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Witten's HFW photo wins Smallsreed Award

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Mark Hall of Hoof Beats magazine and Bea Witten of The Horseman And Fair World magazine were named winners in the annual George Smallsreed Awards for excellence in harness racing photography, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday.Claus Andersen and Dave Landry, both from Canadian Sportsman magazine, received honorable mentions. The contest is sponsored by harness racing exec...
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WEG tracks add Autostart innovation

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) looks to offer the best services and facilities for horsepeople and the latest evidence of that is the implementation this month of the Autostart Speed Control system at Woodbine.   Autostart Speed Control is a system developed in Sweden and widely used throughout Europe which automatically controls the speed of the starting gate car during the start seque...
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Muscle Hill has first foal at Diamond Creek

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
The first foal sired by 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill hit the ground around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, about two weeks sooner than expected, but in good shape at Diamond Creek Farm in Kentucky. A colt, he is also the first foal for dam Silicone Valley.   “Everything is good right now,” said Adam Bowden, the farm’s owner/general manager. “So far so good. He was about 15 days e...
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Taxi Dancer waltzes to Cal Expo win

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Taxi Dancer has been very photogenic of late, as she’s returned to greet owner Robin Clements and trainer Vickie Desomer in the winner’s circle following three of her last four outings.The dark-hued daughter of Givemewhatineed said goodbye to 2010 in style on New Year’s Eve with a last-minute burst for Lemoyne “Mooney” Svendsen, then came back last weekend to rally from double-digits off...
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Whiteland Will plays Pompano hardball

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Trotter Whiteland Will is continuing to be a shining example of the Standardbred breed for his durability at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park."I don't know of many horses of any breed that could have overcome not one, but two potentially career ending injuries like Whiteland Will has" stated owner, trainer and driver Leon Cable after a front end victory in the January 11Florida Amateur Driving ...
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Photo Maxx faces six in Dover Open

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Photo Maxx, a winner of two of his last three $26,000 Open Handicap trots, faces Starsel and Libra Vita, previous winners, in the Wednesday, Jan. 12 feature at Dover Downs.  An $18,000 trot the under-card. First post is at 4:30 p.m.Lauren Allen’s Photo Maxx with Mike Cole at the controls won last week and drew post 1 this time. Howard Taylor and Tom Lazzaro’s Libra Vita closed from far ba...
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Illinois slot bill dies as legislature adjourns

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Any chance of slot machines at Illinois racetracks in the near future died Tuesday night when the state legislature adjourned its session without calling for a vote on the expanded gaming package.   The bill passed the state Senate last year and was approved by a House executive committee last week. However, the bill was never put through for a vote before the full House, and now a new Illi...
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National handicapping contest set for July

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
The 2011 National Harness Handicapping Championship has been set for Saturday, July 9, at Meadowlands Racetrack. The NHHC is the only championship tournament for harness players to feature a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players may earn their way into the 2011 championship through participation in a qualifying tournament at an NHHC partner outlet or by direct buy-in. The cost to enter the 2011 N...
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Tim Tetrick is HTA Driver of the Year

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick, harness racing’s 29-year-old driving star, has won Harness Tracks of America’s Driver of the Year honors for the third time in four years.   Tetrick edged six-time winner Dave Palone by half a point, 85.5 to 85, in the competition that requires a driver to finish in the first 25 nationally in money won, races won and in-the-money percentage standings.   Points are aw...
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NY tracks protest Catskills Indian casino

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
The Saratogian newspaper has reported that six New York racino operators, including four harness tracks, on Wednesday called on state officials to cancel plans for a Catskills Indian casino, saying it might kill the state’s racing industry. Shortly before leaving office on Dec. 31, former New York Gov. David Paterson announced a compact with a Wisconsin-based tribe to open a ...
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One miracle rescue, two shots at glory

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
After watching a pair of their horses win their $25,000 Blizzard Stakes eliminations from a laptop on a cruise ship last Thursday, Stuart and Patty Bolender were looking forward to this Thursday night's rich final at Woodbine.   However, when they returned home early Monday morning, they received news that one of their retired broodmares had broken through a wooden lid, slipped through a ...
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San Pail & Action Broadway take Glorys Comet splits

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
A pair of $40,000 Glorys Comet eliminations took place tonight at Woodbine Racetrack with millionaire San Pail and Action Broadway capturing the victories.San Pail extended his unbeaten streak to eight as he posted an open-length victory in 1:53.4 for regular pilot Randy Waples.Up Front Ben (Mike Saftic) posted the quickest speed off the gate from post five and took his rivals past the opening pan...
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PJs Photo in Lifetime Dream record

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
Driven by Paul MacDonell, PJs Photo earned her biggest payday of her career tonight at Woodbine Racetrack as she captured the $60,000 Lifetime Dream Stakes final in a stakes record time of 1:55.3.In the early going, Jetta Lady (Mario Baillargeon) controlled the tempo from post seven posting first quarter speed of :28, ahead of Keystone Ballerina (Phil Hudon) and heavy favorite, PJs Photo.MacDonell...
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"A-Nap" headed for career best year?

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
Anthony Napolitano has simply been a one man wrecking crew in the training and driving colony at The Isle Casino-Racing Pompano Park in the first ten days of 2011.The Monday evening program on January 10 reinforced the trend that began on New Year's Day. The 29 year old horseman, a seasonal resident of Coconut Creek, FL, has embarked on a year that could be the best of his career."Nobody knows bet...
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Dave Rankin named to Ohio Hall of Fame

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
One of the state’s most respected trainer-drivers, Dave Rankin has been selected as the 37th inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in balloting of the Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   The Breman, Ohio native was a driving force on the Ohio Sire Stakes and fair circuits for nearly 40 years. Through 2010, Rankin’s green, gold and white silks graced...
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Important bill passes NJ legislature

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Assembly and Senate passed legislation on Monday night that would create an improved tourism district for Atlantic City and pay $30 million over three years to purses for horse races. Per language in the bill, the New Jersey Racing Commission would handle disbursement of the purse money to the tracks.   If Gov. Chris Christie signs the measures into law, the powers and duties...
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Former Saratoga publicist Joe Lynch dies

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
Joe Lynch, chief of racing operations for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, and a former publicist at Saratoga Raceway, has died at age 64 in Saratoga Springs. He apparently succumbed to a heart attack.   Born in Saratoga Springs, Lynch lived in Ballston Spa and was a veteran of many years in the pari-utuel wagering industry. From December 1996 to December 1997, he was an o...
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Blue Creek Angie's hot streak continues

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
Harness racing, like all sporting events, has ups and downs with hot streaks and slumps, though winning streaks are an enjoyable part of the competitions especially if you are on the plus side. At Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, Blue Creek Angie notched her eighth consecutive victory and her 10th win in her last 11 starts. This win-streak comes on the heels of the track-record ...
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Lou Haskell joins Tioga race office

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs is proud to announce that Lou Haskell will be joining the race office as assistant race secretary during the 2011 race season. Haskell was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and grew up in the business of horse racing since he was a toddler. He purchased his first horse at the age of 17 and has been an active owner in the harness racing business his entire life.   ...
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Big M Winter Survival Challenge begins Friday

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
Cash prizes and a seat in the National Harness Handicapping Championship are up for grabs in Meadowlands Racetrack's Winter Survival Challenge, a free online handicapping competition that begins Friday, January 14. Fans can enroll in the game at  www.WinterSurvivalChallenge.com.  During the challenge, "survivors" build mythical bankrolls based on $2 "across the board" wagers [win, p...
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