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Dover features to Papa Ray, The Triple Lindy

on 01/02/2015 12:00 AM
Papa Ray came from off the pace to win the $25,000 Delaware Special while The Triple Lindy made it from last to first in the $18,500 Open Trot, the double-feature handicaps on the first day of the New Year card, Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce each had four wins.   For the second time in three starts and third victory of the meet,...
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2011 HOY San Pail to qualify Monday

on 01/02/2015 12:00 AM
One trotter landed two races in the top 10 of Standardbred Canada's Trot Magazine's top 40 on-track moments of the last 40 years. That horse will look to add more memorable moments with a return to the track in 2015.   Rod Hughes told Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider that San Pail will be entered in a qualifier for Monday at Woodbine Racetrack. Now 11, San Pail has not r...
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Ronnie Wrenn Jr. wins dash title

on 01/01/2015 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. won six races on Wednesday night at Sports Creek Raceway, giving him 849 victories for the season and his second consecutive North American dash crown.   Wrenn won last year's dash title with 714 wins.   Wrenn and Aaron Merriman were in a fierce battle for the No. 1 spot in wins among all harness racing drivers in North America, with Merriman holding...
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Services set for Don Mossbarger of Midland Acres

on 01/01/2015 12:00 AM
Donald E. Mossbarger, DVM, 92, founder of Midland Acres of Bloomingburg, Ohio, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Jan. 1, 2015.   Midland Acres was originally established in the 1960s to supplement Dr. Mossbarger's veterinary practice. Midland Acres has stood some of Ohio's best stallions such as Speed In Action, Final Score and Nobleland Sam. Today, Midland Acres stands nine s...
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Wrenn wins 6, now leads Merriman by 5

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. has found his mojo at the right time -- putting some distance between himself and Aaron Merriman with only one night of racing left to determine the 2014 national dash driving title. Wrenn entered Northfield Park's Tuesday program with a slim 837–836 lead over Aaron Merriman. He exited the card with an 843–838 advantage.   Wrenn's six wins included Mantacu...
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Coco Lindy scores in Pompano Open trot

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
Invader Coco Lindy, making his initial start of the season at Pompano Park and only his second lifetime appearance in 75 starts, took top honors in Pompano Park's $13,500 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:54 for Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey.   The 7-year-old son of Cantab Hall overcame the outside eight post in a strong $2-million field to edge...
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Sports Creek ordered to shut down Jan. 1

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
Sports Creek Raceway in Michigan may be bustling with action on Wednesday night as the track closes out 2014 with a New Year's Eve program beginning at 7 p.m. that features drivers Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Aaron Merriman making a final bid for national dash honors, but all is not good for the racetrack located near Flint. A contract stalemate with the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA)...
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Just Bettor takes Dover feature in 1:52.4

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
Just Bettor enjoyed a perfect trip racing second, then turned it on the way to a 1:52.4 victory in the $20,000-$25,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Claiming pace on Tuesday (Dec. 30) at Dover Downs.   While Alexis Style (Corey Callahan) cut out the pace, Vic Kirby sat second with Just Bettor waiting until the field turned for home. The Bettor's Delight-Just Great 4-year-old gelding picked up ...
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Dan Patch awards to Darling, Siegelman

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
For their vision of giving back to life beyond the racetrack, the US Harness Writers Association has voted Jack Darling two Dan Patch Awards – the Unsung Hero and Good Guy awards – and Robbie Siegelman has been selected to receive the January Davies Humanitarian Award.   Darling was the driving force behind two major fundraising efforts in 2014 -- initiating a broad-based fundra...
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Pure Barre, Winbak Heavenly win features

on 12/30/2014 12:00 AM
Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 wager featured multiple winners again on Monday night pushing the carryover to $17,483 for Tuesday night's 11 race program. That exotic wager must have a single ticket winner to capture the entire pool, otherwise, consolation payoffs are awarded with the carryover continuing to grow. On Monday's program, fillies and mares were in the spotlight with Pure Barre takin...
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Ronnie Wrenn up by 1 in national dash race

on 12/30/2014 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. are in a fierce battle for the 2014 national dash driving title. The duo entered Northfield Park's Monday (Dec. 29) program with Merriman holding a slim 834 to 833 lead over Wrenn. They exited the card with Wrenn gaining a 837 to 836 lead over Merriman. Wrenn posted wins with Victory Candy Man in race three, Onhishonor Hanover in race four, Team Zordin in...
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Hap Hansen dies at age 93

on 12/30/2014 12:00 AM
W. E. "Hap" Hansen, one of the top harness racing administrators of the 20th century, died Sunday, Dec. 28, in South Carolina. He was 93.   Mr. Hansen made the transition from naval officer to track president in the early 1960s when John Rollins purchased Brandywine Raceway from the founding Miller family of Wilmington, Del. He quickly continued an outstanding relationship with...
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Sunshine 2YOs to be sold online or privately

on 12/30/2014 12:00 AM
In that that the final number of entries for the Sunshine Select Sale will prevent the usage of conventional auction techniques, those 2-year-olds slated to be auctioned on Sunday, Jan. 25, will be sold either privately or via utilizing the existing internet network of ongait.com. According to Sunshine Select sales manager Bob Marks, "We had significant interest from po...
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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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