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RD Blues takes Vernon's Thursday feature

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
RD Blues took advantage of the pylon path to post a 1:58.1 victory in Thursday night’s $4,300 feature for female pacers at Vernon Downs.With Jack Rice doing the teaming, RD Blues ($6.10) drafted along in the pocket behind the pace-setting Won Night Stand until the stretch drive, then slipped through along the inside and eked out a neck tally on a “sloppy” track.   Thursday’s tally w...
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Harrington closes meet; Dover opens Saturday

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway’s 65th season of live horse racing came to a close Thursday. While trainer and driver awards were handed out earlier in the week, the United States Harness Writers Association’s Horse of the Meet was awarded on closing night.   Andrea Hill’s Jeremy’s Successor was voted as the recipient. The 7-year-old Mach Three gelding was a consistent performer in the Open clas...
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DiDomenico hopes "Cookie" is a monster

on 10/26/2011 2:00 AM
Handsoffmycookie is 15-1 on the morning line, but with eight wins in nine starts there is no question the filly is accustomed to finding her way to the winner’s circle.In fact, only a head loss to Pirouette Hanover in the $363,900 Sweetheart Pace on Aug. 20 at the Meadowlands prevents Handsoffmycookie from being the second consecutive New York Sire Stakes champion to enter the Breeders Crown 2-y...
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Burke is 'cool' about Buck I St. Pat's retirement

on 10/26/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that while he is “cool” about the retirement of Buck I St. Pat by her connections, he wishes there had been one more start for the 8-year-old trotting mare who earned more than $2.3 million on the racetrack. Burke had hoped that Buck I St. Pat’s final career start would have been this year’s Breeders Crown final in a quest for her...
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New owner Hauser has modest goals for 'Gangster'

on 10/26/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Chris Oakes wasn’t looking to take on any new owners when he met Tim Hauser, but after a few minutes together, he reconsidered. As it turns out, it was a good decision. Oakes and Hauser are heading to the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters Saturday night at Woodbine with American Gangster.   “I had a meeting with him, with no expectations at all,” Oakes said....
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New Illinois gaming bill; horsemen skeptical

on 10/26/2011 2:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) has posted an update on its website regarding a new gaming bill that has been released, Senate Bill 747. The new bill gives the racing industry an impact fee instead of slots at tracks.   "The most glaring problem with this bill from the horsemen's standpoint is that it remarkably gives the tracks around 85% of the impact fee money and...
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Hazel Park asst. race secretary Denny Walton dies

on 10/26/2011 2:00 AM
Denny Walton, a longtime owner, trainer and driver who has also been a fixture in the race office and backstretch at Hazel Park Raceway, died Tuesday, Oct. 25. He was 74. Born in Toronto, Ont., Mr. Walton raced his small stable of horses at all the racetracks in Michigan as well as across the Canadian border at Windsor Raceway. He also served as assistant race secretary at Hazel Park, first under...
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Trainer Jim Campbell hopes to be in Crown 'fashion'

on 10/26/2011 2:00 AM
When Fashion Delight won the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs in May, the colt appeared poised for a big season. After all, he was coming off a 2-year-old campaign that saw him win five of 11 races, including the Woodrow Wilson, and earn $510,555.   But a quarter crack and subsequent complications from dead tissue in the foot limited Fashion Delight to only one start from the Empire B...
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Teague, Sportsfancy achieve recognition

on 10/26/2011 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway awarded trainer George Teague Jr. with its leading trainer title Wednesday evening. With one day left in the 2011 meet, Teague has 70 training victories. Brothers Les (58 wins) and Wayne Givens (57) are in a battle for second.   Teague was presented a plaque from Harrington COO and General Manager of Racing, Jim Boese.   “We had a great year here,” said Te...
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Action SJ takes 1:54.1 mark at Colonial

on 10/26/2011 2:00 AM
Action SJ scored a mild upset in Wednesday's $7,000 winners-over trotting feature at Colonial Downs by beating Manley Brown's entry of Bertos Angel and Victory Nut in 1:54.1.   J.D. Wengerd, who drove the 4-year-old SJ Photo gelding, grabbed cover behind Brown's Bertos Angel in the turn. Then Action SJ trotted right by after the pair both surged past front-stepping Count Dracula at the head...
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See You At Peelers future still undecided

on 10/25/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com late Monday that See You At Peelers’ heart rate soared again when checked following her seventh-place finish in her Breeders Crown elimination Saturday night, Oct. 22, at Woodbine Racetrack, and that she will now be turned out for two months before a decision is made on her future. “I am going to turn her out for a couple of months and then make a d...
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Pair of Crown starters prep at Woodbine Monday

on 10/25/2011 2:00 AM
A pair of older mare trotters scheduled to line up in Saturday's $300,000 Breeders Crown Older Mare Trot at Woodbine Racetrack got in a late prep race Monday night at the Toronto oval. Friendly Amigo and Pembroke Heat Wave finished second and seventh, respectively, as the only two mares in the 10-horse $38,000 Preferred Trot that was won by favorite Tall Cotton in 1:53.2.   Trainer Blair Bu...
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HHI to honor Gural, Luchento, Connors, McKee

on 10/25/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural, Tom Luchento, Jerry Connors and Sam McKee are being honored by Harness Horsemen International with a quartet of awards for 2011.   Gural has been named the recipient of the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year Award, while Luchento and Connors are being honored with the HHI Appreciation Awards, and McKee with the Clyde Hirt Media Award.   Besides owning and operating Ve...
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Remaining two Breeders Crown finals drawn

on 10/25/2011 2:00 AM
The post position draws for the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace and the Breeders Crown Trot took place Tuesday, Oct. 25 at WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughn, Ont., with the help of George Wilson, of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.The Colt Pace was the first race drawn with the connections of elimination winners Westwardho  Hanover choosing first and selecting post two, while the connections of th...
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David Miller 10th to get to 10,000 wins

on 10/25/2011 2:00 AM
A strong middle move from Beatgoeson Hanover in the sixth race at Harrah's Chester on Tuesday afternoon gave driver David Miller his 10,000th career win. The 3-year-old daughter of Andover Hall struck the front moving into the far turn, just holding off a late closing Hava Kadabra to prevail in 1:55.   Miller is the 10th driver in the history of North American harness racing ...
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Code Word blazes to Meadows victory

on 10/25/2011 2:00 AM
Code Word blazed to the front with a 26 opening quarter and never slowed down, capturing Tuesday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a career-best 1:50.2. When Code Word battled three wide for the lead in that sizzling first panel, it appeared that he might be vulnerable late. But the stalled first-over bid of Red Star Catch stacked up the outside f...
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Smedshammer, Bax talk about foreign trotters

on 10/25/2011 2:00 AM
When foreign horses Commander Crowe and Rapide Lebel arrive in Toronto for Saturday’s $600,000 Breeders Crown Trot at Woodbine Racetrack, the obstacles to victory go beyond merely facing five rivals. Commander Crowe and Rapide Lebel will need to recover from shipping overseas, get accustomed to unfamiliar surroundings and compete in a race where the style is likely to differ greatly from that i...
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Wolfenden drives 5,000th career winner

on 10/25/2011 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway’s leading driver, Ross Wolfenden, notched his 5,000th career win Tuesday night at Harrington aboard Nanticoke Racing and Ron Waller’s Drew Bromac N in the 12th race.It took a strong surge in the final sixteenth of a mile to reel in pacesetter Limpo Nosm to edge clear in a three way photo for the win.Wolfenden, 48, also received his award for leading driver at Harrington, his...
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Trotting sire Malabar Man dies at age 17

on 10/25/2011 2:00 AM
Malabar Man, the 2007 Horse of the Year, winner of the Hambletonian that year, and the sire of stakes winners, died Tuesday at Winbak Farm in New York. He was 17 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, when he also made an appearance at the ceremony on the lawn of the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, NY.   Bred and campaigned by Mal Burroughs, who also drove the colt to victory...
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Uncle Smoothie, No Respect take Balmoral stakes

on 10/24/2011 2:00 AM
A pair of minor stakes events for Illinois conceived and foaled 2 year olds headlined another busy weekend at the Crete oval. On Saturday night, Sawgrass Farms' Uncle Smoothie rallied from far back to take the $10,500 Crete Stake while Ciara Stables and John Carver’s good looking filly No Respect cruised to an easy score in Sunday’s $10,200 Beecher Stake.    Uncle Smoothie sna...
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