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Woodbine Mohawk Park wraps up 2018

on 12/26/2018 6:26 PM
The 2018 Woodbine Standardbred season concluded Wednesday afternoon with an 11-race card at Mohawk Park, featuring a pair of series finals for three-year-old pacers and award presentations to the season’s top performers.   A field of eight colts and geldings battled in the $34,400 Valedictory final, while a field of seven fillies clashed in the $32,600 Niagara final. &nb...
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Dayson a millionaire after Meadows win

on 12/26/2018 5:14 PM
Dayson became a millionaire Wednesday at The Meadows when he stalked the leader from the pocket and found the Lightning Lane just in time to capture the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Career earnings for the 5-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey’s Taurus gelding now stand at $1,001,712.   When Classic Banker ranged up first-over and was ready to power by the leader, True Blue Stride, ...
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Burke Racing, Weaver-Bruscemi honored

on 12/26/2018 1:46 PM
It seems fitting that as the spotlight finds Foiled Again in his last campaign, it also finds his trainer and his ownership, who have been instrumental in the tremendous success of the horse – Ron Burke has been named Trainer of the Year for the third time (2011 and 2013 previously), while the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC combine will follow their 2013 Owners of the Year p...
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Foiled Again wins Bergstein-Proximity Award

on 12/26/2018 1:38 PM
Foiled Again, the highest-moneywinning Standardbred racehorse of all-time with $7,634,938 in his bankroll, in the final stages of a whirlwind Foiled Again Farewell Tour as he faces mandatory retirement upon reaching 15 years of age on Jan. 1, has been selected for the Stan Bergstein/Proximity Award, the highest award in the sport voted on exclusively by the United States Harness Writer...
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Janine Grasso, wife of John Grasso, dies

on 12/26/2018 11:26 AM
Janine M. Grasso, 62, the wife of Horseman John Grasso, of Hawthorne, N.Y., died Dec. 24. She was born on March 21, 1956, to the late Charles and Dolores (nee LaBud) Miller in Chicago, Ill. She was formerly Director of Student Accounts for Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. for 18 years and was President and CEO of John Grasso Stables, Inc. in Hawthorne, N.Y. She is survived ...
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Ohio horseman, official Russell Baldwin dies

on 12/23/2018 8:05 PM
Russell G. Baldwin, 79, of Plain City, Ohio, who trained, drove and judged at the county fairs in Ohio, died unexpectedly Dec. 22, 2018, at his residence. Born Sept. 28, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio, he was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Clarabelle (Smith); wife of 52 years, Judy (Latham), in 2010; daughter, Beverly Sullivan, in 2008; and grandson, Joshua Tate Minthorn, in 1980. He...
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I’m Some Graduate upsets Geez Joe at Big M

on 12/23/2018 8:20 AM
I’m Some Graduate used a perfect pocket trip to upset Geez Joe in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, the Satutday night feature at the Meadowlands.   Driver Yannick Gingras put I’m Some Graduate in play from post six and led at the quarter before Marcus Miller and Geez Joe stormed up on the outside from post eight to grab the top shortly thereafter. Geez ...
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Foiled Again wins in Canadian finale

on 12/22/2018 11:48 PM
The legendary Foiled Again delivered a final memorable moment for Canadian racing fans with an impressive victory in the penultimate start of his career Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The richest Standardbred of all-time came first-up from third at three-quarters to challenge leader Alexas Jackpot and stormed by in the lane to win by 2 ¼ lengths in 1:53.2 for driver Louis Philip...
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My Hero Ron captures Dayton open

on 12/22/2018 11:45 PM
 The ultra-consistent My Hero Ron captured the $18,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night, his 25th on-the-board finish in 33 starts this year.  Driver Tyler Smith ducked to the inside midstretch, just in time to sneak past longshots Hot Rod Dylan (Travis Seekman) and Night Pro (Dale Decker) in a thrilling photo finish.  The 6-year-old son of Well Sa...
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A good afternoon for One Bad Night

on 12/22/2018 7:50 PM
 One Bad Night stalked Beginner’s Luck from the pocket, then blew by him in the Lightning Lane to score in Saturday’s Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming colt, horse and gelding pacers at The Meadows. Poacher N took the other $16,000 second-leg division. One Bad Night, who was claimed from the opening leg by trainer Bill Rhoades for Rick Senger, had plenty of kick on...
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Top drivers set to head to Miami Valley

on 12/22/2018 7:32 PM
Thirty drivers with more than 115,000 combined wins will descend on Miami Valley Raceway from Jan. 6-8 to seek the title in the third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship. Thanks Doug McNair of Ontario won the inaugural contest at the southwest Ohio oval in January 2017, while Trace Tetrick of Indiana is the defending champion following his 2018 victory. Aaron Merriman, the re...
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GoFundMe Page set up to help Mark Steacy

on 12/22/2018 1:52 PM
 People wishing to make donations to benefit Mark Steacy, who lost five Standardbreds in a fire which occurred at First Line Training Centre on Friday, Dec. 21, are being asked to do so through an official GoFundMe page which has been set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. To make a donation click on this link. For more information, please contact ...
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International Moni to stand at Hanover

on 12/22/2018 9:01 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms and Moni Maker Stable (The Antonacci Family and David Reid) are excited to announce that the 2017 O’Brien Award-winning 3-year-old colt Trotter of the Year International Moni will join the Hanover stallion roster in 2019.     By the outstanding French sire Love You, and out of the $5.5 million winning Hall of Famer, O’Brien and Dan Patch Horse and ...
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Mandatory Hi-5 payout Saturday at Mohawk

on 12/22/2018 7:41 AM
A mandatory payout on the Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5, featuring a carryover of $352,873.10, is set for Saturday night at Mohawk Park.   Multiple-winning tickets on Friday’s Jackpot Hi-5 ensured a massive carryover for Saturday’s mandatory payout. Woodbine will be offering a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout for the third consecutive year on the final card before C...
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Muscle Diamond best in Big M Preferred

on 12/22/2018 7:37 AM
It would be hard to dispute that Muscle Diamond is the top trotter at the Meadowlands right now, as the Brett Bittle trainee won his third consecutive Preferred Handicap at the Big M Friday night despite not having raced in 35 days. The 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover, who ran his overall win streak to five, did not have the complete confidence of the wagering public desp...
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JB’s Shooting Star shines at Dayton

on 12/21/2018 10:38 PM
JB’s Shooting Star, the only filly in a field of Open mares, captured the $18,000 weekly feature for distaffers at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night.  Driver Chris Page guided the upset winner confidently despite being dispatched at 14-1 odds.  The Jace Sundeen-trained daughter of Straight Shooting got away fifth from an inside post during the quick :26.4 opening pane...
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“Downtown” Brown wins four at Meadows

on 12/21/2018 10:37 PM
 An all-day rain turned The Meadows track to slop, and when that rain changed to snow, conditions became even more forbidding. But all was fair downtown — with “Downtown” Brady Brown, that is. Brown overcame the elements and collected four wins Friday at The Meadows. Brown drove a pair of winners for trainer Mark Goldberg and one each for trainers Tim Twaddle and Miles ...
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NJ purse supplement heading for Assembly

on 12/21/2018 1:52 PM
With the possibility of a purse subsidy for New Jersey horse racing in the news, there are a few important points to be made on what remains to be done and some updates the progress of this vital piece of legislation. The Meadowlands and the SBOA of NJ with their TrotPac initiative have been in concert with the NJ Thoroughbred Hors...
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Dr. Ken Walker steps down from USTA board

on 12/21/2018 1:05 PM
Longtime USTA Director Dr. Kenneth “Doc” Walker has retired from the United States Trotting Association Board of Directors, it was announced Friday (Dec. 21).  Prominent Illinois driver Casey Leonard has been elected by the remaining District 5 directors to take Walker’s spot on the Board.   Walker, first elected to the USTA Board in 1982, is the fo...
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Phoenix Warrior N shooting for 14th win

on 12/21/2018 12:18 PM
Some horses are fast, some consistent. When you combine speed and consistency, you get Phoenix Warrior N, who'll try for his 14th win this year Saturday at The Meadows. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding leaves from post 4 in the $20,000 Preferred Pace (race 8) with Jim Pantaleano aboard.   First post is 1:05 PM.   Phoenix Warrior N has rolled...
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