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Armstrong wins Cam Fella

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has announced that Armstrong Bros. Farms of Inglewood, Ont., has been voted the 2004 recipient of the Cam Fella Award. Named in honor of the world class Standardbred racehorse and stallion, the award recognizes extreme and recent meritorious service to the Canadian harness racing industry. The Armstrong legacy is synonymous with extreme effort and dedication to Canadian harn...
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Illinois drivers move east

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
Racing at the Meadowlands will have a slightly Chicago flavor when the sport's premier racetrack opens its doors for the 2005 season Friday night. The already-tough driving contingent has gotten even tougher with the arrival of Chicago-based drivers Eric Ledford, Patrick Berry and Brent Holland. Ledford left Chicago in 2002 to compete at the Meadowlands, but returned to Illinois last year due t...
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Palone wins HTA honors

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
Dave Palone has been named the winner of Harness Tracks of America's 2004 Driver of the Year Award, the second straight season he has captured the title and fourth time in the last five years. Based at The Meadows, Palone, 42, won the HTA title by finishing first in wins in North America with 669 victories, first in percentage standings with a .425 in-the-money average, and 13th in purse earnin...
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Broodmares of the Year

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
The late trotting mare Yankee Windsong and the pacing mare Windsun Dee have been elected as the winners of the Broodmare of the Year Award as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The awards are given to two broodmares, one of each gait, whose offspring had an extraordinary season. The connections of both mares will receive a trophy at the USHWA/USTA Dan Patch Awards Dinner, to be held...
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Another Kiss win

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
Stonebridge Kisses closed from last to first to take the $42,500 Open Pace for mares Friday night at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old daughter of Artiscape paced the mile in a lifetime best of 1:51.3. Driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Mark Ford, won by a half length over Jet Lag N while Feathery Fame, who cut the fractions, was third by a half-length. Maybe A Rita and Artbritration finis...
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Casino at Red Mile?

on 01/06/2005 12:00 AM
A bill to allow Kentucky voters to decide whether to legalize gambling--including the addition of casinos at the racetracks--in the Bluegrass State is once again being hotly discussed by legislators. According to Thursday's Cincinnati Enquirer, the bill would allow nine casinos across the state, including one in Lexington that would be likely operated through a partnership between The Red Mile ...
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Plainridge dispute continues

on 01/06/2005 12:00 AM
According to Thursday's Boston Herald, a Massachusetts Appeals Court judge has ruled that Louis Giuliano, an original investor in Plainridge Racecourse, is entitled to stock shares, a decision that could lead the way for a possible ownership change of the track. That could be another major obstacle to hurdle since the track is now controlled by a different entity than the one that built the track....
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Capitol leases Idaho track

on 01/06/2005 12:00 AM
According to reports, Capitol Racing has reached an agreement to purchase the operating lease for Les Boise Park in Idaho. The track is located in Ada County, with the county owning the track and the surrounding Western Idaho Fairgrounds. The county commissioners had a previous lease agreement with Lariat Productions, but in December had asked a judge to let them evict them, citing violations i...
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USHWA honors Governors

on 01/06/2005 12:00 AM
Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell have been named recipients of 2004 President's Awards by U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) president Gordon Waterstone. Minner, who in November was elected to a second term, was instrumental in getting another $1 million added to the Delaware Sire Stakes program, bringing to $3 million the total purses available to offspring ...
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Bigger purses at Big M

on 01/05/2005 12:00 AM
Bolstered by the second purse increase in three months, the entry box for opening weekend of the Meadowlands' 2005 harness meet received a strong response from horsemen. When racing resumes on Friday night, it will be with the second purse increase since November, and will lift the overnight purse distribution to an average of $200,000 per program. This is a 10 percent increase on top of the fi...
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Seminars to be sponsored

on 01/05/2005 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms will sponsor a series of seminars in 2005 for those considering first time purchase of a Standardbred. The Pennsylvania breeding farm will support the seminars, begun by the USTA in 1999, to educate potential horse owners before they make their first purchase. "Hanover Shoe Farms wants to play a part in giving potential new horse owners the tools they need to be effective and...
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Kohlers express interest

on 01/05/2005 12:00 AM
Trainer Bob McIntosh has told The Horseman that Michigan-based owners Ron and Mike Kohler have expressed interest in purchasing Windsor Raceway, which has been shut down since Jan. 1 after being denied a 2005 racing license from the Ontario Racing Commission. "It's just turned into a bad situation," said McIntosh, who trains and shares an interest in horses owned by the father and son duo. "The...
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Late horseman honored

on 01/04/2005 12:00 AM
Carl Allen, whose life was exemplary on and off the racetrack, has been selected for the prestigious Proximity Award by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Allen, who passed away this past year at age 74, got into the harness game after the riots in Detroit in 1967. That prompted Allen to change his vocation from selling vacuum cleaners to training trotters and pacers, with which he w...
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Horsemen's Trot underway

on 01/03/2005 12:00 AM
The $55,000 opening leg of the Horsemen's Trotting Series was contested Sunday afternoon over a very sloppy Woodbine oval, a fact confirmed by the five seconds in time was allotted by the judges. But the conditions did not stop either Y Chance It or Chip Dot Com from winning in 1:57.4 and 1:58, respectively. Y Chance It and driver Paul MacDonell got the job done in the first division as they to...
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Windsor ceases racing

on 01/03/2005 12:00 AM
Windsor Raceway has announced all live racing and simulcasting has been canceled due to the lack of a 2005 license. The track has requested 112 live racing dates while the Ontario Harness Horse Association has stipulated that the track race 153 days. The Ontario Racing Commission has denied Windsor's license request, thus prompting the track to shut its doors and notify employees of impending l...
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Matinee at Woodbine

on 01/01/2005 12:00 AM
By the calendar he turned one year older today, but even so, the classy veteran Admirals Express was his usual relentless self at Woodbine on New Year's Day as he won in 1:55.3. The "Grey Gladiator," as he's fondly referred to by track announcer Frank Salive, celebrated his ninth birthday with a well deserved victory in race five, a $35,000 conditioned event. Driven as usual by Paul MacDonell, ...
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Talks, but no contract

on 12/29/2004 12:00 AM
As of Tuesday night, Dec. 28, there was no contract between the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) and Balmoral and Maywood Park racetracks. Contract negotiations between theIHHA and track management broke pff Tuesday night without an agreement being signed for the year 2005, which is scheduled to start with this upcoming Saturday evening's card. No draw took place tonight at Balmoral...
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Tracks, IHHA reach accord

on 12/29/2004 12:00 AM
Wednesday morning (Dec. 29) the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) and Maywood and Balmoral racetracks signed an agreement for the 2005 racing season. The entry box for Saturday night's card was scheduled to remain open until 1 p.m. Wednesday so a full card can be presented. The box will remain open until 3 p.m. for Sunday's (Jan. 2) card.
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Brokaw honored in NJ

on 12/29/2004 12:00 AM
Brokaw, a 2-year-old pacer named for NBC veteran newscaster and recently retired news anchor Tom Brokaw, has been selected Horse of the Year in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres Division after being undefeated in all five of his races in NJSS competition. Brokaw's fastest clocking of 1:56.3 came in his wire-to-wire victory in the NJSS $35,000 Green Acres Championship Final for 2-year-old p...
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No contract, no racing?

on 12/28/2004 12:00 AM
As of late Monday night, Dec. 27, there was no contract between the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association and Balmoral and Maywood Park. Contract negotiations between the IHHA and track management broke off Monday night without an agreement being signed for the year 2005, which is scheduled to start with this upcoming Saturday evening's card and with the draw on Tuesday. There will be an emergen...
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