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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dustlanemissmolly Gives Elders A Lesson At Buffalo Raceway

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dustlanemissmolly may have been the youngest participant in the $10,000 Open Pace for the mares on Wednesday night (June 28) at Buffalo Raceway but she was also the fastest and taught her elders a lesson in taking a head victory over Susie's Delight in 1:55.4.

The 4-year-old Dustlanemissmolly served the youth well as she went gate-to-wire for Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Larry Stalbaum in posting the popular $4.70 victory.

Starting from the rail, Dustlanemissmolly had no trouble in gaining the lead off the starting gate and put up reasonable fractions of 28.0, 57.2 and 1:26.2. Turning for home, the pocket-sitting Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) appeared to have the only realistic chance of chasing down Dustlanemissmolly but just ran out of real estate. Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) put in a late kick and settled for the show spot.

Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable and the Pine Hill Racing Stable, LTD, Dustlanemissmolly is trained by Maria Rice. It was the fifth win in 18 attempts in 2017 for Brandon's Cowboy-The Boss' Daughter mare. The victory pushed her seasonal earnings to $41,951 and $68,532 lifetime.

Monti and Fisher Jr., each registered driving triples while Stalbaum had a pair. Trainer Russell Bratt had three victories with Gerry Sarama and Rice getting two.

There's a unique all-trot 14-race card slated for Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. There will be New York Sire Stakes action with the 2-year-old filly trotters ready to tangle in five events worth approximately $22,000 each. There will also be Excelsior A and B Series races along with the $10,000 Open Trot. There's a $2,951 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.

For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Roosevelt Raceway Last Reunion and Racing Auction Hosted by Standardbred Retirement Foundation

Millstone Township, NJ - 6/28/17 - The last Roosevelt Raceway reunion is set for Saturday, July 22, 2017 and will be held at the New Meadowlands in the Skyboxes by Pink Restaurant on the 3rd floor. Dinner reservations may be made by contacting the New Meadowlands directly at 201-460-4079 or online at thebigm.com. We already have nearly 80 memorable drivers and trainers scheduled to attend including Carmine Abbatiello, the Popfingers, Mike LaChance, Billy O'Donnell, Bob Bencal, Butch Dokey, Randy Lee, Benny Webster, Bobbie Rahner, Jon Paton, Fred Hudson, Jimmy Marohn, Jr., the Galantes, and many more.

A cocktail party from 6-7:30 pm is open to all for just $39 if paid by July 17th and $49 at the door, giving all guests an opportunity for autographs, and meet their all time favorites. What will really wow many is the collection of Roosevelt Raceway memorabilia which will be on display and available in an auction. Roosevelt Raceway programs, and photographs will top the list, but also included will be memorable pieces of history, Dan Patch prints; publications dating back to the early 1900s; Greyhound pieces; drivers' colors, and helmets from past and present; and so much more. Items will be available for bidding online at 32auctions/rrr2017 opening on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 5pm and will close on Monday, July 24, 2017 at noon.

Sponsorships for the event are available and range from $250-$5000 and include tickets, and a few include other recognition. 

To sponsor, attend the cocktail party, and donate racing memorabilia from any period of time, contact Tammy at 732-446-4422, SRFhorseandkids@gmail.com, use the form through the link or visit SRF's website at  AdoptaHorse.org

Vernon Downs Offered as OOC Location for Meadowlands Stakes

The Meadowlands - In an effort to make conforming with The Meadowlands Out Of Competition (OOC) testing requirements easier and less expensive, arrangements have been made for trainers to stable horses coming from outside the established 150 mile radius in the Vernon Downs barn area for that period of time.

There will be no charge for stalls and a discounted hotel rate of $20 per night at the Vernon Downs hotel (which includes free continental breakfast during the week) will be available to horsemen with OOC horses.

The Vernon track surface is among the best and qualifiers will be held on Friday, July 9 for those who need a race.

Trainers will still need to notify Brice or The Meadowlands Racing Office of the location of their horses beginning Monday, July 3.


To accept this option, please call the Vernon Downs racing office at (315) 829-6825 or Brice Cote at (609) 558-5062.

SECOND ANNUAL MILLENNIAL NIGHT AT THE MEADOWLANDS DEEMED A SUCCESS


$15,000 given away to the “30 and Under” crowd while exposing young fans to harness racing

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 28, 2017) – The second annual Millennial Night at the Meadowlands, held this past Saturday, June 24, by all accounts can be deemed a success.

A total of ten $1,000 scholarships were awarded as well as a total of $5,000 in prize money in the form of a free handicapping contest was distributed. The $15,000 was sponsored in full by Jeff and Paula Gural’s Allerage Farms.

Hundreds of millennials – ages 30 and under – came out on a perfect early summer night to enjoy the horse racing and party atmosphere at the track, especially on the rooftop terrace.

A total of 49 people entered the free-to-play handicapping contest.  Contestants were tasked with picking one horse in 10 designated races and amassing a mythical bankroll of winnings based on their selection’s finish in each race. The rooftop terrace served as contest headquarters where players were also treated to a free barbeque and a DJ.

At the end of the night, Dominique Carnevale of Watertown, NJ was the winner of the $2,500 first place prize. Meggan Carver of Hazlet, NJ took home the $1,500 second prize and Justin Pickens of Landing, NJ won $1,000.

The 10 scholarship winners were Kelsie Quintana from Weehawken, NJ, Alexander Glasser from East Windsor, NJ, Jean-Luc Hourcade from Little Ferry, NJ, Aaron Dudek from Garfield, NJ, Joao Borges from Elizabeth, NJ, Eric Rivlin from Glen Rock, NJ, Steven Rivlin from Glen Rock, NJ, Lauren Perone from New Canaan, CT, Shauna Voza from Lyndhurst, NJ, and Ryan Weist from Rutherford, NJ.

“We always talk about how important it is for our industry to reach out to the next generation of harness racing fans and participants to introduce them to our great game,” said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason Settlemoir. “This is an event that is getting bigger each year and encourages the “millennial crowd” to get their friends together and experience the Meadowlands Racetrack and maybe even go home with some money that can help them with their education – a true win-win event.”


For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.

YONKERS’ SUNDAY MATINEES RETURN THIS WEEKEND

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 27, 2017—Yonkers Raceway’s next Sunday matinee goes this weekend (July 2nd), with a 12:30 PM first post.

It’s a 12-race, all-trot card, with races 3 (post time 1:25 pm) through 6 (2:55 PM) of the ‘French’ theme, as in overflow fields at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. The $68,000 Open Handicap goes as the third race, with a robust dozen, including the last matinee idol, Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno, post 12).
   
The remaining July Sundays (16th, 23rd & 30th) all have the popular post time of TBA (updates when available).

The ‘New York, New York Double’ is also back this Sunday, including Belmont’s 3rd race (post time 2:32 PM) and Yonkers’ 7th race (post time 3:15 PM). 


Final post for Sunday is scheduled for 4:55 PM. 

ROAD TO THE MEADOWLANDS PACE

Week 6
The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace – Saturday, July 15



Rank
Horse
Driver, Trainer, Owner
Justin Horowitz’s Comments
1
Huntsville
($928,343 – 1:49.0)
 
T. Tetrick, R. Schnittker
Raymond Schnittker, Theodore Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, Steven Arnold
 
With a long, grueling campaign ahead, this strapping colt will benefit from the weeks off now leading up to The Pace. If not for some minor steering issues and Fear The Dragon, he would be undefeated in 2017. Either way, he’s the colt to beat on July 15
Last Race: 6/17 – Moh – North America Cup – 2nd
2
Downbytheseaside
($875,606 – 1:49.0)

B.Sears, B. Brown
Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, Diamond Creek Racing
 
Went a huge mile to win his Hempt Elim on the heels of his mile-cutting effort in the NA Cup that included the fastest half-mile (:52.1) in Mohawk history. Came first over through a :26.4 third quarter then held off fresh challengers late. Clearly still sharp despite early season big efforts
Last Race: 6/24 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:49.2)
3
Miso Fast
($300,674 – 1:49.2)
 

M. Kakaley, R. Burke
Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva Stables
 
 
Made an eye-catching backside brush to go right by Fear The Dragon approaching the three-quarters, then held off his late rally to hand the top-ranked pacer his first loss of 2017 while taking a new lifetime mark. drew a good midpack starting spot for the $500k Hempt Final on Saturday
Last Race: 6/24 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:49.2)
4
Classic Pro
($169,375 – 1:52.1)
 
T.Henry, Dr. I. Moore
Ian Moore, R G McGroup Ltd., Serge Savard
 
After a best-of-the-rest 4th place finish in the NA Cup, this son of Shadow Play drops back into Ontario Sire Stakes company on Saturday. A good showing there could earn him a trip out of Ontario for the first time
Last Race: 6/17 – Moh – North America Cup – 4th
5
Boogie Shuffle
($181,380 – 1:50.3)
 
S. Zeron, M. Harder
Fox Hollow Farm
 
Finished 3rd in the slowest of the 3 Hempt Elims after cutting the mile, but made the final. He’s been 2nd or 3rd in 13 of 18 career starts so you have to admire his consistency, but he’ll need a little more to beat the top ones
Last Race – 6/24 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 3rd
6
Hurricane Beach
($40,150 – 1:50.3)
 
L. Roy, L. Blais
Determination
Laid down some wicked fractions in the NA Cup consolation (:25.1, :53) before wilting down the lane. Has the same type of blazing speed as his brother, Hurrikane Kingcole, but still needs to be more manageable
Last Race: 6/17 – Moh – North America Cup Consolation – 5th
7
Western Hill
($129,007 – 1:51.4)
 
 
D. McNair, T. Alagna
T. Hill
Has raced well in Ontario to open his 3-year-old season, culminating with his 5th in the NA Cup. Alagna just missed winning his second Pace last year with Racing Hill – perhaps he climbs to the top of “the hill” this time around?
Last Race: 6/17 – Moh – North America Cup – 5th
8
Filibuster Hanover
($174,480– 1:52.0)
T.B.A, R. Burke
Burke Racing Stable, Joseph Di Scala, Jr., J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi
Had an adventurous trip in the NA Cup that included a break while sitting in the two-hole. Previous efforts were all competitive including 2nd in his Elim and runner-up finishes in 2 PASS legs
Last Race: 6/17 – Moh – North America Cup – 8th
9
Ocean Colony
($162,903 – 1:50.1)
Y. Gingras, J. Takter
Christina Takter, John Fielding, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband
Never got involved from post 1 in the NA Cup in his first poor start of the year. Has already won at M1 this season and will be perfectly prepared for the Pace by skipping the Hempt.
Last Race: 6/17 – Moh – North America Cup – 10th
10
Santafe’s Coach
($51,010 – 1:51.1.)
A. Napolitano, L.Iordan
Edward De Rosa, Matthew Iovaldi, Ralph Woythaler
 
Appears in the top 10 fresh off his upset score in a Hempt Elim in a lifetime best mile. Had never faced Grand Circuit types until the Hempt and scored at 21/1 after the favorites broke. Couldn’t have nicer people associated with this homebred and he would be the ultimate underdog story
Last Race: 6/24 – PcD– Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:51.1)










Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Details On Meadowlands Pace and Graduate Finals

East Rutherford, NJ - The $750,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final, centerpiece of "The Greatest Party In Harness Racing", is scheduled for Saturday, July 15.

All horses for the Meadowlands Pace, including any supplements, must be declared for the Saturday, July 8 elimination card by the time listed on the condition sheet for that week. The list of nominees is available on The Meadowlands website.

The Meadowlands Pace conditions state that 1% of the Final purse shall be paid to the sixth through last place finishers.

The Graduate Series final for both trotters and pacers will be raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, July 8 as part of Meadowlands Pace elimination night. Each final has an estimated purse of $250,000. Horses must be declared for the finals by the time listed on the condition sheet.

The Graduate conditions require a horse to have started in a minimum of two preliminary legs to be guaranteed eligibility to the Final. If the Final does not fill to the maximum of ten, horses that made one start shall be included in the order of the point standings.

Graduate conditions state that 1% of the Final purse shall be paid to the sixth through last place finishers.

Horses racing in stakes on both cards are required to be available for Out Of Competition testing as described in an earlier release.

Questions should be directed to the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130.

Post time on both July 8 and July 15 will be 6:30 p.m.

Monticello Raceway Fireworks Sunday July 2


Monticello Raceway will have its annual Fireworks show on Sunday July 2nd at 10 pm.  For decades the Monticello Raceway fireworks have been lighting up the sky and bringing smiles to many. Executive Director of Racing & Facilities Shawn Wiles, noted that there is a slight departure from the norm, and that there will be no live Harness Racing that evening.  Admission is free for the fireworks display.

Monticello Raceway will resume its normal live racing schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a 12:50 pm post time, with and day and evening simulcasting also available in the comfort of its state of the art Simulcasting room.


The season’s first New York Sire Stakes event will be held on July 11, where 3 year old filly trotters will take the stage.