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Michigan horseman Allen loses home to fire

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Michigan-based trainer Chris Allen lost his home and all the family’s belongings to a fire Saturday, Dec. 13, started by a gas leak believed to be related to the recent installation of a new dryer. Allen, his wife, and several others who resided at the home were not present at the time of the explosion but their 2-year-old son and the grandfather of the child were but they escaped unharmed. &nb...
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Friday cancellations: Big M, Woodbine, Yonkers, Monti, Saratoga

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
All of the sport\'s major tracks located in the path of a projected powerful snowstorm have canceled their Friday programs, and the list includes Meadowlands, Woodbine, Yonkers, Monticello, and Saratoga. Also, Michigan\'s Sports Creek Raceway has canceled its Friday card. Other tracks in Canada that have closed are Georgian Downs, Western Fair and Flamboro Downs.   The Meadow...
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Lucy Lucy easily wins Open Handicap for mares in 1:52.3

on 12/17/2008 12:00 AM
After sweeping three-wide from last place at the top of the stretch, Lucy Lucy ($5.80) and driver Anthony Napolitano won with ease in the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at the Isle Pompano Park.   The fifth race feature saw Biggest Big Bertha and driver Bruce Ranger leave from post four and take early command with Brissonte Hanover (Richard Simard) getting to the two-hole trip in...
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Ladyfield ends Perfect M Forever\'s winning streak in 1:53.4

on 12/17/2008 12:00 AM
Ladyfield caught Perfect M Forever in the final stride to end her win streak at eight in a row in the $27,000 Filly and Mare Open/Handicap pace Tuesday at Dover Downs while Costly Legs added to her win streak in one of two $18,000 distaff paces. Corey Callahan had four winning drives, Tony Morgan three.   All good things must come to an end. Ladyfield rolled along the passing lane...
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Kissmeallover captures Incredible Finale final in 1:57

on 12/17/2008 12:00 AM
Despite a late afternoon snowstorm which dumped anywhere fromn two to six inches of snow on the Chicagoland area Tuesday, the show continued on at Balmoral Park as Kissmeallover defeated six other Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old filly pace rivals in the $7,000 final of the Incredible Finale Series.   After decisive victories in the first two legs of the series Micha...
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Hoopie gets break, wins feature trot at The Meadows

on 12/17/2008 12:00 AM
Full of trot but seemingly pinned inside, Hoopie got a late break and fully exploited it as he took the $25,000 Preferred Handicap trot Tuesday at The Meadows.   After a ground-saving trip on the sloppy track, Hoopie was poised in third and ready to challenge the front-ending Prism K in the stretch. But he lacked room and appeared headed for a minor check when the pocket-sitting Pembroke Pr...
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Hochstetler, Graham to join Illinois Hall of Fame

on 12/17/2008 12:00 AM
Trainer-drivers Homer Hochstetler and Jerry Graham have been selected for induction into the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame by the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association. Also going into the Hall in the Immortal category will be Dan Knox while the horses Sportsmaster and Misty Misty will be honored.   The awards ceremony will also honor Debra Jo Collier as the Caretaker of the Year...
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World champion Snow White to be sold at mixed sale

on 12/17/2008 12:00 AM
More than 435 head will be offered at the January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, including world-champion filly Snow White, the fastest and richest 2-year-old trotter in history. The sale, which once again features a terrific selection of racehorses, fillies and mares, and stallion shares, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19.   With a 2-year-old mark of 1:52.4 and ca...
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Which is your choice for 2008 Race of the Year?

on 12/17/2008 12:00 AM
Ballots for the 2008 Race of the Year are included in the Dec. 14 Holiday Issue of The Horseman and you can re-live those great moments by clicking the video links at \"featured video,\" located on the right side of the home page of harnessracing.com.   This year\'s nominees include: the William Haughton Memorial, won by Mister Big; the Meadowlands Pace, won by Art Official; the L...
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Deweycheatumnhowe involved in Pennsylvania accident

on 12/17/2008 12:00 AM
Ray Schnittker was involved in an accident on a Pennsylvania highway Wednesday morning while en route to Kentucky with the Hambletonian-winning Deweycheatumnhowe, and Alan Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd. and syndicate manager, said both horseman and horse emerged unscathed. Schnittker’s wife, Dr. Janet Durso, suffered a separated shoulder and was treated at a local hospital and relea...
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Phil Pines dies

on 12/17/2008 12:00 AM
Phillip A. Pines, 82, the longtime director of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, himself a member of the Communicators\' Hall of Fame, died Tuesday in Middletown, N.Y. after a long illness.   For many years Mr. Pines had been the sport’s prime historian. “I acquired the knowledge of the history of harness racing through the extensive research and requests for information...
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Dali ties 1:48.2 world mark in 3-year-old colt pace final

on 12/16/2008 12:00 AM
Dali obliterated the track and stakes record with a world record equaling 1:48.2 victory in the $249,113 Matron Stakes 3-year-old colt pace final on Monday, Dec. 15, at Dover Downs.   Dali left quickly to find room second behind the early leader, the George Brennan-driven Proper Respect. After a :26.1 opening panel, Ron Pierce swept Dali out and into the lead. From there...
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Farmer Jones harvests 1:55.2 trot win at Pompano

on 12/16/2008 12:00 AM
Farmer Jones ($9.20) was able to grind out an impressive first-over victory in winning the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Isle Pompano Park Monday in 1:55.2.   It was the race favorite, Battleshoe Victor who started off the fifth-race feature by leaving from post nine and grabbing the early lead away from Cisco Hall (Kevin Wallis), who then went off stride by the opening quarter mile in...
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Gregory drives five winners at Yonkers

on 12/16/2008 12:00 AM
Driver Jeff Gregory picked up an early christmas gift as he went behind the starting gate eight times in Monday\'s 13-race card at Yonkers Raceway and came home the winner in five of the races.   Gregory won the evening\'s first three races--including a sweep of the $23.40 early daily double--with Yankee Rocketter ($4.70) in the $17,000 pacing opener (1:55.2) and Ultra Star ($10.8...
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Lively Moment sets 3:42.4 world mark in Monticello Marathon

on 12/16/2008 12:00 AM
Though the rain drizzled down and the racetrack was taking on water, Lively Moment covered the 1-3/4 mile distance in world record time in the Monticello Marathon on Monday afternoon. The 5-year-old daughter of Master Lavec, in rein to Bruce Aldrich, Jr., was a decisive winner in a new North American and world record time of 3:42.4 for a trotter over a half-mile track.   In one of the ...
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Gov. Blagojevich signs casino bill

on 12/16/2008 12:00 AM
There is some good news out of Illinois regarding Governor Rod Blagojevich. Monday he signed House Bill 4758 which sets aside three percent of the adjusted gross revenue from Illinois’ four most profitable riverboat casinos for the horse racing industry in the state. The bill is a three-year extension of HB1918 which was passed in 2006, but has been held up in the courts and now awaits a decisio...
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N Y Times says Good Bye to Dewey

on 12/15/2008 12:00 AM
A feature article on Deweycheatumnhowe appeared in today’s edition of the New York Times. Writer Jane Schwartz visited with trainer, driver and co-owner Ray Schnittker and reported on not only Dewey’s career, but also delved into Schnittker’s history, from his nights working on a radiator assembly line to his unorthodox methods of training Dewey.   To read the story click here.
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Repairing Hambletonian barn would cost $100,000

on 12/15/2008 12:00 AM
The city Planning Board in Chester, N.Y., must soon decide if a barn believed to have been the home for Hambletonian should be renovated at an estimated cost of $100,000 by the developer of the property where the barn is located.   According to a story in the Middletown, N.Y., Times Herald-Record, Jon Shafran, the developer of the Eagle Crest subdivision, has already spent thousands of doll...
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Fout drives 4,500th winner at Dover Sunday

on 12/15/2008 12:00 AM
Jeff Fout scored his 4,500th driving victory at Dover Downs Sunday, while Bullion Bill A, Livestrong, Definitely Maybe and Perfect Swing also scored feature wins.   Winbak Farms\' Celebrate America\'s second straight triumph was a celebration occasion for driver Jeff Fout. The 56-year-old Ohio native and leading driver for a number of season in the Buckeye stat...
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Panel recommends increased funding for regulation

on 12/15/2008 12:00 AM
The Governor’s Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing in Kentucky has been sent to Gov. Steve Beshear with recommendations that funding to regulate the sport be increased and that it be paid for through increased fees and taxes. The report which was released to the media Monday and reported on the Lexington Herald-Leader’s website Kentucky.com, also recommended increasing purses and establis...
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