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Kentucky chairman Beck stepping down

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) chairman Robert "Bob” Beck announced today that he will step down from his post effective Dec. 7, 2015. Beck, who has chaired the KHRC since his appointment by Governor Steve Beshear in 2008, made his decision known at the December meeting of the KHRC.   "This incredible opportunity to serve with a number of excellent industry leaders who ar...
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Big M requiring training reports this weekend

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands race office has requested that all trainers with horses entered in the fifth race at the Meadowlands for both Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, evening's programs to submit training reports via email to trainers@playmeadowlands.com by noon Wednesday, Dec. 2.   Additionally, trainers of horses indicated as the top two morning line favorites in all r...
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Coffee Addict wins with first-over trip at Mea

on 12/01/2015 12:00 AM
Coffee Addict knifed through the slop first-over, wore down the leader and went on to a convincing victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Coffee Addict was fourth when Wilbur Yoder sent her after the leader, White Metro, who was seeking her sixth consecutive win. The 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen powered by White Me...
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Florida crowns champions at Pompano

on 11/30/2015 12:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association presented their annual Super Night Stakes program for Florida-bred Standardbreds Sunday night at Pompano Park with over $430,000 in purses on the line for the eight classes of 2 and 3 year olds.   In the $53,800 Two Year-Old Filly Trot, Gold Star Briana kept her juvenile record unblemished with her seventh consecutive vic...
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Wittstruck invests in HHYF's future

on 11/30/2015 12:00 AM
It was no surprise that harness racing booster and attorney Chris Wittstruck recently won the Team Valor International's Stan Bergstein Writing Award. He has long been a featured, cutting-edge columnist at ustrotting.com, but his actions following the announcement were even more cutting edge. Wittstruck immediately announced he was donating the accompanying stipend to the Harness Horse Yo...
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That's a wrap! WIJI wins Progress in 1:48.2

on 11/30/2015 12:00 AM
George Teague Jr. Inc.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit led every step of a 1:48.2 mile to win the $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace final on Monday night at Dover Downs. The time set a new track record.   The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover cut fractions of :26.1, :54 and 1:20.4 for driver Montrell Teague and kicked home in :27.3 on his way to a 3 3/4 length victory over Dealt A Winner (Dav...
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Ontario Success wins for Burke at Meadowlands

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
One week after being beaten a neck for all the money, Ontario Success did not disappoint those that bet him down to odds on favoritism in the top-level condition pace for $17,000 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands.   Released as the even-money choice, driver Yannick Gingras took no prisoners, sending his horse to the lead past the opening quarter in 27-seconds. He was able to work...
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Ideal Cowboy delivers a win as fav at Yonkers

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Ideal Cowboy (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) held off a two-pronged challenge Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Remanded outside his seven foes, Ideal Cowboy had a reasonably-simple path to the lead. He worked around Texican N (Eric Carlson) and Bigtown Hero (Dan Dube) just before a 27-second opening quarter-mile.   From the...
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Panocchio wins fourth straight at Pompano

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Panocchio, the grand 5-year-old son of No Pan Intended, stretched his winning streak to four on Saturday night at Pompano Park, covering the mile in 1:49.4 for driver Dan Clements.   Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio beat a very classy field numbering six by skimming the pylons turning for home and pushing past the stubborn Bandolito (Kevin ...
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Astreo's Love invades and scores again

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Astreo's Love travelled from Greenfield, Ind., to Dayton, Ohio, for the second straight week since his home base of Hoosier Park closed and the result is he's now "2 in a row in O-Hi-O."   The five-year-old son of Make My Day captured a top conditioned pace a week ago and promptly stepped up into open company this Saturday (November 28) with the same result. Driver Lewayne Miller s...
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Jokeman posts 10th victory of season

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Jokerman ($4.20) led from gate to wire in the $9,000 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 28) to register his tenth win of the year.   After easily taking the lead, driver Jim McNeight guided Jokerman through even fractions of :28.3 and :58.4 before anyone in the field made a move. At the half, Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) pulled to challenge the leader...
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Mister Skitter takes Saratoga feature pace

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Mister Skitter (Western Terror) moved up into the featured pace for the first time on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Don Sherman trainee set a lifetime mark set last week when he went wire-to-wire in 1:52.1 with Austin Siegelman in the sulky.   This week, however, he moved up into the $13,000 Winners Over Pace which was the evening's feature. Mister Skitter sat t...
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Sassa Hanover wins Courageous Lady by a head

on 11/28/2015 12:00 AM
A festive and well-attended evening was made even better for Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr, when their horse Sassa Hanover won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park Friday night.   Trained by Ron Burke and driven by North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover prevailed in 1:52.1, a stake and trac...
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The Murmuring Pan, Much Adoo win again

on 11/28/2015 12:00 AM
The Murmuring Pan and Much Adoo will have a shot at an Autumn Series sweep after victories in round two action Friday night at Woodbine. A total of four $18,000 Autumn Series divisions for three-year-old fillies were contested Friday night. Both the pacing and trotting divisions required two splits.   In the first pacing division, Amazing Control came through as the public's choice ...
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Spagnola 3-for-3 at Meadowlands Friday

on 11/27/2015 12:00 AM
Trainer Kyle Spagnola sent three trotters to the gate on Friday night at The Meadowlands and all three found the winner's circle.   Two of the wins came with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. The first, Ulster romped by a dozen lengths in the third race condition trot, winning in a lifetime best 1:53.1, while Keystone Thomas was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:54.3 in the fifth race condition...
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Sell A Bit N wins fourth straight at Yonkers

on 11/27/2015 12:00 AM
Slight favorite Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $6.30) continued her distaff derby dominance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a fourth consecutive victory.   Ordered outside her seven rivals, Sell a Bit N paid a :27.4, opening-quarter price to get around Skippin' By (Brian Sears). That one wanted no part of an early seat behind Sto...
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Chris Page hits 3,000 win milestone in Dayton

on 11/27/2015 12:00 AM
Driver Chris Page scored a driving triple to reach the coveted 3,000 career triumph plateau on a rainy Friday night (Nov. 27) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Page, a 32-year-old native of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, had an interest in horses from a young age, largely due to an uncle's pleasure horse hobby. Page's interest deepened when he met racehorse veterinarian Dr. Crum, which ev...
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Corleone Hall takes Batavia's top trot

on 11/27/2015 12:00 AM
On a night that featured high wind, rain and a very sloppy track, Corleone Hall overcame the conditions, as well as five other horses, as he won the $9,000 top trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 27).   Corleone Hall got off to a very slow start and watched Diamonds For Life (Jack Flanigen) scoot out to an early lead from fifth, a gapped eight-lengths off. Diamonds For...
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Chipoffthewall takes DE final for 2YOCT

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Chipoffthewall swept to victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tim Tetrick drove three winners.   With North America's second-leading driver at the controls, Chipoffthewall, a gelded black son of Master Lavec-Off the Wall, again dominated the DSBF freshman ranks while setting a new track record for...
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Godiva Seelster wins Pompano Open by nose

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Godiva Seelster, once again handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey, eked out a narrow decision over the late charging Classic Carpet (Kevin Wallis) to win the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park.   The winner was a scant nose in front when the timer stopped at 1:53.4 with Mach It a Par (Dan Clements) third, 2 1/...
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