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Former owner Gail Wahl, 84, dies

on 02/06/2020 11:46 AM
Former Standardbred owner Gail R. Wahl, 84, of Wilmington, Del., passed away peacefully Feb. 1. Born in Wilmington, to the late Harry and Thelma Rubenstein; she attended P.S. DuPont High School, Connecticut College, and Finch College. She attended the latter when she married Milton Wahl of Wilmington. They soon moved to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida where he was a physician in the U...
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New bets with low takeout at the Meadowlands

on 02/06/2020 11:38 AM
The opportunities will be plentiful for Meadowlands players interested in low takeout multi-race wagers effective with the race card of Friday, February 7, when, in addition to an extra Pick-4 and a brand new Pick-6, a new post time of 6:55 p.m. promises to get players home a little earlier after the last race hits the finish line.   “All of us at the Meadowlands understand that l...
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NY announces 2019 breeders fund distributions

on 02/06/2020 11:36 AM
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund has released annual Breeders Awards for the 2019 racing season, totaling $1,000,000. A total of 332 New York-bred horses earned awards for 154 different entities.  A total of 18 breeders earned more than $15,000 in awards. The full list of awards can be found at the New York Sire Stakes website.  ...
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Goshen Yearling Sale set for Sunday, Sept. 13

on 02/06/2020 10:05 AM
The 2020 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday (Sept. 13) at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY. This is a real sweet spot for the sale this year as it’s slotted between the Yonkers International Trot and New York Sire Stakes finals at Yonkers Raceway which will be contested on Saturday (Sept. 12) and the New York Sire Stake consolations which will go at Montic...
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Meadows launches live social media interviews

on 02/06/2020 9:28 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has introduced a live video feature to help fans get up close and personal with horsemen and horsewomen at The Meadows.   Called Straight from the Gate, the 10-minute interview show airs on Facebook Live each Friday at 12:15 PM. Dawnelle Mock, MSOA marketing director, conducts the interviews while track photographer Chris Go...
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Sean Bier wins 2,500th career race at Rosecroft

on 02/06/2020 8:48 AM
Driver Sean Bier captured his 2,500th career win Wednesday night as he steered Believe In Him ($4.60) to a 2 1/4-length victory in Race 10 at Rosecroft Raceway. Believe In Him rallied from seventh to score the win in 1:56.4 for owners Betsy Brown, trainer James Brown and Morgan Marston. Bier, who now resides in Delaware, picked up his first career win in 1994 with Walt Shaker at The Downs...
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Lougazi charges to win in Buffalo open trot

on 02/06/2020 8:27 AM
Lougazi continued to use his patented late charge to the wire and once again it paid off in a victory as he captured the $13,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (Feb. 5).   First over and sitting third past the half mile marker, Lougazi made steady progress to the front and took command at the top of the stretch, beating a closing Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) b...
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Officially My Way has it her way at Meadows

on 02/06/2020 8:26 AM
Officially My Way had it her way on the front end, scoring her second straight victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Officially My Way was pressed early in a three-ply battle for the lead, but Mike Wilder threw on the brakes once on top, giving the 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Eagle Way comfortable internal panels of 5...
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Close contests as O'Brien vote totals announced

on 02/05/2020 1:26 PM
Standardbred Canada has released the breakdown of the voting for the 2019 O'Brien Awards. The ceremony took place Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont.   The complete breakdown of the official voting appears below. Thirty-eight voters from across the country and along with one Fan Ballot (put together based on the most number of ...
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Lorentzon working toward successful '20 campaign

on 02/05/2020 12:50 PM
When trainer Anette Lorentzon enters a new year, her hope is to better her stable’s previous season’s results. She’s accomplished that goal each of the past five years, but acknowledges it gets more difficult as the successes pile up.   “You never know,” the 36-year-old Lorentzon said. “It’s tough. You’ve got to be lucky in the big races...
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Inductees into Fla.'s Hall of Fame announced

on 02/05/2020 11:01 AM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced the 2019 inductees to the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame. The four new human inductees are Tony Alagna, Frank Antonacci, Tom Merriman and Laurie Poulin. There was one equine inductee, the pacing stallion McWicked. Their induction will take place on Friday, March 27, at McDivot’s at the Ca...
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Meadowlands 2020 stakes information

on 02/05/2020 9:16 AM
Horsemen should be aware of the following details as the nomination deadline for the 2020 Grand Circuit stakes at The Meadowlands draws near.   Payments will be accepted with a Feb. 18 postmark as per USTA guidelines, what with the 15th falling on a Saturday and Monday the 17th a holiday.   The conditions for top money winning stakes format has been revised with t...
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Bruce Kearns, owner of Backstreet Guy, dies at 81

on 02/05/2020 8:51 AM
Bruce Lawrence Kearns, 81, of Wayne, Pa., died Feb. 2. Mr. Kearns campaigned the 1989 Peter Haughton Memorial Trot winner Backstreet Guy T1:54.4 ($754,573). Mr. Kearns was the founder of Forum Communications Group, Ltd. and the former publisher of The Physical Therapy Forum. Upon retirement from publishing in 1995, he founded The Short Stop in Malvern, Pa., a purveyor of clothing for shorter ...
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Peggy Sue wins Miami Valley Open Trot

on 02/04/2020 7:50 PM
Hello Peggy Sue! Good bye heart! The 5-year-old Donato Hanover lass, named after the 1957 Buddy Holly tune, won the hearts of  her current faithful followers on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $24,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:54.2 for driver-trainer Brady Galliers over a sloppy surface.  She topped Majestic Player A (Walter Haynes Jr.), who was maki...
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Touchamatic best in Meadows F&M open

on 02/04/2020 5:42 PM
Touchamatic stalked Lakeisha Hall from the pocket, then powered past her in the lane to capture Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Touchamatic and Lakeisha Hall distanced themselves from the rest of the field, effectively turning the stretch drive into a two-mare duel.  Touchamatic had little trouble overtaking her rival, downing her by ...
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Statement from USTA president on PA budget

on 02/04/2020 4:34 PM
Following is a statement from USTA President Russell Williams responding to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal made during his budget address on Tuesday (Feb. 4) of establishing a new “Nellie Bly” Scholarship Fund by redirecting $200 million of existing tax dollars from the Race Horse Development Trust Fund. Statement from USTA President Russell Williams Like good ...
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Breedings to benefit New Vocations listed at ongait

on 02/04/2020 3:44 PM
Breedings to Trixton, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Courtly Choice, Jimmy Freight, JK Endofanera and Racing Hill are among the 75-plus offered in the 22nd Annual New Vocations Stallion Auction that is currently in progress via OnGait.com. Visit https://ongait.com/s/newvocations to view breedings and bid until 2:00 p.m. Thursday Feb 6. The auction is held in an open-ended-format t...
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Freehold cancels Friday due to lack of entries

on 02/04/2020 3:42 PM
Freehold Raceway announced that their card scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, had been cancelled due to a lack of entries. All horses entered for Friday can be re-entered for Saturday; anyone with questions should contact the race office. Racing for Thursday, Feb. 6, will continue as scheduled with a first race post of 12:30 pm. (Freehold)
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Pocono opens Saturday, earliest in 55 years

on 02/04/2020 3:41 PM
The trotters and pacers take to the track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday for the earliest seasonal opening in 55 years of the harness sport in northeast Pennsylvania, with the first of thirteen races scheduled for 5 p.m.   The opening set of features during February’s racing at The Downs will be part of the new Game of Claims Series, grouping horses of varying value...
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PA Governor's budget proposes major cuts to racing

on 02/04/2020 3:07 PM
Individuals throughout Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry reacted with alarm today to Governor Tom Wolf’s FY 2020-21 budget proposal, which seeks to raid $204 million from the Race Horse Development Trust Fund. “If approved by the legislature, this raid would result in the end of horseracing in Pennsylvania by eviscerating the primary funding source for the purses and breed...
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