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Simpsons to be raced at Harrah's Philadelphia

on 01/14/2016 12:00 AM
The John Simpson Memorial Stakes for colts and fillies will undergo several changes in 2016 as the races return to the Pennsylvania after a successful five-year-run at the Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs.   The eight races for 2 -and 3--year-old trotters and pacers will be reformatted as early closing events that race the same year payments are collected. Named in honor of the ...
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Mitchell talks about fire in new Weekend Preview

on 01/14/2016 12:00 AM
Nobody ever wants to experience a barn fire that results in loss of life, but trainer Chantal Mitchell went through just that when seven of her horses were killed in the Jan. 4 fire at Classy Lane Training Center in Ontario. In an exclusive interview with Gordon Waterstone for the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Chantal relives that tragic night, revealing with emotion what she saw...
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Canadian vet, breeder-owner Joe Johnston dies

on 01/13/2016 12:00 AM
Dr. J. Joseph "Joe" Johnston of Essex, Ont. passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Windsor Regional Hospital. He was 70.   A successful and popular vet in the Windsor area, Mr. Johnston was thrust into the national spotlight in the late 1980s as the breeder/owner of A Worthy Lad. The trotting star won 30 races without suffering a defeat before being sold to Swedish i...
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Ontario-bred Rewards pays big for LA Delight

on 01/13/2016 12:00 AM
Bob McIntosh is a little embarrassed to admit even he didn't fully realize how much he had earned in Ontario Bred Rewards with his star homebred pacing filly L A Delight in her rookie season in 2015. "To tell the truth, I didn't even know all these things were available. I was as shocked as anybody when I got the cheque,” said the Hall of Fame trainer from LaSalle, ON. L A Delight earn...
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Buffalo, Fraser Downs cancel Wednesday cards

on 01/13/2016 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway's opening night card for Wednesday has been canceled due to the heavy snow forecast.   Racing will resume Friday, Jan. 15, with a first post at 5 p.m. The Opening Night $250 Pick-5 promotion will take place on Friday.   Simulcast will be open for the afternoon only.   Also, Fraser Downs in British Columbia has been forced to cancel th...
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Entries closing for Blooded Horse Winter Sale

on 01/13/2016 12:00 AM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale are due now. This exciting 56th annual event takes place February 8 & 9 in Delaware, Ohio. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at the home of the Little Brown Jug to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Entries must be in the sale office...
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Meadows to offer 8 spring series for young horses

on 01/13/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in March and April will offer eight early- and late-closing series, including four for 3- and 4-year-olds and four for sophomores only.   The events for 3- and 4-year-olds, which are limited to Pennsylvania owned or sired horses, each will feature three preliminary legs plus a championship with an estimated $20,000 purse. The series for 3-year-olds...
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Courtney Stafford new SBOANJ publicist

on 01/13/2016 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) is proud to welcome Courtney Stafford as its newest publicity consultant.   Courtney Stafford joins the SBOANJ with many years of experience working in the field of advertising and marketing. Stafford graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor's degree in art. After graduation she worked for variou...
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Major Athens cruises in Meadows top trot

on 01/13/2016 12:00 AM
Major Athens waltzed through a soft front half that enabled him to cruise to victory in Wednesday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. When Tony Hall gave Major Athens opening fractions of 29.3/59.2, the 6-year-old son of Andover Hall-Miss Athens had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Tamarind and scoring in 1:56.4. The pocket-si...
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Lifetime Dream series underway at Woodbine

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
Lady Ping and Domedomedome were popular winners in Monday night's first leg of the Lifetime Dream Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 12 four and five-year-old trotting mares were split into two $20,000 first leg divisions. In the first split, Lady Ping converted off a second-over trip for a 1:58.3 victory.   Trained and driven by Dagfin Henriksen, Lady Ping got away in fift...
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Allerage Farm has job opening

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
The Allerage Farm in Stanfordville, N.Y., has an immediate opening for a full-time employee. Duties for the position include assisting in the breeding of mares, foaling and mare management, handling and breaking young stock, yearling sales prep and performing standard duties related to care and maintenance of the horses. It is a salaried job with on-site housing included.   In...
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Gingras, Ell have big nights at Dover

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
Speed Again won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap and Captive Audience the $27,500 Delaware Special, while driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Eric Ell had four-win nights at Dover Downs on Monday.   Speed Again stepped up in ranks to win for the straight outing rolling down the passing lane for Gingras driving a 1:51.1 victory in the $30,000 top pace of the week. It was ...
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Big M announces $14 million stakes schedule

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
The 2016 Grand Circuit stakes season at the Meadowlands will offer over $14 million in purses led by the $5.8 million Breeders Crown, $1.5 million Hambletonian and Oaks, $1 million TVG Championships, $1 million Graduate Series and $800,000 Meadowlands Pace, along with nearly $1 million in New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS).   The $350,000 Cane Pace will again be raced as part of the cli...
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Davies Humanitarian Award to Marv Chantler

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
Marv Chantler has enjoyed his share of success during nearly five decades in harness racing, but equally rewarding is the satisfaction he receives from helping others.   Chantler is the past president and current vice president of the board of directors of Matthews House Hospice in Alliston, Ont., and assists the charity organization with fundraising and strategic planning. Matthews...
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Beaver, Galliers, Ewart, Morgan honored in Ohio

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association banquet on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin).   The Ohio Chapter has voted Christopher Beaver as the recipient of the Winner's Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the pas...
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Milestone: Rod Bolon drives 2,000th winner

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
Rod Bolon notched career driving win 2,000 when he piloted Bloomington—a horse he trains—to victory in Tuesday's second race at The Meadows.   Bolon also has collected 644 training victories (since 1991 when the United States Trotting Association began compiling trainers' records) in a career that began after he graduated from high school in Jerusalem, Ohio.   "I came...
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Bessie wins snowy feature at The Meadows

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
Bessie powered through a snow squall that reduced visibility to near zero and thwarted a pair of challengers as she captured Tuesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Bessie was on the lead when Whata Donato launched a first-over bid and briefly poked her nose in front. The 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine fought back for...
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Tioga Downs/STHHA agree to 5-year contract

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association (STHHA) have agreed to terms for a five-year contract, including a new Stabling Incentive Program, through the 2020 racing season.   "We hope the Stabling Incentive Program will give horsemen another incentive to stable at Tioga Downs,” said STHHA president Guy Howard.   Any horse stabled on-course or at a...
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Callahan notches six-bagger at Dover

on 01/12/2016 12:00 AM
Fashion Showdown notched her second straight $20,000 Mares Open crushing seven foes at Dover Downs on Tuesday. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan post a half dozen wins.   Similar to last week when Ross Wolfenden sent Fashion Showdown from well off the pace to victory in 1:51.3, this week instead of 35-1 odds, Chris White's 5-year-old daughter of Village Jolt–Catch The Show was on...
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Dan Ater elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on 01/11/2016 12:00 AM
Dan Ater, one of the most respected horsemen in the state of Ohio, has been elected as the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   During his 40-plus-year career, Ater amassed 1,695 driving wins, winning the driving titles at Lebanon Raceway, Scioto Downs, Northfield Park and Balmo...
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