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Camille closes out Meadows year in style

on 12/24/2014 12:00 AM
Camille, who had been battling some of the top mares in harness racing without recent success, found a spot to her liking Tuesday when she rolled to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in the track's final live card of 2014.   Camille finished seventh to Rocklamation in the Artiscape and sixth to Shelliscape in the Bree...
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Record handle at Western Fair

on 12/24/2014 12:00 AM
The final program prior to the Christmas break at the Raceway at Western Fair District proved to be a lucrative one as the London oval recorded what is believed to be a record single-night handle of $700,685.   Fueled by a favorable schedule, a strong program and a pair of $7,500 guaranteed Pick-4 pools, fans responded in a big way as they looked to take home some last minute holida...
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Adios set for Aug. 1 at The Meadows

on 12/24/2014 12:00 AM
The final of the 49th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios, the important test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers that is the signature event of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, is set for the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 1, when the card begins at 12:20 p.m. Adios eliminations will take place Friday, July 24, with first post at 6:55 p.m. The importance of the Adios was underscored in 2014...
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Balmoral/Maywood file for bankruptcy

on 12/24/2014 12:00 AM
Balmoral Racing Club Inc. and Maywood Park Trotting Association Inc., two of the oldest horse racing venues in the country and the only harness racing tracks in Illinois, announced Wednesday that each has voluntarily commenced Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization cases in Chicago.   The filings are in response to a judgment entered against the tracks on Dec. 11, 2014 in favor of the state...
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Maven draws post 7 for Prix de Bourgogne

on 12/24/2014 12:00 AM
Maven has drawn post 7 for Sunday's Prix de Bourgogne at the Vincennes Racetrack in Paris, France, with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter.   Eighteen trotters will line up behind the mobile starting gate for the race which carries a purse of 120,000 euros (approximately $165,000 U.S.). The nine richest entries drew for the first tier, with the remaing nine drawing for the s...
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Bergstein Proximity Award to Russell Williams

on 12/23/2014 12:00 AM
Russell Williams, who is an important part of many of harness racing's major entities – Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, the U.S. Trotting Association, the Harness Racing Museum – and also serves as "Santa Claus” to horses after their racing/breeding careers are completed, has been named the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner by the United States Harness ...
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Crawford Farms new title sponsor of M'lands Pace

on 12/23/2014 12:00 AM
Crawford Farms, a leading New York-based breeding operation, and Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment have agreed to a three-year sponsorship deal that will make Crawford Farms the title sponsor of the Meadowlands Pace through 2017. Crawford Farms served as a major sponsor of "The Pace” in 2014.   "We have made a long term commitment, which the industry needs, to the Meadowlands...
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Trixton named NJ Standardbred of Year

on 12/23/2014 12:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Trixton will receive the 2014 Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year as selected by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.   Trixton and Deo Volente Farms, the 2014 New Jersey Breeder of the Year and the trotter's new home, will be among the honorees at the 58th annual New Jersey Breeders awards luncheon at 1 p.m. on Jan. 25 a...
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Horseman Bryce Truitt, 59, dies

on 12/23/2014 12:00 AM
Bryce Truitt, 59, a longtime horseman from a family deeply rooted in racing, has died. He he was one of the leading drivers on the Maryland circuit during the 1980s. Most recently, he was active at Pennsylvania racetracks and on the fair circuit.   He is survived by his wife, Cindy; daughter, Kristy and her husband, Fred; grandchildren Trevor and Alexander; and his father, Norw...
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Get ready for the weekend with Weekend Preview

on 12/23/2014 12:00 AM
The holidays are upon all, but sporting events still fill the calendar, and after the absence of harness racing on Christmas Day, live action is back on Friday afternoon, when Woodbine holds its annual Boxing Day program with a 1 pm post. So we've got a Weekend Preview, with Dave Briggs sharing the spirit of giving that has been embraced by Canadian Norm Clements, know...
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John "Jake" Chapman dies

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
John "Jake" Chapman Jr. died Dec. 19, at his home in Orchard Park, NY. Mr. Chapman was a horseman and a son of the late Hall of Fame horseman John Chapman. He was 60.   He is survived by his siblings, Cindy (Peter) Chapman-Koch, Cricket (Kevin) Brennan and Cheryl (Mark) Gacek; and nephews and nieces, Matthew (Josie) Brennan, Kevin Brennan, Patrick Brennan, Daniel Gacek and Jess...
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Jimmy Takter voted Trainer of the Year

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
For the fourth time in his Hall of Fame career, Jimmy Takter is the Trainer of the Year as voted upon by the members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Takter received 84 of 140 votes for Trainer of the Year, finishing ahead of Ron Burke, who got 56 votes. Despite starting horses only 729 times through Dec. 21, Takter's stable earned a career-best $13.35 million, for an ...
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Northfield horsemen deliver toys to area kids

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
After spending the weekend with their families in Michigan, Ron Wrenn Jr. and Jason Merriman hit the road back to Ohio at 4 a.m. to spread some good cheer Monday morning (Dec. 22). Joined by Kurt Sugg, his wife Becky and children Brandon, Kiersten and Kaitlyn, the trio of Northfield Park drivers suited up in their colors and dispersed nearly $3,000 worth of toys, electronics, movies, CDs an...
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Miami Valley to open with improved paddock

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway will kick off its second season of live racing on Friday night (Jan. 2), with improved purses, paddock and grandstand improvements, and a longer season spiced up with numerous late-closing series intended to make the action even more exciting for both horsemen and fans.   The live racing calendar calls for 89 programs from Jan. 2 through May 3 in 2015, up from 6...
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Harrah's Philly adds Liberty Bell Series

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
Sam Beegle, president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, has announced major additions to the 2015 stakes schedule at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack. On Sunday (May 24), a new Open Pace for colts and geldings, named in honor of Jerry Taylor, will join the Maxie Lee Open Trot and Betsy Ross Open Mares Pace to round out a trio of invitationals. The purse for e...
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I'm Feeling Good is good at The Meadows

on 12/22/2014 12:00 AM
I’m Feelin Good moved powerfully first-over and rolled to a comfortable victory -- his second straight -- in Monday’s $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows.   I’m Feelin Good was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall tipped him off the cones and asked him for pace. He gobbled up the leader, Nitro Seelster, and defeated him by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1...
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Wake Up Peter's Big M win his 14th of 2014

on 12/21/2014 12:00 AM
Wake Up Peter entered Saturday night's $30,000 A-2/A-1/Free For All Handicap at the Meadowlands with two wins in his last four starts. He left the racetrack three for his last five.   Leaving for forward position off the wings of the gate, the 5-2 second choice Wake Up Peter found a comfortable spot, fourth along the pylons, where Brett Miller showed patience through an opening...
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Celebrity Hercules scores in 1:55.3 at Dayton

on 12/21/2014 12:00 AM
Celebrity Hercules, a well-traveled 8-year-old son of Kadabra, visited Hollywood Dayton Raceway for the first time on Saturday night (Dec. 20) and left with a hard-fought nose victory in the weekly $10,000 Open Trot.   With the narrow victory, Celebrity Hercules inched closer to the half-million dollar earnings plateau. He now has 37 lifetime wins in 141 tries and has amassed $492,3...
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Dillander returns, wins with Cruzin KC

on 12/21/2014 12:00 AM
The Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park presented a sterling racing program on Saturday night highlighted by a repeat win by Lyons Johnny in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace and a winning return to action by driver Jason Dillander.   Dillander, who had been out of action due to an accident on May 9 at Hoosier Park which left him with two broken ankles, returned to action on Saturd...
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Coffee Addict rallies for Big M victory

on 12/20/2014 12:00 AM
On a brisk December night at the Meadowlands, a $22,500 B-1/A-2 Filly and Mare Handicap Pace headlined a robust overnight card with full and competitive fields.   Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Coffee Addict, the runner-up at this level the previous week, was allowed to settle off the pace for Corey Callahan. A keyed up Crazy On You made the lead to the quarter in :27.2 before yield...
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