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RMTC urges RCI adopt out-of-competition testing rules

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) urges racing authorities to adopt the Out of Competition Testing and Multiple Medication Violation rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) at its Dec. 9 board meeting in Tucson, Ariz. The Out of Competition Testing rules adopted by the ARCI are largely based upon rules developed and proposed by the RMTC. I...
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New Weekend Preview: Miki is Horse of Year!

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
The owners of Always B Miki are celebrating as the 5-year-old pacer was voted the 2016 Horse of the Year by the members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Kathy Parker talked to co-owner Joe Hurley about the honor and Diamond Creek shared a sneak peak at his first stud book. Kathy also spoke to Miki's trainer, Jimmy Takter, who also tr...
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Sneak peak at Always B Miki's first book

on 12/22/2016 12:00 AM
Even before Always B Miki was voted the 2016 Horse of the Year and Pacer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers' Association, his book was full and closed for his first season at stud, and the names of the mares are some of the top female pacing stars in the breed. Driven by David Miller, Always B Miki won 12 of 18 races this year and finished worse than second only once. After winning the TVG...
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Kelsey's Keepsake captures Meadows trot

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
Kelsey's Keepsake pulled the pocket into the final turn, blew by the leader and drew off late to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Kelsey's Keepsake was stalking Barn Girl, who was seeking her fourth straight victory, when Joe Bongiorno tipped her off the cones and asked her for trot. The 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Distaff ...
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Number 9, number 9, number 9 at Pompano

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
The number 9 seems to be a very troublesome number in the world of etymology.   The phrases "cloud nine," "whole nine yards" and "dressed to the nines" are just a few including the number 9 and, Tuesday night at Pompano Park, the number '9 proved to cover the entire rainbow of these meanings.   First off, the number 9, Bistro, driven by Aaron Byron, took the first race at...
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Takter, Miller repeat as Trainer, Driver of Year

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
One is a native of the heartland of U.S. harness racing, the Buckeye State of Ohio. One is a Swedish emigrant who is fiercely appreciative of the opportunities his adopted United States has given him. Both are in their mid-50s. Both are members of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.   David Miller and Jimmy Takter were the Driver and Trainer of the Year in 2015, respectively, their out...
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Whataworkout retired to stud at Morrisville

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
The well bred and conformed Muscle Hill son Whataworkout has been retired to stand stud at Morrisville College Equine Institute in conjunction with his owner, Lindy Farms.   Sold as a yearling for $155,000, Whataworkout is the first foal of Southwind Sofia, a half-sister to Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena ($388,224), the dam of $1.6 million winner Mission Brief. Whatawor...
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How about $1 million for Xmas gift at Woodbine?

on 12/21/2016 12:00 AM
Christmas will come early for horseplayers on Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack in the form of a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5.   The Jackpot Hi-5, which requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order, has a carryover of $548,396.96 heading into Friday's mandatory payout.   The current Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has been growing since early-October ...
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Catalog now available for January Mixed

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
The first horse sale of the new year will be held Jan. 16 at the Meadowlands, as the January Select Mixed Sale, presented by Tattersalls, gets underway there at 11 a.m. on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.   The catalog and past performances booklet for the sale are now available, and may be downloaded on the Tattersalls website, http://www.tattersallsredmile.com/, or by using the...
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Tater Twister tops in trot

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
Tater Twister, superbly handled by Mike Simons, turned the tables on the vaunted Prairie Fortune to score a gate to wire 1:54 victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday.   The 6-year-old gelded son of ABC Garland cut panels of :27.3, :56 and 1:24 before holding off the late surging, ground-saving Gold Savage, with Kevin Wallis, to score by a half-length. It was 6...
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USTA to host owner's school at Sunshine Meadows

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
The US Trotting Association will be hosting a free Standardbred Owner's School at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach, Fla., on Jan. 21-22, 2017. While there is no fee to attend, participants are required to register in advance on the USTA website atshop.ustrotting.com. Enrollment may be limited. The second annual Owner's School will provide both hands-on and classro...
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Canada's O'Brien Award finalists announced

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
On Tuesday, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2016 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont.   This will be the 28th edition of the O'Brien Awards, named i...
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Yonkers to reopen Jan. 8 with $75,000 Open Trot

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
With Opening Day 19 afternoons away, Yonkers Raceway has thrown down the gauntlet with oversized purses. The 2017 seasons begins—pending approval from the New York State Gaming Commission—with a "French" Sunday, Jan. 8 (post time TBA).   To offer appreciation to the rank and file, the first-day purse structure is highlighted by a $75,000 Open Handicap Trot (1¼ miles) and a $60,...
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The Meadowlands races into 2017

on 12/20/2016 12:00 AM
As the calendar turns to2017 at the Meadowlands, the reasons are many to be optimistic about the future of harness racing's flagship racetrack. A total of 91 live Standardbred racing dates have been granted for the new calendar year, a slight increase over 2016.   While there's no denying that the defeat of the expanded gaming referendum was a disappointment to those directly a...
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No Bad Dreams best in Pompano Open

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
No Bad Dreams, driven by Dave Ingraham, proved to be a nightmare for his five foes in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, stopping the timer in 1:51.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Dream Away swept by his competitors, abruptly stopping Panocchio's six-race winning streak, in pinning a victory measuring three-parts-of-a-length over Sing For Me George, with Kevin...
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Hey Miki! Always B Miki voted Horse of the Year

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
Five-year-old stallion Always B Miki on Monday was named harness racing's Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association while 3-year-old colt Marion Marauder was named Trotter of the Year in the closest vote in the 46-year history of the award.   Always B Miki, who on Friday was named the Dan Patch Award winner for best older male pacer, defeated 4-...
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Classy Lane fire determined "electrical"

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
According to the local Office of the Fire Marshall, the cause of the barn fire at Classy Lane Training Center in Ontario last January that killed 43 horses was determined as electrical. A story on CTV News stated that while the cause has been determined, what exactly started the fire in Barn 1 cannot be determined. "The OFM (Office of the Fire Marshal) was unable to say exactly what the ...
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Meadows website offers handicapping tips

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association reminds all horseplayers that handicapping help is available on the group's website, http://www.themsoa.com/. The Dean is a veteran handicapper that provides insight, analyzing charts and providing an in-depth view of each and every Meadows race. The Dean specializes in following every horse throughout the race and spotting items that some handica...
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New rules for Michigan Colt Stakes

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
For nearly 25 years, the Michigan stakes program has been restricted to Michigan-sired horses only. An amendment to the State of Michigan’s Horse Racing Law of 1995 Act 279 now allows Michigan bred along with Michigan sired to be raced in the Michigan Early Closing Colt Stakes.   A Michigan bred horse is defined as all foals from a mare that was owned or leased exclusively by a...
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Hall notches five-bagger at The Meadows

on 12/19/2016 12:00 AM
Medusa powered to the lead from post 7 for Tony Hall and rolled to victory — her 13th this year and second straight — in Monday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 12-race card.   Once Medusa cleared to the lead, she easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Skippin By and prevaile...
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