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WEG issues statement to owners, trainers and drivers

on 01/06/2009 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Tuesday afternoon issued the following statement to owners, trainers and drivers who race at its tracks:   WEG would like to sincerely thank the many owners, trainers and drivers who participated in its racing programs during the recent call for a boycott of entries by the OHHA. As OHHA continues to misrepresent key issues, WEG would like to take th...
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Horsemen sue The Red Mile

on 01/06/2009 12:00 AM
Trainers Jan Johnson, Bob McIntosh, Jim Arledge and Joe Seekman have filed a lawsuit against The Red Mile for defamation after initial drug tests done by the track during the 2008 Grand Circuit meet on their horses came up positive, but were later proved negative by additional tests. Using Elisa screening testing, horses trained by the four men tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) and/or darb...
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Dr. John Glesmann, won Hambo with American Winner, dies

on 01/06/2009 12:00 AM
Dr. John B. Glesmann, who along with partner Bob Key won the 1993 Hambletonian with American Winner, died Saturday at age 88 at his residence in New Jersey.   Born in Rome, NY, Dr. Glesmann had resided in East Amwell Township, NJ, for the past 14 years, having previously lived in Somerset and Bridgewater.   Dr. Glesmann received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and then attained his ...
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Ontario horsemen vote to continue racing

on 01/05/2009 12:00 AM
The Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) met Sunday night, Jan. 4, and the members voted to continue racing at Woodbine while contract negotiations with the Woodbine Entertainment Group continue. Late last month OHHA members voted to boycott the entry box, although racing has continued, and with reasonably-sized fields and cards.   In a press release posted on its web site on Monda...
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Clerk Magistrate to stand at stud in Sweden in \'09

on 01/05/2009 12:00 AM
Clerk Magistrate, who compted against the top members of his generation in 2008, and fell a head short of beating Deweycheatumnhowe in a heat of the Kentucky Futurity, will stand his first season at stud in Sweden in 2009.   Clerk Magistate has been sold to a consortium including the previous Norwegian owners and a group in Sweden, headed by trainer Tommy B. Andersson.   The...
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Red River Hanover to stand at Perretti\'s new Indiana post

on 01/05/2009 12:00 AM
Red River Hanover will be standing at stud in 2009 at Perretti Farms of Indiana, a virtual stone toss from Indiana Downs.   Red River Hanover, a Canadian Comet while standing north of the border, will be a Wabash Cannonball for the foreseeable future via relocation. The full brother full bother to successful Illinois stallion Richess Hanover, Rustler Hanover and three-quarter brother t...
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Somebeachsomewhere honored with Cam Fella Award

on 01/05/2009 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada (SC) has announced that world champion pacer Somebeachsomewhere has been voted the 2008 recipient of the Cam Fella Award. The Cam Fella Award will be presented to The Beach’s connections at the annual O\'Brien Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont. Named in honor of the world class Standardbred, Cam Fella, the a...
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Winbak Speed wins; Bettor Sweet scores in 1:49.4

on 01/04/2009 12:00 AM
Winbak Speed assumed command of the lead midway down the backstretch and never looked back as he cruised to an easy four-length win in Saturday night’s featured $35,000 Invitational at the Meadowlands. Driven by Ron Pierce, Winbak Speed [$5.40, $2.80, $2.40] tracked in fourth position through the opening quarter mile, but quickly moved to the front after a half mile in 54.4 and never looked ba...
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Scorpion Moon edges Please Poppy in series action

on 01/04/2009 12:00 AM
Scorpion Moon and Chick N Tell drew first blood in Saturday night\'s opening leg of the Glorys Comet Trotting Series at Woodbine Racetrack, with Scorpion Moon elevating his game and turning in a ferocious final-quarter rally to haul down favorite Please Poppy in the opening $50,000 division for driver Josh Marks in 1:54. The 3-year-old gelding Scorpion Moon, who was a 17-time winner in 2008,...
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2 straight Pompano wins for Gotta Go Mo

on 01/04/2009 12:00 AM
Gotta Go Mo ($5.60) started off 2009 right where he left off 2008, in the winner’s circle at the Isle Pompano Park, and the 5-year-old gelding did it in style, romping by 5 3/4 lengths to win the $16,000 Open Pace in 1:50.3.   Driven by Anthony Napolitano, one of Napolitano’s three winners on the night, Gotta Go Mo got away in second place at the start of the third race as JJ...
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Top driver had hip replacement on Dec. 8

on 01/04/2009 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick, harness racing’s leading money-winning driver in 2008, reports his recovery from hip replacement surgery is going well enough that he is now eyeing January 22 as his return date to driving at the Meadowlands.
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Perfect Sport learns new mark at Big M

on 01/04/2009 12:00 AM
Perfect Sport, a 3-year-old filly by Sportsmaster who was bought by Gerrie Tucker in November, lowered her lifetime mark to 1:53.3 by winning an overnight at the Meadowlands Sunday afternoon.   Ryan Anderson drove the filly for his father, trainer Joe Anderon. The filly got her start racing at Balmoral Park and then was purchased by Tucker and transferred to Joe Anderson\'s stable. She fini...
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Greg Wright Jr. drives 2,000th winner

on 01/03/2009 12:00 AM
Greg Wright, Jr. drove his 2,000th career winner on Friday at The Meadows when he piloted 44-1 longshot Pinnochio to victory in the fourth race. Wright got a fast start on the next 2,000 by scoring with Tis Himself three races later. Wright, 38, a native of Windsor, Ontario, drove his first winner as a teenager at Hiawatha Horse Park. He got hooked on horses through his father, Greg Wright,...
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Windsun Twister fastest in Snowshoe

on 01/03/2009 12:00 AM
There is plenty of series action at Woodbine these days, and Carat Hanover, A Place Out West and Windsun Twister all emerged victorious in Friday\'s opening leg of the Snowshoe Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old colt and geldings. Carat Hanover, with Sylvain Filion picking up the catch drive, lived up to his favorite status in the opening split. The four-year-old gelded son of Bettors D...
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Widger, McCaffrey take Maywood titles

on 01/03/2009 12:00 AM
Maywood Park honored its 2008 leading driver Sam Widger and its top conditioner Dave McCaffrey in a winner’s circle ceremony on Friday night. It was the first title for Widger, while MCCaffrey took his third Maywood Park title, and fifth in the last seven years.   “It never gets to be old hat, winning a year-long title,” said McCaffrey. “I’m very happy I was able to accomplish i...
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Dewey 2008 NJ Standardbred of the Year

on 01/02/2009 12:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe, the trotting powerhouse who won the  Hambletonian and all but three of his 25 career starts, has been named New Jersey Standardbred of the Year for 2008.   Dewey, as he is known, will be honored at the 52nd New Jersey Equine Breeders Awards Dinner, sponsored by the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board, on Jan. 25 at the Radisson Hotel in Freehold, NJ.   The 3-year...
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Fair Winds 2008 NJ Breeder of the Year

on 01/02/2009 12:00 AM
Ed and Mark Mullen’s Fair Winds Farm has been selected the 2008 New Jersey Breeder of the Year and will be honored 52nd New Jersey Equine Breeders Awards Dinner, sponsored by the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board, on Jan. 25 at the Radisson Hotel in Freehold, NJ. Well Said captured the $700,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace in November, adding another stakes credit to his dam, Must See, ...
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Ontario Harness Horse Association issues another statement

on 01/02/2009 12:00 AM
The Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) issued a statement on Friday to further explain its position in its contract impasse with the Woodbine Entertainment Group, and the statement also notes that the OHHA\'s John Walzak and Brian Tropea were recently denied access to the paddock at Woodbine.   OHHA and WEG have been in negotiations for a new contract, and on Dec. 23 OHHA membe...
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The Horseman\'s Waterstone wins prestigious journalism award

on 12/31/2008 12:00 AM
The Horseman And Fair World\'s Gordon Waterstone was named the winner of the 2008 John Hervey Award for news writing for his Meadowlands Pace story titled “Race of the Century? Art Official Defeats Somebeachsomewhere,” which appeared in the magazine’s July 23 issue.   Also honored with Waterstone as award winners for their exceptional contributions to harness racing journalism in...
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Michigan-owned pacer wins Woodbine series

on 12/30/2008 12:00 AM
Rip Rockin Lady needed every inch of the long Woodbine stretch to haul down favorite Windsong Experanza in Monday\'s $44,200 Niagara Pacing Series Final for 3-year-old fillies, winning in 1:56.2 over a track rated good and off one second. The eight fillies who lined up behind the starting gate were also facing the elements which included dropping temperatures, light snow and heavy winds th...
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