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Louisville Downs grandstand being razed

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
The old Louisville Downs in Louisville, Ky., is being razed. Churchill Downs, which has owned the track since 1992, is in the process of tearing down the grandstand which featured a distinctive red and white awning. After Churchill Downs bought the property in 1992, it was known as Sports Spectrum and Trackside and used as a simulcast wagering outlet and training facility. The track and bar...
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Langley names USTA President's Award winners

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association President Phil Langley announced Friday that Ellen Taylor, Paul Fontaine, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, represented by president Joe Faraldo and executive director Alex Dadoyan, and Yonkers Raceway, represented by vice president and general manager Robert Galterio, are the recipients of the annual USTA President's Awards.   Langley will m...
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Books closed for Always A Virgin, Rockin Image

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Breeding season is about to get underway and more and more stallions have full books. Dr. Maria King, who operates Victory Hill Farm in Indiana with her husband, Jeff, reports that their sires Always A Virgin and Rockin Image have full books.   Dr. King said Always A Virgin has a full book of 160 mares. He bred 128 mares in 2014 and 147 in '13. The great success of his 2014 sophomor...
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Pennacchio new USTA District 6 director

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has announced that Joseph "Joe” Pennacchio has been elected by the District 6 membership directors to replace outgoing director Jay Sears, who retired from the USTA Board of Directors last week after 25 years of service. Pennacchio will assume his new duties immediately and will be seated at the Association's upcoming 2015 meeting in Columbus, Oh...
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Win Missy B delivers first foal, colt by Kadabra

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Win Missy B 3, 1:52  ($1,599,436)  gave birth to her first foal, a colt by Kadabra, on Thursday, Jan. 29, at Winning Key Farm in Worthington, Pa.   Win Missy B is owned by her breeder, Robert Key, and her 32-year-old grandmother, the great producer BJ's Pleasure, who produced Hambletonian champion American Winner, also still resides at Key's farm.   The Pit...
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Ohio champ Igotafeelinfran wins at Miami Valley

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Igotafeelinfran, the lone Buckeye-bred mare in the field, used a perfect pocket trip coupled with cooperative weather and the fastest racing surface in awhile to win the $15,500 Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night in 1:52.4.   It was just the second 2015 start for the reigning Ohio Sires Stakes older distaff champion, so driver Dan Noble was content to allow longshot A...
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Kevin Cummings drives 3,000th winner

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
It was appropriate that Kevin Cummings reached 3,000 driving wins in his career when he steered Most Happy Rider ($10.60) to a narrow neck decision in Buffalo Raceway's seventh race on Friday night (Feb. 6). Cummings became just that, a 'most happy rider' after sweating out the photo finish before officially being awarded the milestone victory.   "I didn't think I won it at the wire," a r...
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Sears, For The Ladies take Yonkers feature

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Favored For the Ladies N (Brian Sears, $2.80) was both patient and potent, handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Making her stateside small-track debut, For the Ladies N won the draw but had no designs about flaunting it. She was more than happy to get away third, behind Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube) and Mach a Wish (Mark MacDonald).  ...
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NY vet Medusa wins Meadows debut for Burke

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
A veteran of the New York Sires Stakes circuit, Medusa launched her 4-year-old campaign successfully Friday at The Meadows when she captured the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace.   Making her first start in the powerful Ron Burke Stable, Medusa quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone but faced a serious late challenge from Macharoundtheclock. W...
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Dialamara, Camvicted take series splits

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
A pair of winter series events got underway Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Count B Series for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings saw two $17,000 divisions contested, while the Ontario Girls Series for four-year-old pacing mares needed just one $18,000 division for the first leg of the three-week event.   A field of seven battled in an eventful first division to get Count B acti...
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Burning Point gets underway Friday at Big M

on 02/05/2015 12:00 AM
A field of eight mare pacers has been entered in the opening leg of the Burning Point Series at the Meadowlands on Friday night. The field is headlined by Worldly Beauty champion Witch Dali, trained by Tony Alagna, and Worldly Beauty runner-up Donttellruss, trained by Ron Burke. Burke will also send out Southwind Serenity as part of a coupled entry.   Witch Dali returned in Nov...
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Nothinbutanallstar shines at Pompano

on 02/05/2015 12:00 AM
Nothinbutanallstar, driven by Mark O'Mara, eked out a narrow victory in Pompano Park's featured $13,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The 4-year-old gelded son of Allstar Hall completed his task in 1:54.3, a new lifetime mark considering his other similar mark came over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval.   The gallant mare Pure Barre, with Mickey McNi...
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Tirade Hanover wires field in Dover feature

on 02/05/2015 12:00 AM
Veteran Tirade Hanover ended Tough Mac's win streak, Razor Ramone extended his wins to four straight, and Eternal Prince equaled his lifetime record in the top three trots on the Wednesday program at Dover Downs.   In the $18,000 Open Trot, Tirade Hanover took the lead at the start for Vic Kirby and the Crazed-Teagarden Hanover gelding was not to be caught on the sway to a...
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Maven draws post 1 in Grand Prix de France

on 02/05/2015 12:00 AM
Maven has drawn post 1 for Sunday's Grand Prix de France at the Vincennes racetrack in Paris. The 6-year-old mare will be driven by Johnny Takter, the older brother of trainer Jimmy Takter.   Thirteen trotters will compete in the 1 5/16-miles (2,100 meters) Grand Prix de France, including Up And Quick, who captured the Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes on Jan. 25. In that race, Maven and...
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CHHA offers discounted breedings

on 02/05/2015 12:00 AM
Discounted breedings are available from the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association. Contact Lee at 603-898-1927 or email leealphen@comcast.net.
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/05/2015 12:00 AM
There's plenty of series action this weekend at the Meadowlands and Woodbine, and we've got stories about The Count B and Sonsam that get underway. Ron Burke has two starters in the Sonsam Series, and George Teague Jr. has a possible star in the making. Gregg and Doug McNair hope their Legion Of Boom does better in The Count B than football's Legion of Boom (Seattle Seahawks' defense) did in the...
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HHI meetings set for March 1-5 in Florida

on 02/05/2015 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold their Annual Meetings and Awards Luncheon beginning Sunday, March 1, at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla.   The featured speaker will be Dr. Mary Robinson of the University Of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, Chester, Pa.   Registration starts at 2 pm on Sunday, followed by a welcome ...
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Pompano Super Hi-5 pool tops $100,000

on 02/04/2015 12:00 AM
Indigo Artist and Tyrone Showpstopper took top honors in the finals of their respective late-closers at Pompano Park on Tuesday night while Fox Valley Griffin took the race-off of the Pop-Up Series.   Also, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 carryover pierced the $100,000 mark for the first time in track history.   Indigo Artist, driven by Ed Hensley, squeaked by a very stubborn S...
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O'Brien Awards to be streamed live

on 02/04/2015 12:00 AM
Even if you aren't attending the 2014 O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala, you can still enjoy the event via video streaming and social media from wherever you are on Saturday night.   You'll be able to watch all of the awards presentations exclusively on standardbredcanada.ca as SC will distribute the live video stream from the O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala live.   The st...
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New York's Dr. Richard Hall dies at 91

on 02/04/2015 12:00 AM
Dr. Richard J. Hall ('Doc Hall') of Eden, N.Y. died Sunday, Feb. 1. He was 91. Dr. Hall was a longtime breeder and owner of Standardbreds in western New York. He also served for many years as Buffalo Raceway track veterinarian.   Dr. Hall, a veterinarian for 62 years, was a member of the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association for the past 40 years. He was sti...
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