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Eligibility changes made to O'Brien Awards

on 11/12/2019 11:02 AM
Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors approved changes to O’Brien Award Eligibility policies for Horse Awards and the Future Star Award at its most recent Board meeting. Ballots will be sent out to O’Brien Award voters in early December. The voters' mandate is to vote for the horse or person in each division they felt made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness...
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Gray, Wheeler double up at Plainridge

on 11/11/2019 10:14 PM
The team of owner/trainer Joel Wheeler and driver Shawn Gray was prolific at Plainridge Park as the horses they sent to post took both features on the card on Monday afternoon.   After taking the top trot at the Ridge just two weeks ago, Quicksilver Kemp scored again in the $20,000 Open Handicap on the strength of a late closing bid.    Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam...
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Barn Girl wins 11th of year at Meadows

on 11/11/2019 8:11 PM
 Barn Girl rolled to her 11th win this year — and 24th over the past two seasons — with a front-end victory in Monday’s $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   The only mare in the field — as she often is — Barn Girl forged three wide to the lead for Aaron Merriman and blunted the backside bid of Whats The Word. The 7-year-old daught...
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Dover’s DSBF 2YO pacers get underway

on 11/11/2019 8:07 PM
On a mild Veterans’ Day evening the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund 2-year-old pacing colts kicked off the first leg of the Dover Downs Series. Bebop On The Block (Gambler’s Dream-Seboomook Mao) scored for trainer Josh Green, and the driving sensation from “Down Under," Dexter Dunn in 1:56. Owners are Debbie and Brendan Cook of Hartly and the b...
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Indiana horseman Harold Barnes dies

on 11/11/2019 6:50 PM
Harold E. Barnes, 79, of Shelbyville, Indiana, passed away Sunday, November 10.   He was born February 26, 1940 in Maxwell, Ind., to Edward “Eddie” and Luella (Martin) Barnes.  Harold, a third-generation horsemen, spent a lifetime in harness racing, participating as an owner, trainer, driver and breeder.  He was successful horsemen who compete...
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Shartin N, Caviart Ally renew rivalry Wednesday at Dover

on 11/11/2019 3:00 PM
Shartin N and Caviart Ally renew their rivalry and have drawn outside posts in the $40,000 Mares Invitational at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Shartin N set a world record of 1:46.4 earlier in the season for trainer Jim King Jr. and has bankrolled more than $2 million in purses lifetime. Caviart Ally upset Shartin N in the Breeders Crown for trainer Brett Pelling and has earned more than $1.7 million...
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Annual Meadows charity fundraiser Dec. 8

on 11/11/2019 2:40 PM
The former Meadows 2:00 Club, together with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), is very pleased to announce that the upcoming 31st annual Chinese Auction for Charity will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe.   This event has raised more than $383,000 over the past 30 years for the benefit of worthy local charities as well as the Standard...
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Fla. Stallion Stakes raced at Pompano Park

on 11/11/2019 1:33 PM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association sponsored Stallion Stakes highlighted the Sunday program at Pompano Park with those festivities punctuated by presentations to Rick Plano and Fern Paquet Jr. for their recent milestones. The lucrative Stallion Stakes — with more than $100,000 on the line — were non-betting events for the 2 year olds with Prairie Gold Mine a...
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Endeavor upsets American History

on 11/11/2019 7:41 AM
Pollack Racing LLC’s Endeavor, an 11-1 longshot, wore down heavily-favored Breeders Crown winner American History down the stretch to win Sunday’s $100,000 Potomac Pace by a neck at Rosecroft.   Driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Jeff Cullipher, Endeavor, a 6-year-old gelded son of American Ideal, won for the sixth time in 24 starts this year and boosted his career earning...
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Garcia-Owen adds 3 wins to Philly total

on 11/10/2019 9:09 PM
Gilbert Garcia-Owen padded his lead atop the Harrah's Philadelphia trainer standings with three wins on Sunday afternoon's (Nov. 10) 12-race card. Garcia-Owen opened his training treble with a pair of pacers he owns: Persistent Threat ($6.00) rallied from the pocket to win the afternoon's third race in 1:53.4, and Abner The Great ($3.40) then posted a gate-to-wire 1:52.1 win by 5-1/...
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McWicked scratched from Sunday’s Potomac Pace

on 11/10/2019 3:09 PM
The 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked has been scratched from Sunday night's $100,000 Potomac Invitational Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. He was the morning-line favorite in the race.   Trainer Casie Coleman posted on Facebook that she had to scratch McWicked, who is nearing the $5-million mark in career earnings, after he spiked a fever.   Here is Coleman's post: &...
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Tetrick, Cullipher take titles as Hoosier wraps up season

on 11/10/2019 8:20 AM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park concluded the 26th season of live harness racing with a 13-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 9. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded.   On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his sixth consecutive and eighth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who is ...
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The Real One captures Yonkers Open

on 11/10/2019 8:18 AM
Former all-age track record-holder The Real One (Pat Lachance, $13.40) stuck his tongue out at the wire Saturday night (Nov. 9), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Third-over from assigned post position No. 4,  The Real One was sixth—then fifth—when he bid in earnest. He snapped a first-over Dancin’ Dragon (George Brennan) in 1:53, wit...
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Hallie’s Comet scores at Meadowlands

on 11/10/2019 8:17 AM
The original Halley’s Comet is a short-period comet visible from Earth every 75-76 years. Good thing for fans of Hallie’s Comet the horse, that he wins with a lot more regularity than that.   The Ron Burke-trained Hallie’s Comet, a 5-year-old gelded son of Roddy’s Bags Again-Joyanna, won his third straight start (the first came at Pocono Downs), scoring Saturda...
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Atta Boy Dan scores 70th career victory

on 11/09/2019 11:10 PM
The Keystone Endeavor gelding Endeavors Pride, under constant reminders from driver Matt Kakaley to keep to business during the mile, showed gameness in taking the featured $16,000 claiming handicap pace Saturday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Endeavors Pride was looped early, and was outside well past the :26.4 opening quarter. The winner did gain command before the :55.4 half, ...
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Dancin Yankee wins in Dayton, tops $2 million in earnings

on 11/09/2019 10:58 PM
Dancin Yankee, arguably the best Ohio-sired horse of all time, burst through the $2 million earnings plateau when winning the $17,000 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Nov. 9) in 1:51.    The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser was the oldest horse in the stellar field of eight and was saddled with the outside post, yet raced gamely as ever to score his 11th victor...
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Bettor Notbitter A takes Saratoga Open

on 11/09/2019 10:11 PM
Bettor Notbitter A (Bettor’s Delight) recorded his first Open Pace victory at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night.   The Patti Harmon-trained pacer drew post position two for his third try in the local Open and driver Jay Randall didn’t waste any time showing speed with a horse who has thrived as a closer in his local starts. Bettor Notbitter A was the public’s 3...
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Burke's Howmac Dancer wins Batavia Open

on 11/09/2019 10:09 PM
After winning his way up through the non-winner ranks, Howmac Dancer scored a major upset in his first top class $12,500 Open Handicap Pace victory at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (11-9). There was a mad rush off the gate with Major Authority (Wade Tomaszewski) parking out Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) and Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) two and three deep to the quarter in :27.3. With everyo...
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Ohio battle: Dayton vs. Northfield drivers

on 11/09/2019 7:50 PM
Ten of Ohio's best reinsmen will compete head-to-head on Friday night, Dec.13, in a team contest to determine- -for one night at least- -whether Northfield Park or Hollywood Dayton Raceway has the strongest drivers colony.   The real winner, however, will be the Dayton Disaster Relief Fund, which was created by the Dayton Foundation to aid in rebuilding infrastructure an...
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Vinny Ginsburg wins 4 at Freehold

on 11/09/2019 7:49 PM
Vinny Ginsburg had a big day at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (November 9), as he piloted home four winners on the 12-race card.   Ginsburg swept the early double, winning with Tim Lancaster's Rap it Up in race 1 and Davids Coming Home, trained by Brandon Mongiello, in race 2. He completed the hat trick with Sutton Seelster, for Allie Reynolds, in race 4, and got the grand slam whi...
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