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New Weekend Preview now available

on 01/21/2016 12:00 AM
The "Gural Rule" is not extinct. After enacting the conditions of the so-called "Gural Rule" that required stallions to race at age four in order to have foals eligible to its stakes races, both the Hambletonian Society and Woodbine Entertainment Group announced last year that it was dropping those rules beginning with foals of 2017. At the time, Jeff Gural told Weekend Preview that provision ...
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Ohio Harness Horsemen donate $5,000 to Classy Lane fund

on 01/20/2016 12:00 AM
The tragic fire at Classy Lane Training Center that occurred January 4, taking the lives of 43 horses in Ontario was felt by the entire North American harness racing industry. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) has donated $5,000 to the Classy Lane Training Center. "Having been in the same unfortunate situation with the Lebanon Raceway Fire, Ohio Horsemen know that not much can...
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Whom Shall I Fear to stand stud at Victory Hill

on 01/19/2016 12:00 AM
Whom Shall I Fear 3,1:52.4, the Cantab Hall full brother to 2 and 3-year-old World Champion Father Patrick and to 2-year-old champion Pastor Stephen, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana. His stud fee has been set at $2,500. He was the top-priced yearling of 2013 when he was purchased for $475,000 by Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy ...
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Former Batavia exec Carmelo Sabatino dies

on 01/19/2016 12:00 AM
Carmelo J. Sabatino, 95, a retired senior executive with Delaware North Co. and former general manager of Batavia Downs, died Jan. 10 in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center.   Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School and the University of Buffalo, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Mr. Sabatino served in the Army during World War II ...
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Win a share in a racehorse at Woodbine

on 01/19/2016 12:00 AM
On Saturday, Jan. 30, Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, ON will host an information night for TheStable.ca, a new horse ownership venture launched by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. The Guelph couple own and train several Standardbred racehorses near Mohawk Racetrack. Anthony is also a prominent driver and a well-known industry advocate.   The information session will focus on the benefits ...
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2 of 8 Reynolds stakes canceled for 2016

on 01/19/2016 12:00 AM
Two of the eight W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake divisions have been canceled for 2016. The sophomore pacing events, the Tar Heel for 3-year-old colt pacers and the Leta Long for 3-year-old filly pacers, will not be raced. In accordance with the conditions of the stake, the accumulated stake monies for these two divisions will be refunded to the owners or nominators of the eligible horses as o...
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Bluehourpower scores again at Pompano

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Bluehourpower scored a three-peat victory in Pompano Park's $12,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night, covering the mile in 1:50.3 for Ricky Macomber Jr.   The 5-year-old son of Sand Shooter, trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Wilbur Eash, pinned what turned out to be a handy defeat measuring 1 ¾ lengths on Arthur Blue Chip, with Wally Hennessey driving.   Whogoesfirst...
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Ohio horseman Ray Sugg dies at 77

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Raymond I. Sugg, 77, of Wauseon, Ohio, headed "down the stretch” for the final time and won the most important race of his life on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Hospice center in Defiance, Ohio where he received loving care. His family surrounded him at the winner's circle to celebrate his victory.   Mr. Sugg was a driver-trainer of Standardbred racehorses for over 60 years, r...
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Yonkers, SOA contribute to Classy Lane fund

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have announced a joint contribution to assist those affected by the Classy Lane barn fire.   The initial donation is $10,000—equally shared by the track and its horsemen—with an initiative underway to increase that amount.   "As with the rest of the harness industry, we were stunned and saddened by wh...
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Special T Rocks takes Dover feature

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Veteran pacer Special T Rocks returned to the winner's circle following a 1:51.3 victory in the Sunday feature race, after an early light snow shower over a ‘good' track at Dover Downs. Too Darn Hot won the $20,000-$25,000 claimer and Brioni took his fourth straight. Driver Ross Wolfenden had a four-win night.   Allan Davis piloted $497,149 and 34th lifetime winner Special T Rock...
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Meadowlands keeps entry box open to Tuesday

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands will draw Monday for those classes that have filled with 10 horses for the Friday and Saturday cards on Jan. 22 and 23.   All other classes will remain open until Tuesday in an effort to accommodate horses selling at the Tattersalls Mixed Sale on Mohday.   The Race Office will be open at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Please phone the entries in to (877...
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Set Me Up rallies up Lightning Lane at Meadows

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Set Me Up enjoyed a pocket trip, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Set Me Up grabbed the early lead for Dave Palone but released Hidden Land approaching the quarter. The 7-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight was fresher in the lane, downing Hidden Lan...
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Domedomedome, Lady Ping repeat in WEG series

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Domedomedome and Lady Ping scored repeat victories in the second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $20,000 second leg divisions were contested under chilly conditions Monday.   In the first split, Domedomedome continued her hot start to 2016 with a 1:57.1 victory. Sent off as the 2/5 favorite, Domedomedome and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev...
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Gingras wins six on Monday at Dover

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras had a winning habit on Mondays at Dover Downs, driving six winners on the Jan. 17 card. Also, Bad Boy Matt pulled a 10-1 upset in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap feature race.   Allan Davis unleashed Bad Boy Matt in the stretch closing swiftly to catch front-pacing Captive Audience late in the stretch to post a 1:51.1 victory in the feature. It was the Badlands...
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Survivor Series at Miami Valley trims field

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
The quarter-finals of the Survivor Series for male $5,000 claimers were contested Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, reducing the original 91 horse field of starters to just 18 for the semi-finals next week. Ten divisions of first round contestants were reduced to four fields of nine (36) for Monday's action with half (18) advancing to the third round, comprised of two nine-horse fields...
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Lindys Tru Grit tops Tattersalls at $125,000

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Lindy's Tru Grit was the sale-topper at Monday's Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack, one of three horses purchased by owner Brad Grant for trainer Ben Wallace as the two friends look to move forward following the Classy Lane Training Centre fire that claimed the lives of 43 horses earlier this month.   The Jan. 4 fire destroyed a barn that housed hors...
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Aslan wins Yonkers 32G open handicap pace

on 01/17/2016 12:00 AM
Aslan (Brian Sears, $6.30) was there when it counted Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $32,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 4, he watched as 3-2 choice Melmerby Beach (Jason Bartlett) moved around Journeyman (George Brennan) for the lead. Melmerby Beach seemingly had his own way through intervals of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:25.2. Bet...
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Bushwacker 3-peats, Tetrick wins 6 at Big M

on 01/17/2016 12:00 AM
After making two separate moves in the first three-eighths of Saturday evening's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at the Meadowlands, Henderson Farms' Bushwacker ($2.80) held sway for his third consecutive top-level win in New Jersey.   Tim Tetrick sent the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding forward at race's outset, easing off a trio of other leavers before commencing a brush to the fo...
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Can Do upsets in Meadowlands trot

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
 After stinging Opulent Yankee and Uva Hanover through a :26.4 initial quarter, Can Do ($31.20) emerged from traffic in the final eighth of Friday  night's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, vaulting around a weakening pace for a 14-1 upset on an evening where favorites tasted defeat in the first nine events. Anthony Napolitano wasted no time with the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding, gu...
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Despite layoff, American Girl wins at Miami

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
 Despite a four-week respite from the racing wars, American Girl came all dolled up for the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley on Friday night and came away with a narrow victory over a sloppy track.  Her successful 2016 debut was American Girl's 29th career triumph and upped the seven-year-old daughter of Art's Chip's lifetime bounty to almost $600,00...
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