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HTA seeking nominations for Groom of the Year

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 "Groom of the Year" Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport’s horses.   All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 30th annual "Groom of the Year" award is a letter from an individual...
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Rosecroft set to open on Friday at 6:45

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
The final touches are going down to the wire in preparation for the first pari-mutuel meet in over three years at Rosecroft Raceway.  The track was purchased out of bankruptcy earlier this year by Penn National Gaming Inc.   First race post time will be 6:45 p.m. nightly with live racing every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 17.  Thursdays will be added to that schedule for ...
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Minor hopes to make major Crown noise

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Last October, Dewayne Minor headed to the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters with stakes-winner Wishing Stone and nearly came away with the trophy as his colt finished second from post nine to Break The Bank K in a world-record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   This year, Minor goes to the Breeders Crown without much fanfare, but he hopes to make noise again. Minor has Uncommo...
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Top trotting mare I'm Justa Lady retired

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
I'm Justa Lady, one of the all-time great trotting mares at The Meadows who combined talent and tenacity in a career that brought her 73 wins and nearly $700,000 in earnings, has been retired due to injury.   Bill Daumit, who has trained the 10-year-old daughter of Inquirer-Quite Becoming since acquiring her at auction at 3, said she suffered a broken splint bone on a rear leg. While the co...
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New harness handicapping tip sheet debuts

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
A new harness racing handicapping tip sheet website--www.harnesswinners.com--debuts online Thursday. Created by long-time Philadelphia harness racing handicapper Alan Mitchell, the new website features daily selections from Yonkers Raceway, the Meadowlands, Woodbine/Mohawk, and other tracks featuring strong races.   Mitchell will feature daily comments and selections for the three tracks an...
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Buck I St. Pat Crown appeal denied

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Ontario Racing Commission deputy director Rob McKinney told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that an appeal by the connections of Buck I St. Pat regarding the rejection of her entry into the upcoming Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack has been denied. A hearing was held in the ORC offices earlier Thursday after the appeal was filed by Buck I St. Pat’s owners, including attorney Howard Taylo...
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Waxman sentenced to 8 years in prison

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Former Ontario-based Standardbred owner Robert Waxman has reportedly been sentenced to eight years in prison on fraud charges stemming from an alleged series of thefts from his company Philip Services Corp. of nearly $18 million in 1996 and 1997. The sentence was handed down Thursday morning by a Superior Court justice after Waxman has been out on bail since 2005. As the president of Philip Servi...
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Handsoffmycookie wins Chester qualifier

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Handsoffmycookie, last seen winning her New York Sire Stake final for freshman filly pacers during the Night Of Champions at Saratoga on Oct. 1, won a qualifier at Chester on Thursday morning by 7 1/2 lengths in 1:54.4.Tim Tetrick was in the bike for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owners Joann and Ed Fucci. Tetrick brushed the filly to the lead after the half in 1:00 and used a last quarter of :27....
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Zeron on the mend, hopes to return next month

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
After being involved in a race accident on Oct. 8 at Woodbine Racetrack that saw him briefly hospitalized, trainer-driver Rick Zeron is well on the road to recovery.   The veteran horseman was ejected from the bike following a spill at the Rexdale oval. Zeron, guiding Blended Whiskey on the outside past the half, couldn't sidestep Whippet Good and driver Jason Brewer who fell to the trac...
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BC Open Mare Trot post positions drawn

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
With the appeal by the connections of Buck I St. Pat concerning her entry into the upcoming Breeders Crown Older Mare Trot at Woodbine Racetrack denied by the Ontario Racing Commission, the post-position draw for the 11 entries was held earlier Thursday afternoon. All 11 advance directly into the $300,000 final scheduled for Saturday night, Oct. 29.Here is the field, in post position order and wit...
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Lawsuit threat looms, but some progress in Ohio

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
On Thursday (Oct. 20), Ohio moved closer to implementing video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state's racetracks. Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an Executive Order authorizing the Ohio State Racing Commission to promulgate rules so it can consider making tracks eligible "to become a video lottery sales agent, and/or 2) the ability to relocate tracks." Then at its monthly meeting...
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Docdor Libby repeats in Harrington Mares Open

on 10/19/2011 2:00 AM
Kimberly Gadino’s Docdor Libby ($3.80, Ross Wolfenden) was a repeat winner in Tuesday’s $22,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.1.The 5-year-old Camluck mare immediately assumed command and held off a stubborn first-over No Bad Luck to win by a neck for her seventh win of the season. The Joe Hundertpfund Jr.-trainee has now earned more than $126,000 in 2011. Mom’s Toy was third.Wolf...
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Black Book now available on iPad

on 10/19/2011 2:00 AM
Owners of  iPads will be able to access the app for Black Book 2 as well as that of the previously available Black Book 1. The Equineline Sales Catalog app (equineline.com) which can be downloaded free from the App Store on iPad or by visiting theblackbook.com enables prospective buyers to download both the Black Book  1 and 2 catalogs to their  iPads.   As with Black Book 1,...
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Visitation hours announced for Gene Riegle

on 10/19/2011 2:00 AM
Visitation for Hall of Fame horseman Gene Riegle, who died Monday, will be held this coming Sunday and Monday, Oct. 23 and 24, at the Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, 1499 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331. The hours are Sunday from 2 – 5 pm and Monday from 4-8 pm. Funeral services will be private.   Click here for directions to the funeral  home and additional in...
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Daley says Royal Shyster ready for Crown

on 10/19/2011 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs horseman Dan Daley knows all about success at the Breeders Crown. He captured the 2-year-old colt trot with champion Master Lavec in 1999 and finished second a year later with CJ’s Secret. Daley held another strong hand five years later with the super fast RC Royalty, but blames himself for the colt’s fifth place finish at the Meadowlands.   “I choked him way down and let...
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See You At Peelers Crown: 'A last-minute decision'

on 10/19/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that it was a “last-minute decision” to enter See You At Peelers in Saturday night’s Breeders Crown eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack, and he did so only after the 3-year-old filly pacer went an “awesome” training mile at his New Jersey farm early Tuesday morning. “She trained awesome yesterday; she was fantastic,” said ...
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Buying & breeding the best

on 10/19/2011 2:00 AM
Marvin Katz and his business partner Al Libfeld have been collecting high quality trotting broodmares for years. Their exquisite taste in bloodlines often had them bidding on six-figure yearlings. About six years ago the pair decided to change the way they do business. “We were breeding for ourselves and racing our own horses. We decided it would be best if we bred the mares, raised the offsprin...
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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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