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Enhance Your Mind takes Harrington feature

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
Bryan Truitt's Enhance Your Mind ($3.60, Victor Kirby) was a 1:54 winner in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday (April 25) at Harrington Raceway. For the second straight night, less than favorable conditions prevailed as unseasonably cool and wet conditions remained in central Delaware. The conditions didn't bother Enhance Your Mind, who assumed control of the race near the quarter mile fro...
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Blue Chip Farms issues statement on NYSS

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
On April 25, Blue Chip Farms issued the following statement: "As the largest commercial Standardbred breeding farm in NY State for the last 20 years, our success and future growth couldn’t be more aligned with that of the New York Sire Stakes program. "This impending change made solely by The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund ...
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Churita wins Miami Valley Open Trot in 1:54.2

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
For the second straight week, a mare beat the ‘boys’ in the $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway. This time it was Churita (Kayne Kauffman), a 5-year-old daughter of Airzoom Lindy,  who captured the Tuesday (April 25) feature over Dnieper (Brady Galliers) and Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) in 1:54.2.  Trainer Matt Rheinheimer reports that Churita, who also captured Hoosier Par...
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Anwar Hanover scores with second-over trip

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Anwar Hanover ($42.40), riding great second-over cover for driver Andrew McCarthy, caught the first-over Cruise Patrol by a neck to lower his mark by a tick to 1:51.1 in winning the $18,000 featured pace Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The winning son of Well Said had been highly-enough regarded to try the Levy Series in March, but breaks in three of his last four starts had disc...
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Concerns about plan to outsource NYSS

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
As Standardbred horsemen that participate in the New York Sire Stakes program we have very real reason for concern. The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund, which oversees monies used to administer the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS), is on the verge of replacing the Harness Horse Breeders of New York (HHBNYS) with the Albany based firm, Capitol Hill Management Se...
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Despite layoff, Panocchio wins by a nose

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Panocchio, returning to the racing wars after a two-month layoff because of sickness, showed his gameness by defeating a classy octet of pacers in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Sunday night (April 23). The 7-year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, again handled by Wally Hennessey, overcame the outside post and an onslaught of challengers in the final stages to win b...
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On Gait plans to recruit, mentor new owners

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Entrepreneur and longtime breeder-owner Eric Cherry, along with Maurice Chodash, guiding force behind the innovative On Gait.com internet auction and private sales, have joined forces with Hall Of Fame communicator and breeder Bob Marks to establish the On Gait Management Division (ongaitmanagement.com) designed to recruit and navigate owner prospects through the uncharted nuances of standardb...
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Racing industry veteran Tim Capps dies

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Timothy T. Capps, 71, director of the Equine Industry Program in the University of Louisville College of Business, died April 22 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital. He had been hospitalized since mid-February following a stroke.   "Tim loved to teach and his name was synonymous with the horse industry," said Todd Mooradian, dean of the College of Business. "We will miss his dedicati...
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Youth Foundation's horses in training

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
With the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's May 15 camp application deadline rapidly approaching, students are not the only ones scrambling to prepare. The organization's stable of Trottingbred horses is being prepped for its cross-country tour. Our two newcomers, Cindy Jodine (with the Brett Bittle Stable) and Gold N Rose (with the Travis Ceppaluni Stable) are prepping in New Jersey. Also pr...
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Harrington meet kicks off with 13-1 upset winner

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
An overcast sky on an unseasonably cool spring day on Monday greeted customers at Harrington Raceway's opening night for the track's 71st season of live harness racing.   Longshot fans didn't have to wait long as Big Bucks Bo ($28.20, Toby Lynch Jr.) captured the first race of the season for his owner/trainer/driver.   In the $16,000 Open Pace feature, Josh Green's Poison...
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It was "Boxcar Day" at Plainridge on Monday

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway shipper Hickory Icon was placed in the capable hands of Eddie Davis Jr. for the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon and the two left little doubt who was the best this day.   Davis left hard from post seven with Hickory Icon and took the lead just past the eighth pole. From there they he led unchallenged to the quarter in :26.2...
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Longtime USTA employee Kathy Burlingame dies

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Katherine Ellen Massey Burlingame, 69, of Columbus, Ohio, died at her residence on Tuesday, April 18.   She was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Thomas Lewis Massey and Henrietta (Callahan) Massey.   Mrs. Burlingame was a longtime receptionist and secretary for the United States Trotting Association.   She enjoyed reading, visits to the casino...
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Harper Blue Chip wins Mohawk qualifier

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack played host to a seven-race docket of qualifiers on Monday morning, and the second race of the session featured the charted return of Harper Blue Chip, who will look to reach the $1 million earning milestone this season.   James MacDonald was in the sulky for trainer Mark Steacy, and he lined up the Majestic Son bay in the outside Post 6 for the morning dash. &nb...
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Andy Miller has four-win night at Meadowlands

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands winner’s circle was painted orange on Saturday night (April 22) as Andy Miller swept the co-featured upper level paces en route to a four-win evening during the 11-race program. Miller scored in the $18,000 conditioned pace with the red-hot Special T Rocks by a head in 1:50.4 over the narrow 2-1 favorite Alberto Contador N. That came two races after Miller prevailed in a t...
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Hot Deuce, Titus Seelster score at NY tracks

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
Just imagine if Hot Deuce would have seen a pylon. Being parked the entire mile in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open pace on Saturday night (April 22), Hot Deuce still incredibly managed to post a lifetime best 1:53.0 over the fast track in nipping the front stepping Shady City by a head. Shadowing Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) on the outside, Hot Deuce (Drew Monti) eventually managed to wear down t...
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Jailhouse Sam scores in RJ Brown Memorial

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
Jailhouse Sam was crowned champion of the annual Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series on Sunday afternoon (April 23) at Miami Valley Raceway. Although trainer/driver Hugh ‘Sandy’ Beatty believes his colt’s best races may come from off cover trips, he made a last-second decision to point him directly to the front when the starting gate swung open in this $17,500 final. A homebred o...
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Millionaire Charmed Life two-for-two this year

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
Charmed Life (Majestic Son) cruised to victory in the Sunday (April 23) feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rene Allard trainee was the public’s overwhelming favorite in the wagering as she made her second start of the season while coming off a win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono earlier in the month. Billy Dobson drove Charmed Life in the $14,500 Open Trot and moved her out to the e...
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Horseman John Brocklehurst, 81, dies

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
John P. Brocklehurst, 81, a second-generation horseman in a family whose reach in harness racing now extends to a fourth generation, passed away during the morning of Saturday, April 22. A resident of Mercer, Pa., John, and his brother David, followed their father Paul into the business; John’s son Harold continued the tradition, and the fourth-generation horsemen in the line today ...
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Tuonoblu Rex impresses with 1:52.1 win in debut

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
Tuonoblu Rex, the American-sired, Italian-bred, and Dutch-trained son of Cantab Hall out of a daughter of CR Kay Suzie, entered Friday's (April 21) $20,000 Preferred Trot at the Meadowlands with a healthy amount of hype following an eye-catching qualifying win in his first appearance on Big M soil two weeks ago. After grinding past millionaire Crazy Wow with a :27 second final quarter to win in...
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Stratton takes six of 11 races at Yonkers Friday

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
 ‘Twas the night before the finals of the George Morton Levy and Blue Chip Matchmaker and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…except for Jordan Stratton. The lad had himself a Yonkers Raceway Friday night (April 21), winning a personal-best six races during the 11-race card. "I can’t explain it," Stratton said. "Everything I drove raced very well. It was just one of th...
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