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Canadian sweep in Hervey writing awards

on 01/11/2012 12:00 AM
Darryl Kaplan, writing for Sportsnet magazine, and Melissa Keith, writing for Atlantic Post Calls, are the 2011 winners in the 50th annual John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness racing journalism. The contest was sponsored by harness racing executive Jeff Gural.   Kaplan was honored in the feature writing category for his piece titled “Win or Die Trying,” which was publishe...
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Ben Franklin Pace moved to Pocono in 2012

on 01/11/2012 12:00 AM
Over $1.5 million in purses will be on the line for the biggest night of racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, June 30. Highlighting the night will be the $500,000 Ben Franklin for aged pacers, the first time this prestigious race will be held at the track in Northeast Pa.   The James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies, carrying a purse of $300,000, has been relocat...
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Wallace has two contenders in Willowdale

on 01/11/2012 12:00 AM
Ben Wallace is no stranger to conditioning champions. In 1999, the Milton resident trained the Triple Crown winner, Blissfull Hall, voted Canada's Horse of the Year who went on to bank $1,468,648 in lifetime earnings. The 1999 O'Brien Award recipient for Canada’s top trainer also conditioned Camotion ($1,912,122), Zooka ($1,363,813) and Totally Western ($648,364), just to name a few. &nb...
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Handle climbed at Saratoga harness in 2011

on 01/11/2012 12:00 AM
Despite an industry-wide decline in wagering in 2011, Saratoga Casino and Raceway (SCR) reported an overall increase in all source handle of 11.7 percent after the close of its 70th season on Dec. 11.   Wagering from simulcasting on thoroughbred and harness products, as well as on live racing, reached $61 million compared to $55 million in the previous year.   According t...
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Fraley talks about his stable of 40

on 01/11/2012 12:00 AM
Though his name may look unfamiliar in the program, P.J. Fraley has a wealth of experience when it comes to training and racing horses at the Meadowlands.   After working for some of the sport’s top stables, Fraley struck out on his own this year and is off to a rousing start.  He scored a triple on the first Saturday of the Meadowlands meet with Real Flight ($4.60), Andy Roo ($6.80)...
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Yonkers set to open 2012 meet on Friday

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway returns for its 2012 season Friday night, with a dozen races on the docket. First post remains at the customary 7:10 p.m.   The initial program features a pair of $33,000 co-featured Open Handicaps, for trotters and distaff pacers. The competitive card also features defending driving champ--and HTA Driver of the Year--George Brennan.    Jason Bartlett and Br...
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Betting in NJ restaurants, bars moves forward

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
The expansion of wagering on horse races in New Jersey took another step forward on Monday when the state's Assembly approved a bill for a pilot program of up to 20 simulcast machines at North and Central Jersey taverns and restaurants by vote of 74-0. The Senate is also expected to approve the legislation, which limits the pilot program to eligible venues in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, ...
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Near triple dead heat at Monticello

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway Bruce Aldrich Jr. won four more races to bring his seasonal total to 14 and Blue Creek Angie began her 2012 season with a victory. However, her triumph in 1:58.3 was in a rare dead-heat finish with Jordan’s Jewel who was piloted by Jacques Primeau. Still, for the now 9-year-old daughter of On The Attack, it was her second consecutive ...
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Lake pleads guilty in fatal Balmoral accident

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
Former Illinois-based horseman Angus Lake reportedly pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated DUI after a car accident on the Balmoral Park backstretch last April that killed his girlfriend, 25-year-old Michelle Eustis, the daughter of trainer Chuck Eustis III. Lake, 42, was scheduled to go to trial on Monday but 10 minutes before the jury trial was scheduled to begin he changed his plea to guilty....
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Shea can't help but be 'giddy'

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
When David Shea attended the 2010 Canadian Yearling Sale, he went there expecting to buy one horse, not two. Luckily, it turned out to be twice as nice for the longtime owner.   He purchased the horse he was looking for in Giddy Up Cam, but when Shea, who calls Campbellville, Ont., home, was set to leave the sales pavilion, another horse caught his eye. Shea is certainly glad he made the ...
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Meadowlands cards 14-horse race on Friday

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
Taking a page from harness racing in other countries, where large fields are not unusual and are popular with bettors and thus spur big handles, the Meadowlands will have a 14-horse field competing at 1 1/2 miles on Friday night. The race, for $7,500 claiming pacers, will carry a purse of $7,400.  The race will be the last leg of the Pick 4 wager, and there will also be Superfecta wagering o...
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Owner Lloyd Arnold dies at age 83

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
Lloyd Arnold, 83, a longtime Standardbred owner and former racetrack operator, died Jan. 8. Mr. Arnold owned many top horses over the years, including the former world champion Warm Breeze in the late 1970s-early 1980s. More recently, he campaigned the top free-for-all pacing mare Sanabelle Island, who earned $1.6 million lifetime and won 57 of 110 starts.   Originally the owner of Arn...
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Wisconsin to honor Jeanne Marquis

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
The Wisconsin Harness Horse Association will hold its awards banquet on Jan. 21 in Madison Wisconsin at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel on East Washington Avenue.  Numerous awards will be given including the Horseperson of the Year Award.  Each year the President of the WHHA chooses the recipient, and President Gabe Wand has chosen Jeanne Marquis, Dane, WI to be honored. Born into a harn...
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Stud breedings available to benefit SRF

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has received gifts of  many breeding donations for the 2012 season, including breedings to the stallions Glidemaster, Badlands Hanover, Lucky Chucky, Mach Three, Rocknroll Heaven, Yankee Glide and many more. Both donations and purchases of breedings are appreciated.   SRF, now in its 23rd year, is a non-profit organization providing ful...
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Chicago tracks honor top driver/trainers

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
With the 2011 season in the books Balmoral Park and Maywood Park honored their leading driver and trainers this past weekend. Youngster Marcus Miller was a runaway winner in the drivers' standings at both tracks while longtime conditioner Robert Phillips notched his first training title at the Crete oval. On the Maywood side of the docket a very exciting training battle came right down to the...
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Brennan named HTA Driver of the Year

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
George Brennan, the 44-year-old driver from Monticello, N.Y., is Harness Tracks of America’s Driver of the Year for 2011, the rigorous achievement that remains the most difficult in the sport of harness racing to win. Hard evidence again this year is the fact that of 3,631 drivers who competed for purses in North America last year, only six were able to finish in the top 10 in money won, races...
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Judge delays decision in Pena case

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
Judge Stanley Chesler, hearing the request of trainer Lou Pena for a temporary restraining order of his exclusion from competing at the Meadowlands Racetrack, opted to reserve his decision after a hearing Monday at Federal District Court in Newark, NJ.   Theresa Trivino, clerk to Chesler, confirmed late Monday afternoon that Chesler would review materials regarding the matter and make a rul...
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Keep On Flirtin wins Pompano feature in 1:51.1

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
The 5-year-old mare Keep On Flirtin had less than $65,000 in career earnings heading into Monday evening's Mares Open Handicap Pace on January 9 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. In the end, she wasn't intimidated one bit by the combined life's earnings of more than $1.5 million of the 2-5 favored entry of Special Sweetheart and I'm Just Special.   The race started...
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Victory Is Coming takes top Meadows mare trot

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
Victory Is Coming controlled the mile with a quarter-pole move but had to dig in late to preserve her victory in Monday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Victory Is Coming charged to the front for Mike Wilder and discouraged the early challengers. When Anastasia Whinnie rallied from 7-1/2 lengths back, Victory Is Coming showed grit and class to defeat th...
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Big increase in handle Saturday at Meadowlands

on 01/08/2012 12:00 AM
After a strong opening, the wagering momentum continued to build Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The live handle was $442,822, up 40 percent over the $316,205 wagered the previous year. The $2,725,660 total handle represented a 6.5 percent increase over the $2,558,273 wagered in 2011.   This year's opening night, Friday, Jan. 6, card also produced strong numbers, notably a...
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