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CHHA stallion auction begins January 24

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
CHHA Stallion Auction will run from Wednesday, Jan. 24 through Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Please consider donating a breeding to your stallion or a breeding you own but do not plan to use. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit www.chha.net/stallion-auction. Breeding donation forms are available to download from our website at https://www.chha.net/wp-content/up...
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Some tracks may eliminate passing lanes

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Cammie Haughton, newly appointed director of racing at Yonkers, has announced that the track has requested permission from the New York Gaming Commission to eliminate the track's passing lane. In addition, the three Pennsylvania harness tracks—The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Harrah's Philadelphia, and The Meadows—are also considering eliminating the passing lane. According to U.S. T...
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Woodbine announces Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Christmas will come a few days early for horseplayers, as Woodbine Racetrack has announced a mandatory payout on the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 for Saturday, Dec. 23. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $153,104.77 with six cards remaining ahead of Dec. 23. There will be no freezing of the pool ahead of the mandatory payout.   This will be the second consecutive year that...
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Big news: Little back at the Meadowlands

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
New Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to announce that Dave Little has been added to the Big M's television and media relations staffs. His first appearance will be during Thursday evening's nine-race card that gets underway at 7:15 p.m.   Little will serve as the primary co-host (alongside Dave Brower) and occasional host of the track's award-winning nightly simulcast production that...
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Ontario Racing, Standardbred Alliance merge

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
The Board of Ontario Racing and members of the Standardbred Alliance have voted to merge the two existing organizations. The combined entity will be an independent, not-for-profit industry organization that will represent all Ontario racetracks and horse racing industry associations in the Province with one unified voice.   "We're excited to announce the merger of the two organizati...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Can life be any better for a stud horse than having a dual career of both racing and breeding? That's the case for Sunfire Blue Chip and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview trainer Jimmy Takter talks about the 7-year-old pacer who starts Saturday night at the Meadowlands with Kathy Parker. Down Under star Christen M is making a name for himself in the United States and he is also ...
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Cajon Lightning captures Dover feature

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Both of last week’s $25,000 Open winners at Dover Downs, Cajon Lightning and Sicily, who finished in a dead-heat win, returned in the feature race on Thursday (Dec. 14). This time 7-1 Cajon Lightning closed with a rush to score a 1:51 victory with Sicily (Montrell Teague) finishing second. Tim Tetrick had another big day with five winners. Art Stafford Jr. drove Cajon Lighting, a Mach Thr...
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Maryland owner Kenneth Whittington Sr. dies

on 12/13/2017 12:00 AM
Kenneth D. Whittington Sr., 75, died Monday, Dec. 11, at the Berlin (Md.) Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Berlin, he was the son of the late Roland Jennings Whittington and Elizabeth Taylor Whittington.   Mr. Whittington was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, class of 1960. He worked in construction and was a homebuilder. He owned and oper...
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Grey Cup champ Argonauts head to Woodbine

on 12/13/2017 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will host members of the Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts on Friday night, Dec. 15, to celebrate and honor their recent championship victory.   The Argonauts will be bringing the Grey Cup to Woodbine for this special evening of live Standardbred racing.   The Grey Cup champions will be dropping by the Standardbred paddock prior to the start of F...
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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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