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USTA director John Cisna dies

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
John C. Cisna, 73, a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Trotting Association for 42 years and longtime Illinois horseman, died Thursday evening, Nov. 4, as the result of injuries sustained in a grade crossing accident in Douglas County, Ill., approximately 90 miles north of his Springfield, Ill. home. The vehicle he was driving was reportedly struck by a train.   The Douglas ...
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Pilgrims Taj to stand at Tara Hills

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
Tara Hills Stud is pleased to announce the addition of millionaire trotter Pilgrims Taj to their stallion roster beginning with the 2011 season.   The son of Broadway Hall was the runner-up for the 2009 Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year in the United States. Pilgrims Taj had 10 starts at two, winning seven times with three seconds, including the Breeders Crown elimination and final which he...
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Manofmanymissions has new owners

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms, which bred the recent Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot champion Manofmanymissions, has re-acquired an interest in the son of Yankee Glide from owners Mystical Marker Farms, M. Biasuzzi Stable and John Carver. Manofmanymissions was the fourth highest-priced trotting colt and the highest-priced yearling by Yankee Glide sold at auction in 2009 when he brought a price of $215,00...
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Luchento re-elected SBOANJ president

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey’s Board of Directors re-elected Tom Luchento as president and reorganized after its annual membership meeting on Friday, Oct. 29, at Freehold Raceway.    The meeting was held in conjunction with the USTA’s District 12 meeting.  The USTA meeting focused on votes for rule changes while each of the SBOANJ committee ...
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Luchento re-elected SBOA/NJ president

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey’s Board of Directors re-elected Tom Luchento as president and reorganized after its annual membership meeting on Friday, Oct. 29, at Freehold Raceway.   The meeting was held in conjunction with the USTA’s District 12 meeting.  The USTA meeting focused on votes for rule changes while each of the SBOANJ committee c...
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Down by 10, Palazzo Princess rallies for win

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
Trailing by 10 1/2 lengths at the quarter and forced to attack fourth-over, Palazzo Princess rallied wide in the slop to complete an improbable victory in Friday’s $22,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap pace at The Meadows.   Although Palazzo Princess had won nine races this year, including her last two, she seemed destined for a minor award when Eric Ledford shed cover and moved h...
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Park Avenue shines in Yonkers open

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
Park Avenue (Tyler Buter), making her first local distaff derby start, went first-up and over Friday  night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position four, she sat early as I'm Betting On You (Dan Dube) stepped around Slomotion (Jason Bartlett) after a :27.1 opening quarter mile. Coming toward the :57.2 inte...
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Western Silk solid again in OSS Gold final

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack, Western Silk captured her 10th win of the year capturing the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 3-year-old pacing fillies in 1:50.3. The daughter of Western Terror leads her division in provincial points heading into the OSS Super Final next Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.   Bay Girl (Phil Hudon) flashed the quickest speed off the gate post 10 ...
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Martha gets while the getting is good

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
Martha Brown will be an interesting case study in classification to watch as the 2010-2011 meet unfolds at The Isle Casino-Racing Pompano Park. Her connections still are convinced she’ll be a top class mainstay even though she’s won two of three starts to date in South Florida.   “We’re really thankful to be getting it while the getting is good,” said trainer Rod Lorenzo of the Lo...
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Series action continued Friday at Meadowlands

on 11/05/2010 2:00 AM
Keystone Edge wore down Rockstar Temper in the final strides to win the first of three $15,000 No No Yankee divisions for 2-year-old colt pacers Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.     The colt capitalized on a perfect pocket trip behind the 1-9 favorite to break his maiden in 1:53.1. Sent off at 35-1, he paid $72.40 to win the third race with 19-year-old Montrell Teague i...
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Powerful Charger powerful in Sarah Myers

on 11/04/2010 2:00 AM
The Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old trotting crop took center stage on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of six diagonally gaited colts battled in a $29,280 Sarah Myers Stake while eight of their female counterparts squared off for a purse of $28,730 on the distaff side of this stake.    Living up to his 1-9 status in the wagering Jerry Graham, Mystical Marker Farms ...
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Morrill's suspension continues

on 11/04/2010 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com was told by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission deputy executive director Marc Guilfoil Wednesday morning that a request made by attorney Howard Taylor on behalf of driver Jim Morrill Jr., has been granted for a continuance for a hearing on Morrill's indefinite suspension given after allegedly being drunk at The Red Mile during the races on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 23. &n...
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FSBOA, Pompano Park working on contract

on 11/04/2010 2:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) has reviewed and unanimously agreed to a proposal from the Isle at Pompano Park for a new four-year contract, however FSBOA president Mike Deters told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that negotiations are still continuing with the racetrack and a contract has not yet been signed. 
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Moira Fanning named USHWAn of the Year

on 11/04/2010 2:00 AM
Moira Fanning, director of publicity and event operations for the prestigious Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, and generally "Queen Of All That She Surveys," has been selected as the winner of this year’s U. S. Harness Writers Association’s Member of the Year Award (or USHWAn of the Year, as the group calls it).   Fanning, certainly a trailblazer and one of the most accomplishe...
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Harness owners have Breeders' Cup hopes too

on 11/04/2010 2:00 AM
It’s all horse racing, right? Thoroughbred racing has its big Breeders Cup’ day on Saturday at Churchill Downs, and a few guys very familiar with harness racing have entries in the big races.   In the fifth race at Churchill Saturday, the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the favorite is Silver Timber, who is trained by 28-year-old Chad Brown. Brown, a native of the Saratoga ...
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Il Villaggio returns to Woodbine winner's circle

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
For the first time since Oct. 1, 2009, the now 3-year-old colt trotter Il Villaggio stood in the winner’s circle Tuesday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Il Villaggio won a $22,000 conditioned trot in come-from-behind fashion, rallying from sixth at the half to edge Ericksarri by a nose in 1:54. Sent off the 4-5 favorite, Il Villaggio’s career-best victory was one of five ...
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Shark Gesture to stand at Kentuckiana in PA

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has announed that it will stand Shark Gesture p,2, 1:51.3; 1:48.3f at stud for the 2011 breeding season. The son of Cam's Card Shark will stand at Kentuckiana's Pennsylvania branch at Walnridge Farm in Elizabethtown, Pa. His stud fee has been set at $7,000.   Kentuckiana Farms will serve as stallion manager and along with Walnridge's Dr. Richard Meirs, will mana...
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Plans for new track in Maine move forward

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
Biddeford, Maine, residents have given an overwhelming vote of support to the proposed Biddeford Downs Racino. When the votes were counted, the measure to allow a new harness racing track/racino by a margin of 4,636-3,244. The vote now allows Ocean Properties and Scarborough Downs to work with city leaders toward developing a first-class racino.   Tom Walsh, founder of Ocean Properties...
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Lincoln Chafee wins RI governor race

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
Lincoln D. Chafee, a former blacksmith of Standardbreds at Pompano Park who became a senator from Rhode Island, won his bid to become Rhode Island’s first independent governor, taking the office his father, the late John H. Chafee, held in the 1960s. Chafee eked out a victory over Republican John F. Robitaille. Chafee spoke at the 2002 Harness Racing Congress and received the...
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Impressive Kemp sold, to be bred to Muscles Yankee

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
Impressive Kemp, whose seven victories this year include the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old filly trotters, has been purchased by Steve and Cindy Stewart of Hunterton Farm, John Schmucker and Kemppi Stables, who will take control of the daughter of Credit Winner following the completion of her 2010 racing season. Impressive Kemp is scheduled to race possibly two more times this year...
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