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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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Western Fair cancels Wednesday's live card

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Unseasonably warm temperatures and heavy rains over the past two days have forced the cancelation of Wednesday's live program at The Raceway at The Western Fair District.   The track will remain open for afternoon and evening simulcasting and live racing is scheduled to resume this Friday night with a first post of 7:05 p.m. (Western Fair)
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Hanover Shoe Farms honored with HTA award

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms of Hanover, Pennsylvania, one of harness racing's premier and storied breeding farms, has been named the 2013 winner of Harness Tracks of America's Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association of major racing organizations in the United States and Canada. In announcing the award, HTA Executive Vice President Paul Estok said, "Hanover...
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USTA's Full circle program explained in video

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
The USTA's Full Circle program offers a free, no obligation means for anyone who'd like to know if a horse in their life, past or present, may need their help. There are nearly 5,000 horses enrolled in Full Circle, which mirrors similar programs offered by the American Quarter Horse Association, The Jockey Club and the American Morgan Horse Association. Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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I'll Tell You What trots to 1:55 Pompano win

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
I’ll Tell You What, who had been knocking at the Open I winner’s circle door the last few starts, finally was able to gain entrance on Wednesday night at Pompano Park by scoring a convincing open lengths victory in 1:55 for Dave Ingraham. The hard-hitting 8-year-old son of Lockkeeper, away sixth in the early going, was out and churning forward with one lap to go, collared the leading la...
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More progress on Centaur taking over Indy Downs

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings, LLC has announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976 review of the company’s pending acquisition of Indiana Grand Casino and Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. expired at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 29 without the Federal Trade Commission taking any action. This clears the path for Centaur to seek financing, with a projec...
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Purses to decrease by 10 percent at Meadows

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) announced today that purses will decrease by 10 percent at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino starting February 1, 2013. The MSOA represents owners, trainers, and drivers of Standardbred horses racing at The Meadows, which is located near Washington, Pa. This measure was deemed necessary due to the negative impact of the 4.6 decrease ($6.36 m...
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New Jersey Sires Stakes payments due Feb. 15

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
The Feb. 15 deadline for New Jersey Sired Stakes first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of NJ-sired 2-year-old and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2013 Premier and Green Acres racing programs.   The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2013 starting in May for 3 year olds and in late June for 2 yea...
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