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Other tracks benefiting from strong Big M

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is harness racing's flagship racetrack and as the New Jersey site goes, so does racing. If the Big M's start to 2013 is any indication, this will be a good year for racing. On-track wagering has been even with the 2012 meet, so the increase in wagering is coming from off-track sources. Woodbine, which has also seen a handle increase in 2013 on its product, wagered $154,950 o...
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Sevruga takes top Dover trot in 1:53.2

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
Sevruga, after completing his biggest season in 2012, started the New Year with a 1:53.2 victory in the $23,000 Open Trot on Wednesday (Jan. 9) at Dover Downs. Driven by Pat Berry, Sevruga rolled out of fourth heading to the clubhouse turn and slowly progressed on the outside to reach race-leading Green Day with Corey Callahan by the three quarters. He the took over the lead and sped...
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KD Amazin Spirit giving Willey wins, thrills

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
KD Amazin Spirit lived up to his name last weekend, overcoming some interference at the head of the stretch to reel in heavily-favored Franky Provolone with new best friend Scott Cisco giving directions at Cal Expo.    KD Amazin Spirit, a 7-year-old son of Thadrow, is going strong as ever these days and you can say the same thing about his 78-year-old owner/trainer/breeder Keit...
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Meadows reports 15% jump in 2012 handle

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino closed out its 2012 racing season with strong gains in its key indicators, including a 15 percent jump in all-sources handle.   Average daily handle in 2012 was $501,550, an increase of more than $65,000 per card from 2011. On-track wagering grew 22 percent, an indication that competitive racing and an attractive, diverse betting menu are drawing m...
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Yonkers 1996 race makes the Tonight Show

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
Harness racing got a plug on national TV on Monday night, Jan. 7, but in a strange sort of way. A race that was contested 16 years ago at Yonkers received play as part of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno's "Headlines" feature.   In the segment, Leno displays an assortment of material, including advertisements with typos or words that are suggestive. Usually those headlines ar...
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Revenues to PA Race Horse Fund drop 4.6%

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition reported on Tuesday (Jan. 10) that funds generated from slot machine gaming to the Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF) decreased by 4.6 percent, or $6.36 million, over the past six months, the most significant decline in the history of the fund.   The Race Horse Development Fund was created by Act 71 of 2004, the Pennsylvania Race Horse Developm...
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US Dept. of Ag needs census participation

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is preparing to conduct its 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. Horses will be included in the Census. Every five years, USDA conducts an agriculture census to determine the number of U.S. farms and ranches and gather vital information about U.S agriculture, including the horse community. The census is a valuable tool to help the USDA determine land use and...
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No Cam Fella Award for second straight year

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada today announced there will not be a 2012 recipient for the Cam Fella Award. This is second straight year without a recipient. The Cam Fella Award, named in honor of the world-class standardbred Cam Fella, is awarded for extreme recent meritorious service to the Canadian harness racing industry. Because of his unparalleled contributions to the sport of harness racing, Sta...
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Movie with harness racing theme now available

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
A new movie, Amazing Racer, set in a harness racing setting, has been released and is available exclusively at walmart.com. Amazing Racer, which stars Daryl Hannah, Clare Forlani, Julianne Michelle, Louis Gossett Jr. and Eric Roberts, was filmed at and around The Meadows in southwestern Pennsylvania in 2008 and originally titled Shannon's Rainbow (http://www.shannonsrainbow.com/). It tells ...
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Ralph Jones publishes harness racing book

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
Ralph Jones, former Deputy Executive Secretary for the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission, has announced his memoir "Buckeye Side Wheelers & Keystone Tail Sitters, Reflections of Harness Racing's Glory Days.”   Jones, 86, is an Ohio native now residing in Mechanicsburg, PA. He's been involved in harness racing throughout his lifetime—from his days as a youngste...
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Entries closing soon for Blooded Horse Sale

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale are due now! The 50th annual event takes place Feb. 11 and 12 in Delaware, Ohio, at the fairgrounds. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at the home of the Little Brown Jug to replenish their racehorse stock, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Entries could close as early as F...
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Delaware's Garey Service to Youth honoree

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
The University of Delaware's Susan Truehart Garey has been named winner of the 2012 Service to Youth Award by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. She currently serves as a Statewide Extension Agent in Animal Science and has a wide and varied background of service through extension, 4H and other organizations in addition to volunteering with HHYF. Garey joins a distinguished list of Service To ...
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SRF meets generous match grant

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) is pleased to announce that a generous match grant has been met. The dollar-for-dollar match was the gift from a donor in the amount of $25,000 with a deadline of Dec. 31, 2012. Coming down to the wire, SRF received its last gifts from two very special owners who called to make sure our match was met. All three donors wish to remain anonymou...
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Yonkers set to resume live racing Friday night

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway begins its 2013 season Friday night, with a dozen-race dossier commencing customarily at 7:10 pm. A pair of $35,000 co-features--a Filly and Mare Open Pace (6th race) and an Open Handicap Trot (8th race)--highlight the opener. Yonkers again offers the highest purse structure and deepest driving colony in the sport, led by defending local champ George Brennan. Brennan's Westc...
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Hoosier Park now accepting stall apps

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
Stall applications are now available for the upcoming 2013 Standardbred season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, can be found here. Stall applications are due back to Hoosier Park Racing and Casino by Feb. 8.   Applications for stall space are required for both stalls in the barn area as well as horseman wishing to ...
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Melander hopes for Super Bowl score

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
Jenny Melander always wanted to train her own horses, but she was too busy helping other trainers with their stables. Last summer, though, Melander decided to give it a go. She bought a 6-year-old trotter, Don Dinero, and became the lessee on a 3-year-old trotter, Wisenheimer.   On Thursday night, the now 4-year-old Wisenheimer makes his seasonal debut in the Super Bowl series for t...
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Do Me Honor holds tough in Meadows win

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
Do Me Honor blazed to the lead from post eight, held off a serious third-quarter challenge from the favorite and went on to capture Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   After a :30.1 second-quarter breather, Do Me Honor faced the uncovered bid of 1-2 (as part of an entry) NY Yankees. But the 5-year-old daughter of Cheyenne ...
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Manzi memorial contributions top $5,700

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
When Sharon (Mrs. John) Manzi passed away after a courageous fight with cancer on Nov. 3, 2012, the family had requested donations to Historic Track in lieu of flowers being sent to the funeral home.   More than two months have transpired and donations are still coming in. At last count the total thus far sent to the National Historic Landmark is $5,715.   "It may not sou...
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Jeremes Sweetheart sweet in Dover victory

on 01/07/2013 12:00 AM
In only her fourth start since being acquired by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, Jeremes Sweetheart stepped up the $23,000 Mares Open Handicap at Dover Downs and swept to her third consecutive victory on Monday. Driver Corey Callahan had four winners on the card.   Ron Pierce was at the controls as the 4-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet-Fox Valley Evanna trained by ...
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Big $3.5 mil handle & win by Golden Receiver

on 01/06/2013 12:00 AM
Golden Receiver picked up right where he left off, with another dynamic victory. On the heels of a career season in 2012 that saw Golden Receiver earn over $941,000, Golden Receiver went right to the lead and never looked back, pacing a final quarter in an eye-opening :25.4. Golden Receiver won by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:48.4, and right now his speed separates him from the rest and he will head int...
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