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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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Proximity Award goes to Cunard

on 12/07/2009 12:00 AM
Gail Cunard, the acclaimed director of the well-respected Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Proximity Award, the second-highest honor in harness racing–behind only election into the Hall of Fame--in a vote conducted among active members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   A native of Liverpool, England–where she went to sc...
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Funds, fundraisers announced for Lebanon fire victims

on 12/07/2009 12:00 AM
Both the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) and Lebanon Raceway, the scene of the tragic barn fire in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 5, that killed two horsemen and 45 horses, have announced the establishment of funds for persons wishing to make financial contributions to the families of the persons and owners of the horses that lost their lives. Also, fundraisers are being sc...
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2 fillies share $100,000 Florida bonus

on 12/06/2009 12:00 AM
By completing their sweep of the four major Fall stakes of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association at The Isle Pompano Park, the connections of fillies Black Diamond Girl and Pocohontas Fame shared in the $100,000 bonus offered for undefeated rookie performers. It was a dramatic night with the eight Breeders Stakes finals of the FSBOA contested for purses over $330,000. Here is a ...
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Southwind Tabor wins Open at Yonkers

on 12/06/2009 12:00 AM
Southwind Tabor, driven by Ryan Anderson, wound up with the best trip and the best result Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $36,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:54.3.   Starting inside his seven rivals, Southwind Tabor sat pocketed to Lucky Bettor (Greg Grismore) through "sloppy" fractions of. :28.1, :58.1 and 1:25.4. Jeremy's Successor (Jordan Stratton) was gallant first-up, getti...
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Artandi undefeated in four Pompano starts

on 12/05/2009 12:00 AM
The great run of luck for trainer Tom Artandi continued on the Friday evening at The Isle Pompano Park. He's returned to the winner's circle with all four starters he's sent out so far this meet in South Florida.   Artandi pupil Special Sweetheart, on the tail end of a 3-year-old season that saw her amass over $500,000 in 2009 earnings by competing in the continent's major stakes for her di...
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2 people, 45 horses die in barn fire at Lebanon

on 12/05/2009 12:00 AM
A barn fire at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio, north of Cincinnati killed two people and 45 horses early Saturday morning. Lebanon Raceway is located at the fairgrounds. Ronnie Williams and James "Turtle" Edwards, who worked for horseman Kayne Kauffman, died in the blaze that destroyed barn 16 on the backstretch.   Ronnie Williams is the son of George Wil...
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Thrillionaire wins Autumn final for 3Yo pacing fillies

on 12/05/2009 12:00 AM
Thrillionaire shaved almost five full seconds off of her lifetime mark with a stunning 1:51.2 victory in the $46,600 Autumn Stake Final for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The clocking was a stakes record for the Autumn Stake.   The daughter of Astreos-Apaches Beauty, who was making her first start for trainer Ben Baillargeon, left hard from post six fo...
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Waples wore his lucky jeans in Autumn final

on 12/04/2009 12:00 AM
Lucky Jeans turned in a multiple-move effort to haul down Thursday’s $40,900(C) Autumn Stake final for 2-year-old filly pacers at Woodbine Racetrack in a time of 1:54.4.   The small, but speedy daughter of Camluck-Oliviajeankillean left hard from post six for driver Randy Waples and grabbed the lead briefly before yielding to the hard-leaving Joanniehasafanny just before the opening qua...
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