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You're Next wins again

on 01/05/2006 12:00 AM
You're Next remained unbeaten in four career starts on Wednesday when he won the first race, $3,200 trot, at Pompano Park. Driven by Wally Hennessey, the 1-9 favored You're Next led from start to finish and won by 5 1/2 lengths in 1:58.4. The pocket-sitting Possibility (George Napolitano Jr.) finished second and Ranger Star (Mickey McNichol) finished third. Trained by Fred Cohen, You're Ne...
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Rucker's stay extended

on 01/04/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer Ken Rucker has received an extension of his stay regarding an aggregate suspension of 180 days and fines totaling $3,000 after having six positives on six different horses for indomethacin in his home state of Illinois. Rucker's stay began Nov. 30 and was to have expired Dec. 30, but it is still currently in effect. "The Racing Board has extended his stay indefinitely pending further te...
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Woodbine cancels Monday

on 01/03/2006 12:00 AM
Due to unsafe track conditions near the three-eighths pole, Monday evening's card of Standardbred racing from Woodbine was cancelled. Along with an array of horsemen, racing officials from the Woodbine Entertainment Group inspected the conditions before the announcement was made. The opening leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series, which was scheduled to be contested, will now be held on J...
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Mark Grismore killed

on 01/03/2006 12:00 AM
Ohio-based horseman Mark Grismore, 61, the father of Greg Grismore, was accidentally killed while working at his farm in Pandora on Monday. According to reports, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office reported that Mr. Grismore was attempting to unload a silage wagon filled with sawdust when he became entangled with an auger which was being powered by a utility tractor. He was pronounced dead at ...
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First-time winner at 55

on 01/01/2006 12:00 AM
Despite being pitched a shutout on the Meadowlands' New Years Eve matinee program, Cat Manzi secured his first-ever national dash championship with 727 winner's circle trips in 2005. At age 55, Manzi became the oldest first-time winner of the title. He finished 27 wins ahead of runner-up Tony Morgan, with Mark MacDonald third. Manzi was also recently named the U.S. Harness Writers Association''...
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All wet in Midnight Mile

on 01/01/2006 12:00 AM
Sweeping three wide from eighth place after the half-mile pole, driver Anthony Napolitano was able to guide Weathers Wet to a 1 3/4-length victory in the Midnight Mile at Pompano Park on Saturday night. The time of 1:57.1 tied the race record set by Docs Able and Napolitano's older brother, George Jr., in 2004. The Midnight Mile is the world's only horse race which spans two years. It started...
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Sears wins Big M title

on 01/01/2006 12:00 AM
With five wins on the New Year's Eve matinee program at the Meadowlands, Brian Sears captured the dash championship during the fall meet. His win binge brought him to 29, one more than David Milller and Ron Pierce. Sears also added $44,660 to his purse-winning total in 2005, during which he drove the winners of $15,085,991, a North American single-year record. Sears is the first driver to t...
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Sophomore breaks maiden

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Cane A Hora, making his first start for new owner-trainer Kelly Stackowicz, scored his first career victory in Thursday night's third race at the Meadowlands. The 3-year-old son of Conway Hall out of a Valley Victory mare captured the $12,500 condition trot by one length over Deep Seas. Driven by David Miller, Cane A Hora had previously been trained by Travis Alexander. Cane A Hora was makin...
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Sears tops $15 million

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Brian Sears became the first driver to surpass $15 million in earnings when he added $9,500 to his 2005 totals with a victory behind Ithinki'msomebody in the eighth race at the Meadowlands Thursday night. Sears is the leading money-winning driver in North America and the first to surpass $15 million. The previous single-season record was $14,184,863 set by John Campbell in 2001. With no one ...
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Boycott of Balmoral box

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Due to a lack of a sufficient number of entries, Balmoral Park has cancelled live racing for both Sunday, Jan. 1, and Tuesday, Jan. 3. Representatives of the track and the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) met Wednesday, Dec. 28, but failed to reach an agreement. The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association website reminds its members, "IHHA does not endorse racing without a contrac...
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MacDonald a rising star

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Mark MacDonald, the Prince Edward Island native who has made his mark in Ontario and also this year on the North American scene, has been selectedthe sport's Rising Star in the trainer-driver category in balloting by the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. MacDonald, 27, served warning of his sulky prowess in 2004 by posting 499 victories and making his presence well-known on the...
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Royal Mattjesty to stud

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Royal Mattjesty p,5, 1:48.4, who earned $1,652,730 during his racing career, has been retired to stud duty at Winbak Farm of Canada, located in Ontario. Winbak Farm purchased Royal Mattjesty from Perretti Racing Stable and John Rizzo. The son of Matt's Scooter out of a No Nukes mare made his last career start on Feb. 2, 2005, in the Presidential Series final at the Meadowlands. His biggest seas...
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No end in sight for boycott

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Chicago horsemen are boycotting the entry box, and since there is no meeting presently scheduled between the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association reps and track management, some horsemen are leaving the state to race elsewhere. The IHHA has not signed a 2006 contract with the operators of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park and as a result horsemen are boycotting the entry box. Racing for Jan. 1 ...
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Big M titles up for grabs

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
Several title races will enter the homestretch when the Meadowlands resumes live harness racing on Thursday night. Heading into Thursday's program, David Miller leads the fall meet driver standings with 26 victories to Cat Manzi's 24, while Ken Rucker holds a small lead in the trainers' race with 12 victories to Ross Croghan's 10. Richard Annunziata leads all owner for the meet with six victori...
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Top broodmares named

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
Miss Garland, the dam of 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo, and Ohyouprettything, the mother of freshman pacer standout Jereme's Jet, have been selected respectively as the Trotting Broodmare of the Year and Pacing Broodmare of the Year in balloting by the membership of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Miss Garland is a 15-year-old daughter of Garland Lobell out of the Lindy's Crown mar...
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Snyder is owner of year

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
Jeffrey Snyder, whose 2005 stable was topped by powerhouse pacer Rocknroll Hanover and complemented by several other hard hitters, has been named Owner of the Year in voting by the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Snyder won the initial USHWA Owner of the Year award in 1994, when he campaigned another standout 3 year old in Cam's Card Shark, who went on to Horse of the Year honor...
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Snyder wants trophy

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
Jeff Snyder is now a two-time winner of the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Owner of the Year Award, and he expressed some surprise at winning the title for 2005. "Wow, that's great," Snyder told harnessracing.com Horseman via cell phone from Miami Beach where he was on vacation with his family. "As for the highlights, there were three: the North America Cup, the Meadowlands Pace and the Bre...
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Miller trainer of year

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
HARRISBURG, Pa.--Erv Miller, the Illinois-based trainer who made it big on the national scene in 2005 with the likes of trotter Classic Photo and pacer Loyal Opposition, has been named the Glen Garnsey Memorial Trainer of the Year in voting by the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The award honors the memory of the Hall of Fame horseman who passed away in his prime in 1985. Mil...
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Toy Dragon wins Open

on 12/28/2005 12:00 AM
Toy Dragon took the lead at the start and was never headed en route to a 1:52.1 victory in the featured $24,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares Tuesday at Dover Downs. Driver Steve Warrington left fast with the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon's Lair, taking the lead in the first turn. Toy Dragon then rebuffed a first-over challenge by Pacific Illusion (Brandon Givens) at the three-quarte...
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Wally McIlmurray Sr. dies

on 12/28/2005 12:00 AM
Longtime Michigan horseman Wally McIlmurray Sr., one of the most well known members of one of the state's most revered families in the sport, died early Wednesday morning. He was 79. A member of Michigan's Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Mr. McIlmurray came to national prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the outstanding pacing mare Happy Sharon, who earned more than $600,000. Happy S...
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