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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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Mykindachip a 1:50.4 winner at Miami Valley

on 01/21/2017 12:00 AM
Mykindachip (Chris Page) returned to his winning ways copping the $22,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday (Jan. 21) night, speeding to a 1:50.4 victory over Meadowbrookthunder (Trace Tetrick) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (Mike Oosting). My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) was fourth, while Vague Traces (Andy Shetler) and E R Rudy (Sam Widger) dead-heated to split the fifth place payout. &...
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Caviart Luca two-for-two with Yonkers triumph

on 01/21/2017 12:00 AM
Caviart Luca (George Brennan, $28.60) snapped odds-on Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) at the wire Saturday night (Jan. 21), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Open Handicap Pace.   ‘Twas a night better suited for Carl Sandburg (fog reference for all you academics out there), Caviart Luca found himself away from post position No. 3. He sat as 3-4 choice Blood Brother two-moved to the lea...
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Bettor's Edge victorious for new owners

on 01/21/2017 12:00 AM
Bettor's Edge, the 2015 TVG Free For All champion, returned to the Meadowlands and rewarded his new connections with a decisive 1:49.4 score in the $16,000 Saturday night (Jan. 21) feature.   Bettor's Edge was recently purchased by trainer Jennifer Lappe and Robert Santagata after racing for Ron Burke and earning nearly $1.9 million.   Brett Miller put the 8-year-old Bettor's Delig...
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Perfect landing for Rebel Jet at Buffalo

on 01/21/2017 12:00 AM
Rebel Jet ($12.40) has been a well-traveled pacer the past few months but he found a perfect landing spot at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 21) by winning the $10,000 Open in 1:57.1 over the good track.   After visiting Vernon Downs, Batavia Downs, Pocono and The Meadowlands in the past three months, Rebel Jet (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) was ready to give Buffalo Raceway a try. ...
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