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Trotslikethewind sets season's mark at Meadows

on 01/30/2012 12:00 AM
Trotslikethewind did just that Monday at The Meadows, capturing the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot in 1:55.2, equaling the fastest mile this year by an older mare on a five-eighths-mile track.   Parked to the opening quarter, Trotslikethewind tolerated no challenges once she reached the front, covering the back half in a sparkling :56.4 for Tony Hall. She downed Allthatnab...
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Broadies Song in 1:50; triples for Callahan, Pierce

on 01/30/2012 12:00 AM
Broadies Song became the season’s fastest gelding on a five-eighths mile oval, while Mainland Key N won a second Preferred in two weeks to highlight the weekly $30,000 features on Monday, Jan. 30, at Dover Downs.   David Miller made good use of starting from the inside with Broadies Song, taking the lead after the quarter. Broadies Song fought off Cams Art and Ron Pierce on...
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Ontario plan moves $1.4 mil in purses to Windsor

on 01/30/2012 12:00 AM
A plan submitted by Windsor for the re‐direction of purse money from Woodstock and Dresden Raceways has been approved by the Director, following a recommendation from the Ontario Racing Program’s Implementation and Monitoring (IM) Group. The approved plan calls for $1.4 million to move from Woodstock and Dresden to Windsor, to maintain the average 2012 daily purse at Windsor at approxima...
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Ready Cash wins second Prix d'Amerique

on 01/29/2012 12:00 AM
Ready Cash won his second straight Prix d'Amerique at the Vincennes track in Paris on Sunday afternoon, defeating the mare Roxane Griff in a mile rate time of 1:56 for the 2,700 meter race (1.67 miles). Frank Nivard drove the winner, a 7-year-old stallion by Indy de Vive.   As expected because it is his preference, Ready Cash started on the far outside of the 18-horse field as Timoko took t...
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Ocean's Motion coasts in Yonkers Open

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
Ocean's Motion (Jordan Stratton) busted it wide open Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.    Assigned post position two, she was away fourth as Delightful Diva (Pat Berry) took over from 2-1 choice Bling (George Brennan) right at the :27.1 opening quarter. Before a :57.1 half, Ocean's Motion vacated the cones, going after a...
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Miss Versatility Series enriched in 2012

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
In its short history, the Miss Versatility Series has become a highlight on the annual schedule for trotting mares, and the 2012 edition will be bigger and richer.   The purses for the series legs have been raised from $25,000 to $40,000 ($30,000 per division) and the number of preliminary legs has been increased from three to four.   For the first time, the Woodbine Entertainment ...
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Sweden's Yarrah Boko wins Prix du Luxembourg

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
The 2011/2012 winter meet at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes has been quite different to previous years. In the past there has been much Swedish success, but during this year there has not been a single victory for a Swedish-bred trotter.  Finally, and it was also a well-timed moment on Saturday, when Yarrah Boko, the 2011 Elitlopp fourth-place finisher, won the $145,000 Prix du Lu...
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Updated-Mich. barn fire kills four horses

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
A barn fire at Michigan Hall of Fame horseman Lee Sattelberg's farm in Howell Saturday morning killed four horses, including three Standardbreds and a 27-year-old Quarter Horse, and destroyed all of his equipment.   Kate Marotta, a close friend of Lee and Denna Sattelberg, told harnessracing.com that Denna was in the house at 9 a.m. on Saturday when she heard some pops and went outside...
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Winning streaks extended in Complex, Hirt

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
Itrustyou, the dominant horse in a four-ply Ron Burke Stable entry in the $74,000 Complex final Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scored a game 1:50 victory that was his 10th straight trip to the winner's circle. The $73,000 Clyde Hirt final went to Special T Rocks, who overcame a grueling trip to win in 1:51, his sixth consecutive victory.   This was the second consecutive year that the C...
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11-year-old Armbro Billow wins 69th race

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
It isn't very often that a horse in the second decade of life will earn a career-best speed mark but the veteran pacer Armbro Billow accomplished just that on the final Saturday night of January at Pompano Park.   In a $6,100 conditioned test, Armbro Billow was kept well back of the unsustainable pace made Big Bam Ray in rein to Richie Simard as the fastest opening half of the mee...
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San Pail named Canadian Horse of the Year

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada hosted the 2011 O’Brien Awards Saturday evening to honor and recognize the horses and people who have made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness racing over the past season. The awards are named for the late Hall of Famer Joe O'Brien, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Superstar trotter San Pail was honored as Horse of the Year and was also the ...
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Golden Receiver sweeps Presidential Series

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
Golden Receiver led the field at every call and gamely hung on by a neck to capture the $110,500 Presidential final on a blustery Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.     Never headed in the three Presidential rounds, Golden Receiver held off late charges by Annieswesterncard and Blatantly Good to complete the series sweep in 1:49.1. The 7-year-old son of Village Jove...
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USTA holding tele-seminar for small breeders

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
A one-hour educational tele-seminar aimed at helping small breeders select a stallion for their mare will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m., eastern for any interested USTA members.   The seminar, open to any current USTA member, will be limited to the first 60 people to register. The agenda will feature insights from two of the sport’s most successful and prolific breed...
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Cincinnati casino collapse causes injuries

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
A casino being built in downtown Cincinnati partially collapsed Friday morning, injuring as many as 20 people, nine seriously. None of the injuries are considered life threatening at the casino, which is being developed by Dan Gilbert's Rock Gaming in partnership with Caesars Entertainment.   The collapse came in a large part of the building, and, according to Cincinnati.com...
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Canadian breeder has chance at 2 O'Briens

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
For over 30 years, Dr. Mike Wilson has been doing what he loves. He's worked tirelessly and passionately to produce some of the finest Standardbred race horses in Canada and for the first time ever, Wilson, a long-time breeder, is nominated for Canada’s Breeder of the Year honor at the O’Brien Awards, slated for Saturday evening at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont.   Wil...
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Florida to honor best at Feb. 19 dinner

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
Fred Segal, president of the Florida chapter of the US Harness Writers Association, has announced the award winners for the 2011 season. They will be honored at the association’s 21st annual Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals ...
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USTA holding driving school in Goshen, NY

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
The 14th annual edition of the USTA Standardbred Driving School will be held in the Goshen, N.Y., area from May 30-June 3.   “We are very excited to be able to conduct this year’s school in the New York area which will make the school more accessible for people who live in the East,” said Chip Hastings, the school’s founding director. “In addition to the new venue, the school has ...
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Wall returns to Western Fair winner's circle

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
Veteran reinsman Dave Wall was back in the winner’s circle on Friday night at Western Fair in London, Ont.   Wall was sidelined with two broken ankles following a serious racing accident last April at the London oval. On Friday, he was making just his third appearance back in the race bike since that time and guided Kesons Angelina to a pocket-trip victory in the night’s first ra...
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Beautiful Moni Maker photo essay on drf.com

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
It was one year ago, Jan. 27, 2011, when a barn collapse at Lindy Farms in Connecticut killed two horses--two trotting stars on the track who both went on to become successful broodmares. Two other horses--including the two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker--were able to escape through the mountain of snow that had piled up in the stricken barn.   Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingst...
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Series champions crowned at Woodbine

on 01/27/2012 12:00 AM
A pair of 4-year-old mares put on a show Friday evening at Woodbine. Firstclassprincess won the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series final and DGs Tinkerbell took the Blizzard Pacing Series final.   Firstclassprincess captured the $75,000 dash by three lengths to notch the first victory of her aged campaign. Maple Leaf Spirit (Chris Christoforou) was the early leader past a :28.2 opening quarter...
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