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Simpson making his mark at the Meadowlands

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
Brandon Simpson has combined training a small stable with his sizable driving talent to become a strong presence at the Meadowlands.     Simpson will steer three of his trainees, in addition to the rest of his catch-drives on Friday night. The 30-year-old Illinois native and son of noted trainer Dirk Simpson manages a stable of 13 horses at the Mark Ford Training Cent...
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Winning Mister wins third straight at The Meadows

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
Winning Mister made his third straight victory look as convincing as the first two when he barreled to the lead and waltzed home unchallenged in 1:54 in Thursday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Winning Mister went an evenly rated mile for Dick Stillings, clocking matching :57 halves. He scored by 3 lengths over the rallying TSM Photo Bugger, with No Doze third. R...
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Man's Treasure, Trouble take Singer splits

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
Man's Treasure and Trouble captured the two $12,500 splits in second leg action of the Charles Singer Memorial Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands.   Man's Treasure, the betting favorite, was put on the lead by driver Tim Tetrick and won in 1:58.1. Don Niccum is training the 3-year-old gelding by SJ's Caviar for breeder-owner Bob Key. Last year Man's Treasure made just one...
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Summertime Yankee's 1:54.3 sets season's mark

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Summertime Yankee willingly accepted cover early, then powered through the lane to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in 1:54.3, fastest this year by an older mare on a five-eighths-mile track.   Summertime Yankee yielded the point to Photo Fantasy past the quarter, but under Aaron Merriman’s urging, she blew by that rival in the stretch to...
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Tioga discontinues LCs, adds NYSS "preps"

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs will begin its 2012 live racing season on Saturday, May 5, and some changes have been made to this season's opening schedule of races. The New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) will start in mid May this year, resulting in the late closers restricted to 3YOs offered in past seasons at Tioga being discontinued. The concern was that with the vast majority of nominees to t...
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Valley View license story is erroneous

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania State Gaming Control Board director of communications Doug Harbach says statements issued on Tuesday, including on harnessracing.com that used reports from the Ellwood City Ledger website, claiming the gaming license for the Valley View Downs project was approved are erroneous.   Harbach noted that an application for a gaming license for Valley View Downs has no...
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WEG's Eaves says tracks make $1.5 billion for ONT

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
On Wednesday morning (Feb. 22), as the horse racing community was poised to rally at a park in downtown Toronto, Ont., to voice opposition to a government plan to take money away from the province's racing program, Woodbine CEO Nick Eaves delivered some powerful data in a story published in Toronto's Globe And Mail.   Eaves says if the government is looking to find value for mo...
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Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio to hold open house

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Sugar Valley Farm will host an open house and stallion parade on Saturday (March 31) from 2-4 pm. There will be two parades -- one at 2:30 p.m. and the other at 3:30 pm. The stallions will be available to be viewed throughout the afternoon.   Food will be provided by Jeff Short of Shorty's Barbeque. Sugar Valley Farm is located in Delaware, Ohio, home of the Little Brown Jug. To reach the f...
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Steve Wolf new president of Harness Writers

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Long-time horse racing publicist Steven Wolf has been elected president of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Wolf, a resident of Coral Springs FL, has been writing and covering harness racing for more than 30 years. He is currently the president of StableTracker.com, a horse racing financial accounting software system based in Ft. Lauderdale.   Elec...
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KY gaming bill passes committee after revision

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
The Kentucky Senate's State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday voted 7-4 in favor of Senate Bill 151, a constitutional amendment that would put a question on the November ballot authorizing up to seven casinos in the state. The bill will be heard next on the Senate floor.   The bill was passed in a revised version. The new version is without one controversial protection f...
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Norwegian Wassberg visits Pompano

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Even though he has never before been away from his stable and never before been on a vacation, top Norwegian trainer and driver Ove Wassberg admitted he was glad he made a stop at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. His visit was a major highlight of the Wednesday program in South Florida.   Wassberg, 64, is one of the most respected and longest serving trainers and drivers ...
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Tagyoureit upsets at 13-1 at Dover

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Overlooked at 13-1,Tagyoureit Hanover made his first start since early November a winning one to win the $23,000 Mares Open trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Matt Kakaley catch-drove the Andover Hall-Tags Sweetie gelding for red-hot trainer Eric Ell and owners Gorden, Rekoon, Goldberg and Ken Wood. Kakaley moved Tagyoureit Hanover three-wide after the three-quarters and chopped down the leaders t...
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Mitchell says racing must make business case

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Hugh Mitchell, chief executive officer of Western Fair District, which operates Western Fair Raceway, and a former president of Harness Tracks of America, has been commenting publicly about a proposal in Ontario to change horse racing's share of slots revenues.   Mitchell says the horse racing industry's "...wisest approach...is to work together as a group...and work through business soluti...
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Aaron Merriman gets 5,000th win at Northfield

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, 33, reached career win number 5,000 when he drove Genesis See Yah to a 1:54.3 victory in Race 9 on Monday (Feb. 20) at Northfield Park.   Despite missing time because of injuries, Merriman became the fifth youngest driver to reach that milestone. A total of 79 drivers have won at least 5,000 races in harness racing history and only two did it prior to the age of 33. &n...
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Michigan's Claudia Wright dies

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Claudia J. Wright, 68, a USTA member from Charlotte, Mich., and the wife of longtime Michigan owner Gordon Wright, died Sunday, Feb. 19, at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor after an extended illness.   Mrs. Wright was born Jan. 25, 1944, in Al Hambra, Calif., the daughter of Bud and Arletta Woodard, and had been a resident of the Charlotte/Potterville area since 1963...
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HHYF announces July camp dates

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its July horsemanship camp schedule. The HHYF and its stable of Trottingbreds will travel to Goshen Historic Track, Tioga Downs, Pocono Downs and Gaitway Farms, in addition to a holding a two-day program for the New Jersey Girl Scouts. Space is limited and the application deadline is May 1.   Here is the complete July schedule: Jul...
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$100,000 Pick 5 guarantee Wed. at Balmoral

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
The USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Balmoral Park have combined to announce an instant guaranteed pool of $100,000 on the 50 cent Balmoral Pick 5  Wednesday night. Making this possible is a carryover of $29,672 which will be added to the pool.   We estimate a final Pick 5 pool of $135,000.The action starts early with a seven horse field on race two, the opening leg of the Pick ...
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Longtime race secretary Mark Lydon dies

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Mark Lydon, 74, a longtime racing secretary who was also one of the breeders of 1971-72 Horse of the Year Albatross, died Saturday, Feb. 18,   Mr. Lydon was a lifetime member of the North American Harness Racing Secretaries Inc., and worked as racing secretary at Liberty Bell Park, Brandywine Raceway, Laurel Raceway, Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands. ...
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McNair says 'I do' to pair in Damsel Series

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Driver Doug McNair is set to steer a pair of mares in the opening leg of the Damsel Pacing Series on Friday evening at Woodbine. With three $30,000 divisions drawn for Friday’s 12-race program, the young driver will guide one of his father Gregg’s trainees, Synergy Seelster, and the Joe Pereira-trained Whirlwind.   Synergy Seelster is fresh off a third-place finish in the HorsePlay...
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Morgan becomes 4th driver to win 14,000 races

on 02/21/2012 12:00 AM
Tony Morgan became the fourth driver in harness racing history to win 14,000 races, driving Timmylynn to a victory in a $13,500 purse race for mares on Tuesday (Feb. 21) at Dover Downs. Only Herve Filion, Dave Palone and Cat Manzi have more career wins than Morgan.   Morgan made good use of starting from post one driving Timmylynn, trained and co-owned by Bobby Reeser, Rich Crammer and Blac...
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