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Indiana Downs cancels Wednesday card

on 10/19/2011 2:00 AM
In consultation with our partners at the Indiana Standardbred Association, Indiana Downs has canceled live racing for Wednesday (Oct. 19), due to concerns about the drivers' visibility while racing, and therefore the safety and fairness of racing in these conditions. (Indiana Downs)
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Harnessfever online auction set for Oct. 21

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
Harnessfever.com's online yearling sale starts Friday,Oct. 21, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 23. The sale features pacing and trotting yearlings by many of the top industry sires including 55 prospects by Western Terror, 9 by I Am A Fool, 4 by Art Major and more.   The harnessfever.com format is as follows. The online bidding for this yearling sale will be...
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Union Man Hanover strong in NYSS late-closer final

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
Four $30,000  New York Sire Stakes Late-Closer finals for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters were featured on Monday at Monticello Raceway  and though the majority of the participating colts and fillies were of fine caliber still the day belonged to Union Man Hanover, who was far and away the cream of the crop.   With Greg Merton once again at the controls the freshma...
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San Pail ready to take on six in BC Open Trot

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
With no eliminations required for this year’s Breeders Crown for open trotters, all seven entries will automatically advance to the $600,000 final on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Woodbine Racetrack. San Pail, undoubtly North America’s top older trotter, will once again be center stage as he contests in his first Breeders Crown.   Trained and co-owned by Rod Hughes along with Glenn Van C...
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See You At Peelers surprise Crown entry

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
Entries for the $6 million Breeders Crown finals this morning revealed the expected--San Pail, Big Bad John, We Will See--and the unexpected in sophomore filly pacer See You At Peelers and 15 sophomore colt trotting entries, including supplements Daylon Magician and Dejarmbro.   The Crown Trot, headlined by harness racing's top-ranked horse San Pail and the two foreign invitees, Rapide...
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Retirement for Northfield Park training trio

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
Elbert Quesenberry, Howard Brown and William Putney are Northfield Park trainers who have recently entered the world of retirement.    Quesenberry, a 72-year-old native of Clinton, Ohio, licensed as a driver since 1977 and a trainer since 1991, has racked up quite an impressive harness racing career. Quesenberry retires with 268 driving wins and purses of $561,636 over his 34 years in ...
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Threat of lawsuit over Ohio's plans for VLTs

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Ohio Roundtable, a group opposed to gambling proposals, is theatening to file legal this week against the state for moving forward to put video lottery terminals at racetracks.   “If they want to put slot machines in racetracks, amend the constitution — that’s all. Do it the right way,” said Rob Walgate, vice president of the Ohi...
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Buck I St. Pat ruled ineligible for Crown

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
Two-time defending Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot champion Buck I St. Pat has been ruled ineligible to start in this year’s upcoming Crown by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC). Although trainer Ron Burke entered the 8-year-old mare, because she had made breaks in her last two charted lines she was deemed ineligible to compete. Burke told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that he has appealed...
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Draws set for BC 2YO Filly Pace, Older Pace

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
With no eliminations required for the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace and $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace, all entries will advance automatically to their respective finals. The draw for both events took place Tuesday afternoon for the Oct. 29 final at Woodbine Racetrack.   $600,000 2YO Filly Pace: 1--Marty Party (Dave Palone), 2--Handsoffmycookie (Tim Tetrick), 3--Pi...
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2-year-old Crown elims drawn for Friday

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown eliminations for 2 year olds will be held Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack, except for the filly pacers, which has all nine entries advancing directly to the Oct. 29 final. Twelve filly trotters were entered into the Crown, with Win Missy B and Circles taking byes and electing to race only in the final. Check Me Out is the richest entry, but trainer Ray Schnittker declined the by...
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Charles Williams, of Cadiz, Ohio, dies at 87

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
Horseman Charles E. Williams. 87, of Cadiz, Ohio, died Saturday Oct. 15, at Carriage Inn of Cadiz. He was born March 31, 1924 in Cadiz, a son of the late Clyde Williams Sr. and Elizabeth Davis Williams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Lew Williams, his wife Hazel Williams and a brother, Clyde Williams Jr. Friends will be received Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 fr...
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Palone has 20th straight 500-win year at Meadows

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
With his victory behind Eagle Dream in the fourth race at The Meadows Tuesday, driver Dave Palone reached another milestone in his Hall of Fame career: 20 consecutive years with at least 500 wins at The Meadows.   In other racing action at The Meadows, Tunearrific swooped the field around the far turn and went on to score the upset at 10-1 in the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 ...
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Post positions drawn for Crown elims for 3YOs

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
Saturday night's card at Woodbine will feature eliminations for the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotters and pacers, along with an elim for the Crown Mare Pace and a prep for older males set to compete in the Crown Open Pace.   Hambletonian champion Broad Bahn and Kentucky Futurity winner Manofmanymissions will line up beside each other behind the starting gate in the second of the two el...
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Brennan hits 7,000 milestone at Yonkers

on 10/18/2011 2:00 AM
Last June 9, George Brennan won both halves of Yonkers Raceway's early daily double, the back portion serving as career win number 6,000. Three-quarters of the way through the Tuesday night (Oct. 18) card, Brennan increased his lifetime total to an even 7,000.   So, in the span of a bit more than 16 months--496 days to be precise--Yonkers Raceway's (and North America's) lea...
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Hanover Stakes action at Balmoral Park

on 10/17/2011 2:00 AM
Freshman trotters stepped into the spotlight on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of Hanover Stakes shared top billing on the 10-race program. With a total of 15 colts dropped into the entry box the boys were split into a pair of $29,850 tussles. An overflow field of 12 fillies were entered into that event which went for a purse of $53,700. Kicking off Sunday’s action with an easy 3 ½ len...
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Great Quantity a 90-1 upset in DSBF

on 10/17/2011 2:00 AM
Four $20,000 divisions of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2-year-old trotting races were held at Harrington Raceway Sunday. A 90-to-1 longshot won the first filly division as Winbak Farm’s Great Quantity ($184, Jeff Fout) was a first-over winner in 2:03.3. The CR Commando filly took advantage of breaks by the favorites and seized control approaching three-quarters over Da Boss Lady and Skutt...
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Tamla Celeber rebounds, but not Maharajah

on 10/17/2011 2:00 AM
The classy Swedish-bred 4-year-old Cantab Hall-mare Tamla Celeber (Amanda Celeber, by Express Ride) tried the boys in the Swedish Trotting Derby back in early September but did not have any racing luck. But she proved that she wa as good as the European 4 year olds in the Grosser Preis von Deutschland at the Bahrenfeld track in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday afternoon.   It helped a l...
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Illinois governor holds firm on opposing tracks

on 10/17/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn stated his opposition to expanding gaming at the state's racetracks at a press conference on Monday, and the Chicago Tribute reported that his statements set up a battle in the legislature when the veto session begins next week.   The Tribune reported that the governor indicated he's OK with five new casinos in Chicago, southern Cook County, Rockford, Danvi...
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3 horses supplemented to Breeders Crown

on 10/17/2011 2:00 AM
Two sophomore trotting colts, Daylon Magician and Dejarmbro, and a surprise entry from mare trotter Frenchfrysnvinegar, were the only supplements to the Breeders Crown year-end championship races today at the Mohawk race office. The $6 million Breeders Crown events will be contested on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.   With the 3-year-old colt trot division still s...
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Meadowlands to request similar schedule

on 10/17/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands is requesting 81 harness racing dates for 2012, the same number the track ran in 2011, while Freehold Raceway is expected to ask for 90 days, down from the 112 it is running this year. The Meadowlands presently expects to open Friday, Jan. 5, 2012, and race three nights a week--Thursday, Friday and Saturday--through the second week of March. Track management is still ent...
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