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HHI meetings to get underway in Florida

on 03/03/2016 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International will hold its annual meeting and awards luncheon beginning Sunday, March 6, at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla.   Featured speakers include Dr. Mary Robinson of the University Of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, Chester, PA, and Joe Pennachio, president and executive director of Florida Standardbred Breeders A...
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Coffee break video with Jonas Czernyson

on 03/03/2016 12:00 AM
Pulling back the curtains on the life of a horse trainer in New Jersey is the goal of an online video series called "Fika with Jonas," which debuted on YouTube on March 1. Fika is the Swedish word for a coffee break, and Swedish-born trainer Jonas Czernyson is the star of what will be a monthly series produced by Cody Bach Productions. "We were overwhelmed with the response when we poste...
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Charles Whitmer Jr., 73, dies in NY

on 03/03/2016 12:00 AM
Charles E. Whitmer Jr., 73, passed away on Tuesday at Crouse Hospital in Rochester, NY, with his loving family by his side.   Mr. Whitmer was born on March 13, 1942, the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Whitmer. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and received his Doctorate in Dentistry from Case Western Reserve University. He was an avid owner and trainer of St...
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USTA appoints Social Media Advisory Committee

on 03/03/2016 12:00 AM
Following the conclusion of the U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors' Annual Meeting on Monday (Feb. 29), USTA President Phil Langley announced the formation of a Social Media Advisory Committee to assist in the industry's social media initiative.   The USTA is in the third year of its partnership with Converseon, an award-winning, national social media agency located in New...
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New edition of Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/03/2016 12:00 AM
At the Meadowlands on Saturday night, the speedster Rockeye Optimist, who sports a mark of 1:48, will take on Take It Back Terry, the runner-up in last year's George Morton Levy Memorial Series final at Yonkers, in Race 2, an Open Pace. Rockeyed Optimist already has a win under his belt this year but Take It Back Terry will be making his season's debut. Also on Saturday night at the Meadowl...
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20% across-the-board purse increase at Dover

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
Dover Downs has announced a 20 percent across-the-board purse increase for the balance of its current meet ending April 14. Concerning feature races, this means the following races will have the noted purse adjustments: On Mondays, the Preferred Pace will go for a $36,000 purse; the Delaware Special races for $33,000 and the Open class for a $24,000 purse. The Filly/Mares Open Pace w...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit third in qualifier at Dover

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
Wiggle It Jiggleit, who will be honored as the 2015 Horse of the Year on Sunday, finished third in a qualifier at Dover Downs on Wednesday morning.   It was the first trip behind the starting gate for Wiggle It Jiggleit this year. Driven by Kevin Switzer instead of Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced his own mile in 1:55.3, with a final quarter of :30.2.   "The plan...
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Hoosier Park barn area opens March 12

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
With the return of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino less than a month away, final preparations for the 2016 season are underway throughout the property. Opening day of the 160-day meet is set for Friday, April 1. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second we...
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Meadows honors Merriman for 8,000 wins

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association on Wednesday honored driver Aaron Merriman, who collected the 8,000th win of his career the previous evening at Northfield Park.   For Merriman, 37, an Ohio native, the milestones have been piling up quickly. He notched win number 6,000 in October 2013 and reached 7,000 in January 2015. Thus, he's rol...
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58 nominated to Pepsi North America Cup

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced that 58 three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 33rd edition of the Pepsi North America Cup.  Last year 63 horses were nominated to the race.   The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest race in Canadian harness racing, will be contested on Saturday, June 18, at Mohawk Racetrack.   The group of 5...
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Saratoga opens Friday for 75th season of racing

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
Friday, March 4, will mark the beginning of Saratoga Raceway's 75th anniversary season of live harness racing. The first post for Friday is set for 6:45 pm. In honor of the 75th anniversary of racing, 75 cent deals on hot dogs, sodas and programs will be featured on Friday and Saturday of opening weekend. Additionally, Friday and Saturday will feature $75 Mutuel Voucher Giveaways after each...
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Owner seminar at Meadowlands March 12

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
TheStable.ca, an innovative, new fractional ownership group headed by respected Canadian horseman Anthony MacDonald, will host a new owner seminar and informational night at the Meadowlands on Saturday, March 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Pink Skyboxes. The event is free to attend although advanced reservations are required by sending an email to media@playmeadowlands.com. Light refreshment...
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Flowers N Songs remains perfect in Meadows win

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
  Flowers N Songs remained undefeated in her three-race career when she overwhelmed the field in Wednesday’s opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows.  UF Lindsay Lou Who and Pink Pistol took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits. The series honors the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of the track’s iconic 2:00 Club. Unraced at 2, Flowers N So...
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Somebody As takes second straight at Dover

on 03/02/2016 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan and Somebody AS made it look easy rolling to a second consecutive victory in the $24,000 Open/Handicap trot on a windy and chilly Wednesday, March 2, at Dover Downs. Somebody AS and Callahan got away quickly from the outside to take the early lead and continued to extend the margin until turning for home when War Cry Hall with Tim Tetrick picked up the pace in the stretch t...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit to qualify Wednesday at Dover

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015 Horse of the Year, will make his first appearance of the year in a qualfier scheduled for the fourth race Wednesday (March 2) at Dover Downs.  Now a 4 year old, Wiggleit Jiggleit leaves from post 7 for driver Kevin Switzer and trainer Clyde Francis. Inside will be the likes of Remember Me VK, second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the first division of the Matron St...
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Aaron Merriman wins 8,000th career race

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman won the 8,000th race of his driving career when he steered Watcha Got Abby to a 1:58.2 victory in the sixth race Tuesday night at Northfield Park.  Merriman, 37, started the day four wins away from the milestone before scoring three times during the afternoon card at The Meadows. The current leader among all drivers in starts and wins, Merriman won the national driving...
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Wilberforce upsets at The Meadows

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
Wilberforce blew up the tote board Tuesdayat The Meadows when he pulled off a 43-1 shocker in the opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings.  Cantad Kid and Raisethejollyroger took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits. The series honors the memory of the late trainer Ken Weaver, long a fixture at The Meadows and on the PA Fairs circuit...
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15 trotters nominated to Elitlopp Playoff

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
A total of 15 trotters have been nominated for the inaugural Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands, The list of horses nominated reads like a "who's who" of North American trotters with combined earnings of well over $19 million. Thirteen of the 15 have records under 1:52.   With an estimated purse of $150,000, the Elitlopp Playoff is a collaborative effort between executives at ...
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Reports are Florida "decoupling" bill on hold

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
Multiple news organizations in Florida have reported that Florida State Senate Appropriations Chair Tom Lee (R-Brandon) has said the gaming bill that would allow tracks to "decouple," and in particular Pompano Park to discontinue harness racing but still have gaming and simulcasting, is not going to be addressed by his committee. That means the entire deal with the Seminoles, wh...
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Horseman Steve Oliwa Jr., 56, dies in Florida

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Horseman Stephen A. Oliwa Jr., 56, of Cape Coral Fla. passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 25, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with cancer.   Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Mr. Oliwa resided in Florida for the past 20 years. He was a graduate of Roselle Catholic High School. He operated a public stable for more than 25 years and was a regular driver at the Meadowlands and Free...
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