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Kentucky owner-breeder Jim Thompson dies

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
James Daryl "Jim" Thompson, 84, of Danville, Ky., died May 29 at his home. He bred and raced horses under the banner of Fountain Valley Farm.   Among Mr. Thompson's most accomplished performers were the homebreds Duke Duke and Whittingham. Duke Duke p,3, 1:52f ($667,457) was a stakes winner at the Meadowlands, Balmoral Park and Scioto Downs as a 2 year old and finished third to Histori...
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Maple Leafs' Carrick named NA Cup drawmaster

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Mohawk Park is pleased to announce Connor Carrick, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman, as this year's drawmaster for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   The post position draw and media conference for the Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A native of Orland Park, Ill., Carrick, 24, was drafted in the fifth-rou...
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Kunkels enjoying homebred trotter Moosonee

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
Jim Kunkel celebrated his 71st birthday on Monday, but that wasn't the day this week he was most looking forward to enjoying. Not when his homebred trotter Moosonee is racing. Moosonee, a 3-year-old gelding bred by Kunkel and his wife Sandra, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first of two Currier & Ives divisions Wednesday (June 6) at The Meadows. Moosonee, who is eligible to...
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Del. Gov. bets $10 to win on Phillies at Dover

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
"Give me $10 to win on the Phillies over the Cubs tonight at odds of plus-200." With that sentence spoken (actually incorrectly, as wagers should be made by the number and not by the team name) by Delaware Governor John Carney at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon at Dover Downs, a new era began not only in the First State but in the entire country. With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling ov...
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Looking For Zelda sets stakes mark in C & I

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
Freshened by a month off, Looking For Zelda grabbed the early lead from post 4 for Tony Hall and rolled home in a stake-record 1:54.1 in Tuesday’s $73,835 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. The stake was conducted over three divisions, with Mike Wilder and trainer John Butenschoen teaming to take the other splits with Nixie Volo and Bill’s Lady. Looking ...
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Post positions drawn for 3 NA Cup eliminations

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
The connections of 29 three-year-old pacers have decided to take their shot at harness racing glory and enter the eliminations for the 35th Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A total of three $50,000 eliminations, two fields of ten and a field of nine, will take place this Saturday (June 9) evening. The top-three finishers from each elimination, plus a fourth-pl...
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Apple Bottom Jeans scores at Harrington

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
KDK Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($4.40, Russell Foster) was a 1:52.4 winner despite having to overcome the outside post Tuesday (June 5) in the $15,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. Sayulita marched to the early lead from post position four, where she would lead the seven-horse field most of the way unchallenged until a first-over Empress Deo applied pressure. At the top of the st...
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CHHA co-sponsors lunch at Gaitway Farm

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
Everyone is invited to Gaitway Farm in Englishtown, NJ on Tuesday, June 12 around noon for a FREE lunch and an inspirational message from New York Chaplains Humberto and Karen Chavez. Music will be provided by Marybeth DiAngelo and her friends. Both the message and the music with be in English and Spanish. The event is co-sponsored by the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Stan...
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"Zelda," "Naughty" set to clash in Currier & Ives

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
Looking For Zelda and Msnaughtyashill, a pair of fillies who already have made an impact in the 3-year-old trotting division, will try to step it up a notch when they clash in Tuesday's $73,835 Currier & Ives at The Meadows. The three Currier & Ives splits go as races 1, 3 and 4, with "Zelda" and "Naughty" squaring off in race 3. The $110,260 Currier & Ives open division is set ...
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Peter Rhulen dies at age 79

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
Peter L. Rhulen, a well-known insurance agent in harness racing and also a horse owner, died June 2 in New York City due to complications related to Parkinson's disease. He was 79.   Mr. Rhulen built the Rhulen Agency into one of the largest privately-held specialty insurance agencies in North America. He was recognized as having the largest animal mortality insurance program in the U.S. ...
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Driving School, Museum a winning combination

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
David Pirnstill found plenty to enjoy at the U.S. Trotting Association Driving School, and it involved not only the present and future, but the past. As part of the Driving School, participants were treated to a private tour of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, which co-hosted the program and provided space for lunch and lectures. "The museum is just outstanding," said Pirnstill, who w...
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Carter joins USTA's social media, PR team

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
Michael Carter, the 2017 U.S. Harness Writers Association Breakthrough Award winner and well-known co-host of Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, joined the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) on Monday as social media and public relations coordinator.   Carter comes to the USTA from Northfield Park where he served as assistant director of mutuels and back-up track an...
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John Hayes elected Ontario Racing chairman

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
Ontario Racing (OR) Monday announced the full composition of its new Board of Directors. The first order of business for the new Board was electing, unanimously, John Hayes, the Independent Chairman of the Board.   Hayes brings significant business management and executive expertise to the role of OR Chair, with former positions in finance and administration positions with...
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Plenty of babies in action at Gaitway

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
Julie Miller could smile after watching a group of her 2-year-old pacers and trotters qualify for the first time Monday (June 4) at Gaitway Farm. "I think we had one hiccup and everything else went OK," said Miller, who sent out 14 horses in the day's 11 races for 2-year-olds. "You can't complain. I wanted them to be behind the gate, be handy, do what you ask them to do; all of them were reall...
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Media Buzz finds Meadows’ winner’s circle

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
Media Buzz secured the lead past the quarter and went on to capture his second straight win in Monday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned trot.   Media Buzz zipped to the front from post six and found himself in the pocket behind Fly Past Hanover. But Dave Palone preferred the point and moved the 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Lady Bar gelding to the front. Media Buzz hel...
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NYSS makes stop at Monticello

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
Trackman Anthony Desimone worked hard last week and over the weekend to put the best possible racing surface together for the New York Sire Stakes' first visit at Monticello Raceway on Mom , but it was not to be. An overnight rain made the track slick for the first three races, but as the day went on the track got better.  The afternoon saw Scott Zeron drive three winners, Ake Svansted...
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Starznheaven shines at Plainridge

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
After making a break over an off-track in his last start at Yonkers Raceway 23 days ago, Starznheaven shipped into Massachusetts and regained his winning ways in taking the $14,000 Winners-over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.  Starznheaven (Greg Merton) got away sixth in the field of seven as Pretty Boy Hill (Ron Cushing) seated One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) and to...
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Sports betting launches Tuesday in Delaware

on 06/04/2018 2:00 AM
Art Stafford and Art Stafford Jr.’s Blazing Bobby Sox ($6.40, Stafford Jr.) notched his third consecutive win Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.3 in the featured $17,500 Open Pace. The 7-year-old The Panderosa gelding led a fierce first-over charge in which he cleared pacesetter Little Ben and held off all comers to the wire. Kid PK was second, while Machamillion N finished third. It w...
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Allbeastnobeauty captures Hawthorne stakes

on 06/03/2018 2:00 AM
While the boys were featured on Friday evening at Hawthorne, the girls took center stage on Saturday (June 2) night in a pair of divisions of the $25,700 Violet Stakes.  The Violet is for Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old fillies. Race five was the first division as a field of eight lined up behind the starting car. Two horses took all of the action at the windows as Rollin Coal...
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Entries close June 18 for Tattersalls Summer Sale

on 06/03/2018 2:00 AM
Those planning to sell racehorses at the Meadowlands July 15 Summer Mixed Sale are reminded that entries are now being accepted, and will be until the catalog closes on Monday, June 18. Consignors may submit entries using the form on the Tattersalls Sales Co. website, tattersallsredmile.com, or by calling the sale office at (914) 773-7777. Last year’s Summer Mixed was up more ...
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