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Marohn returns to action at Monticello

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
Two years ago Jimmy Marohn Jr. won the Rising Star Award at Monticello Raceway and in the following years he was well on his way to prominence as an outstanding catch-driver. But his rise toward the top was stalled earlier this year on Jan. 13 when he sustained a broken collarbone in a freak accident in a morning qualifying race.   Up until three weeks ago he was still recuperating and then...
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Mystery Chase rebounds at Meadows

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
Rebounding from a rare out-of-the-money finish, Mystery Chase roared to the front and never faced a serious challenge in capturing Tuesday's $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Although he had won two straight in wire-to-wire fashion, Mystery Chase ducked last week and tired from the ensuing first-over bid. Eric Ledford took no chances Tuesday, gunning the 5-year-old Real Arti...
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Kentucky horseman James Buchanan Jr. dies

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
James "Bucky" Buchanan Jr., a trainer-driver on the Kentucky circuit, died this past weekend. He was 61. Mr. Buchanan was born in Danville, Ky. and was active in the sport for more than 20 years. As a driver, he piloted 83 horses to $160,178 in earnings, while his trainees won 33 times and cashed $61,562 in checks. His last starts were on Sept. 6, 2009 at The Red Mile.
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World Trotting Derby's future in doubt

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
The 2010 World Trotting Derby is in jeopardy following the announcement Wednesday by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn that proposed budget cuts to alleviate a $13 billion deficit include eliminating state funding for the race for 3-year-old trotters at the Du Quoin, Ill. fairgrounds.   “It hasn’t officially happened because the governor’s budget has to be approved by the legislature…but at t...
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Sale of eight Bulletproof horses cancelled

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
Wayne Preszcator, Bob Dickenson and Robert Burgess have announced that Bulletproof Enterprises has paid, in full, the monies to satisfy the specific lien forming the basis of the sale previously advertised for today at Victory Lane Farms. As a result of payment, the sale has been cancelled. Eight horses were scheduled to be sold at the auction. Auction co-ordinators apologize for any inconvenien...
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Rags-to-riches story continues at Dover

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Gottaservesomebody, Southwind Lynx, Dontloseyourday Job, Wambam Sam, Escapefromalcatraz and Life Up Front won on the power-packed Monday program at Dover Downs.   In the top race for a $40,000 purse, Gottaservesomebody continued his rags-to-riches climb up the ladder of success as Tony Morgan drove the Artiscape-HH Sapphire gelding to his biggest career win holding off a strong stretch-l...
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Nick Callahan hurt in training accident

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Veteran trainer Nick Callahan has returned to his home in Greenwood, Del., following a weekend training accident and pelvis surgery.   Callahan was completing a training trip behind Tom's Toy, a 4-year-old pacing mare recentty added to the stable. When coming around the final turn his sulky wheel ran over an obstruction with Callahan being ousted from his bike. He fell hard to the track b...
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McGibson powers to Meadows victory

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
McGibson powered to a front-end score in 1:52.1, the fastest mile this year by a 4-year-old pacing mare on a five-eighths-mile track, in Monday's $25,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   As she did in her victory last week, McGibson vaulted to the lead for Dave Palone, cutting a wicked :26.3 first quarter. That blazing panel did little to tire her, though, as the dau...
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A Bigmizndrstnding at Western Fair

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Bigmizndrstnding scored the first victory of his 2010 campaign in Monday’s $13,500(C) Preferred Pace at Western Fair Raceway.   Mike Sumner put the 5-year-old son of No Pan Intended on the front from the start and never looked back to win in 1:57.3. Oakley Seelster, the winner in this class last week, sat second most of the race and came within a nose of the winner but had to be content w...
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Paragon claimed again at Pompano

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
The claiming tug of war for pacer Paragon continued on the Monday evening card at the Isle of Capri Pompano Park.   For this start he was dropped from the Open-3 class back to a $15,000 price tag and scooping up the Cambest-Lola 8-year-old pacer this time was Melvin Fink of Michigan. After two starts in the Peter Pellegrino barn for Coral Springs owner David Schneider, Paragon will return t...
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Bellamy reaches $2 million

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Well traveled and focused trainer Ryan Bellamy, 25, is taking in stride the news that he's just surpassed $2 million in career earnings.   "That's a nice number to accomplish at my age but I've already been at it long enough to know the valleys are out there and they seem to come more often than the peaks do," Bellamy said in a live TV trackside interview before the Monday evening program a...
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Expenses fraud detailed in Brooks trial

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Newsday is reporting that the chief financial officer for David Brooks' body-armor company said Monday, March 8, that while Brooks ran the company with an iron fist, including making all financial decisions, he worked with her on a number of schemes to avoid revealing that the company illegally had paid for his personal expenses, including a $101,000 diamond-encrusted belt buckle in the shape of a...
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Charles Dillander Jr. dies

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Charles William Dillander Jr., 64, of Vine Grove, Ky., died March 7, 2010, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville. Mr. Dillander was a driver, trainer and owner and competed at Louisville Downs and The Red Mile. His last start was in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Becky; sons, Chris (Sharlene), Jason (Heather) and Kenny (Kelli); daughter, Darnell (Doug) Wilhjelm; mother, Mary...
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CHHA stallion auction in progress

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
The Christian Harness Horseman’s Association Annual Stallion Auction is in progress at www.ongait.com through Friday March 12th.   Breedings to 29 stallions in Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario have been donated to benefit CHHA’s ministry.  Jereme’s Jet, Lis Mara, Blissful Hall, Sportsmaster, Mr. Lavec, Xactly Hanover, and Big ...
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Harness Racing Museum needs your help

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
It’s time to update the timeline reader board located in the Delvin Miller Historic Timeline at The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. The last historical reference is for 2001 and we invite harness racing fans to help us bring the exhibit up to the present.   Send ideas by April 1 to director@harnessmuseum.com. The museum is looking for items considered signifi...
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Meadowlands may be racing only Standardbreds

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
It appears that there will only be Standardbred racing at the Meadowlands in 2010 under an agreement reached Monday night between New Jersey officials and the racing industry. The agreement calls for the elimination of Thoroughbred racing at that track and raced solely at Monmouth Park, which will offer purses of about $1 million per day.   The agreement calls for more harness racing a...
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Schadt featured on Big M broadcast

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Robin Schadt, trainer for the Odds On Racing Stable, will be the featured guest on Meadowlands Racetrack’s Wednesday night pre-card television broadcast.    Schadt will talk about her recent claiming activity, Odds On Moinet’s Tender Loving Care win and more.  Fans can e-mail questions for her to answer on air to racing@thebigm.com.   The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. ...
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Kentucky Hall of Famer David Goatley dies

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Kentucky Hall of Fame horseman David Milton Goatley died Saturday, March 6, in Bardstown. He was 91. Mr. Goatley was an elder in the Springfield Presbyterian Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Springfield Masonic Lodge #50 F&AM. Mr. Goatley and his brother, Chester, were active in the Standardbred business for over 25 years and he was inducte...
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Looking Hanover a Horse & Groom winner

on 03/08/2010 12:00 AM
Looking Hanover looked Celebrity Playboy in the eye at the top of the stretch and edged away to win the first of three $20,000 Horse & Groom Series divisions in 1:54.4 Sunday afternoon at Meadowlands Racetrack.  Driven and co-owned by Yannick Gingras, Looking Hanover came first up to pressure Celebrity Playboy at the half and the two horses matched strides through middle fractions of :56....
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American Hot Rod upsets in General Brock

on 03/08/2010 12:00 AM
Despite going up against a heavily-favoured four-horse entry in Sunday’s $67,200 General Brock Trotting Series Final at Woodbine Racetrack, American Hot Rod took his game to a whole new level and played the role of spoiler by upsetting his four-year-old counterparts in a career-best clocking of 1:55.1.The four-year-old son of American Winner-Alpine Goal, who finished second in the first two legs...
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