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FL USHWA inducts new Hall of Famers

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
With the largest attendance in more than 15 years, the Florida chapter of the the United States Harness Writers Association held its 21st annual Hall of Fame Awards Banquet Sunday at the at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North Hotel. The inductees were horsemen Jim McDonald, Walter "Wally" Ross Sr. and Doug Miller and the trotting stallion Famously.   More than 250 people attended t...
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KYSS receives $2 million in 2012 funding

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced Monday that the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Funds are distributing more than $12.8 million in awards. The KBIF was implemented in 2005 to ensure the strength and growth of the horse industry in Kentucky. This fund is financed through the six percent sales tax paid for breeding a stallion to a mare in Kentucky. The monies are div...
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Pavia within a dozen wins of 5,000

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
With Wally Hennessey's 8,000th lifetime winning drive now on the books, the milestone watchers at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park are turning their attention to Joe Pavia Jr. The 51-year-old horseman hailing from Utica, NY will soon be joining the 5,000 lifetime win club in the bike as he's now within a dozen after a thrilling victory in the Mares Open Handic...
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Morgan still trying for 14,000th driving win

on 02/20/2012 12:00 AM
In the last race on Monday at Dover Downs, Tony Morgan finished one length shy of driving his 14,000 winner. Morgan was driving the betting favorite, the Josh Green-trained Moisee Terror, and took the lead at the top of the homestretch, but then was passed by Elijah Hanover.   In other Dover action, Ise The By Boy and Nova Artist repeated their victories from last week in the Monday twin fe...
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PA horseman Dale Rennick dies

on 02/19/2012 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania horseman M. Dale Rennick, 75, of Allegheny Township, died Saturday, Feb. 18, in the emergency room at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Pittsburgh.   He was born July 27, 1936, in North Buffalo Township, to the late Martin August and Ethel Claypoole Rennick. He has been a resident of Allegheny Township for 53 years, having previously resided in Brackenridge. Mr. Rennick worked as di...
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Wally Hennessey joins 8,000-win club

on 02/18/2012 12:00 AM
After a succession of near misses on Pompano's last card before Saturday night, Wally Hennessey made no mistake in reaching the 8,000-win career milestone with his very first drive on the Saturday night program. The 55-year-old reinsman hailing from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, thus became the 21st driver in history to reach that plateau.   "I have to say it was a bit different...
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Itrustyou wins 13th straight in Exit 16W final

on 02/18/2012 12:00 AM
Itrustyou made it a lucky 13 in a row as he won the $74,600 Exit 16W final, the headliner in a trio of stakes contested Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.     The 13-race card also produced the highest total handle of the meet, with $3,144,519 wagered.   The milestone was also higher than any night in 2011, excluding the Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian cards....
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Summer Camp wins Yonkers Open

on 02/18/2012 12:00 AM
Invading Summer Camp (Jason Bartlett) went the distance Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position four as the 7-5 choice, Summer Camp worked around PH Jackpot (Cat Manzi), making the lead just after a :27.4 opening quarter mile. He then rated a 29-second next station (:56.4) half before Sea Venture (George Brennan) tried his luck movi...
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Siblings sweep Woodbine finals for Johnson

on 02/18/2012 12:00 AM
Young trainer Corey Johnson and owner Michael Sergi made a profitable journey to Woodbine on Saturday night as they sent out a pair of $50,000 Series final winners in Bay Of Sharks and his half-sister, Bay Girl.   In the WEGZ Series final, Bay Of Sharks, who found the winner's circle in both preliminary divisions, never saw the pylons for driver Jody Jamieson and still cruised to victory in...
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Winbak Farm has new social media competition

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm is proud to introduce a new daily contest. In honor of breeding season, we will feature discounted breedings to those who win.   Thursday's featured stallion was Rustler Hanover. Our lucky winner will receive $500 off of a breeding.    The contest will feature a different stallion on either Facebook, Twitter, or the website. Interested participants are encourage...
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Texas Ridge springs 80-1 Don Mills shocker

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Texas Ridge and driver Sylvain Filion pulled off an 80-1 shocker in their $35,000 Don Mills Trotting Series division on Thursday night at Woodbine.   The Richard Gillock trainee also lowered his lifetime mark to 1:55.2 in notching his second win of the season in six starts.   Texas Ridge followed behind fractions of :27.2, cut by Mr. Joe Sixpack (Scott Zeron), :57...
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Perretti eyeing additions to broodmare band

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
The reports that Perretti Farms is going out of business, to paraphrase Mark Twain, are greatly exaggerated.   Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, N.J., is in the market for fillies coming off the track to add to the broodmare band of the state’s largest Standardbred farm.     This marks a reversal in plans for the Perrettis–father, William, and son, Anthony.  In the fa...
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Indiana stakes March payments due

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
There are two important payment deadlines for Indiana Stakes in the month of March: Thursday, March 1, is the payment deadline for Indiana-sired Late Closers IS-30 and IS-31 while Thursday. March 15, is the payment deadline for Indiana Sire Stakes (3 year olds & older), Indiana-sired Fair Circuit (3 year olds), Maple City Trot (3-year-old pacers) and the Classic Pace (3-year-o...
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Chester qualifers on March 2, 6

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Horsemen are to be advised that Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack will hold pre-meet qualifiers on Friday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 6, with first post at 10 a.m. each day.   Entries will be accepted the day prior on both occasions, with the box scheduled to close at 11 a.m.   Horsemen are also reminded to provide the Race Office with all applicable health documents f...
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Symphony In Motion, Jamie Sue win mare finals

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Symphony In Motion (inside) caught the favorite Higher And Higher in the final strides to win the $63,750 Cape & Cutter Final on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Later in the card, Robert Di Nozzi’s Jamie Sue capitalized on a miscue by the leader to take the $47,000 Tender Loving Care final. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,445,302, up 4.5 percent ($105,539) from the co...
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Breakheart Pass best at Yonkers with 1:53.2 mile

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) needed every bit a perfect pocket trip Friday night to win the $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:53.2 at Yonkers Raceway.   One of three leavers--she from post position four--Breakheart Pass was stuffed into the two hole. Invading Canadian pole-sitter Keeper's Destiny (Eric Goodell), as the 2-1 choice, was intent on showing the way, d...
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MHHA president asks governor for help

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association president Brett Boyd on Thursday morning sent a letter to Governor Rick Snyder asking for his help saving the state's horse racing industry. In the letter, Boyd highlights the overwhelming financial power of the tribal casinos and the significant ground that our industry has lost to them over the past 20 years. He also reminds Gov. Snyder that few ...
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Ohio casinos to open, legislation passes House

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
Ohio’s first two casinos got the green light today to open in May, and Cleveland will go first, with Penn National Gaming's Toledo casino set to open the week of May 28.  A casino in downtown Columbus is expected to open later this year.   Meanwhile, on Wednesday (Feb. 15) the Ohio House of Representatives approved legislation which includes rules for the installation of video l...
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Put On A Show wins off 15-month layoff

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
The 5-year-old pacing mare Put On A Show won a qualifier at the Meadowlands Thursday morning in 1:53.3, the first appearance for the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover since her 2010 season in which she was overwhelmingly voted the 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year. Trainer Chris Ryder told The Horseman shortly afterward that Put On A Show would qualify again next Thursday before making her 2012 pari-...
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Rosecroft racing applications available

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway reminds those intending to race at the track’s winter-spring meet that an application must be on file before training, qualifying or racing at Rosecroft. The application is available at http://www.rosecroft.com/ on the internet. The first training session will occur on Thursday, February 23, 2012 with the track opening at 8 a.m. and concludes at noon. The first qualifiers will...
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