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Sapphire City takes Yonkers Open Pace

on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM
Last laurels of the season went to Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) Saturday night, who won Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace.   In the fray early from post position 3, Sapphire City, along with Dream Out Loud N (Matt Kakaley) and Dallenbach Hanover (Larry Stalbaum), led the legions. They were 1-2-3 through early intervals of :27 and :55.2. Escape The News (George Brennan), as th...
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Solid Queen takes fastest Niagara split

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
Fifteen sophomore pacing fillies made their way to Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday evening to contest two divisions of the $15,000 second leg of the Niagara Series. The Niagara Series is for 3-year-old fillies, who are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of Oct. 31.   After skipping the opening round of the series, U.S. invader Joe Bongiorno guided Solid Queen to victory in 1:53.3. In...
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Bartlett scores 5,000th career victory

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
He was the victim of bad luck Monday (shuffled out of the last race) and bad weather Tuesday (Mother Nature snowed on his parade), but Jason Bartlett completed his appointed rounds Thursday night.   Bartlett, a Yonkers Raceway mainstay since migrating from Maine a few seasons ago, drove his 5,000th career winner. He hit the number with solid, two-move effort from Box Car Johnnie ($8...
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Byron takes home Mighty M's America Cup

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
In what turned out to be a bit of a shocker, Aaron Byron and Secluded Island stalked the pacesetter and 1-5 favorite, Hickory Louie, until the final turn and then they battled all the way to the wire with Byron's pacer prevailing by a head in a 2:01.3 clocking over a muddy racetrack in the Heritage Drivers Series final at Monticello Raceway on Thursday.   Monticello Raceways Heritag...
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TrackMaster upgrades its pocket, tablet products

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
TrackMaster has announced an upgrade to its Pocket and Tablet Handicapper products with the addition of Harness race cards to its popular apps.  The Harness products are available for both smart phones and tablets using both Apple and Android operating systems. The Harness versions of the products are similar in functionality and content to their Thoroughbred counterparts, but specificall...
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Ontario commission reviews 2014 dates

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) today announced the decision on a number of additional applications seeking variances to the assigned dates for 2014.   In addition to previous applications from Woodbine Entertainment Group for Woodbine Standardbred, Western Fair Association and Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) for Flamboro, dealt with by the Director in p...
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Catalogs available for Tattersalls sale

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
The sale catalog and racelines for the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale, presented by Tattersalls, are now available on the company's website, www.tattersallsredmile.com. For iPad users, the catalog is also on the Equineline® sales catalog app.Those on the company's mailing list should receive the printed catalog and racelines later in December.   The sale, to be held ...
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Oldford named Amateur Driver of the Year

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
Steve Oldford, of Croswell, Mich., has been named the U.S. Harness Writers Association's 2013 Amateur Driver of the Year and it is hard to come up with a more stellar list of accomplishments than those he has achieved this year.   He is this year's Billings overall point champion as well as the points champ in the Billings Midwest Region and a winner of one of the Bil...
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Aldrich scored eight-bagger at Monticello

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
There is no denying that Bruce Aldrich Jr. has arrived. He's had a great season and is third in races won in North America with 632, and on Friday afternoon over a muddy racetrack at Monticello Raceway, Aldrich put the icing on the cake when he reined eight winners on the card. His output left him one short of Billy "Zeke” Parker's nine wins which the bearded wonder had on Oct. 22, 1996. &nbs...
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Ramalama posts 10th victory of season

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
The password is "penultimate," as in next-to-last card of Yonkers Raceway's season. Friday night's $37,000 co-featured Opens--a blind-draw Pace for the ladies and a Handicap Trot who all with letters of recommendation--were won by people's preference Ramalama (Matt Kakaley, $3.40) and a last-early (Kakaley again, $7.30).   In play early from post position 2, Ramalama--as t...
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Montenegro upsets Darena Hanover in 1:54

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
Montenegro tucked in behind the favorite, Darena Hanover, then blew by her in the lane to pull off an 11-1 upset victory in Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Montenegro was caught wide the first quarter, but when Tony Hall steered her to the pocket, the 5-year-old daughter of Camluck-Cyber Wave got welcome cover and scored in ...
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Avatartist wires field in Valedictory leg

on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM
Over a track rated ‘sloppy,' Avatartist and driver/co-owner Mike Saftic took the lone $15,000 division of the second leg of the Valedictory series on Friday at Woodbine. With the victory, the son of Rocknroll Hanover stamped his way into the rich $33,900 final on Boxing Day (December 26), which holds a special 1:00 p.m. first-race post time.   The field was narrowed down from 12 t...
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Christmas miracle for NJ harness racing family

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
This holiday season, Frank Rende Jr. is conjuring up every ounce of his faith, work ethic and positive energy to pull through a recent family disaster.   On Nov. 29, after celebrating Thanksgiving, Rende, his wife Debbie, and their three children, Nicholas, 19, Vincent, 9, and Sofia, 8, were suddenly awakened just after 4:30 a.m. and forced to flee their burning home in Ringwoo...
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Tetrick recovering from hip replacement surgery

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
Driver Tim Tetrick told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that while he is still in some pain following surgery two days ago to replace his left hip, the operation was successful and he hopes to return to the sulky in early February. Because of a degenerative hip condition that resulted in him limping and in constant pain, Tetrick had his right hip replaced in December 2008 and originally ...
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Three named unanimous Dan Patch winners

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, and Maven were unanimous 2013 Dan Patch Award selections as the best harness racing horses in their respective divisions, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday.   A total of 131 ballots were returned. Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician and older female trotter Maven were named on all 131 while 2-year-old male trotter Father ...
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McMullen, Buxton named MSOA directors

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has announced that John McMullen and Brad Buxton have been newly elected to its board of directors.   McMullen, of Armagh, Pa., will serve as an owner director while Buxton, of Meadow Lands, Pa., was elected as a trainer/driver director.   The third open seat went to Jon Erdner of Washington, Pa., also an owner director, who was...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
Michael Jordan did it successfully, so why can't Hypnotic Blue Chip? Find out the connection between basketball star and harness star in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Also, Take My Picture went dashing through the snow with a two-wheeled harness sulky to victory last weekend at Woodbine, and driver Paul MacDonell talks about how the blizzard-like conditions affected both h...
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Scioto dates approved; Miami Valley on hold

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
At the monthly meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission earlier Thursday, a resolution authorizing live racing dates for 2014 at Scioto Downs were approved. Also, the commission has reportedly postponed the granting of a race license to the new Miami Valley Gaming and Racing because of concerns the track does not plan on having any mutuel clerks and rely solely on self-serve wage...
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Breeder Myrna Sholty dies in Lexington

on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM
Myrna Sholty, the widow of Hall of Famer George F. Sholty, died Thursday afternoon in Lexington, Ky., after battling cancer. She was 74.   Ms. Sholty was actively involved in harness racing throughout her late husband's career, and following his passing she continued to be involved, breeding notable performers Power To Charm 3, 1:53.1 ($664,880) and Whata Winner 3, 1:55 ($642,844). ...
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Can Bad Girl Vegas keep defying the odds?

on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM
Bad Girl Vegas hasn't been getting the attention she deserves when she lines up behind the gate these days, but that may change when the second leg of the Niagara Series goes to post Thursday at Woodbine.   The pacing daughter of Believeinbruiser has won two straight races at the helm of Jonathan Drury and has certainly rewarded her backers.   On Nov. 25 at Flamboro,...
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