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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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Karpathos wires Open Handicap Trot in 1:54.3

on 12/30/2008 12:00 AM
Karpathos trotted to his ninth win of the season with driver Joe Pavia Jr. at the lines Monday night in the $16,000 Open Handicap feature at the Isle Pompano Park. Pavia charged Karpathos to the early lead from post five and set fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:26 in a wire-to-wire victory in a career-best 1:54.3.   The 7-year-old Balanced Image gelding has bankrolled...
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AHC concerned CEM case could affect imports/exports

on 12/30/2008 12:00 AM
The American Horse Council (AHC) has been in contact with Kentucky Department of Agriculture and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) following the announcement that a Quarter Horse stallion has tested positive for Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) in Kentucky.   An AHC-issued bulletin explains the developments:   \"There is great concern over the ramifications of this situa...
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Karpathos wins Pompano open; Hellava Hush scores

on 12/30/2008 12:00 AM
Karpathos ($6.20) trotted to his ninth win of the season with driver Joe Pavia, Jr. at the lines Monday night in the $16,000 Open Handicap feature at the Isle Pompano Park.   Pavia charged Karpathos to the early lead from post five to set fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:26 to a wire-to-wire victory of a career best in 1:54.3.   The 7-year-old Balanced Image gelding has bankrolled over...
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Meadowlands announced handicapping dates

on 12/30/2008 12:00 AM
The 2009 National Harness Handicapping Championship has been set for April 25 at Meadowlands Racetrack, with a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players may earn their way into the April championship through participation in a qualifying tournament at an NHHC partner outlet or by direct buy-in. The cost to enter the 2009 NHHC is $800 [$400 entry fee and $400 tournament bankroll]. The Meadowlan...
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Freehold to cut purses 25 percent beginning Jan. 2

on 12/30/2008 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway announced Tuesday that effective January 2, overnight purses will be reduced 25 percent across the board. Stakes races scheduled to begin in March would not be affected. “This unfortunate and dramatic reduction is a combination of a continued decline in wagering handle and an ongoing overpayment of purses for several months,” said general manager Donald Codey, Jr. ...
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Meadowlands reduces stall rent charge

on 12/30/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands, which announced it would start charging stall rent in 2009, has now agreed to cut the rate in half.Effective January 1, the stall rent fee structure will be a flat monthly rate of $125 per stall, according to NJSEA Senior Vice President for Racing Lennon Register. The fee is payable on the 10th of each month with no credits for partial month\'s usage.The SBOANJ reached this agreem...
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WEG driving title to Jamieson

on 12/30/2008 12:00 AM
Jody Jamieson wrapped up a stellar season with a holiday bow last night at Woodbine, by capturing his first WEG driver’s title with a total of 282 wins from 1666 starts, and a UDRS of .297, while the training title went to Benoit Baillargeon and Rob Fellows, who tied.Jamieson sat out the final card of 2008, but remained 22 wins ahead of his nearest rival, Rick Zeron, who finished out the year wi...
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Top contenders emerging for Prix d’Amerique

on 12/29/2008 12:00 AM
The Prix de Bourgogne, a traditional prep for the Prix d’Amerique, was held Sunday at the Vincennes track in Paris, and two horses from the stable of Pierre Levesque—including 2007 and ’08 Prix d\'Amerique winner Offshore Dream--finished one-two. The race was contested over a distance of 2,100 meters, and the winner was timed in an excellent mile rate of 1:54.4.   Levesque chose to dr...
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NJSS changes name; purses expected to be up for prelims in \'09

on 12/29/2008 12:00 AM
In order to more clearly identify its top–flight of stakes races, the New Jersey Sire Stakes has named the pari-mutuel program at the Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway as the Premier division.   “The new name will clearly differentiate between the top-level pari-mutuel division and the Green Acres division, both of which have been raced at pari-mutuel tracks,” explained Chris Castens, ...
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Vote totals for divisional honors listed

on 12/29/2008 12:00 AM
Somebeachsomewhere, Deweycheatumnhowe and Mister Big, who held the top three positions in the sport’s weekly Top 10 poll for much of the season, each will receive a Dan Patch Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association for the second consecutive year. Division winners for the awards, given annually to the leading vote-getters based on gait, sex and age, were announced Monday. &nbs...
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93 horses entered for Jan. 1 Woodbine card

on 12/29/2008 12:00 AM
Despite a vote from the Ontario Harness Horse Association to boycott the entry box at Woodbine beginning with the January 1 program, 10 races have been carded for that date at Woodbine, with the field sizes ranging from six to 10.   A total of 93 horses were entered for the card, and entries came from a number of trainers, including well-known horsemen Kevin McMaster, Ben Wallace and Rene L...
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Boulder Creek wins on foggy night; Sears takes driving title

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Boulder Creek emerged from the fog victorious in Saturday night’s $24,000 Preferred Pace at the Meadowlands. Owned by Larry Baron, the 8-year-old warhorse was positioned in third early, powered to the lead as the field approached the far turn, and gamely withstood the strong late pace of Winbak Speed for his 41st career victory. Soul Chaser rallied well to finish third, just a neck b...
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Vapor In The Wind wins 12th at Pompano

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Vapor In The Wind has visited the winner’s circle 12 times in his 32 starts this season with the 4-year-old Cole Muffler gelding making it four consecutive wins at Pompano Park by taking the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:51 on Saturday night. It was JJ’S Gazette and driver Dan Clements that got the first call from post two, but by the time they rolled by the quarter in :26.4, I Can...
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There\'s just To Much Fun at Dover Downs

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan had a hot hand on the Saturday card at Dover Downs, driving four winners including To Much Fun in 1:52.4 to win the $25,000 Delaware claiming allowance. Owned by trainer Art Brewer, To Much Fun won for the second consecutive start and third time in five races when Callahan took the 4-year-old altered son of Lislea to the lead in the stretch and won convincingly in a career-equalin...
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R Cowboy rounds up winner at Northfield

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
With temperatures in the upper 50s, the racing action was nearly as hot as the weather at Northfield Park on Saturday. In the $6,000 Open Trot, Athlete In Action appeared home free after a leisurely 1:01 half that saw Classical Man make a break and the other top choice American Tribute have issues in the turn, but R Cowboy and Matt Kakaley got underway late to collar the leader in a 2:02 mile ov...
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Bartlett, Sumner take Yonkers titles

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Jason Bartlett and Robert Sumner earned Yonkers Raceway honors as leading driver and trainer, respectively, for 2008. The 253-program \'08 season (shortened by four weather casualties) ran from Jan. 7 through Dec. 23. Bartlett\'s breakthrough season saw him win 461 local races from 2,286 drives (20.2 percent). Stephane Bouchard, who had won the last five Yonkers driving titles, was second in \'0...
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Woodbine cancels Saturday card

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack canceled its Saturday night program due to unsafe track conditions. Unseasonably warm temperatures and heavy rains throughout the day took its toll on the oval. Despite the best efforts of Woodbine\'s track crew, the surface contained several soft spots which were deemed unsafe for the horses and drivers. Racing is scheduled to resume Monday night with a 7:20 p....
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