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Michigan-based horseman Dan Taneyhill dies

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Veteran Michigan-based horseman Dan Taneyhill, a longtime owner who turned to training his own horses a couple of years ago, died at the age of 50 after racing Saturday night at Windsor Raceway.   Taneyhill, who owns the training center Taneyhill Stables in Swartz Creek, Mich., had just gotten back to the farm after having three wins and a second in four starts that night at Windsor wh...
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Mr. Feelgood sixth in Australian debut

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Little Brown Jug winner Mr. Feelgood finished sixth in his Australian debut Saturday night, the 6-year-old pacer’s first start since the Classic Series final July 26 at the Meadowlands and later being purchased by Australian interests. Driven by Anthony Butt, Mr. Feelgood led for much of the 2,560-meter (about 1 ½ miles) race but tired in the stretch and finished sixth. “I was reasonably hap...
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Florida USHWA announces honorees

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Murray Janoff, president of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, has announced the award winners for the 2008 season that will be honored at the association’s annual Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Diamante’s Banquet Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have b...
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Adios purse to be the richest in years in return to The Meadows

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadows announced Monday that the 2009 edition of the Delvin Miller Adios will offer a projected total purse of $820,000--its richest in years--and will space eliminations and the final heat eight days apart, a format introduced last year. The purse enhancement for the Adios, one of harness racing\'s premier events for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, is being funded by the Mead...
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Amour Angus euthanized after fracturing leg

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Amour Angus, the dam of Andover Hall, Angus Hall, Conway Hall, and Emilie Cas El, among others, was euthanized on Sunday at Walnut Hall Ltd. in Lexington after fracturing a hind leg.   The announcement of her death was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president and general manager of Walnut Hall Ltd., which is owned by his wife, Meg Jewett-Leavitt.   Leavitt said that Amour ...
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WEG says harness handle holds steady in 2008

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today released its Standardbred racing wagering figures for 2008, and they held steady compared with 2007 data. The company saw betting in the greater Toronto area on all Standardbred racing product total  $236,063,930 in 2008, compared to $237,457,870 in 2007. All-sources handle per race on live WEG Standardbred racing (2,680 races in total) ...
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Watta Hotshot dies during race Saturday at Meadowlands

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
The 6-year-old gelding pacer Watta Hotshot died of an apparent heart attack midway through the 13th race Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The son of Artiscape had been purchased for $250,000 in July 2007 by Sylvia Burke, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Randy Ringer and had been racing for trainers Mickey and Ronnie Burke.   “He had atrial fibrillation a couple of times in the past ...
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Zimmerman leaving as SBOANJ lobbyist

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Leon Zimmerman, a July 2009 inductee into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame Communicators Corner, is leaving his position as legislative lobbyist for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey after more than 35 years of service. Zimmerman said that he will continue operating the lobbying firm he launched in 1973 after working for the late Governor William Cahill, but take ...
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Tattersalls Sale underway at the Big M

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
The Tattersalls Mixed Sale is underway at the Meadowlands with more than 200 horses passing through the sales ring so far, and arly in the sale Diamond Creek Farm’s Adam Bowden purchased A Starlet Born, a 5-year-old Muscles Yankee mare in foal to Cantab Hall for $150,000.   Bowden also bought Thong, a 4-year-old Western Hanover mare, for $100,000.   Other $100,000 buys included th...
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3YO pacer tops Tattersalls at $250,000

on 01/19/2009 12:00 AM
Buyers seeking racehorses drove up bids at the Tattersalls Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Monday, and it took a bid of $250,000 for trainer Ben Wallace to take home Suprizemeagain, an Indiana-eligible 3-year-old son of Western Hero. Suprizemeagain was developed by Illinois trainer Shawn Nessa and the colt won 10 of 12 starts—finshing second in his only defeats—while taking a mark of 1:51 and ...
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Five straight wins for Vapor In The Wind

on 01/18/2009 12:00 AM
Make it five straight wins for Vapor In The Wind ($5.40) at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Saturday as the top pacer won the $16,000 Open Handicap for driver Kevin Wallis, hitting the wire in 1:52.1.   Starting from post eight in the sixth race feature, Wallis wasted little time sending Vapor In The Wind after early pacesetter, Armbro Dynamic (Wally Hennessey), taking the lead away at...
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Clyde Hirt, Complex splits contested

on 01/17/2009 12:00 AM
In the first division of the second leg of the $18,000 Clyde Hirt Stakes, it was Rocknroll Band that demanded the lead in a late rally down the stretch on Friday night at the Meadowlands. With David Miller in tow, Rocknroll Band gained his second win of 2009 in 1:52.3. Major General was a half-length back in second and Allamerican Major was another half-length behind for third. Rocknroll Band paid...
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Shocker in Snowshoe Series final

on 01/17/2009 12:00 AM
Shiny Mach won a stretch-long battle and prevailed as an upset winner of Friday\'s $47,600(C) Snowshoe Pacing Series final for 3 -and 4-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack. The final clocking of 1:54.4 was impressive considering the race was contested under frigid conditions as the recent cold snap in Toronto continued. Leaving from post eight on Saturday night, driver Roger Mayotte ...
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Open Handicaps featured at Yonkers Friday

on 01/17/2009 12:00 AM
Pancleefandarpels and B Strike Three had their names in lights Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s  co-featured $31,000 Open Handicaps. In the weekly distaff derby, \"Pancleef\" was ordered outside of her six rivals (Riven Hanover was a judges\' scratch). She and driver Jason Bartlett (four wins on the 11-race card) were content to enjoy the view from the back of the bus as JK Pur...
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Winbak Speed wins again; Its That Time takes second split

on 01/17/2009 12:00 AM
Winbak Speed extended his streak to three wins in the $50,000 second round of the Presidential Series for free-for-all pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands, hitting the wire first in 1:51.2.Driven by Ron Pierce, Winbak Speed seized command on the opening turn and held off the late rally of Boulder Creek to win the fifth race Presidential division by a length in 1:51.2.  Beau Rivage finish...
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Tetrick back in sulky; finishes fourth in first drive

on 01/17/2009 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick made his first start since undergoing hip replacement surgery in the $35,000 fillies and mares invitational Saturday night at the Meadowlands, finishing a distanced fourth with Enhance The Night, then on Sunday he had two drives and finished second and third.   Tetrick and Enhance The Night came up first-over against the leader and eventual winner Chancey Lady on Satur...
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Please Poppy wins trotting series final at Woodbine

on 01/17/2009 12:00 AM
Please Poppy survived a parked-out trip, under harsh winter weather conditions, to post a convincing 1:54.3 victory in the $90,000 Glorys Comet Trotting Series Final on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.The 5-year-old son of Self Possessed-Memes Sugar left from post seven in the field of 10 for driver Mark MacDonald and found himself parked in sixth position as the field reached the first stati...
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JP Jackpot prevails over five to win Frinzi Invitational

on 01/17/2009 12:00 AM
JP Jackpot employed the time-tested tactic, inside speed in a short field, to win Yonlers Raceway\'s $60,000 Dominic Frinzi Invitational Pace when he hit the wire first in 1:54.3 on Saturday night. With Stephane Bouchard driving for trainer Jody Dunning, J P Jackpot made every pylon a winning one to prevail in the six-horse field. Leaving from an inherited pole position (inside and outside ent...
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Bouchard elected director in close vote

on 01/17/2009 12:00 AM
United States Trotting Association District 8-A met Saturday afternoon at Yonkers Raceway, and according to the association, one outcome of the meeting is a possible disputed election for the two director seats.   More than 100 members from U.S. Trotting Association District 8-A gathered at Yonkers for that district’s annual meeting. The agenda included debate and voting on USTA rul...
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Onehotvett wins on cold night in Toronto

on 01/16/2009 12:00 AM
Onehotvett braved the frigid temperatures and nine other rivals to post an upset victory in Thursday night\'s $47,400 Blizzard Pacing Series Final for three and four-year-old fillies and mares at Woodbine Racetrack. Despite a victory in last week\'s second leg of the series, the four-year-old daughter of Goliath Bayama - Vals Vett was let go at odds of 17-1 in the final. Driver Jack Moiseyev h...
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