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120-time winner Tattler's Jet nearing retirement

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
In a few weeks, the career of 14-year-old pacer Tattler's Jet will come to an end. And as the final chapter is written in the life of the fastest horse ever bred in Wisconsin, 71-year-old breeder-owner Dave Carter might have provided the most amusing summation of the tale, which also features 68-year-old trainer Gene Miller.   "We're just two old guys and one old horse,” Carter s...
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Brooks brigade primed for Woodbine series

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Uxbridge conditioner Jeffrey Brooks and owner/breeder Prince Lee Acres will be busy this weekend at Woodbine. The pair will send out a trio of starters in the last two stakes engagements of the year.   PL Firstlady will contest the first round of the Niagara Series on Friday and PL Fighter and PL Faststrike will contest the opening leg of the Valedictory Series on Saturday.  ...
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Field set for $130,000 Cleveland Classic

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
The $130,000 Cleveland Classic, one of Northfield Park's premier races, is set for Saturday night. The final open stakes event on this year's national harness racing calendar, the Classic always draws an impressive slate of equine athletes as well as North America's top drivers. This year is no exception.   Thinking Out Loud has drawn the rail and has been named the 2-1 morning...
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Gilmour: "I wanted to go out a winner"

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
After his victory on Nov. 28 with his beloved trotter My Buddy Chimo, John Gilmour announced in the winner's circle that he was retiring from driving.   Unbeknownst to nearly everyone, Gilmour sprung that on the world although he admitted he'll continue training his current five- horse stable. "Now I'll leave the driving to them young fellers,” he said.   Asked why all...
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Between-race interviews to start at Maywood

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horseman's Association (IHHA) this Friday will unveil unprecedented between-race interviews that promise to revolutionize the way that fans handicap and understand harness racing in Chicago.   "I hope racing fans tune in to the Maywood Park signal on Friday,” said IHHA president David McCaffrey. "There are no other horseman's associations or racetracks going b...
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Commander K in charge again at Pompano

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Commander K, smartly driven by Joe Pavia Jr., was sent to the lead as the gate's wings folded and wired the competition for the second straight week in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Trot on Wednesday night.   Owned by trainer Luca Derrico, the 5-year-old gelded son of Ken Warkenton carved out panels of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25 before digging in late to hold off the surging even-money favorite,...
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Gurf wins Wednesday Dover Open Trot

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Overlooked at 15-1 after winning at Yonkers from post eight last week, Gurf stormed from last to first in the stretch to win the $23,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday.   With Allan Davis at the controls, Gurf sat seventh when the field began to bunch as Magic Wheel (Brad Hanners), who led from the start, tried to hold on when the entire field came at the leader. Gurf, how...
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Crazed moving to Hanover in 2013

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
World champion Crazed will move to Hanover Shoe Farms in 2013, it was announced Tuesday. He stood in New York at Blue Chip Farms since he entered stud in 2009, with full books his first two seasons and well over 100 mares bred in each of the past two.   His fee for next year has been set at $6,000.   Crazed Syndicate manager David Reid said the move to Pennsylvania o...
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Windsong Ingenius upsets at 31-1 in Autumn

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
An upset-minded Windsong Ingenius stormed home late to lower the stakes record to 1:54.4 while defeating the popular Nowucit Nowudont in the $60,000 Autumn Stakes final on Monday night at Woodbine.   With driver Mike Saftic at the helm, the 3-year-old trotting gelding scored the victory at odds of 31-1 for trainer Joseph Cirasuola.   Windsong Ingenius left swiftly from p...
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Monochromatic wins at Dover off layoff

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
Following a two-month hiatus from racing Monochromatic came back as if she hadn't been away, closing strongly to win the $23,000 Filly and Mare Open/Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Monday. During the last two seasons, Monochromatic has been nearly invincible in the upper ranks at Dover.   Again this time, Corey Callahan guided the 7-year-old Dream Away-Miss Ty mare to her 10th win of...
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Toscano: 2013 Spirit of the Horse Award winner

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
The Rutgers Equine Science Center has named Linda Toscano as the 2013 recipient of the Center's annual "Spirit of the Horse” award.   Toscano will receive the award during the Equine Science Update on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Cook Campus Center on the G. H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick, N.J. Liz Durkin, the 2012 recipient and vice chair of the Rutgers University Board fo...
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Amateur Schwartz wins 500th career race

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
Amateur driver Alan Schwartz is having a banner year. Not only did he rein his 57th winner of the season at Monticello Raceway on Monday, but that triumph was Schwartz's 500th of his amateur driving career. Schwartz's milestone victory came behind Space Chalet in 1:58.1.   That makes him one of the most prolific amateur drivers of all time, ranking him second in races won ...
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NY Times story wins 1st Bergstein Award

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
The first annual Stanley Bergstein Writing Award was presented at a special luncheon in Lexington, KY, on Tuesday (Dec. 4). Sponsored by Barry Irwin's Team Valor International, the award went to writers Walt Bogdanich, Joe Drape and Rebecca Ruiz for their New York Times story about the role of veterinarians in the use of drugs in American horse racing.   The award included a check f...
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Woodbine Entertainment wins Top Choice Award

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
For the fourth consecutive year, Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is proud to accept the Top Choice Award as the Entertainment Complex of the Year for Woodbine Racetrack. WEG also received, for the second straight year, the Top Choice Award in the Sports Bar (Vaughan) category for its WEGZ Stadium Bar property.   "Woodbine Entertainment Group is committed to providing our customer...
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Meadowlands hires Director of Sponsorship

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
New Meadowlands Racetrack (NMR) is proud to announce the appointment of Jason Hall as the Director of Sponsorship Sales. Hall will also oversee sponsorship sales at Winners Bayonne OTW and continue to serve as Director of Sponsorships Sales at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in New York, sister properties to NMR.   "Jason has been a tremendous asset to the company at Tioga and Vernon a...
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Intowinafortune posts 6th win in last 8 starts

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
Intowinafortune, Grace Of An Angel and 29-1 shot Lookkout Stoke Zone came through with preliminary victories on Tuesday night (Dec. 4) to set the stage for next Tuesdays $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Final at Dover Downs.   Meet-leading driver Corey Callahan had a six-pack of winners on the Tuesday card to make his win total 50 in 2...
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Somebeachsomewhere's book full & closed

on 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms president Jim Simpson has announceds that the 2013 book for Somebeachsomewhere is officially full and closed.   Simpson noted, "We expected an incredible response based on the success of Beach's first crop to the races and the way his yearlings sold at the fall sales. Nevertheless we have been totally overwhelmed by the response we received. USTA rules limit ...
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NJ horsemen to donate to benefit Sandy's victims

on 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
New Jersey's standardbred horsemen are donating their share of the revenue on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Freehold Raceway to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will receive the proceeds from Freehold's "Racing toward Recovery Day.”   "We will be donating our share of the live handle that day to the FoodBank,” said Standardbred Breeders...
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Magic Lindy a pleasant surprise for trainer

on 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
When Magic Lindy first entered the Johnathan McKinnon stable, the young conditioner wasn't sure what would be expected of the trotting miss. Magic Lindy, a sophomore daughter of Kadabra, was purchased for a mere $4,500 by McKinnon along with close friend and driver, James MacDonald, at the Summer Sizzler Mixed Sale hosted by Standardbred Canada in late August.   The lass had earning...
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Fox Valley Smarty takes Meadows Preferred

on 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
Fox Valley Smarty shot the Lightning Lane — and got a break when the leader jumped it off late — as he captured Monday's $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows.   Fox Valley Smarty was gaining inside when Run And Tell Pap made a brief break on top. That was all Fox Valley Smarty and Tony Hall needed. They held off the rallying TSM Photo Bugger in 1:54.3 over a "good” surface wh...
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