Ohio's Virginia Buxton dies at 91

on 12/03/2019 8:28 PM
Virginia Ruth Buxton, 91, the widow of well known Ohio horseman Richard "Dick" Buxton and mother of horseman Brad Buxton, died on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Hearth and Home Nursing Home in Urbana, Ohio. She was born on Dec. 10, 1928, to the late Charles W. and Edith H. (Lewis) Hurps in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and enjoyed her time with TWIG...
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McWicked to stand at Winbak of Ontario

on 12/03/2019 4:24 PM
Trainer Casie Coleman has announced on Facebook that 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked will be standing at Winbak Farm of Ontario in 2020. His fee will be $6,500 (Canadian). He is also being syndicated.   McWicked was retired from racing following the TVG Open at the Meadowlands on Nov. 23. His career earnings totaled $4.93 million.   McWicked's fifth-place finish in the ...
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Emoticon Hanover closes out career with win

on 12/02/2019 10:23 PM
World champion Emoticon Hanover capped off her legendary career with a coast-to-coast 1:53.3 victory Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 6-year-old trotting mare was sent to the top by driver Bob McClure and got things her own way, trotting home in :27 for a three-quarter length victory in the $34,000 Preferred. Trainer Luc Blais confirmed Monday morning that Emoticon Hanov...
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Sutton slugs a Dayton Grand Slam

on 12/02/2019 8:52 PM
 Josh Sutton slugged a 'Grand Slam' at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon, scoring with three favorites and polishing things off by guiding a longshot to the winner's circle in the nightcap of the 14-race matinee.   Sutton started his strong day steering Rockaholic to a 1:55.4 score in a minimum claiming event for trainer A. J. Carlo, kicking back $5.60 to h...
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Icanflylikeanangel captures Meadows Open

on 12/02/2019 5:57 PM
Icanflylikeanangel relentlessly pressured the leader, Final Breath, passed him in mid-stretch and went on to capture Monday’s $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Icanflylikeanangel was fifth past the half when Mike Wilder sent him first-up. Despite having to negotiate a “good” surface, the 5-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding wore down Final Breath...
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Natasha wins 15th straight on Florida Super Night

on 12/02/2019 3:16 PM
Pompano Park played host to the best of the best on Sunday with $414,000 up for grabs as the FSBOA presented the 2019 edition of Super Night, a showcase of the top 2 and 3 year olds in Florida. On the equine side of the ledger, the grand 3-year-old filly Natasha won her 15th straight in the $55,325 Breeders Stake for Wally Hennessey and Zaza Boy took top honors in the $54,090 companion pace ...
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Brower to receive Phil Pines Award

on 12/02/2019 1:46 PM
When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds its 61st annual awards banquet on Sunday, Dec. 15, Dave Brower will receive the Phil Pines Award for his outstanding media coverage of the sport of harness racing.   No stranger to the bright lights of the Metropolitan area Standardbred sport, Brower has been a fan of harness racing since ch...
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Yonkers cancels Monday night race card

on 12/02/2019 12:51 PM
With inclement weather around the New York metropolitan area, Yonkers Raceway has canceled its live program for Monday evening, Dec. 2.   It’s the fifth cancellation of 2019.   Evening simulcasting has also been scrapped (afternoon simulcasting was not scheduled).   Live racing is set to resume Tuesday evening (Dec. 3), with the usual first post of 6:50 p....
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Emoticon Hanover makes final start Monday at Mohawk

on 12/02/2019 11:12 AM
World champion Emoticon Hanover is set to make the final career start of her legendary career on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Trainer Luc Blais confirmed Monday morning that the two-time Breeders Crown champion will be retired from racing following Monday evening’s Preferred Trot.   A 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra, Emoticon Hanover most recently reached up...
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Nutcracker Sweet scores in Philly

on 12/02/2019 7:28 AM
After coming off a second-place finish in his Nov. 10 start and missing his Nov. 16 appointment due to sickness, Nutcracker Sweet ($13.60) bounced back on a rainy Sunday afternoon (Dec. 1) at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking a $14,500 co-featured upper-level conditioned pace in 1:52.4. Andy McCarthy fired Nutcracker Sweet to the fore from the outside part of the gate, and the pair controlled e...
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Strong prices at Indiana weekend sales

on 12/01/2019 5:14 PM
Black Friday Harness Racing edition took place on Friday, Nov. 29, in the form of the Midwest Mixed Sale, followed by the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale on Saturday, Nov. 30, both held at  The Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind. The third edition of each sale gave breeders and trainers an opportunity to bolster their breeding roster, reload with proven raceho...
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Zidek named new announcer at Meadows

on 12/01/2019 3:05 PM
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is happy to announce Jeff Zidek as the new announcer replacing Roger Huston, who resigned in November. Zidek, a native of North Apollo, PA., has been calling races for 32 years as the backup announcer for Huston since 1987 as well as county fairs in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Zidek’s racing resume is lengthy, working in all aspects o...
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Evident Beauty NJSS Horse of Year

on 12/01/2019 3:03 PM
Evident Beauty has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes’ Horse of the Year for 2019.   The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS-sponsored races and other major stakes for NJ-sired or bred horses.   Evident Beauty, by Trixton out of the...
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Monticello cancels Monday card

on 12/01/2019 12:51 PM
Due to the severe winter storm impacting the area and hazardous driving conditions for horsemen, patrons and employees, live racing and simulcasting is cancelled for Monday, Dec. 2.   Thursday's draw will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, box closes at 9 am.Live Racing and Simulcasting will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a 12:25 Post Time. (Monticello)
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Special match of donations for Retirement Foundation

on 12/01/2019 7:51 AM
There are 377 trotters and pacers in need of homes under the expense and care of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF). These horses have earnings of over $10,000,000. but not for them.   A generous donor, one whose life has been touched by these horses, like so many others, has just learned that racehorses don't retire to a good life without someone making that happen. Th...
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3YOF Blue Ivy sets 1:51.1 Northfield mark

on 12/01/2019 7:46 AM
Blue Ivy overcame windy conditions and a brisk 39 degrees to become the fastest three-year-old filly pacer to win in the history of Northfield Park. Blue Ivy (Captaintreacherous – Ali Blue – American Ideal) fired from post two to lead her competition through quarter times of :26.3, :54.1, 1:22 and 1:51.1, winning by 7 ¾-lengths. The previous 1:51.2 record was held by sop...
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Page rallies for 5,000th win; Miller takes 8 in Dayton

on 12/01/2019 7:41 AM
Always one with a flair for the dramatic, driver Chris Page captured his 5,000th career triumph on Saturday night (Nov. 30) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway with a 1:51.4 come-from-behind score over a sloppy track in the featured $17,500 Open Pace.  Behind by three lengths at the head of the lane, Page rallied 11-1 longshot Threeofthebest A to a nose advantage in the final stride over 4-5 favorite...
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Tetrick turns in three-race win streak at Meadowlands

on 12/01/2019 7:39 AM
Tim Tetrick was the hot driver Saturday night at the Meadowlands as he drove the winners of the sixth, seventh and eighth races on the program. The last of his “natural hat trick” came in the $22,500 featured conditioned pace with San Domino A in 1:50.1.   San Domino A picked up cover from 6-5 favorite Harambe Deo as leader Americanprimetime reached the half in :55.1. Hara...
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Mac's Jackpot captures Yonkers Open after layoff

on 12/01/2019 7:37 AM
Mac’s Jackpot (Brent Holland, $20), despite four weeks off, a scratched-sick line in between and a first-over trip Saturday night (Nov. 30), annexed Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Away fourth from assigned post position No. 2, Mac’s Jackpot found himself in behind Havefaithinme N (Jason Bartlett), Bettor’s Fire N (Ron Cushing) and Fine Diamond ...
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18YO Alex Urbanski gets first training victory

on 11/30/2019 10:02 PM
Saturday's 10th race at Freehold Raceway was an unforgettable one for Alex Urbanski as she conditioned Mister Love to victory, for her first career training win.   The 10-year-old gelding, one of two horses in the 18-year-old's stable, was sent off as the 1/1 favorite from the inside post. Driver Vinny Ginsburg put him on the lead, then encountered a stiff first-over challenge...
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