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Advertising whiz Mike Rashkow dies at 71

on 02/06/2013 12:00 AM
Michael Rashkow, the mind behind memorable advertising campaigns for Niatross, BG's Bunny, and other top horses syndicated by Lou Guida, died on Wednesday, Jan. 23 after a battle with cancer. He was 71. Mr. Rashkow was born in New York City. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a psychiatric medic and then worked in the music business and became a golf professional. According to a wikipedia p...
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Name Your Price series continues at Monticello

on 02/06/2013 12:00 AM
On Monday the mares did their thing  in Monticello Raceway’s name Your Claiming Price Series and on Wednesday, February 6 three divisions of  horses and geldings did battle in their divisions with Sams Fortune, Thomas John N and Haroun Hanover each emerging victorious in their respective divisions. The first of the three to be victorious was the Ed Hall-owned  Sams F...
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Waiting On A Woman cruises at Pompano

on 02/06/2013 12:00 AM
Waiting On A Woman, who avoided disaster and almost fell down in his last start when a hobble broke midway through his mile, stayed on his feet perfectly on Wednesday night at Pompano Park to score what turned out to be a handy win in the $10,500 Open I Trot. With Wally Hennessey handling the five year-old’s lines, Waiting On A Woman took command when the Hummer Starting Gate opened and...
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Mandabra, Awsome Valley win feature trots at Dover

on 02/06/2013 12:00 AM
Mandabra made it two wins in-a-row while Awsome Valley won wire-to-wire in the top two trots on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan left fast driving Mandabra and had the lead by the opening quarter. From there it was follow the leader to a 1:55 victory in the $16,000 Winners-Over trot. The Kadabra-Beautiful Mind gelding won for the second straight week and third time in his ...
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Moni Market buys into "Queen of Italy"

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Moni Market Breeders announced Tuesday that it purchased a stake in the 4-year-old trotting mare Pearl Axe earlier this year. Pearl Axe solidified her position as the top trotting filly in Italy when she was officially named "La Regina" (the Queen) of Italian racing.   She earned her crown by winning the most prestigious races in her class. Her victories included the Italian De...
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Mystra plays another encore at Dover

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Mystra stepped up to the $23,000 Mares Open pace for her third consecutive victory at Dover Downs on Monday.   Tim Tetrick sat second with Mystra as Jeremes Sweetheart driven by Ron Pierce cut out the fractions until heading for the final turn. Tetrick then sent Mystra around the leader and led the way to a 1:53 triumph in the week's top distaff event and keeps the Art Major-Pastram...
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Michigan makes changes to whipping rule

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has just announced revisions to a number of rules and policies affecting Michigan horsemen. Rules and policies impacted by the changes include those involving driving rule violations, the EPM list, phenylbutazone levels, and deceased horse protocols. The rule and policy changes were previously made available for review and comment last spring. Feed...
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Name Your Price winners name the time: 2:00.3

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway's Name Your Price Claiming Series got underway om Monday afternoon with three divisions for fillies and mares and strangely the final times for all three winners, Pot Limit , Romi Mystic, and Tracey's Song, was 2:00.3.   The event, which has three legs and a final, allows in the second and third legs for owners to choose claiming prices from $4,000-$6,000, obvious...
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Lindwood Farm announces first foal of 2013

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Lindwood Farm's first foal of 2013 was born on Groundhog Day, February 2. McPhil, a colt by McArdle, is out of the mare Philadelphia p,2,1:54.4f; 3,1:53.1f; 4,1:52.1f ($160,537). This is her third foal, the first being McLiberty p,2,1:56.3f-'12 ($21,120) timed in 1:54f, and her second Philly's Art, now two.
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Slots agreement reached at Grand River

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has announced that it has reached a lease agreement in principal with Grand River Agricultural Society for OLG's slots operations at Grand River Raceway.   OLG has provided the site holder with a Letter of Intent, which sets out the general intentions and business arrangements, subject to approvals, between OLG and the site. OLG previously ...
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Slots revenue continues strong at Scioto

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Tuesday's Columbus Dispatch is reporting slots numbers at Scioto Downs that are sure to make officials there happy. The newspaper reports the 2,117 video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs made an average of $151 a day in December, while the average daily revenue per each of the 3,015 machines at Hollywood Columbus was $115 in December. Scioto Downs opened its racino on June 19 while Hollywo...
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Murray, MacDonald part ways with WEG

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Two long-serving members of the senior management team at Woodbine Entertainment are no longer with Canadian horse racing's largest operator.   Woodbine CEO Nick Eaves confirmed on Tuesday that WEG has parted ways with Andrew MacDonald, vice president of Strategic Initiatives and Bruce Murray, vice president of Standardbred Racing.   Eaves told Trot Insider that the move ...
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Racing Congress deadline heading to finish line

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
It's the deep stretch of the time to reserve rooms for the Harness Racing Congress, Dan Patch Awards Banquet, and related meetings and events, because the discount on room rates at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ends Thursday at 5 p.m. After that, regular "rack rates," some 50% higher than the discounted rooms, go into effect for the Congress, which officially...
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2 horses die in unrelated incidents at Meadows

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Two horses died at The Meadows during the Monday afternoon race card, a program that for the most part was raced in a snowstorm. According to reports, the 8-year-old mare Lislea Isabelle choked down, according to driver Brady Brown, while warming up for the 14th race and subsequently died. A short time later during the 15th race, Little Bit Tricky fell and died on the track. Brett Miller wa...
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Fall Final Four caps late freshman stakes

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Making a welcome return to the schedule for 2 year olds in 2013 are thelucrative "Fall Final Four" stakes. This group of races, launched at Garden State Park in the mid-1980s, includes the Governor's Cup (2CP $500,000e), Three Diamonds (2FP $400,000e), Valley Victory (2CT $430,000) and Goldsmith Maid (2FT $385,000). The quartet of stakes will be raced in late November during the New Meadowland...
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Run And Tell Pap wins Meadows Preferred

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Away fourth, Run And Tell Pap grabbed the lead with a quarter-pole move and went on to a comfortable victory—his fourth in his last six starts—in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Run and Tell Pap easily repelled the first-over challenge of No Doze and scored, under mild urging from Dave Palone, in 1:56 over a "good” surface. The pocket-sitting TSM Ph...
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10YO Artstanding lowers mark to 1:51.4f

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan, the sport's leading dash-winning driver in 2013, reached the winner's circle six times, one piloting Artstanding, a 10-year-old winner of $675,727 who reduced his lifetime mark to 1:51.4 in a $20,000 claiming pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday. Callahan, seeking a fourth consecutive Dover Downs title, has 86 wins since Jan. 1.   The win was the fifth in his last six outi...
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Ackerman, Robitaille selected for Cal Hall of Fame

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
Douglas J. "Doug" Ackerman, a native of Michigan and third generation horseman, and Robitaille, p, 6, 1:50.4s ($885,290) will be inducted into the California Harness Horseman's Hall of Fame at the annual meeting of the group this coming March.   Ackerman came to California in the late 1940s, racing at such tracks as Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Bay Meadows and Los Alamitos and did ...
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USHWA adds Canadian chapter

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
Throughout most of its 67-year history, the United States Harness Writers Association, harness racing's premier organization for communicators, has had members who lived outside of the United States. They supported the goals of USHWA, and benefited from two-way contact with the organization while being in an "At-Large” category that includes membership near no local chapter of the group. ...
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Cap on WHHC online qualifiers raised to 1,250

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
Due to popular demand and the fact that each of the first six contests of the USTA World Harness Handicapping Championship free, online qualifying series reached the limit of 1,000 contestants, the limit on entries will be increased to 1,250 for the remaining four contests starting with Northfield Park on Friday, Feb. 8, and Pompano Park on Saturday, Feb. 9.   The free entries ...
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