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Arthur Blue Chip cashes in again at Pompano

on 02/01/2016 12:00 AM
Arthur Blue Chip, driven by Wally Hennessey, led every step of his mile, wiring together halves of :55.3 and :54.3, to win the enriched $15,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Sunday night in 1:50.1.   Four Socks, handled by John Cummings, Jr., finished second, one length away, while Johnny Grippa, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, finished third. Rock On Moe was fourth while Br...
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Win time for Martz Time at Miami Valley

on 02/01/2016 12:00 AM
A full field of nine open trotters were featured on the Sunday matinee at Miami Valley Raceway, chasing a $20,000 purse. With the dominant trotter Penn on a sabbatical, a host of other top trotters all went into the fray believing this could be their week. When the dust settled, Martz Time (Trace Tetrick) had garnered top laurels with Blackwolf Run (Randy Tharps) finishing second and Herb...
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NJ breeder, leader Tom D'Altrui Sr. dies at 96

on 02/01/2016 12:00 AM
Thomas N. D'Altrui Sr., industrialist, influential harness racing pioneer in New Jersey, and devoted family, passed away on Friday, Jan. 29. He was 96.   Mr. D'Altrui Sr. was born in Villaricca, Italy, and raised in Newark, N.J. He previously lived in Irvington, N.J., and Union, N.J. He was an executive, inventor, manufacturer and industrialist as owner of D'Altrui In...
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CHHA Stallion Auction begins Tuesday, Feb. 2

on 02/01/2016 12:00 AM
The CHHA Stallion Auction is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 2 and run through 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6.  Proceeds will benefit the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association. For an up to date listing of stallion breedings available, visit www.chha.net/stallion-auction.  Thank you for your support.
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Briggs' Weekend Preview story wins Hervey

on 02/01/2016 12:00 AM
Dave Briggs, writing for "Harness Racing Weekend Preview," and Kimberly French, writing for "Hoof Beats" magazine, were named the winners in the 2015 John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness writing journalism, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Monday.   Briggs won in the news and commentary category for his "Stretch Call" column titled "Suspension of Sears points t...
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Hoosier Park's Elmore announces retirement

on 02/01/2016 12:00 AM
Centaur Gaming announced Monday that Brian Elmore, vice president of racing, will retire on Friday, Feb. 26, after more than 40 years in the racing industry and nearly two decades with the company. Elmore currently oversees all racing related operations for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Centaur Gaming's two central-India...
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A "real nice" Saturday night at Meadowlands

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
Just like the night before, Saturday night's harness racing program at the Meadowlands attracted over $3 million in total handle, and millionaire pacer Real Nice ($7.60) sustained a first-over push to capture the evening's featured $16,000 top-level conditioned pace.   All-sources handle for the 14-race card was $3,087,871, a healthy increase of $240,642 from the corresponding ...
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Bresnahan excluded from Big M after EPO positive

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
As a result of its out-of-competition testing program, the Meadowlands Racetrack announces the positive test of a horse trained by Robert Bresnahan Jr., Tag Up And Go, a 6-year-old trotter, returned a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance, epogen, more commonly known as EPO.   The blood samples were taken from two horses at Bresnahan's barn at Gaitway Farm ...
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Somebody AS, Phil Your Boots win Yonkers features

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
A pocketed Somebody AS (Jordan Stratton, $13.40) and a down-the-road Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, $5.40) earned the glory Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $32,000 Open Handicaps.   The weekly featured trot saw Somebody AS?from assigned post position No. 3?watched invading Major Athens (George Brennan) led the way. The slight 2-1 choice threw down the anvil (:28...
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Nickle Bag scores in Woodbine Preferred Pace

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
Nickle Bag turned in a tremendous effort to win a thrilling $34,000 Preferred Pace Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Bill Robinson trainee got away seventh in the field of eight for driver Trevor Henry, as Nirvana Seelster rejected a two-hole trip to take command for driver Rick Zeron.   After a first-quarter of :27.1, Nirvana Seelster marched down the backside to the half ...
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Morgan trainees finish 1-2 in Miami Valley final

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
With a whopping total of $188,200 in purses offered on a stellar 14-race program at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday, Hall Of Fame announcer Roger Huston, subbing for the regular voice of Miami Valley Barry Vicroy, had plenty to get excited about. In addition to a $20,000 Open Pace, a pair of lucrative Claim To Fame Series championships went postward for $12,500 claiming pacers of each sex. The ?b...
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Bold Eagle easy winner of Prix d'Amerique

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
The French trotter Bold Eagle is officially the newest superstar on the European scene as he won the 1 million euro Prix d'Amerique opodo on Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. He set a race and track record of 1:11.4 for the 2,700-meter distance, or a mile rate time of 1:55. The old mark of 1:11.9 was held by Royal Dream.   The 5-year-old Bold Eagle, a son of two-time...
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High Five pays $110,000 at Hawthorne

on 01/31/2016 12:00 AM
          The final week of the "winter" meet at Hawthorne Race Course kicked off in a big way on Friday, Jan. 29, as one lucky fan nailed the $84,000 + carryover and Friday's additional pool monies taking home a whopping $110,906 on the 20 cent minimum jackpot wager. The winning ticket was sold at the Oregon "hub."            Friday...
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A tough Friday night for favorites at Bg M

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
On a night where 10 of 14 favorites were handed defeat, punters combined to wager $3,035,296 on Friday evening's harness racing program at the Meadowlands. A near steady stream of minor upsets yielding generous dividends throughout.   The first such minor upset came in the evening's second event--the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, as Can Do ($14.20) sprinted to the fore a...
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One streak continues, one ends at Woodbine

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
Winning is never easy in harness racing, but Betit To Getit and Marquis Volo have been making it look effortless this winter at Woodbine Racetrack.   Betit To Getit, a 6-year-old pacing mare, and Marquis Volo, a 4-year-old trotter, came to Woodbine Friday riding respective win streaks. However, only one was able to head home with their win streak intact.   Trained by Ric...
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Leg 2 of series contested at Hawthorne

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
Leg two of the Ohyouprettything and Pretty Direct pacing series for fillies and mares took place on Friday evening at Hawthorne. The Ohyouprettything went in three divisions while the Pretty Direct was a full field of 10.   In the first division of the Ohyouprettything, longshot JD's First Lady left and tried to steal things through a quick opening half. She led the field into the s...
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Winners crowd in series finals at Miami Valley

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
A pair of lucrative Claim To Fame series championships shared top billing with a $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace on Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway.   The $8,000 claiming pacers that qualified by either winning a division or finishing second twice went postward for a $23,000 purse, the largest purse any of these older geldings has chased in two years. Mares that starte...
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Tessa Seelster wins Yonkers debut

on 01/30/2016 12:00 AM
Locally-debuting Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $7.90) overcame one eight hole and seven elders Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   It turned out to be an outside-assigned, two-speed number, as ?Tessa? and Inittowinafortune (Jordan Stratton) both left around a dormant Regil Elektra (Brian Sears). It was Tessa Seelster making the lea...
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Dover win gets Nova Artist closer to $1 mil

on 01/29/2016 12:00 AM
Twice Horse of the Meet Nova Artist scored his first win of 2016 to win one of the Thursday tri-feature races at Dover Downs.   Nova Artist turned back eight rivals in 1:51.3 to win the $9,000 pace to bring his lifetime earnings to just short of seven-digits, $976,197, with his 44th career victory. Fire In The Belly (Vic Kirby) was second with Four Staces (George Dennis) third....
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Broadcast, Smallsreed award winners announced

on 01/29/2016 12:00 AM
Clive Cohen and Frances Lund were named winners of the 2015 George Smallsreed Awards for excellence in harness racing photography while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley was named the recipient of the 2015 John Hervey Award for excellence in broadcasting, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Friday. Winners in the John Hervey Awards categories for excellence in writing will...
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