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USHWA Honors Round Barn

on 12/22/2003 7:00 PM
U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) president Moira Fanning has announced that the 2003 recipient of the President's Award is the "Round Barn Committee," formally known as the Stable of Memories. The committee is a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the truly unique structure of the former Floral Hall, built in the 1880s and now known as the "Stable of Memories," at The Red Mile in Lexi...
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Rising Star to Gingras

on 12/21/2003 7:00 PM
Yannick Gingras first came to the U.S. from his native Quebec in mid 2001, basing himself at Yonkers Raceway. Finding quick success, last year he was named the Rising Star of the Year in New York, and he has now received national recognition being named the U.S. Harness Writers Association's 2003 Rising Star of the Year Award winner. "I got (the award) last year but that was only in New York. N...
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Palone aims for HTA title

on 12/21/2003 7:00 PM
Driver Dave Palone was looking forward to a quiet day off Sunday (Dec. 21) when he happened by announcer Roger Huston’s office at The Meadows a few days earlier. As a result of his conversation with Huston, Palone traveled to Raceway Park on Sunday, and the result was a seven-winner night—-all for trainer Bob Belcher. “Roger Huston keeps me motivated, if nothing else,” s...
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Dan Patch finalists named

on 12/21/2003 7:00 PM
The U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced its finalists for 2003 divisional honors. USHWA received 197 votes, with 20 needed to be listed as a finalist. Seven of the 12 divisional winners are already known (an * shows a declared winner) as they were the only horses to receive the required 10 percent of votes to be named a finalist. The winner in each division will be awarded th...
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Joe Taylor dies

on 12/20/2003 7:00 PM
Joe Taylor, the farm manager for Standardbred and Thoroughbred operations at Gainesway Farm for 40 years, died Friday night (Dec. 19) as a result of a car accident near Lexington, Ky. He was 79. Mr. Taylor also owned the top Ontario 2-year-old trotting colt Eilean Donon, who he hoped to race in the Hambletonian and the Kentucky Futurity. Mr. Taylor began working with Standardbreds first, tak...
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Open to Life Sizzles

on 12/19/2003 7:00 PM
With an NFL football game knocking the Meadowlands Racetrack out of action on Saturday night (Dec. 20), the Big M presented a 15-race card Friday night. E Dee's Cam was expected to return to action with a win, but Life Sizzles derailed that plan. Life Sizzles, a 5-year-old stallion by Life Sign, won the $40,000 Open Friday night by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:50.1. Cheyenne Rei overcame post 10 to fini...
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No magic needed

on 12/19/2003 7:00 PM
Magician had little trouble posting his seventh victory of the season, trotting wire-to-wire in 1:54.2 to win a $40,000 Open Trot. David Miller drove Magician, an 8-year-old gelding, for trianer Earl Cruise. The horse had won his Clssic Series final t Dover Downs in his previous start on Nov. 24.
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Filly My Fantasy wins

on 12/19/2003 7:00 PM
The 3-year-old pacing filly My Fantasy turned in her fifth win of the season Friday night at the Meadowlands, winning in 1:52.3. My Fantasy edged Misbet, the champion filly in her class in Maryland this year. She turned in a strong effort, pacing home in :26.4. My Fantasy had been campaigned by the Pinske Stable earlier this year but is now owned by Cliff Siegel, Mathias Meinzinger and train...
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Christoforou wins 4,000th

on 12/18/2003 7:00 PM
Chris Christoforou Jr. won his 4,000th career race Thursday night (Dec. 18) at Woodbine, notching the milestone win with Baby Spice. Christoforou, 32, is atop the money-winning list in earnings in Canada with more than $11.1 million, with the U.S. Trotting Association ranking him third after the money conversion with more than $8.2 million. Recently Christoforou passed the $50 million mark in c...
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E Dee's Cam returns

on 12/18/2003 7:00 PM
E Dee's Cam, whose 1:48.3 win in the Graduate final May 17 at the Meadowlands is the fastest mile paced in 2003, returns to the races Friday night (Dec. 19) at the Meadowlands. Following that Graduate victory, E Dee's Cam suffered a severe left hind suspensory injury that put him on the sidelines for the past seven months. Trainer Noel Daley, who said at the time of the injury that he believed ...
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Cliff

on 12/18/2003 7:00 PM
Cliff “Chappy” Chapman, the former publisher of The Canadian Sportsman, died Thursday (Dec. 18) as the result of a stroke suffered Monday (Dec. 15). He was 83. Chapman of Tillsonburg, ON had a distinguished and colourful career in the harness racing industry. He began as a legal bookmaker and bought harness racing’s oldest publication, The Sportsman, in 1959 and ran the magazi...
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2004 Ohio dates awarded

on 12/18/2003 7:00 PM
A lively dates hearing by the five-member Ohio State Racing Commission that lasted nearly three hours resulted in the awarding of 976 live racing dates in 2004 for the state's seven racetracks. Northfield Park, which was fighting the possibility of the commission cutting back its number of racing dates next year, received all 220 it asked for. The Cleveland track will open Jan. 2 and race throu...
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Changes to OSS stud rules

on 12/18/2003 7:00 PM
The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) Friday (Dec. 19) announced the following changes to the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) stallion eligibilty rules have been approved by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC): (1) The OSS will not recognize foals as twins if produced through embryo transfer. If such foals were produced through embryo/ovum transfer, only the donor mare’s first ...
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Slots coming to Fraser

on 12/16/2003 7:00 PM
On Tuesday night (Dec. 16) city council in Surrey, BC gave Fraser Downs approval to install slot machines. After tying up some loose ends at council in coming weeks, work is expected to begin immediately on adding slots to a temporary location at the Cloverdale, BC harness track. That project is expected to be completed by April of 2004. As soon as the temporary slot hall opens, Fraser Downs...
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No racing at Big M Dec. 20

on 12/15/2003 7:00 PM
With the New York Jets hosting a football game against the New England Patriots Saturday (Dec. 20) at Giants Stadium, there will be no live racing at the Meadowlands that night. The track will have a 15-race card on Friday night (Dec. 19), with a special early post time of 7:15 p.m. The Meadowlands will not re-open for live racing until Friday night, Dec. 26. The track will then race Saturday n...
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The Globe takes Matron

on 12/14/2003 7:00 PM
After posting seven seconds and four thirds this season, but with only two victories, The Globe earned a big win Sunday night (Dec. 14) by taking the $225,000 Matron final for 3-year-old pacing colts. Driver Brian Sears moved The Globe, a colt sired by Life Sign, into action in the third quarter of the mile and the duo cruised home to a comfortable victory in 1:54. Allamerican Captor was second...
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Wind wins in Windsor

on 12/14/2003 7:00 PM
Escape The Wind, fresh off a head loss in the Breeders Crown and a victory in a Provincial Cup elim, captured the $380,500 Provincial Cup final in 1:52 Sunday night (Dec. 14) at Windsor Raceway. The Roger Mayottte-trained and driven colt waltzed through the race, taking control just past the first quarter from Make It Brief and winning by 2 1/4 lengths over Make It Brief and Coreys On Crombie. ...
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Burning Point wins Matron

on 12/13/2003 7:00 PM
Breeders Crown champion Burning Point added the Matron to her 2003 resume Saturday night (Dec. 13) as the 3-year-old filly pacer won the $215,764 race in impressive fashion in 1:51.2. With Kevin Wallis driving, Burning Point's victory on a cold night at Dover Downs was her 22nd of the year. Although she has primarily been raced on the front end this year, Wallis elected to take back out of the ...
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Gallo caught by Jugular

on 12/13/2003 7:00 PM
Gallo Blue Chip was nosed out by 14-1 longshot Jugular at the Meadowlands Saturday night (Dec. 13), denying the all-time richest pacer his fifth win of the year. With Daniel Dube driving, Gallo Blue Chip led through the lane but was just caught at the wire by Jugular and driver Ron Pierce in 1:52.1 in a $25,000 conditioned race. Camcracker came charging home to a 1:51.1 victory in the $40,000 O...
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Racing commissioners meet

on 12/11/2003 7:00 PM
The board of directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) held their annual winter meeting in conjunction with the University of Arizona Racing Symposium. Among the business it addressed, the board approved a recommendation from its Drug Standards and Practices Committee to establish a race-day threshold for the use of DMSO. By establishing a threshold, the use of DM...
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