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Horseman Sam Fava, 60, dies in NJ

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
Serafino (Sam) Fava passed away at Hackensack University Hospital in Hackensack, NJ, on Wednesday, March 9, at age 60.   On Feb. 5, Mr. Fava suffered a massive stroke while in the Meadowlands paddock and underwent surgery that night for removal of a clot.   Mr. Fava was born in Mt. Kisco, NY, on March 26, 1955, to the late Velia Bueti Fava and the late Diego Fav...
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Weekend Preview: Gordon's on a backstretch

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
If Gordon's on a backstretch, you're going to be hearing about it in Backstretch with Gordon. Usually a staple on harnessracing.com during the fall Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile, Gordon was in South Florida for last Sunday night's big Dan Patch awards dinner and he visited Sunshine Meadows Training Center on Friday morning. In another couple of weeks it will be peak foaling season for ...
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Big win for Affective Action at Saratogs

on 03/10/2016 12:00 AM
Affective Action (Conway Hall) was an impressive first-over winner in the feature on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The John Grasso-trained 4-year-old got away sixth in the $9,950 eight horse trot for New York Sired highsteppers. The journey proved irrelevant as Stephane Bouchard tugged on the right line heading to the half and Affective Action cruised from there. After overcoming an ea...
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Wilberforce takes second straight series leg

on 03/09/2016 12:00 AM
Wilberforce scored his second straight series upset when he shot the Lightning Lane to capture a division of Tuesday's second leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Celebrity Bugatti and Explosive Leggs also took $12,000 second-leg splits in the event for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings.   Although he didn't blow up the tote board as he did last week with h...
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Waterstone, Wolf selected for Comm. HOF ballot

on 03/09/2016 12:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association, the world's largest organization for industry communicators celebrating its 70th year of chronicling the sport through its membership, conducted its annual two days of business meetings this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Resort. The weekend culminated in the Sunday evening celebration of the sport's best and brightest stars of 2015, both h...
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Favorites prevail in Sagamore Series splits

on 03/09/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Tuesday afternoon begin its annual tribute to Teddy Roosevelt, the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen (non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1).   Six, $20,000 divisions went postward, with Arrow (Matt Kakaley, $14.80) the lone "price" horse in the third division. Working out a second-over trip from post position No. 4, A...
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NJ horseman Duane Stivale passes at age 57

on 03/09/2016 12:00 AM
Duane Louis Stivale passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer Tuesday night, March 1, in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 57.   Mr. Stivale was born in Montclair, NJ, on Aug. 13, 1958. He was very active in the racing community. He enjoyed racing cars when he was younger and in the late 1970s he ventured into horse racing. He enjoyed working with the...
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Gingras second after day 3 of Aussie tourney

on 03/09/2016 12:00 AM
Dexter Dunn of New Zealand has taken a stranglehold on the International All Star Series with a magnificent Wednesday (March 9) at Maryborough in the Australian state of Victoria.   Victories in the day's opening two series races and a third in the last propelled the Kiwi 9.5 points clear of the competition on the leaderboard and helped wrestle the series back into the World's favor...
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Musical Rhythm wins seventh straight

on 03/08/2016 12:00 AM
Musical Rhythm has been the hottest trotter around over the last few months and Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack he continued his dominance. The Ben Baillargeon trainee stepped up to tackle Preferred trotters Monday. Musical Rhythm entered the Preferred on a six-race win streak, including a sweep of the General Brock Series. Mild temperatures and a ‘Fast' track set the stage for the...
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Petticoat Series underway at Yonkers

on 03/08/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's stakes season began Monday night, with the opening round of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old young ladies (non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1).   As for the Petticoat, four, $20,000 divisions went postward, with odds-on Kryptos (George Brennan, $2.60) turning in a-night's-fastest/life-best 1:54.3 effort. The 3-year-old dau...
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Former Batavia PR director Michael McDonald dies

on 03/08/2016 12:00 AM
Michael P. McDonald of Batavia, N.Y., died peacefully Friday morning, March 4, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. after a lengthy illness. He was 51.   Mr. McDonald was born Oct. 28, 1964, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of the late Paul McDonald and the late Barbara (Provenzano) Samberg. Mr. McDonald graduated from the Aquinas Institute in 1982 and moved qui...
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Brett Miller wins 2 in Australian competition

on 03/08/2016 12:00 AM
United States superstar Brett Miller won for the first time on Australian soil and then made it two straight for good measure.   Miller was the toast of the town when the International All Star Series rolled into Echuca for night two, smashing a track record while claiming victory in the final two races of the night to catapult from equal second-last on the series leaderboard to thi...
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Burke, Takter, Brower on PT with Mike and Mike

on 03/08/2016 12:00 AM
It's an all-star lineup this week on Post Time with Mike and Mike, airing Thursday, March 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern.   Trainer Ron Burke will join the show to talk about harness racing's richest pacer Foiled Again, as he readies for the 2016 racing season. Foiled Again finished second in a qualifier last Friday at the Meadowlands.   Another top trainer will be joining th...
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Pocono holds 11 qualifiers Tuesday

on 03/08/2016 12:00 AM
The first qualifiers of the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono's 2016 season were held at the track in Northeast Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning (March 8). Under partly sunny skies and a temperature of nearly 60 degrees, six trotting and five pacing qualifying races were held. The fifth qualifying race, a trot, saw the fastest time of the trotters of 1:56.4 for Chipoffthewall, a 3-year-old bl...
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Joe Bongiorno drives 7 winners at Northfield

on 03/08/2016 12:00 AM
Joe Bongiorno continues to make the trip to Northfield Park and on Monday evening the 22-year-old drove seven winners on the card.   On Sunday, Bongiorno's grandfather, Sonny Dancer, died, so one could certainly say his grandfather was watching over him.  
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Can Perfectly Enough tackle top American trotters?

on 03/08/2016 12:00 AM
Eight-year-old Swedish trotter Perfectly Enough arrived in trainer Marcus Melander's New Jersey stable in early January with the hopes of competing this year against the best older trotters in North America. A return trip home in May, however, would be perfectly OK with his connections.   Perfectly Enough, who won the Swedish Breeders Crown at age 3 and has earned 3.08 million ...
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Emotional night for Francis as WIJI honored

on 03/07/2016 12:00 AM
If Clyde Francis got a little teary eyed during Sunday night's Dan Patch Awards banquet, it was understandable. It also was not unexpected.   Francis, who celebrated his 59th birthday Saturday, on Sunday watched as Wiggle It Jiggleit was honored as harness racing's 2015 Horse of the Year during the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch Awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Pier...
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Gingras leads driving tourney in Australia

on 03/07/2016 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras has shot to the top of the leaderboard after a thrilling first day of the International All Star Series in Australia. Gingras drove his mounts to victory in his first two starts on Australian soil and then followed up with a bold run in the last race to steal the limelight on day one. But it wasn't all international flavor, with Terang young gun Jason Lee claiming one f...
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Yonkers increases purses up to 25 percent

on 03/07/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced an across-the-the-board purse increases, beginning with next week's condition sheet. The significant (up to 25 percent) hikes raise the overnight purse range from $8,000 (for $12,500 claimers) to $40,000 (weekly Opens/Open Handicaps). The current structure is $6,500 to $32,000. Again, the new scale takes effect next Monday (March 14). For more information,...
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Horseman Harold "Sonny" Dancer dies at 80

on 03/07/2016 12:00 AM
Harold "Sonny" Dancer, 80, a trainer/driver since 1954 from the esteemed Dancer family, died March 6.  Over the years, he trained and drove many top level horses. He broke and trained the 2-year-old world champion pacing colt of 1972, Ricci Reenie Time, 1:56.1. He went on to capture many stakes races with that colt, including the 1973 Adios. He also conditioned and drove world champion...
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