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Dover double with Royal Becca J, NF Happenstance

on 01/09/2018 12:00 AM
In the top two trots on the cards, all you had to know - driver Jack Parker Jr., trainer Carol Parker, and owner Jim Moore II - the winning connections for both Royal Becca J, winner of the $25,000 Open/Handicap Trot, and NF Happenstance in a $13,000 sub-feature on Tuesday (Jan. 9) at balmy Dover Downs. In both instances, Parker took the lead early and never looked back en-route to victorie...
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Don McKirgan elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on 01/09/2018 12:00 AM
Donald "Don" McKirgan, one of the top trainers in the state of Ohio, has been elected as the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Known as "Ohio’s Trotmaster," McKirgan has enjoyed success with both gaits, including the 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year, Like Old Times and is credited with 3,...
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Triple dead heat for win at Hawthorne

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
On a snowy Sunday evening at Hawthorne Race Course, one of the rarest events in racing occurred as a triple dead heat for victory took place. In the 10th race on the card, Picky Picky Valor, Keep the Cash, and Skyway Jaylo all hit the wire together in the Open Trot.   The oddity was actually the second dead heat in the course of the late Pick 4 sequence on Sunday. Mighty Hot Shot and Best...
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Yonkers drivers comment on passing lane removal

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
This tome is entitled ‘Passing Thoughts About No Passing Lane.' Yonkers Raceway began its 2018 season Sunday by closing down the open stretch. A nippy, see-their-breath, late-morning pacing opener served as the guinea pig for the new layout.   Precursor to the seven ‘French' trots, it was a tight-photo win by a first-up Union Man Hanover (Matt Kakaley, $14.20) in 1:57.3. Th...
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Cherishing the moments with Marion Marauder

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
It is only January, but trainer Mike Keeling is looking forward to another season of racing Marion Marauder. A 5-year-old trotter, Marion Marauder is in the midst of an almost three-month vacation in North Carolina, but the two-time Dan Patch Award winner will return to work soon in preparation for his 2018 campaign. And, oh, the places he might go. Keeling and wife Paula Wellwood, who share tr...
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Gary Warner dies at age 52

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
Gary Alan Warner passed away unexpectedly at his home in San Jose, Cal., on Dec. 14, 2017. He was 52.   Mr. Warner was the son of Donna (Provenzano) Warner and the late David Warner Jr. and nephew of James Samberg and the late Barbara (Provenzano) Samberg as well as the grandson of Pat (Barbara) Provenzano. It was Mr. Provenzano who introduced pari-mutuel harness racing in western New Yor...
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WEG per-race harness handle up in2017

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) today announced that wagering on Woodbine’s 2017 live Standardbred meet, contested between Woodbine and Mohawk, saw a marked increase in average per-race handle to $153,505 up 5.5 percent from the 2016 average of $145,448. The 221-date Standardbred season produced an "all-sources" handle of $347,384,040.61, a 1.7 per cent increase from the $341,513,448 total...
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More than $2 million bet on Yonkers 2018 opener

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway began its 2018 racing season with a bang Sunday afternoon with more than $2.1 million in all sources wagering on the 12-race card.   The North American common pool wagering was $1,398,314 and additionally, in excess of $700,000 was wagered in separate exotic pools in France.   "We haven't seen wagering totals like that at Yonkers Raceway for many, many years," ...
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Allard tops standings in Driver Championship

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
The stage is set for the $25,000 North America Drivers Championship day on Tuesday afternoon. Ten finalists have emerged from a total of 30 talented reinsmen who were competing during the first two preliminary days. Heading the list is Simon Allard, who finished in first place after his eight drives over two days, with 144 points. He was followed by Peter Wrenn with 130, Corey Callahan and ...
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Phoenix Warrior N wins again at Meadows

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
Phoenix Warrior N notched his second straight victory when he retook at the quarter and sailed home from there in Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Phoenix Warrior N released Arthur Pendragon to the lead but quickly reassumed control for Dan Rawlings. He kept Arthur Pendragon at bay with a 27.3 final panel and downed him by a length in 1:5...
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Four straight wins for Mister Virgin

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
Mister Virgin proved too much for the $17,500 Claiming ranks while Filled Donut romped in the $12,000 feature trot at Dover Downs with a steady drizzle all Monday.  Tony Morgan continued with a hot hand driving Mister Virgin to his fourth consecutive visit to the winner’s circle scoring a victory in the day’s top pace. The 1:51.4 win was the first of two for Morgan, trainer Brooks ...
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Ohio USHWA chapter names award winners

on 01/08/2018 12:00 AM
The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association banquet on Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbus (Worthington). The Ohio Chapter has voted Brian Brown as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; Cameron McC...
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Boys Round Here wins with second-over trip

on 01/07/2018 12:00 AM
Boys Round Here (Sam Widger) benefitted from a second-over trip to capture the $24,000 Open Pace on Miami Valley Raceway’s second night, Saturday (Jan. 6) of the 2018 meet. Odds-on favorite Manhattan Beach (Trace Tetrick) raced gamely in first-over position from the quarter on and was only passed in the final strides. Stamkos (Chris Page) nosed out Ideal Rocky (Dan Noble) for the show money....
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Mister Virgin's 3-race win streak on line at Dover

on 01/07/2018 12:00 AM
Sheer Assault and Filled Donut are the ones to beat in the trotting feature while Mister Virgin puts a three-race win streak on the line in a claiming pace on Monday (Jan. 8) at Dover Downs. In an all 4-year-old $12,000 trot, despite trouble in the homestretch last time, Sheer Assault, driven by Corey Callahan, finished third but was place fourth beaten a nose in a four-horse photo. Howard ...
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Consolidator takes Yonkers Open for Allard

on 01/07/2018 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway took the bow off its 2018 season Sunday (Jan. 7), with lone lass Consolidator (catch-driver Jim Marohn Jr., $16.60) winning a chilly $50,000 Open Handicap Trot.  Originally drawn with nine entrants, the field was pared to seven after the eight-hole (Melady’s Monet, sick) and nine-hole (Tight Lines, weather) assignees were scratched. Consolidator, from post positi...
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Merriman leads Galliers in driving tourney

on 01/07/2018 12:00 AM
A pair of "Buckeye" drivers, national reigning dash champion Aaron Merriman and upstart Brady Galliers, each captured two races on the first day of two preliminary rounds to snare the top spots in the standings after the first day of the North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Jan. 7). Round Two will be Monday afternoon (2:05 p.m. post time) with only the top 10 of ...
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Safe From Terror takes Miami Valley feature

on 01/06/2018 12:00 AM
With the temperature hovering around five degrees on Opening Night at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 5), Safe From Terror stayed as hot as ever, capturing the $23,000 Mares Open Pace in 1:53.3. The victory was Safe From Terror's 23rd in the past year and sixth out of her last seven starts. The 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror is now right at the $900,000 career earnings plateau for ...
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Woodbine cancels Saturday card due to cold

on 01/06/2018 12:00 AM
Due to extreme cold weather, tonight’s card (Saturday, January 6) of live Standardbred racing at Woodbine Racetrack has been cancelled. Live racing is scheduled to resume on Monday evening. Post time is 7:10 p.m.
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Melady’s Monet in Sunday’s Yonkers feature

on 01/06/2018 12:00 AM
Millionaire trotter Melady’s Monet seeks to start the 2018 season of live racing at Yonkers Raceway the way he ended 2017, with a win in the featured Open Handicap. After a summer break, Melady’s Monet returned to the races in November and made short work of a pair of $25,000 overnights at Yonkers before finishing third in consecutive Open Handicaps. He captured the final feature of the year...
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Charters, Campbell, Bojarski honored by HHI

on 01/05/2018 12:00 AM
Tom Charters has been honored with the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year Award by Harness Horseman International (HHI). Charters is best known for his decades-long service to the Standardbred industry as the chief of the Hambletonian Society-Breeders Crown since 1984. The Springfield, Ohio native began his distinguished career first as a groom for Dick Hackett and later for Hall of Famer De...
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