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John "Jake" Chapman dies

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
John "Jake" Chapman Jr. died Dec. 19, at his home in Orchard Park, NY. Mr. Chapman was a horseman and a son of the late Hall of Fame horseman John Chapman. He was 60.   He is survived by his siblings, Cindy (Peter) Chapman-Koch, Cricket (Kevin) Brennan and Cheryl (Mark) Gacek; and nephews and nieces, Matthew (Josie) Brennan, Kevin Brennan, Patrick Brennan, Daniel Gacek and Jess...
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Jimmy Takter voted Trainer of the Year

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
For the fourth time in his Hall of Fame career, Jimmy Takter is the Trainer of the Year as voted upon by the members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Takter received 84 of 140 votes for Trainer of the Year, finishing ahead of Ron Burke, who got 56 votes. Despite starting horses only 729 times through Dec. 21, Takter's stable earned a career-best $13.35 million, for an ...
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Northfield horsemen deliver toys to area kids

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
After spending the weekend with their families in Michigan, Ron Wrenn Jr. and Jason Merriman hit the road back to Ohio at 4 a.m. to spread some good cheer Monday morning (Dec. 22). Joined by Kurt Sugg, his wife Becky and children Brandon, Kiersten and Kaitlyn, the trio of Northfield Park drivers suited up in their colors and dispersed nearly $3,000 worth of toys, electronics, movies, CDs an...
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Miami Valley to open with improved paddock

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway will kick off its second season of live racing on Friday night (Jan. 2), with improved purses, paddock and grandstand improvements, and a longer season spiced up with numerous late-closing series intended to make the action even more exciting for both horsemen and fans.   The live racing calendar calls for 89 programs from Jan. 2 through May 3 in 2015, up from 6...
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Harrah's Philly adds Liberty Bell Series

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
Sam Beegle, president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, has announced major additions to the 2015 stakes schedule at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack. On Sunday (May 24), a new Open Pace for colts and geldings, named in honor of Jerry Taylor, will join the Maxie Lee Open Trot and Betsy Ross Open Mares Pace to round out a trio of invitationals. The purse for e...
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I'm Feeling Good is good at The Meadows

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
I’m Feelin Good moved powerfully first-over and rolled to a comfortable victory -- his second straight -- in Monday’s $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows.   I’m Feelin Good was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall tipped him off the cones and asked him for pace. He gobbled up the leader, Nitro Seelster, and defeated him by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1...
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Wake Up Peter's Big M win his 14th of 2014

on 12/21/2014 12:00 AM
Wake Up Peter entered Saturday night's $30,000 A-2/A-1/Free For All Handicap at the Meadowlands with two wins in his last four starts. He left the racetrack three for his last five.   Leaving for forward position off the wings of the gate, the 5-2 second choice Wake Up Peter found a comfortable spot, fourth along the pylons, where Brett Miller showed patience through an opening...
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Celebrity Hercules scores in 1:55.3 at Dayton

on 12/21/2014 12:00 AM
Celebrity Hercules, a well-traveled 8-year-old son of Kadabra, visited Hollywood Dayton Raceway for the first time on Saturday night (Dec. 20) and left with a hard-fought nose victory in the weekly $10,000 Open Trot.   With the narrow victory, Celebrity Hercules inched closer to the half-million dollar earnings plateau. He now has 37 lifetime wins in 141 tries and has amassed $492,3...
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Dillander returns, wins with Cruzin KC

on 12/21/2014 12:00 AM
The Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park presented a sterling racing program on Saturday night highlighted by a repeat win by Lyons Johnny in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace and a winning return to action by driver Jason Dillander.   Dillander, who had been out of action due to an accident on May 9 at Hoosier Park which left him with two broken ankles, returned to action on Saturd...
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Coffee Addict rallies for Big M victory

on 12/20/2014 12:00 AM
On a brisk December night at the Meadowlands, a $22,500 B-1/A-2 Filly and Mare Handicap Pace headlined a robust overnight card with full and competitive fields.   Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Coffee Addict, the runner-up at this level the previous week, was allowed to settle off the pace for Corey Callahan. A keyed up Crazy On You made the lead to the quarter in :27.2 before yield...
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Jurgen Hanover to stand at Abby Stables in Ohio

on 12/19/2014 12:00 AM
NR Holdings, LLC, owners of Jurgen Hanover, by Credit Winner out of the Sir Taurus mare, Yassi Hanover, are pleased to announce that he will be standing his first season at Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, Ohio. In his racing career, cut short by injury, Jurgen Hanover achieved a 3-year-old mark of 1:53.4 beating some of the best, including the 2013 Hambletonian winner, Royalty For Life, 65 ce...
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NY court issues limited out-of-competition ruling

on 12/19/2014 12:00 AM
On Dec. 18, 2014, the New York State Court of Appeals issued a decision in the Matter of Mark Ford et al., v. NYS Racing and Wagering Board. In this case, the SOA and several individual petitioners challenged the constitutionality and legal validity of the Out of Competition Testing Regulations for Standardbred Racehorses that were issued in January 2009.   Because the Gaming Commis...
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Spencer joins Middleton as O'Brien hosts

on 12/19/2014 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that Ken Middleton and Kelly Spencer will co-host the 2014 O'Brien Awards.   Middleton is Woodbine Entertainment Group's Standardbred race announcer and has been the regular anchor for the O'Brien Awards Gala. The 2014 awards will mark the 12th consecutive year that he will co-host the event.   Taking the stage with Ken will be G...
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Kandian Klub scores up Lightning Lane

on 12/19/2014 12:00 AM
Kandian Klub worked out the perfect pocket trip, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to capture Friday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Hustled from the gate by Dave Palone, Kandian Klub settled into the pocket behind Whata Donato, who carried her to the stretch. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-KT Dee Dee was the stro...
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Valedictory winners pay $4.50, $134.40

on 12/19/2014 12:00 AM
A longshot and a repeat winner prevailed in round two action of the Valedictory Series Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Two $15,000 divisions of eight starters were contested in the second leg of the three-week series for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   In the first division, Verbalize and Roger Mayotte pulled off a 66-1 shocker in 1:53.1.   American Island spr...
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Stucklikeglue sticks it to foes at Dayton

on 12/19/2014 12:00 AM
Stucklikeglue, one of just two fillies in a full field of fillies and mares open pacers at Dayton Raceway on Friday night, used a strong stretch drive to prevail over her older counterparts in 1:52.4.   A recent purchase out of the Ron Burke consignment at the Harrisburg sale by Parent Racing Stable, Stucklikeglue has now won twice in addition to a place and show finish in five star...
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Its Payday Friday worth $3.60 to backers

on 12/18/2014 12:00 AM
Its Payday Friday paid an extra holiday dividend to his backers by capturing the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park on Wednesday night.   The 4-year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner-driver Dan Clements led at every pole, stopping the teletimer in a lifetime-best 1:54.   Dukester was second for Rick Plano, 1 1/2 lengths away, while Buddy...
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Gural on NY casino recommendations: "Sickening"

on 12/18/2014 12:00 AM
The New York Gaming Facility Location Board's decision to not recommend Tioga Downs for one of three commercial casino licenses as well as give approval for a site about 80 miles from Vernon Downs did not sit well with Jeff Gural, owner of both racetracks. Gural told Capital New York shortly after leaving the meeting where the announcement was made that "it's just sickening.” The Board re...
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JK She'salady voted Horse of the Year

on 12/18/2014 12:00 AM
JK She'salady, who was undefeated in 12 races for breeder/owner 3 Brothers Stables and trainer Nancy Johansson, became the first 2-year-old female pacer in harness racing history to be named Horse of the Year, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday during a Dan Patch Awards presentation at Meadowlands Racetrack. The filly won by five votes, 57-52, over fellow pacer Sweet Lo...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/18/2014 12:00 AM
Yogi Berra said it and Lenny Kravitz sang it: "It ain't over til it's over.” And that's what Golden Receiver is saying as the 9-year-old pacer gets ready for a Saturday night start at the Meadowlands. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, co-owner Gene Kurzrok reveals what is in the future for the star pacer and notes that impending retirement may be later rather than sooner. ...
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