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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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Sharon Sears, mother of Brian Sears, dies

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
Sharon Ann Courtois Sears, 73, of Pinehurst, NC, died Monday, Jan. 5, at her home, with her son and daughter by her side.   A celebration of life will be held on Friday (Jan. 9) at 6 p.m. at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Allen Mashburn officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.   She was born in Glendale, Calif., o...
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Corey Callahan joins 4,000 win driving club

on 01/06/2015 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan joined the 4,000 win club by driving U-B to victory, his second of three winning drives on the Tuesday, Jan. 6, card at Dover Downs while Thisdeuceiswild, made the winner's circle as well, taking the $20,000 - $25,000 3&5-Year-Old Claiming feature race.   Tony Morgan, driving Thisdeuceiswild, used the passing lane, coming from fourth turning for home and stre...
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Super Bowl part of Thursday Meadowlands card

on 01/05/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands will add Thursday night to the live racing schedule beginning on Jan. 8. The first Thursday card of the year will feature the kick-off to the annual winter late closers, the Super Bowl for lightly seasoned 3 and 4-year-old trotters. Leg one drew a healthy 37 entries which were split into four divisions, each racing for $12,500, with the $50,000 final on Jan. 24 the ultimate tar...
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Atta Boy Bones wins Sunday Dover feature

on 01/05/2015 12:00 AM
tta Boy Bones started off his 2015 campaign in similar fashion to last Sunday's feature race win, with an impressive 1;54 triumph on Jan. 4 at Dover Downs. Also on the card, Ron Pierce drove four winners.   As for Atta Boy Bones, with Art Stafford Jr. at the controls, the McArdle-Santino's Rose four-year-old gelding, owned by Art and trainer Andrew Stafford, romped to a lifetim...
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