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USTA president Langley responds to Faraldo

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
In response to a letter to the editor published in today's HarnessRacing Weekend Preview written by U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) director Joe Faraldo titled "USTA Spending and Transparency," USTA president Phil Langley sent a letter to the members of the USTA board of directors. The USTA sent that letter to harnessracing.com, and it appears below in its entirety:  "It is ...
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World champion mare trotter Maven retired

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
World champion and 2013 Dan Patch Award-winning female trotter Maven has been retired, trainer Jimmy Takter said. The 7-year-old Maven was attempting to return from a suspensory injury, which she suffered in August while in Sweden.   "We did a scan on her (right hind) leg and it looked like it's too high risk to get her where she could compete at the level she was," Takter said. "It...
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USTA donates $5,000 to South Fla. fire fund

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association president Phil Langley announced Friday that the USTA will make a $5,000 donation to the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to assist horsemen involved in the fire at the South Florida Trotting Center near Lake Worth on March 16. The fire led to the death of 12 horses and injuries to many others. "Long ago, in 1960, the stable owned by Billy ...
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Gary Maciejewski, MVG paddock guard, has died

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
The Southwest Ohio harness racing community is saddened today (March 18) to learn of the sudden death this morning of Gary Maciejewski, a longtime horseman who was currently employed as a paddock security guard at Miami Valley Raceway. Maciejewski, age 67, was born in Toledo, but migrated to Lebanon before securing his driver-trainer license in 1985. Gary only used his driver’s license ...
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Ali De Vie loving Friday nights at Buffalo

on 03/18/2016 2:00 AM
Ali De Vie sure must like the work of Buffalo Raceway track photographer Steve Roth. For the third straight Friday night, Ali De Vie (Jim Morrill Jr.) posed for pictures in the winner's circle for Roth by taking the $9,000 featured trot in a seasonal best 1:58.1 over the good track. And while Ali De Vie ($8.30) isn't camera shy, he's not afraid of taking on stiffer competit...
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Nutmegs Yankee handles slop In Buffalo feature

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
With early afternoon rain showers and temperatures in the low 50s, it put Buffalo Raceway's half mile oval in the sloppy category. But the off going sure didn't bother Nutmegs Yankee one bit as she took a 1-3/4 length victory over Dontch Remember in the featured $9,000 pace for the mares on Wednesday evening (March 16). Heavenly Place (David McNeight III) set the tempo...
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Gural Hanover wins open trot at Dover

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
Gural Hanover, who won only two races last year, turned in his second straight trip to the winner’s circle on Wednesday, May 16 romping to a 1:53 victory in the  $24,000 Open trot. With Andrew McCarthy driving the Crazed-Givemearing gelding, Gural Hanover final took command after a :26.3 opening quarter and proved the best from there. Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, Pahellenic and Burke...
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Handsoffmycookie retired from racing

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
Seven-year-old female pacer Handsoffmycookie, a multiple-stakes winner of more than $1.40 million, has been retired, trainer Scott DiDomenico said Thursday.   Handsoffmycookie was owned throughout her career by Joann Fucci's JFE Enterprise LLC and trained by DiDomenico. She won 33 of 116 lifetime races and hit the board a total of 58 times. Her victories included the 2011 New York S...
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Just A Bee stings 'em at Pompano

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
Just A Bee, driven by Mike Micallef and "stung," herself, half way through the mile, got the last fatal sting to her competition when it counted as she edged by late to score a half-length win in 1:51.1 in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Wednesday night. The eight year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood pinned the narrow defeat on Godiva Seelster, handled by Wally Hennessey, and Pe...
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Trotters, distaffers on tap Friday at Meadowlands

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
A 12-race card featuring trotters and distaff pacers awaits punters on Friday at the Meadowlands, with nearly a quarter-million dollars in carryovers and guaranteed pools on the line as well.   Co-featured third-level events share the spotlight on the track, with a full field of 10 trotters competing in the evening's seventh event and a septet of distaff pacers squaring off in ...
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Jimmie Hofler Sr. dies at 79

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
James Myron "Jimmie" Hofler Sr., 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, in his home in Sunbury, NC.   Mr. Hofler was born in Gates County on June 22, 1936, and was the son of the late H. Sidney and Thelma Riddick Hofler. He, with his father and brother, the late Bernard S. Hofler, were the owners and operators of H.S. Hofler & Sons Lumber Company, where he retired as its Pr...
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Sunfire Blue Chip taking a shot in Levy series

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter already had a nice one-two punch in the older male pacing division with multiple-stakes-winners Always B Miki and JK Endofanera. The return of Sunfire Blue Chip from stallion duty adds even more clout to the trainer's stable. Sunfire Blue Chip, who won the 2013 Adios and is on the verge of $1 million in career purses, bred 37 mares in 2015. He sat out more than a year because of h...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
You know it's spring when MLB teams are back in action, there is March Madness in the NCAA tournament, and the Levy and Blue Chip Matchmaker series get underway at Yonkers Raceway. Kathy Parker talked to trainer Noel Daley about his chances with Delightful Dragon in a Matchmaker split. Kathy also spoke to Hanover Shoe Farms' president/CEO Jim Simpson for her "Breeding Banter" and he revea...
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Dover win puts Nova Artist closer to $1 mil

on 03/17/2016 2:00 AM
Nova Artist inched closer to becoming a $1-million winner on Thursday to win the feature race holding on for a 1:52.2 victory at Dover Downs. Allan Davis notched five wins including Nova Artist. Allan Davis moved the 9-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady into the lead approaching the final turn and then opened up entering the stretch but Nova Artist had to survive a four-horse blitz ne...
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Barn fire at South Fla. Trotting Center accidental

on 03/16/2016 2:00 AM
Tragedy struck the South Florida Trotting Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, late Tuesday night, around midnight, when a barn fire engulfed the building. According to various reports on Facebook from trainers who are stabled at the training center, the fire broke out in a barn where horses trained by Roman Lopez and Tommy Haughton were stabled. WPTV in West Palm Beach reporte...
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Hotel bed tax will fund Delaware improvements

on 03/16/2016 2:00 AM
In the good news department from Delaware, Ohio, voters in the county approved a three percent bed tax on guests staying in county hotels. The revenues will go directly to a fund for making improvements to the fairgrounds.   The measure passed with 40,139 "yes" votes against 29,994 "no" votes.   The five-year bed tax is expected to generate $200,000 annually. Bonds issued...
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Crazy About Pat takes Pompano open

on 03/16/2016 2:00 AM
Crazy About Pat, handled this night by Ricky Macomber Jr., scored a handy two-length win in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night.   The 6-year-old gelded son of Crazed stopped the teletimer in 1:53.4 in scoring his first win in just two starts this year and 24th career win.   Coco Lindy, the early pacesetter, finished second in the mile but was disqu...
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Hazmatt ready for Blue Chip Matchmaker Series

on 03/16/2016 2:00 AM
She might not hail from a well-known family, but Hazmatt is ready to make a name on her own. A daughter of stallion Mattnamaras Band and the mare Surelymowdowner, the 4-year-old Hazmatt will take on some of the sport's best older female pacers in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway.   A total of 23 pacing mares entered Friday's opening round of the Matchmaker, wh...
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Wiggle it Jiggleit romps in 1:50.1 qualifier

on 03/16/2016 2:00 AM
The 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit romped to a 32 1/4-length win in 1:50.1 Wednesday morning in a qualifier at Dover Downs. The race was the second appearance of 2016 for Wiggle It Jiggleit, who finished third in his season debut in a March 2 qualifier at Dover Downs. The effort was the fastest qualifier in Dover Downs' history.   In the March 2 qualifier, ...
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Northville Downs back in action on Friday

on 03/16/2016 2:00 AM
The 2016 live harness racing season at Northville Downs will kick off on Friday with a new post time of 7 p.m  (EDT).   For the first time ever, live racing will continue throughout the summer with live racing every Friday and Saturday night,concluding on Saturday, Oct. 8. Twelve races will be planned each racing night, with purses expected to be approximately $45,000 per ...
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