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NYSS 3YO colt trotters on tap at Vernon

on 07/11/2013 2:00 AM
Three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore colt trotters will compete for total purses of just over $130,000 at Vernon Downs on Saturday night.   The first division favorite is the Crazed colt Crazy About Pat, who has been first and second in NYSS races his last two. Noel Daley trains him for Patricia Stable and Cat Manzi is in for the drive.   EL R...
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New Weekend Preview your guide to Pace night

on 07/11/2013 2:00 AM
With a huge card of racing set for Saturday night at the Meadowlands, you've got to download HarnessRacing Weekend Preview to follow all the action. And don't forget, if you don't subscribe to RTN or can't make it to the track, you can watch the action live on TVG (channel 405 on Dish Network and 602 on DirecTV, as well as some cable providers).   The latest HarnessRacing Weekend Preview ...
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Meadowlands offering $100k Pick 4 Saturday

on 07/10/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack has offered the best bet in harness racing for years and on Meadowlands Pace night, it will be even better. That's because The Late Pick Four will double its guarantee. On Saturday night, that wager, covering races 7 through 10, will carry a $100,000 guaranteed pool.   The sequence will feature many of the finest horses in training. The Meadowlands Pace Lat...
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Soderberg on how he fell for Western Vintage

on 07/10/2013 2:00 AM
Western Vintage, unbeaten in his first two starts, headlines his New Jersey Sire Stakes Final, one of a quartet of $150,000 finals for two-year-olds on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Meadowlands. Western Vintage has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the division for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, carded as the fourth race. Driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by N...
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Maven heads up Miss Versatility field

on 07/10/2013 2:00 AM
The third leg of the popular Miss Versatility series for trotting mares is on the Friday night card at the Meadowlands. Eight of the finest will compete in this Grand Circuit event for a purse of $40,000 in Race 11.   Maven has been invincible thus far in four 2013 starts for her connections with two of those wins coming at Mohawk in legs one and two of the Miss Versatility. She is ...
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Kimelman appointed to NY Sires Stakes board

on 07/10/2013 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms president and Standardbred Owners Association of New York director Mike Kimelman was recently appointed to the Board of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. Also known as the Sire Stakes Fund, Kimelman's appointment was made by the New York State Senate Majority at the recommendation of Senator John Bonacic. Kimelman has been an active particip...
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PA HarnessWeek celebrates 200th episode

on 07/10/2013 2:00 AM
PA HarnessWeek,” harness racing's fastest-paced half-hour, turns 200 this Saturday. Now in its sixth season, the show covers the best of harness racing from Pennsylvania and across the globe with heart and humor. A special episode marking the anniversary will air this Saturday at the show's regular time, 10:30 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia or online at HarnessWeek.com, featuring a l...
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Campbell still passionate for Meadowlands Pace

on 07/10/2013 2:00 AM
John Campbell delivered a emphatic message when he accepted the Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award, a tribute to his extraordinary career as the all-time leading driver in harness racing.   "Lifetime achievement? I've got news for you, I'm not done, on or off the track,” Campbell, 58, told the crowd at the U.S. Harness Writers' Association banquet over the winter in Florida.  ...
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Tour Hall wins Psychic Spirit at Balmoral

on 07/10/2013 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old trotting colts grabbed top billing on Wednesday’s Balmoral card as a field of 10 youngsters battled in the $10,000 Psychic Spirit Stake. Looking like a seasoned veteran, Mike Brink & Loren Tournear’s Tour Hall made his career debut a winning one, rallying from far back to post a 1 ½ length victory in 2:00.2 for driver Dave Magee. ...
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Palone wins 3 PA Stallion splits

on 07/10/2013 2:00 AM
When violent storms throughout Wednesday left The Meadows without electrical power, the track was forced to cancel the final eight races of its card. But the show — part of it, anyway — went on, as The Meadows, against the dwindling daylight, reeled off four divisions of an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. As often happens when the s...
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Playful Innocence lowers Hoosier track record

on 07/10/2013 2:00 AM
In just the fifth start of her sophomore season, Playful Innocence used a sharp, front running effort to notch her first win of the season and lower the Hoosier Park track record for three-year-old trotting fillies in the process on Wednesday, July 10 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino.   With driver, trainer Dan Shetler at the lines, Playful Innocence captured the fourth and final r...
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Wygant Lady upsets in 1:56.1 in NYSS

on 07/09/2013 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes sauntered back down the Thruway Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $358,857 Mike Cipriani Trot for 3-year-old fillies. The event, in three, $119,619 divisions, honored the memory of Yonkers' long-time, award-winning track photographer. Cipriani's son, Ralph, and his family were on hand to make the presentations.   First-up from inside draw was the MO...
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Mister Big colt wins in 1:53.2 before rain hits

on 07/09/2013 2:00 AM
Falcon Justice enjoyed the fairest weather and fastest surface at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday (July 8) and the 2-year-old pacing colt took full advantage, employing a sharp finishing kick to capture the first of four Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions.   Another winner was Twin B Spy, who scored for trainer Casie Coleman despite a scary pre-race incident. Coleman posted the f...
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Burkhart, Fenwick awarded scholarships

on 07/09/2013 2:00 AM
Each year theThe Harness Horse Youth Foundation awards multiple scholarships to deserving students with interests in harness racing. This year's honorees are two young women who show a passion for the sport that made them clear choices for their respective of awards. The Foundation's prestigious Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship winner will be announced later this month.   Seventeen-year-...
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Chris Page reaches 2,000-win milestone

on 07/09/2013 2:00 AM
Chris Page drove from his hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio, to Northfield Park on Monday needing three wins to reach the 2,000 career milestone.   The program started and Page went right to work, winning three of the first six races on the card. He won the $6,000 Open Trot with Saintfrancis in race two, the $6,000 Open Pace with Bruisen N Cruisen in race five and his 2,000th care...
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Caldwell, Hogan, Jones, Reid new Hall trustees

on 07/09/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announced four newly-elected members to the Board of Trustees. They are Elizabeth D. Caldwell, Patricia M. Hogan, VMD, Steve Jones and David P. Reid. Elected as vice presidents, replacing the late John A. Cashman Jr. and Paul E. Spears, are Max J. Hempt and Lawrence S. DeVan, who will also serve as treasurer. Peter G. Gerry was elected trustee emeri...
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Sunshine Beach ready to shine in Pace

on 07/09/2013 2:00 AM
The awkward kid has grown up and is ready to go with the big boys.   Sunshine Beach, who showed flashes of potential last year but struggled with consistency, won the $50,000 Meadowlands Pace elimination on July 6 and is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line to capture Saturday's $635,750 final. Trained by Mark Steacy and driven by George Brennan, Sunshine Beach won the elim ...
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Maple Leaf Trot draws 8, no elims needed

on 07/09/2013 2:00 AM
With eight horses entering for the $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot, set for July 20 at Mohawk Racetrack, no eliminations will be required for the 2013 edition of the classic race for open trotters.   Mister Herbie, last year's defending champion, will look for back-to-back wins in the rich event for trainer and co-owner Jeff Gillis. The son of Here Comes Herbie has banked $1,312,...
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Ontario positives dropped, horses reinstated

on 07/09/2013 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada is reporting Tuesday that all trainers and horses affected by the positive tests due to tainted feed have been cleared to race as of Monday, July 8.   Within one week in mid-June, five horses--Adaymer Seelster, Creampuff Macdaddy, Lucky Journal, Northern Spark and Posey Tina--tested positive for ractopamine, a Class 2 drug.   On June 26, the Onta...
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Big Meadowlands Pace card on Saturday

on 07/09/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous, the brightest star in harness racing, makes his eagerly anticipated return to The Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday night.   "The Captain” is eyeing his next pot of gold, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, the richest stakes in the U.S. for 3-year-old pacers.   The Pace is the main event on the biggest night in the sport. The spectacular 14-race program ...
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