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Iron Will wins New Year's Day feature at Dover

on 01/02/2011 12:00 AM
Roger Plante drove Iron Will to a 1:57.1 victory to win the New Year’s Day featured $14,500 trot on Saturday at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan had four wins to move him into first place in the leading driver standings.    Iron Will celebrated his first win as a 5-year-old registering a lifetime fastest clocking of 1:57.1 in the top trot of the night. Owned, trained and driven ...
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Vernon horseman Rocco Manzi dies

on 01/02/2011 12:00 AM
Noted Vernon Downs horseman Rocco Frank Manzi, 59, died at his home in Oneida, N.Y., on Thursday, Dec. 30, with his family and friends at his side.   Born on April 4, 1951 in Syracuse, Mr. Manzi was the first of Frank J. and Jennie (Alba) Manzi’s eight children. He went on to become president and chief executive officer of Syracuse’s Yellow Cab taxi and Century ...
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Nash family featured in Lexington newspaper

on 01/02/2011 12:00 AM
Charles "Cotton" Nash, who along with his wife, Julie, sister Francene, and Steve Stewart bred Rock N Roll Heaven, is featured with his family in a story in the Sunday Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper. Nash, an All-American basketball player for the University of Kentucky, talks about sports and family.   In addition to breeding Rock N Roll Heaven, Nash raced the colt's dam, the free-for-a...
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Ready Cash wins latest prep for Prix d'Amerique

on 01/02/2011 12:00 AM
The third "B" prep for the Prix d'Amerique, the 120,000 euro Prix de Bourgogne, was raced Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. This year it appears that most of the foreign contenders for the big Prix d'Amerique have disappeared, and the early favorite is now the French 5 year old Ready Cash.   Ready Cash (Indy de Vive-Kidea) has found his best form yet since he moved...
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Horseman Chet Emerson dies in Maine

on 01/02/2011 12:00 AM
Horseman Chester "Chet" Emerson, 81, of Saco, Maine, and Pompano Beach, Fla., died Dec. 30, 2010, after a lengthy battle with bone cancer. Mr. Emerson and his wife, Jean, bred and raced horses in New England and Florida, and for many years Jean was an active harness racing journalist.   Born in Maine, Mr. Emerson was a U.S. Navy veteran and a longtime U.S. Postal Service...
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Woodbine, Flamboro cancel New Year's Day

on 01/01/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine canceled its New Year's Day card, with a scheduled post time of 1:20 pm, because of unsafe track conditions caused by freezing and now thawing of the racing surface. Also, Flamboro Downs, which had a 1 p.m. post, has canceled because of the same conditions.   While Flamboro is scheduled to resume racing Sunday at 6 p.m., Woodbine's next live race card is Monday night at 7:10 p.m.
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Dube feeling better after spell of dizziness

on 12/31/2010 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands' statistician, Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, reports that driver Daniel Dube is back home after being taken to a local hospital prior to Thursday morning's qualifiers following a spell of feeling lightheaded and dizzy. Dube, 41, the regular driver of the recently-named 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year and likely 2010 Horse of the Year, Rock N Roll Heaven, remained at Hackensack Medical ...
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Sinbad wins Au Revoir; "Chief's" streak ends

on 12/31/2010 12:00 AM
It was like spring in the Southern Catskills of New York  on New Year’s Eve and the 14-year-old Sinbad raced  more like a 3-year-old. The son of Falcon Seelster sailed to an incredible 1:58.4 triumph in Monticello Raceway’s Au Revoir, restricted to 14-year-old horses.   Jimmy Marohn Jr. was little more than a passenger after he gunned Sinbad to the lea...
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Moreau, Waples take Woodbine titles

on 12/31/2010 12:00 AM
The 2010 Woodbine season wrapped up on New Year's Eve afternoon with a new and familiar face atop the trainer and driver standings. Richard Moreau captured his first WEG title after sending out 102 winners on the WEG circuit this season. He scored a narrow victory over Ben Baillargeon who settled with 99 wins.   Moreau, a native of Lachenaie, Quebec, had 539 starts this year with ...
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Buck I St. Pat named Ohio Horse of Year

on 12/30/2010 12:00 AM
For the second time, Buck I St. Pat 7, 1:51 ($2,117,087), has been crowned Ohio Horse of the Year, an accolade she won for the first time in 2008.   As well, for the third straight year the Buckeye State’s finest daughter has also been named the Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) and Mare Trotter of the Year by the United States Harness Write...
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Gingras named President's Award winner

on 12/30/2010 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras, the “youthful veteran” driver from Quebec, who extends his talent and efforts on the track to worthwhile causes away from the racing, has been named as one of two President’s Award winners by Jason Settlemoir, president of the United States Harness Writers Association. (The other, the Horseplayers Association of North America, was featured in a release yesterday.)   ...
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Western Shore's 1:51 fastest in Big M qualifiers

on 12/30/2010 12:00 AM
Millionaire pacers Bettor Sweet and Western Shore, both from the barn of trainer Thomas Cancelliere, came up winners in qualifiers held Thursday at the Meadowlands. Sixteen qualifying contests were held, with the session also featuring the return to the sulky of driver Richie Silverman, who broke both ankles and suffered a severe concussion in a June 18 race accident at the Meadowlands.  ...
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Five in Au Revoir; Northern Chief aims for 16

on 12/30/2010 12:00 AM
Friday will be a special day at Monticello Raceway. Besides being an added program, two races will be of special interest. One is the fifth edition of The Au Revoir for 14-year-old pacers making their last lifetime pari-mutuel start while then other is an attempt by Northern Chief to notch his 16th consecutive victory.   In The Au Revoir, five “oldtimers” will go to post for a $7,...
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Saratoga getting a new name in 2011

on 12/30/2010 12:00 AM
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway is celebrating its seventh year of operation in 2011. In conjunction with this celebration, Saratoga Gaming and Raceway announces the change of its name to Saratoga Casino and Raceway and the extension of hours beginning Monday, Jan. 3.   “Since 2004, our goal has been to be the premier entertainment destination in the Capital Region,” stated executive vice p...
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14YO trotter on SportsCenter on Friday

on 12/30/2010 12:00 AM
Boomer Berman, a 14 year-old trotter, will get a few seconds of fame on Friday, December 31, on ESPN's flagship news program, SportsCenter, at 6 and 11 pm Eastern time.   A clip of one of the horse's wins this year will be included on The Two Minute Drill segment of SportsCenter, hosted by, who else, Chris "Boomer" Berman.  Boomer Berman the horse faces...
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NJ mare residency forms due in January

on 12/29/2010 12:00 AM
Applications for the 2011 New Jersey Mare Residency Program should be submitted in January. The deadline for the forms, which are available on sboanj.com or by contacting the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, is Feb. 15, 2011.   The New Jersey Mare Residency Program, which began in 2003, promotes the breeding, boarding and racing of standardbreds in New Jersey.&n...
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Walnut Hall Ltd. acquires Third Straight

on 12/29/2010 12:00 AM
Third Straight, from his first crop Indiana’s leading sire of money winning 3-year-old ­­­­pacers in 2010, has been acquired by Walnut Hall Ltd., Lexington, KY, where he will stand beginning with the 2011 season. The announcement of his purchase was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd., which is owned by his wife, Meg Jewett.   By Western Hanove...
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Balmoral changes Sunday post time

on 12/29/2010 12:00 AM
While the live racing nights of Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday will remain the same, there will be a few slight changes at Balmoral Park for the 2011 racing season. The biggest change will be the new starting time of 7:10 pm instead of the old 6:30 pm post time for the Sunday night programs beginning this coming Sunday, Jan. 2.   Post time for all three live racing nights during the week&nb...
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Perretti Farms 2010 NJ Breeder of the Year

on 12/29/2010 12:00 AM
Perretti Farms, home to two of harness racing’s premier stallions as well as the 2010 Trotting Broodmare of the Year, was selected New Jersey Breeder of the Year by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.   Owners William and Anthony Perretti will be honored at the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board’s 54th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at Charley’s...
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Give Chrome enjoying new home at Walnut Hall Ltd.

on 12/29/2010 12:00 AM
Give Chrome, a 12-year-old Standardbred seized from his owner because of abuse on Nov. 11, spent Christmas Eve tucked in at his new home at Walnut Hall Ltd. in Lexington, KY.   The pacer has been adopted by Meg and Alan Leavitt of Walnut Hall Ltd. in Lexington. The Leavitts made the decision when they learned of the horse’s abuse at the hands of his owner and subsequent seizure by th...
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