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3FT Context overcomes post 8 at Philly

on 11/27/2020 6:45 PM
 A trio of $11,200 features for horses on the way up the class ladder was the post-Thanksgiving headliners at Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday afternoon.   Two of the three top races were for trotters, and most eye-catching was the Father Patrick sophomore filly Context, who ran her record to two for three under the tutelage of Anette Lorentzon with a 1:54.4 victory while ...
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Wild Wild Western best in Meadows open

on 11/27/2020 6:31 PM
In Friday’s $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows, the first-over Wild Wild Western threw down a :55.2 back half to earn a narrow victory in 1:51.2 for Tony Hall, trainer Norm Parker and owners Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. It was the second straight victory for the 4-year-old Western Ideal-Caila Fra gelding, who now boasts lifetime earni...
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Rock Diamonds N cruises in Plainridge feature

on 11/27/2020 6:27 PM
A pair of District 9 events named "The Glenn" for resident pacers of Plainridge Park were held on closing day Friday with big performances put in by both winners.    In the $25,000 main event, Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) turned a second-over trip into a five-length victory at the wire.    Quick Shot (Bruce Ranger) out-left Avatartist (Nick Graffam) and...
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More than $126,000 raised in Breeders Crown Charity Challenge

on 11/27/2020 5:56 PM
In conjunction with the initiative created by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing and Casino raised $126,189 as part of the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. The challenge culminated on Friday, Oct. 30, the first night of the 37th edition of the Breeders Crown at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Through different fundraising outlets, four Indiana charities...
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Hoosier average handle increased 28% in 2020

on 11/27/2020 5:51 PM
The 2020 live racing season at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which concluded on Saturday, Nov. 21, produced encouraging gains on many fronts as well as sizable gains in all-sources handle during the shortened 111-day harness racing season.  At a time when tracks are struggling with the status quo of maintaining handle from year to year, Harrah&rsquo...
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Stormy Kromer favored in Yonkers Friday feature

on 11/27/2020 11:32 AM
After taking Thursday off for the Thanksgiving holiday, live harness racing resumes at Yonkers Raceway Friday night with a 7:12 p.m. first post time. The 10-race card features the $30,000 Open Trot and leads a big weekend at the Hilltop that culminates with a pair of six-figure invitational paces on Saturday night. Carded as Race 7 on the Friday program, the trotting feature is led ...
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Al McKee, father of Sam McKee, dies

on 11/26/2020 8:54 PM
Alton Edward McKee, age 88, of Linden, Mich., passed away Sunday, November 22, surrounded by his loving wife, Theresa, who was his caretaker for the last few years. Mr. McKee was the father of the late race announcer Sam McKee.   Al was born March 9, 1932, on the farm of his parents, C. Omer McKee and Geraldine L. McKee (nee: Howell), in Turner, MI. After graduating from high schoo...
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WEG now supports legalization of sports betting

on 11/26/2020 2:53 PM
In response to the Federal Government introducing a Bill that proposes to legalize single event sports wagering in Canada, Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate the Government of Canada for considering the potential impacts to the horse racing industry. While the proposed Bill to Amend the Criminal Code would permit single event sports betting on most sports, Woodbine Entertainmen...
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Fortify upsets in Progress; Takter sweeps exacta

on 11/25/2020 10:13 PM
Nancy Takter trainee Fortify ($22.40) took the second-over route to a 10-1 upset over stablemate No Lou Zing in the 2020 season’s final Grand Circuit stop for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the $325,000 Progress Pace, on Wednesday night (Nov. 25) at Dover Downs. Favorite No Lou Zing and driver Dexter Dunn were embroiled in a :25.2 first-quarter battle with Tattoo Artist (Yann...
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Lougazi splashes to victory in Batavia Open trot

on 11/25/2020 9:09 PM
They say it's not where you start, it's where you finish and Lougazi is the poster boy for that motto. And he proved it true once again on Wednesday night (Nov. 25) as he went from worst to first in the $8,500 Open I Handicap trot at Batavia Downs in a driving rain over a sloppy track.     Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away last by 15-1/2 lengths as Cordoba Hall (Billy Dav...
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Opus Blue Chip, Whata Foolbelieves win at Plainridge

on 11/25/2020 9:08 PM
A pair of $18,000 condition contests highlighted the racing action at Plainridge Park on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25) with front-end speed prevailing in each.   In the District 9 special event "The Brown", Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) went right to the front and paced to the half unencumbered in :56.4. Then during the second half he turned back a mid-race challenge fr...
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Dr. Katie Flynn appointed State Vet at KY Dept. of Ag

on 11/25/2020 4:12 PM
The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture (SBOA) yesterday unanimously approved Dr. Katie Flynn to serve as the new State Veterinarian at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Dr. Flynn joined KDA as the Deputy State Veterinarian earlier this year. Dr. Alex Hagan, a veterinarian in Shelbyville, Kentucky, has been approved by the SBOA to serve as Deputy State Veterinarian, taking Flynn&rs...
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Progress Pace in new Weekend Preview!

on 11/25/2020 2:08 PM
As an appetizer for some Thanksgiving day football, how about some Progress Pace action at Dover Downs? In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Hall of Fame driver David Miller gives insight into his strategy behind Cattlewash, who starts from the outside post 8. And with co-favorite No Lou Zing to Cattlewash’s left in post 7, it should make for an interesting first quarter. ...
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Ohio stallion registration deadline looming

on 11/25/2020 12:47 PM
The deadline to renew Ohio-registered Standardbred stallions is Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 for the 2021 Ohio breeding season.   In 2020, a total of 125 stallions were registered in Ohio for the breeding season, which runs from Jan. 15 through July 15 in the Buckeye State. According to the United States Trotting Association statistics, 2,860 mares were bred in Ohio in 2020, the mo...
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Back-to-back $5-million weekends at Big M

on 11/25/2020 12:41 PM
When a track hosts “event programs” with marquee races such as the Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian, it’s difficult to stack up a third card to match the other two in terms of excitement and impact.   But on Saturday night, Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night did well to live up to those programs with thrilling racing where divisional honors were won and lost, as well as...
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2021 Dan Patch Awards banquet canceled

on 11/25/2020 12:06 PM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) is formally announcing that due to travel concerns related to the covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Dan Patch Awards Banquet, scheduled to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2021, has been canceled.  The 2020 divisional equine awards will be announced virtually, as will an abbreviated roster of human awa...
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Hilary Lynn Spears, 37, dies

on 11/25/2020 10:58 AM
Hilary Lynn Spears, much beloved daughter of Drs. Laura and Paul "Pete" Spears, died on Nov. 21 at the age of 37. Hilary was born in Harrisburg and raised in York. She attended York Country Day School before graduating from York Suburban High School in 2001. In 2007 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in photography from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA...
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Prairie Westerngal wins Pompano F&M open

on 11/25/2020 10:07 AM
Prairie Westerngal, stepping up a notch after a win last week in Open II company for fillies and mares, took top honors as she won a close photo finish in the $11,500 Open Handicap for fillies and mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal had Wally Hennessey in her sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-o...
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Big Al M, Jazzy Judy win DSBF 2YO finals

on 11/25/2020 8:52 AM
Jazzy Judy and Big Al M were best of all in their respective $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 2-year-old trotters on Tuesday night (Nov. 24) at Dover Downs.   In the filly trot, named for the late Brandywine Raceway and Dover Downs publicity director Marv Bachrad, Jazzy Judy was a dominant 1:59.4 winner, 4-1/2 lengths in front of Designer’s Edge and Kim&rsqu...
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Dobson, Levine take Saratoga awards

on 11/24/2020 7:32 PM
The tandem of trainer Jaymes McAssey and driver Shawn Gray scored a double on closing day at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Tuesday. The young conditioner and the veteran reinsman won the final feature of 2020 with Always Mindy (Always A Virgin), who made her local debut in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Always Mindy was a $10,000 claim for McAssey at Plainridge back in September and afte...
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