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Bernie Noren leaving Svanstedt Stable

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
Bjorn "Bernie" Noren, who opened up his own stable after working for several years for trainer Jimmy Takter before becoming the assistant trainer to Ake Svanstedt, who had moved his base of operations from Sweden to the United States, has announced on Facebook that he will be leaving Svanstedt to return to his Scandinavian roots. Noreen has worked in the Svanstedt Stable for more than two year...
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Sam Coven snags 500th training win

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
Trainer Sam Coven notched his 500th conditioning win on Monday afternoon (February 15) at Miami Valley Raceway, just miles from where he was born 45 years ago in Lebanon, Ohio. Born into a harness racing family, Sam never seriously considered anything but following in the family footsteps. His father Herb Coven Jr. won multiple driving titles at both Lebanon Raceway and Latonia before succumbi...
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Mandy's Mattjesty rules again at Meadows

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
 Mandy’s Mattjesty opened a daylight lead, then held on late to notch her second straight victory in Monday’s second leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. Doubelieveinmagic won the other $15,000 split, giving trainer Ron Burke a second-leg sweep. The $25,000 (est) series final is set for Monday, Feb. 22.  Mandy’s Mattj...
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Yonkers cancels last 5 races Monday

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has cancelled the last five races of Monday night’s scheduled 12-race card due to unsafe track conditions. With temperatures right around the freezing mark, the races that were contested had a backdrop of a cold rain, which made the racing surface quite slippery.   There was a delay after the sixth race for track maintenance. However, after the seventh race had a b...
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Trotters do battle at Woodbine

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
After impressive victories in last week’s first leg, Musical Rhythm and Hillsonator met up in a second round division of the General Brock Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 15 three and four-year-old trotters were split into a pair of $18,000 second leg divisions.   Last week’s first leg winners, Musical Rhythm, a two and a half length winner in 1:56, and Hil...
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State Treasurer Canada's Horse of the Year

on 02/14/2016 12:00 AM
On Saturday, February 13, Standardbred Canada announced harness racing's national champions at the 2015 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. This was the 27th edition of the O'Brien Awards, named in honor of the late Joe O'Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. It was a three-peat for winners of both ...
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Mykindachip takes Miami Valley feature

on 02/14/2016 12:00 AM
Mykindachip burst through the door he had been knocking on for the past month to capture the $20,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (February 13), following three straight bridesmaid finishes in the weekly feature race.   With Astreos Love, the Open winner the last two outings on the sidelines, driver Kayne Kauffman took full advantage with odds-on favored Mykin...
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Totally Rusty, Show Runner win at Pompano

on 02/14/2016 12:00 AM
The first leg of the $112,500 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Late Closer Series was contested in two $12,500 divisions on Saturday night and both provided upset winners as two invaders, Totally Rusty and Show Runner, took their respective events.   Totally Rusty, the four year-old chestnut daughter of Rusty's For Real, was driven by Tom Jackson and pinned a victory measuring 1 ¼ ...
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Bold Eagle captures Prix de France

on 02/14/2016 12:00 AM
Bold Eagle won the Prix de France Sunday at the Vincennes track in Paris, becoming the 12th horse to capture both the Prix d'Amerique and Prix de France.   The Prix de France is contested with a mobile starting gate and Kadett CD and Oasis Bi were quickest to the front, with each taking turns on the lead. Bold Eagle got away third, and after 600 meters Bjorn Goop sent Timoko to the ...
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With steady dose of longshots, Big M tops $3 mil

on 02/13/2016 12:00 AM
Horseplayers located both on-course at The Meadowlands and from other outlets worldwide teamed up to wager $3,100,745 on the Friday (February 12) evening program at the Big M, marking a fifth consecutive card with over $3 million in all-sources handle.   "I just want to thank the horseplayers who support the Meadowlands," said Jason M. Settlemoir, CEO and General Manager of Meadowla...
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Ainsleynoelle takes series leg at Woodbine

on 02/13/2016 12:00 AM
Second leg action of the Ontario Girls and The Count B Series took place under frigid conditions Friday at Woodbine Racetrack.   Just a single division was necessary for each series with their finals scheduled for next Friday (February 19). Ainsleynoelle pulled off a mini upset against seven rivals in the $18,000 Ontario Girls second leg.   Driven by Randy Waples, Ainsley...
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Big Game Hunter wins series leg at Meadows

on 02/13/2016 12:00 AM
Big Game Hunter wore down the leader, Shadow's Image, and edged past him in the lane to capture the fastest division of Saturday's opening leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming horses and geldings at The Meadows. Valiente Stride and George Jettison took the other $15,000 opening-leg splits. Aaron Merriman enjoyed a series double behind Big Game Hunter and Valiente Stride. &...
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Bad As Leader leads way in Miss Vera Bars

on 02/12/2016 12:00 AM
On Thursday at Woodbine Racetrack, a field of eight 3-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the second leg of the Miss Vera Bars. Cracklin Rosie, who won the first leg, was a race-day scratch, leaving the door open for a new winner heading into next week's final.   Bad As Leader, one of three Victor Puddy trainees in the field, went gate-to-wire for a 1:55.4 victory. Driven by...
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Jug champ Limelight Beach returns at Big M

on 02/12/2016 12:00 AM
Limelight Beach, the 2014 Little Brown Jug winner, makes his seasonal debut in Saturday's featured event at The Meadowlands. The 5-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere and Benear tackles seven others in the $20,000 upper-level pace, and has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the evening's eighth of 14 races.   As a 4 year old, Limelight Beach only managed a...
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Buffalo cancels Friday night race card

on 02/12/2016 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway has cancelled the racing program for Friday night that was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.   With several inches of snow falling at the track this morning and lake effect expected to intensify as the day progresses, management decided to cancel racing. The Hamburg half-mile oval is expected to receive heavy lake effect snow beginning late this afternoon with an add...
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Meadowlands, Woodbine, Yonkers cancel Saturday

on 02/12/2016 12:00 AM
Due to extreme cold temperatures forecasted for the Toronto area and in New Jersey and New York , racing at Woodbine, Yonkers and the Meadowlands has been cancelled for Saturday night, Feb. 13.   "After consulting with the SBOA of NJ President Mark Ford and some of the drivers here at the New Meadowlands Racetrack, in the best interest of safety for both our human and...
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Joanne Colville elected new SC chair

on 02/12/2016 12:00 AM
On Friday, Standardbred Canada elected its Officers & Executive Committee for 2016. Joanne Colville of Moffat, Ont. is the new Chair of Standardbred Canada. Also elected to office are: Mike Woods (Vice-Chair); Diane Bertrand (Chair of Breeders Committee); Kent Oakes (Past Chair); Bill O'Donnell (Executive Committee Member); Vincent Trudel (Executive Committee Member); and Jackson...
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Buckeye Thea takes third Open at Miami Valley

on 02/12/2016 12:00 AM
It seems to be all or nothing for Buckeye Thea of late. The talented 6-year-old Dave Panlone mare won her third Fillies & Mares Open Pace in her last seven tries on Friday night (February 12), beating favored Native Dream (John DeLong) and American Girl (Trace Tetrick) in 1:54.1 despite frigid weather and howling winter winds.   On the other four occasions, however, the Steve Ca...
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Partners "crazy" about Coffee Addict

on 02/11/2016 12:00 AM
When Jim Clarke Sr. invited longtime friend Andy Altobelli to join him in buying a yearling a little more than four years ago, he set their budget at $35,000. After Clarke exceeded that number by two grand to purchase female pacer Coffee Addict at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale, he joked the toughest part of the day was calling Altobelli with the news.   "I was quite happy, but th...
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Big Friday night on tap at the Meadowlands

on 02/11/2016 12:00 AM
Racing resumes at the Meadowlands on Friday evening with 14 pari-mutuel puzzlers on the menu beginning at 6:35 p.m. Optimism is high that the wagering can continue the current streak of four consecutive cards with all-sources handle on the live racing eclipsing the $3-million mark for the first time in a dozen years.   The various components that encourage play are again i...
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