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Trainers affected by barn fire back racing

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
It's been nearly two months since every horse owner's worst nightmare-- a barn fire-- hit the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Va. No equine lives were lost in the fire that hit the barn where trainers Lawrence Marston, Betsy Brown and Doris Lineweaver base their stables. However, the fire claimed equipment from bandages and bits to headpoles. Nearby Rosecroft Raceway opened last...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Ron Burke is the busiest trainer on the planet and this weekend is no different as he has horses scheduled to race at several racetracks, including Yonkers for the Levy Memorial and Matchmaker series and the Meadowlands for the Hudson River Series and the A1-Free-For-All Trot. In the new Weekend Preview, Burke talks about Foiled Again's rise toward the $5-million mark in career earnings and how...
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Silverman gets the "full picture" in Matchmaker

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Full Picture faces a tough task to be in the picture when the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final is contested April 27 at Yonkers Raceway, but trainer Richie Silverman knows she will make every effort to be there.   A 6-year-old mare pacer, Full Picture enters Friday's fourth round of the series tied for 23rd place in points. She missed the first week of the series, and because a horse rec...
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Belle Boyd belle of the Blossom Series

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
As expected, heavily-favored Belle Boyd delivered in the $35,600 Blossom Series final on Thursday evening at Woodbine.   Trained and co-owned by Carl Jamieson, who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in August, Belle Boyd now remains a perfect four-for-four in 2013 with $90,475 in career earnings. She was sent off at odds of 1-5 and paid $2.60 to win.   Dri...
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Artistic Director wins DSBF final on Dover closer

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Artistic Director lived up to his odds-on favorite's role scoring a 1:52.4 victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old colt and gelding pace final on meet-closing day, Thursday, at Dover Downs. Nova Artist set a personal best 1:49.2 in the $35,000 Preferred Pace on a day that went from summer-like to cool and windy as the 15-race program progressed. ...
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$16,434 carryover for Pick 7 at Buffalo

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Although fans connected on six of seven for three out of four racing programs last week, the Pick 7 wager remains unsolved and the carryover continues to grow at Buffalo Raceway. The carryover sits at $16,434 heading into the Wednesday (April 10) program. The Pick 7 is a $2 minimum wager held nightly on Races 6 – 12. Live racing continues Wednesday and Thursday nights with a first pos...
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Breeder Bob O'Donnell dies at age 88

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Robert E. O'Donnell, 88, a prominent breeder for many decades, died Wednesday morning (April 10) in Florida after a long illness. O'Donnell started Hobby Horse Farm in Grafton, Ohio, a carriage-trade breeding farm, in the 1960s and became a Standardbred breeder. His yearlings were always in great demand at prominent yearling sales. Hobby Horse Farm did not stand a stallion, but O'Donnell as...
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Following surgery, Gingras hopes to return Friday

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Yannick Gingras told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that he is "75 percent" sure he will be back in the sulky on Friday night (April 12) at Yonkers after recuperating from hernia surgery performed on Monday, April 8. Gingras has a full slate of mounts this weekend at Yonkers, including several horses trained by Ron Burke scheduled to start in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series on...
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Father-daughter team headed to Cal Expo

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Michelle Ruvola and her father, George Bonomo, will be hopping a plane to the left coast this week to participate in the eighth annual East-West Challenge for Amateur Drivers. They are joined by teammates Bob Krivelin and Dein Spriggs hoping to get the better of their left coast counterparts. This will be the second trip west for Ms. Ruvola. She competed in 2007, winning her first race...
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D'One, daughter of Donato-Giant Diablo, wins

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
D'One, the first foal of the world champion mare Giant Diablo, won her first career start on Wednesday night at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden. The filly by Donato Hanover won a 2,140 meter race (about 1.3 miles) by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths for driver Orjan Kihlstrom.   Roger Walmann trains D'One. Walmann also trained Giant Diablo and brought her to the United ...
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Triple Command wins $100,000 DSBF Final

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Not only did Josh Green’s Triple Command win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot Final but another Green trainee, Traverse Semester, set an all-track record of 1:51.2 winning the feature trot on Wednesday, April 10 at Dover Downs. Green, not only won the feature races, but all four of his trainees made the winner’s circle, thr...
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Curtsy Hanover fastest winner in Meadows series opener

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Undefeated Curtsy Hanover stalked Chiptomylou until deep stretch, then blew by to capture the fastest division of Wednesday’s Trotslikethewind Trot at The Meadows. The opening leg of the series for 3-year-old filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Promisemethis and Glidetowin taking the other $11,250 splits. That pair gave driver Dan Rawlings, trainer Rick Beinhauer and...
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Miss Windfall Series continues at Hoosier

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
The second round of the Miss Windfall Series, a late-closing event open to 3- and 4-year-old Indiana-sired fillies and mares that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime, was contested through three divisions on Tuesday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.   The fastest of the three divisions went to Mystic Karissa and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. posting a new lifetime best of 1...
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Haroun Hanover wins 11th of year

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
On a warm and sunny Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Haroun Hanover scored his 11th seasonal victory when he turned back a solid field of pacers to score in 1:56 for driver Jimmy Marohn Jr.   That victory ties Haroun Hanover with another Mighty M-based pacer, Tracys Song, for most wins this season in North America.   In what seemed like just another over...
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Contessa Leigh getting ready for Ohio stakes

on 04/09/2013 2:00 AM
Contessa Leigh is practically a member of the family for Marty Wollam. The 63-year-old Ohio horseman trained and raced both her sire Full Count and her grandsire Striking Sahbra as well as her dam Howl. He also trained her older brother Count Me In, a top Ohio Sires Stakes performer in recent years.   Certainly Contessa Leigh's ability is not in question. Last year as a 2-year-old, ...
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Niatross elected to Canadian Hall of Fame

on 04/09/2013 2:00 AM
World class racing greats Secretariat and Niatross headline the field of 13 new Hall of Fame inductees under new rules that allow international competitors into Canada's Hall. There will be a total of three horses and three people representing Standardbreds, along with three horses and four people from the Thoroughbred ranks entering the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in August 2013. &n...
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Witherite moving from microphone to jazz band

on 04/09/2013 2:00 AM
James Witherite is comfortable with improvising, whether it is behind a microphone calling harness races at Harrah's Philadelphia or in front of a crowd playing jazz. On Wednesday, he will do both. Witherite will start his day by announcing a 14-race afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia, then head to Chris' Jazz Café in center city Philadelphia to perform with his organ trio. W...
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Last call for $100,000 WHHC entries

on 04/09/2013 2:00 AM
Harness racing's only tournament to feature $100,000 in prize money, the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) will bring together the world's top handicappers on Saturday, April 13, at Meadowlands Racetrack. Players who have not qualified through a satellite tournament may buy directly into the WHHC final for $1,000 ($600 entry fee/$400 tournament bankroll). The WHHC entry fee includ...
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Junior Trendsetter show finisher big at Meadows

on 04/09/2013 2:00 AM
Fresh from a stint at the Meadowlands that sharpened him, Terror High overpowered the field in Tuesday's Schoolkids Pace at The Meadows, scoring on the front end in a blistering 1:52.3.   The opening leg of the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, named for the fast-class pacer Schoolkids who is still performing at The Meadows, was conducted over three divisions, with Coun...
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Starlit Eyes takes new Delaware champion

on 04/09/2013 2:00 AM
Starlit Eyes, fresh from a wire-to-wire victory in last week's $20,000 preliminary, and overlooked at 18-1, completed the same mission from post eight in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF)Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Final on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Starlit Eyes scored in 1:58.3.   Outside starting fillies left fast with Starlit Eyes, handled by Ross Wolfenden...
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