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Free USTA media workshop set for March 23

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association and the Harness Racing Museum are teaming up to sponsor a free workshop on how to get media attention for horse-related businesses. The workshop will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday (March 23) at the Museum, at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY. The workshop will cover topics such as how to develop pertinent media contacts, how to write, prepare...
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Define The World injured, retired from racing

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The free-for-all trotter Define The World 6, 1:51.4, a winner of $1,654,115, has been retired after suffering a torn tendon in his right front leg. "He will be going into the paddock with Goodtimes (a Hall of Famer who won well over two million in his career). Not bad having two horses who won nearly $4 million between them," said John Bax, who trained Define The World, in an interview...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The decisive third round of the Aquarius Series is Saturday night at the Meadowlands with six pacers lining up behind the gate in the $57,000 final. Yannick Gingras and Mark MacDonald will direct arguably the two biggest threats to take home the top prize with Escape The News and Warrawee Needy, respectively, and in the new Weekend Preview find out how the two drivers are approaching the conte...
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Ohio court upholds dismissal of challenge to VLTs

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Ohio's Franklin County Court of Appeals on Thursday, March 14, issued a ruling upholding the dismissal of the Ohio Rountable's court challenge of the legality of video lottery terminals (VLTs) at Ohio racetracks. The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas had previously found the Ohio Roundtable had no standing. The Court of Appeals issued its ruling based on lack of standing, meaning that t...
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Modern Family another of Bier's stars

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Daryl Bier has carved out a successful niche by purchasing and winning with a string of established racehorses. Modern Family is the Delaware-based trainer's latest star.   The $110,000 January Mixed Sale buy at the Meadowlands is one of the favorites in Saturday's $50,000 Horse and Groom final, carded as race two on a 13-race program. The $57,000 Aquarius final kicks off the daily ...
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Rocknroll Hanover euthanized in New Jersey

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The 2005 Horse of the Year Rocknroll Hanover, the sire of 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven and six million-dollar winners, was euthanized on Thursday afternoon (March 14) at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center.The stallion was collected for breeding on Wednesday at the Perretti annex in Pennsylvania. On Thursday morning he showed signs of discomfort and his stomach appeared d...
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Up Front Dan 1:54.3 winner on "good" track

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
Up Front Dan followed his stablemate's cover beautifully Tuesday en route to victory in a sharp 1:54.3 — over a good surface — in the Walter Russell Memorial at The Meadows. The second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding pacers was conducted over three divisions, with Gary's Party and Backdraft Hanover taking the other $11,250 splits. Up Front Dan was roughed up as a t...
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Miami Valley Gaming to put $3 mil into fairgrounds

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Gaming, a joint venture of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and Churchill Downs Incorporated, recently announced a $3 million commitment to Warren County's efforts to revitalize the Warren County Fairgrounds. "Warren County has a tremendous opportunity to transform the Fairgrounds, and Miami Valley Gaming's partnership shows their true dedication to see this reg...
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Mighty M toteboard lights up with big payoffs

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
Rarely does a horse starting from the pole position go off at odds of 48-1. And if they do hardly ever do they emerge victorious. But sometimes they do win. Case in point: Wantasmile.   The 9-year-old Grinfromeartoear horse , who had only three thirds in seven previous starts, lit up the Monticello Raceway toteboard on Wednesday afternoon when driver Patrick Beeler found racing...
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If horse off 21 days, Meadowlands adding info

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack program will now include enhanced information on horses showing no race lines forthree weeks or more.   In the comment section for each race, those horses with 21 days or more away from racing will have some explanation regarding the inactivity and remarks on their level of preparedness for the upcoming race, provided by the trainer. Much like an NFL "...
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Kevin O'Reilly leaving Ontario, moving to Denmark

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
Kevin O'Reilly, a regular conditioner on the Woodbine Entertainment Circuit (WEG), announced that he will be leaving Canada with his family at the end of April.   O'Reilly, who has trained winners of over $5 million in purse earnings, will soon call the country of Denmark home. "It was a decision that my wife, Tine, and I made basically because of family,” O'Reilly said. "It's ...
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Coleman suspended 2 months, fined $16k

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Casie Coleman has received a two-month suspension and fines totalling C$16,000 after three of her horses produced positive post-race tests last month at Woodbine Racetrack. Wintering with her stable in Florida, Coleman was informed last Monday night that Hilarious Halo, Mc Dynamite and Run On Luck tested positive for flumethasone, a corticosteroid that is commonly used and sold as...
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Taylor looks to homer with DW's NY Yank

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
When owner Howard Taylor heard about a trotter with some ability but lackadaisical attitude on the racetrack, he thought the horse would be a perfect addition to trainer Ron Burke's stable.   Taylor got the horse. Burke got him to go.   DW's NY Yank has won five times and finished on the board in all seven of his races since joining the Burke stable in December. He ...
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Equine Tax Parity Act introduced

on 03/12/2013 2:00 AM
On March 6, 2013, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced the Equine Tax Parity Act (H.R. 998), which would make horses eligible for capital gains treatment after 12 months, rather than 24, similar to other business assets. Under the current federal tax code, gains from sales by individuals of property used in a trade or business, including horses, qualify for long-term capital gains and ...
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Two new Meadowlands series close March 15

on 03/12/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack is offering two new pacing series to be raced this spring that will close on March 15. The Hudson River is for 4&5 year old pacers that have not won 4 Pari-Mutuel races or $150,000 lifetime, excluding earnings in any state-bred races. The series begins on April 13 and will have $18,000 legs at The Meadowlands, Mohegan Sun at Pocono and Tioga Downs. The $...
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Tracys Song extends her streak at Monticello

on 03/12/2013 2:00 AM
Win streaks come and go but when a horse strings together eight wins in a row it’s quite special. Case in point: Tracys Song. The 8 year old Astreos mare scored her eighth consecutive victory at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, March 11th with Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls. With her usual front-running style, Tracys Song out-footed her competition away from the gat...
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Harness racing to end at Kawartha Downs

on 03/12/2013 2:00 AM
The sounds of harness racing at Kawartha Downs will echo through the track for the last time March 30. Track owner Harvey (Skip) Ambrose could not secure an agreement on transitional funding from the provincial government to keep the track open, which will end 40 years of horse racing at the Fraserville facility. "Horse racing will end,” he said. "We at Kawartha Downs are unable to...
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Ohio commission: track needs more seating

on 03/12/2013 2:00 AM
Penn National Gaming presented its plans for the new Hollywood Dayton Raceway, which is the Raceway Park license relocated on the north side of Dayton, at a meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) on Tuesday morning. But Penn National's representatives were told they need to return for another meeting with the commission next Wednesday. "I have concerns about seating capacity; I ...
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May 1 deadline for HHI scholarship

on 03/12/2013 2:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International is now accepting applications for the 25th annual Jerome L. Hauck Scholarship. The application deadline is May 1, 2013. The $4,000 award is granted to a son or daughter of a full-time Standardbred groom, or the son or daughter of a member of an HHI-affiliated association.   The HHI Scholarship Foundation was organized in 1986 in memory of Jerome L. ...
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Bergstein Writing Award to be presented in AZ

on 03/12/2013 2:00 AM
Team Valor International will present the second annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award at the 2013 Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming this December in Tucson under an agreement with the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program. Barry Irwin and Team Valor launched the award last year in honor of Bergstein, the late Daily Racing Form columnist and harness track executive who lived...
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