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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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Adios purse to be the richest in years in return to The Meadows

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadows announced Monday that the 2009 edition of the Delvin Miller Adios will offer a projected total purse of $820,000--its richest in years--and will space eliminations and the final heat eight days apart, a format introduced last year. The purse enhancement for the Adios, one of harness racing\'s premier events for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, is being funded by the Mead...
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Amour Angus euthanized after fracturing leg

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Amour Angus, the dam of Andover Hall, Angus Hall, Conway Hall, and Emilie Cas El, among others, was euthanized on Sunday at Walnut Hall Ltd. in Lexington after fracturing a hind leg.   The announcement of her death was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president and general manager of Walnut Hall Ltd., which is owned by his wife, Meg Jewett-Leavitt.   Leavitt said that Amour ...
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WEG says harness handle holds steady in 2008

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today released its Standardbred racing wagering figures for 2008, and they held steady compared with 2007 data. The company saw betting in the greater Toronto area on all Standardbred racing product total  $236,063,930 in 2008, compared to $237,457,870 in 2007. All-sources handle per race on live WEG Standardbred racing (2,680 races in total) ...
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Watta Hotshot dies during race Saturday at Meadowlands

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
The 6-year-old gelding pacer Watta Hotshot died of an apparent heart attack midway through the 13th race Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The son of Artiscape had been purchased for $250,000 in July 2007 by Sylvia Burke, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Randy Ringer and had been racing for trainers Mickey and Ronnie Burke.   “He had atrial fibrillation a couple of times in the past ...
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Zimmerman leaving as SBOANJ lobbyist

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Leon Zimmerman, a July 2009 inductee into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame Communicators Corner, is leaving his position as legislative lobbyist for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey after more than 35 years of service. Zimmerman said that he will continue operating the lobbying firm he launched in 1973 after working for the late Governor William Cahill, but take ...
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Tattersalls Sale underway at the Big M

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
The Tattersalls Mixed Sale is underway at the Meadowlands with more than 200 horses passing through the sales ring so far, and arly in the sale Diamond Creek Farm’s Adam Bowden purchased A Starlet Born, a 5-year-old Muscles Yankee mare in foal to Cantab Hall for $150,000.   Bowden also bought Thong, a 4-year-old Western Hanover mare, for $100,000.   Other $100,000 buys included th...
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3YO pacer tops Tattersalls at $250,000

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Buyers seeking racehorses drove up bids at the Tattersalls Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Monday, and it took a bid of $250,000 for trainer Ben Wallace to take home Suprizemeagain, an Indiana-eligible 3-year-old son of Western Hero. Suprizemeagain was developed by Illinois trainer Shawn Nessa and the colt won 10 of 12 starts—finshing second in his only defeats—while taking a mark of 1:51 and ...
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