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Maine Festival of Champions on Saturday

on 10/21/2015 2:00 AM
Scarborough Downs will play host to the inaugural edition of The Festival of Champions on Saturday, Oct. 24, with post time slated for 1:30 pm. For the first time in the 41-year history of the Maine Sire Stakes program, all eight championships will be decided on a single race day and with purses in excess of $500,000, Saturday's card will represent the richest day ever in state of Maine h...
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Purdue to build equine center at Indiana Grand

on 10/21/2015 2:00 AM
The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Centaur Regional Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center was hosted by Purdue University at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Tuesday, Oct. 20. The event drew more than 200 industry leaders as well as numerous dignitaries from the community, Purdue University, and Centaur Gaming. Dr. Willie Reed, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, kick...
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Ohio Sires Stakes for older mares Friday

on 10/21/2015 2:00 AM
Two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for pacing and trotting mares, 4-year-olds & up, will be contested Friday night at Hollywood at Dayton Racino. Post time is approximately 6:35 pm.   Igotafeelingfran, a winner of $436,520 lifetime, headlines of field of seven pacing mares in race nine for trainer Jim Daily and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. from post three as the morning line, 4-5 f...
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David Baird, 76, of Findlay, Ohio, dies

on 10/21/2015 2:00 AM
David Errol Baird, 76, died at home in Findlay, Ohio, surrounded by his family, on Oct. 19. He trained and raced Standardbreds and also was a farmer in northwestern Ohio and Michigan.   Mr. Baird was born Aug. 8, 1939, to the late David J. and Maxine G. (Evans) Baird in Findlay. He married Lorena (DeeDee Wright) Baird on June 25, 1957 and they divorced in 1977. He later married...
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Gingras looks to continue Breeders Crown roll

on 10/20/2015 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras will have nine drives in Saturday night's 12 Breeders Crown finals at Woodbine Racetrack as he looks to continue his hot streak in harness racing's championship event.   Gingras has won 10 Breeders Crown titles in the past three years, including four last year at the Meadowlands. He captured three trophies each of the previous two years, in 2013 at The Downs at Moheg...
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Entries for Blooded Horse Sale closing soon

on 10/20/2015 2:00 AM
The 68th annual Blooded Horse Fall Sale is almost to capacity and closing is imminent within the next few days. The mega-sale, to be held Nov. 16-19 at Delaware, Ohio, will feature over 200 yearlings on opening day. The balance of the sale is composed 2 & 3-year stakes horses, seasoned raceway stock, young green prospects, and an abundance of in-foal mares and weanlings. Buyers from t...
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Ryder SBOANJ director; board to meet re: dates

on 10/20/2015 2:00 AM
Tom Luchento and Chris Ryder have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Ballots were returned by 438 of the 789 members and counted on Monday, Oct. 19, by the accounting firm of Drucker, Math & Whitman, certified public accountants in North Brunswick, NJ.   In the only contested category – driver/t...
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USTA donation supports 22 emaciated horses

on 10/20/2015 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association has provided a donation through their Support Our Standardbreds program to the Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition program for the care of 22 horses in urgent need of care in Florida.   The horses' owner was evicted from the farm where they were living and their condition is very poor from months of neglect. Their Henneke Body Condition Scor...
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Pinkman draws post 1 in Crown 3YO Colt Trot

on 10/20/2015 2:00 AM
The post positions for the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Trot and the $531,250 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace were drawn on Tuesday afternoon during an afternoon press conference at Woodbine Racetrack.   In the 3-year-old colt trot, Hambletonian, Kentucky Futurity and Canadian Trotting Classic winner Pinkman drew post 1 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter, w...
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Pre-race vet exam for Breeders Crown horses

on 10/20/2015 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission announced that ORC Official Veterinarians will be conducting an enhanced examination of horses entered into the Breeders Crown races on Saturday night, Oct. 24, at Woodbine.   This enhancement of the existing ORC protocol was introduced at Mohawk Racetrack for the Pepsi North America Cup in June of this year, followed by the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pac...
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Last Kindergarten leg on Friday at Vernon

on 10/20/2015 2:00 AM
The fifth and last preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic series goes Friday night at Vernon Downs with two divisions each of trotting colts and fillies.   With 11 colts declared, they split five and six with the second race quintet loaded with talent. Maven's Way, Celebrity Express, Taco Tuesday and Brownie Hanover all emerge from The Red Mile Grand Circuit stakes-tested with ...
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Dillander wins Hoosier contest, off to Hawaii

on 10/19/2015 2:00 AM
The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2015 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday and it was Jason Dillander who raced away with top honors, winning a Hawaiian excursion for four, a prize valued at $15,000. Not only was it a race to the islands but also a race to the finish as Dillander narrowly won the final round of the challenge by on...
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Big M changes; combined Sbred/Tbred cards

on 10/19/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands is announcing several schedule and format changes for next year.   The Meadowlands will race live on Friday and Saturday throughout the 2016 season which will begin on Friday, Jan. 1, and conclude with Hambletonian Day on Saturday, Aug. 6. Post time will be moved up to 7 p.m. and a few more races may be added to accommodate the demands of the horse populati...
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Southwind Farms HB videos now online

on 10/19/2015 2:00 AM
Videos of the Southwind Farms yearlings that have been consigned to the Harrisburg Yearling Sale (November 2 -4) are now available on the Southwind Farms website (www.southwindfarms.net). The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature SOUTHWIND FIAT, a full sister to World Champion Southwind Frank 2,1:52.2 ($486,419).   Yearlings are available for i...
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Takter's eyes still have Crown "gleam"

on 10/19/2015 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter made his first appearance in the Breeders Crown in 1986, but it was seven years before he got to hoist a trophy. Takter, who trains and sometimes also drives, had two second-place finishes and one third-place effort in eight championship starts before driving Gleam to victory in the 1993 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters at Florida's Pompano Park.   And if t...
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Showplace conducting liquidation auction

on 10/19/2015 2:00 AM
The doors are closed and the horses have departed. After 36 years Showplace Farms will be conducting a liquidation auction of all its equipment and supplies. This presents a unique opportunity to acquire racetrack equipment for your training operation as well as equine related items. There will be an auction preview from Nov. 4-6 and the auction will be held on the farm on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. Se...
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Virginia champions crowned at Oak Ridge

on 10/19/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Charlie Dunavant collected a trio of big wins Sunday as Cicada's Song, Ah Me and Elton J all scored divisional titles in the $363,000 Virginia-bred "Champions Day" card at Nelson County's Oak Ridge Estate. A total of eight championship races were contested that featured 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes.   Cicada's Song continued a torrid month of October b...
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Always B Miki, Foiled Again win Crown OP elims

on 10/18/2015 2:00 AM
After staying put in the first-over position around the far turn, Always B Miki began to slide toward control and quickly roared by pacesetter State Treasurer en route to a three-length victory in 1:49.4 in the second $35,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace elimination on Saturday (Oct. 17). All Bets Off secured the lead approaching the first turn, but State Treasurer, who was parked out into...
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Haughty, All The Time win 2FT Crown elims

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Heading into the first 20,000 division of the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Friday night (Oct. 16) at Woodbine Racetrack, Haughty and Broadway Donna had yet to lose a race. When the race ended, Haughty kept her unbeaten streak intact, while Broadway Donna suffered defeat after breaking stride and failing to advance to the final. Haughty, trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Al L...
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Control The Moment, Racing Hill win 2CP Crown elims

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Randy Waples wanted to Control The Moment and that's why he gunned the pacer to the lead going to the quarter pole. That decision led Control The Moment to his eighth straight career victory in the first $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Woodbine on Friday night (Oct. 17). Driver Randy Waples sent Control The Moment to the lead from post 2. Pre...
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