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Ontario program worth $14 million in 2013

on 04/02/2013 2:00 AM
With input from the advisory groups, planning and forecasting of the Horse Improvement Program projects a $14 million racing program for Standardbred Ontario Sired horses. The Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired Rewards Program will remain intact and will distribute 15% and 5% of eligible purses respectively to the breeding community. These projections maintain the Ontario program as one of the lea...
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TSM Photo Bugger beats Hava Kadabra

on 04/02/2013 2:00 AM
TSM Photo Bugger stung Hava Kadabra to the quarter before yielding to the pocket, then blew by him late to capture Tuesday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Leaving from post 6, TSM Photo Bugger was able to get the jump on Hava Kadabra starting from post 8, keeping him parked throughout the opening panel. That was the edge the 6-year-old SJ’s Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding...
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Delaware Breeders prelims at Dover

on 04/02/2013 2:00 AM
Country Romance and Starlit Eyes used opposite styles of racing to come through with victories in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF)  second leg preliminary divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Montrell Teague won four races. Allan Davis sat second with Country Romance, owned and trainer by William Moffett, fr...
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Holliday named associate judge at Pompano

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
Longtime horseman Ken Holliday has been named associate judge at Pompano Park.   Holliday, who retired from the driving ranks in 2012 after winning 5,092 races, replaces Gregg Keidel, who has summer commitments up north.   John Yinger, director of racing, said, "While we are sad to see a gentleman of Keidel's stature leaving for a while, we are ecstatic to have someone wi...
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HHYF presence at April 7 matinee at Pinehurst

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
At 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, the Pinehurst Training Center in North Carolina will feature its annual matinee, with horses who have been training there through the winter featured.   A true "grass roots” event, thousands of causal racing fans will attend, with many receiving their indoctrination to harness racing, tailgating around the track, setting up tents to watch the exh...
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Florida harness writers offering scholarships

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
Fred Segal, president of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2013 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of ...
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Norris has hopes for 3-year-old trotter

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
Charlie Norris hopes he can continue creating a winning formula with Boffin.   A 3-year-old colt trotter, Boffin was limited to two starts last season because of a joint infection in a knee. He won both races, though; the first in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stallion Series at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino and the second in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga...
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Changes to Canadian tax law cause concern

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has issued the following press release about its concerns with proposed changes to the country's tax law.   "On March 21, 2013, the federal budget was released, containing proposed changes to Section 31 of the Income Tax Act. This Section of the Act outlines the circumstances where a farmer may deduct up to $8,750 of losses against his/her non-farm income. As pre...
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Same old winning song for Tracys Song

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
Tracys Song ran her current win streak to 11 when the 8-year-old Astreos mare scored a 2:01.4 triumph in the seventh race at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon. If this sounds redundant to you just imagine how the drivers who have been chasing her over the past few months feel.   With Bruce Aldrich Jr. again at the lines, Tracys Song used her patented front-end style to tur...
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Do Me Honors grabs sixth win of 2013

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
Do Me Honor stalked Tremor Hanover for most of the mile, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   While Tremor Hanover was dealing with the first-over bid of So Easy Baby, Do Me Honor and Aaron Merriman waited patiently in the pocket behind the dueling leaders. Do Me Honor charg...
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Florzell "Georgie Boy" Daniels is Groom of the Year

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
Florzell "Georgie Boy” Daniels of Harrington, Del., has been named 2012 Groom of the Year in the annual competition sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Harness Tracks of America.   In nominating the 83-year-old Daniels, Michel Ridgely, Jr., a Maryland Racing Commission employee, and Jackie MacLeod, a trainer and driver, noted that despite his age, Daniels "goes about his work as i...
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Mister Herbie 1:58.2 winner in Woodbine qualifier

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
O'Brien Award winner Mister Herbie returned to action Monday evening at Woodbine Racetrack and registered his first charted line since finishing second to Chapter Seven in the Breeders Crown on October 27, 2012. He won a qualifier at Woodbine before the evening's racing program.   The Jeff Gillis pupil, who was voted Canada's Older Trotting Horse of the Year in 2012, cruised to a 1:...
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Corey Callahan drives 3,000th winner

on 04/01/2013 2:00 AM
Corey Callahan drove his 3,000th career victory piloting Angelwithnattitude to victory in the $16,000 overnight feature while Inittowinafortune, the two-year-old champion, Bags Of Stars and KJ’s Caroline came through with victories in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF)  2nd leg preliminary divisions for three-year-old filly pacers on Monday, April 1 at Dover Downs. Ca...
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Levy Series continues on at Yonkers

on 03/31/2013 2:00 AM
Round two of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series went postward Saturday night, comprised of five, $50,000, get-togethers.   First division--A true Kodak moment, the camera could not divide 2-5 Rockincam (Eric Goodell), from post position No. 2, and Classic Rock Nroll (Brian Sears), from post No. 5, in 1:51.4 (intervals of :27.4, :56.1 and 1:24).   ...
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Cane Ridge wins Rags To Riches final

on 03/31/2013 2:00 AM
Corey Callahan was at it again, picking up four more wins on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. In race 12, he came within a nose of a fifth win, which would have been career win number 3,000.   One of Callahan's four wins came with Cane Ridge, who lived up to the favorite's role in the $60,850 Rags To Riches final, reducing his lifetime record to a flat 1:50 in the process. &nbs...
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Imperial Count scores in Pocono feature

on 03/31/2013 2:00 AM
Imperial Count overcame a wide final turn to stage a furious rally and win Saturday night's $25,000 Preferred Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Leaving from post position six in a field of seven as the 3-2 second betting choice, Imperial Count (Angus Hall-Miss Imperial) sat sixth in the early going as Photo King cut out the fractions. Driver Tyler Buter sentthe 5-year-old stall...
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Matchmaker Series continues at Yonkers

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
Friday night's second round of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for pacing mares featured a heater, a repeater and another repeater. As was case in the opening round, five, $40,000 forays were on display.   First division--Odds-on Eightunrdolarbill (Brian Sears, $2,70), from post position No. 3, eased to the lead passing the half (:27, :55.2), then was a comfy winner (1:24.3, ...
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Callahan still riding the Meadowlands express

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
You can't stop Corey Callahan, you can only hope to contain him. That has been the growing trend at the Meadowlands in recent weeks. For several years, Callahan has seen his numbers climb, but it wasn't until 2013 that he has become a force to be reckoned with on harness racing's biggest stage.   Named the Driver of the Week last week, Callahan picked up right where he left off, win...
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Raceway Park nearing April 27 opener

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
Raceway Park is readying to commence live racing at theTelegraph Road site where pari-mutuel harness action has been featured continuously since 1962. The 42-night season will run from April 27 through Sept. 15 with live programs presented every Saturday and Sunday evening. First race post time is 6 p.m.   Horsemen are reminded that required ship-in stall applications and waiver of ...
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Hoosier Park set to open April 2

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
The stage is set for a whole new chapter in Hoosier Park racing with the advent of one breed, one track. The 20th season of live racing consists of 160 days of all harness racing and will commence on Tuesday, April 2, with an action-packed 12-race card.   With more than 120 entries flooding the box for opening night, the card will feature four divisionsof the Miss Windfall Seri...
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