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Lane Of Stone tops $500K with Miami Valley win

on 01/19/2021 7:02 PM
Lane Of Stone (Dan Noble) surpassed the half-million-dollar earnings plateau with a convincing 1:54 triumph in Miami Valley’s $22,000 Open Trot on Tuesday.  The 5-year-old son of Ohio sire Wishing Stone now has 21 career wins and $509,052 in earnings, although only four of those victories have come in the last year.   Signal Hill (Brett Miller)  beat favored Lane Of...
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Billing Series to race reduced schedule in 2021

on 01/19/2021 4:22 PM
After being sidelined last year for the first time since its inception the granddaddy of all amateur racing organizations, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, is in the process of resuming races again this season, albeit with a reduced schedule “Last year was a tough year for all of us,” noted Billings Series president Tony Verruso. “The Billings was unable to race...
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DSOA announces 2020 award winners

on 01/19/2021 3:35 PM
The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) would like to congratulate the following winners on their success at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway during the most recent meets. Although both meets at these Delaware tracks were shortened due to the obstacles created from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are truly grateful for our racing community who were patient and resilient during the recent...
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Shirley Nelson, worked for O'Brien, Waples stables, dies

on 01/19/2021 3:23 PM
Shirley Anne Nelson, 88, of Truro, Nova Scotia, died Jan. 11, 2021, at Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. She was born in Linden, Nova Scotia, and grew up in Truro. She was the daughter of the late Burley and Annie (McFadden) Works, and a sister to Hazel Murray (Vernon) and Frank Works (Marion). She loved to talk about her childhood and especially times in Linden and Pointe de Chene, New Bru...
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Delaware owner Patrick McCrea, 75, dies

on 01/19/2021 3:19 PM
Delaware owner Patrick J. McCrea, 75, died Dec. 5, 2020. His race horses included Sonsam’s Dream (the grandam of Dream Away), Market Crash, New To Town, Town Dreamer, Camtastic Dream, Grand Lady (Hall of Fame broodmare and dam of world champion Glowing Report and grandam of Well Said) and Yankee Promise. Originally from Upper Darby, Pa., he was a father of ...
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Hippodrome 3R cancels 2021 Prix d'Ete

on 01/19/2021 10:50 AM
The 2021 Prix d’Ete Grand Circuit race normally held in August at the Hippodrome 3R racetrack in Quebec, has been canceled for 2021.   The Quebec Jockey Club made the announcement Tuesday, citing that due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of being able to have spectators at the racetrack starting this fall, it was in the best interest to cancel the race for 2021. The ...
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Fred Zanolli, spent years at Meadowlands Farm, dies

on 01/19/2021 8:47 AM
Fred Zanolli, a longtime employee of Delvin Miller’s Meadowlands Farm in Meadow Lands, Pa., died Saturday, Jan. 16, at age 92. Mr. Zanolli had continued to live on the grounds of the farm long after Miller sold it. In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette years ago, Mr. Zanolli said he was at Meadowlands Farm in 1948 when they unloaded Adios from a truck, and he was there in 1965 ...
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Hans Enggren, owner of Resolve, Prakas, dies

on 01/19/2021 8:44 AM
Hans Enggren, well known in recent years as the owner of 2016 Yonkers International Trot winner Resolve and also the co-owner of 1985 Hambletonian winner Prakas, has died. He was 91.   A native of Sweden, Mr. Enggren settled in the Gettysburg, Pa., area and was a successful breeder under the banner of Meadowbranch Farm, building a broodmare band that included the great trotting female...
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Luther buys 2 for $200,000-plus each at Tattersalls sale

on 01/18/2021 8:08 PM
Greg Luther’s million-dollar experiment has increased in size and scope. After spending seven figures at last fall’s yearling sales in what he called his “million-dollar experiment” to find and develop Grand Circuit talent, the Ohio resident has continued to add to his stable with the recent purchases of several veteran performers. On Monday (Jan. 18), Luther bought...
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Here Comes Mooney, Another Breath win series legs

on 01/18/2021 8:06 PM
Driver Dan Noble will have an enviable decision to make following the draw for the $30,000 championship of the Claim To Fame series for $20,000 claiming trotters to be held next Monday (Jan. 25).  He managed to win both divisions of the final preliminary leg this Monday (Jan. 18), guiding both Here Comes Moony (1:56, $8) and Another Breath (1:56.4, $7.60) to relatively easy victories. &n...
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Bruce Aldrich drives four winners Monday at Monticello

on 01/18/2021 5:14 PM
On any given day, the driver’s colony at Monticello Raceway has the depth, talent and ability for a handful of drivers to win a multitude of races in one day.   On Monday Jan. 18, it was Bruce Aldrich’s turn as he drove four winners on the card.  Aldrich is now just six wins away from a career milestone of 8,000 wins.   The banner day started with a de...
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Super Hi--5 mandatory payout Tuesday at Pompano

on 01/18/2021 2:13 PM
With the Super Hi-5 Jackpot approaching $115,000 at Pompano Park, director of racing Gabe Prewitt has announced a mandatory payout for Tuesday, Jan. 19. "We have had several inquiries as to when the jackpot would grow to a point where we would consider a mandatory payout and that time has come," said Prewitt.  Normally, the jackpot is paid when there is one lone winning...
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Kelly Smith "honored" by Caretaker of Year selection

on 01/18/2021 12:29 PM
Kelly Smith, who has worked for Hall of Fame trainer Chuck Sylvester for more than three decades, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Art Zubrod and Leah Cheverie’s Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Smith was announced the winner during the USHWA Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show on Saturday, Jan. 16...
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Pocono's Sun Stakes Saturday moves to Aug. 21

on 01/18/2021 11:35 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association are pleased to announce for horsemen review the early and late closers that will be highlighting the 2021 racing season. The Northeast Pennsylvania oval will begin a 137-day meet on Saturday, Feb. 6, concluding on Saturday, Oct. 30. The Pennsylvania All-Stars, an early closer for PA-sired 3 year old...
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Voracity, So So Delightful repeat in Claim To Fame Series

on 01/17/2021 6:56 PM
Four divisions of $30,000 male claiming pacers comprised the final preliminary round of their Claim To Fame series at Miami Valley on Sunday with 10 of them earning spots in the $37,500 championship tilt next week.    Winners in this leg were Voracity (Brett Miller, 1:51.3, $6), Ginger Tree Marty (Chris Page, 1:53.2, $3.20), So So Delightful (Trevor Smith, 1:53, $13....
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Action Uncle named 2020 Ohio Horse of Year

on 01/17/2021 5:56 AM
Action Uncle, the Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year has been named the 2020 Ohio Horse of the Year.      Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter out of Action Broadway, won nine out of 10 races in 2020 earning $351,960 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland, and Larry Wills.   In 2020, Action Uncle set a world record, winning t...
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Four-win Big M night for Driver of Year Dunn

on 01/17/2021 5:32 AM
Before the start of Saturday night's card at the Meadowlands, driver Dexter Dunn was named the United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year for a second consecutive season in a virtual Dan Patch Awards ceremony that the entire sport could view on the internet or at any simulcast venue. Then Dunn went out and showed why that considerable amount of hardwa...
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GD Western Joe again in Miami Valley Open

on 01/16/2021 9:52 PM
Despite ducking to the back of the pack from an assigned outside post position, razor sharp GD Western Joe circled the entire field to win Miami Valley’s $22,000 Open Pace on Saturday, his fourth win at the head of the class to go with one runnerup finish in his last five starts.    After leaving the gate for good early position in his last six starts, driver Chris Page ...
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Takter, Dunn, Pinskes, Brittany take 2020 honors

on 01/16/2021 6:11 PM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the leading media organization in North American harness racing, has announced the winners of its Dan Patch Awards balloting for excellence exhibited among both equines and humans. The “best of the best” are normally honored at the writers’ Dan Patch Annual Awards Banquet, but that event was canceled this year due to the...
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Tall Dark Stranger is 2020 Horse of the Year

on 01/16/2021 6:08 PM
Tall Dark Stranger, a 3-year-old male pacer who was harness racing’s lone millionaire last season, cashed in on his winning ways Saturday when he was named 2020 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.    Trained by Nancy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, Tall Dark Stranger won 11 of 13 races and $1.30 million last year. He also was named Pacer of the ...
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