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Some Kinda Beach scores again at Meadows

on 12/14/2015 12:00 AM
When stablemates Some Kinda Beach and Bestinthebusiness squared off in the stretch one week ago, Some Kinda Beach prevailed by a nose to earn bragging rights in trainer Paul Kennedy’s barn at The Meadows.    On Monday, the racing conditions were different — the pair battled in the slop — but the results were the same, as Some Kinda Beach again outdueled Bestinthebusiness ...
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Tanner, Battoni, Weingartner HHI honorees

on 12/14/2015 12:00 AM
USTA Executive Vice President Mike Tanner has been awarded the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year award by Harness Horseman International. Tanner, 49, has been the helm of the USTA since late 2008, the youngest person at the time to fill that position. The New Jersey native was first introduced to racing when visiting Liberty Bell Park in the mid-1970s, and spent time as a groom and hot...
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Lennytheshark wins Inter Dominion final

on 12/14/2015 12:00 AM
"There is no catching this shark,” was the cry from the announcer's booth, and with those words the spoils of an Inter Dominion went the way of Lennytheshark, a son of Four Starzzz Shark. After punching the breeze for the entirety of the $1.3 million race on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Gloucester Park track in Perth, Australia, champion reinsman Chris Alford lifted his charge all th...
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Penn lowers Dayton track trotting record

on 12/13/2015 12:00 AM
Penn dominated the $12,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (December 12), speeding to the quickest trotting mile in the two-year history of the five-eighths mile oval. With his 1:52.3 clocking, Penn shaved a tick off Market Share's previous standard of 1:52.4 taken in the 2014 Dayton Trotting Derby. Driver Josh Sutton set sail when the wings of the gate folded, clearing to th...
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Tweet Me wins Yonkers final local feature

on 12/13/2015 12:00 AM
Tweet Me (Pat Lachance, $26) was the last leader in a contested early fray Sunday morning, then widened in winning Yonkers Raceway's closing-day $36,800 Preferred Handicap Trot. In play from post position No. 2 among the ten going the mile-and-a-quarter, Tweet Me had much to watch at the outset. Summer Indian (George Brennan) left around her, making the lead before second-tier sidekicks Not Afr...
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Jackpot Hi-5 hit for $242,409 at Woodbine!

on 12/12/2015 12:00 AM
A $4.80 Jackpot Hi-5 wager turned into a massive $242,409.44 return Friday night at Woodbine. A single winning ticket correctly selected the top-five finishers in Friday's Jackpot Hi-5 race to take down the entire pool.   Shez A Gold Mine scored a 17-1 upset in the Jackpot Hi-5 race. The 8/5 favorite finished out of the top-five, which included a 25-1 shot in second and a 50-1 shot ...
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Merriman trims Napolitano's lead to 6

on 12/12/2015 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman outslugged George Napolitano Jr. in Friday's "round” of the ongoing 2015 North American drivers dash-winning title battle, posting six winners to Napolitano's five to narrow "Nap”'s lead to six, with the current score Napolitano 829, Merriman 823. Napolitano got in a serious punch during Friday afternoon's racing at Harrah's Philadelphia, scoring five victories in 13 sulk...
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Delicious scratched from Sunday Paris race

on 12/12/2015 12:00 AM
World champion Delicious has been scratched from Sunday's Prix du Bourbonnais at Vincennes in Paris. The race is the second prep for the Prix d'Amerique. Even though it was to be the mare's first start at Vincennes, she was the early favorite to win the Prix du Bourbonnais.   Trained in Sweden by Daniel Reden. Delicious arrived at the famed Grobois training center out...
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Ginsburg & Fusco take meet honors at Freehold

on 12/12/2015 12:00 AM
It was all in the family when Vincent Ginsburg captured top driver honors and Vincent Fusco Jr. was the leading trainer when the 109-date Freehold Raceway meet concluded on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Ginsburg is the nephew of Fusco. In the driver standings, Ginsburg posted 154 wins from 875 starters for earnings of $573,914. Finishing second was Eric Abbatiello with 148 wins and $586,070 whil...
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Moreau trainees sweep Valedictory at Woodbine

on 12/12/2015 12:00 AM
Driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Richard Moreau have been a force to be reckoned with on recent Saturday nights at Woodbine Racetrack and the trend continued on Dec. 12 as the horsemen teamed up to sweep the first leg of the Valedictory Series. Valedictory Series favorites Mohawk Warrior and Cajon Lightning delivered in the early Daily Double ($2.30) with front-end victories for Filion a...
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Rodeo Romeo romps at The Meadowlands

on 12/12/2015 12:00 AM
Back to back quality starts behind the potential horse of the year ensures inheriting the role of favoritism in your next start. That was certainly the case with Rodeo Romeo, who was bet down to five-cents on the dollar in the third race at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. The prohibitive choice did not disappoint, powering away to a near five length victory in a very sharp 1:50.3. Rodeo Rom...
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Top trots, full fields Friday at Meadowlands

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Two Open events for trotters and a $20,000 "Dash for the ‘G' Notes” final for first-level square-gaiters headline the on-track action Friday at the Meadowlands, with full fields of 10 contestants squaring off in all but three of the evening's 13 events.   In the featured $25,000 Open 1 Handicap, carded as the ninth race on the program, Opulent Yankee (post 4) makes his seco...
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Derby Wars cancels all harness contests

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com learned from Derby Wars.com Friday morning that all contests involving harness racetracks have been canceled until further notice. The site continues to host contests using Thoroughbred racing. Early last month the U.S. Trotting Association announced it was partnering with Derby Wars to promote harness contests, which were scheduled to be $1,000 Survivor contests...
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Napolitano stretches lead, but finishes on Sunday

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Well, if George Napolitano Jr. is ending his sulky-sitting for 2015 on Sunday, he looks like he intends to go out a-blazin'. Napolitano won four times at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, stretching his lead over Aaron Merriman in this year's North American dashwinning driving derby to seven-–the current score is Napolitano 824, Merriman 817.   On a "Trottin' Thursday” c...
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Warrawee Needy retired to stud in Ontario

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Mark Ford is pleased to announce that world champion Warrawee Needy will be coming to Ontario to stand for stallion duty at Mac Lilley Farms Ltd. A winner of 29 races and more than $1.25 million, Warrawee Needy did it all. He was freakishly fast at two (1:49.4s), faster still at three (1:48.4s) and fastest in the world at four (1:46.4). At two, he was the 2011 O'Brien Award winner for two-ye...
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Hoosier Park's 2016 season to open April 1

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved the 2016 race dates during their meeting on Dec. 9. In addition, a presentation was made by Jim Brown, President and COO of Centaur Gaming regarding both Indiana Grand's and Hoosier Park's race meets that recently concluded. The presentation highlighted the successes at each track, capital improvements and marketing efforts during the 2015 meet. &nbs...
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Southwind Farms named NJ Breeder of Year

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Southwind Farms in Pennington has been selected as the New Jersey Breeder of the Year for 2015, it was announced by the Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey on Friday.   Among the Southwind standouts of 2015 was Southwind Frank, the likely divisional champion among the 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings.   Southwind Fa...
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Berlin appointed to Ohio Breed Dev. committee

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
George R. Berlin of Canfield, Ohio, has been appointed by the Honorable Governor John Kasich to the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Committee. Berlin, as the newest member of the OSDF Committee, will serve a term of four years.   "I'm quite honored to be appointed to the OSDF Committee,” Berlin stated. "I've been in this business for a long time and harness racing has been in m...
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Bill Stuart, breeder of Bridger, dies at 91

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
William Robert (Bill) Stuart of Ilderton, Ont., died peacefully on Friday (Dec. 11) at London's (Ont.) University Hospital surrounded by his family. He was in his 91st year.   Mr. Stuart and his wife of 65 years, Eileen Mae (Segriff), began racing Standardbred horses in the early 1960s and started a small breeding operation early in the 1970s. As breeders the Stuarts had the go...
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Ballots for Living Horse Hall of Fame in mail

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Ballots for the 2016 inductees to the Living Horse Hall of Fame are in the mail. There is less than a month in which to vote - ballots must be postmarked by December 28, 2015. All members in good standing of the Harness Racing Museum are eligible to vote for TWO horses they feel exemplify greatness. The slate of eligible horses selected by the Living Horse Hall of Fame Nominating Committee follows...
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