Purses approved for 2020 Kentucky Sires Stakes

on 01/14/2020 3:37 PM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has approved purse distributions for the 2020 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS), supporting the recommendations made by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund and Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund Advisory Panel.  The purse distributions will consist of two series as well as funding for up to seven county fairs. The Commission, also under ...
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Dunn: 2019 was a "massive thrill"

on 01/14/2020 1:24 PM
Dexter Dunn wasted little time in making a name for himself in North America. In his first full season of competing in the U.S. and Canada, the 30-year-old New Zealand native won 460 races and more than $12 million in purses on his way to being named Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He ranked eighth in wins and third in earnings among all drivers on the continent. &...
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Looksgoodinaromper Ohio's 2YO Pacing Filly of 2019

on 01/14/2020 8:19 AM
Looksgoodinaromper rounded into form midway through the 2019 season as she won five straight starts on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year.   Looksgoodinaromper the daughter of Pet Rock – Don’t Blame Her by Village Connection hit the board in eight of 12 races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $321,873. ...
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Ohio set to hand out awards for 2019

on 01/13/2020 7:14 PM
The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Marriott University Area Hotel in Columbus. The Ohio Chapter will honor Chris Page as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the...
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Insomniac romps by 18 lengths at Miami Valley

on 01/13/2020 6:52 PM
Initial legs of a couple more popular Claim To Fame series set sail on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. $15,000 claiming trotters and $8,000 claiming pacing mares contested their opening rounds in two divisions each.   Insomniac (driver-trainer Brady Galliers) crushed the quickest split among trotters, besting Here’s The Magic (John DeLong) and Taurus Du Parc ...
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Explosive Leggs, IC Caviar win Meadows features

on 01/13/2020 6:47 PM
Explosive Leggs moved determinedly first-over, collared the leader, Just Maybe The One, in the shadow of the wire and captured Monday’s co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 conditioned trot.   Just Maybe The One threw down a 27.4 third quarter but couldn’t shake Explosive Leggs, who defeated him by a half-length in 1:55 for Tony Hall. Lars Perry finished third. ...
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Entries for Blooded Horse open through Jan. 17

on 01/13/2020 1:56 PM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale will be taken at least through Friday, Jan 17.  The one-day sale takes place on Tuesday, Feb.11, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at this 57th annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings...
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Ralph Torcello dies at 89

on 01/13/2020 11:35 AM
Ralph M. Torcello, 89, of Batavia, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Jan. 8 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia after a brief illness.   Born on Sept. 29, 1930 and raised in Batavia, Mr. Torcello was the son of Michael C. Torcello Sr. and Mary Torcello (Feniello). He grew up on the family farm on Creek Road in Batavia and lived there until his death.  ...
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Horseman Jay Sears dies at age 78

on 01/13/2020 8:37 AM
Horseman Jay Sears, a consummate horseman and father of Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears, died Sunday night, Jan. 12, at age 78. Mr. Sears, who lived on a farm in Osteen, Fla., on the St. John's River, had been working on his farm just days earlier.   Mr. Sears was the son of horseman Gene Sears and followed in his father's footsteps. After graduating from high school in Indianap...
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Southwind Amazon poised to top $1 million Monday

on 01/13/2020 8:26 AM
The storied pacer Southwind Amazon enters MGM Northfield Park’s ninth race on Monday (January 13) with $998,216 in career earnings.   A first, second or third place finish will yield more than the $1,784 needed to add a second comma to his earnings.  Finishing in the top-three appears to be more than attainable for the 88-time winner.  Southwind Amazon has been assi...
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Claim To Fame Series prompts 18 claims

on 01/12/2020 9:02 PM
The claim box at Miami Valley Raceway was flooded on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 12) as 18 $30,000 claims were submitted prior to the racing of the three divisions of the most lucrative annual Claim To Fame Series.  After eliminating the duplicates by random draw, a total of eight horses changed hands for a total of $240,000, including a pair of first leg winners. Southern Flight (Brady Galli...
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Driver of Year Dunn wins 7 at Meadowlands

on 01/12/2020 5:10 AM
The hottest name in harness racing these days is Dexter Dunn, and the recently named United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year lived up to his considerable current hype at the Meadowlands Saturday night, winning seven times on the 14-race card, falling just one victory short of tying the mark for most wins on a Big M program. Dunn was red-hot from the start sweeping t...
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Lean Hanover by a head in Yonkers Open

on 01/12/2020 5:06 AM
It was a change of tactic for Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr., $15.20) Saturday night, serving him well in winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot Usually an off-the-pace number, Lean Hanover—from assigned post position No. 4—made the first lead in the first adult-table trot of the season. He then deferred to second-choice Swansea (Austin Siegelman). The la...
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19-1 Polak upsets at Freehold

on 01/11/2020 10:47 PM
There was a big upset in Saturday's Preferred Handicap pace at Freehold Raceway, as 19/1 Polak upset 1/5 Matticulous.   George Brennan blasted off with Matticulous, clearing him to the lead and setting up shop before the quarter. While he did get to the lead, he had to work very hard for it: the opening quarter was 27.1 seconds. Meanwhile, Vinny Ginsburg conceded the lead with Pol...
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Sintra wins second since return from injury

on 01/11/2020 10:44 PM
Sinatra battled through rainy and windy conditions to reach up at the wire for a second consecutive Preferred score on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old gelding and driver Jody Jamieson rallied from fifth at the head of the lane to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap by a neck over Nirvana Seelster, who cut the mile, and the same margin over East End in 1:53.2. ...
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Granite takes Miami Valley Open

on 01/11/2020 10:39 PM
Granite (Jeremy Smith) added to his impressive career resume in the $24,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 11), topping Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) in 1:52.1 over a damp racing surface that stood up well despite weekend long rain showers.   Jeremy Smith and Granite were content to sit fourth along the pylons while My Hero Ron park...
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60-1 The Charging Moa N scores at YR

on 01/11/2020 7:06 AM
There was one winner for Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night (Jan. 10th) Pick 5 wager, taking home all the cheese to the tune of $20,047.   The gimmick, which began with a $4,371.03 carryover and $15,000 guaranteed pool, saw $20,903 of new investments.   The needed sequence 6/3/3/4/6 was bookended by 8-1 Reggiano (Jordan Stratton, $19.40) and 33-1 Uncle Leo (Austin Siegelm...
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Sandy Win grabs third straight victory

on 01/11/2020 7:04 AM
Sandy Win has been her fans’ best friend of late, and once again she came through for her faithful, winning a third straight start by taking the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares.   The 8-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter-Google completed her natural hat trick – all against the same non-winners of $15,000 stock &ndas...
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Eliza Dushku N steps up, wins Mares Open

on 01/10/2020 10:29 PM
Eliza Dushku N notched her second straight victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 10), moving successfully into Open Mares company for the first time.   Driver LeWayne Miller had to be pleased when he saw the opening timer flash :26.2 while sitting fifth in the early going over a sloppy, but firm, racing strip.  As the weekly feature for distaffers neared the half mile pol...
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Harness Racing Museum needs breedings

on 01/10/2020 6:02 PM
Do you have a breeding that you won't be using this season? We have a home for it!   We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2020 season and invite you to put your breedings to work for the benefit of all – the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or plac...
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