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Ontario announces first-quarter 2013 race dates

on 12/14/2012 12:00 AM
The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) Friday announced the decision on the applications received seeking variances to the assigned dates for 2013. A total of five applications were received from four different racetrack operators, which in total sought to reduce the number of 2013 race dates in January, February and March from 224 days to 165 days, a reduction of 26 percent. H...
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Prairie Big John ties Pompano track mark

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
Prairie Big John took honors in Pompano Park's Open I Trot while Dutchess Seelster tied the track record for aged trotting mares with her win in the Open II Trot on Wednesday night.   Prairie Big John escaped with his victory in a three-horse photo with a determined lunge at the end of his 1:56 mile for Tom Sells, who was in the bike for co-owners (and trainer) Mike Deters, Laurie P...
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Unefoisdansmavie wins third straight at Meadows

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
In a familiar scenario with a familiar result, Unefoisdansmavie sat in the pocket behind Victory Is Coming, then brushed by in the Lightning Lane to capture her third straight in Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   As they have in all three wins in their current streak, Dave Palone and Unefoisdansmavie allowed Victory Is Coming to cut ...
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Horsemen lending hand to Canadian fire victims

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
When a tragedy takes place in the Standardbred industry, it doesn't take long for the sport's participants to rally and lend a hand to those in need. Racing equipment and cash donations are quickly pouring in to aid those affected by the tragic barn fires in the Goulds, Newfoundland earlier this week.   All horses escaped a Monday blaze at the Beaver Brook Stables, but seven horses ...
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New Vocations seeks breedings for auction

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 15th annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 11-15, 2013.   "This is a dangerous time for unwanted horses, and a successful stallion auction is essential to our ability to handle the staggering number of horses that need us,” said executive director Dot Morgan.   New Vocations h...
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Following positive, Toscano writes letter to harness community

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
Trainer Linda Toscano told harnessracing.com on Thursday morning that she has received a positive test for the Class 2 drug levamisole with its metabolite pemoline on her horse Forever Just on July 22 at Tioga Downs, and that she has agreed to sanctions of a 10-day suspension and $1,500 fine by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB). Toscano has also written a letter to the harn...
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Harness Racing Museum's Kim Green dies

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
Kim Emmerich Green, of Warwick, N.Y., died at home on Dec. 12. She was 65.   For 20 years she worked at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, N.Y. She loved her co-workers and enjoyed going to work there every day.   Born on Oct. 3, 1947, in Framingham, Mass., she was the daughter of Suzanne Emmerich and the late Leroy Adam Emmerich. She was a loving wife, daught...
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HHI honors Palone, McLaughlin, Paradise

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
Dave Palone, Mike McLaughlin and Mike Paradise are being honored by Harness Horsemen International with a trio of prestigious awards for 2012.   Palone has been named the recipient of the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year Award, while McLaughlin is being honored with the HHI Appreciation Award and Paradise with the Clyde Hirt Media Award.   Palone, 50, became the le...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
The new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available and contains a letter from trainer Linda Toscano apologizing to the racing industry for a positive test she received on one of her horses in late July, while also explaining the situation and why she has accepted the penalties,   Also, NY Yankees has had a string of 14 consecutive outside posts and trainer Ron Burke reveals...
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Two meth positives disclosed at Red Mile

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
Gregory A. Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Thursday that two methamphetamine positives at The Red Mile are being investigated by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The two horses are trained by the same trainer, who has not been identified. It has also not been disclosed if the positives occurred during the summer/fall meet or the Grand Circuit meet.   According t...
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Nob Hill High repeats $35,000 Preferred win

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
Nob Hill High made it two-straight $35,000 Preferred pace wins while Mustang Art, second last week, was not denied in the $30,000 Delaware Special  on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Dover Downs. Allan Davis notched five wins. David Miller pulled Nob Hill High to the outside on the backstretch and the passed front-pacing Paco Labrook and Brad Hanners on the final turn and then rolled home with ...
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Gassien Stable covers new ground at Cal Expo

on 12/13/2012 12:00 AM
Among the new faces at this meet is Dan Gassien, who is invading from Ontario while making his first venture to California. He currently has six horses on the grounds with at least three more set to arrive shortly. "The situation is obviously pretty shaky right now up in Ontario, so I decided to come down and give it a try,” Gassien explained. "I also have a couple of friends who k...
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Northern Companion is Fla. Horse of the Month

on 12/12/2012 12:00 AM
Northern Companion, a rags-to-riches star in 2012, will be honored by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association Wednesday as the November Horse of the Month at the Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park.   The special presentation will take place in the winner's circle after the second race as member of the Florida Chapter will present Northern Companion...
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Bowie documentary to air Dec. 20 on ESPNU

on 12/12/2012 12:00 AM
The 60-minute documentary on former University of Kentucky basketball star Sam Bowie, who has been a longtime owner of Standardbreds and is a regular at The Red Mile, has been scheduled to air on ESPNU at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. "Going Big” chronicles Bowie's basketball career at Kentucky as well as in the NBA, including being drafted in 1984 by the Portland Trail Blazers prior to Mi...
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Dec. 15 deadline for Meadowlands winter series

on 12/12/2012 12:00 AM
The first stakes series of the year at the Meadowlands close for nominations Dec. 15.    The marquee event for free-for-all pacers, the Presidential, has an estimated final purse of $110,000. The Clyde Hirt Stake for 4-year-old conditioned pacers (n/w of 3 pari-mutuel races or $75,000 lifetime) has a $73,000 estimated final purse. The Super Bowl final for 4 year old trott...
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Saratoga donated $250,000 to charity in '12

on 12/12/2012 12:00 AM
More than150 guests attended Saratoga Casino and Raceway's eighth annual Make a Difference event on Tuesday, which presented 26 local charitable organizations with monetary donations totaling $100,000. Those donations contributed to an overall $250,000 provided for community support by the casino in 2012.   Since its official inception in 2006, the annual Make a Difference event has...
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Harrington lowers Quillen payment for 2013

on 12/12/2012 12:00 AM
Harrington Raceway has lowered the amount of its sole nominating payment for the track's signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial.   The April 15 payment will now carry a fee of $500, half of its previous total. The race will still carry a $2,500 starting fee, due with declaration into the race.   The Quillen Memorial (3-year-old and up pacers) has become a staple on th...
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Newly-married Raymers celebrate Dover win

on 12/12/2012 12:00 AM
Just a few hours after their wedding in Las Vegas, the new Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Raymer celebrated a win Wednesday night at Dover Downs when the $1.2 million-winner Green Day captured the $23,000 Open Trot with a 1:53.3 effort for driver Corey Callahan.   The win was the third straight for Green Day, who is trained by Leigh Nichol of the Tyler Raymer Stable. Leigh and Tyler were one of...
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Big handle increase in 2012 at Batavia

on 12/12/2012 12:00 AM
Batavia Downs Casino, America's oldest lighted harness racetrack, concluded its 66th season on Dec. 8 with significant increases in wagering handle over 2011. Export handle rose a staggering 53 percent, while all-sources handle increased by 14 percent. On track, attendance was up .5 percent while on-track handle decreased by five percent.   "We had more outlets taking our signal thi...
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Boots Dunn recovering after leg surgery

on 12/12/2012 12:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association director and trainer-driver Walter "Boots” Dunn has been moved to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie, Pa. following a second surgery for a broken leg sustained in a training accident on Dec. 6.   Dunn was unseated while training a yearling at the training track on his farm in Cochranton, Pa. and had the first surgery that evening to repair the l...
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