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Western NY horseman Lester Tourville dies

on 01/14/2019 10:39 AM
Lester Tourville, 87, of Hamburg, NY, died Jan. 12, 2019, at Hospice Buffalo. He was a driver and trainer at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs until he retired in 2004. In the early 1980s, Mr. Tourville worked for the Mar Con Farms, training their top open pacer Mar Con Cash p,4,1:59.4q ($151,554). Later he trained and drove for the powerful Theodora Brown and Sportacular stables. Some of their t...
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Entries closing for Blooded Horse Winter Sale

on 01/14/2019 9:43 AM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale will close Wednesday, January 16. The one day sale takes place on Tuesday, February 12 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Horsemen from 27 states and Canada will converge at this annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or to o...
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Barn fire in Michigan kills 7 horses

on 01/14/2019 9:20 AM
Longtime Michigan horsewoman Ann Russell and her daughter, Erin Spychala, lost their entire stable in an early-morning barn fire on Sunday morning in Pinckney, Mich. The fire was reported around 5 a.m. and killed all seven horses in the barn, including five Standardbred racehorses, one broodmare and a riding pony.   The horses killed in the fire include the 8-year-old pacing gelding R...
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Constntlysidwys A wins Big M Preferred

on 01/13/2019 7:30 AM
If you’re going to rock the apple cart, then your name might as well fit the result.  Saturday night at the Meadowlands, a win for K Ryan Bluechip or Geez Joe in the Preferred Handicap would have established the victor as the Big M’s top pacer in training, but Constntlysidewys A threw a monkey wrench into the machine, going a big mile for owner-trainer Tahnee Camilleri, ...
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Bartlett pairs up in Yonkers features

on 01/12/2019 11:48 PM
Fresh off a five-win performance the previous evening. Jason Bartlett’s Saturday night saw him take down both of Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Opens. Bartlett did it with a pair of fours. Bellows Binge ($19.40)—from post position No. 4—closed from third-over in the weekly featured pace, snapping Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley) at the wire in 1:54. ...
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My Buddy Ninkster best at Miami Valley

on 01/12/2019 11:03 PM
Granite and My Hero Ron have dominated the featured weekly Open Pace at both Hollywood Dayton and Miami Valley Raceways in recent weeks, Granite winning three times and My Hero Ron twice since December 8.  They were joined in the Saturday night (Jan. 12) $25,000 Open at Miami Valley by Nuclear Dragon, the 1:49 track record holder returning to the races after a two and a ...
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Kendall Seelster wins fourth straight at Mohawk

on 01/12/2019 10:59 PM
Kendall Seelster continued her dominance of the Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a 1:53.2 victory Saturday evening.   The now 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play converted off a perfect second-over trip from driver Sylvain Filion for her fourth consecutive score in the $30,000 top class.   Exhilarated was the quickest away and led the field of seven to the ope...
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Stay Hungry granted Stallion exemption

on 01/12/2019 11:06 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been granted exemption from the Stallion Restiction Rule. This exemption permits foals from Stay Hungry’s first crop , as well as all future crops, to race at The Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs. Stay Hungry stands his first season at Hanover Shoe Farms in PA for a fee...
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Trolley comes out best in Big M feature

on 01/12/2019 8:37 AM
Apparently, Trolley did not get the memo. You know the one. The one where Muscle Diamond goes off as the 1-5 favorite in Friday’s featured $21,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands and wins his sixth in a row for fun. No, Trolley was clearly not on board with that.   In what is developing into a great rivalry, Trolley and driver Marcus Miller powered ...
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Rock Me Baby in mild upset at Miami Valley

on 01/11/2019 11:39 PM
Rock Me Baby pulled off a mild upset in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night with driver Brett Miller, who is rapidly making his presence felt in southwest Ohio, on her lines. Content to sit fourth in the early going as favored American Girl (Aaron Merriman) posted fractions of :27.1 and :56.1, Miller moved Rock Me Baby to the outside to challenge the leader by the ...
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Itty Bitty big in Yonkers feature

on 01/11/2019 10:00 PM
Favored Itty Bitty (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) gave nothing else a shot Friday night’s, handily winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position No. 3, Itty Bitty retook from Wishy Washy Girl (George Brennan) before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. She then opened more nighttime daylight at every subsequent interval (:58.1, 1:...
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Knocking Around takes Meadows preferred

on 01/11/2019 5:19 PM
Making his second start in five days, Knocking Around wore down Lord Of Winterfell with a sustained uncovered bid to take Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Lord Of Winterfell got the jump on the field when he pulled the pocket down the backside and opened a 1 1/2-length lead. But Knocking Around gained steadily and defeated Lord of Winterfell by 2&n...
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Zeron, Atlanta dq'd as O'Brien finalists

on 01/11/2019 1:17 PM
On Jan. 9, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued trainer-driver Rick Zeron a fine of $10,000 and suspension of 180 days. As a result, Standardbred Canada has disqualified Mr. Zeron as a finalist for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship, as well as 3-year-old trotting filly, Atlanta, trained and co-owned by Mr. Zeron. Standardbred Canada’s O’Brien Award e...
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Woodbine Ent., COSA reach 5-year deal

on 01/11/2019 12:01 PM
Woodbine Entertainment and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) jointly announced Friday the agreement in principle of a new five-year deal that includes an investment in capital upgrades and an increase in purses, further solidifying Woodbine Mohawk Park as one of the leaders in total purses paid for Standardbred racetracks in North America.   “The futur...
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Blake MacIntosh hopes for big year

on 01/11/2019 9:21 AM
Blake MacIntosh has to wait several months to see if multiple-stakes-winner Courtly Choice can return this year to take care of unfinished business — more on that in a moment — but only a day to get an indication whether Clear Idea can return to business as usual. Clear Idea, a 5-year-old female pacer, was a steady money-earner for trainer MacIntosh through the first 42 races of her c...
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McClure wins 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park

on 01/11/2019 9:19 AM
Reinsman Bob McClure put on a show Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park by driving six winners on the 10-race card.   The Elora, Ont. resident had a drive in all 10 of Thursday's races and made a statement early by sweeping the opening three races on the card before earning his next three victories in the sixth race and the Late Double.   Adding to the impressi...
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It's new! HarnessRacing Weekend Preview!

on 01/10/2019 4:17 PM
The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has a special edition of Backstretch with Gordon as Gordon Waterstone hit the road earlier in the week for the finals of the North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley. Spend the day with Gordon as he logged in nearly four miles of walking on the afternoon.   Also, trainer Anette Lorentzon talked to Kathy Parker about her hopes fo...
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Living Horse Hall of Fame honorees announced

on 01/10/2019 3:47 PM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2019 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous, and racehorse/stallion A...
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NJ horse owner Anthony Romano, 82, dies

on 01/10/2019 3:34 PM
Anthony L. Romano, 82, of Barnegat, NJ., died Jan. 9 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin, NJ. Born in Mamaroneck, N.Y., he lived in North Brunswick for 36 years before moving to Barnegat 18 years ago. Mr. Romano was a superintendent and vice president at Napp-Greco, Newark, for 60 years before retiring in 2015. A horse racing enthusiast, he enjoyed many racetracks, but was especially ...
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TVG to hold online qualifier to WHHC

on 01/10/2019 1:45 PM
TVG, part of the FanDuel Group and premier advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, is pleased to announce it will hold the first in a series of online live-money qualifying events as part of the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC). The TVG qualifier will take place this Saturday, Jan. 12, and requires players to make ten $10 win/place wagers on any races from the Meadowlands, Woodbine...
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