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WEG to pay $350 to finishers sixth and back

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced on Thursday that the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has approved its application to amend its purse distribution for the remainder of the 2011-2012 standardbred Woodbine meet.   Beginning December 1 and ending May 14, the program will issue a purse payment in the amount of $350 to owners of horses that do not finish first through fifth. The $350...
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Meadowlands racing application due Dec. 15

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
All horsemen who would like to race at the Meadowlands in 2012 must complete a racing application and return it to the race office by December 15, 2011. The application is available online by clicking here.   The following is a letter to the horsemen by New Meadowlands Racetrack General Manager Mike Newlin issued Thursday, Dec. 1.   Dear Horsemen, The New Year is just a few weeks ...
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Is Aldrich waving "Bye-bye Billy" at Mighty M?

on 11/30/2011 12:00 AM
It’s been a year-long battle for leading driver honors at Monticello Raceway. Although Bruce Aldrich Jr. has led the pack for a good portion of the season, veteran Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr.  would then get on a tear and take command for a while. Then Aldrich would win a multitude of races and regain command.   It went that way for the past three months with the lead going...
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Pentland sending out pair in Autumn elims

on 11/30/2011 12:00 AM
When it comes to their horses, many trainers believe that with great patience comes great reward. John Pentland is no exception. The Dorchester resident, who recently relocated to Classy Lane Training Center with 10 horses for the winter months, remains hopeful that Del Rio Seelster and Pisti can be on the top of their respective games when they battle in their $25,000 Autumn Stakes eliminations...
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PA's top drivers vie for $50,000 at Chester

on 11/30/2011 12:00 AM
Eight of Pennsylvania’s best drivers will converge on Harrah’s Chester Sunday, Dec. 18, to battle it out for their share of $50,000 in total prize money. The winner will receive $15,000 while second and third place will take home $10,000 and $8,000, respectively. Consolation prizes for fourth through eighth place range from $1,000 to $6,000. As with the East Meets West challenge that was cond...
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HHI meetings get underway Thursday

on 11/30/2011 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International’s annual meeting is set to begin on Thursday at the EmbassySuites Resort and Spa in Deerfield Beach, Fla.  The three-day agenda culminates with the HHI 2011 annual awards banquet on Dec. 3 at the same venue.   Keynote speakers during the Friday morning general session include: HHI President Gene Oldford; USTA President Phil Langley and USTA Executive ...
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Ron Brechler, owner of Trick Man, dies

on 11/30/2011 12:00 AM
Ronald L. Brechler, 75, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, who campaigned the top horse Trick Man p,4, 1:49.3f ($286,135, died Monday, Nov. 28, at his home after a brief illness. He had been involved in harness racing for more than three decades.   Mr. Brechler was at The Meadows in late July when Trick Man took his record beating a field that included Foiled Again, We Will See and Delmarvelo...
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Autumn Stakes for 2YOs begins at Woodbine

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
A trio of $20,000 Autumn Stakes eliminations for 2o-year-old colts and geldings took place Monday evening at Woodbine with Twickenham, Arthur and Twin B Wrangler finding the winner’s circle. In the opening dash, driver Rick Zeron guided Twickenham to an off-the-pace victory in 1:55, paying $10.30. The Murray Brethour-trained Twickenham was in no hurry in the early stages as Machinthesand (Ph...
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Delaware's William Chambers dies

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
Williams M. Chambers Jr., 76, former president of Delaware State Fair which owns Harrington Raceway and one of the most popular and humble people in southern Delaware, died on Nov. 19.   Mr. Chambers, a longtime harness racing supporter was a member of the USTA, Delaware Standardbred Owners Association and previous Cloverleaf Horsemen’s Association. He is credited with being a...
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Tioga Downs raises $10,294 for United Way

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
Employees at Tioga Downs Casino are doing their part to help the community this holiday season. The staff raised $10,294 for the Tioga United Way, smashing the $9,000 fundraising goal set.   In addition to the employees’ donations, American Racing and Entertainment, the parent company of Tioga Downs, is matching the amount and ARE chairman Jeffrey Gural is making a $5,000 contribution, br...
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San Pail to return in March for Glorys Comet

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
San Pail, a hot favorite for the U.S. and Canada’s Horse of the Year honors in 2011, has earned himself a well-deserved rest after a head-turning campaign. The 7-year-old son of San Pelligrino-Village Beauty earned $1,266,420 in 2011 with a 14-2-0 record from 16 starts. Overall, San Pail has banked $2,977,885 lifetime with 49 trips to the winner’s circle. "He still jogs every day or every o...
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USHWA Dan Patch Awards dinner Feb. 12

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
On Sunday, Feb. 12, the United States Harness Writers Association will host its annual national awards dinner in Orlando, Fla. Highlights include the presentation of the prestigious Dan Patch Awards, which go to the 2011 harness horses of the year. Other awards will honor the leading men and women in the sport for the past year.   This year there will be a special memorial ce...
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The Prophet Mary looking for divine victory

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
During her debut season, The Prophet Mary has been on quite a journey. The next challenge for the 2-year-old pacing filly is qualifying for the Autumn Stakes in her $20,000 elimination on Thursday at Woodbine.   The Anthony Montini student was first trained down in Florida by Don Cromer before she ventured to Pocono Downs in June for a qualifier and a fifth-place finish in her first lifet...
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Canada's Waples to drive Saturday in France

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
Canada’s Randy Waples and France’s Eric Raffin, drivers of San Pail and Rapide Lebel, the respective one-two finishers in last month’s Breeders Crown Open Trot at Woodbine, will race against each other Saturday night, Dec. 3, in France as part of a competition featuring 14 drivers from 14 different countries. The Société du Cheval Français, the organization in charge of harness racing in...
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Sir Caviar Horse of the Year at The Meadows

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
The older trotter Sir Caviar, a winner of 10 races in 16 starts, has been named Horse of the Year at The Meadows by the members of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA).  Owned by Bill and Leslie Zendt, trained by Bill Zendt and driven throughout much of the season by Brian Zendt, Sir Caviar also won top honors as Older Trotting Horse/Gelding of the Year and Trotter of ...
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Silvas purchase interest in The Game Plan

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
Ontario-based trainer John Kopas told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that he and partners Anthony Wagner, Gary Grieve and LLK Stable have sold a 20-percent interest in the 2-year-old gelding trotter The Game Plan to Jerry and Theresa Silva. An eight-time winner in 13 starts this year, including the $478,380 William Wellwood Memorial final on Sept. 17 at Mohawk Racetrack, The Game Plan earne...
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Thoroughbred owner begins Bergstein Writing Award

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
The Stanley Bergstein Writing Award has been instituted by Team Valor International in order to foster the type of writing engaged in by the recently deceased horse racing giant and author of hard-hitting racing journalism. CEO Barry Irwin, a former Turf Writer who greatly admired Mr. Bergstein’s Daily Racing Form columns, will select the winner from a list of stories chosen for consideration ...
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Gural believes he'll lease Big M within days

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
The Record newspaper of northern New Jersey has reported that Jeff Gural has said he hopes to sign a lease Monday to take over the Meadowlands Racetrack from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.   The story said final touches for privatizing the Meadowlands Racetrack may be completed Wednesday, with Gural then left to sign off. Gural will then need to be licensed by the New ...
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Biletnikoff wins at Meadows after 10-week layoff

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
Showing no ill effects from a 10-week layoff, Biletnikoff took advantage of live cover to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   When Tuneariffic came first-over after the leader, Windsong Gorgeous, Biletnikoff followed. Under Aaron Merriman’s urging, the 7-year-old Keystone Raider-Strikadeeze gelding vaulted around Tuneariffic to down that rival by a neck i...
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Illinois legislature takes no action on gaming

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
The Illinois legislature finished its veto session on Tuesday without taking any action on a gambling bill that could have paved the way for expanded gaming at the state's racetracks and in downtown Chicago. Dave McCaffrey, president of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA), posted the following explanation on the IHHA website to explain what had happened--or did not happen.   ...
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