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Blizzard Series continues at Woodbine

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Favorites struggled early, but Artistic Fusion turned the tide and made another bold statement in the Blizzard Series Thursday night at Woodbine. Just like round one, three $16,000 divisions of the three-week series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing fillies and mares were contested.   In the first division, Bettim Jenny got up at 22-1 to pull off the upset in 1:56.3.   Driven by Roger M...
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Longtime Buffalo publicist Chuck Burr dies

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Longtime 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 he got the calling to harnes...
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Super Bowl splits raced at Meadowlands

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Three second-round $15,000 divisions of the Super Bowl headlined an 11-race Thursday program at the Meadowlands. Each of the three divisions featured at least one first round winner.   The first division featured first round winner Blocking The Way, who ironically was not sent off as the favorite. That honor went to Two Hip Dip at 4-5, who broke in round one but rallied impressively to ge...
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Aaron Merriman wins 7,000th career race

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman scored the 7,000th win of his driving career while driving Ali Rush in Northfield Park's 9th race on Thursday. Ali Rush boldly left from the gate and led her competition from start to finish, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.3.   Merriman, 36, keeps a torrid schedule, regularly competing at Northfield Park and The Meadows. However, he also races at various othe...
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Callahan scores touchdown at Dover

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan, who leads the sport in purse money won in 2015 and the tight battle for first place among North American driver wins, reached 29 victories after making the winner's circle five times on Tuesday at Dover Downs. His winners included the feature race victor, Touchdown Mindale.   Harvey Eisman owns Touchdown Mindale, an altered son of Always A Virgin-Happy To Be Bes...
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Buffalo meet gets underway Wednesday

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway is wasting no time in getting the 2015 live racing season off to a great start as the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace is scheduled as the first race on the solid 12-race opening night card Wednesday. Post time is 5 p.m.   Bazooka Terror has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the opener despite being assigned the eight post. Defending Buff...
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Balmoral/Maywood announce qualifier dates

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
With live racing set to resume in about two weeks, Balmoral Park and Maywood Park have announced the initial qualifying dates and entry times for the Chicago-area Standardbred tracks.   Balmoral Park will host qualifiers on Wednesday, Jan. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. (Central). Entries for these qualifiers will close on the Tuesday before each date at 10 a.m. &nbs...
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Blooded Horse Sale entries close Jan. 16

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale are due now! The 52nd  annual event takes place Feb. 9 and 10 in Delaware, Ohio, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at the home of the Little Brown Jug to replenish racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Entries close Friday, J...
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Michigan owner Mark Maynard dies at 65

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
Mark Maynard, of South Lyon, Mich., died Wednesday, Jan. 14. He was 65.   He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Paula, who is a past president of the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association.   Mr. Maynard was a U.S. Army veteran, who served in Vietnam from 1969-70. He retired from the printing industry.   He was an animal lover and over the past 38 years...
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I'm Feelin Good gets 4th straight at Meadows

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
I’m Feelin Good had captured three straight races with gritty first-over moves, but could he possibly use the same strategy to extend his streak to four? Indeed he could, as his determined move for Tony Hall wore down the leader, Shooter’s Dream, and carried him to victory in Wednesday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dew N Doughnuts shot t...
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Memumsnotnice wins Buffalo opening feature

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
It didn't take long for driver Frank Milby to make himself known at Buffalo Raceway as he drove long shot Memumsnotnice ($38.60) to a stunning half-length victory in the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace Wednesday evening (January 14). It topped the successful opening night of the 92-day meet at Buffalo Raceway. Director of Operations Jon Cramer was delighted with the opener. "...
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CHHA stallion auction begins January 28

on 01/13/2015 12:00 AM
The Stallion Auction to benefit the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA) will be conducted Wednesday, January 28 through Saturday, January 31. A listing of available stallion breedings will be continually updated at www.chha.net/stallions. You may bid online at www.ongait.com or by phone at 603-898-1927. 
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Pure Barre wins her 100th lifetime start

on 01/13/2015 12:00 AM
Pure Barre and Just A Bee extended their winning streaks on Monday night as Pompano Park hosted a pair of Open events for mares--one for trotters and the other, of course, for pacers.   The grand mare Pure Barre, making her 100th lifetime start, overcame the outside nine post to score a near gate-to-wire win for Mickey McNichol in 1:55 for her 21st lifetime win. Owned and trained by...
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Lounge Act, Callahan, Pierce big Dover winners

on 01/13/2015 12:00 AM
Lounge Act was a 1:55 success in a $14,000 winners-over pace for 4 and 5 year old mares over a sloppy track on a damp Monday, Jan.12, at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan continued his multiple-win barrage with five wins while Ron Pierce had four.   After three straight starts from post 7, Lounge Act drew the rail and responded with 1:55 victory, hid fourth in his seven starts t...
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Mary Davis, Pompano maitre d, passes

on 01/13/2015 12:00 AM
Mary Davis, who was the maître d at the Top of the Park Restaurant and an employee at the Isle Pompano Park, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. She was 67.   Born in Dublin, Ireland, Mary had come to the United States nearly 25 years ago and worked all that time at Pompano Park. She had been married to Pompano/Saratoga horseman, Emmett "Jeb” Davis for nearly 23 years. &nbs...
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Whata Donato, Count Me In score at Meadows

on 01/13/2015 12:00 AM
 Whata Donato and Count Me In, a pair of streaking horses, captured Tuesday’s co-featured trots — each in front-end fashion — at The Meadows.   In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Whata Donato had little trouble collecting her second straight victory — and fourth in her last six starts — when she sprang to the lead from post 8...
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French PMU handles $1.38 million on Yonkers

on 01/12/2015 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's first French-exported program of the season went postward Sunday afternoon. The first seven races on the dozen-race card were oversized fields (11, 12, 10, 10, 9, 10 and 10 trotters, respectively, after scratches) at the mile-and-one-quarter distance.   The seven races attracted 1.16 million euros (approximately $1.38 million U-S dollars) to an audience which inclu...
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Ourea Nourrir one of 4 winners for Allan Davis

on 01/12/2015 12:00 AM
Allan Davis was hot on a cold Sunday at Dover Downs, driving four winners including Ourea Nourrir in the $15,000 claiming pace on Jan. 10. Pinearosa won the co-feature $10,200 4&5-Year-Old Open Pace.   After consecutive come-from-behind second-place finishes, Davis got Ourea Nourrir to the front early and Dragon Again-Odds On The Hat gelding did the rest recording s 1:52.4 victo...
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Rehab Mountain scores again at Miami Valley

on 01/12/2015 12:00 AM
There were no relapses for Rehab Mountain on Sunday as the 6-year-old gelding raced "clean as a whistle" to win Miami Valley Raceway's $16,500 Open Trot for the second week in a row.   Driver Brad Hanners, who also trains the winner, settled into a snug pocket behind Celebrity Hercules (Dan Noble) through fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:26 before angling out at the head of the stretch...
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Ontario announces $12 million rewards program

on 01/12/2015 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association is pleased to announce that it has officially signed an agreement with the Ontario Racing Commission for a C$12 million enhancement of the current breeders rewards program. After a number of productive discussions and meetings with representatives from the Ontario Racing Commission and Ontario Horse Racing, Ontario's Standardbred breeding indust...
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