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Stolen Car found in Dover winner's circle

on 01/04/2013 12:00 AM
Following a three-wide move around the final turn Stolen Car wound up in the $35,000 Preferred winner's circle while Rusty's All In came on in the lane to win the $30,000 Delaware Special and 9-1 Catchmecullen A thundered home in the $23,000 Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday.   A well-timed move by Ron Pierce heading to the final turn capped off by a :28 final panel was the difference ...
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Gregory, Rinker receive USHWA honors

on 01/04/2013 12:00 AM
Helene Gregory, who spearheaded the movement in harness racing that has brought Racing Under Saddle (RUS) to prominence in North America, has been selected by United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) president, Steven Wolf, as the recipient of the 2012 President's Award.   Also, Kimberly Rinker, who has devoted most of her career to the writing about and promoting the industry s...
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Merriman, Loney take Northfield titles

on 01/04/2013 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman topped the Northfield Park 2012 leading driver standings, winning 315 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Ryan Stahl, drove 258 winners. Tyler Smith (204), Kurt Sugg (179) and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (165) completed the top five reinsmen.   The 34-year-old Merriman, a resident of Northfield, Ohio, has eight driving titles under his belt. He has won three driving t...
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New to Hall: Bettor's Delight, Life Sign, Lady Ashlee Ann

on 01/04/2013 12:00 AM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2013 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorse Bettor's Delight and stallion Life Sign. The...
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Super Stakes move from Philly to Pocono

on 01/04/2013 12:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is getting ready for what will be its biggest season ever with the addition of three big races for late summer. In addition to the Breeders Crown, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19; and the Ben Franklin, Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial Trot, the Max Hempt, and the James Lynch set for June; the track in Northeast Pennsylvania is proud to add the prestigious Super Stakes races fr...
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Handle up 31% Friday; $20k carryover for Sat.

on 01/04/2013 12:00 AM
Helios had a big rooting section at the Meadowlands on Friday Night.  Not only was he an overwhelming favorite, but he is also owned by The Little E LLC. That is the stable of Jeff Gural, chairman of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC.   Driven by Andy Miller, Helios assumed command on the backstretch, rebuffed a challenge from Volare De Vie at the head of stretch, and held that foe ...
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Callahan leads drivers, Hall trainers at Dover

on 01/04/2013 12:00 AM
The social event of the First State harness year takes place Friday, Jan. 11, when the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) holds its 15th annual awards dinner at the Dover Sheraton. The annual DSOA membership meeting begins at 12 noon. A banquet cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.   Once again, Heather Moffitt will emcee 2012 awards presentations ...
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Adenium takes Open Trot at Pompano

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Adenium, making only his second start over Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval, made amends from his early miscue a week ago and scored a handy one length victory in the $11,500 Open 1 Trot on Wednesday night. The 7-year-old gelded son of Revenue S, owned by Lloyd Gilmour of Lake Worth, Fla., and trained by G. Dean Gilmour, used a huge backstretch brush to pull on even terms with pacesetting...
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Horseplayers avoid limitation on deductions

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
There was plenty of talk about the federal government's "fiscal cliff” negotiations in the past few weeks, including changes in the tax code that would limit itemized deductions. Fortunately for all of horse racing, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) successfully lobbied so that legislation passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives contained language in Secti...
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Woodbine drops purses 10 percent

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) Thursday announced that purses will be reduced by an overall average of 10 percent, effective Jan. 10.   "It is crucial during this ongoing period of uncertainty that purse money be conserved, so we view this as an absolute necessity,” said Bruce Murray, WEG's vice president of Standar...
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Maryland stallion pedigrees now available

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
The pedigrees for all stallions standing in Maryland and eligible to the slots infused Maryland Sire Stakes program are now available online. Stallion booklets will be available soon.   Please use our website http://www.msrfonline.com/ for all your current Maryland Standardbred Race Fund info, staking forms and any updates as they become available. The 2013 race dates are online.   ...
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Palone is "Good Guy," Morgan is "Unsung Hero"

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
One leads a quiet life in Ohio, away from the racetrack; one leads the most public of lives as he pursues records and exudes ability--and rapport with fans--wherever he goes.   But both do very important jobs for harness racing in these varied pursuits, which is why the United States Harness Writers Association have voted Dot Morgan the LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award and Dave Palone the...
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Charlotte Sheppard DeVan dies at 92

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Standardbred breeder and owner Charlotte Sheppard DeVan, 92, whose father Lawrence B. Sheppard founded Hanover Shoe Farms, died Tuesday, Jan.1 2013, at her home with her loving family by her side. Born August 30, 1920, in San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. DeVan was the daughter of the late Lawrence B. and Charlotte Newton Sheppard. She was the wife of the late William Todd DeVan II, MD. Mrs. DeVan was ...
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Chapter Seven, Toscano receive NJ honors

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Chapter Seven, the Dan Patch Award-winning Horse of the Year, has been named the 2012 New Jersey Standardbred of the Year, as selected by the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board.   Chapter Seven's trainer, Linda Toscano of Freehold, N.J., will also be honored with the Governor's Cup as New Jersey Horseperson of the Year.   Chapter Seven will be among the honorees at the 56th Annual Ne...
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USTA releases 2012 wagering and purse figures

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association released on Thursday the year-end, national handle totals for pari-mutuel wagering in the United States and Canada on live U.S. harness racing as well as for U.S. purse distribution, race days and races in 2012.   Total handle on U.S. harness racing in 2012 was $1,465,008,667 for 4,004 race days, an average of $365,886 per race day.   ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
One of the primetime players at the Meadowlands, trainer Ron Burke, is in action with 17 starters on Friday and Saturday, and in the new edition of Weekend Preview he gives his take on the new classified racing system used by race secretary Peter Koch. Burke also dishes the scoop on Meirs Hanover and Annieswesterncard, both going postward Saturday in preparation for the upcoming Presidential Se...
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Risk Management wins Meadows feature

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Shuffled to last down the backside, Risk Management found racing room wide in the lane and pulled off a 12-1 upset in Thursday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Risk Management still trailed by three lengths when Brett Miller tipped him three wide for the stretch drive. The 5-year-old Western Hanover-Catch A Wish gelding blazed home t...
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Hal Jones to be honored as Ohio Hall of Famer

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
Hal S. Jones, who managed Pickwick Farms in Ohio in the 1950s and 60s, is the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Jones was inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame in 2011. Jones, now in his 80s, played a major role in developing the use of artificial insemination in Standard...
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TVG changes time for Meadowlands replay show

on 01/03/2013 12:00 AM
The Racing From The Meadowlands replay show on TVG will air at 11 a.m. (EST) Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. (EST) on Sunday.  All replay shows are 30 minutes in length. Regionally, TVG airs on channel 718 on Comcast, 402 on Cablevision, channel 315 on Verizon and 670 on AT&T NY. It is also available on DirecTV on channel 602 and DISH Network on channel 405. To find TV...
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Hanover-breds top record $30 mil in 2012

on 01/02/2013 12:00 AM
It came down to the very last day of the year, but for Hanover Shoe Farms, the goal entering 2012 was to have its progeny chase down the heretofore elusive and never before achieved number of $30 million in earnings. As of Jan. 1, 2013 Hanover-breds had earned $30,008,243.   For as long as records have been kept by the United States Trotting Association, no other breeder has ev...
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