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Charters responds to Friday "Update" story

on 01/09/2015 12:00 AM
Following a story published in the Friday (Jan. 9) edition of Harness Racing Update about the decision of Jeff Gural to ban trainer Corey Johnson and owner Richard Berthiaume from participation at the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, the tracks he operates, Tom Charters, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, who was quoted in the "Update" story, issued the followin...
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Kevin Switzer Jr. to be recognized by Maine legislature

on 01/09/2015 12:00 AM
Senator Amy Volk (R–Cumberland) will introduce a Legislative Sentiment to recognize the accomplishments of harness driver Kevin Switzer Jr.   Legislative Sentiments are significant expressions of the sense of the legislature. They are a public declaration in honor of a personal achievement signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.   Sw...
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Macharoundtheclock rallies for Meadows win

on 01/09/2015 12:00 AM
Trailing by 7-1/2 lengths at the half, Macharoundtheclock unleashed her characteristic late rally to capture Friday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Macharoundtheclock was next to last when Eric Ledford asked her for pace. Despite a wide journey through the lane, she downed the first-over Novascotia Hanover by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.2. Doubelieveinmagic finished t...
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Set Me Up wins Yonkers feature opener

on 01/09/2015 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's 2015 season began Friday night with a $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Pace.   Second-choice Set Me Up (George Brennan, $5.80), from post position No. 4, whipped her four foes, going the distance (:28.3, :58.2, 1:26.4, 1:54.4). Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) moved from third down the backside, closing the margin before missing a half-length. Cooking the Books (E...
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Stucklikeglue takes Miami Valley feature

on 01/09/2015 12:00 AM
Despite sub-zero wind chills Friday night, Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) made another impressive showing in the $14,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley on Friday night by beating Buckeye Thea (Tyler Smith) and Rescue Team (Chris Page) in 1:55.1. Since coming to the Dayton area a month ago, the winner has two wins, a second and a third in four local starts in the Friday night feature....
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It's winter, and Snowshoe Series underway

on 01/09/2015 12:00 AM
Round one of the Snowshoe Series continued winter series action Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Four $16,000 divisions of the series for three and four-year-old pacers that were non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014, were contested Friday evening.   In the first division, Vegas Rich went gate to wire to pick up the victory as the second choice on the boar...
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Lindy's Tru Grit scores in 1:52.1 at Meadowlands

on 01/09/2015 12:00 AM
Lindy's Tru Grit, who just one month ago was struggling to stay trotting at the C-1 level, scored his third consecutive victory since the addition of trotting hobbles Friday night at the Meadowlands, defeating some of the best trotters on the grounds, winning the Free For All Handicap in a lifetime best 1:52.1.   Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Lindy's Tru Grit left for position from ...
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Ohio Fair Championships at Hollywood Dayton

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway are proud to announce the first annual Ohio Fairs Championship to be held Oct. 1 at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway.   "We think this is a great opportunity to give the top fair horses exposure at the pari-mutuel level by offering these finals”, said Mark Loewe, Vice President of Racing Operations fo...
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Three straight wins for I'm Feelin Good

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
I'm Feelin Good wore down the leader, Visible Gold, with a relentless first-over bid and captured his third straight in Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Visible Gold cut out a moderate 58.4 first half but couldn't withstand the pressure from I'm Feelin Good, who scored by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4 and relegated Visible Gold to his f...
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Fan's Choice awards to Yoder, Sebastian K

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
Fan voting for the Railbird Recognition Awards concluded this past New Year's Eve and each categorical winner was realized in different ways; one in a photo and one by a landslide.   Verlin Yoder, who drove Natural Herbie to an upset victory in the International Trot at Yonkers, was voted as the Horseperson of the Year for 2015. That decision came with the closest margin ever in the five...
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Wagering increase at WEG tracks in 2014

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Thursday announced that wagering on Woodbine's 2014 Standardbred racing season was up sharply over 2013.   Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks hosted a total of 208 race dates in 2014, registering an all-sources betting total of $309,767,299, a 6.05 percent increase over the 2013 figure of $292,088,583 from 195 cards.   The per-race h...
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Yonkers offers intriguing first weekend

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
The first weekend of Yonkers Raceway's 2015 season plays no gait favorites, with 14 paces and 10 trots.   Saturday night's program includes the $35,000 Open Handicap Pace (Race 6), with any number of formful foes. Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, post 3) has won twice in his last four starts, Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube, post 4) thrice in his last five and Sapphire City (Eric Carlso...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
It's weekend number two for 2015 and series action heats up at the Meadowlands. Shipping in from Woodbine is Company Man, who just won the Valedictory Series at the Toronto racetrack, and owner Don Mitchell, who has taken over the training duties while on the East Coast, reveals the story behind the 4-year-old pacer.   Jeff Bamond Jr. is also taking over the training duties for his ...
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$1.5 billion wagered on harness racing in 2014

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
The total wagering on harness racing at U.S. tracks in 2014 was just shy of $1.5 billion, a 6.67 percent decrease from 2013. However, the average amount wagered per race came in at $39,306, a 2.18 percent increase from the previous year when the total was $38,469, it was reported by the United States Trotting Association Thursday.   Purses paid totaled $408,135,386, a 3.26 perc...
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HTA announces scholarship winners

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
Six highly motivated and academically talented college students will share in total scholarship awards of $16,000 presented by Harness Tracks of America (HTA). "This year's winners emerged from an exceptionally strong field of applicants," stated HTA president Paul Fontaine. "With the costs of completing a four-year undergraduate program more daunting than ever, HTA is pleased to continue its ...
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Arch Madness retired from racing

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
Year after year, owner Marc Goldberg would feel a sense of warmth cut through winter's chill as he anticipated the return of star trotter Arch Madness.   But this year, and beyond, Goldberg will rely on memories. Arch Madness, who turned 11 on Jan. 1, will not return to the races. Goldberg said the Trond Smedshammer-trained gelding, whose career wins included a Breeders Crown, Maple...
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Big M/Tioga/Vernon to pay all stakes starters

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
As the time to select the Grand Circuit engagements for your stakes hopefuls draws near, the Meadowlands presents several exciting new stakes and joins with Tioga and Vernon Downs in ensuring no one goes home empty-handed when racing in the open stakes administered by the three Gural tracks. The 2015 conditions will provide one percent of the total purse be paid to all out-of-the-mon...
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HHYF Service to Youth Award to Gibersons

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
For the first time ever, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) has selected an entire family--the Gibersons of Spalding, Ill.--as the recipient of its 2014 Service to Youth Award, the organization's highest honor. The Service To Youth Award is given to individuals, farms, or organizations who exemplify outstanding effort in facilitating youth participation in harness racing. Recipients sho...
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Miami Valley, Western Fair cancel Wednesday

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
Due to projected wind chills of 20 degrees below zero, Miami Valley Raceway's Wednesday night program has been canceled.   Horses scheduled in qualifying races for Wednesday night will be carried over (as is) to Thursday night at 5:15 p.m. Additional qualifying races will be scheduled for Friday night, so horses that originally entered for Thursday qualifiers are welcome to re-enter ...
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HFW's Waterstone named USHWAn of Year

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
Gordon Waterstone, associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World magazine, former president of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), and two-time winner of a John Hervey Award for excellence in harness journalism, has been selected for recognition by the media organization as its 2014 "Alan Prince USHWA Member of the Year.”   Waterstone, a Michigander and proud ...
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