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A review of the late Doc Johnson's years in racing

on 02/08/2017 12:00 AM
James W. "Doc" Johnson M.D., 82, of Knightstown, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at Middletown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Jan. 16, 1934, in West Williams, Canada, the son of the late John and Catherine Johnson.James was a physician for 38 years and was a Standardbred owner and breeder who loved to attend horse races. He was a member of the Knights of...
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Meadowlands stakes information

on 02/08/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands wishes to remind owners and trainers of the impending close of nominations to our Grand Circuit stakes. All Meadowlands 2017 stakes have a nomination deadline of (postmarked by) February 15. The Racing Office may be reached at (201) 842-5130. All of the forms and details are available by these links on the website. Nomination Forms/Payment Info: http://meadowlandsrac...
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Arielle Lynn trying for 4 in a row Friday

on 02/08/2017 12:00 AM
Arielle Lynn, the 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare owned by Francis H. Azur of Beaver, Pa. will seek to extend her 2017 unbeaten streak to four in the sixth race Fillies and Mares Open this Friday evening at Yonkers Raceway. Trained by Kevin McDermott, the talented mare will start from post position two but faces her toughest rivals since climbing the heights of the ranks ladder from non-...
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From Gural: more on the Gural rule, Sam McKee

on 02/07/2017 12:00 AM
Over the weekend it became clear to me that most people had assumed that the Stallion Restriction Condition, "Gural Rule", only applied to stakes races at the Meadowlands, Vernon and Tioga, when in fact the intent was to apply them to stakes, qualifiers, baby races and overnights. To be honest, I really thought in the long run this would help the breeders because, in my mind, we have to cre...
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Diamond Dagger wins mare open trot at PPk

on 02/07/2017 12:00 AM
Diamond Dagger, deftly handled by Jason Dillander, took top honors in Pompano Park's $8,500 Open Trot for mares on Monday night, stopping the teletimer in a track record 1:53.2. The splendid five year-old daughter of ABC Garland, trained by Mark O'Mara, who co-owns with Paul Johnson and Melvin Schmucker, led at every pole, clocking panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.3 before a :28.4 romp home seal...
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Creatine breeding to help ailing Sam McKee

on 02/07/2017 12:00 AM
What comes to mind when you hear the name, Sam McKee?Many would say an extremely talented individual who knows no stranger, all while being a master of his trade. We have watched countless races, enjoying the details through Sam’s captivating voice. He brings an energy and enthusiasm that keeps all fans on the edge of their seats. Diamond Creek Farm holds Sam with high regard and esteem. ...
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New Vocations stallion auction in progress

on 02/07/2017 12:00 AM
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program’s 19th annual stallion auction featuring over 90 breedings is currently in progress and ends at 2:00 pm Friday February 10th. The auction is taking place online at www.ongait.com. It is held in an open-ended-format that allows for bidding slightly beyond the 2:00 pm cutoff on seasons with high activity. Breedings to Donato Hanover, Art ...
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Fan wins big in Meadowlands ownership contest

on 02/07/2017 12:00 AM
One month into the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Own A Horse promotion, the results are clear – this contest is a winner for everyone.  There were 10 lucky fans who earned a chance to "own" a piece of one of five different horses competing at the Meadowlands during January. While the fans did not actually own the horse, they received up to 10 percent of the horse’s earnings, paid for...
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SOA New York bonus races for members

on 02/07/2017 12:00 AM
SOA of NY members are about to be rewarded at Yonkers Raceway. For two consecutive weeks starting on Valentine’s Day, February 14 through February 28, one race will be drawn at random and be designated the SOA Bonus race with special rewards for members that hit the board. The owner(s) of the horses finishing first, second and third in the Bonus race will receive a Bonus of $1,000 for finish...
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"Talk" and music fuel Kleinhans

on 02/07/2017 12:00 AM
Peter Kleinhans is hoping to see two projects come to fruition in the next month or so, and it's not all "Talk;" it involves singing too.   Kleinhans is putting the finishing touches on his first musical project, an 11-song album titled "Something's Not Right," while at the same time keeping an eye on the comeback of his star trotter Enough Talk. The 14-year-old Enough Talk, a two-t...
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Boffin best in Miami Valley open trot

on 02/07/2017 12:00 AM
The warhorse Boffin, a 7-year-old Donato Hanover gelding making his 100th lifetime start, won for the 33rd time in Tuesday afternoon’s $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway.   Driver Chris Page was content to drop in fourth along the pylons after leaving from the outermost post position in the classy 10-horse field. After watching pacesetter Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman) cruis...
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Unefoisdansmavie victorious in Meadows feature

on 02/07/2017 12:00 AM
Unefoisdansmavie threw down a :27.3 third quarter in the slop, fast enough to discourage most of the field and carry her to victory in Tuesday’s $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After Eric Goodell gave her a comfortable 1:00.1 first half, Unefoisdansmavie was well-positioned for that explosive third panel. Only Princess Pablano could stay wi...
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Longtime horseman Elmer Wilson passes

on 02/06/2017 12:00 AM
Elmer M. Wilson, 95, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. A resident of Houston, Del., Mr. Wilson was a longtime harness horseman who followed the horses throughout his adult life. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during WWII, where he was a crane operator in the Army and saw action in England, France, and Iceland. Followin...
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Googoo Gaagaa standing stud at Nandi in PA

on 02/06/2017 12:00 AM
Nandi Veterinary Associates is pleased to announce that Googoo Gaagaa will be standing the 2017 season in Pennsylvania for a fee of $5,000. He was undefeated in six starts at age two. As a 3 year old, he won the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial in a world record 1:50.4 and the $500,000 Colonial (defeating Hambletonian winner Market Share) in 1:52.1 which is still the current track record at Harrah’...
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WEG stakes nominations due Feb. 15

on 02/06/2017 12:00 AM
The deadline to nominate your horse to the Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) lucrative stakes program in 2017 is quickly approaching.   New in 2017, the closing date for nominations to all WEG and Alliance Stakes is Feb. 15. In past years, nomination deadlines varied from event to event, but in an effort to make the process more convenient, WEG has implemented an across the board due d...
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Dan Patch night silent auction items for bidding

on 02/06/2017 12:00 AM
The U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) are again teaming up to offer an exciting silent auction to benefit both organizations at the Dan Patch Awards dinner, presented by Hoosier Park, on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.   For those who are on the go, one lucky bidder will be going to the 2...
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Hoosier's 163-day meet set to begin April 1

on 02/06/2017 12:00 AM
Racing dates for the upcoming 24th season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino were recently approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. With a new, daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer the most lucrative stakes program in the track’s history highlighted by hosting the Breeders Crown events. The 163-day season is set to begin on S...
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Pantaleano wins 4 at The Meadows

on 02/06/2017 12:00 AM
Show Runner made it two straight at The Meadows when she stalked Spreester from the pocket, then inched by her late for Jim Pantaleano to capture Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   Spreester, who rolled through three-quarters in 1:24.1 without an effective challenger, had plenty left for the drive. But Show Runner was the stronger mare in the lane, downing Sprees...
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Pine Tab snaps 108-race losing streak

on 02/06/2017 12:00 AM
PineTab (Scott Zeron, $19) did something Monday night (Feb. 6) he hadn’t done since April Fool’s Day of 2013. He won a race.No foolin’. Chasing odds-on choice Madhatter Bluechip (Jason Bartlett) around Yonkers Raceway’s oval, Pine Tab—from post position No. 5--snapped the favorite at the wire. He prevailed by a nostril in a life-best 1:57.2 while snapping a pesky 108-race losing...
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Survivor Series underway at Miami Valley

on 02/06/2017 12:00 AM
Four full fields of $5000 claiming mares went post-ward on Monday (Feb. 6) afternoon at Miami Valley in the first leg of the annual "Survivor Series", chasing $6000 purses.When the dust settled the original 40 horse field was reduced in half for a pair of $7500 second round divisions next week. The first split produced a whopping $166.40 payoff for a $2 ticket when Rambling Reegan (Kyle Ate...
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