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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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Pacinello's 1:51.3 effort take Pompano feature

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
After hinting often that a breakout win was close at hand, Pacinello finally strutted his best stuff to win the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on the Saturday program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   The top performer in the Rick Plano barn campaigning for the 2011-2012 season in South Florida, the 6-year-old Little Steven-Princess Kiara pacer sat in line fifth in the weekly ...
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Noble's night better than Gray's at Buffalo

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
here was a bit of a build-up about Dan Noble's appearance at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night, but it didn't turn into much of a battle with Shawn Gray. Noble, the 2011 North American dash champion, drove in five races at Buffalo Saturday night and won one, with two seconds and two third.   Meanwhile, Gray, who is based at Buffalo and who finished 2011 as the UDR leader at .440, drove in s...
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Wagering up on Saturday Meadowlands card

on 01/14/2012 12:00 AM
Wagering on the Saturday night card at the Meadowlands climbed slightly, with handle on the 11-race card generating $2,461,489 vesus $2,425,626 for the comparable date last year with 13 races. Wagering on Friday night's card was down slightly more than $100,000, with one less race this year.   Yonkers Raceway handled $894,484 on Saturday night, down slightly from the $955,111 total it poste...
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Nixon mares take two Blizzard splits

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
A trio of $30,000 Blizzard Pacing Series divisions took place Thursday evening at Woodbine to contest in the second leg. The Dean Nixon-trained Cocoa Beach and Bee Fullof Steinam captured both their divisions. Rock Ann Rolling took the third split in 1:55.3.  Nixon’s first entry, Cocoa Beach kicked off the Thursday evening program as Anthony MacDonald guided her to victory in race one, sto...
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FL Attorney General issues opinion on more slots

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
The following statement has been issued regarding an opinion issued by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on slots expansion:  Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Slot Expansion Opinion In response to a question posted by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation ("DBPR") Secretary Ken Lawson, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an Opinion yesterday, January 12, 20...
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Buffalo cancels due to winter storm

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
What a difference 48 hours makes. Following an unseasonal Opening Night on Wednesday, winter weather reached Buffalo with a bang, forcing Buffalo Raceway to cancel harness racing for Friday night.   The blizzard-like conditions have caused unsafe conditions and it is forecasted to last throughout much of the day dumping 8-12 inches of snow. Racing will resume Saturday, Jan. 14, at...
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Chicago race secretary Bob Larry dies

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
Veteran racing secretary Bob Larry died Thursday (Jan. 12) at age 88 in  Hinsdale, Ill. Mr. Larry lived or worked in and around Maywood Park for all of his life.   Born in Oak Park, Ill., and one of three siblings, Mr. Larry was one of the most steadfast and every-smiling faces to great horsemen for seven decades.   Mr. Larry was graduated from Proviso High School...
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Witten wins Smallsreed Award for HFW photo

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
Track photographer Geri Schwarz and Bea Witten of The Horseman And Fair World magazine were named winners in the annual George Smallsreed Awards for excellence in harness racing photography, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Friday.   Jim Leary and Carol Cramer, with photos appearing in Hoof Beats magazine, as well as Kimberly Fisher of Trot magazine, received honorable mention...
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Breeding to Jenna's Beach Boy to benefit HHYF

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
The harness Horse Youth Foundation is offering a breeding to former world champion Jenna's Beach Boy, thanks to the generosity of Bill and Moira Fahy. Jenna's Beach Boy stands for a fee of $2,500 at Ivy Lane Farm in Goshen, Indiana. For details on the bidding process, contact the HHYF office at (317) 867-5877.   The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501©3 organization d...
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Trio elected to Living Horse Hall of Fame

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2012 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Rocknroll Hanover and Rainbow Blue.   T...
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Maritime champ in Lifetime Dream Series

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
Maritime champion Maple Leaf Spirit will make her seventh start in Ontario Saturday evening in the second leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series at Woodbine. Before making the trek to Ontario, the homebred daughter of Meadowagogo-Maple Leaf Legacy never finished worse than second in 27 lifetime starts for trainer/driver Ralph Annear, who co-owned the bay with Steven Sorrie of Montague, P.E.I...
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Tom Charters elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
Thomas A. Charters, president and chief executive officer of the Hambletonian Society, is the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. The native of Springfield, Ohio was elected by members of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   The award will be presented at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Assn. banquet at the Marriott Northwest in Columbus on Jan. 21. ...
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Hirt Series gets underway at the Big M

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
Special T Rocks rocked as the favorite in the first of four $16,000 divisions of the opening round of the Clyde Hirt Series for 4-year-old pacers Friday night at the New Meadowlands Racetrack. Bolero Andrew and Flowmaster sprung mild upsets in the second and third splits before the odds-on choice Real Flight finished it off in the final division with a victory.   With Vic Kirby subbing in t...
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Modern Legend's 1:53.1 fastest in Snowshoe

on 01/13/2012 12:00 AM
Twenty-five three and four-year-old colts and geldings entered the gates of Woodbine on Thursday evening to compete in the second leg of $30,000 Snowshoe Pacing Series. Three divisions took place with Pisti (1:54.3), Cobalt Man (1:54) and Modern Legend (1:53.1) finding the winner’s circle.   The series is for colts and geldings who are three and four-year-olds in 2012 and are no...
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20 horses in Tattersalls Sale supplement

on 01/12/2012 12:00 AM
The supplement catalog, along with an updated past performance catalog, is now available for next week’s January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. The sale, presented by Tattersalls, kicks off at 12:00 noon on Monday (Jan. 16) in the race paddock.   "This has shaped up as one of our best January sales ever in the number of quality, open-class racehorses that are selling," said ...
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Guida says he hasn't sold Lisa America

on 01/12/2012 12:00 AM
Swedish horseman Lufti Kolgjini has announced on his website that he will soon be training Lisa America, and that American Hall of Famer Lou Guida has sold the mare to him and Antonio Carraretto, who is known for his Kronos breeding operation. However, Guida told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that a deal has not been completed and he plans to race Lisa until her racing days are over.   ...
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Jaavos Boy takes front-end route to victory

on 01/12/2012 12:00 AM
The Wednesday evening program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park saw trotters in action on more than half of the card on another ideal warm January evening, including the $12,000 weekly Open Handicap event.   Jaavos Boy made his recent front-end tactics work this time out for driver David Ingraham as they disposed of a third-quarter challenge by Grand Victory in rein to Wally ...
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A successful return to racing for Big Bad TJ

on 01/12/2012 12:00 AM
The 7-year-old pacer Big Bad TJ has started the new year in impressive style, with a win and a second in his first two outings. At Northfield Park on Monday, Jan. 9, he cruised gate to wire to prevail by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:55.4.   Owner-trainer Terry Tackett bought Big Bad TJ as a yearling from the Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware, Ohio for the bargain price of $1,600. “I figured a Western ...
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