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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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Samira Hanover still cruising in Autumn Series

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
After a comfortable victory in the second round of the Autumn Series, Samira Hanover has established herself as the horse to beat heading into the $33,600 final next Friday at Woodbine. The 3-year-old trotting miss captured her division in the opening round last week before cruising to a new lifetime best of 1:55 to kick off the Thursday program.   Keith Oliver and Magic Peach...
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Augustine to donate percentage to Coletta fund

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
Bill Augustine, co-owner of Breeders Crown Open Trot winner Market Share, has pledged to donate 50 percent of his share of the horse's Saturday night earnings to the Anthony Coletta fund. Installed as the early morning line favorite at 4-5, Market Share will face five other trotting stars in the $50,000 final leg of the TVG Free For All at the new Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's ...
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Breedings to be auctioned to benefit Coletta

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
In a continuing effort to raise money for Anthony Coletta and his family, several breeding farms have donated 2014 breedings to stallions that will be auctioned off on Ongait,com and all proceeds will go to the Coletta's.   Brittany farms has donated a breeding to Vintage Master; Fashion Farms has donated a breeding to Real Artist; and Anointed Farm has donated a breeding ...
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Glidemaster to stand at Winbak of Ontario

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
Brittany Stallion Management announced today that world champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of Ontario. Winbak will be assuming managerial duties for the stallion, whose stud fee will remain at $4,000. Glidemaster becomes the sixth addition to the stallion barn at Winbak of Ontario. "We’re glad the opportunity presented itself to stand a Horse of the Year...
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Strongest Blooded Horse Sale in 66 year history

on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM
All roads led to Ohio as owners and trainers from 29 states, Canada, and Europe flocked to the Delaware County Fairgrounds for the 66th annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale. Opening day featured nearly 25% of Ohio’s total yearling crop, along with over 100 Indiana breds and a large number of Pennsylvania, Ontario, and New York breds. The strong catalog of slots enhanced sire stakes-eligibles drove...
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2014 race dates approved in New Jersey

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission on Wednesday approved 2014 race dates for the state's Standardbred and Thoroughbred meets.   The Meadowlands will conduct 81 days of harness racing split over two meets. Racing will be held from Jan. 2 through Hambletonian Day, Aug. 2, followed by a 14-day program from Nov. 14 through Dec. 27. The Breeders Crown will be held at the Meadowlands next N...
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Summer Indian still in control at The Meadows

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
Summer Indian continued his domination of The Meadows' trotting elite, winning his third straight — and fifth in the last seven — in Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap. His time of 1:52.3 was a tick off the track's all-age trotting record.   Summer Indian was caught wide in a three-ply battle for the early lead, finally making the front in a rapid :27.2. But he was unto...
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Motion to reinstate SARP in Ontario carried

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
The Ontario New Democratic Party's motion calling for the reinstatement of the Slots-At-Racetracks Program was carried in a 45-38 vote by the Ontario Legislature at Queen's Park on Wednesday.   The non-binding motion was tabled by NDP leader Andrea Horwath and carried with the support of the NDP and PC parties while the Liberals voted against it.   "Kathleen Wynne's OLG m...
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