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Horseman Tony Strollo dies at 76

on 04/29/2015 2:00 AM
Anthony Michael Strollo, 76, a longtime resident of Batavia, NY, died April 26 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease at the home of his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson in Manahawkin, NJ.   Mr. Strollo was a retired Standardbred trainer and driver at Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Yonkers Raceway, the Meadowlands and Garden State Park. He campaigned the stakes filly T...
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Habitat starting season in Saturday's Dexter

on 04/29/2015 2:00 AM
Habitat enters this season playing second fiddle to stablemate Mission Brief, but he will be the first 3-year-old trotter from trainer Ron Burke's stable to venture onto the road to the Hambletonian. A multiple stakes-winner in 2014, Habitat will get his campaign started Saturday when he faces seven foes in the $133,170 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway. Habitat, who is on...
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Ohio fairs to receive additional $2.8 million

on 04/29/2015 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) adopted a resolution granting Ohio's 65 county fairs that conduct harness racing an additional $2.873 million for 2015 purses from the state's video lottery terminal (VLT) revenue, on April 28 at the commission's monthly meeting. As well, the fairs will receive an additional $708,000 for operating expenses. "The $3,581,000 in additional funding r...
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Ohio Commission to fund OSU cobalt study

on 04/29/2015 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) will fund a series of research studies on the effects of cobalt in racehorses, partnering with veterinary clinicians and scientists from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio Department of Agriculture Analytical Toxicology Laboratory which has accreditation from the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) a...
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Ontario allows Colin Johnson to appeal

on 04/29/2015 2:00 AM
On Wednesday, April 29, the Ontario Racing Commission released its ruling in regard to an appeal by trainer Colin Johnson. The ORC release on the matter states that on March 2, commission judges at Woodbine Racetrack denied trainer transfer applications for six racehorses. Johnson appealed against the decision.   According to the release from the ORC, the issue in the case is ‘(i)...
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A sweet win for Godiva Seelster at Pompano

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
Godiva Seelster, catch-driven by Mickey McNichol, scored a handy win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night.   The 5-year-old daughter of Camluck repeated her victory of a week ago by conquering five rivals in 1:53.2 over a track rated "sloppy," dulled by heavy rains prior to post time.   The victory, her fourth of the year in six starts, pushed the ...
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Tioga Downs gearing up for May 2 opener

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
Final preparations are in place for the 2015 live harness racing season at Tioga Downs, as the Southern Tier racetrack is due to commence its tenth Standardbred meet on Saturday. Entries for the first weekend's races are due from horsemen on Wednesday, April 29.   "We're looking forward to another great year at Tioga Downs," said Jason M. Settlemoir, vice president of racing at Tiog...
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Vote Stanley Dancer into NJ Hall of Fame

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
Harness racing Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer is competing for a spot in the New Jersey Hall of Fame.  Voting ends on June 7, 2015. Dancer is a nominee in the sports category. The public may cast ballots on: http://njhalloffame.org/2015-nominees/ The Hall of Fame was created to "honor New Jerseyans who have made invaluable contributions.”   Dancer, one of the premier harness...
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Now you can call him "Judge Tyler"

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
Tyler Buter, one of Yonkers Raceway's leading drivers, becomes a judge Saturday afternoon for Yonkers Raceway's "Kentucky Derby Fancy Hat Contest.”   Buter is to be joined in the trackside apron reviewing stand by popular WVOX-AM Radio "Good Morning Westchester” host John Marino, and Georgette Gouveia, writer and editor for The WAG Magazine.   The first Saturday in Ma...
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Demolition of Windsor Raceway underway

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
CBC in Canada is reporting Tuesday that the demolition process of Windsor Raceway, which closed in August 2012, has begun.   According to the report, racetrack management applied to the City of Windsor for demolition permits that would allow the demolish of all the buildings--including the grandstand/clubhouse. Permits to demolish the maintenance building and print shop, w...
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Scarborough cancels Friday card again

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
Due to the continuing horse shortage in New England, the upcoming card for Friday, May 1, at Scarborough Downs has been canceled.   This marks the fifth consecutive Friday that insufficient entries have resulted in cancelation.   Live harness racing will be conducted at the Downs on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, at a special 2 p.m. (EDT) post time and on Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. pos...
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March Awareness wins April 28 SOANY Bonus

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
March Awareness (George Brennan, $5.40, part of favored entry) tagged A Cool Million (Jordan Stratton) on the money Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $66,500 final of the aptly-named YR/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series.   Working out a second-over trip from post position No. 5, March Awareness chased A Cool Million as that one threw down intervals of :28, :57.3 and 1:25.4....
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Meisel wins World Handicapping contest

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 World Harness Handicapping Championship was conducted on Saturday night at the Meadowlands and the winner, taking home the $14,400 first place prize, was William Meisel of Staten Island, NY.   The WHHC Final required players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races, one each from Pompano, Meadowlands and Mohawk.Wag...
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Kayne Kauffman drives 2,000th winner

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
Reinsman Kayne Kauffman, who won the dash title the final meet at old Lebanon Raceway in 2013 and topped the inaugural driver's standings at Miami Valley in 2014, reached the coveted 2,000 career win plateau at Miami Valley on Tuesday night (April 28).   The 36-year-old Kauffman, who grew up in nearby Greenville and learned his early lessons from his grandfather, Herman Baker, won b...
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Hit By Lightning upsets mares at Harrington

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
Legacy Racing of Delaware's Hit By Lightning ($41, Jim Morand) was an upset winner in the $12,500 Mares Open II Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.4.   Together Again N was sent for the early lead from post position three in a :27.1 opening quarter mile. She then led the field of seven towards the half in :56.3 with Springforth battling first-over through three-quarters in 1:25.2...
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NYSS champ Mosquito Blue Chip starts Friday

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
Rivals might consider her a pest, but Mosquito Blue Chip has brought nothing but joy to co-owner John Swider.   Swider, who lives in Atlanta and travels regularly to watch Mosquito Blue Chip compete, is looking forward to the New York Sire Stakes champion's seasonal debut Friday (May 1) in the $39,416 Simpson Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers at the Meadowlands. It will b...
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Molson Pace on May 29; State Treasurer defends

on 04/28/2015 2:00 AM
Canada's first major event of the season for older pacers, the $150,000 Molson Pace, is just over a month away and the folks at The Raceway in London are finalizing plans for the big night on Friday, May 29.   The Molson Pace was changed back to an Invitational format in 2013 and the past two seasons has produced some of the strongest fields ever for the event. And, in both years, i...
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Bi Polar Rose wins Balmoral's Koochie

on 04/27/2015 2:00 AM
The weekend's ICF stakes action at Balmoral Park continued on Sunday with a field of seven diagonally gaited sophomore fillies squaring off in the $8,000 Koochie Stake. After a nice tune-up in a conditioned event in her seasonal debut, Cynthia Demarlie and Jason Van Winkle's Bi Polar Rose was ready and raring to go for this event as she grabbed command from the start and never looked...
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Sapphire City is sport's newest millionaire

on 04/27/2015 2:00 AM
Example A of why never to say "Oh, he (or she) is ‘just a fair horse'” is the pacer Sapphire City, a 7-year-old son altered son of Metropolitan, winner of his Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes championship at age two--and the sport's newest millionaire following victory in Saturday's $100,000 Levy Series consolation at Yonkers.   Just over two years removed from their Vivid Pho...
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Hannah Miller continues hot streak

on 04/27/2015 2:00 AM
Hannah Miller, the 23-year-old miss who has been the scourge of the amateur ranks, added yet another victory to her fledgling resume when she guided Rev It Now to a come from behind 2:01.4 triumph in the seventh leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Series held at Freehold Raceway on Saturday. And that accomplishment came on the heels of her win in the final event in the USA-French Friends...
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