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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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Mymomsablizzard fastest mare trotter at PPK

on 12/21/2011 12:00 AM
There was a "blizzard" during the 74-degree evening on Wednesday (Dec. 21) at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Instead of snow, it was the flurry of trotting talent displayed by the 5-year-old mare Mymomsablizzard. She set a 1:54.1 track record performance, earning the distinction of becoming the fastest older trotting mare to tour the Pompano oval in its ent...
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3YO pacing fillies set up Niagara final

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
A total of 29 three-year-old pacing fillies travelled to Woodbine Racetrack Monday evening to compete in a trio of $25,000 Niagara Stakes eliminations with veteran driver Rick Zeron guiding two of the fillies to victory.   Ms Graywalls made her Canadian debut in the first tilt, scoring in gate-to-wire fashion for trainer John Grasso. With Zeron at the helm, the 9-2 third choice held ...
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TrackMaster enhances programs with links

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
TrackMaster, provider of electronic harness racing handicapping product and services, announced a series of product upgrades to many of their past performance (program pages) products. TrackMaster Platinum products now feature a link to the chart that underlies each past performance line. The fully descriptive chart includes the basic information one is accustomed to as well as TrackMaster’s pro...
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Gural still working on Meadowlands lease

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
Bob Jordan of the Asbury Park Press (NJ) reported that late Monday night New Jersey state officials and representatives of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association agreed on a deal to keep Monmouth Park open in 2012.   Jeff Gural also met with state officials on Monday to try to finalize details so he could sign a lease for the Meadowlands, but reportedly a couple of iss...
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Ohio's Eddie Kirk, breeder of Speedy Count, dies

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
Eddie Kirk, 95, of Washington Court House, Ohio, died Dec. 18. He formerly owned Kirk's Furniture in Washington Court House and Kirk's Auto Parts and was a licensed funeral director. Mr. Kirk was a longtime member of the Fayette County Fair Board, Ohio State Fair Board and Ohio Fair Manager's Association. He was inducted into Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame in 1991 and Ohio Fair Manager's Hall...
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Lisa America, Skully Gully set for Rome race

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
Two of the most interesting US-bred mares racing in Europe, Lisa America (Varenne-Zagabria Dei, by Victory Dream) and Skully Gully (Yankee Glide-Aupair Affair, by Pine Chip) will meet in the Galà Internazionale del Trotto at the Tor di Valle track in Rome, Italy, on Dec. 26. In fact, all of the 11 horses in the field have US blood in the pedigrees and Skully Gully and Le Cannibal...
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Koch reports good response to LC program

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
Meadowlands race secretary Peter Koch said as of Tuesday, Dec. 20, there has been a solid response to the track's winter late-closing races. Nomination fees were dropped for several races this year to make sure the embattled track has a good supply of horses for its winter meet.   "In a few races we are down, but in some we are up significantly in nominations, and we'll still have a few tri...
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San Pail unanimous Canadian Older Trotting Horse

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
The O’Brien ballots have been cast and there was no question in any of the voters’ minds who should be the recipient of the O’Brien Award as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse for 2011. That honor goes to San Pail, who was the unanimous winner, taking every one of the 61 ballots that were cast. This marks the third consecutive year that San Pail has won the O’Brien in this category for co-own...
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80-day Hoosier Park meet set for 2012

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
The 2012 racing dates for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino were recently finalized by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Standardbred racing returns Tuesday, March 27, and will conclude Saturday, July 14 while the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons begin Wednesday, Aug. 1 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 27.   The 19th season of Standardbred racing will offer 80 days of action...
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Brennan Driver of the Year; Noble a Rising Star

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
They’ve been locked in a furious 1-2 chase for the national championship in driving wins during 2011, so it seems appropriate that George Brennan would be voted the U.S. Harness Writers' Association (USHWA) 2011 Driver of the Year and Dan Noble would receive honors as USHWA's Rising Star Award recipient.   Brennan is the first outright winner of his award in consecutive years (Tim Te...
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MTR Gaming files for Scioto VLT license

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
MTR Gaming Group Inc., which owns Scioto Downs, announced Tuesday that it has officially submitted its application with the Ohio Lottery Commission for a license to operate video lottery terminals ("VLTs") at Scioto Downs in Columbus.   "Based on our review of the matter and the Attorney General's independent evaluation as set forth in the motions to dismiss, we are confident that...
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Gural given provisional license to run Meadowlands

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission on Tuesday (Dec. 20) approved a provisional permit for New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, headed by Jeff Gural, to operate the Meadowlands Racetrack in 2012.   The commission voted unanimously to grant New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC the permit during a meeting at Monmouth Park. Gural told the commission he expects to sign a lease agreement for the racetrack with ...
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NY Gaming group explains its position on games

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
The New York Gaming Association (NYGA), whose members includes New York racetrack "racinos," has written a memorandum to the Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA), which represents horsemen at Yonkers Raceway, to explain its position promoting the addition of table games to New York racinos.   In the memo dated Dec. 15, Michael Wilton, executive director of the NYGA, s...
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Average overnight purse at Yonkers tops $18,600

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York, which represents horsemen competing at Yonkers Raceway, issued a press release on Tuesday (Dec. 20) noting that over the 245 days of live racing, the average overnight purse was a whopping $18,694.03 per race. That amount represents the highest average overnight purses given out anywhere at a single track over a year ...
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Edie's Desire tied for most wins in NA this year

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
She’s been a winning machine all season long and with the triumph on Tuesday at Monticello Raceway, Edie’s Desire is now tied for the lead in races won in North America this season.   Again with the meet's leading driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls, Edie’s Desire scored a come-from- behind victory in a time of 1:59, getting the judges call after a tight three- horse photo....
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Gural signs 30-year contract to operate Big M

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced late Tuesday two critical developments in his goal to establish a fully independent, privately operated horse racing industry in New Jersey, with the signing of a 30-year contract for the operation of the Meadowlands harness-racing track, and an agreement to continue thoroughbred racing at Monmouth Park in 2012. Both developments further the Gover...
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Fred And Ginger upsets Westwardho Hanover

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
Fred And Ginger twirled from the pocket in the lane to dance past his stablemate, Westwardho Hanover, and capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Westwardho Hanover overtook Fred And Ginger with a quarter-pole move, but under Brett Miller’s urging, Fred And Ginger — the former all-age track record-holder at The Meadows — proved stronger late, prevailing b...
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Grandich interview on Fox cancelled

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
Harness horse owner and financial markets guru Peter Grandich was scheduled to appear on Fox Business News with Stuart Varney on Tuesday morning (Dec. 20)  between 9:30-10 am, but the interview was cancelled.   On Monday Grandich planned to go to Harrah's Chester to watch his trotter Orange Bigi compete in race 6. Orange Bigi finished second.   On Sunday...
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