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She is something like a Dame

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Apache Dame, after being idle for nearly a year, won her third consecutive $27,000 Mare Open on Tuesday at Dover Downs.   In the feature race, driver Ross Wolfenden took the lead with Apache Dame from Ladyfield (Tony Morgan) early and after shaking off a prolonged challenge from Pacific Philly (Eddie Davis Jr.) along the backstretch asserted herself in the stretch to score a 1:5...
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Esmeralda Semalu wins at Pompano

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Trainer-driver Joe Pavia Jr. piloted Esmeralda Semalu to the winner\'s circle to capture the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace at the Isle Pompano Park on Tuesday.   Biggest Big Bertha and Anthony Napolitano got the first call as the field of six paced over to the first quarter in :26.4, with Chapsboots N Spurs (Wally Hennessey) sitting on the outside battling for the lead.   Chap...
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Pantaleano wins four of seven at Yonkers

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Jim Pantaleano earned Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night accolades, winning four races from just seven drives on the 13-race card. Pantaleano was placed first with longshot SJ\'s Reel Girl ($37.40) in the $6,000, second-race trot, then aired with the favorite Notorious Buck ($4.40) in the $8,000, eighth-race trot for that one\'s third consecutive victory. Pantaleano then went back-to-back, wi...
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Field set for Thursday\'s King Pace at Monticello

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Since 2001 Monticello Raceway has been paying tribute to the memory of the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting a race exclusively for drivers of African-American descent. The eighth edition of the event will go to post on Thursday, the actual birthdate of Dr. King, with eight talented drivers set to battle in the event which is slated as race number eight on t...
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Three straight for Primo Spur at The Meadows

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Primo Spur shrugged off a demanding first quarter and a sloppy racing surface Tuesday at The Meadows to capture the $25,000 Preferred Trot, his third straight victory in the track\'s top trot. Michaelrowyourboat parked Primo Spur to the quarter in :28, but the 5-year-old gelded son of Pegasus Spur-T Tars Shadowmio was so dominating that he put the field away with a :28.4 third panel. He scored i...
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Michigan Harness Horsemen\'s GM Corrion retiring

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
After 20 years of outstanding service to the Michigan Harness Horseman’s Association (MHHA), general manager Nancy Corrion has announced her plans to retire in February.  Corrion has graciously agreed to assist the MHHA during this leadership transition and she will remain on staff to facilitate her eventual successor.   MHHA president Brett Boyd said, “Nancy’s passion for our bu...
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Tony Morgan, Mike Tanner to speak at Michigan banquet

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Tony Morgan, North America\'s leading dash-winning driver in 2008, has accepted Michigan Harness Horsemen\'s Association president Brett Boyd’s invitation to serve as a keynote speaker on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in Novi, where he will be attending the MHHA Awards Banquet when his father, Ed Morgan Jr., joins  Phil Peavyhouse, Jeff James and P...
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World champion filly trotter to be retained by owners

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
In a statement issued today, Jerry Silva, one of the owners of the great world champion Snow White, has announced that she will be withdrawn from the Jan. 19 Tattersalls Sale at the Meadowlands.   “It has been brought to our attention that Snow White has some issues that would make it difficult for us to sell her at this time,” stated Silva. “She has been a brilliant ch...
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Fanning receives Distinguished Service Award from HTA

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Moira Fanning, director of publicity for the Hambletonian Society and its 130 stakes races, and one of the best known women in world harness racing, has won Harness Tracks of America’s Distinguished Service Award for 2009. Once a groom for Hall of Fame trainers Howard Beissinger and Bill Haughton, and now a key figure in presentation of the world renowned Hambletonian and its Breeders Crown Cla...
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HTA honors broadcasters

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Three of America’s best known harness racing broadcasters--Dave Johnson, Bill Finley and Gary Seibel--have won Harness Tracks of America’s Dan Patch awards for exceptional media, publicity and public relations contributions to the sport. Johnson and Finley, both widely known as sports commentators, are in their fourth year as co-hosts of Sirius Satellite Radio’s Down The Stretch and Race ...
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Try new TrackMaster programs for free this week

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
TrackMaster, an Equibase Company, has announced the release of a brand new race program format called Pace Past Performances, and it is offering the product for free this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   To kick things off, click here  and try them out for free for races this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. TrackMaster President David Siegel explained, \"Recently we surveyed our...
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Kelly hoping to make news with Print It in Frinzi Invitational

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
The red-hot invader Print It has been installed as Saturday night\'s 8-5 early choice for Yonkers Raceway\'s $60,000 Dominic Frinzi Invitational Pace. Print It, making his seasonal debut, drew post position five and was the triple-listed Jason Bartlett\'s choice. The 7-year-old The Panderosa gelding ended \'08 with four consecutive (Dover) wins and six victories in his last eight start...
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Ontario horsemen elect Bill O\'Donnell president

on 01/13/2009 12:00 AM
Hall of Famer Bill O\'Donnell was elected president of the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA)  in a meeting of the board on Monday. He replaces Jim Whelan.   O’Donnell thanked the board for its support and said: \"We are at a very difficult time in the history of OHHA and horse racing in Ontario. Unity and peace will be my guiding principles as I move forward. My first p...
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Brothers Mario and Ben take two Lifetime Dream divisions

on 01/13/2009 12:00 AM
Monday\'s second leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series for 4-year-old trotting mares at Woodbine produced three new winners, all in dominant fashion, with the tandem of brothers Mario and Ben Baillargeon teaming up to take two of the three $25,000(C) divisions, including the opening split with Afternoon Dreams in 1:57.2.   The daughter of Dream Vacation-Form Fitting took command ...
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Battleshoe the victor again at Pompano

on 01/13/2009 12:00 AM
Battleshoe Victor ($5) was able to lead from start to finish in capturing the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Monday in 1:55.1.   Trained by Tom Harmer and driven to victory by Anthony Napolitano, Battleshoe Victor just held the field at bay the entire one-mile race, winning by 1 1/4 lengths over Farmer Jones (Kevin Wallis) and Catamount N (Wally Hennessey...
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Pierce, Green notch five winners each at Dover

on 01/13/2009 12:00 AM
Trainer Josh Green and driver Ron Pierce with five winners each and Eric Goodell with four enjoyed a giant Monday of success at Dover Downs. Steeler won the $32,500 Delaware Special, White Hot Cards the $26,00 Open, and Driven To Win took the $22,000 winners-over. Steeler, with reinsman Eric Goodell, had just enough to hold off a late stretch drive from Art Director (Brian Sears) to score a 1:...
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Double Dream N wins Monticello feature

on 01/13/2009 12:00 AM
Double Dream N led from start to finish en route to winning the weekly pacing feature for fillies and mares at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, with Billy Parker Jr. reining the foreign-bred daughter of Dream Away to a 1:59.4 triumph. After they started from the pole position, Parker gunned Double Dream N her to the lead and they remained unchallenged until the f...
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Ohio\'s budget shortfall prompting serious talks about gaming

on 01/13/2009 12:00 AM
Ohio\'s racing industry is hopeful that the budget shortfall in the state will bring additional gaming to the state\'s racetracks, and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, who has been opposed to expanded gaming at the tracks, now seems open to the possibility to supplement the state\'s revenues from gaming.   Ohio lawmakers will be in session through June, and could continue to work through early...
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Med Davis Jr. dies

on 01/13/2009 12:00 AM
L. Medford Davis, 83, of Smyrna, Del., died Sunday in the Harbor Healthcare Center in Lewes, Del. Mr. Davis was born March 31, 1925 in Clayton, Del., the son of the late J. Medford and Mary Ella Thomas Davis. He was a proud lifelong grain and dairy farmer and a Standardbred horseman residing in the area his entire life. He was an accomplished Standardbred horse owner, trainer and breeder. ...
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Two new board members for Youth Foundation

on 01/13/2009 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has announced the recent elections of trainer Frank M. Antonacci from Somersville, Connecticut and Nicola Abrams, the wife of trainer Chris Ryder, to its board of trustees. “These individuals show enthusiasm and willingness to become involved so we’re very happy to have their respective talents,” said HHYF president Callie Davies-Gooch...
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