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Muddy Stratton scores 5 at Yonkers

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Question: Who had a mud facial and won five races Monday night at Yonkers Raceway?  If you answered "Jordan Stratton,” then advance to the next round. Stratton began the month with a quintet of Yonkers Raceway winners, relishing the raindrops and sashaying through the slop.   Stratton swept the $53 early daily double, with the pacer Move Blue Chip ($14.60) in the $9,000 ...
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New officers for NY Harness Horse Breeders

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
With the onset of a New Year comes a new administration group for the organization that represents the many Standardbred Breeders in the Empire State. The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State (HHBNYS) has announced that Noelle Duspiva was elected the new president, Ken Jacobs the new vice-president, and Jean Brown the new secretary by a vote of the board of directors. Anne Zweig was re-ele...
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Outrider Jami Chatt Batavia's Unsung Hero

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Jami Chatt is a fourth generation horsewoman and the granddaughter of longtime western New York driving favorite Fred Haslip. She has been around the Western New York racing colony all her life and is currently one of two outriders who ply their trade at Batavia Downs. She is there on race nights to help the horses on the track, but when one horseman was seriously injured last November she too...
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New Jersey SPCA to visit Thors' horses

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
The New Jersey SPCA will visit the Swedesboro, NJ, farm where Monica Thors is stabled today. The action comes after repeated investigations into alleged mistreatment of horses.   "We wanted to share with the concerned horsemen and public, who are following this case, that we have learned that the NJ SPCA is going to the farm today to evaluate the conditions and conduct a thorough in...
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After 5 years, Arch & Ida get ready to part ways

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
From afar, he might not appear the easiest to love. But it didn't take him long to steal Ida Nilsen's heart. Archie is just that way. For the last five years, Nilsen has been the caretaker of world renowned trotter Arch Madness, aka Archie, in the stable of trainer Trond Smedshammer. On Saturday night, Nilsen and Arch Madness went to the races together for the final time. On Monday, Nilsen ...
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Impasse could limit wagering on Meadowlands

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
MidAtlantic Cooperative LLC, a purchasing cooperative representing 23 racetracks, has issued a statement that it has failed to reach agreement with Monarch Content Management Company (a company under the umbrella of the Stronarch Group), and that could keep horseplayers at many tracks from wagering on the Meadowlands races this weekend. The impasse is over rates paid for racing simul...
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Certified Ideal wins after layoff at Meadows

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Winless since late July, Certified Ideal regained her top form Tuesday at The Meadows when she moved first-over to capture the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace.   Although Certified Ideal rolled up nine victories early in the year, five consecutive winless starts earned her a break of more than nine weeks. In Monday's contest, her second off the ...
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Ross Wolfenden drives 6,000th winner

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Ross Wolfenden had a good feeling on Tuesday, Dec. 2, when driving trotter Good Feeling, crossing the finish line first in the sixth race at Dover Downs. The win marked the 6,000th lifetime win for the transplanted New Zealander.   "I wanted to come to [the USA] because there is more opportunity to race here. Back home, there aren't many tracks or races to compete,” remarked the p...
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New executive director for Ohio horsemen

on 12/01/2014 12:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) has announced the hiring of Ohio native Renee L. Mancino as Executive Director. After an extensive search over several months and the consideration of many candidates with outstanding qualifications, the OHHA Board of Directors chose Mancino to lead the rapidly growing membership into the future.   She is a Cuyahoga Commu...
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Easy win for Easy Again at Meadows

on 12/01/2014 12:00 AM
Rebounding from a tough outing, Easy Again seized the early lead and rolled through the slop to capture Monday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. In his most recent start, Easy Again was parked early and eventually broke stride. The 5-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling had no such misfortune Monday when he made the front from post 8 fo...
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Sweet Lou, Intimidate take TVG finals

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
"Parting,” Shakespeare said, "is such sweet sorrow.”  And so it was a sweet and sorrowful winner's circle, filled with tears and hugs for the connections of Sweet Lou, as he won the final race of his career, the $500,000 TVG final for open pacers on Saturday night (Nov. 29) at the Meadowlands, in 1:48 by 3-3/4 lengths.   The race unfolded with Bettor's Edge (Matt Kakaley) g...
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McErlean edges Beach Memories at Yonkers

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
First-up McErlean (Eric Carlson, $19) held off favored Beach Memories (George Brennan) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Sitting in early from post position 4, McErlean watched as Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube) had to work to get around pole-assignee Orillia Joe (Brent Holland). "Mickey" did, getting early fractions of :27.3 and :56.4. Shortly t...
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5 wins in 6 starts for Youwilwishyouhad

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
After a late scratch contracted an already short field, Youwillwishyouhad went from worst to first to capture the $11,000 Open Pace feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 29).   What The Sheik (Dave McNeight III) left from the pylons and parked American Bull (Kevin Cummings) past the eighth pole before he eventually cleared on the backstretch. McNeight then immediately com...
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Cantab Lindy wins Dayton feature again

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
Cantab Lindy has found the new Hollywood Dayton Raceway to his liking, winning the $10,000 Saturday night Open Trot for the second straight week following a third-place finish in his initial local outing a week earlier.   The 6-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall is owned and trained by Brent Davis and has had red-hot Josh Sutton on his lines since arriving at Dayton. The feature ra...
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Florida-breds compete in finals at Pompano

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
The $479,000 Super Night extravaganza at Pompano Park featured the finest Florida-bred trotters and pacers in training and their performances most certainly lived up to expectations as many established new lifetime marks. A full recap of the action begins here.   In the $52,500 final for 2-year-old filly trotters, Brandy, superbly handled by Dan Clements, made a brave quarter move to t...
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France's PMU handles almost $1.5 million on Yonkers card

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
The fourth foray into Yonkers Raceway's "L'Arc Before It Gets Dark” went postward during an overcast but pleasant (low-50s) on Sunday, Nov. 30. The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the $46,000 Open Handicap opener (post time 11:27 AM), with former New York Sire Stakes champ Crazy Abo...
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Services set for Batavia native Bill Brown

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
William F. (Bill) Brown Jr., 91, a member of the Communicators Hall of Fame and a director of the United States Harness Writers Association for more than a half-century, died Nov. 29, 2014, at Rochester General Hospital, near his hometown of Batavia, NY.   Mr. Brown first became a member of the USHWA Board in 1963, representing the Western New York Chapter, and three years later he ...
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McWicked takes Progress Prevue in 1:48.4

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
McWicked, the only supplemental entry, romped to a 1:48.4 victory in the $35,000 Progress Pace Prevue, turning back seven rivals for his 11th win of a $1.3-million season on Sunday, Nov. 30, at Dover Downs.   With Hall of Famer David Miller at the controls, McWicked moved up quickly to take the lead from JK Endofanera and Yannick Gingras just past the opening quarter in :26.3. From...
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Melady's Monet leads Meadowlands winners

on 11/29/2014 12:00 AM
The Friday night trotting feature at the Meadowlands was a $30,000 B-1/A-1/FFA event featuring Melady's Monet, who entered the contest off back to back wins. He would get a challenge from Tirade Hanover, who entered the featured trot off a monstrous win in a $40,000 Four Year Old Open on Breeders Crown Saturday, where he won despite being parked the mile.   Sent off as the 2-1 second-choi...
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Palm Patrol takes Yonkers mare feature

on 11/29/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $21,000 featured fairer-sex pace was won by a cone-skimming Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald, $34).   Sitting third along the pylons from post position No. 2, Palm Patrol saw Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) seemingly in control through (:28, :58.1, 1:28.2). Getting no grief from a first-up Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton), "Jillian” owned a length-and-and-half l...
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