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Winbak's Joe Thomson to be honored in Maryland

on 12/24/2012 12:00 AM
The World Trade Center Institute Awards' Review Committee has selected Joe Thomson, owner of Winbak Farm, to be one of six awarded with Maryland's 17th annual International Leadership Award on March 6.   The committee remarked on Winbak Farm's accomplishments and strong growth record as being reasons why the farm is a model for other Maryland firms on the global horizon.   ...
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Wisconsin horsewoman Carol Yohn dies

on 12/24/2012 12:00 AM
Carol E. Yohn, 65, wife of U.S. Trotting Association director Robert Yohn, died on Friday, Dec. 21.   She was a longtime member of the Wisconsin Harness Horse Association, a breeder and owner of Standardbreds, and a licensed trainer.   Gabe Wand, a prominent Wisconsin harness horseman and USTA said, "Carol was a long time WHHA member, friend, horsewoman and harness raci...
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Archangel to stand at stud at Blue Chip in NY

on 12/24/2012 12:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms in New York is welcoming world champion Archangel to its stallion ranks in 2013. His fee will be $4,000.   A winner of $906,579, Archangel won the 2012 Yonkers Trot in 1:54.1h, a world record time, without trotting hobbles. He defeated heavily favored Googoo Gaagaa and Market Share.   Trained by Peter Arigenna, Archangel won an elimination and final of the...
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Eighteen wins 8th of season in 1:54.2

on 12/23/2012 12:00 AM
Eighteen (Mark MacDonald) finished what he started Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's final-card-of-the-season $28,000 winners-over pace for owners James Snyder and trainer Mark Ford.   Leaving from post position 4, Eighteen worked around pole-sitting Bettor Design (Jason Bartlett), throwing down the gauntlet to the tune of a windy :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Then there ...
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Funeral services set for Walter Russell

on 12/22/2012 12:00 AM
Hall of Famer Walter Russell, a son of a Hall of Fame horseman who chose to make his mark in harness racing in the judges' stand instead of on the track, died Saturday morning, Dec. 22, at the age of 86. Mr. Russell, who lived in suburban Atlanta for many years but frequently visited his hometown of Stevenson, Ala., suffered a massive heart attack on Saturday, Dec. 15.   Funera...
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Jamieson, Filion slugging it out at Woodbine

on 12/22/2012 12:00 AM
As the year begins to draw to a close, the tussle for WEG's top driver bragging rights continues to intensify. Jody Jamieson has 276 wins on the season while Sylvain Filion has 271.   Jamieson is in search of his fourth WEG driving title. The defending champion recorded 328 victories in 2011.   "I've had a great year overall,” Jamieson said. "There were some ups and dow...
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Northern Companion 1:51 winner at Pompano

on 12/22/2012 12:00 AM
Northern Companion, given a picture perfect journey by driver Rob Hoffman, collared the pacesetting Keemosabe (Bruce Ranger) turning for home and went on to score a neck victory in 1:51 over Special Strides (Rick Plano) and the late charging Amillionpennies (Matt Romano) in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. Keemosabe was fourth.   Trained by Howard Klohr f...
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Meadowlands draw schedule for opening cards

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
Please be advised of The Meadowlands' draw schedule for the opening weekend of live racing. For opening day; Friday, Dec. 28, the box will close at 9 am on Saturday, Dec. 22 (tomorrow). For the Saturday, Dec. 29 card, the box will close at 9 am on Sunday, Dec. 23.   The complete draw/scratch time schedule and condition sheet for Friday and Saturday's cards are available at...
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USTA announces online handicapping contest

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
In conjunction with HorseTourneys.com and the $100,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC), which will be held at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 13, 2013, the United States Trotting Association (USTA) announced on Friday (Dec. 21) that it has created a free, on-line, qualifying series of 10 tournaments to be conducted during January and February. The winner of each qualifie...
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Walnridge Farm NJ Breeder of the Year

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
Walnridge Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ, one of the state's oldest farms, is the 2012 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year. The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has selected the Meirs family's Walnridge Farm to be among the honorees at the 56th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 27, 2013 at Charley's Other Brot...
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Meadowlands donates Toys For Tots

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
It has been a trying time in the northeastern United States in the recent weeks. With reminders of Hurricane Sandy all around and the recent tragedy in Connecticut, The Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Bayonne are happy to take part in an uplifting event this holiday season.   For the past week, employees and customers alike donated toys to be given to those children less fortunate...
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Dewey to stand at Morrisville in NY in 2013

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe 3,1:50.4 ($3,155,178) will stand at Morrisville College in Morrisville, NY, beginning in 2013. The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd., the Deweycheatumnhowe syndicate manager.   The only undefeated Hambletonian winner in the history of harness racing, Deweycheatumnhowe's first crop raced at two in 2012. He had the winn...
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CDI, Delaware North close on Lebanon assets

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
On Friday, Dec. 21, Miami Valley Gaming & Racing, a joint venture of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), completed its purchase of the harness racing licenses and certain assets held by Lebanon Trotting Club Inc. and Miami Valley Trotting Inc   The closing on the purchase and recent state and local approvals pave the w...
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Seven to say "Au Revoir" at Monticello

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
When Monticello Raceway's director of racing, Eric Warner, opened the entry box for next Thursday's Au Revoir he unexpectedly found that seven 14 year olds had entered.   "We've been working hard to try to get a field together for this end-of-a-career race and we were expecting just four or five entries,” Warner said. "Now with seven entered, and most traveling a long distance jus...
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NY Yankees scores in Meadows finale

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
Aided by a second-quarter breather, NY Yankees rolled to her ninth victory of the year in Friday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   NY Yankees and Dave Palone shot to the lead in a representative :27.2 opening panel. But when Palone worked out a :30.3 second quarter, NY Yankees breezed home in 1:54.1. The pocket-sitting Tremor Hanover was a length b...
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Brando's Muscle Man wins open trot at Yonkers

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
Brando's Muscle Man (George Brennan) lasted on the lead Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's penultimate-program $35,000 Open Handicap Trot. In play from post position No. 4, "Brando" worked around Master Pine (Andy Miller), making the lead before :28.1 opening quarter-mile. A bit of a delayed leave from just-over-even-money favorite Tober (Jason Bartlett) landed him in the three-hole....
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Stahl drives 3,000th career winner

on 12/21/2012 12:00 AM
Ryan Stahl scored the 3,000th win of his driving career while driving Manny Shuffle in Northfield Park's fifth race on Friday by boldly looming from the back to pass the competition. Manny Shuffle paced his successful mile in 2:03.1, winning by a neck in the blowing snow.   Stahl's richest win came in a $100,000 Ohio Sires Stakes final and he has won six Sires Stakes finals. The na...
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Simpson, Montgomery named to IHHA Hall of Fame

on 12/20/2012 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce that the following individuals were chosen for induction into the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame.   The Living Inductees will be Dirk Simpson and Gene Montgomery and the Equine Inductees will be Masterofhisdomain and Life's A Holiday.   Also being honored with special recogniti...
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Halfpipe wins Monticello Marathon

on 12/20/2012 12:00 AM
By definition halfpipe is a structure used in gravity extreme sports such as snowboarding, skateboarding and skiing. At Monticello Raceway, Halfpipe has another meaning.   The Monticello Raceway version of Halfpipe is a 6-year-old trotting gelding who has won five times this year and has been victorious in each of his last three starts.   On Wednesday afternoon Halfpipe's thi...
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Chapter Seven Named 2012 Horse of the Year

on 12/20/2012 12:00 AM
Chapter Seven did not race many times, but he made the most of his opportunities. The 4-year-old male trotter, who won eight of 10 starts and equaled the world record of 1:50.1 on a mile racetrack, was named Horse of the Year on Thursday in Dan Patch Awards voting by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   Chapter Seven's 10 starts were the fewest for a Horse of the Year winner in h...
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