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Huston voted Proximity Award recipient

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
Roger Huston, the dean of harness racecallers known as “The Voice” of The Meadows and the Little Brown Jug, has been voted the Proximity Award in balloting conducted among the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Last year's Proximity Award recipient was The Horseman And Fair World magazine, the print sibling of harnessracing.com.   The Proximity is considered second in prestige, only behi...
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Dover horsemen give $10,000 in gifts to kids

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
During a break in racing at Dover Downs on Monday night, trainer Janet Davis, organizer of the Horsemen’s Welfare Trust, and Dover Downs horsemen presented more than $10,000 in Christmas season gifts to needy in the Dover, Del. area. All the Capital School District schools were represented in the drive.   In racing action, in the $31,000 Preferred/Open pace, Corey Callahan drove Southwest...
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3 straight for Kandor Hanover at The Meadows

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
Away last in the field of six, Kandor Hanover erased a 2-1/2-length deficit in the stretch to notch her third straight victory in Monday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Although Kandor Hanover was wide in the lane for Dave Palone, the 1-2 favorite gobbled up the leader, Victory Is Coming, in deep stretch and defeated that rival by 3/4 lengths in 1:55. ...
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No racing at Harrah's Chester on Tuesday

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
Harrah's Chester has announced that its card scheduled for Tuesday (Dec. 20) has been cancelled, and the races drawn for that day will be moved to Thursday (Dec. 22).   "We had a horse drop onto the track and die after the race, and the state vets were unsure about the cause and sent it away to the lab for test," said Ron Battoni, executive director of the Pennsylvania Harness Hor...
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Lucky Man prevails in Yonkers Open Pace

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
Odds-on choice Lucky Man (George Brennan) lasted on the lead Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Handicap Pace. In a field reduced to a half-dozen, half of those were on the finish line together.   Lucky Man, leaving from post position four (in one notch), was left to his own devices through fractions of :26.3 and :56.2. Nob Hill high  (Dan Dube) was pocketed, w...
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Big Bad John wins qualifier; Tetrick at Pompano?

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
Serving notice that he may soon be ready to return to the racing wars, the 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John scored in 1:52.1 in a morning qualifier on Saturday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Since being transferred to the top Pompano barn of trainer Dan Hennessey from Ohio by conditioner Ron Potter, the 3-year-old colt by Western Hanover-Truly A Work ...
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3 straight wins for Braden at Dover

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
Braden picked up his third straight victory with a 1:54 triumph in a $15,500 conditioned pace at Dover Downs on Saturday. Jon Roberts drove the Bobby Glassmeyer owned and trained Braden, who has earned all three of the wins at Dover.   Braden, a 3-year-old gelding by Arts Clip, arrived in the Glassmeyer barn only last month and has won each of his three starts. Intr...
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Sparky Mark snags 6th straight victory at Woodbine

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
Sparky Mark, who has recovered from a cracked pastern bone that kept him out of racing action for six and a half months, continued down the comebrack trail as he held off his fellow Preferred pacers to record his sixth consecutive victory at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night. This one was clocked in 1:50.3.   With regular reinsman Sylvain Filion in the sulky for the $38,000 event, t...
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Valedictory action for 3YOs at Woodbine

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
A total of 21 sophomore pacing colts and gelding invaded Woodbine on Saturday evening to contest a pair of $25,000 Valedictory Stakes eliminations. They were won by the Rocknroll Hanover-sired Audreys Dream (1:51) and Itrustyou (1:51), trained by Ron Burke.   Sent off as the 2-5 favorite, Audreys Dream and driver Jody Jamieson prevailed over Lonesome Attack. Achilles Blue Chi...
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Tetrick has six-bagger at Yonkers

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick made Yonkers Raceway his own personal playground Thursday night, winning six races, including five in a row at one juncture. He drove in each of the dozen races.    After finishing seventh in the opener and fourth-placed-third in the second race, Tetrick won the $9,000, third-race pace with odds-on So Confusing ($2.70). The 3-year-old lass paced her mile-and-one-sixteenth i...
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Rich N Fancy sweeps Incredible Finale Series

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Coming off impressive back-to-back scores in the first two legs of the Incredible Finale Series at Maywood Park, Kenneth Hughes' Rich N Fancy was bet like defeat was out of the question in Thursday’s $9,700 series final. The filly had no problem delivering on that promise as she romped to an eight-length victory in 1:58.4.   Sent right to the front from post position six by driver-tr...
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Basketball injury sidelines Bartlett for 2011

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Jason Bartlett shall miss the remainder of the 2011 season while recovering from a severely sprained right ankle. Bartlett, who first made a name for himself in his native Maine as a standout basketball player, was on the court in a pick-up game Wednesday, Dec. 7, when he landed on another player's foot.   "It’s just part of the game," Bartlett said. "It's happened to eve...
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Strong 2-year-old campaign for Last Chance T

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, a 2-year-old pacing gelding won an overnight event at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park in 1:55.3f with a sharp :28.3 final quarter. The gelding Last Chance T is worth a look.   This son of Six Of Diamonds–Arriva Leru–Safe Arrival was acquired in the 2010 FSBOA Sale for $2,500 by the partnership of Jay Sears and Richard and Sandra Dunmire, longtime breeders ...
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Veteran horseman Brian Bellamy dies

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Brian Bellamy, a longtime driver/trainer, died Thursday, Dec. 15, in Florida, just two days prior of his 60th birthday.   The resident of Colborne, Ont., had 617 victories in the sulky with his mounts earning $1,580,196. Since 1991, USTA training records for Mr. Bellamy show 241 winners and purse earnings of $1,086,709.   "On the golf course last year, Brian told me one of ...
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Whelan looks for another sweet win in Niagara

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Sent off at odds of 38-1 in her Autumn Stakes final, very few thought Highland Candy Bar could unwrap a victory, including her trainer/driver Garrett Whelan.   Not only did the daughter of Mach Three-Oh My Dear record the win, but she did it the hard way, parked out every step of the mile, winning by a head in the final strides. The triumph was her first of the year from 26 appearances. ...
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Leavitt to chair RCI Standardbred committee

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Racing Commissioners International (RCI) chairman William Koester of Ohio has announced the appointment of several new committee Chairs in an effort to expand the association’s efforts affecting a number of aspects of the racing industry.   “These appointments are designed to enhance our efforts involving wagering security, Standardbred racing, and continuing education,” Koester ...
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Monticello horsemen donate to charity

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
With some of the top Monticello Raceway horsemen leading the way a group of drivers and trainers donated their driving percentages from various races on the Thursday race card at the Sullivan County oval to a local charity.   The recipient  of the funds once again  is the Love and Hope For The Children Foundation in Monticello, N.Y., which will use the money for Chr...
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Horseman Dalio Simmons dies

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Longtime horseman Dalio “Majik” Simmons died Thursday, Dec. 8. He was 51.   According to published reports, Mr. Simmons, who was born in Akron, Ohio, and raced in the Buckeye State for many years but had been based recently in New Jersey, was discovered dead in a horse therapy pool at Crystal Brook Farms in Colts Neck.   A story on app.com stated that Mr. Williams was last seen a...
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Robinson stepping down at NJSEA

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Dennis R. Robinson announced late Friday that he was stepping down from his position as president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (NJSEA) effective Jan. 2 to assume the role of chief operations officer of The Grand Prix of America, bringing Formula One racing to New Jersey in West New York and Weehawken starting in 2013.   Robinson has served as CEO since De...
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Gural hopes to sign Monday; T-breds make deal

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural told harnessracing.com on Friday night that he hopes to finalize his deal to operate the Meadowlands Racetrack and sign his lease for the track on Monday and be licensed by the New Jersey Racing Commission on Tuesday.   Also, the Daily Racing Form has reported that New Jersey Thoroughbred horsemen have struck a deal with the state so Monmouth Park in New Jersey sta...
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