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  Meadowlands: 'Diamond' Flexes Muscle In Big M Feature
Posted by: Admin - 11-03-2018, 06:04 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

'DIAMOND' FLEXES MUSCLE IN BIG M FEATURE
By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – When it comes to the Meadowlands, Muscle Diamond is very much a horse for the course.

The 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover thrashed five overmatched opponents in the Friday night feature at the mile oval, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters.

Winning driver Andy McCarthy did not rush the 1-9 favorite to the top, opting instead to make his way steadily to the lead while racing on the outside at the three-eighths before hitting the half in :55.4. A sleepy :29.1 fraction followed as Pappy Go Go – seeking his third straight win – put up a fight from first over, but the Brett Bittle-trained Muscle Diamond rebuffed that challenge before hitting the wire 1¾ lengths in front of a fast-closing Tyson. Pappy Go Go held on for third.

Muscle Diamond, who set his lifetime-best of 1:50.1 at the Big M in late June before taking the Vincennes on Hambletonian Day in 1:51, completed his mile Friday in 1:52.2 to stay perfect in three Meadowlands starts this year. He paid $2.20 to his backers in winning for the 17th time in 51 lifetime starts while upping his earnings to $755,199 for owners C. Keller III, C. Keller IV, E. Bittle and B. Bittle.

A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy had the hot hand all night, taking four races on the card. ... One lucky simulcast player at Pompano Park had a huge night. He or she was the only player to have all 10 winners in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $10,221. ... Six favorites hit the winner's circle on the 10-race card, and in two of the races where the public choice lost, the winner's odds were 6-5 (race four) and 2-1 (race eight). ... All-source handle on the program totaled $1,723,596. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Four finals of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds sit atop the marquee, with purses that total almost $900,000.

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  Yonkers' Empire Terrace Open For Breeders' Cup Saturday Lunch
Posted by: Admin - 11-02-2018, 12:30 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

YONKERS' EMPIRE TERRACE OPEN FOR BREEDERS' CUP SATURDAY LUNCH
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 1, 2018—Yonkers Raceway's Empire Terrace shall be open for lunch Breeders' Cup Saturday (Nov. 3rd) beginning at 12 Noon.
 
Wager and wager throughout the Churchill Downs' card, which begins at 10:45 AM. The lunch menu includes three cheese ravioli, veal Milanese, New York strip steak and filet mignon, along with salads and burgers.
  
Reservations may be made at (914) 457-2454.
 
A reminder that mutuel windows open at 10 AM Saturday, and after the Breeders' Cup Classic, there's a 10-race live harness card with the usual first post of 6:50 PM.

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  Kindergarten, 'Cup' Make For Big Meadowlands Weekend
Posted by: Admin - 11-02-2018, 12:29 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

KINDERGARTEN, 'CUP' MAKE FOR BIG MEADOWLANDS WEEKEND
Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The first weekend of November at the Meadowlands brings the first stakes finals action of the 2018-2019 meeting, and in addition, simulcast players will get to watch and wager on the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held at Louisville's storied Churchill Downs.

On Friday, Churchill's 10-race program gets underway at 12:55 p.m., with the first of five Breeders' Cup races slated to go off at 3:21 p.m. The final BC event of the day – the $2 million Juvenile – finds trainer Bob Baffert with the one to beat, 8-5 early favorite Game Winner. Post time is 6:05 p.m.

Just 70 minutes later, the live 10-race harness card gets underway, featuring Pappy Go Go shooting for his third win in a row taking on some tough customers in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters in the third race.

Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m., a spectacular 12-race program at Churchill kicks off, featuring nine Breeders' Cup events, the first of which has a post time of noon. The biggest race of the weekend – the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic – has a post time of 5:44 p.m. Accelerate, off three straight romps against Grade 1 stock, is the morning-line 5-2 choice.

That evening, the 11-race harness program begins at 7:15 p.m. and features four finals of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds, with purses that total almost $900,000.

As always, the Big M will offer it's 50-Cent Pick-5 (which has a guaranteed pool of $25,000) as well as the track's signature 50-Cent Pick-4 ($50,000 promise). Both bets have a low 15 percent takeout. Free Program pages are available on the handicapping tab at ustrotting.com as well as at playmeadowlands.com.

McWICKED GOOD NEWS: Trainer Casie Coleman has announced on Facebook that Breeders Crown champion and Horse of the Year favorite McWicked will be returning for his 8-year-old season in 2019 despite interest from multiple breeding farms. He'll conclude his 2018 campaign in the TVG Final at the Meadowlands on November 24.

THE 'DUNN' UNDER WONDER: Australia native Dexter Dunn has been killing it of late, driving three winners not only last Saturday night but on the previous Saturday evening as well. ... Over the same span, Monticello regular Mike Merton has guided five horses to victory lane. ... A pair of trainers had triples last weekend: Tony Alagna on Friday and Bob Lounsbury on Saturday.

PARTY ON: November marks the five-year anniversary of the opening of the new Meadowlands $100 million state-of-the-art grandstand. Patrons will get to join in on the fun as the track will offer specials all month long.

WHHC QUALIFIER SATURDAY: The first of six Meadowlands qualifiers for the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is this Saturday night.


The qualifier has a $200 total fee ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll).  The format requires players to bet a minimum of $10 win wagers on 10 Meadowlands races (Players can bet more than 10 races).  The top two finishers will earn spots in the WHHC with prize money to be paid out to the top 10 finishers.  Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 p.m.

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  Expose Yourself Repeats In Meadows $18,000 F&M Trot
Posted by: Admin - 11-01-2018, 04:26 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

EXPOSE YOURSELF REPEATS IN MEADOWS $18,000 F&M TROT


WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 31, 2018 — Expose Yourself turned back the determined challenge of You're Majestic and went on to a comfortable victory — her second straight — in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Expose Yourself seemed secure on the lead after a soft 29.4 second panel, but when You're Majestic — who was jumping up two classes after a pair of victories — came at her, the 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt was forced to dig in. Expose Yourself edged clear through the final turn and drew off late for Dave Palone to down Expose Yourself by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.2. The pocket-sitting Glidinthruparadise completed the ticket.

Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who triumphed for the fourth time in her last six starts and extended her career bankroll to $145,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 13-race card.

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  Record Machine captures Pocono feature
Posted by: Admin - 10-30-2018, 05:46 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Record Machine captures Pocono feature

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Fans trying to solve the $13,000 featured pace on Monday night (Oct. 29) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono had a hard time in their deciding; one horse was sent away at 2-1, with three others at 5-2. That quartet finished 1-2-3-4, with the winner being the A Rocknroll Dance sophomore gelding Record Machine in 1:54 over a “good” track.

Record Machine got the jump on his field early, moving to the lead after the :27.2 quarter, then getting a big-time breather to the :57.4 half. From there he was able to sprint home for driver Eric Carlson in :56.2, downing Bag Pipe Major by a length, with Atomic Seelster third and Just My Kinda Guy (the lukewarm 2-1 favorite) fourth.

Gilbert Garcia-Owen trains the winner of $65,775 this season for his father Gilbert Garcia-Herrera.

The meet’s leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., had three sulky successes on the card; his brother Anthony, Matt Kakaley, and Åke Svanstedt each had a pair.

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  Pompano: Hennessey sweeps Sunshine Stakes
Posted by: Admin - 10-30-2018, 05:45 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Hennessey sweeps Sunshine Stakes at Pompano


Pompano Beach, FL —– Wally Hennessey continued his red-hot streak at Pompano Park on Monday (Oct. 29), sweeping all four of the non-wagering FSBOA Sunshine State Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Four different trainers and owners benefited from Hennessay’s touch as the author of an astounding .815 UDR coming in guided I Rhoda Daley, Captain Thomas, Krinda and Gold Star Diablo in their respective $12,000 wins.

First up, I Rhoda Daley, trained by John Hallett for owner Lee Clarke, annihilated her foes by 21-3/4 lengths in 2:01.4 — a new lifetime mark — for her fourth straight win in these Sunshine State Stakes for trotting fillies. The daughter of Desperado Don, last year’s champion in her juvenile division, carded panels of :30.2, 1:01.3 and 1:31.3 along the way. Ms Katie B (Gary Braden) was second with Cookie (Jay Sears) third.


In the trot for the boys, Captain Thomas made a sharp quarter move to the front and used a :28.4 finale to keep his record unblemished in his four starts in the Sunshine State Stakes. The altered son of Proud Bushy, trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, scored by 4-3/4 lengths over the early leader, Dangerous Mood (Jim McDonald). Brian (Mike Deters) completed the roster. Also a champion in his 2017 class, Captain Thomas is now four-for-six this semester in his quest to retain his crown in this year’s division on Super Night.


In the filly pace, Krinda somehow found a seam at mid-stretch and knifed on through late to score by a half-length in 1:56, equaling her lifetime best. The daughter of Six Of Diamonds, lightly raced at two but a champion in her class last year, scored a narrow win over Prairie Foolish (Jim Meittinis) in an action packed mile leaving the winner seemingly hopelessly locked in until the final stages. Starcasim (Joe Sanzeri) was third while Prairie Easter and Diamond Eyes earned the final two awards in the sextet. Krinda is trained by Kim Sears for owner-husband Jay.


In the colt/gelding pace, Gold Star Diablo, a gelded son of Mysticism, held on gamely late to score by a half-length over the late-charging Silver Wings (Bryce Fenn) to hit the wire in 1:55.4. Mister Special T, closing fastest of all for Mike Simons, finished third, just a length away, while Gold Star Flick and Dontblevmejuswatch rounded out the combatants. Trained by Mike Deters for owner Dan Clements, Gold Star Diablo won for the third straight time to send his career bankroll just $24 short of $75,000.


On the betting card, Northern Dali, driven by Mike Simons, found a narrow seam along the pylons late to score a narrow win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares. The ultra-consistent 6-year-old daughter of Dali, trained by Gaston Lareau for JP Houle Stable, pinned the photo finish defeat on pace-setting Galarina, driven by Jason Dillander. Little Joke, with John MacDonald in her sulky, was a fast closing third, followed by Watts Was I Drinkin and A Wish For Wings.


Northern Dali now has a 9-8-5 scorecard in 34 starts, good for $62,656 this year and $237,925 lifetime. Off as fourth choice, Northern Dali paid $12.00 to win.


Racing continues Tuesday night with post time set for 7:20 p.m.

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  Woodbine Mohawk Park: Roy and Auciello capture championship meet titles
Posted by: Admin - 10-30-2018, 05:44 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Roy and Auciello capture championship meet titles

Milton, ON -– The inaugural Championship Meet at Woodbine Mohawk Park concluded with a 10-race card on Monday evening.

All eyes were locked to the standings for top driver and top trainer entering the final card of the meet, which began on April 12.

Louis Philippe Roy entered the evening with a one-win lead over Sylvain Filion for the top driver, while Bob McClure and Trevor Henry trailed by just two and three wins, respectively. The race for the training title saw Carmen Auciello enter the evening up three wins on Richard Moreau with both trainers sending out several starters.

Roy and Moreau teamed up to win the evening’s first-race with three-year-old pacing filly Miss Rockadali ($5.70) in a first-leg division of the Harvest Series. The victory created separation in one category and tightened up the other. The opening-race win from Roy and lack of production by those near him in the standings kept the drama low for most of the card.

McClure guided claiming pacer Brickman ($20.80) to an upset score in the sixth-race to join Filion in second-place, two wins back of Roy.

The driving title battled ended in the ninth and penultimate race on the card, as Trevor Henry steered eight-year-old millionaire pacer Nickle Bag ($5.10) to his 40th career victory and in turn locked up the top driver for Roy.

Filion and McClure each needed to sweep the ‘Late Double’ to tie Roy for the top spot.

Over on the training side, the quick start for Moreau wouldn’t go far, as Auciello’s barn got the three-win lead back in the fourth-race with four-year-old pacer Luckslist Bluegrass ($19.10).

The battle for the training title officially came to an end in the seventh-race when five-year-old trotter Free Willy Hanover ($12.70) snapped a seven-race winless streak to secure the title for Auciello.

Louis Philippe Roy finished the Championship Meet with 128 victories to claim the driving title. The Mont-Joli, Quebec native drove the winners of over $3.5 million.

Carmen Auciello concluded the Championship Meet with 81 victories to capture the training title. His barn racked up $1.3 million in earnings.

Also on Monday, the Harvest Series for three-year-olds kicked off with four C$17,000 divisions, three for pacing fillies and a single for trotting fillies.

As mentioned above, Moreau trainee Miss Rockadali took the first split for the pacing fillies with a 1:56 triumph. The daughter of Dali was shipping in from Rideau and debuting for Moreau.  Miss Rockadali now has eight wins and C$36,251 earned in 19 starts this season for owner Andre St Laurent.

Shadow Play filly D Gs Shadowsbell ($56.90) pulled off a 27-1 upset in the second division for pacers. The Chantal Mitchell trainee and driver James MacDonald converted off a two-hole trip to defeat the favorite Shadow World by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.2.

D Gs Shadowsbell was also making her Woodbine debut and now has two wins and C$23,704 earned in 17 starts this season for owner Daniel Surprenant.

Joe Hudon trainee I Shadow U capitalized off a two-hole trip to shoot through for a 1:55.2 victory in the third pacing division. The daughter of Shadow Play picked up her fourth win of the season. Owned by Ross Warriner with trainer/driver Hudon, I Shadow U increased her seasonal earnings to C$42,627 with the victory. She paid $7 to win.

On the trotting side, Johnny William filly Shotgun Sally turned in a career-best 1:58.4 performance to win by three-lengths for driver Paul MacKenzie. The Todd Clements trainee entered the Harvest Series off a victory and pair of runner-up finishes away from Mohawk Park.

Shotgun Sally improved her sophomore numbers to three wins and C$30,166 earned in 25 starts this season for owner Trisha Barsby. She paid $23.70 to win.

Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series.

Live racing resumes Thursday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the first card of the Fall-Winter meet. Post time is 7:10 p.m.

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  Starznheaven shone bright winning Plainridge feature
Posted by: Admin - 10-30-2018, 05:42 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Starznheaven shone bright winning Plainridge feature

Plainville, MA — It took one start to get tight after being off since mid-August, but Starznheaven displayed he is back in form once again after winning the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 29).

The method and execution for accomplishment was clear from the start for Starznheaven (Shawn Gray) who shot right to the lead and never looked back. After backing the half down to :56.3, Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) and Calvin B (Mitchell Cushing) came calling outside but Starznheaven turned a deaf ear. He opened up a two-length lead to the three-quarters, extended it around the last turn and smoked away down the lane to a four-length margin of victory in 1:51.3.

Starznheaven now has 12 wins this year and a hefty $123,375 in the bank accounts of owners Burke Racing Stable and Donald Emond.

Driver Shawn Gray was stellar himself, winning four races during the Monday matinee. Besides the already mentioned Starznheaven, he also had pictures taken with Modern Yankee (1:56.2, $3.60), Beachchip Hanover (1:54.2, $9.20) and Saulsbrook Deputy (1:53, $5.00).


The $800,000 finals of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30) at Plainridge Park. Eight $100,000 divisions will go postward starting at 1:30 p.m. when the first of two non-betting events will start. The regular pari-mutuel program begins at 2 p.m. and features six more MASS contests that are carded as race one through six.


The richest Standardbred in the history of the sport, the $7.59 million winner Foiled Again will also make a farewell tour stop at The Ridge on Tuesday as part of the biggest day of harness racing in Massachusetts this year. Foiled Again will not compete in a race but will go a training mile in front of the crowd, lead several post parades and greet his fans in the Winner’s Circle for pictures.


Also, the patrons on hand will be part of a gift card giveaway after every stake race throughout the day that is sponsored by the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts.

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  Fifth year anniversary celebration at The Meadowlands
Posted by: Admin - 10-30-2018, 05:40 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Fifth year anniversary celebration at The Meadowlands
October 30, 2018, 

East Rutherford, NJ — In November of 2013, the iconic Meadowlands Racetrack flipped locations on the track and opened the new $100 million state of the art grandstand. Five years later we are celebrating this milestone day with specials throughout the entire month of November.

Our fans can enjoy:

  • $5 house wines, by the glass. Available in all dining room and bar locations throughout the grandstand
  • $5 hot dog and soda special. Available in the FanDuel Sportsbook, Cafe & Lounge
  • $5 Buffet Upgrades. Available for new group bookings of ten or more in the Gallery, Lounge and Skyboxes. For more information call 201-The-BigM or email catering@playmeadowlands.com
  • Happy Hour Cocktail Specials. Available in Pink Restaurant on pitchers of Sangria and draft beer and select specialty cocktails
  • Free Donut: Enjoy a donut, a Jeff Gural favorite, on us after the last race on Friday (Nov. 9) and Saturday (Nov. 10)

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has become the premier location for live horse racing, sports betting, dining and special events. Experience gourmet buffet dining in our Pink Restaurant which has the best views of live harness racing action. Win big every race night during our fun promotions with prizes including cash, trip giveaways and much more. Watch and bet all the sports games seven days a week at the newly constructed FanDuel Sportsbook, home to 50-plus massive HD TVs and upscale bar fare. Host your next special occasion or corporate event in a private suite, our casual lounge, new venue area Trackside or simply hang out with some friends on our stunning terrace with city skyline views.


For more information, please visit www.playmeadowlands.com or call 201.The-BigM.

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  The Meadows: Classic Banker Springs 6-1 Upset In Meadows $18,000 Trot
Posted by: Admin - 10-30-2018, 03:06 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

CLASSIC BANKER SPRINGS 6-1 UPSET IN MEADOWS $18,000 TROT


WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2018 — Not intimidated by his millionaire rival, Classic Banker challenged Wind Of The North first over and went on to spring the 6-1 upset in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Wind Of The North reached the $1 million milestone in his last race and seemed poised to pad that bankroll after a comfortable 29.4 second quarter. But Classic Banker and Brady Brown had other ideas, drawing even with Wind Of The North into the final turn and putting him away in deep stretch. The 8-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding scored in 1:55.4 while the pocket-sitting Chef Lee shot the Lightning Lane for place, a length bank. Wind Of The North saved show.

Joe Urban trains and owns Classic Banker, who won his second straight and vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings.

Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Marcus Marashian.

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