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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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Longshots score at Pompano

on 12/29/2009 12:00 AM
A trio of longshot winners dotted the Monday evening program at The Isle Pompano Park.  Delivering the first 35-1 knockout punch was 56-year-old hobby horseman Robert Arnold of Pompano Beach. He calmly went first-over with the 7-year-old mare Elisabeth Ann Can to haul down favored Call The Trotters.   Driver Ricky Macomber Jr. reined in two winners on the Monday evening card, incl...
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Dewey moving to Ontario

on 12/29/2009 12:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe, the only undefeated Hambletonian winner in the history of harness racing, is being relocated from Walnut Hall Ltd. in Lexington, Ky., to Westwind Farm, Strathroy, Ont., where he will stand beginning with the 2010 breeding season.   Dewey’s relocation was announced by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd., which is owned by his wife, Meg Jewett.  ...
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Jamieson tops Canadian drivers with 787 wins

on 12/29/2009 12:00 AM
In his quest to make the Canadian single-season win tally truly unbeatable, 33-year-old driver Jody Jamieson racked up another five victories at Flamboro Downs this past weekend, then added two more at Woodbine on Monday night, Dec. 28, bringing his 2009 total to 787.   On Dec. 10, Jamieson launched himself into the record books by shattering Mark MacDonald’s 2006 milestone of 739 ...
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McKee, Chappell new HHYF trustees

on 12/29/2009 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation Board of Trustees recently elected two new trustees to the group, Sam McKee and Claire Chappell.   Sam McKee is currently employed by the Meadowlands as Director of Simulcasting/Announcer and offered “it’s an honor to be a part of the HHYF board. Without more people being interested in, exposed to and getting involved in harness racing, our f...
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Full fields for Friday night at Meadowlands

on 12/29/2009 12:00 AM
A 13-race card--with all races having 10 starters--has been drawn for Friday night at the Meadowlands, and the track's "pre-game" simulcast show, beginning at 6:40 pm, will feature Sam McKee and John Campbell. McKee and Campbell will take questions that can be submitted by emailing racingatthebigm.com.   The 13-race card will have $293,250 in purse money on the line and includues ...
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WEG trainer title a race between Baillargeon, Brainard

on 12/28/2009 12:00 AM
With just two days remaining in the 2009 racing season, the race for the Woodbine/Mohawk trainer’s title looks as though it will come right down to the wire. Entering Monday night’s program, Ben Baillargeon holds a one-win edge over Tracy Brainard, 106 to 105.   Baillargeon is looking for his second straight top trainer award after tying last season with Rob Fellows. Up unti...
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Another Lindy goes out a winner

on 12/28/2009 12:00 AM
Another Lindy closed out a storybook career in storybook fashion, going out a winner in his final start on Sunday at Scarborough Downs. The 14-year-old veteran, who faces mandatory retirement at the conclusion of the 2009 season, posted one of his strongest years, winning nine races. The final career tally for the classy campaigner: 63 wins from 137 lifetime starts, earnings of $314...
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Muscle Hill, Well Said top division winners

on 12/28/2009 12:00 AM
Muscle Hill is still undefeated in 2009. The record-setting horse, who won all 12 of his starts this year, including the Hambletonian and the Breeders Crown, on Monday was announced as the unanimous choice of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) as harness racing’s best male 3-year-old trotter.   Award-winners were named in 12 age-based divisions for trotters and pacers. The resul...
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The Meadows to seed Pick 6

on 12/28/2009 12:00 AM
When The Meadows kicks off its 2010 season on Monday, Jan. 11, it will introduce a daily Pick 6 wager with a guaranteed $6,000 pool. The Pick 6, which replaces the Pick 4, will begin with the sixth race of each live card.   Should any Pick 6 pool fall short of the $6,000 guarantee, The Meadows will make up the difference. When no player picks the correct Pick 6 combination, 80 percent of ...
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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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