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Record Pick 4 payoff; $50,000 Saturday pool guaranteed

on 01/02/2010 12:00 AM
Longshots lit up the toteboard in every leg, producing a record $67,998 Pick Four payout on Friday, Jan. 1, at Meadowlands Racetrack. The winning ticket was purchased at Nassau OTB and correctly chose Image Of Dawn [$11.40], Swan Image [$29.40], Leanback Coco [$35.40] and Sam’s Shuffle [$31.80] to take down the entire pool. The previous payoff record was $55,466 on March 25, 2009. The total hand...
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Image Of Dawn wins in 1:51.4

on 01/02/2010 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack kicked off its 2010 Harness Meet with an unusual twist as the opening night feature, the “We’re Not So Young Anymore” pace, was restricted to horses 10 years old up. The quirky race was the idea of Racing Secretary Peter Koch, who played on the idea that all 10 horses in the field turned 10 or older on January 1, 2010.   Image Of Dawn, who turned 11 on Friday, ra...
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Clements, Napolitano back in action at Pompano

on 01/02/2010 12:00 AM
They had delayed their first appearances in the 2009-2010 campaign until Jan. 1 at The Isle Pompano Park, but drivers Anthony Napolitano and Dan Clements received notice immediately upon arrival for duty.   Clements executed a sweep of the field in the third quarter in Friday evening's fifth race in South Florida in his first drive at the meet. Sitting last in a field of seven $10,000 claim...
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Brainard takes WEG title; Blizzard Series underway

on 01/01/2010 12:00 AM
It was a disastrous day for favorites as the Blizzard Pacing Series for fillies and mares kicked off on New Years Eve Day at Woodbine Racetrack, the final program of the 2009 racing season in Toronto.   In the first of two $20,000 divisions, it was heavily-backed Kims Quest who faltered after an inside following trip and ended up third behind mild upsetter Miss Sand Creek and driver A...
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Shadow Play to stand in Ontario

on 01/01/2010 12:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that an agreement has been made with Winbak Farm to stand World Champion Shadow Play in Canada for the 2010 season. This joint venture is a first for both parties. Originally campaigned by Canadians Dr. Ian Moore, Serge Sevard and the R. G.McGroup Ltd. (Gail and Ron McLellan), Shadow Play set a world record of p,3,1:48.2f winning the Adios elimination. H...
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Snowshoe Series action on New Year's Day

on 01/01/2010 12:00 AM
Cane Ridge stopped the clock in 1:53.4 in the fastest of three divisions in the opening leg of the Snowshoe Pacing Series for three and four-year-olds on New Years Day at Woodbine Racetrack. The other $20,000 splits went to Pinner (1:54) and Bruisers Brother (1:55.2).   Cane Ridge made a quick move to the front for driver Rick Zeron in the final division before yielding to sit in the pocket...
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Vernon horseman dies

on 01/01/2010 12:00 AM
Former New York horseman Bruce C. Lawton, 66, died Dec. 7 in the Oneida (NY) Healthcare Center.   Mr. Lawton was born on Feb. 13, 1943 in Rome, N.Y., a son of the late Clifford and Eleanor (Grant) Lawton, and received his education in Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School System. Bruce proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965. Prior to his illness, he...
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Heritage Hill Farms honored in NJ

on 12/30/2009 12:00 AM
The Dey family’s Heritage Hill Farms of Allentown, NJ, has been selected the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey’s Breeder of the Year for 2009.   Heritage Hill Farm, spanning 500 acres in western Monmouth County, is one of the founding farms of the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. The Heritage Hill – HH – name was given to nearly 100 horses, including the wo...
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Top NY court vacates penalty for EPO/DPO positive

on 12/30/2009 12:00 AM
On Dec. 24, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Third Department, issued a Decision and Judgment in the case of Dennis J. Laterza versus the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.  The Appeals Court reversed and vacated a five-year trainer's license revocation which the Racing and Wagering Board had imposed against Dennis Laterza for a train...
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Pena new to Meadowlands trainer roster

on 12/30/2009 12:00 AM
Harness racing returns to Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday, January 1, and with it comes a new face in the training colony. Lou Pena, who recently relocated his stable from California to New Jersey, will move full steam ahead with four starters on the opening night card, including Native Bride in the $32,000 mares invitational. Pena, 41, was a regular on the Cal-Expo/Los Alamitos circuit before mov...
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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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