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US Pacing Champ. renamed Sam McKee Memorial

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
The U.S. Pacing Championship, long one of the signature events on Hambletonian Day, will be renamed The Sam McKee Memorial beginning this August in honor of the track's Hall of Fame announcer and broadcaster who passed away March 8 at the age of 54.   The Meadowlands will also attach McKee's name to its broadcast center that McKee designed when the new grandstand opened in 2013. It ...
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400+ horses cataloged in Blooded Horse spring sale

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
Catalogs are now available for the Blooded Horse Spring Sale that will be held May 8 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, OH. With over 400 horses to choose from, this is a good opportunity to restock the stable or pick up another mare to breed. "We have a lot of competitive racehorses and very attractive green horses in this sale," said Blooded Horse Sale Manager Jerry Haws. "...
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WEG unveils plan for Woodbine development

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Tuesday unveiled the completed master plan for the Woodbine Racetrack lands.   Woodbine's privately owned 684-acre site will be transformed in the years to come into "a city within a within a city" and seek to be a future urban heart of northwest Toronto. The vision for the plan is for Woodbine to continue to be the ultimate destination ...
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Alan Horowitz, racing leader in California, dies

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
Alan Horowitz, a major force in California harness racing over the last several decades and a member of the California Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) Hall of Fame, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday at age 73. Mr. Horowitz, who wore many hats in the business, started out as a partner with longtime friends Donald and Barbara Arnstine and Steve Desomer with a $25,000 claime...
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Tioga Downs set to begin 2017 meet on May 6

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will commence their 12th harness racing season on Saturday, May 6, at 5 p.m. in front of thousands of fans combining opening day with the Kentucky Derby. Opening day will feature giveaways, a $1,000 Derby Dream bet, Derby hat contest, Fireworks and much more. Tioga will race 59 days throughout the summer mixing in exciting overnight action with Grand Circuit stakes.   ...
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For the love of the game

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
Cathy Rutherford is a harness racing "lifer." She drove in her first race in 1981, at the age of 14, and has competed as a driver in each of the 36 years since then. She has never started more than 138 races in a season, averaging roughly 65 races per year, but delights in every moment she spends with her small stable of horses.   "I love getting behind the starting gate," said Ruth...
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USTA relaunches mobile site

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association announced the relaunch of a new and improved mobile site at m.ustrotting.com on Tuesday.   Originally launched in April 2015 with basic links to news, entries & results and top performers on the homepage, the new site has a new look, more features and additional information.   A new menu bar has added links for My Account, Online Foa...
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A total of 53 kept eligible to NA Cup

on 04/25/2017 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) released the latest update of eligible horses for this year's Pepsi North America Cup on Tuesday (April 25). Following the April 15 sustaining payment, 53 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, to be raced on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. Eliminations will take place on Saturday, June 10. The l...
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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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