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Hall of Famer Anthony Abbatiello dies at 89

on 10/20/2017 2:00 AM
Anthony T. Abbatiello, a harness racing leader for several decades who was a member of the sport's Hall of Fame, died Thursday, Oct. 19, at his home in Colts Neck, N.J., after complications from heart failure. He was 89.   Mr. Abbatiello was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1995 after a long career in harness racing as a trainer, driver, horseman's association president an...
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Stohler remembers Extreme Velocity's BC win

on 10/20/2017 2:00 AM
It's hard to believe that one race could make such an enormous difference, but to Trent Stohler, being part of Extreme Velocity's upset victory in the 1997 Breeders Crown Mare Pace was a life changing experience. Stohler will start Rock On Ladys in an elimination of the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace on Friday at Hoosier Park, but the memory of his first Crown experience is still fres...
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$93,000 sale topper at Hoosier Classic Sale

on 10/20/2017 2:00 AM
The Hoosier Classic Yearling sale got underway Friday morning with a full house at the Indiana State Fairgrounds that included leading trainers Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter, among others. In the first of two sessions it was Hip 31, a Rockin Image filly out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Antigua Hanover, who brought a sale high price of $93,000. Consigned by Swiss Boarding Farm, Rockinbythebeach was ...
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Lothlorien's Susan Grange dies at 63

on 10/20/2017 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada is reporting that Standardbred owner and Canadian equestrian icon Susan "Sue" Grange of Cheltenham, Ont., died on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the age of 63. Raised in a subdivision by the lake in Mississauga, Ont. Grange wasn’t born a country girl. But at 12, she tagged along with a friend to her riding lessons and was immediately hooked on horses. Showing on a major scale by 16...
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Darlinonthebeach, Nike Franco win BC OMP elims

on 10/20/2017 2:00 AM
Darlinonthebeach, with Brett Miller in the sulky, won the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for mare pacers in 1:49.3 at Hoosier Park on Friday night.   The winner is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner-breeder White Birch Farm.   Darlinonthebeach left alertly, with Lady Shadow by her side, letting that one get the lead in a first quarter of :26. Lady Shadow cut the half in...
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Ella Christina in 35-1 upset in Crown 3FP elim

on 10/20/2017 2:00 AM
The Western Ideal filly Ella Christina pulled a big upset in the Breeders Crown 3-year-old Filly Pace elimination Friday night at Hoosier Park. She stormed home from seventh at the top of the stretch to post a 1:51 victory and return $72 to her backers after going off at odds of 35-1. The favorites were all in the early mix, as Caviart Ally left from the rail, putting Agent Q in be...
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Rainbow Room, Youaremycandygirl win 2FP elims

on 10/20/2017 2:00 AM
Rainbow Room, with David Miller in the sulky, won the first of two eliminations of the Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace at Hoosier Park on Friday night in 1:52.3. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Val D’Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, and breeder Vieux Carre Farms, Rainbow Room drew away in the stretch to win by three lengths. Rainbow Room (Somebeachsomewhere-Rainb...
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Overdraft Volo takes Crown 3FT elim

on 10/20/2017 2:00 AM
Overdraft Volo drafted nicely in the pocket until the head of the stretch, moved out to the lead, then held off the late move of favored Ice Attraction to win the single Breeders Crown elimination for 3-Year-Old Trotting Fillies in 1:53.3 at Hoosier Park Friday night. Driver Andy Miller pointed the daughter of Yankee Glide forward at the start and yielded to Fine Tuned Lady to sit the covered t...
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Manchego, Phaetosive cruise in Crown elims

on 10/20/2017 2:00 AM
Despite not having raced for 32 days, the Explosive Matter-Phaeton filly Phaetosive ($4.60) set a Hoosier Park track record for freshman filly trotters in winning the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations Friday night, stopping the timer in 1:53.3. Basquiat, the even-money favorite and the previous track record holder with a mark of 1:53.4, went to the lead despite the outside post eight, an...
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Ont. government officials talked about "collapse"

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
Ontario PC Party leader Patrick Brown has commented on the documents filed in the Standardbred breeders lawsuit against the province of Ontario and the OLG that planned for the "collapse" of the horse racing industry with the decision to end the slots-at-racetracks partnership. Brown was a guest on Newstalk 1010 on Wednesday (October 18) discussing the civil lawsuit against the Province and...
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Resolve to stand stud at Tara Hills in 2018

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
World champion Resolve 4,1:50.4 ($2,614,574) (Muscle Hill–Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner), the fastest and richest son of champion sire Muscle Hill in North America, will be retired to stud at the conclusion of the racing season and stand at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario, under the management of Southwind Farms. Owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, Pa., who acquired him in a priv...
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Team effort helping Hoosier Park rise

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
As the saying goes, "It takes a village." That's a good way to describe what's happening in harness racing in the State of Indiana.   The Hoosier State, known much more for hoops than hobbles, has everybody on board as Hoosier Park, not a major a player in the sport historically, now has management, government, patrons and horsemen all on the same page, as the seven-eighths mile track con...
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Mohawk shows per-race handle increase

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) Thursday announced that per-race handle for the recently concluded meet at Mohawk Racetrack was up eight percent.   The 2017 Mohawk meet, which began on April 13, featured 127 race cards, 17 less than 2016, and had an "all-sources" wagering total of $202,145,413.   The average per-race handle during the 2017 Mohawk meet was $152,908...
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NY horseman Allan McCarty dies at 67

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
Western New York horseman Allan McCarty,67, died Oct. 16. He was known for his quick wit, amazing sense of humor, generosity, and ability to train Standardbred racehorses.   His biggest success on the racetrack came with New York Sire Stakes champion Hitwiththeladies, who earned $435,877 during his 36-race career. He also developed invitational trotters Prime Interest, an earner of$659,14...
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Pasithea Face scratched from Crown Mare Trot

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
The owner of Pasithea Face S posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon that Pasithea Face S has suffered an injury and will be scratched from her start in the Breeders Crown. Pasithea Face S was one of just five entered in the $250,000 Mare Trot, which meant there would be no elimination and all would race in the final on Friday, Oct. 27. In the tweet by Courant Inc., it was noted: "Pasithea Face in...
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DeLong ready for Breeders Crown debut

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
When driver John DeLong makes his Breeders Crown debut Friday, it will be special. Of course, such an occurrence would be exceptional under any circumstances, but the fact his appearance will come with a homebred horse at his adopted hometown track makes the moment even more extraordinary. DeLong will drive Seventimesavirgin on Friday in the second of two Breeders Crown Mare Pace eliminatio...
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Winbak Harrisburg yearling videos online

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm will be selling yearlings by top North American sires at the 2017 Harrisburg Sale on Nov. 6-9. The videos for these yearlings are now posted at http://www.winbakfarm.com/. Winbak will be selling 72 yearlings in the Select Sale on Nov. 6-8.   Pacing Yearlings selling in the Select Sale are sired by: American Ideal (NY), Art Major (NY), Badlands Hanover (ON), Betterthanche...
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Breeders Crown elims in new Weekend Preview!

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
It's all Breeders Crown in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. The Crown championships will be held at Hoosier Park for the first time this year and we have all the news, including all that's happening this week in Anderson, Ind. We even take a look at the long homestretch (any idea how many feet?) at Hoosier Park and how it may play a role in this weekend's Crown eliminations. Bria...
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It's a Nashty Business at Plainridge Park

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
A Nashty Business rolled into Plainridge Park last week from a multi-track sojourn that included three wins in two countries. He continued the streak at The Ridge in his track debut and returned to defend it this week in the top class and came away with his fifth straight win, taking the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot on Thursday afternoon. It was all A Nashty Business (Chris Long) from the start a...
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Kirby, Malone take Harrington titles

on 10/19/2017 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway completed its 71st season of live harness racing Thursday with a 13-race program. As has been customary, the meet’s leading trainer and driver were announced as part of closing night festivities. Brian Malone notched his first training title over the half-mile racetrack, with a meet best 33 wins. Malone, who is stabled in Delmar, Del., enjoyed a banner meet and had two ...
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