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WHHC set for April 28 at the Meadowlands

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
On Saturday, April 28, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for $75,000 in prize money in the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.   "DerbyWars.com has been a fantastic partner for the World Harness Handicapping Championship," said Rachel Ryan, marketing manager at Meadowlands Racing &a...
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Petal To The Metal rallies for Philly score

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
Petal To The Metal and trainer/driver Stacy Chiodo watched many contenders expend much energy in battling for command, then swung three-wide late on the far turn and went by everybody en route to a 1:55.3 victory in the $17,000 distaff conditioned pace feature Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. The five-year-old daughter of Art Official was in fact the sixth different leader in the race (i...
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Expose Yourself extends streak in Meadows trot

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
Expose Yourself put away the venerable Barn Girl with a quick backside burst and earned a convincing victory, her third straight, in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The 2017 Horse of the Year at The Meadows, Barn Girl entered the race off three straight wins but had to work hard from post 9 to get the early lead in 27.2. When Dave Palone moved Ex...
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Big Rich wins third WEG Preferred Trot

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
A messy Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park saw six-year-old trotter Big Rich complete a Preferred-triple. The aftermath of a brutal weekend ice storm left the track crew working non-stop until post time Monday, but once the first-race went behind the gate, it was back to business as usual. A field of seven older trotter clashed over the "sloppy" track in the $34,000 Preferred. Richard M...
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Starter, horseman Hobe Stroud dies at 95

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Hobart B. "Hobe" Stroud, a well-known horseman and racing official and starter, passed away Sunday, April 15, in Community Hospice Truman House in New Philadelphia, Ohio, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Stroud was 95. Mr. Stroud owned, trained and drove harness horses for several years, having his horse Executive Pick selected as one of the top ten trotters in 1964-65. In 1971, after a car...
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2 straight wins for Better Caviar at Meadows

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Better Caviar surged past Mac Deeno in mid-stretch to capture his second straight victory in Monday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned trot. Better Caviar was inside behind a wall of horses past the three-quarters. But when Mike Wilder angled him off the cones and showed him racetrack, the 10-year-old son of SJs Caviar-Better Credit found another gear and downed Mac Deeno by ...
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Sharen Hanover, Kimberlee win Weiss splits

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Sharen Hanover and Kimberlee both recorded their second victories in the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing females on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The Well Said mare Sharen Hanover is now perfect in two starts for the brothers Allard, driver Simon and trainer Rene, as she quarter-moved to command and went on to win her $15,000 division of the series' third prelimin...
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Burke, Lachance, Schnittker heading to France

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Although trainer Ron Burke has sent out more than 40,000 starters who have earned more than $194 million in purses, he's never had the opportunity to work with a French trotter. That will change this spring when Burke, Mike Lachance, and Ray Schnittker travel to France to purchase 24 trotters for the French American Trotting Club, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York's pioneering effo...
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Another generation on horizon for Pinske Stable

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Carter Pinske will graduate from college next month and he is looking forward to the work ahead. That means lending a hand at the family's custom cabinetry and millwork business, which dates back to the 19th century, as well as taking an increased role in what by comparison is a more recent pursuit -- harness racing. The Pinskes have been involved in harness racing since the mid-1950s when Carte...
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IndyCar drivers trading cars for sulkies at HoP

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to host Celebs in the Sulky, the first-ever IndyCar Driver celebrity race for charity, on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. Just off the race circuit and taking the reins in the sulky, world-famous Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens, and Zach Veach will pair with Hoosier Park’s leading harness drivers Trace Tetrick, ...
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Hambo winner Perfect Spirit wins in Sweden

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit made his first start today in Sweden at Solvalla Racetrack for his new trainer, Daniel Redén, in a race over 1,660 meters (a little more than one mile), with a standing start. He was impressive as he won in a mile-rate time of 1:55.4 despite starting with a 20-meter handicap. Örjan Kihlström was sitting in fourth inside, but took the...
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Northville Downs to relocate after being sold

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Northville Downs operations director Mike Carlo told The Horseman Tuesday afternoon that the track has been sold to a developer who will build homes, apartments and townhomes on the 48-acre property. Carlo said plans are to relocate the track and that racing will continue at Northville Downs through 2020 while they determine a final location.   Here is the press release: Northv...
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ARCI spotlight on Kentucky's Marc Guilfoil

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Marc Guilfoil's love affair with horses started well before he hocked his high school senior ring to have money to go to Keeneland one afternoon while attending the University of Kentucky. He correctly figured he'd miss being at the track more than he'd miss the ring.   "I was thinking about that today when I was driving somewhere and passed the pawn shop," Guilfoil said with a laug...
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Leading owner Gene Kurzrok dies at 81

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Eugene Kurzrok, 81, managing partner of Our Horse Cents Stable and Stable 45, and an owner of several champions including Mission Brief, Southwind Frank, What The Hill, Obrigado and Golden Receiver, died April 16, 2018, after a brief illness. Mr. Kurzrok purchased his first horse in the mid-1970s after spending time at Roosevelt Raceway. He started with claimers and worked hi...
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Show Runner takes Meadows feature

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Show Runner turned back the extended challenge of Miss Read en route to victory in Tuesday’s (April 17) feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Show Runner quarter-poled to the front for Jim Pantaleano, who gave her a :30.1 second-panel breather. But she could not put away the first-over Miss Read, finally defeating her by a half-length in 1:55.2 over a "good...
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Pass The Vape scores in $40,000 Hackett

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Pass The Vape passed his first major test of his sophomore season on Tuesday afternoon (April 17), capturing the $40,000 championship leg of the first-ever James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired 3-year-old colt trotters. Started in 1971 at Lebanon Raceway, the Hackett Memorials have featured the Buckeye state’s best juvenile pacers for 4-1/2 decades, but the trotters weren’t added until 2018...
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Fashion Showdown upsets at Harrington

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Chris White's Fashion Showdown ($19, Tony Morgan) was an upset winner in the $17,500 Mare Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Last week's winner,Empress Deo, who went off at 2-to-1 odds, set the fractions from post seven of 28,56.4 and 1:25.4, but was collared late as Fashion Showdown found room down the passing lane for her third win of the season. Fashion Showdown sat in the pocket throughou...
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Vernon set to open 2018 season on Friday

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is set to begin its 65th year of racing on Friday (April 20) with a new post time of 6:10 pm. Opening night will feature a t-shirt and schedule magnet giveaway. Also the popular "That’s My Driver" promotion. Five entries will be randomly selected following Race 2. All will have a chance to win up to $140.At the conclusion of the evening’s racing there will be a large f...
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Archibald takes 1:55.1 mark in Weiss action

on 04/16/2018 2:00 AM
Archibald has stamped himself as the trotter to beat in the Bobby Weiss Series section for diamond-gaited males, taking a new mark of 1:55.1 in his $15,000 third preliminary round action Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The 4-year-old altered son of Archangel has had to go first-over in all three of his Weiss starts – the first week he made a break while challenging, while d...
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Last call for HHYF scholarship applications

on 04/16/2018 2:00 AM
The deadline for HHYF scholarship applications is approaching fast--completed applications are due at the HHYF office by April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on towww.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships to access the applications and each scholarship's eligibility requirements and general information. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on G...
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