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Cat Manzi returns to sulky Friday at Freehold

on 11/26/2013 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Cat Manzi, who suffered multiple pelvic fractures in a racing accident at Freehold Raceway on Sept. 6, returns to action on Friday, Nov. 29. It is a Thanksgiving wish come-true for the Manzi family.   "Cat has been cleared by the doctor [today] and will be back driving on Friday,” Ellen Manzi, his wife, texted this morning.   Word got out of Manzi's return to ...
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Doubledown Gass finds best form for Autumn

on 11/26/2013 12:00 AM
It's safe to say that Doubledown Gass has certainly found his best stride in the latter part of the year, and owner/trainer/driver Reg Gassien can only hope that continues in the $33,600 Autumn Stakes final, Friday at Woodbine.   The homebred son of Majestic Son has crafted a 3-2-0 record in his last five starts, including a victory and runner-up finish in both preliminary legs of the ser...
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The Captain taking on older foes in TVG FFA

on 11/26/2013 12:00 AM
Still glowing from a grand opening of the new facility just days ago, the fall harness meet at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment presents a stellar stakes card worth over $3.4 million in purses to the very best horses in racing on Saturday, Nov. 30. Headlining the star-studded program are the $500,000 finals of the Inaugural TVG Free For All trot and pace.   The pace (race 10) offers...
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Bee A Magician's win streak on line Saturday

on 11/26/2013 12:00 AM
Sixteen down, one to go. Bee A Magician will try to complete a perfect season Saturday night when she faces nine foes in the $253,000 Moni Maker Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Ranked No. 1 in the sport's current Top 10 poll, Bee A Magician is 16-for-16 this year, with $1.42 million in earnings. She will start the Moni Maker from post eight for trainer Ric...
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Send your memories to Canadian Sportsman

on 11/25/2013 12:00 AM
The Canadian Sportsman is seeking contributions from the harness racing industry to celebrate the life of Canada's oldest magazine.   In 300 words or less, please email your thoughts, memories, stories, comments — just about anything you want to say about the magazine — to editor Dave Briggs (dbriggs@canadiansportsman.ca) before noon (eastern time) on Thursday, Dec.5.   We will...
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Krivelin wins amateur Gold Cup championship

on 11/25/2013 12:00 AM
The final contests in this year's Billings Harness Driving Series were presented at Harrah's Philadelphia on the cold and blustery Sunday afternoon with Bobby "Rapid Rail” Krivelin victorious in the $25,000 Delvin Miller Memorial Gold Cup Championship and "Tough Tony” Ciuffetelli triumphant in the $15,000 Silver Cup Championship.   Krivelin reined Current Crisis to a 2:30 victory...
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Batavia horsemen unite Wednesday for Coletta

on 11/25/2013 12:00 AM
Thanksgiving is set for Thursday but Wednesday night at Batavia Downs, the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season will be front and center as many inthe driver's colony, along with trainers and owners, will be donating their earnings from the 12-race program in support of Harrah's Philadelphia driver Anthony Coletta who was seriously injured in an on-track accident on Sunday, Nov. 17...
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Mystical Victress the victress at Balmoral

on 11/24/2013 12:00 AM
Just as she's done so often throughout her illustrious career, Mystical Marker Farm's Mystical Victress proved to be too much for her state-bred rivals as she confidently reported home with a two-length triumph over nine other ICF distaffers in Saturday's $15,000 Fox Valley Memory Stake at Balmoral Park. The final time was an effortless 1:54.   Hustled away from post position eight b...
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Dallenbach Hanover wins Yonkers open

on 11/24/2013 12:00 AM
Reformed claimer Dallenbach Hanover (Brian Sears) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's blustery $37,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Inheriting the pole after an inside defection (one of two scratches in the race), "Dallenbach"--as the 17-10 favorite--gave up the lead to China Grill (Pat Lachance). China Grill led through intervals of :27.2 and :57.1 before the 3-y...
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New era begins at Meadowlands

on 11/24/2013 12:00 AM
A new era in harness racing dawned Saturday night with the debut of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The gleaming $88 million track, the vision of chairman Jeff Gural, launched with a 13-race program on a blustery, chilly night with occasional snow squalls before an estimated 15,000 fans.   The on-track handle exploded in the new facility, reaching a total of $530,917, an impr...
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Goodnite Goodluck repeats at Batavia

on 11/24/2013 12:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, Goodnite Goodluck ($6.60) was put in "long-term parking" but once again he managed to survive the brutally long trip and snag the $8,500 Open Pace at Batavia Downs on a cold Saturday night in 1:58.1 over a "good" track.   It was the second straight victory in the Open Pace and fourth in a row for the razor-sharp Goodluck Goodluck. He now has 10 ...
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Freshmen star Saturday night at Pompano

on 11/24/2013 12:00 AM
The Melvyn Aylor Memorial for 2 year olds was contested at Pompano Park on Saturday night with Tough Issue, Geronimo Fame, Gold Star Jessica and Markie taking the top prize in their respective divisions.   Tough Issue, driven by Bruce Ranger, took the $18,400 non-betting opener for the pacing colts and geldings in a lifetime best 1:56.2, knocking almost three seconds off his pr...
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Twilight Bonfire upsets in Progress Preview

on 11/24/2013 12:00 AM
On a cold Sunday night at Dover Downs, there was a "Bonfire" in the winner's circle after the $35,000 Progress Pace elimination where 20-1 Twilight Bonfire got his picture taken.   With race favorite Vegas Vacation scratched earlier in the day when trainer Casie Coleman said the sophomore gelding was not "100 percent” after winning last Sunday's Matron final in 1:48.3, razor-s...
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Burke wins record 1,000th; Yoder also hits 1,000

on 11/23/2013 12:00 AM
Magic Starlight followed live cover and blazed through the stretch to capture Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace at The Meadows for trainer Ron Burke. With the victory, Burke became the first trainer in North American harness racing history with 1,000 wins in a season. Earlier this month, Burke surpassed $20 million in 2013 purses, also a record for a trainer in a single season. ...
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Autumn Series in books; finals set for Nov. 29

on 11/23/2013 12:00 AM
The final four preliminary divisions of the Autumn Series for 3 year olds were featured on the 12-race program Friday evening at Woodbine.   Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters and sophomore pacing colts and geldings each clashed in a set of $15,000 divisions.   After finishing second in the opening round, post time favorite Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) redeemed him...
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Rock N Load, Quick Deal win Yonkers features

on 11/23/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot for any qualified candidates--were won by a pocketed Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton, $7.10) and all-age track record-holder Quick Deal (George Brennan, $4.60).   In what turned out to be a two-speed number, eight-hole-ordered Swinging Beauty (Brennan) made the lead around Rock N Load--from ...
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Taylor looks to Goldsmith Maid with Valbrunella

on 11/23/2013 12:00 AM
After listening to trainer Rick Zeron extol the potential of Valbrunella, owner Howard Taylor decided he could not give up on the untested trotter. He says, with a laugh, it is still unknown whether that ends up being a good or bad thing.   But the next eight days might give him an indication as to which.   Valbrunella competes Sunday in a conditioned race at Harrah's Ph...
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Pick 13 winners at Big M--win $1 million!

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
One million dollars! That's what could be won on Saturday's opening night card at the Meadowlands. All a person needs to do to walk—or run—away with the money is correctly pick the winners of all 13 races. The contest is open to the first 2,000 contestants who sign up at the Players Club Desk prior the first race. Contestants must be present to win. If no contestant correctly picks a...
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Meadowlands preview in new Weekend Preview!

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
The much-anticipated opening of the new grandstand at the Meadowlands takes place on Saturday with a 13-race program kicking things off, and Weekend Preview's Kathy Parker is already in New Jersey for the big night. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Parker talks to trainer Tony Alagna about Captaintreacherous's qualifying effort Thursday that was part of the Preview Night part...
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Billings finals on Sunday; fees to aid Coletta

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
Eighteen of the country's top amateur drivers will convene at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24, to compete in the Delvin Miller Memorial Driving Gold and Silver Cup Championships--the final contests in the seven-month C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series.   The Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Association has announced that the entire $2,000 in drivers' co...
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