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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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Beaver to send five to Hackett Mem. final

on 04/08/2019 6:06 PM
Trainer Chris Beaver advanced five of the six sophomore trotting fillies he entered into Miami Valley’s  James K. Hackett Memorial eliminations on Monday to the $40,000 final next week. The trotting specialist won both $15,000 elims of this Hackett split, one of a series of four races featuring top Ohio-sired trotting and pacing colts and fillies prepping for the upcoming Ohio Si...
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Record purses headed Batavia Downs' way

on 04/08/2019 11:12 AM
Even though live racing at Batavia Downs doesn’t begin for another three months, track officials have announced that when the summer/fall meet begins on Wednesday, July 24, it will be the most lucrative session of Standardbred competition ever offered in Western New York. With the equine competition once again highlighted by eight legs of the lucrative New York Sires Stakes (NYSS), thi...
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Male trotters battle in Weiss action

on 04/08/2019 8:36 AM
The male trotters got their first crack at Weiss Series action Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with three $15,000 first round preliminaries seeing the fastest winner emerge as the Conway Hall gelding Hammer Creek, who nipped the heavy favorite Dover Dony in a personal-best 1:55.1. Dover Dony had quarter-moved after a :27.2 opener and went on to post nice midsplits of :56.2...
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No Whip Chip springs 25-1 Miami Valley upset

on 04/07/2019 8:39 PM
 No Whip Chip upset a full field of Open Trotters at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon, returning $53.20 for a $2 win bet.  Dan Noble was in the sulky behind the 7-year-old Victory Sam gelding, who was bred by his late father Sam ‘Chip’ Noble, is owned by his mother Deborah Noble and trained by his sister Meredith Noble.  Dan got away fourth in the 10-horse field, opte...
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Grand Teton wins in 4-year-old debut

on 04/07/2019 8:37 PM
 Diamond Creek Racing's Grand Teton ($3.60) kicked his 4-year-old campaign off with a bang, dismissing the mid-stretch challenge of double millionaire Mach It So for a 1:51 win in the $18,000 featured pace on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia.   A stakes winner in 1:48.1 at three, the son of A Rocknroll Dance took full advantage of his class edge in the upper-level pac...
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Fourth round of the Levy Series in the books

on 04/07/2019 8:01 AM
Fourth round, four divisions, go ‘fourth’. Get the picture?   Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the next-to-last preliminary get-together of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   Four, $50,000 Free-For All events were carded, one fewer than a week ago.   First division—There weren’t many styles point for odds-on JJ F...
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Gingras wins 4, Alotbetter N best in Big M feature

on 04/07/2019 7:54 AM
Historically, the Meadowlands is a track where a horse can win from well off the pace, but Alotbettor N took that to an extreme in taking the featured high-range conditioned pace at the Big M Saturday night.   Bushwacker, the 9-2 third choice in the wagering, was on the point from the start to the head of the stretch, but nearing three-quarters there was a live flow coming after the l...
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Weiss action continues at Pocono

on 04/07/2019 12:15 AM
Three $15,000 divisions of the first preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing males highlighted the card on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Jim Morrill Jr. guiding two of the winners to 1:52.3 victories. First on the track was the Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Division Bell, who broke his maiden for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Br...
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Gerardo wins Tharps Memorial final

on 04/07/2019 12:10 AM
 Gerardo has become quite an acquisition for owner Mark Bogen and trainer-driver Kayne Kauffman, who plucked the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image out of a Blooded Horse Sale in Springfield, Ohio prior to the start of his 2019 season. All he’s done is win four of his first six races for his new connections, all in late closer series action, including both the $25,000 final of ...
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