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Ontario commission dismisses Waxman, Vandalay appeal

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
On May 10, 2006, the Executive Director of the Ontario Racing Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Order to suspend the ORC licences of Daniel Waxman and Vandalay Racing for five years with imposition of a $100,000(C) fine pursuant to Sections 21 and 22 RCA 2000 for violation of the hidden ownership rule (11.08 – horses not under lease must race in the name of the bona fide owner). On M...
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Table games bill moves forward in Pennsylvania

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Senate approved a bill to legalize table games at the state's casinos and racinos on Tuesday evening by a vote of 28-22. The bill will move on to the House on Wednesday, and Gov. Ed Rendell has said he hopes it will be on his desk by Friday so he can avoid laying off about 1,000 state workers.   The table games bill is expected to have implications for the horse racin...
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San Pail, Sakic Seelster win in series action

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
Class horses San Pail and Sakic Seelster both prevailed in Sunday’s first leg of the Glorys Comet Trotting Series for older horses at Woodbine Racetrack. Sakic Seelster, who had been struggling towards the end of the 2009 campaign, started off the new year with a sharp first-over victory in the opening $50,000 division for driver Mario Baillargeon in 1:56. He was able to grind out a half-lengt...
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Andover Hall mare wins series leg

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
A strong winning favorite and a big upset headlined Sunday’s first leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series for 4-year-old mares on another cold, blustery afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. In the opening $25,000 contest, Margarita Mary seized control in the first quarter and then cruised to a very impressive 1:57 victory for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The daughter of Andover Hall - Pacific Ph...
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Dailey to be honored by Ohio Harness Writers

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
James “Bill” Dailey, a horseman from Mechanicsburg, Ohio, will receive the Winner’s Circle Award from the Ohio chapter of the United States Harnewss Writer’s Association for his achievements in 2009.   The Winner’s Circle Award honors the Ohioan with the most outstanding achievements in harness racing in a given year. In 2009, Dailey trained the winners of $801,727, tripling ...
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Jamieson, Palone dead heat for HTA Driver of Year

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
Jody Jamieson, Ontario's new driving champion, has added North America's top harness racing award for drivers to his honors. Jamieson finished in a dead heat with Dave Palone of Pennsylvania for Harness Tracks of America's Driver of the Year award for 2009.   It is Palone's fifth HTA cup, and Jamieson became the first Canadian driver ever to win while competing almost exclusively in Ca...
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Ohio native, Standardbred vet new AAEP VP

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
John S. Mitchell, DVM, a native of Cadiz, Ohio, and a Standardbred racetrack practitioner in Pompano Beach, Fla., has joined the American Association of Equine Practitioner (AAEP) Executive Committee as vice president. Mitchell was sworn in at the 55th annual AAEP convention, held in in Las Vegas in early December. With this appointment, he will serve as AAEP president in 2012.   After...
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Tidewater Tomahawk wins in 1:52

on 01/03/2010 12:00 AM
Tidewater Tomahawk was one of several stakes eligibles tuning up for the start of next week’s winter series action on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   The son of Western Hanover came first up on the final turn and fired off a final quarter of 26.4 to win the $27,500 sixth race, a preferred event for 4-year-old pacers, in 1:52. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Tidewater Tomahawk bested...
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Record Pick 4 payoff; $50,000 Saturday pool guaranteed

on 01/02/2010 12:00 AM
Longshots lit up the toteboard in every leg, producing a record $67,998 Pick Four payout on Friday, Jan. 1, at Meadowlands Racetrack. The winning ticket was purchased at Nassau OTB and correctly chose Image Of Dawn [$11.40], Swan Image [$29.40], Leanback Coco [$35.40] and Sam’s Shuffle [$31.80] to take down the entire pool. The previous payoff record was $55,466 on March 25, 2009. The total hand...
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Image Of Dawn wins in 1:51.4

on 01/02/2010 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack kicked off its 2010 Harness Meet with an unusual twist as the opening night feature, the “We’re Not So Young Anymore” pace, was restricted to horses 10 years old up. The quirky race was the idea of Racing Secretary Peter Koch, who played on the idea that all 10 horses in the field turned 10 or older on January 1, 2010.   Image Of Dawn, who turned 11 on Friday, ra...
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Clements, Napolitano back in action at Pompano

on 01/02/2010 12:00 AM
They had delayed their first appearances in the 2009-2010 campaign until Jan. 1 at The Isle Pompano Park, but drivers Anthony Napolitano and Dan Clements received notice immediately upon arrival for duty.   Clements executed a sweep of the field in the third quarter in Friday evening's fifth race in South Florida in his first drive at the meet. Sitting last in a field of seven $10,000 claim...
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Brainard takes WEG title; Blizzard Series underway

on 01/01/2010 12:00 AM
It was a disastrous day for favorites as the Blizzard Pacing Series for fillies and mares kicked off on New Years Eve Day at Woodbine Racetrack, the final program of the 2009 racing season in Toronto.   In the first of two $20,000 divisions, it was heavily-backed Kims Quest who faltered after an inside following trip and ended up third behind mild upsetter Miss Sand Creek and driver A...
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Shadow Play to stand in Ontario

on 01/01/2010 12:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that an agreement has been made with Winbak Farm to stand World Champion Shadow Play in Canada for the 2010 season. This joint venture is a first for both parties. Originally campaigned by Canadians Dr. Ian Moore, Serge Sevard and the R. G.McGroup Ltd. (Gail and Ron McLellan), Shadow Play set a world record of p,3,1:48.2f winning the Adios elimination. H...
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Snowshoe Series action on New Year's Day

on 01/01/2010 12:00 AM
Cane Ridge stopped the clock in 1:53.4 in the fastest of three divisions in the opening leg of the Snowshoe Pacing Series for three and four-year-olds on New Years Day at Woodbine Racetrack. The other $20,000 splits went to Pinner (1:54) and Bruisers Brother (1:55.2).   Cane Ridge made a quick move to the front for driver Rick Zeron in the final division before yielding to sit in the pocket...
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Vernon horseman dies

on 01/01/2010 12:00 AM
Former New York horseman Bruce C. Lawton, 66, died Dec. 7 in the Oneida (NY) Healthcare Center.   Mr. Lawton was born on Feb. 13, 1943 in Rome, N.Y., a son of the late Clifford and Eleanor (Grant) Lawton, and received his education in Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School System. Bruce proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965. Prior to his illness, he...
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Heritage Hill Farms honored in NJ

on 12/30/2009 12:00 AM
The Dey family’s Heritage Hill Farms of Allentown, NJ, has been selected the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey’s Breeder of the Year for 2009.   Heritage Hill Farm, spanning 500 acres in western Monmouth County, is one of the founding farms of the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. The Heritage Hill – HH – name was given to nearly 100 horses, including the wo...
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Top NY court vacates penalty for EPO/DPO positive

on 12/30/2009 12:00 AM
On Dec. 24, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Third Department, issued a Decision and Judgment in the case of Dennis J. Laterza versus the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.  The Appeals Court reversed and vacated a five-year trainer's license revocation which the Racing and Wagering Board had imposed against Dennis Laterza for a train...
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Pena new to Meadowlands trainer roster

on 12/30/2009 12:00 AM
Harness racing returns to Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday, January 1, and with it comes a new face in the training colony. Lou Pena, who recently relocated his stable from California to New Jersey, will move full steam ahead with four starters on the opening night card, including Native Bride in the $32,000 mares invitational. Pena, 41, was a regular on the Cal-Expo/Los Alamitos circuit before mov...
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Earl Beal dies of heart attack

on 12/29/2009 12:00 AM
Earl Beal Jr., president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, died of a heart attack late Monday afternoon. He was 65.   As president of PHHA, Beal was an important voice in shaping the organizing principles behind many of the PA Harness Breeders Fund regulations. He was an owner, a breeder, and boarded horses at his farm in Lewistown PA. He was also a former trainer a...
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Indiana invader wins Woodbine final

on 12/29/2009 12:00 AM
It was survival of the fittest in Monday night’s $60,000 Niagara Pacing Series Final for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack and, in the end it was Queenies Alibi posting a big upset for driver Jason Brewer in 1:57.4.   On a cold and windy night at Woodbine, Queenies Alibi sat well off the pace in the field of 10 and watched as Allamerican Tout, Thrillionaire and Mid Western J...
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