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NYSS payment reminder

on 02/02/2010 12:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) officials today remind horsemen that continuation payments are due February 15, 2010. These payments are required to be eligible to race in the 2010 NYSS season.   Checks or money orders must be in US funds, postmarked by February 15, 2010, and made payable to the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. Address: 90 State Street, Suit...
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O'Brien voting breakdown announced

on 02/02/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has released the breakdown of the voting for the 2009 O'Brien Awards. The ceremony took place Saturday night, Jan. 30 at the Delta Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ont. The O'Brien for the 3-year-old filly pacers was not awarded by Standardbred Canada after the Ontario Racing Commission suspended the license of Bulletproof Enterprises--the owner of both finalists--and all other entit...
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Minister of Speed rules at the Big M on Sunday

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
There was no stopping the Minister of Speed on Sunday. George Brennan steered six winners on the afternoon card at Meadowlands Racetrack, including a trio of long shots.   Brennan's hot streak began in race two with Red Star Catch {$5.80) and continued with Crypto Man ($17) in race three, Frankie’s Dream ($8) in race four, Sammy Savannah ($23.60) in race eight, Real Golden Girl ...
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Winner shakes out at Dover

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
Allamerican Shaker won the $16,500 featured pace at Dover Downs to close out the first month of 2010 racing on Sunday.   Ross Wolfenden sent Pat Lachance's Allamerican Shaker, an altered son of The Panderosa into the lead after the half, and then put away seven rivals for a 1:53.3 victory in the pace for younger horses.   It was Wolfenden's third winner of the night. Chester Fi...
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Well Said team honored in New Jersey

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
The team behind pacing star Well Said were among those honored at the 74th annual New Jersey Sports Writers’ Association Banquet at Pines Manor on Sunday.   Steve Elliott, named Standardbred Horseman of the Year, and the Standardbred Breeders of the Year, Mark Mullen of Fair Winds Farm and Steve Jones of Cameo Hills Farm, were among the athletes, coaches and members of the media salu...
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Don Mills Trotting Series continues at Woodbine

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
V Squared was a repeat winner while Lexis Amigo bounced back from a tough loss to capture their respective divisions in Sunday’s second leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series for 4 year olds at Woodbine Racetrack.   Scott Zeron did some fancy stick handling with V Squared on the final turn in the opening $25,000(C) contest and the pair prevailed by almost a length, in 1:56.1. Celebrity Herc...
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Keith Crawford hurt in Sports Creek spill

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
Keith Crawford, inducted into Michigan's Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Jan. 23, is in the intensive care unit at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint Monday morning recovering from injuries sustained in a serious race accident at Sports Creek Raceway on Saturday night. Crawford, 63, sustained bruising on the brain in the spill, and on Monday afternoon he told harnessracing.com that h...
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Ruling expected to decide location of NYSRWB trial

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
Justice Eileen Rakower will soon decide where the case of Ford, et al v. the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) will be decided, New York County or Schenectady County The NYSRWB, which has already been restrained by Justice Rakower from enforcing its new “out of competition” testing rules, wants the case moved to Schenectady  where its main office is located. But on Fr...
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Purse bump at Pompano

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
In Florida, horsemen racing at Pompano Park have seen a recent “bump” in purses with races like the Open Pace for Fillies and Mares as well as the Open Pace and Open Trot all up from $13,000 to $20,000 at the end of January. “I wouldn’t call it a purse increase,” said Greg DeFrank, Pompano’s race secretary. “But there will probably be another one in a couple of weeks. Our fisc...
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Arianna Brown not only senator's daughter, she's a horse owner

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
To most of the country, Syracuse University freshman Arianna Brown is known as the youngest daughter of newly-elected U.S. Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts. But  the 19-year-old pre-med student is known as an owner-breeder as well as accomplished equestrian.   The Brown family is close friends with Plainridge Racecourse owner Gary Piontkowski, who convinced her in March of 2008 t...
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Michigan-based Charles Jordan dies

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
Longtime Michigan-based horseman Charles "Chuck" Jordan, the father of East Coast-based horseman Mark Jordan, died Saturday, Jan. 30, at his home in Portage, Mich. He was 84.   A native of Springfield, Ill., Mr. Jordan was the trainer of several well-known horses, including the trotter Final Notice, who competed against Nevele Pride, the $150,000-winning pacer Pay Taylor, who competed ...
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Canadians hand out O'Brien Awards

on 01/31/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada hosted the 2009 O’Brien Awards this evening to honor and recognize the horses and people who have made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness racing over the past season. The awards are named for the late Hall of Famer Joe O'Brien. Casie Coleman took home two O’Brien trophies, one for Trainer of the Year and one with her star performer Sportswriter in the Two-Year-O...
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Dave Ain't Here wins Yonkers feature

on 01/31/2010 12:00 AM
Dave Ain't Here (Jim Pantaleano) went the distance Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, winning the $32,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position No. 2, "Dave" stepped around Diamond Stick Pin (Jeff Gregory), making the lead before a :28 opening quarter-mile.  He then rated a :57.2 mid-point before Fox Valley Tribal (Stephane Bouchard) tried it first-up. Dave Ain't H...
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Oyonnax surprise Prix d'Amerique winner

on 01/31/2010 12:00 AM
It took some American blood to win this year's Prix d'Amerique, even if the horse wasn't officially representing the USA. Surprisingly, the French-owned and trained Oyonnax won the 89th Prix d'Amerique Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. Quaker Jet finished second, and last year's Prix d'Amerique winner, Meaulnes du Corta, who was the betting favorite, held on for thir...
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Plight of New Jersey racing in New York Times

on 01/31/2010 12:00 AM
Sunday's New York Times contains a story written by Bill Finley discussing the financial plight of racing in New Jersey, including the fallout of a recent report released by New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie that notes that one of the solutions to aiding the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority includes the possibility of the closing of the Meadowlands or reducing race dates. Finley ...
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7,500 wins for Wally Hennessey

on 01/30/2010 12:00 AM
Although he'd posed for winner's circle photographs 7,499 times prior to the $20,000 Mares Open Pace on Friday evening at the Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park, Wally Hennessey found it tough to contain his enthusiasm upon reaching a major career milestone. "I wasn't on edge pressing for it or nervous about it like I was when I was close to my first 1,000 wins," Hennessey said in a live TV ...
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Count B Series for 3YOs underway

on 01/30/2010 12:00 AM
The Count B Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings kicked off Friday night at Woodbine with Totally Empressive and Come Back drawing first blood in their respective divisions on what was another chilly night at the Toronto oval.Totally Empressive took charge early in the opening $20,000 contest for driver Randy Waples and was able to last on the lead for a 1:55.2 victory. The gelded son o...
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Cold conditions for Miss Vera Bars splits

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
A Pippin Hanover and Slimsplace both battled temperatures of -11 Celsius (12 degrees) to post victories in Thursday’s opening leg of the Miss Vera Bars Pacing Series for three-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack.   In the opening $20,000(C) contest, A Pippin Hanover got away third in the early going from post one and followed in that position throughout for driver Mark MacDonald befo...
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Whelan takes dash lead at Western Fair

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
A five-win haul at Western Fair Raceway on Thursday vaulted Michael Whelan on top of the drivers’ leader board at the London, Ontario track and put him over the $5 million(C) mark in career earnings.   Going into Thursday’s card Whelan was tied for wins at Western Fair with Trevor Henry, but he put himself squarely on top thanks to his five trips to the winner’s circle. Putnam Fanta...
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Trainer Carl Conte testifies in Brooks trial

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
Steve Kallas, a New York attorney, longtime Standardbred owner, and correspondent for The Horseman and Fair World magazine, attended the Thursday session of the trial of David Brooks and filed the following report.  Late in the day on Thursday, harness horse trainer Carl Conte took the witness stand in Courtroom 1030 of the federal district court in the Eastern District of New York (in ...
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