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Dover, Monticello cancel Monday cards

on 12/27/2010 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway was able to start its Monday afternoon program at its scheduled 12:25 p.m. post time, but the track was forced to cancel the remainder of the card due to the inclement weather that included high winds. Dover Downs, another of the few harness tracks scheduled to race on Monday, earlier announced it had cancelled its live card due to the winter snowstorm that hit the East Coast ...
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Wyatt Irvine gives family 1,000-win trifecta

on 12/27/2010 12:00 AM
It took all of Sunday's special race card at Northfield Park, but after winning three races on Dec. 23 and then waiitng out the Christmas holiday, 31-year-old Wyatt Irvine picked up his 1,000th career win in the getaway pace with Chris Short's Clay Hill King Pin ($10.20).   The third-generation horseman piloted the winner gate to wire for the easy win and was greeted by friends in the winne...
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Au Revoir entry box closes 9 a.m. Tuesday

on 12/27/2010 12:00 AM
Eric Warner, Monticello Raceway’s director of racing, wants to remind everyone that the entry box for the Mighty M’s Au Revoir will close Tuesday morning, Dec. 28, at 9 a.m. The event, only for 14-year-old trotters and pacers, will be contested at the Mighty M on Friday afternoon, Dec. 31.   "If all who have inquired about the Au Revoir enter, there will certainly be enough ho...
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Top drivers will be at Meadowlands Jan. 7

on 12/27/2010 12:00 AM
When the Meadowlands opens on Friday, Jan. 7, which of the regular driving colony will be there? Since Yonkers Raceway is closed until later in the month, most of the drivers plan to be there. Surprisingly, most drivers said that despite all of the uncertainty about the future of the Meadowlands, they had not made alternate plans. David Miller had an $11.6 million year in 2010 with $2.8 o...
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$40,000 guarantee for WEG's Sunday Pick 4

on 12/26/2010 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will present a $40,000 guaranteed pool for it's early Pick-4 Sunday afternoon with a special post time scheduled for 1:20 p.m. The Pick-4 will kick off as usual in Race 4. Greg Gangle of the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s media department has handicapped the four races and has offered his thoughts on the Pick-4.   Overall Summary: Race 4 - 1, 3, 4 Race 5 - 2, 3, 4 Race ...
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Earl Ater, 81, dies in Clarksburg, Ohio

on 12/26/2010 12:00 AM
Earl E. "Deak" Ater, 81, of Clarksburg, Ohio, died Dec. 23, 2010, at his home following an extended illness.   Mr. Ater was born August 30, 1929 in Clarksburg to Glen D. and Carol S. Pyle Ater. On May 6, 1950 he married the former Rebecca "Becky" Steinhauser, who survives.   Mr. Ater was a retired barber. He also trained and drove Standardbreds. He was a U.S. Marine veteran...
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Lucky Terror takes Valedictory final

on 12/26/2010 12:00 AM
Only The World and Lucky Terror both front-stepped their way to victories this afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack in the Niagara and Valedictory Stakes finals. After scoring a victory in her Niagara Stakes elimination last week, Only The Word and driver Jody Jamieson returned to victory this afternoon in the final. The daughter of Cole Muffler struck the lead in the early going from post four ahead o...
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Remembering Niatross’s last race

on 12/24/2010 12:00 AM
On Saturday, Dec. 27, 1980, the great Niatross closed out his racing career at Pompano Park in Florida. His appearance gave the track the biggest night of his history to that time, with traffic backed up to the Florida Turnpike in one direction and Interstate 95 in the other. Gary Seibel, who is now a host with the TVG racing network, worked in the track’s publicity office and wrote the follow...
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Racing memories, thanks to youtube

on 12/24/2010 12:00 AM
There is no live harness racing on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, so with a two-day hiatus from the action and a generally slower pace for all, there might be time to take an entertaining trip down memory lane.   There are plenty of harness racing videos posted on the youtube website, but if you’re looking for a quick fix, we’ve got a few to suggest. From a pure comedy standpoint, yo...
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Pompano has best handle in two years

on 12/23/2010 12:00 AM
When the final tally was rounded up from the 11 race program on Wednesday evening, December 22 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park the total wagered on the program was just over $425,000 “It’s certainly the best handle I can recall here in close to the past two years” says John Yinger, Pompano’s Director Of Racing Operations. “We’ve had a great run of weather here in South Flor...
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Bettis wins again at The Meadows

on 12/23/2010 12:00 AM
Bettis worked out a perfect cover trip Wednesday to capture his second straight win in the $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. When Fox Valley Thor brushed first over to challenge the leader, Fifty Two Finn, Aaron Merriman moved Bettis behind the live cover. Fox Valley Thor cleared before the three-quarters, but Bettis soared past to score in 1:57. Springboard rallied for second,&...
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Saunders wins USHWA's Good Guy award

on 12/23/2010 12:00 AM
A top trainer who is a master harness spokesman, a pair of broodmare standouts, and a racetrack marshal par excellence – all are connected, and all are receiving an award for their abilities as a result of recent balloting by the United States Harness Writers Association.   Bruce Saunders had “the time of his life” this past summer and fall campaigning the great three-year-old colt pa...
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Series finals bring down curtain at Chester

on 12/23/2010 12:00 AM
The Northeast Extension and Harrah's Boulevard series--part of the Road to Riches Late Closing program held at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack--both culminated on Wednesday afternoon, as the metropolitan Philadelphia track brought its fifth season to a close.   Island Terror ($3.60) was a no-nonsense winner in the $50,000 final of the Northeast Extension for pacing fillies and ...
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NJSEA gives administrators OK to work with Gural

on 12/23/2010 12:00 AM
In addition to the New Jersey Racing Commission formally approving dates at a meeting held on Wednesday, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), operator of the Meadowlands racetrack, also held its monthly meeting and addressed a racing matter.  According to reports, at the NJSEA’s meeting a resolution was approved authorizing administrators to proceed with lease negotiatio...
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Michigan Hall of Famer Bob Huff dies

on 12/23/2010 12:00 AM
Robert W. “Bob” Huff, 90, a member of the Michigan Harness Racing Hall of Fame, longtime operator of Shiawasee Farm and the breeder of the 1981 Hambletonian winner, Shiaway St Pat, died on Wednesday evening at Avalon Hospice in Flint, Mich. He had been battling cancer.   The family has said it plans a memorial service at the Huff home, sometime in January. Near-term funeral arrangement...
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Waxman reaches settlement with ORC

on 12/23/2010 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has announced it has reached a settlement with Daniel Waxman and Vandalay Racing after five years of proceedings that calls for the forfeiture of more than $400,000 in purse monies earned by Waxman/Vandalay-owned horses, including the $165,000 won by Loyal Opposition in the 2005 Breeders Crown Older Mare Pace.   More than $400,000 in purse money has ...
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Holiday donations by Florida's amateurs

on 12/22/2010 12:00 AM
They're in it for the love of the game and for charity and the Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC) came through again for one of their favorite causes on Tuesday evening."This local organization, the Horse Gate Equestrian Center, meets our self-imposed mandates of matching up children and young adults in need with horses while giving them a positive first impression to harness racing and it's peop...
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Series finals held at Harrah's Chester

on 12/22/2010 12:00 AM
Off a pair of wins in preliminary events, the Adam Victor & Son Stable's Ideal Newton ($8.80) was a game winner in the $60,000 final of the Industrial Highway Late Closing Series, held Tuesday afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.   The 5-year-old Western Ideal mare took no prisoners in the initial stages of the race, clearing Bet the Ranch (Yannick Gingras) through...
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Gural also pursuing Syracuse track

on 12/22/2010 12:00 AM
In addition to pursuing a lease to operate racing at the Meadowlands, The Saratogian (NY) newspaper website has reported that Jeff Gural is proceeding with plans to build a new track in Syracuse, NY. On Tuesday, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board approved a certificate approval for the project, tentatively called Syracuse Raceway.   The Saratogian story said Rochester (NY)-based W...
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Bellino, Kakaley, and Schroeder are USHWA winners

on 12/22/2010 12:00 AM
Both “experience” and “youth” showed uncommon, awardwinning  excellence in harness racing in 2010, in their different ways, which resulted in Frank Bellino being voted Woolworth Owner of the Year in recent balloting by the United States Harness Writers Association, Matt Kakaley the Rising Star Award, and Jessica Schroeder the Barasch Breakthrough Award. Frank Bellino insisted on the ...
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