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Horseman Kevin Hewitt, 60, dies

on 11/19/2015 12:00 AM
Horseman Kevin Hewitt, a native of New Zealand who plied his trade in New Jersey, died Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he had been hospitalized for the last 10 days. He was 60. Mr. Hewitt was a fixture on the backstretches of New Jersey training centers and tracks. In addition to having a few horses of his own over the years, he worked f...
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Final DSBF 2YO Filly Pace prelims held at Dover

on 11/19/2015 12:00 AM
At Dover Downs on Wednesday, Use Your Noodle won the fastest of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second-leg 2-year-old filly pace prelims.   Jim Morand left quickly with Use Your Noodle for trainer Les Givens and owners Henry Faragalli III, Art Feeney, Trevor Johnson and Nanticoke Racing, leading the rest of the 1:54.1 mile to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Mortg...
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Insights to Meadowlands races in new Preview

on 11/19/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has a huge weekend of racing scheduled, and the highlight might be the 3-year-old colt The Bank taking on older horses in the TVG Open Trot. In the new and FREE HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, The Bank's trainer, Jimmy Takter, talked to Gordon Waterstone about why he decided the colt should take on the older horses. Waterstone also shares his handicapping trials and tribulations f...
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Big M to race Sept., Oct., in 2016

on 11/19/2015 12:00 AM
New Jersey’s two harness tracks – the Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway – have been awarded a combined 200 racing dates for 2016. The dates were approved at the New Jersey Racing Commission, meeting on Wednesday (Nov. 18) in Trenton, NJ.   Mark Ford, attending his first commission meeting as president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, advised the...
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John's Dream captures DSBF 2CP final

on 11/19/2015 12:00 AM
John's Dream won the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final for 2-year-old male pacers Thursday at Dover Downs, while Rusty Carter won the consolation.   With a good chance of winning half of the $100,000 purse, owner-trainer Chuck Perry saw Tim Tetrick did not have a drive in the final, gave him the drive and Tetrick and his Dream Away-March On In colt did t...
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Nick Turley drives first career winner at Dayton

on 11/19/2015 12:00 AM
He's got to win another 11,594 to catch his Uncle David. And 7,030 to catch his cousin Brett. But 21-year-old driver Nick Turley, son of Susie Miller Turley—who is Hall of Fame driver David Miller's sister—has one very important pari-mutuel win and one he will never forget…his first! Taking full advantage of the innermost post position, Turley lead gate-to-wire with Cmon Blaze to capture...
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Hanover Shoe Farms announces 2016 stud fees

on 11/18/2015 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced the 2016 services fees for 10 of the farms' studs. The list of the studs and their fees are as follows: Andover Hall – TBA; Artspeak – $5,000; Cantab Hall – $20,000; Captaintreacherous – $15,000; Donato Hanover – $15,000; Explosive Matter – $7,500; Muscle Massive – $4,000; Sebastian K – $6,000; Somebeachsomewhere – $20,000; Well Said – ...
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Escuela repeats in Pompano trot

on 11/17/2015 12:00 AM
Escuela scored a repeat win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night.   The 5-year-old daughter of ABC Garland, driven by Ed Hensley and dead last early on, used her patented devastating closing punch to score by a length over She's All In, handled by Rick Plano with Cashahallic and Aaron Byron teaming up for third and just another neck back in the mile timed in ...
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Meadowlands ready for Grand Circuit weekend

on 11/17/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands will host a bevy of Grand Circuit stakes this coming weekend with total purses in excess of $3.3 million combined for the Friday and Saturday cards.   Friday is ladies night with the finest in female Standardbred talent on display.   The inaugural $200,000 TVG Mare Open finals take place with seven well-matched pacing mares vying for the title. B...
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Mark Ford new president of SBOA-NJ

on 11/17/2015 12:00 AM
The Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey elected Mark Ford as its president at a reorganization meeting held on Monday (Nov. 16) at the Association's offices in Manalapan, NJ.   Ford, one of the leading trainers in Meadowlands history, owns and operates the Mark Ford Training Center. He fills the position occupied for more than a doz...
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Yonkers International set for Oct. 15, 2016

on 11/17/2015 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced the 2016 Yonkers International Trot is set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15. The are a handful of similarities to the race's revival, held last month and won by Norway's Papagayo E. First is the purse – a cool million dollars.  Second is the number of invitees – 10. Third is the distance – one-and-one-quarter miles.   All other pertinent infor...
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Family enjoying ride with Dog Gone Lucky

on 11/17/2015 12:00 AM
The family horse keeps making the family proud.   Dog Gone Lucky will try to finish his season with a fifth consecutive win when he faces nine rivals in Saturday's $489,400 Valley Victory Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The colt, who last week won his Valley Victory elimination by one length over Make Or Miss, will start the final from post five wit...
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Chipoffthewall, Elton J win DSBF 2CT splits

on 11/17/2015 12:00 AM
Chipoffthewall overpowered rivals in one Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Trot while Elton J won a photo in the other $20,000 second-leg prelim on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Also, Fashion Showdown scored an 18-1 surprise in the $21,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap.   For the fourth consecutive start in DSBF prelims, Chipoffthewall finished first, b...
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Barn Girl beats older mares in Meadows trot

on 11/17/2015 12:00 AM
The lone 3 year old in the field, Barn Girl took it to her elders Tuesday at The Meadows when she captured the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot.   Barn Girl quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone but was under serious siege around the final turn. The daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie found another gear, clicking off the final quarte...
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Do Me Honor wins Meadows mare feature

on 11/16/2015 12:00 AM
Do Me Honor stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Hidden Land rolled through a swift 1:23.3 three-quarters but was unable to separate from the field. Do Me Honor, who was making her second start off a six-week freshening, found the Lightning Lane in time for Aaron ...
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Liberty Lane, Top Royal take Autumn finals

on 11/16/2015 12:00 AM
Ontario sired two-year-old fillies were in the spotlight Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack for a pair of Autumn Series finals. The $29,400 final for trotting fillies and $31,800 final for pacing fillies wrapped up the three-week series event.   In the trotting final, Liberty Lane (pictured) picked the perfect time to break her maiden, as she scored a 6/1 upset in 1:57.3. Drive...
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Sylvain Filion 29th driver with 8,000 winners

on 11/16/2015 12:00 AM
Sylvain Filion became the newest member of the elite 8,000 win driving club Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Filion entered the evening just two wins shy of the milestone and wasted little time getting to the winner's circle.   After winning an Autumn Series final in the second-race, Filion recorded the milestone victory in the eighth race behind 11-year-old veteran pacer Val Ame...
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Del. prelims go to Cicada's Song, Miss Baltimore

on 11/16/2015 12:00 AM
The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund two-Year-Old Filly Trot moved into second-leg prelim action with Cicada's Song and Miss Baltimore posting wins. Little Ben scored a lifetime best 1:49.3 winning the $18,000 Open Handicap at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 16.   After being scratched from last week's prelim, Cicada's Song continues her winning ways collecting her sixth victory in s...
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Resolve headed for TVG trotting championship

on 11/15/2015 12:00 AM
Saturday night at The Meadowlands featured the final $50,000 preliminary legs for the TVG Free For All Pacing and Trotting Championships, to be contested for $400,000 on next Saturday night. Resolve, fresh off his runner-up performance in the Breeders Crown, was established as the 6/5 betting choice in the TVG Free For All Trot and he did not disappoint. Resolve was sent straight to ...
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Trainer's reports at Meadowlands put on hold

on 11/15/2015 12:00 AM
After discussions with representatives of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), the Meadowlands has decided to delay its implementation of the trainer's reports on each horses condition until a meeting with the SBOANJ takes place. The purpose of the meeting is to determine the most effective and efficient way of implementing such a program.   We wa...
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