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Former HTA pres Edward Dougherty dies at 95

on 01/26/2019 7:22 AM
Edward Dougherty, a long-time Doylestown, PA resident, and past president of Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia, passed away in his sleep on Jan. 18, 2019 at an assisted care facility in Brick, NJ. He was 95. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Upper Darby, Pa. Mr. Dougherty graduated from Upper Darby High School where he developed a lifelong friendship with famed basketball coach Jack R...
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Gingras, Burke team up for 3 at Big M

on 01/26/2019 7:17 AM
If you were wondering whether Ron Burke trainees could be bet with confidence off a layoff, wonder no more. The answer is a resounding “Yes!”   Burke, and his go-to driver Yannick Gingras, teamed up to win three times on the Friday card at the Meadowlands, all with horses who have been out of action for a while.   The potent pair got their evening underway in th...
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RHP captures Miami Valley series final

on 01/25/2019 10:50 PM
The first of seven Claim To Fame Series championships that will be decided in the coming days was contested Friday night (Jan. 25) at Miami Valley Raceway.   RHP made it “seven straight in the Buckeye State” when he wired the field of finalists in the $12,500 claiming split for male pacers.  Owner-trainer-driver Brady Galliers proved to be an astute pinhooker as well, w...
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Cheesman has found her niche at Winbak

on 01/25/2019 10:01 PM
Ever since she was a child, Winbak Farm Public Relations and Marketing Director Elizabeth Cheesman has been following her passion. A native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Cheesman was exposed to the sport of harness racing by her Mother (Barb Lewis). Lewis did it all from a racing perspective. She has been an owner, trainer, driver and breeder. The young Cheesman was poised to follow in her foots...
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Aldine Hanover takes Yonkers feature

on 01/25/2019 9:55 PM
Odds-on favorite Aldine Hanover (Jason Bartlett, $3.40) finished what she started Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Returning from Dover and winning the three-through-six draw, Aldine Hanover stepped about pole sitter Shez Sugarsweet A (Ron Cushing), making the lead just before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. After a 57-second intermis...
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Southwind Amazon wins fifth straight

on 01/25/2019 9:48 PM
Southwind Amazon, harness racing’s “winningest” horse in 2018, stretched his current victory streak to five with a facile front-end score in Friday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Ronnie Wrenn Jr. sent Southwind Amazon to the top from post 7 and the 9-year-old Camluck-Artoonist gelding put the field away with a 27.2 third panel over ...
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Miami Valley to have odd distance LC series

on 01/25/2019 9:44 PM
Miami Valley Raceway has introduced a pair of new late-closing events with an exciting twist—odd distance racing.  Both the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley for male pacers and the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley for trotters will feature three legs—a 5/8ths-mile dash (one lap) the first week, a mile race the second and a 1-1/4 mile (two laps) final.  The series is open t...
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Breedings to benefit SRF now online

on 01/25/2019 2:51 PM
On Monday (Jan. 28), the online auction of breedings to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation will open at 8 a.m. and run through Wednesday (Jan. 30) at 8 p.m. SRF has nearly 90 breedings available to bid on directly on the website at OnGait.com, or by calling Tammy at 609.738.3255, who will place your bids for you. Winning bidders will be notified by email within 24 hours, and a 10 p...
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Canadian horseman Gerry Nelson dies at 86

on 01/25/2019 11:23 AM
Canadian horseman Gerry Nelson, 86, died in Truro, Nova Scotia, on Jan. 11. According to a story in the Truro Daily, Mr. Nelson's funeral service was attended by many, including former hockey players and horsemen. Mr. Nelson worked for fellow Canadian horsemen Ron Waples and Archie McNeil. He grew up in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, later well known as the hometown of Brent MacGrath,...
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Beachy and son killed in PA shooting

on 01/25/2019 10:06 AM
Well-known Standardbred auctioneer Dean Beachy of Ohio was killed in the shooting at a restaurant/bar in a Ramada Inn hotel outside of State College, Pa., near Penn State University, late Thursday night. He was 62. Mr. Beachy was one of four people killed in the shooting. Mr. Beachy was at the restaurant having dinner with his son Steve, 19, who was also shot and died...
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New Weekend Preview! Can Propulsion win in Paris?

on 01/25/2019 7:56 AM
The European trotting elite, and quite a few American fans and one American-bred horse, are in Paris this weekend for the great French classic, the Prix d'Amerique. The race created by France to honor America's contribution to World War I takes place on Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes racetrack and the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has the full field listed, including b...
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Mohawk race paddock expansion underway

on 01/24/2019 1:18 PM
Woodbine Entertainment has announced a $6 million expansion project for the Standardbred race paddock at Woodbine Mohawk Park is now underway.   The expansion project is part of Woodbine Entertainment’s commitment to horse racing and Woodbine Mohawk Park as the year-round home of World Class Standardbred racing.   “Our vision for Woodbine Mohawk Park is to be r...
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Young Cushing pushing to keep career on track

on 01/24/2019 12:31 PM
Mitchell Cushing is the first to admit that patience is not his strong suit. Cushing, who turned 21 on Jan. 12, is coming off a year that saw him finish second in the driver standings at two New England racetracks on his way to 247 wins and $1.51 million in purses, both personal bests in his fledgling career.   He drove the legendary Foiled Again to victory in a Farewell Tour race at ...
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Meadowlands ready for another big weekend

on 01/24/2019 11:16 AM
The father-son, trainer-driver team of Erv and Marcus Miller won both featured events – the Preferred Handicaps for trotters and pacers – and horsemen and track regulars otherwise made it through a rough Saturday night of inclement weather unscathed over the course of an eventful two days (Jan. 18-19) last weekend at the Meadowlands.   Trolley defeated arch-rival Muscle Di...
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Breedings available to benefit New Vocations

on 01/24/2019 11:00 AM
New Vocations’ 21st Annual Stallion Auction will be held from Tuesday, Feb. 5, More than the 70-plus seasons have already been donated to help rehab, retrain and rehome retired Standardbreds.   Participants are asked to be considerate and not bid for mares over 20, ones that have been barren two or more consecutive years, any that are due after May 10 and those that are alrea...
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PA Horse Racing launches new website

on 01/24/2019 10:57 AM
The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association, an organization launched last year by stakeholders in the horse racing and breeding industry to market and promote the sport, has launched a new website to engage and make horse racing, breeding, and ownership opportunities more accessible to both newcomers and veteran fans.   Horse racing has been described as one of the most exciting sports o...
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Wally Hennessey drives 10,000th winner

on 01/24/2019 9:57 AM
Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey drove his 10,000th winner on Wednesday night at Pompano Park. The milestone victory was part of a driving grand slam for Hennessey. Hennessey achieved a milestone that only 16 other North American drivers have accomplished when he drove Prince Of Fame to victory in the last race at Pompano on Wednesday.   Hennessey, who is sporting a lofty ...
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Tom Brinkerhoff inducted into Ohio Hall

on 01/23/2019 4:11 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and the USTA District 1 meeting were both held Saturday (Jan. 19) at the Marriott Inn University Area Columbus. Despite the cold and blustery weather, the hotel was full of excitement with the schedule of activities keeping horsemen busy the entire day. The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association hand out its annual awards ...
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35 horses rescued by SRF and benefactors

on 01/23/2019 2:52 PM
Standardbred Retirement Foundation has reported that 35 trotters and pacers at risk to ship to the Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses received enough support to bypass a horrific end.   The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has either already moved most to safety or are scheduled to in the next two days. Those in need of veterinary care have received it already. The mare in ...
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Deadlines near for Dan Patch Awards banquet

on 01/23/2019 1:00 PM
The U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 24, is nearing and if you are planning to attend the gala festivities that will honor the best equines and humans in the sport in 2018, room reservations at the luxurious host site of the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando must be made by Saturday, Feb. 2. Rooms are nearly sold out so make sur...
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