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Warrawee Needy has first winner; to shuttle

on 06/22/2016 2:00 AM
Warrawee Needy p,4, 1:46.4 ($1,258,027) has his first winner. On June 18, Warrawee Speedy, a filly out of the Dragon Again mare Warrawee Jangle, won in 1:57.1 at Hiawatha Horse Park for trainer-driver Eddie Green and owner Mona Racette of Oshweken, Ont.   Warrawee Needy was bred to just six mares in 2013--his first year at stud--and has five foals. Owned by ...
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Massachusetts purses to receive boost

on 06/22/2016 2:00 AM
According to reports, the Massachusetts Standardbred industry will receive a boost as a result of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's action to give the breed a larger portion of the state's multi-million dollar Race Horse Development Fund.   The Massachusetts Gaming Commission's Horse Racing Committee voted 5-0 June 20 to divide the RHDF 55 percent to harness racing and 45 p...
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Records set on North America Cup night

on 06/22/2016 2:00 AM
Betting Line's stakes-record equaling victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup highlighted a record-setting evening last Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.   A total of $5,241,459 was wagered on Saturday's 15 race card to set a new Pepsi North America card record and a new Mohawk Racetrack single-card handle record.   Saturday's wagering total is the highest single-ca...
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Faraldo sends letter to New York legislators

on 06/22/2016 2:00 AM
Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA), has written a letter to John Bonacic, chairman of the New York State Senate Racing & Wagering Committee, and Gary Pretlow, chairman of the New York State Assembly Racing & Wagering Committee, with his subject line for the letter stating "Retribution against NYS harness horsemen for their opposition to NYS ...
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Rooney champ Missile J returns to Yonkers

on 06/22/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's driving colony has a different look this weekend, with Messrs. Bartlett, Buter, Dube, Lachance and Stratton in Paris defending the honor of the Red, White, Blue and Westchester.   Their absence offers chances for other escorts, notably in Friday night's $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair equally-parsed $83,937 go...
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Mother Of Art, American Ivy notch NYSS wins

on 06/22/2016 2:00 AM
Mother Of Art ($2.70) was the fastest of the two division winners in the New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 22) as she went gate-to-wire in 1:53.4 to beat stablemate Dime A Dance by 3/4 lengths. The time just missed tying the track record for 3-year-old filly pacers of 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip. In the other...
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Goodtogo Hanover wins, now 8-for-8

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
All five winners in the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old trotters Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono took new lifetime marks, and the two first-round winners who entered for the second leg ran their record to 2-for-2. The Explosive Matter filly Goodtogo Hanover, one of those two first leg winners, is in fact now 8-for-8 in 2016 after...
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Like Old Times sets Northfield track mark

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
Like Old Times crossed the finish line faster than any other 4-year-old female trotter in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $13,500 Open Trot in 1:55 on Monday (June 20). The clocking formally broke the 1:55.2 record by Barn Girl (Joe Bongiorno) set earlier this year. Keith Ross owns Like Old Times. Don Mc Kirgan is her conditioner and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. was in the sulky f...
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More Delaware Breeders elims at Harrington

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest ($3.40, Ross Wolfenden) reset the track record for aged pacing stallions Monday at Harrington Raceway with his third straight win in 1:50.2 in a $16,000 Open Pace.   The 6-year-old Tell All stallion broke the record he shared with Dancin Yankee (1:50.3). The Richard Lewis-trainee set all the fractions from his outside post seven and...
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Star trotters assemble for Cutler Memorial

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
The $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial will see seven of the top older trotters currently racing convene at the Meadowlands to contest the 19th renewal of the Grand Circuit stake on Friday night.   Cutleer was a popular and successful Manhattan restaurateur. His empire of restaurants began in 1990 with Carmines (still a popular Italian family style venue)and grew to embrace several ...
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Retiring Horse Council president honored

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
Each year during the American Horse Council's Annual Meeting, the Rolapp Award is presented to a member of Congress who has been a great supporter of the horse industry. The award is presented in honor of the late Rich Rolapp, the president of the AHC from 1974 to 1993. Previous award winners include Senators Mitch McConnell, Jim Bunning, and Blanche Lincoln, and Congressmen Hal Rogers, Bob...
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Gall named Standardbred Canada's pres/CEO

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada, the Canadian harness racing industry leader, announced Tuesday that Dan Gall has been named the association's president and chief executive officer.   Gall joins Standardbred Canada with more than 15 years leadership experience in the gaming industry. Since 2000, he has served OLG Slots in general management roles in seven different locations, including Wes...
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Layla fights cancer with lemonade stand at qualifiers

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
There were a number of stirring performances Monday when Gaitway Farm held its final round of June qualifiers, but the most inspiring had nothing to do with any of the horses that went onto the racetrack. The day belonged to Layla Mosley. Layla, the 5-year-old granddaughter of Delaware-based trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr., is battling a rare type of bone cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma. But she was o...
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Mike Wilder drives 7,000th career winner

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
Mike Wilder collected career win 7,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted 13-1 long hot Step Closer to victory in the 13th race. "This means a lot to me," Wilder said. "There are a lot of guys with more wins, but 7,000 is a good number. The way I look at it, it represents a lot of hard work and dedication. I'm very thankful and blessed to have people give me great horses to drive. I get a ...
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Harrisburg yearling sale drops from 4 to 3 days

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Standardbred Horse Sales Company has announced that its 2016 annual sale at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg will change from its previously announced format. Three yearling sale days will be held on Monday, Nov. 7, through Wednesday, Nov. 9. The mixed portion of the sale will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11.   This change is necessary bec...
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Broadway Donna wins PASS in '16 debut

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Broadway Donna, last year's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, made her three-year-old debut a successful one Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning a division of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.1. Despite not having raced in eight months and three days, since she suffered her only loss when makin...
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Svansetdt sweeps Empire Breeders Trots

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt swept Sunday (June 19) evening's Empire Breeders Classic finals at Vernon Downs, as Non Stick ($7.50) and Dante ($11.60) both took full advantage of pocket trips en route to victory. In the $234,375 Filly Classic, Non Stick avenged defeat in her elimination, but was anything but conservative in the early stages. The 3-year-old daughter of Lucky Chucky circled t...
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Richard Rastetter, Meadows horseman, dies

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Richard Rastetter, a longtime member of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and United States Trotting Association, passed away on June 11, 2016. He was 74. Mr. Rastetter, of West Alexander, Pa., was a Standardbred horse breeder, owner and trainer for several decades. Some of his top horses were Idadazzle, County Treasure and Zorgwijk Kingpin. His survived by his wife of 56 years...
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Big weekend of fair racing at Circleville

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
The Pickaway County Fair kicked off the 2016 Ohio Colt Racing Association stakes races with two beautiful days of harness racing. Saturday's (June 18) card of 17 races and Sunday's (June 19) card of 16 races featured 28 stakes races and five overnights including the Steamin Demon Pace, a local history lesson and feature race.   With more than $90,000 in purse money available, the ho...
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Sport's stars will be at Pocono Saturday

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
What will be the greatest collection of harness racing talent assembled for one card so far in 2016 will gather at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night, as the eliminations for the $2 million-plus Sun Stakes Saturday Championships will be held, seven days before the championship events.   The Ben Franklin FFA Pace has attracted an overflow field of 22 entrants, includ...
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