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Brennan off to big start at Big M in \'09

on 01/16/2009 12:00 AM
After winning 14 races over the last four nights, George Brennan will try to lengthen his lead in the Meadowlands driver standings this weekend. He has opened up to a nine-win lead over Brian Sears in the 2009 standings with 24 wins through January 15.   Brennan had his biggest weekend since returning from injury three months ago with a six-pack of wins last Friday and a grand slam on Satur...
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Janet Klark remains in coma

on 01/16/2009 12:00 AM
Janet Klark, who along with her husband John are well known in harness raicng through their involvement with the Christian Harness Horsemen\'s Association, remains in a coma from injuries suffered in an auto accident in December, when the Klarks were returning to their home in New Hampshire after attending the Breeders Crown championship night at the Meadowlands.   John took over as di...
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Brewer Adams appeals 27-month suspension in Delaware

on 01/16/2009 12:00 AM
As a result of three positives for buprenorphine at Dover Downs in November, Brewer Adams, the leading trainer by wins and purse earnings at Rockingham Park in 2008, has been given a suspension of 810 days and fined $9,000 by the Delaware Harness Racing Commission. Adams has appealed the rulings, which would have suspended him from Jan. 14, 2009 through April 3, 2011.   Adams, 33, received ...
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Western Fair pylon race winner dq\'d by Board of Appeal

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
The order of finish in a Western Fair race last October in which the winning horse traveled within the pylons for an extended period of time around the last turn and through the stretch but was not disqualified that night by the track stewards has been changed by the Ontario Racing Industry Board of Appeal at a hearing on Tuesday.   In the Oct. 28 race, driver Don McElroy moved his hor...
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Muscles Yankee, Miss Easy heading to Goshen

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
Stanley Bergstein, chairman of the Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, has announced Muscles Yankee and Miss Easy have been elected into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame.   Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt exemplified greatness. Their choices are Muscles Yankee, who received 36 p...
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Former California racing leader Shapiro a Madoff victim

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
According to news reports, Richard Shapiro, former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board and the son of Marvin Shapiro, who operated harness meets at Western Harness Racing at Hollywood Park, has revealed that he has been \"devastated\" financially by the $50-billion Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Bernard Madoff.   Shapiro resigned as chairman of hte California Horse Racing Board...
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Fox Valley Topaz Illinois Horse of the Year

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
Breeders Crown champion Fox Valley Topaz has been named Illinois Horse of the Year for 2008. Bred by Fox Valley Standardbreds, owned by the Engel and Rucker Stables and trained by Kenneth Rucker, the 2-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster won 10 of 15 starts, took a mark of 1:52.1 and earned $628,880 last year. She is the first Illinois-sired 2 year old to win a Breeders Crown championship. She was a...
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2008 Driver of the Year returning to sulky

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that he received his doctor’s approval earlier in the day to begin driving again after having hip replacement surgery in early December and that he will climb back into the sulky Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Tetrick said he will slowly work his way back to full-time basis and he will be in the bike behind only Enhance The Night in Satur...
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Ontario court dismisses WEG appeal of Elliott ruling

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group’s (WEG) appeal in regard to its rejecting of horses trained by Bill Elliott and owned by Bob Hamather, Lloyd Nicholson, Gary Smith and Geoffrey Mount was dismissed Wednesday by the Court of Appeal for Ontario.   WEG had barred horses trained by Elliott after one of his horses tested positive for EPO. The owners appealed the ruling to the Ontario Racing Commiss...
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Pick 4 offered on races 6 through 9 at Big M

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
A trio of hefty long shots late in the Meadowlands Wednesday card produced a $32,239 Pick 4 carryover heading into Thursday night.
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Super Bowl sweep for Sears, Wilfong

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Brian Sears and trainer Brett Wilfong teamed for a Super Bowl Series double on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, sweeping divisions of the trotting series with Supreme Victor (1:58.4) and Lookin\' Ahead (1:57). Three other splits were won by Diamond Hunter (1:57.2), Smartchip (1:57.1) and Tropicana Ron (1:55.1). Supreme Victor sat third the whole way and shook loose late to st...
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A winning Party at Dover Downs

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
Dingy\'s Party closed between horse in deep stretch to scored a 1:55.4 victory in the $26,000 Open Trot, one of four wins for driver Jim Morand, on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Morand sent Dingy\'s Party from far back on the backstretch moving three wide at the three quarters and then darted between horses nearing the finish line to score the victory in the top trot of the week. The Party Par...
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Beback wins five on Buffalo opener

on 01/15/2009 12:00 AM
Trainer-driver Ron Beback Jr. won five races here at Buffalo Raceway to kick off the 67th season of harness racing here in Hamburg, N.Y.   A nice opening night crowd saw Beback win the first race with Blue Tees ($3.60) for owner James T. Dunn of Singer Island, Fla. Then in race three, Beback won with Pacific Jerry ($4.40), a 7-year old gelding by Pacific Rocket, who registered the fastest m...
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Ken Shand dies

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Kenneth Shand, one of harness racing\'s unheralded horseman, died on Jan. 12 at his home in Penns Grove, N.J. at 75. During the past four decades, Mr. Shand has been one of Southern New Jersey\'s outstanding and popular horsemen and harness innovators. It was Mr. Shand that brought the trotting hobble to its modern form. While in his native Australia, Mr. Shand started a harness equipment ...
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She is something like a Dame

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Apache Dame, after being idle for nearly a year, won her third consecutive $27,000 Mare Open on Tuesday at Dover Downs.   In the feature race, driver Ross Wolfenden took the lead with Apache Dame from Ladyfield (Tony Morgan) early and after shaking off a prolonged challenge from Pacific Philly (Eddie Davis Jr.) along the backstretch asserted herself in the stretch to score a 1:5...
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Esmeralda Semalu wins at Pompano

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Trainer-driver Joe Pavia Jr. piloted Esmeralda Semalu to the winner\'s circle to capture the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace at the Isle Pompano Park on Tuesday.   Biggest Big Bertha and Anthony Napolitano got the first call as the field of six paced over to the first quarter in :26.4, with Chapsboots N Spurs (Wally Hennessey) sitting on the outside battling for the lead.   Chap...
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Pantaleano wins four of seven at Yonkers

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Jim Pantaleano earned Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night accolades, winning four races from just seven drives on the 13-race card. Pantaleano was placed first with longshot SJ\'s Reel Girl ($37.40) in the $6,000, second-race trot, then aired with the favorite Notorious Buck ($4.40) in the $8,000, eighth-race trot for that one\'s third consecutive victory. Pantaleano then went back-to-back, wi...
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Field set for Thursday\'s King Pace at Monticello

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Since 2001 Monticello Raceway has been paying tribute to the memory of the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting a race exclusively for drivers of African-American descent. The eighth edition of the event will go to post on Thursday, the actual birthdate of Dr. King, with eight talented drivers set to battle in the event which is slated as race number eight on t...
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Three straight for Primo Spur at The Meadows

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
Primo Spur shrugged off a demanding first quarter and a sloppy racing surface Tuesday at The Meadows to capture the $25,000 Preferred Trot, his third straight victory in the track\'s top trot. Michaelrowyourboat parked Primo Spur to the quarter in :28, but the 5-year-old gelded son of Pegasus Spur-T Tars Shadowmio was so dominating that he put the field away with a :28.4 third panel. He scored i...
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Michigan Harness Horsemen\'s GM Corrion retiring

on 01/14/2009 12:00 AM
After 20 years of outstanding service to the Michigan Harness Horseman’s Association (MHHA), general manager Nancy Corrion has announced her plans to retire in February.  Corrion has graciously agreed to assist the MHHA during this leadership transition and she will remain on staff to facilitate her eventual successor.   MHHA president Brett Boyd said, “Nancy’s passion for our bu...
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