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Mike Merton wins 7 at Monticello on Wednesday

on February 20, 2019
Last week it was Austin Siegelman who put on a driving clinic, this week its Mike Merton. On Wednesday February 20, Merton dominated the snowy afternoon and drove 7 winners on the 12-race card. He started off hot winning the first race with Mamie Marc in a wire to wire win for trainer Patti Harmon in 2:00.4.  In the 3rd he scored with Permanent Joy in a 7-length romp in 1:59 an...
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Harness racing books now on Amazon

on February 20, 2019
Through the almost herculean technological efforts of Roosevelt Raceway co-author  and Harness Alumni  Newsletter publisher Freddie Hudson, the following racing books have been republished and are now available via Amazon:   Roosevelt Raceway “Where It All Began” by Victoria Howard, Freddie Hudson and Billy Haughton. Meadow Skipper “The Untold Story&rdquo...
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Aussie trotter set for Thursday debut at Yonkers

on February 20, 2019
Dozens of pacers hailing from either Australia or New Zealand will compete at Yonkers Raceway in the next several days, which is a common occurrence. Less ordinary is the appearance of a trotter from Down Under, but that will be the case Thursday when Australian-bred La Grange makes his North American debut for trainer Per Engblom.   La Grange, owned by Renee Spahr, is a son of Muscle...
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John Jay is “King of the Hill” at Miami Valley

on February 19, 2019
John Jay reigns as “King of the Hill” after capturing the Tuesday $15,000 final of the Survivor Series for $5,000 male pacers at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 6-year-old altered son of Dali was claimed from the first elimination leg where he finished third, then copped both a division of the second elimination leg and the lucrative final for new owner Lases Racing of Sheridan,...
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NJSS gets $1.2 million purse boost in 2019

on February 19, 2019
The recent passage of legislation providing $20 million in assistance for New Jersey horse racing—both Standardbred and Thoroughbred—will mean a significant boost to the purse structure for the New Jersey Sire Stakes over the next five years. “This legislation will supply the New Jersey Sire Stakes with an additional $1.2 million that will be applied to purses for both the ...
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HHYF seeking sponsorships

on February 19, 2019
Summer is right around the corner, which means the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is getting ready for another full season of fun with its Trottingbreds--events in Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey are on the schedule with a few more to add!   However, these educational programs require financial support from the industry, so HHYF is actively seeking s...
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Cash Hall retired from breeding

on February 19, 2019
World champion stallion Cash Hall has been retired from breeding. The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd. and the manager of the Cash Hall Syndicate. Cash Hall had been standing at Cool Winds Farm in Lima, Ohio, and Leavitt cited the good care Cash Hall had received at Cool Winds from Randy and Kim Haines, the farm owners. (Walnut Hall Ltd.)...
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Walk the Dan Patch Red Carpet w/Heather & Heather

on February 19, 2019
Want to walk the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday night, Feb. 24? An expected crowd of more than 300 will have the chance, but so too do those who can’t make the trip.   For the second year in row, well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and He...
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Brian Loney wins with 7 of 9 at Northfield

on February 19, 2019
The Brian Loney Stable sent nine horses to post on Monday (Feb 18) at Northfield Park.  Those nine starters resulted in seven trips to the Winner’s Circle. Loney’s triumphs were with Always’syourway ($4.60) in race three, Twin B Stingray ($14.60) in race four, Montana Pablo A ($5.20) in race six, Bully Pulpit ($5.00) in race nine, Dante Ivy ($5.80) in race 10, Man He Ca...
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Real Diva wins Survivor Series final

on February 18, 2019
Real Diva lived up to her name Monday afternoon (Feb. 18) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 6-year-old Real Desire mare was crowned champion when she captured the $15,000 Survivor Series final for $5000 claiming mares.   The series started with 40 minimum claiming mares in four divisions two weeks ago, was narrowed to the top twenty for the second go-around last week, and then ten fina...
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Havefaithinme N scores at snowy Saratoga

on February 18, 2019
Havefaithinme N (Bettor’s Delight) scored in the first Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee brought his over $1 million in career earnings into the Monday afternoon feature which was contested for a purse of $12,000. The fractions in the race were slow over a track labeled ‘good’ and Havefaithinme N had his work cut out for him to come from o...
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NY horseman Eddie Dunnigan, 80, dies

on February 18, 2019
The global harness racing family has lost another pioneer. Ed “Eddie” Dunnigan, 80, went to join his friends and fellow horsemen on the backstretch way up north Monday, Feb. 11, following a 10-plus year battle with cancer.   A consummate horseman, classic racetrack character, father of four and fun friend to all, Dunnigan played a role in the harness racing community for t...
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Cash Hall retired from stud duty

on February 18, 2019
World champion stallion Cash Hall has been retired from breeding.  The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd. and the manager of the Cash Hall Syndicate.   Cash Hall had been standing at Cool Winds Farm, in Lima, Ohio, and Leavitt cited the good care Cash Hall had received at Cool Winds from Randy and Kim Haines, the farm owners. (Walnut Hall Ltd....
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Kuzara has dual career with gymnastics, horses

on February 18, 2019
Early in the morning, Dave Kuzara teaches his pupils not to jump. Later in the day, he wants his students to jump as high as they can.   Strange? Not really, because Kuzara has chosen a career combination that may be unique. He’s a part-time trainer at The Meadows and full-time assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh women’s gymnastics team.   Currently...
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All About Cowboys lassoes Miami Valley win

on February 17, 2019
 All About Cowboys was all about business on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $22,500 Open I Trot in a front-stepping 1:55 effort. The 6-year-old black son of Swan For All has now put together a streak of four weeks with two wins and two place finishes in the weekly top trot.   Driver Jason Brewer guided the winner through a well-rated mile that included...
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Cash Me Out cashes big on Saratoga opener

on February 17, 2019
Veteran local trotter Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) made his return in style to the Spa on Sunday afternoon as the 2019 racing season got underway at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter has spent the majority of his career competing at Saratoga and on Sunday prevailed in the first Open of the season.   Phil Fluet guided the 1-5 betting favorite out to the early lead ...
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Meadowlands handles $3.16 million Saturday

on February 17, 2019
Perfect conditions and ultra-competitive racing led to the biggest betting night of the year at the Meadowlands, as a total of $3,166,920 was pushed through the windows during the 13-race Saturday program. It was the second time during 2019 that wagering exceeded $3 million.   The night got off to a fast start at the industry’s handle leader as $303,044 was wagered in the f...
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Brennan brings out broom in Yonkers features

on February 17, 2019
George Brennan was the man of the hour Saturday night. taking both halves of Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps.   It was a second-up-to-first-home Don Domingo N ($5.80) in the week’s adult pace. From post position No. 5, he watched as just-over-even-money favorite Bettor’s Fire N (Ron Cushing) lead through cheapy subsections of :28.2, 58....
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Ron Burke named new trainer of Atlanta

on February 16, 2019
Trainer Ron Burke posted on his Twitter account late Saturday night that he has been selected to train Atlanta for her 4-year-old campaign in 2019. Trained last year by Rick Zeron, the trotter was sold on ongait.com on Friday for $1.55 million in an effort to dissolve the former ownership group.   ”Not often do you pick up a true champion thanks,” posted Burke, the 2018 Trai...
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How the NJ appropriation will be divided

on February 16, 2019
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey would like to clarify to all horsemen how the $20 million appropriation will be utilized.   The amounts will be allocated by the New Jersey Racing Commission equally between the Thiroughbred industry and the Standardbred industry. Of the funds allocated to the Standardbred  industry, 60 pe...
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Page sweeps Miami Valley opens

on February 16, 2019
Just when the question was being raised: Has age finally caught up with Dancin Yankee?...the answer came back a resounding “No,” when the 11-year-old $1.85 million earner captured Miami Valley’s $24,000 Open I Pace on Saturday night.  Following three uncharacteristic off-the-board finishes to open his 2019 season, the Ron Burke trainee scored his first seasonal victory in ...
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USTA proposed drug changes vetted at ARCI meetings

on February 16, 2019
 Proposals to modify the regulatory policy concerning clenbuterol and betamethasone use in Standardbred racing will be one of the major topics considered at the upcoming meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International on April 3-5 in Arcadia, Calif. The proposed changes were submitted late last year to Standardbred regulatory commissions directly from the Harness Racing ...
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Resita wins third straight at Meadowlands

on February 16, 2019
Since returning from a four-week layoff on Jan. 25, Resita has been on a roll for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Friday night, the 5-year-old gelded son of Manofmanymissions-Winkys Magik won his third straight, scoring in the $15,750 conditioned trotting feature at the Meadowlands.   Resita, who defeated non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in his last t...
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Tajmeallover captures Mohawk Preferred

on February 15, 2019
Tajmeallover stopped knocking and busted through to win Friday’s $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Jean Francois Gagne trained eight-year-old powered by rivals in the lane for not only her first Preferred victory, but also her first win at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Kendall Seelster headlined the field of six and was coming in off a win and victories in f...
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‘Super Brett’ sweeps Beissinger Series prelims

on February 15, 2019
‘Super’ Brett Miller has “owned” the inaugural Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley trotting series, winning all four preliminary heats over the first two weeks.  His toughest decision in the series thus far has to be what horse to drive in the $25,000 championship final next Friday at a distance of 1-1/4 miles.  He won with both Deweyknowigotit and Double A G...
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Delightfulmemphisn best in Yonkers feature

on February 15, 2019
A first-up Delightfulmemphisn (Jason Bartlett, $17) prevailed Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Away fourth from post position No. 4, Delightfulmemphisn watched Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley) lead through early intervals of :27.3 and :56.3,  Delightfulmemphisn left the cones after intermission, as first pacing in place toward a 1...
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Arthur Pendragon edges Dapper Dude at Meadows

on February 15, 2019
Arthur Pendragon moved steadily first-over and wore down the leader, Dapper Dude, to take Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Arthur Pendragon was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Dapper Dude, a millionaire who seldom gives up the lead late. But the determined Arthur Pendragon edged him by a head in 1:53, with New Evidence a close-up third.   ...
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Grant "happy with the results" of Atlanta purchase

on February 15, 2019
“We’re happy with the results. We’re excited.”   That’s what Brad Grant told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon, about two hours after he and partners Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable and Howard Taylor were able retain ownership of the 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta, who had been placed up for auction on ongait.com to settle a dispute with partne...
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Atlanta sells for $1.55 million to Crawford

on February 15, 2019
History mas made on Friday afternoon when the reigning Hambletonian champion, Atlanta 3,1:50.3 sold for a record $1,550,000 at onGait.com, making her the most expensive Standardbred ever sold at public auction.   Michelle Crawford of New York was the winning bidder for Atlanta, which trumps the previous mark set by Cameron Hall. Erkki Laakkonen, of Ontario, paid $1.1 million for Camer...
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Meadowlands announces March purse increase

on February 15, 2019
As a result of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signing Senate Bill 2992 (containing the horse racing purse supplement) into law yesterday, The Meadowlands will raise overnight purses by $40,000 per card beginning the first weekend in March, then institute another $40,000 nightly increase the first weekend of April.   While it is a great help to be able to offer purses competitive with...
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NJ governor signs $100 million racing bill

on February 14, 2019
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) thanks Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature for passing and signing into law an essential measure to propel New Jersey’s horse racing and breeding industry. The $100 million over five years will be used for horse racing purse allocations and greatly increase the participation ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on February 14, 2019
There has been plenty of drama this past week surrounding the 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta as the owners have put the trotter up for sale to try and settle their differences. The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has the story, including a look at what transpired from co-owner Brad Grant.   The Howard Beissinger Medley Series for trotters continues at Miami Valley, and ...
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Gingras continues torrid pace at Big M

on February 14, 2019
Yannick Gingras is having a record stretch for a driver while betting continues at a torrid clip during February at the Meadowlands. After winning 13 races over the span of Feb. 1-2, Gingras followed that up with 10 more wins last weekend (Feb. 8-9) at the Big M, giving him 23 victories in 49 starts, for an incredible win percentage of 47. Not surprisingly, trainer Ron Burke conditioned many o...
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Poillucci looks to double pleasure with pacing mares

on February 14, 2019
Richard Poillucci is looking forward to watching his New Zealand-bred standout Shartin return to action this season and the 6-year-old Dan Patch Award-winning mare has a new stablemate that Poillucci hopes can keep her company on the stakes trail. Shartin hit the racetrack for the first time this year on Wednesday (Feb. 13) at Dover Downs, winning a qualifier in 1:56 as she prepares to defend...
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Southwind Cobra tops Blooded Horse Sale at $54,000

on February 14, 2019
The annual Blooded Horse Winter Sale held Feb 12, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was the strongest in its 56-year history. It was standing room only as owners, trainers and breeders flooded the pavilion to restock stables and acquire broodmares.   “People love coming to a sale to actually see and touch the horses they want to buy,” said sale manager Jerry Ha...
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Dan Patch Awards dinner streamed live

on February 14, 2019
The name of the 2018 Horse of the Year will be announced Sunday night, Feb. 24 at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. But even if you aren’t among the attendees you will be able to watch the announcement live via USHWA’s Facebook page.   After a cocktail hour and open bar sponsored by M...
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Sports wagering bill discussed in Kentucky

on February 14, 2019
A Kentucky House Committee has begun discussing a proposed bill that would allow sports wagering at horse racetracks or the Kentucky Speedway in northern part of the state, or with an online app which they registered in person to prove their identities and were of age.   The bill would place a tax of 10.25 percent for wagers made in person and 14.25 percent for wagers made on mobile p...
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Hambletonian Society payments due Feb. 19

on February 14, 2019
The first payment deadline for eligibility to 136 stake events, headlined by the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the $6 million Breeders Crown series is just around the corner.    The 94th Hambletonian will raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, Aug. 3 with same-day elimination heats. The $500,000 Oaks has eliminations the week before on July 27.   The Breeders Crown retu...
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Time Will Tell All, HP Sissy get wins at Buffalo

on February 13, 2019
Time Will Tell All and HP Sissy each used different methods to find their way to the winner's circle in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured events on Wednesday night (Feb. 13).   Time Will Tell All used a late charge down the passing lane to take the victory in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot while HP Sissy made every step a winning one to capture the $10,500 Class A Open Han...
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Austin Siegelman wins 5 of 10 races at Monticello

on February 13, 2019
At Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, Feb. 13, Austin Siegelman won half of the 10-race card as he steered five winners to the winner's circle.   The Rick Dane Jr.-trained Brandos Muscle Man ($13.00 – 2:00.4) got things going for Siegelman in a wire- to-wire effort from the seven hole. Virtuous Dragon (post 2) won Race 4 ($15.40- 1:58.2), then came wins with A And C&...
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RMTC approves study to find blood doping agents

on February 13, 2019
At its Feb. 11 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved the funding of two tactical research projects with a combined price tag in excess of $250,000, as a continuation of its ongoing focus on detecting and eliminating illicit substances in racing.   First, the RMTC is seeking to develop an inexpensive screening ...
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Kenny Rice to host new horse racing show

on February 13, 2019
The Horse Racing Show is like none other. A weekly personality and information driven video podcast hearing from and telling the stories of the people in the industry from an entertaining and unique perspective. From world class veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage, to Super Bowl Winning Coach Bill Parcells and Kentucky Derby Winning Owner Mike Pegram, The Horse Racing Show guarantees special guests...
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Shartin N wins qualifier at Dover Downs

on February 13, 2019
The 2018 Dan Patch Older Pacing Mare of the Year Shartin N, in her first appearance since capturing the $175,000 TVG Mares Open last Nov. 24 at the Meadowlands, won a qualifier Wednesday morning at Dover Downs.   With regular driver Tim Tetrick in the sulky for trainer Jim King Jr., Shartin N settled in fourth after leaving from post 7, and was still in that position--eight lengths...
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Ohio horseman Charles "Doug" Stovall, 81, dies

on February 13, 2019
Charles D. “Doug” Stovall, 81, of Lebanon, Ohio, died Feb. 10, at Ohio Living Quaker Heights, in Waynesville, after an extended illness. Mr. Stovall was born Dec. 27, 1937, in Muhlenberg County, Ky., and later moved to Dayton. He was a graduate of Wilbur Wright High School in 1956. He was a high school football player, later playing semi-pro for the Dayton Triangles. After bei...
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Goshen Yearling Sale set for Sept. 8

on February 13, 2019
Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales has announced that the 2019 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, N.Y. The date marks the fifth anniversary of the sale that has grown into the pre-eminent outlet for buying New York-bred trotters and pacers within the Empire State.   The Goshen Yearling Sale has annually offered high quali...
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Atlanta dispute leads to auction

on February 13, 2019
As a result of the six-month suspension and fine of Ontario-based horseman Rick Zeron, who trained and co-owned the 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta, the 4-year-old trotting mare  has been put up for auction on the website ongait.com. The opening bid for Atlanta, who will be honored as the Dan Patch 2018 Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year—and possibly Trotter of the Year a...
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3FT of Year Atlanta goes up for auction

on February 12, 2019
  The reigning Hambletonian champion, ATLANTA 3,1:50.3 ($1,140,689), is in the auction ring at onGait.com. Bidding for the brilliant daughter of Chapter Seven will end on Friday, February 15 at 1pm Eastern Time. Coming off an unforgettable year which saw her become the first filly in 22 years to capture the sport’s premier event, ATLANTA is back in training after a w...
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Krusty The Clown, John Jay score in series

on February 12, 2019
Krusty The Clown and John Jay won final preliminary divisions of the Survivor Series for male $5000 claimers at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, setting themselves up as formidable hopefuls when ten championship finalists chase a $15,000 purse next week. Driver Cameron McCown, who claimed Krusty The Clown from the first elimination round of the Survivor Series, urged his new possess...
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Waco Hanover dies at age 42

on February 12, 2019
Waco Hanover, whose longevity led to stardom well after his career on the racetrack concluded, died Saturday, Feb. 9, at the age of 42. The CBS Sunday Morning Show, which two years ago featured Waco Hanover and his relationship with caretaker Donnie MacAdams, reported Waco Hanover’s passing on its Facebook page Monday, Feb. 11.   A son of Tar Heel out of Wanda Hanover, Waco...
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HHI statement on horsemen unity

on February 12, 2019
My Name is Tom Luchento, most of you know, I am President of Harness Horsemen International.   I would like to take this time to speak to you about a problem that has recently come to my attention. By now, most of you probably have heard about it, but for those who haven't, please let me explain. In order to be respectful, I will not mention names or places, but rather speak to the is...
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Bit Of A Legend N prepping for Levy Series

on February 12, 2019
New Zealand-bred star Bit Of A Legend is ready to make his 2019 debut in Saturday’s (Feb. 16) $44,000 Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway and trainer Peter Tritton says the 10-year-old stallion looks as good as ever. Last year, Bit Of A Legend won five of 21 races, finished second seven times, and earned $549,315. His victories included the Battle of Lake Erie in a career-best 1:49.4 aroun...
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Pacing for the Cure "Stud Fees for Scooters"

on February 12, 2019
The Pacing for the Cure “Stud Fees for Scooters” OnGait.com Silent Auction has now started. The auction will run from today, Tuesday, Feb. 12, through Thursday, Feb. 14, Breedings from stallions were donated to the charity from breeding farms and generous owners. These donations will help cover the costs of scooters for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis in need. The charity ...
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Funds needed to rebuild at Goshen Historic Track

on February 12, 2019
For almost two centuries, people have enjoyed watching harness racing in the center of the Village of Goshen at Historic Track. As you may be aware, on Aug. 23, 2017, a fire completely destroyed the quaint blacksmith shop, the historic BOCES Barn and the shedrow barn between them. Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame are jointly raising funds to reconstruct the ...
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Delaware, Ohio Grand Circuit payments due

on February 12, 2019
Sustaining payments for the sophomore classics Little Brown Jug (3-year-old colt pace), Jugette (3-year-old filly pace), Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due Feb. 15. These payments are for foals of 2016. The Little Brown Jug and Old Oaken Bucket will be raced Thursday, Sept. 19 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The 201...
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Maureen Ryan, wife of Yonkers' Ed Ryan, dies

on February 12, 2019
Maureen D. Ryan, 75, wife of Yonkers Raceway’s long-time track superintendent, Ed Ryan, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 6, surrounded by family at her daughter’s home in Boca Raton, Fla.   Mrs. Ryan was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Hoboken, N.J., where she was raised. Mrs. Ryan graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. While spending summers in Monmout...
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Gene Montgomery dies at 84

on February 11, 2019
Horseman and racing starter Gene Montgomery, of Charleston, Ill., passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday (Feb. 9) at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 84. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 12) at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Ill. The funeral service honoring and celebrating his life will begin at 10 a.m...
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Survivor Series final fields shaping up

on February 11, 2019
First there were 40, then 20 and now 10 $5000 claiming mares still hopeful of becoming “Queen of the Hill” in the popular annual Survivor Series at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 10 finalists, who have survived by finishing in the top five during both preliminary elimination rounds, will chase a $15,000 championship purse next Monday afternoon, Feb. 18.    Likel...
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Yonkers, Monticello cancel Tuesday cards

on February 11, 2019
Ahead of what’s predicted to be treacherous weather in the New York metropolitan area, Yonkers Raceway has canceled its live program for Tuesday night, Feb. 12.   It’s the third cancellation of 2019.   Evening simulcasting has also been canceled, with no afternoon simulcasting scheduled.   Due to the timing of the snow that is expected to canvass...
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Rivera signed ball part of Dan Patch auction

on February 11, 2019
The United States Harness Writers Association Dan Patch Awards Night has received some great New York Yankees memorabilia and game tickets for the silent auction on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla. A very rare Mariano Rivera autographed baseball heads the list. Rivera played 19 seasons for the Yankees and was a 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champio...
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Amora Beach shooting for 10 straight wins Monday

on February 10, 2019
Amora Beach, a winner of last nine races, will try to push his streak to double digits on Monday night, Feb. 11,, at Northfield Park.   The seven-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line from post #3 in the 13th race, a $13,000 Open 2 Pace.   Amora Beach started his winning ways in the $6,000 claiming ranks back on December 9.&n...
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J M Jet Set wins Claim To Fame final at Miami Valley

on February 10, 2019
The richest race of the season thus far at Miami Valley Raceway, the $37,500 championship of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 claimers, produced unexpected results when three longshots with outside post positions completed the trifecta and lit up the toteboard.  J M Jet Set (Dan Noble) went gate-to-wire in 1:51.4 at 22-1 odds followed at the finish by 20-1 Swapportunity (Mike Oosting) a...
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Tuxedo Bay repeats at Meadowlands

on February 10, 2019
Trainer Mark Silva purchased Tuxedo Bay last fall and started out racing the 5-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Spring Break in middle-of-the-road conditioned classes at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Tuxedo Bay proved that Silva has a sharp eye for talent by winning the weekly pacing feature at the Big M, the $21,000 Preferred Handicap, for a secon...
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DW’s NY Yank wins Yonkers feature trot

on February 10, 2019
DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.60), as the wagering favorite, held off Melady’s Monet (Jordan Stratton), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Away third from assigned post position No. 5, DW’s NY Yank saw Mostinterestingman (Jason Bartlett) lead though intervals of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3. Having taken out of third before the three-quarters, &l...
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My Buddy Ninkster upsets at Miami Valley

on February 09, 2019
My Buddy Ninkster pulled another mild upset, as he often does, in the $24,000 Open I Handicap at Miami Valley on Saturday night (Feb. 9).  Rarely dispatched as a favorite, this 1:51.1 victory was My Buddy Ninkster’s tenth in the past 13 months against the best pacers in central and southwest Ohio.  Todd Warren guided the 7-year-old son of Dali to the narrow come-from-behind score o...
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Lucky McTrucky captures Buffalo Open

on February 09, 2019
A pair of $100,000 earners from 2018 locked horns in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open II Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 9) and the two did not disappoint in the main event tussle.   With both Lucky McTrucky and Shady City hitting six figures last season, the betting public figured it was going to be a two horse race. They were right.   It was Lucky McTrucky (Drew M...
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Mark Loewe new VP at The Meadows

on February 09, 2019
Veteran horse racing executive Mark Loewe has been named Vice President of Racing for the Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel, subject to customary regulatory licensing requirements. Loewe has over forty years of experience in the horse racing industry, working both on the backstretch and in the boardroom at many varied locations.  A New York City native and graduate of St. John&rsq...
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Handicapping qualification at Meadowlands

on February 09, 2019
Next Saturday, Feb. 16, the Meadowlands hosts a WHHC Qualifier.  Two spots are up for grabs in the $200 Qualifier ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll).  The format requires players to make $10 Win bets on ten Meadowlands races of their choice. Players can wager more than $10 a race if they desire.  Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. DerbyW...
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News about NJ rebate program

on February 09, 2019
The SBOANJ 2019 rebate programs will be determined once New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law the $10 million annual 5 year appropriation bill. Once the funding is approved, an announcement will be made with all the information on our website. Please make sure you file all the necessary paperwork for the current  programs to remain eligible. Any question...
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Trolley rides to third straight at Meadowlands

on February 09, 2019
Trolley continued his reign as the trotting “King of the Meadowlands” by winning a third straight Preferred Handicap at the Big M Friday night.   The red-hot 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, who benefited from great driver Marcus Miller handling, won his fourth feature in his last five tries and sixth race in his last seven overall.   Sent o...
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Dapper Dude posts 49th career win

on February 08, 2019
A front-end type for most of his distinguished career, Dapper Dude moved smartly first over and held off Arthur Pendragon in the lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   Once Dapper Dude reached the leader, New Evidence, that frustrated rival broke stride, scattering horses behind him. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Dapper Dude had little trouble clearing the break...
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Feelin Red Hot noses out American Girl

on February 08, 2019
Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) nosed out American Girl (Trace Tetrick) in Miami Valley’s $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Friday night (Feb. 8), giving the 6-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie her second straight weekly feature and postponing the christening of American Girl as a millionaire for at least another week.   Page left enough to drop in fifth during the :27.1 opening...
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Shezza GNP N snags Yonkers Mare Open

on February 08, 2019
In a race where half the field was comprised of New Zealand-breds, Shezza GNP N (Jordan Stratton, $42.40) led a 1-2-3 Kiwi finish Friday night (Feb. 8), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   The start of the feature was delayed as pole-given Amateur Hour (George Brennan) essentially refused. The seven other lasses left without her, with a three-w...
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Kaitlyn N gearing up for Matchmaker Series

on February 08, 2019
Last year, Rich Banca and Barbara and James Boese watched as New Zealand-bred mare Kaitlyn went on a tear. The American Ideal daughter won her first four starts in the United States at Harrington for trainer Josh Parker and went on to win across the East Coast at Harrah’s Philadelphia, the Meadowlands, and Yonkers.   Although she began her campaign in the non-winners classes, K...
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Meadowlands sponsorships in new Weekend Preview!

on February 07, 2019
Are they off? Are they on? In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Kathy Parker takes an in-depth look at the situation regarding the Governor’s Cup and Three Diamonds for 2-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands’ owner Jeff Gural told Parker why he picked those two paces to take off the 2019 calendar, and Parker also spoke to several race sponsors on their de...
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BOGO for breeding to trotting stallion My MVP

on February 07, 2019
Winbak Farm has announced that the newest member of its stallion roster at Winbak of Canada, My MVP, is going to a “bogo” stud fee for the upcoming breeding season.   The “buy one get one free” offer means that one mare can be bred to My MVP this year at his stud fee of $4,000 Cdn., with a second mare bred at no charge. Or, breeders may contract to breed one ma...
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Reflecting back on big Big M weekend

on February 07, 2019
Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke and big action highlighted a huge weekend of racing at the Meadowlands last Friday and Saturday (Feb. 1-2).   Formal records aren’t available, but when it comes to what Burke and Gingras combined to do last week, they likely aren’t necessary. Since the inception of the Big M racing primarily twice a week in 2013, it’s hard to imagine any tr...
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New Jersey Sires Stakes news

on February 07, 2019
The deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes and Standardbred Development Fund’s first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of 2-year-old and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2019 Premier Division and Standardbred Development Fund racing programs. The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2019 starting in Ma...
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Hoosier Park seeking interns

on February 07, 2019
Harrah’s Hoosier Park is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2019 live harness racing season. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, or any equine related fields. The internship program is ...
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Meadowlands now taking payments on Governor's Cup, Three Diamonds

on February 07, 2019
In response to Tuesday's announcement regarding the cancellation of the Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds stakes several of last year's contributing sponsors have indicated that they would renew their support for the 2019 season.   As a result and with the February 15 deadline looming, The Meadowlands will accept nomination payments on those stakes while continuing to seek...
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Ronnie Wrenn Jr. wins 5,000th race

on February 07, 2019
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 5,000th trip to the winner’s circle after winning with Body Of Work in Northfield Park’s third race on Wednesday night.   Body Of Work won by a full length and was heavily favored, returning $2.60 to win. The 2:00.1 clocking was the 11th career score for the 6-year-old trotter, who now has $133,763 in earnings.   The 32-year-old Wr...
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Ultimate Shopper ready for Beissinger Medley Series

on February 06, 2019
Anette Lorentzon shares a special connection with Ultimate Shopper, and it goes beyond winning races and money. The 6-year-old mare, who competes Friday in the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley for trotters at Miami Valley Raceway, was one of two yearlings Lorentzon bought at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale after being diagnosed with cancer. Lorentzon, who has overcome bone cancer and last y...
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Illinois horseman Dennis Henert, 73, dies

on February 06, 2019
Dennis G. Henert, 73, of Streator, Ill., and a resident of the Flanagan Rehabilitation Health Care, died Feb. 3 at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac. Following cremation, a celebration of life service will be held at a later date with burial in the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. The Winterrowd Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Mr. Henert was born Feb. 26, 1945, in Rochelle t...
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New England horseman William Berube dies

on February 06, 2019
William J. Berube, 73, recently of Greenville, NH, died Jan. 28 at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, Mass. The son of the late Joseph and Eva (Demers), Mr. Berube was born in Dracut, Mass., and raised on the family’s Dracut Farm at which he resided for more than 50 years. He was a graduate of Dracut High School, class of 1963. He worked as a Standardbred trainer in Pepperell, Rockingham, an...
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SBOANJ issues statement about stakes cancellations

on February 06, 2019
Yesterday the Meadowlands canceled the Governor’s Cup and the Three Diamonds, fall races for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies, respectively, with nominations due next week on Feb. 15.   The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) had not been notified of these cancellations prior to the announcement, and to clarify the Meadowlands release, while ...
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Meadowlands cancels Governor's Cup, Three Diamonds

on February 05, 2019
As the purse subsidy bill (Senate Bill 2992) awaits the signature of Governor Murphy, the Meadowlands is finalizing live racing and stakes purse details for this season.   Although it is clear in the language of the bill that the subsidy money is to be used for overnight races, a number of breeders who have previously helped to fund Meadowlands Grand Circuit races over the past few se...
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Horseman, racing official Howard McCullough dies

on February 05, 2019
 Longtime horseman and racing official Howard McCullough, 85, died Dec. 21.   Mr. McCullough was a successful trainer/driver in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, having driven Midnite Hardy to back-to-back Illinois Horse of the Year honors in the early 1960s.After his successful run as a driver and trainer, Mr. McCullough became a well-respected racing official, presidi...
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Austin Siegelman reflects on career-best 2018 season

on February 05, 2019
Austin Siegelman put up career-best numbers in 2018 and is looking to parlay that success into even bigger numbers this year. Siegelman, who turns 27 on Feb. 27, won 314 races and $2.19 million in purses last season. His win total ranked 26th among all drivers in North America. “I think I had a pretty good year,” Siegelman said. “I think it was a step in the right direction ...
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Trotting mare NF Happenstance retired from racing

on February 05, 2019
Jack Parker, Jr.’s open trotting mare NF Happenstance 4,1:52:2f  ($661,321) has been retired from racing and sent to Olive Branch Farm in North Carolina.   The Breeders Crown elimination winner begins her second stint at motherhood after returning to the races in 2018 from the broodmare ranks to become the 4th richest older trotting mare in North America. During her sec...
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Western Fair to stop betting early after low payoff

on February 05, 2019
An unusually low exactor payout in the seventh race on Jan. 16, 2019, at The Raceway at Western Fair District, prompted management to contact AGCO officials along with the local CPMA (the national regulator responsible for oversight of pari-mutuel wagering) rep in order to investigate the wagering patterns for that race and the origin of the winning tickets. Our tote provider immediately provided...
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Million-dollar Monday for Yonkers

on February 05, 2019
Yonkers Raceway posted its largest handle of the new season Monday night, with a total of $1,072,833 wagered during the dozen-race card. Jordan Stratton won four races, the last of which was an un-Stratton-esque 21-1, last-to-first Captain Deo ($45.20) in the $20,000, 10th-race pace. That bombardier enhanced the evening’s Pick 5 wager, which returned $1,167.25 for every correct (4/...
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Amora Beach "kashes" in for 9th straight

on February 05, 2019
Amora Beach paced home for his ninth straight win Monday night in Northfield Park’s seventh race. The 7-year-old gelding is owned by L’Emmur Stable and James Ryan.  Keith Kash Jr. is his trainer and was aboard for the winning drive.  The nine consecutive victories have included an impressive run up the claiming ladder for seven different trainers.  Am...
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Big M announces April late-closers for 3YOs

on February 05, 2019
The Meadowlands is announcing a slate of late-closers for 3 year-old trotters and pacers starting the first weekend in April with three $15,000 legs and finals estimated at $60,000 for all divisions at the end of the month.   The conditions for these late-closers are:  N/W of 2 Extended P.M. Races Lifetime or $40,000 Lifetime as of Feb. 15, 2019 Winners of Over $100,000 L...
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Winwood Scout, Turnitdownforwatt score

on February 04, 2019
A pair of longshots that did not win preliminary legs of their respective Claim To Fame Series did capture championship finals at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Feb. 4) over a sloppy strip dulled by warming temperatures followed by a persistent chilly rain.   Winwood Scout (LeWayne Miller) proved best in the $15,000 trotting split, besting favorites Undercover Strike (Kayne K...
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Hall of Fame broodmare Three Mile Island dies at 34

on February 04, 2019
According to Alisa Horner, Office Manager at White Birch Farms, Allentown, NJ, “Three Mile Island died Feb. 2 of natural causes. She didn’t have any health issues prior and still looked great, considering her age.” She was 34   A bay mare by No Nukes, Three Mile Island was from the Race Time dam Racy Kathy. Foaled in 1985, she took a 2-year-old world record mark...
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Dan Patch named Canadian Horse Racing Legend

on February 04, 2019
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announced Monday it will recognize a world champion, world record holder, and household name of over 100 years ago--pacer Dan Patch as its 2019 Legend. The most famous pacer of the early 1900’s he won all 73 races he contested and attracted large crowds of fans at his appearances in both the US and Canada.   Dan Patch was a horse fo...
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Pocono Downs announces 2019 schedule

on February 04, 2019
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce their 2019 racing season schedule. The track in Northeast Pennsylvania is looking forward to another tremendous season of racing.   Opening night has been set for Saturday, March 16, and there will be a limited schedule in the month of March, with racing on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Starting in April, the tr...
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Hall of Fame Communicator Tom White dies

on February 04, 2019
Hall of Fame Communicator Tom White, who kept harness racing in the headlines, and helped put fans in the stands for many years as publicist at The Red Mile, Scioto Downs and the Little Brown Jug/Delaware County Fair, died Monday morning (Feb. 4) at Sayre Christian Village in Lexington, Ky. He was 84. He had been in poor health since suffering a major stroke four years ago. Thomas Wayne White&n...
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Trotter Larks Crown dies at age 34

on February 04, 2019
Larks Crown, who led all older trotters in wins in 1990 and later embarked on a second career as a teaser stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms, died Monday (Feb. 4), owner Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky said. He was 34. A son of Mighty Crown out of Lark’s Peacock, Larks Crown was born in Ohio, where he enjoyed success on the state’s fair circuit at ages 2 and 3. He shipped east to compete at Y...
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Warner embraces new role at SUNY Morrisville

on February 04, 2019
When Kerin Warner got a degree in history from Rutgers some two decades ago, he already knew his future was with racehorses and not students in a classroom. The education he gained during the ensuing years, though, has now led the 45-year-old Warner to the role of teacher. Warner is the new instructional support associate for the Standardbred program at SUNY Morrisville. The program emphas...
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Mohawk Park cancels Monday card

on February 04, 2019
Woodbine Entertainment has announced that Monday night's (Feb. 4) card of live Standardbred racing at Mohawk Park has been canceled due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Thursday evening, Feb. 7, at 7:10 p.m. (WEG)
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Gingras, Burke hot at Big M; handle tops $3 million

on February 03, 2019
 Wagering reached the magic $3-million mark for the first time at the meeting and the team of trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras combined to win an incredible six races on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Twice during the course of the 13-race program, which saw all-source play total $3,147,209, single-race total wagering was in excess of $300,000. The Big M’s sign...
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McWicked named Canada’s 2018 Horse of Year

on February 03, 2019
On Saturday, Standardbred Canada announced the winners for the 2018 O’Brien Awards, at the 30th edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont. The O’Brien Awards honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season and are named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding hors...
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Rockathon, Weslynn Dancer win Yonkers features

on February 03, 2019
Rockathon (Jordan Stratton, $10.80) and Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley, $33.80) divided the distinction Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Pole-assigned Rockathon seated his adult-table pacing elders, including just-over-even-money favorite Air Strike (Brent Holland). After early intervals of :27.2 and :56.1, Air Strike took out of third, mi...
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Fan Of Terror captures Claim To Fame title

on February 03, 2019
 Fan Of Terror is officially the ‘King of the Hill’ among $20,000 claimers at Miami Valley Raceway after capturing the $32,500 Claim To Fame final for that division on Saturday night. For trainer Brady Galliers it was the second lucrative Claim To Fame final in as many weeks having copped the $12,500 split with RHP.  In both cases, Galliers welcomed the winners into hi...
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Horner named Standardbred Canada chair

on February 02, 2019
Standardbred Canada elected its Officers and Executive Committee for 2019. Mark Horner of St. Marys, Ont. was elected as the Chair of Standardbred Canada. The longtime horseman, a second-generation horse owner, breeder, farm operator and trainer, has been connected with popular performers the likes of The Masters, Button Up and The Joy Luck Club. He will serve his first term as SC Chair, repl...
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Big rallies capture Mohawk series finals

on February 02, 2019
Legal Bettor and Springbridgevision brought the heat Friday night to Woodbine Mohawk Park to win the finals of the Snowshoe and Blizzard Series.   The $40,800 Snowshoe for three and four-year-old pacer and the $36,400 Blizzard for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares featured full fields of 10.   Legal Bettor rallied from tenth and last at three-quarters to w...
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Gingras wins 7 at Meadowlands

on February 02, 2019
 One would think after winning seven times over the course of last weekend’s two race cards at the Meadowlands that driver Yannick Gingras would have a tough time coming up with an encore.   Think again.   The 39-year-old Gingras, who led the Big M driver colony in wins during January with 15, came within one win of history Friday night at the mile oval, win...
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Betterb Chevron N best in Yonkers feature

on February 01, 2019
Odds-on fave Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) methodically wore down one rival, then held off another Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.   Away fourth from post position No. 3, Betterb Chevron N saw Delishka N (Brent Holland) leapfrog around Shez Sugarsweet A (Ron Cushing), paying a :26.4 opening quarter-mile privilege for th...
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Feelin Red Hot Wins at Miami Valley

on February 01, 2019
Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page), a 6-year-old Ohio-sired mare by Feelin Friskie, notched her 20th career victory in just 77 starts Friday night in Miami Valley’s $25,000 Distaff Open Pace.  The 1:52.1 tally was the winner’s first at Miami Valley and increased her lifetime bankroll to $236,000.   Page took no chances with the 4-5 favorite, cutting all the fractio...
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New Evidence rallies inside for Meadows win

on February 01, 2019
New Evidence stalked Stride Of Pride from the pocket before using the Lightning Lane to perfection to complete the 6-1 upset in Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   Stride Of Pride had plenty of pace left turning for home but couldn’t match the :27.3 final panel of New Evidence, who prevailed in 1:52.2 over a “good” surface for Aaron Merriman. Dapp...
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Gregory Harmon dies at age 47

on February 01, 2019
Gregory V. Harmon passed on Jan. 11 in New Port Richey, Fla. as a result of injuries sustained after being hit by a vehicle. He was 47.   Mr. Harmon, who was born May 23, 1971 in Akron, Ohio, was a lifetime member of the USTA and an accomplished driver, trainer, owner and passionate fan of harness racing. A third-generation horseman, Mr. Harmon was the son of long-time horseman a...
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NJ appropriation, Super Bowl in Weekend Preview

on February 01, 2019
It’s a big weekend in East Rutherford, N.J. and Atlanta. East Rutherford is celebrating with the news of the legislative approval of the $100 million subsidy for horse racing in the state, and we have the story in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. And Atlanta is celebrating as the host city for a football game on Sunday dubbed Super Bowl LIII. Some of harness racing’s m...
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American Horse Council employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

on February 01, 2019
Ashley Furst, 35, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., pled guilty on Jan. 29 to a federal wire fraud charge stemming from an embezzlement scheme in which she stole more than $545,000 from the American Horse Council, a non-profit organization based in the District of Columbia.   The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the...
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Crazed sold to European interests

on February 01, 2019
World Champion racehorse and sire Crazed, who stood at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario the last two years, has been sold to Newport Breeding (Peter and Jesse ter Borgh) of The Netherlands. Crazed is expected to stand at stud in Sweden in 2019. Crazed, himself a winner of $1,063,059, has sired the winners of more than $23-million. He has produced 47 trotters with sub-1:55 records and 55 $100,000-p...
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