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After closing out his freshman campaign with a stakes victory here at BalmoralPark back in November, Tour Hall picked up right where he left off on Saturday night as the talented youngster cruised to an easy 1 ½ length triumph over three other sophomore trotting colts in the $10,000 Speedy Rodney Stake. The final time was 1:59.3. Given a confident steer by co-owner and trainer Mike Brink, the gelded son of American Native grabbed command right from the start leading the field through leisurely splits of 29.3, 1:00 & 1:31.2.   With plenty still in reserve Tour Hall sprinted home in 28.1 while easily keeping his rivals at bay for his fifth career win in 14 starts. Bobby B Breeze (Todd Warren) parlayed a pocket sitting journey into a second place finish whileVin (Casey Leonard) was third.   With the win Tour Hall now boasts a career record of 5-3-1 in 14 starts with earnings of $78,801 for Brink and co-owner Loren Tournear.   With the Easter holiday on Sunday, April 20thBalmoralPark will be "dark" for live racing.   However, Wednesday night action will return at the Crete oval on April 23rd with a nine-race card getting underway at 7:10 p.m. (central). There will be a $10,000 Guaranteed Pool on Wednesday's Pick 4 which will entail races six through nine.   Program pages will be available courtesy of Trackmaster and the USTA at www.ustrotting.com. Just click on the handicapping section of that website. Also, the 50 Cent Pick 5 wager will begin on the first race of the night on Wednesday.

March 23, 2014 - HANA Harness is pleased to announce the initial Gold Sponsors of this year's handicapping contest along with the handicappers and rescues they are representing in this year's event. This year's Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest is being sponsored by prior year sponsors, The Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. New this year to the Gold Level Sponsorship level is DRF Harness and Northfield Park. Thanks to the sponsors which have already committed, at least $3,000 will be distributed to Standardbred rescues as a result of this year's contest. Additional sponsorships, primarily at the Silver and Bronze levels. are still available. Whether a racetrack, horsemen's group, or a provider of services related to harness racing, HANA Harness welcomes your sponsorship of this contest. 100% of all funds are directed to approved standardbred rescues. For further information regarding sponsorship opportunities, you may send an email to allan@hanaweb.org. In addition to the initial gold level sponsors, the contestants for the 2014 HANA Harness Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs have been named. This year we have a mix of handicappers of all age groups, from teens and up; some returning and first time contestants. Along with the names of the handicappers is their primary relationship to racing, how they finished in their last HANA Harness Contest (if competed before), and the standardbred equine rescue they are playing for in this year's contest. For complete biographies of the handicappers, you may visit the contest website for additional information. Garnet Barnsdale - Harness Racing Writer; Finished 6th in 2013, Rescue: TROTR; Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation) Ray Cotolo - Internet Harness Racing Analyst and Writer; Did Not Compete, Rescue: Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals Ray Garnett -Handicapper; Finished 10th in 2013, Rescue: Rockin T Equine Rescue Derick Giwner - Editor, DRF Harness; Did Not Compete, Rescue: New Vocations Sally Hinckley - On-air Handicapping Personality; Finished 9th in 2013, Rescue: Sunshine Horse Rescue. Mark McKelvie - Handicapper; Finished 8th in 2013, Rescue: Rainhill Sanctuary. Rusty Nash - Trackmaster Handicapper; Finished 2nd in 2013, Rescue: Central Virginia Horse Rescue Dennis O'Hara - Handicapper, Former Asst Race Secretary; Finished 5th in 2013, Rescue: Standardbred Retirement Foundation Earl Paulson - Handicapper, Yahoo Harness Racing Forum Director; Finished 3rd in 2013, Rescue: Heading for Home Anne Stepien - Handicapper, Former Trainer; Finished 4th in 2013, Rescue: Heart of Phoenix Gordon Waterstone - Associate Editor, Horseman and Fair World; Finished 7th in 2013, Rescue: Racer Placers Brandon Valvo - Handicapper, Writer; Did Not Compete, Rescue: Changing Fates Equine Rescue Josi Verlingieri - Handicapper; Did Not Compete, Rescue: Helping Hearts Equine Rescue. Bob Zanakis - Ocean Downs Handicapper; Finished 3rd in 2012, Rescue: Horse Lovers United. The first leg of the 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' is scheduled for April 26, 2014 when the finals of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pace and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series will be contested at Yonkers Raceway. A complete list of bcontest days may be found here. by Allan Schott, for HANA

Columbus, OH --- Michael Chosky from Pittsburgh, Pa. and David Pankenier of Maricopa, Ariz., became the final two qualifiers in the USTA World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifying Series with wins in the contests involving Maywood Park on Friday (March 14) and Balmoral Park on Saturday (March 15), respectively. Each of the 10 winners earned entry ($800 value) to the finals of the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship at The Meadowlands on Saturday (April 19). The USTA free, online contests conducted on www.HorseTourneys.com involved racing from 10 different USTA member racetracks from Jan. 30 through March 15. First prize in this year's WHHC final is $24,000 with payouts to the top 10 finishers. For more information, click here or visit the Meadowlands website at www.meadowlandsracetrack.com. Last year's winner of the WHHC final was USTA qualifier Jeff Klahr from Erie, Pa. Free TrackMaster Platinum Plus past performances were provided to all contestants for the 10 contests. Following are the 10 winners from the 2014 USTA World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifying Series: Thursday (Jan. 30)--Northfield Park--Gerry Tuzzolino (Shoreview, Minn.) Friday (Jan. 31)--The Meadows--Jeffrey Arnold (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) Friday (Feb. 7)--Meadowlands--Arthur Nigro (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) Saturday (Feb. 8)--Yonkers--Rick Arbiter (Kingston, N.Y.) Thursday (Feb. 13)--Dover Downs--Matt Minger (New Lenox, Ill.) Saturday (Feb. 15)--Cal Expo--Chris Revington (London, Ontario, Canada) Saturday (Feb. 22)--Pompano Park--Walter Andrasi (Middleburg, Ohio) Friday (March 7)--Buffalo Raceway--Ron Rippey (Wayne, N.J.) Friday (March 14)--Maywood Park--Michael Chosky (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Saturday (March 15)--Balmoral Park--David Pankenier (Maricopa, Ariz.) by Dan Leary, USTA Director of Marketing and Communications

Columbus, OH --- The last two chances to win a free entry to the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship in the USTA's online qualifiers will be this weekend with races from Maywood Park on Friday (March 14) and Balmoral Park on Saturday (March 15). First post time for both tracks is 8:10 p.m. (EDT). Adding to the excitement in the final two contests of the USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifying Series is that fact that it will be opening night of the 2014 racing season at both Illinois tracks. Contestants can enter both contests at www.HorseTourneys.com. Over the past weekend, Ron Rippey, a public handicapper for the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger since 1978 and winner of the 2006 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, earned the eighth spot in the USTA's qualifying series in Friday's contest involving Buffalo Raceway. The $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship will be held at the Meadowlands on Saturday (April 19). In addition, free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances for Maywood Park and Balmoral Park will be available to all contestants approximately 48 hours before each contest at www.HorseTourneys.com. Following is the schedule/results with featured racetracks for the 2014 USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifying Series: Date--Track--Winner Thursday (Jan. 30)--Northfield Park--Gerry Tuzzolino (Shoreview, Minn.) Friday (Jan. 31)--The Meadows--Jeffrey Arnold (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) Friday (Feb. 7)--Meadowlands--Arthur Nigro (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) Saturday (Feb. 8)--Yonkers--Rick Arbiter (Kingston, N.Y.) Thursday (Feb. 13)--Dover Downs--Matt Minger (New Lenox, Ill.) Saturday (Feb. 15)--Cal Expo--Chris Revington (London, Ontario) Saturday (Feb. 22)--Pompano Park--Walter Andrasi (Middleburg, Ohio) Friday (March 7)--Buffalo Raceway--Ron Rippey (Wayne, N.J.) Upcoming events Friday (March 14) Maywood Park--8:10 p.m. Saturday (March 15) Balmoral Park--8:10 p.m. by Dan Leary, USTA Director of Marketing and Communications  

This weekend's USTA online qualifying contests at Maywood Park on Friday, Feb. 28 and Balmoral Park on Saturday, March 1, as well as last week's qualifier at Buffalo Raceway, which was postponed when racing was canceled due to weather, have been rescheduled. Buffalo Raceway's free, online WHHC qualifier is now scheduled for Friday, March 7 with first post time at 6:40 p.m. (EST). The Illinois tracks have been rescheduled for the following weekend with Maywood Park on Friday, March 14 and Balmoral Park on Saturday, March 15. First post for those contests will be 8:10 p.m. (EST). All contestants that registered for each of these three contests on their originally scheduled dates at www.HorseTourneys.com will still be entered on the new dates. New contestants can enter each contest and get free TrackMaster Platinum Plus past performances approximately 48 hours before each contest at www.HorseTourneys.com. These will be the final three dates in the USTA's 10-contest free, online series of qualifiers for the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship at The Meadowlands on April 19. by Dan Leary for USTA  

Columbus, OH --- Matt Minger from New Lenox, Ill. won Thursday's USTA qualifier for the 2014 $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship at the Meadowlands in April, by selecting 19-1 longshot Coopers Beach, who paid $16.80 to place, and raised his total earnings to $134.50 on the 12-races contest from Dover Downs. Entering the final race of the contest, the top four contestants Joseph Desposito ($124.30), Minger ($117.70), Randy McMillan ($112.50) and Joseph Ernsthausen ($111.30) each had a different selection in Dover's Race 15. While McMillan picked the winner #6 Fancy Colt with his alternate selection, he still only finished third when the favorite paid only $6.00, $4.20 and wasn't enough to catch Minger with his $16.80 score. Despite being shut out in the finale, Desposito held on for second. A total of 616 entered the Dover Downs contest. With his victory, Minger earned a free berth ($800 value) to the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC), which will be held at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The next contest in the series of 10 USTA Free, Online Qualifiers to the WHHC takes place Saturday night, Feb. 15 with the first 12 races from Cal Expo where first post time is 8:45 p.m. (Eastern). Contestants can enter free at www.HorseTourneys.com prior to the start of the first race. Free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances are available now on that site. Following are the top 10 finishers in the fifth USTA online qualifier for the WHHC: USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifier 5 - Dover Downs, Feb. 13, 2014 # Name Earnings 1 Matt Minger $134.50 2 Joseph Desposito $124.30 3 Randy McMillan $122.70 4 John Jones $117.50 5 Lewis Falton $115.00 6 Joseph Ernthausen $111.30 7 Ken Snyder $109.40 8 Brian Spaeth $107.80 9 Rob Luke $106.80 10 Jerry Carney $105.80 Following is the schedule/results with featured racetracks for the 2014 USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifying Series: Date                      Track                 Winner Thursday Jan. 30 Northfield Park Gerry Tuzzolino Friday, Jan. 31 The Meadows Jeffrey Arnold Friday, Feb. 7 Meadowlands Arthur Nigro Saturday, Feb. 8 Yonkers Rick Arbiter Thursday, Feb. 13 Dover Downs Matt Minger Saturday, Feb. 15 Cal Expo 8:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 Buffalo Raceway 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 Pompano Park 7:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 Maywood Park 8:10 p.m. Saturday, March 1 Balmoral Park 8:10 p.m. by Ellen Harvey for Harness Racing Communications  

COLUMBUS, OH (Feb. 10, 2014) - Rick Arbiter of Kingston, N.Y. and Arthur Nigro from Tuckahoe, N.Y. won the weekend's two USTA World Harness Handicapping Championship Free, Online Qualifiers to earn berths ($8,000 value) to the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Arbiter started slowly in Friday (Feb. 7) evening's contest involving the first 12 races at the Meadowlands. With only three-second place finishers selected through the first seven races, he had only $29.40 in his bankroll. But he rallied to pick the winners of the last five races, including #6 Solid Queen (Race 8), who paid $31.00, $12,20, and Race 11 victor #5 Nutmeg's Cider, who returned $19.40, $7.80, to finish with $139.00. John Merola, who also hit the final three races to earn $109.20, was second best among the 816 entries. Last year's 2013 WHHC champion Jeff Klahr finished 38th. In the Yonkers contest on Saturday (Feb. 8), Nigro scored for $90.40 of his winning total in the last four races. His $165.00 total was $13.20 better than runnerup David Schanker's $151.70. Shanker held the lead with two races to go but was shutout in the contest's final two races while Nigro picked Race 11 winner 7 Whogoesfirst $14.40, $6.40 and finale runnerup #4 Hello Hot Shot $14.80 to earn his victory. There were 799 total entries. The next two contests in the series of 10 USTA Free, Online Qualifiers to the WHHC take place Thursday, Feb. 13 with the last 12 races from Dover Downs and Saturday, Feb. 15 with Cal Expo's first 12. Contestants can enter free at www.HorseTourneys.com prior to the start of the first race. Free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances are available now on that site. Following were the top 10 finishers in each of the the USTA online qualifiers for the WHHC during the past weekend: USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifier 3 - Meadowlands, Feb. 7, 2014 #          Name                                 Earnings 1         Rick Arbiter                          $139.00 2         John Merola                         $109.20 3         Charlie Carden                    $108.00 4         Patrick Ruta                         $103.80 5         Randy Bauer                        $ 99.20 6         Patrick Garvin                      $ 98.60 7         Jim Bourgoin                        $ 97.40 8         Ray Garnet                          $ 95.80 9         Jeff Kingsbury                      $ 93.20 10       Diane McClyment                $ 91.40 USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifier 4 –  Yonkers Raceway,  Feb. 8, 2014 #          Name                                  Earnings 1         Art Nigro                               $165.00 2         David Schanker                   $151.70 3         Carl Hiel                                $139.40 4         John Iannone                        $129.70 5         John Mucciolo                       $126.60 6         William Johnson                   $123.40 7         Lewis Falton                          $120.50 8         Glenn Mink                             $119.30 9         Glenn McConaughy               $117.60 10       Jim Peake                              $116.80 Following is the results/schedule with featured racetracks for the 2014 USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifying Series: Date                                       Track                          Winner Thursday Jan. 30                Northfield Park       Gerry Tuzzolino Friday, Jan. 31                     The Meadows        Jeffrey Arnold Friday, Feb. 7                        Meadowlands        Arthur Nigro Saturday, Feb. 8                    Yonkers                Rick Arbiter Thursday, Feb. 13             Dover Downs               4:30 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 15                Cal Expo                    8:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21                  Buffalo Raceway          6:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22              Pompano Park             7:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28                    Maywood Park            8:10 p.m. Saturday, March 1               Balmoral Park             8:10 p.m. by Dan Leary, for USTA          

Columbus, OH --- Minnesota resident Gerry Tuzzolino won the inaugural USTA online qualifier for the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship on Thursday evening by one dollar with a total of $108.80. Only two dollars separated the top three finishers in the contest involving the first 12 races from Northfield Park among the 942 who entered.   Bryan Jackson ($107.80) and James Gillam ($106.80) were second and third, respectively. Fourth-place finisher Keith Rosintoski was only another three dollars back with $103.80.   Tuzzolino clinched the first USTA qualifier when his original choice #5 Lets Just Dance scratched and his alternate selection #6 Calchips Muscle won paying $5.60 and $3.60 in Race 12, the final race in the contest. Each of the other top four finishers correctly selected the winner.   With his victory, Tuzzolino earned a free berth ($800 value) to the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC), which will be held at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 19, 2014.   The second contest in the series of 10 USTA Free, Online Qualifiers to the WHHC takes place tonight (Friday, Jan. 31) with the first 12 races from The Meadows where first post time is 6:55 p.m. (Eastern).   Contestants can enter free at www.HorseTourneys.com prior to the start of the first race. Free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances are available now on that site.   Following are the top 10 finishers in the first USTA online qualifier for the WHHC:   USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifier 1 - Northfield Park, Jan. 30, 2014   # Name Earnings 1 Gerry Tuzzolino $108.80 2 Bryan Jackson $107.80 3 James Gillam $106.80 4 Keith Rosintoski $103.80 5 David Miller $101.00 6 Richard Riccaldo $100.00 7 Joseph Ferriero $ 97.00 8 Joe Barre $ 96.00 9 William Stanczak $ 95.60 10 Charles Amsden $ 95.00   Following is the schedule/results with featured racetracks for the 2014 USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifying Series:   Date Track Winner Thursday Jan. 30 Northfield Park Gerry Tuzzolino   Friday, Jan. 31 The Meadows 6:55 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 Meadowlands 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 Yonkers 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 Dover Downs 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 Cal Expo 8:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 Buffalo Raceway 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 Pompano Park 7:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 Maywood Park 8:10 p.m. Saturday, March 1 Balmoral Park 8:10 p.m.   by Dan Leary for USTA

COLUMBUS, OH (Jan. 28, 2013) - Free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances are available for the first in a series of 10 USTA free, online qualifying contests for the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC), which will be held at the Meadowlands on April 19, 2014. For complete information, to enter the USTA qualifying contests, and to get a link to free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances for the races at Northfield Park on Thursday, Jan. 30, please visit www.HorseTourneys.com. The link to free TrackMaster past performances for all qualifiers will be posted at www.HorseTourneys.com approximately 48 hours before each contest. Past performances for Friday (Jan. 31) night's contest for The Meadows will be available on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Check each contest page on that site for the time that selections can be made. The USTA WHHC Free, Online Qualifying Series consists of 10 tournaments that will be conducted from Jan. 30 through March 1 over five consecutive weekends and will involve handicapping races at 10 different USTA member racetracks. The winner of each qualifier gains a berth ($800 value) into the WHHC final at the Meadowlands. In each contest, contestants must select one horse and an alternate, in case of a late scratch, for a $2 Win-Place wager on each race at the featured track that evening. In the case of both selections being scratched, the contestant will receive the post-time favorite. All selections must to be submitted prior to post time of the first race in the contest. Each qualifier will be limited to 12 races. A complete listing of rules and regulations is available at www.HorseTourneys.com. Following is a schedule with featured racetracks for the USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifying Series: 2014 WHHC Online Qualifiers Date Track First Post (Eastern time) Thursday, Jan. 30 Northfield Park 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 The Meadows 6:55 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 Meadowlands 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 Yonkers 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 Dover Downs 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 Cal Expo 8:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 Buffalo Raceway 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 Pompano Park 7:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 Maywood Park 8:10 p.m. Saturday, March 1 Balmoral Park 8:10 p.m. by Ellen Harvey for Harness Racing Communications

Columbus, OH --- Northfield Park and The Meadows will be the first two contests in the USTA's series of 10 free, online qualifying contests for the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC), which will be held at the Meadowlands on April 19, 2014. The first qualifier involving Northfield Park will be on Thursday, Jan. 30, and The Meadows on Friday, Jan. 31. For complete information, to register and enter the first week's contests, please visit www.HorseTourneys.com. Each qualifying contest will be limited to 12 races and the wagering format will be a $2 win and place bet on each selection. The USTA World Harness Handicapping Championship Free, Online Qualifying Series consists of 10 tournaments that will be conducted from Jan. 30 through March 1 over five consecutive weekends and will involve handicapping races at 10 different USTA member racetracks. The winner of each qualifier gains a berth ($800 value) into the WHHC final at the Meadowlands. First prize in the WHHC final is $24,000 with payouts to the top 10 finishers. For more information, visit the Meadowlands website at www.meadowlandsracetrack.com. Free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances will be available at www.HorseTourneys.com approximately 48 hours before contest. Contestants will be required to register once and enter each contest separately. Check www.ustrotting.com for regular updates. Following is the schedule of the 2014 USTA online qualifiers for the WHHC. 2014 WHHC Online Qualifiers Date - Track - First Post (Eastern time) Thursday, Jan. 30-Northfield Park-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31-The Meadows-6:55 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7-Meadowlands-7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8-Yonkers-7:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13-Dover Downs-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15-Cal Expo-8:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21-Buffalo Raceway-6:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22-Pompano Park-7:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28-Maywood Park-8:10 p.m. Saturday, March 1-Balmoral Park-8:10 p.m. by Dan Leary for USTA Communications    

TrackMaster today announced an upgrade to its Pocket and Tablet Handicapper products with the addition of Harness race cards to its popular apps. The Harness products are available for both smart phones and tablets using both Apple and Android operating systems. The Harness versions of the products are similar in functionality and content to their Thoroughbred counterparts, but specifically tailored for Harness racing and include all of the value-added data that has made TrackMaster the leading brand in the market. To allow the market to appreciate the value of this new offering, all Harness downloads through and including January 1 will be free. The Pocket Handicapper was one of the very first apps geared specifically for handicappers and it provides a quick and easy way to analyze numerous key ratings and statistics," said Jim Vanderbosch, TrackMaster Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The Tablet version, with its expanded screen size and navigation, is even more user friendly. And now, both breeds can be accessed using a single app!" TrackMaster President, David Siegel, an avid amateur harness driver, has road tested the iPhone version. "We have done a good job squeezing a lot of information into the small real estate of the smart phone. Users, who are not at home on a PC, can launch the app and have a full race card delivered in a matter of seconds. The product includes a wealth of statistics in a drill down fashion, and even includes classic program pages for handy reference. Abbreviated running lines appear in the body of the app really leveraging the portability of the product." The TrackMaster Pocket and Tablet Handicapper can be downloaded for free at itunes.com and play.google.com. The app includes a demo race card and the ability to download a free race each day. A tutorial especially created for harness racing can be viewed on YouTube. After the free Harness trial period ends, customers can access race cards for $1.49 each for any track in North America. Subscription options are also available. Handicapping information includes detailed driver and trainer statistics, TrackMaster Speed and Pace Ratings, power ratings, class ratings, post stats and sire and dam statistics. TrackMaster, a wholly owned subsidiary of Equibase Company LLC, provides a full range of handicapping products for the three major racing breeds -- Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse and Standardbred. Equibase Company LLC is a partnership between subsidiaries of The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and serves as the Thoroughbred industry's official database. Additional information about the companies is available at trackmaster.com and equibase.com. Submitted by Trackmaster

Mountain View, CA --- The 2013 edition of the TrackMaster Big 5 Harness Handicapping Challenge came to a conclusion this past Saturday, wrapping up a little over a month of entertaining competition. In a newly designed “Big 5” format, contestants put their handicapping skills to the test over five weekly rounds of preliminary action on the five premier tracks racing each Saturday. The top five in each week secured one of the coveted spots in the finals and their shot at $5,000 in cash prizes. Albert Czerniga from Hamilton, Ontario Canada took home first place and the top payout of $2,000 in cash with a final bankroll of $930. He narrowly beat out second place finisher, Wendy James from Farmington Hills, Michigan, who ended up with a $910 bankroll and earned $1,000 for her efforts. Third place finisher went to Bob Malewski of Oak Lawn, Illinois, who picked three winners on the day but fell a little short with only $850 in the bank, though still good enough to “cash” for the $500 third place prize. Randy Rueger of Utica, New York and Ray Garnett of South Paris, Maine rounded out the top five, each winning a one year unlimited subscription to TrackMaster Harness Pro . “Once again, our Harness Handicapping Challenge was a huge success,” said Jim Vanderbosch, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TrackMaster. “The players seemed to enjoy the new format, and as one of the few contests dedicated to harness racing, this is something participants look forward to every year. We are already planning our next contest, which will take place in the spring of 2014, with even a few more twists to the format. Stay tuned!” TrackMaster is greatly appreciative of its valued sponsors, TVG and the United Stated Trotting Association, along with all of the participants who played over the course of contest and helped make this year’s contest a success. TrackMaster and its sponsors offer their congratulations to the grand prize winners as well as all those who won weekly prizes. TrackMaster, a wholly owned subsidiary of Equibase Company LLC, provides a full range of handicapping products for the three major racing breeds — Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse and Standardbred. Equibase Company LLC is a partnership between subsidiaries of The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and serves as the Thoroughbred industry’s official database. Additional information about the companies is available at trackmaster.com and equibase.com . TrackMaster   

The Meadowlands would like to remind its fans that the program pages for Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 3 featuring the three Hambletonian Heats, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Final and the $1.2 Hambletonian Final are available for download, free of charge on the Meadowlands website. They can be found by clicking here http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.aspx?id=3357. Future racing dates where the entire Trackmaster racing program will be made available, free of charge, Grand Opening of the new grandstand, Saturday November 23rd and Free-For-All Championship/Fall Final Four Night on Saturday November 30th. The Meadowlands Racetrack thanks Trackmaster for providing access to the full Trackmaster.com program on these great days of racing at no cost to our customers. by Rachel Ryan  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2013 — On the heels of a successful contest last week, The Meadows and HorseTourneys.com will offer another “Pick & Pray” handicapping contest on Saturday, July 27, a power-packed card that features the $500,000 (est.) final of the Delvin Miller Adios. At stake: a free berth in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC). For the contest, participants must place hypothetical wagers — $2 win/place on a single horse only — on designated races on Saturday’s card; contest races will be selected after Tuesday’s draw for Adios post positions. Picks for all races in the contest must be submitted once selections for the first race close. Free past performances will be available at TrackMaster. The winner receives an automatic entry, valued at $1,000, in the WHHC final scheduled for April 2014 at the Meadowlands. Prize pool for the championship is projected at $100,000. While there is no charge to participate in The Meadows’ Pick & Pray Qualifier, the field is limited to the first 800 entries. Only one entry per household will be accepted. To register and for a complete list of contest rules, please visit the HorseTourneys Web site, www.horsetourneys.com/rules Also on Adios Day, The Meadows will offer three special wagers, including: a $7,500-guaranteed Pick 4 (Races 4-7); a $15,000-guaranteed Late Pick 4 (Races 9-12), and a $25,000-guaranteed Superfecta on Race 12, the final of the “Pace for the Orchids.” by Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2013 — A free berth in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) — that’s the prize for the winner of the “Pick & Pray Free WHHC Qualifier” handicapping contest The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will conduct Saturday, July 20, as part of a card that features eliminations for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios. The Meadows is offering the contest in association with HorseTourneys.com, which has worked with the United States Trotting Association on a number of similar events. For the contest, participants must place hypothetical wagers — $2 win/place on a single horse only — on designated races on Saturday’s card; contest races will be selected after Tuesday’s Adios eliminations draw. Picks for all races in the contest must be submitted once selections for the first race close. Free past performances will be available at TrackMaster. The winner receives an automatic entry, valued at $1,000, in the WHHC final scheduled for April 2014 at the Meadowlands. Prize pool for the championship is projected at $100,000. While there is no charge to participate in The Meadows’ Pick & Pray Qualifier, the field is limited to the first 1,200 entries. Only one entry per household will be accepted. To register and for a complete list of contest rules, please visit the HorseTourneys Web site, www.horsetourneys.com/rules. by Evan Pattak  

Thanks to a partnership agreement between Trackmaster and the Meadowlands Racetrack, the Trackmaster program pages for the entire 14-race Meadowlands Pace harness racing program on Saturday are available for download, free of charge on the Meadowlands website.

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