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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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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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