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Bill filed for Instant Racing; Keeneland buying Thunder Ridge

on 02/15/2013 12:00 AM
The Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader newspaper has reported that Keeneland, the Thoroughbred track based in Lexington, is planning to buy the harness track Thunder Ridge and intends to relocate the license to Corbin, KY, located in the southern part of the state, right off of Interstate 75, and offer a boutique Quarter Horse meet.   More importantly for harness racing in Kentucky, ...
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Tbed horsemen want to shut down Running Aces

on 02/15/2013 12:00 AM
Published reports in Minnesota state that the Minnesota Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association (MHBPA), which represents 1,500 Thoroughbred owners and trainers, has asked the state racing commission to revoke the gambling license of Running Aces Harness Park due to noncompliance of a state law requiring it to give three percent of money gleaned from card tables to the MHBPA. The M...
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Keidel new race secretary at Raceway Park

on 02/15/2013 12:00 AM
Longtime racing official and Ohio native Gregg Keidel has been hired for the position of Racing Secretary for the 2013 Raceway Park, meet which gets under way on April 27. "Gregg brings a wealth of knowledge and over 30 years experience to the position. Given his many years of previous work in Ohio it will give Raceway Park a Race Secretary that will be well connected to the horsemen.” sa...
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Ontario racing writer: "If you want to kill a sport..."

on 02/15/2013 12:00 AM
Dave Perkins, who has covered horse racing in Ontario for the Toronto Star for many years, has been writing about the ramifications of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's decision to end the Slots at the Racetracks (SARS) program. His latest column is a sharply written commentary, with the following:   "The International Olympic Committee issues a death sentence for ...
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Feb. 16 deadline for breedings to benefit Racing Museum

on 02/15/2013 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum wants to remind all breeders that bids for the Hall of Fame's breeding auction must be postmarked by Saturday, February 16. In addition to Dejarmbro (OH) and Dream Away (DE), Proper Respect (IN) and Yankee Cruiser (PA) breedings have been added to the list of 48 stallions available. If you were not a successful bidder in other recent auctions, you still have an opport...
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Horseman Robert Knox, 85, dies in Illinois

on 02/15/2013 12:00 AM
Robert Knox, 85, of Homewood, IL, passed away this morning. Mr. Knox, a Chalmers, Ind.,native, was a well-known figure on the Illinois and Indiana harness racing scene, having served as a starter and trackman at various Chicago raceways, in addition to being an accomplished trainer-driver in the 1970s and 1980s in Illinois.   Mr. Knox became involved in harness racing thro...
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Brando's Muscle Man takes Yonkers Open Trot

on 02/15/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for trotters and prom-worthy pacers--were won by a season-debuting Brando's Muscle Man (George Brennan, $17.60) and Hot List (Matt Kakaley, $15.40).   Assigned outside his seven rivals for his first purse try in nearly two months, "Brando" made the lead around Affirmed Action (Jason Bartlett) before a :28.3 ...
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Marty's Charm upsets in Meadows $22,500 Pace

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
Sent off a longish 10-1 from post 8, Marty’s Charm grabbed the early lead and never let another horse get close in capturing Wednesday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. With Randy Tharps able to give Marty’s Charm a 30 second-quarter breather, the 9-year-old Aces N’ Sevens-Bets Mae gelding glided over the sloppy surface and scored in 1:54....
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Waiting On A Woman trots in 1:53.2 at Pompano

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
Waiting On A Woman established himself as the king of the Open trotters at Pompano Park with a dominating wire-to-wire in 1:53.2 on Wednesday night for Wally Hennessey. His victims, in order, were Pure Barre (Kevin Wallis), I’ll Tell You What (Dave Ingraham), Celebrity Legacy (Bruce Ranger), Blushing Hanover (Mickey McNichol) and Dutchess Seelster (Tom Sells). The five year-old gelded son ...
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Modern Family trots to 1:54.2 victory at Dover

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
Modern Family, the youngest trotter in the feature at four, stepped right up to $23,000 Open/Handicap ranks and scored a 1:54.2 victory on a rain changing to snow shower program at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Feb. 13. After winning by 16-lengths last week, Modern Family took on the track’s top trotters and came away with a hard-fought victory in the week’s feature race. Daryl Bier, who ...
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Feb. 16 deadline for Adios, other Meadows payments

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino wishes to remind horse owners, trainers and staking services that sustaining payments for the 2013 Delvin Miller, Adios and Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo—as well as payments for other 2013 3-year-old events including the Currier & Ives (Open and Filly divisions), Arden Downs Stakes and Keystone Classics—are due. Please send payments postmarked by midnigh...
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Name Your Price series continues at Monticello

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
After two days of foggy weather in New York’s southern Catskills, three divisions of the second preliminary leg of Monticello Raceway’s Name Your Price Claiming Series for horses and geldings went to post on Wednesday afternoon, When the judges posted the official signs Haroun Hanover’s 1:56.3 effort  was the fastest of the three splits. Also victorious were Nutmegs Taxi in 1:59.2 a...
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Open trotter Haulin Laser tops Blooded Horse Sale

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
Interest was high for competitive racehorses at the 50th Annual Blooded Horse Winter Sale in Delaware, Ohio. Haulin Laser topped the two day venue at $30,000. Scott DiDomenico of New Jersey signed the ticket for the Broadway Hall open-class trotter that earned $60,000 last year. Burke Racing Stable LLC, once again, brought a strong consignment of "drop in the box” racehorses. These were l...
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Barn fire at fairgrounds; no horses die

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
Fire engulfed the only horse barn at the Shenandoah Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Va., early Thursday morning, between 6 and 6:30 a.,m., but only one horse was in the barn at the time and it was saved. One end of the barn, emcompassing about five stalls, was also saved.   Horseman Stacy Marston had gone to Wal-Mart to shop for Valentine's Day gifts for his family and saw flames from the...
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John Bach taking a shot with Who's Your Maddy

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
John Bach has been involved in harness racing for as long as he can remember. It's a pretty good length of time considering the lifelong Goshen, N.Y., resident will turn 89 in July. Over the years, Bach has enjoyed a number of successes owning racehorses. He hopes to add to the list with Who's Your Maddy in the Exit 16W series for 4-year-old male pacers at Meadowlands Racetrack. Who's Yo...
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Documentary offers Valentine's Day greeting

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
The staff and participants of the harness racing documentary "I Am, A Harness Racing Horse" have posted a special Valentine's Day video greeting.   "This is a significant and professional effort being made to inform, educate and engage the public with interesting and informative television harness racing and harness racing horse documentaries," notes producer Monica Thors.  ...
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Drennan has a "buff" pacer in the Exit 16W

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
Like many of us this winter, the pacer Shaws Creek Buff is just looking to shake off some lingering sickness so he can put forth a top effort at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   His prospects look good as the 4-year-old son of Mach Three comes off a nose loss to Exit 16W Series standout Holdingallthecards in the first leg last Saturday in a 1:52.4 mile.   Once again, Dave Mil...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/14/2013 12:00 AM
It's not quite "Have you heard the one about the guy walking into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder?” but have you heard the story about trainer Casie Coleman and the O'Brien Awards? Be sure to check out the new Weekend Preview to find out about Coleman's journey from Ontario to Florida with O'Brien Award trophy in her cargo. Also, Jeff Gillis talks about an Indiana-bred mare who is rac...
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Feb. 15 payment info for Balmoral, Maywood

on 02/13/2013 12:00 AM
Balmoral and Maywood Park would like to remind horsemen that nomination payments are due on Feb. 15 for several big three-year-old stakes events and the American National Aged Stakes. At Balmoral Park nomination payments are due for the American National three-year-old colt pace, three-year-old filly pace, three-year-old colt trot and three-year-old filly trot. Nomination payments are also ...
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ORC suspends Pelletier 14 years for DPO positive

on 02/13/2013 12:00 AM
On Feb. 7, the Director of the Ontario Racing Commission ordered the immediate suspension of Bertrand Pelletier of Mont-St-Gregoire, Que. In addition, the Director has issued a proposed order to suspend for a period of 14 years, with a $60,000 fine.   On Aug. 5, 2012, the horse, Perubydooby, was entered to race at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Prior to the race, the track eq...
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