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Michigan Hall of Famer C.J. Osborn dies

on 03/15/2012 2:00 AM
C.J. Osborn, 86, a member of the Michigan Harness Racing Hall of Fame, died Tuesday, March 13, in Jackson, Mich.   Mr. Osborn was known for his expertise at conditioning 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers and always recording a high Universal Rating as both a driver and trainer; he won North American UDR titles in 1979 and 1980.   During the summer of 1979, Mr. Osbor...
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HOY San Pail wins qualifier in 2012 debut

on 03/15/2012 2:00 AM
San Pail, the 2011 Horse of the Year in both the United States and Canada, won a qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack Thursday morning in his first appearance of the year. With Randy Waples driving, San Pail scored a 1:55.3 victory, besting by one length Canada's 2010 Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year Blue Porsche, who was also making his 2012 debut.   Scheduled to qualify last Th...
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PA horsemen meet with legislators

on 03/15/2012 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania legislators joined representatives of the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horseracing industry in Pennsylvania, today at a press conference in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building Rotunda to express their support for the industry and discuss the need to restore a proposed $72 million annual diversion ...
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Gural says Big M whipping rules to be changed

on 03/15/2012 2:00 AM
In a statement released Thursday afternoon (March 14), Jeff Gural, operator of the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs racetracks, said he was contacted by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which express concerned about whipping in horse races at the Meadowlands.   "I want to make everyone aware that about a month ago I was contacted by Kathy Guillermo, Vice ...
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Sam Glazer, father of Bob Glazer, dies

on 03/15/2012 2:00 AM
Sam Glazer, the father of Standardbred breeder and owner Bob Glazer of Peter Pan Stables, died Monday (March 12) at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, from complications of leukemia. He was 89. Mr. Glazer owned North American Systems Inc. and together with Vincent G. Marotta Sr., his friend and business partner since high school, developed the Mr. Coffee automatic drip coffee maker in 197...
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NEW Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/15/2012 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available by clicking below or by signing up by following the link at the top of this home page.   The Weekend Preview is FREE and in addition to an inside look at weekend series finals at the Meadowlands, this edition also includes news about the Ontario and Pennsylvania industry situations in Breeding Banter, and...
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Henderson hopes to 'put on a show' in Overbid

on 03/15/2012 2:00 AM
Craig Henderson hit a home run in his first at bat when he purchased a share of millionaire mare Put On A Show. Put On A Show, who missed her entire 4-year-old season due to injury, makes her third start of 2012 in Saturday's $101,750 Overbid final at the Meadowlands. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover will start from post three with driver Brian Sears in the race six feature.   Trai...
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Cash On Delivery pays off at Dover

on 03/15/2012 2:00 AM
Cash On Delivery took the lead in front of the grandstand and never looked back, scoring a 1:57 victory in the $16,000 featured trot at Dover Downs on Thursday.   Trainer-driver Vince Copeland posted his second straight feature trot win of the week, piloting David Miller's Cash On Delivery to a one-length triumph in his second start of 2012. The race favorite, an altered son of Cash...
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Varsity Hanover takes Rosecroft feature

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
In front of a large crowd which wagered with both fists, Varsity Hanover (Justin Vincent) celebrated his return to Rosecroft Raceway and scored his seventh victory at the "Raceway by the Beltway” in a lifetime mark setting 1:55.4.   James Whalen Jr'.s Varsity Hanover roared to the front with a quick opening eighth of a mile and proceeded to rate kindly to the half in :59.4. Once t...
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Windsor Raceway slots to close

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
The Windsor Star newspaper has reported that Windsor Raceway's slots operation will be closed by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG), which could also prompt the closing of the racetrack. Slots operations at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia, where harness racing is held, and at Fort Erie, a Thoroughbred track near Buffalo, NY, will also be closed. The OLG made the ...
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Gural wants USTA to address marketing fund

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
A statement has been issued regarding Jeff Gural, operator of the New Meadowlands Racetrack and Tioga and Vernon Downs, and his hopes that the U.S. Trotting Association will address results of a recent USTA poll of members in the state of Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania at its annual meeting which begins Sunday. Gural wrote a letter to USTA executive vice president...
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Meadowlands changes draw schedule

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Beginning Monday, March 19, Meadowlands Racetrack will draw on Monday for Friday cards and Tuesday for Saturday.   The track will follow that draw schedule for the balance of the season. The entry box closes at 9 a.m. both days. (Meadowlands)
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Weiss late-closers highlight Pocono opening week

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs opens their season on Tuesday, April 3, and opening week will be filled with a trio of late-closing events named for one special track employee.   Bobby Weiss held the title of director of track maintenance for over 40 years, and was responsible for maintaining probably the most widely recognized racing surface, regardless of size, in North America. Nume...
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WEG March 15 stakes payments due

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) would like to issue a final reminder all horsemen that major stakes events including the $1 million Metro Pace, $750,000G Maple Leaf Trot and $830,000E Canadian Pacing Derby closeThursday, March 15. Also, 3-year-old Ontario-sired fillies have a sustaining payment for the 2012 WEG SBOA stakes event.   Two-year-old's have sustaining payments due fo...
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Drennan looking for Horse & Groom atonement

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Nik Drennan will try to avenge a narrow loss in the 2011 Horse & Groom final with his trainee Here Comes Numbers in the $82,000 series final on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Here Comes Numbers drew post three in the fifth race feature for conditioned trotters. He will start alongside rival Fountainbleau Volo, who bids for the series sweep and four in a row at the ...
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Windsor Raceway comments on OLG action

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
The following press release was issued by Windsor Raceway, which also held a press conference Wednesday afternoon (March 14).   Windsor Raceway was shocked to learn today of the OLG decision to close the slots at the Windsor Raceway. It is disappointed at the lack of industry consultation in the processes by which the OLG proposed modernization of gaming in Ontario and the resulting...
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Faraldo responds to Gural's press release

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
The following letter was distributed by the Standardbred Owners Association of New York on behalf of its president, Joseph Faraldo, who also serves as a director of the US Trotting Association, representing his district.   I read with interest the press release of Jeff Gural, which trumpets what he characterizes as "overwhelming support” for taking money from horsemen's purse acco...
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Don't Know Chip repeat winner at Dover

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Don’t Know Chip repeated his win of last week, taking the $27,500 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on a  summer-like Wednesday, March 14. Again, Tagyoureit Hanover was race favorite and enjoyed a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetting Mandabra. Completing the final turn, the entire field was converging on the leader with Don’t Know Chip, driven by Vince Copeland, coming the fa...
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Pavia makes L Dees Hutspa his 5,000th winner

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
It took until the final race of the night and some near misses in recent programs along the way, but driver Joe Pavia Jr. persisted as he has his entire career and earned his 5,000th lifetime win in the bike on Wednesday evening at The Isle Casino Pompano Park. Pavia reached the milestone with 6-5 race favorite L Dees Hutspa, a 4-year-old mare by Bettor's Delight-Heir To Treasure, owned a...
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General Brock double for Henriksen

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
Conditioner Per Henriksen made the most of his trip to Woodbine on Monday evening as the veteran trainer sent out a pair of winners in the opening leg of the $20,000 General Brock Series. Henriksen captured the first two of three divisions sending Charlie Is A Joker and Guiltywithanexcuse to the winner's circle.   Sent off as the heavy 1-2 favorite in the opening division, Char...
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