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Dinger Four upsets at 184-1 in Meadows finale

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
  Bettors pegged Wednesday's 13th and final race at The Meadows as a predictable affair, hammering down Town Speaker to 3-5. But James "Calvin" Dodson and Dinger Four had other ideas, as they rushed by the favorite in the shadow of the wire to score at an astronomical 184-1. Dinger Four returned $370.20 to win and $464.80 across the board for a $2 wager. Trained by Ron Lineweaver...
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Celebrity Pegasus, Moonlight Cocktail win Dover features

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
Art Stafford Jr. took Celebrity Pegasus to the front and then took no prisoners along the way to a lifetime best equaling 1:53.3 conquest in the Wednesday, Jan. 25 $15,000 Mares 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot at Dover Downs on Jan. 25. A five-year-old by Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena, Celebrity Pegasus had been racing well since her last win in late November three consecutive seconds, a...
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Pertty Music pulls off mild upset at Pompano

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
Pertty Music, superbly handled by George Napolitano, Jr., pulled off a mild upset in the $11,000 Open Pace for the Mares on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. The seven year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, first, got by the heavily favored Wild Wanda (Richard Macomber, Jr.) and, then, held off the late surging Metro Glide (Tom Jackson) and Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey) to score by...
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Kaitlyn Rae captures F&M open pace at Buffalo

on 01/25/2017 12:00 AM
In the Wednesday (January 25) feature race at Buffalo, Kaitlyn Rae used a late rush to capture the Fillies and Mare Open Pace. The first half mile was uneventful as the horses stayed in post position order with favorite Artzia Hanover on the lead in :59.3. By the time the horses reached the back stretch the second time around they were three wide. Ben McNeil kept Artizia Hanover on the lead...
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Longtime partners enjoying ride with Panocchio

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Emile Johnson Jr. was looking for a young, up-and-coming trainer to condition horses for him in New England. Jim Mattison was looking to re-establish himself as a trainer and driver following a stint in the Army.   That was 45 years ago.   The two men were introduced to each other, hit it off, and have remained partners in racing ever since. And they are continuing to rea...
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Ohio recognizes its best at annual banquet

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
On Saturday (Jan. 21), the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association honored horsemen, horsewomen, and equines throughout the state for their accomplishments during the 2016 racing season at the OHHA and USTA District 1 annual banquet held at Doubletree by Hilton Columbus/Worthington in Columbus, Ohio. The day’s activities included the annual P.A.C.E.R stallion service auction, HHHRP trustees...
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NY educating about equine after care

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
As part of its ongoing commitment in driving attention to the issue of responsible aftercare of racehorses, the New York State Gaming Commission announced all horse racing owners, trainers and assistant trainers seeking to participate in New York State racing as of Feb. 1 must view the Commission’s new video underscoring the importance of responsible horse aftercare and the many options for ...
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Trace Tetrick notches MVR six-pack

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Driver Trace Tetrick got a new nickname fromMiami valley Raceway announcer Barry Vicroy as he renamed Trace "Touchdown Tetrick" when he scored his sixth win in the nightcap of the Tuesday matinee program. Tag Up And Go (Tetrick) notched his first local score but it certainly wasn’t anything new to the well-traveled 7-year-old son of Angus Hall who now sports 29 career victories. In just his s...
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Medusa goes last to first at Meadows

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Last in the field of six at the three quarters, Medusa unleashed a three-wide blitz that carried her to victory in Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa was following sluggish cover when Tony Hall decided to show her racetrack. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Mythical quickly looped the field and engaged the leader, Show Runner, defeat...
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Retired horseman Aime Choquette dies at 102

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Aime J. Choquette, one of the best know second trainers in the sport of harness racing, died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 102. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on Oct. 31, 1914, Choquette passed away from natural causes at a nursing facility in Sherbrooke. As a youth after World War I, Choquette's life revolved around horses as they were still utilized for daily transportation. He had jo...
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Nat A Virgin wins 5-horse Dover photo

on 01/24/2017 12:00 AM
Nat A Virgin took the lead at the half and held on to win a five-horse photo in 1:52.4, ending the five-race win streak of Enhance Your Mind in the $20,000 Mares Open pace at Dover Downs Tuesday.  Corey Callahan drove Nat A Virgin, a 6-year-old Always A Virgin-Nat-a-tat—tat mare, owned by Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva Stables, to her first local win after two straight second-pl...
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Blazing Bobby Sox 1:51.4 winner at Dover

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
After breaking stride with a big lead en route to victory last week, Blazing Bobby Sox made amends on Monday winning the co-feature race with a convincing 1:51.4 success at Dover Downs on Jan. 23. Don’t Ya Know won his race in 1:53.4. Art Stafford Jr. moved Blazing Bobby Sox three wide at the three-quarters and quickly took the lead on the final turn and pulled away from her eight foes in the...
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Bad Angel scores in 1:56.1 in Pompano series

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
Bad Angel, handled by Tom Jackson, desperately seeking some racing room when it counted, found some in the final sixteenth to score a narrow victory as the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" trotting series continued at Pompano Park on Monday night (Jan. 23). As stiff westerly winds reaching 30 miles-per-hour continued to pound South Florida, the eight year-old daughter of Valley Victor stopped the c...
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Rocky's Z Tam steps up to Pompano Open, wins

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
Rocky’s Z Tam, fresh off a 1:50.4 winning effort in conditioned company a week ago, stepped up to the top Open ranks and promptly won that, as well, stopping the timer in 1:51.1 for Ricky Macomber Jr.  The five year-old gelded son of World of Rocknroll took home the major share of the $12,000 purse in pinning a photo finish defeat measuring a neck over the pacesetting Respectable Dream, ha...
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Barbara Brainard dies at 74

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
Barbara Brainard, 74, passed away on Jan. 10 after a courageous battle with cancer.   Mrs. Brainard was a life partner with her husband of 55 years, Donald, and loving mother to her two children, Michele and Darry.   Her involvement in harness racing as a breeder and owner stretched over five decades as she witnessed her husband in becoming one of the natio...
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Friedman, Dan Hennessey elected to Fla. HOF

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
The Florida Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association has announced the Hall of Fame inductees and the annual award winners for the 2016 harness racing season.   They will be honored at the association's 26th annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, March 10, at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa in Pompano Beach.   Elected to the cha...
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Stallions from other states now Cal eligible

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
With recent legislative bill AB 1796 passed, the California Standardbred Sires Stakes committee has approved pacing stallion owners from Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine and the province of Alberta, Canada, to register their stallions to the program, beginning with the 2017 breeding season. To be eligible for the 2017 breeding season, pacing stallions must be nominated to the Califor...
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Mr. Muscleman, Rock N Roll Heaven to Hall

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame ha announced the results of recent voting to determine the 2017 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members in good standing voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. There choices are racehorses Mr. Muscleman and Rock N Roll Heaven. The other n...
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Atta Boy Dan digs in to win Meadows feature

on 01/23/2017 12:00 AM
Pressured for much of the mile, Atta Boy Dan dug in late and scored a hard-earned victory in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Atta Boy Dan fronted the half for Dave Palone in :28/:56.4 — responsible fractions for the sloppy conditions — before picking up a determined challenge from Believeinthespirit. Although Believeinthespirit poked his head in front, Atta Boy Dan...
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Palone bags feature and four more at Meadows

on 01/21/2017 12:00 AM
Refreshed by a 31 second-quarter breather, Trustworthy Kid easily repelled his outside challengers and captured Saturday's (Jan. 21) $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Trustworthy Kid had to work hard for the lead, but when Dave Palone threw on the brakes in the second panel, the 8-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding got the break h...
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