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Michelle Crawford leads rescue effort

on 12/19/2019 3:04 PM
Michelle Crawford, a breeder and owner of horses with her husband, Al, at Crawford Farms in New York, has helped organize the rescue of 53 Standardbred horses held for ransom as they were destined for a kill pen. Michelle worked with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation to raise money to rescue the horses and now they are reaching out to find homes for the horses.   "I called and...
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Record-breaking season at Batavia Downs

on 12/19/2019 12:59 PM
Although the final day of racing was canceled on Saturday, Dec. 14, due to bad weather conditions, the clubhouse that night was still sold out and the 400 or so patrons enjoyed Christmas music instead of race calls. But that was the norm at Batavia Downs in 2019; happy customers having fun at the races. Indicators for every aspect of the racing product pointed toward positive territory and in sev...
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Big Pick-4 pools, full fields at Meadowlands

on 12/19/2019 11:15 AM
The Meadowlands’ Pick-4 pools raised to high levels last weekend, just in time for what is in all probability to be a record three days in terms of average field size at the mile oval.   Last Friday (Dec. 13) and Saturday (Dec. 14) saw the second- and third-highest 50-cent Pick-4 pools of the Fall Meeting, as $95,479 was wagered Friday before $97,773 was bet Saturday. The top Pi...
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Dave Ingraham hurt in Pompano accident

on 12/19/2019 11:13 AM
An accident in the last race at Pompano Park on Wednesday night sent driver Dave Ingraham to the hospital. Ingraham’s son, Dustin, posted on social media Thursday morning that his father was alert and hoping to be released by the end of the day.   Dave Ingraham was driving Kegler Hanover from post 3 in Race 9 when the trotter, who was on the outside, suddenly fell shor...
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Ohio Commission reminds horsemen of Therapeutic Medication Resolution

on 12/19/2019 9:30 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) reminds Ohio horsemen that the new therapeutic medication resolution for regulatory thresholds takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.   The resolution and OSRC regulatory thresholds list can be found at the OSRC website (www.racingohio.net) under Licenses, Laws & Rules.   OSRC commissioner Beth Hansen, chair of the OSRC Medication Committe...
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Meadowlands discontinues SNY replay show

on 12/19/2019 9:11 AM
The Meadowlands has a few changes to announce on the racing broadcast horizon as the calendar turns to 2020.   The value of continuing to fund the SNY replay show has been reviewed and the decision has been made to redirect the considerable amount of revenue spent there toward potentially broadcasting select Meadowlands race cards live. As a result, the SNY replay show will cease on J...
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Mac Deeno jogs to second straight at Meadows

on 12/18/2019 8:05 PM
Mac Deeno opened an insurmountable lead into the final turn and cruised to his second straight win in Wednesday's Holiday Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows.   Mac Deeno was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall sent him on his way. The 6-year-old son of Broadway Hall-Macdeena forged ahead by 4 lengths at the top of the lane and won geared down by 7-1/4 lengths ...
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2020 Hambletonian set for Aug. 8; elims Aug. 1

on 12/18/2019 8:02 PM
The milestone 95th Hambletonian will be raced on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands.   Though traditionally scheduled on the first Saturday in August, every six years the event moves to the second Saturday, as is the case in 2020. The Meadowlands has been the longest-running host track of America’s Classic Trotting event, having staged the race for the last 38 years s...
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Tetrick talks about "cool" trip to Finland

on 12/18/2019 3:48 PM
One might expect a trip to the Arctic Circle to be nothing less than really cool. And that’s how Tim Tetrick described his journey to Finland for the first Arctic Horse Race competition at Mantyvaara racetrack in Rovaniemi.   Tetrick returned home to New Jersey on Tuesday night following a weeklong stay in Finland. He finished third in the Arctic Horse Race event, highlighted by...
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Canada's O'Brien Award finalists announced

on 12/18/2019 3:01 PM
The ballots have been tabulated and on Wednesday Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2019 O’Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season.   There are two finalists in each of the categories which includes 12 divisional horse categories and five people awards. Horse of the Year will be one of the divisional champions. &nb...
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OHHA announces new Huston-hosted podcast

on 12/18/2019 2:29 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) unveiled the first in a new series of podcasts, Top of the Stretch. Top of the Stretch will be hosted by “The Voice” Roger Huston, brand ambassador for the OHHA.   The podcasts will feature updates on the harness racing industry, focusing on Ohio. There will also be features on drivers, trainers and others asso...
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Record Pick 4 pool pays out at Pompano

on 12/18/2019 9:40 AM
With a carryover of almost $16,000 in Pompano Park's Pick 4 going into the Tuesday night program, a $75,000 guaranteed pool and an industry low 12 percent takeout, interest spanned throughout North America with a record pool of $102,666 being the final total for the track's "Send It In" feature wager. When all was said and done, 18 winning 50-cent tickets were tall...
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Last call for Caretaker of Year nominations

on 12/18/2019 8:35 AM
With a deadline of Friday, Dec. 20, there are only a few days left to submit nominations for the 2019 Caretaker of the Year. The award, sponsored by Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.   With the dead...
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Brennan wins 4 to dead heat with Bartlett

on 12/18/2019 8:34 AM
Yonkers Raceway concluded its 2019 calendar Tuesday night with a season-long dead heat.   George Brennan won four of the closing-night’s 11 races—all with wagering favorites—and in doing so caught the idle Jason Bartlett with 427 local wins.   Historians were trying to determine if there had been a leading-driver deadlock previously, but couldn&rsquo...
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Hall wins 6,000th, Latest Desire upsets at Meadows

on 12/17/2019 5:35 PM
Tony Hall collected career win 6,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted Blooming Sunflower to victory in the ninth race. Hall reached the milestone with three Tuesday wins, all for trainer Cory Kreiser.   Hall, 41, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio near Lebanon Raceway, where he began his career and won several driving titles. He moved from Lebanon to Northfield Park and relocated to The ...
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Free chance Saturday at Big M for WHHC

on 12/17/2019 4:04 PM
This Saturday, Dec. 21, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is hosting a free handicapping contest with the Grand Prize of a $1,300 seat into the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.   The free handicapping contest is open to all patrons on Saturday and there is no fee to enter.   Fans may register up until 7:15 p.m. on the night of the contest...
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Jazmin Arnold named Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/17/2019 2:42 PM
After a spectacular season in the sulky, Jazmin “The Little Flower” Arnold was unanimously named the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) National Amateur of the Year. She now joins “Hurricane" Hannah Miller as only the second woman to earn this prestigious honor. In her first full season driving harness horses, to say that the diminutive miss posted exce...
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Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory Saturday at Mohawk

on 12/17/2019 1:06 PM
Woodbine Entertainment Tuesday announced a mandatory payout on the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 for this Saturday, Dec. 21, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jackpot Hi-5 wagering has been suspended for the remainder of the week until Saturday’s mandatory payout. The carryover heading into the mandatory payout will be $180,992.59. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbi...
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Hawthorne's Tom Carey dies at 87

on 12/17/2019 12:41 PM
Hawthorne Race Course patriarch, Thomas F. Carey, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the age of 87 in Florida. Mr. Carey was a key figure in enabling Arlington Park to complete its 1985 live meeting after a catastrophic fire. In an interview with Jim O'Donnell, writer for the suburban Chicago Daily Herald, Arlington chairman emeritus Dick Duchossis said of Mr. Carey, "He w...
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Meadows honoring best of 2019

on 12/17/2019 10:52 AM
On Saturday, Dec. 28, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor the track’s top horses of 2019 at the annual “Day of Champions.”   During the live card, which begins at 1:05 PM, the connections of winners in 12 divisions will be presented with awards. Winners of Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year&n...
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