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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


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

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


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


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

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


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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  Meadowlands: Fab Four For Gingras And Burke At Big M
Posted by: Admin - 11-12-2018, 09:22 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The prolific pair of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke were up to their old tricks Saturday night at the Meadowlands, combining to win four times on the 12-race program.

Windsong Jack got the dynamic duo off to a good start in the second race pace, the $17,500 Dash For The "G" Notes final, as the 8-year-old gelded son of Santanna Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile, who won his preliminary a week ago by 8¾ lengths in 1:51.1, was up for what was almost a repeat performance.

The result was never in doubt as the 1-9 public choice cut out all of the fractions before hitting the wire 6½ lengths in front of Joe's Bid in a season's-best equaling 1:51.1. He paid $2.20 to win.

But Gingras and Burke were just getting started.

Rockn Motion, a regular earlier this season on the Kentucky Sire Stakes circuit, beat a solid field of conditioned pacers in race five. The son of Pet Rock-Graceful Motion, who was unraced at 2, was the only 3-year-old in the field, but held sway through the stretch despite getting steppy with an eighth of a mile to go to hold off even-money choice Ocean Colony by a head.

As the 8-5 second choice, Rockn Motion paid $5.20 after completing the mile in 1:52.1.

The Burke-Gingras pairing struck again in the seventh, scoring with another 3-year-old – Dragon Time – who was good enough to beat older foes in a high-range conditioned pace in 1:51.3.

The gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Little Miss Dragon slipped out of the three hole at three-quarters before angling through the stretch with steady pace to gun down the pacesetting – and eventual third-place finisher – Geez Joe. Dragon Time hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Burkentine Hanover and paid $14.00 as the third choice in the wagering. Veteran Bettor's Edge was sent to the gate as the 3-5 choice, but after working out a perfect pocket trip came up empty at crunch time.

Burke and Gingras completed their four-bagger with Magnum Mike, a 10-year-old son of Magical Mike-Dare To Dream, in the 10th race claiming handicap pace.

Racing out of the Burke barn for the first time, Magnum Mike was sent to the gate as the 2-1 favorite and delivered on that promise after following perfect cover while second over. He paid $6.40 after pacing his mile in 1:52.2, a lifetime best. It 3½ lengths back to second-place finisher Glass Prince.

A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy won the third race to up his meet-leading driver win total to 14. ... Kyle Husted got his first training and driving winner of the meet, steering 3-2 favorite Terror Of The Nite to victory lane in the sixth. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,077,898. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.

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  Yonkers' Monday Pick 5 Features $2,800 Carryover, 10G Guarantee
Posted by: Admin - 11-12-2018, 09:20 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

                          BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway          
YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 11, 2018—A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday night's (Nov. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,835.53 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program.
The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday [Nov. 10th] evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.
Monday's program may be downloaded at http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-conte...rogram.pdf.

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  Trotters, pacers return to Cal Expo Saturday night
Posted by: Admin - 11-09-2018, 09:03 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Trotters, pacers return to Cal Expo Saturday night
By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
Saturday is opening night of the Watch and Wager LLC harness meeting at Cal Expo, with a 12-race program headed by a pair of $7,000 Open Paces.
First post is 6:10 p.m. and beginning next week there will be racing on Friday and Saturday evenings.
New at this meeting will be the Single 6, a 10-cent wager with a unique serial number jackpot winner. There will be 50 percent going to the consolation pool and 50 percent to the jackpot. 
The first of the Open events goes as the eighth on the card and finds Gorgeous For Real going postward off a solid qualifying score last weekend. The 4-year-old races for Billie Schwartz, Junior Wilkinson and Ivan Axelrod with Wilkinson training and Luke Plano at the controls.
Gorgeous For Real has posed for pictures following 14 of his 58 lifetime outings with a career standard of 1:51 flat that was set at Hoosier Park on August 17.
Gravelsinmytravel is suiting up for veteran Dean Magee in this contest. The 7-year-old son of Veracious Hanover leaves from the cozy rail slot and will be gunning for his sixth victory of the season from 22 trips to the post.
Gravelsinmytravel recorded his most recent score at Running Aces on August 19, igniting when it counted to be up by a head and comes into this assignment with a 1:51 3/5 lifetime standard that was established two years ago at the Meadowlands. Rounding out the field are Dontdoubtthelakers, Mr Varsity, Last Dragon, Prodigal, Swagasaurusrex and Twomickeytrip.
I’m An Athlete back on the big track
I’m An Athlete will be gunning for his 40th lifetime score from 186 trips to the post when he suits up in Saturday night’s ninth race for owner Ronald Rettig-Zucchi, trainer Jessie Pacheco and pilot James Kennedy.
The 8-year-old son of Art Major spent his summer at Running Aces, Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia, and according to this trainer is happy to be home after a nice runner-up effort in a 1:56 25/ qualifier last weekend.
“He’s just so-so on the smaller tracks around the tight turns, but he really likes it here at Cal Expo,” Pacheco noted. “That qualifier was just to get him night and tight for this weekend.”
I’m An Athlete has earned his $185,590 bankroll the old-fashioned way and established his 1:51 flat lifetime mark here earlier the season. He’ll look to get back to his winning ways while leaving from the middle of the field.
“He’s a real pro,” Jessie related when asked about the veteran pacer. “You can jog him with two fingers and he doesn’t need hopples to train. The only thing is, he’s much better around the big turns like we have here at Cal Expo.”
Pacheco currently houses 16 performers in the shedrow, with several more due in soon, and is looking to get things off to a fast start this weekend.
There are two wagers offered here each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5 that begins on the first race and the 20-cent Pick 4 that will get underway with the ninth race.  

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