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Freehold, Plainridge cancel Thursday

on 11/08/2012 12:00 AM
The storm in the Northeast has prompted Freehold Raceway and Plainridge Racecourse to cancel live racing on Thursday.   Freehold Raceway announced that live racing scheduled for Thursday has been canceled due to a winter storm that left over a foot of snow in the Freehold area. Simulcasting will continue as scheduled.   Conditions permitting, live racing will resume ...
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Maria Andersson wins Meadows monte race

on 11/08/2012 12:00 AM
Maria Andersson and Celebrity Playboy, the only horse in the field who had raced under saddle this year, used that experience well as they scored a front-end victory in 2:04.1 in Wednesday's special Racing Under Saddle Invitational at The Meadows. Andersson and Celebrity Playboy got the early jump on Dana Mock and Keystone Bernard, who chased the winner home but fell 3 1/4 lengths short. ...
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Hillbilly Hanover aims for 1st of '12 in Messenger

on 11/08/2012 12:00 AM
Prior to the draw for Saturday's $415,820 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers at Yonkers Raceway, trainer Ron Burke said he would "love our chances” if his horse Hillbilly Hanover drew an inside post. After getting post one, Burke will get to see if Hillbilly Hanover can take advantage and get his first victory of the season.   The Messenger is the third jewel in the...
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Credit Balance wins Pompano Open Trot

on 11/08/2012 12:00 AM
Credit Balance made his first-ever Florida start a successful one on Wednesday night at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park winning the $8,500 Open Trot in 1:56.   Sent off as the second longest shot in the race, the 5-year-old son of Credit Winner swept from fifth to first in the third quarter and held off the late charge of Prairie Big John by a neck at the wire.   Hall of ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/08/2012 12:00 AM
Stakes, stakes and more stakes. The new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available and inside there is a look at the major stakes on tap, including a slew of American National finals at Balmoral Park, the Matron eliminations and previews and Progress Pace preview at Dover Downs, and the Messenger at Yonkers Raceway, the final jewel of pacing's Triple Crown.   Pete Foley talks ab...
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Yearling sale concludes; average drops 8.5%

on 11/08/2012 12:00 AM
The yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale Company's annual auction in Harrisburg, Pa., concluded Thursday afternoon with a total of 1,162 horses selling for an average price of $28,889. The average dropped by 8.5 percent from 2011, when the figure was $31,572 for the 1,067 yearlings sold.   Hanover Shoe Farms offered the largest consignment with 219 yearlings and...
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Trace Tetrick, Burke take Indy Downs titles

on 11/08/2012 12:00 AM
Indiana Downs closed the books on its 2012 harness meet Wednesday, Nov. 7, with a 12-race card highlighted by a late-closing series and mini-series finals. In addition,Trace Tetrick and Ron Burke secured titles as the Shelbyville track's topdriver and trainer. After taking the leading driver title at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino earlier this year,Tetrick completed the Indiana sweep with...
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Colonial to race same schedule in 2013

on 11/08/2012 12:00 AM
The Virginia Racing Commission awarded 2013 racing dates to Colonial Downs yesterday (Nov. 7) at its monthly meeting. The New Kent track will host a 24-day harness meet that will run Sept. 18-Oct. 27.   Days and times of the fall harness meet will remain unchanged for 2013. Racing will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM. Dates for the New Kent County...
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Harness racing-related election news

on 11/07/2012 12:00 AM
One day after casino expansion in Maryland was approved by voters, Penn National Gaming, which owns Rosecroft Raceway, issued a statement saying it was disappointed in the outcome. Penn National reportedly spent more than $41 million trying to convince voters to defeat Question 7 on Tuesday's ballot, which allows the state to add table games at the exisiting slots sites as well as a ...
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Grismore wins 6,000th career race

on 11/07/2012 12:00 AM
Greg Grismore was looking for career win 6,000 in Tuesday's 13th race at The Meadows. He got it, although it may not have been exactly the way he envisioned it.   Grismore and Springboard finished second by a nose but were awarded the victory when the apparent winner, Nonverbal Hanover, was disqualified for interference early in the race.   Grismore, who grew up...
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Sugar Valley Farms' Dr. Dale Walters dies

on 11/07/2012 12:00 AM
Dr. Dale E. Walters of Delaware, Ohio, died Tuesday, Nov. 6. He was 85.   Dr. Walters was a 60-year resident of Delaware and was a highly respected veterinarian for which he practiced for more than 50 years. He also owned Sugar Valley Farm on Troy Road where he raised champion Standardbreds. Two that he was especially proud of were Saccharum, who earned $805,295 and was inducted i...
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Archangel NY Horse of the Year

on 11/07/2012 12:00 AM
The most notable personalities of Empire State racing gathered in the grand ballroom at the Vernon Downs Hotel on October 28 for the 2012 New York Sire Stakes Awards Banquet and USTA District 8 meetings. And once again this year, some of the best performers on the Grand Circuit were bred in New York State. The 3-year-old trotter Archangel (1:53.1 $906,579 Credit Winner - Michelles Angel) wa...
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Pet Rock tabbed Messenger favorite

on 11/07/2012 12:00 AM
Pet Rock, already with a Yonkers Raceway stakes-record performance on the resume, was made the early favorite for his return to Westchester for Saturday night's $415,820 Messenger Stakes.   The final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown goes as the eighth race on the 13-race wagering card (first post 7:10 p.m., approximate stakes post time 9:35 p.m).   Eight 3 year olds--seven colts an...
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Average drops in third session, drags down sale

on 11/07/2012 12:00 AM
The third session of the Standardbred Horse Sale yearling auction concluded Wednesday (Nov. 7) with a double-dip percentage drop in the average price, which brought the overall sale down as well. A total of 308 horses were sold in the third session for an average price of $16,367, down 11.5 percent from an average of $18,493 in last year's third session, when 275 horses were sold.   Cumul...
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Meadowlands releases tentative series list

on 11/07/2012 12:00 AM
With the Harrisburg Mixed Sale coming up this week, Meadowlands Racetrack would like to advise horsemen of new series and racing opportunities available this winter and spring at the East Rutherford oval.   In addition to the previously released January and February late closing program and returning regulars, Meadowlands Racetrack has tentatively scheduled a new Claiming Survivor S...
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Progress Pace draws 7; 4 Matron elims needed

on 11/06/2012 12:00 AM
Tattersalls Pace winner Sweet Lou, North America Cup winner Thinking Out Loud, and Breeders Crown champion Heston Blue Chip will line up respectively in the three inside posts on Sunday at Dover Downs in a preview race for the Progress Pace that is scheduled for Nov. 18. Also on the card are four eliminations and four previews of the Matron Series for all divisions except the 3-year-old colt p...
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Muscle Mass, MOMM to stay in ONT in 2013

on 11/06/2012 12:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has announced that Muscle Mass and Manofmanymissions will stand at stud in Ontario for the 2013 breeding season at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm of Rockwood, Ont.   The first crop by Muscle Mass has had a tremendous impact on the track, earning him the distinction of leading sire of 2-year-old trotters in the Ontario Sir...
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Auciello: "We aren't going to lay down for them"

on 11/06/2012 12:00 AM
Trainer Carmen Auciello is hoping his Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) starters, Goban and Kamkar Kutie, are on par for victory this Saturday night at Woodbine.   The former avid golfer has three hole-in-ones to his name, but he would gladly trade them all for a trip or two to the winner's circle in the upcoming OSS Super Finals at the Toronto oval.   Auciello will get his fi...
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Ont. panel says Sires Stakes purses to stay same

on 11/06/2012 12:00 AM
The three member panel charged with the transition of horse racing in Ontario issued a statement on Tuesday (Nov. 6) revealing their expectations regarding the purse structure of the Ontario Sires Stakes program. The full statement, issued today in response to a request for clarification from the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario (SBO), is as follows:   "With the implementa...
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Winless Hillbilly Hanover draws rail in Messenger

on 11/06/2012 12:00 AM
Hillbilly Hanover, who hasn't won a race all season, won the draw for Saturday night's 57th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The final jewel of the pacing Triple Crown, worth $415,820, goes as the eighth race on the 13-race wagering card (first post 7:10 pm, approximate stakes post time 9:35 pm).   Seven colts and one gelding are set t...
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