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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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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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