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Longtime horseman Grove Stimer dies

on 02/09/2015 12:00 AM
Longtime horseman Grove E. Stimer, 87, of Parma, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 8, at Jackson County Medical Care Facility.   Mr. Stimer was a farmer who loved raising and racing horses. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post in Onondaga and the Big-9 Sportsman's Club.   He is survived by his children, Hugh (Linda), Virgil (Sandra), Jeffery (Mary Jo)and Cheryl (Phil ...
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Hippodrome 3R announces May 3 opening

on 02/09/2015 12:00 AM
The Hippodrome 3R harness racing track in Quebec is ready to ring in the New Year with great racing and improvements for the 2015 season. The half-mile oval will feature 40 days and nights of live racing action along with a robust stakes schedule and special events throughout the season. Opening day will be Sunday, May 3.   Starting right off the bat, the track will switch from Tues...
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Yonkers cancels Monday due to snow

on 02/09/2015 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live racing program (and evening simulcasting) for Monday night due to the wintry conditions that have hit the greater New York area. Monday afternoon simulcasting is continuing until approximately 5:30 p.m.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 10, with first post at 1 p.m.   Horsemen are advised that Friday's...
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8 ounces of beef in Northfield's Wrenn Burger

on 02/09/2015 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Northfield Park's leading driver and North America's harness racing dash-winning champion in 2013 and 2014, is the latest local celebrity being honored with a Burger of the Week at the Hard Rock Café. The Café is located in the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park adjacent to the racetrack. The Wrenn burger will be available all week beginning Monday, Feb. 9. &...
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New format for Hoosier Park's Dan Patch

on 02/09/2015 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to begin its 22nd season of live harness racing on Friday, March 27, with several new and important changes to the stakes schedule. One of the most highly anticipated days on the 2015 harness racing calendar will take place on Friday, Aug. 14, as the Dan Patch takes center stage once again. Boasting an increased purse for the 2015 edition,...
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Three straight for Odds On Alpha

on 02/09/2015 12:00 AM
 Odds On Alpha beats odds-on-favorite McArma to win her third straight in $14,000 Mares winners-over pace on Monday at Dover Downs.   Vic Kirby left quickly from post 8 with Odds On Alpha. After taking the lead the Somebeachsomewhere-Odds On Arttoheart 5-year-old set all the fractions on the way to her third consecutive triumph. Ross Wolfenden pulled race-favorite McArma out of...
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King Otra picks up second win in four '15 starts

on 02/08/2015 12:00 AM
King Otra returned to the throne and the pacers started eliminations in the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series to highlight the action at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Feb. 7).   In the $9,500 Open II Pace, Nothingbutmach (Shawn Gray) did the dirty work, setting the fractions of :29, :58.1 and 1:27.1. But in the stretch, it was the pocket-sitting King Otra (Billy Dobson) who reaped the r...
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Du Dorleans scores in 1:50.4 at Pompano

on 02/08/2015 12:00 AM
Speed was the keynote at Pompano Park on Saturday night as Duc Dorleans captured the $13,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:50.4 and Red Hot Yankee took top honors in the $17,500 final of the Murdock Hanover Late Closer in 1:51.2.   Duc Dorleans, driven by Donald Dupont for owner Gestion Levesque 2005, Inc., led every step of his journey clocking panels of :27, :56.1 and 1:24.1 before spri...
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JK She'salady Horse of the Year in Canada

on 02/08/2015 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has announced the winners of the 2014 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's champions in harness racing over the past season. The annual Black Tie Gala was held Saturday, February 7 in Mississauga, Ontario, at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre.   The awards are named in honor of the late Joe O'Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadia...
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Timoko wins Prix de France; Maven fifth

on 02/08/2015 12:00 AM
Maven drew post position 1 for the Prix de France, a race with a mobile start, but the American-based mare still didn't have any racing luck, getting caught in traffic. She did finish fifth as 2014 Elitlopp champ Timoko rallied to nip Texas Charm at the wire at the Vincennes track in Paris on Sunday.   Noras Bean, last year's Prix de France winner, took an early lead, but then ...
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Send get-well wishes to horsemen Doug Miller

on 02/08/2015 12:00 AM
Horseman Doug Miller suffered an abdominal aneurysm, underwent surgery and is hospitalized. Get-well wishes can be sent to Miller at Bethesda Hospital East, Douglas Miller -- Room 2026 Bed 7;  2815 South Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435.    
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Empress Deo surprises in Burning Point opener

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
Heading into the first round of the Burning Point series for pacing mares, all eyes were on the re-match of Worldly Beauty winner Witch Dali and her rival and runner-up from that same series, Donttellruss. New to the party was the Ron Burke-trained Southwind Serentiy, a fine compliment to her stablemate, Donttellruss. Such a fine compliment, that Yannick Gingras, given his choice of the two, opt...
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Always B Miki to be trained by Jimmy Takter

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
Jimmy Takter will be training 2014 Tattersalls Pace winner Always B Miki for the upcoming 2015 racing season. Always B Miki was the betting favorite for the 2014 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace when he showed lameness in the post parade and was scratched. He was diagnosed with a P-1 (long pastern) fracture and underwent surgery.   "Dr. Patty Hogan cleared him to go back to ...
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Wrenn wins 9 on Northville Downs opener

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
Northville Downs kicked off its 2015 race meet on Friday and for Michigan native Ronnie Wrenn Jr. the night couldn't have gone much better. Wrenn, who captured the North American dash title the past two years, won nine of 12 races on the opening-night program, adding in a pair of thirds for ah impressive Universal Driver Rating of .806 for his work.   Wrenn finish seventh with ...
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Not Afraid, Sapphire City tops at Yonkers

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $2.80) and a repeating Sapphire City (Eric Carlson, $10) grabbed the gusto Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $35,000 Open Handicaps.   Not Afraid made it three wins in his last four featured trot tries. Outsprinted--from post position 6--at the outset by outside number Count Me In (George Brennan), the odds-on choice settled fourth. After ea...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit 1:49.4 winner at Big M

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
The Sonsam pacing series attracted 20 entries for its first round of competition on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, split into two divisions. The 13-race Saturday program handled $3,328,477.   The first division went postward in race seven and featured the Escort champion, Company Man, who was sent off as the slight 9-5 favorite. JK Patriot, third in the Escort Final, was al...
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3 wins in 4 starts for Mykindachip

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
Mykindachip made it three wins in four tries since the start of Miami Valley Raceway's second season by winning the $15,500 Open Pace in 1:54.3 on Saturday (Feb. 7).   In each of the three victories, driver Kayne Kauffman has left the wings of the gate alertly with the six-year-old son of Art's Chip, allowed a single adversary to clear to the front, then retakes the lead just past t...
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Singer Series kicks off at Meadowlands

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
The Super Bowl re-match took center stage in the first round of the Charles Singer Memorial Trotting Series Thursday at the Meadowlands, a night that saw temperatures fall into the single digits, with a windchill approaching zero. It featured Super Bowl Champion JL Cruze and the runner-up, Opulent Yankee.   Sent off as the 1-2 choice, JL Cruze got away fourth early, while his rival, ...
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Maplelea strikes first in Miss Vera Bars

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Maplelea turned in a solid final quarter to take the first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Series Thursday night at Woodbine. Just nine 3-year-old pacing fillies entered the first leg of the three-week series, meaning just one $17,000 division was necessary.   The first leg saw plenty of action early, as the longest shot on the board, Weekly Special, sprinted out to the lead, but was quickly ov...
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Mustang Art best in Dover feature

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Mustang Art wired the $27,500 Preferred field and Corey Callahan picks up five wins on a bitter cold and windy Thursday at Dover Downs.   Ron Pierce took no prisoners en route to a 1:51.3 victory piloting Mustang Art to a convincing wire-to-wire score in the week's top pace. Eddie Davis Jr. driving Papa Ray took a shot at the leader heading to the final turn and finished se...
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