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Greg Haverstick named Groom of the Year

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Greg "Stick" Haverstick, a veteran groom working with trainer Colby Hubble's Maryland-based stable, has been named 2011 Groom of the Year in the annual competition sponsored by Harness Tracks of America ("HTA") and Hanover Shoe Farms. In nominating Haverstick, Hubble noted that while the stable has never had any award winners, Haverstick "treats every horse as if they're champions." Havers...
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WEG's stakes payments approaching

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Nominations for Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) major stakes events, including the $1 million Metro Pace, $750,000G Maple Leaf Trot and $830,000E Canadian Pacing Derby close Thursday, March 15. Also, 3-year-old Ontario-sired fillies have a sustaining payment for the 2012 WEG SBOA stakes event.   Two year old's have sustaining payments due for the 2012 Champlain Open and C...
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Scorpion Moon rises to top at Pompano

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Although she was not successful with her new purchase Muscles Marinara later in the card, owner-trainer Tracy Brainard had decidedly better fortune with Scorpion Moon in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday at The Isle Pompano Park.   With Joe Pavia Jr. in the bike, Scorpion Moon sat third in line as Jaavos Boy, in rein to David Ingraham, showed the way to three quarters in 1:...
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Don't Know Chip knows Dover winner's circle

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Don't Know Chip overtook Tagyoureit Hanover in deep stretch to win the $27,500 Open Trot in 1:54 at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Struttin Conway won the $16,000 trot by a nose in the sub-feature. Meet-leading trainer Josh Green haltered three winners.   Vince Copeland moved Don't Know Chip up on the outside to challenge leader and race favorite Tagyoureit Hanover, piloted by Matt ...
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Christian Harness Horsemen's scholarship news

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
The Christian Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) Scholarship Application is now available at www.chha.net. This year CHHA will be awarding a John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship, a James "Bart” Glass Memorial Scholarship, a Carl Allen Memorial Scholarship, Rambling Willie Scholarship and a Weldon Stockwell Scholarship and some unnamed scholarships. Students enrolled in an institute of ...
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If I Can Dream moving to New Jersey for 2012

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Bulletproof Enterprises has announced that world champion and full brother to Western Terror, If I Can Dream p, 2, 1:50.4f; 3, 1:49.4f ($1,990,276), will stand the 2012 breeding season at Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ. Kentuckiana Farms will continue to serve as syndicate manager of his breeding career.   If I Can Dream, the 2-year-old world champion and full bro...
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Imposter A wins season-high 7th of year

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Imposter A, an Australian bred-altered son of Fake Left, scored his seventh victory of the fledgling season on at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon. With that triumph the pacer now leads the nation in races won this year.   Mike Forte was in the sulky once again for trainer Elisha Lafreniere and he used the front-end route with the veteran pacer to score a season's-best 1:58 vic...
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$100,000 guarantee Pick 4 Wednesday at Balmoral

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Here we go again! Get ready for another giant betting opportunity Wednesday as March Madness starts early at Balmoral Park. Players will get a $100,000 guaranteed pool, a big carryover, free program pages courtesy of Track Master and a low 15 percent takeout. What more could a player ask for? If you are a part of the growing "Balmoral Nation," you are certainly aware that the second gu...
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Sulky stats now tracked at Meadowlands

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
By popular request, the Meadowlands Racetrack is now tracking sulky statistics for its players. Several weeks ago, the Meadowlands began color coding sulkies and tracking the information on its live television broadcast. Statistics have been compiled for the past month and will now appear in the live racing program as well. "The statistics of a certain sulky's performance is not only good ...
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More politics in Ohio as legislature negotiates

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Ohio needs emergency legislation passed which specifies the rules for operating video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state's racetracks under the supervision of the Ohio Lottery Commission, but to get that emergency legislation passed there has been some horse trading going on at the statehouse.   Legislation has passed the House that would allow rules for VLTs, but the legislation...
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HOY San Pail set to qualify Thursday

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
San Pail, the Horse of the Year on both sides of the border in 2011, is scheduled to make his first charted line of 2012 in a qualifying session on Thursday morning at Mohawk.   Trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes confirmed that the winner of $2,977,885 who has three Maple Leaf Trot victories will participate in a pair of qualifying sessions to prepare for his first stakes engagement of...
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Valentowner takes Meadows feature

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Valentowner waited patiently in the pocket, then roared through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows at a healthy 5-1. Greg Grismore pushed Valentowner to the lead, where he stung Southern Allie before yielding to the pocket. That strategy paid off when Valentowner, a bit fresher late, downed Southern Allie by a neck in 1:52. Full Of Sand fi...
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Yonkers bringing back Sheppard for 2YOs

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is bringing back the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, for years the Raceway's signature event for 2-year-old colts and geldings.   The Sheppard, dormant since 2003, is scheduled to offer elimination races ($25,000 each division) Saturday night, July 14, with the $100,000 (est.) final going Saturday night, July 21.   An original $250 nomination is due April 1, wi...
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Aracache Hanover set to start Saturday

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Millionaire pacer Aracache Hanover is about to return to the racing wars to begin his 2012 campaign. He'll be starting in the outside post position in a field of eight starters in the Saturday evening Open Handicap Pace at the Isle Pompano Park.   After a winter holiday at the South Florida farm of Ontario based trainer Gregg McNair, the son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cac...
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Monochromatic overtakes Mystra to score

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Monochromatic got up to beat Mystra in deep stretch to win the $27,500 Mares Open/Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday (March 6). Ross Wolfenden had five wins.   After enjoying a good trip sitting third until midstretch, Corey Callahan pulled Monochromatic to the outside and the mare quick-stepped to the front in 1:52, a new lifetime record. North State Street Stab...
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Standardbred owner Roger Bartley Jr. dies

on 03/05/2012 12:00 AM
Roger C. Bartley Jr., 44, of Columbus, Ohio, died March 1 after suffering a heart attack.   Mr. Bartley was a true salesman since the age of 13. He sold red and blue women's dress shoes at age 16, worked as a lawn mower contractor and owned several used car dealership. He also owned, trained, and was a driver of Standardbreds. His two favorite horses were Hawaiian Flash and Capt...
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76 nominated to North America Cup

on 03/05/2012 12:00 AM
An impressive group of 76 horses have been nominated to the 29th edition of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, one of harness racing's most prestigious events, set for Saturday, June 16, at Mohawk Racetrack. The number is down slightly from the 83 nominees to the 2011 NA Cup.   Headlining this year's group of nominees is 2011 O'Brien Award 2-year-old champion Warrawee Needy. ...
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PHHA/MSOA: Stakes probably eliminated

on 03/05/2012 12:00 AM
Governor Tom Corbett's proposed $72 million raid on the Race Horse Development Fund for 2012, together with a planned $47 million transfer to the state's general fund, would make it virtually impossible to continue stakes racing at 2011 levels according to the heads of the state's Standardbred horsemen's organizations.   "If the budget passes as proposed, we will go into survival mo...
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On-track wagering, attendance up at Big M

on 03/05/2012 12:00 AM
Both on-track wagering and attendance are up through the first two months of the 2012 harness meet at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The live handle is up 13 percent through 23 nights of racing, with $6,756,972 wagered vs. $5,964,256 the previous year. The Feb. 18 card, which featured a trio of winter series finals, produced the highest total handle thus far. The $3,144,519 wagered wa...
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Yonkers to host Golden Gloves boxing

on 03/05/2012 12:00 AM
The iconic New York Daily News Golden Gloves returns to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Wednesday night, March 14.   The 2012 semifinals of the fabled amateur boxing tournament take place on the casino's fourth floor, it was announced jointly by ECYR President Timothy J. Rooney and Daily News Senior Vice President John Campi.   General Admission tickets are priced a...
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