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Northfield to race 222 dates in 2017

on 12/30/2016 12:00 AM
Northfield Park, Ohio’s leading racetrack in pari-mutuel handle, both on-track and export, is offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2017 racing year. From Jan. through Sept., racing is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  The exceptions to this schedule are the addition of three Sundays, Jan. 1, May 28 and Sept. 3. Also, there is no live racing on Mem...
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Auld Lang Syne time at the Meadowlands

on 12/30/2016 12:00 AM
A full field of 10 pacers—three of them millionaires—will contest the $35,000 Auld Lang Syne Invitational on New Year's Eve at the Meadowlands.   Trainer Ron Burke's pair of Limelight Beach and Clear Vision have been installed as the 5-2 favored entry on the morning line. Limelight Beach, the 2014 Little Brown Jug winner, earned top-level wins at both Saratoga and Dover i...
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Northfield has $30k Pick 4 pool guarantee Jan.1

on 12/30/2016 12:00 AM
Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Sunday (Jan.1). Beginning in Race 8, the $30,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $7,070.82. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout ra...
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Mares favored in Friday's Big M trot

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
Friday night's card offers another densely populated 12-race program with a balanced mix of six trotting races and six on the pace.   Friday's trotting feature is the seventh race for a purse of $18,000. The 10-horse field led by a pair of stakes tested 4-year-old mares starting from the far outside posts.   Kelsey's Keepsake (post nine) picked up checks in both the $170...
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Palone wins six on curtain closer at Meadows

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
Classicality took advantage of the leader's miscue and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, the closing-day feature at The Meadows.   Classicality was first-over in pursuit of Cue Hall when that rival made an unforced break, allowing Classicality to slip back to the pylons rather than grind it out without cover. Classicality and Dave Palone did the re...
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The Meadows to race 195 live programs in 2017

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live racing programs in 2017, up 5.4 percent from the 2016 total, with the final of the $500,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on Saturday, July 29, highlighting the season.   In most weeks, The Meadows will present four live cards — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday — first post 1 PM each day. The season kic...
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NY, NY Double to continue in 2017

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
The "New York, New York Double," featuring one race from Aqueduct Racetrack and one from Yonkers Raceway, is set to return in 2017.   The gimmick, which began late in 2016, shall continue during all Yonkers' live Sundays, at least in the outset of the season, which begins Sunday, Jan. 8 (post time TBA, dates pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission).   "We're happy ...
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Tom Hicks is USHWA's Member of the Year

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
Thomas H. Hicks, whose longtime experience in both the Standardbred sport and top financial circles gave the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) a chance to have a wealth of experience at the head of an effort to their stabilizing and growing the organization's finances, has done his Association jobs so well that he has been voted the Member of the Year Award by USHWA, the sport's ...
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Marian Brewer, widow of Allen F. Brewer, dies

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
Marian Brewer, the widow of the late well-known equine artist Allen F. Brewer Jr., died on Dec. 25 at Florida Hospital in Altamonte Springs, Fla., with family by her side. She had resided in Apopka, Fla.   Since her husband's passing in a plane crash in 1967, Mrs. Brewer worked tirelessly to preserve his  memory and his legacy in the community of world-class...
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Southwind Farms NJ Breeder of the Year

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
Southwind Farms has been selected as the New Jersey Breeder of the year for 2016. The Breeders Committee of the SBOANJ made the announcement this December. Southwind Farms will receive the presentation on Jan. 29 at the 60th Annual New Jersey Breeders Award Luncheon at 1 pm at O'Connors Restaurant in Eastampton, New Jersey. This year's Southwind standout was once again Southwind Frank, one of t...
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Illinois stallion Ft. Apache Hanover dies at 20

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
Ft. Apache Hanover, p,2,1:52.4; 4,1:52.2 ($300,887), was euthanized on Dec. 23, at age 20 due to the infirmities of old age.   Ft. Apache Hanover is a son of Western Hanover-French Dressing. His dam is a half-sister to world champion French Chef and earned $283,142 on the racetrack.   Ft. Apache Hanover stood his entire career at the Wilson Farm in Martinsville, Ill. Founded by Dr....
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Retirement Foundation given challenge gift

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundationwas offered a wonderful challenge gift to help close its shortcomings for 2016. An anonymous donor has offered a $10,000 donation, but only if it is matched by other kind donors.   "I wholeheartedly believe in your work. It troubles me to see what happens to these horses, they have been good to me and my family," the donor expressed. "I will mat...
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Happy New Year! New Preview now available!

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
As we bid farewell to 2016, the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has an interview with trainer Kyle Spagnola about his horse C'mon Mr. Brock, who starts in the finale at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Also, Guess Whos Back is back, and the once highly-regarded trotter returns to the Big M on Friday night after more than a year off, and trainer Nik Drennan gives the details. Ka...
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Monti wins first race ever at Meadowlands

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
 Batavia Downs driving champion Drew Monti notched his first ever driving victory at The Meadowlands, teaming up with owner/trainer Rick Dane’s I Found My Beach ($10.80) in Thursday evening's ninth event, a $6,500 first-level conditioned pace. The 22-year-old Canisius College alumnus put the 7-year-old Mach Three gelding into play immediately, clearing on the first turn but yielding ...
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Wakizashi Hanover closes Dover with a win

on 12/29/2016 12:00 AM
 Wakizashi Hanover held his challengers at bay in a determined effort to score a 1:52 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred Pace to highlight the final Thursday (Dec. 29) 2016 program at Dover Downs on a chilly evening. Also visiting the winner's circle in the $27,500 Delaware Special was Seventh Secret, who is no longer a secret, after an impressive second straight victory over the same oval....
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USTA's Brooks voted Unsung Hero Award

on 12/28/2016 12:00 AM
Barbara Brooks, secretary of the United States Trotting Association (USTA), a person who during her remarkable 62-year career with the Association has worked with generations of horsemen and horses via the Registration Department, ensuring meticulous recordkeeping and a smile at every turn, has been voted the sport's Unsung Hero Award by the members of the United States Harness Writers As...
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They're coming from everwhere to the Big M

on 12/28/2016 12:00 AM
The final live programs of 2016 are set to go at the Meadowlands as a three-day week of racing. A 10-race card boasting full fields of 10 in every race gets things under way on Thursday night.   With so few tracks in operation, horses are literally coming from everywhere to race at the Meadowlands. One of the more interesting examples is Johnny Z, a 10-year-old gelding who most...
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Katz/Libfeld named 2016 Breeders of Year

on 12/28/2016 12:00 AM
Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, veteran breeders and racehorse owners who were responsible for the production of two of the top trotting fillies of 2016--Ariana G and All The Time--were the unanimous choice for Breeders of the Year by the Breeders/Broodmares committee of USHWA. The committee was also undivided in naming the top broodmares of the year: for the trotters, Cantab It Al-- owned by Libf...
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Vernon horseman Sam Tallarino dies

on 12/28/2016 12:00 AM
Horseman Samuel V. Tallarino, 77, died Dec. 23, at home surrounded by his family. Mr. Tallarino was born July 16, 1939, in Rome, N.Y., a son of the late Samuel and Theresa (Carinci) Tallarino and was a graduate of the Rome school system. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea before returning home and starting a 39-year career in the Utica Post Office before ...
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Miami Valley drivers challenge attracts the best

on 12/28/2016 12:00 AM
Thirty of the winningest drivers in North America will descend on Miami Valley Raceway in southwest Ohio to determine the champion of the first-ever $25,000 North American Drivers Challenge on January 8, 9 and 10. Miami Valley opens its much-anticipated 87-day 2017 meet on Friday night, January 6, with the highest purses in the track's four-year history. The to...
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