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Top colt trotter Whatever It Takes dies

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
Andy Miller told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that Whatever It Takes, who most recently finished second in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic in September at Mohawk Racetrack, was euthanized Friday, Oct. 22, after coming down with pneumonia and then laminitis. After posting four wins in 15 starts this year, including the $283,475 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs and a Townsend ...
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Changes to Woodbine winter series

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is pleased to announce several new changes to its Winter & Spring Stakes Series beginning with events scheduled to close December 1. All events with deadlines of December 1 this year, along with Jan. 17 and Feb. 15, 2012, will now offer a reduced nomination fee of only $100.   Scott McKelvie, WEG’s Director of Standardbred Racing and Racing Secreta...
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Big night for Florida stakes at Pompano

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for the Florida Breeders Stakes “Super Night” on Saturday. Purses total $509,000 for the eight divisional finals.   Florida Bonus eligible Cracker Coffee starts from post 5 in the 2-year-old filly pace against five other quality fillies in what should be an exciting night of racing at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Other outstanding FL-sire...
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Higher And Higher takes Dover feature

on 11/02/2011 2:00 AM
Higher And Higher, one of last season’s standouts, won the first $23,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace of the meet on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Driver Jon and his dad, trainer Bib Roberts combined for a double.   Daryl Bier drove Higher And Higher to a :28.1 final panel to record her seventh win of the year a 1:51.4 triumph in the female feature. Bier, Glenn DelRusso and Charles Dombeck own...
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Drivers apologize for missing Crown mounts

on 11/02/2011 2:00 AM
Drivers Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, David Miller and George Brennan said they were sorry for missing the Breeders Crown finals on Oct. 29 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The group was among horsemen stranded in New Jersey because of snow-related travel postponements.   “I want to offer a sincere apology for missing the Breeders Crown races and congratulate all the connections tha...
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Bulletin: Racing legend Stan Bergstein dies

on 11/02/2011 2:00 AM
Stanley F. Bergstein, a legend in horse racing for his knowledge, writing, and involvement in more facets of the sport than probably anyone else, died peacefully at home in Tucson, Ariz., at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning (Nov. 2). At his side was his son Al, Al's wife Megan, and a hospice care specialist. Daughter Lisa and her husband Craig, along with grandson Michael Hentshel,  we...
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Feb. 13 brings trainer, horse together

on 11/02/2011 2:00 AM
Although he’s never posted a world record, raced in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, or owns a speed badge of 1:50 or faster, Whippet Good has certainly been a feel-good story for co-owner and trainer James De Chellis.   Purchased for a mere $4,700 in 2004 at the Standardbred Canada Mixed Sale, Whippet Good has gone on to bank $765,751 lifetime the hard way for De Chellis and his son, ...
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Saturday funeral for Hazel Park's Denny Walton

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
Funeral arrangements for longtime Michigan-based horseman and Hazel Park Raceway assistant race secretary Denny Walton have been announced. Mr. Walton died last week as a result of a heart attack at the age of 74.   Along with working in the Hazel Park race office, Mr. Walton was also instrumental in the successful Great Lakes Amateur Driving Competition (GLADA) that was held at H...
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New Zealanders conquer Dover Downs

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
A pair of veteran New Zealand-breds, Mainland Key N and Roman Conqueror N, scored impressive victories in Halloween Day $30,000 paces on the first Monday card of the 2011-2012 Dover Downs meet.   Tim Tetrick made a quick move with Mainland Key N to take the lead at the three-quarters and then zipped home in :27 to hold off Fools Gold (Daryl Bier) in the stretch for a 1:50.3 victory in the $...
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Rod Hughes reflects on season with San Pail

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
Harness racing fans will not see San Pail again this year, but the 7-year-old trotter gave them plenty of memories upon which to reminisce until his return next season.   Last Saturday night, San Pail won the $600,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot by a neck over the French invader, Rapide Lebel, in 1:51.4 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. For the year, San Pail won 14 of 16 races -- he was secon...
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Burke wins BC MVT Award

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
The inaugural Most Valuable Trainer (MVT) Award was won by trainer Ron Burke at the conclusion of the Breeders Crown races on Saturday night. Burke accumulated 38 points in the scoring and bested 62 other trainers who all put on another thrilling show for harness racing fans all over the world.   Burke sent 10 horses postward in the $6.2 million Crown finals, and brought home a win (Sw...
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Court upholds Fusco's 5-year ban

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board’s five-year license ban of a harness trainer who repeatedly violated the Board’s rules regarding banned substances has been upheld by the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department.   The court’s dismissal of trainer Carmine Fusco’s appeal involves a matter that began in late 2006 when one of Fusco’s horses, Chev...
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Andover Hall colt wins rich Mangelli in Italy

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
The Orsi Mangelli for 3-year-old trotters, worth approximately $525,000, was contested at the San Siro track in Milan, Italy on Tuesday night and it was won by Brad de Veluwe, a son of Andover Hall out of the Muscles Yankee mare Amazing Ride. The filly division went to Orsia, a daughter of Angus Hall.   Brad de Veluwe, representing Finland, was timed in a mile rate of 1:55.2 over 1,600 mete...
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6 entered in Messenger; 4 in Lady Maud

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
Roll With Joe, the richest harness horse in North America this season. leads six 3-year-olds entered for Yonkers Raceway's Messenger Stakes. The final leg of the pacing Triple Crown is a one-dash-for-the-cash event, worth $401,000. It will be contested Saturday night, Nov. 12.   The remainder of Messenger half-dozen includes Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube), Rollwithitharry (Pierce also li...
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Winbak Delight upsets Real Mystical at Monticello

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
One of the bigger stories around Monticello Raceway in recent months has been the emergence of Real Mystical, a 1:51.1 record pacer five years ago who has been the talk of the town of late.   Claimed for $5,000 by James Schreisbeis on Sept. 20, the altered son of Real Artist then proceeded to reel off five consecutive victories, all faster than 1:54.3 and culminating in a 1:53.2 trium...
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Economy Terror in Three Diamonds at Chester

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown winner Economy Terror was among eight 2-year-old fillies entered in the Three Diamond Stakes at Harrah’s Chester, while Breeders Crown runners-up Win Missy B, A Rocknroll Dance, and Possess The Will also will make stakes appearances at the Philadelphia-area oval.   Sunday’s racing at Chester will see three eliminations for the Governor’s Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, ...
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Jojo N Goliath takes Meadows pace feature

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
Jojo N Goliath worked out a second-over trip and went on to a narrow victory in Tuesday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Sitting fourth down the backside, Jojo N Goliath and Eric Ledford followed the live cover of Tunearrific before peeling off around the final turn to score by a nose in 1:51.1. Valentowner was second, with the 79-1 Haverford H...
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2YO trotting filly Fox Valley Velvet wins Violet

on 10/31/2011 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old Illinois conceived and foaled filly trotting set was on display Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a field of seven youngsters were sent postward in the $45,100 Violet Stake. Continuing a late season hot streak, Redbud Stable and Jim Eaton’s Fox Valley Velvet had no trouble disposing of her rivals, reporting home with a 1 ¾ length victory in 2:01 over a sloppy track.   Given...
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Live webcast for Harrisburg sale announced

on 10/31/2011 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive year,all the sessions of this year’s Harrisburg sale will be webcast live. The live webcast may be found at http://theblackbook.com/livestreamtest.asp. There will be a link available on the homepage.   The sale begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. All subsequent sessions of the sale will start 10 a.m. The select yearling sale continues daily throu...
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A Breeders Crown and plenty of promise

on 10/31/2011 2:00 AM
When trainer Travis Umphrey began the voyage from his native Alberta to Ontario in early 2009, the last thing on his mind was notching a Breeders Crown victory.   Now, three years later, the conditioner is feeling right at home, courtesy of his stable star, Monkey On My Wheel, who took the $501,950 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old filly pacers this past Saturday at Woodbine.  ...
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