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Horseman Harry Pownall Jr. dies at 88

on 03/25/2015 2:00 AM
Horseman Harry Eugene Pownall Jr., 88, of Pinehurst, N.C., died Sunday March 22, at his home. Mr. Pownall was born Oct. 09, 1926, in Mineola, N.Y., to the late Harry and Beatrice Pownall. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and later followed in the footsteps of his Hall of Fame father, who trained such notables as Titan Hanover for Arden Homestead Stable. As a trai...
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Frank Milby drives 2,000th career winner

on 03/25/2015 2:00 AM
Maryland native Frank Milby guided Beammeupscottie to victory in the ninth race on Tuesday night (March 24) at Rosecroft Raceway, giving the defending Rosecroft dash champion win number 2,000 in his career.   Milby left from post five and stretched out Casimir Lawman (Roger Plante), who led through the third quarter in 1:24.3 while under pressure from Lone Raider (Brandon Henley). M...
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Brett Risi, 21, qualifies for WHHC

on 03/25/2015 2:00 AM
When Brett Risi started tagging along with his dad and older brother to the horse races at Vernon Downs at age 12, he never thought it would lead to the opportunity of a lifetime. After winning a qualifying tournament at Vernon Downs last month, Risi, now 21, will compete against 100 of North America’s best horseplayers for a $50,000 prize pool in the World Harness Handicapping Champion...
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PHHA's Battoni announces semi-retirement

on 03/25/2015 2:00 AM
Ron Battoni today notified the board of the directors of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association (PHHA) that he plans to semi-retire from the position of executive director on December 31, 2015. However, he will not be leaving the organization entirely, and will continue in a reduced capacity for a period of three to five years.   Battoni joined the PHHA in 1987. Since the...
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Tony Morgan nears 15,000-win milestone

on 03/25/2015 2:00 AM
Tony Morgan’s drive to keep working hard has resulted in a whole lot of winning drives. Morgan entered Wednesday on the verge of joining Dave Palone and Herve Filion as the only drivers in North American harness racing history with at least 15,000 career victories. The 56-year-old Morgan came into the day needing three wins to reach the milestone and has eight drives this evening at Dov...
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Atta Boy Dan scores in Meadows feature

on 03/25/2015 2:00 AM
Atta Boy Dan was indomitable on the front end, thwarting a strong challenge from Hillbilly Hanover to capture Wednesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Atta Boy Dan covered the front half in a reasonable 56 before confronting the first-over Hillbilly Hanover. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding found another gear for Dave Pa...
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Purrfect Bags, Totally Rusty, Gigi Deo win DSBF

on 03/25/2015 2:00 AM
Three resounding victories, by Purrfect Bags, Totally Rusty and Gigi Deo, highlighted  $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Pace preliminaries on Wednesday, March 25 at Dover Downs.. Tony Morgan now two only wins from $15,000 lifetime. Purrfect Bags led off the DSBF action scoring a convincing 1:52.3 victory in the first $20,000 prelim finishing off...
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Just A Bee extends winning streak to 5

on 03/24/2015 2:00 AM
Just A Bee extended her winning streak to five in the $12,000 Open Pace for mares on Monday (March 23) as the 7-year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood wore down a very game and stubborn Godiva Seelster to score a measured neck victory in 1:51.1.   Driven by trainer Mike Micallef for owners Anita Micallef, John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee won for the seventh time in nine starts this ...
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Woodbine Jackpot Hi-5 pool at $726,120

on 03/24/2015 2:00 AM
Saving her best performance for last, Her Name Is Lola was flawless in capturing the $44,440 final of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series on Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   Driver Jack Moiseyev settled the public's second choice into fifth in the early going on the back of favored Seawind Pascale (Rick Zeron). Samira Hanover (Paul MacDonell) charged out from the outside of the gat...
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Caviart Luca among finalists in Saturday's Hirt

on 03/24/2015 2:00 AM
Caviart Luca is not a horse who wins many races, but he also rarely embarrasses himself. The 4-year-old pacer, who on Saturday competes in the $59,000 final of the Clyde Hirt Series at the Meadowlands, has three victories in 30 lifetime races, but has earned a check in 20 of his most recent 21 starts, a span that dates back to October 2013.   So far this year, Caviart Luca has one w...
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Memorial fund for Taylor Vit benefits SRF

on 03/24/2015 2:00 AM
Taylor Vit, son of Kathie and Bill Vit of Cool Cat Racing, formerly Bowl Stables, was involved in a fatal automobile accident in October 2010 in Lexington, KY, at the young age of 22. Taylor was an accomplished young man, the Assistant Captain of the University of Kentucky's Ice Hockey Team, a senior majoring in economics who had a love for Standardbred Race horses. He worked during the summer...
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Anaffairtoremember takes Meadows trot

on 03/24/2015 2:00 AM
Anaffairtoremember worked out a cozy pocket trip, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Anaffairtoremember zipped to the lead but yielded to Cowgirl Hall after stinging her in a :27.4 opening panel. The 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman was fresher in the stretch, respondi...
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Hoosier Park holding social media luncheon

on 03/24/2015 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, now in its 22nd season of live harness racing, will host a social media luncheon for all participating drivers, trainers, and owners with hopes to raise awareness and engagement around this year's live racing season that is set to begin on Friday, March 27.   With an estimated start time of 12:30 p.m., the luncheon will be held in Hoosier Park's Hom...
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Miami Valley increases purses by 10 percent

on 03/24/2015 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association are pleased to announce a joint agreement which will boost the purses by 10 percent across-the-board effective this Friday night, March 27, and throughout the remainder of the meet.   Now in its second season, Miami Valley has been distributing an average ofalmost $90,000 per program through the first 59 nights of the m...
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Jailhouse Jessica takes Pompano Open

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
Jailhouse Jessica, cleverly driven by Bruce Ranger,used a :28.4 breakout finale to sprint clear from her foes and scorea handy victory measuring 3 3/4 lengths in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot for mares on Sunday night (March 22).   Mc Tiny's Hope and Ben McNeil, early trailers in the field of six, teamed up for place honors while As Ya'll Like It, with Sam Stathis aboard...
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Former Quad City announcer Tom Croarkin dies

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
Tom Croarkin, 65,  for many years a top racing announcer, most notably at Quad City Downs, died Monday, March 16.   A bona fide South Side Irishman, Mr. Croarkin grew up in Chicago and cheered for the White Sox and Notre Dame. After completing an English degree at DePaul University, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in the south suburbs before moving to Mol...
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Tie up issues keeping Melady's Monet at home

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
Melady's Monet, who has won five of seven starts this year at the Meadowlands, was under consideration for an invitation to May's Elitloppet in Sweden, but trainer Kevin McDermott on Monday informed race organizers that the 6-year-old trotter would not be sent overseas.   A homebred son of Revenue S out of the mare Keystone Melady, Melady's Monet won his third consecutive Open Handicap...
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Canadian Hall of Fame announces ballot list

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
On Monday, March 23, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame unveiled the names of horses and horsepeople which are on the Hall's 2015 ballot. A total of 30 horses and people comprised of 15 Standardbred racing candidates and 15 Thoroughbred racing candidates have been selected to appear on this year's ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the winners in their respe...
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Witch Dali sweeps Petticoat preliminary legs

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
After Tim Tetrick won with Witch Dali Monday night at Yonkers Raceway, he had this to say: "She's just a big, strong (mare) who carries her speed a long way and hums around Yonkers with no problem.”   Tetrick and Witch Dali ($2.10) authored a third consecutive public workout, sweeping the Raceway's thee preliminary legs in the Petticoat Pacing Series.   Leaving fro...
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Penny Paratrooper, Callmemza dead heat

on 03/23/2015 2:00 AM
Three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminaries inaugurated for 2015 three-year-olds with filly trotters got things underway on Monday at Dover Downs. The regular program spotlighted $20,000 female pacers with Penny Paratrooper and Callmemza finishing in a dead-heart in one. Tony Morgan won two races to move with six of 15,000.   Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Stabl...
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