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Phil Your Boots fills Yonkers winner's circle

on 01/10/2016 12:00 AM
Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, $7.40) took it to the house Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $24,000 Preferred Handicap Pace.   Sent immediately to work from post position No. 5, Phil Your Boots worked around pole-sitting Cyclone Kiwi N (Jason Bartlett) and was on his way. He then led the way (:27.2; :56.1, 1:24.3, 1:52.3), with 11-10 favorite Aslan (Brian Sears) trying it f...
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Bestinthebusiness best at The Meadows

on 01/10/2016 12:00 AM
Out at the three-eighths, Bestinthebusiness rolled relentlessly first over to capture Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows.   Away fifth for Eric Goodell, Bestinthebusiness set sail after the leader, Capital Account, who enjoyed a relatively comfortable :56.2 opening half over a "good” surface. But he was no match for Bestinthebusiness, who dug deep in ...
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Pompano cancels Saturday due to lighting issues

on 01/10/2016 12:00 AM
Pompano Park was forced to cancel their Saturday night racing program due to a malfunction in their lighting system.   Racing will continue on Sunday night with an 11 race program with first post scheduled at 7:30 p.m. (Pompano Park)
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Not Afraid takes Yonkers Open Trot Sunday

on 01/10/2016 12:00 AM
It was wet rather than white as favored Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $5.90) proved best Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Leaving from post position No. 4, he had some company with Theraputic (George Brennan) and Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears). "Herbie” made the lead before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile as Not Afraid deferred into a three-hole. After ...
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Bluehourpower's 1:51 mile wins Pompano Open

on 01/10/2016 12:00 AM
Bluehourpower, driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., again took top honors in Pompano Park's feature $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, stopping the clock in 1:51.   The five year-old altered son of Sand Shooter, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, was in a battle early with Lyons Johnny (Mike Micallef) before assuming control shortly after a :27.2 opener. From there, ...
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Hoboken Hanover snaps Jingle Bell's win streak

on 01/10/2016 12:00 AM
Hoboken Hanover ended Jingle Bell Rocker's five-race win streak while Smart Rokker took the male pace and Brioni won a third straight in Sunday, Jan. 10, features at Dover Downs. Drivers Tony Morgan and Jonathan Roberts tripled. Jonathan Roberts capped a three-win day driving owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer's Hoboken Hanover to a 1:56.1 triumph ending a win streak that dates back to meet opening...
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Dan Noble hits $20 million on MVG opener

on 01/10/2016 12:00 AM
In front of a packed house on opening night (Jan. 9) of Miami Valley Raceway's 2016 meet, driver Dan Noble--one of southwest Ohio's favorite sons--reached the coveted $20 million career earnings plateau. His milestone score came in the fifth race when he guided Turbo Mach to an impressive 1:52.1 front-stepping nine-length romp.   A 5-year-old altered son of Mach Three, the winner cr...
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Tuesday deadline for Caretaker of Year noms

on 01/08/2016 12:00 AM
Tuesday, Jan. 12, is the deadline for nominations for the 2015 Caretaker of the Year Award. The award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport --- the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. Any caretaker working for any stable in North Ame...
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Big rematch Saturday in Big M open

on 01/08/2016 12:00 AM
East Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker (9-5 morning line) and Kenneth Jacobs’s Doctor Butch (2-1) are poised for a Saturday night rematch in the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands, and the heavily favoured pair will square off against a quintet of other foes in the night’s most prestigious of 14 races, carded as the second event. Doctor Butch, the lone millionaire of the...
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PHHA donates $10,000 to fire victim fund

on 01/08/2016 12:00 AM
To help provide immediate assistance for those affected by the tragic Classy Lane Training Center fire in Puslinch, Ontario, the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA) will contribute $10,000 to the fund created by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association.   The contribution, which is being made on behalf of the entire PHHA membership, comes as this hardship hits par...
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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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