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Trotter Father Patrick makes namesake proud

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
When the Rev. Patrick McDonnell found out there was a 2 year old named after him, he was flattered. He also was a little perplexed.   The 2 year old in this case was a racehorse. Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter, who lives in East Windsor, named a colt trotter Father Patrick in honor of the Rev. McDonnell, who is the pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Hi...
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Wagering format announced for Hambo day

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
With the best horses the sport of harness racing has to offer, The Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to announce its wagering format for Hambletonian Day.   The highlight of the card will be the $100,000 Guaranteed Hambletonian Pick 4, beginning in Race 12, the Hambletonian and running through Race 15. The wager, which will undoubtedly be the best Pick-4 pool that harness racin...
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Sunfire Blue Chip, Odds On Equuleus set for NY

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs held the draw on Wednesday morning for the Empire Breeders' Classic eliminations for 3-year-old New York-bred pacers. Twelve 3-year-old pacing colts were entered and were split into two six-horse $12,500 eliminations set to go postward in races four and eight on Sunday afternoon. Leading the field of six in the first elimination is Adios runner-up, Vegas Vacation, from the...
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RCI toughens penalty guidelines

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Racing Commissioners International (RCI) voted Wednesday to create a penalty point system and "enhanced” suspensions for trainers with multiple medication violations, strengthening how racing regulators deal with repeat offenders.   The RCI Board, meeting in Saratoga Springs, voted to modify the Model Rules to create an enhanced penalty which would be added to the penalty for...
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Trackmaster program for Hambo day available

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands would like to remind its fans that the program pages for Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 3, featuring the three Hambletonian eliminations, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final and the $1 Hambletonian final are available for download, free of charge on the Meadowlands website.   The Meadowlands Racetrack thanks Trackmaster for providing access to the f...
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Sylvester drives for 5 with 'Spider'

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Chuck Sylvester says it takes some luck to win the Hambletonian. It also takes a well-prepared horse. The 73-year-old trainer thinks Spider Blue Chip is ready. The remainder will be determined Saturday. Sylvester will try to join Bill Haughton, Stanley Dancer and Ben White as the only trainers to win the Hambletonian five times when he sends Spider Blue Chip into the $1.2 million eve...
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Favorites prevail in Indiana Gold Sire Stakes

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action returned to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with a pair of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes divisions for three-year-old trotting colts highlighting the 14-race card on Wednesday, July 31. Favorites delivered in both divisions that were contested over a track rated sloppy after heavy rainfall in the area. Former Indiana Sire Stakes champion Natural Herbie ...
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Lucan Hanover takes Summertime Series final

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
Casie Coleman's Lucan Hanover completed the Summertime Pacing Series sweep as the swift pacer scored at ease in the $47,000 final, Monday at Mohawk. Sent off as the 1-9 heavy favorite, Lucan Hanover also captured both preliminary legs for owners West Wins Stable and Christine Calhoun. Driven by Scott Zeron, Lucan Hanover settled away in fifth as Ahdoughnolum (Luc Ouellette) blasted to command ...
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McNairs put 5 in "Battle" finals at Grand River

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 23rd annual Industry Day event were contested Monday evening, July 29. A total of seven elimination dashes were featured for two stake events: the $144,500 Battle Of Waterloo (ON-sired 2-year-old pacing colts) and the $75,400 Battle Of The Belles (ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies).  Both stake finals will be featured during the 11-race ...
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2YO trotting fillies in Grassroots at Mohawk

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
The second showdown between 2-year-old trotting fillies Chelseas Chance and Diamonds For Life resulted in the fastest of five Grassroots divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, July 29. After finishing one-two in the July 6 season opener at Kawartha Downs, the fillies squared up for their second battle in Race 9 and engaged in an early tussle for the lead with Diamonds For Life reaching the q...
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Rockin Amadus draws post 1 in NJ Classic

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
Rockin Amadeus, the Breeders Crown winner at two and the New Jersey Sires Stakes final champion at three, drew the rail in the $250,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic final on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Meadowlands.   The New Jersey Classic, which has a field of 11 three-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing colts and geldings, will be carded as race 13.   In the fil...
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Bee A Magician draws post 2 in Oaks final

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner Mistery Woman drew post four for Saturday afternoon's $500,000 final at the Meadowlands, and then Bee A Magician, who won the other elim, drew post two, at the post-position draw held Tuesday afternoon at Il Villagio restaurant, near the racetrack.   Bee A Magician is listed as the 2-5 morning-line favorite in the final, with Miste...
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Post positions drawn for 88th Hambletonian

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
Twenty-three 3-year-old male trotters were divided into three $70,000 eliminations for Saturday afternoon's Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, with the top three finishers in each, plus the fourth-place horse with the highest lifetime earnings, advancing to the same-day $1 million final.    Stanley Dancer Memorial winner Royalty For Life drew post 8 in the first Hambletonian...
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Jones is talking some Wheeling N Dealin

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
Wheeling N Dealin, who went undefeated last season in nine starts, will start in the $1.2 million Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands, drawing post one in the second of three eliminations.    Trained by Dustin Jones and owned by Ecurie Synergie, Wheeling N Dealin remains winless from three starts this season.   The son of Cantab Hall will begin from post...
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Monkey Man steps up, wins PA Stallion Stake

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
Monkey Man, who couldn't get out of his own way while preparing for the races, had it all together Tuesday at The Meadows when he captured his division of a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake.   The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over five divisions, with Doncango, Fly Past Hanover, Uriel and Dominum Deo also taking $20,000 splits. Dave Palone ...
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Divination captures Fox Valley Evita at Balmoral

on 07/29/2013 2:00 AM
Picking up right where he left off after posting seven wins, including four stake victories, on Saturday night's card, driver Mike Oosting continued to dominate the Southland Festival of Racing action. guiding Derek Jacobus and Kevin Kline's Divination to a three-quarter length score in Sunday's $45,000 Fox Valley Evita Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old trotting fillies at Balmora...
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Jacks To Open tops Tattersalls sale at $122,000

on 07/29/2013 2:00 AM
Jacks To Open, a 3-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall, topped the 2012 Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale held Sunday, July 28, at the Meadowlands. Nick Surick bought the sophomore on behalf of Howard Schneidler, bidding $122,000.   Jacks To Open had raced at the Meadowlands the previous night in an open for Hambletonian-eligible colts and geldings. Although he broke stride and finished ...
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NY owner-breeder Pat Tarsio dies at 96

on 07/29/2013 2:00 AM
Patrick "Pat" Anthony Tarsio, 96, of Newburgh, N.Y., a longtime Standardbred owner/breeder, died July 28, at home with his family by his side. Mr. Tarsio was a son of the late Antonio and Filomena (Troncilito) Tarsio andwas born Aug. 28, 1916, in Newburgh. He married the late Alice F. (Ferreri)on Aug. 27, 1939 in Sacred Heart Church in Newburgh. Hewas a member of St. Francis Church, Newburg...
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Trainer says Mistery Woman ready for Oaks

on 07/29/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Jonas Czernyson thinks Mistery Woman is getting better with every start. The question is whether her "better” is going to be enough to beat the best in Saturday's $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Mistery Woman won one of last weekend's two $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks eliminations, beating Classic Martine by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53. The other elim went...
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Ali Blue fastest in NYSS 2FP divisions at Tioga

on 07/29/2013 2:00 AM
Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras) posted the fastest of three divisions of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies on Monday night at Tioga Downs.   Leaving from post position number one in a field scratched down to seven, Gingras moved Ali Blue back to the front after an opening quarter of :29 set by Suplemental Income (Matt Kakaley). From there the duo posted fracti...
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