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Monti, Perrin capture Batavia titles

on 12/13/2018 10:51 AM
 The final weekend of racing at Batavia Downs kicks off on Friday and although 26 more races are yet to be contested, there are two that have already been settled.   The dash-winning driver and trainer for the 2018 meet are Drew Monti and JD Perrin.   This is the second driving title for Drew Monti at Batavia Downs and third overall of his career. The 24-year-old ...
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Father Patrick's book full and closed

on 12/13/2018 10:04 AM
Diamond Creek Farm is pleased to announce that Father Patrick is booked full and closed for 2019. Father Patrick is currently the leading first-year sire in average earnings per foal, ranking in the top three among all sires. His impressive, yet limited, first crop included horses such as New Jersey and Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Whispering Oaks and the Champlain Stakes winner Hudson Riv...
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Veteran horseman Gerry Kazmaier dies

on 12/13/2018 9:30 AM
Trainer and driver Gerald T. “Gerry” Kazmaier,  originally of Far Hills, N.J., died at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Dec. 4. He was 75. An alumnus of Bernardsville (N.J.) High School, Mr. Kazmaier began his driving career at Saratoga in the early 1960s and was hired by leading Canadian trainer Roger Lareau soon after to drive for his stable. He went on to enjoy success all ...
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Mandatory Hi-5 payout Dec. 22 at Mohawk

on 12/13/2018 9:19 AM
Woodbine Entertainment has announced a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $269,858.26 with six-cards remaining ahead of the Dec. 22 mandatory payout date. There will be no freezing of the pool ahead of the mandatory payout.   This will be the third consecutive y...
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Greek-American named Mykonos eyes 3rd straight

on 12/13/2018 9:10 AM
In the nearly 40 years they’ve been breeding and campaigning Standardbreds, Jim Kezios and John Krillies—racing as Tripoli Stable of Norridge, Ill.—have followed a consistent theme in naming their horses. “Both of us are Greek, so we like to honor Greek traditions,” Kezios says. “We name most of our horses for Greek islands, mythical characters or war heroe...
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Brown, Wrenn win OSS Kaltenbach awards

on 12/13/2018 8:55 AM
Trainer Brian Brown captured his first Kaltenbach training title in 2018, sending 104 youngsters postward in the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) legs, finals and consolations.   Brown’s hefty assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters—which he conditions at Delaware, Ohio during the spring and summer months and in south Florida during the wintertime—earned $1,0...
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Longtime NY writer Maury May dies

on 12/13/2018 8:49 AM
Maurice J. “Maury” May, former president of the United States Harness Writers Association and a member of the organization for 55 years, passed away Dec. 8 in Amherst N.Y. He was 92.   A high school graduate at age 14, Mr. May began a 47-year career at the Buffalo News in 1942; he is remembered by colleagues as “the aide who ripped the news flash of the D-Day I...
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Philly features start final week of 2018 season

on 12/13/2018 8:24 AM
A quartet of $16,000 events were in the Wednesday afternoon spotlight at Harrah's Philadelphia; evenly divided between the gaits, both the pacing and the trotting events had one runaway and one close finish, with the former preceding the latter in both.   The first feature on the track was a pacing contest going to the Sportswriter three-year-old gelding Sprocket, who was hustled ...
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Kiwi Pres worst to first in Meadows series opener

on 12/13/2018 8:21 AM
Last in the field of six at the half, Kiwi Pres rallied through the lane and scored in Wednesday's Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows.  Campbellini took the other $15,000 opening-leg division. Kiwi Pres trailed by 7-1/2 lengths when Dave Palone sent him on his trek to the front. The 7-year-old The Pres-Kristalvagen N gelding gobbled up the leader, Ro...
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2017 Hambletonian DQ upheld in NJ

on 12/12/2018 1:50 PM
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, The State of New Jersey Office of Administrative Law upheld the decision of the New Jersey Racing Commission and “ordered that (driver) David Miller be suspended for three days” and “further ordered that the disqualification of ‘What The Hill’ is upheld and that the portion of the Hambletonian purse of 2017 be distributed in accordance with this d...
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Courtly Choice will be back racing in 2019

on 12/12/2018 9:12 AM
Courtly Choice’s ownership group has decided that he will race at 4.   “He was a fun horse to race and we are looking forward to racing him in 2019,” said Joe Thomson, Courtly Choice’s co-owner. “There are several stakes that we will be aiming for in the upcoming season.”   Courtly Choice’s trainer, Blake Macintosh, had mixed feelin...
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Batavia names horses of the meet

on 12/12/2018 8:32 AM
With the Batavia Downs meet coming to a close this Saturda the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced their horses of the meet.   The Horse of the Meet is In Runaway Bay N.   In Runaway Bay N (Mach Three-Pullover Brown) raced in the top pacing class at Batavia Downs 13 times in 2018, more than any other horse at the m...
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Holiday series gets underway at Meadows

on 12/11/2018 7:38 PM
Strawb’s Chippie N zipped to the point and held tough in the lane to score in Tuesday’s opening leg of a Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. My Kind Of Dance captured the other $15,000 opening-leg split. The Meadows this week is kicking off six Holiday Claiming Series that conclude on a special New Year’s Eve card that also feat...
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Battle lines drawn in Hoosiers vs Buckeyes

on 12/11/2018 6:00 PM
The battle lines are drawn and now only the result of the fourth annual Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Driver’s Challenge this Saturday night remains to be seen. Hoosier Park’s top five available reinsmen will compete with Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway’s five dash leaders in a six-race competition for bragging rights over the next 12 months. The Hoosier squad is captained by Tra...
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NJ lawmakers advance $100 million subsidy

on 12/11/2018 12:25 PM
The New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced the proposed legislation on Monday, Dec. 10 by a vote of 13-0. The proposed legislation will provide a $20 million annual subsidy to New Jersey’s horse racing industry, to be divided equally between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries. The state’s funding would benefit not just racetracks but everyo...
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SRF announces Spoto as raffle winner

on 12/11/2018 11:17 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) raffle winner of the trip to the Prix d'Amerique in Paris or to enjoy a castle stay and ride in Ireland is Donna Wenskoski of Iselin, N.J. When SRF shared the news she replied with, "You're kidding." That was repeated a few time until it finally made sense to her. A recent adopter, Linda Spoto, had bought the ticket for Donna...
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Pennachio named Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/11/2018 9:36 AM
Each year amateur racing becomes a bigger part in the Standardbred sport with many talented drivers displaying impressive abilities guiding spirited steeds to victory. And this season has been no exception especially with the expansive opportunities available with the ever-growing number of amateur organizations dotting the landscape. In spite of the talents of a multitude of amateur drivers ...
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Freehold weighing sports betting options

on 12/11/2018 9:21 AM
With sports betting up and running at the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, it appears that Freehold Raceway is ready to join the action. According to Christopher McErlean, vice president at Penn National, which co-owns the track, “We are in negotiations with vendors for both retail and online, and we hope to have a decision by the end of the month.” Freehold plans to follow the Meado...
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Melady's Monet returns Thursday to Big M

on 12/11/2018 9:17 AM
The Meadowlands will race just two nights this week with the Saturday card a casualty of a New York Jets late afternoon game in Met Life stadium. As a result, we are left with a particularly strong Thursday program featuring 10 full fields of what would be the usual Friday fare. The twin features are $15,000 conditioned races for pacing mares (race 6) and trotters (race 7), both competitive...
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Asher-Stalbaum named Batavia Rising Star

on 12/11/2018 8:39 AM
She was born to race and hit the ground running this, her first year of training. And hard work and perseverance has paid instant dividends for Riley Asher-Stalbaum and that is why she was named the 2018 Rising Star at Batavia Downs by the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA).    Asher-Stalbaum was brought up in the business, the daugh...
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