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Final day for CHHA Stallion Auction

on 02/01/2013 12:00 AM
Bidding closes at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2 for the 2013 CHHA Stallion Auction. Place your bids at www.ongait.com or call Lee at 603-898-1927 for any of the 42 available stallion breedings. For more information visit www.chha.net/stallions. The Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association greatly appreciates all the farms, syndicates and individuals who donated stallion seasons to this...
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Simms named to head Miami Valley Gaming

on 02/01/2013 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Gaming and Racing, a joint venture of Delaware North Companies Gaming and Entertainment and Churchill Downs Inc., Friday announced that James W. Simms will serve as president and general manager of Miami Valley Gaming, the new, world-class gaming and racing facility being developed in Warren County, Ohio.   Simms brings more than 15 years of executive experience i...
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Chicago heads to break with 2 guaranteed pools

on 02/01/2013 12:00 AM
Both Balmoral and Maywood Park will be on a short hiatus from live Standardbred racing beginning on Sunday, Feb. 3. The "break” will last until Wednesday, Feb. 13, when Balmoral resumes live racing with a 10-race card which will get underway at 7:10 p.m.   There will be no qualifying races at Balmoral Park on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Qualifiers are scheduled to resume on Wednesday, Feb...
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Back to the Track weekend set for July 5-7

on 02/01/2013 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association announced on Friday that the 2013 edition of "Back to the Track” is scheduled for the weekend of Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7. In addition, the USTA released the new logos for this year's event and activated the Back to the Track website.   After the first three years, Back to the Track has become a special event that fans mark on their ca...
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Purses drop as WEG announces stakes schedule

on 02/01/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Friday announced its 2013 Standardbred stakes schedule, which includes the 30th renewal of the prestigious Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack.   The Pepsi North America Cup, WEG's signature harness race,will offer a guaranteed purse of $1 million on Saturday, June 15. Ten of the continent's finest 3-year-old pacers will line up beh...
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Fuel Cell, Queen Of Royalty win Yonkers co-features

on 02/01/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-features--an Open Handicap for everyone's-allowed trotters and an Open for distaff pacers--were won by Fuel Cell (Brian Sears, $15) and Queen of Royalty (Brent Holland, $42.60). Fuel Cell did it the hard way from post position No. 5. He watched from fifth as 4-5 choice  Calchips Brute (George Brennan) worked around the lass Mymomsabl...
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The Meadows no eask task in WHHC qualifier

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
Contestants in Friday's leg of the World Harness Handicapping Championship, when The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is one of the featured tracks, will need both a sharp pencil and an eye on the sky.   They'll need to be in top handicapping form because Friday's 15-race program at The Meadows offers highly competitive events. Indeed, fields are so evenly matched at The Meadows that ...
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Equine massage therapist Rebecca Floyd dies

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
Rebecca Floyd,65, died in Anderson, Ind., on Jan. 23 due to complications arising from a recent bout with pneumonia. She hailed from Philippi, W.Va., but made her way west with her family and was a 1965 graduate of the Air Academy (Colorado Springs). She loved the outdoors and the lively arts and earned her bachelor's degree in Theater Arts from Humboldt State University in 1993, and went...
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Monticello racing gets lost in the fog

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
What's the hardest call for a race announcer? Some might say calling races in the fog.   Howard Oil, Monticello Raceway's longtime race caller confronted that situation on Wednesday when the Mighty M was shrouded in fog.   Still, the veteran announcer followed as best he could the moving horses up the backside which were not clearly visible and "jive-talked" until th...
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Dancer's NJ legislation approved by Assembly

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth) that allows harness racing permitholders and the standardbred racing and horse-breeding industry to jointly decide how to utilize a portion of their racing purses in order to promote the racing industry was unanimously approved by the Assembly on Monday. The bill, A-3489, allows ...
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Horse owner Arthur Levin dies at 76

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
Standardbred owner Arthur Levin, who campaigned horses with his wife, Shirley, died Saturday, Jan. 26, at age 76, after a three-month battle with leukemia. The Levins resided in the Chicago suburb of Barrington Hills. The Levins campaigned and/or bred such notables as the top pacing fillies Parklane Powerful and Nu Diamond Star, Fighting Major and Ice Chaser won. ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
One of the top free-for-all trotters has changed barns as trainer Ron Burke has begun preparing the 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone for his 2013 campaign. Also, Illinois-based owner Dave Clinard traveled to the Meadowlands for the recent Tattersalls Mixed Sale and he made two big-ticket purchases. Loyal to racing in the Prairie State, Clinard has brought both pacers home and they w...
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Allard talks about career, 6 racing Saturday

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
With youth and success on his side, trainer Rene Allard has set a goal of concentrating more on quality than quantity in his stable in 2013, as well as placing an emphasis on racing the bulk of horses in the US.   The tireless 26-year-old from Saint-Esprit, Quebec, the youngest trainer to hit 1,500 wins in 2012, amassed career best numbers last year winning 453 races [second in Nort...
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Hall of Fame's breeding auction set to begin

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2013 breeding auction. This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) and Cam's Card Shark (2007). Bids must be postmarked by February 16, 2013. The list of stallions follows below.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $496,000 over the past 14 years, supports the Museum's ...
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Whicadidja, Gold Deuce ready for Cal Expo series

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
The first leg of the Bill Conlin Pacing Series is in the spotlight at Cal Expo Saturday night, with Gold Deuce heading a contentious field of nine. A 14-race program is on tap, with the Conlin set as the fifth on the evening.   Gold Duece will appreciate getting away from the streaking Oompa Loompa, a performer he has chased home in his last two outings. Prior to that...
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Shopping With Art pays off again at Dover

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
Shopping With Art is a winner, at least in his last six races, Versado returned with a 1:50.1 front-pacing victory in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap, and Catchmecullen A closed strongly to win the $30,000 Delaware Special at Dover Downs on a windy Thursday.   Owner-trainer-driver Daryl Bier acquired Shopping With Art after an odds-on win at Woodbine and since he has been ...
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NJ Ag names Toscano Horseperson of the Year

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher awarded the 2012 Governor's Award for Horseperson of the Year to Linda Toscano, one of harness racing's most successful trainers, at the 56th annual Breeders' Luncheon in Eastampton on January 27. Toscano, who lives in Freehold, trained the 2012 Standardbred Horse of the Year, Chapter Seven. Over the course of her career, Toscano has had 1,...
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Saratoga Harness Racing buys Colorado casino

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. (SHRI), owner of Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, NY, has announced the official completion of its acquisition of Fitzgeralds Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colorado, on Tuesday (Jan. 29). SHRI began operating Fitzgeralds Casino Black Hawk earlier in the day.   The closing on the purchase from The Majestic Star Casino, LLC ("M...
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Royal Dream: new record; no 5/8 mile track races

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Royal Dream set a new race record in winning the Prix d'Amerique on Sunday in Paris. His mile rate time was 1:55.3, which erases the previous mark of 1:55.4 held by Offshore Dream and Ready Cash.   In other post-Prix d'Amerique news, trainer-driver Jean-Philippe Dubois said he would not race Royal Dream on five-eighths mile track, and thus will not consider either the Elitlopp ...
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Blooded Horse Sale still taking supplements

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Supplemental entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Mixed Sale can be made through Saturday, February 2. This sale attracts buyers from across the United States and Canada and takes place in Delaware, Ohio February 11-12. Over 570 racehorses, broodmares, young prospects, yearlings, and stallions are already cataloged. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter a horse or to order a catalog. ...
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