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Hall of Famer Magee retiring

on 02/26/2015 12:00 AM
After 40-plus years of climbing into the bike, driver Dave Magee has decided to call it quits in order to pursue a new career as a steward at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind.   The 61-year-old resident of Big Rock, Ill., has been the Chicago circuit's most successful and respected reinsman throughout the last four decades, winning 11,868 races and amassing more than $101 million in purse...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/26/2015 12:00 AM
The Motor City has its Detroit Rapper in Eminem, and harness racing has its Detroit Rapper in the 4-year-old gelding trotter. And we've got the story behind Detroit Rapper—the horse—in the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Also, the Inter Dominion takes place Down Under on Sunday and we've got a full preview. And are you on Facebook or a Twitter follower? Dave Briggs talked to...
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HHI meeting begins on Sunday in Florida

on 02/26/2015 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International's Annual Meetings are set to begin this Sunday, March 1, at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla. Sunday's activities include registration beginning at 2 pm, and a welcome reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. HHI board members will meet briefly beginning at 4:45 pm that afternoon as well. Monday's (March 2) General Session begin...
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Nippy W Hanover takes Woodbine final

on 02/26/2015 12:00 AM
A few weeks off didn't bother Nippy W Hanover as she was razor-sharp in winning the $41,200 Miss Vera Bars series final Thursday night at Woodbine.   Originally set for two preliminary legs and a final, Mother Nature caused the second-leg of the Miss Vera Bars to be cancelled twice, forcing officials to scrap the second-leg and send the series directly to a final Thursday night. All...
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NZ's Dunn now leads World tourney by 39 points

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
The World Driving Championship ventured to Bathurst for another four heats on Wednesday night. Bathurst is a regional city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. Bathurst is 200 kilometers west of Sydney and is the oldest inland settlement in Australia and the site of the first gold discovery in Australia.   Two of the international drivers struck gold in Bathurst w...
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Dave Magee to become steward at Hoosier

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Chicago's leading harness driver for the past 30-plus years, Dave Magee, is retiring after his drives this Saturday night (Feb. 28) at Balmoral Park. He was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2001. The 61-year-old Magee is moving to Indiana, where he will begin a career as a state steward at Hoosier Park.   Magee is a Hall of Famer and has been one of the classiest ind...
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Wilder wins 5, Merriman 4 at The Meadows

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Mistress Valentine overpowered the field with a strong first-over move that carried her to victory in Tuesday's (Feb. 24) $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Mike Wilder hustled Mistress Valentine to a seat fourth from post 8. When no cover materialized down the backside, the 6-year-old daughter of Master Glide-Patsy's Valentine did the he...
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Dube 2 wins away from 8,000 milestone

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Dan Dube, who finds himself leading Yonkers Raceway's early-season driver standings by a wide margin, is closing in on another plateau.   Dube won four races—three consecutive--Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 24), bringing his career total to 7,998. Dube's personal Pick 3 began with Aquanilla ($3), a horse he owns, romping in the $9,000, fourth-race trot (1:58). Next, Winwood Scout ($22.8...
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Just Bettor wins at Dover despite outside post

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Just Bettor, who had started from the outside in eight straight starts, scored a 1:54 victory in a $20,000-$25,000 claiming handicap for 4 and 5 year olds on a chilly and windy Tuesday (Feb. 24) at Dover Downs.   Vic Kirby left fast with Just Bettor to get the early lead before relenting the front. The Bettor's Delight-Just Great 5-year-old gelding closed strongly for his secon...
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Three new Standardbred judges in Indiana

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) has hired three new judges to officiate its Standardbred racing program. Michael (Mike) Hall joins the IHRC team as presiding judge. He will be joined by Kevin Gumm and David Magee as associate judges.   Hall, relocating from Delaware, brings with him 25 years of officiating experience to Hoosier Park's judges stand. He began his career in ...
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Big M's Super High 5 carryover at $133,604

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands' Jackpot Super High 5 continues to prove elusive as it went unclaimed again last weekend. That means a carryover of $133,604 awaits horseplayers when live racing resumes in East Rutherford, N.J., on Thursday night. The nine-race card begins at 7:15 p.m. The final race of the night featuring the six-figure carryover has a scheduled post time of 10:08 p.m.   Even thoug...
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HHYF adds Morone, Julie Miller

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) has named Jody Morone as its summer programs supervisor. The HHYF has also announced the unanimous election of Julie Miller to its board of trustees.   Miller, an Iowa native, joins Corey Callahan on the board as a backstretch voice. She has nearly 1,300 training wins and has posted a UTRS "batting average” over .315 for each of the past...
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Story Book extends streak to 9 at Monticello

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Story Book extended his winning streak to nine on Tuesday at Monticello Raceway.   The betting favorite left hard from the rail with driver Larry Stalbaum and took the lead in the first turn. Astor, driven by Jason Ryan, gained the lead at the quarter pole in :29 and continued to show the way past the half in :58.2. At the three-quarter pole BB Smash started his move on the ou...
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Ugly Betty, Justgottogetthere win at Buffalo

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Ugly Betty turned in another 'beautiful' effort while Justgottogetthere had little trouble in disposing of his competition to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (February 25). Despite starting from the seven post, Ugly Betty made it three straight by circling the field in the $9,500 pace for the fillies and mares in 1:58.3. A race later, Justgottogetthere, a h...
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Atta Boy Dan wins third straight at Meadows

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Atta Boy Dan made it three straight at The Meadows when he strolled through a leisurely 58 half, then blazed home in 55.4 to capture Wednesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. Dave Palone was able to work out that comfortable half for Atta Boy Dan, which left the 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikesitshot gelding plenty in reserve to thwart the stern first-ove...
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Tough Mac wins another open trot at Dover

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Tough Mac registered his sixth win of the Dover Downs meet scoring a 1:53.3 triumph in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot on a chilly Wednesday, Feb. 25. Tough Mac held off a determined bid from Tirade Hanover (Vic Kirby) in the stretch to give driver, Corey Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis a double.  The six-year-old altered son of Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady won for the second straight...
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Astronomer wins series final at Miami Valley

on 02/25/2015 12:00 AM
Astronomer (Chris Page), the lukewarm favorite, held off Skyway Titan (Ken Holliday) in a close photo finish to capture the $10,000 championship leg of the ‘Rootbeer Slammer’ series at Miami Valley Raceway on Wednesday night. Using a quarter-move at the :27.3 first quarter station to make the front, Astromomer lead every step the rest of the way through fractions of :56.3, 1:25.2 and stopp...
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Dexter Dunn takes lead; Tetrick now second

on 02/24/2015 12:00 AM
Seven heats of the World Driving Championship were contested in the city of Wagga Wagga, situated 455 kilometers south of Sydney. Wagga Wagga is the state's largest inland city and is an important agricultural, military and transport hub of Australia. The Wagga Wagga harness racing track is 823 meters in circumference.   Monday night (Feb. 23) the track was the venue of the Dex...
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New Goshen Yearling Sale set for Sept. 13

on 02/24/2015 12:00 AM
The inaugural Goshen Yearling Sale has been established and is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13. The new venue has already attracted quality consignments from Blue Chip Farms, Cameo Hills, Crawford Farms and Winbak Farms. The annual harness horse auction will be held at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY, and is scheduled for the afternoon immediately following the New York Sir...
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Saratoga Hall of Famer David Allen dies

on 02/24/2015 12:00 AM
David Allen, 74, a member of the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame whose early years in harness racing included grooming Noble Victory for Stanley Dancer, died Sunday, Feb. 15.   Born on Aug. 14, 1940, in Athol, Mass., Mr. Allen was the son of the late Rutherford W. and Ellen (Emmett) Allen. The family moved to New York in the 1950s where his father was in the horse transporting busines...
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