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Ready Cash wins prep for Prix d'Amerique

on 12/30/2012 12:00 AM
The third "B" prep for the 2013 Prix d'Amerique was raced Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. The two-time defending Prix d'Amerique champion Ready Cash won the race, but it was not an easy victory for the mega favorite.   In a fast opening 6/16 mile Ready Cash had command of the race, trotting to the half in a brisk 1:49 mile rate. That's when Main Wise As (Yankee ...
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Sweet Future, La Riviera Lindy top broodmares

on 12/30/2012 12:00 AM
Sweet Future has again been elected Pacing Broodmare of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association, making her the first broodmare to win her category twice, while Trotting Broodmare of the Year honors went to La Riviera Lindy, dam of Harness Horse of the Year Chapter Seven.   Sweet Future won in 2012 for basically the same two reasons she won in 2011 – the hard-hit...
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Woodbine to be available for winter training

on 12/29/2012 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced that Woodbine Racetrack will be available for winter standardbred training on Tuesday mornings and on race nights before the live card. WEG closed the Mohawk backstretch and track for training in December.   Trainers who wish to condition their horses over Woodbine's surface are encouraged to inform Paddock Judge Mike Strome, Assistant...
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Awards to Zeron, Horowitz, Zoccali

on 12/29/2012 12:00 AM
Although "Z” is the last letter of the alphabet, it ranked at the top of the voting done by the U.S. Harness Writers Association in honoring the top young (35YO or less) people in the sport: Canadian Scott Zeron won the Rising Star Award, for trainers and/or drivers, in a landslide, while after tabulating ballots to decide the Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award, for ascending stars outside those...
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Horse Rescue United receives donations

on 12/28/2012 12:00 AM
Horse Rescue United (HRU) is pleased to announce they are the recipient of donations as a result of this year's The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge, organized by the Horse Players Association of North America (HANA) Harness Division, was a season long c...
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Services set for Trent Tharps Sr., 51

on 12/28/2012 12:00 AM
Ohio horseman Trent Tharps Sr., who celebrated his 51st birthday on Dec. 17, died unexpectedly on Thursday (Dec. 27) at home in Lebanon, Ohio. Tharps had been shoveling snow and may have suffered a heart attack.   Visitation will be on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon with the funeral service immediately following, all at the Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home, Le...
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Get ready for Big M with Weekend Preview

on 12/28/2012 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is back in action beginning Friday night and race secretary Peter Koch has 12 races ready for handicappers. The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview includes stories about a few new faces at the meet, both human and equine. First post at the Meadowlands Friday night is 7:15 pm, and if you don't have an RTN subscription, TVG is scheduled to carry the Meadowlands races w...
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Maine horseman Raymond Ireland dies

on 12/28/2012 12:00 AM
Maine horseman Raymond V. Ireland, 84, who campaigned many top horses including 2005 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up Kerogen, died Dec. 21. Affectionately called "Razor," Mr. Ireland passed away at home with his family.   He was born June 23, 1928, in Westfield, Maine, the son of the late Vernon G.and Hilda K. Ireland. He was raised in Westfield and attended The ...
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Gutnick top owner; White Birch top breeder

on 12/28/2012 12:00 AM
Richard Gutnick, a self-described "30-year overnight success in racing” who campaigned 2012 Horse of the Year (Chapter Seven) and the richest Standardbred of 2012 (Market Share), has been named the Norman Woolworth Owner of the Year in balloting conducted by members of the U. S. Harness Writers Association. New Jersey's White Birch Farm, the owner/breeder of Pacer of the Ye...
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CHHA stallion auction listing now available

on 12/28/2012 12:00 AM
The stallion auction listing is now available for the January 28 – February 2, 2013 Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association Stallion Auction. It can be viewed at www.chha.net. Breeding donations are also still being accepted. Contact Lee Alphen at leealphen@comcast.net.    
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Western Fair cuts purses 12 percent

on 12/28/2012 12:00 AM
The Raceway at Western Fair District announced on Friday (Dec. 28)  purse decrease of approximately 12 percent, effective in January. This decrease is necessary to ensure that a sufficient amount of purse money remains available through the end of the current meet in May. "Our industry will face unprecedented funding challenges come April 1, 2013. And although I remain optimistic that the OM...
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Wagering on Rosecroft races up 70%

on 12/28/2012 12:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway's recently concluded 29-night fall-winter race meeting showed significant gains in overall handle versus the 2011 comparable meet.Total wagering on Rosecroft's live races for the fall-winter meet increased 70% over the 2011 meet.   The 2011 season featured the resumption of live racing after a nearly three year hiatus with racing on Friday and Saturday evenings. The...
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Big payoffs, 24% handle increase at Big M

on 12/28/2012 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack put on a pari-mutuel show on Friday night, the opening of the 2012-2013 meet. The night contained a little bit of everything. The bettors came out in force as the Meadowlands' total handle of $2,691,107 was an increase of 24% from the $2,166,584 bet on opening night one year ago.   All three of the Meadowlands guaranteed wagers were very well received,...
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Hearing to be held on new Lebanon track

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
At the December meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission, Chairman Robert K. Schmitz announced the date, time and place of the commission's next monthly meeting: It will be held on January 10, 2013 at 10 am in Room 1960 of the Riffe Center located at 77 S. High St. in Columbus.   One agenda item is already set: A hearing on the proposed facilities at the new Lebanon Raceway. Faci...
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Record $70,192 Pick 5 payoff at Balmoral

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
With a carryover of just over $10,000 and more than $80,000 in "new money” put through the betting windows, Wednesday night's 50 cent Pick 5 wager at Balmoral Park gave gamblers a great chance to share in the Holiday cheer. And it did just that for one lucky gambler who toted home a Balmoral Park record payoff of $70,192.20 as the lone winner of wager.   Things started as expected...
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Gingras set to defend Big M dash title

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
Following a season of career firsts, Yannick Gingras is anxious to defend his Meadowlands driving title when live racing returns opening weekend, Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Gingras has firmly established himself as one of harness racing's rising stars, and at age 33, the Quebec-born driver continues to soar at a record pace. In 2012, the "Green ...
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Pacer Tattler's Jet featured in NY Times

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
The lead story on the front page of the Wednesday (Dec. 26) edition of The New York Times sports section, placed by Harness Racing Communications, is about 14-year-old pacer Tattler's Jet, who is making his final career start in the Au Revoir at Monticello on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 27). The story appears across the entire width of the front sports page, with a photo of Tattler's Jet in ha...
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Tetrick named 2012 Driver of the Year

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick was the regular driver behind the top five horses in harness racing's year-end Top 10 performers. He drove Chapter Seven, the Horse of the Year (also Trotter of the Year), conditioned by Trainer of the Year Linda Toscano, and Captaintreacherous, the Pacer of the Year; in fact he drove the top three finishers in the Trotter of the Year contest voting, and the 1-3 vote-getters o...
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Last call for Groom of the Year nominations

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 "Groom of the Year" Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes theunsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport's horses.   All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 31st annual "Groom of the Year" award is a letterfrom an individual or g...
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Big M patrons can win 1 percent of The Captain

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
One lucky harness racing fan will experience the thrill of owning a champion racehorse via a unique promotion at the Meadowlands where the Grand Prize is a one-percent share of all future purse earnings by the sensational Captaintreacherous.   Syndicate manager Myron Bell proposed the idea to Jeff Gural when the colt was offered for syndication last fall. A deal was struck to make the co...
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