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Happy 100th birthday Aime Choquette

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Aime Choquette, who has been a "behind the scenes” great in harness racing, is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, Oct. 31.   Born in 1914 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Aime returned to his home town four years ago and lives a quiet life in an assisted living center. He is close to his sister, age 94, and has breakfast with her every week.     "I don't ...
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Charmed Life hopes to live it up in Muscle Hill

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Coming off a race described by trainer Dave Menary as "vicious,” Charmed Life might finally be sitting pretty as she gets ready for Saturday's $178,000 Muscle Hill Stakes for older female trotters at Vernon Downs.   Charmed Life drew outside starting spots in four of her previous five races, but will begin the Muscle Hill from post four with driver Jody Jamieson, who on Thursday n...
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Crawford Farms receives Excelsior Award

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Few harness horse breeders have made a larger multi-media splash this year than Michelle and Albert Crawford's Crawford Farms of Durhamville, N.Y. From the second-story Crawford Farms mural at The Meadowlands to the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet where the water trucks proudly displayed the farm's iconic insignia, racing fans are constantly reminded of the dynamic duo's substantial commitment to ...
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He's Watching 2nd in Mohawk qualifier

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Qualifying conditions were less than ideal Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack, but that didn't stop a pair of the continent's top 3-year-old pacers from putting in solid qualifying efforts over the Campbellville, Ont. racecourse.   The track was rated "good" for the seven-race qualifying docket. Rain fell during the duration of the races and the track was rated two se...
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Cane Pace moves to Meadowlands in 2015

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
The Cane Pace will find a new home in 2015. For the first time, the first leg of the pacing Triple Crown will head to the Meadowlands. It will join the star-studded Hambletonian Day card on Aug. 8, 2015.   The move is one that is not only great for the Meadowlands, but for the harness racing industry.   "Having the best 3-year-old pacers in the sport competing on Hamblet...
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Big M implements rule limiting trainer entries

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Beginning with the 2014-2015 season at the Meadowlands, there will be a new condition attached to all late- and early-closer finals that limits the number of horses a trainer can enter into the final of those events. All late closer and early closer Finals will carry the following clause:   " No trainer may race more than two horses in this race. This does not apply to any horses ra...
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Hazel Park to race harness in '15; Jackson denied

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) on Friday awarded race dates for 2015 and while Hazel Park, Northville Downs and Sports Creek Raceway were approved for Standardbred meets, Jackson Raceway LLC was denied.   Northville Downs was awarded 44 days, kicking off the 2015 harness racing season on Feb. 6, racing Fridays and Saturdays through April 25. Northville will then switch to ...
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Trixton to stand at Deo Volente Farms

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
The 2014 Hambletonian champion Trixton has been retired and will stand stud at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, N. J. for the 2015 breeding season, it was jointly announced Friday by Hall of Fame trainer-driver Jimmy Takter and Mike Gulotta, majority owner of Deo Volente.   "I'm excited that this great colt will stand in New Jersey at such a great farm like Deo Volente,” said Takt...
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Artspeak's freshman season comes to end

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Multiple-stakes-winner Artspeak, the No. 7-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, is finished racing this year.   Trainer Tony Alagna said Friday the 2-year-old male pacer would begin his offseason now in preparation for his 3-year-old campaign rather than continue racing through November. Artspeak was eligible to the Matron Stakes and Breeders Crown. Artspeak won eight of...
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Jake Quaider captures Cardinal for 2CT

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
Quaid Racing's Jake Quaider continued his late-season surge as he knocked off six other Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old trotting colts by 1 ½ in Wedneday's $40,200 Cardinal Stake at Balmoral Park. The final time was 1:58.2.   Confidently handled by leading driver Casey Leonard the altered son of Photo Color—Grace Elizabeth was placed in mid-pack while Powerful Above Al...
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Kevin Cummings wins 5 at Batavia Wednesday

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
For the fourth time this meet, Batavia Downs' leading driver Kevin Cummings won five races on one card Wednesday night (Oct. 29) to extend his insurmountable lead there in the dash category. His pentamerous outing included visits to the Purple Haze Winner's Circle with Western Heart ($2.90), Serendipitous ($4.80), Outoftexas ($4.70), Aberarder Smitty ($11.40) and Tymal torch ($6.10).  ...
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I'm Blue Too best of the grays at Pocono

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
It was a dark and grey night -- literally -- at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as eight grey and roan horses went behind the gate for the annual Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace on Wednesday night (Oct. 29). On a cool night and a track listed as sloppy after rain throughout the day, the Invitational race, the fourth on the card, got underway at 7:25 p.m.   Six Gun, trained by Nick Soda...
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2 divisions of grays at Hoosier Thursday

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
It is nothing out of the ordinary to see a field of horses line up behind the Hoosier Park starting gate but racing fans at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, Oct. 30, will have the chance to see something they don't often see. A field of all gray pacers will battle in two divisions of the $10,000 "Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby” at Hoosier Park. Hoosier Park's Racing Secre...
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Betterthancheddar to stand in Ontario for 2015

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm of Ontario is proud to announce the addition of Betterthancheddar, p, 2, Q1:55.3s; 3, 1:49.1s; 1:48f ($1,635,364), to its stallion lineup.   "With the new incentives and rejuvenation of the Ontario Program, Ontario is a great place to have Betterthancheddar, a Millionaire son of Bettor’s Delight,” said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. "Betterthancheddar was an out...
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Lawsuit filed over purchase of The Meadows

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc., a real estate affiliate of Penn National Gaming, the largest owner of racetracks in North America, has filed a lawsuit that could stop its purchase of The Meadows Racetrack and Casino for $465 million.   According to a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gaming and Leisure Properties announced the lawsuit in its third-quarter ...
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Hundreds attend Waples-Austin tribute

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
Hundreds of people converged at Mohawk Racetrack on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to two harness racing icons, first cousins Keith and Ron Waples. The event also served as a fundraiser for Paige and Paula Austin, the young daughters of talented and well-liked trainer Mark Austin, who passed away suddenly last month at age 54.   The 500 guests enjoyed a cocktail hour while perusin...
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New NJ rules; clenbuterol withdrawal 14 days

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission's new medication rules will go into effect starting Nov. 3. There are 26 medications categorized as Controlled Therapeutic Medications. These medications are permissible only when a race horse tests below the threshold levels set forth in the RCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule, Version 2.1. Trainers and veterinarians should review this schedule. ...
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Bonus for NJ-sired horses at Meadowlands

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
This is a reminder to all horsemen that beginning with the Nov. 14 racing program, any New Jersey-sired horse entered in a race with a condition of non-winners of one, two, three or four pari-mutuel races will race for 60-percent more than the listed purse. The bonus program encompasses both sexes of horse as well as gait. The Meadowlands wanted to issue this reminder prior to the Harrisburg M...
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Vernon showcasing gray horses on Friday

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is getting into the Halloween spirit by hosting a race exclusively for gray horses on Halloween Night, Friday, Oct. 31. The race has drawn a field of seven including local favorite The Grey Bullet. The excitement will happen in Race 8 on the 11-race program that begins at 6:45 p.m. Earlier in the evening, one of the area's favorite gray horses of all-time, named Four One One, w...
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A morning line for HOY in Weekend Preview

on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM
Everybody's got an opinion, and Dave Briggs is offering up his thoughts about the race for Horse of the Year in the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. The subject will be likely be discussed all weekend since on Friday night the top 3-year-old males Always B Miki, Father Patrick and JK Endofanera are entered in stakes at Hoosier Park, as are the sophomore fillies, with Shake It C...
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