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Breeders Crown to return to Woodbine in 2012

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
On the heels of a record-breaking night of racing featuring a spectacular international trotting contest, the Hambletonian Society and Woodbine Entertainment Group announced Friday the Breeders Crown $6 million year-end championships will return to Canada in 2012, on Saturday, Oct. 27.   "The 2011 Breeders Crown at Woodbine exceeded our expectations for attendance and wagering, and the...
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Temple Of Doom to stand at Ind.'s Victory Hill

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
Temple Of Doom 3, 1:52.4f ($680,267), a world champion during the 2010 racing campaign, has been retired to stud duty and will stand the 2012 breeding season at Jeff and Maria King’s Victory Hill Farm in Indiana. His stud fee will be $3,000.  “Temple Of Doom is a handsome, dark horse who also has the pedigree to become a top sire with his foals being eligible to the exciting Indiana stak...
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Matron elims headline Saturday Dover card

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
The Matrons, the sport’s oldest continual stakes program, makes it’s 2011 debut on Saturday (Nov. 5) with elimination divisions for freshman on Saturday and three sophomore elims plus two Progress Pace elims on Sunday at Dover Downs. First post is 5:30 p.m.   An impressive group of two-year-olds viie in five eliminations. Two of the Matron contestants –Hester Blue Chip and Check Me Ou...
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Yonkers features to Favored Lightning, Looking Hanover

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
Favored Lightning Treasure (Dan Dube) went from first-up to first home Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position No. 5, Lightning Treasure watched from fifth as Billmar Scooter (Eric Goodell) was the only leave. That one stepped around pole-sitter Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum), throwing down quarters of ...
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Yankee Manny scores in 1:57.2 at Dover

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
Yankee Manny survived an overland journey to snare a 1:57.2 triumph in Friday night’s $8,000 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs.   Facing seven formidable foes, Yankee Manny ($7.80) moved up steadily from fifth at the quarter to third at the half and second entering the stretch, building up a two-length lead in the process. The Dan Daley-driven Hallin Cash escaped from traffic in the fin...
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Vaporstar shines in Cardinal

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
Fresh off a convincing win in the biggest event of the year for Illinois conceived and foaled trotting colts, Lincoln Land Stake winner Vaporstar romped to his second straight triumph destroying eight other diagonally gaited freshmen by 8 ½ lengths in Wednesday’s $48,700 Cardinal Stake at Balmoral Park.   Given a confident steer by driver Dave Magee the son of Vaporize-Starlicious headed...
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Tattler's Jet, 13, wins 110th career race

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
Thirteen-year old Tattler’s Jet, who scored a 1:49.2 winning mile at Colonial Downs last fall, won for the 110th time in his 417th career start Wednesday afternoon as the “work horse” continues to roll back the clock in his twilight years.   The Tattler’s Torpedo gelding had not won in his five previous outings this fall at the New Kent track, but a drop in class helped turn th...
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Winbak to stand Shark Gesture at Nandi in PA.

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm will be standing Shark Gesture in 2012 at Nandi Farm in Pennsylvania. ­He will be standing for $6,000 and will be available for syndication.   Shark Gesture had a successful race career taking marks of p, 2, 1:51.3; 3, 1:49.1; 1:48.1 and earning $2,818,021. Shark Gesture proved to be a tough racehorse at all ages. At two, Shark Gesture’s victories included the Bluegrass, ...
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VIP has new partnership group with free shares

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
The newest partnership group in Harness Racing looks to bring new owners into the game by offing FREE shares in a package of four yearlings.  Inner Circle Stable is the latest innovation from industry leader VIP Stable, and this new stable is being introduced to offer ownership opportunities at an affordable price to almost every fan of Harness Racing.   When Inner Circle says affordab...
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Raffle tickets available for Prix d'Amerique drawing

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
The Prix d'Amerique, one of harness racings most prestigious events, raced at Vincennes Racecourse in Paris, is a dream destination for those who love the sport of harness racing. The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), in an effort to raise much needed funds, is once again raffling a chance to win a fabulous trip to the 2012 Prix d'Amerique slated for Sunday, Januar...
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Top colt trotter Whatever It Takes dies

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
Andy Miller told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that Whatever It Takes, who most recently finished second in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic in September at Mohawk Racetrack, was euthanized Friday, Oct. 22, after coming down with pneumonia and then laminitis. After posting four wins in 15 starts this year, including the $283,475 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs and a Townsend ...
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Changes to Woodbine winter series

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is pleased to announce several new changes to its Winter & Spring Stakes Series beginning with events scheduled to close December 1. All events with deadlines of December 1 this year, along with Jan. 17 and Feb. 15, 2012, will now offer a reduced nomination fee of only $100.   Scott McKelvie, WEG’s Director of Standardbred Racing and Racing Secreta...
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Big night for Florida stakes at Pompano

on 11/03/2011 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for the Florida Breeders Stakes “Super Night” on Saturday. Purses total $509,000 for the eight divisional finals.   Florida Bonus eligible Cracker Coffee starts from post 5 in the 2-year-old filly pace against five other quality fillies in what should be an exciting night of racing at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Other outstanding FL-sire...
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Higher And Higher takes Dover feature

on 11/02/2011 2:00 AM
Higher And Higher, one of last season’s standouts, won the first $23,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace of the meet on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Driver Jon and his dad, trainer Bib Roberts combined for a double.   Daryl Bier drove Higher And Higher to a :28.1 final panel to record her seventh win of the year a 1:51.4 triumph in the female feature. Bier, Glenn DelRusso and Charles Dombeck own...
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Drivers apologize for missing Crown mounts

on 11/02/2011 2:00 AM
Drivers Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, David Miller and George Brennan said they were sorry for missing the Breeders Crown finals on Oct. 29 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The group was among horsemen stranded in New Jersey because of snow-related travel postponements.   “I want to offer a sincere apology for missing the Breeders Crown races and congratulate all the connections tha...
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Bulletin: Racing legend Stan Bergstein dies

on 11/02/2011 2:00 AM
Stanley F. Bergstein, a legend in horse racing for his knowledge, writing, and involvement in more facets of the sport than probably anyone else, died peacefully at home in Tucson, Ariz., at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning (Nov. 2). At his side was his son Al, Al's wife Megan, and a hospice care specialist. Daughter Lisa and her husband Craig, along with grandson Michael Hentshel,  we...
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Feb. 13 brings trainer, horse together

on 11/02/2011 2:00 AM
Although he’s never posted a world record, raced in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, or owns a speed badge of 1:50 or faster, Whippet Good has certainly been a feel-good story for co-owner and trainer James De Chellis.   Purchased for a mere $4,700 in 2004 at the Standardbred Canada Mixed Sale, Whippet Good has gone on to bank $765,751 lifetime the hard way for De Chellis and his son, ...
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Saturday funeral for Hazel Park's Denny Walton

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
Funeral arrangements for longtime Michigan-based horseman and Hazel Park Raceway assistant race secretary Denny Walton have been announced. Mr. Walton died last week as a result of a heart attack at the age of 74.   Along with working in the Hazel Park race office, Mr. Walton was also instrumental in the successful Great Lakes Amateur Driving Competition (GLADA) that was held at H...
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New Zealanders conquer Dover Downs

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
A pair of veteran New Zealand-breds, Mainland Key N and Roman Conqueror N, scored impressive victories in Halloween Day $30,000 paces on the first Monday card of the 2011-2012 Dover Downs meet.   Tim Tetrick made a quick move with Mainland Key N to take the lead at the three-quarters and then zipped home in :27 to hold off Fools Gold (Daryl Bier) in the stretch for a 1:50.3 victory in the $...
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Rod Hughes reflects on season with San Pail

on 11/01/2011 2:00 AM
Harness racing fans will not see San Pail again this year, but the 7-year-old trotter gave them plenty of memories upon which to reminisce until his return next season.   Last Saturday night, San Pail won the $600,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot by a neck over the French invader, Rapide Lebel, in 1:51.4 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. For the year, San Pail won 14 of 16 races -- he was secon...
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