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Katie's Red Rose blooms at Monticello

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
For the second time in as many days a horse from the Mark Ford barn has captured Monticello Raceway’s weekly feature. On Tuesday, Keystone Rideau won the Open Pace and on Wednesday afternoon, another horse trained by Ford copped the Open Handicap Trot.   Katie’s Red Rose, a stately 5-year-old chestnut mare, overcame her outside position to score a 2:01.2 victory against t...
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Five straight for Yankee Manny at Pompano

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
Owner Tony Tambolleo recently got a great gift for his 68th birthday. A trotter he acquired last spring, Yankee Manny, was suddenly cured of gaiting woes and found his stride. He's now reeled off a five-race win streak at The Isle Pompano Park.   The 3-year-old Yankee Glide-Yankee Minuet gelding was at his closing best again on the Wednesday card to keep his win streak alive and r...
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Dr. Melvyn Aylor dies

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
Dr. Melvyn Aylor, DVM, 54, a native of Covington, Ky. and a resident of Bell, Fla. where he bred and trained primarily Florida-bred pacers, died Nov. 28, 2009.   As a licensed veterinarian, Dr. Aylor had been involved in harness racing since the early 1980s. He was an owner/breeder/trainer/driver and a longtime member of the USTA and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners As...
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Frank Marotta Sr. dies

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
Frank Marotta Sr., who along with his late brother, Dominick "Don" Marotta, built and owned Sports Creek Raceway and Muskegon Racecourse in Michigan and was a developer and partner of Hoosier Park in Indiana, died Wednesday, Dec. 2 He was 85.   Mr. Marotta is survived by his children, Chuck (Martha), Toniann (Jack) Miesel, Frank (Teresa), Don (Kate Beagle) and ...
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Sophomore filly is a big smash at Woodbine

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
She got a late start, but the 3-year-old pacing lass Smashbox is making up for lost time now. Going into Friday night’s $46,600(C) Ontario-sired Autumn stake final at Woodbine, she’s riding a six-race win streak and is looking for number seven.   Conditioner Jim Ainsworth says, "She was a little hard to handle at two. She had a habit of kicking in the stall, and as a result of that sh...
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Keystone Sophie wins Dover open

on 12/02/2009 12:00 AM
Keystone Sophie held off a handful of rivals at the wire to win the $26,000 Mares Open Pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs, while Ron Pierce continued his multiple-win nights this meet chalking up six wins.   Jon Roberts moved Kellytuck Sophie off the rail at the head of the lane and the Cam's Magic Trick-Kellytuck Ann 7 year old overtook the leader Apache Dame (Ross Wolfenden) to ta...
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Mystery Chase ends Dougs Fame's win streak at Meadows

on 12/02/2009 12:00 AM
Mystery Chase settled in the pocket behind Dougs Fame, then blew by with a :28.1 final quarter Tuesday at The Meadows to capture the $27,500 Preferred Handicap Pace--his 11th victory this year.   Dougs Fame had won five consecutive races but was assigned post eight, assuring that he would have to work for the lead. Mystery Chase and Eric Ledford exploited the situation, stalking from the po...
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New drug-testing procedures approved in Kentucky

on 12/02/2009 12:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) on Tuesday unanimously approved new drug-testing procedures that will streamline the process and reduce costs by as much as 30 percent. The new rules, of which no set date has been announced for introduction in both harness and Thoroughbred racing, call for at least two horses out of every race to be tested, using blood and urine samples, but not all of ...
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Pierce won't be able to take suspension of convenience

on 12/02/2009 12:00 AM
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission deputy executive director Marc Guilfoil told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that driver Ron Pierce’s comments printed in the Nov. 25 issue of The Horseman regarding the dropping the appeal of a 10-day suspension and using that time to go skiing in the western United States are not accurate, and Pierce’s intentions will be blocked.   “I am confiden...
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Plan in motion to move Cornell lab to Morrisville

on 12/02/2009 12:00 AM
Cornell University is preparing to shutter its internationally famous equine drug-testing laboratory. In a joint endeavor, Morrisville State College in central New York is poised to absorb Cornell’s laboratory into its existing Equine Science program and expand and enhance some new programs. Because it is a cooperative effort between the schools, the transfer could happen by next spring.  ...
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Harness Horse Youth Foundation programs expanding

on 12/02/2009 12:00 AM
In an effort to more fully complete its mission of providing educational opportunities to young people and their families, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is pleased to announce its next step in the process. HHYF is creating multiday workshops to be held throughout the year focusing on various topics and important events in the world of harness racing. The first event will be held in con...
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Pennsylvania Breeders Fund forms due Dec. 31

on 12/01/2009 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Racing Commission is sending out a reminder that Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Registration Forms for mares foaling in 2010 to gain “resident” status are due in the Harrisburg Office on Dec. 31, 2009. Visit the website at www.agriculture.state.pa.us (Racing Commission), or call (717) 787-5539 for further information.(PHRC)  
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Gulotta named to NJ governor's transition team

on 12/01/2009 12:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association is reporting that Mike Gulotta, owner and operator of Deo Volente Farms, has been named to a 14-members transition team established to guide in New Jersey Gov.-elect Chris Christie on topics related to gaming, sports and entertainment. Gulotta is the only horseracing representative -- of any breed -- selected to serve on the committee, which is chaired by Jo...
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Southbound Trucker derailed by Keystone Rideau

on 12/01/2009 12:00 AM
Nearly all season long Monticello Raceway’s open pace has been dominated by Southbound Trucker, especially during the past two months when the 6-year-old Sharky Spur gelding had won five of his last seven outings which were just a part of his 14 seasonal victories. But on Tuesday afternoon, Monticello's Horse of the Year tasted defeat in a 1:55.3 clocking at th...
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Schoolkids passes Matron final at Dover

on 11/30/2009 12:00 AM
Schoolkids passed the $259,486 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt final test with flying colors, while Scout Hanover, McMurray Hanover and Delmarvalous took the $20,000 DSBF second-leg pacing divisions and trotters Nitro Commando and Eric B Brief were winners in trotting prelims on Sunday at Dover Downs.   Tim Tetrick moved Schoolkids into the lead after a :25.4 opening quarter and the I Am A Fo...
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Former Raceway Park owner Shake Jechura dies

on 11/30/2009 12:00 AM
Sylvester “Shake” Jechura, former owner and operator of Toledo Raceway Park and a former director of the U.S. Trotting Association, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, at his retirement home in Largo, Fla. He was 84.   Mr. Jechura, along with his brothers, developed Raceway Park as an automobile racetrack, opened in 1949, and in 1958 it was granted a license for Thoroughbred racing ...
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Services announced for Phil McCarthy

on 11/30/2009 12:00 AM
Phil McCarthy, manager of Walnut Hall Farm before the farm was split in the early 1990s, has died in Lexington, KY after battling cancer. McCarthy was a veterinarian who was highly regarded in both the Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse communities in Lexington.   In 1977, Dr. McCarthy graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph Ontario. In 1978 he did his residency a...
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Adios final set for July 31 in 2010

on 11/30/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will race 208 programs in 2010, highlighted by the 44th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios, with eliminations Saturday, July 24, and the final Saturday, July 31.    The schedule features five live cards weekly in the months of February-March and May-August, with the exception of a two-week hiatus following the Adios. The track will offer four liv...
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Monkey King's 1:50.4 sets Australasian record

on 11/29/2009 12:00 AM
The fastest mile in Australia and New Zealand harness history was made in the $500,000 SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile at Australia's Tabcorp Park Menagle as Monkey King won in 1:50.4 over the seven-eighths mile oval. It was the first time the race was held at Menangle, having previously been held at the half-mile Harold Park track near downtown Sydney. Scroll down for the link to the video. &n...
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Special Sweetheart lowers Miss Easy's Pompano record

on 11/28/2009 12:00 AM
Special Sweetheart truly was special on the Friday evening program at The Isle Pompano Park in a remarkable track record performance. The 3-year-old filly by Western Ideal-Ladys Special Girl was assigned the outside post in a field of six starters in the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace. With less than ideal conditions for speed, Matt Kakaley rolled the filly to the front through ...
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