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Perfect Spirit wins first start of '19

on 04/11/2019 1:57 PM
Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit (Andover Hall-Good Common Cents) won his first start of 2019 on Thursday night at the Orebro Racetrack in Sweden. The now 5-year-old stallion looked very strong in the race.    Orjan Kihlstrom was in the sulky and he put Perfect Spirit in front after 600 meters (.37 miles). He finished strongly and won easily in a mile r...
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McNernys continue to "chase that dream"

on 04/11/2019 12:02 PM
Lisa and Bob McNerney have bred a stakes-winning trotter in Frau Blucher. Now they aim to own a stakes-winning homebred and have a trio of hopefuls, including Frau Blucher’s half-brother Big Poppy. Big Poppy, a 3-year-old gelding, was unraced last season but is among several Hambletonian Stakes-eligible trotters competing in the Walner Series at the Meadowlands Racetrack. He i...
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Harrington opens 73rd year on April 15

on 04/11/2019 11:03 AM
Harrington Raceway’s 73rd season of live harness racing opens Monday, April 15, with a 12-race program a new 4:30 p.m. nightly post time.   Racing will be conducted on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until the break on June 26.   The opening day feature is a $15,000 Delaware Special for pacers, featuring claimer extraordinaire William Sartin’s Always The Sun...
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Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale canceled

on 04/11/2019 11:01 AM
Citing a lack of entries, the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, originally scheduled for April 28, has been canceled.   “Although there were horses entered from a few of the major racing stables, unfortunately there weren’t enough overall to justify conducting the sale,” said manager David Reid.   “We tacked this sale onto our calenda...
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Sportsmuffler romps In Buffalo feature

on 04/10/2019 8:50 PM
After suffering a narrow nose defeat last week, Sportsmuffler made sure she wasn't going to suffer the same fate on Wednesday night (April 10).   Starting from the pylons, Sportsmuffler ($3.30) led every step of the way and blew away the field by four lengths in Buffalo Raceway's $9,200 Class A-B Handicap pace for the filly and mares.    Sportsmuffler wasted no...
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T.C. Lane named USTA COO

on 04/10/2019 11:16 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association announced Wednesday that T.C. Lane has been promoted to the newly-created position of chief operating officer.   In his new role, Lane will work to optimize the Association’s operating capabilities, oversee internal project development, and employ strategies to maximize member satisfaction. He will report directly to USTA executive vice president/CE...
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PA horseman Gary Hammer dies at 74

on 04/10/2019 9:13 AM
Gary C. Hammer, 74, of Bedford, Pa., died April 7 at home. Mr. Hammer was born in Bedford on March 9, 1945, the son of the late Clay J. and E. Blanche (Gohn) Hammer. He worked for his brother, Roger, as a Standardbred trainer. He is survived by his siblings, Robert C., Gail (Mike) Welsh, Roger, Leon and Doris Ann Harrington; nieces, Karen, Amy and Misti; and nephew, Rodney. He was preceded ...
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Spring In Paris repeats in Weiss Series

on 04/09/2019 9:27 PM
The Explosive Matter filly Spring In Paris emerged as the only female with a two-for-two record in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting distaffs after three $15,000 second round preliminary divisions on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Driver Andrew McCarthy had Spring In Paris in second-over position when pacesetting Fade Into You made a break early in the backstretch, with th...
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Wittyville, Dylan The Great win in Hackett

on 04/09/2019 4:59 PM
Wittyville and Dylan The Great, a pair of trotting colts from the Ron Burke Stable, each captured $15,000 elimination heats of the James K. Hackett Memorial on Tuesday afternoon (April 9) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The talented pair of sophomore trotters, who finished first and third, respectively, in last season’s $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship will headline a field of nine t...
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Dr. Corrine Sweeney elected ARCI chair

on 04/09/2019 3:41 PM
Noted equine health researcher and Pennsylvania Racing Commissioner Dr. Corrine Sweeney, DVM, is the new Chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI).    In addition to serving on the commission since 2008, Dr. Sweeney is Associate Dean at the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and one of the authors of the 2...
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Ritchie, Takter elected to Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

on 04/09/2019 2:24 PM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the people and horses being recognized as inductees in 2019.  Six people and four horses have been elected from an extremely deep ballot of candidates.     The Induction Ceremonies will take place at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, Aug. 7.   Standardbred inductees include Builder Ia...
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Ground broken for new KY harness track

on 04/09/2019 1:20 PM
Churchill Downs Incorporated, in partnership with Keeneland Association, broke ground today on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical horse racing venue in Oak Grove, Ky. CDI and Keeneland also unveiled the name and branding for the venue, which will be called Oak Grove Racing & Gaming.   The new facility will be constructed in two overlapping phases. The first...
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Mohawk wagering up 7.2% this year

on 04/09/2019 1:16 PM
Woodbine Mohawk Park has completed its inaugural full-winter of live racing operation with wagering up 7.2 per cent during the first-quarter of 2019.   A total of 45 cards of racing during the months of January, February and March produced $75,442,150 in ‘all-sources’ handle. The 7.2 per cent spike from the same period in 2018 comes despite three less cards of racing being...
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Donttellmeagain leads Philly qualifiers

on 04/09/2019 1:16 PM
Driver Tim Tetrick was at the top of his game on Tuesday morning at Harrah’s Philadelphia, winning five times in ten qualifiers, including a sweep with four quality-proven performers.  Donttellmeagain, as good as the best FFA pacers when at his best last year, won his second straight 2019 qualifier, this one in 1:51.4. The Jim King Jr. trainee, an altered son of Dragon Again, moved...
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In The Arsenal breeding donated

on 04/09/2019 1:14 PM
Michael R. Miller, DVM, syndicate manager for In The Arsenal, has donated a 2019 breeding to the Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program, Inc. (PHSAP), which is now open for bidding through OnGait.com. “We are hoping to give a much-needed jump start to this promising and vital operation located right here in New York state,” Miller noted.  “Wanda Polisseni has develop...
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Pacing Major N hopes to advance to Levy final

on 04/09/2019 11:42 AM
Peter Tritton’s one-two punch in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series was reduced to one when a quarter crack sidelined past champion Bit Of A Legend N, but Pacing Major N could still carry the stable’s banner into the April 20 championship at Yonkers Raceway. Pacing Major N is 10th in points heading into Saturday’s fifth-and-final preliminary round of the series, from ...
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Polisseni announces Purple Hazel Adoption Program

on 04/09/2019 8:38 AM
There is good news on the horizon in the Empire State for Standardbreds who are closing in on the end of their career. Prominent New York philanthropist and noted horse owner Wanda Polisseni has announced that the site of her new Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program (PHSAP) is nearing completion.   The PHSAP is Polisseni’s latest effort designed to ensure a safe r...
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Ohio Sires Stakes nominations healthy in 2019

on 04/09/2019 8:36 AM
The Ohio Sires Stakes nominations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies remain strong in 2019, with a healthy 1,016 nominations received in the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) office by the March 15 deadline.    Horses sired by a stallion registered with the OSRC and standing in the Buckeye State in 2019 are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes, which...
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Repeat winners in Weiss action at Pocono

on 04/08/2019 10:13 PM
Perennial local driving leader George Napolitano Jr. accounted for half of the twelve races on the Monday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including a pair of second-round Weiss Series events. Ghosttothepost had a bit of an adventurous journey in her $15,000 Weiss section, but the American Ideal filly came through with flying colors, taking a new mark of 1:53. George Napol...
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Dapper Dude wins Plainridge opening day feature

on 04/08/2019 10:09 PM
Wet weather and chilly temperatures failed to dampen the spirit of the fans who came out to watch the first harness racing action of 2019 at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon and the equally enthusiastic horsemen put on a very competitive show with several blanket finishes at the wire. One of those close finishes was in the afternoon’s feature race, where Dapper Dude swelled up in dee...
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