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Former IL governor pleads for horse racing

on January 17, 2019
      As Gov. JB Pritzker takes the helm in Illinois, horsemen throughout the state, are urging his administration to include horse racing and its enormous contribution to the agribusiness industry when they explore new avenues to expand gaming.   “With more than $1 billion in contributions to the agribusiness economy of our state, horse racing must be in...
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2019 Kentucky fair dates set

on January 17, 2019
The 2019 Kentucky fair season will once again kick off with the Purchase District Fair held in Mayfield, which will take place on June 6 with a post time of 5 pm CDT. The next two fairs will also take place in the western end of Kentucky.   LaCenter will host the Ballard County Fair on June 13 at 4 pm CDT and Paducah will host the McCracken County Fair June 24, 6 pm CDT. The...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on January 17, 2019
Photo King has been a hard-knocking trotter his entire career and after being claimed by trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. last week, the 12 year old will look for his 44th victory Friday at the Meadowlands. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Bamond explains to Gordon Waterstone why he claimed the veteran trotter.   Also, Indiana-based Walter Haynes Jr. is currently racing at Mi...
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Miller hopes Trolley keeps rolling on

on January 17, 2019
Trolley is back on track. Trainer Erv Miller just hopes he can stay there. A 6-year-old male trotter, Trolley has won four of six races since returning from a 13-month absence because of a broken coffin bone. He won last week’s Preferred Handicap at the Meadowlands by three-quarters of a length over Muscle Diamond and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line in Friday’s $...
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Woodbine Mohawk announces stakes schedule

on January 17, 2019
Woodbine Entertainment on Thursday revealed its industry-leading $16 million-plus Standardbred stakes lineup for 2019.   The 2019 stakes schedule is headlined by the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 15 and the return of the $6 million (US) Breeders Crown to Mohawk Park on Oct. 25 and 26.   This year’s Pepsi North America Cu...
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Deadline near for NJSDF mare registration

on January 17, 2019
Owners of mares in foal that are based in New Jersey are reminded that the deadline to register a mare for the 2018 foaling season to the Standardbred Development Fund is Jan. 31.  The registration fee is $100 and the mare registration forms are available on the New Jersey Sire Stakes website—www.newjerseysirestakes.com. All checks should be made payable to the New Jersey Sire Stak...
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Dr. King Jr. Pace Friday at Big M

on January 17, 2019
The Meadowlands will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special event Friday night, when they host a race that will feature African-American drivers exclusively in the first of 14 races on the card. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Mike Cruse’s name will be one of the more recognizable to Meadowlands' regulars. During his career, he’s won 282 races, the...
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Itty Bitty a pleasant surprise for Evan Katz

on January 17, 2019
Owner Evan Katz makes a habit of perusing the listings on online auction sites. In fact, he checks them almost daily in the hopes of finding another horse to add to his stable. When Katz came across a listing for Itty Bitty in fall 2016, he found a diamond in the rough.   Then a freshman, the pacing filly by Always A Virgin out of the Warrior For Peace mare Bananih, had 15 starts on t...
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Sheila Napier named Caretaker of Year

on January 17, 2019
Sheila Napier, who works in the Chris Beaver Stable, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Q Napier, 37, has worked for Beaver for three years, and in 2018 her horses included the $500,000-winning 3-year-old filly trotter Custom Cantab. She ...
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Aaron Merriman drives 11,000th winner

on January 17, 2019
Aaron Merriman scored the 11,000th win of his driving career while driving Brooklynite in Northfield Park’s 10th race on Wednesday (Jan. 16).  Brooklynite started from the second tier, brushed boldly and the half to take the lead and never looked back, winning by 5-¼-lengths in 1:52.    Merriman, 40, keeps a torrid schedule, regularly competing at Northfield P...
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Bud Hatfield 'feels like a kid again'

on January 16, 2019
When it comes to racing, Bud Hatfield wouldn’t trade the feeling he gets from his horses for the world. In the past several years, the 69-year-old Ohioan has shared in ownership of a number of successful horses, including millionaire Bar Hopping and stakes-winners Wolfgang and You Know You Do. In December, he reached new heights when his Kissin In The Sand was named the 2018 Dan Patch A...
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DSOA awards banquet held

on January 16, 2019
On Friday, Jan. 11, the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association held their 22nd annual awards dinner. On this evening the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champions were also honored, along with some other awards deserving recognition. The awards were emceed by Heather Vitale and Bill Ellis. In the beginning of the evening, a special tribute video was also played to honor the memory of H...
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Stage set for exciting year for Woodbine Ent.

on January 15, 2019
The 2018 season was a very busy and exciting year on and off the track for Woodbine Entertainment.   “Reflecting back on the year that was, it’s remarkable to think of all that was accomplished and started in 2018,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “Our efforts have positioned us well to continue to tackle our challenges head on as we remain lase...
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Players qualify for World Harness Handicapping final

on January 15, 2019
Stephanie Davis of Brooklyn, NY, captured the Jan. 12 World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Davis cashed on three early show bets to keep her in the contest and used her remaining $94 on a win bet in Race 14 on Rather Swell.  Her win bet paid off at $754.40 giving her the $900 grand prize and a $1,300 seat int...
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Marcus Melander credits "rise" to good team

on January 15, 2019
Marcus Melander’s name will be on the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s 2018 Rising Star Award, but the 27-year-old trainer says the recognition extends beyond one person. “It’s a great accomplishment, but it’s not really just my award,” Melander said. “It’s my whole barn. If I didn’t have all these people working with me, I wouldn’...
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New president/COO named at Northfield Park

on January 15, 2019
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) ("MGM Resorts" or the "Company") announced today that it has appointed Chris Kelley as the new president and COO of the Ohio resort, currently known as the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park will be rebranded when MGM Resorts acquires the property, which is expected to occur in the first half of 201...
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Details of Rick Zeron suspension/fine

on January 15, 2019
Harnessracing.com has obtained a copy of the specific ruling issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) that resulted in Rick Zeron receiving a 180-day suspension and $10,000 fine. In announcing the sanctions on Jan. 9, the AGCO only stated which rules were violated and not the specifics.   According to the AGCO ruling, an inspection was conducted at the stable of Z...
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Meadowlands announces '19 stakes schedule

on January 15, 2019
The Meadowlands' 2019 Grand Circuit stakes schedule will offer more than $13 million in purses led by Harness Racing's most coveted prize, the 94th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian Stake. The Meadowlands will again be the stage for two of the sport's biggest events. The track's signature Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace ($700,000 est.) headlines a card worth an estimated ...
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P L Jill wins in Mohawk Preferred Trot

on January 15, 2019
P L Jill scored an impressive victory in her jump up to the $34,000 Preferred Trot on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The six-year-old mare came first-up on the far turn and kept on powering in the lane to defeat eight-talented rivals in 1:54.3 for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Ben Baillargeon.   An early-battle saw Dancer Hall ignore the two-hole to move arou...
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Tioga Downs grants presented

on January 14, 2019
As part of the commitment of Tioga Downs and owner Jeff Gural, Tioga Downs was pleased to host its very first check presentation ceremony officially announcing the recipients of the first $250,000 in funding through the Tioga Downs Regional Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that reviews and selects applications for grant funding. The ceremony was held at the Tioga Downs ballroom...
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Susie's Soul upsets in MVG series

on January 14, 2019
Another pair of “Claim To Fame” late-closing series got underway at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Jan. 14) as two divisions of $8,000 claiming mares and two divisions of $15,000 claiming trotters went postwar   Susie’s Soul (Jason Brewer) won the fastest split for the distaffers with a 1:56.1 upset over Endeavors Ladyluck (Trevor Smith) and Bad Glamour...
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Horse dies in incident at Ohio county fairgrounds

on January 14, 2019
A 28-year-old man is in police custody after he allegedly broke into the Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton, Ohio, early Monday morning and released 15 Standardbreds from their stalls, allowing them to run loose on the nearby streets. Fourteen of the horses were recovered safely but one had to be euthanized as a result of injuries sustained when it fell through the ice at a nearby lake.  ...
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Western NY horseman Lester Tourville dies

on January 14, 2019
Lester Tourville, 87, of Hamburg, NY, died Jan. 12, 2019, at Hospice Buffalo. He was a driver and trainer at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs until he retired in 2004. In the early 1980s, Mr. Tourville worked for the Mar Con Farms, training their top open pacer Mar Con Cash p,4,1:59.4q ($151,554). Later he trained and drove for the powerful Theodora Brown and Sportacular stables. Some of their t...
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Entries closing for Blooded Horse Winter Sale

on January 14, 2019
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale will close Wednesday, January 16. The one day sale takes place on Tuesday, February 12 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Horsemen from 27 states and Canada will converge at this annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or to o...
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Barn fire in Michigan kills 7 horses

on January 14, 2019
Longtime Michigan horsewoman Ann Russell and her daughter, Erin Spychala, lost their entire stable in an early-morning barn fire on Sunday morning in Pinckney, Mich. The fire was reported around 5 a.m. and killed all seven horses in the barn, including five Standardbred racehorses, one broodmare and a riding pony.   The horses killed in the fire include the 8-year-old pacing gelding R...
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Constntlysidwys A wins Big M Preferred

on January 13, 2019
If you’re going to rock the apple cart, then your name might as well fit the result.  Saturday night at the Meadowlands, a win for K Ryan Bluechip or Geez Joe in the Preferred Handicap would have established the victor as the Big M’s top pacer in training, but Constntlysidewys A threw a monkey wrench into the machine, going a big mile for owner-trainer Tahnee Camilleri, ...
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Bartlett pairs up in Yonkers features

on January 12, 2019
Fresh off a five-win performance the previous evening. Jason Bartlett’s Saturday night saw him take down both of Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Opens. Bartlett did it with a pair of fours. Bellows Binge ($19.40)—from post position No. 4—closed from third-over in the weekly featured pace, snapping Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley) at the wire in 1:54. ...
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My Buddy Ninkster best at Miami Valley

on January 12, 2019
Granite and My Hero Ron have dominated the featured weekly Open Pace at both Hollywood Dayton and Miami Valley Raceways in recent weeks, Granite winning three times and My Hero Ron twice since December 8.  They were joined in the Saturday night (Jan. 12) $25,000 Open at Miami Valley by Nuclear Dragon, the 1:49 track record holder returning to the races after a two and a ...
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Kendall Seelster wins fourth straight at Mohawk

on January 12, 2019
Kendall Seelster continued her dominance of the Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a 1:53.2 victory Saturday evening.   The now 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play converted off a perfect second-over trip from driver Sylvain Filion for her fourth consecutive score in the $30,000 top class.   Exhilarated was the quickest away and led the field of seven to the ope...
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Stay Hungry granted Stallion exemption

on January 12, 2019
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been granted exemption from the Stallion Restiction Rule. This exemption permits foals from Stay Hungry’s first crop , as well as all future crops, to race at The Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs. Stay Hungry stands his first season at Hanover Shoe Farms in PA for a fee...
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Trolley comes out best in Big M feature

on January 12, 2019
Apparently, Trolley did not get the memo. You know the one. The one where Muscle Diamond goes off as the 1-5 favorite in Friday’s featured $21,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands and wins his sixth in a row for fun. No, Trolley was clearly not on board with that.   In what is developing into a great rivalry, Trolley and driver Marcus Miller powered ...
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Rock Me Baby in mild upset at Miami Valley

on January 11, 2019
Rock Me Baby pulled off a mild upset in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night with driver Brett Miller, who is rapidly making his presence felt in southwest Ohio, on her lines. Content to sit fourth in the early going as favored American Girl (Aaron Merriman) posted fractions of :27.1 and :56.1, Miller moved Rock Me Baby to the outside to challenge the leader by the ...
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Itty Bitty big in Yonkers feature

on January 11, 2019
Favored Itty Bitty (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) gave nothing else a shot Friday night’s, handily winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position No. 3, Itty Bitty retook from Wishy Washy Girl (George Brennan) before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. She then opened more nighttime daylight at every subsequent interval (:58.1, 1:...
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Knocking Around takes Meadows preferred

on January 11, 2019
Making his second start in five days, Knocking Around wore down Lord Of Winterfell with a sustained uncovered bid to take Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Lord Of Winterfell got the jump on the field when he pulled the pocket down the backside and opened a 1 1/2-length lead. But Knocking Around gained steadily and defeated Lord of Winterfell by 2&n...
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Zeron, Atlanta dq'd as O'Brien finalists

on January 11, 2019
On Jan. 9, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued trainer-driver Rick Zeron a fine of $10,000 and suspension of 180 days. As a result, Standardbred Canada has disqualified Mr. Zeron as a finalist for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship, as well as 3-year-old trotting filly, Atlanta, trained and co-owned by Mr. Zeron. Standardbred Canada’s O’Brien Award e...
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Woodbine Ent., COSA reach 5-year deal

on January 11, 2019
Woodbine Entertainment and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) jointly announced Friday the agreement in principle of a new five-year deal that includes an investment in capital upgrades and an increase in purses, further solidifying Woodbine Mohawk Park as one of the leaders in total purses paid for Standardbred racetracks in North America.   “The futur...
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Blake MacIntosh hopes for big year

on January 11, 2019
Blake MacIntosh has to wait several months to see if multiple-stakes-winner Courtly Choice can return this year to take care of unfinished business — more on that in a moment — but only a day to get an indication whether Clear Idea can return to business as usual. Clear Idea, a 5-year-old female pacer, was a steady money-earner for trainer MacIntosh through the first 42 races of her c...
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McClure wins 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park

on January 11, 2019
Reinsman Bob McClure put on a show Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park by driving six winners on the 10-race card.   The Elora, Ont. resident had a drive in all 10 of Thursday's races and made a statement early by sweeping the opening three races on the card before earning his next three victories in the sixth race and the Late Double.   Adding to the impressi...
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It's new! HarnessRacing Weekend Preview!

on January 10, 2019
The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has a special edition of Backstretch with Gordon as Gordon Waterstone hit the road earlier in the week for the finals of the North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley. Spend the day with Gordon as he logged in nearly four miles of walking on the afternoon.   Also, trainer Anette Lorentzon talked to Kathy Parker about her hopes fo...
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Living Horse Hall of Fame honorees announced

on January 10, 2019
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2019 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous, and racehorse/stallion A...
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NJ horse owner Anthony Romano, 82, dies

on January 10, 2019
Anthony L. Romano, 82, of Barnegat, NJ., died Jan. 9 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin, NJ. Born in Mamaroneck, N.Y., he lived in North Brunswick for 36 years before moving to Barnegat 18 years ago. Mr. Romano was a superintendent and vice president at Napp-Greco, Newark, for 60 years before retiring in 2015. A horse racing enthusiast, he enjoyed many racetracks, but was especially ...
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TVG to hold online qualifier to WHHC

on January 10, 2019
TVG, part of the FanDuel Group and premier advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, is pleased to announce it will hold the first in a series of online live-money qualifying events as part of the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC). The TVG qualifier will take place this Saturday, Jan. 12, and requires players to make ten $10 win/place wagers on any races from the Meadowlands, Woodbine...
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Big M rings in new year with big business

on January 10, 2019
Business was brisk at the Meadowlands as the 2019 racing calendar year kicked off last weekend (Jan. 4-5) at the mile oval with bettors pushing a little more than $5.6 million through the windows over the course of the two-card race week.   Wagering was almost identical on the pair of 13-race programs, with $2,831,028 bet on Friday before $2,856,661 in action was taken Saturday. The a...
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CHHA Stallion Auction to begin January 31

on January 10, 2019
The CHHA Stallion Auction will run from Thursday, January 31 through Saturday, February 2, 2019. Please consider donating a breeding to your stallion or a breeding you own but do not plan to use. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit www.chha.net/stallion-auction.  Breeding donation forms are available to download from our website at https://www.chha.net/wp-con...
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Polvinale wins USHWA President's Award

on January 09, 2019
John Polvinale, who started the Facebook website Harness Racing History to share his extensive collection of memorabilia and has curated it to grow into one of harness racing’s most popular sites in the new technology, has been named the winner of a President’s Award by U.S. Harness Writers Association head Shawn Wiles for his contribution to the knowledge and enjoyment of the s...
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Putnam new Ind. Standardbred president

on January 08, 2019
With a new year comes a new board into the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA). The directors met for the first time as a new unit Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. One of the items on the agenda was to elect new officers and for the first time since 2010, a new president will lead the organization.   Joe Putnam, longtime ISA director and Indiana horseman, was elected as the new ISA President. A...
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Noble tops Miller in MVG driving tourney

on January 08, 2019
Former North American dash champion Dan Noble, who won that title in 2011 with 773 victories, accumulated 112 points over his eight drives on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 8) to capture the 2019 edition of Miami Valley Raceway’s annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship.  He follows in the footsteps of Doug McNair and Trace Tetrick, who won the $10,000 first prize in the initial two c...
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Gingras wins 7,000th career race

on January 08, 2019
Yannick Gingras was so giddy Yonkers Raceway began its 2019 season Monday night he popped in and reached a driving milestone. Career win 7,000.  It took until the finale and odds-on fave Prologue ($2.90) lasting on the lead to get Monsieur Gingras to the Promised Land, doing so by a diminishing nose in 1:53.2 Gingras, who began the dozen-race dossier needing three wins to reac...
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Baillargeon barn hits Mohawk grand slam

on January 07, 2019
Musical Rhythm pulled off a 12-1 upset in Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park to complete a ‘Grand Slam’ for trainer Ben Baillargeon.   Freezing rain had no impact on Baillargeon trainees, as four of his five starters on Monday’s 10-race card visited the winner’s circle. Those that supported the veteran trainer’s horses at the windows ...
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Field set for NA Drivers Championship final

on January 07, 2019
The stage is set for the Championship Round of Miami Valley’s third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship on Tuesday afternoon. In one of the closest races in the contest’s short history, the field of driver finalists was whittled from 30 to 10 after two preliminary rounds to engage in an eight-race head-to-head battle for the trophy, the title and the...
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Tactical Landing exempt from “Gural rule”

on January 07, 2019
On Jan. 7, Jeff Gural granted Tactical Landing an exemption from the Stallion Restriction Rule due to an injury he suffered while racing. The exemption means that Tactical Landing’s first crop of foals and those thereafter will be eligible to compete in all stakes at the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs that include the Stallion Restriction Condition. Tactical Landing s...
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WHHC date changed to April 13

on January 07, 2019
The 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) presented by DerbyWars.com — offering a record $150,000 prize pool — has been pushed back a week to  Saturday, April 13. The adjustment will ensure all partner outlets have enough time to run their qualifiers and allow players more time to buy-in.  The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by Derby...
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Brennan driving at Yonkers after Big M spill

on January 07, 2019
Driver George Brennan told harnessracing.com Monday morning that except for some minor bruising he is fully recovered from a race spill Friday night at the Meadowlands. Brennan was dumped to the track when he and driver Andy Miller hooked sulky wheels while crossing the wire in Race 9.   “Right at the wire we hooked wheels and I got flipped out,” said Brennan, who was tran...
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Brett Miller leads Tharps in MVG tourney

on January 06, 2019
Brett Miller enjoys a slim lead after the first of two preliminary rounds in the $25,000 North America Drivers Championship currently being contested at Miami Valley Raceway.  The native Ohioan, who plans to return to the Buckeye State for the 2019 season, accumulated 75 points with a win, a second, a third and a fourth place finish in his four drives.  Randy Tharps, who scored the only ...
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Andy Miller wins 6 at Meadowlands

on January 06, 2019
Andy Miller might be known as “The Orange Crush” but on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, anyone who referred to the driver as “Red Hot” would have been 100 percent accurate.   Miller won six times on the 13-race program, and for good measure, included among his victories was the $21,000 featured Preferred Handicap for pacers.   The 50-year-old&rsqu...
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Brett Miller, Rock Me Baby score at Miami Valley

on January 05, 2019
Brett Miller recorded his first victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 4)—opening night of the 2019 87-day meet-- in the feature race, a $16,000 event for top condition mare pacers.  The 45-year-old reinsman plans to make Miami Valley his base of operation for the next four months as the purple and white clad nephew of Hall Of Famer David Miller and son of veteran horseman De...
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Gingras nearing 7,000 career driving victories

on January 05, 2019
Driver Yannick Gingras is not inching but streaking his way toward the 7,000-win plateau for his career, as after scoring four times on the Friday Meadowlands card, the 39-year-old Quebec native now has 6,996 lifetime victories.   Right after being named the track’s Driver of the Week for winning a half-dozen times last weekend (Dec. 27-29), Gingras was off and running in the fi...
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Stallion breedings for OHHA online

on January 04, 2019
The 2019 Ohio Stallion Service Auction, major fundraiser of the year for the Political Action Committee for Equine Racing (P.A.C.E.R.) is now open online at http://one.bidpal.net/ohha/. This is a new website and updated from the one that was listed in the December issue of OHHA News.   Bidding is available online now through Saturday January 19, 5:00 p.m. Telephone bidding is ope...
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Lass A Rope uses Lightning Lane to win

on January 04, 2019
Trapped in with no hope of clearance, Lass A Rope found the Lightning Lane just in time and brushed to her second straight victory in Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Glidinthruparadise moved first-over and edged past the leader, Dirty Secret, as the field straightened for home. But when Aaron Merriman pointed Lass A Rope inside, the 4-ye...
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Dale McConnell, trained Photo Maker, dies

on January 04, 2019
Dale L. McConnell, 75, of Meadowlands Farm, Meadow Lands, Pa., passed away peacefully Wednesday Jan. 2 in his home. He was born December 14, 1943, In Cameron Ohio, a son of the late Edwin and Vera Ault McConnell. Dale was a graduate of Woodsfield High School and served with the United States Army as a sergeant SP4 in Germany and received a National Defense Se...
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Nathan Davis named Holton Award honoree

on January 04, 2019
The 2018 Terry Holton Youth Award will be presented to Nathan Davis of West Portsmouth, Ohio, at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Awards Banquet Jan. 19 at Marriott Columbus University Area hotel. Davis is a first-year engineering student at Shawnee State University with 3.80 grade point average who also worked full time this summer, yet still found time to help run his late grandfat...
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NJ horseman Sal Villante, 58, dies

on January 04, 2019
Sal S. Villante, 58, of East Windsor, N.J., died Jan. 3 in Princeton, NJ. He was a past member of the USTA and the Standardbred Owners Associations of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Villante was a truly dedicated horsemen to the harness racing industry. He was a wonderful loving husband, father, and grandfather. If you knew Sal, you knew his love of a great meal, time with his family,...
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John Celli Jr., owned Badlands Hanover, dies

on January 04, 2019
  John J. Celii Jr., of West Chester PA, well known when he campaigned the top pacing colt Badlands Hanover, passed away on Dec. 20 from complications of surgery. He was surrounded by his wife and loving family. He was 75.   Mr. Celli was born in West Chester, PA, in 1942, to his parents, John Celii, Sr. and Mary Sarmento Celii. He grew up in Downingtown, PA, where ...
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Ranger excited for NA Drivers Championship

on January 04, 2019
Bruce Ranger, who returned to racing in October following a three-year absence, will see a lot of new—and younger—faces when he participates in the third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway. The 59-year-old Ranger is the elder statesman of the event, which features 30 drivers in a three-day competition that begins Sunday.   Nineteen of...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on January 03, 2019
The third annual North America Drivers Championship gets underway Sunday at Miami Valley and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Drew Monti talks about his excitement in participating in his first-ever tournament and his hopes for coming out on top over his 29 rivals. Also, Ohio-based trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. talks about his stable that includes an East Coast branch.   ...
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Woodbine Mohawk set to open Saturday

on January 03, 2019
Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to begin its inaugural full-year of live racing with a 10-race card set for this Saturday, Jan. 5.   The 2019 live racing season at Woodbine Mohawk Park will feature 221 race dates and is headlined by the 36th Pepsi North America Cup on June 15 and the Breeders Crown on Oct. 25 and 26. The Milton, Ont. oval, which opened in April of 1963, became the permane...
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June Hudson dies at age 82

on January 03, 2019
June Jeanette Hudson, 82, of Huntington Station, N.Y., died Jan. 3, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with colon cancer. She would have turned 83 on Jan. 5. She was the daughter of Clinton and Ethel Brooks and was born in New York City at the New York Presbyterian Hospital on Jan. 5, 1936. She was preceded in death by her parents, who both owned Standardbreds; her husband, W...
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Grant is winner of Davies Humanitarian Award

on January 03, 2019
When horse owner Brad Grant heard the news last April about the accident that claimed the lives of 16 people aboard a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, he knew he wanted to help. Grant, whose own involvement in Canadian junior hockey stretches more than three decades, was uncertain what to do, but came upon the answer as he looked at a page of racing entries. Earlier in th...
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Big M looks to keep momentum rolling

on January 03, 2019
The Meadowlands hosts live racing for the first time in 2019 this Friday and Saturday (post time, 7:15 p.m.) hoping to keep things rolling after an outstanding Saturday (Dec. 29) night program that saw the largest single-card handle of the meeting.   A total of $2,986,115 was wagered on the 14 races, which was good for an average per race of $213,293. As usual, the 50-Cent Pick-5 and ...
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Meadowlands Survival Challenge starts Friday

on January 03, 2019
Contestants have until 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 to register and make their selections in the always popular Meadowlands Winter Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing.   The grand prize is $1,000 & 2019 WHHC Spot. The second-place prize is $500 & 2019 WHHC Spot. The third-place prize is $250 & 2019 WHHC Spot. Most winners prize is $250   Trackmaster ...
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Dunn does well in Drivers Championship draw

on January 03, 2019
The battle lines have been drawn for the third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley from Sunday, Jan. 6 through Tuesday, Jan. 8.  Three consecutive matinee programs will decide which of the 30 talented drivers in the contest will emerge with the title, the trophy and the $10,000 first prize.   Each driver has four randomly drawn horses and post positi...
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Parkhill Lancelot takes Meadows feature

on January 02, 2019
Parkhill Lancelot followed the first-over cover of Media Buzz, then brushed by him in the lane to capture the 2019 opening-day feature, a $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, at The Meadows. Parkhill Lancelot trotted patiently in fourth until Jim Pantaleano tipped him off the cones to follow cover. The 7-year-old Muscle Mass-Harlequin Seelster gelding swept by Media Buzz in mid-stretch and downed...
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Vitale named USHWAn of the Year

on January 02, 2019
Heather Vitale, secretary of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), international harness racing video journalist, self-proclaimed “Harness Racing’s Firework,” two-time Sam McKee Broadcasters Award winner, and probably the only person in harness racing who both holds Madonna as a role model and also has her own Wikipedia page, has bee...
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Hanover sets another breeders earnings record

on January 02, 2019
Hanover Shoe Farms, the Pennsylvania harness racing breeding operation which has led all of North American harness racing in seasonal money won by its graduates since recordkeeping began in 1949, has just broken its own mark for one-year earnings by those raised at the nursery. The $31,451,117 total it posted in 2017 was eclipsed on December 27 of last year, with the final number for 2018 reaching...
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McNeight drives 1,000th career winner

on January 02, 2019
He had to beat the richest Standardbred ever to do it, but David McNeight III collected career win 1,000 Monday at The Meadows when he piloted Knocking Around to victory in race 10.   The race was styled “Foiled Again’s Last Call,” as it marked the final race of Foiled Again, who faced mandatory retirement Jan. 1 when he turned 15. McNeight and Knocking Around, howev...
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Last call for Caretaker of Year nominations

on January 02, 2019
There are a few days left to submit nominations for the 2018 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its fourth year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.   Any ...
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Longshots rule in Meadows series finals

on January 01, 2019
Competitive fields and a sloppy, tiring surface set the stage for upsets in Monday’s finals of six Holiday Claiming Series at The Meadows, as three of the winners scored at odds of 22-1 or longer. The six-pack of championships served collectively as the co-feature for “Foiled Again’s Last Call,” the final race in the spectacular career of the richest Standardbred all time...
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The great Foiled Again retires from racing

on January 01, 2019
One of the most spectacular, improbable, inspirational equine careers in harness racing history ended New Year’s Eve at The Meadows with the final race of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever. Although his fifth-place finish disappointed the expectant crowd, his $650 check sent his career earnings to $7,635,588, a mark that likely won’t be eclipsed anytime soon.   T...
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