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Ont. adoption group gets assist from Purina

on 12/30/2014 12:00 AM
The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society is very pleased to announce that Agribrands Purina Canada has come on board as a major sponsor for our organization. The highly regarded company and Canadian leader in equine nutrition will now be providing two bags of feed per month for OSAS horses in foster care awaiting adoption. Purina has been providing quality products for more than a century ...
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Fielding, 3 Brothers share Owner of the Year

on 12/30/2014 12:00 AM
As members of the US Harness Writers Association (USHWA) considered choices for the Dan Patch Owner of the Year, Breeder of the Year, Pacing Broodmare of the Year, and Trotting Broodmare of the Year awards, two names surfaced frequently – the 3 Brothers Stables and John Fielding. Fielding, a resident of Toronto who has graduated from riding the streetcar to the old Greenwood Raceway to se...
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Big day at Dover for Stafford family

on 12/29/2014 12:00 AM
Following a holiday respite, the Stafford family had a big return day at Dover Downs on Sunday, led by Art Stafford Jr. driving three winners and his cousin, Ben Stafford Jr., driving the longshot winner on the card.   Art Stafford Jr.'s brother Andrew and their dad, veteran horseman Art Stafford, own Atta Boy Bones, winner of the feature race, a Delaware $10,200 pace. The...
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Christoforou, Auciello take WEG titles

on 12/29/2014 12:00 AM
The 2014 Standardbred racing season concluded Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack and although there was little drama for the WEG driving title, the final card was needed to decide the season's top trainer.   Chris Christoforou entered Saturday evening with a comfortable eight win lead over Jody Jamieson in the drivers' standings, but Carmen Auciello came into the final card with o...
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Services on Tuesday for Bob Sharkey

on 12/29/2014 12:00 AM
Longtime horseman Robert Sharkey passed away on Friday, Dec. 26, in Deltona, Fla. He was 60. Graveside services with military honors will take place at 2 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 Southwest 102nd Ave., Bushnell, FL. Arrangements are by the Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home, 126 East New York Avenue, De Land, FL. http://www.allensummerhillfuneralh...
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Horseman, SBOA director Bill Butler dies

on 12/29/2014 12:00 AM
Wilmer T. "Bill” Butler, 88, a longtime horseman and former Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) director, died Dec. 27 at his home on the family farm in the Franklin Township community of Asbury, NJ.   "He had been in failing health of late but still his ebullient self,” said his daughter Bonnie Butler, mayor of Franklin Township.   ...
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Denied in PA, Father Patrick to stand in NJ

on 12/29/2014 12:00 AM
Plans for the newly-crowned 2014 Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year Father Patrick to do double duty as a stallion and racehorse in 2015 will still proceed, but after being denied permission in Pennsylvania to stand in that state while being trained in New Jersey, Diamond Creek Farm co-owner Adam Bowden has told harnessracing.com he will now go with "Plan B.” Bowden said h...
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Johansson, Gaskin win USHWA honors

on 12/29/2014 12:00 AM
Harness Racing 2014 emerged as "The Year of the Filly,” with Horse of the Year honors going to the 2-year-old pacer JK She'salady and the Trotter of the Year nod to 3-year-old Shake It Cerry. Thus, it seems appropriate that two young women who have shown the talents to mark them as top-level players for years to come would be voted Dan Patch Awards by the United States Harness Writers Associ...
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Dapper Dude takes FFA at Meadowlands

on 12/28/2014 12:00 AM
Dapper Dude took the fight to the free-for-all pacers early and often in the featured $30,000 sixth race at the Meadowlands on Saturday Night.   Sent off as the 4-1 third choice, Dapper Dude was asked for speed right off the gate by John Campbell and quickly made the early lead. Campbell relinquished that lead through an opening quarter of 27-seconds to Beach Memories, but quickly r...
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Morgan, Sutton take titles at Hollywood Dayton

on 12/28/2014 12:00 AM
Hollywood Dayton Raceway brought the curtain down on its inaugural 57-night meet on Saturday, crowning Josh Sutton as its first-ever dash champion and Virgil Morgan Jr. as its leading trainer.   Sutton captured five races on the closing night card to bring his meet-leading total to 103 triumphs. Dayton Raceway became the ninth different track at which the 32-year-old reinsman has wo...
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Tim Curtin latest to drive 3,000 winners

on 12/28/2014 12:00 AM
Just a day after celebrating his 57th birthday, veteran reinsman Tim Curtin had reason to celebrate again on Saturday, Dec.27, as he guided Wings to a convincing score in the co-featured seventh race at Balmoral Park, giving the Crete, IL resident his 3,000th driving victory.   A longtime fixture at Balmoral and earlier in his career at Fairmount Park Curtin headed east in...
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Prairie Jaguar's 1:50 win sets Pompano record

on 12/28/2014 12:00 AM
The "dare" was "catch me if you can!" They didn't! Prairie Jaguar capped off an unbelievable 2014 season on Saturday night with a powerful win in 1:50 for driver Peter Wrenn. The 6-year-old son of Spy Hard, owned by Laurie Lee Poulin along with trainer Mike Deters, virtually wired the competition Saturday night (Dec. 27), scoring his sixth victory at Pompano Park in 1:50 or faster--t...
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Breakers ruin Maven's chances; Solvato wins

on 12/28/2014 12:00 AM
Although she started on the wings of the gate in an 18-horse field and left strongly to get position in front, following favorites Texas Charm and Ready Cash, the American mare Maven finished out of the placings at Vincennes in Paris on Sunday as the American-blooded Solvato won the Prix du Bourgogne, a top prep race for the Prix d'Amerique. Solvato came from off the pace in the homestretch to...
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Svanstedt goes 3 for 3 at The Meadowlands

on 12/27/2014 12:00 AM
Ake Svanstedt sent three horses to the post Friday night at The Meadowlands. His trio won all three of their starts. First, the second race, a trot carrying a non-winners of 2 condition went to Annapolis. Allowed to sit a pocket trip through fractions of 28, 56.4 and 1:26, Tim Tetrick guided his three year old filly up the pylons in the stretch where she sprinted past pace-setter Maximus ...
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Wrenn wins 8, closes in on Merriman

on 12/27/2014 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. posted 714 wins in 2013, 69 more than any other driver in North America. In his quest to repeat as the winningest driver again this year, only one driver stands in his way, his friend and nightly competitor, Aaron Merriman. Wrenn started Friday with 816 wins this year, which trailed Merriman's win tally by 10. Throughout Northfield Park's 16-race program, he whittled that...
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Witch Dali, Company Man win Woodbine fnals

on 12/27/2014 12:00 AM
A pair of Christmas presents were handed out a day late in the Valedictory and Niagara Series finals on Friday afternoon's Boxing Day card at Woodbine Racetrack.   A field of seven 3-year-old pacing fillies went behind the gate in the $34,800 Niagara Series final, while a group of 10 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings battled it out in the $35,000 Valedictory Series final. ...
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Dukester takes Pompano Open trot

on 12/24/2014 12:00 AM
Dukester, who was knocking at the door in last week's top trot at Pompano Park, finally got the job done on Tuesday night with a lifetime best 1:54.1 victory in the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot over South Florida's five-eighths mile oval. Trained and driven by Rick Plano for owners Allyn Jones and Mary Ann Plano, Dukester pinned a three-length defeat on Baby Boy Grin (Kevin Wallis) with t...
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Camille closes out Meadows year in style

on 12/24/2014 12:00 AM
Camille, who had been battling some of the top mares in harness racing without recent success, found a spot to her liking Tuesday when she rolled to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in the track's final live card of 2014.   Camille finished seventh to Rocklamation in the Artiscape and sixth to Shelliscape in the Bree...
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Record handle at Western Fair

on 12/24/2014 12:00 AM
The final program prior to the Christmas break at the Raceway at Western Fair District proved to be a lucrative one as the London oval recorded what is believed to be a record single-night handle of $700,685.   Fueled by a favorable schedule, a strong program and a pair of $7,500 guaranteed Pick-4 pools, fans responded in a big way as they looked to take home some last minute holida...
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Adios set for Aug. 1 at The Meadows

on 12/24/2014 12:00 AM
The final of the 49th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios, the important test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers that is the signature event of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, is set for the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 1, when the card begins at 12:20 p.m. Adios eliminations will take place Friday, July 24, with first post at 6:55 p.m. The importance of the Adios was underscored in 2014...
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