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Yonkers puts a wrap on 2011 season

on 12/24/2011 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway put a lid on its 2011 racing season Friday night with its usual pair of $38,000 co-features.   Delightful Diva (David Miller), cutting her travel distance in a way that would make Santa proud, skimmed the cones in the Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position three, Delightful Diva was minding her business along the inside as first 4-5 fave ...
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USHWA awards to Antonacci, Armbro Vanquish

on 12/23/2011 12:00 AM
Two names associated with “excellence in trotting families,” horseman Frank Antonacci and the broodmare Armbro Vanquish, have recently been voted year-end awards in a polling of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Antonacci was honored with the Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award, while Armbro Vanquish was named Trotting Broodmare of the Year.   The “Antonacci” name has long been ...
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Gural's lease of Meadowlands OK'd; rent to be $1

on 12/23/2011 12:00 AM
On Friday (Dec. 23), the Board of Commissioners of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority formally entered into a 31-year lease agreement with the New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC (NMRLLC), headed by Jeff Gural, for the operation of Meadowlands Racetrack. The agreement will close, and private operation commence, on Dec. 24, 2011. The NMRLLC has been responsible for all costs of op...
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Davis talks about driving 3YO pacer Curator

on 12/23/2011 12:00 AM
Curator has fashioned a solid image for himself, which makes him a top contender in the $60,000 Valedictory Stakes final on Monday’s afternoon Boxing Day card at Woodbine.   The gelded son of American Ideal-Gallery Hop, who was unraced as a 2-year-old, has banked $61,500 and has never missed the board in his sophomore campaign. The pacer has put together a record of 7-1-1 from nine starts...
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Roll With Joe NJ Standardbred Horse of Year

on 12/22/2011 12:00 AM
Roll With Joe, the New Jersey Standardbred Horse of the Year for 2011, is a 21st century champion with his own website and Facebook page. The 2011 Meadowlands Pace winner earned his honors the old fashioned way – on the racetrack, retiring after his Nov. 12 victory in the Messenger Stakes with a career record of eight wins, six seconds and three thirds from 23 starts and earnings of $1,805,...
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Lederman, Malinowski honored by USHWA

on 12/22/2011 12:00 AM
Two New Jerseyans united by a keen appreciation for harness racing, spectacles, and producing effective results have been honored by the U.S. Harness Writers Association in recent balloting: announcer extraordinaire Larry Lederman was voted the W.R. Haughton Good Guy Award, while Dr. Karyn Malinowski, surely the only department head at Rutgers who occasionally arrives on campus with mud and other ...
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Deadlines for paperwork for PA awards

on 12/22/2011 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania breeders hoping to qualify their in-foal mares for the state's Breeders Awards must have their paperwork for resident mares who will foal in 2012 back to the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission with a postmark of Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 (extra time courtesy of weekends and holidays).   To qualify for Pennsylvania Breeders Fund awards, the current requirements are that the mare...
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Up The Credit to stand stud and race in 2012

on 12/22/2011 12:00 AM
The owners of Up The Credit p, 2, 1:51.4s; 3, 1:49--'11 ($1,161,643) have decided and are pleased to announce that, as well as standing stud at Seelster Farms, Up The Credit will continue to be trained and the plan is to race him as a 4-year-old.   The winner of the $1.5 Million North America Cup in 2011, Up The Credit’s other sophomore victories include the $117,644 Simcoe Stakes, $100,0...
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Hanover purchases 6 top Brittany mares

on 12/22/2011 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that it has purchased a select group of six mares from Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. The group includes Trim Hanover, dam of 2011 pacing sensation American Jewel p,2,1:50.2 ($677,116); Passionate Glide 3,1:52.2 ($2,060,447); Possess The Magic 3,1:53.2 ($1,043,503); So Perfect p,2,1:51.3 ($272,516); Global Desire 2,1:57.1 ($131,287, full sister to Gl...
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Ohio's Dale Ross, trained Momentum, dies

on 12/22/2011 12:00 AM
Horseman Dale Ross of Vienna, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Cleveland Clinic. He was 71. Ross raced horses mostly throughout Ohio, but also traveled with such greats as the pacer Momentum p,3, T1:54.1 ($477,779) and the trotter Kash Minbar 6, 1:56.1 ($651,418).   When Momentum took his mark as a 3 year old with a time trial effort at The Red Mile in Lexington, he became the...
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Meadows owners raise $20,510 for charity

on 12/22/2011 12:00 AM
The 2:00 Club and The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association held its 23rd annual Chinese Auction for Charity on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Meadow Lands, PA. Over 300 people were in attendance in the standing-room only crowd, with more than 175 donated items up for grabs. The final tally shows that a record $20,510 was raised, up more than 33 percent from 2010....
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HoP opens modern OTB in downtown Indy

on 12/22/2011 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB opened this week in downtown Indianapolis to an enthusiastic response. The multi-faceted dining, drinking and race wagering facility was designed so guests can enjoy a high-quality and comprehensive entertainment destination in the heart of Indiana’s capital.   The race wagering lounge is a boutique state-of-the...
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SOANY responds to NY Gaming Association

on 12/22/2011 12:00 AM
The following correspondence, forwarded on Dec. 21, 2011 by SOA of NY President Joseph Faraldo to Michael Wilton, executive director of the New York Gaming Association (NYGA), is in response to Wilton’s open letter to the SOA of NY, and forwarded to the racing industry media, dated Dec. 15, 2011, regarding the issues surrounding a proposed amendment to the New York State Constitution seeking the...
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Burke, Fielding take Trainer, Owner awards

on 12/21/2011 12:00 AM
It was the long and the short of it for 6’5” western PA horseman Ron Burke in recent year-end honors balloting by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Burke easily won the Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year Award, with the largest surplus in all of this year’s contests.   Burke's ownership entity (Burke Racing LLC) and its combination with his good friends and main owning partners...
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Dead heats on consecutive days at Monticello

on 12/21/2011 12:00 AM
Wikipedia describes a dead-heat as a common expression used in horse racing and other sports to describe a  tie. Obviously, dead-heats on a racetrack are uncommon and  happen only occasionally but at Monticello Raceway horses finished in a dead-heat on two consecutive racing programs which certainly a rarity.   Not that rare you might say? You could be correct ...but nevertheless ...
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Dawn Lupol to call Woodbine card on Dec. 26

on 12/21/2011 12:00 AM
Dawn Lupul, one of Canada's premier horse racing commentators, will take over the announcers booth for the first time at Woodbine on Boxing Day (Monday, Dec. 26).   Lupul has been involved with harness racing almost her entire life. She began working at Northlands Park in 1995 as the on-air handicapper for both standardbred and thoroughbred breeds. She later became the network show host f...
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Streamlined licensing process being offered

on 12/21/2011 12:00 AM
Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has a streamlined licensing process that is available to all harness horse owners, trainers, and drivers.   Called the National Racing Compact, an arm of RCI, the membership cost is $225 for three years. Applicants simply fill out a form which asks the usual racing license questions, submit a set of fingerprints, and a photo. Thereafter you...
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O'Brien Award finalists announced

on 12/21/2011 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has announced the finalists for the 2011 O’Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The awards are named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 28.   The 2011 World D...
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Russ Crawford of Harness Brokerage dies at 92

on 12/21/2011 12:00 AM
Russell "Russ" Crawford Sr., known for his Harness Brokerage company which insured Standardbred horses, has died at the age of 92.   Born in Yonkers, NY on March 7, 1919, to the late George and Louisa Crawford, Mr. Crawford was a lifelong athlete and sportsman. He was graduated from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, NY, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N...
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Holt new exec. director of Harness Horse Breeders

on 12/21/2011 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State has named Betty Holt its executive director. Holt, who has been working in the horse racing and breeding industries for 30 years, has been elevated to this post after serving as the organization’s administrative director for four years.   Harness Horse Breeders provides services to the New York Sire Stakes program through a contract with the st...
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