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Bea Witten\'s HFW Tell All photo wins Smallsreed

on 12/25/2007 12:00 AM
After watching her husband, Dave, collect the George Smallsreed Award for photojournalism the last two years, the honor has finally fallen to Bea Witten in 2007, it was announced by the United States Harness Writers Association.    The Wittens, familiar photography partners at all the major harness races in the United States, live in Chapel Hill, N.C.   Bea Witten’s ho...
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Brickells named Pa. Owners of the Year

on 12/24/2007 12:00 AM
Ordinarily, this would be the time of year where owners who had success in their previous campaign would reminisce happily about the last year, and look forward to the next season, and Dave and Ronna Brickell certainly did have some success in 2007, with the multi-winning SB Quent’s Knight, DVC Dixie Cocktail, DVC Done Good, and JC Mik Mac Jillio, who set track records at Clearfield and Yor...
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Ryan Anderson breaks leg in Balmoral spill

on 12/24/2007 12:00 AM
Ryan Anderson, the second-leading driver among the Balmoral Park driving colony in 2007, will be on the shelf through the start of the 2008 racing season after suffering a broken femur in a race spill Sunday night at the track.   The three-horse incident occurred toward the back of the field in Sunday’s first race and also involved drivers Art Gregory Jr. and Brandon Simpso...
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Track record falls in Florida feature

on 12/23/2007 12:00 AM
No Nonsense Yankee established the track record for a 4-year-old pacing gelding at Pompano Park on Saturday when crushing his rivals in the co-featured $14,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:50.1 to better the previous mark of 1:50.2 set by The Paper Wazoo in December of 2000.   Starting from post five with Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey at the lines, No Nonsense Yankee settled briefly...
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He\'s the king cat at Yonkers

on 12/23/2007 12:00 AM
King Cat Anvil N, who entered Saturday night\'s $30,000 Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway two noses and one eight hole away from what may have been a five-race winning streak, wasn\'t about to let a first-over trip stand in his way. The father-son, trainer-driver tandem of David and Jordan Stratton--along with owner John Kiwczak--have seen the 5-year-old Down Under Christian Cullen...
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Minnesota\'s Running Aces approved for \'08 dates

on 12/23/2007 12:00 AM
The Minnesota Racing Commission has approved 2008 racing dates at the new Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus Township. The first season of harness racing at Running Aces will begin April 11 and go through July 6. Racing will be held Fridays through Mondays until mid-June, and then go to five nights per week. Nightly post time will be 6 p.m. (central) and 3 p.m. on Sundays. &nb...
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Pacer generates an open win at Meadowlands

on 12/23/2007 12:00 AM
Six year old Jilliby Generator led at every call to win the $46,500 Open Pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands, the closing card for the 2007 at the New Jersey track. Brian Sears was in the sulky behind Jilliby Generator, who held off a late charge by Lucky NZ to win by a half length in a career-best 1:49.4. Special Report held on for third after a tough first-over trip.l   Mark Silva trai...
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10 straight for Stylish Solution

on 12/22/2007 12:00 AM
Stylish Solution extended her winning streak to 10 in the $46,500 Fillies and Mares Open at the Meadowlands Friday night.   Taken back early by driver Brian Sears, Stylish Solution sat a third-over trip. At the head of the stretch, she was four lengths back and swooped past Free and Western Graduate to win by a neck in 1:51:3. Stylish Solution paid $4.00. The Nat Varty-trained Stylish...
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Meadowlands to lose $2.7 mil this year

on 12/22/2007 12:00 AM
A story in the Friday, Dec. 21 edition of the Newark Star-Ledger says the Meadowlands will lose $2.7 million this year and more than $5 million next year, and Dennis Robinson, the new CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) is looking for ways to keep the state\'s horse racing industry alive.   Robinson told The Star-Ledger that boosting purses at the track \"is a crit...
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A Harrah\'s Chester sweep for Before He Cheats

on 12/21/2007 12:00 AM
Sent off at odds of 1-5, Before He Cheats lived up to his expectations, completing a sweep of the Chester Series for trotters with a nine-length victory in Thursday’s final at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack, trotting the mile in 1:54.   The 3-year-old Valley Victor gelding settled in fifth early on, allowing Safari Heat (Victor Kirby) and Exotic Destination (George Brennan) to ba...
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Lear Jetta named Pa. Sire Stakes Horse of the Year

on 12/21/2007 12:00 AM
A son of Lindy Lane named Lear Jetta certainly jetted past his Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition in the freshman trotting ranks in 2007, earning him distinction as not only Pa. Sire Stakes Trotter of the Year, but also Pa. Sire Stakes Horse of the Year overall. Owned by nonagenarian James McAuliffe and trained by “trottin’ hoss” veteran Bob Myers Sr., Lear Jetta won 11 of 13...
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A big-league win at Dover

on 12/21/2007 12:00 AM
Big League Yankee, owned by members of the late baseball star Charley Keller, and Kilkerran Scot won the Thursday twin features at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Tony Morgan steered Big League Yankee to one of his two wins, a 1:53.4 victory taking an $11,500 male pace. The Kellers and the Biddles bred and own the Dragon Again sophomore gelding. Reserve Forces (Eddie Davis Jr.) was secon...
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WEG drivers donate to Santa Claus Fund

on 12/21/2007 12:00 AM
Continuing a tradition that was started back in 2004, several of Woodbine Entertainment\'s regular drivers have once again donned their Santa hats to help out with the Toronto Star\'s Santa Claus Fund. The initiative was spearheaded by Luc Ouellette four years ago and this year he was joined by fellow drivers Paul MacDonell, Roger Mayotte, Brad Forward, Jody Jamieson, Phil Hudon and Chris Chris...
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Ohio harness tracks granted reduction in dates

on 12/21/2007 12:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission on Thursday approved a reduction in harness racing dates in Ohio in 2008. The four harness tracks will race 56 less dates and 50 less programs than in 2007.   The year-round Northfield Park will race 207 dates in 2008, 10 less than this year. The Cleveland track will open Jan. 2. Scioto Downs will race 68 dates, down 12 dates from 2007, opening May 9 and clo...
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Connors 3-year-old colt trot returning to Hazel Park in \'08

on 12/21/2007 12:00 AM
After an absence on the stakes schedule for several years, Hazel Park Raceway has announced it will once again host the William Connors Memorial Trot for 3-year-old colts in 2008 on Friday, July 4. Eliminations for the early-closing event, named for the suburban Detroit\'s late Hall of Fame race secretary, will be on Friday, June 27.    The $500 nominations for the Conno...
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Tetrick is USHWA\'s Rising Star, Elliott top trainer

on 12/20/2007 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick, who came east at the end of last season as a hugely-promising but untested driver on the national scene, has parlayed a record total of dash victories into an earning of the Rising Star Award as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, while Steve Elliott, 2007’s leader in training champion performers, was given the nod for the Garnsey Memorial Trainer of the Year Award--for b...
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Khifra Hanover wins 16th of year in Dover feature

on 12/20/2007 12:00 AM
Khifra Hanover and Grand Photo returned to the win column in $22,000 Jr. Open Trot victories on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Julianna Edwards\' Khifra Hanover secured her 16th victory of the year as Frank Milby took the Lindy Lane late blossoming 5 year old took the lead early and sped to a 1:56.4 triumph. Sugar Valley Alley and Carlo Poliseno made a big move around the final turn to challen...
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Simmichacha tangos in $80,000 series final at Chester

on 12/20/2007 12:00 AM
Rating off a pressured early pace then grinding out a first-over journey, Harold Brocklehurst’s Simmichacha ($10.40) proved victorious in the $80,000 final of the Delaware County late-closing series on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah’s Chester, closing through the final strides for a half-length victory.   The 4-year-old Dream Away mare had a conservative beginning, rating w...
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Meadowlands announces 2008 stakes dates

on 12/20/2007 12:00 AM
The $1.5 million Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 2, and $1 million Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, July 19, headline more than $14 million in stakes scheduled for the 2008 harness meet at the Meadowlands.   \"From our popular Winter Series to the rich Championship Meet stakes of the summer, the Meadowlands continues to set the stage for the sport\'s brightest stars,\" said director of racing a...
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Danzig ready for career finale--again

on 12/20/2007 12:00 AM
It was all set. On Thursday, Dec. 13, the veteran trotter Danzig was to make his final trip to post at Monticello Raceway, but the best-laid plans of mice and men sometimes go astray. A heavy snowstorm in the Catskill Mountains on that day forced The Mighty M to cancel its Thursday race card. Harry Nieberg, who has owned the $405,000 career winner nearly all of  his racing ...
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