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Lukas Hall, Credit Fashion post wins in NYSS

on 07/26/2013 2:00 AM
Cat Manzi was in an upset mood tonight at Tioga Downs, and no, he wasn’t mad. The Catman led the card with 4 winners, 3 of which went off at odds of 11/1 or higher. The first came in the 4th race as the Manzi picked up the lines for Lukas Hall in the 1st division of the New York Sire Stakes for 2 year old colts and geldings. Heavy favorite Crazzycrazzy and Jim Morrill, Jr. carved o...
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New lifetime best wins in Girls’ Night Out

on 07/26/2013 2:00 AM
The first leg of the Girls’ Night Out Pacing Series began on Friday evening featuring a trio of $18,000 divisions. Smarty Girl, Mia Seelster and Ferrari Sena all celebrated career milestones as the older mares earned new lifetime marks for their respective connections. In the first division, Smarty Girl and Doug McNair got under the wire first in 1:52.1, returning $32.90 to win. The dau...
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Upfrontluckycarol sets stake mark in Arden Downs

on 07/26/2013 2:00 AM
Spotting the leader 6-1/2 lengths at the half, Upfrontluckycarol launched a relentless uncovered bid that carried her to victory — and a stake record — in Friday’s $64,078 Arden Downs event at The Meadows. UF Tadys Donato took the other division of the stake, known as the Ned McCarr, for 3-year-old filly trotters. When winning driver Etic Ledford saw the distance he would have to ma...
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Andy Miller doubles in Ryan at The Meadows

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadows presented the inaugural Edward M. Ryan Trot on Wednesday as part of Adios Week, and Andy Miller embraced the newly rechristened event by winning two of its three divisions with Sumatra and Exodus Hanover. The $60,000 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters, formerly known as the Henry Oliver, honors the memory of Ed Ryan, a Hall of Famer who was a successful e...
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Turning up the heats in the Hambletonian

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
The heats are back in the $1.2 million Hambletonian. With a nod to history and tradition, the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands Racetrack have revised the format for the world-renowned trotting classic for 3-year-olds on Aug. 3. For the first time since 1996, the elimination heats and the final will be contested on the same afternoon. In recent years, the elimination...
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Shawn Gray notches 3,000th win at Saratoga

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Shawn Gray reached a career milestone on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maine native piloted win number 3,000 for his career on a night in which the 39-year-old reinsman scored a pair of victories. After a front running win while sitting behind young pacer White Snake (Rocknroll Hanover), Gray secured his 3,000th victory with conditioned trotter Conway Cruiser (Conway...
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Six-win night for Merton at Batavia

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
It was a big night for driver Greg Merton, trainer John Mungillo and the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester on Wednesday at Batavia Downs. If Western New York racing fans weren't familiar with Greg Merton they certainly are now as he guided home six winners on the Wednesday program including a perfect five-for-five for trainer John Mungillo. "I'll be here every Wednesday night,” Merton s...
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Fool Me Once, Source Of Pride favored in NYSS

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
North America Cup elimination winner, and multiple sires stakes victor, Fool Me Once, leads the headlines for eighteen 3-year-old colt pacers in New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) action on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs   Campaigned from the Mark Austin Stable from Ontario, Canada, the son of Art Major-Fool That I Am has enjoyed a wonderful first half of his sophomore campaign...
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Azur poised to take home orchids in 1st Adios

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
In his first 25 years or so in the Standardbred business, Fran Azur figures he's owned 285 horses—not one of them a yearling. That changed in 2011 when he bought a son of The Panderosa-Ladyking at auction. On Saturday, that yearling, now a top 3 year old named Lonewolf Currier, is poised to win the $450,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows and give Azur the blanket of orchi...
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Hambletonian Monte Leg 2 set for Friday

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian Society managed Hambletonian Monte Series Leg #2 takes place Friday at the Meadowlands. The final, comprised of the top point earners in the two legs, will face the starter on Hambletonian Day for a $25,000 purse. Be there Friday night to watch the non-wagering monte action starting at 7 p.m. and wager on an exciting Meadowlands card of pari-mutuel harness racing. ...
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Sommer-Luarca to paint 2013 Hambletonian

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
Susan Sommer-Luarca--Official Artist of the 2013 Hambletonian--has been invited by the Meadowlands Racetrack to paint live at the at Hambletonian Stakes, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3. The 88th Hambletonian will be telecast live on CBS Sports Network.   Sommer-Luarca's commemorative painting will be donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and be auctioned off to support o...
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Hambo Oaks detention at 10 a.m. Saturday

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
Those fillies racing in the Hambletonian Oaks must be checked in to the detention barn at The Meadowlands by 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Please call Andrea at (201) 460-4214 with the list of personnel.   There is a Bon Jovi concert on Saturday night. Be careful to allow extra time to get to the track and be prepared to show your license on the way through the parking turnstile...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
Favorites haven't fared that well in recent years in the Adios and the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes a look at The Meadows' signature race that will take place on Saturday afternoon. In a separate story, owner Fran Azur reveals why an Adios win with Lonewolf Currier would be special. The Yonkers Trot, the first jewel of trotting's Triple Crown, is set for Saturday night at Yonkers...
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TVG to be on-site for Hambletonian Day card

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
TVG, America's Horseracing Network, will present live, on-site coverage of the $1.2 million Hambletonian from the Meadowlands on Saturday, Aug. 3. In addition to airing the 88th edition of harness racing's premier event, TVG will carry the day's entire 15-race, $3.6 million program.   Also, TVG and 4NJBets customers will have the opportunity to earn a 20-percent bonus on the Pi...
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I Got To Boogie upsets in Town Pro final

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
I Got To Boogie, perfectly steered by Doug McNair, lit up the toteboard in this year's edition of the $45,900 Town Pro Pacing Series final on Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The daughter of Bettor's Delight, who returned a healthy $25.10 to win, got under the wire first in 1:52.2 for trainer Tony O'Sullivan.   Rachel Welch (Mike Saftic) blasted her way to the top in the ea...
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Big Scioto card Friday; no live racing Saturday

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
With no live racing on Saturday at Scioto Downs Racino due to the Jamey Johnson concert, the racing card Friday night is stacked with races of all the top level horses.   There will be 14 races on the card and Scioto's leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr., has nine horses entered in as many races. He has the morning line favorite in the top class Open Pace and non-winners of $7,500 tr...
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Summer Mixed Sale adds 40 supplements

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
Nearly 200 head will now go under the auctioneer's gavel this Sunday, as 40 horses have been added as supplements to the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale.   "Racehorse buyers will want to be sure to see the supplement catalog," said sale manager David Reid. "There are some stakes-class 2 and 3 year olds that have been added, plus a good selection of nice older horses, like Donau, a $50...
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Prep races for NJ Classic, Miss New Jersey

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has carded prep races on Saturday night for the finalists in the $250,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the $125,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey.   Neither of the two events for New Jersey-sired 3-year-old pacers, which are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, required elimination races.   The New J...
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Big day set for Grand River's Industry Day

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration is just around the corner, and the event esteems to be one of the best days of the summer for harness racing fans. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5. Post time for the first dash is 1:30 p.m.   The 23rd annual event includes an 11-race card worth more than $300,000 in purses. The main feature of the d...
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Steuben Farm breeding NYSS winners

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
Growing up in Steuben County in southwestern New York State, Dr. Guy Hammonds cherished visits to his uncle's dairy/horse farm.   "I would go up there and help on the farm,” Hammonds said. "My grandparents were there and my cousins. I'd go to the county fairs with him when he raced. That's the first thing I wanted to do. He had a stallion and mares, too. As a kid, you really got ...
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