix d'Amerique in his fourth try on Sunday afternoon in Paris. The 9-year-old stallion is a product of American blood as he is a son of Viking Kronos (American Winner-Conch) and the Giant Chill mare Chili Khan. Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar Stu...
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Ohio to honor its best in 2013 on Sunday

on 01/25/2014 12:00 AM
The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association banquet on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin).   The Ohio Chapter has voted Brian Brown as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past yea...
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Global simulcasting deal signed in Paris

on 01/25/2014 12:00 AM
Officers of Cheval Francais and directors of the United States Trotting Association convened Saturday (Jan. 25) at Vincennes Racetrack in Paris to sign a historic breeding agreement. Delegations from Slovenia and the Irish Harness Racing Club inked similar agreements with Cheval Francais.   The President of Cheval Francais, Dominique de Bellaigue, said, "These agreements will help o...
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Dont Say Goodby scores again at Buffalo

on 01/25/2014 12:00 AM
Dont Say Goodby said 'hello' to the winner's circle once again after registering a three-quarters of a length victory over Stonebridge Rocket in the $10,500 Open Pace at a blustery Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Jan. 25) in 1:59.1 over the good track. The victory was the fourth straight in Open competition in Western New York for Dont Say Goodby ($3.30) since arriving from Indiana in late Nove...
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Sapphire City wins 33G open pace at Yonkers

on 01/25/2014 12:00 AM
Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) made amends Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000  Open Handicap Pace. The race took on a different description early as 7-5 favorite Bettor's Edge (George Brennan) jumped it off early. Those who minded their manners were led by last week's pocket winner, Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton). That one worked around Sapphire City--who left ...
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Northfield Park to host first WHHC qualifier

on 01/24/2014 12:00 AM
On Thursday, Jan. 30, Northfield Park will host the initial leg of the USTA's 2014 World Harness Handicapping Series. The series, featuring 10 different tracks is free to enter. The winner of each contest earns an entry ($800 value) into the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship final at the Meadowlands, to be held Saturday, April 19, 2014.   Contestants who would like...
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New Grand Circuit events at Miami Valley

on 01/24/2014 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway, set to kick off its inaugural meet on Friday (Feb. 7), is pleased to introduce a pair of new Grand Circuit events for older mares during its first season. The new races, each with estimated purses of $50,000, are for 4-year-old and up mares and will be raced on Sunday (May 4), the final program on the local 2014 calendar.   The pace will be called the Sam ‘Ch...
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Northfield Park announces 30% purse increase

on 01/24/2014 12:00 AM
Northfield Park is pleased to announce a 30 percent overall purse increase beginning with the Thursday, Jan. 30, race program. This is the second increase since the opening of the $265 million Hard Rock Rocksino five weeks ago.   "This is really the fourth time we have upped the purses in the last 12 months,” said Dave Bianconi, executive vice president of racing and sim...
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Visible Gold wins Meadows feature

on 01/24/2014 12:00 AM
Despite a layoff of 5-1/2 months, Visible Gold grabbed the lead at the three-quarters and held on late to capture Friday’s $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold was enjoying a pocket trip when Dave Palone sent him after the leader, Eddie Sweat. The 6-year-old Bettor’s Delight-Gabrielle gelding showed his toughness when he thwarted the rallying Drumfire A ...
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Cedarridgetag pulls stunner at Buffalo

on 01/24/2014 12:00 AM
Cedarridgetag has been well traveled to say the least since November, making stops at Vernon Downs, Saratoga Raceway, Harrah's Philadelphia, Monticello Raceway and the Meadowlands. This week's stop on his 'East Coast' tour was wind-swept Buffalo Raceway and it was well worth the trip as Cedarridgetag ($40.00) stunned the field in the $10,500 Open Trot Friday night (Jan. 24) with a 3-3/4 length ...
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Rock N Roll Xample, Murrayfield in Blizzard splits

on 01/24/2014 12:00 AM
A pair of $15,000 divisions of the second round of the Blizzard Series highlighted the Friday evening program at Woodbine. Rock N Roll Xample and Murrayfield provided victories in their respective divisions. In the first split, Rock N Roll Xample and Randy Waples got under the wire first in 1:56.2. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover laid parked on the outside at the opening quart...
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Carol's Desire, Cowgirl Hall win at Yonkers

on 01/24/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Opens--a blind draw Pace for the ladies and a handicapped Trot for all with the requisite resume--were won by a first-up Carol's Desire (Jason Bartlett, $20.60) and another first-up Cowgirl Hall (George Brennan, $6.30). After pole-sitting Keeper's Destiny (Brian Sears) strung out both slight 2-1 choice Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) and 24...
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Harrah's Philadelphia's race dates suspended

on 01/23/2014 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned that the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission, at a meeting held Thursday morning in Hershey, has suspended Harrah's Philadelphia's race dates license for 2014. The racetrack in Chester, Pa., which opened in 2006, was scheduled to open for live racing on March 14.   "The Harness Racing Commission has suspended race dates for 2014 ...
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Moni Maker, Nadia Lobell set for Hoosier Park

on 01/23/2014 12:00 AM
The Red Mile and Hoosier Park are proud to present the 2014 edition of the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. The 2014 edition of the prestigious stakes will be held on Friday, Oct. 31,at Hoosier Park. Both stakes have an estimated purse of $175,000. The nine qualified highest 2014 money earners entered will qualify for the race with t...
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Miami Valley receives conditional race license

on 01/23/2014 12:00 AM
At the monthly meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission on Thursday, a resolution authorizing live racing dates for 2014 at Miami Valley Gaming and Racing was granted conditional approval. Racing begins there on Feb. 7.   The resolution (2014-1) contains nine conditions. Eight relate to commission concerns the racetrack has addressed or is in the process of fixing.   Two re...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/23/2014 12:00 AM
The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview leaves the country this weekend as the focus is on Sunday's prestigious Prix d'Amerique Trot in Paris, France, which has attracted a stellar field of 18, including recent monte winner Roxane Griff, and a pair of Blizzard Series divisions at Woodbine on Friday night. Weekend Preview's European correspondent Lars G. Palm gives an inside look at t...
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A "miracle" of a win in Meadows feature

on 01/23/2014 12:00 AM
Out and uncovered from the three-eighths, Daylon Miracle ground out a gutsy victory in Thursday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Although Daylon Miracle was racing off an injury scratch, Aaron Merriman didn't hesitate to send her on her long, first-over journey. She collared the leader, Perfect Chance, near the three-quarters a...
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Special Forces strong at Dover; Callahan wins 6

on 01/23/2014 12:00 AM
Cold and wind could not deter Special Forces from posting a 1:49.3 victory in the $30,000 Open/Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday. Two races later, Sunshine Superman cut out a 1:51 triumph in the $27,500 Delaware Special, the highlight races on a strong 15-race program.   Corey Callahan drove Special Forces into the lead and then fought off strong challenges from Adventure...
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