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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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Oosting, Willis recognized for Balmoral titles

on 01/06/2013 12:00 AM
Just as they did in 2010, driver Mike Oosting and trainer Nelson Willis captured their respective titles in 2012 at Balmoral Park.   After having a six-year run of driving titles stopped by Marcus Miller in 2011, the 50-year-old Oosting returned to his perch atop the driver standings notching 229 victories compared to runner-up Miller's 187 wins. The Beecher, IL resident also posted...
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10YO Monet CC takes Pompano Open feature

on 01/06/2013 12:00 AM
Monet CC, the oldest veteran competing in Pompano Park's Open 1 Pace, got the revenge he was seeking after last week's "nostril” loss in the Open by collaring favored Special Strides in the final yards and going on to score a half length win in 1:52.2 for Bruce Ranger. Avantage was third in the mile, followed by Rick's Sign and Dragon's Blood. The 10 year-old rugged son of Artist Stena, maki...
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Damsel In A Dress captures Dover feature

on 01/06/2013 12:00 AM
Damsel In A Dress was the winner of the $10,000 feature for 4 and 5-year-old mares, marking her third consecutive trip to the winner's circle at Dover Downs on Saturday (Jan. 5). Also, Allan Davis had a driving triple and George Dennis picked up two longshot wins. As for the triumph by Damsel In A Dress, Sean Bier was in the bike for the first time for trainer Richard Lewis but t...
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Ann Mossbarger dies at age 88

on 01/06/2013 12:00 AM
Ann Mossbarger, 88, whose family operates Midland Acres, died Sunday, Jan. 6, at 12:02 a.m. at her residence in Bloomingburg, Ohio. Ann was born March 24, 1924, in Greenfield, OH to Harry and Blanche Watkins Curtis. She lived her early life in New Vienna, was a 1940 graduate of New Vienna High School and received a bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University in ...
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Oosting, Affrunti take Maywood titles

on 01/06/2013 12:00 AM
Maywood Park's driver and trainer titles for 2012 may have gone to a pair of first time winners but both are very familiar with the winners circle as veterans Mike Oosting and Angie Affrunti toted home top honors at the Melrose Park oval.   Oosting, who also captured the driving title at Balmoral Park, easily outdistanced last year's driving champion Marcus Miller by a count of 214-...
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Krivelin USHWA Amateur Driver of Year

on 01/05/2013 12:00 AM
This year US Harness Writers' Association National Amateur Driver of the Year Award goes to Bob Krivelin, and it could be said that Krivelin won the honor in a split decision. His name rose to the top over other prolific drivers, some of whom race almost exclusively against professionals.   When Krivelin was notified, he was on his cell phone while was driving (this time a car)."Wai...
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Palone sweeps Railbird Recognition awards

on 01/05/2013 12:00 AM
The fans are the life blood of the harness racing industry, and it's the fans who vote for their all-stars in the Railbird Recognition awards. This is a two part honor that recognizes the most relevant racing moment as well as the most outstanding horse person of the year. 2012 provided an array of worthy candidates for both categories, but when it was all said and done, the fans knew history ...
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Meadowlands continues on strong note

on 01/04/2013 12:00 AM
It was another successful night in East Rutherford, N.J., as the Meadowlands put forth its first Thursday program of the 2013 racing season. When all wagers were cast, $1,840,139 was wagered on the 10 race program, an increase of 5.6 percent over the same Thursday from 2012.   Through three nights of racing, the Meadowlands has seen an additional $795,091 wagered on their first ...
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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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