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Arrangements set for Mary Lou Dondarski

on 11/28/2018 4:10 PM
Mary Lou Dondarski, 74, of Jackson, N.J., passed away after a brief illness, Thursday, Nov. 8 at Centrastate Hospital in Freehold, N.J. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Dondarski was an accomplished artist, a skilled racing operations manager, and a creative force dedicated to preserving and enhancing harness racing history.   Her friends and family are invited to join in a memorial celebr...
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Merriman sets monthly win record

on 11/28/2018 2:45 PM
Aaron Merriman is not finished with the harness racing record book.   After on Saturday becoming the first driver in history to win at least 1,000 races in multiple years, Merriman on Tuesday set the record for most victories in a single month. Merriman won eight times on Tuesday, twice at The Meadows and six times at Northfield, to push his total in November to 123. Tim Te...
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Teague for two in DSBF 2CP final

on 11/28/2018 10:44 AM
Dashiki and Keepmywiglegametyt have been pleasant surprises this season for the George Teague Jr. Stable and will look to keep the good times rolling in Thursday’s $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for 2-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The race is one of four DSBF finals for 2-year-olds on the card Thursday at Dover, along with the $260,000 Hap Hansen Progr...
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Shenandoah Fair's Terry Kibler dies

on 11/28/2018 10:04 AM
Terry Lee Kibler, 60, of Woodstock, Va., died Monday, Nov. 26, at his home. Mr. Kibler was the speed superintendent at the Shenandoah County Fair where he helped to run various aspects of the harness racing program. Mr. Kibler was also an avid lover and owner of Standardbred racehorses racing primarily in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. According to the Virginia Harness...
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Rock N Roll Heaven breeder Francene Nash dies

on 11/28/2018 9:00 AM
Francene Marie Nash died on Sunday, Nov. 25. She was 72. Born on March 12, 1946, Ms. Nash was the daughter of the late Frank and Nell Nash.   Ms. Nash’s early life was spent in New Jersey and Jeffersonville, Ind. Later the family lived in Lake Charles, La. and Leominster, Mass., where she graduated from high school. She attended Boston University and the University of Kentuck...
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Steve Beck, formerly with Hempt Farms, dies

on 11/28/2018 8:29 AM
Steven C. Beck, former superintendent of Hempt Farms, the “Home of the Keystones” of the late Hall of Famer Max C. Hempt, passed away on Oct. 30 at the age of 74.   Born in Freeport IL, Mr. Beck went into the military service of the country soon after high school. While with the Navy, he was stationed in, among other places, Cuba and Panama when they were international hot...
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Bettors Fire N torches Batavia foes

on 11/27/2018 9:06 PM
He hasn’t been in North America long, but he’s already turning heads. Undefeated in Maine and now in Massachusetts, Bettors Fire N has now strung four straight and remained peerless by taking the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon. Leaving from post one, Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) grabbed an immediate lead and dictated the pace from there...
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Diamond effort by Cracklin Rosie

on 11/27/2018 9:03 PM
Cracklin Rosie won her second straight Tuesday at The Meadows, rallying again to erase a substantial deficit and capture the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace.   Cracklin Rosie was fourth by 4 1/2 lengths when she followed the first-over cover of Shesasmokinlady. The 5-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Honey’s Bud Lite roared wide through the stretch for Jim Pantaleano...
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Books full for Diamond Creek stallions

on 11/27/2018 3:20 PM
Diamond Creek and Sugar Valley Farm announced today that Dan Patch winner, Downbytheseaside is fully booked and closed for the 2019 season.    In 2018, his first season at stud, Downbytheseaside served a full book of 140 mares and boasted an in-foal rate of over ninety percent.  His stellar pregnancy rates combined with his pedigree and performance on the racetrack, led him ...
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NY court upholds Pena sanctions

on 11/27/2018 2:03 PM
The New York State Gaming Commission today announced that the New York Court of Appeals has upheld the 2015 sanctions levied against harness trainer Lou Pena, who was found responsible for 1,719 equine drug violations in 675 races.   The ruling ends more than six years of litigation and validates the Commission’s actions of using veterinarian records to determine if pre-race dru...
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Dorsoduro Hanover draws 8 in Progress

on 11/27/2018 12:30 PM
Dorsoduro Hanover began his season with a win and will try to go out the same way in Thursday’s $260,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacers at Dover Downs. It will not be easy. In addition to facing seven talented rivals, Dorsoduro Hanover will begin the race from post No. 8, the least favorable starting spot on the gate at the track. “I’m not too happy about tha...
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NY horseman Robert Cottrell dies at 84

on 11/27/2018 11:10 AM
Western New York horseman Robert B. Cottrell, 84, died Nov. 22. He was blessed to spend recent days and Thanksgiving with those who meant the most to him, family. He is survived by his loving wife, Sally; children, Dr. Timothy (Lisa) and Tracy (Joseph) Ilvento; grandsons, Connor, Sean and Alex Ilvento; and dear sister, Joan Light. He will be missed by many longtime friends, many of whom worked...
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All Bets Off retired to stud at Seelster

on 11/27/2018 9:45 AM
Seelster Farms is excited to announce that  All Bets Off p, 2, 1:50f, 3, 1:48.3f, 1:48, BT1:46.2 ($3,186,658) will stand his first season in 2019. All Bets Off is the richest and the fastest son of Bettors Delight with earnings of $3,186,658, a record this year of 1:48 and a best beaten time of BT1:46.2 established while closing in the Allerage Series Open, ...
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Musical Rhythm rocks in Mohawk feature

on 11/27/2018 9:01 AM
Musical Rhythm made a triumphant return to the Preferred on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 6-year-old Ben Baillargeon trainee pulled off a 9-1 upset over six rivals in the $34,000 top class. A rainy Monday led to "sloppy" conditions for the evening’s card of racing. Dunbar Hall was the talk of the field, as he entered on a two-race win streak in the Preferred. ...
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Outburst rallies for win at Meadows

on 11/26/2018 9:58 PM
Trailing by 4-1/2 lengths and wide at the half, Outburst exploded through the final turn and captured Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $14,000 Conditioned Trot. Outburst appeared to be gapping cover when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones. But the 7-year-old Explosive Matter-Exquisite Lady gelding found his best stride late, holding off the rallying Media Buzz by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3...
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Big Super Night at Pompano

on 11/26/2018 2:47 PM
Pompano Park hosted the 2018 edition of Super Night on Sunday (Nov. 25) with eight championship events with more than $415,000 in purses on the line. The stables of Kim Sears and Mike Deters dominated the events with the Sears contingency winning five championship events, Deters taking two and the Hennessey Stable taking the remaining piece of pie. Driver Wally Hennessey annexed six winning dr...
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$77,000 top price of Indiana sale daily double

on 11/26/2018 1:20 PM
The big Indiana daily double of sales, the Midwest Mixed Sale and the Michiana Yearling Sale, took place Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana. In its second year, the Midwest Mixed Sale saw an increase in both gross sales and average compared to the inaugural sale held a year ago, with 142 horses cataloged. The sale was topped by Hip 113, Sout...
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Oldford captures Billings Series Gold Cup

on 11/26/2018 1:19 PM
Harness racing's granddaddy of all amateur events, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, presented its 37th annual Gold and Silver Cup finals at Yonkers Raceway on Sunday, and they resulted in near storybook fashion when coincidentally the $25,000 Gold Cup was won by the series vice president Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford, and the $15,000 Silver Cup went to the ...
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Burke Stable tops $20 million for 6th time

on 11/26/2018 6:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke saw his stable surpass $20 million in purses for the sixth consecutive year when Sonnet Grace won the Goldsmith Maid Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters over the weekend at The Meadowlands. The 49-year-old Burke is the only trainer in harness racing history to ever reach $20 million in a year. His stable earned a record $28.4 million in 2014. This season Burke's sta...
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McWicked monstrous as Sears doubles in TVG

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
McWicked completely dominated his foes for a third straight stakes start, and in the process, likely wrapped up Horse of the Year honors Saturday night at the Meadowlands after taking the $350,000 TVG Open Pace by 2 lengths over Dealt A Winner in 1:48 over a sloppy track. Filibuster Hanover was third. "He was absolutely awesome," said winning trainer Casie Coleman. "He's be...
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