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Balmoral Park readying for 2009 season

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
With live racing set to resume at Balmoral Park in less than one week on Wednesday, Jan. 28 (post time 7:20 p.m. central), another exciting year of stakes filled action at the Crete plant has been announced with the first stakes event of the season on Saturday, April 4 with the $15,000 Taurus Bomber Stake putting this year’s 3-year-old colt pacing crop front and center.     ...
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Dr. Melvyn Aylor in serious condition after training accident

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
Dr. Melvyn Aylor, a prominent Florida horseman and mainstay of the Florida harness racing community, was seriously injured in a training accident at the Gilcrest training center on Tuesday.   “It was a freak accident. Melvyn was jogging a 2-year-old filly,” said friend and partner Dr. Mark Wooten. “She had the hopples on for the first time and got spooked. She took off, got going too...
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Florida horsemen say 2009 racing meet will end 3 months early

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) has issued a press release stating that the Isle Casino at Pompano has asked the state of Florida to approve a reduction in the number of Standardbred racing days for the 2008-2009 race meet from 160 to 140. In addition, the FSBOA release noted that the Isle Casino at Pompano Park confirmed that they have applied for a sum...
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Leading driver scores four wins at Dover Downs

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick made his first start of the year at Dover Downs a winning one and then added three more on Tuesday, while Easter Egg Hunt took the $27,000 distaff feature. Tetrick picked right up where he left off last Dec. 7 with five wins as he returned to his home track for the first time since hip replacement surgery and notched four wins in six races. In the feature rac...
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Esmeralda loops field to win Pompano feature

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
With an impressive three-wide move from last place on the final turn, Esmeralda Semalu ($3) and trainer-driver Joe Pavia Jr. were able to post a 1 1/4-length triumph in winning the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at the Isle Pompano Park.   The seventh race feature started off with Biggest Big Bertha and driver Richard Simard taking the early lead from the rail with Golden Falcon ...
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Campbell says he\'s not driving in Prix d\'Amerique

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
John Campbell told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that despite some websites reporting he was heading to Paris to drive in Sunday’s prestigious Prix d’Amerique, he is not and instead will be on the golf course with his wife, Paula, in celebration of her birthday.   “I’m doing what?” Campbell answered with a laugh when told he had been listed to drive the 4-year-old mare Retur...
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Jack L. Bailey dies

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
Jack L. Bailey, son of Vernon Downs all time driving champion, Jack Bailey, died on Jan. 19, at the age of 49, after losing his battle with cancer. Bailey, who also spent time in the bike as a trainer and driver, worked for his father and at Mohawk Correctional Facility for many years. Bailey was also an avid fan of baseball, amusement parks, roller coasters, motorcycles and car races.   H...
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Judges hold first 2009 Yonkers drivers\' meeting

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
With Yonkers Raceway\'s 2009 harness season underway, the Raceway\'s driving colony met with presiding judge Robert (Cammie) Haughton, associate judge Nick Ferriero and Standardbred Owners Association of New York field representative (and 3rd Vice President) John Brennan. Among the racing-related items discussed in this first scheduled meeting of 2009 were keeping holes closed, maintaining a pace...
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Celestial Hanover scores in Monticello feature

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
Celestial Hanover rallied down the homestretch and gained command in the final strides to win the weekly mares pacing feature at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday. Owner and trainer Dave Emanuel II handed the lines to Bruce Aldrich, Jr. and the hot-handed reinsman drove the 8-year- old  the The Panderosa mare to her first victory of the season, scoring a nose decision over Drinking Games and dri...
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Afternoon Dreams wins Lifetime Dream

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Afternoon Dreams used an eye-catching final quarter rally to haul down the favorites and win Monday\'s $57,100(C) Lifetime Dream Trotting Series final for 4-year-old mares at Woodbine Racetrack. Racing as part of a Ben Baillargeon-trained entry, the daughter of Dream Vacation-Form Fitting was handled patiently at the start by driver Sylvain Filion who got her away sixth in the field of...
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Sample blazes to MLK victory at Freehold

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Deshawn Sample, driving CJ Blaze, won the seventh race on Monday in the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Pace at Freehold Raceway. The field of seven featured the talents of African-American drivers. Callie\'s Candyman ($4.40), with Jim King Solomon, was leading from the start, but tired in the stretch and was passed by CJ Blaze ($9) and second-place finisher Mo Mo Munny, drive...
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I Ain\'t No Fool scores in Dover feature

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Jim Morand, who got a late driver assignment, took I Ain\'t No Fool right to the front and led at all stations, en route to a convincing 1:51.1 victory in the $26,000 Open Handicap Pace Monday at Dover Downs.   Brian Sears moved race favorite Art Director to the outside after the half and took a shot at the leader at the three quarters but could not get there. In the stretch Cool Cal clos...
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Karpathos scores again in Pompano open

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Karpathos ($6.80) and driver Joe Pavia Jr. used perfect cover from pacesetter and rival Battleshoe Victor (Anthony Napolitano) to score a one-length victory in winning the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Isle Pompano Park Monday. Battleshoe Victor cut fractions of :27.3 and :57.4 before getting challenged on the outside by Splendid Yankee (Denis St. Pierre) and Diva Diva (Andy Santaram...
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First foal by Donato Hanover born at Hanover Shoe Farms

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Donato Hanover is a dad! The Balanced Image mare Always A Starlet delivered a colt by the 2006 Horse of the Year last Saturday at Hanover Shoe Farms. The mare is owned by Hanover Shoe Farms.   The foal is a robust bay colt, and is the first foal of Always A Starlet. Always A Starlet is a daughter of Starlet Rayne 2, 1:57; 3,1:55.4, a half sister to Sir Perseverence 1:52.4f($705,99...
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WEG announces rich 2009 stakes schedule

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group Tuesday released its outstanding 2009 Standardbred stakes schedule, which includes the 26th renewal of the $1.5 million(C) Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk and the Breeders Crown at Woodbine. The calendar, worth more than $20 million(C) in stakes finals this year, is the richest on the continent. The Pepsi North America Cup, WEG\'s signature harness race, is s...
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Winner scores at Big M, now headed for mixed sale

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Stake Your Claim Stable’s Cole Diddy darted between horses in the stretch and rallied for a half-length victory in the $13,500 second race for conditioned pacers on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands.   
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Breakaway winner at Dover Downs

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
After five successive starts being claimed, PH Breakway had no takers this time but the Jenna\'s Beach Boy -Keylute gelding still got the job done winning for the third straight time as Brandon Givens steered the Josh Green trainee to a 1:52.4 victory in a $30,000 claiming pace for current owner Larry Baron Sunday at Dover Downs. Sniper Hall (Mike Cole) closed strongly for second with Seels...
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Michigan-based horseman Dan Taneyhill dies

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Veteran Michigan-based horseman Dan Taneyhill, a longtime owner who turned to training his own horses a couple of years ago, died at the age of 50 after racing Saturday night at Windsor Raceway.   Taneyhill, who owns the training center Taneyhill Stables in Swartz Creek, Mich., had just gotten back to the farm after having three wins and a second in four starts that night at Windsor wh...
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Mr. Feelgood sixth in Australian debut

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Little Brown Jug winner Mr. Feelgood finished sixth in his Australian debut Saturday night, the 6-year-old pacer’s first start since the Classic Series final July 26 at the Meadowlands and later being purchased by Australian interests. Driven by Anthony Butt, Mr. Feelgood led for much of the 2,560-meter (about 1 ½ miles) race but tired in the stretch and finished sixth. “I was reasonably hap...
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Florida USHWA announces honorees

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Murray Janoff, president of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, has announced the award winners for the 2008 season that will be honored at the association’s annual Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Diamante’s Banquet Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have b...
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