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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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Bowden joins Youth Foundation board

on 01/04/2017 12:00 AM
Adam Bowden, the innovative leader of Diamond Creek Farm, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF). The Maine native cut his harness racing teeth at Scarborough and Lewiston Downs in Maine, but he is now active on a far larger stage.   Bowden’s involvement and support of HHYF are just part of that larger picture, as he explains, " Not ...
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89YO Ducharme enjoying ride with Valley Of Sin

on 01/04/2017 12:00 AM
John Ducharme has enjoyed a varied career in harness racing, from attorney to racetrack presiding judge, to breeder, trainer, driver, and owner. And as he approaches his 90th birthday, in March, he considers himself fortunate.   "When you get the chance to live out your passion," Ducharme said, "it doesn't get any better than that."   Right now, it doesn't get any better ...
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Frank O'Mara dies in Florida at age 84

on 01/04/2017 12:00 AM
Gerald Francis O’Mara, known for seven decades around the harness racing world as "Frank," passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4. The 84-year-old O’Mara, succumbed to pneumonia in Florida after suffering from ill health for several months.   Mr. O’Mara is probably best known for developing and campaigning the great Mystic Park, winner of the American Trotting Championship, The Dexter C...
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Barn Girl dominates in Meadows Trot

on 01/04/2017 12:00 AM
  Barn Girl continued to dominate The Meadows' distaff trotting elite, defeating them for the fifth time in her last six starts by capturing Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Aaron Merriman hustled Barn Girl from post 8 to the lead, where she faced a menacing backside challenge from Wendy's Girl. But the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweeti...
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Frost Free Hanover, Bluebird Reverend win Dover trots

on 01/04/2017 12:00 AM
Frost Free Hanover closed with a rush to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot and Bluebird Reverend pulled away for victory in the Wednesday feature trots at Dover Downs on Jan. 4. Tony Morgan  and Corey Callahan won four races apiece. Next to last on the backstretch, meet leading driver Vic Kirby got Frost Free Hanover going heading to the three quarters before power home to win in 1:...
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Tater Twister stretches winning streak to 3

on 01/03/2017 12:00 AM
Tater Twister stretched his winning streak to three at Pompano Park on Monday night (January 2), stopping the timer in a lifetime best 1:53.2 for driver Mike Simons in Pompano Park’s $12,000 Open Handicap Trot.   The seven year-old gelded son of ABC Garland took clear command two strides past the first eighth mile and went on to post hot fractions of :26.4, :55 and 1:24 in route to a...
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Ruby Cook, switchboard operator at Meadows, dies

on 01/03/2017 12:00 AM
Ruby S. Cook, 81, of McDonald, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 31, surrounded by her family. She enjoyed 40 years as switchboard operator at The Meadows, with the racing community there a second family to her. She took pride in her role and valued the friendships she made.   She was born Oct. 26, 1935, in McDonald. Mrs. Cook was a 1953 graduate of McDonald High School. She loved her family...
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Caretaker of Year noms need Jan. 9 postmark

on 01/03/2017 12:00 AM
Nominations for the 2016 Caretaker of the Year must be received or postmarked by Monday (Jan. 9). The award, in its second year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Parkin conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport -- the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.   Any care...
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Western Fair cancels Tuesday race card

on 01/03/2017 12:00 AM
Live racing at The Raceway at Western Fair District has once again been canceled due to unseasonably warm and wet weather conditions in the London area that have led to unfavorable track conditions for Tuesday.   Racing is set to resume at The Raceway with the first Wednesday program of the season. The Jan. 4 card is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. (Western Fair)
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Big M announces $12 million in stakes in '17

on 01/03/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is pleased to announce an extensive 2017 stakes program with total purses in the neighborhood of $12 million. Grand Circuit stakes represent the vast majority of that amount featuring the $1.5 million Hambletonian and Oaks, $1.25 million Fall Final Four, $1.2 million TVG Championships, $1 million Graduate Series and $750,000 Meadowlands Pace along with nearly $1 million in New ...
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Gofundme page set up for Troy Boring

on 01/03/2017 12:00 AM
Horseman Troy Boring has been diagnosed with cirrhosis of his liver. This is a terminal illness and unfortunately now his family has to start to prepare for his passing.   Troy, the son of Michigan Hall of Fame horseman Chris Boring, is currently at the University of Michigan and doctors have recently transitioned him to comfort care.   Any thoughts, prayers, an...
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