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Enrollment open for SBOANJ health plan

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
 December is open enrollment month for the health insurance program provided by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, with changes which ease the rules for qualification and a cut rates for caretakers. "We are trying to be more inclusive,” said SBOANJ president Mark Ford. "We are trying to encourage qualified individuals to apply.” The cost for premiums f...
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Amateurs star Saturday at Pompano

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
Zeitgeist and Mystical Shopper took top honors at Pompano Park on Saturday as Late Closing events continued at the South Florida oval—this night for the Florida Amateur Driving Club spotlighting claiming trotters. Zeitgeist. trained by Allen Saul for owner-driver Dein Spriggs, took the opening division of two with a hard earned 2:00.4 victory, holding off the determined late bid of Sain...
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Social Marketing Initiative exceeds 2015 goals

on 12/18/2015 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Social Marketing Initiative conducted in partnership with Converseon, the New York City-based, full-service social media consultancy, has released the year-end results for 2015 activities. In only its second year, the initiative has achieved substantial growth and engagement across the board while exceeding its goals for the year.   "By every available measure, th...
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Wanda Bayama repeats in Niagara leg

on 12/18/2015 12:00 AM
 A week after a 6-1 victory, Wanda Bayama was back in the winner’s circle Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   The 3-year-old Stephane Larocque trainee defeated nine rivals in the $18,000 second leg of the Niagara Series.   Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wanda Bayama, the 6-5 favorite, got away seventh in the early stages and sat along the pylons until the midway point...
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Merriman up by 4, poised to take championship

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman won three races on Wednesday, giving him a total of 836 victories for 2015 to increase his leading in this year's North American dash championship to four over George Napolitano Jr., who has finished driving for the year.   There had been a brief flurry of interest yesterday when Napolitano's name was down on two Chris Oakes-trained horses at Pompano on Sund...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit voted 2015 Horse of Year

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
Harness racing's Horse of the Year made the most of nearly every month on the calendar.   Three-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, who on Thursday was named the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, won his first race of the season in January and continued posting victories through November. In fact, the only month during that span in which he ...
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Miller trainees poised in Big M feature trots

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
Trainer Julie Miller's stable accounts for the morning-line favorites of both Open Trots on Friday evening's 14-race card at the Meadowlands, and over $150,000 in guaranteed pools and carryovers await punters on a card that boasts 10- and 11-horse fields all around.   The featured $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot is carded as the evening's eighth race, coinciding with the start of ...
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New Weekend Preview! What were the votes?

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
With Yonkers and Harrah's Philadelphia closing for the year last weekend, there was an overflow of horses in the entry box at the Meadowlands for this weekend's cards. Weekend Preview talked to the Meadowlands' Darin Zoccali, the SBOANJ's Mark Ford, and Jersey-based trainer Tom Fanning about the situation and what's been done to try to manage the situation in the future.   Surely no...
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Tattersalls January catalog now available

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
The sale catalog and racelines for the upcoming Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls website (http://www.tattersallsredmile.com/) and on the Equineline sales app for iPad users.   Tattersalls has cataloged more than 250 horses for the sport's most popular winter sale, which will be held in the Meadowlands race paddock on Martin Luther King Jr. D...
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Laughing Matters wins again at Dover

on 12/17/2015 12:00 AM
PT Stable's Laughing Matters proved the best for the second straight week recording a 1:53 victory in the $20,000-$25,000 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap Allowance over a "good” track on Thursday, Dec. 17, at Dover Downs. It was the last day of racing until Monday, Dec. 28, as Delaware horsemen have a hiatus from racing during the annual Christmas holiday bread week at Dover Downs. ...
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Miami Valley to increase purses 30 percent

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
As a new race season rapidly approaches, Miami Valley Gaming & Racing and the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) jointly announce a 30 percent purse increase from prior year which will surely attract an abundance of quality racing interests to the upcoming meet beginning Jan. 9.   "It is a pleasure to see the loyalties of our Ohio-based horsemen rewarded." OHHA repr...
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Merriman moves to top of NA dash standings

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman finally made it back to the top of the 2015 North American driving win standings on Tuesday--but at Northfield Park it was more a rollercoaster ride than a smooth progression to the top.   With the score starting the day at 832-830, Merriman two victories behind George Napolitano Jr., Merriman first went to work in the afternoon at The Meadows, where he...
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Bartlett, Allard take Yonkers titles for 2015

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Jason Bartlett and Rene Allard won Yonkers Raceway's 2015 driver and trainer titles, respectively. The 230-program season (eight postponements due to weather), which concluded this past Sunday (Dec. 13), saw Bartlett roll along to a fifth Yonkers title.   Bartlett, a 34-year-old originally from Augusta, ME, easily outdistanced George Brennan, 466 wins to 377. Bartlett was ...
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Dan Patch Award-winning pacers announced

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Harness racing's richest pacer of the year, 3-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, and fastest pacer of the year, 6-year-old stallion State Treasurer, were among the six pacers named divisional champions in Dan Patch Award voting announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on Wednesday.   Also receiving Dan Patch Award pacing honors were undefeated 2-year-old female Pure Count...
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Holiday race changes at the Meadowlands

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
With Christmas and New Year's Eve paring live racing down to just a single weekly card on the next two Saturdays at the Meadowlands, a few important details are being announced concerning those cards.   Trainers should note that the entire Saturday, Dec. 26, card will be comprised of races that usually populate the Friday cards, consisting primarily of trots and pacing mare races. T...
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2016 Pepsi North America Cup on June 18

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced the date of the 2016 $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The 33rd edition of the Pepsi North America Cup for the finest three-year-old pacers will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Mohawk Racetrack. The eliminations for Canada's richest harness race will be contested a week prior on Saturday, June 11. The Pepsi North America Cup was firs...
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Despite listed at Pompano, Napolitano not driving

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
"He's definitely not driving at Pompano Sunday night,” Kathy Napolitano told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon when she heard the question asked of her husband George over the speakerphone while in the car near their Pennsylvania home. George Napolitano Jr., who was surpassed for the North American dash lead by Aaron Merriman on Tuesday night, said before and after last Sunday's closi...
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Balmoral/Maywood auction extended to Dec. 28

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association has posted on its website an update regarding the auction that was conducted on Monday on Maywood Park and Balmoral Park and all of their assets. The update reads:   Bids for Maywood and Balmoral Park and all of their assets were due in their attorney's office by last Friday. Three bids were submitted, only one met the qualifying criteria. That ...
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Purchase of The Meadows moves forward

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
After more than a year of wrangling, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is being sold for $440 million after an extended legal dispute over the purchase price. Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc., a spinoff company of Penn National Gaming, is paying Cannery Casino Resorts LLC of Las Vegas $15 million less than it had offered in May 2014 for the North Strabane casino.   The Pennsylvania G...
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Hawthorne announces condition sheet, late closers

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Racing Secretary Peter Hanley has released the condition sheet for the upcoming 2016 winter harness meet at Hawthorne Race Course. Racing will kick off on Friday (Jan. 8) and will be conducted on a five-night a week schedule with post time Wednesday through Sunday at 7:20 p.m. (CST).   A host of winter series have also been announced for both pacers and trotters. Entry fee for all s...
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