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Hall of Famer Howard Beissinger dies at 94

on 02/07/2018 12:00 AM
Horseman Howard F. Beissinger, 94, a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame for 44 years, died Feb. 6, in Hamilton, Ohio. Born on May 23, 1923 on the family farm near Hamilton, Mr. Beissinger died only a few miles from where he'd been born.   He won the Hambletonian, America's greatest trotting classic, three times, earning the nickname "Hambo Howard." He enjoyed international fa...
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Sooo Handsome sets 5/8 mile mark at Pompano

on 02/07/2018 12:00 AM
Rick Plano has won 6,896 during his illustrious career to go along with 3,766 training wins but Tuesday night, February 6, was a first for Plano as he set a world record with his homebred Sooo Handsome in the unique five-eighths mile dash over Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval. The 5-year-old gelded son of Cash Hall went once around the slick track to hit the wire in 1:09.3, which ...
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Lindiliana, dam of Lindy Lane, dies

on 02/07/2018 12:00 AM
Lindiliana, the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner Lindy Lane, died Wednesday morning (Feb. 7) at her lifelong home of Lindy Farms, farm manager John Belskie said. She was 30. A daughter of Speedy Crown out of Petrolianna, Lindiliana raced nine times in her career, posting three second-place finishes, before joining the broodmare band at Lindy Farms. Lindiliana’s first foal was a son of Val...
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Chase to begin accepting ADW transactions

on 02/06/2018 12:00 AM
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the United States and the largest credit card issuer in the U.S. with more than 80 million active credit cardholder accounts, has begun approving credit card deposit transactions with U.S. licensed and regulated advance deposit wagering companies (ADWs). The decision by Cha...
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Kentucky fairs fuel owner's passion

on 02/06/2018 12:00 AM
Stanley Wildharber might not have been born to race at the Kentucky fairs, but it seems close to the case. Wildharber grew up two blocks from the Ballard County Fairgrounds in La Center and at an early age was riding his bicycle there to be around the horses.   Eventually, he was cleaning stalls, harnessing horses, jogging, training and traveling to other fairs. Today, the 46-year-o...
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New Vocations online stud auction ends Thursday

on 02/06/2018 12:00 AM
Breedings to Donato Hanover, Muscles Yankee, McArdle, Rock N Roll Heaven and Dover Dan are among the 85-plus offered in the New Vocations Stallion Auction via http://www.ongait.com/that is currently in progress and will end at 2 pm Thursday, Feb 8.   The auction is held in an open-ended-format that allows for bidding slightly beyond the 2 pm cutoff on seasons with high activity. All...
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HHYF elects new trustees

on 02/05/2018 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) trustees recently elected four new individuals to its 15-member working board. Jennifer Connor, Suzanne D'Ambrose, John Reames, and Gabe Wand along with reelected incumbents Nicola Abrams, Tony Alagna, and Emily Gaskin will each dedicate their efforts to educating today's youth about harness racing by actively working on various HHYF projects. Jenni...
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A conversation with Julie Miller

on 02/05/2018 12:00 AM
Julie Miller enjoyed a memorable 2017. The year began with her induction into the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame, where she joined her father, Owen Julius, and continued through the season with a string of stakes wins and notable Grand Circuit performances. Miller's stable last year included millionaire trotter Devious Man and Yonkers Trot champion Top Flight Angel, who helped the Iowa na...
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What The Hill book full and closed for 2018

on 02/05/2018 12:00 AM
The What The Hill Syndicate is pleased to announce that What The Hill’s book for 2018 is now full and closed. The syndicate thanks all shareholders and breeders for their overwhelming support. What The Hill stands at Hickory Lane Farm in Ohio for a service fee of $7,000.
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Tetrick wins at Dover with Cashendash Hanover

on 02/05/2018 12:00 AM
Third turning for home, Tim Tetrick with Cashendash Hanover, took the passing lane route to a three-quarter length 1:52.2 victory in the Dover Downs feature for the second-straight week on Monday (Feb. 5).   After a :26 opening panel, the $17,500 claiming pace resulted into a battle between two 11-year-old veterans who have each earned around a half-million during their careers with...
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2017 O'Brien Award winners announced

on 02/04/2018 12:00 AM
Driver Doug McNair won his first O'Brien as Canada's Driver of the Year following a career year.  McNair, a resident of Guelph, Ont., was a finalist for this award in 2013. He topped the charts in earnings for drivers in Canada last year with more than $5.9 million in purse money, and $6.5 million in earnings in North America while driving 325 winners. McNair was also the regular driver f...
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Meadowlands prolific pair hit pay dirt in Preferred

on 02/04/2018 12:00 AM
As Bill Belichick and Tom Brady prepare for their big game on Sunday, another dynamic duo was at work Saturday night at the Meadowlands, as the team of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke scored in the track's $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers with Starznheaven by a nose over Bettor's Edge in 1:50.2 in 28-degree cold that included a minus one-second track variant. Gingras, wh...
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Rubber Duck, Killer Martini win Yonkers co-features

on 02/04/2018 12:00 AM
Favored Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno, $4.20) and Killer Martini (Jason Bartlett, $16.80) were the names above the marquee Saturday night (Feb. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps.   NF Happenstance pulled pocket early to test the fave, but missed a half-length. Melady’s Monet (Bartlett) rallied off a brutal trip for third, with Madhatter Blue Chip (Jord...
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Feb. 12 Winter Speed Sale cancelled due to EHV

on 02/04/2018 12:00 AM
Due to the EHV (Equine Herpes Virus) issues, the Blooded Horse Sales Company will not be allowed on the Delaware County fairgrounds to conduct the Winter Speed Sale. Unfortunately, the February sale is cancelled. Further information, when available, will be posted here. 
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Big night at Big M for Gingras and Burke

on 02/03/2018 12:00 AM
One of harness racing's most prolific driver-trainer teams flexed their collective muscles at the Meadowlands Friday night, as Yannick Gingras made five trips to the winner's circle while Ron Burke – with Gingras doing the driving – had four on top. The one victory Gingras had without Burke came in the eighth race feature – a $20,000 conditioned trot that could have been written as ...
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"Brothers" reach wire together at Miami Valley

on 02/03/2018 12:00 AM
A harness racing rarity occurred at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (Feb. 3) when a pair of older geldings, both sired by Santanna Blue Chip, reached the wire simultaneously to win in 1:53.2.  Sanattle Slew (Jason Brewer), out of a Cam Fella mare, and M G Kid (Kayne Kauffman), a son of a Camluck mare, couldn’t be separated by the photo finish camera in the event for $20,000 claim...
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Foiled Again cuts mile, finishes third at Yonkers

on 02/02/2018 12:00 AM
Foiled Again's second attempt at his 100th career victory came up short on Thursday night at Yonkers. Leaving from post position 5 beneath a light drizzle in the $20,000, eighth-race pace, the sport’s richest-ever equine needed a fair amount of driver Yannick Gingras’ urging early. The 6-5  favorite did get over pole-sitting second choice Lord Of Misrule (George Brennan), maki...
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Missile J goes back-to-back at Dover

on 02/02/2018 12:00 AM
Missile J was never headed in a 1:50 conquest in the Thursday $25,000 headliner at Dover Downs. Sometimes Said was even faster scoring a scintillating 1:49.3 victory to keep his lengthy win streak alive. Corey Callahan drove a quadruple of winners.   Tim Tetrick took no prisoners in the feature race with Missile J, taking the lead in :26.3 at the start on the way to his 18th li...
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Andover Hall breeding for $5,000

on 02/02/2018 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has donated an Andover Hall breeding in memory of Sherie Hankins to the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association. It is available for $5,000 to the first person who emails leealphen@comcast.net. A $500 deposit will be due right away to secure the breeding. The balance is due as soon as the breeding produces a live foal and before the mare is sold.
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