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Costa Rica NJ Horse of the Year

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Costa Rica, who dominated 2-year-old trotting filly competition winning both New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division championship finals, has been selected overall NJSS Horse of the Year for 2009.   The award, which is voted annually by the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based only on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJ Sire Stakes events and other major stake...
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Contributions growing from Yonkers to aid Lebanon fire fund

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Greg Grismore told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that fundraising efforts at Yonkers Raceway to benefit the victims of last weekend’s barn fire at Lebanon Raceway in Ohio is off to a fast start and he hopes that the eventual financial contribution from horsemen racing at the New York racetrack will be substantial.   Grismore, who was one of Ohio’s leading drivers before r...
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Hoosier Park to open for harness racing March 25

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino recently received approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for dates and post times in 2010. The facility will offer 80 days of Standardbred racing and 63 days of Thoroughbred racing with 26 of those days including Quarter Horse racing action during the 2010 calendar year.   Live Standardbred racing will return to Hoosier Park Thursday, March 25. Raci...
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Betfair in Arizona: Shrinking doesn't work

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
The growing presence of Betfair, the changing face of today’s racing fan, and the progress made in racetrack safety and integrity highlighted a busy opening day for the 36th annual Symposium on Racing & Gaming.   Gerard Cunningham, president of Betfair USA, discussed the exchange betting model in the panel “A New Perspective on Racing – How Times Change.”  “Racing should...
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Michigan horseman George Davis dies

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Veteran horseman George Davis, inducted into the Michigan Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2001, died Tuesday in Ann Arbor. He was 70. Mr. Davis is the father of horseman Steve Davis and Julie Austin, the wife of Ontario-based trainer Mark Austin.   Mr. Davis was a 1957 graduate of Fowlerville High School, a veteran of the U.S. Army. He married Rose Daley on June 25, 1966.   Mr. Davis'...
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Peck, Sears Trainer, Driver of the Year, respectively

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Trainer Greg Peck and driver Brian Sears, the brains and hands behind the impressive campaign of three-year-old sensation Muscle Hill, have been elected Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year and Driver of the Year in balloting among active members of the United States Harness Writers Association.   Peck, a native of Nova Scotia in Maritime Canada, will quite probably be the first trainer to guid...
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2010 Hambo set for August 7

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
The $1 million Meadowlands Pace and $1.5 million Hambletonian are the cornerstones of a $17.3 million stakes schedule for the 2010 harness meet at Meadowlands Racetrack.The meet begins with 7 p.m. cards on Friday, January 1 and Saturday, January 2 and runs through Saturday, August 21. The New Year’s Day opener features a special $25,000 event open to 10-year-old pacers, one of several exciting c...
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Names of Standardbreds killed in Lebanon fire released

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association has compiled the list of the 42 Standardbreds that died in fire in the early morning hours of Saturday at Lebanon Raceway, located on the Warren County Fairgrounds in southern Ohio. The fire also killed Ronnie Williams and James “Turtle” Edwards, two workers for the Kayne Kauffman Stable, as well as an outrider horse and two miniature horses.   ...
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A story of horsemen helping horsemen

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
Dot Morgan of New Vocations Horse Adoptions wrote the following account about horsemen helping horsemen after the tragic fire at Lebanon Raceway early Saturday morning. Below is her story.   It’s 8:30 pm Monday evening.  I hear from my brother-in-law Eddie Morgan that Jim Valiente in Hawkinsville, Ga., is loading up a truck and trailer with equipment for the horsemen that lost ever...
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Caretaker of the Year nominations due Dec. 31

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
Nominations are still being accepted for the 2009 “Groom of the Year” Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport’s horses.   All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 28th annual “Groom of the Year” award is a letter from an ind...
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Stratton, Bowden USHWA award winners

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
Jordan Stratton and Adam Bowden, two young individuals fast making an impact at the topmost reaches of the sport of harness racing, have been honored with the Rising Star Award and the Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award, respectively, in voting by active members of the United States Harness Writes Association.   Stratton, the 22-year-old son of veteran horseman David Stratton who is often known...
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The Pres to Kentuckiana of Ontario

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has announced that The Pres 3, 1:55.1f ($140,871) will stand the 2010 breeding season at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm of Rockwood, Ont.  Kentuckiana Farms will serve as Stallion Manager and along with Emerald Ridge Farm will manage his breeding career.   The Pres, a stunning $400,000 weanling, comes to Ontario as the most prolific-b...
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Sparky Mark rallies to win Autumn final

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
Sparky Mark used last-second stretch heroics to pull down the $39,800(C) Autumn Stake final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   Paul MacDonell picked up the catch-drive behind the son of Astreos-Luckbealadytonite and had him sitting seventh from post one as the field reached the first quarter in :27.1. That pair watched Stonebridge Memoir and Stomp...
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A new beach opens in Florida

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
Although he's a transplant from the snow and cold in his home state of Michigan, it hasn't taken trainer Eric Beach very long to reach the conclusion that he's found a permanent setting for a home base.   "I'd only been here a few times before to race in the Florida Breeders' events but this fall I found several reasons for why I should make the move to race in Florida," the 43-year-old con...
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Gottaservesomebody wins photo at Dover

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
Gottaservesomebody won a three-horse photo in the $26,000 Open pace feature on Monday at Dover Downs, while Malosi N and Sandro Hanover won sub features. Ron Pierce drives five winners.   The lead changed hands several time during the early stages, but Tony Morgan steered Gottaservesomeboy to the front at the wire in 1:52.1 to win the feature pace besting Romantic Thriller with Mike ...
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Aldrich scores six-bagger at Mighty M

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
Bruce Aldrich Jr. put on a driving clinic at Monticello Raceway on a snowy Monday afternoon when he reined six winners on the card. And had Aldrich’s pacer Romi Mystic  had one more final surge near the wire in the 10th race, he would have had seven wins.   Aldrich started his assault in the second race when he won with Dave Sebolsky’s pacer Longbeach Victor in a tim...
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Verruso wins Miller Gold Cup amateur final

on 12/08/2009 12:00 AM
Tony Verruso and My Victory Song worked out a cozy pocket trip, then charged through the lane to capture the Delvin Miller Memorial Gold Cup in the finals of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series on Monday at The Meadows. The championships featured two other trophy races, with Robert Miller (Starry Knight) taking the Silver Cup, and Michelle Ruvola (Sorce Of Victory) winning the Bronze Cup. T...
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Impressive wins in DSBF finals

on 12/07/2009 12:00 AM
There is no disputing that Delmarvalous and Nitro Commando are the standouts of the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) colt and gelding finals after impressive wins on Sunday at Dover Downs.   Corey Callahan rolled out of outside post eight to get the early lead in :26.3 and then continued to set a strong pace reaching the half in: 54.3 and then opened up an even bigger a...
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Ohio horseman Ron Bateson dies

on 12/07/2009 12:00 AM
Ronald “Ron” Bateson, a driver-trainer, owner and a county fair racing official for nearly 45 years, died Dec. 5, 2009, in Adrian, Mich. He was 72.   Mr. Bateston, a Toledo native, was Raceway Park’s leading driver in the spring of 1975. He began his career in 1966 and remained active in the sport up to the time of his death.   He is survived by his wife of 48 years, ...
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2:00 club at The Meadows to hold Chinese Auction for Charity

on 12/07/2009 12:00 AM
The 2:00 Club at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will stage its 21st annual Chinese Auction for Charity, an event that through the years has raised nearly $123,000 for worthy organizations, on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Meadow Lands Holiday Inn adjacent to The Meadows.   Doors open at 6 p.m., with live entertainment and hors d'oeuvres to complement the auction. Prizes can be viewed and bi...
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