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Commando K storms to victory for Gurfein

on 01/14/2010 12:00 AM
A pair of renowned trotting specialist trainers, Ron Gurfein and Wayne Henry, sent out their first starters for 2010 on the Wednesday evening program at The Isle Pompano Park.   The 69-year-old year Gurfein, a seasonal resident of Delray Beach, Fla., had Commando K ready to go at first asking in a razor sharp 1:56.3 win over conditioned rivals. The Self Possessed-Secret Harmony 4-...
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Beautiful Legacy fastest in Super Bowl splits

on 01/14/2010 12:00 AM
Beautiful Legacy scored an 11-1 upset win in one of six $12,500 divisions of the Super Bowl Trotting Series Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, earning speed-badge honors as well with a 1:55.3 effort. Daniel Dube drove the 4-year-old daughter of Windsong’s Legacy for trainer Jackie MacLeod and owner Wayne Lynch. The other five divisions were won by: Horse (sire)    Time &...
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Wojcio to miss 8-12 weeks

on 01/14/2010 12:00 AM
Rich Wojcio is expected to be out from eight to 12 weeks after suffering a concussion, a broken left arm and facial injuries in a spill at Cal-Expo while driving GH Jasmin Saturday night, Jan. 9.   "I don’t remember a thing about the race, just waking up and being all banged up,” said the 49-year-old Wojcio. “It’s the worst accident I’ve had in 34 years of driving, and I’m ...
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Broken collarbone puts Marohn on shelf for 8 weeks

on 01/14/2010 12:00 AM
As a result of an accident in a qualifying race at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday morning,  Jan. 13, Jimmy Marohn Jr. sustained a broken collarbone and will be out of action for about eight weeks. He was treated and released from a local hospital and according to his dad, Jimmy Sr.,  young Jimmy is resting well at his girlfriend’s home in Fort Lee, N.J.   Marohn...
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Interest in Share The Delight sold

on 01/14/2010 12:00 AM
The 5-year-old pacer Share The Delight, a winner of more than $465,000 with a career mark of 1:48.4 set at the Meadowlands, has been taken out of Monday's Tattersalls Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands after an interest was sold to Blue Chip Bloodstock and 3 Brothers Stable by The Four Horsemen Stable and Algonquin Farms. A son of Bettor's Delight, Share The Delight will remain in the New Jersey-b...
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Antoinette Nigito being honored by Rutgers

on 01/14/2010 12:00 AM
The Equine Science Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has named Antoinette Nigito, the owner of Joie De Vie Farm in New Jersey, as the 2010 recipient of the Center’s “Spirit of the Horse” award. Nigito will receive the award during the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s 53rd annual New Jersey Breeders Award ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 31.   Sandy Denarski, the 2...
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Lofty Widget wins third straight at Dover

on 01/13/2010 12:00 AM
Lofty Widget continues her impressive record at Dover Downs winning for the third time in four starts, this time taking the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap with a 1:53 performance on Tuesday night. Also on Tuesday night at Dover, Alpine Gold N won the $23,000 Mares Jr. Open. Ron Pierce and Corey Callahan had driving triples.   Corey Callahan drove Lofty Widget between horses in deep stretc...
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Catherine Stearns Medich new NJSS board chair

on 01/13/2010 12:00 AM
Catherine Stearns Medich of Lawrenceville is the new chair of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees for 2010. Stearns Medich succeeds Thomas A. D’Altrui as head of the board, which oversees the State Department of Agriculture harness racing program for 2- and 3-year-old state-sired pacers and trotters at the Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway.   Stearns Medich, who holds master...
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Marohn injured in Monticello qualifier accident

on 01/13/2010 12:00 AM
Jimmy Marohn Jr. was injured in a qualifying race Wednesday morning at Monticelllo Raceway. The incident happened after the last qualifying race in which Marohn had finished third with Pvt Vinnia Fra. As the horses were pulling up after the race, Marohn's pacer fell and unseated him, and he was run over from behind.   Early reports indicate Marohn may have suffered a shoulder or c...
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Coroner rules Lebanon caretakers died from smoke inhalation

on 01/13/2010 12:00 AM
Although the names of the two caretakers who died in the barn fire at Lebanon Raceway on Dec. 5 have yet to be officially released, the Warren County coroner's office has announced that autopsies show the men were killed from smoke inhalation. The two workers have been identified by local horsemen as Ronnie Williams and James "Turtle" Edwards.   A memorial service was held at the track on D...
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Hervey winners announced

on 01/13/2010 12:00 AM
Evan Pattak of Hoof Beats and Dave Briggs of the Canadian Sportsman were named the winners in the 48th edition of the John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness racing journalism, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Wednesday.   Pattak won in the news/commentary writing category for his story titled “Cracking the Whip,” which appeared in the April issue of Hoof Beats. Brigg...
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Western Ace wins Dover pot

on 01/12/2010 12:00 AM
Classy veteran Western Ace took the lead at the quarter and repel six foes to win the $32,500 Delaware Special Handicap at Dover Downs on Monday, while Gottaservsomebody pulled an upset in the $26,000 Open.   Meet-leading driver Ron Pierce ushered Western Ace up to get the lead after a :26.3 opening panel and then set all the fractions on the way to a 1:52.1 victory in the week's top...
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Shady Matilda pulls a stunner at The Meadows

on 01/12/2010 12:00 AM
Shady Matilda kicked off the new year in improbable fashion when she scored a stunning 22-1 upset over the venerable Jans Luck in the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace on Monday's 2010 season-opening card at The Meadows.   Jans Luck, winner of 15 races and $248,185 last year, was sent off the 1-2 favorite and led the field through a comfortable :58.1 half. What's more, Shady ...
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Miller featured on Meadowlands show

on 01/12/2010 12:00 AM
David Miller is the Meadowlands’ Wednesday TV Guest. Miller steps "Into The Sulky" on the Meadowlands’ pre-game television broadcast Wednesday. Fans can e-mail questions for him to answer on-air to racing@thebigm.com.   Also, drivers talk cold weather strategy. Meadowlands Racetrack's leading drivers discuss how the wind and cold weather affect their strategies on the tra...
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Scharf to present Gallo scholarship Saturday

on 01/12/2010 12:00 AM
Martin Scharf will present nursing student Maddie Dudka with a $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, named for his champion pacer, on Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack. Scharf, a successful New York real estate manager, has awarded more than $95,000 in tuition funds in the name of his 2000 Horse of the Year since 2005. The Gallo Blue Chip scholarship is administered to sons and daughters of ho...
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Anderson hits the double in Smallsreed Awards

on 01/12/2010 12:00 AM
Claus Andersen of the Canadian Sportsman magazine won the double in the 26th edition of the George Smallsreed Awards for excellence in harness racing photography, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Tuesday. Andersen was awarded first place in both the feature photo and race photo categories of the competition. Mark Hall of Hoof Beats magazine received honorable mention in both categori...
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HHI announces award winners

on 01/12/2010 12:00 AM
Asbury Park Press staff reporter Bob Jordan has been named the 2009 Clyde Hirt Media Award winner by Harness Horsemen International. Jordan will receive his award at HHI’s annual banquet on Wednesday, March 3, at the Embassy Suites Resort in Deerfield Beach, FL. “Mr. Jordan has written extensively on the plight of harness racing, and the horsemen of the Garden State, during the recent to...
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NY judge keeps out-of-competition testing on hold

on 01/12/2010 12:00 AM
On Tuesday, Jan. 12, in New York State Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan (New York City), Justice Eileen Rakower made two findings in the case of Mark Ford et al. v. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board.  Justice Rakower, who last week signed a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) barring the Racing and Wagering Board from using its new “out of competition” testing rules, extend...
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David Miller elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on 01/11/2010 12:00 AM
One of the nation’s top drivers, David Miller, has been selected as the 36th inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in balloting of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association.   The Columbus, Ohio native dominated Ohio racing during the 1990s, winning the Scioto Downs dash crown for eight consecutive seasons (1991-98) and captured the Jerry Kaltenba...
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Hey there Georgy Girl

on 01/11/2010 12:00 AM
Chester Fitch won the $16,500 pace and Georgy Girl N the $13,200 mares pace features at Dover Downs on Sunday.   Jay Baxter's Chester Fitch was fastest in the stretch in the $16,500 event as Vic Kirby unleashed the 4-year-old altered son of Blissful Hall-Artastasia to a 1:54.4 victory. Bushwood Z Tam (Tony Morgan) had the lead in the stretch before yielding three-quarters down t...
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