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E L Titan to stand at stud and race in 2015

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
L Titan 2,1:53.4 ($581,351), the multiple stakes winning son of champion Muscle Hill, will stand at stud at Overseas Farm, Campbellville, Ont., under the management of Southwind Farms. In addition to serving a limited book of mares, he will continue his racing career later in the season under the tutelage of trainer Riina Rekila. E L Titan took his mark at two, winning the International S...
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2014 O'Brien Finalists announced

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
On Monday, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2014 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ont.   This will be the 26th edition of the O'Brien Awards, n...
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Kiss Dont Bite takes Dover mare feature

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
Kiss Dont Bite had the edge in the 1:51.2 photo and was greeted by Santa Claus in the winner's circle after winning the $18,000 Mares Open Pace on Monday, Dec. 15, at Dover Downs.   After three second-place finishes in her last four starts, Vic Kirby steered Kiss Dont Bite to victory, besting odds-on favorite For The Ladies N (Tim Tetrick) and Handsoffmycookie (Trace Tetrick) i...
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Easy Again holds off Visible Gold at Meadows

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
Easy Again held off the late charge of his Burke stablemate, Visible Gold, to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Hammered down to 1-2, Easy Again was pocketed by Dew N Doughnuts early before retaking at the three-eighths. Urged on by Dave Palone, Easy Again found more in mid-stretch and defeated the rallying Visible Gold by 1...
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Just A Bee bests De Vins Girl, McFlirty

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
Just A Bee, off at 7-2 as the third choice on the toteboard, returned to the racing wars after a week off and used a big backstretch blitz on her rivals to score a two-length win in 1:51. Mike Micallef drove the mare to the victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace for the mares on Monday night, Dec. 15.   A 6-year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood owned by Anita Micallef alon...
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The Real One springs 37-1 Big M FFA upset

on 12/14/2014 12:00 AM
Ignored on the tote board at 37-1, The Real One lived up to his name and pulled off the upset of night Saturday at the Meadowlands, winning the A-2/Free For All Handicap Pace with Scott Zeron.   Taken back early in the mile, The Real One was allowed to sit sixth, well off the strong pace set by the 6-5 favorite Speed Again, that included a :26.1 opening quarter and a :54 half. Brett ...
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Beach Memories captures Yonkers feature

on 12/14/2014 12:00 AM
Favored Beach Memories (George Brennan, $4.30) did his damage from first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Sitting chilly early from post position No. 3, Beach Memories saw Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) make the lead (:27.1, :57.2) around BJ's Guy (Brent Holland), with early pocketeer Ronny Bugatti (Tyler Buter) shuffled to third.   Beach Mem...
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Mystical Dew, Lucky Lime score at Dayton

on 12/14/2014 12:00 AM
Mystical Dew (Tyler Smith) captured his first local Hollywood Dayton Raceway victory Saturday night in the $10,000 Open Trot; while Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) triumphed for the fourth time in the last eight weeks in the companion $10,000 Open Pace feature.   Mystical Dew was campaigned successfully at Hoosier Park all summer but managed to get his 10th seasonal win in just his second lo...
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Lyons Johnny wins by nose at Pompano

on 12/14/2014 12:00 AM
In an epic finish, Lyons Johnny, driven by Ed Hensley, eked out a "nostril" decision over Prairie Jaguar, handled by Peter Wrenn, in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night at Pompano Park. Don't Tell Rusty and Kevin Wallis teamed to be third, three lengths away, while Fancyfreeshark finished fourth. Cadillac Phil picked up the nickel in the octet.   Stopping the teletimer ...
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Sunshine State award winners announced

on 12/14/2014 12:00 AM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Associations president, Steven Wolf, has announced the award winners for the 2014 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association's 24th annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at the Elks Lodge in Pompano Beach.   Elected to the chapter's Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who...
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Abbatiello, Surick take Freehold titles

on 12/14/2014 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway concluded the 2014 racing season on Saturday, with a 12-race card. Presentations for meet leaders went to driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Nick Surick.   "It's been a pleasure to compete at Freehold Raceway and win the driving title the last five years,” said Abbatiello, who finished the year with 189 wins. "A special thanks to all the trainers, owners and groo...
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Ralph Leasure, father of Tom Leasure, dies

on 12/14/2014 12:00 AM
Ralph E. Leasure, 91, of Woodsfield, Ohio, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield, Ohio.   He was born at Centerville, Pa., on July 24, 1923, a son of the late Ralph S. and Maude Miller Leasure.   Mr. Leasure was a retired machinist at the former Ormet Corp., Hannibal, Ohio; a member of the First United Methodist Church...
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Burke new all-time leader in training earnings

on 12/13/2014 12:00 AM
Entering the Friday night program at the Meadowlands, Ron Burke's earnings in 2014 stood right at $28.1 Million, just a few thousand dollars short of Todd Pletcher's mark from 2007 of $28,116,097. When  Appomattox crossed the wire first in the Free For All Handicap Trot, Burke's season earnings moved to $28,118,465, surpassing the mark set by Pletcher seven years ago.   Of course, Bu...
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Valedictory Series continues at Woodbine

on 12/13/2014 12:00 AM
Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were in the spotlight Friday night for the first leg of the Valedictory Series at Woodbine Racetrack. Nineteen sophomore colts and geldings were split into two $15,000 divisions for the opening leg of the three-week series.   In the first division, Kindofabigdeal, the heavy favorite, lived up to his billing with a three length victory in...
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Favorites score in NIagara 3FP opener

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
A snow covered Woodbine Racetrack played host to the first leg of the Niagara Series Thursday night. Eighteen three-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $15,000 divisions for round one of the three-week series.   More than a dozen centimeters of snow blanketed Woodbine Thursday afternoon and into the evening, but the track crew had the surface in "good" shape for some fa...
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Widger OK after Maywood race spill

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Veteran reinsman Sam Widger was shaken up slightly in a spill at Maywood Park on Thursday night, but luckily walked away without any further damage.   Widger and provisional driver Artie Dick were involved in an incident towards the back of the pack in Thursday's sixth race as the field neared the top of the homestretch. Both drivers were unseated from their bikes and Widger wa...
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Merriman pads dash lead with eight-bagger

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
North America's leading driver, Aaron Merriman, drove eight winners on Thursday at Northfield Park, winning over half of the 15-race program. Merriman's eight scores included Vision Of Glory ($12.60) in race one, Snuff Box ($6.80) in race two, Wild Ride ($3.60) in race three, Noble Fitch ($3.40) in race four, Brown Titan ($2.40) in race seven, Chievous Dan ($3.80) in race 10, Loconotion (...
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Papa Ray best in Delaware Special

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Papa Ray rushed along the backstretch to challenge leader 34-1 Nova Artist before making the lead on the final turn on the way to a 1:52.2 victory over a "good" track on Thursday to win the $25,000 Delaware Special at Dover Downs.   Eddie Davis Jr. was at the controls as Papa Ray won the week's top pace for the second time in his last four outings for trainer Wayne Givens and o...
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Warkentin to announce at Freehold

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Thanks to a work share agreement between Meadowlands Racetrack, Freehold Raceway, and Vernon Downs, some new voices will be heard describing the racing action at those facilities during the 2015 season.   Effective Jan. 2, Ken Warkentin will become the full-time announcer at Freehold Raceway. Warkentin will still remain an integral part of the Meadowlands broadcast team as well...
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Aracache Hanover to stand at Ivy Lane Farm

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Aracache Hanover p,5,1:48.1f ($1,726,617), a son of Dragon Again and the Camluck daughter Armbro Cachet, race timed in 1:47.3 in one of his 134 starts, will stand at Ivy Lane Farm, Goshen, Ind., for the 2015 breeding season.   Aracache Hanover won the Windy City Pace, Tarport Effrat, Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs in straight heats, Kane Memorial at Batavia Downs wher...
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