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Big M adds second Jackpot Super Hi-5

on 12/17/2014 12:00 AM
Beginning Friday, the Meadowlands will be adding a second Jackpot Super Hi-5 Wager to the wagering format. The wager will be added to the fifth race wagering menu. The fifth race each night will feature a 12-horse field and will be contested at 1 1/8 miles. The 13th race will continue to offer a Jackpot Super Hi-5, but will feature a 10-horse field and the race will be contested at the st...
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Dan Patch pacing honorees announced

on 12/17/2014 12:00 AM
JK She'salady and Sweet Lou were landslide winners in Dan Patch Award voting announced Wednesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, but one of the six pacing divisions resulted in a rare dead heat.   Anndrovette and Rocklamation will share the Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer after each received 51 of 157 votes. The only previous tie for a Dan Patch Award came in 19...
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Marlys Pinske named HHYF president

on 12/17/2014 12:00 AM
Marlys Pinske of Plato, Minn., has been elected president of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) for 2015, replacing Callie Davies-Gooch, who did not stand for re-election after serving for 14 years. Pinske, who previously served as treasurer of HHYF, is involved in harness racing as a breeder and owner and has several family members who have trained and driven, including her son, the la...
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New York awards casino licenses; Tioga rejected

on 12/17/2014 12:00 AM
The New York Gaming Facility Location Board Wednesday selected three destination gaming resorts to be considered for commercial casino licenses by the New York State Gaming Commission: Montreign Resort Casino in the Catskills/Hudson Valley Region ("Montreign”), Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor in the Capital Region ("Rivers") and Lago Resort and Casino in the Eastern Southern T...
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Palone wins 7 on Meadows Wednesday card

on 12/17/2014 12:00 AM
Dave Palone, the world’s "winningest” harness racing driver, padded his total considerably Wednesday at The Meadows when he collected seven victories on the 15-race card, including a sweep of races 10 through 14. Palone scored twice for his brother, trainer Mike Palone; otherwise, he spread the wealth around, providing a win each for trainers Ron Burke, Scot Davidson, Kris Hite, Tye Loy...
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Saratoga cancels rest of week

on 12/16/2014 12:00 AM
Saratoga Raceway has canceled live racing for the week of Dec. 17-20 due to poor track conditions. No decision has been made at this time regarding possible make up dates.
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After successful meet, Hoosier plans for 2015

on 12/16/2014 12:00 AM
The 2014 live racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which concluded on Saturday, Nov. 15, produced encouraging gains on many fronts as well as sizeable gains in all-sources handle during the 160-day, all harness racing season. Buoyed by a sensational 27% increase in all-sources handle for the 2013 season, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued the positive trend in 2014 to ...
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Dan Patch trotting honorees announced

on 12/16/2014 12:00 AM
The fastest trotter of all time and the richest Standardbred of the year were among the six trotters to receive divisional honors in Dan Patch Award voting announced Tuesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The winners are Sebastian K, Classic Martine, Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry, Pinkman and Mission Brief, giving trainer Jimmy Takter three of the six trotting honorees. Divisiona...
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Bartlett, Burke take 2014 titles at Yonkers

on 12/16/2014 12:00 AM
Jason Bartlett and Ron Burke have waltzed away with Yonkers Raceway's driving and training titles, respectively, for the 2014 season. The 232-program season, (shortened with five cancellations and one abbreviated program [weather]), ended this past Sunday (Dec. 14).   Bartlett, 33, won his fourth Westchester driving title going away, with 485 wins from a meet-high 2,440 wins (19.9 p...
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RCI to create scientific advisory board

on 12/16/2014 12:00 AM
The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has voted to create a permanent scientific advisory board to develop recommendations upon which anti-doping programs are conducted, modeled in part after the process conducted in human sport by the Partnership for Clean Competition.   "The RCI Board believes the advisory process on racing medication and anti-doping policy c...
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Hoosier Classic Sale Co. adds sale in 2015

on 12/16/2014 12:00 AM
The Hoosier Classic Sale Company of Indiana recently revealed intentions of expanding their 2015 auction schedule. A second auction will be held in Springfield Ohio. Named the Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale, the auction will take place September 29 at the Champions Center Expo located at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield OH. According to auction manager Steve Cross, "the facility...
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Florida's Neely wins SRF Prix raffle

on 12/16/2014 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) winner of the fabulous trip for two to the Prix d'Amerique, Kelly Neely, of Florida had a great answer when we called and asked, "How are you today?" Her answer, "I'll be doing better when you tell me I won the trip to the Prix." And that is exactly what Tammy Hollock, SRF's Administrator said!   Kelly had a few questions about the big ...
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No "kicking or nudging" at Meadowlands

on 12/16/2014 12:00 AM
Effective immediately, the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will be enforcing a "zero tolerance” policy when it comes to drivers violating rules associated with the "kicking or nudging” of a horse.   This past Saturday, Meadowlands CEO and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, along with Presiding Judge John Tomasello, met with the drivers and informed them of this policy. ...
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6 wins in last 7 starts for Drive By Night

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
Drive By Night made it six wins in his last seven races scoring a 1:52.4 victory in the $15,000 male claiming pace on Sunday, Dec. 14, at Dover Downs. Ross Wolfenden made the winner's circle four times. Montrell Teague was at the controls of a Drive By Night's impressive win for the sixth time while trainer Dan Munson has been the winning owner of all but one of those wins. All of Drive By ...
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Confederation Cup returning, but for 4YOs

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
The Confederation Cup, one of Canadian harness racing's signature events, will return to Flamboro Downs in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. The inaugural Confederation Cup was contested in 1977 and quickly became an annual showcase of the sport's top three-year-old pacers. However, when the ‘Cup' returns for its 37th edition in 2015, it will be raced under a new format. Confederation Cup XXX...
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E L Titan to stand at stud and race in 2015

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
L Titan 2,1:53.4 ($581,351), the multiple stakes winning son of champion Muscle Hill, will stand at stud at Overseas Farm, Campbellville, Ont., under the management of Southwind Farms. In addition to serving a limited book of mares, he will continue his racing career later in the season under the tutelage of trainer Riina Rekila. E L Titan took his mark at two, winning the International S...
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2014 O'Brien Finalists announced

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
On Monday, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2014 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ont.   This will be the 26th edition of the O'Brien Awards, n...
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Kiss Dont Bite takes Dover mare feature

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
Kiss Dont Bite had the edge in the 1:51.2 photo and was greeted by Santa Claus in the winner's circle after winning the $18,000 Mares Open Pace on Monday, Dec. 15, at Dover Downs.   After three second-place finishes in her last four starts, Vic Kirby steered Kiss Dont Bite to victory, besting odds-on favorite For The Ladies N (Tim Tetrick) and Handsoffmycookie (Trace Tetrick) i...
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Easy Again holds off Visible Gold at Meadows

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
Easy Again held off the late charge of his Burke stablemate, Visible Gold, to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Hammered down to 1-2, Easy Again was pocketed by Dew N Doughnuts early before retaking at the three-eighths. Urged on by Dave Palone, Easy Again found more in mid-stretch and defeated the rallying Visible Gold by 1...
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Just A Bee bests De Vins Girl, McFlirty

on 12/15/2014 12:00 AM
Just A Bee, off at 7-2 as the third choice on the toteboard, returned to the racing wars after a week off and used a big backstretch blitz on her rivals to score a two-length win in 1:51. Mike Micallef drove the mare to the victory in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace for the mares on Monday night, Dec. 15.   A 6-year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood owned by Anita Micallef alon...
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