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Pat Hudon talks about retirement from driving

on 02/09/2012 12:00 AM
Trainer/driver Pat Hudon has made one of the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make, choosing to focus solely on training. Hudon, 40, admits he’s been thinking about retiring from driving for a while.   It wasn’t until after an on-track incident on Nove. 10 at Woodbine, when he was unseated along with his father Joe and his brother Phil, that he came to the conclusion he would h...
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Weekend Preview! News of first RNRoll Heavens

on 02/09/2012 12:00 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 homepage. HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is FREE and in addition to insights into upcoming races, this week’s edition includes our Breeding Banter column and the news that Rock N Roll Heaven, the 2010 Horse of the Year, is now a dad.   On Jan. 20 ...
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Taurus Dream, sire of Crys Dream, dies

on 02/08/2012 12:00 AM
Taurus Dream 3, 1:55.1 ($536,236), the sire of Crys Dream, a contender in last year's 2011 three-year-old filly trotter division, has died at the age of 13. He stood at stud in Ontario in 2011, where he was bred to 71 mares, but had been shipped to France and was en route to Sweden when he died.   A son of Sir Taurus out of the mare Uniformite JP (by On The Take), Taurus Drea...
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Sweden's Maharajah to try dual career

on 02/08/2012 12:00 AM
Maharajah, the sensational Swedish trotter who has battled with France's Ready Cash in the Prix d'Amerique and Prix de France, won't be squaring off against his rival again this winter. Trainer Stefan Hultman has issued a statement that the horse came out of the Prix d'Amerique with a leg ailment and thus the plan will now be to stand him at stud at Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar Stud thi...
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Well To Do Guru Illinois Horse of the Year

on 02/08/2012 12:00 AM
Like a fine wine Marilyn and James Gorman’s Well To Do Guru just seems to get better with age. On the heels of a remarkable 2011 campaign in which he posted a record of 13 wins, five seconds and three thirds in 26 starts while earning a career high $217,354, the gelded son of Richess Hanover-Guru’s Girl was voted 2011 Horse of the Year in Illinois by members of the United States Trotting ...
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PA Resident mare forms due by Feb. 15

on 02/08/2012 12:00 AM
Breeders wanting to fulfill the requirements of the Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders Fund and thus have their mares foaling PA-sired babies in 2012 qualify as “residents” to generate Breeders Awards must have their broodmare paperwork on the way to the PA Harness Commission by Feb. 15.   In order to qualify mares’ foals for generating PA Harness Breeders Awards, the broodmare m...
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Michigan owner makes long trip to race mare

on 02/08/2012 12:00 AM
At the age of sixty-nine Russell Sutherland knows a thing or two about going the extra mile. It's a six-hour, one-way trek to Woodbine Racetrack from his hometown of Morenci, Mich., but for Sutherland, it's a road worth travelling. The reason? A 4-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei that goes by the name Do Me Honor.   Sutherland was trackside at the Toronto oval to watch her&n...
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6 in a row for Burke Stable's Jessesjo

on 02/07/2012 12:00 AM
In the opening leg of the $25,000 Don Mills Trotting Series, Jessesjo extended his win streak to six after capturing his division Monday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Four divisions took place featuring four and five-year-old trotters who are non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2011. Guided by Jody Jamieson in the third division, Jessesjo, a five-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse...
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Northfield Tuesday Pick 5 has $50,000 guarantee

on 02/07/2012 12:00 AM
Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $50,000 guarantee to Tuesday’s (Feb. 7th) Pick 5 total pool.  Beginning in Race 3, the $50,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $13,926.30.  Tuesday’s Pick 4 also has a guaranteed pool and that guarantee is $15,000.  The Pick 4 begins in Race 8.  Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s, offer a reduced take-out rate...
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Holloway still evaluating his Social Network

on 02/07/2012 12:00 AM
Talent shows, such as “American Idol” and “The Voice,” are popular on television at this time of year. The winter series races at Meadowlands Racetrack are, in a way, not unlike those hits. They provide owners and trainers the chance to judge whether their stables’ performers should get opportunities to try for bigger careers.   Enter 3-year-old gelding pacer Social Network. Last ...
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7 wins in 8 starts for Abaton Hanover

on 02/07/2012 12:00 AM
To say that Abaton Hanover has been a model of consistency would be an understatement. When the 9-year-old SJ’s Caviar gelding scored  in 2:00.2 at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon (Feb. 6), it was the trotter's fourth consecutive victory  this year.  In his final start last season Abaton Hanover finished second but prior to that the gelding had strung together thr...
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Youth Foundation needs trainers for horses

on 02/07/2012 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is seeking qualified trainers to condition its stable of Trottingbreds in preparation for the organization's 2012 summer program schedule. Volunteer trainers would be expected to jog or exercise the horse on a daily basis to build stamina; no actual training miles would be required. Trainer would be responsible for all care, feed, hay, bedding, and shoeing. Upo...
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Partnership between Meadowlands, Racing Form

on 02/07/2012 12:00 AM
Daily Racing Form and the New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC (NMRLLC), announced they have entered into a partnership that includes a dedicated Meadowlands events page on DRF.com featuring live video and analysis that will highlight the track’s racing schedule throughout the year.   This enhanced content, along with the available online past performances and ability to make a wager thro...
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PA Governor going after Race Horse Dev. funds

on 02/07/2012 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed huge cuts in the Race Horse Development Fund in his new budget proposal. The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horseracing industry in Pennsylvania, said on Tuesday that Corbett’s scheme to raid the Race Horse Development Fund by $72 million for each of the next three...
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Southern Allie takes Meadows Preferred Pace

on 02/07/2012 12:00 AM
Looped while trying for the early lead, Southern Allie persevered and reeled off a comfortable win in Tuesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Although Dave Palone sent Southern Allie for the front from post 3, the 5-year-old Allie’s Western-Pershing Angela gelding was left on the outside when Biletnikoff outraced him to the point. Rather than looking for a hole, Sout...
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$6.8 mil in stakes at The Meadows in 2012

on 02/06/2012 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino's 2012 stakes schedule will offer more than $6.8 million (est.) in purses and feature both the 46th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios and all four Pennsylvania championships for 2-year-olds.   “This is a compelling, attractive schedule for horsemen and fans alike,” said Mike Jeannot, president, Meadows Racing. “It demonstrates the robust state of ha...
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Rosecroft getting ready for March 10 opening

on 02/06/2012 12:00 AM
Preparations continue for the Rosecroft Raceway Winter-Spring 2012 meet set to begin on March 10th with a new 7:25 p.m. post time.  Applications for racing privileges at Rosecroft are now available at www.rosecroft.com/pages/racing-application. Twenty-five race cards will be contested through June 2.   Pre-meet qualifying races will be held Saturday, February 25 and Friday, March 2 at ...
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NY horsemen, breeders, ag form group

on 02/06/2012 12:00 AM
Stakeholders from throughout New York State’s racing and agricultural industries today announced the formation of a new advocacy group, The New York Horse Racing and Agriculture Industry Alliance, whose mission is to secure support for/protection of these critically important industries in any amendment to New York’s constitution to allow for full-scale commercial casinos. This new group –...
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Kandor Hanover returns to mare class and wins

on 02/06/2012 12:00 AM
Rebounding from a pair of uncharacteristic off-the-board finishes, Kandor Hanover powered through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows.   Kandor Hanover, who exited four straight races against the track’s top colts and geldings, relished her return to the distaff feature as she worked out a cozy pocket trip from post eight for Dav...
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Summer Camp best in tight Dover photo

on 02/06/2012 12:00 AM
Only the photo-finish camera could separate the first three finishers in the $30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs Monday night, with Summer Camp holding on for a 1:51.2 victory. Also on the card, Matt Kakaley drove two winners and is now two away from 2,000 lifetime.   Summer Camp took the lead on the final turn then had to hold on for dear life as Southwestern Dream and...
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