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Plano first since 1989 to take 2 Vernon titles

on 11/06/2012 12:00 AM
Rick Plano has proven once again that even in harness racing, age is only a number.The 60-year-old native of nearby Frankfort, NY, earned leading driver and trainer honors at the recently concluded Vernon Downs meet to become the first horseman since Del Richards in 1989 to sweep both categories during a full racing season.   Plano recorded 159 driving wins, 62 more than his closest...
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Rosecroft to increase purses, make-up card

on 11/06/2012 12:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway announced on Tuesday (Nov. 6) a roughly 10 percent increase to purses will begin on Saturday night, Nov. 10. All classes, except the winners-over, will have at least a 10 percent increase. "We are happy to be able to reward the horsemen that have made this meet a success so far and look to build on that success with this increase,” said Racing Secretary Michael Wandish...
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Chapter Seven to stand at Blue Chip in NY

on 11/06/2012 12:00 AM
Chapter Seven, world champion and winner of the Breeders Crown Open Trot, will stand at Blue Chip Farm of New York for the 2013 breeding season, co-owner Southwind Farm announced today (Nov. 6). The 4-year-old stallion, co-owned by Richard Gutnick, Southwind Farm and Jerry and Theresa Silva, and trained by Linda Toscano, will stand at Blue Chip for a fee of $8,500. The syndicate will be m...
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Cam's Card Shark colt sold for $275,000

on 11/06/2012 12:00 AM
A little more than a week after his pupils Wheeling N Dealin won the Breeders Crown and Prestidigitator finished fourth in Crown action, in the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot and 3-Year-Old Colt Trot, respectively, horseman Dustin Jones was in Harrisburg and bought the pacing colt Marc Hanover for Serge Godin with a bid of $275,000 on Tuesday at the Standardbred Horse Sale auction. &nb...
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Callahan wins 5 on Dover opener

on 11/05/2012 12:00 AM
The Onlyest One, driven by meet defending champion Corey Callahan, proved fastest in the stretch to hold a pair of fast-finishing opponents at the wire in 1:57 to win the $10,500 3&4-Year-Old Male pace at Dover Downs on opening day of the 2012-2013 season at Dover Downs, Sunday, Nov. 4. Corey Callahan completed the card with five winning drives. A three-year-old altered son of Bettor's ...
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Chapter Seven shares available; to stud in 2013

on 11/05/2012 12:00 AM
Southwind Farms is in the process of finalizing the breeding plans for its newest stallion, Chapter Seven, who this year established himself as one of the best trotters in the world. His recent performance in winning the Breeders Crown, parked every step of the way, was one of the most impressive races of the year and established Chapter Seven as a leading candidate for the Horse of the Year h...
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11 mares entered in Forest City elims

on 11/05/2012 12:00 AM
Defending champion Voelz Hanover is one of 11 top older pacing mares entered in this Friday night's Forest City Pace eliminations at The Raceway at The Western Fair District.   The 7-year-old daughter of Astreos is quietly putting together another stellar campaign for Quebec owner Richard Berthiaume and trainer Ben Baillargeon. She has added five more wins to her resume this season ...
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Meadowlands changes to ABC Racing

on 11/05/2012 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands will introduce ABC Racing when the track re-opens on Dec. 28. ABC Racing categorizes horses into A, B and C rankings, replacing conditions determined by money earnings. This permits the racing secretary to create races in which the entrants are most competitive and equal in ability.   After a meeting of Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural, Standardbred Breeders & Owners As...
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Colts top $300,000 at Harrisburg; average dips

on 11/05/2012 12:00 AM
Churchill Hanover, a colt by Well Said from the prolific mare Cathedra, was sold for $380,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale auction on Monday afternoon. Bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms, the colt was purchased by Emilio and Maria Rosati's E&M Stride of Australia.   Cathedra is the dam of the million-dollar winning fillies Cathedra Dot Com and Cabrini Hanover along with the to...
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Sharon Manzi, wife of Monticello's John Manzi, dies

on 11/05/2012 12:00 AM
Sharon Manzi, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Saturday, Nov. 3, at the age of 68 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was the wife of longtime Monticello Raceway publicist and Communicators Corner inductee John Manzi.   Mrs. Manzi was a gentle and elegant woman, with a sweet demeanor and an inner strength that shined through her final days. Her friends ...
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Marty's Charm back in Meadows winner's circle

on 11/05/2012 12:00 AM
Marty's Charm, a fan favorite at The Meadows who has struggled with injuries for two seasons, showed that he's all the way back when he made up 7 lengths to capture Monday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace   Unraced at ages two and three, Marty's Charm went on to become an elite performer for owners Martha and Gerald Baluck and trainer Paul Corey, soaring ov...
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Chancey Lady picks up ninth 2012 victory

on 11/05/2012 12:00 AM
Chancey Lady took the lead early for driver Eric Goodell and cruised to a 1:52.3 victory in the $24,000 Filly and Mare Open/Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 5. I'm Won Wine Wiser took the $13,500 distaff sub-feature for George Dennis.   Defending trainer champion Josh Green racked up his first win of the meet with Chancey Lady, who picked up her fourth win in he...
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Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge set Indy marks

on 11/04/2012 1:00 AM
Foiled Again, harness racing’s richest pacer, successfully defended his Indiana Pacing Derby crown Saturday, November 3 at Indiana Downs. Driven by Yannick Gingras, the favorite took control after the half in the $200,000 free-for-all before going on to eclipse his own track record with a 1:49.1 performance. Razzle Dazzle finished three parts of a length back in second with Foreclosure N, the ot...
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Tioga Thunder turns back the clock at Vernon

on 11/04/2012 1:00 AM
Tioga Thunder set a track record for trotters racing 7/8ths-of-a-mile clockwise during Saturday night’s 13-race card as Vernon Downs completed its 59th season. Competing in Saturday’s third race, a "Turn Back The Clock Rewind Race,” Tioga Thunder had owner and trainer Adam Capizzano at the controls as he went right to the front at the start and wired seven other practitioners of the diago...
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Hypnotist paces to 1:53 win in Yonkers feature

on 11/04/2012 1:00 AM
Inside assignee Hypnotist (Larry Stalbaum, four winners on the 12-race card) ducked inside and picked off Silent Swing (Mark MacDonald) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Silent Swing, as the 11-10 choice, was the lone leaver. From post position No 3., he put up early intervals of :27.4 and :57.2. Down the backside toward the 1:25.2 three-quarters, Classic Roc...
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TSM Photo Bugger gets DQ win at Meadows

on 11/03/2012 2:00 AM
Although the Lightning Lane charge of TSM Photo Bugger fell a neck short in Friday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, he was awarded the victory when the apparent winner, Sir Caviar, broke at the wire. While Sir Caviar was advancing steadily first over before his miscue, TSM Photo Bugger and Mike Wilder saved ground and shot through inside, taking advantage of the opportu...
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Hallin Cash takes fourth win of 2012 at Vernon

on 11/03/2012 2:00 AM
The trotter Hallin Cash collected his fourth win of 2012, and gave Dan Daley his second driving triple of the 59th season at Vernon Downs following a 1:59 tally in Friday’s $6,000 featured eighth event. Leaving from post four, Hallin Cash ($8.70) drafted along behind the pace-setting Mystic Splendor until the final quarter, then pulled out of the pocket and spurted on to a three-qu...
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HarnessRacing Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/02/2012 2:00 AM
The new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available, following the Harrisburg Preview that was emailed on Thursday and is also currently available. Although the Breeders Crown championships are now in the books, there is still plenty of racing action this week as the spotlight shifts to Indiana Downs for several stakes contests, and we have the story.   Many of the biggest s...
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Delaware horseman Mark King dies

on 11/02/2012 2:00 AM
D. Mark King has died at age 53, shortly after horses he had raced at Harrington Raceway finished first and third on Oct. 25 after he was taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del.   From a well-known and popular Delaware harness racing family, Mr. King worked with horses his entire life and was an owner, trainer, driver and a track blacksmith. He spent his career racing at ...
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$1 million card on tap Saturday at Indiana Downs

on 11/02/2012 2:00 AM
The richest pacer ever on a racetrack will be in action at Indiana Downs on Saturday night. Foiled Again, an 8 year old with earnings of more than $4.5 million, is the favorite in the $200,000 Indiana Pacing Derby, one of the features on a 14-race program that offers purses of more than $1 million.   In addition to the equine stars, Indiana Downs welcomes Tim Tetrick, the ...
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