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Walnridge helping Standardbred Retirement

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation is pleased to be moving its horse headquarters to Walnridge Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J. With racing and breeding in New Jersey having its problems, the farm has plenty of room to accommodate SRF's program that continues to have growing demand.   "Dr. Richard Meirs is making it a comfortable home for us to continue our work transitioning trotters and...
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Canadian racing writer offers another analysis

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Dave Briggs, the editor of The Canadian Sportsman magazine, saved his best point for his last few paragraphs when he wrote that a person doesn't need to attend a full-day kindergarten to figure out that the Ontario provincial government's plan to end the Slots at the Racetracks program doesn't make sense when you do the math.   "The truth is, the slots-at-racetracks program... is alr...
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Tioga, Vernon adding under saddle races

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will host under saddle exhibition races in September as part of the Cane Pace Final card on Monday, Sept. 3, at Tioga Downs, and part of the End of Summer Showdown at Vernon Downs on Sept. 7.   Under saddle racing has been on the rise in popularity this year with an exhibition being staged at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. The exhibition races will take ...
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Standardbred Canada rescinds credit policy

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada (SC) has announced that it has decided it will not be implementing the new credit procedure and application form that was announced in a letter sent last week to buyers at its sales. SC operates the Canadian Yearling Sale, which will be held Sept. 15 and 16.  "At this time, Standardbred Canada confirms that the previous policies and procedures for credit will remain in...
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Gelding clinic to be held in Michigan, Maryland

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Thanks to a generous donation from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEP), The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is able to continue its Operation Gelding program. The Operation Gelding program provides funds and materials to assist organizations, associations and events that wish to sponsor clinics to which horse owners can bring their stallions to be castrated. Since t...
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Drivers competing at Tioga to earn minimum fee

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association (STHH) have worked together to implement a program that will pay drivers a minimum of $15 for their drives even when finishing out of the money. The program was brought to Tioga Downs' attention by the STHHA and the sides have agreed on the policy which will be retroactive from July 6, 2012. "Its only fair for the drivers to get p...
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Saratoga drivers donate fees to local charity

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
For the fourth year in a row, drivers from Saratoga Casino and Raceway (SCR) have chosen Franklin Community Center (FCC) as the recipient of their generosity, donating their driver's fees for an entire day to the Center and proving that giving back to the local community is just as important as the race to the finish line.   On August 21, FCC's "Project Lift" will benefit from this ...
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Tammy Hoovler 2012 Lady Pace honoree

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Tammy Hoovler, a harness horse breeder and owner since 1968, is the 2012 Delaware County Fair Lady Pace honoree. The Pataskala, Ohio, native will be honored in winner's circle ceremonies on Jug Day afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. "I grew up on a dairy farm with my mother, Helen and my father, Kenneth (Ted) Foor. My Dad's father, Elmer Foor, also raced horses as early as 1918. Our d...
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Latest Weekend Preview now available

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
With so much great racing this weekend, starting with the big card at the Meadowlands Friday night and continuing with 2 year olds in action at Mohawk in the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation, and then the Super Sunday stakes card at Harrah's Philadelphia, you need a list of post times and past performances to keep up with the action, and you get it all in the weekly, FREE, Harnes...
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Pacing fillies lower Monticello track mark

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
The sun was shining brightly and the wind whispered softly on Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway when 2-year-old pacing fillies raced for nearly $210,000 in New York-sired action, and when the racing was over the track record for the freshman fillies fell, not once, but twice. Actually the former mark of 1:56.4 set in 1995 by Chi Chi's Girl and driver Matt Romano was bettered four times du...
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Won The West headed for horse shows

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
When trainer Ron Burke looks back on the career of standout pacer Won The West, he remembers a lot of fast miles and big wins. But what stands out most of all is the look. "He is the most beautiful Standardbred I ever saw,” Burke said. "He absolutely is the picture of the breed.   "I think he will be remembered for how good he was for such a long time, but I think for the people that ha...
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New inductees into Canadian Hall of Fame

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Standardbred stars Astreos, Kadabra and Mystic Mistress headlined this year's class of inductees into Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fameon Thursday night in a ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ont. The 2012 Standardbred Inductees are: Astreos - Male Horse Category; Kadabra - Male Horse Category; Mystic Mistress – Female Horse Category; Dave Wall - Trainer/Drive...
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Chip Noble drives 5,000th winner

on 08/15/2012 2:00 AM
Sam "Chip” Noble, III, one of Ohio's and the sport's leading drivers, scored career victory 5,000 on Aug. 14 at the Troy Ohio fair, when he guided She Can Attack to win an Ohio Fair Stake in 2:02.   Noble, 58, a native and resident of Xenia, Ohio, is in his fifth decade of driving horses and has career earnings of $27,398,190. He scored his best earning season in 1998, when the ho...
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2YO trotters in Ontario Sires Stakes action

on 08/15/2012 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting colts took centerstage at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, with Enough About You clocking the quickest mile of eight Grassroots divisions.   Starting from post 1 in the third $24,000 division, Enough About You and driver Billy Davis Jr. took command of the race before the halfway marker and cruised home unchallenged in 1:59.2. The Mutineer colt crossed the finis...
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Running Aces drivers donate for fellow driver

on 08/15/2012 2:00 AM
A large number of drivers and trainers at Running Aces Harness Park pledged all of their 5 percent commissions on the Tuesday night (Aug. 14) program to a fellow horseman and friend who was injured in a racing accident at the Minnesota five-eighths-mile oval on Aug. 5.   When the dust settled, a total of $3,475 was raised for Adam Hauser, the likeable local driver and blacksmith who...
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Archangel continues NYSS domination

on 08/15/2012 2:00 AM
Archangel continued his dominance in the New York Sire Stakes on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   The Peter Arrigenna trained 3-year-old scored impressively with Jim Morrill, Jr. at the controls. Archangel (Credit Winner) was the fourth-place finisher in the $1.5 million Hambletonian two weeks ago at the Meadowlands but here in New York, he has been nothing shy o...
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Canadian Hall of Famer Stew Firlotte dies

on 08/15/2012 2:00 AM
Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Stew Firlotte died early Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, at the age of 72 in Florida.   Included among Mr. Firlotte's standout horses were the 1982 Triple Crown champion Ralph Hanover, the 1989 Breeders Crown champion Town Pro, the 1993 Metro Pace winner Historic and millionaire His Mattjesty. He was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of...
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Alexie Mattosie scratched from Haughton

on 08/15/2012 2:00 AM
Alexie Mattosie, who won the 2011 William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, won't have a chance to defend his title as he has been scratched "lame” from Friday's $431,400 renewal of the race for older pacers. Co-owner Wil Alempijevic told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that an injury discovered after a training mile earlier in the day prompted the decision. "Nik (trainer Nik Dr...
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Only 2 in Fox; Ind-sired colts in other races

on 08/15/2012 2:00 AM
Only two horses will contest the historic Fox Stakes at the Indiana State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 16. Starting from post one will be Applejack Hanover, a son of Dragon Again owned by Wrenn Racing and Oldford Stables and trained and driven by Peter Wrenn, while Agood Time To Rock, a three-quarter brother to $1 million winner Annieswesterncard, will start from post two. Joe Seekman trains Agood T...
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Sweden's Tamla Celeber coming to Red Mile

on 08/15/2012 2:00 AM
Tamla Celeber won the European Championship for mares on Wednesday night (Aug. 15) at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden, and after the race trainer Roger Walmann said he would be shipping her to the U.S. to compete in the Allerage Trot for mares at The Red Mile on Sunday, Oct. 7, the same day as the Kentucky Futurity. The mare is also eligible to the Breeders Crown.   Walmann ...
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