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McDonald upsets the applecart at Pompano

on 12/16/2010 12:00 AM
Jim McDonald refuses to take all the credit for pulling off the night's major upset in South Florida on Wednesday evening. He moved his tack to Pompano in 1980 from his native Newfoundland and is one of the track's longest serving trainers but seldom suits up to drive. "My wife deserves the credit for just how well this trotter Anton K has come along" McDonald said after he was in the bike for the...
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Upsets prevail in Northeast Extension Series

on 12/16/2010 12:00 AM
While Jeffrey Bamond's Island Terror ($2.60) reigned victorious in her $20,000 third-round division of the Northeast Extension Series for distaff pacers, three other odds-on favorites were defeated in the other three divisions of the event, held Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.   The first division saw a 1-5 Star Keeper (Andy Miller) rate a :58.1 half bef...
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Monticello's Au Revoir attracting plenty of interest

on 12/16/2010 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway first instituted the Au Revoir, a race for 14 year olds only, on Dec. 31, 1991, and over the years, despite dedicated efforts, only four others have filled. But now the track is on the verge  of  presenting another one. As all in harness racing know, when horses become 15 years of age, for all intents and purposes their racing careers are ...
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Ontario's handicapping league to start in January

on 12/16/2010 12:00 AM
Racetracks of Ontario Marketing & Promotions (ROMP) will kick off their $12,000+ handicapping league at seven Ontario tracks staring Jan. 13. The second edition of the ROMP Handicapping League offers weekly prizes of $200, and a $500 bonus to the team with the highest overall bankroll at the end of the eight-week tournament. The finals on March 10 will be contested for $10,000 plus all $10 en...
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Larger fields cause concern at Meadows

on 12/16/2010 12:00 AM
The announcement that The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), in conjunction with The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has carded two 12-horse fields on Monday, Dec. 20, and one on Tuesday, Dec. 21, has not been met with enthusiasm by some of the would-be participants. The Monday races are the seventh and the 15th and some regular Meadows drivers are noticeably absent. “A lot of us a...
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Cat Manzi = 14,000

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Driver Catello Manzi, who has sublet many a winner's circle during his stellar career, won the 14,000th race of his career Tuesday evening.   A blustery Yonkers Raceway was the site of the latest plateau, reached when Manzi barely lasted on the lead the $12,500 12th-race pacing finale with favored Berry Berry Fast ($5.30) in 1:58.1. It was indeed a Kodak Moment, as both Berry Berry Fast and...
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Victory Is Coming wins 17th at The Meadows

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Languishing in last at the half, Victory Is Coming erased a 9-length deficit with a determined bid that carried her to victory — her 17th this year — in Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unhurried early for Mike Wilder, Victory Is Coming picked up live cover from Caviar Forthe Lady, moved three wide around the final turn and defeated the game Cav...
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Omen Hanover, Kellytuck Sophie win at Dover

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Omen Hanover notched her fourth win of the meet in the $26,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace while Kellytuck Sophie won the $22,000 Jr. Open  on a windy and the coldest day of the meet on Tuesday, Dec. 14.With only a second in her five starts this meet, Omen Hanover, who has won three races by a nose and missed by three-quarters in the other, was at the top of her game teamed with Tim Tet...
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Florida's amateur drivers have the giving spirit

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Although they gain maximum enjoyment from the competition and thrill of the race, the Florida Amateur Drivers Club (FADC) members are also turning an increasing amount of attention to their ongoing humanitarian role for charitable causes with the arrival of the holiday season imminent."Anyone that joins is a committed supporter of harness racing and the by-laws of the amateur clubs mandate that we...
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McNair makes history

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Doug McNair became the youngest harness racing driver to reach1,000 career victories this afternoon at Western Fair Raceway.It was fitting that the milestone was reached at the London, Ontario track where just two years ago the now 20 year-old scored his first lifetime win. That was aboard Eagle Kay, a horse trained by his father, Gregg McNair, and was also Doug’s first pari-mutuel drive, a sign...
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Showherthemoney scores again at Chester

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
John Cancelliere's new star acquisition, Showherthemoney ($2.60), took center stage on Tuesday afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack with a 1:52.1 victory in her $25,000 third-round division of the Industrial Highway Late Closing Series for distaff pacers.   The 4-year-old Cam's Card Shark mare was strung out a bit on the first turn by Gordyyy's Pet (Eric Goodell) before assumi...
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New owners for Wishing Stone

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Trainer Dewayne Minor and owner Mike Gulotta both confirmed to harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that a 50-percent interest in 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone has been purchased by Gulotta and Andy Willinger’s Deo Volente Farm, Tom and Lou Pontone’s TLP Stable, and Jerry Silva.   Although Minor had indicated earlier that a possible stallion deal was in the works, plan...
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Christmas superfecta bonus at The Meadows

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), in conjunction with The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, has announced eight special events to be contested over four days next week prior to Christmas.   From Dec. 20 through Dec. 23, each superfecta event (two races per day) will feature up to 12-horse fields. Given the fact that the track will close beginning Christmas Eve for a short br...
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WEG announces 2011 dates, post time change

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has approved Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) 2011 Standardbred race dates. Woodbine Racetrack will offer 129 race cards while Mohawk will conduct 98 race days, totaling 227.   Beginning in the New Year, Woodbine Racetrack will begin racing Jan. 1 thru May 16 and resume again Oct. 3 until Dec. 31. The Mohawk summer meet will start on May 19 and conclude ...
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Joanne Young wins Davies Humanitarian Award

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Joanne Young, co-owner of the 3-year-old filly pacer Put On A Show, among others, and director/treasurer of her daughter Brittany’s A Spring of Hope foundation, which builds wells and brings fresh water to some of the poorest parts of Africa, will receive this year’s January Davies Humanitarian Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association for the foundation’s outstanding work. ...
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565 years worth of drivers in Metamucil Mile

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
On Sunday afternoon eight veteran horsemen will don their racing silks and compete in the Metamucil Mile at Monticello Raceway, with the winner being tabbed as the “Senior  Driver of the Year.”   The Metamucil Mile will feature drivers who are at least 65 years of age; the oldest, Howard (Doc) Gill, is 84 and the youngest—the baby of the group-- Alan Schw...
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Pacific Renegade to Merrie Medo Farm

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Merrie Medo Farm of Smyrna, Delaware will add Pacific Renegade, p, 4, 1:49.1M, a multiple stakes winner of $764,247, to their 2011 stallion roster.Pacific Renegade’s sire is Hall of Fame racehorse Cam’s Card Shark, and  he hails from one of racing’s greatest maternal families – a maternal pedigree that has consistently produced winners for more than three generations, with more than $...
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Gural shows interest in buying Meadowlands

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
According to published reports, Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs as well as a breeder and owner of Standardbreds, or his representatives are scheduled to meet with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the possibility of reaching an agreement to purchase the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Gural told Bob Jordan of the Asbury Park Press that he has "been successful in upstate New York ...
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Illinois horsemen, racetracks at stalemate

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
After two days of lengthy meetings, members of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association (IHHA) and the management of Balmoral and Maywood Parks have reached an impasse.   "Right now, we have no contract for 2011, and this is a real concern," said IHHA executive director Tony Somone. "The tracks gave us an ultimatum saying they want twenty percent more in recapture money for 2011....
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Winner's circle photo taken of Photo Maxx

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Photo Maxx was strongest in the stretch to win the $26,000 Open Handicap Trot and in similar matter Good Feeling came on to take the $17,000 sub-feature trot on another windy and cold Wednesday at Dover Downs.   In a flash, the Lauren Allen-owned and trained Photo Maxx came jetting down the outside to overtake front-trotting Starsel and Daryl Bier in deep stretch to score a 1:56.2 victory i...
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