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Willmot wins Messenger

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
David Willmot, chairman and chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment Group, is the winner of Harness Tracks of America's Messenger Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association of 41 U.S. and Canadian harness tracks. A brilliantly articulate and far-seeing racing executive, Willmot has built Woodbine Entertainment into a world leader in racing and gaming, and he is expanding its...
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Manzi HTA's top driver

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Cat Manzi, recently voted 2005 Driver of the Year by directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, has also been named Harness Tracks of America's Driver of the Year. To win HTA's award a driver must rank in the top 25 in North America in three categories: wins, money won and driving percentage (minimum 1,000 starts). Only three drivers--Manzi, Dave Palone and Tony Morgan--of 4,922 who dro...
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Vyingforthecrown wins

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Vyingforthecrown, a stakes contender at three, won her 4-year-old debut in a $12,500 condition trot, Thursday night's seventh race at the Meadowlands. Sent off at odds of 17-1, Vyingforthecrown trotted a lifetime best of 1:55.3, finishing a half-length ahead of Lawman. CR Dream Catcher was third by 2 1/2 lengths. The daughter of Striking Sahbra, racing for the Jesmeral Stable of Wood Ridge,...
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HHI names award winners

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International has announced the winners of its major awards for 2005. Jim Whelan, the president of the Ontario Harness Horse Association was named the winner of the Man of the Year Award; the Appreciation Award will go to Tom Winebrener, president of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners' Association; the Clyde Hirt Memorial Media Award will be presented to Bob "Hollywood" Heyden,...
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Restive Hanover wins

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Restive Hanover, a Breeders Crown champion at age 2 and the winner of the Matron final last December at 3, stepped up and beat the older mare Stonebridge Kisses in 1:52.4 at the Meadowlands Friday night. With Eric Ledford driving, Restive Hanover started from the rail but eventually yielded to Stonebridge Kisses after carrying that rival wide through part of the first turn. Stonebridge Kisses c...
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Another boycott settled

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
According to reports, the Ontario Harness Horse Association and Western Fair Raceway have signed a new racing contract that will allow racing to resume Monday, Jan. 9. The contract calls for the traditional 50/50 split of revenues from pari-mutuel racing. Management at one point had held firm on a deal for a 50/50 split only if the horsemen settled for fewer live racing dates than they wished.
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Camelot Hall qualifies

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Camelot Hall, who was bred to one mare in 2005 and never lined up behind the starting gate, is back on the track at age 5. He won a qualifier at Mohawk Friday morning in 1:57.1. At age 2 Camelot Hall, a son of Blissfull Hall, won the $830,798 Metro and finished second in the $640,000 Woodrow Wilson. At age 3 he finished second in elims for the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace, but failed ...
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Bullet Bob leaves Saratoga

on 01/05/2006 12:00 AM
Veteran race track announcer Bob Meyer recently announced his retirement from Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, and has turned the mike over to Mike Sardella, who served as his back-up announcer for the last four years. Sardella, a Scotia, N.Y. native, is also known to racing fans as Saratoga's in-house TV and web-site track handicapper, a position he will keep along with his announcing duties. He a...
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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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