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Buckeye-breds raced for $15.9 million in '17

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
The 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes program continued to be the most lucrative for state-bred trotters and pacers in 2017, providing $7 million in purses to participants via the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund.   The total amount for state-funded programs for Ohio-breds was $13,430,210 in 2017, which, besides the OSS, includes the Ohio Fair Conference ($1,832,727); Home Talent Stakes ($1,177,72...
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Large crowd, strong prices at first Midwest auction

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
The first Midwest Mixed Sale was held on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind. Held on Friday after Thanksgiving and the day before the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale, the new mixed sale saw a large crowd with buyers from several states and countries represented. A total of 127 entries went through the ring in front of Joseph Mast and Andy White of Mast Auctio...
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PA announces Breeders Award, PASS deadlines

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Horsemen must remember two important February deadlines in order to maintain eligibility in the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Award Program and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Program.   The State Horse Racing Commission Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing announced Monday, Nov. 29, that owners must register their stallions for the 2018 breeding season with paperwork postmarked by Feb. 1....
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Fanning named Hambletonian Society COO

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Moira Fanning, director of publicity and event operations for the Hambletonian Society, has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) by the executive committee of the Society, effective immediately.   Fanning has been with the Society since 1988 and will take over many of the administrative duties performed by former president and CEO Tom Charters. Earlier this year Charters announced his...
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Meadows horseman Gene Hurt, 65, dies

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Eugene William "Gene" Hurt, 65, of Canonsburg, Pa., died Nov. 17, in North Strabane Rehabilitation and Wellness Center following a lengthy illness.   He was born June 11, 1952, in Chicago, Ill., a son of the late Frank Eugene and Yvonne Lee Hunter Hurt. He was employed for more than 30 years as a driver/trainer at The Meadows racetrack. Mr. Hurt was a member of Fraternal Order of Bears, ...
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Miami Valley to host 2nd Driving Championship

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway is seeking top drivers from across the continent to vie for the title of North American Driving Champion.   For the second straight year, the southwest Ohio five-eighths-mile oval is inviting 30 of the United States and Canada's top drivers to compete for $25,000 in prize money over three consecutive matinee programs on Sunday, Jan. 7, through Tuesday, Jan....
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Florida champions crowned at Pompano

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Pompano Park played host to the FSBOA's Super Night on Sunday night with eight champions crowned and garnering their share of more than $420,000 in purses. The festivities kicked off with five non-wagering events followed by the remaining three races conducted during the 11-race pari-mutuel program. Here are the highlights: $49,750 Breeders Stake for Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies (non-...
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Slow tempo aids Miss Mady In Meadows win

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Miss Mady backed down the second quarter and sprinted home from there, easily capturing Monday’s $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   After Dave Palone gave her that :30.1 breather, Miss Mady had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Miss Read. The 4-year-old daughter of Brother Lost Soul-Promised Place scored in 1:54.1, 1 1/...
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Pure Kemp takes Dover feature trot

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Pure Kemp trotted away to win a $12,000 feature trot for meet-leading driver Tim Tetrick’s fourth win while Russell Foster guided Rock On Precious to a 1:51 success in a $17,500 Claiming pace on Monday at Dover Downs. Trainer Josh Green was high bidder on Pure Kemp at the recent Harrisburg sale and the Muscle Hill-Ally Hall three-year-old filly easily beat a strong field of young trotters...
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Kauffman has hot hands at Hollywood Dayton

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Driver Kayne Kauffman, who started the day with 77 wins during the first 52 days of the current Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet, strengthened his hold on third place in the local dash derby with a handful (5) of victories on the Monday matinee. The 39-year-old red and white clad reinsman was met by five different trainers when he returned to the winner's circle with his winning charges. Kayne...
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Star performances in Fall Four finals

on 11/26/2017 12:00 AM
Fourth Dimension stamped himself as the early favorite for next year’s Hambletonian with an easy 1 1/4-length win in the $464,650 Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Fall Final 4/TVG finals night at the Meadowlands Saturday. "He’s very athletic," said winning driver Brian Sears. "A very good-gaited colt. He’s a little eager at times but he definitely has the tal...
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3YO What The Hill wins TVG Open Trot

on 11/26/2017 12:00 AM
For Ron Burke, nights like these are special. And they tend to happen all the time. This year will mark his ninth consecutive national training title, and on the last big stakes night of racing at the Meadowlands in 2017, Burke took two of the four TVG finals and added another winner in a Fall Final Four event (Youaremycandygirl in the Three Diamonds) on Saturday night. Burke got th...
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Smalltownthrowdown captures Yonkers Open

on 11/26/2017 12:00 AM
Last season’s New York Sire Stakes champion and Yonkers Trot runner-up, Smalltownthrowdown (Yannick Gingras, $6.40), maintained this season’s form spree Sunday afternoon (Nov. 26), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. With just a happy half-dozen, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile, after the first seven ‘French’ trots. Smalltownthrowdown, having...
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Consolidator steps up to win Saratoga Open

on 11/26/2017 12:00 AM
Consolidator (Triumphant Caviar) scored her first Open Trot win at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 26). After being a beaten favorite in each of her last two tries in the Sunday feature, the Rene Allard trainee made an easy lead in the $20,780 Open on Sunday and the even-money favorite had things her own way throughout.  At the head of the stretch, longshot Battle Mage ...
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Truth And Liberty prevails at Saratoga

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) is doing things that are very rarely ever done at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bob Lounsbury trainee was assigned post eight in Friday’s Fillies and Mares Open after going last to first just last week in the feature for distaffers. The 5-year-old mare swooped the group once again in this week’s installment of the $19,500 Fillies and Mares Open and did so in ultr...
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N.Y. horsewoman Margaret Preston dies at 92

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
Western New York horsewoman Margaret Preston, 92, died on Nov. 22.  Preston was born Oct. 31, 1926, the daughter of the late William and Marie (Cleary) Preston. She is survived by her sister Maureen Kingston; nieces and nephew Maura (Emil) Kostraba, John (Beth) Kingston, Sheila Kingston (Wes Clements), Andrea (Jon) Bailey; several great nieces and great nephews. She was pre-deceased b...
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Classicality wins again at The Meadows

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
Classicality turned back a mid-race challenge from Wind Of The North and a late bid from Lady’s Dude to capture Saturday’s $18,000 Winners Over Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality retook the lead at the quarter for Brian Zendt and soon had to deal with Wind Of The North, one of harness racing’s top trotters over the past few years. Even when Wind Of The North backed...
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$52,000, $39,000 top prices in Shipshewana

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
The Midwest Mixed Sale debuted on Friday (Nov. 24) and the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale followed suit on Saturday (Nov. 25) at the newly constructed Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind. Conducted by the Midwest Auction Company, the event’s first day saw the mare Real Lady Katie fetch the top bid of $52,000, while the Hoosier Classic Sale Company's yearling session saw the colt Whata ...
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Manhattan Beach takes Dayton Open in 1:51.4

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
A grueling first-over trip didn't deter favored Manhattan Beach from wearing down longshot Dreamfair Mesa in midstretch to capture the featured $18,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Nov. 25). Driver Trace Tetrick floated the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere from the gate, content to ride fifth through the opening quarter in :27.2. Just past that point, however...
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Stalbaum scores with Itsonlyrocknroll at 14-1

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
Batavia Downs' leading driver, Larry Stalbaum, is nicknamed "The Bomber" for his propensity of winning with longshots. Stalbaum lived up to his moniker on Saturday night (Nov. 25) when he escaped the consciousness of the betting public and got home first with 14-1 shot Itsonlyrocknroll A in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace. It was a mad dash off the gate as Hardts Or Bettor (Ray Fisher Jr.), ...
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