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Fan's Choice Awards to Bellino, WIJI's Jug win

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
Throughout the month of December, 19 nominees in two categories vied against each other for the Railbird Recognition Awards, the fan-voted accolade sponsored by the U. S. Harness Writers Association and the U. S. Trotting Association.   Ten individuals squared off for "Horseperson of the Year” and nine events battled for "Racing Moment of the Year” and when the po...
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CHHA seeking stallion breedings for auction

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
The annual CHHA Stallion Auction will run beginning Tuesday, February 1 through Saturday, February 6, 2016. Please consider donating a breeding to your stallion. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit www.chha.net/stallion-auction. For more information or to donate a breeding, please contact Lee Alphen at leealphen@comcast.net or 603-898-1927.
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New Weekend Preview edition now available

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available and while it always focuses on the upcoming weekend of racing, Gordon Waterstone also has a report about the tragic fire at Classy Lane Farm in Ontario. He managed to speak for a few minutes to trainer Ben Wallace, who lost almost his entire stable in the fire, and Bill O'Donnell, a former horseman who now manages the day-to-...
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Giant Sculpture fastest on Thursday Dover card

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
Yankee Heaven and Giant Sculpture came from off the pace in each of the Thursday co-feature paces at Dover Downs. Ross Wollfenden had a four-win ‘grand slam.   Wolfenden hustled Yankee Heaven up in the closing strides to overtake front-pacing McJagersonthemove (Tony Morgan) in a field of all 4 year olds to score a 1:53.4 triumph for trainer Bruce Saunders and owners Clark, Altobel...
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Woodbine pays tribute; vigil planned for Tuesday

on 01/07/2016 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group dedicated Thursday evening's card of racing to the 43 equine lives lost in Monday night's barn fire at Classy Lane Training Center. The link to the video can be found at the bottom of this story or in the video box on the home page of harnessracing.com..   Horsepeople gathered in the Standardbred paddock to watch a tribute video created by the Woodbine B...
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gofundme account established to help fire victims

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Fundraising efforts are well underway to assist those who lost horses in the barn fire at Classy Lane Farm in Ontario late Monday night. In addition to the announcement by the Meadowlands that it and its horsemen are joining together this weekend (Friday and Saturday) to raise funds for the victims of the fire, a "gofundme" page has been set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Ass...
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Keen competition Friday at Meadowlands

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands returns to two nights of live racing this Friday and Saturday with post time remaining at 6:35 p.m. as a result of the handle successes realized during the holiday schedule.   Fourteen races will populate the Friday card with only one race fielding fewer than 10 horses and a pair of Open trots as the twin features.   The $25,000 Open I Handicap is the...
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Meadows announces Feb. claiming series

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Owners of mid- and high-level claiming horses will have a chance to share in lucrative purses in "Winter Claiming Series 2016” offered by The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.   The event consists of six series, each with two preliminary legs and a final, with purses for the finals estimated at $15,000 for $10,000 claimers and $25,000 for $20,000 claimers. All finals are scheduled f...
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Cashahallic overcomes break to win

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Richard Silverman's Cashahallic, confidently driven by Aaron Byron, took advantage of an early miscue by the favorite, Its Payday Friday, to score a near gate-to-wire victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The eight year-old altered son of Cash Hall pinned a defeat measuring 2 ¾ lengths on Sailer Eddie, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines while Diamond Dagg...
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Third Straight to stand stud at Morrisville College

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Morrisville College is pleased to announce the addition of former world champion Third Straight p, 3, 1:53.3s, 3, 1:50.1f ($321,662) to its stallion roster.   As a two-year-old he held his own against the likes of Mach Three and Western Shooter finishing second in Breeders Crown elim (fifth in final), Bluegrass and third in Champlain and Governor's Cup elim and final. At three he wa...
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Business strong at Western Fair Raceway

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Writing for Ontario Horse Racing, Dave Briggs has an update on business at The Raceway at the Western Fair District (Western Fair Raceway) in 2015. The track just missed setting a monthly betting record in December when its races generated $5.81 million in wagering.   Click here for the entire story.
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Darin Zoccali resigns at the Meadowlands

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
Darin Zoccali, who has worked at the Meadowlands since 2006 and as its director of racing operations since 2012, told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that he has resigned his position and will be leaving the New Jersey racetrack upon the conclusion of the race card on Saturday, Jan. 9.   Zoccali's responsibilities at the Meadowlands included all racing-related decisions, inclu...
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Total harness handle climbs in 2015

on 01/06/2016 12:00 AM
The total wagering on harness racing at U.S. tracks in 2015 surpassed $1.5 billion, a 1.02 percent increase compared to 2014 according to statistics announced by the U.S. Trotting Association on Wednesday. During the past year, the$1,512,300,328 wagered on pari-mutuel harness racing nationwide was $15,295,745 more than the 2014 total of $1,497,004,583. In addition, there was an increase ...
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Fire at Classy Lane kills more than 40 horses

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
Tragedy struck in Ontario late Monday night as a barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, not far from Mohawk Racetrack, took the lives of more than 40 Standardbred racehorses stabled in Barn 1. Standardbred Canada reported that trainers Ben Wallace, Roger Mayotte, Chantal Mitchell, Kris DiCenzo and Dan Lagace lost horses in the blaze. The fire reportedly started at...
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Rockin Image's 2016 book full and closed

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
With performers such as Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete and his first two crops making him Indiana's number one money-winning sire in 2015, it's no surprise that Rockin Image's 2016 book is full and closed. Dr. Maria King of Victory Hill Farm, which stands Rockin Image at stud, announced the news.   Victory Hill Farm also stands Rockin Image's half brother Tellitlikeitis, A...
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Meadowlands fundraiser for fire victims

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack and its horsemen are joining together this weekend (Friday and Saturday) to raise funds for the victims of a devastating fire at Classy Lane Training Center in Ontario on Monday that killed more than 40 Standardbred racehorses. "This is every horseperson's absolute worst nightmare,” said Jason M. Settlemoir, general manager and CEO of Meadowlands Racing & En...
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Unefoisdansmavie upsets at 15-1 for Burke

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
Unefoisdansmavie saved ground until the final turn, then swooped the field wide from last to score a 15-1 upset in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Dave Palone was content to keep Unefoisdansmavie along the cones while others attacked the leader, Mistress Valentine. But when Palone angled the 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The W...
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Fashion Showdown scores at 35-1 at Dover

on 01/05/2016 12:00 AM
A :25.3 opening quarter on a chilly Tuesday apparently was too much for Elliesjet N and Jerseylicious as Fashion Showdown was fastest in the stretch to score a 35-1 upset in the $20,000 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Jan. 5. Corey Callahan notched four wins.   Elliesjet N and driver Art Stafford Jr. brought an eight-race win streak as the mare stepped up into the top distaff...
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Hannah Miller named US rep in World Cup

on 01/04/2016 12:00 AM
The World Cup, considered the Super Bowl of amateur racing, will take place in Budapest, Hungary in September 2016 and Hannah Miller has been designated to represent the United States in that prestigious event. This year the World Cup will pit 12 countries from three continents in an international amateur driving competition.   Miller was named the USA's 2015 Amateur Driver of the Y...
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No Meadowlands for David Miller until April

on 01/04/2016 12:00 AM
Although David Miller enters 2016 less than $683,000 from becoming just the third driver in history to reach the $200-million mark in career earnings, don't look for the Hall of Famer to reach the milestone any time soon. That's because Miller and his wife, Misty, will be spending the winter in Florida and not returning north until April, which means he will be out of action at the Meadowlands...
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