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Mambo Lindy finds old form at Plainridge

Plainville, MA — With having only four starts over the last 18 months coming into today’s race, Mambo Lindy looked like he did during his career best 2017 season after he won the $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot in convincing fashion.

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Antonacci Gets a Flying Start with Preferred Equine

One of the many positives about Godolphin Flying Start-the two-year international Thoroughbred industry training program devised by Sheikh Mohammed-is that it offers a way into the business for talented young people without pre-existing family or industry connections.

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Dramatra, Ready For Moni lead Massachusetts-bred stars

Plainridge, MA — Massachusetts Standardbred breeding and the accompanying $1.8 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) are programs that have become very desirable to breeders from many racing jurisdictions across the U. S. and Canada.

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International Moni Video

Here’s a great video of the history of International Moni and how he’ll continue to help shape the future of harness racing.

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No Nay Never has second U.S. stakes winner in Onthewaytonevrland

While unbeaten Triple Crown winner Justify, the globe-trotting Grade 1 winner Mendelssohn, and other stakes competitors by the late Scat Daddy have entered stud this season, the well-traveled No Nay Never is already burnishing their sire’s legacy.

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No Nay Never: A Transatlantic Success Story

By the time he made his second start at two, No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) had already established himself as a transatlantic success, breaking his maiden at Keeneland on the dirt, and winning the G2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot in his next outing.

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International Moni’s book is full and closed

Hanover, PA – Hanover Shoe Farms announced Friday (Jan. 18) that first-year trotting stallion International Moni’s book is full and closed for the 2019 breeding season.

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International Moni to join Hanover stallion roster in 2019

Hanover, PA — Hanover Shoe Farms and Moni Maker Stable (The Antonacci Family and David Reid) are excited to announce that the 2017 O’Brien Award-winning 3-year-old colt Trotter of the Year International Moni will join the Hanover stallion roster in 2019.

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 Only Passing Thru takes Plainridge trotting feature

Plainville, MA — Overcoming a slow start and trailing early, Only Passing Thru got it in gear past the half and scored a gutsy victory in a tight finish in the $16,000 Winners-Over Trot at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 1).

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 Massachusetts Sire Stakes champions crowned at Plainridge

Plainville, MA — The richest finals ever offered in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) were contested at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30), with eight divisions of horses competing for their share of the $800,000 up for grabs.

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Ithinkthatsmine, I’m A Clown three-peat in Massachusetts Sire Stakes

Plainville, MA — Weather was a factor as the $163,000 second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for 3-year-olds assembled at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 23). Rain that started after the early non-betting race continued to increase and the track became sloppy after the first race of the card. But conditions did not stop Ithinkthatsmine and I’m A Clown from remaining undefeated in the series this year, nor keep Gonna Hear Me Rohr, Kinda Lucky Lindy and Latent Print from scoring their first 2018 wins in the stake.

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Taylor Swiftly, Simple Kaos stout in Massachusetts stakes

Plainville, MA — The third leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for first-year state-breds resumed at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 22) after a one week break and offered four divisions vying for $163,434 in total purse money.

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Kentucky Sire Stakes champions crowned at Red Mile

Lexington, KY — The combination of the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Super day and the inaugural Fayette County Fair brought out a large crowd to Red Mile on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 16). While several music acts performed on two stages, including rising star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, eight $250,000 KYSS finals highlighted the 10-race card that also included a pair of $50,000 consolation events.

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KYSS sophomores race at The Red Mile

Lexington, KY — The postponed third and last $30,000 leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 3-year-olds was raced on Monday (Sept. 10) at The Red Mile on a cool, overcast evening with the track rated “good”. There was no wagering on the races due to the postponement.

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Mohawk Frosh Trot Elims Complete

The Saturday, Sept. 8 program at Woodbine Mohawk Park featured freshmen trotters in elimination action with the fillies contesting in two elims of the Peaceful Way and the colts in two elims for the William Wellwood. The card also featured two $83,342 divisions of the Simcoe Three-Year-Old Pace and a $150,996 division of the Simcoe Three-Year-Old Filly Pace.

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Lindy Farms, Cecere triple up in Kentucky Sires Stakes

Lexington, KY — Five divisions of the $30,000 third and last leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotters took place on Thursday evening (Sept. 6) at The Red Mile on a pleasant but overcast evening.

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Grand Circuit Continues At Mohawk

Grand Circuit week continued Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with four events for trotters.

A trio of Champlain divisions for two-year-old colts and geldings and a single Simcoe division for three-year-old fillies were contested.

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McCarthy doubles in KYSS colt pacing events

Lexington, KY — The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) raced five divisions of freshman pacers in the second of three $30,000 preliminary legs on Sunday night (Aug. 26) under absolutely glorious conditions at Red Mile. The temperature was 80 degrees and the wind still as the fillies took to the track at 7 p.m.

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Palone and Takter star in KYSS freshman trots

Lexington, KY — The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters took place on a perfect, cloudless Saturday night (Aug. 25) at The Red Mile with temperatures in the mid 70s at the 7 p.m. post time. There were five stakes, three filly divisions and two colt races, all for a purse of $30,000. Hall of Fame horseman Jimmy Takter swept both colt divisions with a talented pair of freshmen from his barn of trotting all stars while Dave Palone won two of the filly divisions for Lindy Farms and trainer Domenico Cecere.

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Trainer Domenico Cecere takes three PA Stallion Series races at Philadelphia

Chester, PA — A big week for Pennsylvania-sired 2-year-old colts at Harrah’s Philadelphia started on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 1) with six divisions of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for trotters.

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Lindy trotters carry the day at Big M

East Rutherford, NJ — Breakfast With The Babies, sponsored by Fashion Farms, went to post at The Meadowlands on a beautiful, windless Saturday (June 30) morning under clear skies with temperatures in the 80s.

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Cecere students sweep Plainridge features

Plainville, MA — Lindy Racing head trainer Domenico Cecere brought a group of their prospects from the farm’s Somers, Conn. base for some early-season work. At the end of the day, Cecere trainees captured the pair of $10,000 conditioned trotting events at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 7).

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Hat Trick Habit rolls into Goodtimes

Trainer Domenico Cecere didn’t have to rebuild Hat Trick Habit, just tinker with some equipment, but like television’s “Six Million Dollar Man,” the horse has come back better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.
And the colt wasn’t too bad to begin with.

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Lindy’s Big Bang and Special Miss score in Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk

Freehold, NJ — Lindy’s Big Bang and driver David Miller inherited the lead just prior to the three-quarter-mile point from an off stride On The Ropes and remained in front from there to win Saturday’s (May 5) $133,800 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1 at Freehold Raceway.

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NYRA Race Replay – May 3, 2018

On May 3 at beautiful Belmont Park, MAE NEVER NO (two-year-old filly by NO NAY NEVER out of SWEET SHIRLEY MAE) won first time out with veteran actor and jockey GARY STEVENS.

(Choose May 3, Race 1 Replay on the drop down)

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First-time-out 2YO winner for Wesley Ward

MAE NEVER NO became the first winner for her freshman sire (by Scat Daddy), outfinishing her more fancied stable companion Abyssinian (Cairo Prince) to graduate by a 1 1/4 lengths at first asking Thursday at Belmont Park.

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First-time-out 2YO winner for Wesley Ward

Mae Never No scored at Belmont on Thursday looking Royal Ascot material

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Cecere looks for big year with ‘Team Lindy’

Hightstown, NJ — Domenico Cecere might be a new name in the program, but he is a familiar face when it comes to Lindy Farms and its racehorses. Cecere, a 36-year-old native of Italy, is beginning his 11th year as a member of “Team Lindy” while starting his first full season succeeding Frank M. Antonacci as the organization’s trainer.

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HRU 2018 Twos in Training with Lindy Farms

Twenty-five years after the birth of legendary trotter Moni Maker, the connections of her most successful son, O’Brien Award winner International Moni, look to the four-year-old for more on-track success and a potential game-changing breeding career.

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Moni Maker’s Legacy Lives On

Twenty-five years after the birth of legendary trotter Moni Maker, the connections of her most successful son, O’Brien Award winner International Moni, look to the four-year-old for more on-track success and a potential game-changing breeding career.

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Mambo Lindy’s homecoming a success at Plainridge Park

Plainville, MA — After competing against Hannelore Hanover, Crazy Wow and Marion Marauder in the Breeders Crown last month, Mambo Lindy returned home to Plainridge Park for his first start in 19 days and won the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot in commanding style on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 16).

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Elimination winners hope to continue success in Crown final

Trenton, NJ — After watching their 3-year-old male trotters win two of the three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations last weekend, trainers Frank M. Antonacci and Domenico Cecere will look to continue their success in Saturday’s (Oct. 28) $527,500 final at Hoosier Park.

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Family Business

Even though a-bird-in-the-hand-is-worth-two-in-the-bush, Guy “Sonny” Antonacci convinced six of his cousins to take a chance to parlay their success from racing homing pigeons, to Standardbreds. “They won a bunch of money on homing pigeons and that’s how I think they bought their first horses. I remember they used to race them and they used to gamble a lot on the homing pigeons. We owned them. We raced them. We trained them. We did the whole thing,” said Sonny’s son, Frank “The Elder.”

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Four supplement to $6 million Breeders Crown events at Hoosier Park

Cranbury, NJ — The connections of four of the top horses in their divisions — Funknwaffles, Homicide Hunter, International Moni and Sintra — have supplemented to their Breeders Crown events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Oct. 28.

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Peace A Pie, dam of Pizza Dolce and Big Stick Lindy, dies at age 25

Columbus, OH — On Friday (Oct. 13) Peace A Pie, a daughter of Valley Victory and the Speedy Crown mare Armbro Éclair, died from the complications of old age at Lindy Farms.

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Met’s Hall romps in International Stallion Stakes

Lexington, KY — Met’s Hall trotted into a hot pace to take the top, maintained and expanded his lead while advancing to a 1:52.4 open-length performance in the fourth of five divisions of the $300,000 Trixton International Stallion Stakes, sponsored by Deo Volente Farms, on Thursday (Oct. 5) at The Red Mile.

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Big Man Ev sets track and stake record in MASS at Plainridge Park

Plainville, MA— The second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes was contested at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 2) with two more record setting performances going in the books.

Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy) made his first series start this year in the $29,500 3-year-old colt and gelding trot and it turned out to be a very memorable one.

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Shake It Off Lindy wires field in Old Oaken Bucket

Delaware, OH — Shake It Off Lindy led from start to finish to win Thursday’s (Sept. 21) $105,125 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters in a lifetime-best 1:54 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Andy M was second and Moonshiner Hanover was third.

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‘Mambo’ ready for first big dance

Freehold, NJ — It is unusual for a horse to have his first major stakes win come in the Maple Leaf Trot, but 6-year-old Mambo Lindy will try to do it Saturday. If he does, he will join impressive company.

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International Moni takes Simcoe Stakes

Campbellville, ON — The regally-bred International Moni showed his grit to win Saturday’s (Sept. 2) C$165,838 Simcoe Stakes for sophomore trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of 12 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings competed in the annual Grand Circuit event.

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Ariana G cruises in Mohawk Grand Circuit action

Campbellville, ON — Grand Circuit week continued Friday (Sept. 1) at Mohawk Racetrack with the Simcoe Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies and the Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old trotters. The Simcoe Stakes featured a field of 11 competing for C$166,872, while two C$93,880 divisions were required for the Champlain.

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Hat Trick Habit and Lily Stride lead KYSS trotters

Lexington KY — The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for freshman trotting colts and fillies was spread over six races, with three divisions of both fillies and colts, on Saturday night (Aug. 26) at The Red Mile.

The first colt division (race four) was loaded with talent and included all three returning winners, though Haveitalltogether was eventually withdrawn due to sickness.

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Mambo Lindy dominates again at Plainridge

Plainville, MA — The old saying “there are horses for courses” couldn’t be proven more right than by Mambo Lindy who scored yet another decisive victory in the $15,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 24).

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Right horse, right time

Freehold, NJ — It was two years ago during a dinner in Lexington when trainer Frank Antonacci and driver Scott Zeron first discussed the idea of Zeron wearing the Antonacci family’s Lindy Farms colors sometime in the future. Antonacci and Zeron both thought it would be a fun idea with the right horse at the right time.

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Post positions drawn for $1.2 million Hambletonian

East Rutherford, NJ — International Moni and Devious Man on Tuesday were made morning-line favorites for their respective eliminations in Saturday’s $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

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Antonacci hopeful Mambo Lindy hopes to make the Spirit of Massachusetts cut

Plainville, MA — As the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot draws near only nine of the 38 eligible horses will go postward based on the highest combined money earnings from 2016 and 2017 from those who declare. One horse that is looking to make the field is Plainridge Park regular Mambo Lindy, whose connections look forward to the opportunity.

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Mambo Lindy wins fifth straight at Plainridge Park

Plainville, MA—To say that Lindy Farms had a big day at Plainridge Park on Monday (July 10) would be an understatement as trainer Frank Antonacci sent four of his students to the winner’s circle and driver Greg Merton registered a grand slam sitting behind them, led by local trotting star Mambo Lindy who scored his fifth straight win at the Ridge this year in the $17,000 Open Handicap Trot.

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CITING GROWTH, HARNESS INDUSTRY BIDS TO PROTECT RACE HORSE FUND

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 27, 2017….Key players in the state’s horse racing industry want to keep their hands on state fund that they say ignited a “very swift renaissance” and positioned the state’s harness racing industry as a competitive player in the Northeast.

Frank Antonacci, president of a racing stable in Connecticut, said the Massachusetts harness racing industry is an “overwhelming success story.” For proof that the Race Horse Development Fund is a boon for horse racing, Antonacci said legislators should look to Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville.

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Plainridge Open To Mambo Lindy; Six More For Merton

It’s the same old story, but one his connections won’t soon tire of. Mambo Lindy spotted the field seven lengths before roaring back to notch another victory at Plainridge Park as he won Thursday’s $17,000 Open Handicap.

Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) got away last in the field of seven as Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) rolled down the road in :27 and :55.2 with her followers strung out behind. At that station, Tag Up And Go (Chris Long) pulled first-over and Mambo Lindy followed in step.

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A one-two, father-son finish in Goodtimes final

Scott Zeron — wearing Lindy Farms colors — out-dueled his father, Rick, to win the Goodtimes with Moni Maker’s son, International Moni.

story by Chris Lomon | quotes by Sandra Snyder

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The Color of Moni

Last Saturday, driver Scott Zeron wore Lindy Farms colors rather than his own while driving International Moni to victory in his Goodtimes elimination. Lindy’s Frank M. Antonacci said he hopes it’s just the beginning of drivers wearing owner colors in marquee events.

by Dave Briggs

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Freud Filly Dons Cap and Gown at Belmont

+MENTALITY (f, 2, Freud–Lemon Drop’s Love, by Lemon Drop Kid), a $40,000 purchase at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga NY-Bred Yearling Sale, was let go at 6-1 for this debut despite her trainer’s high success rate with juvenile firsters.

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Armbro Flight, Goodtimes Fields Set

The fields are set for the finals of the Armbro Flight Stakes and Goodtimes Trot, which will be part of Pepsi North America Cup Night next Saturday, June 17.

Mohawk Racetrack hosted eliminations for the pair of trotting stakes events on Friday night (June 9), with the top five finishers in each race advancing to the finals.

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Hambo hopefuls excite Antonacci

Freehold, NJ — Frank Antonacci is excited about hitting the Hambletonian trail with two horses this weekend, but he figures he won’t be alone in feeling enthused.

“There are a lot of good horses out there,” said Antonacci, the trainer of International Moni and Shake It Off Lindy in Friday’s eliminations of the Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Ontario’s Mohawk Racetrack. “Everybody only talked about (returning Dan Patch Award winner) Walner, but there are a lot of nice horses. This is a nice field.

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Merton wins seven at Plainridge Park

Plainville, MA — Track announcer Lenny Calderone summed it up nicely when he said “Greg Merton is piping-hot!” after he won the ninth race, which was his seventh victory on the card. Those wins coupled with one second in 10 starts gave Merton a lofty one-day UDR of .755.

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Leave horse race fund for the horses

IT’S BUDGET SEASON at the Massachusetts State House and once again this year there have been some efforts to raid the Race Horse Development Fund to help address the state’s revenue shortfall. Proponents of this step argue that horse racing is a fading industry in Massachusetts and that gaming revenue placed in the fund could be better spent elsewhere.

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Mambo Lindy makes a splash in Plainridge Park top trot

Plainville, MA—It was a dark and stormy day, but despite the wind, rain and sloppy going, Mambo Lindy delivered like the postman and won the $13,000 Open trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 25).

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Mambo Lindy waltzes to Plainridge Park feature win

Plainville, MA — Things looked bleak as 1-5 favorite Mambo Lindy got away last and was 10 lengths from the leader, but that deficit turned out to be child’s play as he easily went from worst to first in the $12,000 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 11).

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An American In Gold Coast: Intern Reflects On Differences In Training Methods

When friends ask University of Pennsylvania student Philip Antonacci what he did over winter break from school, he’ll have a more interesting answer than most. Antonacci spent his break on Australia’s Gold Coast, following up on a summer internship with trainer Gai Waterhouse last year. Antonacci, 23, spent his two-month summer vacation studying Waterhouse’s training methods and learned how she selects yearlings during the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

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Iron wins Tuesday night $25,000 trot at Yonkers

Yonkers, NY — Odds-on favorite Iron (Andy Miller, $3.70) barely lasted Tuesday night (Jan. 10), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $25,000 featured trot.

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Whataworkout to stand at Morrisville

Morrisville, NY — The Muscle Hill son Whataworkout has been retired to stand stud at Morrisville College Equine Institute in conjunction with his owner, Lindy Farms.

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Harness Horseman’s Association of New England announce annual awards

Plainville, MA — The Plainridge Park winner’s circle, usually the scene of horses and their owners, drivers, and trainers celebrating a race win was the scene of a different type of win on the last day of racing, Friday (Dec. 2), as the Harness Horseman’s Association of New England (HHANE) presented their 2016 annual awards.

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More breeders buy into Always B Miki; retirement ceremony Friday at Meadowlands

Hopewell, NJ — The ownership group for world champion Always B Miki continues to grow as several major breeders have joined the stallion’s ownership group. Always B Miki’s breeding career will begin next year at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania.

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Delightful Dragon, Mambo Lindy capture Big M features

East Rutherford, NJ — Delightful Dragon ($6.20) and Mambo Lindy ($10.40) proved tops in Friday evening’s (Nov. 11) featured events at the Meadowlands, while Jim Marohn Jr. led all drivers with a hat trick on the 11-race card.

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Imagine Dragon leads McCarthy hat trick at Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ — After a traffic-troubled Breeders Crown elimination two weeks ago, Lindy Farms’ Imagine Dragon ($8.00) used a sustained middle move to take charge amid a fast pace before edging away to a 1:50.4 victory in Friday (Nov. 4) evening’s $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands.

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Shake It Off Lindy upsets in Bluegrass

Lexington, KY — Shake It Off Lindy surged first over around the final turn to pass pacesetter Southwind Cobra, upsetting in one of the six Bluegrass splits for 2-year-old trotting colts on Thursday (Sept. 29) in a lifetime best of 1:55 at Red Mile.

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Lindy Farms of Connecticut is not only one of harness racing’s great farms, it is a forward-thinking, third-generation operation built by the Antonacci family with equal parts passion, practicality and pride.

Story by Dave Briggs | Photos by Dave Landry

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Lindy Farms of Connecticut is not only one of harness racing’s great farms, it is a forward-thinking, third-generation operation built by the Antonacci family with equal parts passion, practicality and pride.

Story by Dave Briggs | Photos by Dave Landry

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Lindy Farms of Connecticut is not only one of harness racing’s great farms, it is a forward-thinking, third-generation operation built by the Antonacci family with equal parts passion, practicality and pride.

Story by Dave Briggs | Photos by Dave Landry

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Grandma’s Moni is back on track heading into Peaceful Way

Freehold, NJ — To paraphrase the poet Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice and horse trainers often go awry.

Frank Antonacci had mapped out a schedule for 2-year-old female trotter Grandma’s Moni, but the filly got sick after winning her debut in a sharp 1:55.2 at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the trainer was forced to abandon his early-season plans. She missed two races, but Grandma’s Moni is back on track for Thursday’s (Sept. 8) eliminations for the Peaceful Way Stakes at Mohawk.

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Robin J wins the $110,200 NYSS at Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY—A heavy early rain dampened the track, but not the enthusiasm shown by the eight 2-year-old pacing fillies competing for one of the largest single purses ever offered at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 20) night. And when the all the moves were made, Robin J (Roll With Joe-Mommy Robin Q) saved her best one for last and captured the victory in the New York Sire Stake event.

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Dayson, ‘Taco’ take Townsend-Ackermans at Big M

East Rutherford, NJ — The Friday (Aug. 5) night-before-Hambletonian card at the Meadowlands featured 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters in two divisions of the Townsend Ackerman.

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Track record falls in NYSS at Saratoga

Saratoga Springs, NY — The track record for 2-year-old trotting colts fell on Tuesday night (Aug. 2) at Saratoga Casino Hotel as freshman trotters invaded the Spa for a card full of New York Sire Stakes competition.

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Another track record set at Plainridge

Plainville, MA — For the second consecutive Monday a top class event at Plainridge Park Casino resulted in a track record, the difference being that this week it was on the trot rather than the pace.

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Stars Out In Full Force At Mohawk

There was no shortage of talent Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack as the Campbellville hosted a pair of OSS Gold Series divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies in addition to the finals of the Town Pro and Summertime Series and a salty group of six in the Preferred Pace.

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Breakfast with the Babies

East Rutherford, NJ — Breakfast with the Babies at the Meadowlands took place under overcast skies with a slight tailwind in the homestretch and the temperature in the low 70’s.

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Cantab Hall sires three fastest PA All-Stars winners

Wilkes-Barre, PA—Sire Cantab Hall emerged as the star of the show during five $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for 2-year-old trotting colts Tuesday (July 5) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as he was the father of the three fastest winners.

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Making major strides in Massachusetts

An increase in the standardbred share of the Race Horse Development Fund from 25 to 55 per cent and a 28 per cent increase in live handle at Plainridge Park are just two indications the harness racing industry is on the rise in Massachusetts.

by Dave Briggs

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Impressive Efforts In Town Pro

Lindys Nightmare and Collective Wisdom captured first round divisions of the Town Pro Series on Friday night (June 24) at Mohawk Racetrack.

The Town Pro Series has been used as a launching pad by lightly raced three-year-old pacing fillies over the years, and after Friday’s first leg it appears the 2016 edition will continue that tradition.

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From the Lady Trainer for June 7

Something that is very dear to me is the fostering of young, peoples’ interest in the racing world. It is so thrilling to train a Group 1 winner, but to see one of my ‘students’ succeed at the highest level, no not just a Group 1, a time-honoured English Classic, has provided me with one of the greatest thrills of my career. In April of this year…

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The Queen of Trotting vs. the Queen Bee

Bee A Magician’s part-owner David McDuffee was standing trackside at Sunshine Meadows training center in Florida a few weeks ago, a stopwatch in his hands, when the subject turned to money and Moni Maker just as a couple of Moni Maker’s sons were on the track training.

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Grant purchases trio, including sale-topper, at Tattersalls Mixed Sale

East Rutherford, NJ — Lindy’s Tru Grit was the sale-topper at Monday’s (Jan. 18) Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack, one of three horses purchased by owner Brad Grant for trainer Ben Wallace as the two friends look to move forward following the Classy Lane Training Centre fire that claimed the lives of 43 horses earlier this month.

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Milligan’s School quickest in Bluegrass

Lexington, KY—Night two of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile was highlighted by four divisions of the $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters, which were contested on Thursday (October 1).

Milligan’s School sat a pocket trip after failing to clear the lead into the first turn, and…

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Delicious trots a new world record in Sweden

She did it again! The 6-year-old mare Delicious, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström, won the Sundsvall Open Trot over the 1-5/16th mile distance at Bergsaker in Northern Sweden in a new world record of 1:52.3f (mile rate).

A fortnight ago, Delicious trotted a new world record of 1:50.2f over the mile and now she posted another new world record performance.

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Strong Start to F-T NYB Sale

The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearlings Sale, following just days after an impressive renewal of the company’s Select sale, got off to a strong start at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Saturday night. A total of 88 yearlings grossed $7,126,500 during the session, compared to 92 yearlings selling for $6,934,000 during…

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Cantab Hall mare Delicious trots to world record in Sweden

The 6-year old mare, Delicious, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström trotted a new world record in Sweden Friday night, as she won at Bollnäs in 1:50.2f.

The time is a new world record for older mares at five-eighths-mile tracks. The former record of 1:51f was held by Victory Is Coming winning at Scioto Downs last year.

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Churita seeks to continue her chain of conquests

Anderson, IN — When she is scoring down or on her way to the gate, Churita’s adoring fans line up on the fence at Hoosier Park nudging one another with their elbows and talking softly amongst themselves about how fabulous she looks. It’s as if the Anderson oval is her very own personal runway and all in attendance are only there to witness her.

“You really can just see it in her eyes,” said her owner Jack Porter. “It is also in the way she carries herself and holds her head.”

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Wild Honey is in control in 1:52.2 Oaks triumph

East Rutherford, NJ — Wild Honey came up big in the Hambletonian Oaks.

Driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed up to win the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for the second consecutive year as Wild Honey captured the race for 3-year-old female trotters by 1-3/4 lengths over Rules Of The Road in 1:52.2 on Saturday (Aug. 8) at Meadowlands Racetrack.

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Lock Down Lindy seeks winner’s circle in wide open Hambletonian Oaks

Freehold, NJ — Tony Alagna says Lock Down Lindy’s performance in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination last weekend was “a chance to show everybody she’s the filly I thought she was last year.” The trainer hopes she shows off again in Saturday’s $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final for 3-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack.

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Six divisions of freshman trotters in action in PA Sire Stakes

Chester, PA — There were six divisions of PA Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 22), each going for a purse of $20,000.

The first division went to the front-stepping Moneycounts De Vie (Tim Tetrick). The son of Andover Hall–Nordicdish…

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Churita lowers her own track record in stakes action at Hoosier Park

Anderson, IN — For the second consecutive week, the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was re-established as Churita lowered her own mark once again in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday (July 22).

With a 1:53.4 final time, Churita and Trace Tetrick captured the co-featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old trotting fillies, in a lifetime best effort to remain undefeated in 2015.

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YR news: bigger purses for 2YOs, moving finish line

Hall of Fame trainer Chuck Sylvester is a name familiar to everyone in the sport of harness racing. The four-time Hambletonian winner excels at developing young trotters. Sylvester will once again have some of his young trotters on display at Yonkers Raceway this Tuesday afternoon (July 21). The 3-year-old trotting colt Talbot Hercules leaves from post four in race five and the 3-year-old trotting filly A List Lindy leaves from post four in race 10.

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Churita establishes track record in stakes action at Hoosier Park

Anderson, IN — Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes filled card on Wednesday (July 15) with three divisions of 3-year-old trotting fillies and three divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts battling it out in Indiana Sires Stakes elimination action.

It was the second of the elimination rounds for the 2-year-old competitors and the third round for the sophomores. After the dust settled on the evening’s 14-race card, the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies was re-established.

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Split The House, Imagine Dragon win Mohawk series finals

Campbellville, ON—Split The House and Imagine Dragon won their respective series finals Saturday night (July 11) at Mohawk Racetrack.

Split The House put on another impressive display to win the $50,400 Summertime final in 1:50.2.

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Babies & ‘Bee’ Qualify At Meadowlands

The Meadowlands Pace elimination morning edition of Breakfast with the Babies was conducted under skies as blue as Taylor Swift’s eyes with fluffy clouds, flags were limp and temperatures in the 70’s.

Filly trotters kicked it off with Southwind Hope, a $52,000 Muscle Hill Lexington sale purchase winning out of…

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Antonacci Sweeps Town Pro Leg

Three-year-old pacing fillies clashed Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack in round one of the Town Pro Series and a direct connection to the series namesake took the first of two splits.

Imagine Dragon and driver Rick Zeron made a big third-quarter move to the front and…

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Fast winners but no favorites in PA Stallion Series Sunday at Pocono

Wilkes Barre, PA—The chalk took it on the chin Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as non-favorites won all five divisions of a $100,000 Stallion Series third preliminary leg for sophomore trotting colts.

Driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Frank Antonacci teamed to take two of the five divisions, the first one and the last one held, and in the Stallion opener their horse posted the fastest time of the Sunday stakes, with Mesmerized scoring in 1:53.4. The son of Cantab Hall went wire-to-wire in winning by seven lengths and taking a new mark for owners K R Breeding, Robert Rudolph, Gary Hoffman (these three were also the breeders) and Barry Guariglia.

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Iron has ‘got a big runway ahead of him’

Freehold, NJ — Frank Antonacci hopes he can get pumped about Iron, particularly if the 3-year-old trotter sees a favorable change in his fortunes.

Iron was a stakes winner in 2014, but also suffered from some bad luck with post position draws and missed a month of…

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Bee A Magician takes down the Boys, wins Cutler; Artspeak wins in 1:49

East Rutherford, NJ — While there is a long history of brilliant mares defeating the older horses at the Free For All trotting level in harness racing, it had never happened in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. That all changed on a rainy Saturday night at The Meadowlands.

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Shaqline beats the buzzer in Tioga NYSS

Nichols, NY — After edging clear of her eight rivals in a :27.4 third quarter, Brixton Medical’s Shaqline ($5.30) narrowly held off a valiant stand-side charge from Barn Doll to take her $41,300 New York Sire Stakes event at Tioga Downs on Friday (May 15) evening.

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Racing Roundup: Lindy’s Tru Grit wins Thursday feature at Harrah’s

Chester, PA—Lindy Racing and Bob Rudolph’s Lindy’s Tru Grit was victorious in the feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (April 30). It was a winner’s over $25,000 lifetime trot going for a purse of $25,000.

The 5-year-old son of Cantab Hall settled down in the pocket behind…

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Racing Roundup: Lord Of Misrule takes Tom Tharps Memorial final at Miami Valley

Lebanon, OH—Lord Of Misrule picked a great time to pick up his first victory of the season by capturing the $20,000 championship final of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series for conditioned pacers at Miami Valley Raceway.

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Looking Back at Speedy Crown (PDF)

This past Thursday, Jan. 29, marked the 47th anniversary of the foaling of Speedy Crown, a stallion that dominated trotting in his era and whose influence is felt in bloodlines around the world.

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Lindy’s Tru Grit wins Open Trot at The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ — The complexion of the featured $30,000 Open Trot on Friday night (Feb. 20) at The Meadowlands changed dramatically with the scratch of morning line favorite Melady’s Monet. That left the role of the favorite in the hands of the entry, Lindy’s Tru Grit and Master Of Law, sent off at 4-5.

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