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  The Meadows: Cracklin Rosie Rallies From Worst To First In $20K F&M Pace
Posted by: Admin - 11-21-2018, 01:20 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

CRACKLIN ROSIE RALLIES FROM WORST TO FIRST IN MEADOWS $20K F&M PACE


WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 20, 2018 — Last by 8 lengths at the half, Cracklin Rosie followed a line of cover to the final turn, then roared wide through the lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.

Cracklin Rosie was third in a cover flow that seemed excessive. But when Jim Pantaleano tipped her wide for the drive, she showed she's no "store-bought woman" — as Neil Diamond's 1970 chart-topper Cracklin Rosie had it — and erased the last 3-1/2 lengths of her deficit, scoring in 1:55.4 over a sloppy surface. Jewels Forreal shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while the first-over McDazzle finished third.

Scott Betts trains the 5-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Honey's Bud Lite, who extended her career bankroll to $225,846, for Tim Betts, Stephen Moss, Nicholas Catalano and Pedro Baez III. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Pantaleano.

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  Yonkers Sets Sunday Post Time
Posted by: Admin - 11-21-2018, 01:17 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

YONKERS SETS SUNDAY POST TIME
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 20, 2018—Yonkers Raceway’s Sunday matinee this weekend (Nov. 25th) shall offer a first post of 11:10 AM.
 
Races 1 through 7 go as those added-distance ‘French’ trots, with post times as such…
 
1st  – 11:10 AM
2nd  – 11:40 AM
3rd  – 12:10 PM
4th  – 12:40 PM
5th – 1:10 PM
6th – 1:40 PM
7th – 2:10 PM
 
Post time for the finale is 3:10 PM, 3:30 PM or 3:50 PM, depending upon whether it’s a 10-, 11- or 12-race card (drawn later Tuesday afternoon).  
 
Sunday’s ‘New York, New York Double’ is comprised a one race from Yonkers and one race from Aqueduct (information updated when available).
 
After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is Dec. 2nd (post time TBA). 

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  Yonkers: Jack Vernon Wins Sunday Afternoon 54G Open Handicap Trot
Posted by: Admin - 11-18-2018, 10:38 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

JACK VERNON WINS SUNDAY AFTERNOON 54G OPEN HANDICAP TROT
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 18, 2018—Dan Dube does not discriminate.
 
He and Jack Vernon ($8.40) went the distance Sunday afternoon (Nov. 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The previous evening, Dube and Gokudo Hanover wired ‘em in the week’s marquee pace.
 
Back to ‘Jack,’ who won a several-horse scrum for the early lead, then gave nothing else a shot.
 
The nine-horse feature (one came up ill) served as the opener of seven added-distance ‘French’ trots.
 
From post position No. 4, Jack Vernon stuffed Gruden (Brian Sears) in behind, setting up shop before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. It was a  :57.1 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters before invading 3-2 favorite I Know My Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) made his second move.
 
Wide early into a four-hole, I Know My Chip came first-up, but the bid was both brief and ineffective. Meanwhile, Jack Vernon was gone, widening past the 1:55.3 milepost and opening four lengths in and out of the final turn.
 
He finished\ it off by 2¼ lengths, getting the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:25. Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) offered late foot to wind up second, with Gruden, Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton) and Lord Cromwell (Matt Kakaley) settling for the minors.
 
I Know My Chip backpedaled to last.
 
For second choice Jack Vernon, a 5-year-old Muscle Hill gelding owned by Mr. (Andy) Miller Stable and trained by Mrs. (Julie) Miller, it was his 10th win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $66, the triple returned $466.50 and the superfecta paid $2,828.
 
Technical difficulties resulted in the cancellation of the ‘New York, New York Double’ for Sunday afternoon.
 
The next Sunday matinee is Nov. 25th (post time TBA). 

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  The Meadows: 6 Holiday Series For Claimers Set For December
Posted by: Admin - 11-18-2018, 10:36 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

6 HOLIDAY SERIES FOR CLAIMERS SET FOR DECEMBER AT THE MEADOWS


WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2018 — The holidays will be merrier at The Meadows this year, as the track will offer six series for $10,000 and $20,000 claimers, each with two preliminary legs and a final. Purses for preliminary legs range from $8,000 to $16,000 while championships will be worth $15,000 ($10,000 claimers) and $25,000 ($20,000 claimers).

All championship legs are set for Monday, Dec. 31, when the track will host a special New Year's Eve twilight card that gets underway at 5: 30 PM. That program also is expected to feature the final race of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in earnings, who faces mandatory Jan. 1 retirement when he turns 15. A ceremony and festivities to honor Foiled Again are in the works.

Nominations and fees — $100 for $10,000 claiming series, $150 for $20,000 claiming series — are due by Dec. 1. Nomination forms are available at www.meadowsgaming.com and through the office of the race secretary, 724.225.9897. The six series, along with opening-leg dates, are:
·      $10,000 Claiming Pace, fillies and mares, Dec.11
·      $10,000 Claiming Pace, colts, horses and geldings, Dec. 15
·      $10,000 Claiming Trot, open, Dec. 12
·      $20,000 Claiming Pace, fillies and mares, Dec. 11
·      $20,000 Claiming Pace, colts, horses and geldings, Dec. 15
·      $20,000 Claiming Trot, open, Dec. 12

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  Yonkers: Don't Think Twice A Wins Friday Night 44G Distaff Derby
Posted by: Admin - 11-17-2018, 03:09 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

DON'T THINK TWICE A WINS FRIDAY NIGHT 44G DISTAFF DERBY
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 16, 2018—Favored Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $3.70) picked up where her Aussie countrywoman left off Friday night (Nov. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Two-moving—from post position No. 5—to the lead by a :27.1 opening quarter-mile, Don't Think Twice A took over from Call Me Queen Be (Joe Bongiorno). The people's preference then rated a :56.3 intermission before pole-sitting Delaware interloper Apple Bottom Jeans (Jim Marohn Jr.) moved from third.

That lass offered only mild intrusion in and out of a 1:24.2 three-quarters as Don't Think Twice A widened to 2¼ lengths off the final turn. She finished it off, whipped a second-over Lispatty (Matt Kakaley) by a couple of lengths in a life-best 1:53.

Call Me Queen Be, Apple Bottom Jeans and Lakeisha Hall (George Brennan) rounded out the payees.  

Rockstar Angel A, who had won the last four  editions of this race, was sixth here from an assigned eight-hole.  

For Don't Think Twice A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Armbro Operative owned by (trainer) Andrew Harris and Arrhythmic LLC, it was her fifth win in 15 seasonal starts (2-for-4 stateside). The exacta paid $19.60, the triple returned $127 and superfecta paid $399.

"I can't wait to drive her in the Blue Chip (Matchmaker) Series," Bartlett said, looking about four months down the road. 

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  The Meadows Announces Revised Draw Schedule For Thanksgiving Period
Posted by: Admin - 11-17-2018, 03:08 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

THE MEADOWS ANNOUNCES REVISED DRAW SCHEDULE FOR THANKSGIVING PERIOD


WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 14, 2018 — The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has announced the following draw schedule for the Thanksgiving period:

RACE DATE                                       DRAW
Saturday, Nov. 24                              Monday, Nov. 19
Monday, Nov 26                                Tuesday, Nov. 20
Tuesday, Nov. 27                               Wednesday, Nov. 21
Wednesday, Nov. 28                         Friday, Nov. 23

In addition, qualifying races will not be conducted Thanksgiving week. Please contact the race office, 724.225.9897, for more information or questions.

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  Cal Expo harness cancels Friday and Saturday Live Racing This Weekend
Posted by: Admin - 11-16-2018, 02:56 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Due to heavy smoke in the Sacramento Valley from the tragic fire in Paradise, Cal Expo Harness has cancelled both Friday and Saturday live racing this weekend.

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  The Meadows: You're Majestic Gets Lightning Lane Win In Meadows $20K F&M Trot
Posted by: Admin - 11-15-2018, 05:34 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

YOU'RE MAJESTIC GETS LIGHTNING LANE WIN IN MEADOWS $20K F&M TROT


WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 14, 2018 — You're Majestic stalked the leader from the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

You're Majestic left alertly for trainer/driver Doug Snyder, enabling her to claim the pocket behind Rose Run Sydney. As they turned for home, You're Majestic knifed inside and held off the rallying Delcrest Magicstar by a head in 1:55.3 while Rose Run Sydney saved show.

Frank Poerio, Jr. owns You're Majestic, a 6-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-You're Adorable who now boasts $497,462 in career earnings.
Brady Brown piloted three winners on the 13-race card.

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  Yonkers Sets Sunday Post Time
Posted by: Admin - 11-15-2018, 05:32 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

YONKERS SETS SUNDAY POST TIME
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 13, 2018—Yonkers Raceway’s Sunday matinee this weekend (Nov. 18th) shall offer a first post of High Noon.
 
Races 3 through 9 go as those added-distance ‘French’ trots, with post times as such…
 
3rd – 12:45 PM
4th – 1:15 PM
5th – 1:45 PM
6th – 2:15 PM
7th – 2:45 PM
8th – 3:15 PM
9th – 3:40 PM
 
Post time for the finale is 4 PM, 4:20 PM or 4:40 PM, depending upon whether it’s a 10-, 11- or 12-race card (drawn Tuesday, Nov. 13th).  
 
Sunday’s ‘New York, New York Double’ is comprised a one race from Yonkers and one race from Aqueduct (information updated when available).
 
After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is November 25th (post time TBA).   

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  Merriman Wins 5 At The Meadows, Including Feature With Wind Of The North
Posted by: Admin - 11-12-2018, 11:08 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

MERRIMAN WINS 5 AT THE MEADOWS, INCLUDING FEATURE WITH WIND OF THE NORTH


WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 12, 2018 — Wind Of The North won a four-ply battle for the early lead, then held off the challengers late to prevail in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, one of five victories for Aaron Merriman on the 13-race card.

Merriman gave Wind Of The North a 29.1 breather after that spirited opening panel, enabling him to withstand the determined first-over bid of Classic Banker and down him by 1/2 length in 1:55. PL Jerico rallied for show.

Bill Bercury owns and trains Wind Of The North, an 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $1,016,258. Merriman, who added a pair of seconds and a fifth in his eight drives, also scored for trainers Sarah Andrews, Robert Barnard, Spencer Kahrig and Gerald Lee, Jr.

Jim Pantaleano also enjoyed a big Monday with three wins.

Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a pair of carryovers — $1,952,89 for the Pick 5 and $871.60 for the Super Hi-5.

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