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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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Anders Bluestone best in Dover feature

on 01/02/2013 12:00 AM
When two trotters with a winning resume met at Dover Downs on a chilly Wednesday, Anders Bluestone came out victorious in posting a 1:54 triumph in the week's top trot, the $23,000 Open Handicap.   Green Day put a three-race win streak on the line while Anders Bluestone made his first appearance since consecutive early November wins at the track. Driver Ross Wolfenden took no p...
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Fan, owner Henry Mayer dies at age 85

on 01/01/2013 12:00 AM
Longtime harness racing owner and fan Henry D. Mayer, 85 passed away peacefully Dec. 29 at his home in suburban Orlando after battling bone cancer. His wife, Patricia, was at his side. The Mayers had enjoyed a longand loving relationship for over 30 years being partners not only in life but in business.   Mr. Mayer's passion for the horse was unequaled. His support an...
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Tom Courtemanche, owner of top horses, dies

on 01/01/2013 12:00 AM
Tom Courtemanche, 66, who together with his brother Dan campaigned the big winners Bobnoxious, Earl's Glider, NF Quotable, Jake's Nordic and Jojo N Goliath, died Monday, Dec. 31, at his home in Kawkawlin, Mich., with his family at his side following a courageous battle with cancer.   Born in Bay City, Mich., to the late Arthur and Lucille Courtemanche, Tom came t...
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Northfield set for 212 days of racing in 2013

on 12/31/2012 12:00 AM
Northeast Ohio's premier racetrack will be offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2013 racing year. Beginning Jan. 1 and continuing through June 7, Northfield will be racing every Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday and Friday evening with a 6:30 pm post time. There is no live racing on Memorial Day Monday, May 27. From the middle of June through the end of July, the track will ...
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Tetrick reflects on big 2012 season

on 12/31/2012 12:00 AM
Entering 2012, Tim Tetrick never drove a horse that was voted Horse of the Year.This year he accomplished that feat – and so much more. Tetrick drove seven division champions this season, including Horse of the Year Chapter Seven and Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. The 31-year-old Illinois native, who was voted Driver of the Year for a third time, is harness racing's leading money-winn...
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Monticello looking for drivers for Dr. King Pace

on 12/31/2012 12:00 AM
The nation will celebrate the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21 despite the fact that his actual birthday is Jan. 15. Because Monticello Raceway will not have a live card on Monday Jan. 21, the raceway will present its 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pace on Tuesday, Jan. 22.   The race, which features the talents of African-American drivers, was f...
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Filion, Jamieson tie for WEG title at 284 wins

on 12/31/2012 12:00 AM
Richard Moreau had the 2012 training title on the WEG circuit all wrapped up coming into Monday's (Dec. 31) matinee program at Woodbine Racetrack, but Jody Jamieson and Sylvain Filion found themselves fighting right to the finish on the final day of the season in their quest to capture the driving title.   Entering the 11-race card, Jamieson had a three-win lead. Filion, however, ma...
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Burke-Gingras team wins 4 at Meadowlands

on 12/30/2012 12:00 AM
It was a common theme early in 2012. It seemed that every night trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras were winning multiple races together. On Saturday at the Meadowlands, that trend resurfaced. Together, the duo combined for four wins while Gingras earned five total wins on the card, giving him a total of seven in the first two nights of racing at the Meadowlands.   One of t...
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Tracks won't take Sports Creek starters

on 12/30/2012 12:00 AM
Due to the report of a confirmed Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in a horse that raced at Sports Creek Raceway on Dec. 19, the Meadowlands Racetrack is among the tracks denying entries of horses that have raced at Sports Creek Raceway after Dec. 1, until further notice. Balmoral Park and Maywood Park were the first tracks to deny entries of horses that have raced at Sports Creek Raceway ...
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Merriman drives 6 winners at Northfield

on 12/30/2012 12:00 AM
Northfield Park's 2012 leading driver Aaron Merriman drove six winners on Saturday (Dec. 29). Merriman's winners included Race Track Cruiser ($3.40) in race three, CJ's Victory ($5.80) in race four, Chillinghim ($6.60) in race six, Tag The Lady ($17.00) in race seven, SF Stampede ($14.60) in race 10 and Glashedy ($5.60) in race 11. The 34-year-old Merriman started driving in 1997 and h...
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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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