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WEG/OHHA reach one-year agreement

on 12/20/2007 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) proposed a one-year contract extension to the Ontario Harness Horse Association existing contract (OHHA) that was unanimously accepted by OHHA members at last night\'s meeting in Milton. For the past few months Woodbine and OHHA representatives have met in good faith to discuss the terms of a new contract. Further talks will take place in the upcoming year to...
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Aminorex charges dropped in Ontario

on 12/20/2007 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has reportedly dropped the charges against 11 Standardbred trainers who had Aminorex positives. Thursday\'s Globe And Mail said that although the trainers have been exonerated, the horses that received the positives will remain disqualified from the races involved and the purse money will be distributed among the other horses.   According to the story, cha...
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Daniel Maier found guilty of race fixing

on 12/20/2007 12:00 AM
The Sacramento Bee has reported that driver Daniel Maier was convicted of three felony counts Thursday in what is believed to be the first successful prosecution of a race-fixing case in California, while driver-trainer Todd Ratchford was cleared on three counts.   After two days of deliberation, the Sacramento Superior Court jury handed down the decision about a May 5, 2006, ...
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Woodbine moves Thurs., Fri., Sat. post to 7:30

on 12/19/2007 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group today announced that post-time for its previously scheduled 7:40 p.m. Standardbred racing cards will be moved to 7:30 p.m. in 2008. \"The Meadowlands has shifted its 2008 post times, so for the benefit of our customers, we moved our first race post on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights up 10 minutes to avoid the conflict,\" said Bruce Murray, Woodbine vice preside...
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May June Character named Pa\'s Horse of Year

on 12/19/2007 12:00 AM
No matter the month, the 3-year-old pacer May June Character certainly loved racing--and winning--in the Keystone State, with his four Sire Stakes victories (including the Championship) along with other important victories in “open” stakes earning the gelding honors as both Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Pacer of the Year as well as overall Pennsylvania Horse of the Year. A son of...
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Ladyfield best again in Dover open

on 12/19/2007 12:00 AM
For the second consecutive start Ladyfield proved the best in the $26,000 Filly and Mares Open Handicap Pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. With meet leading driver Tony Morgan at the reins, Ladyfield racked up her 13th win of the season turning back five rivals in the top distaff event of the week.   Ladyfield won easily with Kellytuck Sophie and Jonathan Roberts closing for second mone...
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Kentucky starts process to regulate steroids

on 12/19/2007 12:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) has announced it will draft and adopt rules regulating the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses in the Bluegrass State. At an Authority meeting on Monday, KHRA executive director Lisa Underwood said that although there is no time frame to adopt the rule—or close to the rule—put forth by the Association of Racing Commissioners International and Racin...
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Four Starzzz Shark stud fee reduced

on 12/19/2007 12:00 AM
Brittany Stallion Management has announced a reduction in the stud fee for Four Starzzz Shark to $6,000. “We were extremely happy with how the Shark yearlings were received this year,\" said syndicate manager Art Zubrod. \"They were a great looking group and there was some thought to persevere with the same stud fee. \"However, market conditions are telling us that a reduction was called for...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 12/19/2007 12:00 AM
In this week\'s Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen shows once again he doesn\'t need any help from Writers Guild members to write a monologue or compile a Top 10 list as he has put together a dandy of a column as he presents his 2nd annual Rosalind Awards to the sport\'s leading names and performers. Find out who Cohen honored as his 2007 Horse of the Year and his Curious Horse of...
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Canada\'s O\'Brien finalists announced

on 12/19/2007 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has announced the finalists for the 2007 O\'Brien Awards, which honor Canada\'s best in harness racing over the past season. The awards are named in honor of the late Joe O\'Brien, an outstanding horseman and a member of The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The winners will be announced at the O’Brien Awards banquet on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. Jody Jamieson and Paul M...
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Snow White named NJ Standardbred of the Year

on 12/19/2007 12:00 AM
Snow White, winner of  the $650,000 Breeders Crown Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies and $1,252,646 in purse money, has been named New Jersey Standardbred of the Year for 2007. This prestigious award to a New Jersey-sired Standardbred is presented annually by the Equine Advisory Board of the State Department of Agriculture upon the recommendation of the Breeders Committee of the S...
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Prince Of Luck surprises in Dover Preferred

on 12/18/2007 12:00 AM
Prince Of Luck, Art Director and Glass Pack won the top three events on another strong 15-race card on a windy Monday at Dover Downs. The result of the $35,000 Preferred Pace was as easy as one, two, through five. Prince Of Luck from post one pulled a 5-1 surprise as Ross Wolfenden picked up his fourth win of the night. The 5-year-old Camluck gelding led a cavalry charge down the...
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Blanket finish in Pompano open

on 12/18/2007 12:00 AM
Three horses were separated by a minuscule margin at the conclusion of the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park on Monday, with the Florida-bred Railee Possible holding sway in the final yards to come out on the winning end of a tight photo finish and prevail in 1:56.2.   Railee Possible was driven aggressively off the gate from post six by Dan Clements, opening up a two-len...
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Donato, Dewey, named 2007\'s top colt trotters

on 12/18/2007 12:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Donato Hanover was named 3-year-old colt trotter of the year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association in Dan Patch Award voting announced Tuesday by the U.S. Trotting Association. Donato Hanover, the No. 1-ranked harness racing horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll and a leading contender for Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year, received 189 of 191 votes....
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Mister Mystic N upsets in $120,000 final at Harrah\'s Chester

on 12/17/2007 12:00 AM
With driver Eric Goodell working out a perfect trip, 12-1 Mister Mystic N prevailed in the $120,000 final of the Commodore Barry late-closing series at Harrah’s Chester on Sunday afternoon, clearing by a length and a half in the final strides to secure a 1:52.2 victory.   The 5-year-old In The Pocket gelding was unhurried early, allowing Dark Sign (Brian Sears) and Jaguar Jet (Andy M...
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Tetrick takes both Dover features

on 12/17/2007 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick continued his record breaking seasonal barrage driving the winners of both $16,500 and $14,500 co-feature races, Auto Pilot and Real Magician, at windy Dover Downs on Sunday.   \"The Green Machine\" launched a four-win attack guiding Foulk Stables\' Auto Pilot to a 1:56.3 victory, the second in his last three for the Jet Laag gelding, in a $16,500 pace. Auto Pilot ov...
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Nimrod Borealis wins French Grand Circuit final

on 12/17/2007 12:00 AM
Nimrod Borealis won the final of the French Grand Circuit-—the Grand National du Trot—-at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes on Sunday, easily making up a 25-meter handicap to score in a mile rate of 1:57.2 over the 2,875-meter distance (about 1 3/4 miles).   The Grand National du Trot is a series for older trotters, with qualifying races at 13 different tracks over the year. The final on Sun...
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Ontario adds new alcohol and drug policy in 2008

on 12/17/2007 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has announced that beginning Jan. 1 a new alcohol and drug policy will be instituted, which includes the addition of person who work in \"safety sensitive positions\" to also be tested.   The following is the list of those Standardbred participants who will be subject to be tested:   Blacksmith Driver Groom Horse identifier Judges Official Veterinarian O...
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Brocious honored as Pa.\'s Small Breeder of the Year

on 12/17/2007 12:00 AM
Harold Brocious, a feisty gentleman 74 years young, annually has a group of homebred colts race for him on the Pennsylvania fair circuit, and this past year the group did so well for him that he has been selected Pennsylvania Small Breeder of the Year. Among his charges, whom he christens with the first name “RT” in honor of his Rocky Top Stables, were three of the horses who were on top o...
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Road from Iowa to New Jersey leads to winner\'s circle

on 12/16/2007 12:00 AM
It was a fairytale ending to a Cinderella-like story as Panaramic Art rolled to his 14th straight win in the $60,000 Oil Burner final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Panaramic Art followed Wynnfield Flash to the top in a :55.4 half and opened up to a 3 1/2-length lead as they entered the stretch. He responded when asked by driver George Brennan in the final sixteenth and held off the la...
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