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Canadian Sportsman's Briggs honored by HTA

on 01/15/2013 12:00 AM
Dave Briggs, who since 1995 has been the editor of and writer for The Canadian Sportsman, Canada's oldest magazine, has won Harness Tracks of America's Dan Patch Award for exceptional media, publicity and public relations contributions to the sport of harness racing.   A former sportswriter for The London Free Press, Briggs has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of ...
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Stallion Amigo Hall relocating to Ohio

on 01/15/2013 12:00 AM
Marvin Raber of the Marvin Raber Farm and Robert Burgess, syndicate manager of the Amigo Hall Syndicate, have announced that prominent sire and Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall 3,1:54s ($1,046,000) will be moving to Mr. Raber's impressive breeding farm near Charm, Ohio for the 2013 breeding season.   Amigo Hall, by supersire Balanced Image, represents an outcross opportunity to breed ...
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Larry Foureman, active in Ohio fairs, dies

on 01/15/2013 12:00 AM
Larry L. Foureman, 77, of Arcanum, Ohio, president of the Ohio Colt Racing Association, vice president of the H.M. Parshall Memorial and treasurer of the Signature Series fair races in the Buckeye State, died Jan. 14, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.   Mr. Foureman was born in Abbottsville on Aug. 7, 1935, the son of the late Wherly D. and Iva A. (Burns) Foureman. He wa...
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Another update: Yarrah Boko might be OK

on 01/14/2013 12:00 AM
Although Yarrah Boko won an invitation to the Prix d'Amerique when he captured the Prix de Belgique in Paris on Sunday (Jan. 13), early on Monday it was reported that he had injured a suspensory and thus wouldn't be racing in the big event. By Monday night the news had changed: the horse's regular veterinarian reviewed digital scans of the leg and wasn't so sure a new injur...
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Panel topics announced for Racing Congress

on 01/14/2013 12:00 AM
The program and roster of speakers for the 2013 Harness Racing Congress, to be convened in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,Feb. 28 through March 4, has been announced by the sponsoring organizations, Harness Horsemen International, Harness Track of America, the U.S. Trotting Association and U.S. Harness Writers Association.   Six panels--three each on March 2 and 3--will explore a wide range ...
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Champions return for Dr. King Pace

on 01/14/2013 12:00 AM
When Monticello Raceway presents its 13th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pace, a race which features the talents of African-American drivers on Tuesday afternoon. Jan. 22, last year's champ, Bobby Williams Jr., will be back to defend his title.   The Dr. King Pace is not only Monticello Raceway's annual tribute to the great civil rights leader but the race will be the first leg ...
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Freehold's Fuschini wins Davies Humanitarian Award

on 01/14/2013 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway paddock judge Mike Fuschini is the winner of the 2012 January Davies Humanitarian of the Year Award, as selected by a blue-ribbon panel of members of the United States Harness Writers Association, for harness people involved in making outstanding contributions outside the harness racing community .   Fuschini has, for 18 years, led efforts at the track to raise both...
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Delaware T-bred commissioner new RCI chairman

on 01/14/2013 12:00 AM
The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has announced that W. Duncan Patterson is the new Chairman of the association. Patterson, the chairman of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, follows RCI Chairman John Sabini, who officially resigned his position with RCI following his retirement from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board on Friday, Jan. 11, 20...
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Pete Lang, backstretch security expert, dies

on 01/14/2013 12:00 AM
Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) Supervisory Senior agent Peter J. Lang, 64, died at his home in New Jersey on Jan. 13, 2013.   Mr. Lang, a native of New Jersey, formerly worked as a police officer with the Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, New Jersey Police Departments, prior to beginning his employment with the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau in May 1981. During his...
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Balmoral, Maywood load up Nov. with stakes

on 01/14/2013 12:00 AM
The 2013 stake schedules for both Balmoral and Maywood Parkhave been released by racing secretary Doc Narotsky. The action kicks off at Balmoral on March 30 with the Taurus Bomber Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts. Maywood's stake season gets underway on Friday, April 12, with sophomore pacing colts slugging it out in the Sportsmaster Stake.   The f...
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Pacing mares featured at The Meadows, Dover, Pompano

on 01/14/2013 12:00 AM
Looking like a beaten horse around the far turn, Do Me Honor found new life in the stretch and captured her second straight — and fourth in the last six — in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. At Pompano Park, Blissfull Romance, smartly handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, bested a million dollar field of mares wit...
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Kommander Hawk in charge at Pompano

on 01/13/2013 12:00 AM
Kommander Hawk, driven for the first time by Matt Romano, led every step of the way to win the $12,000 Open 1 Pace at Pompano Park on Saturday night in 1:51.4.   The 7-year-old son of Pro Bono Best, trained by John McNeil III for owner Ellen McNeil, burst out of the gate en route to a stinging opening quarter of :26.1, carded mid-mile fractions of :55 and 1:22.3, and then dug in lat...
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Golden Receiver, Versado win Presidential splits

on 01/13/2013 12:00 AM
The Presidential traditionally is the first major free-for-all stake of the harness racing season. Last year it was captured by Golden Receiver, who would go on to a near $1 million campaign. If the first two weeks are any indication, Golden Receiver is poised for another big year.   Following his 1:48.4 performance in the free for all last week, Golden Receiver put up a 1:49 tour d...
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Yarrah Boko takes Prix prep; Raja Mirchi impresses

on 01/13/2013 12:00 AM
The Prix de Belgique, with 60,000 euros to the winner, is often called "the prep of the preps" for the 1 million euro Prix d'Amerique, since there are few who have their horses at 100 percent two weeks before the race. The Prix d'Amerique is set for Jan. 27 at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes and thus the Prix de Belgique was contested Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Vincennes track in Paris. &...
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Samandar wins off layoff, gives Callahan 5

on 01/13/2013 12:00 AM
A short time off proved what the doctor ordered for Samandar, winner of a $11,000 pace and Little Michael B scored a 1:50 victory on an overcast and foggy Sunday at Dover Downs.   Red-hot driver Corey Callahan notched win number five by guiding Samandar to victory in his first 2013 start, a 1:52 decision in the Sunday feature. Owned by M&L of Delaware and trained by Bruce Saunders,...
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Holdingallthecards fastest in Hirt; handle still soaring

on 01/12/2013 12:00 AM
The wet weather couldn't dampen the mood at the Meadowlands Friday night. On the racetrack the story was driver Dave Miller, who won five of 11 races on the card, including two divisions of The Clyde Hirt Series. Miller has now won eight races in the last two nights.   In the Clyde Hirt, a pair of favorites put on a show as One Through Ten, one of Miller's five wins and Ho...
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First-over Southwind Jazmin wins Yonkers feature

on 01/12/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's 2013 season began with a rainy Friday night and with its usual pair of $35,000 co-features. The Filly and Mare Open Pace went to a first-up Southwind Jazmin (George Brennan), who put away even-money favorite Don't Blame Her (catch-driver Brian Sears), then held sway.   "Jazmin," unhurried early from post position No. 2, watched as Don't Blame Her made the lead aro...
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DSOA awards First State's finest

on 01/12/2013 12:00 AM
Some 350 horsemen, legislators and friends of harness racing turned out for the annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) awards dinner at the Dover Sheraton Hotel Friday.   Preceded by the annual DSOA meeting at mid-day and an early evening cocktail hour, Mistress of Ceremony Heather Moffett presented a colorful, fun-filled video of high spots of her weekly Post P...
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Sign up for Meadowlands text service

on 01/12/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands Race Office is communicating with horsemen on various racing related functions by text. An agreement with Sumotext enables the office to send mass text messages to all horsemen that have signed up for the service with the push of a button.   That service came into play last Wednesday, when a class for Saturday was short a few horses. A text message was sent out...
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Unefoisdansmavie wins off month layoff

on 01/12/2013 12:00 AM
She hadn't raced in a month, but Unefoisdansmavie still was much the best, easily capturing her fourth straight in Friday's $20,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap pace at The Meadows.   Dave Palone confidently sent the 6-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World to the front, where she drew off over a "good” surface to triumph in 1:55. Her stablemate Perfect Chance ...
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