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Maryland horseman Francis Tierney, 97, dies

on 12/19/2017 12:00 AM
Maryland horseman Francis J. Tierney, 97, of Chesapeake City, Md., died Dec. 12.   He was born June 27, 1920, in Newark, Del., the second of 11 children. He attended Newark Public School, then entered St. Charles College in Catonsville, Md., followed by St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, graduating in 1942 with a BA in philosophy. He continued studying theology and was...
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Meadowlands set for Thursday racing

on 12/19/2017 12:00 AM
With virtually all other racetracks in the Northeast out of action, the Meadowlands will see an unusually deep entry box over the next few weeks as evidenced by the ten overflow fields on the Thursday night (Dec. 21) card. Though the Thursday program was originally slated to consist of nine races, the number of horses entered and the lack of options for them to get raced resulted in the addition ...
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Bill Mulligan, breeder of Marion Marauder, dies

on 12/19/2017 12:00 AM
William Mulligan, a longtime Standardbred owner and breeder who bred 2016 Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder, died Monday, Dec. 18. He was 87. Mr. Mulligan owned nearly 300 horses in his career and was the breeder of more than 200.   In 1965, Mr. Mulligan bought his first farm, a 65-acre spread, in Danville, Pa., and named it Marion Far. That was the same year his mother, Ma...
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Judy Davis-Wilson named to HOF committee

on 12/19/2017 12:00 AM
Judy Davis-Wilson, the current executive administrator of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund and involved at the highest levels of the sport for over 40 years, has been appointed by U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) president Tim Bojarski to a six-year term on the Hall of Fame Screening Committee, which ultimately decides the ballot candidates for the sport's highest honor, the Ha...
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Maryland's Pete Richardson dies at 67

on 12/19/2017 12:00 AM
Peter "Pete" Edward Richardson, 67, of Salisbury, Md., passed away at his home on Thursday, Dec. 14.   Mr. Richardson bred and owned Standardbreds. For 40 years, he owned and operated Pete Richardson Auction Sales in Willards. He credited much of his success to his dedicated team of employees. He was a member of the Wicomico County Liquor Control Board, Wicomico County Soi...
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New gaming operator for Grand River

on 12/19/2017 12:00 AM
Grand River Raceway and its operator the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) welcomes Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Clairvest Group Inc. as the successful proponent as selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to operate its gaming facility. The announcement was made on Dec. 19 and did not includes specific timelines for the transition. The Elora, ON track is ...
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Starting Friday, Meadowlands post time 6:35 pm

on 12/19/2017 12:00 AM
Post time for the Meadowlands will move to 6:35 P.M. starting this Friday, Dec. 22, and continue through Feb. 24, 2018.   "Our entry box is over flowing and to accommodate the horsemen we are going to move post time to 6:35 pm," said General Manager & COO, Jason Settlemoir. "We will card ten races next Thursday, Dec. 28, and will be carding 14 races on Friday and Saturday nights...
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Tattersalls catalog now available for download

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
The catalog and racelines for the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale--this year, with an emphasis on "mixed"--are now available for download at tattersallsredmile.com. The print catalog will be mailed later this week and the Equineline app catalog will be up by this afternoon. The sale will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15 in the back paddock at the Meadowlands. The...
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Longtime horseman Fred Cohen dies at 66

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
Longtime horseman Fred Cohen, 66, died on Thursday, Dec. 14, after a lengthy battle with cancer.   Mr. Cohen's involvement in harness racing stretched over more than four decades in which he sent 703 horses to the winner's circle. Though he also drove--sparingly--he piloted well over150 winners, with his last one earlier this year with Thekeptman in a Florida Amateur Driving Club event. ...
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Jack Stockman, father of Tad, dies at 94

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
John Jennings "Jack" Stockman, a small-town Ohio boy who graduated high school, joined the Navy, then came home to start the family that would be the joy of his life, died Dec. 5 at home in Pompano Beach. He was 94.   For the past six years, Mr. Stockman had been fighting off Multiple Myemloma, a diagnosis that left him neither idle nor dispirited. He continued to golf, socialize an...
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Miami Valley gearing up for Jan. 5 opening

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
The Winter Racing Festival at Miami Valley Raceway kicks off Friday, Jan. 5, with the largest purses in the track's brief five-year history. A 10-15 percent purse increase to condition races positions horsemen to race for an average daily overnight purse structure of approximately $150,000. With close to $14 million in anticipated purses to pay out during its 87-day meet, Miami Valley is g...
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HOY announced at Feb. 25 Dan Patch banquet

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
With voting currently underway for the top horse and human performers of 2017, there has been one major change made to the format of the announcements of this year's winners by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   The process this year will have the Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year announced at the conclusion of the Dan Patch Awa...
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Dover Dan fully syndicated for stud duty

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
The Dover Dan Syndicate is pleased to announce that all shares in the stallion have been sold and the horse is now fully syndicated. The son of Andover Hall and the prolific mare CR Kay Suzie earned $523,470 in his two years racing for trainer John Butenschoen, including wins in the Bluegrass and Pennsylvania Sires at two and the PA Sires Stakes Final at three, along with wins in the Bluegrass...
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Penn Gaming to acquire The Meadows

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
Penn National Gaming Inc. announced Monday, Dec. 18, that it is acquiring Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., the company that operates The Meadows Racetrack &Casino and 15 other casino properties in the Midwest and Southeast. Penn National said the deal is valued at $2.8 billion in a cash and stock transaction. The two sides were in merger discussions since October. The deal, ...
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Mass. owners honor best horses of 2017

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts held their annual membership meeting and awards dinner on Sunday (Dec. 17) at Restaurant 45 in Medway, Mass. The schedule of evening events included their annual meeting and election of directors and that saw Nancy Longobardi and Paul Vacca re-elected to the board for another term. Shortly after, dinner ensued and the rest of the evening was focused...
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Safe From Terror wins 22nd race of 2017

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
Safe From Terror reclaimed her lead in the battle for "winningest" Standardbred in North America in 2017, capturing her 22nd victory this year in Monday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Safe From Terror has been dueling with the western New York-based mare Quicksilvercandy A, who has 21 wins this season. Assigned post eight, Safe From Terror was parked...
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Tetrick drives Pure Kemp to Dover victory

on 12/18/2017 12:00 AM
Pure Kemp made it two wins in his last three starts, scoring a 1:54.4 victory in the Monday featured trot at Dover Downs.  With Tim Tetrick in the bike, Pure Kemp took the early lead and led seven foes on the way to the win in a $12,000 conditioned trot for trainer Josh Green and owners Rich Lombardo and Green Racing. The 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Ally Hall won for the fourth ...
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Round two of Valedictory Series complete

on 12/17/2017 12:00 AM
Brave World and Better B Rolling will have plenty of momentum heading into the Valedictory Series final following victories in Saturday's second leg at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $17,000 divisions were contested in the second-week of the series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2017. Brave World and driver Trev...
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Christen Me N dominant in Big M feature

on 12/17/2017 12:00 AM
Richard Poillucci knew what he was doing when he purchased 9-year-old gelding Christen Me N earlier this year, and after taking the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap at the Meadowlands Saturday night, everything appears to be all systems go for the upcoming season. "He came out of the race really well," said Joann Looney-King, who trains the horse along with her husband, Jim King, Jr. "...
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Yonkers wraps up 2017 season

on 12/17/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway concluded its 2017 season Sunday   (Dec. 17th), with Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $16.60) winning a certifiably-strange $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. The happy half-dozen went as the late-morning opener, which may have proven a bit too early for the two favorites. It was Gural Hanover (George Brennan), as the 4-5 choice, breaking in the first turn, Meanwhile, 9-...
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