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Southwind Chrome shines again in Big M Preferred

on December 14, 2019
Southwind Chrome shrugged off a late challenger once again on the way to winning a second straight Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the Preferred for trotters. Last week, the Jeff Cullipher trainee had to deal with Muscle M Up from the far turn to the finish but dug in determinedly to win in a snappy 1:51.4. On Friday night, the 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe had ...
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Fox Valley Veto surprises in Batavia Open

on December 13, 2019
Two top class races highlighted the second last race card at Batavia Downs on Friday night and both winners rewarded their backers with premium mutuels.  In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto was overlooked at 11-1 and pulled the upset with a strong closing effort.  Saratoga invader Golden Kronos (John Cummings Jr.) flew to the lead and rattled off frac...
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Sugg, Grismore lead Team Northfield to victory

on December 13, 2019
Team Northfield Park members Kurt Sugg and Greg Grismore both scored driving doubles to lead their squad to a convincing 507-445 triumph in the initial "Buckeye Battle" at Hollywood Dayton--benefiting the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund.    Sugg captured the sixth and seventh legs of the eight-race contest, while Grismore won leg two and the eighth and final leg to sec...
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Jamieson wins 8,000th career race

on December 13, 2019
Driver Jody Jamieson became the newest member of the 8,000 win club on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-time World Driving Champion entered the weekend opener just a win shy of 8,000 for his career and found the winner’s circle in the evening’s fourth race with sophomore pacing filly Highmoon Sunshine ($11.20) for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Jamieson, 43, has ...
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Rising MVP upsets at 7-1 at The Meadows

on December 13, 2019
Rising MVP pounced on the tiring leaders in the Lightning Lane to pull off a 7-1 upset in Friday’s co-feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 conditioned trot.   As Bluebird Jesse and White Tiger swapped the lead, Rising MVP found himself pinned inside and shuffled to fifth. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, the 4-year-old My MVP-Nutmegs Winner gelding poured through for Wilbur Yo...
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Freshette Hanover, Tango Dancer win at Philly

on December 13, 2019
The trotter Freshette Hanover and the pacer Tango Dancer N were victorious in the $16,000 feature races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday, the next-to-last day of the 2019 meeting.  First up was the Andover Hall sophomore trotting filly Freshette Hanover, who overcame some recent camera shyness (three straight seconds) with an authoritative 3¾ lengths victory, reducing her ma...
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Bo Mach upsets as WIJI finishes seventh

on December 13, 2019
 Bo Mach scored a 38-1 upset in Thursday’s $25,000 open pace at Dover Downs while Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2-1 favorite who was continuing his comeback from a nearly three-year lay-off finished seventh. Bo Mach, driven by Corey Callahan and trained by Dylan Davis, won by a neck over Larry Karr in a career-best 1:51.1. Billy Badger N finished third. It was the eighth win in 33 start...
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Forevernalways wins Toys For Tots final

on December 13, 2019
Preppy Art had been a machine of late, winning six in a row heading into the Toys For Tots Final for $7,500 claiming pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night. It appears Forevernalways didn’t read the press clippings. The 5-year-old Forevernalways, a gelded son of Always A Virgin-Jnb N Me, rushed up to challenge Preppy Art on the far turn before cruising by on the way to a 4¼-...
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Valedictory, Niagara series get underway

on December 13, 2019
 Winter Series action finally got underway Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with first round action in the Valedictory and Niagara Series. Each series featured two $17,000 divisions with three-year-old colt and gelding pacers dueling in the Valedictory and sophomore pacing fillies contesting the Niagara. The Valedictory Series launched with Windsun Ricky rallying from six...
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Tyler Buter reflects on memorable year

on December 12, 2019
Tyler Buter is putting the finishing touches on a memorable season and looking forward to taking another step forward in 2020. The 34-year-old Buter has won a career-high $5.56 million in purses and driven in a career-high 34 races worth at least $100,000 this season. He also got the 3,000th win of his career in April. Among Buter’s other triumphs this year were the $500,000 Messenge...
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Bit Of A Legend retiring on Saturday at Yonkers

on December 12, 2019
Peter Tritton, that fairly competent Down Under imported trainer, was asked about Bit Of A Legend N, that fairly competent Down Under imported pacer.   “We were coming off after a race one night and Jordan (Stratton) said to me, ‘Every driver should have a chance to sit behind a horse like this.’ ”   Bit Of A Legend N, who rarely ran out of real est...
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Max strong in front-end Philly win

on December 12, 2019
The Yankee Glide gelding Max was very strong on the front end in winning the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia Thursday, completing a 1:54 victory by coming home in :27.4 in 38-degree temperatures.   Max headed right to the lead in front of Infiniti As under the command of Yannick Gingras, but it looked as if he might have to surrender the lead after the :27.4 quart...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on December 12, 2019
The year has been anything but miserable for Rich And Miserable, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview trainer Todd Buter talks about the 11-win campaign that resulted in nearly $300,000 in earnings, numbers that could go up after the 4-year-old trotter races on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Find out if Gordon Waterstone reveals or doesn’t reveal his ballot for ...
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Mossbarger re-elected to farm bureau board

on December 12, 2019
The Washington Court House (Ohio) Record Herald has reported that John Mossbarger has been elected to a fourth three-year term on the board of trustees of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He will represent Farm Bureau members from Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties in the governance of the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization. Mossbarger’s late fa...
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New scratch rule at Flamboro, Western Fair

on December 12, 2019
Management at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs, in consultation with the AGCO and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), wishes to advise horsepeople of a new rule that will be implemented as part of their respective Track Rules effective Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. This rule will be known as the “Outside Post Rule.”   The new rule specifies t...
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O'Brien finalists to be streamed live Dec. 18

on December 12, 2019
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that the finalists for the 2019 O’Brien Awards will be announced at 2 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Dec. 18 during a live video stream broadcast exclusively on standardbredcanada.ca. It has been SC’s customary practice to contact the finalists in advance of the web announcement to give them the good news. This will not be happening this year s...
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Still time to nominate for Caretaker of Year

on December 12, 2019
With a deadline of Friday, Dec. 20, nominations are still being accepted for the 2019 Caretaker of the Year. The award, sponsored by Art Zubrod and Leah Cheverie’s Fair Island Farm 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. &n...
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Bettor's Wish racing, breeding in 2020

on December 12, 2019
Chris Ryder, as trainer and part owner, has announced that Bettor’s Wish will stand to a limited number of mares in 2020 for a stud fee of $10,000. He will be collected at Walnridge Equine Clinic, Cream Ridge, N.J., making his foals eligible to the re-energized New Jersey Sire Stakes.   Bettor’s Wish will remain in training and race next year against the sport’s olde...
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Greenshoe's book full and closed

on December 12, 2019
Hanover Shoe Farm’s announces that the book for trotting superstar Greenshoe is now full and closed. The mares already booked to Greenshoe in his initial year at stud represent the best that the sport has to offer, including but not limited to:   --All The Time – Winner of the Hambletonian Oaks, full sister to Ariana G   --Ariana G – World Champion wi...
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Moments Of Joy wins Mares Open at Dover

on December 12, 2019
Moments Of Joy was an upset winner in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night.   Moments Of Joy and driver Victor Kirby left quickly as Rockin The Boys A and driver Dexter Dunn found a seat nearing the quarter pole. Wisdom Tree, the 3-5 race favorite and driver Tony Morgan settled, then rushed to the top past the quarter pole. They then set fractions of :27.1 and...
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Teddy Brosevelt, Mac Deeno win Meadows series openers

on December 11, 2019
Teddy Brosevelt stalked Pilgrims Tide from the pocket, then roared by him in the lane to capture his opening-leg division of a Holiday Claiming Series at The Meadows. Mac Deeno took the other $12,000 split in the event for $20,000 claiming trotters.   The Meadows currently is hosting six Holiday Claiming Series; all begin this week, and all conclude with Dec. 30 championship legs that...
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Barn Star sweeps Saratoga series

on December 11, 2019
Barn Star (Conway Hall) Completed a sweep of the Holiday Trot Series when on Wednesday afternoon the 4 year old parlayed a pocket trip to his third consecutive victory.   Phil Fluet trains and drives Barn Star, who scored in 1:58.2 in each of the two legs of the series leading up to Wednesday’s $20,000 final.   CC Bank (Jimmy Devaux) cut the mile and cruised...
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Muscle Star scores in 1:56.2 in Philly

on December 11, 2019
The Muscle Hill sophomore gelding Muscle Star was able to out-muscle favored pacesetter Choco Charlie late to take a 1:56.2 victory in the $16,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia as the southeast Pennsylvania track starts the final week of its 2019 campaign.   Innisfallen and The Rave had grabbed the 1-2 spots, respectively, before the :28 quarter, with Choco Charlie movi...
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WIJI continues comeback Thursday at Dover

on December 11, 2019
After weathering what turned out to be an extended storm of injury issues that kept 2015 Horse of the Year Award winner Wiggle It Jiggleit sidelined for nearly three years, George Teague Jr. is looking forward to seeing his 7-year-old pacer continue his comeback attempt in Thursday’s $25,000 open at Dover Downs.   Wiggle It Jiggleit will be making his third start this year, but ...
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Dr. Thomas Lazzaro dies at 75

on December 11, 2019
It is with deep sorrow that the family and friends of Dr. Thomas Lazzaro announce his passing on Sunday, Dec. 8. He was 75. Dr. Lazzaro will be remembered for his dedication to the treatment of mental illness. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Syracuse University and his Doctorate at The University of Southern Illinois. Dr. Lazzaro was passionate about the theater, eve...
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Mach It A Par makes final start Friday at Yonkers

on December 11, 2019
Jason Bartlett’s first words about Mach It A Par were hardly the stuff of testimonials. “She doesn’t look like much, her gait isn’t the smoothest, very choppy, she has to use many more steps to cover same amount of ground,” her usual chauffeur said. “But”—and there’s always a ‘but’—”what no one could measure wa...
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Dr. Katie Flynn honored with AAEP President's Award

on December 10, 2019
Dr. Katie Flynn, a veteran in the fight against the spread of equine infectious disease, was recognized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) on Tuesday when she was announced as this year's President's Award honoree. The award was presented during the AAEP's annual convention, this year held in Denver.   The AAEP tweet said Dr. Flynn was honored fo...
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International, NYSS finals set for Sept. 12

on December 10, 2019
Yonkers Raceway has announced its live 2020 schedule, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission.   The 237-program docket begins Monday night, Jan. 6, and encompasses the usual five nights per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) throughout the bulk of the season. It's night-time—first post remaining at 6:50 PM—the entire way, save for a...
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Series leg to Enoch, Mississippi Rabbit

on December 10, 2019
Enoch quarter-poled to the front and easily held off the late challenge of his stablemate, Latest Desire, to capture Tuesday's opening-leg division of a holiday series at The Meadows for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers. Mississippi Rabbit took the other $12,000 split.   The Meadows currently is hosting six Holiday Claiming Series; all begin this week, and all conclude wi...
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Bruce Aldrich Jr. drives 5 winners at Monticello

on December 10, 2019
While the weather was cold wet and nasty Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Bruce Aldrich Jr. was hot and as he drove five winners on the 10-race card.   Aldrich started the rally early in the first race with Tweedledtweedledum. The Bo Sower’s trainee started from post 6 and scored in 2:02, paying $8.20. Aldrich went on a tear in Race 3 and won the next thre...
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Hanover broodmare reduction sale

on December 10, 2019
The annual Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare reduction is now taking place on the website www.ongait.com. This year’s reduction features 41 well-bred mares in foal to top stallions including Bar Hopping, Betting Line, Bettor’s Delight EL Titan, Huntsville,, International Moni, Stay Hungry  and Swan For All.   Hanover Shoe Farms is committed to the welfare of all ...
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New York horseman Joseph Beszczynski dies

on December 10, 2019
Joseph “Joe” Beszczynski Jr. of Darien Center, N.Y., died Friday, Nov. 29, after a long illness. He was 89. Mr. Beszczynski was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to the late Joseph and Anna (Krawczyk) Beszczynski Sr. Although he worked in construction, he eventually got involved in harness racing and ended up training and driving horses for more than 30 years. He competed at Batavia Down...
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HHYF utilizing Top Line Media talents

on December 10, 2019
Effective Dec. 1, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is using the talents of the Top Line Media Team to coordinate and manage its social media platforms and website content.   “By enlisting the services of Top Line Media, HHYF hopes to build on our efforts to reach outside of the ‘regular racing’ comfort zone to find new harness racing enthusiasts,&rdquo...
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Burke, Page win Ohio's Kaltenbach titles

on December 10, 2019
The powerful one-two punch of trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page captured both Kaltenbach titles in 2019.    The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988 and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) events that season.   Burke captured his second Kaltenbach training tit...
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Last call for Winter Mixed Sale entries

on December 09, 2019
Tattersalls Sales Co. reminds sellers that entries for its Winter Mixed Sale will close at the end of regular business hours on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Those planning to enter may do so by calling (914) 773-7777 or by submitting entries online at tattersallsredmile.com.   The sale, formerly called the January Select Mixed Sale, will be conducted as usual on Martin Luther...
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Jimmy’s Little Girl comes up big at Meadows

on December 09, 2019
Hammered down to 1-9, Jimmy’s Little Girl was every bit as dominant on the track as she was on the board Monday at The Meadows, cruising to victory in the opening leg of a series for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares.   The Meadows currently is hosting six Holiday Claiming Series; all begin this week, and all conclude with Dec. 30 championship legs that carry estimated pur...
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McCown scores Dayton four-bagger

on December 09, 2019
Winning half of his eight drives on a sloppy afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, upstart Cam McCown scored his first four-win day at a commercial track on Monday.  His feat included a natural hat trick in the final three races on the program. McCown, the son-in-law of trainer Brian Brown, started his day off strong by capturing the first race with Premier Delainey for traine...
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Mohawk Park cancels Monday card

on December 09, 2019
Monday night's card of live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park has been canceled due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures and rain.  The first leg of the Valedictory Series, originally scheduled for Monday night, has been moved to this Thursday’s (Dec. 12) program. The second leg of the series will now take place on Dec. 19 with the final to be contested...
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Hall of Fame Communicator Nick Saponara dies

on December 08, 2019
Nicholas J. Saponara, a member of the Harness Racing Communicators Hall of Fame, and a past president of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), an organization to which he belonged for 57 years, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, after health issues. He was 80.   A graduate of Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia in 1957, that same year Mr. Saponara joined the sport...
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Geez Joe captures Meadowlands Preferred

on December 08, 2019
Geez Joe was in tough in his last two races and did not fare well, but the veteran returned to his winning ways Saturday night at one of his favorite tracks, taking the $30,000 Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta finished eighth in the Nov. 23 TVG Open Pace (won by Always A Prince) and 10th in the Oct. 26 Breeders Crown ...
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Stratton sweeps Yonkers Saturday features

on December 08, 2019
Jordan Stratton took down both halves of Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $42,000 Open Handicaps Saturday night, doing so with Will Take Charge and big-table-debuting Raukapuka Ruler N. It was odds-on Will Take Charge ($2.90) who killed ‘em softly—fractions-wise—in the week’s marque trot. Winning the post positions 5-thru-7 draw, he left, working around Winning Sh...
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Down On My Luck cruises in Batavia Open

on December 07, 2019
After racing at Northfield Park the last two weeks, Down On My Luck returned to Batavia Downs and his winning ways as he captured the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace on Saturday night (Dec. 7). Cultural Paradise (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead from the pegs with the field following him in post position order. After going to the half is a very pedestrian :59.1, Monti tapped the gas and pulled the...
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Dead heat in SBOANJ 3YO trot final at Meadowlands

on December 07, 2019
The $65,000 SBOANJ New Jersey Sired Trot Final for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Friday night (Dec 6.) ended in exciting fashion. The favorite Evident Beauty and second favorite Princess Deo could not be split at the wire, stopping the clock as co-winners in 1:52.2. The two fillies sat back allowing the colt Lucius Vorenus to make the front uncontested to a first-quarter time of 28.1. Jus...
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Monticello Raceway Au Revoir race set for December 27

on December 07, 2019
The odds are long these days that Standardbreds are still racing at the age of 14, and this trait is a credit and testament to the durability and hardiness of the Standardbred. On January 1, 14 year olds will be forced into mandatory retirement, as Standardbreds cannot race in pari-mutuel events over the age of 14.   Former Monticello Raceway Publicity guru John Manzi started this event...
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Southwind Chrome scores in Big M feature

on December 07, 2019
After going off stride just after the half a week ago as the 4-5 favorite on the way to a ninth-place finish, Southwind Chrome rebounded in a big way Friday night, taking the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands.   Sent off this time as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Southwind Chrome raced with cover past the quarter behind 9-5 public choice Muscle M Up and...
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A pair of opens highlight Batavia Friday card 

on December 06, 2019
With no more Wednesday racing this year at Batavia Downs, the top distaff pace joined the weekly featured trot on Friday night (Dec. 6) with one race providing an upset and the other satisfying the chalk bettors. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) settled in fourth off the gate and watched as Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) made a break and Alert Hanover (Jim McNei...
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Dibaba N wins Friday night distaff at Yonkers

on December 06, 2019
Favored Dibaba N (Eric Goodell, $4.30) gave nothing else a shot Friday night (Dec. 6th), winning Yonkers Raceway's brisk $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   It was a two-speed, two-wagering-choices number, with Dibaba N—from assigned post position No. 5—working around pole-sitter Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. There wasn't mu...
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Former Lexington vet Dr. Paul Thorpe dies

on December 06, 2019
Dr. Paul Eppler Thorpe, a well known veterinarian  in Lexington, KY, has died.   Born in Northampton, Massachusetts to Olive and Paul Thorpe, he grew up in Amherst with sister Bette, and brothers Jim and John.He served in Vietnam as a search and rescue helicopter pilot with the H-S6 Squadron in the US Navy. He studied veterinary medicine at the University of California-Da...
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Heaven's Gait on comeback trail

on December 06, 2019
He’s back.” That’s the first thing that went through trainer Nick DeVita’s mind after watching Heaven’s Gait score a comeback win in the $14,000 winners over at Saratoga Nov. 9.   Although the race set up for a closer as a pair of leaders hooked up in a speed duel through panels of :26.3 and 54.2, Heaven’s Gait proved impressive. The 5-year-old...
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After 59 losses, Preppy Art's won 6 straight

on December 06, 2019
The remarkable Preppy Art did it again. At this time, it would be hard to find a better inexpensive claimer than this veteran, who won his sixth consecutive race at the $7,500 claiming level for pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night as the Big M hosted its first of four Thursday night cards during December. Racing out of the Nick Surick barn – his fourth different stable in four s...
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Max holds on to win Philadelphia feature

on December 05, 2019
The crowd settled on the right favorite in a well-matched, hard-to-handicap $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon as the Yankee Glide gelding Max held off a late charge by the mare Kenziesky Hanover by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.3.   Yannick Gingras hustled the winner away quickly and forced Kenziesky Hanover to tuck behind him, t...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on December 05, 2019
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Gordon Waterstone's First Over column looks at finding a way to have drivers comment about a race—win or lose. Especially lose, when the public wants to know what just happened and why that horse got beat. Read what John Campbell had to say about his post-race interviews, and what he admits today. And what Yannick Gingras and...
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Thursdays now added to Big M schedule

on December 05, 2019
Live racing at the Meadowlands will increase during the month of December, and based on how successful he was during November, that likely suits Dexter Dunn just fine. Thursday racing makes its debut on Dec. 5 as the Big M will up their number of live racing nights from two to three during December, with live action being offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:15 p.m. ...
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Four more for Tim Tetrick on Wednesday at Philly

on December 04, 2019
erhaps the end of the 2019 season a week from this Sunday will be the only thing that can derail the Tim Tetrick Express at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the recent electee into the Hall of Fame added four more winners on Wednesday afternoon at the southeast Pennsylvania oval, including victories in both co-features and a win in one of the two co-featured contests.   Both the trotter ...
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Perlucky crushes by 8-1/4 in Meadows feature

on December 04, 2019
Perlucky drifted out down the backside but quickly recovered and crushed the field by 8-1/4 lengths in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot.   Making his Meadows debut, Perlucky quarter-poled to the front but appeared to have trouble with the sloppy surface past the half. Once Dave Palone straightened him, the 4-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding po...
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Stag Party, The Bank join Winbak roster

on December 04, 2019
Winbak Farm of Ontario is pleased to announce that Stag Party will be standing his first year at the farm in 2020. The farm has also announced the addition of the trotting stallion The Bank to its roster.   “Stag Party is a familiar name in Ontario that has the pedigree and record to make him a strong contender in the Ontario breeding program,” said Pat Woods, WInbak Farm ...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit romps in Dover qualifier

on December 04, 2019
Wiggle It Jiggleit qualified on Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. The 2015 Horse of the Year cut fractions of :29, :59, 1:27.2 and 1:54.4 for driver George Teague Jr. He prevailed by 7 3/4 lengths. The temperature was 38 degrees and the track was fast. (Dover Downs)
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Influential sire Pine Chip dies

on December 04, 2019
Pine Chip 1:51 ($1,710,858), a world champion on the racetrack and an influential stallion, particularly as a broodmare sire, has died at Broline Stud in Sweden. The son of Arndon-Pine Speed (by Speedy Somolli) was 29.   “Of course, it is a sad day, but we are extremely proud and happy to have had this amazing individual at the stud, for almost two decades,” Broline’...
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Storied career of Anderlecht coming to an end

on December 04, 2019
He’s raced against some of the best horses in history, including Hall of Fame legends Somebeachsomewhere and Foiled Again, and is still going strong at the age of 14. Anderlecht, a male pacer who got his first win at Woodbine in 2007, entered Wednesday with 18 victories this season, which is tied for third most in North America, only two fewer than leader Rusty’s Flying. And the g...
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A story 50 years in the making

on December 04, 2019
Every racetrack has them, folks whose names don’t appear in the program, but without whom the program doesn’t come close to getting off the ground. Yonkers Raceway is no exception. The joint doesn’t conduct 230-odd cards a year with very few hitches without them. Do not refer to them as innominate. Do refer to them as invaluable. Arthur Webb Jr. is one such person. ...
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Ron Taubert wins in Dayton with Maximum Chip

on December 03, 2019
Ron Taubert, an integral member of the United States Trotting Association’s Racetrack Support Team and a part-time harness driver, scored a major upset at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 3), when he guided Maximum Chip to his first ever victory in his 31st start.   Saddled with the outside post nine, Maximum Chip was sent off at 50-1 odds, and a two-dollar wi...
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Miami Valley getting ready for Jan. 3 opening

on December 03, 2019
Miami Valley Raceway management and racing officials are busy preparing for the kickoff of their seventh season on Jan. 3, 2020.  Condition sheets for the first week of racing have already been posted to the U.S.T.A. website; and Late Closing Series nomination forms are available at the website: www.miamivalleygaming.com, then clicking on Racing in the scroll down menu followed by c...
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With class relief, Art Of Norma scores

on December 03, 2019
Enjoying a bit of class relief, Art Of Norma moved impressively first over, made short work of the leader and captured Tuesday's co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Art Of Norma had been collecting checks, but no wins, against the track's elite pacers, and the drop in class was just what the doctor ordered. When Brady Brown moved her down...
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Ohio's Virginia Buxton dies at 91

on December 03, 2019
Virginia Ruth Buxton, 91, the widow of well known Ohio horseman Richard "Dick" Buxton and mother of horseman Brad Buxton, died on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Hearth and Home Nursing Home in Urbana, Ohio. She was born on Dec. 10, 1928, to the late Charles W. and Edith H. (Lewis) Hurps in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and enjoyed her time with TWIG...
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McWicked to stand at Winbak of Ontario

on December 03, 2019
Trainer Casie Coleman has announced on Facebook that 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked will be standing at Winbak Farm of Ontario in 2020. His fee will be $6,500 (Canadian). He is also being syndicated.   McWicked was retired from racing following the TVG Open at the Meadowlands on Nov. 23. His career earnings totaled $4.93 million.   McWicked's fifth-place finish in the ...
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Emoticon Hanover closes out career with win

on December 02, 2019
World champion Emoticon Hanover capped off her legendary career with a coast-to-coast 1:53.3 victory Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 6-year-old trotting mare was sent to the top by driver Bob McClure and got things her own way, trotting home in :27 for a three-quarter length victory in the $34,000 Preferred. Trainer Luc Blais confirmed Monday morning that Emoticon Hanov...
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Sutton slugs a Dayton Grand Slam

on December 02, 2019
 Josh Sutton slugged a 'Grand Slam' at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon, scoring with three favorites and polishing things off by guiding a longshot to the winner's circle in the nightcap of the 14-race matinee.   Sutton started his strong day steering Rockaholic to a 1:55.4 score in a minimum claiming event for trainer A. J. Carlo, kicking back $5.60 to h...
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Icanflylikeanangel captures Meadows Open

on December 02, 2019
Icanflylikeanangel relentlessly pressured the leader, Final Breath, passed him in mid-stretch and went on to capture Monday’s $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Icanflylikeanangel was fifth past the half when Mike Wilder sent him first-up. Despite having to negotiate a “good” surface, the 5-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding wore down Final Breath...
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Natasha wins 15th straight on Florida Super Night

on December 02, 2019
Pompano Park played host to the best of the best on Sunday with $414,000 up for grabs as the FSBOA presented the 2019 edition of Super Night, a showcase of the top 2 and 3 year olds in Florida. On the equine side of the ledger, the grand 3-year-old filly Natasha won her 15th straight in the $55,325 Breeders Stake for Wally Hennessey and Zaza Boy took top honors in the $54,090 companion pace ...
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Brower to receive Phil Pines Award

on December 02, 2019
When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds its 61st annual awards banquet on Sunday, Dec. 15, Dave Brower will receive the Phil Pines Award for his outstanding media coverage of the sport of harness racing.   No stranger to the bright lights of the Metropolitan area Standardbred sport, Brower has been a fan of harness racing since ch...
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Yonkers cancels Monday night race card

on December 02, 2019
With inclement weather around the New York metropolitan area, Yonkers Raceway has canceled its live program for Monday evening, Dec. 2.   It’s the fifth cancellation of 2019.   Evening simulcasting has also been scrapped (afternoon simulcasting was not scheduled).   Live racing is set to resume Tuesday evening (Dec. 3), with the usual first post of 6:50 p....
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Emoticon Hanover makes final start Monday at Mohawk

on December 02, 2019
World champion Emoticon Hanover is set to make the final career start of her legendary career on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Trainer Luc Blais confirmed Monday morning that the two-time Breeders Crown champion will be retired from racing following Monday evening’s Preferred Trot.   A 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra, Emoticon Hanover most recently reached up...
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Nutcracker Sweet scores in Philly

on December 02, 2019
After coming off a second-place finish in his Nov. 10 start and missing his Nov. 16 appointment due to sickness, Nutcracker Sweet ($13.60) bounced back on a rainy Sunday afternoon (Dec. 1) at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking a $14,500 co-featured upper-level conditioned pace in 1:52.4. Andy McCarthy fired Nutcracker Sweet to the fore from the outside part of the gate, and the pair controlled e...
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