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Giuseppe Biasuzzi, patriarch of famed Italian family, dies

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Giuseppe “Bepe” Biasuzzi, the patriarch of the famed Italian family that has bred and owned the winners of more than 200 Standardbred stakes races in the world, died Sunday at the age of 84 after a long illness. He was the father of well-known horsemen Mauro and Fabio, and the husband of Gina, for whom the stable is named.   The Biasuzzi family has been the leading breeder in Italy for ...
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Pacing mare in Delaware euthanized after testing for herpesvirus

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
The Delaware Dept. of Agriculture has announced that a Standardbred that was housed at the Dovington Training Center in Felton, Del., has been euthanized after testing positive for the highly infectious equine herpesvirus-1. Although the release did not reveal the training center nor the horse, harnessracing.com has learned the afflicted pacer was the 7-year-old mare Tintabella N, who had not star...
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HHI honors Leppler, Hodes, Murray

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) president Gene Oldford has announced HHI\'s 2008 Dominic Frinzi Man of the Year is retiring Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission executive secretary Anton Leppler, while its Clyde Hirt Media Award goes to freelance writer and former Meadowlands media relations director Carol Hodes and its Appreciation Award goes to Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Ass...
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Taylor, Curran honored by USHWA

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has chosen Ellen Taylor, executive director of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF), and Ottawa-area horsewoman Ann Curran, the creator and co-coordinator of the popular Mildred Williams International Women\'s Driving Series, to receive the Proximity Award and LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero award, respectively.   The Proximity Award, se...
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I Can Only Imagine sets fastest mile of the season at Pompano

on 12/07/2008 12:00 AM
Michael Polansky’s I Can Only Imagine ($5.00) sizzled to a 1:50.2 triumph Saturday at the Isle Pompano Park in capturing the $16,000 Open Pace. It was the fastest mile this season at the track. Driven by Bruce Ranger, I Can Only Imagine shot to the early lead in the third race feature, leading at the opening quarter mile in :27. But Mahdi and trainer/driver Joe Pavia, Jr., who made a break befo...
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Somebeachsomewhere scratched from Matron elim

on 12/07/2008 12:00 AM
Somebeachsomewhere has been scratched from his Matron Stakes elimination on Monday, Dec. 8 at Dover Downs. Trainer and part owner Brent MacGraft reports the stellar three-year-old pacer has a high temperature and that he reluctantly had to scratch Somebeachsomewhere. On the strong 15-race program, in addition to two $41,519 Matron Three-Year-Old elimination divisions there are two $100,000 DSBF ...
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Bettor Sweet, Major\'s General and Stretch Artist post victories

on 12/06/2008 12:00 AM
Bettor Sweet gamely fought back in deep stretch to regain the lead from apparent winner The Awful Truth to win the first division of the Oil Burner for 3-year-old colts and geldings Saturday night at the Meadowlands in 1:51. Driven by Cat Manzi, Bettor Sweet [$3.00, $2.40, $2.40] assumed the lead soon after the first turn and maintained that positioned until deep stretch. The Awful Truth [$6.00,...
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Longshots prevail at Dover Downs

on 12/06/2008 12:00 AM
Racsan John, a winner of his previous two races, was overlooked at 23-1 in a $15,000 feature pace while Allmar Surprise, off at 19-1 won the $14,000 top trot of the night at Dover Downs on Saturday, Dec. 5. Both longshot winners were driven by Vic Kirby. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan had a triple. After consecutive easy wins as race favorite from inside posts in his last outings, Racsan John...
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J P hits the jackpot in Yonkers feature

on 12/06/2008 12:00 AM
J P Jackpot (Jason Bartlett, four wins on the 13-race card), who missed a head in each of his last two tries, earned a measure of Yonkers Raceway revenge Saturday night, winning the $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 2 after an inside defection, J P Jackpot patrolled the pocket while Wholly Louy (Jeff Gregory) led through intervals of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.4. King Cat Anvil...
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Sugar Valley Alley scores; Morgan reaches 900 wins

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Sugar Valley Alley closed with a rush to score a 1:56.1 victory in the $15,000 featured trot at Dover Downs on Thursday. Tony Morgan won five races and is now at 901 for the season. Carlo Poliseno wheeled Sugar Valley Alley out of fifth heading to the three-quarters and continued on three wide around the final turn on the way to a 1:56.1 triumph in the top trot of the night. It was the sixt...
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SJs Morgan named Horse of the Year at Batavia

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
General manager Michael D. Kane and the Upstate New York Harness Writers Association have announced that SJs Morgan is the 2008 Horse of the Year at Batavia Downs Gaming.   Owned by William Switala and James Martin, SJs Morgan, a 6-year-old son of SJ\'s Photo, made 15 Batavia starts and was victorious in 11 of them, with one second and one third. He earned $42,837. Ron Beback, Jr. is the tr...
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Mare takes matters in her own hands to win at The Meadows

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Uncharacteristically absent from the winner\'s circle for several months, Whotookwhat took matters into her own hands on Thursday at The Meadows, using a quarter-pole move to control the race and capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Although she has won 45 times in her career, Whotookwhat slumped in her first three races following 12 weeks on the sidelines, finishing off...
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I give youmyword she\'s a winner at Cal Expo

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Conditioned-claiming pacers were featured on Thursday night at Cal-Expo, in which I Give Youmy Word was fastest of all. Making her first start since a November 13 win, driver Bruce Clarke knew what was best for the filly.\"She hadn\'t raced in three weeks and I wanted to give her a trip,\" said Clarke. Coming away in third position from post two, Clarke stuck to his game plan as he remaine...
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Millers making Snow Angels at the Meadowlands

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
It was Miller time at the Meadowlands Thursday night as drivers Andy and David Miller (no relation) captured three of the four $25,000 divisions of the opening round of the Snow Angel Series for 3-year-old filly pacers.   David Miller’s 1:52.3 victory behind Four Starz Melody was the fastest of the quartet of Snow Angel splits as the daughter of Sealed N Delivered defeated Honey Dreams an...
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Solvalla holds card sponsored by Menhammar Stud

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg’s Menhammar Stud was the sponsor of the weekly racing card Thursday at Solvalla, which had many classy races, and the Wallenius Cup for 3-year-old fillies had an American winner as the sensational filly, Bring Me Luck U.S. (Kadabra-Polyester Hanover by Lindy Lane) won it wire to wire.   Bring Me Luck U.S. is trained by Kari Lähdekorpi and driven by Stefan Pers...
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Southwind Farm buys part of Muscle Hill

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Allen and Connie Skolnick’s Southwind Farm has purchased an interest in Muscle Hill, who turned in a world record-setting 1:53.3 mile to win the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot at the Meadowlands last Saturday night.   “We’re thrilled that Southwind Farm has joined the Muscle Hill team,” said Greg Peck, who has trained the colt since Tommy and Louis Pontone’s TLP Stable a...
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New York Sire Stakes finals moved to Vernon Downs for 2009

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
The Trustees of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, the administrators of the New York Sire Stakes, Thursday approved their 2009 racing schedule which includes a change in venue for the “Night Of Champions” Sire Stakes finals from Yonkers Raceway to Vernon Downs.   Meeting at the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., the trustees unanimously vote...
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Scharf to present Gallo scholarships to Conger, Shand

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Martin Scharf, a successful real estate manager and horse owner, will present 2008 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarships to college students Megan Conger and Katrina Shand in the winner’s circle Saturday night at the Meadowlands.This marks the fourth year that Scharf will award tuition funds in the name of his champion pacer and 2000 Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip. Megan Conger will receive $15,000 ...
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Gallantly completes Charles Singer Memorial sweep

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Gallantly completed a series sweep as he drew off to victory in the $47,500 Charles Singer Memorial for 3-year-old trotters on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Gallantly and Tim Tetrick cleared the lead past the half and matched strides with First Notable Chip into the stretch. Gallantly dismissed his challenger mid-way down the lane and edged away to a 2 1/4-length victory over pocketsitter Autu...
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Jans Luck scores Friday feature at The Meadows

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
An opportunistic Jans Luck, relaxing while the leaders dueled in front of her, pounced on them around the final turn and went on to win the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap pace Friday at The Meadows. The victory made Jans Luck a “half-millionaire,” giving her $508,178 in career earnings.  Spring Break held the early lead but withered under strong first-over pressure from Vysok...
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