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Messenger Award to Race Track Industry Program

on 12/08/2011 12:00 AM
The University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) has been named winner of the 2012 Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award, the highest honor bestowed by Harness Tracks of America (HTA), the association of North American harness racetracks.   Among the last decisions Bergstein made in his role with HTA was to choose the RTIP as the recipient of the 2012 award.   The ann...
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Peace Bridge takes Thursday's top trot at Dover

on 12/08/2011 12:00 AM
Starting in the second tier was no problem for Peace Bridge in a 1:58.4 win in the $13,500 feature trot on Thursday, Dec. 8 at Dover Downs. With Corey Callahan at the controls, Peace Bridge came on in the stretch to post a 1:58.4 triumph in the top trot of the day.   Owned by Beaver Creek Farm, the John Wagenhoffer-trained Classic Photo-Peace N Harmony 4-year-old gelding bested Act One (Vic...
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Crazed's stud fee lowered to $3,500

on 12/08/2011 12:00 AM
The stud fee for the trotting stallion Crazed, a son of Credit Winner, has been reduced to $3,500 for the 2012 breeding season. Crazed stands at stud at Blue Chip Farms in New York.   "In an effort to stay competitive in this tumultuous economy, and maximize his book to its full potential, we feel the new fee reflects a more realistic approach to the ever-changing marketplace,” said ...
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Meadowlands deal stalled; Gural still optimistic

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
New Jersey Thoroughbred horsemen are delaying the execution of the lease of the Meadowlands Racetrack by Jeff Gural, as well as Morris Bailey’s lease of Monmouth Park racetrack. Late Wednesday afternoon John Brennan of The Bergen record reported that John Forbes, president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, said his group plans to go to court because it believes ...
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Saratoga star El Ringer 18 for 30 this year

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
When owner Alan Buzanowski says his horse El Ringer has a big head, he is speaking literally. Although, from the success enjoyed by the pacer in 2011, El Ringer’s head could have swelled figuratively as well.   Lightly raced as a youngster because of tendon issues, the 5-year-old El Ringer has won 18 of 30 races this season and earned $76,450. El Ringer, who has finished worse than second...
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Big Rigs to return to track in 2012

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
During his 2- and 3-year-old campaigns, he always showed great promise and his conditioner, Kelly O’Donnell, certainly had faith in Big Rigs’ ability, yet whenever the colt had the opportunity to move to the top of his class, it seemed he would rather be sitting in a corner wearing a pointed cap emblazoned with the letter “D.”   His victory, however, in the $174,940 Matron Stakes la...
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MOMM New Jersey Horse of the Year

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Manofmanymissions, who trotted the fastest mile in New Jersey Sire Stakes history, has been selected as the overall New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year for 2011.   The award, which is voted annually by the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS races and other major stakes for NJ-sireds.   Manofmanymiss...
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Research says no data on optimum takeout

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Opening the second day of the Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz. on Wednesday, “Takeout: Then, Now and in the Future,” was the first of several panels to reach the conclusion that American horse racing must strive to improve communication within the industry and seek to alter the traditional business model by which it’s run.  Steve May, Vice President and Business Manage...
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HHI honors Luchento with Appreciation Award

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey president Tom Luchento (left) received an Appreciation Award from Harness Horsemen International on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Embassy Suites Resort and Spa in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Presenting the award was SBOANJ executive administrator Leo McNamara.   “It is very gratifying to me to be recognized by my peers who unders...
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Sweet Future named Pacing Broodmare of Year

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Sweet Future, a homebred daughter of Falcon’s Future-Sweet Dahrlin whose progeny lit up both the 2 year old and the free-for-all pacing ranks this season, was the unanimous choice of the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s broodmare board of experts, and thus she wins the 2011 Pacing Broodmare of the Year Award in a “walkover,” without needing the vote of USHWA’s rank and file.   A...
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White Birch named NJ Breeder of the Year

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has selected White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ as the 2011 New Jersey Breeder of the Year.   White Birch Farm will be honored at the 55th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2012 at Charley’s Other Brother in Eastampton Township, N.J.   White Birch-bred I Fou...
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Dancer introduces NJ slots-at-tracks bill

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth, has introduced two pieces of legislation that would allow New Jersey racetracks to include slot machines as part of their operation.   A-4294 directs the Division of Gaming Enforcement, in consultation with the New Jersey Racing Commission, to implement and oversee slot machine gambling operations at horse racing venues. &nb...
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Perretti lowers fees for Rocknroll, Muscles

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Muscles Yankee and Rocknroll Hanover will remain at home at Perretti Farms in 2012 in accordance with the glorious quest of the Gural team to restore the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The Hambletonian sire Muscles Yankee, sire of three consecutive Hambletonian champions, will stand for 2012 at the approachable fee of $10,000. His advertised fee was $20,000 in 2011.  Rocknroll Hanove...
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Westwardho draws five in Cleveland Classic

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
Progress Pace winner Westwardho Hanover, most recently second in the Matron final at Dover Downs, has drawn post five in the bulky, 10-horse $162,200 Jay Auto Group Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at Northfield Park. The son of Dragon Again was a $15,000 supplemental entry into the race by owner Westward Ho Stable and trainer Ron Burke, whose second Cleveland Classic en...
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Monticello adds Dec. 18 holiday program

on 12/07/2011 12:00 AM
For the third consecutive year Monticello Raceway will have a special Sunday race card on Dec. 18. Post time will be at the usual 12:25 p.m.   "As we’ve done over the past few seasons the special Sunday card has been added so we can present the Children’s Holiday Party," said Shawn Wiles, the track’s assistant general manager.   The Fabulous Holiday Party, for children under...
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Twin B Wrangler, Calipari win Autumn finals

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
After winning his elimination one week ago, Twin B Wrangler was triumphant once again in the $50,000 Autumn Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts on Monday night at Woodbine, while Calipari scored in the $60,000 final for three-year-old trotting colts.   Over a sloppy track, the Travis Umphrey-trained Twin B Wrangler won in gate-to-wire fashion with driver Keith Oliver in the sulky. Th...
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Holland out after post-race Yonkers accident

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
That driving horses in a race carries with it some inherent danger is not exactly a news flash...but who knew pulling them up afterward did, too? Such was the saga of Brent Holland, who is out indefinitely after fracturing his right ankle Saturday night.   The incident occurred at the conclusion of Yonkers Raceway's featured $38,000 Open Pace. Holland had just finished second with Roje...
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1:52.3 dead heat by fillies at Pompano

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
In one of the fastest dead heat clockings in track history dating to 1964, the 3-year-old pacing fillies JK Geronimo and Southwind Trini raced a mile and could not be separated by the photo finish camera at the conclusion of the third race of the Monday program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   On an ideal 73 degree evening in South Florida, the two fillies raced...
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Hanover revises 2012 service fees

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms, has announced several revisions to the recently released 2012 stud fees for the Hanover stallions.   “In view of the problems facing the economy in general and the horse breeding industry in particular and with the concurrence of our partners and syndicate shareholders we have decided to lower the stud fees of several of our stallions for...
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New Jersey horseman Donnie Queen dies

on 12/06/2011 12:00 AM
Don “Donnie” Queen, a longtime trainer who has worked for horsemen such as Jim Doherty, Julie and Andy Miller, and Ray and Larry Remmen over the years, died Sunday, Dec. 4, from complications of pneumonia. He was 62. A native of New Brunswick, Canada, Mr. Queen usually trained a couple of horses on his own while working for other conditioners, according to Larry Remmen. It was while working f...
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