McWicked, Shartin N landslide Dan Patch winners

on 12/20/2018 12:23 PM
McWicked and Shartin N, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the sport’s year-end poll, were landslide winners for division honors among pacers in Dan Patch Award voting released Thursday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Shartin N, a 5-year-old mare, was named best older female pacer on all but one ballot while McWicked, a 7-year-old stallion, was named best older male pacer on...
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Monti, Perrin take Batavia titles

on 12/20/2018 11:15 AM
The 67-night session of harness racing at Batavia Downs for 2018 wrapped up on Saturday, Dec. 15, with both highs and lows being noted.   Whereas many competitive races were witnessed over the oldest lighted harness track in America, fewer races overall affected the Downs handle for the meet. The main reason for fewer races was a lack of available horses to race.   In 2018...
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Dates, format announced for '19 Breeders Crown

on 12/20/2018 9:50 AM
The $6 million Breeders Crown, harness racing’s richest and most prestigious year-end divisional championship series, will be raced over two nights when the events return to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Hambletonian Society and Woodbine Entertainment management have chosen the last weekend in October for the Crown showcase, with the four freshman Crown races h...
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Bartlett, Allard win Yonkers titles

on 12/20/2018 8:41 AM
To the surprise of very few, Jason Bartlett and Rene Allard were Yonkers Raceway’s leading 2018 driver and trainer, respectively. The 237-program season (one postponement), which concluded this past Sunday (Dec. 16), saw Bartlett roll along to an eighth local title. The 37-year-old Bartlett, originally from Augusta, ME, was both the winningest (485) and busiest (2,328) driver, winni...
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HHI announces award winners

on 12/20/2018 8:33 AM
Salvatore DiMario has been honored with the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year award by Harness Horseman International.  Born and raised in metropolitan New York City, DiMario graduated in 1982 with a B.A. in history before garnering his J.D. from Pace University Law School in 1986.  As a teenager DiMario became endeared with harness racing after visiting Yonkers Raceway for the fi...
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Simpson now Hanover chairman; Williams CEO

on 12/19/2018 6:47 PM
Effective Tuesday (Dec. 18), Russell C. Williams has become President and CEO of Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., and James W. Simpson has become Chairman of the Board. “Our message comes down to business as usual,” said Williams. “I intend to build on the excellent foundation that Jim Simpson has built here over more than twenty years.” “One of our advantages is the ...
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2018 Dan Patch trotting champions announced

on 12/19/2018 12:20 PM
Hambletonian-winning filly Atlanta led a distinguished group of trotters named division champions in Dan Patch Award voting released Wednesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Atlanta received 96.1 percent of the votes for best 3-year-old female trotter, the highest total among the six trotting honorees.   Also named division winners were 2-year-old colt Gimpanzee, 2-year-old ...
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Trotter Enterprise to stand stud in Ohio

on 12/19/2018 9:11 AM
Hambletonian elimination winner Enterprise 2,1:58.1f; 3,1:52 ($423,121) will stand his inaugural season in Ohio at Dublin Valley Farms for a stud fee of $4,500. Measuring just under 16 hands, the impressive son of Chapter Seven is from the 100 percent producing dam She's Gone Again, whose first three foals all trotted in 1:52.4 or faster, including the filly Live Laugh Love that was ...
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Tony Award in future for Weingartner?

on 12/19/2018 9:10 AM
Pretty much everyone who knows Ken Weingartner in the harness racing business likes and respects him. At the same time, pretty much no one knows of the hidden talent he has been harboring for these many years.   Weingartner, the award-winning Media Relations Manager at the U.S. Trotting Association, works tirelessly at publicizing and writing about Standardbred racing in his trademark...
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Foiled Again finale Dec. 31 at Meadows

on 12/19/2018 9:07 AM
Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in career earnings, will race for the final time in his incomparable career on a special New Year’s Eve card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. He faces mandatory retirement the next day when he turns 15. The Dec. 31 program begins at 5:30 p.m.   An official retirement ceremony will take place in the...
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PA horseman Terry Altmeyer dies at 56

on 12/19/2018 9:04 AM
Horseman Terry R. Altmeyer, 56, of Kittanning, Pa., passed away on Dec. 17 at his residence.   He was born on June 27, 1962 to William and Ruth (Wissinger) Altmeyer in Indiana, PA. Terry worked as a entrepreneur. He trained and owned harness race horses at Altmeyer Farm and Stable. He also loved listening to the music of The Ramone's.   He is survived by...
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Filled entry box leads to big weekend at Big M

on 12/19/2018 8:36 AM
Thursday night's card opens a cornucopia of pari-mutuel delights at the Meadowlands with 34 races, the majority of which are filled to capacity, on the menu for the weekend.    Peter Kleinhans will "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" and call the 10-race Thursday card this week. Kleinhans has done it all in the biz including but not limited to; horse owner, trai...
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Ellasen wins off claim in series at Meadows

on 12/18/2018 9:02 PM
Claimed from last week's opening leg, Ellasen returned immediate dividends to her new connections with a front-end victory in Tuesday's Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. Caviart Scarlett captured the other $16,000 split.   Ellasen had been racing off the pace, but Dave Palone and new trainer Ron Burke changed tactics with her, s...
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O'Brien Award finalists announced

on 12/18/2018 2:20 PM
2018 On Tuesday, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2018 O’BriO'Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont. This will mark the 30th editi...
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Top French sire Coktail Jet dies

on 12/18/2018 12:01 PM
Coktail Jet, who showcased the success of mixing American and French bloodlines, has died in France. He was 28.   Coktail Jet was a top trotter in his generation, winning both the 1996 Prix d’Amerique and Elitlopp at age six, and as a result receiving an invitation to the ’96 Breeders Crown Open Trot. Based on his exploits in Europe, he was the race-time betting favorite i...
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Nominations still open for Caretaker of Year

on 12/18/2018 9:10 AM
There is still time to submit nominations for the 2018 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its fourth year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. Initially titled Gro...
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Southwind Amazon wins 21st of 2018

on 12/18/2018 8:32 AM
Southwind Amazon posted his 21st win of the season at Northfield Park on Monday, capturing the evening’s 13th race.  His win tally ranks Southwind Amazon as the winningest horse in North America so far in 2018.   Southwind Amazon’s 21 wins this year have come from 37 starts.  He has also finished second and third five times each, an impressive feat for ...
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Phantom Seelster stays hot in Valedictory

on 12/17/2018 11:18 PM
Phantom Seelster’s Christmas wish list may include a new broom following another victory in the Valedictory Series on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Richard Moreau trainee powered to a 1:52.1 triumph in the second of two $17,000 second leg Valedictory divisions and will now have an opportunity at a series sweep on Boxing Day.   Driven by Bob McClur...
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Spots still open for MVR Drivers Championship

on 12/17/2018 7:49 PM
 Miami Valley Raceway is still seeking top drivers from throughout North America for it’s third annual North America Drivers Championship.  The contest will feature up to 30 of the continent’s best reinsmen chasing $25,000 in prize money and the prestigious trophy.  Doug McNair of Ontario and Trace Tetrick of Indiana captured the first two editions by each managing mul...
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Devaux drives 5 winners at Monticello

on 12/17/2018 6:51 PM
On a wet and gray Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, James Devaux won 5 of the card's 10 races. The banner day didn’t start until midway through the card in race 5, where Princess Katie (2:02.4 – $2.10) was his first winner.   Devaux, would then proceed to win the next 3 races in a row, with Faithful Friend (2:01.1 - $8.50), Norma Rei (1:59.4 - $3.3...
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