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MOMM New Jersey Horse of the Year

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Manofmanymissions, who trotted the fastest mile in New Jersey Sire Stakes history, has been selected as the overall New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year for 2011.   The award, which is voted annually by the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS races and other major stakes for NJ-sireds.   Manofmanymiss...
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Research says no data on optimum takeout

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Opening the second day of the Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz. on Wednesday, “Takeout: Then, Now and in the Future,” was the first of several panels to reach the conclusion that American horse racing must strive to improve communication within the industry and seek to alter the traditional business model by which it’s run.  Steve May, Vice President and Business Manage...
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HHI honors Luchento with Appreciation Award

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey president Tom Luchento (left) received an Appreciation Award from Harness Horsemen International on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Embassy Suites Resort and Spa in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Presenting the award was SBOANJ executive administrator Leo McNamara.   “It is very gratifying to me to be recognized by my peers who unders...
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Sweet Future named Pacing Broodmare of Year

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Sweet Future, a homebred daughter of Falcon’s Future-Sweet Dahrlin whose progeny lit up both the 2 year old and the free-for-all pacing ranks this season, was the unanimous choice of the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s broodmare board of experts, and thus she wins the 2011 Pacing Broodmare of the Year Award in a “walkover,” without needing the vote of USHWA’s rank and file.   A...
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White Birch named NJ Breeder of the Year

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has selected White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ as the 2011 New Jersey Breeder of the Year.   White Birch Farm will be honored at the 55th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2012 at Charley’s Other Brother in Eastampton Township, N.J.   White Birch-bred I Fou...
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Dancer introduces NJ slots-at-tracks bill

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth, has introduced two pieces of legislation that would allow New Jersey racetracks to include slot machines as part of their operation.   A-4294 directs the Division of Gaming Enforcement, in consultation with the New Jersey Racing Commission, to implement and oversee slot machine gambling operations at horse racing venues. &nb...
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Perretti lowers fees for Rocknroll, Muscles

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Muscles Yankee and Rocknroll Hanover will remain at home at Perretti Farms in 2012 in accordance with the glorious quest of the Gural team to restore the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The Hambletonian sire Muscles Yankee, sire of three consecutive Hambletonian champions, will stand for 2012 at the approachable fee of $10,000. His advertised fee was $20,000 in 2011.  Rocknroll Hanove...
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Westwardho draws five in Cleveland Classic

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Progress Pace winner Westwardho Hanover, most recently second in the Matron final at Dover Downs, has drawn post five in the bulky, 10-horse $162,200 Jay Auto Group Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at Northfield Park. The son of Dragon Again was a $15,000 supplemental entry into the race by owner Westward Ho Stable and trainer Ron Burke, whose second Cleveland Classic en...
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Monticello adds Dec. 18 holiday program

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
For the third consecutive year Monticello Raceway will have a special Sunday race card on Dec. 18. Post time will be at the usual 12:25 p.m.   "As we’ve done over the past few seasons the special Sunday card has been added so we can present the Children’s Holiday Party," said Shawn Wiles, the track’s assistant general manager.   The Fabulous Holiday Party, for children under...
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Twin B Wrangler, Calipari win Autumn finals

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
After winning his elimination one week ago, Twin B Wrangler was triumphant once again in the $50,000 Autumn Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts on Monday night at Woodbine, while Calipari scored in the $60,000 final for three-year-old trotting colts.   Over a sloppy track, the Travis Umphrey-trained Twin B Wrangler won in gate-to-wire fashion with driver Keith Oliver in the sulky. Th...
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Holland out after post-race Yonkers accident

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
That driving horses in a race carries with it some inherent danger is not exactly a news flash...but who knew pulling them up afterward did, too? Such was the saga of Brent Holland, who is out indefinitely after fracturing his right ankle Saturday night.   The incident occurred at the conclusion of Yonkers Raceway's featured $38,000 Open Pace. Holland had just finished second with Roje...
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1:52.3 dead heat by fillies at Pompano

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
In one of the fastest dead heat clockings in track history dating to 1964, the 3-year-old pacing fillies JK Geronimo and Southwind Trini raced a mile and could not be separated by the photo finish camera at the conclusion of the third race of the Monday program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   On an ideal 73 degree evening in South Florida, the two fillies raced...
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Hanover revises 2012 service fees

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms, has announced several revisions to the recently released 2012 stud fees for the Hanover stallions.   “In view of the problems facing the economy in general and the horse breeding industry in particular and with the concurrence of our partners and syndicate shareholders we have decided to lower the stud fees of several of our stallions for...
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New Jersey horseman Donnie Queen dies

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
Don “Donnie” Queen, a longtime trainer who has worked for horsemen such as Jim Doherty, Julie and Andy Miller, and Ray and Larry Remmen over the years, died Sunday, Dec. 4, from complications of pneumonia. He was 62. A native of New Brunswick, Canada, Mr. Queen usually trained a couple of horses on his own while working for other conditioners, according to Larry Remmen. It was while working f...
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Museum has old harness racing books for sale

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
A large selection of gently used harness racing books and periodicals, available for purchase, has just arrived at The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, thanks to generous donations from members and friends.   These vintage publications are the perfect holiday gifts for the hard-to-please harness racing fan(s) in your life! Several new titles are available through the Museum's Winne...
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Austin's beauties are beasts

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
Trainer Mark Austin grins when he tells you looks can indeed be deceiving. Sparky Mark, arguably the top horse on the WEG circuit in recent weeks, and Machleen, who recently captured her Autumn Stakes elimination, are from the same family and not surprisingly, share similar traits.   And though they might not turn heads with their physical attributes, they have been attracting the attenti...
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New York Sire Stakes announce changes

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board, in conjunction with the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, has approved significant changes to the 2012 New York Sire Stakes racing conditions and schedule that will provide owners of horses of varying ability more flexibility and opportunity to race in the state.   Beginning next year, Standardbred owners...
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Westwardho to supplement to Cleveland Classic

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that he and the Westward Ho Stable will be making the $15,000 supplemental entry fee for Westwardho Hanover into Saturday night’s $150,000 (est.) Jay Auto Group Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old colt pacers at Northfield Park. Since being purchased privately and entering the Burke barn in early October, Westwardho Hanover has posted thre...
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Biletnikoff scores again in Meadows Preferred

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
Biletnikoff burst to the front, then held off his stablemate, Jojo N Goliath, late to capture his second straight victory in Tuesday’s $22,500 Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   Biletnikoff and Aaron Merriman worked out a comfortable front half of :57 over the sloppy surface and parried the first-over thrust of Tuneariffic. Jojo N Goliath, who was riding Tuneariffic’s cover, brushed wide ...
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Young horses take marks at Pompano

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
The 2-year-old pacing colt One Lucky Dragon was a winner on the Tuesday (Dec. 6 program) at the Isle Pompano Park, lowering his lifetime mark to 1:55.1 when moved up to the non-winners of 2 races lifetime.   Wally Hennessey drove the Dragon Again-Kiss My Lips colt, a $90,000 yearling purchase by Ed Telle's Winchester Baye Acres. Dan Hennessey is training the co...
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