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WEG now supports legalization of sports betting

on 11/26/2020 2:53 PM
In response to the Federal Government introducing a Bill that proposes to legalize single event sports wagering in Canada, Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate the Government of Canada for considering the potential impacts to the horse racing industry. While the proposed Bill to Amend the Criminal Code would permit single event sports betting on most sports, Woodbine Entertainmen...
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Fortify upsets in Progress; Takter sweeps exacta

on 11/25/2020 10:13 PM
Nancy Takter trainee Fortify ($22.40) took the second-over route to a 10-1 upset over stablemate No Lou Zing in the 2020 season’s final Grand Circuit stop for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the $325,000 Progress Pace, on Wednesday night (Nov. 25) at Dover Downs. Favorite No Lou Zing and driver Dexter Dunn were embroiled in a :25.2 first-quarter battle with Tattoo Artist (Yann...
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Lougazi splashes to victory in Batavia Open trot

on 11/25/2020 9:09 PM
They say it's not where you start, it's where you finish and Lougazi is the poster boy for that motto. And he proved it true once again on Wednesday night (Nov. 25) as he went from worst to first in the $8,500 Open I Handicap trot at Batavia Downs in a driving rain over a sloppy track.     Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away last by 15-1/2 lengths as Cordoba Hall (Billy Dav...
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Opus Blue Chip, Whata Foolbelieves win at Plainridge

on 11/25/2020 9:08 PM
A pair of $18,000 condition contests highlighted the racing action at Plainridge Park on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25) with front-end speed prevailing in each.   In the District 9 special event "The Brown", Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) went right to the front and paced to the half unencumbered in :56.4. Then during the second half he turned back a mid-race challenge fr...
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Dr. Katie Flynn appointed State Vet at KY Dept. of Ag

on 11/25/2020 4:12 PM
The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture (SBOA) yesterday unanimously approved Dr. Katie Flynn to serve as the new State Veterinarian at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Dr. Flynn joined KDA as the Deputy State Veterinarian earlier this year. Dr. Alex Hagan, a veterinarian in Shelbyville, Kentucky, has been approved by the SBOA to serve as Deputy State Veterinarian, taking Flynn&rs...
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Progress Pace in new Weekend Preview!

on 11/25/2020 2:08 PM
As an appetizer for some Thanksgiving day football, how about some Progress Pace action at Dover Downs? In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Hall of Fame driver David Miller gives insight into his strategy behind Cattlewash, who starts from the outside post 8. And with co-favorite No Lou Zing to Cattlewash’s left in post 7, it should make for an interesting first quarter. ...
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Ohio stallion registration deadline looming

on 11/25/2020 12:47 PM
The deadline to renew Ohio-registered Standardbred stallions is Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 for the 2021 Ohio breeding season.   In 2020, a total of 125 stallions were registered in Ohio for the breeding season, which runs from Jan. 15 through July 15 in the Buckeye State. According to the United States Trotting Association statistics, 2,860 mares were bred in Ohio in 2020, the mo...
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Back-to-back $5-million weekends at Big M

on 11/25/2020 12:41 PM
When a track hosts “event programs” with marquee races such as the Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian, it’s difficult to stack up a third card to match the other two in terms of excitement and impact.   But on Saturday night, Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night did well to live up to those programs with thrilling racing where divisional honors were won and lost, as well as...
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2021 Dan Patch Awards banquet canceled

on 11/25/2020 12:06 PM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) is formally announcing that due to travel concerns related to the covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Dan Patch Awards Banquet, scheduled to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2021, has been canceled.  The 2020 divisional equine awards will be announced virtually, as will an abbreviated roster of human awa...
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Hilary Lynn Spears, 37, dies

on 11/25/2020 10:58 AM
Hilary Lynn Spears, much beloved daughter of Drs. Laura and Paul "Pete" Spears, died on Nov. 21 at the age of 37. Hilary was born in Harrisburg and raised in York. She attended York Country Day School before graduating from York Suburban High School in 2001. In 2007 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in photography from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA...
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Prairie Westerngal wins Pompano F&M open

on 11/25/2020 10:07 AM
Prairie Westerngal, stepping up a notch after a win last week in Open II company for fillies and mares, took top honors as she won a close photo finish in the $11,500 Open Handicap for fillies and mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal had Wally Hennessey in her sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-o...
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Big Al M, Jazzy Judy win DSBF 2YO finals

on 11/25/2020 8:52 AM
Jazzy Judy and Big Al M were best of all in their respective $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 2-year-old trotters on Tuesday night (Nov. 24) at Dover Downs.   In the filly trot, named for the late Brandywine Raceway and Dover Downs publicity director Marv Bachrad, Jazzy Judy was a dominant 1:59.4 winner, 4-1/2 lengths in front of Designer’s Edge and Kim&rsqu...
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Dobson, Levine take Saratoga awards

on 11/24/2020 7:32 PM
The tandem of trainer Jaymes McAssey and driver Shawn Gray scored a double on closing day at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Tuesday. The young conditioner and the veteran reinsman won the final feature of 2020 with Always Mindy (Always A Virgin), who made her local debut in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Always Mindy was a $10,000 claim for McAssey at Plainridge back in September and afte...
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Summer Charm one of 6 wins for Hall

on 11/24/2020 7:29 PM
Hammered down to 1-5, Summer Charm justified the support with a front-end victory — her third straight — in Tuesday’s $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap at The Meadows. It was one of six wins for Tony Hall — including three for trainer Scott Betts — on the 13-race card. Summer Charm scored in 1:52, holding off a serious late challenge from Diamondtequilashot ...
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No Lou Zing heads to Progress exceeding expectations

on 11/24/2020 11:23 AM
Bob Aerenson and his father Buddy have owned racehorses for 15 years, but Bob’s interest in harness racing goes back to his childhood.   Before he was old enough to drive, the Wilmington, Del., resident would ride his bike to nearby Brandywine Raceway and offer to jog horses in the morning before returning later to watch the races. He also would hitch rides to area tracks with c...
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Muscles For Life repeats at Pompano

on 11/24/2020 8:47 AM
Muscles For Life, the rugged 7-year-old son of Muscle Mass, scored a repeat win at Pompano Park on Monday night, taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.3. Assigned the outside post seven in his talented septet, Muscles For Life was on the prowl early, taking command at the :27.4 opener and carving out subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before his :2...
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Wilfong captures Oak Grove driving title

on 11/23/2020 9:25 PM
Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel concluded their 2020 meet on Monday afternoon, Nov 23. The leading driver and trainer were presented with a trophy and a $1,000 check for their accomplishments.    The leading driver of the meet was Kyle Wilfong. Wilfong went to the winner's circle 28 times from 115 starts with a UDRS of .389. Tyler Shehan finished second with 1...
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Eurobond best in Plainridge feature trot

on 11/23/2020 5:53 PM
Eurobond took a while to grab the lead but when he did, it was for good and it paid off handsomely for his connections as he won the $25,000 winners-over trot at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.     Eurobond (Bruce Ranger) chased Make It A Double (Matty Athearn) to the quarter in :27.3 before taking over the lead past that station and calling the shots from there. Eurobo...
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Pass The Vape gives Chris Shaw his 1,000th winner

on 11/23/2020 5:31 PM
Chris Shaw notched career win 1,000 at The Meadows when he piloted Pass The Vape to victory in Monday’s featured race, the $16,200 Open Handicap Trot.   Shaw, who got his first win at the York Fair in 2006, grew up in Lebanon, Pa., and was graduated from Lebanon High School, which also produced noted Standardbred owner Sam Bowie, who was known to play a little basketball in...
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USTA board of directors to meet online in 2021

on 11/23/2020 11:17 AM
Due to travel concerns related to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 US Trotting Association (USTA) Board of Directors annual meeting will not be held in person, but rather all board meetings and functions will be conducted exclusively online.   The determination was made through a unanimous vote of the USTA Executive Committee, which convened via Zoom this past Wednesday&nb...
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