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Meg Leavitt honored with Bluegrass Award

on 02/02/2017 12:00 AM
Meg Nichols Leavitt, who operates Walnut Hall Ltd. with her husband, Alan Leavitt, was honored with the Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Equine Agriculture award on Jan. 31 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, Ky.   The awards pay tribute to the best of the 18-county Bluegrass Region each year, related to improving quality of life and place, Bluegrass Tomorrow's mission.   ...
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SBOANJ issues NJ Classic statement

on 02/02/2017 12:00 AM
Every effort is being made by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) to race the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey events for 2017.   However, due to circumstances beyond the control of the SBOANJ, changes to the sustaining payments, starting fees, and purses may have to be made and are pending at this time...
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Super Bowl picks in new Weekend Preview!

on 02/02/2017 12:00 AM
Who do you like in Sunday's Super Bowl? Patriots or Falcons? Find out who some of the sport's most well-known horseman and race officials like in the special two-page feature in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. In keeping with the football theme, we also have a story about the pacer Brett McFavrelous, who races Friday night at the Meadowlands for trainer Scott DiDomenico. A p...
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Massive Lightning strikes in Pompano open

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
Under crystal clear skies at Pompano Park on Tuesday night and no threat of any stormy weather approaching, a massive lightning storm occurred on the racetrack as Massive Lightning, driven by Mickey McNichol, flashed a final quarter in :28.3 to bolt by the favored Tater Twister in the South Florida oval's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Muscle Massive...
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Tessa Seelster scores in Dover debut

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
Tessa Seelster made her first Dover Downs appearance a winning one in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Tuesday, while driver Yannick Gingras had a quartet of winners.   With Gingras in the bike, the 5-year-old Shadow Play-Titania Seelster brown mare made her local debut an impressive one turning back six foes in 1:51.2 in the week's top female pace. Gingras had to h...
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Rood & Riddle to host equine seminar

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will host Rood & Riddle Responds, an educational seminar for people engaged in the equine industry, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Embassy Suites in Lexington.   Now in its 32nd year, the Rood & Riddle Client Education Seminar will return to the question and answer format that was first implemented last year. As was done last year, ques...
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Race For The G-Notes Thursday at Big M

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
Thursday night racing at the Meadowlands features leg two of the popular "Race For The G-Notes" overnight series for claiming pacers and conditioned trotters.   Pacers will open the card with the first of three division of the G-Notes. Returning leg one winner Mr. Big Load is the morning line choice in this division, Whatagamble defends his opening leg win as the choice in the ninth...
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USTA launches election information pages

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
In order to provide comprehensive information on each of the 12 candidates for the elections of five officers that will take place at the U.S. Trotting Association's annual meeting in Las Vegas on Feb. 27, the USTA's website launched new election information pages on Tuesday.   To view each candidate's biography, candidate's platform and contact information, either click on the bann...
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ARCI announces Integrity Compliance Panel

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
Three highly respected former racing regulators--Steve Barham (Oregon), Bennett Liebman (New York), and Allan Monat (Illinois)--will comprise the independent panel the Association of Racing Commissioners International has formed to certify compliance with key integrity standards each year.   Association of Racing Commissioners International chair Judy Wagner made the appointments th...
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"Miki's Miraculous Return" wins broadcast Hervey

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
Let's Go Racing LLC's feature, "Always B Miki's Miraculous Return," which aired during the Breeders Crown telecast on SNY (SportsNet New York) on Oct. 28, was named the winner of the 2016 John Hervey Award for excellence in harness racing broadcasting, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Wednesday.   Winners in the Hervey writing categories and Smallsreed Award photograph...
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Change in focus for Jim Marohn Jr.

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
Jim Marohn Jr. just completed his most successful January ever, winning 47 races overall and sitting in a tie at the top of the Meadowlands standings with 21 victories. The 34-year-old driver hopes his fast start might lead to more fast horses in the future, particularly when it comes time for stakes season.   Marohn has won 3,607 races in his career, which began in 2002, and has pr...
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My Tallia Ideal wins Buffalo's mares open pace

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
My Tallia Ideal and driver David McNeight III knew if they wanted to win Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,000 Open pace for the mares on Wednesday night (Feb. 1), their best chance was going to come on the front end. That tactic proved to be ideal as My Tallia Ideal set all the fractions and turned back Kaitlyn Rae by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:57.2 over the good track. The favored a...
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Pathian pulls off 49-1 shocker at Meadows

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
  Dismissed at 49-1, Pathian followed cover beautifully and pulled off the shocking upset in Wednesday's $15,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Although Pathian had been sharp in conditioned races, she hadn't beaten the track's elite distaff pacers. That all changed when she picked up the live cover of Princess Pablano, overtook her in deep stretch...
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Wild Wanda wins wild wind-up at Pompano

on 02/01/2017 12:00 AM
Wild Wanda, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, won a wild finish in Pompano Park's $11,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday night, holding off Pertty Music (George Napolitano, Jr.) by a scant head in 1:52.1. Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey), closed fastest of all in the race--:27.2—to finish third just a half-length away after being last much of the mile. OK Heavenly finished ...
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Kramer cashes with My Revenuer at Pompano

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
My Revenuer, again superbly handled by Brad Kramer, got back on track to his winning ways at Pompano Park on Monday night, scoring a handy win in the popular "Over-The-Hill Gang" Trot.   The ultra-game 9-year-old gelded son of Revenue S, used a backstretch blitz from fourth and swept into the lead an eighth of a mile later and then went on to score a 3 1/4-length decision over ...
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Ideal Magic, Gallic Beach win Dover features

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
Ideal Magic came on in the stretch to fashion a 1:51.2 winner in one of two co-features while Gallic Beach in 1:51.4 won the other on Monday at Dover Downs. Also, Renegade Express was the longshot of the meet, so far, posting a 98-1 upset.   Vic Kirby picked up his second winning drive of the day guiding Ideal Magic, an American Ideal-Special Magic gelding to victory. RBH Ventu...
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Historic Racing bill introduced in New Jersey

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
This past November, New Jersey's racing industry suffered a major setback, as the Casino Expansion Referendum was defeated by the voters. It was apparent that New Jersey's surrounding states were funding the campaign against the cause. Since the defeat the SBOANJ board members have been diligently working on an alternative plan that would generate another source of revenue for our racing industry ...
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Dr. Hogan wins HHYF Service to Youth Award

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) has awarded its most prestigious honor, the 2016 Service to Youth Award, to Dr. Patricia Hogan.   The Service to Youth Award is given to individuals or organizations who exemplify outstanding effort in facilitating youth participation in harness racing. Recipients show exceptional assistance (either financially or educationally) to existing ...
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Arrangements set for Aime Choquette, 102

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
The family of renowned horsemen Aime J. Choquette have finalized funeral arrangements that will take place this Saturday, Feb. 4, in Sherbrooke, Quebec.   Mr. Choquette, passed away Jan. 24 at the CHSLD St-Vincent Hospital in Sherbrooke. He was 102 years old. He spent nearly all of his life working and training horses, starting with jumping and show horses early in his career in Que...
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Meadowlands stakes news

on 01/31/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands wishes to remind horsemen of some important details on the 2017 stakes schedule that they should be aware of as they consider payments for the season.   Important to those with Hambletonian hopefuls is the change in venue for the Tompkins-Geers 3YO colt and filly trots to the Meadowlands. Those stakes have been scheduled for Saturday, July 22, as the middle leg in a ...
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