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Gotcha Covered sweeps Valedictory at Woodbine

on 12/27/2009 12:00 AM
Gotcha Covered survived a tough trip and trying track conditions to complete a sweep of this year’s Valedictory Pacing Series during the Boxing Day (Saturday) program at Woodbine Racetrack.   Paul MacDonell guided the three-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal-Day Dreams who rallied from fifth in the opening half to wear down Blackbird Singing and driver Jack Moiseyev in the final st...
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Baseball Express hits Pompano homer

on 12/24/2009 12:00 AM
With trainer Mike Deters stepping out of the race bike in favor of Tom Sells the promising trotter Baseball Express was a deserving even money favorite on the Wednesday evening card which played out in a perfect 72 degree setting in South Florida.   The 5-year-old gelding by Conway Hall-Pine Booth controlled things all the way to easily topple eight foes in the NW$3,001 in their last f...
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Purse increase at Pompano Park

on 12/24/2009 12:00 AM
With director of racing operations John Yinger quick to point out that they are not major increases, things are trending upward in the purse and handle categories at The Isle Pompano Park.   The Dec. 23 program marked the implementation of purse hikes ranging from about 2.5 percent to over nine percent in some categories. For $4,000 claiming pacers and trotters, the purse is increased ...
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Bell On Wheels wins 21st of 2009

on 12/24/2009 12:00 AM
She was returning from a 10-week layoff and racing free-legged for the first time, but on Wednesday at The Meadows Bell On Wheels did what she does best. On the track’s closing night of 2009, the 3-year-old filly won her 21st race of the year, elevating her to a tie with the 4-year-old pacing mare Shortest Distance for most 2009 victories by a Standardbred in North America.   Roger Hammer...
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Goldberg wins SRF raffle for Paris trip

on 12/24/2009 12:00 AM
Marc Goldberg, once a groom for Jimmy Cruise and Vinnie Aurigemma and now a successful businessman and owner of the great trotter Arch Madness, is the winner of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation’s Prix d’Amerique raffle.   Supporters of the SRF, Marc and his wife Marcia are happily looking forward to the trip.   Having been involved in racing since he was a teenager, Ma...
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New speed mark set at The Meadows

on 12/23/2009 12:00 AM
Roughed up in the opening quarter, Mystery Chase ultimately found the pocket and enough late pace Tuesday at The Meadows to capture the $27,500 Preferred Handicap, his fourth win in his last five starts.   Leaving from post seven, Mystery Chase was stuck outside in a :27 first panel before clearing to the lead. When Dougs Fame took over the point, he provided just the cover Mystery Chase ne...
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New York associations donate more than $23,000 to Lebanon fund

on 12/23/2009 12:00 AM
The  Empire State Harness Horsemen’s Alliance through its member organizations--the Harness Horse Association of Central New York (Vernon), the Saratoga Harness Horseperson’s Association; the Standardbred Owners Association of New York (Yonkers), the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association (Buffalo/Batavia)--has&...
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Florida owner Ernst Niemann Jr. dies

on 12/23/2009 12:00 AM
Florida-based owner Ernst Niemann Jr. died Tuesday, Dec. 22. He was 74.   Mr. Niemann, who lived in Pompano Beach, was an avid horse lover and owner. Upon retiring in 1993, he moved from New Hyde Park, N.Y. to South Florida for the warmth of the sunshine and to be closer to his beloved horses and son, Ernie, then a trainer-driver.   Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on ...
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Table games still not approved in Pennsylvania

on 12/23/2009 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told reporters on Tuesday that he isn't optimistic that table games will be approved by the Pennsylvania legislature by Jan. 8. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that when asked about the bill, Rendell replied: "I have waited and waited and waited on this. right now I am not sure we will ever have a table games bill."   The Post-Gazette story also said that i...
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Niagara shocker at Woodbine

on 12/22/2009 12:00 AM
Horseplayers who backed Notable Beauty in Monday night's second leg of the Niagara Pacing Series for 3-year-old filly pacers at Woodbine were rewarded with an early Christmas gift as the filly scored a monumental upset and returned $155.90 in the process. The other division produced a much more mild upset with Mach Me Not delivering at odds of 3-1.   Notable Beauty and driver Phil Hu...
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Harmer newbie wins at Pompano

on 12/22/2009 12:00 AM
A newcomer to the stable of Tom Harmer came up a winner in her debut from his outfit on the Monday evening card at The Isle Pompano Park.   Stylish Soiree N, a 2-year-old filly by Elsu-Fake Cash benefitted from perfectly patient handling by Harmer to win a NW1 pace as they caught the pacesetter Monsieur Paris with Ray Vizzi in the bike in midstretch. Ciara Stable of Willowbrook, Ill. h...
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Pennsylvania Breeders Fund paperwork due Dec. 31

on 12/22/2009 12:00 AM
A final reminder from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission that breeders whose resident mares will have PA-sired foals in 2010 must have the necessary Breeders Fund paperwork on file with the Commission by Dec. 31. For forms or further information, please call (717) 787-5539. (PHRC)
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Four Starzzz Shark has big winner in NZ

on 12/22/2009 12:00 AM
Four Starzzz Flash, a green 3-year old son of Four Starzzz Shark, took on the best of his class and beat them in the Elsu Classic at Alexandra Park in Auckland, New Zealand, last Friday.   Four Starzzz Flash was parked and three wide for most of the last lap, racing outside of pacesetter Smiling Shard.   Four Starzzz Flash is one of only three foals conceived by frozen seme...
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Tracys Song sings encore at The Meadows

on 12/22/2009 12:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, Tracys Song got the better of her more celebrated stablemate Jans Luck, using a determined uncovered move to capture Monday’s $27,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Jans Luck took the field through the first three-quarters in 1:26 over a sloppy, tiring surface. When Tony Hall sent Tracys Song first up from third, she wore down J...
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Meadows donation to aid Lebanon tops $42,000

on 12/22/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has announced that the horsemen of The Meadows, in conjunction with track management, has collected more than $42,000 to benefit those at Lebanon Raceway in Ohio following a tragic fire there earlier this month.   The MSOA donated its commission from a recent race, and that figure was matched not only by the racetrack, but also by...
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Muscle Hill NJ Horse of the Year

on 12/22/2009 12:00 AM
 Muscle Hill was an easy selection as New Jersey’s Standardbred Horse of the Year in 2009. In a few weeks, he might even be North America’s Horse of the Year.   A son of super stallion Muscles Yankee, who stands at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ, Muscle Hill will begin his breeding career in 2010 at Southwind Farm in Pennington, NJ. On the track, Muscle Hill was flawless in...
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O'Brien Award finalists announced

on 12/22/2009 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has announced the finalists for its 2009 O’Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The awards are named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. 2009 O’Brien A...
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Marathon 30-race qualifying day at Big M

on 12/22/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands was the site of a 30-race qualifying extravaganza Tuesday, with the marathon session that began at 10 a.m. taking slightly over five hours to complete. In all, 272 horses lined up behind the starting gate. Tim Tetrick directed MM’s A Player to a 2:00.1 victory in the first race for 2 –and 3-year-old filly trotters and 29 races later it was the Richard Silverman-driven Blatantly...
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Standardbred Canada announces wagering initiative

on 12/21/2009 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada (SC) and Starting Gate Solutions have announced the formation of Canada One Racing, a major initiative which aims to brand, promote and distribute Canadian harness racing to markets across North America and around the world. The initiative will not include the Woodbine Entertainment Group tracks, which already has a strong distribution network in place.   The project, pa...
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Northfield's Elmer Moody dies

on 12/21/2009 12:00 AM
Northfield Park lost a fixture Saturday night when the track's Director of Security, Elmer Moody, suffered a heart attack just prior to the races and passed away.   Moody, 67, a former Walton Hills, Ohio, police sergeant, started at Northfield on Jan. 1, 1970, and supervised the security and parking departments. A resident of Stow, Ohio, he is survived by his wife, Sandr...
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