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Dan Patch Award-winning pacers announced

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Harness racing's richest pacer of the year, 3-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, and fastest pacer of the year, 6-year-old stallion State Treasurer, were among the six pacers named divisional champions in Dan Patch Award voting announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on Wednesday.   Also receiving Dan Patch Award pacing honors were undefeated 2-year-old female Pure Count...
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Holiday race changes at the Meadowlands

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
With Christmas and New Year's Eve paring live racing down to just a single weekly card on the next two Saturdays at the Meadowlands, a few important details are being announced concerning those cards.   Trainers should note that the entire Saturday, Dec. 26, card will be comprised of races that usually populate the Friday cards, consisting primarily of trots and pacing mare races. T...
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2016 Pepsi North America Cup on June 18

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced the date of the 2016 $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The 33rd edition of the Pepsi North America Cup for the finest three-year-old pacers will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Mohawk Racetrack. The eliminations for Canada's richest harness race will be contested a week prior on Saturday, June 11. The Pepsi North America Cup was firs...
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Despite listed at Pompano, Napolitano not driving

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
"He's definitely not driving at Pompano Sunday night,” Kathy Napolitano told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon when she heard the question asked of her husband George over the speakerphone while in the car near their Pennsylvania home. George Napolitano Jr., who was surpassed for the North American dash lead by Aaron Merriman on Tuesday night, said before and after last Sunday's closi...
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Balmoral/Maywood auction extended to Dec. 28

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association has posted on its website an update regarding the auction that was conducted on Monday on Maywood Park and Balmoral Park and all of their assets. The update reads:   Bids for Maywood and Balmoral Park and all of their assets were due in their attorney's office by last Friday. Three bids were submitted, only one met the qualifying criteria. That ...
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Purchase of The Meadows moves forward

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
After more than a year of wrangling, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is being sold for $440 million after an extended legal dispute over the purchase price. Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc., a spinoff company of Penn National Gaming, is paying Cannery Casino Resorts LLC of Las Vegas $15 million less than it had offered in May 2014 for the North Strabane casino.   The Pennsylvania G...
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Hawthorne announces condition sheet, late closers

on 12/16/2015 12:00 AM
Racing Secretary Peter Hanley has released the condition sheet for the upcoming 2016 winter harness meet at Hawthorne Race Course. Racing will kick off on Friday (Jan. 8) and will be conducted on a five-night a week schedule with post time Wednesday through Sunday at 7:20 p.m. (CST).   A host of winter series have also been announced for both pacers and trotters. Entry fee for all s...
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Merriman blanked at Meadows; wins at Nfld

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Suppose this shaped up to be the first day of what should be one of the best weeks of your life – a week when you went to the lead in the North American drivers dash-winning derby. And then you lost in your first 17 drives of the day. But Aaron Merriman kept his cool. He won with his 18th steer of the day. And his 19th. And his 20th, and suddenly things had righted themselves....
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Auspicious Hanover takes Open Trot at Pompano

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Auspicious Hanover, masterfully driven by Kevin Wallis, overcame the nine post and eight rivals to score a hard earned 1:54 victory in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night.   His winning margin was a neck over the late charging Cashahallic, handled by Aaron Byron, with Diamond Dagger third for Mark O'Mara. Elin rallied for fourth while Gold Savage saved ground a...
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Iowa Hall of Famer Jim Coulter dies at 85

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
James "Jim” Coulter, of New Sharon, Iowa, died Monday, Dec. 14, at the Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. He was 85.   Mr. Coulter was born Sept. 13, 1930, in What Cheer, Iowa, the son of Warren and Marie Grudgings Coulter. He was a 1948 graduate of What Cheer High School. While a senior in high school he enlisted in the Iowa National Guard so he could continue to...
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ARCI to focus efforts on racing unification

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
The Board of Directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has voted to focus its efforts in 2016 on unifying the racing industry behind efforts to strengthen integrity efforts and possibly a central rule making process in the U.S. to achieve uniform medication policies and consistent implementation.   "The political divide that currently exists in the racing ...
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Wheeling N Dealin to Seelster Farms

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Wheeling N Dealin enjoyed a spectacular freshman season during which time he never tasted defeat in nine starts. He swept the Bridger Series, won the Champlain in a season’s best 1:55, captured the elim and final of the William Wellwood Memorial and concluded the season with a sweep of the Breeders Crown. He was the overwhelming choice as the best two-year-old trotting colt of the yea...
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Pinkman, Mission Brief win 3YO Dan Patch Awards

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Bee A Magician, Mission Brief, and Pinkman added to their respective Dan Patch Award totals Tuesday when divisional honors for trotters were announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Mission Brief, a filly, and Pinkman, a gelding, were Dan Patch Award winners last year at age 2 and repeated as honorees for 2015. Five-year-old mare Bee A Magician was previously recognized in 2013, w...
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Meadowlands December gains continue

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands continued its strong December, with another weekend which yielded gains over 2014.   The 13-race Friday (Dec. 11) program handled $2,720,893, an increase of over $400,000 compared to the same Friday the previous year. The 13-race Saturday (Dec. 12) card posted a handle of $2,671,529, more than $50,000 better than the previous year on that same day. The weekend resulted in ...
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NJ owner wins SRF raffle for trip to Paris

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) very popular raffle of a trip to the Prix d'Amerique was won by Joseph Walsh of Secaucus, NJ. "Are you kidding?" was his response. The news took a few minutes to become real for the New Jersey racehorse owner.   The trip includes 5 days and 4 nights in Paris, a fabulous event through Equitours that starts on Jan. 28, 2016, and incl...
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Michigan official Norm Perttunen dies at 80

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Longtime Michigan-based horseman Norman S. Perttunen, who most recently worked as patrol judge at Hazel Park Raceway, died Sunday, Dec. 13, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 80. Mr. Perttunen was proud of his Finnish heritage and his military service. He was born on March 21, 1935 in Mass City, Mich., to Oiva and Annie (Marttila) Pertunnen. Mr. Pertunnen was united in marriage to Do...
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Meadowlands trainer report requests online

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
In an effort to better accommodate the often busy morning schedules of trainers racing at the Meadowlands, a list of horses for which trainer reports are requested for a given week is now posted at http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/trainerreport1218.pdf. This list will be posted every Tuesday afternoon going forward for that weekend's races. Note, this week's list will be updated w...
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Set Me Up invades from Yonkers, wins at Mea

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Set Me Up, a newcomer to The Meadows, found the track to her liking Tuesday as she zipped to the lead and scored handily in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   Set Me Up had been competing at Yonkers, Pocono and Harrah's Philly, where she showed a penchant for the front end. Dave Palone obliged her, giving her a comfortable 56.4 first half. The 6-year-old daughte...
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Paradise Lost upsets at 34-1 at Dover Downs

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
Paradise Lost, overlooked at 34-1 despite a victory last Tuesday, stormed from far back to win the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap in 1:52.1 on a longshot-filled Tuesday, Dec. 15, card at Dover Downs. Elliesjet N also gained a seventh straight win and red hot Allan Davis had a driving ‘grand slam.'   While Fashion Showdown (Ross Wolfenden) and Double Joy (Jim Morand) we...
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Buckeyes win, but driving prize money to kids

on 12/15/2015 12:00 AM
In a thrilling six-race "Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers Drivers Challenge," which included four lead changes and came down to the last race, the top drivers from Hollywood Dayton Raceway in Ohio edged the top drivers from Hoosier Park in Indiana by a score of 169-162.   The biggest winners, however, were the Dayton Fire Department Local 136 and underprivileged children in the Dayton area. Th...
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