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O'Mara remembered as Diamond Dagger wins

on 01/09/2017 12:00 AM
Diamond Dagger, driven by Jason Dillander for trainer Mark O’Mara, scored a decisive win in Pompano Park’s $12,000 Open Trot on Monday night (Jan. 9).  The five year-old daughter of ABC Garland hit the wire in a lifetime best 1:54.4—her only other 1:54.4 winning mile over the larger Hoosier Park oval—to win by three-parts-of-a-length over Massive Lightning, with Mickey McNichol in th...
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Palone, Charlino have big Monday at Meadows

on 01/09/2017 12:00 AM
Dave Palone and Dan Charlino sparkled Monday at The Meadows, though they shined in slightly different ways. Palone rolled up seven wins on the 12-race card, including four for trainer Ron Burke. Charlino rolled up one win, but it was big. Not only did it occur in the day's feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace captured by Hawk's Red Chief, but it also was Charlino's first victory at The M...
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Gratian Hanover scores in 1:50.2 at Dover

on 01/09/2017 12:00 AM
Cold weather could not deter Jen Bongiorno’s Gratian Hanover from scoring a 1:50.2 triumph in the Monday, Jan. 9, feature race at Dover Downs.  With the sport’s second leading dash-win leader Tony Morgan in the bike, Gratian Hanover made the winner’s circle for the first time in 2017 scoring a convincing 1:50.2 conquest. The Willard Reynold’s trainee won for the 10th time in the care...
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Marcus Miller takes Meadowlands features

on 01/08/2017 12:00 AM
Although accomplished in completely different fashions, Saturday’s co-featured pacing events at the Meadowlands both ended with Marcus Miller in the winner’s circle. Miller, recently named the sport’s Rising Star Award winner, put heavily favored Parnu Hanover on the front end past a 27.2 opening quarter and blazed to a 1:50.3 victory in the $13,000 conditioned pace. The time was even...
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Gagnon late scratch at Miami Valley; Shetler in

on 01/08/2017 12:00 AM
Meadowbrookthunder thundered down the lane at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (January 7) to cop the initial $22,000 Open I Pace of the season. Stepping up to the top level following an impressive 1:51.1 score in a condition/$30,000 claiming event the final week at Dayton Raceway. Meadowbrookthunder got away sixth in a field of seven, but was out and moving for driver Trace Tetr...
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Alexas Jackpot wires Preferred field at Woodbine

on 01/08/2017 12:00 AM
Alexas Jackpot was a wire-to-wire winner in the $34,000 Preferred Pace as Woodbine Racetrack hosted its first live harness racing card of 2017 on Saturday night (January 7). Leaving from post six, Alexas Jackpot quickly secured the lead off the gate for driver Sylvain Filion and fronted the field of seven through opening panels of :28 and :56.3. Modern Legend (James MacDonald), the 3-5 favo...
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Red Hot Herbie captures Yonkers' $75,000 Open

on 01/08/2017 12:00 AM
Red Hot Herbie (Jason Bartlett, $10.80) sat an antsy pocket Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway’s season-opening, mile-and-a-quarter, $75,000 Open Handicap Trot. The added-distance feature was the first of seven ‘French’ forays during the 11-race card, going with a field of nine after an early defection. Put in play from post position 4, Red Hot Herbie made the first lead b...
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Horseman Troy Boring dies at 54

on 01/08/2017 12:00 AM
Troy Boring, the son of Michigan Hall of Fame horseman Chris Boring and a top horseman himself, died early Sunday afternoon, Jan. 8. He was 54.   One of Michigan's leading drivers in the 1980s and '90s, Troy drove 2,766 winners in his career, with $12,757,580 in purse earnings. His victory total included several Michigan Sires Stakes. He also drove on many occasions several stars in...
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Widger takes commanding lead at Miami Valley

on 01/08/2017 12:00 AM
Sam Widger has raced out to a commanding early lead in the $25,000 North American Drivers Challenge currently taking place at Miami Valley Raceway in southwest Ohio. On the strength of three winners in his first four preliminary round drives, the Illinois native and Hoosier Park regular has accumulated 99 points at the halfway point of the two preliminary legs. Each of the 30 drivers par...
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$3 mil night at Meadowlands; "Crosby" takes trot

on 01/07/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands late pick four wager returned a whopping $30,318.05 to three lucky horseplayers on Friday night thanks to a series of long shot winners. The total pool was $107,018. Also, 22-year-old Big M newcomer Drew Monti was responsible for three of the four winners in the sequence including $110 upsetter Abbijade Hanover for leading trainer Ron Burke in the opening leg. That was follo...
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Retirement Foundation receives $10,000 gift

on 01/07/2017 12:00 AM
The holiday gift of a $10,000 donation for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has been received. The anonymous donor, who so generously helped when he heard of the SRF's year-end deficit, prompted the generosity of others when he offered a match challenge.   SRF is very grateful for the warm and generous giving by those who care. The population of horse lovers in the ...
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Freehold cancels Saturday program

on 01/07/2017 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway has canceled its Saturday (Jan.7) program. The race office is open and drawing for Thursday and simulcasting remains open as well.
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Miami Valley opens with record handle

on 01/07/2017 12:00 AM
A record handle, a handful of wins for Chris Page, and a 3,000th win for Jeff Nisonger were highlights of an exceptional opening night at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (Jan. 6), despite frigid 8-degree temperatures. The prospects for a tremendous opening week seem real with a powerful 14-race Saturday night (Jan. 7) program on tap followed by three consecutive matinees which include the...
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Sixteen Mikes wins Preferred Trot at Meadows

on 01/07/2017 12:00 AM
Sixteen Mikes put away Valley Of Sin following a protracted duel and went on to win Saturday's $22,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sixteen Mikes was third down the backside when Tony Hall sent him after Valley Of Sin, who was seeking his fourth consecutive victory. They were inseparable until mid-stretch when Sixteen Mikes overcame the tiring leader and scored in 1:55.2. TSM Photo ...
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Waco Hanover on CBS Sunday Morning Jan. 8

on 01/07/2017 12:00 AM
The story of 40-year-old Waco Hanover, a son of Tar Heel born in 1977 and the two men devoted to his care, was originally scheduled to run on the CBS Sunday Morning Show last week. It has been rescheduled for Sunday (Jan. 8). The Emmy-award winning show airs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Eastern time zone on CBS affiliates. The listing of all times and outlets where the show is aired can be s...
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Southwind Frank's book full and closed

on 01/06/2017 12:00 AM
Diamond Creek Farm is delighted to announce that champion trotter Southwind Frank is now booked full and closed for 2017. Southwind Frank was immensely succesful as a 2 year old, leading up to a victory in the 2015 Breeders Crown. He continued to shine in his 3 year old year, with wins in prestigious races such as the Beal, Colonial Trot and the Stanley Dancer. After an impressive care...
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Humanitarian Award to Christine Czernyson

on 01/06/2017 12:00 AM
Christine Czernyson, who has helped lead an ovarian cancer awareness effort with assistance from horses Aldebaran Eagle and Side Bet Hanover, has been named the 2016 recipient of the January Davies Humanitarian Award presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.  The award was created in 2008 by U.S. Harness Writers Association member Callie Davies-Gooch in memory of her daughter ...
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USHWA President's Award to New Vocations

on 01/06/2017 12:00 AM
The New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, designed to transition racehorses from their careers on the track into a productive "adoptive" program suitable for both the equine and her/his new "family," has been selected for the United States Harness Writers Association’s President’s Award, as announced by the president of USHWA, harness racing’s leading media organization, Tim Bojarski.&nb...
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Upgraded video for Yonkers Sunday opener

on 01/06/2017 12:00 AM
When Yonkers Raceway begins its 238-program, 2017 season this Sunday (Jan. 8, first post 11:30 AM), it shall do so with a view of the races never seen before.   During the three-week, end-of-year hiatus, the broadcast control room was completely overhauled and upgraded to accommodate high-definition transmission. All cameras involved in the broadcast are now HD, including those used to...
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OK Heartbeat ekes out victory at Pompano

on 01/05/2017 12:00 AM
In a pulsating finish, OK Heartbeat, driven by Kevin Wallis, eked out a photo finish win in Pompano Park’s mid-week feature, the $11,000 Open Pace for Mares. The five year-old daughter of Sportswriter, trained by Angela Coleman for Mark Winship and the Dandy Farms, got up in the final stride to nail the pacesetting Metro Glide, handled by Tom Jackson, by a scant nose in 1:52.2. Miss Mady,...
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