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Meadowlands open; Dover closed Wednesday

on 01/22/2014 12:00 AM
Dover Downs has announced the cancellation of its Wednesday live race card due to road conditions following a major snowstorm in the area. The track also did not race Tuesday. On the other wise, both the Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Bayonne will reopen at 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.   In addition, live racing at the Meadowlands will go as scheduled with post time at 7:1...
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Richard Stllings elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on 01/22/2014 12:00 AM
Richard "Dick” Stillings, who has driven 5,751 career winners with more than $41.7 million in purse earnings, is the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   Stillings was inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame in 2013. Stillings, a native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, d...
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Boyd: "Sad day" as Standardbreds lose out in Michigan

on 01/22/2014 12:00 AM
Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association president Brett Boyd told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that he was "stunned” by the Michigan Gaming Control Board's (MGCB) executive order issued Tuesday that allows Thoroughbred racing to return to Hazel Park Raceway and Northville Downs in 2014 as well as limit the number of Standardbred race dates at each track to just 10. "Yes, I'm stunne...
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McCoy named USTA District 1 director

on 01/22/2014 12:00 AM
The District 1 directors of the U.S. Trotting Association on Wednesday appointed Steve McCoy as its newest membership director.   McCoy, who is president of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, will fill the position vacated by Sam "Chip” Noble III, who died Jan. 13. Noble's two-year term was to expire this year.   "Steve has served admirably as president of OHHA ...
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Time To Quit wins Super Bowl final

on 01/22/2014 12:00 AM
Entering the $46,500 Super Bowl final on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, Time To Quit was labeled the horse to beat. He lived up to that advanced billing, scoring a decisive 1:55.1 triumph on a bitterly cold night in East Rutherford, N.J.   One week removed from a hard fought and game win in the second round of the series, Yannick Gingras confidently guided his trotter to t...
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Run And Tell Pap repeats at The Meadows

on 01/22/2014 12:00 AM
Run And Tell Pap overcame post 8 with a quick burst to the lead and rolled on to his second straight victory in Wednesday's $24,800 winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Once on the front, Run And Tell Pap withstood the first-over challenge of Trustworthy Kid and scored for Dave Palone in 1:57.3 over a "good” surface. The pocket-sitting TSM Photo Bugg...
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Dover, Yonkers cancel Tuesday programs

on 01/21/2014 12:00 AM
The approaching winter storm on the East Coast is taking its toll on racing as Dover Downs and Yonkers Raceway have canceled their Tuesday race cards. Also, the Meadowlands has announced the track and Winners Bayonne will both be closed Tuesday for simulcasting,   Dover's Wednesday qualifiers have been shifted to Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The track is still drawing...
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Donatella Hanover a Takter family affair

on 01/21/2014 12:00 AM
After a delayed start to her career, Donatella Hanover is growing up fast.   On Wednesday night, weather permitting, Donatella Hanover will tackle older rivals in the $46,500 Super Bowl Series final at the Meadowlands. She is the only 3 year old in the race–the remaining nine starters are 4 year olds–and one of just two female trotters in the mix.   Trained by Jimmy T...
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U.S. delegation heads to France for simulcast agreement

on 01/21/2014 12:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association directors Joe Faraldo, who is also president and CEO of the Standardbred Owners of New York and former chairman of the board of the USTA, and Alex Dadoyan, the current executive director of SOA of NY and a USTA executive committee member, along with Yonkers Raceway president Tim Rooney Sr. and his son, USTA director Tim Rooney Jr., the track's general counsel, wi...
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Montenegro sizzles on 'frozen' Meadows track

on 01/21/2014 12:00 AM
The track was listed "frozen,” but 13-1 Montenegro was sizzling, blowing by the leader on the backside and holding on late to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away fifth, Montenegro moved first over for Tony Hall and brushed to the front. But she was all out to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Shine N Shimmer,...
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$25,000 Pick-5 guarantee Monday at Yonkers

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
It's not for lack of effort, however Yonkers Raceway has been unable to "give away” the Pick 5 over the last two racing nights.   So, since no one took down the wager either Friday or Saturday, Monday night's wager—enriched by a double carryover of $10,368.68--features a $25,000 guaranteed pool.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9 nightly...
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Another four-bagger for Callahan at Dover

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
Raritan Bay made a strong move around the final turn to score a 1:52.2 victory in the $20,000 featured claiming pace at Dover Downs on Sunday. For the third consecutive race card, driver Corey Callahan scored four victories.   Callahan's victories on Sunday came with Fox Ridge Ryan, Desperation, I Love To Boggie and Cowboy Coffeee.   Bret Brittingham was at the controls a...
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Emeritus Maximus tops sale at $248,000

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
Hip 183 Emeritus Maximus, who was purchased for $248,000, was the sales topper Monday at the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale presented by Tattersalls.   Kevin McDermott bought the 4-year-old male pacer for brothers John and Tom Cancelliere.   "He's Roman, so I had to get him,” John Cancelliere said, laughing. "We're from the same peninsula.”   Em...
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Killean Acres' Don McNiven dies at 81

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
Longtime breeder and owner Don McNiven of Ingersoll, Ont., died on Saturday, Jan. 18. He was 81.   Mr. McNiven played a major role in the harness racing industry. Although he worked for 35 years in the Ingersoll post office, he helped establish Killean Acres along with his father Robert and brothers Bob and Jack in the 1950s. Over the years, Killean stood three of Ont...
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Palone, Wrenn Jr., Noble at Miami Valley opener

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
Hall of Famer Dave Palone, the winningest driver in the storied history of North American harness racing and the reigning Harness Tracks of America ‘Driver of the Year', has accepted an invitation to compete on the inaugural three racing programs at the brand new Miami Valley Raceway in southeast Ohio. He will join Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble, also recent national dash champions, and a ho...
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On The Cusp wins Mares Open at Dover

on 01/20/2014 12:00 AM
The sport's leading driver, Corey Callahan, piloted On The Cusp to her second win in a row stepping up and besting six foes to win the $20,000 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Dr. Martin Luther King day on Monday.   Callahan, who streak of three consecutive four-win days at the track came to an end on a day when he only drove two winners, steered On The Cusp to a 1:53.1 succes...
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Gingras wins six at Meadowlands

on 01/19/2014 12:00 AM
Apparently five wasn't enough. That must have been what Yannick Gingras was thinking as he took to the track Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   On the heels of a five-win night on Friday, Gingras did one better, winning six on the Saturday program. Included in his victories was a win in the featured Free For All Handicap with Bettor's Edge, who went right to the lead, setting frac...
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Lumberjack Willie barrels to Yonkers victory

on 01/19/2014 12:00 AM
Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) prevailed from the two hole Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned post position No. 2, he was sequestered second behind 7-10 choice Sapphire City (Eric Carlson.) That one led through early intervals of :27.3 and a flat 57 seconds.   Not a whole of grief from a first-up Safe Harbor in and out of...
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Dont Say Goodbye scores in Buffalo feature

on 01/19/2014 12:00 AM
Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) continued his winning ways in Western New York as he made it three straight locally by capturing the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night. Since arriving from Indiana in November, Dont Say Goodby ($4.20) has been a perfect three-for-three, all coming in the Open paces.   The 6-year-old gelding won two Opens at Batavia Downs in November...
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World Cup scores at 17-1 at Meadowlands

on 01/18/2014 12:00 AM
Billed as a matchup between the razor sharp Sweet Justice and the classy Daylon Magician, Friday's Open Trot at the Meadowlands seemed to be a two-horse race on paper, but in the end, it was anything but. Sweet Justice broke stride right at the start, seemingly leaving the race to Daylon Magician who asserted an early lead.   Setting fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:23.4, Daylon Magi...
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