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Dovuto Hanover part of big Saturday Big M card

on 02/25/2016 12:00 AM
Following nearly nine months on the sidelines, Martin Scharf's Dovuto Hanover prepared to commence his 6-year-old season with a pair of qualifiers earlier in the month. In Saturday (February 27) evening's featured $20,000 ninth race at The Meadowlands, he will tackle nine others on debut for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "He had some issues last year, only having six starts, but he's been...
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Vet researchers to study managing bleeding

on 02/25/2016 12:00 AM
As part of its strategic initiative to protect the health and welfare of the racehorse, the American Association of Equine Practitioners has released a list of research topics identified by an expert panel as central to the goal of understanding exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. The identified topics will help determine future research priorities in the investigation of alternative manage...
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Fashion Showdown strong in Dover victory

on 02/24/2016 12:00 AM
A "sloppy" track couldn’t deny Fashion Showdown from uncorking a powerful 1:51.1 victory, the fourth on the card for meet-leading driver Corey Callahan in the  $20,000  Mares Open/Handicap pace, Tuesday at Dover Downs.   During a daylong drizzle, Fashion Showdown left from the rail and traded places before retaking the lead. From there on Fashion Showdown was tough to ca...
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Upfront Charlieboy wins series final for Fahys

on 02/24/2016 12:00 AM
Off the board in both preliminary legs, Upfront Charlieboy saved his best for last, brushing wide through the lane to pull off a 16-1 shocker in Tuesday's $32,700 championship of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Skyway Cruiser scored narrowly in the $21,250 final of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters.   A confirmed closer...
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Foiled Again to qualify Friday in 2016 debut

on 02/24/2016 12:00 AM
Here he comes again--Foiled Again.   Harness racing's richest horse with $7.33 million in career earnings, 12-year-old Foiled Again is preparing for another season of going against the top older pacers in North America. He will qualify for the first time this year on Friday, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, with an eye toward competing in the upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing...
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Yonkers: 5 weeks = 28 race programs

on 02/24/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is about to become busier than usual, with 28 programs over a period of five weeks.   Beginning Friday night, Feb. 26, Yonkers hosts its usual schedule of Monday, Friday, and Saturday evenings (first post 7:10 p.m.) and Tuesday (1 p.m.) matinees.   Throw in the return of Thursday nights (7:10 p.m. in March and a trio of "French" Sunday matin...
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Musical Rhythm takes General Brock final

on 02/23/2016 12:00 AM
Musical Rhythm continued his win streak with his most impressive victory to date in Monday's $50,000 General Brock Series Final at Woodbine Racetrack.   A field of ten four-year-old trotters met up for the final of the General Brock, but all the focus surrounded Ben Baillargeon trainee Musical Rhythm. The son of Cantab Hall entered the series final on a four-race win streak, while a...
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Vernon-based horseman John Bovi dies at 71

on 02/23/2016 12:00 AM
New York horseman John F. Bovi, 71, of Sherrill, NY, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Oneida Healthcare Center surrounded by his wife and loving family.   Mr. Bovi was born on April 25, 1944, in Rome, NY, the son of John and Elizabeth (Marchesino) Bovi. He was a graduate of Rome Free Academy and attended Austin Peay University on a football scholarship.   ...
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Ireland trip tops USHWA Dan Patch auction

on 02/23/2016 12:00 AM
A week-long trip for two to the Vincent Delaney Memorial festival in Dublin, Ireland, headlines the 2016 Dan Patch Awards Night live/silent auction at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sunday, March 6.   Tickets are sold out for this gala event hosted by the United States Harness Writers Association. The Dan Patch Awards honor the top pacers and trotters in raci...
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Patricia Chrisman of Paducah, KY dies at 87

on 02/23/2016 12:00 AM
Patricia Chrisman, 87, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 17 at Parkview Nursing and Rehab of Paducah.She and her husband, Ambrose (Dugan) Chrisman raised, trained and raced Standardbreds for several decades. They primarily raced in Kentucky and Illinois, but in the 1960s also raced in New York.   Mrs. Chrisman is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ambrose; daughters, Catherine Sutton and...
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DiNozzi hopes to hit a bank shot in 2016

on 02/23/2016 12:00 AM
If owner Robert DiNozzi could change one thing about his pacer Bank Shot Hanover it simply would be the gelding's luck. DiNozzi had high hopes for Bank Shot Hanover last year, but good fortune never seemed to be on their side.   Bank Shot Hanover won two of eight races last season at age two and earned $39,372. He won his debut, a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars, in 1:53 at T...
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FSBOA sets up Gofundme page to fight decoupling

on 02/23/2016 12:00 AM
As a bill that would likely lead to the end of harness racing at Pompano Park works its way through the Florida legislative process, the Florida Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) has taken upon itself to set up an account on GoFundMe.com to raise money for legal fees to oppose its passage. Anyone who wishes to donate may also make a check payable to the Florida Breeders and Owners Associ...
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PA bill signed calling for one racing commission

on 02/23/2016 12:00 AM
Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed House Bill 941, which, among other things, includes much-needed reforms of Pennsylvania's equine racing industry. The governor was joined by state Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, members of each of the legislative caucuses, leadership from the House Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, and various representatives of the racing indu...
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Scott Rocks rocks in Pompano open

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Scott Rocks, handled by George Napolitano Jr., made his 2016 debut a winning one in Pompano Park's $16,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night.   The 6-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover used a backside blitz from third to take command turning for home and then pushed on to a victory measuring 1 ¾ lengths over the favorite, Panocchio, in 1:51.1. Heart Felt, longest propositio...
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Some 11-1 magic needed to take Dover feature

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
The 11-1 Quick Magic made good use of a two-hole trip behind favorite and leader Nova Artist and closed strongly to win a 1:52.2 photo finish in the Sunday feature race at Dover Downs. Ross Wolfenden had a three-bagger.   Nova Artist (Allan Davis) took the early lead and fashioned all the fractions until a trio of rivals roared up to challenge nearing the finish line. Major Buc...
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Main singing the "8-Hole Blues" at Northfield

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Michigan-based horseman Steve Main told harnessracing.com the six-hour ship from his farm in Byron to Northfield Park on Tuesday will be hard, considering all three horses he entered drew the outside post 8 in their respective races. Then again, this trip will be no different from the ones Main had taken over the past week, as it seems he and the eight hole are as much together as peanut butte...
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Mack Lobell euthanized in Sweden at age 32

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
The great Mack Lobell 3,1:52.1 ($3.9 million), a world champion and winner of two of trotting's greatest events, the Hambletonian and Elitlopp, was humanely euthanized at Menhammar Stud in Sweden on Monday, Feb. 22. He was 32 years old and had been stabled at Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar farm, where he was a celebrity during Elitlopp time, when many visitors to the farm would ask to...
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Kentucky horseman Bob Duncan dies

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Robert "Bob" Duncan, who trained and drove horses at The Red Mile and Louisville Downs in the 1970s and '80s, and in more recent years drove the starting car at The Red Mile meets, died Friday, Feb. 19, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington. He was 84.   Mr. Duncan was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Lexington, the son of the late Leonard and Beulah Duncan. Mr. Duncan was a 1951 ...
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Miss New Jersey 2013 dies after car accident

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Cara McCollum, the winner of the 2013 Miss New Jersey pageant, died at 4:31 a.m. on Monday morning, as a result of injuries sustained one week ago in a car crash. Harness racing will remember Ms. McCollum for being at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day in 2013, where she presented the trophy won by I Luv The Nitelife for winning the Miss New Jersey. According to reports, Ms. McCollum, 24, ...
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March 6 Dan Patch Awards dinner sold out

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
The dinner committee of the United States Harness Writers' Association (USHWA) is pleased to announce that the upcoming Dan Patch Awards Dinner, set for Sunday, March 6, is SOLD OUT!   All 350 seats have been purchased for the event that honors the leading horses, horsemen and women from the 2015 harness racing season. The dinner is being held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. (USH...
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