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Trainer sweeps Italian stakes; Windsong\'s Legacy filly third

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
The Gran Premio Allevatori, the richest Italian stakes for 2 year olds, resulted in a narrow win for the Holger Ehlert-trained filly Mania on Monday at the Tor di Valle track in Rome. Mania was catch-driven by Jorma Kontio \"the Flying Finn,\" who also had captured the corresponding stake in Sweden nine days before with Zimba Boko. In this race the presence of Kontio in the sulky was more than ...
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Victory for Herestopatrick at Woodbine

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Herestopatrick needed every inch of racetrack to score a nose decision in Monday\'s $40,100(C) Ontario-sired Autumn Series final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Woodbine Racetrack. Jack Moiseyev guided the colt to the hard-fought victory from post five after finishing a charging second in last week\'s elimination. In Monday\'s contest, the son of Apaches Fame-Sippin Time left hard and...
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Irvine family matriarch dies in Ohio

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Marcella Rebecca Irvine, the matriarch of an Ohio harness racing family, died Sunday at age 80 in Northfield, Ohio, following an extended illness.   After being surprised with a horse by her husband Don, her entire family became involved with harness racing. Many weekends were spent at the racetracks.   She is survivied by two sons, William \"Bill\" of Jeromesville, Ohio, and Donald ...
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Four track records set at Batavia in 2008

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Batavia Downs Gaming concluded its 62nd season of live harness racing on Saturday, with four track records established during the meet including the all-age track record set by Kenneth J and Jim Morrill Jr.   Kenneth J lowered Michael Scores\' 1:52.1 mark in the $40,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace, when he took the historic track\'s showcase event in 1:52, besting Arts Ragin...
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Marty\'s a charm at The Meadows

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Marty\'s Charm blistered his final quarter in :27.4 to discourage all challengers en route to his second consecutive victory in the $25,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows on Monday. Away second, Marty\'s Charm made the lead with a quarter-pole move and withstood the strong first-over bid of No Nonsense Yankee. Although he was used hard in that duel, Marty\'s Charm responded to the urging of Randy...
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Tom\'s Toy ends Shes Everything\'s streak

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Big money was on the line for Delaware-sired horses Monday night at Dover Downs, and in a $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 2-year-old filly pacers, Tom\'s Toy won her third in a row, ending a six-race win streak by Shes Everything.   Corey Callahan sat second from the start until the homestretch when he pulled the Tom Cooke-homebred Powerful Toy-Glowing Hans ...
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Bartlett, Tanner voted USHWA\'s Rising Stars

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
One of the hottest young drivers on the scene today, Jason Bartlett, has been chosen to receive the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s 2008 Rising Star Award, while the new executive vice president of the U.S. Trotting Association, Mike Tanner, will be honored with the Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award. Bartlett’s 2008 season has seen the 27 year old break out in a big way, as in his first year...
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Wearable Art to stand stud in Pennsylvania

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Wearable Art p,3, 1:50 ($226,040), the winner of last year\'s Berry\'s Creek Pace, will stand at stud at Lindwood Farm of Pennsylvania for the 2009 breeding season.   Campaigned by Peter Kleinhans, Wearable Art was a New Jersey Sire Stakes winner at the Meadowlands as a 2 year old and then came back and captured the $225,000 Berry\'s Creek before suffering a bowed tendon. He returned to the...
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Pennsylvania bars horses coming from Dovington

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission has issued the following directive that bars horses coming into the state from the Dovington Training Center in Delaware where a horse was recently diagnosed with herpesvirus and euthanized:   \"Per the order of Director of Harness Racing Anton J. Leppler: no horse coming from the Dovington Training Center on Black Swamp Road in Felton, ...
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Georgian Downs announces $500,000 race for Ontario-sired 3CP

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Georgian Downs unveiled Tuesday a new stakes event to join its growing repertoire, the $500,000(C) Upper Canada Cup, restricted to Ontario-sired 3-year-old colts and geldings. The marquee stakes event will serve as the unofficial opening of the national championship stakes season, and the Canadian-based prep race for the North America Cup.   “There’s been a vacancy ...
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Charges against Blagojevich could involve racing legislation

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Horse racing in Illinois could be involved in the federal case against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested at his home in Chicago early Tuesday morning on federal corruption charges.   According to the U.S. Department of Justice news release, which documented the charges, in an alleged pay-to-play scheme, a federal wire tap recorded the governor in a telephone conversation with a lobbyi...
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No More Games, Ruby Ransom win pair of $100,000 DSBF finals

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
No More Games and Ruby Ransome won the two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Finals on a cold and blustery Sunday, Dec. 7 at Dover Downs. Brandon Givens had four trips to the winner\'s circle.  No More Games had little difficulty turning back seven rivals in the DSBF Final as Corey Callahan drove into the lead after the start and set all the winning fractions in a 1:59.1 triumph. J...
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Philos Hanover Pacer of the Year in PA

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
The elite of Pennsylvania harness racing came together at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday night to participate in the second annual Celebration of Pennsylvania Harness Racing. The overall Pennsylvania Harness Horse of the Year was Philos Hanover, who won over $250,000 just at Harrah’s Chester in 2008 while competing consistently well in the top classes.   First to be recognized wer...
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Somebeachsomewhere scratched sick from Matron

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Brent MacGrath said Monday morning that after discovering Somebeachsomewhere had spiked a fever early Saturday that had come down somewhat the following day, he decided in the best interests of the 3-year-old colt pacer to scratch him from Monday night’s Matron eliminations at Dover Downs. MacGrath told harnessracing.com that when the world champion colt gets healthy he will take ...
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DSBF finals held at Dover

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
No More Games and Ruby Ransome won the two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals on a cold and blustery Sunday at Dover Downs.   No More Games had little difficulty turning back seven rivals in the DSBF final as Corey Callahan drove into the lead after the start and set all the winning fractions in a 1:59.1 triumph. JA\'s Commando pulled out of sixth after the half and guide...
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Blue Chip Farms\' William S. Brown Dies

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
William S. Brown, former president and general manager of Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, N.Y., died Saturday, Dec. 6, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  He was 81.    The son of Karl and Jeanette Brown, he was born at home in Lebanon, Ohio, on Nov. 10, 1927.  He was introduced to harness racing by his grandfather, Sam Snider, who was trainer and farm manager for the King Stock Farm in Kin...
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Horseman Gary Baker dies at 60

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Horseman Gary Baker, who had been suffering with ALS (Lou Gerhig\'s disease) the last few years, died Sunday night at age 60. During his illness he lived with his close friends Steve and Robin Arnold.   Baker trained horses for the Arnolds and others, spending the winter months at South Florida Training Center. He was a major force in the selection of Donato Hanover, and last fall Bake...
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PEI-based driver Paul MacDonald dies

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Veteran Prince Edward Island-based horseman Paul MacDonald, who won the 1987 Gold Cup and Saucer with Maple Grove Shadow at Charlottetown Driving Park, died Saturday shortly after driving in that track’s sixth race. MacDonald, 57, reportedly collapsed in his tack room after driving the 3-year-old pacing filly Sarah Catherine—named after his daughter—to a seventh-place finish.   Follow...
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Magnificent Rodney wins prep for Prix d\'Amerique

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
The Prix d’Amerique will be held the last Sunday in January, and the top trotters in Europe are beginning to make serious preps to see if they will be contenders in the race, and one of them might be the Ulf Nordin-trained Magnificent Rodney, who won the Prix Bourbonnais at Vincennes in Paris on Saturday afternoon.   Magnificent Rodney was driven aggressively by Erik Raffin and was an imp...
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Tetrick\'s hip surgery a success

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned driver Tim Tetrick\'s hip replacement surgery Monday morning at the Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia was a success. The surgery was needed to correct a degenerative hip condition that left the 27-year-old Tetrick with a limp and in constant pain; Tetrick had planned originally on having both hips replaced but on Monday only had the right one don...
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