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Steady Star’s Chester Ault, 104, dies

on 04/19/2019 7:45 PM
Chester V. Ault, 104, of Chattanooga was born in 1914 on a “frosty December day” in Cedar Bluff, Alabama. He was a long-time resident of Chattanooga, where his many ventures included founding a chain of Ault Hardware and Appliance Stores, developing North Crest Estates on Missionary Ridge and management of Ault Properties where he worked until his death at age 104.  Chester w...
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Dunn/Parker sweep Harrah’s Philadelphia features

on 04/19/2019 4:47 PM
The Big Jim gelding Tiger Thompson roared to the fastest mile of the young season at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, fronting a good field at every call to win the $18,000 pacing feature in 1:50.1. Dexter Dunn got the strong Kiwi-bred to the lead before a :26.1 quarter despite the outside post seven, then got a breather to the half in :56. There was no catching the Tiger a...
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Brittany Farms’ Mary Sewell dies

on 04/19/2019 3:18 PM
Brittany Farms is sad to report the death of Mary Sewell at the age of 78. She was the booking administrator for Brittany Farms Stallion Management for 21 years. She took a leave of absence in March 2017 because of health issues. She spent more than 40 years of her life in the Standardbred horse business. She was the office manager for three farms and did pedigree research and writing fo...
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Saturday qualifiers at Meadowlands moved to 3 pm

on 04/19/2019 10:37 AM
Due to the impending weather forecast for Friday night and into Saturday, the Meadowlands is postponing the qualifiers scheduled for 10 a.m until 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.   Call the Racing Office later today at 201-842-5130 with any questions. (Meadowlands)
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Mayotte still hospitalized after post-parade accident

on 04/19/2019 8:04 AM
Standardbred Canada has received an update on driver Roger Mayotte, who was involved in a freak accident during Monday's card of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Shortly after the post parade for Monday's ninth race, Odds On Amethyst (Pat Hudon) and Monopoly (Roger Mayotte) collided. Mayotte was dumped out of the bike and Monopoly galloped away while Hudon was able to rest...
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COSA issues advisement re: impending race-day medication ban

on 04/19/2019 7:47 AM
The Central Ontario Standardbred Assocation (COSA) has issued the following advisement to horsemen in Ontario of their continued work with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and the Woodbine Entertainment Group to mitigate and understand the protocols for the impending AGCO race-day medication ban.   We continue to work with AGCO and Woodbine to mitigate and unders...
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Western Stepp steps to Plainridge victory

on 04/18/2019 8:38 PM
Western Stepp spent the winter in Florida and went 0-for-8 at Pompano, although finishing second by a head and a nose in her last two starts there. But in only her second start back at Plainridge Park where she captured five races last year, Western Stepp got back to her winning ways by taking the $14,000 Winners-Over featured pace for fillies and mares in gate-to-wire fashion on ...
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Tag Up And Go, Watkins win Philly features

on 04/18/2019 6:30 PM
Tag Up And Go and Watkins emerged as the winners of the joint $14,500 features during the Thursday program at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Tag Up And Go enjoyed a drop in class, pointing right to the front for driver Marcus Miller and never locking back through splits of 28. 57, 1:25.1, and 1:53.4. Seven Iron raced in the pocket and stayed closest to the winner, but he was still 2 3...
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Levy, Matchmaker in new Weekend Preview!

on 04/18/2019 4:21 PM
If you want great insight into Saturday night’s George Morton Levy Memorial Series final at Yonkers Raceway you can find it in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview as we talked to the driver or trainer of all eight starters. It’s the richest Levy final ever and it’s unanimous that this won’t be a line-‘em-up race.   In addition to the Levy talk,...
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Back half of :52.4, Courtly Choice cruises in star-filled qualifier

on 04/18/2019 3:57 PM
After having made a splash in qualifying action last week at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Courtly Choice, the returning son of Art Major, upped his game on Thursday during the morning session at the Campbellville, Ont. oval.   Courtly Choice was part of a compact, yet star-studded qualifying tilt that went postward for Race 8 over a “fast” track. Rail starter Mission Three was sc...
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Failing favorites fine with Big M faithful

on 04/18/2019 11:16 AM
The Meadowlands has always been known as a place where bettors can play against favorites with confidence and those who are anti-chalk must have loved wagering at the Big M last weekend (April 12-13), as 23 of 26 post-time choices went down to defeat during the course of the two-card race week. After the odds-on favorite won the first race, the remainder of Saturday’s card went chalk-fr...
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Yonkers' presiding judge George Karam dies

on 04/18/2019 10:38 AM
George J. Karam passed away on Tuesday, April 16. He was 60.   Born on Sept. 4, 1958 in Rome, N.Y., he was the son of the late George B. and Elizabeth (Abounader) Karam. He was a 1976 graduate of Rome Free Academy and for many years ran the family business, Thrifty Food Store. On Dec. 5, 1997 he married his love, Joy Rolewicz, and together they moved to Saratoga Springs. &n...
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Thoroughbred tracks move to ban raceday Lasix

on 04/18/2019 9:47 AM
A coalition of Thoroughbred racetracks, including Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Del Mar, Oaklawn and the New York Racing Association sites of Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga, announced Thursday that it and other Triple Crown racetracks will begin phasing out raceday medication on Jan. 1, 2020. According to the coalition, the tracks involved represent 86 percent of the graded or listed stakes races ...
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Applications open for Finkelson scholarships

on 04/18/2019 9:34 AM
Steven Wolf, president of the Florida chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2019 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards.   The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Ch...
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Open races coming up at Meadowlands

on 04/18/2019 9:21 AM
The Meadowlands will offer the first of a series of Open races for all gaits and sexes of older horses for a purse of $30,000 on Saturday, April 27.    These opens have been spaced throughout the Meadowlands season to provide a race when there is a gap in the stakes schedule. All four groups will have three or four legs with the purse increasing for each, to $35,000 for the secon...
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"The Captain" Callahan wins 6,000th career race

on 04/18/2019 8:30 AM
Corey Callahan got career driving win number 6,000 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, breaking the maiden of the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Don’t Judge A Book with a 1:56.1 victory and then surviving the very late drama of an inquiry, which determined that his horse made a break just after the wire, allowing the milestone victory to stand.   The 40-year-old Ca...
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Meadowlands plans charity handicapping

on 04/17/2019 2:47 PM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is seeking local New Jersey charities interested in having a night at the races for a good cause in the first annual Charity Handicapping Contest, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 2019. The Charity Handicapping Contest is a free handicapping contest open to 501C3 organizations. The Contest offers a $15,000 total donation/prize pool, with all ten charities...
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Graceful Touch, Southwind Serena to Hall

on 04/17/2019 2:32 PM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the two broodmares that will be inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame on July 7 in Goshen, NY. The Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee recently voted for broodmares using the criteria implemented in 2018. Eligible mares for consideration are producers of two Dan Patch Award winners, two millionaires or one Dan Patch an...
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Drivers offer Matchmaker opinions

on 04/17/2019 1:46 PM
If fans are looking for a horse in top form entering Saturday’s (April 20) $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker championship for older female pacers, they need to only look at…well, just about everyone. Six of the eight mares are heading to the Matchmaker championship at Yonkers Raceway off a win (thanks to four horses skipping last week’s fifth-and-final preliminary round of the ...
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Equine artist Bill Orr, 93, dies

on 04/17/2019 9:37 AM
William Allen “Bill” Orr, 93, a renowned equine equine artist, particularly Standardbreds, died Monday night, April 15.   Mr. Orr grew up in Detroit, Mich., and as a schoolboy worked in a riding stable. As a teenager he galloped runners and then worked shortly in the world of rodeo. When World War II broke out, Mr. Orr joined the U.S. Army and was a member of the cavalry r...
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