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Sweep for driver/trainer in Miss Vera Bars splits

on 01/30/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Randy Waples and trainer Murray Brethour teamed up to take both $20,000(C) divisions in Thursday’s first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Series for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack. The pair clicked first with Artists Dynasty as the heavy favorite in the opening split. The daughter of Real Artist-Summerfield Hall took command from the outset and was never seriously challenged en rout...
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Trotter breezes to first win of \'09 at Dover

on 01/30/2009 12:00 AM
Breeze Hill Will, the senior member of a field of eight, posted his first win of 2009, winning the $15,000 feature trot at Dover Downs on Thursday, while Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan each drove four winners.   The veteran trotter, owned by Ricky Pryor and Wendy Crissman, reached his 12th birthday at the start of the year but showed no signs of aging with Callahan driving a 1:57.3 v...
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Jan has all the luck at The Meadows

on 01/30/2009 12:00 AM
Jans Luck worked out a perfect pocket trip en route to victory, her fifth in her last seven starts, in the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace on Thursday at The Meadows. Dave Palone gunned Jans Luck to the lead, but the 5-year-old daughter of Camluck-Jans Scooter was happy to yield to Spring Break, who provided escort service to the stretch. Jans Luck blew by in the Lightning Lane, ...
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Brown named director of racing operations at Harrah\'s Chester

on 01/30/2009 12:00 AM
Barry Brown has been named the new director of racing operations at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack. In his new role, Brown will oversee all racing and simulcasting initiatives at the Chester oval, which will kick off its fourth season of world-class harness racing on Monday, April 13. He replaces Mike Tanner, who left in December to accept an executive position at the United S...
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Bluegrass farms dealing with ice storm

on 01/30/2009 12:00 AM
The winter storm that hit central Kentucky this week has hit farms hard, with fallen trees and limbs creating clean-up problems, and several farms losing power and still without it on Friday morning; that includes Brittany Farms, and farm manager Art Zubrod said he had no reason to believe that it would be restored within a week.   “We brought in seven big commercial gene...
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Bob Heyden recovering after surgery

on 01/30/2009 12:00 AM
Bob, “Hollywood”, Heyden, the Meadowlands track statistician and co-host of the television show Racing From The Meadowlands Recap, is recovering from surgery. After a recent stress test resulted in doctors at Hackensack University Medical Center finding a large blockage on the left side of his heart, Heyden underwent coronary angioplasty and had a stent implanted. The entire procedure lasted a...
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Recount determines Bouchard, Kimelman get USTA seats

on 01/30/2009 12:00 AM
After a recount by Ernst and Young, and two meetings to review the election for directors in USTA District 8A, the election committee appointed by Pat Quaglietta has determined that Stephane Bouchard and Mike Kimelman are the new directors, succeeding Quaglietta and John Grasso. Less than 10 votes separated Kimelman, Grasso and Quaglietta. At the District 8A meeting held on Jan. 17, wit...
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New track superintendent at Hoosier Park

on 01/30/2009 12:00 AM
Robert “RJ” Moore has been named track superintendent at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. Moore has been a member of the track maintenance crew for the past nine years. He will oversee day to day operations during both the Standardbred racing season as well as the Thoroughbred racing meet. Moore replaces Gary Wolff, who resigned his position last fall to return to New Jersey and become track su...
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Bangor race paddock ready for opening; new barns planned

on 01/30/2009 12:00 AM
With Bangor Raceway\'s new $1.8-million race paddock ready for April 17\'s opening day, the track\'s parent company, Penn National, is now ready for the next phase of restoring the track\'s dilapidated barn area.   Located adjacent to the grandstand, the new paddock allows the track to demolish the current paddock (located in the old barn A), as well as the blacksmith shop and barns B, C an...
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Starsel wins two straight; Baker wins first ever

on 01/29/2009 12:00 AM
Starsel made it two in a row romping to a 1:562 victory in the $26,000 Open trot over a sloppy track on Wednesday at Dover Downs, while Tony Morgan collected another quartet of winning drives.   Starsel duplicated his first win last week for Glenn Del Russo, Charles Dombeck and trainer-driver Daryl Bier this time scoring a 1:56.2 triumph in the week\'s top trot. Bier left quickl...
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Rumble at Pompano Park

on 01/29/2009 12:00 AM
Rovasreadytorumble ($13.60) and driver Wally Hennessey were able to fan out three wide from fifth on the final turn and gun down both Kid Conway and Pure Jessie to win the $8,500 feature trot at the Isle Pompano Park Wednesday.   It was 10-1 Kid Conway and driver Bruce Ranger who started off the race shooting right to the lead from the rail with Better By Design (Fern Paquet Jr.)...
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William Harmon named HTA/Hanover Groom of the Year

on 01/29/2009 12:00 AM
In a shift from past award criteria, judges of the Hanover Shoe Farms-Harness Tracks of America Groom of the Year competition have selected a hard-working 20-year-old student who grooms horses for sick and needy clients free of charge, as emblematic of the caretakers of North America who contribute so much to the sport. William Harmon, of Acton, N.Y., a student in the horse education program at ...
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Ice storm closes HFW offices on Wednesday

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
Due to the major ice storm that has engulfed the state of Kentucky, the offices of The Horseman And Fair World will be closed on Wednesday, but despite the wintry conditions the Jan. 28 magazine was sent to press and mailed to subscribers on time.   The Horseman\'s general manager and editor Kathy Parker can be reached via email on Wednesday at kparker@harnessracing.com, while any advertisi...
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Dover\'s mares open goes to Sportsfancy

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
Sportsfancy, a winner of her last three races in 2008, made her second start this year a winning one with a 1:52.2 victory in the $27,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Eric Goodell waited patiently on the outside as Apache Dame, with Ross Wolfenden, and front pacing Pacific Philly, driven by Eddie Davis Jr., battled it out until the top of the lane where Sportsfancy, after ...
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Whotookwhat upsets at The Meadows

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
Seemingly miscast in a tough field of horses and geldings, Whotookwhat showed the boys something about trotting on Tuesday at The Meadows, as the redoubtable mare scored an upset victory in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap. Following her fifth-place finish in a similar event last week, Whotookwhat was dismissed in the wagering at 7-1. On Tuesday, however, the 7-year-old daughter of Inquirer-Overto...
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Tuesday night is Esmeralda Semalu night at Pompano

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
If it’s Tuesday then it must be Esmeralda Semalu Night at the Isle Pompano Park as the top mare of the 2009 season made it three straight wins in the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace. The feature started off with Golden Falcon N and driver David Ingraham speeding to the early lead by the opening quarter in :26.4 with Catalina Morgan (Denis St. Pierre) sitting on their back. Hea...
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Stablemates stand out in Miss Vera Bars

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
Just 12 three-year-old fillies are going postward at Woodbine in the opener of the Miss Vera Bars Pacing Series on Thursday night, but among them are a couple of stand-outs, both hailing from the shedrow of Murray Brethour. In the first of the two $20,000(C) splits, the lightly-raced lass, Artists Dynasty, has been highlighted as the 3-5 favorite coming out of three solid performances in the ...
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Track cancellations Wednesday due to winter storms

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands, The Meadows, Freehold, Buffalo Raceway, Monticello and Northfield Park have announced that their Wednesday live racing programs have been canceled due to the winter storm on the eastern portion of the country. 
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Harrah\'s Chester amends dates, delays opening until April 13

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack has received permission from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission to amend its 2009 racing dates. The original racing season was from April 5 through Dec. 22. The new opening day has been moved back a week to Monday, April 13.   Additionally, effective May 22 Harrah’s Chester will conduct a 5-day race week that includes Friday augmenting the ...
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Farmer Jones wins first of the year in Pompano feature

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
Farmer Jones ($5.60) and driver Kevin Wallis made their way to the winner’s circle after taking the $16,000 featured trot at the Isle Pompano Park in 1:55.2 on Monday.   Karpathos (Wally Hennessey) battled head and head with Battleshoe Victor (Anthony Napolitano) before taking over the lead at the quarter in .27.4. As the field passed the half in .57.3, Richard Simard sitting fourth pull...
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