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Dapper Dude sold, Kelvin Harrison to now train

on 01/05/2015 12:00 AM
Dapper Dude, who has been competing in the free-for-all class at the Meadowlands, winning on Dec. 27, has been sold to Richard Poillucci of North Easton, Mass. Bob Boni's Northwood Bloodstock Agency handled the private sale for Robert McIntosh Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings.   Dapper Dude p,3, 1:49f, a 6-year-old chestnut by The Panderosa, earned $768,675 for the McIntosh cousins,...
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Dondarski, Strozewski honorary USHWAns

on 01/05/2015 12:00 AM
Mary Lou Dondarski, operations manager of the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown and an unflappable, tireless contributor to many of the sport's major organizations and events, and Art Strozewski, whose Bow River Jewelry is the premier provider of equine-related jewelry and expands on his harness fandom to support many of the sport's major groups, have been voted Honorary Members of the U.S.&...
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Regulators to rein in use of compounded drugs

on 01/05/2015 12:00 AM
In an effort to strengthen rules to combat the use of illegally compounded medications in racing, regulators are taking steps to ensure that commissions have adequate authority to sanction licensees who violate existing federal restrictions limiting the use of such substances. "Commission investigators are finding that some are seeking to circumvent existing doping rules by using new drugs ...
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Doctor Butch wins Big M Saturday feature

on 01/04/2015 12:00 AM
The free-for-all pacers have taken turns beating each other for the majority of the meet thus far at the Meadowlands. That trend continued on Saturday night in the form of Doctor Butch.   Sent off as the 4-1 third choice, Doctor Butch settled mid-pack and off the pace that was established early on by last week's winner, Dapper Dude. After tripping the opening quarter in :26, John Ca...
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Lyons Johnny gets nod in Pompano photo

on 01/04/2015 12:00 AM
In a five-horse blanket finish, Lyons Johnny, driven by Ed Hensley, eked out a photo finish victory in Pompano Park's $13,500 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night.   The 7-year-old altered son of Mach Three defeated Cadillac Phil, handled by Joe Pavia Jr. by a scant neck with E Z Noah, stablemate to the winner, third for Aaron Byron. Pacesetting Duc Dorleans was fourth while That'll...
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Gallo scholarships to McDermott, Diaz

on 01/04/2015 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands would like to congratulate the two winners of the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, John McDermott and Guadalupe Diaz.   McDermott is the son of trainer John McDermott and he was the recipient of the $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, presented and funded by the owner of Gallo Blue Chip, Martin Scharf, and administered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. McDermott is...
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Melady's Monet back on top at Meadowlands

on 01/03/2015 12:00 AM
Melady's Monet saw his three-race win streak snapped when he ran into Appomattox last time in the Free For All Handicap at the Meadowlands. Friday night, he turned the tables on that foe and seven others to score a decisive victory in the sixth race $30,000 featured trot.   Sent off as the even-money favorite, Melady's Monet was aggressively moved to the lead past an opening quarter...
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Miami Valley opens 2015 to rave reviews

on 01/03/2015 12:00 AM
The much-anticipated kickoff to Miami Valley Raceway's second season took place Friday night with positive reviews of the many capital improvements to both the grandstand and paddock.   The overflow crowd that welcomed back live racing was impressed by the new infield tote board, which features a high-tech video panel, and were overheard complimenting the improved sight lines a...
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134-1 winner at Northfield on New Year's night

on 01/02/2015 12:00 AM
Longshot players' year started with a bang in the ninth race at Northfield Park on Thursday (January 1) when number 8 Sky Lav powered up from the back to win at odds of 134-1. Wooster, Ohio's Henry Beachy trains and co-owns the six year-old trotter with Mark Scheibe of Lakeville, Ohio. Tyler St Louis was aboard for the winning drive. Thursday's win was Sky Lav's seventh lifetime score....
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Pompano handle up 34.4% so far this meet

on 01/02/2015 12:00 AM
Since opening the doors for the 51st season of live racing action in October, things have been on the rise at the Isle Casino Pompano Park. Through 41 race dates, total handle is up an astonishing 34.4% even with 9 less total races to kickoff the 2014-15 campaign. There have already been four programs that eclipsed the half-million dollar mark in total handle, a feat that was not done last ...
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Dover features to Papa Ray, The Triple Lindy

on 01/02/2015 12:00 AM
Papa Ray came from off the pace to win the $25,000 Delaware Special while The Triple Lindy made it from last to first in the $18,500 Open Trot, the double-feature handicaps on the first day of the New Year card, Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce each had four wins.   For the second time in three starts and third victory of the meet,...
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2011 HOY San Pail to qualify Monday

on 01/02/2015 12:00 AM
One trotter landed two races in the top 10 of Standardbred Canada's Trot Magazine's top 40 on-track moments of the last 40 years. That horse will look to add more memorable moments with a return to the track in 2015.   Rod Hughes told Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider that San Pail will be entered in a qualifier for Monday at Woodbine Racetrack. Now 11, San Pail has not r...
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Ronnie Wrenn Jr. wins dash title

on 01/01/2015 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. won six races on Wednesday night at Sports Creek Raceway, giving him 849 victories for the season and his second consecutive North American dash crown.   Wrenn won last year's dash title with 714 wins.   Wrenn and Aaron Merriman were in a fierce battle for the No. 1 spot in wins among all harness racing drivers in North America, with Merriman holding...
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Services set for Don Mossbarger of Midland Acres

on 01/01/2015 12:00 AM
Donald E. Mossbarger, DVM, 92, founder of Midland Acres of Bloomingburg, Ohio, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Jan. 1, 2015.   Midland Acres was originally established in the 1960s to supplement Dr. Mossbarger's veterinary practice. Midland Acres has stood some of Ohio's best stallions such as Speed In Action, Final Score and Nobleland Sam. Today, Midland Acres stands nine s...
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Wrenn wins 6, now leads Merriman by 5

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. has found his mojo at the right time -- putting some distance between himself and Aaron Merriman with only one night of racing left to determine the 2014 national dash driving title. Wrenn entered Northfield Park's Tuesday program with a slim 837–836 lead over Aaron Merriman. He exited the card with an 843–838 advantage.   Wrenn's six wins included Mantacu...
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Coco Lindy scores in Pompano Open trot

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
Invader Coco Lindy, making his initial start of the season at Pompano Park and only his second lifetime appearance in 75 starts, took top honors in Pompano Park's $13,500 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:54 for Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey.   The 7-year-old son of Cantab Hall overcame the outside eight post in a strong $2-million field to edge...
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Sports Creek ordered to shut down Jan. 1

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
Sports Creek Raceway in Michigan may be bustling with action on Wednesday night as the track closes out 2014 with a New Year's Eve program beginning at 7 p.m. that features drivers Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Aaron Merriman making a final bid for national dash honors, but all is not good for the racetrack located near Flint. A contract stalemate with the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA)...
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Just Bettor takes Dover feature in 1:52.4

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
Just Bettor enjoyed a perfect trip racing second, then turned it on the way to a 1:52.4 victory in the $20,000-$25,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Claiming pace on Tuesday (Dec. 30) at Dover Downs.   While Alexis Style (Corey Callahan) cut out the pace, Vic Kirby sat second with Just Bettor waiting until the field turned for home. The Bettor's Delight-Just Great 4-year-old gelding picked up ...
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Dan Patch awards to Darling, Siegelman

on 12/31/2014 12:00 AM
For their vision of giving back to life beyond the racetrack, the US Harness Writers Association has voted Jack Darling two Dan Patch Awards – the Unsung Hero and Good Guy awards – and Robbie Siegelman has been selected to receive the January Davies Humanitarian Award.   Darling was the driving force behind two major fundraising efforts in 2014 -- initiating a broad-based fundra...
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Pure Barre, Winbak Heavenly win features

on 12/30/2014 12:00 AM
Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 wager featured multiple winners again on Monday night pushing the carryover to $17,483 for Tuesday night's 11 race program. That exotic wager must have a single ticket winner to capture the entire pool, otherwise, consolation payoffs are awarded with the carryover continuing to grow. On Monday's program, fillies and mares were in the spotlight with Pure Barre takin...
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