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Miami Valley opens with record handle

on 01/07/2017 12:00 AM
A record handle, a handful of wins for Chris Page, and a 3,000th win for Jeff Nisonger were highlights of an exceptional opening night at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (Jan. 6), despite frigid 8-degree temperatures. The prospects for a tremendous opening week seem real with a powerful 14-race Saturday night (Jan. 7) program on tap followed by three consecutive matinees which include the...
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Sixteen Mikes wins Preferred Trot at Meadows

on 01/07/2017 12:00 AM
Sixteen Mikes put away Valley Of Sin following a protracted duel and went on to win Saturday's $22,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sixteen Mikes was third down the backside when Tony Hall sent him after Valley Of Sin, who was seeking his fourth consecutive victory. They were inseparable until mid-stretch when Sixteen Mikes overcame the tiring leader and scored in 1:55.2. TSM Photo ...
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Waco Hanover on CBS Sunday Morning Jan. 8

on 01/07/2017 12:00 AM
The story of 40-year-old Waco Hanover, a son of Tar Heel born in 1977 and the two men devoted to his care, was originally scheduled to run on the CBS Sunday Morning Show last week. It has been rescheduled for Sunday (Jan. 8). The Emmy-award winning show airs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Eastern time zone on CBS affiliates. The listing of all times and outlets where the show is aired can be s...
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Southwind Frank's book full and closed

on 01/06/2017 12:00 AM
Diamond Creek Farm is delighted to announce that champion trotter Southwind Frank is now booked full and closed for 2017. Southwind Frank was immensely succesful as a 2 year old, leading up to a victory in the 2015 Breeders Crown. He continued to shine in his 3 year old year, with wins in prestigious races such as the Beal, Colonial Trot and the Stanley Dancer. After an impressive care...
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Humanitarian Award to Christine Czernyson

on 01/06/2017 12:00 AM
Christine Czernyson, who has helped lead an ovarian cancer awareness effort with assistance from horses Aldebaran Eagle and Side Bet Hanover, has been named the 2016 recipient of the January Davies Humanitarian Award presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.  The award was created in 2008 by U.S. Harness Writers Association member Callie Davies-Gooch in memory of her daughter ...
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USHWA President's Award to New Vocations

on 01/06/2017 12:00 AM
The New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, designed to transition racehorses from their careers on the track into a productive "adoptive" program suitable for both the equine and her/his new "family," has been selected for the United States Harness Writers Association’s President’s Award, as announced by the president of USHWA, harness racing’s leading media organization, Tim Bojarski.&nb...
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Upgraded video for Yonkers Sunday opener

on 01/06/2017 12:00 AM
When Yonkers Raceway begins its 238-program, 2017 season this Sunday (Jan. 8, first post 11:30 AM), it shall do so with a view of the races never seen before.   During the three-week, end-of-year hiatus, the broadcast control room was completely overhauled and upgraded to accommodate high-definition transmission. All cameras involved in the broadcast are now HD, including those used to...
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OK Heartbeat ekes out victory at Pompano

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
In a pulsating finish, OK Heartbeat, driven by Kevin Wallis, eked out a photo finish win in Pompano Park’s mid-week feature, the $11,000 Open Pace for Mares. The five year-old daughter of Sportswriter, trained by Angela Coleman for Mark Winship and the Dandy Farms, got up in the final stride to nail the pacesetting Metro Glide, handled by Tom Jackson, by a scant nose in 1:52.2. Miss Mady,...
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Big M back in action on Friday night

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
Racing from the Meadowlands returns on Friday with a 13-race card that offers full fields, guaranteed wagers and interesting match-ups.   You won't have to wait long to see the night's feature as the $18,000 top trotting class opens the card. It's a well-balanced field of seven with four of those coming in off wins in their most recent start. Both Crosby's Clam Bake and Opulent Yanke...
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Glass Pack is racing's newest millionaire

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
River Roubaix and Mark Headworth's Glass Pack became harness racing's newest millionaire when he captured a $3,500 conditioned pace on Wednesday night at Northfield Park.   Glass Pack's milestone triumph will vault his dam Fox Valley Monika into the Hall of Fame as she now has produced a $1-million winner and two other winners of $500,000. Broodmares meeting this broodmare categor...
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SC reports Canadian wagering up in 2016

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
Data from Standardbred Canada indicates that pari-mutuel wagering on Canadian harness racing increased by 1.97 percent in 2016, with average per-race handle up by 6.25 percent. Canadian harness racing attracted more than $460 million in handle in 2015, which was an increase of 10 per cent from 2014. This past year (2016) saw Canadian harness racing handle $469,705,495, which works out to a 1.97...
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Dean Magee to be inducted into Wisconsin HOF

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
Wisconsin native Dean T. Magee will be inducted into the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 28, during the Wisconsin Harness Horse Association annual banquet.   Magee got his start in Wisconsin working for the great Wisconsin Hall of Famers Hugh and Elwood Magee. Dean worked hand and hand, especially with Hugh, learning the harness racing trade and developing his...
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WEG announces payment, date changes to stakes

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today revealed its $10 million-plus Standardbred stakes lineup for 2017.   The 2017 stakes schedule is highlighted by the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack.   Several changes have been made to the stakes calendar for 2017 to allow horsemen the opportunity to maximize opportunities bot...
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Meadows horsemen have redesigned website

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that it has debuted its redesigned website, www.themsoa.com.   The MSOA.com has an updated look and continues to strive to serve both MSOA members and racing fans in general, with Meadows news, handicapping help, replays, video of qualifiers and more. Additional new features will be added in the coming weeks. MSOA Pr...
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No winner named for 2016 Cam Fella Award

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada Thursday announced there will not be a 2016 recipient for the Cam Fella Award.   The Cam Fella Award, named in honor of the world-class Standardbred Cam Fella, is awarded for extreme recent meritorious service to the Canadian harness racing industry. Because of his unparalleled contributions to the sport of harness racing, Standardbred Canada established the Cam F...
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MVR Drivers contest featured in Weekend Preview

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
Thirty of harness racing's leading drivers will converge on Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday for a three-day $25,000 North America Drivers Championship. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, race secretary Gregg Keidel tells how the idea came about. Also, Aaron Merriman, who won the North America dash title in 2016, gives his thoughts on the contest, as does Bob McClure, who led the...
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Miami Valley set to open 2017 meet Friday

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway launches its fourth season on Friday night, Jan. 6, with the highest projected purses in its brief history, plus an abundance of horse supply, a newly reconditioned racetrack surface and a number of new promotions on its Winter Racing Festival calendar. Following a pair of full-field 14-race programs on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 7) nights, Miami Valley will introduce the fi...
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Little Ben comes up big at Dover Downs

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
 For the fifth time this meet, Little Ben scored a victory in a top-class event at Dover Downs and on Thursday it was in the $30,000 Preferred Pace. The Jim King Jr. trainee outlasted Seventh Secret and George Dennis after a tenacious late stretch side-by-side engagement stopping the timer in 1:50 with a head separating the contestants with Victor Kirby in the sulky. Arque Hanover (Cor...
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10YO MT Ur Pockets kicks off season with win

on 01/04/2017 12:00 AM
Baseball has its "Old Timers Day." Bowling has its professional senior category. The Old Timers Hockey Challenge is legendary.   At Pompano Park, it’s the "Over-The-Hill Gang" event for trotters eight years-old and up that has become a very popular event here in South Florida.   On Tuesday night, the sixth edition of the "Over-The-Hill Gang" trot was contested with a full ...
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$20 million handled on Yonkers in Europe in '16

on 01/04/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway wrapped up its 2016 season with nearly $20 million US Dollars wagered from European sources throughout the French PMU network. Just under $18 million Euros were wagered on 32 race cards from Yonkers. Those programs were 20 Tuesday afternoons, 11 Sunday afternoons and one Saturday featuring the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. Each simulcast is a partial card of five to...
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