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War Cry Hall wins $20,000 open trot at Dover

on 02/17/2016 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick shot War Cry Hall up the backstretch to pass race favorite Tough Mac on the way to the final turn and then scooted to a 1:543 victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Feb.17 at Dover Downs. Former track dash-win champion Tetrick fought off a strong challenge in the stretch led by Bluebird Reverence (Montrell Teague) who was four-wide at the head of the lane. Nea...
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David Miller, Tetrick to captain Pro-Am event

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
With the $75,000 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park late-closing event for mares highlighting the March 5 card at the South Florida oval, an added attraction for that Saturday night program will be the Pro-Am event headed by team captains David Miller and Tim Tetrick.   Florida Amateur Driving Club President Dein Spriggs spearheaded the event and received an enthusiastic response from...
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Goldstar Raider wins late-closer final

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
Pompano Park hosted the $12,000 final of the Midnite Hardy late-closing series on Monday night and Goldstar Raider took top honors, covering the mile in 1:53.1 under the direction of John MacDonald.   The 7-year-old son of Rock On pinned a defeat measuring a half-length on A Weekend with Steve Condren driving while Cascata finished third for Wally Hennessey.   Goldstar Ra...
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McCaffrey heading to Ill. Tbred Horsemen's Assn.

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) president David McCaffrey has announced he is leaving the IHHA to become the executive director of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. McCaffrey posted the announcement on the IHHA website with an open letter to the Standardbred horsemen.   Dear Fellow Horsemen: Nineteen years ago, I was first elected to the IHHA Board. In...
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Entertainment venue planned for Woodbine

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Trinity Development Group Inc. (Trinity) on Tuesday announced the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purpose of developing an integrated entertainment venue at Woodbine Racetrack.   The WEG-Trinity proposal calls for an entertainment venue of approximately 165,000 square feet and seating for up to 5,000 patro...
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10wins10 game extended to March 31

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
JL Benson Stable owner Joel Benson announced today that his free online horse racing game, 10wins10, will be extended to March 31. The unique online game developed to attract new millennial players to horse racing offers a $10,000 prize that Benson has put up himself. The free game at http://www.10wins10.com/ calls for players to correctly select 10 straight pari-mutuel race winners. It fea...
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Hoosier Classic Sale Company sets dates for '16

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
The Hoosier Classic Sale Company has released sale dates for the upcoming 2016 auction season. The second annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale will be held Sept. 27 at the Champions Expo Center in Springfield, Ohio.   "We are excited about the second year at Springfield," auction manager Steve Cross said. "Consignors and buyers were impressed with last year's inaugural sale and...
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Hoosier Classic Sale Co. sets sale dates

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
The Hoosier Classic Sale Company has released sale dates for the upcoming 2016 auction season. The second annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale will be held September 27 at the Champions Expo Center in Springfield OH. "We are excited about the second year at Springfield" auction manager Steve Cross said. "Consignors and buyers were impressed with last year’s inaugural sale and they can e...
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Former USTA employee Walter Adamkosky dies

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
Walter Vincent Adamkosky, 95,died Feb. 11, 2016, in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Mr. Adamkosky was born Oct. 27, 1920, in Goshen, NY, the home of Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, so it was no surprise that he gained employment at the age of 19 with the United States Trotting Association. He retired from the USTA in 1985, his 46-year tenure there interrupted briefly when he served in the U.S. Ar...
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Yonkers sets 11:55 a.m. post for Feb. 28

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced that the Sunday, Feb. 28, matinee program shall begin at 11:55 a,m.   The first seven races are to be simulcast to the French-hubbed audience, going at 30-minute intervals. Post time for the 12th-race finale is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.   First posts for the two March Sundays (13th and 20th) are to be announced at a later date. (Yonkers)
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Sell A Bit headed to Matchmaker for Tritton

on 02/16/2016 12:00 AM
When Aussie native Peter Tritton was told last year that a New Zealand-bred pacing mare named Sell A Bit might soon be for sale Down Under, he decided to take a look at several of the horse's races. He then wasted no time in responding.   "I rang back my man over there and told him not to let me miss her; as soon as she comes up for sale I want her," Tritton said. "He said, ‘I hav...
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St. Valentine's races celebrated at Pompano

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
Melanie Plourde and Sabrina Clevenger each had milestone wins on Sunday night at Pompano Park as the South Florida oval celebrated St. Valentine's with two events featuring the ladies. The first St. Valentine's Day event—The Sweetheart Trot—went to Back To Peace, handled by Melanie Plourde for owner-trainer Shane Arsenault. Plourde sent Back To Peace, a seven year-old altered son of ...
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Il Mago scores in Miami Valley Sunday feature

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
Trotters were featured on the Sunday (Feb. 14) Valentine's Day matinee at Miami Valley Raceway amid persistent snow flurries throughout the majority of the program.   Il Mago, a class act with more than a half million dollars in earnings, dominated a $14,000 top conditioned event with a gate-to-wire, 1:56.2 score for driver Trace Tetrick. Now two-for-two since coming to Ohio, the 7-...
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Bernie Noren leaving Svanstedt Stable

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
Bjorn "Bernie" Noren, who opened up his own stable after working for several years for trainer Jimmy Takter before becoming the assistant trainer to Ake Svanstedt, who had moved his base of operations from Sweden to the United States, has announced on Facebook that he will be leaving Svanstedt to return to his Scandinavian roots. Noreen has worked in the Svanstedt Stable for more than two year...
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Sam Coven snags 500th training win

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
Trainer Sam Coven notched his 500th conditioning win on Monday afternoon (February 15) at Miami Valley Raceway, just miles from where he was born 45 years ago in Lebanon, Ohio. Born into a harness racing family, Sam never seriously considered anything but following in the family footsteps. His father Herb Coven Jr. won multiple driving titles at both Lebanon Raceway and Latonia before succumbi...
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Mandy's Mattjesty rules again at Meadows

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
 Mandy’s Mattjesty opened a daylight lead, then held on late to notch her second straight victory in Monday’s second leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. Doubelieveinmagic won the other $15,000 split, giving trainer Ron Burke a second-leg sweep. The $25,000 (est) series final is set for Monday, Feb. 22.  Mandy’s Mattj...
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Yonkers cancels last 5 races Monday

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has cancelled the last five races of Monday night’s scheduled 12-race card due to unsafe track conditions. With temperatures right around the freezing mark, the races that were contested had a backdrop of a cold rain, which made the racing surface quite slippery.   There was a delay after the sixth race for track maintenance. However, after the seventh race had a b...
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Trotters do battle at Woodbine

on 02/15/2016 12:00 AM
After impressive victories in last week’s first leg, Musical Rhythm and Hillsonator met up in a second round division of the General Brock Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 15 three and four-year-old trotters were split into a pair of $18,000 second leg divisions.   Last week’s first leg winners, Musical Rhythm, a two and a half length winner in 1:56, and Hil...
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State Treasurer Canada's Horse of the Year

on 02/14/2016 12:00 AM
On Saturday, February 13, Standardbred Canada announced harness racing's national champions at the 2015 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. This was the 27th edition of the O'Brien Awards, named in honor of the late Joe O'Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. It was a three-peat for winners of both ...
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Mykindachip takes Miami Valley feature

on 02/14/2016 12:00 AM
Mykindachip burst through the door he had been knocking on for the past month to capture the $20,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (February 13), following three straight bridesmaid finishes in the weekly feature race.   With Astreos Love, the Open winner the last two outings on the sidelines, driver Kayne Kauffman took full advantage with odds-on favored Mykin...
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