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NY horseman Paul Szalay Jr., 44, dies

on 01/20/2015 12:00 AM
Paul W. Szalay Jr., 44, of Elma, NY, died Jan. 14. Mr. Szalay was a harness racing trainer/driver who raced predominantly in western New York. During his career he won 478 races as a driver with earnings of $876,093. His last drive came at Batavia Downs on Oct. 6, 2009, a winning effort behind Eternal Revenue. As a trainer he won 505 races with earnings of $1,838,401. His best year as a c...
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Bidding strong at Meadowlands mixed sale

on 01/19/2015 12:00 AM
The annual Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands on Monday enjoyed strong bidding on high quality horses. Of the 269 racehorses that sold for a gross of $6,066,500 the average reached $22,697.  Billed as the Winter Racehorse Market, this sale has traditionally featured some of the most sought-after top class prospects available.   The main attraction of the w...
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Mach A Wish comes through at Dover

on 01/19/2015 12:00 AM
 Mach A Wish, who earlier this meet had a four-race win streak, got back to the winner’s circle disposing of six foes in 1:53.2 to take the Dr. M.L. King Jr. $18,000 Mare Open/Handicap, Monday, at Dover Downs. It was the third win on the card for meet leading driver Corey Callahan.   Starting from the outside in a field of seven distaffs, Mach A Wish followed race-favorite fr...
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What I Believe, Khan Blue Chip in dead heat

on 01/18/2015 12:00 AM
The Escort Series resumed on Saturday at the Meadowlands, split into two divisions. The first division was contested at 1 1/8 mile due to the 11-horse field with one trailer.   Longshot Rockstar Stride showed unusual speed and made the lead through a :26.2 opening quarter before yielding the lead to JK Patriot, who made a brush early on the backstretch. Heavy favorite and round...
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Frankies Dragon takes Woodbine Preferred

on 01/18/2015 12:00 AM
Returning to the WEG circuit after racing at Yonkers and the Meadowlands for the majority of the past season, Frankies Dragon prevailed off a pocket trip as the 3-2 favorite in this week's $34,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night. Riding a three-race win streak, Camaes Fellow (Jonathan Drury) was caught wide leaving from outside his seven rivals, but forged on...
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USTA District 7 holds annual banquet

on 01/18/2015 12:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association's annual meeting for District 7, which covers Pennsylvania, was held here Saturday afternoon (Jan. 17) at the Bedford Springs Omni Hotel Resort, in the hometown of District 7 Chairman Sam Beegle, followed as traditional by the Pennsylvania Fairs Awards Banquet. Beegle presided over the district meeting, which included presentations by USTA's executive ...
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Creatine to be trained by Bergh in Sweden

on 01/18/2015 12:00 AM
Sweden's Trav Ronden trotting newspaper has reported that Creatine, the winner of the 2013 Kentucky Futurity and 2014 Allerage Trot, will be heading to Sweden where he will be trained by Robert Bergh. Bergh is well known for training many trotting stars in Sweden, plus he conditioned and drove 2007 Hambletonian runner-up Adrian Chip.   Creatine, a 5-year-old stallion by Andover Hall...
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Knappenberger elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on 01/18/2015 12:00 AM
Jerry Knappenberger, the general manager of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, has been elected as the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   Knappenberger, a native of Newark, Ohio, began his 50 year harness racing career as an assistant trainer for his high school classmat...
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Five wins in six starts for Canadian Touch

on 01/17/2015 12:00 AM
Canadian Touch, driven by George Napolitano Jr., easily wired his competition on Saturday night at Pompano Park, taking the $12,000 feature for $20,000-$25,000 claimers in 1:50.2. In winning for the fifth time in his last six starts, the six year-old son of Camotion equaled his lifetime best performance--first established on Dec. 27 of last year and duplicated one week later on Jan. 3. &nbs...
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Warrawee Needy a 1:51.4 winner at Yonkers

on 01/17/2015 12:00 AM
Rank outsider Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett, $71.50) stunned 'em from first-up Saturday night, easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Pace.   Sitting early after starting from post position 4, Flem N Em N saw Cam B Zipper (Brian Sears) break leaving. Sapphire City, also leaving, worked around pole-sitting BJ's Guy (Matt Kakaley) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a...
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Brown, Schwartz, Myers among Ohio honorees

on 01/17/2015 12:00 AM
The Ohio chapter of the US Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association banquet on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Columbus Marriott Northwest (Dublin).   The Ohio chapter has voted Brian Brown as the recipient of the Winner's Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; named Hunt...
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Youwillwishyouhad loves the front at Buffalo

on 01/17/2015 12:00 AM
Youwillwishyouhad loves racing on the front end. Drawing the rail in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway would seem like a recipe for success. It was.   After playing given-and-go with Bakken (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the opening quarter pole, driver John Cummings Jr. put Youwillwishyouhad back on the lead and never looked back in posting a convincing 1 1/4-length win over No Real Su...
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Spirit Of Desire best of mares at Yonkers

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
Spirit of Desire (Jason Bartlett, $9.20) out fought Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) in a good, old-fashioned match race Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play early from post position 5, Spirit of Desire worked around Palm Patrol just at a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.2 intermission, Momma Rock (Brian Sears)...
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Kevin Cummings has another 4-win night at Buffalo

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
The temperature outside may be hovering near zero at Buffalo Raceway, but driver Kevin Cummings is as hot as a mid-summer afternoon. After scoring four times on the opening card Wednesday evening, Cummings had another huge night Friday (Jan. 16) with four more victories to highlight the 10-race card. He now has eight wins in just 21 starts.   Cummings had a career year with 334 victories ...
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Rev Me Up shows she likes Miami Valley

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
Rev Me Up, who enjoyed considerable success at the inaugural Miami Valley Raceway meet in 2014, returned to Ohio Friday night a captured the $16,500 Mares Open Pace in 1:53.2. It was one of three driving wins on the program for Dan Noble, who split rivals in the stretch to top Rescue Team (Chris Page), who was closing fast on the outside, and pacesetter Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore), who finishe...
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R Marie Hanover holds on for Meadows win

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
R Marie Hanover reclaimed the lead at the quarter and had just enough lick late to capture Friday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   R Marie Hanover opened up a two-length margin at the top of the lane for Aaron Merriman but was all out to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Certified Ideal, who fell a neck short. Doubelieveinmagic rallied for show in...
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Delaware's best honored at DSOA banquet

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
A group of nearly 300, horsemen, legislators and friends of harness racing turned out for the 18th annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards Dinner at Modern Maturity in Dover, Del., on Friday, Jan. 16. The annual DSOA meeting at mid-day preceded the awards-dinner and its early evening cocktail hour under the auspices of DSOA Executive Director Sal DiMario and his staff of De...
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Hoosier Park stall applications now available

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
Stall applications are now available for the upcoming 2015 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, can be found on Hoosier Park's website or by clicking here.   Stall applications must be received by Hoosier Park Racing and Casino's race office by no later than February 6, 2015. Applications for stall...
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Witch Dali beaten; Team Six upsets at 50-1

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
A premier match-up of first round winners took center stage in the second division of the Worldly Beauty Series at the Meadowlands Friday night as Witch Dali, the 1-5 favorite, and Donttellruss, the 2-1 second choice, hooked up in a preview of the final.   Witch Dali went right to the lead, setting a rapid pace of 27.2, 55.1 and 1:22.3 with Donttellruss and Yannick Gingras racing ri...
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Chuck Burr, longtime Buffalo publicity man, dies

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
Long time Buffalo Raceway publicity director, Charles "Chuck” Burr, died after a short illness on Tuesday, Jan. 13. He was 91. He spent most of his career as a sports administrator. In the early 1960s he was the general manager and publicity director of the Buffalo Bills and then became the executive manager of the Miami Dolphins.   In 1968, Mr. Burr got the calling to harness rac...
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