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Bushwacker eyes third straight at Meadowlands

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Following a gritty 1:49.3 triumph in last week's $25,000 Open Pace, Henderson Farms' Bushwacker seeks his third straight top-level victory at the Meadowlands, and his five in six starts.   Tim Tetrick drives the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, who was assigned the outside post in the featured six-horse field. After pouncing from the pocket on Jan. 2, Bushwacker used a first-ov...
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Connections enjoying ride with Unix Hanover

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Scott Blackler had a pretty good day on the golf course one recent fall afternoon and it had nothing to do with the way he played. Blackler, a trainer based in Middletown, N.Y., went out to shoot a round with a friend and ended up with a horse. The horse--now 4-year-old pacer Unix Hanover--has won five of eight races since joining Blackler's stable and is being pointed toward March's Sagamore ...
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Online Full Circle enrollment now available

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
United States Trotting Association members with an online services account can now enroll horses in the Full Circle Program via their account. There is no need to fill out or mail forms, enrollment can take place on any device that connects with online services. Full Circle is the USTA's free program to record the contact information for any person interested in being reached if an enroll...
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Carsey, Crawfords receive USHWA pres. awards

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Breana Carsey, the Indiana pre-teen featured on the CBS Evening News, and Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms in New York, have earned the honor of a United States Harness Writers Association President's Award.   Not too many fifth grade students get the opportunity to talk about harness racing on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Nonetheless, Breana Carsey, an 11-y...
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Muscle Hill, Real Desire elected to Hall of Fame

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2016 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Muscle Hill and Real Desire.   ...
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$1 million Powerball winner for Michigan's Stimer

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Longtime Michigan-based horseman Bart Stimer was excited about his pacer Gunnin' Forafight's win in a $6,000 race on Tuesday night at Northfield Park. That is, until he looked at his Powerball tickets from Wednesday night and discovered he had all the numbers except for the Powerball--which is worth $1 million.   Amazingly, Stimer said he almost lost the ticket. In a story on mlive....
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MSOA donates $6,000 to Classy Lane fund

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has announced a $6,000 donation to the victims of the Classy Lane Training Center fire.   The Jan. 4 fire in Ontario took the lives of 43 horses from six stables, and the trainers affected also lost all of their racing equipment.   "We at The Meadows certainly understand what they are going through,” said MSOA president...
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Shades Of Bay & Rafa repeat in Snowshoe Series

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
A pair of four-year-old pacers will have an opportunity at a Snowshoe Series sweep after returning to the winner’s circle in Friday’s second leg at Woodbine Racetrack. A total of 18 horses were split into two $17,000 divisions for Friday’s second leg of the Snowshoe Series. Fresh off a 3 ¼ length victory in round one, Shades Of Bay continued his hot streak Friday with an impre...
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Lutetium in Winner's Circle again in Buffalo's opener

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway re-opened its doors after a six-month hiatus Friday night (Jan. 15) and Lutetium showed he hasn't lost his knack in finding his way around the track during that time. A 10-time winner in 2015, Lutetium started off the new campaign in fine style, easily disposing of his seven rivals in the $9,000 featured trot in 2:02.1. Assigned the outside eight post on the sloppy tr...
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Secret's Out N wins Yonkers F&M pacing feature

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Favored Secret’s Out N (Brian Sears, $2.90) was both patient and punctual Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $24 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Assigned post position No. 5 among the six-pack, Secret’s Out N was away third, watching as Rockn’ Ruby N (Dan Dube) two-moved around Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), After early intervals of :28.1 and :58.3, the people’s choi...
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Pocono announces 2016 stakes schedule

on 01/14/2016 12:00 AM
Racing on four consecutive nights and a doubleheader on Kentucky Derby day are included in the 2016 live racing schedule for the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as announced by vice president of racing operations Dale Rapson.   Racing opens at the renowned five-eighths mile oval in Wilkes Barre, Pa., on Saturday, March 19, and will continue for the month of March on Tuesday, ...
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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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