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Artbitration & Klosky: a love affair

on 12/28/2018 9:22 AM
When Tom Klosky, Jr. retired his great race mare Artbitration with earnings exceeding $727,000, he could have sold her as a broodmare prospect and banked even more. Instead, Klosky kept the daughter of Artiscape-Serious Smile, bred her seven times and retained all those foals as well.   “If I sold her and tried to buy a foal out of her,” Klosky says, “I knew I couldn...
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Big night for Brett Miller at Meadowlands

on 12/28/2018 7:40 AM
He didn’t leap any tall buildings in a single bound, but “Super” Brett Miller lived up to his nickname nonetheless at the Meadowlands Thursday night, winning three of the 10 races on the program.   Miller got his party started in the fourth race trot for $10,000 claimers, putting 5-2 second choice Photo King into a perfect spot second-over before rolling home to 1&fr...
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Devaux wins 5; Monticello handle tops $776,000

on 12/27/2018 9:20 PM
The month of December seems to be to Jim Devaux’s liking. It was only 10 days ago that he won five races on the afternoon. On Thursday afternoon (Dec. 27), Devaux did it again. The wins started in race two where he scored with RCS Ready (2:04.1-$9.70) for trainer Wesley Miller. It is rare to see Devaux go off at odds of 30-1, as he pulled off a shocker with NY Whitesox in 1:58 and paid ...
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Camera Lady posts 14th win of year

on 12/27/2018 9:17 PM
Camera Lady endured a demanding first quarter en route to her 14th win this year — and 29th over the past two seasons — in Thursday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Fox Valley Charm stretched out Camera Lady to a 27.2 opening quarter before she could cross over. But when Dave Palone gave Camera Lady a 30.2 second-panel brea...
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Wagering changes in '19 at Meadowlands

on 12/27/2018 3:42 PM
With calendars about to flip from 2018 to 2019, Meadowlands fans – in addition to resolving to stop smoking, lose weight and pick more winners – can look forward to a bit of a shakeup in the track’s wagering format.   Effective Friday, Jan. 4 – the first card of 2019 – these will be the changes for bettors to take note of: · The 50-Cent Pic...
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Merriman 2018 Driver of the Year

on 12/27/2018 12:18 PM
Aaron Merriman, the first driver to win over 1,000 races in two consecutive years and set to post the second-highest one-season victory total in North American history, has been selected as Driver of the Year in a vote among members of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), harness racing’s leading media group.   Merriman is only 40 years old, but he is already a...
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Dr. Jablonsky promoted at Hanover

on 12/27/2018 8:47 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that effective immediately Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Syndicate Manager. This follows last week’s announcement of Russell Williams as company President and CEO. Former Assistant Farm Manager Patti Murphy will replace Dr. Jablonsky as Farm Manager.   Dr. Jablonsky started with the farm in 1996 and say...
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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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