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AGCO drops 90-day horse suspension rule

on 02/12/2018 12:00 AM
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to release a Summary Report of the work delivered by the Equine Drug Program Working Group over the last seven months. As part of the ‘Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario' project, in May 2017 the AGCO established an Equine Drug Program Working Group in collaboration with the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA), to dis...
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Carl Becker reflects on Hall of Fame career

on 02/12/2018 12:00 AM
Carl Becker was barely a teenager when he provided play-by-play for a summer softball league in Altamont, Ill., but at that moment he knew he wanted a career behind a microphone. Becker's election to harness racing's Communicators Hall of Fame is the result of his ambitions fulfilled, although not exactly as he imagined during those early days. "I thought I was the next Cardinals baseball b...
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Miami Valley Legends late-closers due Feb. 17

on 02/12/2018 12:00 AM
The nomination deadline is rapidly approaching for the first three out of nine total annual "Lebanon Legends" late closers to be raced at Miami Valley Raceway, primarily in March and early April. Entry forms must be submitted to the race office or postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 17. All three series are for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $40,000 lifetime as of the entry deadline date. &n...
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Dan Patch Awards silent auction items

on 02/12/2018 12:00 AM
The Dan Patch Awards Dinner is rapidly approaching and along with it, the annual silent auction held in conjunction with the evening's festivities on Feb. 25 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Once again the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and USHWA's industry outreach will benefit from the sales. This year's auction features a wide variety of items so there is sure to be something of intere...
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Northville announces EHV-1 security rules

on 02/12/2018 12:00 AM
Due to the outbreak of the EHV-1 equine virus the following rules will apply to all horses entering Northville Downs.   Horses last racing in PA or stabled in PA will be excluded from racing at Northville Downs until further notice.   Horses stabled at any quarantined facility in Ohio will be excluded from racing at Northville Downs until further notice. Horses that ha...
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Buffalo Raceway cancels Feb. 14 card

on 02/12/2018 12:00 AM
The Wednesday, Feb. 14, race card at Buffalo Raceway has been cancelled due to weather and track conditions caused by a repeated thaw/freeze, which is expected again mid-week.   There will now be a double draw on Wednesday for races on Friday and Saturday. The Race Office will be issuing a revised condition sheet so please check for the updates.   Racing is scheduled to take place...
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Waikiki Beach A repeats at Pompano

on 02/12/2018 12:00 AM
Waikiki Beach A, the Australian-bred 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, scored a repeat win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night.   The gallant gelding, who made a successful debut at the South Florida oval in 1:51.4 two weeks ago, overcame the assignment of the outside eight post and seven classy foes to score in a lifetime best 1:50.2--eking out a photo-f...
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1998 Dan Patch winner Rum Boogie dies at 22

on 02/12/2018 12:00 AM
Rum Boogie, who won the 1998 Dan Patch and Nova awards for best 2-year-old female trotter, died Monday (Feb. 12), Lindy Farms Manager John Belskie said. She was 22. Bred by Frank and Gerald Antonacci, as F Antonacci & Co. Racing, Rum Boogie was a daughter of Valley Victory out of Margarita Miss. She remained with the Antonacci family’s Lindy Farms throughout her racing career and afterwar...
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Western Joe wins at foggy Meadowlands

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
On a night that saw steady rain and heavy fog for most of the 13-race program, Western Joe emerged from the mist to explode by the field in the Meadowlands Saturday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Pace. Starznheaven, fresh off an upset win in this event one week ago at 22-1, made his way to the lead after the quarter and was still on the point at three-quarters in 1:23.2 while being pr...
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Fox Valley Veto wins Buffalo feature

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
Fox Valley Veto found his way through the snow at Buffalo Raceway with relative ease on Saturday night in taking a two-length victory over Lenny Mac in the $9,500 Open Trot in 1:59. In the sub-featured $9,000 pace, after three consecutive second place finishes to open the 2018 campaign, Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) finally found the winners circle by rallying late to tip Mach Stockn Barrel b...
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NF Happenstance best in Yonkers Open Trot

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
Lone lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr., $7.20) and a repeating Killer Martini (Jason Bartlett, $13.20) were the big cheeses Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s moist, co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. NF Happenstance exacted a measure of revenge upon Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno) in the weekly featured trot. In play from post position six, NF Happenstance waited her turn as Cash...
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Sandys Victory still going strong at MVR

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
Sandys Victory, who was named the 2017 Older Trotter of the Year in Ohio, shows no signs of letting up at age seven. The Dan Ater owned and trained daughter of Victory Sam won for the 17th time from 51 starts over the last 13 months by capturing the $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon.  Ater’s son Kyle put the favorite on the engine early and led four clas...
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Vincent Fusco Jr. posts 1,000th training win

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
On Friday, Feb. 9, conditioner Vincent Fusco Jr. collected his 1,000th career training triumph when Nancy Malinda, steered by Brett Miller and owned by FBP Stable and Jordan Derue, captured the sixth race on the Freehold Raceway card.  A resident of Manalapan, N.J., Fusco's roots run deep in harness racing. In fact, his uncle, Vincent Ginsburg, and he annexed the leading driv...
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Napolitano wins 5 Friday at Meadowlands

on 02/10/2018 12:00 AM
Driver Anthony Napolitano has been doing good things at the Meadowlands for the last three winters, and Friday night and at the Big M, he was without question the big man on campus, winning five times on the 13-race card. Napolitano had help. With Yannick Gingras absent, he drove trainer Ron Burke’s stock, and the duo teamed up to win four times on the card.  Their winners were No...
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Saturday’s Big M card a “Bettor’s Delight”

on 02/10/2018 12:00 AM
Saturday's Meadowlands card could aptly be described as a "Bettor's Delight." Thirteen races, heavy with large and competitive fields, guaranteed horizontal wagers and a bonanza of nearly $100,000 in the last race Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover pool. The night's feature race is the seventh where seven pacers will vie for the lion's share of a $20,000 purse. there has been a different winner ...
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Delaware Grand Circuit payments due Feb. 15

on 02/10/2018 12:00 AM
Sustaining payments for the sophomore classics Little Brown Jug (3-year-old colt pace), Jugette (3-year-old filly pace), Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due Thursday, Feb. 15. These payments are for foals of 2015. The Little Brown Jug and Old Oaken Bucket will be raced Thursday, Sept. 20 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, Sept. 19...
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Hawthorne cancels Friday card due to storm

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Due to the current snowfall and forecast for additional accumulating snowfall into the afternoon, races on Friday at Hawthorne will be cancelled.   With very poor road conditions, it would be dangerous for horsemen to attempt to ship horses in to race. Additionally, to properly prepare a safe racing surface, the snow must conclude and then the track crew will need hours to conduct th...
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Morrisville Yearling Sale set for Sept. 16

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Morrisville College is pleased to announce its annual Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16. This year marks the 27th year for the annual sale. Entries are now being accepted. The New York breeding and racing program has been a strong economic supporter of the Morrisville Equine Program for many years.The Morrisville College students greatly appreciate hosting the sale and making indus...
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Penn National Gaming Series canceled

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Due to the unfortunate cancellation of the two stake races planned for Plainridge Park--the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and the Clara Barton Pace--the Penn National Gaming Challenge Series will not be offered this year.   Opportunities to establish the series in the future will be considered if additional races can be offered. (Penn Gaming)
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Blindswitch Racing has top starters at Yonkers

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Blindswitch Racing Stable and trainer Al Annunziata will start a formidable pair in this week's pacing features at Yonkers Raceway. Betabcool N is the 7-2 co-second choice on the morning line in Friday's (Feb. 9) $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap while Don'tcallmefrancis is the 3-1 early favorite in Saturday's (Feb. 10) $40,000 Open Handicap.   Created by David Litvinsky six years ago,...
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