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Pat Hall dies at age 67

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
Pat Hall, a longtime horseman and horse racing official, and son of Don Hall, died Jan. 8, 2015, five days after his 67th birthday. He and his wife, Kathy, had been involved in a head on car collision on Nov. 23 and had been in intensive care at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor with multiple injuries since then. There will be a memorial service celebrating h...
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Doctor RJ rallies in Meadows $22,500 pace

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
Moving three wide through the final turn, Doctor RJ zipped through the sloppy stretch and scored an 8-1 upset victory in Saturday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. As is his custom, Doctor RJ got away near the back of the pack.. But when Eric Goodell showed him racetrack, the 7-year-old Real Artist-Informant gelding nailed the leader, Unlocked, in the final strid...
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Ohio horseman Pius Soehnlen, 76, dies

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
Ohio horseman Pius Soehnlen, 76, died Friday night at his home in Navarre, Ohio, after a battle with cancer. Mr. Soehnlen was the son of the late horseman Leo Soehnlen, who bred the great trotter Dream Of Glory. Pius trained and drove Dream Of Glory, who won 50 of 86 career starts and set world records and earned divisional honors before becoming an influential sire.   Mr. Soehnl...
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Diamond Cowboy rallies to win Buffalo open

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
The longest stretch on a half-mile track in the United States and a pacer with a form that shows a big time closing kick. That was the perfect recipe for Diamond Cowboy in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open pace on Saturday evening (Jan. 16). Diamond Cowboy ($6.20) was parked out in the field of six from the start but was perfectly rated by driver Shawn Gray to stay in contention as Youw...
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Blizzard Series round two raced in snow

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Bad As Leader was a repeat winner, while a pair of fresh faces visited the winner's circle in Thursday's second leg of the Blizzard Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A trio of $17,000 Blizzard Series divisions for 3 -and 4-year-old pacing fillies and mare were contested under light snow conditions.   Bad As Leader was confidently driven by Trevor Henry to a 1:54.3 victory in the first ...
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McJagersonthemove is best in Dover feature

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
McJagersonthemove, second in his previous two races, proved the best in the Thursday feature race at Dover Downs, winning easily in 1:52.2 with Tony Morgan driving.   The McArdle-Grand fancy gelding lived up to his named moving into the lead and scoring by three lengths for trainer Willard Reynolds and owner Mark Howard in an $8,000 pace. The victory of his second of the meet a...
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Bushwacker eyes third straight at Meadowlands

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Following a gritty 1:49.3 triumph in last week's $25,000 Open Pace, Henderson Farms' Bushwacker seeks his third straight top-level victory at the Meadowlands, and his five in six starts.   Tim Tetrick drives the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, who was assigned the outside post in the featured six-horse field. After pouncing from the pocket on Jan. 2, Bushwacker used a first-ov...
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Connections enjoying ride with Unix Hanover

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Scott Blackler had a pretty good day on the golf course one recent fall afternoon and it had nothing to do with the way he played. Blackler, a trainer based in Middletown, N.Y., went out to shoot a round with a friend and ended up with a horse. The horse--now 4-year-old pacer Unix Hanover--has won five of eight races since joining Blackler's stable and is being pointed toward March's Sagamore ...
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Online Full Circle enrollment now available

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
United States Trotting Association members with an online services account can now enroll horses in the Full Circle Program via their account. There is no need to fill out or mail forms, enrollment can take place on any device that connects with online services. Full Circle is the USTA's free program to record the contact information for any person interested in being reached if an enroll...
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Carsey, Crawfords receive USHWA pres. awards

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Breana Carsey, the Indiana pre-teen featured on the CBS Evening News, and Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms in New York, have earned the honor of a United States Harness Writers Association President's Award.   Not too many fifth grade students get the opportunity to talk about harness racing on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Nonetheless, Breana Carsey, an 11-y...
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Muscle Hill, Real Desire elected to Hall of Fame

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2016 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Muscle Hill and Real Desire.   ...
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$1 million Powerball winner for Michigan's Stimer

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Longtime Michigan-based horseman Bart Stimer was excited about his pacer Gunnin' Forafight's win in a $6,000 race on Tuesday night at Northfield Park. That is, until he looked at his Powerball tickets from Wednesday night and discovered he had all the numbers except for the Powerball--which is worth $1 million.   Amazingly, Stimer said he almost lost the ticket. In a story on mlive....
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MSOA donates $6,000 to Classy Lane fund

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has announced a $6,000 donation to the victims of the Classy Lane Training Center fire.   The Jan. 4 fire in Ontario took the lives of 43 horses from six stables, and the trainers affected also lost all of their racing equipment.   "We at The Meadows certainly understand what they are going through,” said MSOA president...
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Shades Of Bay & Rafa repeat in Snowshoe Series

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
A pair of four-year-old pacers will have an opportunity at a Snowshoe Series sweep after returning to the winner’s circle in Friday’s second leg at Woodbine Racetrack. A total of 18 horses were split into two $17,000 divisions for Friday’s second leg of the Snowshoe Series. Fresh off a 3 ¼ length victory in round one, Shades Of Bay continued his hot streak Friday with an impre...
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Lutetium in Winner's Circle again in Buffalo's opener

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway re-opened its doors after a six-month hiatus Friday night (Jan. 15) and Lutetium showed he hasn't lost his knack in finding his way around the track during that time. A 10-time winner in 2015, Lutetium started off the new campaign in fine style, easily disposing of his seven rivals in the $9,000 featured trot in 2:02.1. Assigned the outside eight post on the sloppy tr...
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Secret's Out N wins Yonkers F&M pacing feature

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Favored Secret’s Out N (Brian Sears, $2.90) was both patient and punctual Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $24 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Assigned post position No. 5 among the six-pack, Secret’s Out N was away third, watching as Rockn’ Ruby N (Dan Dube) two-moved around Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), After early intervals of :28.1 and :58.3, the people’s choi...
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Pocono announces 2016 stakes schedule

on 01/14/2016 12:00 AM
Racing on four consecutive nights and a doubleheader on Kentucky Derby day are included in the 2016 live racing schedule for the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as announced by vice president of racing operations Dale Rapson.   Racing opens at the renowned five-eighths mile oval in Wilkes Barre, Pa., on Saturday, March 19, and will continue for the month of March on Tuesday, ...
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Simpsons to be raced at Harrah's Philadelphia

on 01/14/2016 12:00 AM
The John Simpson Memorial Stakes for colts and fillies will undergo several changes in 2016 as the races return to the Pennsylvania after a successful five-year-run at the Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs.   The eight races for 2 -and 3--year-old trotters and pacers will be reformatted as early closing events that race the same year payments are collected. Named in honor of the ...
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Mitchell talks about fire in new Weekend Preview

on 01/14/2016 12:00 AM
Nobody ever wants to experience a barn fire that results in loss of life, but trainer Chantal Mitchell went through just that when seven of her horses were killed in the Jan. 4 fire at Classy Lane Training Center in Ontario. In an exclusive interview with Gordon Waterstone for the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Chantal relives that tragic night, revealing with emotion what she saw...
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Canadian vet, breeder-owner Joe Johnston dies

on 01/13/2016 12:00 AM
Dr. J. Joseph "Joe" Johnston of Essex, Ont. passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Windsor Regional Hospital. He was 70.   A successful and popular vet in the Windsor area, Mr. Johnston was thrust into the national spotlight in the late 1980s as the breeder/owner of A Worthy Lad. The trotting star won 30 races without suffering a defeat before being sold to Swedish i...
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