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Jody Jamieson hits $100 mil (Can.); Coleman gets 2,000th

on 08/09/2013 2:00 AM
Canadian-based driver Jody Jamieson surpassed the coveted career earnings milestone of $100 million© with a victory aboard Panpero Firpo in an $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Jamieson and Panpero Firpo found the wire first in 1:51 for trainer David Menary. Because of the currency conversion rate,...
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Ramalama best in Yonkers Open Pace for mares

on 08/09/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $46,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--a pace for the fairer sex and a trot for anyone worthy--were won by a first-up Ramalama (George Brennan, $7.40) and a down-the-road DW's NY Yank (Brennan again, $4).   The femme field--pared to seven after last week's bridesmaid, Cocoa Beach, came down with the sniffles--saw 3-2 choice Four Starz Roe (Jason Bartlett)...
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He's Watching sets 1:50 world mark for 2YOCP

on 08/09/2013 2:00 AM
Coming into Friday night's New York Sires Stakes events for 2-year-old colt pacers, the talk of the state has been about He's Watching, who has posted two impressive sire stakes wins at Saratoga and Buffalo after making breaks at the start. When the night was over, the story got more impressive after He's Watching (Jim Morrill Jr.) minded his manners at Tioga and erased the world record f...
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Fly To The Angels takes Northfield feature

on 08/09/2013 2:00 AM
Fly To The Angels was a repeat winner of the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Friday (Aug. 9) at Northfield Park. She is trained by Dean Eckley for Greenville, Mich., owner Britney Dillon. Eckley called upon Josh Sutton to drive the 9-year-old pacing mare.   Fly To The Angels (Sign Of Success-Score Big Hanover-Big Towner) started from post four. She left alertly off of the...
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Accident at Saratoga harness track

on 08/08/2013 2:00 AM
The Wednesday night race card at Saratoga was marred by an accident that looked horrific, but thankfully did not cause any life-threatening injuries. It took place in the evening's ninth race. Just past the three-quarter pole, pocket sitting Rozewood (Billy Dobson) was starting to fade and appeared to go down to his knees, causing an ugly chain reaction that resulted in four drivers ...
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Bee A Magician to start from post 10 Saturday

on 08/08/2013 2:00 AM
Fresh off her victory in the Hambletonian Oaks, Bee A Magician has returned to Ontario and the top 3-year-old trotting filly in North America is aiming to extend her win streak to 10 in Saturday's $150,000 Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack.   "She's here now, I brought her up yesterday (Tuesday),” explained trainer Richard "Nifty” Norman. "She came out of the (Hambletonian) Oak...
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Aug. 17 deadline for Ohio new owners seminar

on 08/08/2013 2:00 AM
With optimism and excitement in Ohio racing today, people who want to learn more about owning harness horses should attend the owners seminar slated for Aug. 17 at Scioto Downs. The deadline for registrations is Monday, Aug. 12. The seminar is presented by the Ohio State Racing Commission, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Assn., Scioto Downs, and the USTA. The seminar begins in the clubh...
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Kirk Breed, ex. director of Cal racing board, dies

on 08/08/2013 2:00 AM
Kirk E. Breed, 73, executive director of the California Horse Racing Board since Feb. 26, 2008, diedAug. 7, 2013, in a Sacramento hospitalafter abattle against cancer. Mr. Breed continued overseeing CHRB operations throughout his long illness.   Assistant Executive Director Jacqueline Wagner will oversee the daily operations of the CHRB until an executive director is named. CHRB ...
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Peter Hanley II new Rosecroft race secretary

on 08/08/2013 2:00 AM
Peter K. Hanley II will serve as Racing Secretary for Rosecroft Raceway beginning with the track's fall race meet on Sept. 14. Hanley will be responsible for overseeing the racing office and its operations.   A native of Maine, Hanley hails from a family with deep roots in harness racing – his sister Andrea is a key member of the Meadowlands race office, his nephew Adam has worked...
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Adams looks for milestone win in Girls Night Out

on 08/08/2013 2:00 AM
Ron Adams hopes that Smarty Girl can provide him with a magical victory in the Girls Night Out Pacing Series final on Friday at Mohawk.   After finishing first and second in both preliminary legs, Smartygirl will look to give the 26-year-old Adams his biggest payday as a trainer in the $43,100 rich final.   The daughter of Camluck has drawn post three with Doug McNair once aga...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 08/08/2013 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview sets the stage for the showdown that will determine the eight who go to next month's $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship. The three divisions even include a few starters from last Saturday's Hambletonian. Also, just because Bee A Magician is nine-for-nine this year and boasts a win in the Hambletonian Oaks last Saturday, that doesn...
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Indiana Gold Sires Stakes for 2YOs get underway

on 08/07/2013 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a quartet of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sires Stakes on Tuesday as the 2013 crop of freshman pacing colts and fillies opened their series in impressive fashion.   The fastest mile of the night was produced in the opening round for 2-year-old pacing colts as Always B Miki stormed home a winner in 1:53.1, a lifetime best perfor...
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Pierce 3, Butenschoen 2, SBSW 2 in PA Stallions

on 08/07/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Ron Pierce and trainer John Butenschoen were the big winners on Tuesday night in Stallion Series action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were six divisions of the series held for 2-year-old fillies on the pace, each race carrying a purse of $20,000.   Pierce drove three of the six Stallion Series winners, while Butenschoen is the trainer for two of the winners....
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Exchange wagering approved in California

on 08/07/2013 2:00 AM
The Office of Administrative Law notified the California Horse Racing Board Tuesday that all exchange wagering rules have been approved and are effective immediately.   However, even though the regulatory framework is now in place, exchange wagering cannot begin in California until an agreement is reached between one or more exchange wagering companies, a racing association or...
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Tirade Hanover's 1:55.4 fastest in NYSS

on 08/07/2013 2:00 AM
Tirade Hanover (Crazed) was the fastest of the winners in the New York Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on the Tuesday card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Tirade Hanover, trained by Tyler Raymer, recently added trotting hobbles and has been sharp ever since. On Tuesday night, Jim Morrill Jr. moved Tirade Hanover first-over and he just kept...
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Field shaping up for driving championship

on 08/07/2013 2:00 AM
The field is starting to take shape for the 7th annual Tioga/Vernon Drivers' Championship, billed this year as harness racing's version of the all-star game, following the big money races of Hambletonian Weekend at the Meadowlands. North America's top six money-winning drivers will join the leading driver by wins at both Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs and a sponsor's exemption. The group of n...
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Gallie Bythe Beach unbeaten in PASS at Pocono

on 08/07/2013 2:00 AM
Gallie Bythe Beach continued her impressive career-opening winning streak with a hard-fought victory to highlight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were four Sire Stakes races held for 2-year-old fillies on the pace, with purses ranging from $68,333 to $68,734. Gallie Bythe Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria), who came into Wednesday ...
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Just A Steady Hall lowers Hoosier track record

on 08/07/2013 2:00 AM
Just A Steady Hall used a valiant stretch drive to get up in the final strides of the featured event, a $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 7, and lowered the track record in the process. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, the pair trotted in 1:55.2, taking one fifth of a second off the pre...
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Muscle Matters 1:57.3 winner in Ontario Challenge

on 08/06/2013 2:00 AM
Muscle Matters picked the perfect time to figure out how to be a racehorse, battling to a half-length victory in the $150,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. Heading into the contest trainer Benoit Baillargeon was not sure if the long-legged son of Muscle Mass had truly grasped the ins and outs of the racing game, but the two-year-old trottin...
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New handicapping contest with $2,000 prize

on 08/06/2013 2:00 AM
For the next five Saturdays, harness racing fans will have their time to shine with a chance to compete for cash and prizes in the exciting new Big 5 Harness Handicapping Challenge. Be crowned the challenge champion and take home bragging rights and the ultimate prize of $2,000 cash. Co-sponsored by TrackMaster, TVG and the USTA, the format of the challenge is rather simple, with a new "Big 5...
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