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Muscle On It 2:00.2 NJ Futurity winner

on 10/10/2013 2:00 AM
Chocolate Day and Muscle On In turned in winning performances in New Jersey Futurities for 2-year-old trotters on Thursday (Oct. 10) at Freehold Raceway. In the third race, Chocolate Day battled Choco Sun, prevailing for a length and a half victory in the $14,500 division. It was three and a half lengths to Hot Type in third. All three are sons of Chocolatier. Chocolate Day [$3.40], driven ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 10/10/2013 2:00 AM
The sport's finest have left Lexington and are now in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for this weekend's Breeders Crown eliminations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is your guide to all the action, including free downloads of program pages courtesy of TrackMaster. Saturday's card features a match-up of several starters in last Sunday's Kentucky Futurity, including champ...
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Star-crossed colt needs change of luck in Crown

on 10/10/2013 2:00 AM
It's the Breeders Crown. John Grasso is a breeder. The 60-year-old was born into the business and has kept himself connected to the sport for nearly his entire life. On Friday his Expressive Action, a 2-year-old with just two lifetime starts, will tackle the big boys in a single $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The colt starts from post two with the services o...
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Merriman wins 6,000th race at Northfield

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, 35, scored the 6,000th win of his driving career while driving B Good Lena in Northfield Park's 13 race on Tuesday night. Merriman brushed the mare to the lead in the second quarter and held off hard charging competition by a half-length in 1:58.1. B Good Lena was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win.   "It is a really nice accomplishment and I am very t...
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DSBF freshman pacers in action at Harrington

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) was the fastest of three $20,000 divisional Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) winners for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway after a 1:56.3 triumph.   The Powerful Toy gelding was positioned second-over as Forced Passage set fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.4. Elite Awards appeared heads...
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Dover Downs nearing Nov. 3 opening

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Dover Downs kicks off its 45th season on Sunday, Nov. 3. The six-month long meet ends on April 10, 2014.   As usual, the Dover Downs meet features top horses, top stables and top drivers during its lengthy season. Racing is featured Sundays through Thursdays daily with Friday and Saturday "dark” days. As usual, weekday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. with Sunday post time at 5:30 p.m. ...
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Perretti dispersal includes mares in foal to Lucky Chucky

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
A total of 18 well-bred trotting mares, of which nine are in foal to first crop sensation Lucky Chucky, will be offered in the Perretti Farms final dispersal to Harrisburg. Lucky Chucky's initial crop averaged $53,214 at the recently completed Lexington Select Sale, highlighted by the $450,000 accorded for Mr. Lucky Luke, the colt from Graceful Touch. In all, 46 broodmares will be offere...
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Tetrick, Sears fined for Red Mile kicking

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Drivers Tim Tetrick and Brian Sears, who drove Captaintreacherous and Vegas Vacation to a one-two finish, respectively, in a Tattersalls division last Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Red Mile, have each been fined $500 for kicking their horses in the stretch. "While the race video that was shown to the public both live and immediately afterward showed a foot of both drivers leaving the stirrup, it...
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Newcomer Ryan snags three at Monticello

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
It seems that nearly every year young talent passes through Monticello Raceway. Of course many racetracks can make that claim but since its inception the Mighty M has been a stepping stone into the metropolitan New York area racetracks. In recent years, Jordan Stratton dazzled them in Monticello when he became the youngest driver to ever win a dash title here and is now among the leaders ...
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Witherite named announcer at Tioga Downs

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs is proud to announce that James Witherite, one of the top young announcers in harness racing, will become the track's full-time race caller beginning with the 2014 racing season.   The 27-year-old Pennsylvania native has spent the past seven years as the track announcer at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. Witherite has also called races at more than 60 harness...
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I Luv The Nitelife, Don Dorado to qualify Thursday

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Champion pacing filly I Luv The Nitelife and trotting star-in-emergence Don Dorado, both entered in next week's $5.6 million Breeders Crown championships, but both without planned-for nighttime work this week, are scheduled to face the starter Thursday morning at Breeders Crown host track Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in qualifying contests.   I Luv The Nitelife, a solid No. 3 in the ...
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Johansson aims for first Breeders Crown victory

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Nancy Johansson is hoping she and the "Gator” can do something she never accomplished while working for her father, trainer Jimmy Takter. Win a Breeders Crown.   Johansson took care of a number of top horses while working for her dad, including 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive and world champion Tom Ridge, but never one that won a Crown. It seems difficult to beli...
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Meadows, MSOA honor Merriman's 6,000 wins

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) on Wednesday honored driver Aaron Merriman for achieving 6,000 career victories. Merriman, who splits his time between The Meadows and Northfield Park, notched the milestone win Tuesday at Northfield. Following Wednesday’s first race, the MSOA congratulated Merriman with a winners’ circle present...
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Win Missy B equals Meadows track record

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
In a sharp tune-up for Saturday’s Breeders Crown Mare Trot, Win Missy B matched The Meadows track record of 1:53.2 in capturing Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred, but she had to work hard late to do it. Following a sizzling 26.4 first quarter, Win Missy B opened a daylight lead before the pocket-sitting Victory Is Coming rallied in the lane. Win Missy B responded to Dick ...
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Brittany/Monieson mares to sell at Harrisburg

on 10/08/2013 2:00 AM
The dispersal of broodmares owned by Brittany Farms and the late Brian Monieson, along with the annual reduction of mares from Brittany Farms, will be offered for sale at the upcoming Harrisburg Mixed Sale on Friday, Nov. 8. The mares will be consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent.    Known for producing many great horses, including the legendary Art...
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Second start back a charm for San Pail

on 10/08/2013 2:00 AM
The 2011 Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada San Pail, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner, returned to victory lane at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening following an extensive layoff.   The 9-year-old trotting son of San Pellegrino, who was sidelined for over a year with a right-hind ankle injury, captured the $34,000 Preferred Trot in his second start off the shelf in 1:53.4...
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NY Supreme Court orders Pena charges dropped

on 10/08/2013 2:00 AM
The State of New York Supreme Court has rendered its decision in the case of trainer Lou Pena against theNew York State Gaming Commission.   The decision was to direct the State of New York to dismiss all charges against Pena.   The letter of decision by Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Vincent J. Reilly Jr., may be read by clicking on this link. (USTA)
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NY Harness Horse Breeders to honor Polisseni

on 10/08/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State are proud to announce that Wanda Polisseni has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal. For the seventh consecutive year, this award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding integrity in the sport and also has taken the time to give back to both harness racing and their community in the State of New York. W...
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156 Crown entries; no elims for 3FP, OHT

on 10/08/2013 2:00 AM
The cream of the 2013 crop jammed the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs entry box Tuesday morning with 156 trotters and pacers creating eliminations on Fri., Oct. 11, and Sat. Oct. 12, for all but two divisions.   The $5.6 million Breeders Crown finals will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., five-eighths mile oval with a special 5 p.m. (EDT) post time....
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Hanover yearling videos being posted daily

on 10/08/2013 2:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms are in the process of filming the videos of their yearlings selling at Harrisburg. Most of the videos of the trotting colts are up now. All of the others will be posted on a daily basis until the process is completed. The videos can be found at the Hanover Shoe Farms website hanoverpa.com. Its anticipated that they should all be up by the end of this week. Visitors will b...
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