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Tagyoureit upsets at 13-1 at Dover

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Overlooked at 13-1,Tagyoureit Hanover made his first start since early November a winning one to win the $23,000 Mares Open trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Matt Kakaley catch-drove the Andover Hall-Tags Sweetie gelding for red-hot trainer Eric Ell and owners Gorden, Rekoon, Goldberg and Ken Wood. Kakaley moved Tagyoureit Hanover three-wide after the three-quarters and chopped down the leaders t...
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Mitchell says racing must make business case

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Hugh Mitchell, chief executive officer of Western Fair District, which operates Western Fair Raceway, and a former president of Harness Tracks of America, has been commenting publicly about a proposal in Ontario to change horse racing's share of slots revenues.   Mitchell says the horse racing industry's "...wisest approach...is to work together as a group...and work through business soluti...
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Aaron Merriman gets 5,000th win at Northfield

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, 33, reached career win number 5,000 when he drove Genesis See Yah to a 1:54.3 victory in Race 9 on Monday (Feb. 20) at Northfield Park.   Despite missing time because of injuries, Merriman became the fifth youngest driver to reach that milestone. A total of 79 drivers have won at least 5,000 races in harness racing history and only two did it prior to the age of 33. &n...
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Michigan's Claudia Wright dies

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Claudia J. Wright, 68, a USTA member from Charlotte, Mich., and the wife of longtime Michigan owner Gordon Wright, died Sunday, Feb. 19, at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor after an extended illness.   Mrs. Wright was born Jan. 25, 1944, in Al Hambra, Calif., the daughter of Bud and Arletta Woodard, and had been a resident of the Charlotte/Potterville area since 1963...
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HHYF announces July camp dates

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its July horsemanship camp schedule. The HHYF and its stable of Trottingbreds will travel to Goshen Historic Track, Tioga Downs, Pocono Downs and Gaitway Farms, in addition to a holding a two-day program for the New Jersey Girl Scouts. Space is limited and the application deadline is May 1.   Here is the complete July schedule: Jul...
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$100,000 Pick 5 guarantee Wed. at Balmoral

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
The USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Balmoral Park have combined to announce an instant guaranteed pool of $100,000 on the 50 cent Balmoral Pick 5  Wednesday night. Making this possible is a carryover of $29,672 which will be added to the pool.   We estimate a final Pick 5 pool of $135,000.The action starts early with a seven horse field on race two, the opening leg of the Pick ...
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Longtime race secretary Mark Lydon dies

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Mark Lydon, 74, a longtime racing secretary who was also one of the breeders of 1971-72 Horse of the Year Albatross, died Saturday, Feb. 18,   Mr. Lydon was a lifetime member of the North American Harness Racing Secretaries Inc., and worked as racing secretary at Liberty Bell Park, Brandywine Raceway, Laurel Raceway, Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands. ...
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McNair says 'I do' to pair in Damsel Series

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Driver Doug McNair is set to steer a pair of mares in the opening leg of the Damsel Pacing Series on Friday evening at Woodbine. With three $30,000 divisions drawn for Friday’s 12-race program, the young driver will guide one of his father Gregg’s trainees, Synergy Seelster, and the Joe Pereira-trained Whirlwind.   Synergy Seelster is fresh off a third-place finish in the HorsePlay...
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Morgan becomes 4th driver to win 14,000 races

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Tony Morgan became the fourth driver in harness racing history to win 14,000 races, driving Timmylynn to a victory in a $13,500 purse race for mares on Tuesday (Feb. 21) at Dover Downs. Only Herve Filion, Dave Palone and Cat Manzi have more career wins than Morgan.   Morgan made good use of starting from post one driving Timmylynn, trained and co-owned by Bobby Reeser, Rich Crammer and Blac...
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Summertime Yankee sets 1:54.3 season's mark

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Summertime Yankee willingly accepted cover early, then powered through the lane to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The time was 1:54.3, the fastest mile this year by an older mare on a five-eighths mile track. Summertime Yankee yielded the point to Photo Fantasy past the quarter, but under Aaron Merriman’s urging, she blew by that...
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Morgan wins 13,999th career race

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
Fool Of ideas captured the $15,500 featured pace on Sunday at Dover Downs, while Tony Morgan advanced to 13,999 career wins.   Tim Tetrick scored the first of two wins by piloting Fool Of Ideas to a 1:53 victory, equaling his personal career-best clocking, to win the day’s top race for trainer Mike Horsey and owners Kevin Switzer and Kathleen Mofield. Bubbie Boy ...
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Winner by DQ in top French race for 3YOs

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
The Criterium des Jeunes, the most important stake for the French 3-year-olds, was raced Sunday at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. At the end of the season the 3-year-olds have another chance in the Criterium des 3 Ans. The filly Vanika du Ruel won the race after a disqualification.   The $265.000 stake was dominated by the talented Vaillant Cash (Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon, ...
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FL USHWA inducts new Hall of Famers

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
With the largest attendance in more than 15 years, the Florida chapter of the the United States Harness Writers Association held its 21st annual Hall of Fame Awards Banquet Sunday at the at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North Hotel. The inductees were horsemen Jim McDonald, Walter "Wally" Ross Sr. and Doug Miller and the trotting stallion Famously.   More than 250 people attended t...
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KYSS receives $2 million in 2012 funding

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced Monday that the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Funds are distributing more than $12.8 million in awards. The KBIF was implemented in 2005 to ensure the strength and growth of the horse industry in Kentucky. This fund is financed through the six percent sales tax paid for breeding a stallion to a mare in Kentucky. The monies are div...
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Pavia within a dozen wins of 5,000

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
With Wally Hennessey's 8,000th lifetime winning drive now on the books, the milestone watchers at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park are turning their attention to Joe Pavia Jr. The 51-year-old horseman hailing from Utica, NY will soon be joining the 5,000 lifetime win club in the bike as he's now within a dozen after a thrilling victory in the Mares Open Handic...
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Morgan still trying for 14,000th driving win

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
In the last race on Monday at Dover Downs, Tony Morgan finished one length shy of driving his 14,000 winner. Morgan was driving the betting favorite, the Josh Green-trained Moisee Terror, and took the lead at the top of the homestretch, but then was passed by Elijah Hanover.   In other Dover action, Ise The By Boy and Nova Artist repeated their victories from last week in the Monday twin fe...
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PA horseman Dale Rennick dies

on 02/19/2012 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania horseman M. Dale Rennick, 75, of Allegheny Township, died Saturday, Feb. 18, in the emergency room at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Pittsburgh.   He was born July 27, 1936, in North Buffalo Township, to the late Martin August and Ethel Claypoole Rennick. He has been a resident of Allegheny Township for 53 years, having previously resided in Brackenridge. Mr. Rennick worked as di...
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Wally Hennessey joins 8,000-win club

on 02/18/2012 12:00 AM
After a succession of near misses on Pompano's last card before Saturday night, Wally Hennessey made no mistake in reaching the 8,000-win career milestone with his very first drive on the Saturday night program. The 55-year-old reinsman hailing from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, thus became the 21st driver in history to reach that plateau.   "I have to say it was a bit different...
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Itrustyou wins 13th straight in Exit 16W final

on 02/18/2012 12:00 AM
Itrustyou made it a lucky 13 in a row as he won the $74,600 Exit 16W final, the headliner in a trio of stakes contested Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.     The 13-race card also produced the highest total handle of the meet, with $3,144,519 wagered.   The milestone was also higher than any night in 2011, excluding the Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian cards....
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Summer Camp wins Yonkers Open

on 02/18/2012 12:00 AM
Invading Summer Camp (Jason Bartlett) went the distance Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position four as the 7-5 choice, Summer Camp worked around PH Jackpot (Cat Manzi), making the lead just after a :27.4 opening quarter mile. He then rated a 29-second next station (:56.4) half before Sea Venture (George Brennan) tried his luck movi...
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