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I M Fishin leads round two Weiss winners at PcD

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
The team of owner Bob Key, trainer Trish Adams and driver Jim Morrill Jr., accounted for two of the four $15,000 divisions of the second preliminary round of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting females Tuesday night (April 10) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Baby Wants, a Conway Hall filly, had not won in 14 prior career starts and was up against the heavily-favored Myrna Myrna, the fa...
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Mohawk Park ready for Thursday night opener

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
The newly renamed Woodbine Mohawk Park will welcome back the Standardbreds on Thursday night for the 55th season of live racing.   The upcoming meet will mark a new era in the history of Woodbine Mohawk Park, as the Campbellville oval will become Woodbine Entertainment's permanent home for live year-round Standardbred racing. A total of 168 race cards will be held at Woodbine Mohawk...
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OHHA accepting entries for Fantasy League

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
The second annual Harness Racing Fantasy League, sponsored by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, is now accepting entries, which must be received by the OHHA office or submitted online by April 25.   The Fantasy League is open to any individual who has not owned a racing Standardbred in the last two years. Stables will consist of six horses, two of them must be Ohio sired 2-year-o...
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Mach It So looks to build off solid '17 campaign

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
When trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. looks at Mach It So this season at age 8, he sees a horse that looks a lot like the one he saw a year ago at age 7. Considering that Mach It So established a career high for purses in 2017, the similarity is enough to bring a hopeful smile to Bamond's face.   Mach It So earned $759,871 last year, when he won his second William R. Haughton Memorial in thr...
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Former Batavia announcer James Boyd dies

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
James E. Boyd, of Batavia, N.Y., died peacefully on Thursday, April 5, at the Northgate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda. He was 83. Widely known as "Gentleman Jim," Mr. Boyd took over the Batavia Downs track announcing duties from the legendary Max Robinson in 1984 and continued to call races there until it closed in 1996. He was also the announcer at Buffalo Raceway and call...
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Horse "bought for peanuts" keeps winning

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
Born To Thrive and Second Sister took top honors in their respective $15,000 trotting features at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (April 10). Born To Thrive, the five year-old gelded son of Swan For All, stopped the timer in 1:55.1 for Rick Plano over a track labeled "good" after heavy afternoon rains pelted Pompano Park.The late surging Uncle Hanover, handled by Andy Santeramo, was second, thre...
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Ky. Commission's Guilfoil honored by ARCI

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
Marc A. Guilfoil, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, has been honored with the Len Foote Award from the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI).   ARCI is a nonprofit trade association comprised of governmental regulators of horse and greyhound racing in North America. The Len Foote Award is presented each year to an executive director in re...
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Parkhill Nonstop wins last race ever at Woodbine

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
The era of harness racing at Woodbine Racetrack wrapped up Monday evening after 24 years. A 10-race card was contested on the final night with the $34,000 Preferred Trot headlining the card.   The 6-year-old gelding Big Rich went coast to coast for his second consecutive Preferred score. The Richard Moreau trainee was steered to his third win of the season by Louis Philippe Roy...
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Melady's Monet cashes in for 50 career wins

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
Sandwiched in between this past Saturday night's fourth round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series was the weekly Open Handicap Trot. That Melady's Monet won the race wasn't exactly a man-bites-dog occurrence. He paid $3.   That it was Melady's Monet's 50th career win made it newsworthy. Hence, the saga.   "I've probably put in more time with him than...
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Hippodrome 3R delays opener to April 29

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
The Quebec Jockey Club (OJC) announced Tuesday that due to poor weather and track conditions, opening day for the Hippodrome 3R has been moved to Sunday, April 29.   "We have had such bad weather this winter," explained general manager Murielle Thomassin. "Snow, then warm weather, then rain and now more snow. Our track has not been able to thaw properly and thus our horsemen and...
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PA Sires Stakes payments due May 15

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
The state Horse Racing Commission's Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing today reminded Standardbred horse owners that 2018 Sire Stakes payments for 2-year-old and 3-year-old horses are due by May 15.   Second payments due for 2-year-old horses are $400 for the Pari-mutuel Division and $75 for the Fair Division. This 2-year-old payment must be made for the horse to be eligible to race as a...
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Oldford elected to FSBOA board of directors

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association conducted their annual meeting on Saturday, April 7, and welcomed newly elected director Steve Oldford to the board.   Oldford, a longtime harness racing breeder, owner, trainer and amateur driver, joins Joe Pennacchio, who was re-elected as president; Christine Garrity and Dein Spriggs, who will serve as 1st and 2nd vice-presi...
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Horse shortage prompts Buffalo cancellation

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
Due to a shortage of entries, Buffalo Raceway officials were forced to cancel the Friday, April 13, program that was scheduled for 5 p.m. There were just 55 horses dropped into the entry box for the card.   Racing is scheduled for this Wednesday night at 5 p.m. and the race office will be drawing for Saturday's card on Wednesday morning.   For more information including t...
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Canadian Hall of Fame inductees announced

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame has announced the people and horses being recognized as inductees in 2018. Six people and four horses have been elected from an extremely deep ballot of candidates. Standardbred inductees include Builder William (Bill) Andrew, Communicator Dave Landry and Trainer/Driver Jim Doherty along with horses Chancey Lady and Blissfull Hall. Representing Th...
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Indiana trotter carrying legacy as dam's last foal

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
Deputy Julianna arrived in the stable of owners Larry and Le Anna Muckenhirn in October 2008, and the then 3-year-old female trotter made an immediate impression. "I’ll never forget the day she got off the truck," Larry said. "I just fell in love with her. She was wonderful." Deputy Julianna had a brief but successful career for the Muckenhirns, but upon retirement made a lasting impressi...
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Freeze Line upsets in Wood Series at Meadows

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
Freeze Line rallied from worst to first to spring a 15-1 upset in Tuesday’s (April 10) second leg of the Ben Wood Memorial Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. Mr Contestant took the other $15,000 division to give Tony Hall, trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key a second-leg sweep. On Saturday afternoon, April 21, The Meadows will host the $25,000 (est) finals o...
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Pass The Vape impressive in Miami Valley win

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
A pair of $15,000 eliminations in the James K. Hackett Memorial division for trotting colts, and a milestone accomplishment by driver Chris Page, were highlights of the Tuesday (April 10) matinee card at Miami Valley Raceway. Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) was ultra-impressive in the first Hackett elim, crushing a field of 3-year-old Ohio-sired colts in 1:55.1. With just a pair of qualifiers...
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Repeat winners in Weiss Series at Pocono

on 04/09/2018 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr., perennially the leading driver at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, steered Meadowbranch Ricky and Chas Hanover to their second straight victories in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting males Sunday night (April 8) at the northeast Pennsylvania oval. Archibald bounced back from a first-round break to take the third $15,000 division in this Weiss division’s second prelimi...
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Miso Fast scores Pompano win in 4YO debut

on 04/09/2018 2:00 AM
Miso Fast, driven by Bryce Fenn,lived up to his name at Pompano Park on Sunday night as the 4 year old made his seasonal debut a winning one, conquering a select field of older horses.   The son of Roll With Joe stopped the timer in 1:50.3 after taking command at the opening station in a rapid :26.2 and then proceeding through panels of :55.3 and 1:23 before an effortless ...
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Qualifiers set for Wednesday in Philly

on 04/09/2018 2:00 AM
Horsemen are reminded that Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack will hold qualifiers on Wednesday (April 11) with first post at 10 a.m. Entries will be accepted on Tuesday with the box scheduled to close at 11 a.m. Horsemen are once again reminded to provide the Race Office with all applicable health documents for their horses, including Coggins, Rabies, EHV-1 paperwork dated 2018 and a ...
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