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Arthur Blue Chip scores in Pompano open

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
Pompano Park hosted a trio of features on Sunday night with Arthur Blue Chip taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace, Don't Tell Rusty annexing the $10,500 event for $30,000 claiming pacers and Trevor Win For Us scoring in the second leg of the late closing Powerline Pace.   Arthur Blue Chip went a very game first-over journey to post a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1 with W...
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Mission Brief named NJ Standardbred of Year

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
Trotting filly Mission Brief has been named the winner of the Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year for 2015.   Also selected New Jersey Sires Stakes Horse of the Year, Mission Brief will be honored on Jan. 24, 2016 at the 59th annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. at O'Connor's Restaurant (formerly Charley's Other Brother) in Eastam...
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Awards to Simpson, Takter, Teague, David Miller

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms president and CEO James W. Simpson, trainer Jimmy Takter, driver David Miller, and owner George Teague Jr. were voted year-end honors by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the organization announced Monday.   Simpson was named the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner while Takter was voted the Trainer of the Year for the fifth time in his career and David Mill...
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Canada's O'Brien Award nominees announced

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
On Monday, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2015 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Hilton Mississauga/ Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont.   This will be the 27th edition of the O'Brien Awards, named in...
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Nominations open for Petticoat & Sagamore Hill

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
If you're stuck looking for that perfect last-minute holiday gift, try a nomination fee.   With its 2015 season done, Yonkers Raceway is open for 2016 business, beginning with accepting entrants for the Petticoat (girls) and Sagamore Hill (boys) Pacing Series.   The popular events are for soon-to-be 3 and 4 year-olds who were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 lif...
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Some Kinda Beach holds off Dew N Doughnuts

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
Some Kinda Beach made it three straight victories when he endured a demanding first quarter and triumphed convincingly in Monday's $20,000 winners over $10,000 life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Assigned post 8, Some Kinda Beach dueled with Stonebridge Adam through a :26.3 opening panel before grabbing the lead. Eric Goodell gave Some Kinda Beach a :29.3 second-quarter b...
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Fancy Creek Elusiv wins in 1:51 at Dayton

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
Splitting rivals in the final 100 yards of the race, Fancy Creek Elusiv and driver Chris Page captured the $10,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday in a quick 1:51 despite sub-freezing temperatures.   Content to sit third and save ground skimming the pylons through the first seven-eighths of the race, Page found a seam just wide enough to squeeze Fancy Creek El...
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Santa arrives at Meadows for MSOA event

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
Santa drove himself to the party (in a jog cart, of course) and the Washington County Food Bank benefited from an evening of harness racing at The Meadows on Friday night. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted the event, which helped to raise money and awareness for the local food bank. "This was our first time working with the Washington Food Bank, and it's a relationship we ...
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TwinSpires forbidden to take Virginia wagers

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
TwinSpires, one of three Advance Deposit Wagering companies licensed to accept on line horse racing wagers in Virginia, is no longerable to do so. At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Virginia Racing Commission set a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, for TwinSpires to pay an outstanding total of $688,000 owed under state law to various groups, including the Virginia Equi...
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Mohawk Warrior wins Valedictory leg

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
Mohawk Warrior prevailed off a perfect pocket trip with his stablemate Cajon Lightning closing off cover for second-place in the $18,000 second leg of the Valedictory Series on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   The Valedictory is for 3-year-old male pacers that are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of Oct. 31. The series final will be held on the Boxing Day matinee program ...
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Kingofthejungle rules in Meadowlands open

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
Following wins in mid-level and upper-level company, Kingofthejungle took the crown in Saturday night's featured $25,000 Open Pace at the Meadowlands, reeling off his third consecutive win.   Andy Miller settled the 4-year-old Well Said gelding into the mid-division early on, rated off a contested :27.1 first quarter. Upon yielding briefly on the first turn, 2-1 favorite Ashley...
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Trustworthy Kid upsets in Meadows feature

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
Dismissed at 10-1, Trustworthy Kid rallied three wide around the final turn and went on to capture Friday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Trustworthy Kid got away at the back of the back and, when third over, appeared to have excess cover. But when Brian Zendt tipped him three wide, he roared through a stretch rendered "good” by pers...
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Buckeye Thea freezes out foes at Dayton

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
Despite temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, Buckeye Thea swept to her second straight $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace victory on Friday by equaling her lifetime mark of 1:51.4.   With the impressive win, the 5-year-old's 10th of the year and 22nd of her career, Buckeye Thea ran her lifetime bankroll to $175,552 for owner Richard Paltani, who entrusts the traini...
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Melmerby Beach one to beat Saturday at Big M

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
Of the eight horses to do battle in Saturday evening's featured $25,000 Open Pace at the Meadowlands, seven of them enter the race having won their most recent effort. But the only one which hasn't--Melmerby Beach--could very well be the horse to beat in the evening's 12th of 14 races.   Ettore Annunziata's 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere entire ships in from Yonkers after a quar...
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Waiting On A Woman wins Meadowlands trot

on 12/19/2015 12:00 AM
After a narrow defeat at the same level two weeks ago, Michael Polansky's Waiting On A Woman took advantage of a pocket trip, out-sprinting pacesetting favorite Opulent Yankee to the winning post for a 1:52.2 triumph in Friday evening's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at the Meadowlands. Flanked by Stirling Cadet and Opulent Yankee at race's outset, Corey Callahan used Waiting On A Woman to ...
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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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