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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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Pompano to race doubleheaders on Saturdays

on 11/28/2009 12:00 AM
With final regulatory approval expected on Monday, The Isle Pompano Park is making a scheduling change to drop Tuesday cards from the schedule and instead race double programs each Saturday evening, starting on Dec. 5. The launch of the upsized Saturday night action will accompany the 2009 Florida Super Night of the FSBOA Breeders Stakes Championship.   There will be 18 Saturday "...
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Series finalists decided at Woodbine

on 11/28/2009 12:00 AM
Randy Waples engineered a victory for Bob McIntosh trainee Lady JK in the first of two $25,000 eliminations for the Ontario Sired Autumn Series for sophomore pacing fillies Friday night at Woodbine.   In the first tilt, Lady JK pocket-sat behind Mark MacDonald and Mistreos through early fractions of :28.4, :57.3, and 1:25.4, the pair leaving the rest of the six-filly field well behind....
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If I Can Dream wins Cleveland Classic

on 11/28/2009 12:00 AM
If I Can Dream won the $160,000 Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park Saturday night, easily coasting to a 1:52.1 victory over Sheer Desire, with Vertical Horizon third.   If I Can Dream started from post position one, but needed to be shook up by driver Tim Tetrick to leave the gate with authority. After Tetrick's whip hit the sulky, If I Can Dream woke up a bit and protected his position a...
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Pavia back at Pompano after milestone year

on 11/27/2009 12:00 AM
In addition to counting the months and days until his 50th birthday next March, Joe Pavia Jr. has another pair of milestones he's focusing on before the end of December. He's on the verge of amassing his best career year in terms of earnings and wins in both the training and driving categories.   "What really put me in position to have my best year ever was the season I had at Moh...
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$35,448 carryover in Super High 5 at Cal Expo Friday

on 11/27/2009 12:00 AM
With no wining tickets once again in Sunday night’s (November 22) Super High 5, there is a healthy carryover at Cal-Expo of $35,448 going into Friday night’s (November 27) Super High 5 at Cal Expo. The 50-cent minimum wager is conducted on the eighth race.  Post-time for the eighth race is scheduled for 8:50 p.m. (PST).   Director of Racing Dave Elliott is optimistic there will be ...
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Former NJSS Board chairman Feldman dies

on 11/25/2009 12:00 AM
Dr. J. Richard (Rick) Feldman, 66, of Pennington, NJ, a former chairman of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees and long-time Standardbred horse owner and breeder, died November 21, 2009 after a lengthy illness.    He served more than 10 years from 1992 to 2003 on the NJSS Board that administers the State Department of Agriculture program of races for NJ-sired horses, and was B...
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Apache Dame wins Dover mare’s open

on 11/25/2009 12:00 AM
Apache Dame, last season's 'Horse of the Meet' continued her top form collecting a 1:52.3 victory in the $27,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Dover Downs.  Ross Wolfenden recorded six winning drives.   With regular driver Ross Wolfenden at the controls for his fourth consecutive win on a six-win night, Apache Dame took command on the backstretch and with a...
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Bulletproof supplements to Cleveland Classic

on 11/25/2009 12:00 AM
Bulletproof Enterprises has supplemented If I Can Dream and Vertical Horizon to the $160,000 Cleveland Classic, set for this Saturday night at Northfield Park. If I Can Dream won the Breeders Crown and just last Friday finished third in the Windy City Pace at Maywood Park. Vertical Horizon captured the Progress Pace at Dover Downs earlier this month. Tracy Brainard trains both horses.   If ...
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Thanksgiving could come on Sunday for Beegle

on 11/25/2009 12:00 AM
Thanksgiving could end up being a belated special holiday for trainer Sam Beegle this year.  When his Arctic Warrior finished fifth in his Nov. 22, Matron elimination, just two-fifths of a second behind Hypnotic Blue Chip, who advanced to the Nov. 29 final, Beegle chose to be optimistic – he immediately dropped his horse in the box.   “I walked right over and entered him,” said B...
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Pocono announces 2010 racing schedule

on 11/25/2009 12:00 AM
The 2010 live harness racing season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will open March 23 and continue through Nov. 13, with a total of 136 race programs.   Live action will be taking place four days a week with a little different twist. For the months of March, April and May, live racing will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Post time will be 6:30 pm.   Ho...
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