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Dr. Hogan wins HHYF Service to Youth Award

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) has awarded its most prestigious honor, the 2016 Service to Youth Award, to Dr. Patricia Hogan.   The Service to Youth Award is given to individuals or organizations who exemplify outstanding effort in facilitating youth participation in harness racing. Recipients show exceptional assistance (either financially or educationally) to existing ...
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Arrangements set for Aime Choquette, 102

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
The family of renowned horsemen Aime J. Choquette have finalized funeral arrangements that will take place this Saturday, Feb. 4, in Sherbrooke, Quebec.   Mr. Choquette, passed away Jan. 24 at the CHSLD St-Vincent Hospital in Sherbrooke. He was 102 years old. He spent nearly all of his life working and training horses, starting with jumping and show horses early in his career in Que...
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Meadowlands stakes news

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands wishes to remind horsemen of some important details on the 2017 stakes schedule that they should be aware of as they consider payments for the season.   Important to those with Hambletonian hopefuls is the change in venue for the Tompkins-Geers 3YO colt and filly trots to the Meadowlands. Those stakes have been scheduled for Saturday, July 22, as the middle leg in a ...
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Taylor goes to court over NJ Classic cancellation

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
Attorney Howard Taylor told harnessracing.com by cell phone as he was leaving the Monmouth County courthouse in New Jersey late Tuesday afternoon that he has filed an order to show cause as a result of the Meadowlands and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's decision to cancel this year's New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey.   Taylor, in partnership wi...
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Show Runner turns pocket trip into victory

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
Show Runner stalked Skippin By from the pocket, then overtook her in the lane to capture Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By worked out a seemingly comfortable 58.2 half, but she was vulnerable on the sloppy surface. The conditions suited Show Runner just fine, as she pulled the pocket for Jim Pantaleano at the top of the lane and prevaile...
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Claim To Fame finals held at Miami Valley

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
A $22,000 Open Trot and the final two championship legs of the popular January "Claim To Fame Series" at Miami Valley Raceway were highlights of the Tuesday matinee. $8,000 female claiming pacers chased a $20,000 purse when the top nine earners in two preliminary legs contested their Claim To Fame series final. Grantor Hanover (Dan Noble) parlayed a pocket ride into a 1:54.1, mild upse...
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Four in a row at Pompano for Panocchio

on 01/30/2017 12:00 AM
For the 10th time in 11 starts since returning to Pompano Park, Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey, has taken top honors in Pompano Park's top pace—the $12,000 Open Handicap.   With temperatures in the cool 50's and the track rated "sloppy" on Sunday night, the 7-year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended scored a hard-earned half-length victory over Uncmprmising Z Tam, driven...
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Ohioan Dean Miller dies at 72

on 01/30/2017 12:00 AM
Dean E. Miller, of Archbold, Ohio, died on Friday, Jan. 27, after a long and courageous battle with cancer at Hospice in Defiance, surrounded by his loving family. He was 72.   He was born Feb. 14, 1944, near Archbold, the son of Dale and Laura (Nagel) Miller. He was blessed with 51 years of marriage to Diane Rupp, beginning on Dec. 18, 1965. He was a graduate of Archbold High ...
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Hoosier Classic Sale Co. announces new sale

on 01/30/2017 12:00 AM
Hoosier Classic Sale Company officials have announced their intent to add a new auction venue for the 2017 season. The auction, created conjointly with Indiana’s existing Hoosier Classic Select Yearling Sale, will be held in the all new Michiana Event Center (MEC) in Shipshewana, Ind. The date for the inaugural Michiana Classic Yearling Sale is Saturday, Nov. 25. Citing the upward ...
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Upsets in Claim To Fame finals at MVR

on 01/30/2017 12:00 AM
A pair of 7-1 shots captured championships of two "Claim To Fame" series finals at Miami Valley Raceway on the Monday matinee.  In the division for $8,000 trotters Vicki All (Jason Brewer) proved the girls can beat the boys by grinding down Ima Gold Digger N (Jeremy Smith) and El Lobo Hall (Tyler Smith) in 1:59.1 over a moist track rated good. Three races later, when the finalists amon...
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Mykindachip captures Meadows feature

on 01/30/2017 12:00 AM
Mykindachip worked out a comfortable first half on the lead, then dug in to hold off the late challenge of Kingofthejungle and capture Monday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone gave Mykindachip a 29.4 second-quarter breather, enabling him to easily thwart the first-over thrust of Dapper Dude. The bigger menace was the pocket-sitting Kin...
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O'Brien award winners announced

on 01/29/2017 12:00 AM
 On Saturday, Standardbred Canada announced harness racing’s national champions at the 2016 O’Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. This was the 28th edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. It was a big night for several win...
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Caviart Luca repeats in Yonkers pace

on 01/29/2017 12:00 AM
 A repeating Caviart Luca (George Brennan, $6.90) bucked the front-end-is-awful trend Saturday night, repeating in Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Open Handicap Pace.  In play from post position No. 3, Caviart Luca went right down the road (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24, 1:52.2), holding off a solid, season-debuting, first-over Long Live Rock (Dan Dube) by a neck. Lucan Hanover (Brent Holland) w...
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Vegas Vacation wins 1st race in 3 years

on 01/29/2017 12:00 AM
Vegas Vacation, the 2013 Little Brown Jug champion, returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since the end of his sophomore season on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Vegas Vacation was making the sixth start of his most recent comeback in a $13,000 conditioned pace after missing 16 months due to a soft tissue injury. Jim Marohn Jr., who won four races on the card, put the ...
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Bold Eagle soars again in Prix d'Amerique

on 01/29/2017 12:00 AM
Bold Eagle, who won the 2016 Prix d'Amerique opodo at Vincennes racetrack in Paris, France, went back-to-back on Sunday afternoon at he captured this year's $1 million renewal by about three lengths in a mile rate time of 1:54.3 for the 2,700-meter race (approximately 1.67 miles). The time lowered the world record for the distance of 1:55 he set while winning last year's Pr...
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Springbank Sam N takes Yonkers Open trot

on 01/29/2017 12:00 AM
Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton, $8.10) put in a solid, two-move effort Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway’s 1 1/4-mile $56,000 Open Trot. One of a handful of leavers -- from post position No. 4 (in one notch after a defection) -- Springbank Sam N wound up in a three-hole at the :29.1 opening quarter-mile. It was the returning Il Mago (Matt Kakaley) leading there, as well as at t...
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Dalhousie Dave wins Miami Valley final

on 01/29/2017 12:00 AM
 A solid field of nine $30,000 claimers, with a combined total of 212 lifetime victories, went postward at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday to contest the $35,500 championship leg of their divisional series, one of seven being decided in a stretch of five days at the southwest Ohio oval. As a snow flurries kicked up and the wings of the Woebkenberg starting gate folded, King Harvest (Sim...
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Summer Wind captures Meadowlands feature

on 01/28/2017 12:00 AM
Despite temperatures in the 30s and a few pesky snow flurries falling at post time, The Summer Wind came blowing in to score a powerful front-end score in the $16,000 feature for pacing mares at the Meadowlands on Friday. The Summer Wind was making her second start after a six-month layoff and wasted no time making the front end, brushing to the lead after a :27.1 opening quarter mile. Jim Maro...
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Hawkinsville horsemen aid Georgia tornado victims

on 01/28/2017 12:00 AM
Horsemen and employees of the Hawkinsville Harness Horse Training Center in Hawkinsville, Ga., joined together this week to aid victims of last weekend's deadly storms. An outbreak of more than 70 tornadoes over two days resulted in a path of destruction that took the lives of 21 people across the South, including 16 in Georgia, and caused at least $100 million in damage.  "The horsemen a...
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Page, Maier sweep Miami Valley features

on 01/28/2017 12:00 AM
Saturday was quite a night at Miami Valley Raceway for driver Chris Page and trainer Daniel Maier. Page swept the co-features -- a $34,500 Claim To Fame series championship for $20,000 male pacers with Savage Seelster, as well as the weekly $22,000 Open I Pace behind Angelo J Fra. Maier, in his first month in Ohio, got his first win in the lucrative series final and the bonus of also sending o...
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