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Silva partnership buys 40% of In The Arsenal

on 11/19/2014 12:00 AM
Jerry Silva told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that he has put together a partnership that has purchased 40 percent of In The Arsenal from breeder-owner White Birch Farm. The son of American Ideal is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line in Saturday night's $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old colt pacers at the Meadowlands. Silva said the new group includes his own J &a...
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White Bliss in Race 1 Friday at Big M

on 11/19/2014 12:00 AM
A once-in-a-generation horse will race at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Friday night at 7:15 p.m. White Bliss, a registered white Standardbred, will make his second career start in Friday's first race. The race kicks off a championship weekend at the Big M featuring the $5.5 million Breeders Crown, a 12-race series that annually helps determine harness racing's year-end champions...
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Steacy looks to continue Breeders Crown luck

on 11/19/2014 12:00 AM
Mark Steacy has a pretty good batting average in the Breeders Crown. The trainer of Harper Blue Chip, who is entered in this year's 3-year-old male trotting final, has won three finals with 10 starters and narrowly missed a fourth.   "I've been kind of lucky as far as the Breeders Crown,” he said. "We haven't raced in a lot of them, but I guess we've made the best of what we've be...
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Billings Gold, Silver finals on Sunday in Philly

on 11/19/2014 12:00 AM
Once again the Billings Gold and Silver Cup Finals will be raced at Harrah's Philadelphia both at distances of 1-1/4 miles, and they will be contested on the Sunday, Nov. 23, betting program. The $15,000 Silver Cup Championship Final will be race eight on the 14-race card while the $25,000 Gold Cup Championship Final will go to post in race 12. And unlike the other 12 races offered that day bo...
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Despite suspension, Johnson BC starters to go

on 11/19/2014 12:00 AM
New Jersey Racing Commission executive director Frank Zanzuccki told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that despite an indefinite suspension given to trainer Corey Johnson by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), he will be allowed to race his two horses in this weekend's Breeders Crown finals at the Meadowlands. Johnson's two Crown finalists are Traceur Hanover in the $500,000 Two-Year-Old...
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DSBF 2FT prelims wrap up at Dover

on 11/18/2014 12:00 AM
I Got Spunk, Spunky MLT and Penny Paratrooper recorded victories in second-leg action in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) filly trots while Mach A Wish made it five in a row taking the $18,000 Filly and Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Monday.   Corey Callahan guided I Got Spunk to her second win in three starts scoring a decisive 2:01.1 victory over a track rated as ...
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Meadows recognizes caretakers with special day

on 11/18/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) recently hosted its third annual Caretaker Appreciation Day, thanks to the generosity of several owners, trainers and drivers. The day began with a free lunch for all caretakers in the paddock lounge prior to the races, courtesy of the MSOA. An anonymous donor gave $1,250 that was divided up among the winning caretakers of each of the day's...
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Randy Waples to take short hiatus from racing

on 11/18/2014 12:00 AM
Three-time O'Brien Award winning driver Randy Waples has told Standardbred Canada (SC) that he will be taking a short break from the race bike, effective immediately. Waples did not drive at Woodbine on Monday, and he told SC he planned on being off for at least two weeks.   Waples is taking the brief hiatus to rest up and overcome a few minor ailments he has been battling...
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Who will win the BC Mare Trot? Wide open?

on 11/18/2014 12:00 AM
Entering this year, no 4-year-old female trotter had ever won a race with a time quicker than 1:51.4. This season, five 4-year-old mares went faster in victorious miles and another one equaled 1:51.4. On Friday night, four of those six horses compete in the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot at the Meadowlands. Mistery Woman, who is the current world-record-holder for a 4-year-old female tro...
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Post positions drawn for last BC races

on 11/18/2014 12:00 AM
Post positions were drawn Tuesday for the Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-old male pacers, 3-year-old male pacers and trotters, and older trotters. Elimination winners drew for posts 1-5 followed by an open draw for the remainder of each field. There was no elimination for the 3-year-old male trotters and only one elimination for the older trotters.   Among the most notable of the pos...
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Political talks Tuesday at Dover Downs

on 11/18/2014 12:00 AM
Second-leg action turned Political in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) colt and gelding trots while at Dover Downs on Tuesday when Political Foe and Political Cash swept to victory in $20,000 freshman divisions.   Eddie Dennis took the early lead driving Political Foe and never looked back lengthening the lead at each post on the way to a 1:59 victory in...
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Cold no problem for Cowgirl Hall at The Meadows

on 11/18/2014 12:00 AM
Cowgirl Hall took the field through wicked fractions but had plenty of pop late, scoring in a track-record 1:52.3 in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   On a day not suited for track records — temperature less than 20 degrees, wind chill even colder — Cowgirl Hall was impervious to the weather. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall rolled t...
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Go Daddy Go carries Ontario hopes in Crown

on 11/18/2014 12:00 AM
"He's fun to be around and pretty to look at.” Harness driver John Campbell wasn't referring to his long time friend and fellow Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh, but rather the Windsor, Ont., trainer's rookie pacing colt Go Daddy Go who on Tuesday drew post five in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final Saturday at the Meadowlands.   A striking chestnut, Go Daddy Go captured his Breede...
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Wewering moves back into tie with Palone

on 11/17/2014 12:00 AM
Just two days after driver Dave Palone surpassed his all-time record for wins, German driver Heinz Wewering won a race Sunday at Mariendorf Racecourse in Berlin to move back into a tie with Palone for the record with 16,754 wins each.   Wewering earned his victory with New Generation in the seventh race on the nine-race card at the German trotting oval.   Palone broke the world rec...
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Badlands Hanover remains in Ont.; fee reduced

on 11/17/2014 12:00 AM
The Badlands Hanover Syndicate, in conjunction with Winbak Farm of Canada, has announced that the proven sire Badlands Hanover, will remain in Ontario for the 2015 breeding season at a reduced fee of $3,500. "Ontario is still one of the best racing programs in North America," stated John Celii, Badlands Hanover Syndicate Manager. "Badlands has performed very well since moving to Canada and ha...
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Over $100,000 raised at Waples Tribute

on 11/17/2014 12:00 AM
Event organizers for the recent tribute evening for Ron and Keith Waples at Mohawk Racetrack have announced the results of the fundraising effort for Paula and Paige Austin, daughters of the trainer Mark Austin, who passed away earlier this year.   "We're pleased to report that over $103,000 has been pledged to date. We can't thank everyone enough for their generosity,” said ...
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Hanover Shoe Farms announces stud fees for '15

on 11/17/2014 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced the 2015service fees for the stallionsit stands at stud.All of the books are subject to close without notice.   Andover Hall--$10,000; Cantab Hall--$20,000; Captaintreacherous--$15,000; Donato Hanover--$15,000; Explosive Matter--$7,500; Muscle Massive--$7,500; Somebeachsomewhere--$25,000; Well Said--$15,000; Western Ideal--$7,500.   The on...
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Buffalo stepping up preparations for meet

on 11/17/2014 12:00 AM
The weather is turning wintry in Western New York and that can only mean Buffalo Raceway is stepping up its preparations for the 2015 harness racing season, tentatively scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Jan. 14, with a 5 p.m. post time. The racing schedule is pending approval from the New York State Gaming Commission.   Stall applications for the season, which is slated to end on Jul...
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Holiday Concert on Dec. 4 at Harness Museum

on 11/17/2014 12:00 AM
Mark your calendar to attend the Harness Racing Museum& Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 4. This member benefit event will be held in the Museum's William R. Haughton Memorial Hall.   We are delighted to again welcome the Yuletide Carolers, sponsored by Robert Boni of Northwood Bloodstock in memory of John A. Cashman Jr. Wearing authentic Victorian attire,...
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Palone opens up lead over Wewering

on 11/17/2014 12:00 AM
With three wins Monday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Dave Palone opened a lead over the idle Heinz Wewering of Germany in their duel to become the world's "winningest” harness racing driver — and to maintain that crown. Palone forged ahead Friday with career win 16,754, but Wewering climbed back to tie with a victory Sunday.   Palone's lead likely will widen appreciably...
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