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Former horseman Mike Crocco Jr. dies

on 04/06/2016 2:00 AM
Former Standardbred horseman Michael Anthony Crocco Jr. died Friday, April 1, in Florida. He was 74. Born July 26, 1941, in Albany, N.Y., to Frances and Michael Crocco Sr., Mr. Crocco was a longtime business owner in the restaurant and nightclub scene in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Known as "Mike," Mr. Crocco was considered a trailblazer in the industry. Mr. Crocco trained a small stable and d...
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Three GC events to become early-closers in '17

on 04/06/2016 2:00 AM
The W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake, Landmark Stakes and Tompkins-Geers Stakes will all transition to early-closing events beginning with the 2-year-old crop of 2017. No yearling payments will be taken on these three races in 2016.   Beginning in 2017, payments in the year of the race will be accepted for these events, all with eight races for 2 and 3 year olds of each gender.  ...
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Woodbine meet closes with increased wagering

on 04/06/2016 2:00 AM
The 2015-16 Woodbine Fall/Winter Standardbred meet, which concluded Monday, showed a sharp increase in wagering over the 2014-15 season.   The average nightly handle over the course of the 102-date meet was $1,587,601. The 2015-16 average handle was up eight percent in comparison to the 2014-15 Woodbine Fall/Winter meet (94 cards).   An average of $149,801 was wagered per...
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JK Endofanera's 5YO debut Saturday at Big M

on 04/06/2016 2:00 AM
Alan Katz would like to have a stable filled with horses like JK Endofanera. Of course, he is thrilled to own the one horse who actually is JK Endofanera.   A winner of $2.03 million in lifetime purses, the 5-year-old JK Endofanera will begin his 2016 campaign Saturday night in the $25,000 Open Handicap at the Meadowlands Racetrack. JK Endofanera will start from post seven in a...
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Goodtogo Hanover wins Meadows Series opener

on 04/06/2016 2:00 AM
Goodtogo Hanover fought hard for the early lead, then rolled to her fourth straight victory in Wednesday's opening leg of the Whata Donato Trot at The Meadows. Waterview Hanover captured the other $17,500 opening-leg division in the event for 3-year-old fillies. The series honors Whata Donato, a fast-class trotting mare currently performing at The Meadows for owner Frank Poerio, Jr. and traine...
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JL Cruze in 1:53.2; DSBF divisions at Dover

on 04/06/2016 2:00 AM
Though stabled a short distance for the track, JL Cruze made his second 2016 start and first local appearance and responded with an easy 1:53.2 victory in the $36,000 Open Preferred trot at Dover Downs. Two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2nd leg 3-year-old male trot divisions led off the program with Triple Bottom Line and Epic Smash scoring impressive victories on Wednesday, Apri...
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Blossom leg, Preferred Trot wrap up Woodbine meet

on 04/05/2016 2:00 AM
The 2015-16 Woodbine Fall/Winter meet concluded Monday night with the second leg of the Blossom Series and a Preferred Trot highlighting racing action.   The two $17,000 Blossom Series divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies featured new winners to open the doors for an intriguing final next week.   In the first division, Mattjestic Tempo took full advantage of a pocket-t...
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Natural Herbie scores in Pompano Open Trot

on 04/05/2016 2:00 AM
Natural Herbie, owned, trained and driven by Verlin Yoder, took top honors in Pompano Park's featured $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night, covering the mile in a season's best 1:54.4.   The 6-year-old gelded son of Here Comes Herbie hit the wire three lengths clear of Midnite Craze, driven by Ivan Davies, with My Revenuer, teamed up with Steve Condren, third, five length...
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San Pail tops Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

on 04/05/2016 2:00 AM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2016 inductees. A total of 10 horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame from an extremely strong list of finalists, in this the 40th Anniversary year of the CHRHF.   Standardbred inductees include horses San Pail and Odie's Fame, and people John Ferguson Sr., Yves Filion and Bruce Johnston.  ...
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Al Raza has owner Abbatiello happy

on 04/05/2016 2:00 AM
A happy Al Raza has owner Augie Abbatiello feeling pretty cheerful himself.   Al Raza, a New Zealand-bred female pacer, is the lone undefeated horse through three weeks of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway and the 6-year-old mare will look to make it four-for-four when she faces six rivals in Friday's penultimate preliminary round at The Hilltop.   "She i...
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Mohawk set to open Thursday night

on 04/05/2016 2:00 AM
The 53rd season of live harness racing at Mohawk Racetrack is set to begin this Thursday, April 7.   A total of 144 cards, pending regulatory approval, are scheduled for the 2016 Mohawk meet, marking the longest meet in the history of the Campbellville oval. The meet will run from April 7 to Nov. 7. Live racing will be conducted every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the...
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Teaven to announce races at Buffalo

on 04/05/2016 2:00 AM
When Buffalo Raceway track announcer Peter Berry heads back to his home base of Mountaineer Park starting on April 16, Wayne Teaven will take over behind the microphone. Teaven will be making the calls on Wednesday and Saturday evenings because Berry will still be in the booth at Buffalo Raceway on Friday nights when Mountaineer Park is dark. Buffalo Raceway operations director Jon Cramer s...
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Doo Wop Hanover breaks bone, will miss 2016

on 04/05/2016 2:00 AM
Florida-based horseman Peter Blood told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that Doo Wop Hanover, whose biggest wins last year came in the $250,000 Graduate final at the Meadowlands and the $225,000 James Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs, will not race in 2016 after breaking a coffin bone in a stall accident about six weeks ago. "He's out and it's too bad. He was exciting to watch," said Bloo...
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Trevor Smith drives first career winner

on 04/05/2016 2:00 AM
Twenty-year-old driver Trevor Smith won his first-ever race on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway…and did it in style, scoring in 1:53.2 at 31-1 odds.   Smith worked out a covered-up trip for Alwysbreakinhearts in the $8,000 conditioned race, found room in the lane and collared favored Ideal Race (Peter Wrenn) in the final few strides of his personal maiden-breaking voya...
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Weiss series get underway at Pocono

on 04/04/2016 2:00 AM
Iwillmakeyousaywow lived up to his name, winning one of five $15,000 divisions of the first round of the Bobby Weiss Series for 3 -and 4-year-old pacing males in 1:51.4 during the first Sunday card of the season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   How does a horse record his 14th career win on March 29 in a series whose entry condition is "non-winners of two pari-mutuel ...
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Il Mago back on top at Miami Valley

on 04/04/2016 2:00 AM
A pair of the meet's top trotters matched strides down the Miami Valley Raceway stretch again Sunday afternoon with Il Mago (Trace Tetrick) turning the tables on Martz Time (John DeLong) in the $20,000 Open Trot. These two 7 year olds, along with Penn—who was absent this week, have dominated the open trotting ranks for three months while producing some very entertaining finishing duels....
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Dedi's Dragon scores Open win at Pompano

on 04/04/2016 2:00 AM
In a classic battle to the wire, Dedi's Dragon, driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., pushed his nose in front a few strides from the wire and upset Panocchio, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night.   The official margin was a neck at the line with Steelhead Hanover, teamed up with Joe Pavia Jr., third, 3 3/4 lengths away. Rock On Moe...
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Steve May joins KY Horse Racing Commission

on 04/04/2016 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announces the appointment of Steve May as supervisor of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance.   "The Commission is fortunate and excited for Steve to join our team," said Marc Guilfoil, executive director of the KHRC. "He brings much experience and a deep knowledge of pari-mutuel wagering and the horse racing industry."   May wi...
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Fair Winds Farm open house on June 26

on 04/04/2016 2:00 AM
To celebrate the New Jersey's "Month of the Horse," Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J., will open its doors to visitors on Sunday, June 26, from 1 to 4 p.m.   The third annual free open house will be held at the farm, 74 Red Valley Road in Cream Ridge, and will allow visitors to see the inner workings of this highly successful Standardbred breeding farm, where 2011 Hambletoni...
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Mission Brief hurt, will miss 2016 race season

on 04/04/2016 2:00 AM
Mark Weaver, whose Weaver Bruscemi LLC shares ownership of the 4-year-old mare trotter Mission Brief, told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that the two-time Dan Patch Award winner has suffered a leg injury and will miss the entire 2016 racing season. Weaver said Mission Brief was at trainer Ron Burke's stable at Gaitway Farm in New Jersey when the injury was discovered about a week ago. ...
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