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Ontario horsemen donate to Toys for Tots

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
Generosity personified best describes the drivers and trainers on Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) horse racing circuit as they unite again this year in support of the Halton Police's Toys for Tots campaign to benefit the Salvation Army. The horsemen have contributed $6,087 to help bring the joy of Christmas to children in need.   "Even as the industry faces unprecedented challe...
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Trophies stolen from Harness Racing Museum

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame (www.harnessmuseum.com), in Goshen, NY, was burglarized sometime overnight between Dec. 17 and Dec. 18. Thieves targeted the display case containing a sterling silver Faberge soup tureen and ladle, the Memphis Gold Challenge Cup, the gold Weaver Loving Cup and a Tiffany basket shaped bowl inscribed Worthy Chief. Ten additional trophies were also...
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Trotting mare Perfect Chance wins third straight

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
Perfect Chance won her third straight race, holding off the late charge of Victory Is Coming to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although up in class from the conditioned ranks, Perfect Chance shot right to the lead for Dave Palone and was on top at every pole — just as she was in the previous victories in her current streak — prevailing ...
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Tattersalls Mixed Sale catalog now online

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
The online catalog and racelines for the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale, presented by Tattersalls, is now available on the company's website, www.tattersallsredmile.com, and via the Equineline® sales app.   The sale will be held Monday, Jan. 21, in the Meadowlands race paddock, with a start time of 12 noon.   The catalog and racelines may be downloaded in their...
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Milby hits grand slam at Rosecroft

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
The never-ending series of multiple win nights for Frank Milby at Rosecroft continued on Tuesday night as Milby showed no lasting effects from a bout with the flu on Saturday and visited the winner's circle four times on a 10-race card. The wins give him 61 wins out of 310 races held this meet at Rosecroft.   Milby's night started with a second place finish in the opener with K J Ha...
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Freehold raises $29,000 for local food bank

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway announced today that more than $29,000 had been raised on Saturday, Dec. 15, with "Racing Toward Recovery Day.”   All money raised is being donated to The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Freehold pledged to donate all net proceeds from live racing to The FoodBank.   According to Freehold General Manager Howard Bruno, "This event would no...
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Kierans, Fellows among Woodbine TV layoffs

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
It has been reported in Canada and confirmed by harnessracing.com on Wednesday morning that 20 people who worked in the TV department at Woodbine Racetrack have been laid off and another dozen have been shifted from full-time status to seasonal. Included among the layoffs is commentator Renee Kierans, who was the anchor of the track's simulcast network as well as on the CBC and The Score te...
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Captaintreacherous voted Pacer of the Year

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
Captaintreacherous, who won eight of 10 races and earned $918,253, on Wednesday became the first 2-year-old pacer in 25 years to be named Pacer of the Year, earning the nod over 3-year-olds Michael's Power and American Jewel and defending champion Foiled Again in a wide-open contest.   In other awards announced, Captaintreacherous also took 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year honors;...
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Don't forget: Bowie documentary on Thursday

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
The 60-minute documentary on former University of Kentucky basketball star Sam Bowie, who has been a longtime owner of Standardbreds and is a regular at The Red Mile, has been scheduled to air on ESPNU at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. "Going Big” chronicles Bowie's basketball career at Kentucky as well as in the NBA, including being drafted in 1984 by the Portland Trail Blazers prior to Mi...
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Qualifiers and draw schedule for Big M opener

on 12/19/2012 12:00 AM
Four trotting and seven pacing races make up the 11 qualifiers scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday morning at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The draw for opening night, Friday, Dec. 28, will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, with the entry box closing at 9 a.m. The opening night card features a $30,000 free for all filly and mare pace and a $30,000 free for all trot.   Classified raci...
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Repeat winners in Valedictory, Niagara

on 12/18/2012 12:00 AM
The $30,000 second legs of the Valedictory and Niagara Series were contested on Monday night at Woodbine, with a pair of repeat winners and a longshot making the trip down victory lane.   In the first Valedictory dash, JJ Shark, who was an opening round division winner, captured the lion's share of the purse for trainer Peter Hamilton and driver Randy Waples.   After JJ S...
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Badlands Hanover Syndicate offers foal options

on 12/18/2012 12:00 AM
The following press release was issued by the Badlands Hanover Syndicate manager John Celii. "The Badlands Hanover Syndicate recognizes that recent industry related decisions may place significant hardship on many Standardbred owners and breeders. Over the last several months, we have read several disturbing articles regarding the potential euthanasia of Ontario based Standardbred horses...
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NJ bill makes law what is presently in contracts

on 12/18/2012 12:00 AM
The New Jersey General Assembly approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer to guarantee consistent levels of funding from horse races to programs that benefit horsemen, such as those administered by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ).   Presently, Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands and the SBOANJ have a ...
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Gural: NJ online casino games bad idea

on 12/18/2012 12:00 AM
A bill that allows online versions of casino games anywhere in New Jersey passed the state's Assembly on Monday (Dec. 17), but Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural believes it is a bad deal for the state.   "It's shocking to me that anyone would do what should be called the ‘Casino Worker Unemployment Act,” Gural told John Brennan for the north New Jersey newspaper The Record. "...
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Clay Faurot Sr. dies in Florida at age 76

on 12/18/2012 12:00 AM
Longtime horseman Clayton Faurot Sr., 76, died Monday (Dec. 17) after a long bout with cancer.   Born June 23, 1936, Faurot drove 616 winners during his career and added 532 training victories to his resume, as well. One of his more successful horses was Turbo Rabbit, a pacer that captured the $106,081 Michigan Sire Stakes for three year-old colts and geldings in 1998.  ...
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Chapter Seven named 2012 Trotter of the Year

on 12/18/2012 12:00 AM
Chapter Seven and Market Share gave owner Richard Gutnick and trainer Linda Toscano a strong 1-2 punch on the racetrack. The stablemates knocked out the competition off the track as well.   Chapter Seven on Tuesday was named Trotter of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, with Market Share finishing second in the organization's year-end Dan Patch Awards balloting. In ad...
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Rosecroft to resume T-bred simulcasts Jan. 1

on 12/18/2012 12:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway and the Maryland Jockey Club have reached an agreement for Thoroughbred simulcasting to resume again at Rosecroft in Fort Washington, Md.  The two parties were about to begin arbitration on the matter, but an agreement was reached before that began.   Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, Thoroughbred races will be simulcast into Rosecroft and harness signals will be simulc...
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Six in a row for Come Together at Dover

on 12/18/2012 12:00 AM
The pacer Come Together won his sixth consecutive start while driver Corey Callahan, after driving six winners last night, returned with five winners on Tuesday at Dover Downs.   Come Together began his now lengthening win streak at Pocono Downs in late October at the $10,000 claiming level, stepped up in price to $12,500 where he was claimed by Josh Green. His next start was ...
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Put On A Show retires as fastest female pacer

on 12/17/2012 12:00 AM
Put On A Show had been entered to make her final career start Wednesday in the Mares Open Handicap Pace at Harrah's Philadelphia, but her connections announced late Saturday night that the 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Stienams Place will not race due to soreness.   "Shes not herself and she owes me nothing," said Richard Young, who owns the mare in partner...
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RCI makes major modifications to medication rules

on 12/17/2012 12:00 AM
The Board of Directors of Racing Commissions International has voted to move forward with a major revision of the association's model medication rules for horse racing.   The RCI Board gave preliminary approval to a list of 17 "Controlled Therapeutic Medications” with set testing thresholds at which point a violation of the rules would be found due to the ability of the substance ...
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