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US-bred Winmecredit wins big race in Norway

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
While the Solvalla track hosted 12 semi-finals for the Swedish Breeders Crown, the capital track in Norway, Bjerke,  had a great card Wednesday night with the Axel Jensen's Memorial for 4-year-olds.   The US-bred Winmecredit (bred by John Schmucker of New Haven, Ind.,) took command in a fast opening panel and then answered the challenge in the last round (five-eighths of...
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Pierce notches five-bagger at Sudbury Downs

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce headed to Sudbury Downs on Wednesday night during his spare time between this year's Breeders Crown eliminations and finals taking place at Toronto's Woodbine Racetrack and dominated the nine-race card.   Pierce, who took part in a meet-and-greet session with fans prior to the card, earned his first of five wins in the third race with Abigail Eden ($9.30) for ...
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Scott Zeron ready for Breeders Crown

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Scott Zeron has already stamped himself as a genuine top driving talent, a young gun with veteran savvy on a quest for his Breeders Crown coronation. Success, and plenty of it, has already come for the 22-year-old Zeron. And there’s every reason to believe more success is in the cards.   But for all he has accomplished since he started his career in the sulky in 2007, the son of ve...
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Free Breeders Crown Preview now available!

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Which owner has 18 starters—yes, 18 starters!—in Saturday night’s Breeders Crown finals at Woodbine Racetrack? Which driver has a six-pack of entries with three listed as the morning-line favorites in their respective contests? And what about the two European star older trotters who have traveled across the Atlantic to take on the best in North America, including San Pail? Those answer...
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2YO trotting "Kindergarteners" at Vernon Friday

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Nine freshman trotting colts and nine freshman trotting fillies will look to add a serious chunk of change to their 2011 bankrolls on Friday night at Vernon Downs in the Kindergarten Classic Finals.   Andy and Julie Miller will send out a pair of trotting colts in the $200,500 Kindergarten Classic Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters with Southwind Austin and Vic Smith. Both fresh...
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Crown win would be a Big McDeal for Darling

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
She slayed the giant in Kentucky and on Saturday night Big McDeal will try to close out her season with a big win in the Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace final at Woodbine. For veteran trainer Jack Darling it’s been an interesting voyage since he first began to look at the videos and inspect the yearlings last year at Perretti Farms.   "I really like to take a look at all of their s...
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Jim Marshall III drives 3,000th winner

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Marshall III drove his 3,000th career winner at Freehold Raceway on Thursday (Oct. 27). The 53-year-old Marshall recorded the milestone in the seventh race with Big Sky Thunder ($2.60, $2.10, $2.10).   Marshall enjoyed career bests in 2004 in wins (225) and money won ($1,603,553).(Freehold Raceway)
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Fast conditions at Colonial spawn lifetime marks

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
A combination of warm late October weather, a stiff tailwind, and a fast track added up to for an afternoon of new speed marks Thursday at Colonial Downs.   Of the day’s 12 races, 10 were carded at the one-mile distance, and new lifetime marks were recorded by nine of those 10 winning horses. The odd- mile winner equaled his prior best.   Four of the new marks were under 1:53 and t...
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Prestidigitator will try to upset in BC 2YOCT

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
R. Dustin Jones brought a good 2-year-old trotting filly to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last year for the juvenile trotting filly Breeders Crown contest.  After finishing second in her elimination heat, he thought it would be a difficult task to beat Fitness Girl.  When his charge, Martininontherocks, landed post eight, regular pilot Sylvain Filion stepped aside and things didn't appear ...
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Appointments for Indiana Breed Development

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed Scott Snyder to serve on the Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Committee and Faron Parr to serve on the Standardbred Advisory Board. A lifelong Standardbred industry participant, Scott Snyder has been serving on the Standardbred Advisory Board since 2002, acting as its chairman for the past four years. Snyder’s past involvement in the Standar...
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Walsh Harness announces Crown trainer award

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown and Walsh Harness have announced the creation of a new Most Valuable Trainer ( MVT ) Award to be presented at the conclusion of the Breeders Crown races this Saturday, Oct. 29, at Woodbine Racetrack.   Walsh Harness has been the major player in equipping champion harness horses all around the world.  Breeders Crown and Walsh Harness wanted to do something t...
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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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