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Abbatiello, Surick take Freehold titles

on 12/14/2014 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway concluded the 2014 racing season on Saturday, with a 12-race card. Presentations for meet leaders went to driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Nick Surick.   "It's been a pleasure to compete at Freehold Raceway and win the driving title the last five years,” said Abbatiello, who finished the year with 189 wins. "A special thanks to all the trainers, owners and groo...
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Ralph Leasure, father of Tom Leasure, dies

on 12/14/2014 12:00 AM
Ralph E. Leasure, 91, of Woodsfield, Ohio, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Woodsfield, Ohio.   He was born at Centerville, Pa., on July 24, 1923, a son of the late Ralph S. and Maude Miller Leasure.   Mr. Leasure was a retired machinist at the former Ormet Corp., Hannibal, Ohio; a member of the First United Methodist Church...
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Burke new all-time leader in training earnings

on 12/13/2014 12:00 AM
Entering the Friday night program at the Meadowlands, Ron Burke's earnings in 2014 stood right at $28.1 Million, just a few thousand dollars short of Todd Pletcher's mark from 2007 of $28,116,097. When  Appomattox crossed the wire first in the Free For All Handicap Trot, Burke's season earnings moved to $28,118,465, surpassing the mark set by Pletcher seven years ago.   Of course, Bu...
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Valedictory Series continues at Woodbine

on 12/13/2014 12:00 AM
Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were in the spotlight Friday night for the first leg of the Valedictory Series at Woodbine Racetrack. Nineteen sophomore colts and geldings were split into two $15,000 divisions for the opening leg of the three-week series.   In the first division, Kindofabigdeal, the heavy favorite, lived up to his billing with a three length victory in...
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Favorites score in NIagara 3FP opener

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
A snow covered Woodbine Racetrack played host to the first leg of the Niagara Series Thursday night. Eighteen three-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $15,000 divisions for round one of the three-week series.   More than a dozen centimeters of snow blanketed Woodbine Thursday afternoon and into the evening, but the track crew had the surface in "good" shape for some fa...
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Widger OK after Maywood race spill

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Veteran reinsman Sam Widger was shaken up slightly in a spill at Maywood Park on Thursday night, but luckily walked away without any further damage.   Widger and provisional driver Artie Dick were involved in an incident towards the back of the pack in Thursday's sixth race as the field neared the top of the homestretch. Both drivers were unseated from their bikes and Widger wa...
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Merriman pads dash lead with eight-bagger

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
North America's leading driver, Aaron Merriman, drove eight winners on Thursday at Northfield Park, winning over half of the 15-race program. Merriman's eight scores included Vision Of Glory ($12.60) in race one, Snuff Box ($6.80) in race two, Wild Ride ($3.60) in race three, Noble Fitch ($3.40) in race four, Brown Titan ($2.40) in race seven, Chievous Dan ($3.80) in race 10, Loconotion (...
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Papa Ray best in Delaware Special

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Papa Ray rushed along the backstretch to challenge leader 34-1 Nova Artist before making the lead on the final turn on the way to a 1:52.2 victory over a "good" track on Thursday to win the $25,000 Delaware Special at Dover Downs.   Eddie Davis Jr. was at the controls as Papa Ray won the week's top pace for the second time in his last four outings for trainer Wayne Givens and o...
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Warkentin to announce at Freehold

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Thanks to a work share agreement between Meadowlands Racetrack, Freehold Raceway, and Vernon Downs, some new voices will be heard describing the racing action at those facilities during the 2015 season.   Effective Jan. 2, Ken Warkentin will become the full-time announcer at Freehold Raceway. Warkentin will still remain an integral part of the Meadowlands broadcast team as well...
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Aracache Hanover to stand at Ivy Lane Farm

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Aracache Hanover p,5,1:48.1f ($1,726,617), a son of Dragon Again and the Camluck daughter Armbro Cachet, race timed in 1:47.3 in one of his 134 starts, will stand at Ivy Lane Farm, Goshen, Ind., for the 2015 breeding season.   Aracache Hanover won the Windy City Pace, Tarport Effrat, Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs in straight heats, Kane Memorial at Batavia Downs wher...
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Saratoga cancels Saturday, Sunday

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Due to track conditions, Saratoga Harness has canceled live racing for Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14. The track had already canceled its Thursday and Friday programs. Racing is set to resume on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
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TSM Photo Bugger upsets at Meadows

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Dismissed at 13-1, TSM Photo Bugger easily disposed of the 1-9 favorite, Cowgirl Hall, around the final turn and went on to capture Friday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Cowgirl Hall was seeking her sixth straight victory, but she was no match for the winner, who moved from third past the three-quarters for Mike Wilder. TSM Photo Bugg...
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Robin Cruiser shifts course, wins Yonkers open

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Pace was won by a course-shifting Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton, $6.20).   Unhurried from post position No. 5, "Robin” watched” as Dune in Red (Austin Siegelman) stung 4-5 choice Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett) before releasing that one. It was a :26.4 opening quarter-mile and :56.2 intermission when Charisma H...
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Jason Brewer breaks arm in training accident

on 12/12/2014 12:00 AM
Sectionline Yankee, with Dan Noble in her sulky for the first time, went coast to coast in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $10,000 Mares Open Pace on Friday night. In the process, the daughter of Yankee Cruiser eclipsed the $100,000 earnings plateau for the 2014 season on the strength of a 9-7-4 scorecard from 34 starts. The money-making homebred, owned by Harold Lee Bauder, Harold L. Bauder and Mi...
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Andover America upsets at Pompano Park

on 12/11/2014 12:00 AM
For a trotter that had won 57 races during an illustrious career while banking $789,190--the richest in the field--and with Pompano's leading driver, Bruce Ranger in the bike, Andover America certainly didn't get any respect at the mutuel windows on Wednesday night.   The 9-year-old son of Andover Hall overcame the outside nine post to capture Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handic...
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Winbak Farm of Ontario welcomes Archangel

on 12/11/2014 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm of Ontario introduces Millionaire Archangel 2, 1:58.2s; 3, 1:53.1s; 1:50 -'14 ($1,140,946), to its winning stallion lineup for 2015. "We are very excited to add Archangel, who has a stakes-winning race record and has a World Champion pedigree, to the lineup,” said Larry Drysdale, Winbak of Ontario Manager. "His offspring will be potentially eligible to the lucrative Ontario Sire...
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Ater at Dayton: $10.40, $21.60, $48.60, $49

on 12/11/2014 12:00 AM
Driver Kyle Ater, still recovering from a severe bout with flu which caused him to miss all his drives at Dayton Raceway on Monday night, returned to the sulky with a vengeance on Wednesday. The 38-year-old reinsman moved up a notch to fifth in the local dash standings with four wins—all at double digit mutuel prices!   Ater's barrage of toteboard bombers began in the second race ...
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Book your Prix d'Amerique trip now

on 12/11/2014 12:00 AM
The world's greatest trotting spectacle is just six weeks away, and this year's edition of the Prix d'Amerique may feature an actual Amerique—the trotting mare Maven.   The daughter of Glidemaster-M Stewart, now trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for owners Herb Liverman, John Fielding and Joyce McClelland is headed to France to race in the Prix de Bourgogne on ...
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Tetrick Named US Rep in World Driving Tourney

on 12/11/2014 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick, who has led the nation in driver earnings for the past seven years in a row, will represent the United States in the 2015 World Driving Championship in New South Wales, Australia, from Feb. 21 through March 1. It will be Tetrick's first appearance in the WDC.   "It's an honor; hopefully I can make America proud and do a good job,” said Tetrick. "I've never been to Aus...
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Monticello legend Manzi announces retirement

on 12/11/2014 12:00 AM
Having reached a 50-year milestone working in the harness racing industry (with 34 years serving as Monticello Raceway's publicity director), John Manzi on Thursday announced his retirement effective Dec. 19.   "Every race has to come to an end," said Manzi. "And after five decades of answering the call to the post, the time is right for me to relax a little and enjoy my golf c...
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