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McFlirty is best in Pompano mares open

on 12/09/2014 12:00 AM
McFlirty, perfectly driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., pulled off a minor upset at Pompano Park on Monday night by winning the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares.   The 8-year-old daughter of McArdle, trained by Jamie Rucker for owner James Stonecipher, scored in 1:51.4, rudely interrupting the three-race winning streak of Pertty Music, driven by Ed Hensley, off at a ...
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With just 5 entered, Cleveland Classic canceled

on 12/09/2014 12:00 AM
With the names of just five 3-year-old male pacers dropped into the box, Friday night's $150,000 Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park has been canceled.   "When you have a race this late in the year, sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't," Northfield Park executive vice president of racing Dave Bianconi told The Horseman Tuesday morning. "I had 38 eligible and only five en...
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Meadows group holds annual meeting

on 12/09/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) hosted its annual membership meeting, hosted by organization president Rich Gillock, on Sunday.   Gillock opened his report by announcing that membership in the MSOA had increased during 2014 to nearly 800 members. He then reported on the group's legislative process in 2014 and let the members know that the group will continue to wo...
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Court finds Balmoral's Johnston liable in racketeering case

on 12/09/2014 12:00 AM
The Beacon-News is reporting that a jury in federal district court in Illinois found Balmoral Park's John Johnston liable on three counts in a civil racketeering case involving conduct engaged in by former Governor Rod Blagojevich.   The jury awarded $26.3 million in damages to four Illinois riverboat casinos including the Hollywood Casino Joliet and the Hollywood Casino Aurora. The...
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Trixton, Strut My Stuff named NJSS HOYs

on 12/09/2014 12:00 AM
Trixton, who trotted the fastest mile in New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS)  history, has been selected as the New Jersey Sires Stakes' Premier Division Horse of the Year for 2014 while Strut My Stuff was named the Green Acres' Horse of the Year.   The awards, which are voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, are based solely on performances in races for New...
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RMTC reports on uniform drug rules

on 12/09/2014 12:00 AM
The horse racing industry made significant progress toward the uniform adoption of national medication reforms in 2014, as regulators in multiple jurisdictions adopted model rules developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and the Association of Racing Commissioners International.   The new model rules include a Controlled Therapeutic Medications Schedule, thir...
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Barnsdale wins HANA Grand Circuit Contest

on 12/09/2014 12:00 AM
With the Cleveland Classic not filling, the last leg of HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs has been canceled.   This results in Garnet Barnsdale being named the top handicapper for this year's contest with a net profit of $4,553....
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Canadian owner Gordon Rumpel dies

on 12/09/2014 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that Gordon Rumpel, well known for his two pacers On The Road Again and Matt's Scooter, died Monday, Dec. 8, at age 85. Mr. Rumpel, of Calgary, Alberta, had battled cancer.   Mr. Rumpel is survived by son Glen (Erin); grandchildren Sara (Kyle), Matthew, Lucas and his great-grandson Henry. He was predeceased by his wife Illa and his son Jimmy. Ar...
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Ohio horseman Jeff Remy dies at 65

on 12/08/2014 12:00 AM
Well known Ohio horseman Jeffrey Alan Remy 65, of Columbus, Ohio, died suddenly from complications of diabetesat his residence on Thursday, Dec. 4.   Mr. Remy entered the business working as a groom for trainers Ron Noel and Gene Riegle, and was a second trainer for Joe Adamsky. He then started his own stable with his brother Jack, training and driving for notable owners such a...
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Veteran Yonkers paddock employee retires

on 12/08/2014 12:00 AM
At any harness oval, the integrity of the paddock is critical to the maintenance of the overall integrity of the racing product. While the judges possess authority over the paddock, the hands-on responsibility for control of human and equine access to, and activities within the facility, is vested in the track's security force. On Sunday, Dec. 7, the Standardbred Owners Association of New Y...
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Michigan owner Larry Gary dies at 92

on 12/08/2014 12:00 AM
Lawrence M. Gary, 92, of Ada, Mich., who was buying yearlings at last year's sales, died Sunday, Dec. 7.   Born Jan. 1, 1922, in Wheaton, Ill., Mr. Gary was graduated from Wheaton High in 1941 and attended Wheaton College. He was a decorated World War II veteran, serving in both the European and Pacific Theaters in the 86th Blackhawk division. He married the late Joan C. Gary (Case...
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Michigan breeder George Raymond dies

on 12/08/2014 12:00 AM
George Raymond, 81, of Delhi Township, Mich., died Nov. 8 after a short hospitalization. An owner of Standardbreds since 1966, Mr. Raymond and his wife, Dawn Scarborough, became serious Standardbred breeders until her death in 2010. Their broodmare band, largely daughters and granddaughters of their Final Score mare Courtney Charamar 1:57.1, produced, among others, the successful tri...
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3 carryovers, 3 guaranteed pools at Pompano

on 12/08/2014 12:00 AM
A trio of carryovers, and a trio of guaranteed pools will greet patrons on Monday evening at Pompano Park. The action will get started early, with a $2,352 Superfecta carryover in the opener and a $1,582 50-cent Pick 5 carryover beginning in Race 2. Track officials have guaranteed both pools at $7,500.   The 50-cent Pick 4 will begin as usual with Race 5, featuring a $5,000 guarante...
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Monticello cancels Tuesday race program

on 12/08/2014 12:00 AM
Due to the impending snow predicted for the Catskill region in southeastern New York State, Monticello Raceway is cancelling its racing program on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Also cancelled are Tuesday's day and night simulcasts.   Qualifying races slated for Wednesday, Dec. 10, will be postponed and raced on Thursday, Dec. 11. The entry box for those qualifiers will remain open until 11:...
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Dew N Doughnuts best at Meadows

on 12/08/2014 12:00 AM
Dew N Doughnuts powered to the lead at the quarter and rolled to a comfortable victory in Monday’s $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 4-5, Dew N Doughnuts justified the heavy support as he made the decisive move from third for Mike Wilder and scored in 1:52. Nitro Seelster rallied for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while I’m Feelin Good closed well for...
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Totally Rusty wins DSBF 2FP in record 1:52

on 12/08/2014 12:00 AM
Totally Rusty became the fastest 2-year-old filly pacer in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund history on Monday as Corey Callahan drove her to a 1:52 victory in the last $100,000 final of the year.   Callahan made good use of starting from post one, taking the lead with the odds-on favorite. Right behind was Purrfect Bags, the second choice with Vic Kirby, the only rival to b...
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Drivers escape serious injury at Balmoral

on 12/07/2014 12:00 AM
Drivers Kyle Wilfong and Mike Oosting were involved in a nasty spill in Saturday’s ninth race but both somehow managed to get away relatively unscathed with what appears to be just minor bumps and abrasions. Oosting’s mount Special Joe appeared to take a bad step and fell while in contention with less than a sixteenth of a mile to go, catapulting him to the track where he appeared to ...
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Sapphire City wins Open Pace at Yonkers

on 12/07/2014 12:00 AM
Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) snapped Ronny Bugatti (Tyler Buter) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Those two had some "sloppy" numbers to chase as 11-10 choice Beach Memories (George Brennan) rolled through intervals of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.4. He opened to two lengths turning for home, but was about to hit the skids. Ronny Bugatti, ...
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McWicked wins $301,650 Progress Pace

on 12/07/2014 12:00 AM
Sunday was Miller Time at Dover Downs, David Miller drove both six-figure feature races on a chilly and windy early evening in Delaware. The Hall of Famer guided McWicked to a 1:48.4 victory in the track’s signature event, the $301,650 Progress Pace, after steering Sonofa Sizzle home in 1:52.1 in a mild upset to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2--year-old mal...
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Tetrick, Gingras dominate at The Meadowlands

on 12/06/2014 12:00 AM
On a cold and rainy night at The Meadowlands, Tim Tetrick and Yannick Gingras ran the show. Tetrick was the early star on Friday night winning three of the first four races and four of the first six, but he passed the baton to Gingras who would go on to win three in a row in races 9 through 11, totaling four on the card himself. The Bionic Man guided Super Bowl hopeful Propulsion to a rom...
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