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Grand Circuit announces 2013 schedule

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit has announced its full and expanded stakes schedule for the 2013 racing season.   Earlier this month, at the USTA full Board meeting at Harness Congress VI, Grand Circuit president John Campbell announced that all Open stakes raced in North America not previously considered as Grand Circuit would now carry that designation beginning with the 2013 season. &n...
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Extension granted for PA's Valley View track

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Valley View Downs, the track proposed for northwestern Pennsylvania, is still alive. The developers of the track have received an extension until May 31 to put together their financing to build the racino.   Valley View Downs was once a project in the Centaur portfolio but is now the property of a Philadelphia-based investment group known as Endeka Entertainment. Endeka is trying to...
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PA Harness Week show resumes this Saturday

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
"PA HarnessWeek,” harness racing's fastest-paced half hour, returns this weekend to cover exciting standardbred action from Pennsylvania and around the world. New episodes air Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia through Dec. 28. Online viewers can catch the show at HarnessWeek.com, which also links to a YouTube archive of episodes from previous seasons.   Lon...
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Special St. Patrick's Day harness racing video

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
You don't have to be Irish to enjoy the latest edition of the video, "I Am, A Harness Racing Horse." A couple of horses are wearing green-plaid blankets to introduce the special St. Patrick's Day edition.   The "I Am, A Harness Racing Horse" video series is presented by well-known photographer Monica Thors and include video footage from Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands....
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Trevor Henry named as Canada's WDC rep

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Trevor Henry, Canada's leading dash winning driver for 2012 has accepted an invitation from Standardbred Canada to defend Canada's title in the 2013 World Driving Championship.   Henry, 41, of Arthur, Ont., drove 521 winners during the 2012 season to top the charts for all Canadian drivers, while adding $3.2 million in purse money to his stats. Both numbers were career bests fo...
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10 percent purse increase at Yonkers

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced that its next condition sheet includes a 10-percent, across-the-board purse increase for all overnight events.   Beginning the racing week of Monday, March 25, the overnight purse structure ranges from $10,000 (non-winners of 2 parimutuel races, as well as $12,500 claimers) to $38,500 (Open Handicaps).   "We know that this is the time of year...
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Trevor Henry to represent Canada in World tourney

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Trevor Henry, Canada's leading dash winning driver for 2012 has accepted an invitation from Standardbred Canada to defend Canada's title in the 2013 World Driving Championship. Henry, 41, of Arthur, Ontario drove 521 winners during the 2012 season to top the charts for all Canadian drivers, while adding $3.2 million in purse money to his stats. Both numbers were career bests for the talente...
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Marks, Sears remember Rocknroll Hanover

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Rocknroll Hanover is gone, but he will not be forgotten. Not now, or likely anytime in the future. The 2005 Horse of the Year winner and a 2012 inductee into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Rocknroll Hanover found success not only on the racetrack, where he earned $2.75 million in his career, but also in the breeding shed. Last year, his offspring won $17 million, which was No. 1 among all ha...
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Northfield Park has stalls available

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Northfield Park is seeking a limited number of new stables that are interested in relocating to Ohio this spring. Barns with qualified horses that are ready to drop in the entry box will receive first preference. Northfield's purses were increased by ten percent on March 1, and will certainly be increased substantially when the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park begins operation. The Roc...
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Krispy Apple wins season debut in 1:53 at Yonkers

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Ides of March, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for trotters along with petite pacers--were won by Calchip's Brute (George Brennan, $12.40) and a season-debuting Krispy Apple (Matt Kakaley, $29.20). Calchip's Brute gave nothing else a shot. Leaving from penultimate post position No. 6, he worked around Political Desire (Jim Pantaleano) before a snappy :27.4 opening...
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Mistress Valentine fast in Meadows win

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Slowed by momentary but troubling breaks in recent starts, Mistress Valentine put it back together Wednesday at The Meadows as she cruised to a comfortable victory in the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. Promisemethis took the other $12,500 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Although Mistress Valentine briefly broke stride at the start in her last t...
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Lugar finally wins a photo at Pompano

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Lugar, who had been involved in four photo finish decisions this year—all of which he lost—picked a great time to, finally, win one…and he picked a perfect time to do it. The five year-old son of Famously took top honors in Pompano Park’s Open I Trot on Wednesday night, eking out a very narrow win in a lifetime best 1:55 for Bruce Ranger. Owned by the Polo Stables and trained by Mark...
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I'm So Striking pulls 32-1 upset win at Dover

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
I’m So Striking, a 32-1 longshot, closed along the passing lane to nip Anders Bluestone at the wire to win the $23,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, March 13 at Dover Downs. With trainer-driver Eddie Dennis at the control, I’m So Striking, a Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable homebred, started from post 1 but began his ascent to the finish line from last in a field of six. De...
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Alexachase wins $40,000 Philly feature

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
After controlling a nondescript early pace, Johnny and Kimberley Waite's Alexachase ($18.80) was an upset winner in Wednesday's $40,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia.   With Kiwi standout Royal Cee Cee assigned the outside post five and racing from off the pace in her seasonal debut, Alexachase was able to settle just off the pacesette...
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Gural sends open letter to horsemen

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural has written an open letter to all owners and trainers who are racing in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Here is the letter:   As you know, the first 29 days of the 2013 meet at the Meadowlands have been an overwhelming success. The public has adapted to the classification system, along with the competitive style of racing full fields, etc. as...
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Marohn captures another St. Paddy Pace

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
It wasn't the fastest of times for Jimmy Marohn Jr., but winning Monticello Raceway's 13th annual St. Paddy Pace on Wednesday for the third time in the last five years was undoubtedly pleasurable.   "Hey, it's always fun to win a race and winning is something I never get tired of,” Marohn said unequivocally after his victory. "I've certainly had bigger wins but this one was e...
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Free USTA media workshop set for March 23

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association and the Harness Racing Museum are teaming up to sponsor a free workshop on how to get media attention for horse-related businesses. The workshop will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday (March 23) at the Museum, at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY. The workshop will cover topics such as how to develop pertinent media contacts, how to write, prepare...
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Define The World injured, retired from racing

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The free-for-all trotter Define The World 6, 1:51.4, a winner of $1,654,115, has been retired after suffering a torn tendon in his right front leg. "He will be going into the paddock with Goodtimes (a Hall of Famer who won well over two million in his career). Not bad having two horses who won nearly $4 million between them," said John Bax, who trained Define The World, in an interview...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The decisive third round of the Aquarius Series is Saturday night at the Meadowlands with six pacers lining up behind the gate in the $57,000 final. Yannick Gingras and Mark MacDonald will direct arguably the two biggest threats to take home the top prize with Escape The News and Warrawee Needy, respectively, and in the new Weekend Preview find out how the two drivers are approaching the conte...
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Ohio court upholds dismissal of challenge to VLTs

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Ohio's Franklin County Court of Appeals on Thursday, March 14, issued a ruling upholding the dismissal of the Ohio Rountable's court challenge of the legality of video lottery terminals (VLTs) at Ohio racetracks. The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas had previously found the Ohio Roundtable had no standing. The Court of Appeals issued its ruling based on lack of standing, meaning that t...
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