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Wild Wanda repeats at Pompano

on 12/24/2015 12:00 AM
Wild Wanda, perfectly handled by Ricky Macomber, scored a repeat victory—though hard earned—in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares on Wednesday night, stopping the clock in 1:51.3.   The 4-year-old daughter of Palone Ranger, trained by Jamie Macomber for the Rheinheimer clan—Larry, Douglas, Jeanie and Mary Jo—scored by a half-length over a stubbor...
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New wagering record set at Hollywood Dayton

on 12/24/2015 12:00 AM
It has been a joyous Christmas week at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. With Santa's annual visit just around the corner, the two-year-old track got its present early by establishing new all-time handle records on back-to-back programs.   On Tuesday night, Dec. 22, a 12-race card produced a total of $281,353 in wagers, eclipsing the old mark of $238,119. But the bigger (and better) ne...
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Seven Points Jesse wins Meadows closing feature

on 12/24/2015 12:00 AM
Seven Points Jesse moved powerfully first over to capture Wednesday's $15,200 filly and mare conditioned trot, the 2015 closing-day feature at The Meadows.   Seven Points Jesse was sitting fourth when John DeLong sent her after the leader, You're Majestic. The 4-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Seven Point wore down You're Majestic and had enough in the tank to hold off the Ligh...
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Marshall, Sells, Ross named to Florida HOF

on 12/24/2015 12:00 AM
The Florida Chapter of the States Harness Writers Associations president, Steven Wolf, has announced the Hall of Fame inductees and the annual award winners for the 2015 harness racing season.   They will be honored at the association's 25th annual Silver Anniversary Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa in P...
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Cashahallic cashes in Pompano trot

on 12/23/2015 12:00 AM
Richard Silverman's Cashahallic, a neck shy of the winner's circle last week, was not to be denied this time around as he conquered seven rivals to score a handy 1:55.1 win in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot over Pompano Park's oval, officially rated "sloppy” due to torrential rains just minutes earlier.   The 7-year-old altered son of Cash Hall, again handled by regular pilot Aaro...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/23/2015 12:00 AM
Although harness racing will take a break on Christmas Day, action resumes the day after, including a special afternoon Boxing Day program at Woodbine Racetrack. The free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes a look at the two series finals on tap Saturday afternoon, as well as featured events that night at the Meadowlands and Northfield Park. All of us at HarnessRacing Weekend Previe...
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Maybelle takes late closer final at Pompano

on 12/22/2015 12:00 AM
Mayabelle, driven by trainer Mike Micallef for the Baron Racing Stable, took top honors in the $10,100 final of the Success Cameo Late Closer for claiming ($4,000 base) pacing mares on Monday night, stopping the timer in 1:54.4. The four year-old daughter of McArdle, off as the 7-5 favorite, used the rail to gain a picture perfect journey and score by three-parts-of-a-length over the longes...
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Ontario horseman Frank Colville dies

on 12/22/2015 12:00 AM
  Well known Ontario horseman Frank Colville passed away Monday (Dec. 21) at the Port Perry, Ontario, hospital. He was 78.   Raised in Toronto, Mr. Colville was a long distance transport driver and heavy machinery mover until his retirement. At one time held a record for more than two million accident free miles. Frank often said he "drove more miles backwards than...
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USHWA announces more award winners

on 12/22/2015 12:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association, the industry's organization of communicators, announced on Tuesday several 2015 award winners, including Montrell Teague as Rising Star and Gabe Prewitt as the Breakthrough recipient.   Also, Joann Looney-King was named winner of the 2015 Good Guy Award; Joanne Young with the Unsung Hero Award; Hanover Shoe Farms as the Breeder of the Y...
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Hawthorne's harness meet to open Jan. 8

on 12/22/2015 12:00 AM
Hawthorne Race Course and the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association have reached a historic agreement to keep harness racing in Illinois in 2016.   The agreement will save thousands of Chicagoland jobs associated with the sport, including hundreds of small businesses that would have otherwise ceased operations or relocated to Indiana and other states. "This is a pivotal year f...
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Hidden Land finds Meadows winner's circle

on 12/22/2015 12:00 AM
Hidden Land shed cover around the final turn and nailed the game leader, Set Me Up, at the wire to capture Tuesday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Away fifth for Eric Goodell, Hidden Land followed the live cover of Spreester before taking aim at Set Me Up, who had been stung by a 26.2 opening quarter on a "good” surface. Hidden Land got her nos...
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Radio stations honor Gural for community service

on 12/22/2015 12:00 AM
The annual WATS/WAVR radio stations' community service honor for 2015 was presented to Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural on Dec. 21.   The New York real estate developer was recognized for the indomitable spirit and never-give-up attitude that eventually secured a casino license for the Nichols facility (which will bring vital economic benefits to the Twin Tiers) and for his generous sup...
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Arthur Blue Chip scores in Pompano open

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
Pompano Park hosted a trio of features on Sunday night with Arthur Blue Chip taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Pace, Don't Tell Rusty annexing the $10,500 event for $30,000 claiming pacers and Trevor Win For Us scoring in the second leg of the late closing Powerline Pace.   Arthur Blue Chip went a very game first-over journey to post a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1 with W...
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Mission Brief named NJ Standardbred of Year

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
Trotting filly Mission Brief has been named the winner of the Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year for 2015.   Also selected New Jersey Sires Stakes Horse of the Year, Mission Brief will be honored on Jan. 24, 2016 at the 59th annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. at O'Connor's Restaurant (formerly Charley's Other Brother) in Eastam...
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Awards to Simpson, Takter, Teague, David Miller

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms president and CEO James W. Simpson, trainer Jimmy Takter, driver David Miller, and owner George Teague Jr. were voted year-end honors by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the organization announced Monday.   Simpson was named the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner while Takter was voted the Trainer of the Year for the fifth time in his career and David Mill...
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Canada's O'Brien Award nominees announced

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
On Monday, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2015 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Hilton Mississauga/ Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont.   This will be the 27th edition of the O'Brien Awards, named in...
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Nominations open for Petticoat & Sagamore Hill

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
If you're stuck looking for that perfect last-minute holiday gift, try a nomination fee.   With its 2015 season done, Yonkers Raceway is open for 2016 business, beginning with accepting entrants for the Petticoat (girls) and Sagamore Hill (boys) Pacing Series.   The popular events are for soon-to-be 3 and 4 year-olds who were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 lif...
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Some Kinda Beach holds off Dew N Doughnuts

on 12/21/2015 12:00 AM
Some Kinda Beach made it three straight victories when he endured a demanding first quarter and triumphed convincingly in Monday's $20,000 winners over $10,000 life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Assigned post 8, Some Kinda Beach dueled with Stonebridge Adam through a :26.3 opening panel before grabbing the lead. Eric Goodell gave Some Kinda Beach a :29.3 second-quarter b...
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Fancy Creek Elusiv wins in 1:51 at Dayton

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
Splitting rivals in the final 100 yards of the race, Fancy Creek Elusiv and driver Chris Page captured the $10,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday in a quick 1:51 despite sub-freezing temperatures.   Content to sit third and save ground skimming the pylons through the first seven-eighths of the race, Page found a seam just wide enough to squeeze Fancy Creek El...
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Santa arrives at Meadows for MSOA event

on 12/20/2015 12:00 AM
Santa drove himself to the party (in a jog cart, of course) and the Washington County Food Bank benefited from an evening of harness racing at The Meadows on Friday night. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted the event, which helped to raise money and awareness for the local food bank. "This was our first time working with the Washington Food Bank, and it's a relationship we ...
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