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Record $70,192 Pick 5 payoff at Balmoral

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
With a carryover of just over $10,000 and more than $80,000 in "new money” put through the betting windows, Wednesday night's 50 cent Pick 5 wager at Balmoral Park gave gamblers a great chance to share in the Holiday cheer. And it did just that for one lucky gambler who toted home a Balmoral Park record payoff of $70,192.20 as the lone winner of wager.   Things started as expected...
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Gingras set to defend Big M dash title

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
Following a season of career firsts, Yannick Gingras is anxious to defend his Meadowlands driving title when live racing returns opening weekend, Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Gingras has firmly established himself as one of harness racing's rising stars, and at age 33, the Quebec-born driver continues to soar at a record pace. In 2012, the "Green ...
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Pacer Tattler's Jet featured in NY Times

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
The lead story on the front page of the Wednesday (Dec. 26) edition of The New York Times sports section, placed by Harness Racing Communications, is about 14-year-old pacer Tattler's Jet, who is making his final career start in the Au Revoir at Monticello on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 27). The story appears across the entire width of the front sports page, with a photo of Tattler's Jet in ha...
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Tetrick named 2012 Driver of the Year

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick was the regular driver behind the top five horses in harness racing's year-end Top 10 performers. He drove Chapter Seven, the Horse of the Year (also Trotter of the Year), conditioned by Trainer of the Year Linda Toscano, and Captaintreacherous, the Pacer of the Year; in fact he drove the top three finishers in the Trotter of the Year contest voting, and the 1-3 vote-getters o...
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Last call for Groom of the Year nominations

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 "Groom of the Year" Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes theunsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport's horses.   All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 31st annual "Groom of the Year" award is a letterfrom an individual or g...
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Big M patrons can win 1 percent of The Captain

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
One lucky harness racing fan will experience the thrill of owning a champion racehorse via a unique promotion at the Meadowlands where the Grand Prize is a one-percent share of all future purse earnings by the sensational Captaintreacherous.   Syndicate manager Myron Bell proposed the idea to Jeff Gural when the colt was offered for syndication last fall. A deal was struck to make the co...
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Whitlock N holds off Tattler's Jet in Au Revoir

on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM
Whitlock N won Monticello Raceway's Au Revoir Pace for 14 year olds on Thursday. After the calmest of early winter seasons in the southern Catskill Mountains, a heavy snowstorm moved in on Wednesday, which carried over to the following day and played havoc on the racing program at Monticello Raceway on Thursday.   Featured on Thursday's program was the Au Revoir, the race for 14...
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Toscano named 2012 Trainer of the Year

on 12/26/2012 12:00 AM
Linda Toscano, the trainer of the Harness Horse of the Year (Chapter Seven), the richest Standardbred racehorse of 2012 (Market Share at just over $2 million), and the champion of the sport's glamour division (3-year-old pacing colt Heston Blue Chip), capped her extraordinary season by being the overwhelming choice of the U.S. Harness Writers Association voters as Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Y...
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Meadowlands returns Friday with ABC racing

on 12/26/2012 12:00 AM
Racing returns to the Meadowlands this weekend with the track changing to a new post time of 7:15 p.m. Another change is the introduction of classified racing, with nine of the 12 races on the Friday's opening night card going postward as part of the new "ABC" system employed by race secretary Peter Koch.   A trio of $20,000 classified races highlight the Friday program, which also ...
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Trotter favored in Au Revoir Pace/Trot

on 12/26/2012 12:00 AM
To say that Monticello Raceway's $5,000 Au Revoir on Thursday afternoon is a unique race would be a gross understatement. Not only is it a tremendous undertaking to get a field of 14 year olds together in the waning moments of a year for a final race of their careers, but add to that the fact that the competing seven horses are of both Standardbred gaits.   "Oh, and don't forge...
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JJ Shark takes Woodbine Valedictory final in 1:52

on 12/26/2012 12:00 AM
On a special afternoon Boxing Day card at Woodbine, a pair of $60,000 series finals headlined the programme. After a pair of preliminary legs, both JJ Shark and Oceanview Bindi completed the Series sweep for their connections.   JJ Shark and Randy Waples went from eighth-to first to score the Valedictory final in 1:52. Doowrah Omelet (Keith Oliver) blasted to the front in the e...
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NY continues online video streaming of races

on 12/26/2012 12:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board on Wednesday (Dec. 26) announced the continuation of online video streaming of thoroughbred and harness races in New York state throughout the 2013 calendar year.   The action extends an agreement forged in 2010 and renewed in 2011 by the Racing and Wagering Board in the wake of New York City Off-Track Betting (OTB) Corporation's clo...
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Winky's Gill: Babysitter to the stars

on 12/24/2012 12:00 AM
According to equine custom, Winky's Gill, whose actual birthday is Jan. 31, turns 33 on Jan. 1. According to her age, one rarely achieved by a horse, she ought to be doing nothing--or close to it.   At 32, the trotting broodmare Winky's Gill still holds some impressive records. The multiple stakes winner (Merrie Annabelle, Coaching Club Oaks) is the highest priced broodmare ever so...
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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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