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8 Matron Finals--richest single program in DE

on 11/16/2013 12:00 AM
The finale day for the 2013 Matron Stakes during Dover Downs' "Novemberfest' of stakes racing is the richest one-day program in Delaware racing history. Eight lucrative finals and six Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) combine for a total purse of $1,326,863. The Matrons boast many of the top two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers after last week's elimination d...
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Nova Artist earns speed-badge honors at Dover

on 11/15/2013 12:00 AM
Nova Artist won the $27,500 Delaware Special with a convincing 1:49.2 triumph, the fastest clocking, on a fast Thursday card at Dover Downs.   On the heels of a come-from-behind 1:51.2 victory last week, Nova Artist, reined by Allan Davis, took the lead after a:26.2 opening quarter and then was never challenged winning for the eighth time this year. Mustang Art, with Ron Pierce...
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Lucan Hanover set to blow away foes in Windy City

on 11/15/2013 12:00 AM
Lucan Hanover appears poised to capture the $176,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park on Friday night.   The gutsy son of Western Ideal battled outside the winning Captaintreacherous all the way through the lengthy Balmoral Park stretch last Saturday night, finishing second by half a length in 1:49 in the $256,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Pace in rein to David Miller.   "I ...
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Lindy's Tru Grit looks for Chi-town repeat

on 11/15/2013 12:00 AM
Lindy's Tru Grit will be seeking his second consecutive victory on a Chicago oval when he steps behind the gate in Friday's $110,000 Galt Stake for sophomore trotting colts.   Last week the son of Cantab Hall took a career record of 1:53.3 en route to capturing the $235,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot at Balmoral Park.Tim Tetrick steered the brown colt to his fifth seasonal vic...
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McDonough has slim dash lead at Batavia

on 11/15/2013 12:00 AM
Back when Batavia Downs opened its season on July 22, there wasn't a clear-cut favorite to win the drivers' title. With nearly four months of racing in the books and just 11 programs left, the quest for the championship is basically still up in the air.   Shawn McDonough, a provisional 22-year-old driver, has been in front for the past three months after taking over from early lead...
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Can Do does it in Dover Open Trot

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Vic Kirby waited until late in the stretch to uncork Can Do and the 4 year old came on to score a lifetime best 1:54.1 victory in the $20,000 Open/Handicap Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Last week's winner, Green Day, rolled out of post 8 for Trace Tetrick to take the early lead. Corey Callahan then moved Looking Hanover up going to the half and took the lead before the th...
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Victory Is Coming comes on late to win at Meadows

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Victory Is Coming saved ground until the final turn, then popped off the pylons and brushed by Unefoisdansmavie to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Victory Is Coming sat snugly behind Unefoisdansmavie and Win Missy B as they dueled for the early lead. When Mike Wilder asked her for trot, the 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Nor...
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Burke tops $20 million; set to reach 1,000 wins

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Horses trained by Ron Burke, North America's leading conditioner, surpassed the $20 million mark in 2013 earnings on Wednesday when For All We Know picked up the third-place check in a $14,000 mares claiming handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Burke is the first North American harness conditioner to ever crack the $20 million plateau. Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher...
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Harmer ready to make Pertty Music in Cinderella

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
When trainer-driver Tom Harmer speaks of his homebred filly Pertty Music, he does so with the beaming pride of a proud parent. And with good reason.   Harmer not only bred, trains and owns the 3-year-old brown lass, but he also owned, trained, and drove the filly's parents, Jereme's Jet and My Metallica.   Harmer conditioned and drove Jereme's Jet to earn $1,519,321 from ...
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Shebestingin tabbed big favorite in Matron

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Joe Holloway uses the word "decent” to describe Shebestingin's year so far, but the 3-year-old filly pacer has two more chances to improve that assessment. Shebestingin is the 3-5 morning line favorite in Sunday's $130,650 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Dover Downs. She will start from post 4 with David Miller in the sulky. She also then has the Nadia Lobell on N...
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Gingras: Racing at new Big M a "little bit weird"

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
The first races using the new configuration at the Meadowlands took place Thursday morning with eight qualifiers. With the building of the new grandstand, the racing has been reversed, with the start/finish line now on what used to be the backstretch. Trond Smedshammer drove Blacktuxwhitesocks to a 1:57 win in the first qualifier, and then he followed that up by directing Arch Madness to a ...
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New on-line contest Tuesdays at Yonkers

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have announced a free, $10,000 on-line handicapping contest, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 19.   The contest is to be coordinated through Trackmaster (www.trackmaster.com/contest), and shall be run through that site, including free past performances pages for the designated contest dates. Registration is now open.   ...
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Yonkers to offer contest with $10,000 in prizes

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have announced a free, $10,000 on-line handicapping contest, beginning this Tuesday, Nov. 19.   The contest is to be coordinated through Trackmaster (www.trackmaster.com/contest), and shall be run through that site, including free past performances pages for the designated contest dates. Registration is now open. ...
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Somebeachsomewhere's fee now $30,000

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced the stud fees for its stallions for the 2014 breeding season, and among the changes is the increase in the fee for top pacing sire Somebeachsomewhere to $30,000. Somebeachsomewhere stood for a fee of $20,000 in 2013. In addition, trotting sire Cantab Hall's book is already full and closed even though his fee was raised from $10,000 to $20,000.   ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Eight Matron finals are on tap Sunday at Dover Downs and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Chris Oakes talks about his 2-year-old filly pacer Beach Body and Julie Miller reveals why she may have a "pleasant surprise” in the race for 2-year-old colt pacers. Maywood Park hosts four stakes finals on Friday night and trainer Erv Miller gives his take on Archetto Hanover, who is w...
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Nominations now open for Groom of the Year

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Groom of the Year Award. The award,sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes theunsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport's horses. All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 32nd annual Groom of the Year Award is a letter from an individual or group to...
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Rosecroft paddock judge Larry Ward dies

on 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Larry Alan Ward, Rosecroft Raceway's paddock Judge, died Sunday, Nov. 10. He was 69.   Mr. Ward was born Dec. 19, 1944 in Wisconsin. After graduating from High School, Larry enlisted in the Air Force and served a tour in Vietnam.   Mr. Ward spent most of his adult life in the harness racing business as a successful driver, trainer and owner. He spent much ...
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DSBF freshman colt trots held at Dover

on 11/13/2013 12:00 AM
I Like My Boss, Whichwayrightrleft and Call Me Hal registered opening leg victories in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshmen male trots on Tuesday at Dover Downs.   Both ends of the daily double were clocked in 2:01.3 wins. In the first $20,000 preliminary, I Like My Boss, driven by Jonathan Roberts for trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons, wore down betting choi...
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Rosecroft approved for 54 race dates in 2014

on 11/13/2013 12:00 AM
The Maryland Racing Commission approved Rosecroft Raceway's 54-day live racing schedule for 2014 at its monthly meeting on Tuesday. Rosecroft's live racing schedule will be the most for a Standardbred racetrack in the state in 2014.   Since reopening in the fall of 2011, track owner Penn National Gaming has focused on directing racing opportunities and increasing purses towards...
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The Captain on pace to race in TVG Free For All

on 11/13/2013 12:00 AM
As of Wednesday morning it appears Captaintreacherous will go where no horse has gone in recent memory, and that is starting in a major stakes event as a 3 year old against older horses. As the winner of the Breeders Crown 3-Year-0ld Colt Pace, the connections of Captaintreacherous were invited to race in the $500,000 TVG Free For All Pace on Nov. 30 at the Meadowlands, an offer that seems lik...
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