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Sweet! 51 straight checks for Godiva Seelster

on 04/14/2015 2:00 AM
About the same time that the sun was setting in Pompano Beach on Monday night--7:43--our version of Lady Godiva, known here as Godiva Seelster, was pacing her way into the sunset with an easy win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares.   This 5-year-old daughter of Camluck, making two moves early in the mile, secured command for good just after the :27 opening panel and then wa...
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Greg MacDonald dies at 86

on 04/14/2015 2:00 AM
Greg MacDonald, formerly of Sydney, Nova Scotia and Smyrna, Del., died Monday, April 13, as a result of heart failure at Bayhealth Kent General. He was 86.   Mr. MacDonald started his driving career in 1962 north of the border having great success with the pacer, Bob Brook. In 1963 he made the break to the U.S., working as second trainer for the late Hugh Bell. Of not...
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Spring Previews at Big M offered next week

on 04/14/2015 2:00 AM
For the information of interested horsemen, the three "Spring Preview" classes that did not fill and were not raced this weekend will be offered again next week. Those classes are the NW 2 or $30,000 Lifetime for 3YO colt and filly trotters and 3YO filly pacers.   Next week's conditions will be available here. Please call the racing office at (877) 782-2537 for details.   ...
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Durkin holding announcing workshop at Goshen

on 04/14/2015 2:00 AM
Tom Durkin, whose race calls have thrilled fans all over the world, will conduct a one-day workshop on how to call a horse race on Sunday, June 7, at The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y.   Durkin, a native of Chicago, got his start at the Wisconsin county fairs and has called the most prestigious races of both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing.He retired las...
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Scarborough cancels Friday due to lack of entries

on 04/14/2015 2:00 AM
The horse shortage in New England continues to wreak havoc upon the state of Maine harness racing schedule in 2015 as Scarborough Downs has now been forced to cancel their Friday (April 17) card for the third consecutive week.   "With only 51 horses entered for Friday, any card we put together would have been cobbled and would also have jeopardized our ability to put together strong...
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Major Uptrend aims for Weiss final

on 04/14/2015 2:00 AM
Major Uptrend's stock keeps rising.   The Howard Taylor-owned gelding has won six of 11 races this year, good for $75,475 in purses, and heads into Saturday's $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series final for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers off victories in his two preliminary rounds of the event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Major Uptrend, a 4 year old, won both of his starts i...
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Meadowlands handicapping contests open

on 04/14/2015 2:00 AM
Frank Palmer, of Caldwell, NJ, captured the April 11 Last Chance World Harness Handicapping Qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Palmer built his $200 bankroll into $881 earning him the $2,352 top cash prize and an $800 seat in the World Harness Handicapping Championship on April 25 at Meadowlands Racetrack. Palmer also finished in 3rd place with his second contest entry. As a ...
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Palone drives 6 winners, takes series splits

on 04/14/2015 2:00 AM
Techtor Hanover exploded to the early lead for Dave Palone and drew away late to capture a division of Tuesday's Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Well Bred took the other $17,500 split of the series for 3-year-old colt and geldings, giving Palone a sweep of the second leg. In all, Palone piloted six winners — three for trainer Ron Burke — on the 14-race card. The championship leg of the V...
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Award-winning Rutgers horse dies at 42

on 04/14/2015 2:00 AM
World-renowned equine personality, professor and former mounted patrol horse, Lord Nelson, passed away on April 12 at Gales Way Farm in Wrightstown, New Jersey. Lord Nelson, who will be remembered as Rutgers University's only equine professor emeritus, lived a distinguished life, full of adventure, up until the ripe age of 42 (the human equivalent of 126 years).   Lord Nelson was pu...
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Zahn Memorial set for Saturday at Balmoral

on 04/13/2015 2:00 AM
For the 14th consecutive year, the Harold Zahn Purple Heart Memorial will be raced at Balmoral Park on Saturday, April 18, and guests from at least four states will be present.   The story begins on April 2, 1922, when a baby boy named Harold was born in Chicago. The lad grew up a child of the depression and a bit of a prankster as he and his buddies would place garter snakes i...
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Youth Foundation scholarship deadline April 30

on 04/13/2015 2:00 AM
The April 30 application deadline for three scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is rapidly approaching. Applications and complete information on these financial awards is available at http://hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on GPA, financial need, completeness of application and quality of ...
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Vernon Downs set to open Friday night

on 04/13/2015 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs opens the curtain on their 2015 live harness racing season later on Friday, the first of 90 programs over the seven-eighths mile stonedust track.   "We're excited to kick off another season of harness racing at the home of the Miracle Mile," said Jason Settlemoir, vice president of racing at Vernon Downs. "It's been a long winter, but we're ready for the ...
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NJ offers stud fee rebates for pacing sires

on 04/13/2015 2:00 AM
Rebates are not only for new cars. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), acting on a recommendation of its Breeders Committee, has announced a rebate program of up to $100,000 for 2015 breeding fees for pacing stallions standing in the State of New Jersey. The New Jersey Pacing Stallion Breeding Incentive offers a rebate of the full advertised stallion f...
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Gingras spends the day in 10th grade

on 04/13/2015 2:00 AM
The 2014 Driver of the Year Yannick Gingras went back to school on Monday as guest speaker at two grade 10 French classes in an Allentown, N.J., High School. Gingras, a native of Sorel, Quebec, is a native speaker who became fluent in English in his 20s when he moved to the United States to compete.   The classes were taught by Standardbred breeder and owner Kathy Hoch Ric...
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Chef Lee cooks up series win at Meadows

on 04/13/2015 2:00 AM
Chef Lee inherited the lead near the quarter and made the most of it, rolling to his second straight victory in Monday’s Tamarind Trot at The Meadows. Simeon took the other $17,500 second-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The championship leg of the Tamarind Trot is set for Monday, April 20.   Special Action outdueled Chef Lee for the early lead onl...
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Doctor Terror splashes to Blossom victory

on 04/13/2015 2:00 AM
Cast No Shadow and Maplelea came into Monday night’s $36,200 Blossom Series final with a shot at a series sweep, but Doctor Terror (5) and Jody Jamieson had other plans.   A compact field of six 3-year-old pacing fillies lined up Monday for the final of the Blossom over a ‘sloppy’ surface at Mohawk.   Cast No Shadow, who was undefeated in five starts this season com...
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Odds On Equuleus scores in 1:49.2 at Big M

on 04/12/2015 2:00 AM
On a night that was tough on horses looking to rally from off the pace, Odds On Equuleus bucked the Saturday night trend at the Meadowlands, rocketing off cover to win in his return off a month freshening.   Considered just one of many contenders in a loaded condition event to kick off the Late Pick 4, Odds On Equuleus was released at 7-2 in the highly competitive field. Blatantly B...
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Major Uptrend overcomes post 8 at Pocono

on 04/12/2015 2:00 AM
Major Uptrend overcame post eight and snapped the streak of Victory At Last, who had won in the first three legs of the Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohgean Sun Pocono, by posting a 1:51.3 triumph in one of two $15,000 cuts of the fourth and final preliminary for male pacers Saturday. In the other division, YS Lotus posted the fastest Weiss clocking all year, 1:50.2, to stamp himself as a ...
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Biff Lowry, racing executive, author, dies

on 04/12/2015 2:00 AM
Paul "Biff” Lowry, a racing publicist and executive for more than 50 years, died Thursday, April 9, in St. George, Utah. Mr. Lowry was 87.   Mr. Lowry was reared in the Los Angeles, Calif., area, and was exposed to harness racing at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita as his father was a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times. In 1947 Mr. Lowry started his career in racing by working i...
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Divinely Floozy wins for Langley, Eaton

on 04/12/2015 2:00 AM
The opening weekend of Illinois Conceived and Foaled stakes action continued on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a field of six state-bred sophomore trotters met in the $8,000 Speedy Rodney Stake. As we've seen in the past, these trotting events can provide some surprises and Sunday's test was no different as Phil Langley and Jim Eaton's Divinely Floozy pulled off the 19-1 shocker, winning by ...
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