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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
It's weekend number two for 2015 and series action heats up at the Meadowlands. Shipping in from Woodbine is Company Man, who just won the Valedictory Series at the Toronto racetrack, and owner Don Mitchell, who has taken over the training duties while on the East Coast, reveals the story behind the 4-year-old pacer.   Jeff Bamond Jr. is also taking over the training duties for his ...
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$1.5 billion wagered on harness racing in 2014

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
The total wagering on harness racing at U.S. tracks in 2014 was just shy of $1.5 billion, a 6.67 percent decrease from 2013. However, the average amount wagered per race came in at $39,306, a 2.18 percent increase from the previous year when the total was $38,469, it was reported by the United States Trotting Association Thursday.   Purses paid totaled $408,135,386, a 3.26 perc...
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HTA announces scholarship winners

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
Six highly motivated and academically talented college students will share in total scholarship awards of $16,000 presented by Harness Tracks of America (HTA). "This year's winners emerged from an exceptionally strong field of applicants," stated HTA president Paul Fontaine. "With the costs of completing a four-year undergraduate program more daunting than ever, HTA is pleased to continue its ...
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Arch Madness retired from racing

on 01/08/2015 12:00 AM
Year after year, owner Marc Goldberg would feel a sense of warmth cut through winter's chill as he anticipated the return of star trotter Arch Madness.   But this year, and beyond, Goldberg will rely on memories. Arch Madness, who turned 11 on Jan. 1, will not return to the races. Goldberg said the Trond Smedshammer-trained gelding, whose career wins included a Breeders Crown, Maple...
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Big M/Tioga/Vernon to pay all stakes starters

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
As the time to select the Grand Circuit engagements for your stakes hopefuls draws near, the Meadowlands presents several exciting new stakes and joins with Tioga and Vernon Downs in ensuring no one goes home empty-handed when racing in the open stakes administered by the three Gural tracks. The 2015 conditions will provide one percent of the total purse be paid to all out-of-the-mon...
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HHYF Service to Youth Award to Gibersons

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
For the first time ever, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) has selected an entire family--the Gibersons of Spalding, Ill.--as the recipient of its 2014 Service to Youth Award, the organization's highest honor. The Service To Youth Award is given to individuals, farms, or organizations who exemplify outstanding effort in facilitating youth participation in harness racing. Recipients sho...
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Miami Valley, Western Fair cancel Wednesday

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
Due to projected wind chills of 20 degrees below zero, Miami Valley Raceway's Wednesday night program has been canceled.   Horses scheduled in qualifying races for Wednesday night will be carried over (as is) to Thursday night at 5:15 p.m. Additional qualifying races will be scheduled for Friday night, so horses that originally entered for Thursday qualifiers are welcome to re-enter ...
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HFW's Waterstone named USHWAn of Year

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
Gordon Waterstone, associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World magazine, former president of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), and two-time winner of a John Hervey Award for excellence in harness journalism, has been selected for recognition by the media organization as its 2014 "Alan Prince USHWA Member of the Year.”   Waterstone, a Michigander and proud ...
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International agent Marcello Ducci dies

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
Marcello Ducci, 84, international bloodstock agent, died Jan. 5, 2015, in his home city of Florence, Italy. Mr. Ducci was a fixture in trotting on both sides of the Atlantic for decades, as he arranged the purchase and transport of hundreds of trotters, and was instrumental in exporting semen of United States horses to Italy and other parts of Europe. Mr. Ducci was a professional soccer pl...
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"Dewey," Somebeachsomewhere Hall of Famers

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2015 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Deweycheatumnhowe and Somebeachsomewhere. ...
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Pacing mare Lotsa Matzah in Worldly Beauty

on 01/07/2015 12:00 AM
Given her pedigree, pacing mare Lotsa Matzah has the potential to be a successful broodmare. But before she gives motherhood a try, trainer Ed Hart is hopeful the lightly raced 4-year-old can still be a successful racehorse. Lotsa Matzah, a full sister to stakes-winners Heston Blue Chip and Sunfire Blue Chip, has won two of 13 career starts as she heads into Friday's opening round of the Wo...
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For The Ladies N rolls to Dover victory

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
After two setbacks as the favorite, Ron Pierce piloted For The Ladies N to an impressive 1:52.3 triumph in the $18,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Monday at Dover Downs.   Pierce not only guided For The Ladies N to her first win of 2015 in the female feature, he also drove Scootin For Joy to victory in the secondary feature, the $13,500 mares winners-over pace. The winners are ...
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Count Me In wins Meadows feature trot

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
Making his second start in the powerful Ron Burke stable, Count Me In collected a comfortable victory in Monday's opening-day feature, an $18,000 Winners Over Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, at The Meadows.   Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek purchased Count Me In last month and he returned immediate dividends with a place finish in an Open Ha...
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McTiny's Hope, Just A Bee take Pompano opens

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
Mc Tiny's Hope and Just A Bee captured their respective Open events for mares on Monday night at Pompano Park but had to share the spotlight with the ballooning Super Hi-5 Jackpot now standing at $26,637 going into the next racing program on Wednesday night.   Mc Tiny's Hope, a homebred daughter of CR Excalibur trained by John Mc Neil III for owner Ellen Mc Neil, captured the $13,50...
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2011 HOY San Pail third in Woodbine qualifier

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
A former Horse of the Year headlined qualifying action Monday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.   A five-pack of qualifiers took place before Monday night's card on a very chilly and windy afternoon Monday. San Pail, the 2011 Horse of the Year and three-time Maple Leaf Trot champion, put in his first charted line since April of last year in the afternoon's fifth and final qualifier....
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$2.2 million winner Golden Receiver retired

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
Start number one for Golden Receiver back in 2008 may not have been so good, and neither was start 172 in 2015, but there is just one word to describe those 170 appearances in between—Wow! The connections of the newly-turned 10-year-old Golden Receiver have announced the retirement of their star gelding pacer, whose career resume shows 63 wins, a career mark of 1:48, and earnings of $2,20...
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Ontario tracks show handle growth in 2014

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Alliance Tuesday announced that overall wagering and average per-race handle on Standardbred racing showed strong growth in 2014. The Standardbred Alliance, led by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), is a consortium of eight Ontario racetracks. The members represent a three-tier racing hierarchy, "Grass Roots" (Clinton, Hanover), "Signature" (Flamboro, Georgian, Grand Riv...
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Two Hip Dip dips into Super Bowl Series

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
Nick Salenetri was disappointed when knee woes prevented Two Hip Dip from beginning his racing career last season. After giving the trotter plenty of time to recover, Salenetri is looking forward to seeing what the horse can do when he makes his delayed debut in Thursday's opening round of the Super Bowl series at the Meadowlands.   "Hopefully he won't embarrass me,” said Sal...
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Sports Creek closing after 29 years

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
The Flint Journal's website, mlive.com, has reported that Sports Creek Raceway, which opened in November 1986, is going out of business. The Michigan racetrack has been shut down since Jan. 1 following a cease-and-desist order from the Michigan Gaming Control Board as a result of a lack of a signed contract with the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA).   "It's time to go ...
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Whata Donato surges late to win at Meadows

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
Whata Donato surged late in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Whata Donato surrendered the early lead to Express Justice and even in midstretch appeared destined for second best. But she responded to the urging of trainer/driver Doug Snyder and outkicked Express Justice, prevailing by ...
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