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Freehold, SBOANJ settle on 110 dates in '13

on 11/26/2012 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey reached an agreement Monday, Nov. 26, with Freehold Raceway for a 110-date meet in 2013. The calendar, which will be finalized and released soon, includes racing in the months of January and February. Initially, Freehold had requested only 90 dates and the track's proposed calendar did not include winter racing. The ...
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Bettis wins Meadows Preferred in 1:54.3

on 11/26/2012 12:00 AM
Dismissed at 28-1, Bettis saved ground, angled off the pylons late and rallied wide to pull off the stunning upset in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Bettis was among The Meadows' trotting elite before serious injury sidelined him last year. The 7-year-old son of Sierra Kosmos-SJ's Shad Roe had been performing capably in conditioned races before a second-p...
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Freedom Crossing lands in Dover winner's circle

on 11/26/2012 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan left at the start and victory was never in doubt as Freedom Crossing scored a 1:52.1 triumph in the $16,500 mares winners-over pace at Dover Downs on Monday. Callahan completed the card with four winners while trainer Wayne Givens had a triple.   Freedom Crossing dictated all the fractions while recording her third win of the season for Bay Pond Racing. Wayne Gi...
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Can He Go upsets at 17-1 in Autumn final

on 11/26/2012 12:00 AM
Sent off at odds of 17-1, Can He Go, driven by Randy Waples, found the wire first in the $50,000 Autumn Stakes final on Monday evening at Woodbine. The series is for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, who are non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, Oct. 31.   Trained by Mark Austin for owner/breeder Robert Chapple, Can He Go scored the first victory of his car...
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St Lads Zoom Zoom fastest in Autumn elims

on 11/25/2012 12:00 AM
A pair of $25,000 Autumn Stakes eliminations for sophomore colts and geldings were contested Saturday evening at Woodbine, and heavy the favorites St Lads Zoom Zoom and Autumn Gottem won their respective assignments in convincing fashion.   St Lads Zoom Zoom captured the quickest of the two eliminations as he got under the wire in 1:52.4. The son of Apaches Fame extended his winning...
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Sapphire City takes Yonkers open in 1:52.1

on 11/25/2012 12:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Sapphire City (Brent Holland) lasted on a windy lead Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned post position four, Sapphire City eschewed an early seat behind Eighteen (Mark MacDonald), instead making the lead before a :26.4 quarter-mile.   From there, it was a :56.1 intermission before eight-hole ordered Great Vintage ...
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Matron elims to Thinking Out Loud, Hillbilly Hanover

on 11/25/2012 12:00 AM
Thinking Out Loud, the public choice, beat Bettor's Edge by a nose to win the first $29,444 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace elimination in 1:50 while Hillbilly Hanover pulled a 14-1 surprise to hold off fast-finishing favorite Heston Blue Chip in a lifetime fastest 150.3 to win the other Matron elim at Dover Downs on Sunday, Nov. 25. Ron Pierce and Jim Morand drove four winners on the card whil...
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Field set for Autumn final for 3YO pacing fillies

on 11/24/2012 12:00 AM
Apach Of Luck pulled off a 7-1 upset and snapped Drunk And Dramatic's undefeated record in the first of two $25,000 Autumn Stakes eliminations on Friday night at Woodbine. The 3-year-old pacing filly, who debuting for WEG's leading trainer Richard Moreau, also lowered her lifetime mark to 1:55.2.   Apach Of Luck and driver Sylvain Filion got away fifth behind Greystone Ladylike (Bil...
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YR mare feature to Coleman's Keeper's Destiny

on 11/24/2012 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and trotters of all ranks and files--were won by a down-the-road Keeper's Destiny (George Brennan, $6.10) and a pocket-sitting Looking Hanover (Brian Sears, $4).   In play from what became penultimate post position No. 6 (the results of an eight-hole defection), Keeper's Destiny made the lead ar...
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Horseman Bill Evilsizor, 85, dies in Ohio

on 11/24/2012 12:00 AM
Charles William "Bill” Evilsizor, 85, of Urbana, Ohio, an owner, trainer and driver, died Nov. 21, 2012, at Vancrest of Urbana.   In addition to his work as a horseman, Mr. Evilsizor was an avid collector of harness racing memorabilia. He was also a member of Grace Baptist Church. He is survived by his daughters, Tami (Don) Troyer, Shelley Wallace and Lori (Jim) Gawro...
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Prairie Big John takes Pompano feature

on 11/22/2012 12:00 AM
Wednesday night's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park featured a thrilling stretch drive with five horses within three-quarters of a length strung out across the track at the finish. Prairie Big John (Tom Sells) pushed a head in front of Wesleys Fortune (Rob Hoffman) to record his second straight triumph in the weekly top trot.   Favored Andover America (Bruce Ra...
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JA Going Alltheway 2:00 winner in Delaware

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
It was deja vu in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminaries for filly trotters as JA Going Alltheway and Luscious Leigh, trainer John Wagner and driver Vic Kirby, duplicated last week's opening round of the two weeks prelims on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at Dover Downs. Kirby bided his time waiting until mid-backstretch before sending JA Going Alltheway into action and the daughte...
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Art's Chip moving to Ohio for 2013

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Velocity Standardbreds of Ohio has announced that after standing two very successful seasons in Indiana Art's Chip p,4,1:49.3 ($726,999) will be relocating to Ohio for the 2013 breeding season. Indiana’s leading money-winning sire of 3-year-old pacers in 2012, Art's Chip is the sire of American National and Indiana Sire Stakes Gold Champion Our Lucky Chip p,3,1:50.1-’12 ($399,187) and multi...
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Buffalo to open Jan. 9 with new barns

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway, in Hamburg, NY, opens its 71st season of live harness racing on Wednesday Jan. 9, but never in its history has a meet opened with so much optimism. "Much has been done this off season to improve live racing, especially in the stable area,” said C.O.O. Jim Mango. Two new barns have been built replacing older barns B and C, plus major repairs to all the existing barns including...
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Pocono announces 2013 racing schedule

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Looking ahead to an exciting season featuring the Breeders Crown, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has announced its 2013 racing schedule. Opening night will be Saturday, March 23, and it will kick off the Northeast PA track's 48th racing season. With a post time of 6:30 p.m., racing will take place on a Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday schedule for the months of March through May. A special do...
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Carolers at Hall of Fame Museum Dec. 6

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Mark your calendar to attend the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 6. This member benefit event will be held in the Museum's William R. Haughton Memorial Hall. We are delighted to again welcome the Yuletide Carolers, sponsored by Robert Boni of Northwood Bloodstock in memory of John A. Cashman, Jr. Wearing authentic Victorian attire, the caroler...
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Filly with memorable name a contender in Autumn

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Whether she wins or loses in her Autumn Stakes elimination this Friday, Drunk And Dramatic has already exceeded her conditioner's expectations. Trained by Philip Doyle, Drunk And Dramatic remains a perfect eight-for-eight in her young career, along with earnings of $25,600. The bay miss has raced exclusively at Rideau Carleton near Ottawa and will look to make her Woodbine debut a winning one. "I...
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Big Rigs sets track record at Dover

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Big Rigs became the fastest trotter in track history winning the $23,000 Open trot in 1:52.1 while Second Wind N scored his fourth straight victory and Solo Command, Dingy’s Boy and He’s A Primadonna win Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshman colt trotters 2nd leg preliminaries on a strong and fast pre-Thanksgiving Day card, Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Dover Downs. With David M...
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John Kelly, owned KY's Janne Farm, dies

on 11/20/2012 12:00 AM
John Morgan Kelly, who owned and operated Janne Farm in Winchester, KY, and also worked as comptroller of The Red Mile, in the 1980s, died Saturday, Nov. 17, at Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester. He was 85.   Mr. Kelly had a small broodmare band and stood the Albatross stallion Sweet Meadow Doc p,2, 1:56.4 at his farm.   He also at one time operated and owned Fi...
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Retirement Foundation's Paris trip raffle underway

on 11/20/2012 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's annual raffle for a trip to the celebrated Prix d'Amerique at the Vincennes track in Paris, France, has left the gate with the finish just 18 days away when the winning ticket will be drawn.   The Prix d'Amerique, one of harness racing's most prestigious events, is a dream destination for those who love the sport of harness rac...
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