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San Pail named Canadian Horse of the Year

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada hosted the 2011 O’Brien Awards Saturday evening to honor and recognize the horses and people who have made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness racing over the past season. The awards are named for the late Hall of Famer Joe O'Brien, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Superstar trotter San Pail was honored as Horse of the Year and was also the ...
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Golden Receiver sweeps Presidential Series

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
Golden Receiver led the field at every call and gamely hung on by a neck to capture the $110,500 Presidential final on a blustery Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.     Never headed in the three Presidential rounds, Golden Receiver held off late charges by Annieswesterncard and Blatantly Good to complete the series sweep in 1:49.1. The 7-year-old son of Village Jove...
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USTA holding tele-seminar for small breeders

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
A one-hour educational tele-seminar aimed at helping small breeders select a stallion for their mare will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m., eastern for any interested USTA members.   The seminar, open to any current USTA member, will be limited to the first 60 people to register. The agenda will feature insights from two of the sport’s most successful and prolific breed...
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Cincinnati casino collapse causes injuries

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
A casino being built in downtown Cincinnati partially collapsed Friday morning, injuring as many as 20 people, nine seriously. None of the injuries are considered life threatening at the casino, which is being developed by Dan Gilbert's Rock Gaming in partnership with Caesars Entertainment.   The collapse came in a large part of the building, and, according to Cincinnati.com...
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Canadian breeder has chance at 2 O'Briens

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
For over 30 years, Dr. Mike Wilson has been doing what he loves. He's worked tirelessly and passionately to produce some of the finest Standardbred race horses in Canada and for the first time ever, Wilson, a long-time breeder, is nominated for Canada’s Breeder of the Year honor at the O’Brien Awards, slated for Saturday evening at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont.   Wil...
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Florida to honor best at Feb. 19 dinner

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
Fred Segal, president of the Florida chapter of the US Harness Writers Association, has announced the award winners for the 2011 season. They will be honored at the association’s 21st annual Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals ...
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USTA holding driving school in Goshen, NY

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
The 14th annual edition of the USTA Standardbred Driving School will be held in the Goshen, N.Y., area from May 30-June 3.   “We are very excited to be able to conduct this year’s school in the New York area which will make the school more accessible for people who live in the East,” said Chip Hastings, the school’s founding director. “In addition to the new venue, the school has ...
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Wall returns to Western Fair winner's circle

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
Veteran reinsman Dave Wall was back in the winner’s circle on Friday night at Western Fair in London, Ont.   Wall was sidelined with two broken ankles following a serious racing accident last April at the London oval. On Friday, he was making just his third appearance back in the race bike since that time and guided Kesons Angelina to a pocket-trip victory in the night’s first ra...
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Beautiful Moni Maker photo essay on drf.com

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
It was one year ago, Jan. 27, 2011, when a barn collapse at Lindy Farms in Connecticut killed two horses--two trotting stars on the track who both went on to become successful broodmares. Two other horses--including the two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker--were able to escape through the mountain of snow that had piled up in the stricken barn.   Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingst...
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Series champions crowned at Woodbine

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
A pair of 4-year-old mares put on a show Friday evening at Woodbine. Firstclassprincess won the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series final and DGs Tinkerbell took the Blizzard Pacing Series final.   Firstclassprincess captured the $75,000 dash by three lengths to notch the first victory of her aged campaign. Maple Leaf Spirit (Chris Christoforou) was the early leader past a :28.2 opening quarter...
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Hall of Famer Andy Grant dies

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
Hugh A. “Andy” Grant Jr., 68, a member of harness racing’s Living Hall of Fame and former president and CEO of The Hambletonian Society, died Wednesday, Jan. 25.   Mr. Grant’s name was associated with many of the sport’s top stars of years gone by, some of which he owned, other whose stud careers were managed by Grant’s Bradford Bloodstock Agency, or through his f...
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'Hollywood' Heyden returns to Big M Thursday

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
Hollywood will be at the Meadowlands on Thursday night. That’s Bob “Hollywood” Heyden, who will be returning to the Big M for the first time in 2012 as part of the television production show. The longtime statistician will also be on air on Saturday night, and he will serve in several roles as needed throughout the meet. Sam McKee, director of the track's TV department, said Heyde...
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NY harness tracks to allow cell phones in paddocks

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board on Wednesday adopted a new law that will allow cell-phone use in paddocks at harness racetracks. Cell phones have been allowed in Thoroughbred paddocks in New York. The new rule will take effect in 45 days and will be implemented on a one-year trial basis. The harness tracks will have to set aside designated areas to use cell phones and also post signs...
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Mare Hillcrest Crystal retires at Northfield

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
The 7-year-old pacing mare Hillcrest Crystal raced her final race on Jan. 20 at Northfield Park and has been officially retired to be a broodmare. Her final start resulted in a runner-up performance.   "I was hoping she would win her last one, but she raced so good from the eight hole, it felt like a win to me," commented owner Julie Allen.   The second-place finish pushed Hillcres...
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Nancy Johansson to work with Walsh Harness

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
Horsewoman Nancy Johansson has been appointed to the Walsh Harness & Saddlery sales team. Johansson, 30, of Allentown, N.J., will focus on expanding Walsh’s products to both the Standardbred and Thoroughbred audiences, and will assist in boosting the company’s international presence.   “Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge to Walsh,” Paul Trieber, Walsh president and CEO stat...
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Read Salvi's "The Florida Files," and more

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
In this week’s HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Nick Salvi is back with “The Florida Files,” and his observations from a visit to the South Florida Trotting Center earlier this week. There’s also more “Breeding Banter,” with news from Blue Chip Farm and Midland Acres. HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is FREE and this week’s edition also includes previews of series finals at the Meadowl...
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Pena drops lawsuit against Meadowlands

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
Lou Pena, the leading trainer at the Meadowlands in 2010 and 2011, has reportedly dropped his lawsuit that he had filed as a result of not being allowed to race his horses at the track this year. A story on NorthJersey.com by John Brennan stated Pena had filed a "notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice" on Wednesday, and the suit was dismissed in U.S. District court on Thursday.   P...
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Fella's Ella, Dontevenknowmymame win series finals

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
The first two of the Winter Series finals were held Thursday night at the Meadowlands and the pair of contests could not have been raced in more different fashion. While the $38,000 White Ruffles final for 4-year-old pacing mares was start-to-finish action that resulted in a 77-1 winner in Fella's Ella, the $58,500 Super Bowl for 4-year-old trotters saw second-choice Dontevenknowmyname overcome a ...
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NY late closers replaced by Excelsior Series

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Some significant changes have been made to the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) racing program for 2012. Replacing the New York Late Closer program is the brand new Excelsior Series, which will include the historic New York State Fair events.   For the upcoming season, the New York State Fair races will not require a separate payment. To make your horse eligible for the New York State Fair...
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Lucky Jim co-owner William Gregg dies

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
William Gregg, 54, a longtime Standardbred owner, died Jan. 24, 2012. Mr. Gregg was a member of the USTA since 1995 and was one of the owners of Lucky Jim, the 2009 Dan Patch Award winner as the sport's best older male trotter.   Mr. Gregg was a 1980 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Upon graduation he worked as district engin...
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