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FSBOA sets up Gofundme page to fight decoupling

on 02/23/2016 12:00 AM
As a bill that would likely lead to the end of harness racing at Pompano Park works its way through the Florida legislative process, the Florida Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) has taken upon itself to set up an account on GoFundMe.com to raise money for legal fees to oppose its passage. Anyone who wishes to donate may also make a check payable to the Florida Breeders and Owners Associ...
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PA bill signed calling for one racing commission

on 02/23/2016 12:00 AM
Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed House Bill 941, which, among other things, includes much-needed reforms of Pennsylvania's equine racing industry. The governor was joined by state Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, members of each of the legislative caucuses, leadership from the House Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, and various representatives of the racing indu...
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Scott Rocks rocks in Pompano open

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Scott Rocks, handled by George Napolitano Jr., made his 2016 debut a winning one in Pompano Park's $16,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night.   The 6-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover used a backside blitz from third to take command turning for home and then pushed on to a victory measuring 1 ¾ lengths over the favorite, Panocchio, in 1:51.1. Heart Felt, longest propositio...
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Some 11-1 magic needed to take Dover feature

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
The 11-1 Quick Magic made good use of a two-hole trip behind favorite and leader Nova Artist and closed strongly to win a 1:52.2 photo finish in the Sunday feature race at Dover Downs. Ross Wolfenden had a three-bagger.   Nova Artist (Allan Davis) took the early lead and fashioned all the fractions until a trio of rivals roared up to challenge nearing the finish line. Major Buc...
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Main singing the "8-Hole Blues" at Northfield

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Michigan-based horseman Steve Main told harnessracing.com the six-hour ship from his farm in Byron to Northfield Park on Tuesday will be hard, considering all three horses he entered drew the outside post 8 in their respective races. Then again, this trip will be no different from the ones Main had taken over the past week, as it seems he and the eight hole are as much together as peanut butte...
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Mack Lobell euthanized in Sweden at age 32

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
The great Mack Lobell 3,1:52.1 ($3.9 million), a world champion and winner of two of trotting's greatest events, the Hambletonian and Elitlopp, was humanely euthanized at Menhammar Stud in Sweden on Monday, Feb. 22. He was 32 years old and had been stabled at Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar farm, where he was a celebrity during Elitlopp time, when many visitors to the farm would ask to...
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Kentucky horseman Bob Duncan dies

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Robert "Bob" Duncan, who trained and drove horses at The Red Mile and Louisville Downs in the 1970s and '80s, and in more recent years drove the starting car at The Red Mile meets, died Friday, Feb. 19, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington. He was 84.   Mr. Duncan was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Lexington, the son of the late Leonard and Beulah Duncan. Mr. Duncan was a 1951 ...
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Miss New Jersey 2013 dies after car accident

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Cara McCollum, the winner of the 2013 Miss New Jersey pageant, died at 4:31 a.m. on Monday morning, as a result of injuries sustained one week ago in a car crash. Harness racing will remember Ms. McCollum for being at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day in 2013, where she presented the trophy won by I Luv The Nitelife for winning the Miss New Jersey. According to reports, Ms. McCollum, 24, ...
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March 6 Dan Patch Awards dinner sold out

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
The dinner committee of the United States Harness Writers' Association (USHWA) is pleased to announce that the upcoming Dan Patch Awards Dinner, set for Sunday, March 6, is SOLD OUT!   All 350 seats have been purchased for the event that honors the leading horses, horsemen and women from the 2015 harness racing season. The dinner is being held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. (USH...
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Harrington moves 2016 post time to 5 p.m.

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Harrington Raceway's 70th season of live harness racing will get underway on April 25 with a new 5 p.m. nightly post time.   Live racing will be conducted on a Monday-through-Thursday schedule until June 30 before the customary break during the Delaware State Fair. The annual Governor's night of racing will take place on July 28 (special 7 p.m. post time). Live racing will resume on...
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Series finals to Mandy's Mattjesty, Regil Meg

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Mandy's Mattjesty completed her sweep of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers when she scored a front-end victory in Monday's $30,950 championship at The Meadows. Regil Meg took the $20,000 final of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares.   Mandy's Mattjesty zipped to the front for Dave Palone but threw on the brakes once t...
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Goldstar Classic wins at Pompano in his 100th start

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Goldstar Classic and Pocket Trip took their respective divisions of Pompano Park's duet of $10,000 trotting features on Monday night (February 22).   Goldstar Classic was superbly handled by Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey as this six year-old gelded son of Classic Photo scored a gate-to-wire win in 1:56.3, measuring three-parts-of-a-length over the late charging Diamond Dagger, drive...
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Lucan Hanover holds off Dapper Dude at Dover

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Lucan Hanover withstood a tremendous closing effort from Dapper Dude to win the $30,000 Preferred Handicap in 1:51.2 on the Washington's birthday card, Monday, Feb. 22, at Dover Downs.   Newcomer Lucan Hanover, owned by West Wins Stable and piloted by Yannick Gingras, in his first local appearance had all he could handle in the stretch when Vic Kirby pulled last week's feature race ...
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Rockeyed Optimist wins Big M feature by 4

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
The beat goes on at the Meadowlands, as a bustling on-track crowd and simulcast punters from across North America combined to wager $3,283,111 on Saturday evening's 14-race program. This marks the seventh consecutive program at the Meadowlands drawing at least $3 million in handle, with the streak having begun on Jan. 29.   The evening's featured $20,000 upper-level pace s...
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Major Athens, Polak A take Yonkers opens

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
Second choices Major Athens (George Brennan, $6.50) and Polak A (Brian Sears, $7.30) were second to none Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $32,000 Open Handicaps.   Major Athens won the week's featured trot after being pocketed from assigned post position No. 6. He watched as Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) led through intervals of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28. It was "Herbie" t...
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Much Adoo the best in Ontario Girls final

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
Much Adoo overcame post 10 to capture the $44,600 Ontario Girls Series final Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 10 Ontario-sired 4-year-old pacing mares competed in the finale of the three-week series event.   Much Adoo was made the even-money favorite despite starting from post 10. Debuting for trainer Nick Gallucci, Much Adoo captured a first leg division before skip...
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Big Game Hunter goes back-to-back at Meadows

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
Big Game Hunter held off the late challenge of Valiente Stride to capture his second straight victory in Saturday's second leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 horse and gelding pacers at The Meadows. Sawbuck Hanover and Want Me also took $15,000 second-leg splits.   Sent straight to the front by Aaron Merriman, Big Game Hunter easily parried the first-over bid of Mr Coolie...
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Isle Of Capri Series continues at Pompano Park

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
The $150,000 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park late-closing series continued at the South Florida oval Saturday night with Velocity Vespa and Just A Bee earning the top award in their respective divisions in the second leg of the series.   Velocity Vespa, handled with perfection by George Napolitano, Jr., led every stride of her mile while recording fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1;22....
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My Buddy Inkster wins Miami Valley open in debut

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
My Buddy Ninkster (Kayne Kauffman) made his initial start at Miami Valley Raceway a memorable one, winning the $20,000 Open Pace in 1:51, topping Astreo's Love (LeWayne Miller) and Beach Memories (John DeLong) on Saturday night. The Chicago invader, who has been toiling at Balmoral and Hawthorne until being moved into the Chris Short barn in southwest Ohio recently, now has a dozen career wins...
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Marshall, Ross, Sells new Florida HOFers

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association held their 25th annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame awards dinner Friday. Inducted into the Hall of Fame were former race secretary Kenny Marshall, trainer/drivers Wally Ross Jr. and Tom Sells, and on the equine side, the trotting stallion, Basil. The association also presented its annual horsemen/women awards. In a...
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