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Callahan leads drivers, Hall trainers at Dover

on 01/04/2013 12:00 AM
The social event of the First State harness year takes place Friday, Jan. 11, when the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) holds its 15th annual awards dinner at the Dover Sheraton. The annual DSOA membership meeting begins at 12 noon. A banquet cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.   Once again, Heather Moffitt will emcee 2012 awards presentations ...
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Adenium takes Open Trot at Pompano

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Adenium, making only his second start over Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval, made amends from his early miscue a week ago and scored a handy one length victory in the $11,500 Open 1 Trot on Wednesday night. The 7-year-old gelded son of Revenue S, owned by Lloyd Gilmour of Lake Worth, Fla., and trained by G. Dean Gilmour, used a huge backstretch brush to pull on even terms with pacesetting...
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Horseplayers avoid limitation on deductions

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
There was plenty of talk about the federal government's "fiscal cliff” negotiations in the past few weeks, including changes in the tax code that would limit itemized deductions. Fortunately for all of horse racing, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) successfully lobbied so that legislation passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives contained language in Secti...
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Woodbine drops purses 10 percent

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) Thursday announced that purses will be reduced by an overall average of 10 percent, effective Jan. 10.   "It is crucial during this ongoing period of uncertainty that purse money be conserved, so we view this as an absolute necessity,” said Bruce Murray, WEG's vice president of Standar...
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Maryland stallion pedigrees now available

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
The pedigrees for all stallions standing in Maryland and eligible to the slots infused Maryland Sire Stakes program are now available online. Stallion booklets will be available soon.   Please use our website http://www.msrfonline.com/ for all your current Maryland Standardbred Race Fund info, staking forms and any updates as they become available. The 2013 race dates are online.   ...
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Palone is "Good Guy," Morgan is "Unsung Hero"

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
One leads a quiet life in Ohio, away from the racetrack; one leads the most public of lives as he pursues records and exudes ability--and rapport with fans--wherever he goes.   But both do very important jobs for harness racing in these varied pursuits, which is why the United States Harness Writers Association have voted Dot Morgan the LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award and Dave Palone the...
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Charlotte Sheppard DeVan dies at 92

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Standardbred breeder and owner Charlotte Sheppard DeVan, 92, whose father Lawrence B. Sheppard founded Hanover Shoe Farms, died Tuesday, Jan.1 2013, at her home with her loving family by her side. Born August 30, 1920, in San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. DeVan was the daughter of the late Lawrence B. and Charlotte Newton Sheppard. She was the wife of the late William Todd DeVan II, MD. Mrs. DeVan was ...
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Chapter Seven, Toscano receive NJ honors

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Chapter Seven, the Dan Patch Award-winning Horse of the Year, has been named the 2012 New Jersey Standardbred of the Year, as selected by the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board.   Chapter Seven's trainer, Linda Toscano of Freehold, N.J., will also be honored with the Governor's Cup as New Jersey Horseperson of the Year.   Chapter Seven will be among the honorees at the 56th Annual Ne...
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USTA releases 2012 wagering and purse figures

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association released on Thursday the year-end, national handle totals for pari-mutuel wagering in the United States and Canada on live U.S. harness racing as well as for U.S. purse distribution, race days and races in 2012.   Total handle on U.S. harness racing in 2012 was $1,465,008,667 for 4,004 race days, an average of $365,886 per race day.   ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
One of the primetime players at the Meadowlands, trainer Ron Burke, is in action with 17 starters on Friday and Saturday, and in the new edition of Weekend Preview he gives his take on the new classified racing system used by race secretary Peter Koch. Burke also dishes the scoop on Meirs Hanover and Annieswesterncard, both going postward Saturday in preparation for the upcoming Presidential Se...
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Risk Management wins Meadows feature

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Shuffled to last down the backside, Risk Management found racing room wide in the lane and pulled off a 12-1 upset in Thursday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Risk Management still trailed by three lengths when Brett Miller tipped him three wide for the stretch drive. The 5-year-old Western Hanover-Catch A Wish gelding blazed home t...
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Hal Jones to be honored as Ohio Hall of Famer

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Hal S. Jones, who managed Pickwick Farms in Ohio in the 1950s and 60s, is the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Jones was inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame in 2011. Jones, now in his 80s, played a major role in developing the use of artificial insemination in Standard...
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TVG changes time for Meadowlands replay show

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
The Racing From The Meadowlands replay show on TVG will air at 11 a.m. (EST) Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. (EST) on Sunday.  All replay shows are 30 minutes in length. Regionally, TVG airs on channel 718 on Comcast, 402 on Cablevision, channel 315 on Verizon and 670 on AT&T NY. It is also available on DirecTV on channel 602 and DISH Network on channel 405. To find TV...
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Hanover-breds top record $30 mil in 2012

on 01/02/2013 12:00 AM
It came down to the very last day of the year, but for Hanover Shoe Farms, the goal entering 2012 was to have its progeny chase down the heretofore elusive and never before achieved number of $30 million in earnings. As of Jan. 1, 2013 Hanover-breds had earned $30,008,243.   For as long as records have been kept by the United States Trotting Association, no other breeder has ev...
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CHHA announces Racing for Christ Program

on 01/02/2013 12:00 AM
Pledge a small percentage of your horse's 2013 earnings and help the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association in its mission to keep Christ alive in harness racing. A one percent pledge for a horse earning $30,000 is just $300. You can even pledge a half a percent - only $150 on $30,000. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Racing for Christ Program will be used for C...
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Meadowlands sets dates for WHHC qualifiers

on 01/02/2013 12:00 AM
The 2013 World Harness Handicapping Championship, which will bring together horseplayers from across North America to compete for $100,000 in prize money, is slated for Saturday, April 13, at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. The Meadowlands Racetrack's 2013 WHHC qualifiers are set for Jan. 19, Feb. 23 and March 23.   The cost to enter January's qualifier i...
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John Campbell wins Proximity Award

on 01/02/2013 12:00 AM
Harness racing driver John Campbell, a Hall of Famer and the sport's all-time leading money winner with more than $281 million in purse earnings to his credit, has been voted the one major award that has eluded him in his career, the Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award, in voting recently conducted by the United State Harness Writers Association.   The award, originally named for a great...
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Abbatiello looks to defend Freehold title

on 01/02/2013 12:00 AM
When the Freehold meet for 2012 ended on Dec. 22, the man on the top of the driver standings was Eric Abbatiello. When Freehold opens on Thursday, Jan. 3, for the first of 110 dates, Abbatiello will be back to defend that title.   The 44-year-old Abbatiello finished with 126 wins to 111 for Cat Manzi in second place.   "This is my second driving title at Freehold,”...
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Brennan wins HTA Driver of the Year award

on 01/02/2013 12:00 AM
For the second year in a row, George Brennan, the 45-year-old Monticello, N.Y., native is Harness Tracks of America's Driver of the Year, the formidable achievement that remains the most difficult award in the sport of harness racing to win. The evidence of the accomplishment is clear in the fact that of the 3,438 drivers who competed for purses in North America in 2012, only six were able ...
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TSM Photo Bugger starts 2013 with victory

on 01/02/2013 12:00 AM
Looking like a beaten horse around the final turn, TSM Photo Bugger found renewed life in the stretch to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, the 2013 opening-day feature at The Meadows.   Moving first-over from fourth, TSM Photo Bugger dueled with the leader, Run And Tell Pap, but appeared spent as the pair turned for home. Under Mike Wilder's urging, the 6-year-old...
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