Arrangements announced for Robert J. Key

on 01/29/2021 1:47 PM
Robert “Bob” Joseph Key, 87, of Freeport, Pa., died Jan. 27, 2021. He was born July 27, 1933, in Hazelton, to the late Robert C. and Helena M. Gulick Key. Mr. Key received a bachelor of arts degree in 1955 from Dickinson College. He continued his education at Dickinson, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1957 with a doctorate of jurisprudence. He practiced law for more than 50 years...
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OHHA to publish Huff's Fair Directory

on 01/29/2021 1:40 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) has obtained ownership, intellectual property, and publication rights for the Huff’s National Fair Directory. The 2021 guide will mark the 115th annual edition of the Ohio Harness Racing Guide. OHHA Executive Director Renee Mancino said, “The sudden loss of the Horseman Publishing Company and their 144-year-old industry publi...
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We're saying goodbye; Horseman ceases operations

on 01/28/2021 4:27 PM
Bidding you goodbye is as tough a thing possible to do, but that’s what is happening today with the closing of Horseman Publishing Co., which includes HarnessRacing Weekend Preview,, and the 144-year-old The Horseman And Fair World magazine. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, editor and general manager Kathy Parker expresses her thoughts on the closing of th...
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Meadowlands amends race-day protocols

on 01/28/2021 3:27 PM
Meadowlands Racetrack on Wednesday received approval from the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) to amend the current operational plan in place for racing while dealing with the pandemic.   Starting this weekend horse assignments for both New Jersey and out of state horses will occur in the paddock. Stalls will continue to be assigned by trainer for both groups to minimize the number...
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Big payouts prevail at The Big M

on 01/28/2021 12:56 PM
The nature of racing is sometimes favorites win, sometimes they don’t, and Meadowlands’ fans are versatile enough to adjust to whatever scenario comes their way, although smiles were likely broader last weekend (Jan. 22-23) when four-figure payouts were the norm.   During the 27-race (13 on Friday, 14 on Saturday), two-card race week, only seven favorites were seen in the ...
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HHYF 2021 activity box now available

on 01/28/2021 11:32 AM
The first in the 2021 series of Harness Horse Youth Foundation Activity Boxes is ready for distribution. These boxes, similar to other subscription-type boxes, provide educational and fun activities of all kinds for young people to learn about various aspects of harness racing in non-traditional ways.   “The content is loosely based on regular school subjects like math, science,...
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Lord Of Winterfell sets sail for double-gaited glory

on 01/28/2021 10:17 AM
Lord Of Winterfell is now eight with more than $241,000 in his bank account and a mark of 1:51.2. You might figure that this accomplished pacer would relish retirement and a respected spot as elder statesman in the Norm Parker stable.   Not this guy. In fact, he’s begun 2021 with a new vocation. He’s a trotter now, and he’ll make his second start on his new gait Frid...
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Open House at Chapel Ridge Farm Saturday

on 01/28/2021 9:25 AM
Chapel Ridge Farm in Grabill, Ind., will be holding an Open House this coming Saturday, Jan. 30. The Open House will be held from 10 am-noon. The farm’s stallions Fiftydallarbill, Swan In A Million, Crescent Fashion, Shadyshark Hanover and Skyway Torpedo will be shown during that time. In addition, raffles for free breedings to the farm’s stallions will be held at noon.   ...
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Blue Bell Bonnie sees 'red' in Buffalo opener

on 01/27/2021 11:02 PM
Blue Bell Bonnie ($3.90) was seeing 'red' in the stretch and rallied to register the victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace on Wednesday night (January 27).   Driven by Jim Morrill Jr., Blue Bell Bonnie took the lead at the top of the lane and never looked back in beating Yankee Secret (David McNeight III) by a non-t...
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All Day Sunshine wins 4th straight at The Meadows

on 01/27/2021 8:17 PM
All Day Sunshine zipped to the lead from post 5 and had little trouble controlling the mile, rolling to her fourth straight victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   The 4-year-old daughter of Sunshine Beach-Mustang Kensley was so strong on top that no rival could mount even a mild challenge. She and Aaron Merriman scored in 1:52....
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Robert J. Key, influential breeder, owner dies

on 01/27/2021 3:22 PM
Robert J. Key, one of the Standardbred sport’s most influential breeders, most notably through his horse American Winner, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, in Pennsylvania.   Mr. Key bred American Winner in partnership with the late John Glesmann and the colt won the 1993 Hambletonian. As a sire, American Winner leaves a legacy through his daughter Yankee Blondie, the dam of Musc...
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Richard Di Domenico, 75, dies

on 01/27/2021 12:20 PM
Richard Thomas Di Domenico, 75, has died. He is the father of trainer Scott Di Domenico and was involved in harness racing with his son as Triple D Stables. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Di Domenico; loving father of Sheri (Steve) Smith and Scott (Kelly King); proud grandfather of Nolan Smith, Garrett Smith and Bobbie; dear brother of the late Gerald (Sharon); fond uncle of Mic...
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First foal by Courtly Choice born at Winbak

on 01/27/2021 12:19 PM
On Monday, Jan. 25, at 1:15 am, the first known foal sired by Courtly Choice p, 2, 1:53.1h; 3, 1:47.1 ($1,345,754), was born. The foal, a colt, was born at Winbak Farm of Maryland in Chesapeake City. “The colt appears to be the complete package and is noticeably good looking,” said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. “With a pedigree like his, we expect...
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Greenshoe's first foal born at Hanover

on 01/27/2021 12:14 PM
Hanover Shoe Farms welcomed its first foal from the highly anticipated first crop of 2019 Dan Patch Trotter of the Year Greenshoe 3,1:49.4 $1.353,772 early on Wednesday morning (Jan. 27).   The colt is the fifth foal from the 2001 Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year Cedar Dove 1:52.3 $1,178,930 and thus a half brother to 2019 Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year...
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A little is a lot for the Pinske Stables

on 01/27/2021 10:09 AM
Pinske Stables did not race as many times as most of the owners in last year’s earnings Top 50, but it made the most of the opportunities. The stable—made up of Marlys Pinske, her son Karl and her grandson Carter—ranked 30th in starts among that group in 2020, with 217. It ranked seventh in purses, with $3.5 million. The six owners ahead of Pinske Stables in earnings all had...
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Blooded Horse taking entries until 5pm Monday

on 01/27/2021 9:21 AM
Supplemental entries will be taken for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale until 5 pm on Monday, Feb.1.   The sale will take place on Tues, Feb.9 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Owners and trainers love evaluating the horses in person, and a record number of catalog has already been ordered. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they c...
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Northfield adds Feb. 8; Rickert trains 1,000th winner

on 01/27/2021 8:39 AM
Longtime horseman Andy Rickert reached a career milestone on Tuesday, harnessing his 1,000th training victory. The achievement was realized when Ryan Stahl drove Keystone Chester to a 1:57.1 victory to win the evening’s sixth race. Rickert’s 1,000th training win was the result of 7,317 starts that also saw him finish second 972 times and third another 951. All told his earnings ha...
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Tempus Seelster springs 28-1 upset at Pompano

on 01/27/2021 8:38 AM
Tempus Seelster, catch-driven by Joe Chindano Jr. for trainer Rob Rittof, pulled off a stunning 28-1 upset win at Pompano Park on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:50.2.   The classy 8-year-old daughter of Big Jim earned her second success of the new year in three starts, scoring by a neck over the late-charging 4-5 favorite Crisp Mane (David Miller). Rock N Roll Rosie (Ken ...
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Persistant Xample takes series final

on 01/26/2021 7:19 PM
The final pair of Claim To Fame finals were contested at Miami Valley on Tuesday afternoon, wrapping up the popular series that was divided into nine different claiming classes and doled out over half a million dollars in purses. In the split for $12,500 claiming mares, Persistant Xample overcame the outermost post position draw and sailed gate to wire in 1:56 over a damp track that was ...
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Obrigado eyes Freehold three-peat on Friday

on 01/26/2021 2:27 PM
Obrigado has been perfect so far in 2021, with two wins in Freehold Raceway’s Preferred Handicap Trot. He’ll try to make it three in a row on Friday, and is once again likely to be a big favorite. Co-owned and trained by Paul Kelley, Obrigado is one of the classiest trotters on the East Coast. He’s won 54 times in his career, including numerous major stakes wins, with earnin...
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