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Timoko easy winner in prep for Prix d'Amerique

on 01/03/2016 12:00 AM
Timoko, the runner-up in the 2015 Yonkers International Trot and 2014 Elitlopp champion, crushed the competition in the Prix de Bourgogne at the Vincennes track in Paris, France, on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 3. The French trotter was parked the entire distance and then won by open lengths. You can watch the video by going to Today's Videos (see below).   Driver Bjorn Goop attacked quic...
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Bill Perretti, 36, nephew of Anthony Perretti, dies

on 01/02/2016 12:00 AM
William "Bill" Perretti, 36, close nephew of Anthony Perretti, a member of the boards of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and The Hambletonian Society, died Dec. 26, 2015. Mr. Perretti was a passionate surfer, skateboarder and sport bike rider. Visitation for Mr. Perretti will be on Sunday (Jan. 3) between 1-2 p.m. at the Lohman Funeral Home Ormond, 733 ...
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Erle Dale N takes Woodbine Preferred

on 01/02/2016 12:00 AM
Sent postward at odds of 10-1, Erle Dale N came through between horses down the stretch off a ground-saving trip to win Woodbine Racetrack's first $34,000 Preferred Pace of the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 2.   Also, fresh off fantastic 2015 seasons, Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau were recognized Saturday night at Woodbine. Filion led all drivers on the Woodbine/Mohawk circuit in 2...
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Teddy Barcus, subject of card drive, dies

on 12/31/2015 12:00 AM
Teddy F. Barcus, 70, of Delaware, Ohio, and formerly nearby Sunbury, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Willow Brook Christian Village in Delaware. Mr. Barcus was a longtime fan of harness racing and assistant for various horsemen over the year at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. When a heavy snowstorm would made roads virtually impassable in the winter, Mr. Barcus was known to walk to the ...
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Hollywood Dayton closes with handle up 20%

on 12/31/2015 12:00 AM
Hollywood Dayton Raceway closed the curtain on a successful second season on Wednesday night (December 30) with an overall average nightly handle increase of 20 percent over the inaugural 2014 session. Over $5.2 million in purses were paid out over the 75-night meet. In addition, Hollywood Dayton Raceway put an exclamation point on its successful second season with another all-time record hand...
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I Like My Boss wins fourth straight at Dover

on 12/31/2015 12:00 AM
For the fourth consecutive start, I Like My Boss scored a business-like victory at Dover Downs setting a personal record of 1:53.4 over an off-track on a rainy Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Dover Downs. Keystone Ace won the $15,000 purse feature. Corey Callahan drives five winners. Racing resumes on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 5:30 p.m.   Leaving from outside post 8 for the second straight start, I ...
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Post Time with Mike & Mike announces awards

on 12/31/2015 12:00 AM
Post Time with Mike and Mike announced its winners for the 2015 Post Time with Mike and Mike awards. The winners were announced on the New Years' Eve broadcast and will be presented with a Framed Certificate from the show.   Post Time with Mike and Mike would like to thank everyone who took the time out to make their voices heard and we hope to have another successful turnout n...
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Sue Gregory, wife of horseman Gary Gregory, dies

on 12/30/2015 12:00 AM
Norma "Sue” Gregory, the wife of horseman Gary Gregory and mother of Jeff Gregory, died suddenly Dec. 28, 2015. She was 69.   Mrs. Gregory spent years working at Milex Drugs in Caledonia, NY, and was a proud member of the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association.   She is survived by her loving husband and working partner of 50 years,Gary, and their children...
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Big fields at Big M to kick off 2016

on 12/30/2015 12:00 AM
The Saturday night card at the Meadowlands is another horseplayer's delight with 15 live races, each chock full of horses, on the menu. Post time is again 6:35 p.m. to accommodate the super-sized program.   This week the race card is comprised of the regular Saturday overnight stock with nothing but pacing races, leading one to believe that this offering may well eclipse l...
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Longtime horseman Dave Garling dies at 64

on 12/30/2015 12:00 AM
Dave "Shooter” Garling, a former security guard at Raceway Park who also owned and trained his own Standardbreds, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 30, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 64. As a trainer, Mr. Garling also worked for Russ and Sam Mignano and raced on the Michigan/Ohio circuit for many years. He was a dedicated fan of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Li...
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Happy New Year! Weekend Preview available!

on 12/30/2015 12:00 AM
While it's time to ring in 2016—yes, 2016—the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes a look back at New Year's racing in year's past. We also take a look at what's happening on the racetrack the first weekend of the new year, including Saturday night's Open Pace at the Meadowlands, which includes a pair of fresh starters from the barn of trainer Linda Toscano. While Gordon Wa...
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Diamond Dagger takes Pompano Open Trot

on 12/29/2015 12:00 AM
Diamond Dagger, handled by Mark O'Mara, was a gem on Monday night (Dec. 28), putting a dagger in her six foes in Pompano Park's Open Trot for fillies and mares.   The only three year-year old in her field of distaffers, Diamond Dagger stopped the teletimer in 1:55, establishing a new lifetime mark, this considering her other 1:55 win was over the larger oval at Hoosier Park. &nbs...
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Tyler Smith wins 7 at Hollywood Dayton

on 12/29/2015 12:00 AM
Tyler Smith had an exceptionally hot hand over the rain-soaked Hollywood Dayton oval on Monday night, winning half of the 14 races on the program.   With the huge night, Smith moved into seventh place in the local dash standings despite only racing at Dayton one night a week while Hoosier Park was in season. The Ohio native has been a regular since the Indiana track closed for the y...
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Mike And Mike announce awards Thursday at 6

on 12/29/2015 12:00 AM
The 2015 Post Time with Mike and Mike Award Show is scheduled to take place on Thursday night with a first post of 6 p.m. The show will be a two-hour special and feature many different guests.   Guests on the show this week include Owner of the Year George Teague, Driver of the Year David Miller, the voice of the Little Brown Jug Roger Huston, and USHWA Breakthrough of the...
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The Meadows lowers trifecta takeout to 20%

on 12/29/2015 12:00 AM
When The Meadows Racetrack & Casino kicks off its 2016 live racing season on Monday, Jan. 4, some bettors may have a little more jingle in their pockets.   That's because effective Jan. 4, The Meadows is reducing its takeout rate on trifecta wagers from 27 percent to 20 percent, and it will begin offering $5,000 total-pool guarantees for each Pick 4. The measures will result in ...
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Byrge named racing secretary at Running Aces

on 12/29/2015 12:00 AM
Running Aces has named Nancy Byrge as racing secretary for its 2016 Live Racing season. A dedicated employee at Running Aces since its inaugural meet in 2008, Byrge has continued to develop her skills at Running Aces and at other tracks around the country in a variety of racing office positions.   "We look forward to working with Nancy and our restructured racing team," stated Ben ...
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Ontario commission dismisses oxilofrine penalties

on 12/29/2015 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has held hearings and reviewed the cases of trainers Gerard Demers, Paul MacDonell, Bill Elliott and Jonah Moase for positive tests this summer for the Class 2 drug oxilofrine. The ORC dismissed penalties against the trainers—except purse money was ordered returned and redistributed. According to the ORC notice, the trainers were "relieved of responsibilit...
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Jerseylicious wins in return at Dover

on 12/29/2015 12:00 AM
Elliesjet N keeps a perfect eight-for-eight record while Jerseylicious returned to the track to win the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap to highlight Tuesday at Dover Downs.   Since her first race after traversing the Pacific in early Fall, Elliesjet  has yet to be passed after taking the lead en route to eight consecutive victories in the U.S.A. Art Stafford Jr. has bee...
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Long Term wins Powerline final at Pompano

on 12/28/2015 12:00 AM
Pompano Park hosted the $17,700 final of the Powerline late-closing event for $15,000 claiming pacers on Sunday night and Long Term eked out a photo finish decision in 1:52 for Ricky Macomber Jr. over Trevor Win For Us (Kevin Wallis) with J M Jet Set (Wally Hennessey) third.   As the wings folded, Trevor Win For Us was on the engine along with Four Starzzz Z with J M Jet Set away in...
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Nominations still open for Caretaker of Year

on 12/28/2015 12:00 AM
There is still time to send in 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 (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport -- the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.   Initially titled Groom of the Year A...
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