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Warrawee Needy retired to stud in Ontario

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Mark Ford is pleased to announce that world champion Warrawee Needy will be coming to Ontario to stand for stallion duty at Mac Lilley Farms Ltd. A winner of 29 races and more than $1.25 million, Warrawee Needy did it all. He was freakishly fast at two (1:49.4s), faster still at three (1:48.4s) and fastest in the world at four (1:46.4). At two, he was the 2011 O'Brien Award winner for two-ye...
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Hoosier Park's 2016 season to open April 1

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved the 2016 race dates during their meeting on Dec. 9. In addition, a presentation was made by Jim Brown, President and COO of Centaur Gaming regarding both Indiana Grand's and Hoosier Park's race meets that recently concluded. The presentation highlighted the successes at each track, capital improvements and marketing efforts during the 2015 meet. &nbs...
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Southwind Farms named NJ Breeder of Year

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Southwind Farms in Pennington has been selected as the New Jersey Breeder of the Year for 2015, it was announced by the Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey on Friday.   Among the Southwind standouts of 2015 was Southwind Frank, the likely divisional champion among the 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings.   Southwind Fa...
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Berlin appointed to Ohio Breed Dev. committee

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
George R. Berlin of Canfield, Ohio, has been appointed by the Honorable Governor John Kasich to the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Committee. Berlin, as the newest member of the OSDF Committee, will serve a term of four years.   "I'm quite honored to be appointed to the OSDF Committee,” Berlin stated. "I've been in this business for a long time and harness racing has been in m...
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Bill Stuart, breeder of Bridger, dies at 91

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
William Robert (Bill) Stuart of Ilderton, Ont., died peacefully on Friday (Dec. 11) at London's (Ont.) University Hospital surrounded by his family. He was in his 91st year.   Mr. Stuart and his wife of 65 years, Eileen Mae (Segriff), began racing Standardbred horses in the early 1960s and started a small breeding operation early in the 1970s. As breeders the Stuarts had the go...
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Ballots for Living Horse Hall of Fame in mail

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Ballots for the 2016 inductees to the Living Horse Hall of Fame are in the mail. There is less than a month in which to vote - ballots must be postmarked by December 28, 2015. All members in good standing of the Harness Racing Museum are eligible to vote for TWO horses they feel exemplify greatness. The slate of eligible horses selected by the Living Horse Hall of Fame Nominating Committee follows...
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Full fields headline Meadowlands Saturday

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
While a trio of high-dollar trotting events headline Friday’s program at The Meadowlands, pacers will take center stage on Saturday (December 12) evening, with a $16,500 upper-level conditioned event serving as the featured race on the 13-dash program. Nine vie for the winner’s share of $16,500 in the top-level conditioned pace, carded as the night’s eighth race. Rockin Wizard, a recent r...
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Tamarind gets win in Meadows top trot

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Tamarind waited patiently for the Lightning Lane, then poured through to capture Friday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind was away second for Aaron Merriman, stalking the leader, Lady’s Dude, until mid-stretch. The 7-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos surged inside and downed the rallying Rompaway Galaxy by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.2....
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Miller Time at The Meadowlands

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
It was David Miller Time early and often on Friday night at The Meadowlands. "The Buckeye” won three of the first seven races on the program, and has not slowed down since winning five Breeders Crown Championships in Canada. One of his three Friday night wins was a 38-1 upset in the $20,000 Dash For The "G NOTES” Trotting Final. Ulster was sent off as the 2-1 favorite and led at the first t...
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Wanda Bayama kicks off Niagara Series

on 12/11/2015 12:00 AM
Wanda Bayama was a late-closing winner over odds-on favorite Much Adoo in the $18,000 first leg of the Niagara Series on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The series is for three-year-old pacing fillies that are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of midnight Oct. 31. Much Adoo (Trevor Henry), winner in a pair of recent Autumn Series splits, left from post three with Dustylane ...
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Arrangements set for Michael Parisi

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
Arrangements have been announced for Michael Parisi, 51, owner and general manager of White Birch Farm in Allentown, N.J., who died Dec. 5.   Visitation will take place on Friday, Dec. 11, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave., Maspeth, N.Y. 11378. The phone number is (718) 651-3535.   The Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, Dec....
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War Cry Hall chants victory in Dover trot

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
War Cry Hall took the lead on the last turn on the way to a 1:53.2 win in the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   RBH Ventures' War Cry Hall came at leader Tough Mac on the final turn and then rolled right by in the lane to notch his 12th win of the campaign with Ross Wolfenden driving for trainer Jim King. The triumph was the second straight and third in ...
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Bessie is best in Meadows feature

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
Bessie powered to the lead past the quarter and faced little pressure thereafter as she rolled to victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Away third for Jim Pantaleano, Bessie overtook the leader, Barn Girl and enjoyed a comfortable :57.2 front half. Anaffairtoremember avoided a tangle of horses down the bac...
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Mach This Way reigns supreme at Batavia

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
This was the fourth straight week that Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.) and Memumsnotnice (Ray Fisher Jr.) locked horns with "Mach” having a 2-1 advantage over "Mum” to date. After a hard fought battle, Mach This Way reigned victorious again in the $9,500 distaff pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night.   Memumsnotnice left sharply and paced on the front uncontested to ...
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Fantasy sports discussed at Racing Symposium

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
SWOP Stakes, a racing jackpot based on multiple race outcomes, received a $15,000 cash prize for winning the Innovators' Circle at the wrap-up session of the Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday.   SWOP Stakes was developed in Australia by Shaun Pyrah, Director of Strategy for Six Faces, an interactive wagering company. The three-judge panel deemed...
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Napolitano holds onto 3-win lead

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
Wednesday was a very calm day in the very heated battle between George Napolitano Jr. and Aaron Merriman for the 2015 North American dash-winning crown for drivers. Both recorded one winner on the day, bringing the current scoreline to Napolitano 820, Merriman 817.   It was an unremarkable day at Philly on Wednesday afternoon, as far as the range of winning prices – the average wi...
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Florida gov approves new gaming compact

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
After months of negotiations, Florida Gov. Rick Scott quietly signed a compact with the Seminole Tribe on Monday, Dec. 7, that will generate nearly $3 billion in added revenue to the state over seven years in exchange for the exclusive right to operate blackjack and add craps and roulette. Under the previous agreement, the tribe agreed to pay at least $234 million a year in exchange for the...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
We're heading down the homestretch in the 2015 racing season but there will still be plenty of action over the next few weeks. The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes a look at this week's Open Trot at the Meadowlands, with trainer Todd Buter giving his thoughts about Stitch In Time, who he purchased as a suckling and has rewarded him handsomely. Dave Briggs had a chance to tal...
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Sassy Sarah goes out a winner for Saindon

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
Sassy Sarah will always be amazing in the eyes of Lisa Saindon.   A 14-year-old pacing mare, Sassy Sarah won on Nov. 22 at Scarborough Downs to notch her first victory of the year. It was the 64th triumph of the mare's lengthy career, and it also was her final one. With mandatory retirement at age 15 looming for Sassy Sarah, Saindon--who owns and trains the horse--decided there was ...
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Jingle Bell Rocker in holiday spirit at Dover

on 12/10/2015 12:00 AM
The feature race wasn't ‘No Laughing Matters,' because Laughing Matters did win the top race on the Thursday, Dec. 10, program at Dover Downs. Framed Art was the fastest winner on the card in 1:50.   Claimed two starts back by PT Stable, Laughing Matters rushed away from post 7 and was not approachable the rest of a 1:51.2 mile to win the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-yea...
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