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14YO Soapy Sap nearing retirement

on 12/13/2017 12:00 AM
For more than a decade, Don Maiorano has counted on Soapy Sap.   Now, as Maiorano counts down the days to the 14-year-old mare trotter's retirement at the end of the year, he is especially grateful for their time together.   "We've lasted longer than most marriages," Maiorano said, laughing. "I know it's a business, but you get attached. There were many times when sh...
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RCI wants to regulate breeding, sales biz

on 12/13/2017 12:00 AM
Citing the widespread use of drugs on yearlings and two years olds that may result in improper bone development and the recent use of horse auctions to launder money for the drug cartel, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) is formally calling for the independent regulation of the breeding and sales industries. "These significant portions of the racing industry are t...
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Chip Hastings retiring from USTA

on 12/12/2017 12:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association liaison officer Kent "Chip" Hastings is retiring on Thursday, Dec. 14, after more than 32 years of service during two stints with the organization.   "Chip's career body of work really speaks for itself, and he's been on the sport's regulatory front lines for five decades, which is pretty incredible," said USTA executive vice president and CEO Mike Tan...
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Horse owner Joe Myers dies at age 77

on 12/12/2017 12:00 AM
Long-time horse owner Joe Myers passed away Sunday, Dec. 10. He was 77. Retired from the racing business in 2007, Mr. Myers enjoyed his retirement time with his seven grandchildren and his great-grandchild. Mr. Myers was an avid Standardbred horse enthusiast who owned such greats as Peaceful Way, Fishin Clinic, War Paint, Honour Way and Dornello. Relatives and friends are invited ...
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New Vocations stallion auction set for February

on 12/12/2017 12:00 AM
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 20th Annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 6-8, 2018. The program annually offers hundreds of former racehorses a safety net through rehabilitation, retraining, and placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations embraces racing and the excitement and joy of racehorse ownership. At th...
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Bessie is best in Meadows feature

on 12/12/2017 12:00 AM
Bessie pocketed Classical Annie from the gate and kept her there throughout the mile as she captured Tuesday’s $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Dreamsteeler for Jim Pantaleano, and she was just as strong late, downing Classical Annie by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4 over a "good" surfac...
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I Love My Boss takes Open Trot at Dover

on 12/12/2017 12:00 AM
I Love My Boss made good use of leaving from post 1 as arguably the finest Delaware-sired trotter came down the passing lane, and when front-trotting Thereisademoninme broke stride nearing the finish line, reached the finish line first in 1:55.3 to win the $25,000 Open Trot on Tuesday at Dover Downs.  I Love My Boss’s driver, Jonathan Roberts, was content to race behind Thereisademon...
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2018 Adios set for Saturday, July 28

on 12/11/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live race cards in 2018 — matching the total for 2017 — highlighted by the 52nd edition of the $500,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on Saturday, July 28.   The Meadows generally will offer live racing each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, with first post usually at 1:05 PM. The season kicks off Tuesday, Jan....
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Compton to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

on 12/11/2017 12:00 AM
Jim Compton has been a respected western New York horseman for more than 35 years. He trained, drove and bred many horses that are still remembered at his home tracks for their competitive nature and success.   For his years of dedication to the sport, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the ...
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Foiled Again to attend Breyerfest in Kentucky

on 12/11/2017 12:00 AM
Mark your calendars for July 13-15, 2018, for Breyerfest at the Kentucky Horse Park. Ohio Standardbreds & Friends and New Vocations are excited to announce that the $7.5 million earning pacer Foiled Again will be a Breyer featured guest and will be available for autograph and photo sessions. He will perform in his own demos, as well as driving demos with Ohio Standardbreds & Friends, eac...
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Edgar Herrera gets first lifetime victory

on 12/11/2017 12:00 AM
Guatemala native Edgar Herrera fell in love with racehorses shortly after his family moved to Illinois when he was 14 years old. His father found regular work on the backstretches of Chicago’s tracks and it wasn’t long before Edgar started cleaning stalls and gradually learning the harness racing ropes too. When the affable 27-year-old got an opportunity to move to Ohio with trainer Bob Ph...
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Instant racing advocate Lisa Underwood Young dies

on 12/11/2017 12:00 AM
Lisa Underwood Young (Mrs. Richard Young), who served as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and was instrumental in crafting the legal framework for historical (instant) racing in Kentucky, died at home of a heart attack on Dec.  9 after a morning of Christmas shopping. She was 57. Lisa was a prominent attorney specializing in data privacy and security. She ser...
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Mackenzie A scores again in Yonkers feature

on 12/09/2017 12:00 AM
Stop us if you’ve read this missive before.  Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton, $8.40) did her thing from first-up Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Away fourth from the pole, the Matchmaker victress watched Best of Jenna (Mark MacDonald), Newborn Sassy (Brent Holland) and 3-5 choice Lady Shadow (Jason Bartlett) all take early shots.  Lady Shad...
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Yonkers cancels Saturday due to snow

on 12/09/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live racing program Saturday, Dec. 9, due to the season’s first snowfall. It’s the third cancellation of 2017.  Simulcasting is available until approximately 6 p.m.  Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday night (Dec. 11), with the usual first post of 7:10 p.m.
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Dapper Dude game in 13th win of year

on 12/09/2017 12:00 AM
Dapper Dude collected his 13th win this season when he withstood the determined challenge of Meadowbrook Tiger and captured Saturday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude retook the lead for Aaron Merriman following a swift :26.3 quarter only to face the menacing Meadowbrook Tiger, who gained steadily through the final turn. Dapper Du...
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Veteran Florida trainer Paul Bernardo dies

on 12/09/2017 12:00 AM
Long time trainer Paul Bernardo, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 7. The popular Bernardo had just completed installing flooring at his residence and was preparing refreshments when he was stricken. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for his surviving daughters, who are ages 15 and 12. He had a very successful career in harness racing and was in the midst of a very fruitfu...
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Harrah’s Philadelphia cancels Sunday card

on 12/09/2017 12:00 AM
Due to inclement weather, Harrah's Philadelphia has canceled its Sunday, Dec. 10, program. Live racing will continue on Wednesday, Dec. 13, with a post time of 12:40 p.m. Eastern.
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Lucky McTrucky motors to Batavia victory

on 12/09/2017 12:00 AM
It was a hard fought race between two game opponents, but Lucky McTrucky came out on top of Jimi Wind Ricks in the $9,000 feature pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night. Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) inherited the lead from the pylons as no one else in the field left. Now lined up in post-position order, the leader strolled the group to the half in a very pedestrian :59 split. Eager to chall...
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Valedictory Series gets underway at Woodbine

on 12/09/2017 12:00 AM
Windsun Gotham and Better B Rolling drew first blood in Saturday evening's opening leg of the Valedictory Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 16 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two $17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week Valedictory Series. Making just his second start since the end of July, Windsun Gotham rallied off cover in the stretch to win t...
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Buckeyes edge Hoosiers at Hollywood Dayton

on 12/09/2017 12:00 AM
Despite a furious late rally by the Hoosier’s Sam Widger, who captured the final three heats of the six-race "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Driving Challenge," the Buckeyes eked out a 351-333 victory on Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The Ohioans now enjoy a 2-1 edge, and "bragging rights" for the next 12 months, after the third year of the annual contest.  Kayne Kauffm...
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