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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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Purse boost for Hambo

on 12/28/2004 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has released a stakes schedule for 2005 worth more than $24 million, including the richest edition of the Hambletonian, with a final guaranteed at $1.5 million. In 2005, both the Hambletonian and its filly companion race, the Hambletonian Oaks, will undergo their first guaranteed purse increase since 1983, when the open division grew to a $1 million final, and in 1997, when the Oak...
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Boxing Day at Woodbine

on 12/27/2004 12:00 AM
Continuing to race hard on the front-end, Rair Earth and driver Mike Saftic held on for a neck victory in the $50,000 Open Pace Sunday afternoon at Woodbine in 1:52.2. He paid $12.50 to win. Owned by Aubrey Friedman and Brian Nixon, Rair Earth cut fractions the fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.2 and held off a pair of closers for his fifth score of the year. Jr. Mint was just short at the wi...
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Windsor delays opening

on 12/27/2004 12:00 AM
Unlike many a year in the past, Windsor Raceway will not be open for live racing on Jan. 1. The track has announced that it will delay its 2005 opening of live racing and simulcasting until the Ontario Racing Commission approves its '05 Race Date Application. The Ontario Racing Commission rejected Windsor's Sept. 29, 2004, application for 121 days of live racing. The Ontario Harness Horse Assoc...
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They're tough in Cleveland

on 12/27/2004 12:00 AM
Northfield Park overcame a snow emergency, travel warnings and a power outage the night before Christmas Eve and still put on a 14-race program that generated $1.92 million in handle. The Cleveland-area track was scheduled to resume live racing on Monday night, Dec. 27.
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Indictments in NJ

on 12/22/2004 12:00 AM
Trainer Richard Chansky was indicted on six charges of tax evasion and one of possession of a controlled substance by a Grand Jury in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Trenton on Dec. 20. Kevin Goodell, who served as Chansky's assistant trainer, was also indicted that day in connection with the case, on charges of receiving stolen property. The charges against Chansky include possession of an...
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Ky. Drug Council meets

on 12/22/2004 12:00 AM
A meeting of the new Kentucky Horse Racing Drug Council was held Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park, and Gov. Ernie Fletcher greeted the council members as they convened for the first time since 2003. The council is charged with reviewing and probably rewriting Kentucky's horse racing drug rules and policies. At the first meeting, council member Alan Leavitt of Walnut Hall Ltd. reviewed the d...
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Opinions on Fla. slots

on 12/22/2004 12:00 AM
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has reported that the Broward County School Board wants to delay a vote on allowing slot machines at pari-mutuel sites until the state legislature decides how to divide the profits. The nine-member School Board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday urging the County Commission to slow down on a countywide referendum until after the general session. Accordin...
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Second positive in Mich.

on 12/22/2004 12:00 AM
On Dec. 20, further lab testing in Michigan determined that another racehorse in a quarantined barn at Northville Downs tested positive for equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1), a variant of the virus that can cause respiratory infection, abortion or neurological disease in equine. Back on Dec. 8, animal health surveillance detected a horse exhibiting symptoms of illness at Northville Downs. On Dec. ...
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Rainbow Blue NJ's best

on 12/22/2004 12:00 AM
Rainbow Blue, who was almost unbeatable with 20 victories in 21 races this year, has been named New Jersey Standardbred of the Year for 2004. 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 Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, which registers all ...
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New Meadowlands stadium?

on 12/22/2004 12:00 AM
According to a report in the New York Times, the owners of the New York Giants have offered to pay the entire cost, estimated at $700 million, to build a stadium for the football team on state land at the Meadowlands, in return for operating the stadium rent-free and controlling all events there. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is presently in negotiations with the Giants about ...
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Niatross' last start

on 12/22/2004 12:00 AM
Nearly 24 years ago, harness racing fans in southern Florida were treated to a belated Christmas present from one of the greatest athletes of all time. Just two days after Christmas, those who were fortunate enough to get in the door at Pompano Park that Saturday night in 1980 saw the final racetrack appearance of the great Niatross. "It was a phenomenal night," remembers John Cashman, who was ...
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Sears a $10 million man

on 12/20/2004 12:00 AM
Brian Sears, 36, attained his first $10 million season as a driver when he scored with Canyon Wind in the fifth race at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Sears finished up the night with $10,028,306 in money-winnings for the season, his best ever. Only eight drivers have achieved $10 million seasons, with John Campbell leading the way with nine such years. Also in the elite category are Bill O'Donne...
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