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Chuck Burr, longtime Buffalo publicity man, dies

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
Long time Buffalo Raceway publicity director, Charles "Chuck” Burr, died after a short illness on Tuesday, Jan. 13. He was 91. He spent most of his career as a sports administrator. In the early 1960s he was the general manager and publicity director of the Buffalo Bills and then became the executive manager of the Miami Dolphins.   In 1968, Mr. Burr got the calling to harness rac...
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Claim box busy at Miami Valley

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
The claim box at Miami Valley has been very busy of late, due largely to the eight "Claim To Fame" late-closing series at various gaits, sexes and tag amounts currently underway throughout the week. On just Wednesday and Thursday alone, 16 horses changed ownership hands in first-leg action.   Thursday's action included three divisions for $8,000 male claiming pacers and two divisions for ...
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Caretaker Kenneth "Captain Kenny" Dillman dies

on 01/16/2015 12:00 AM
Kenneth G. ("Captain Kenny”) Dillman, 48, passed away on Jan. 14 after a brief illness. A native of Hempstead, Long Island, NY, Mr. Dillman was a professional caretaker at Roosevelt and Yonkers Raceways for his entire adult life, first for trainer John Brennan and later for trainer Mike Sorrentino, Jr. Such was his level of competence and work ethic that he was named the Standardbred Owners As...
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Coco Lindy wins Pompano feature by nose

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Coco Lindy earned a narrow photo finish decision as Pompano Park presented a highly competitive Open Handicap Trot Wednesday night along with the opening round of the Sea Eagle late-closer for claiming pacers, which was contested in two divisions.   Coco Lindy, an 8-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall owned by the Lindy Farms along with Robert Rudolph, just did get up in the final s...
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62-1, 57-1, 35-1 trifecta at Northfield = $12,349

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Longshot players were ecstatic as the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's fifth race on Wednesday night when Bethann swooped up from the back to win at odds of 62-1.   Robert Slowey of Mentor, Ohio, owns the 5-year-old trotter. Trainer James Criss Jr. enlisted the driving services of Ryan Stahl. Wednesday's win was Bethann's first lifetime score and second career sta...
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Miami Valley seeks names for new late-closers

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway will soon be introducing 18 additional new late-closing events to be contested in February, March and early April.   The track, in just its second season, seeks to honor the great harness racing tradition in southeast Ohio by naming these series after prominent and accomplished deceased or retired people and horses that either got their start or competed success...
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Quarter Horse group prevails with cloning ban

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday (Jan. 15) issued its opinion in the American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) appeal of the judgment entered by the District Court in the cloning lawsuit. The Fifth Circuit's opinion, which reverses the District Court's judgment and renders judgment for AQHA, holds that the Plaintiffs' claims against AQHA fail both be...
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Nick Eaves leaving Woodbine Entertainment

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced Thursday that president and CEO, Nick Eaves, will be leaving the company on March 31, 2015.   Eaves took on the role of CEO in 2010, with a mandate to establish a new and stable foundation for WEG, its role in the horse racing industry, and its future. With this now in place, this is the right time for the Company to transition to ne...
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Fontaine resigns as director of USTA

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Paul A. Fontaine, long time director of the United Trotting Association, has resigned and his successor as a racetrack director from District # 9 will be elected at the annual District # 9 meeting in Augusta, ME on Saturday Jan. 17.   "I will certainly miss my colleagues and the many friends I've had over almost 40 years in the USTA arena," said Fontaine. "I am confident that m...
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New Weekend Preview: "Balderdash!"

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
In the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Dave Briggs gives his opinion regarding owner Richard Berthiaume's recent comments regarding the banishment of Berthiaume's horses at the Meadowlands and other racetracks following the revelation that two of his horses—including the winner of the 2-Year-Old Colt Pace—tested for elevated cobalt levels following the Breeders Crown finals. Read...
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Showcase win for Papa Ray at Dover

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Papa Ray showcased his customary first-over style to score his fourth $25,000 Delaware Special victory of the meet on Thursday at Dover Downs.   Eddie Davis moved the Village Jolt-Liamatters 6 year old to the outside in front of the grandstand and began his surge to catch front-pacing Just A Jolt driven by Vic Kirby. Working his way alongside the leader, they raced as a team around t...
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Blizzard Series continues at Woodbine

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Favorites struggled early, but Artistic Fusion turned the tide and made another bold statement in the Blizzard Series Thursday night at Woodbine. Just like round one, three $16,000 divisions of the three-week series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing fillies and mares were contested.   In the first division, Bettim Jenny got up at 22-1 to pull off the upset in 1:56.3.   Driven by Roger M...
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Longtime Buffalo publicist Chuck Burr dies

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Longtime Buffalo Raceway publicity director, Charles "Chuck” Burr, died after a short illness on Tuesday, Jan. 13. He was 91.   He spent most of his career as a sports administrator. In the early 1960s he was the general manager and publicity director of the Buffalo Bills and then became the executive manager of the Miami Dolphins.   In 1968 he got the calling to harnes...
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Super Bowl splits raced at Meadowlands

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Three second-round $15,000 divisions of the Super Bowl headlined an 11-race Thursday program at the Meadowlands. Each of the three divisions featured at least one first round winner.   The first division featured first round winner Blocking The Way, who ironically was not sent off as the favorite. That honor went to Two Hip Dip at 4-5, who broke in round one but rallied impressively to ge...
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Aaron Merriman wins 7,000th career race

on 01/15/2015 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman scored the 7,000th win of his driving career while driving Ali Rush in Northfield Park's 9th race on Thursday. Ali Rush boldly left from the gate and led her competition from start to finish, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.3.   Merriman, 36, keeps a torrid schedule, regularly competing at Northfield Park and The Meadows. However, he also races at various othe...
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Callahan scores touchdown at Dover

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan, who leads the sport in purse money won in 2015 and the tight battle for first place among North American driver wins, reached 29 victories after making the winner's circle five times on Tuesday at Dover Downs. His winners included the feature race victor, Touchdown Mindale.   Harvey Eisman owns Touchdown Mindale, an altered son of Always A Virgin-Happy To Be Bes...
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Buffalo meet gets underway Wednesday

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway is wasting no time in getting the 2015 live racing season off to a great start as the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace is scheduled as the first race on the solid 12-race opening night card Wednesday. Post time is 5 p.m.   Bazooka Terror has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the opener despite being assigned the eight post. Defending Buff...
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Balmoral/Maywood announce qualifier dates

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
With live racing set to resume in about two weeks, Balmoral Park and Maywood Park have announced the initial qualifying dates and entry times for the Chicago-area Standardbred tracks.   Balmoral Park will host qualifiers on Wednesday, Jan. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. (Central). Entries for these qualifiers will close on the Tuesday before each date at 10 a.m. &nbs...
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Blooded Horse Sale entries close Jan. 16

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale are due now! The 52nd  annual event takes place Feb. 9 and 10 in Delaware, Ohio, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at the home of the Little Brown Jug to replenish racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Entries close Friday, J...
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Michigan owner Mark Maynard dies at 65

on 01/14/2015 12:00 AM
Mark Maynard, of South Lyon, Mich., died Wednesday, Jan. 14. He was 65.   He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Paula, who is a past president of the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association.   Mr. Maynard was a U.S. Army veteran, who served in Vietnam from 1969-70. He retired from the printing industry.   He was an animal lover and over the past 38 years...
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