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First phase of barn fire investigation complete

on 01/08/2016 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has posted a report that the first phase of the investigation of the barn fire at Classy Lane Training Center has concluded and the focus is on a possible electrical cause.   "They have concluded the investigation on scene, that's phase 1 of the investigation," Steven Goode, Fire Chief for the Township of Puslinch told Trot Insider on Thu...
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Uva Hanover takes top trot at Meadowlands

on 01/08/2016 12:00 AM
The $25,000 Open I Handicap Trot was the featured event on the Friday night program at the Meadowlands. A highly competitive field of nine went to the gate, with Lindy's Tru Grit a slight 2-1 favorite at post time.   There was plenty of speed off the gate as Uva Hanover, Opulent Yankee and Somebody As all left for position. Only two of those remained trotting after the first quarter...
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Plenty of excitement in Snowshoe divisions

on 01/08/2016 12:00 AM
Great finishes and impressive efforts was the story of Friday night's first round of the Snowshoe Series at oodbine Racetrack. A total of 24 three -and 4-year-old pacers were split into three $17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week series.   In the first division, just a head separated the top-five finishers, as St. Lads Charger scored a 14-1 upset.   After ...
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Miami Valley rarin' to go for 2016 Saturday opener

on 01/08/2016 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway will kick off its third season of live harness racing this weekend with 14-race programs on both Saturday night, starting at 6:05 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, with a 2:05 p.m. post time. A total of 250 horses will be chasing total purses of $266,000 on opening weekend.   "Record purses attract record numbers of horses," exclaimed race secretary Gregg Keidel. "We ...
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Stall apps now available for Hoosier Park

on 01/08/2016 12:00 AM
Stall applications are now available for the upcoming 2016 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, can be found on Hoosier Park's website or by clicking here.   Stall applications must be received by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's race office by no later than Feb. 12. Applications for stall ...
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HHYF's Ellen Taylor named USHWAn of Year

on 01/08/2016 12:00 AM
Ellen Taylor, executive director of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) for the past 25 years, and the 2009 Proximity Award winner, has been selected for recognition by the media organization as its 2015 Alan Prince USHWA Member of the Year.   Taylor, a native of the Indiana heartland of harness racing, was named after the only mare to ever beat Greyhound in a race. She receiv...
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Safe From Terror spoils Precocious Beauty party

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
The "swan song” for Precocious Beauty, now on her way into a new career as a broodmare, was spoiled on Wednesday night at Pompano Park in the $12,000 Open Handicap for the mares when Safe From Terror, driven by Matt Romano, slipped through along the pylons a sixteenth out to score a victory measuring three-parts-of-a-length over Precocious Beauty, with Doug McNair in the bike. Just A B...
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Trustworthy Kid repeats in Meadows feature win

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
Trustworthy Kid won his final start of 2015 and began the new year in much the same way, collecting a hard-earned victory from post 8 in Wednesday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid saved ground in last until Brian Zendt sent him three wide into the final turn. The 7-year-old SJ’s Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding swooped the fie...
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World Harness Handicapping tourney dates set

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
On April 30, 2016, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for over $50,000 in prize money* in the 2016 World Harness Handicapping Championship, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, NJ. The WHHC qualifiers at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment are set for January 23, February 22, March 19 and April 2. The Meadowlands January 23 qualifier has a $100...
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Fan's Choice Awards to Bellino, WIJI's Jug win

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
Throughout the month of December, 19 nominees in two categories vied against each other for the Railbird Recognition Awards, the fan-voted accolade sponsored by the U. S. Harness Writers Association and the U. S. Trotting Association.   Ten individuals squared off for "Horseperson of the Year” and nine events battled for "Racing Moment of the Year” and when the po...
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CHHA seeking stallion breedings for auction

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
The annual CHHA Stallion Auction will run beginning Tuesday, February 1 through Saturday, February 6, 2016. Please consider donating a breeding to your stallion. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit www.chha.net/stallion-auction. For more information or to donate a breeding, please contact Lee Alphen at leealphen@comcast.net or 603-898-1927.
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New Weekend Preview edition now available

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available and while it always focuses on the upcoming weekend of racing, Gordon Waterstone also has a report about the tragic fire at Classy Lane Farm in Ontario. He managed to speak for a few minutes to trainer Ben Wallace, who lost almost his entire stable in the fire, and Bill O'Donnell, a former horseman who now manages the day-to-...
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Giant Sculpture fastest on Thursday Dover card

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
Yankee Heaven and Giant Sculpture came from off the pace in each of the Thursday co-feature paces at Dover Downs. Ross Wollfenden had a four-win ‘grand slam.   Wolfenden hustled Yankee Heaven up in the closing strides to overtake front-pacing McJagersonthemove (Tony Morgan) in a field of all 4 year olds to score a 1:53.4 triumph for trainer Bruce Saunders and owners Clark, Altobel...
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Woodbine pays tribute; vigil planned for Tuesday

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group dedicated Thursday evening's card of racing to the 43 equine lives lost in Monday night's barn fire at Classy Lane Training Center. The link to the video can be found at the bottom of this story or in the video box on the home page of harnessracing.com..   Horsepeople gathered in the Standardbred paddock to watch a tribute video created by the Woodbine B...
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gofundme account established to help fire victims

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Fundraising efforts are well underway to assist those who lost horses in the barn fire at Classy Lane Farm in Ontario late Monday night. In addition to the announcement by the Meadowlands that it and its horsemen are joining together this weekend (Friday and Saturday) to raise funds for the victims of the fire, a "gofundme" page has been set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Ass...
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Keen competition Friday at Meadowlands

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands returns to two nights of live racing this Friday and Saturday with post time remaining at 6:35 p.m. as a result of the handle successes realized during the holiday schedule.   Fourteen races will populate the Friday card with only one race fielding fewer than 10 horses and a pair of Open trots as the twin features.   The $25,000 Open I Handicap is the...
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Meadows announces Feb. claiming series

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Owners of mid- and high-level claiming horses will have a chance to share in lucrative purses in "Winter Claiming Series 2016” offered by The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.   The event consists of six series, each with two preliminary legs and a final, with purses for the finals estimated at $15,000 for $10,000 claimers and $25,000 for $20,000 claimers. All finals are scheduled f...
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Cashahallic overcomes break to win

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Richard Silverman's Cashahallic, confidently driven by Aaron Byron, took advantage of an early miscue by the favorite, Its Payday Friday, to score a near gate-to-wire victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The eight year-old altered son of Cash Hall pinned a defeat measuring 2 ¾ lengths on Sailer Eddie, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines while Diamond Dagg...
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Third Straight to stand stud at Morrisville College

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Morrisville College is pleased to announce the addition of former world champion Third Straight p, 3, 1:53.3s, 3, 1:50.1f ($321,662) to its stallion roster.   As a two-year-old he held his own against the likes of Mach Three and Western Shooter finishing second in Breeders Crown elim (fifth in final), Bluegrass and third in Champlain and Governor's Cup elim and final. At three he wa...
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Business strong at Western Fair Raceway

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Writing for Ontario Horse Racing, Dave Briggs has an update on business at The Raceway at the Western Fair District (Western Fair Raceway) in 2015. The track just missed setting a monthly betting record in December when its races generated $5.81 million in wagering.   Click here for the entire story.
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