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Higher And Higher sharp in 2012 debut

on 01/17/2012 12:00 AM
Higher And Higher scored an impressive victory in the $23,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs    In her first start since late November, Higher And Higher showed no effects as the Western Terror-Pro Bowl Best 5 year old got away last and then after the first quarter, driver Daryl Bier pulled her to the outside and she worked up into contention. As the female pac...
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Grand Circuit announces 2012 schedule

on 01/16/2012 12:00 AM
The Grand Circuit will make 17 stops during its 2012 racing season according to the schedule announced Monday.   The Grand Circuit has been in existence since 1871, when representatives from three racetracks in different states met to create a racing circuit. The first campaign for the Grand Circuit took place in 1873, when four tracks offered $169,300 in purses. From those humble beginning...
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Washington draws King Pace favorite

on 01/16/2012 12:00 AM
In his career Cedric Washington has reined 1,807 winners and now having drawn the early line favorite, CC Make A Buck, in Monticello Raceway’s 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace on Tuesday, his chances of adding to his lifetime win total seems likely.   Each year since 2001 the Mighty M has featured the Dr. King Pace not only to pay tribute to the great civil rights leader b...
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Delaware payments can be viewed online

on 01/16/2012 12:00 AM
All Feb. 15 sustaining payments for the Little Brown Jug, Jugette, Old Oaken Bucket, Buckette and Standardbred Stakes and nomination fees for the Ohio Breeders Championships, Delaware Open Series and Winbak Farm Pace can be viewed on line at the Little Brown Jug website: www.littlebrownjug.com. (LBJ)
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Hanover Shoe Farm honored by HHYF

on 01/16/2012 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has named the Hanover Shoe Farm Foundation as the recipient of the 2011 Service to Youth Award. The Hanover Shoe Farm Foundation is an offshoot of the L.B. Sheppard Foundation and is now in its seventh decade of supporting deserving organizations in Hanover, Pa., as well as in the sport of harness racing, according to its President Russell Williams.  ...
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Breeding, livestock consultant Bart Glass dies

on 01/16/2012 12:00 AM
Bart Glass, a respected livestock expert and consultant to many Standardbred breeders and both the Kentucky Standardbred and Lexington Selected Sales companies, has died in his hometown of Danville, Ky. He had been hospitalized in Louisville, KY, was released, but then had to be readmitted to a hospital in Danville, where he died.   Glass, 76, began working as a consultant to inspect yearli...
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John Klark, formerly of Christian HHA, dies at 63

on 01/16/2012 12:00 AM
John Allen Klark, 63, well known around the tracks as a representative of the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA), died Friday, Jan. 13, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.   John was born at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH, the eldest of four children of Winthrop W. and Thelma (Beaton) Klark. He attended schools in Woodsville and graduat...
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Mystical Diva tops Tattersalls sale at $170,000

on 01/16/2012 12:00 AM
Fran Azur of Hypnotic Blue Chip fame was the big buyer at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands held on Monday. Azur bought four horses for prices of $100,000 or more, including the sale topper, Mystical Diva, at $170,000.   Mystical Diva (hip 134), a 4-year-old mare by Western Ideal with a mark of 1:50.4f, had a 2011 record of 7-7-5 in 30 starts, with $150,738 i...
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Roll With Joe, White Birch honored in NJ

on 01/15/2012 7:00 PM
Pacing star Roll With Joe and breeder White Birch Farm were among the honorees at the 55th annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Charley’s Other Brother in Eastampton, NJ.   Douglas H. Fisher, the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, presented the New Jersey Standardbred of the Year for 2011 trophy Ed Hart, trainer of Roll With Joe, and Michael Kimelman of...
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Golden Receiver's 1:48 fastest January mile

on 01/15/2012 12:00 AM
The $40,000 opening round of the Presidential Series was a thriller Saturday night at the Meadowlands as both the Mark Harder-trained Golden Receiver and the Mark Ford-conditioned River Shark paced sub-1:49 miles.   Golden Receiver’s 1:48 gate-to-wire score was the fastest mile in harness racing history in the month of January, eclipsing Blatantly Good’s 1:48.1 set during the 2010 ...
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Mystician one of 5 wins for Rick Zeron at WEG

on 01/15/2012 12:00 AM
It was an evening full of longshot winners. Defy Time and Runaway Misty lit up the toteboard in their respective Lifetime Dream Trotting Series divisions and Mystician pulled off the upset in the lone division of the Willowdale Pacing Series on Saturday night at Woodbine.   At odds of 13-1, Defy Time (Luc Ouellette) survived a first-over journey en route to posting a three-quarter leng...
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Royal Dream beats Ready Cash in "Prix" prep

on 01/15/2012 12:00 AM
Royal Dream (above) defeated Ready Cash, the French superstar and still the Prix d'Amerique favorite, in the Prix de Belgique at the Vincennes track in Paris on Sunday. Ready Cash could not repeat the almost impossible accomplishment of the mighty champion Ourasi to win all four pretests leading up to the 1 million euro "America's Prize." He was defeated by the Jean-Philippe Dubois owned...
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Balmoral Park handle soaring in 2012

on 01/15/2012 12:00 AM
After two weeks of racing in 2012, Balmoral Park handle numbers have soared. The combination of full 10-horse fields, guaranteed pools, low takeout, good weather and big payouts have made the pools much larger in 2012.   Through Jan. 14, the six cards of 2012 have handled $6,255,768 for an average of $1,042,628 per program. The comparisons versus 2011 are below.   Balmoral Park offer...
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Bartlett wins eight at Yonkers

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway opened its 2012 racing season Friday night, with its usual pair of $33,000 co-features at the returned-to distance of a flat mile.   The Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace saw Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) pay a stiff price to grab the big chair, then hold sway. Assigned post position seven, she was the third leader, moving past a 27-second opening quarter and into the sec...
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Delaware Awards dinner honors First State's finest

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
A large turnout of nearly 400 horsemen, legislators and friends of racing turned out for the 15th annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards Dinner at the Dover Sheraton Hotel Friday.   Mistress of Ceremony Heather Moffett presented a colorful, fun-filled video of high spots of her weekly harness program Post Parade on WBOC TV followed by highlights of the 2011 racing yea...
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Tearful Reunion wins 1 1/2-mile race

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
Tearful Reunion ($6.40) took command at the three-quarter marker and drew off to win the $7,400 ninth race, a new 1 1/2-mile event for claiming pacers, on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.    Driven by Andy Miller, Tearful Reunion romped to a 5 1/4-length victory over the bulky 13-horse field in 2:57.2. Longshots Hez Da Man and Twinscape finished second and third, re...
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Changes for Zweig, including move to Vernon

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
The Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters has undergone several important changes for this year's edition.   The conditions for the race have been revised from split divisions to a format that puts the top nine money-winners for 2012 into the main event with a consolation for the next nine that enter. The same formula will be used for the Zweig Filly trot. This allows the purs...
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Chester Super Stakes reminder

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
Horsemen are to be advised that nomination and sustaining payments for the Battle of the Brandywine, the Colonial, and the Valley Forge should be mailed directly to the Harrah's Chester race office at 1001 Harrah's Boulevard, Chester, Pa. 19013.  Nominations for these events close on Feb. 15, and they will be contested on Sunday, Aug. 19 as the featured events on Super Stakes Sunday at H...
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USHWA hotel, dinner deadlines looming

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
Anyone planning to attend the U.S. Harness Writers Association Dan Patch Awards Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 12, you have just three days to book your room at the DoubleTree at Hilton Hotel Orlando by SeaWorld and receive the special discounted rate.   After midnight on Monday, Jan. 16, the special rate of $109 per night plus tax will go away and the regular room price will increase signific...
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10YO Silent Swing wins Yonkers Open Pace

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
Odds-on Silent Swing (George Brennan) finished what he started Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:52.3.   Assigned post position number five, Silent Swing comfortably worked around pole-sitting Grab Your Keys (Larry Stalbaum) before a :28 opening quarter-mile.  Left to his own devices, Silent Swing then found a :56.4 intermis...
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