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New Vocations seeking stallion seasons

on 12/04/2014 12:00 AM
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently seeking stallion seasons for its 17th annual stallion auction to be held February 9-13 via Ongait.com. All proceeds go toward the rehabilitation, retraining, and placement of retired Standardbreds.   "The service New Vocations provides our retired horses is very important to me and to the industry,” said Walnut Hall Ltd. President an...
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New Weekend Preview: points for Horse of Year?

on 12/04/2014 12:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available for download, and if you thought it was a quiet weekend for the racing world, you might want to reconsider. First, the Meadowlands has big cards on Friday and Saturday, with warrior Golden Receiver set to compete Saturday night. Second, Dover Downs plays host to the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Su...
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Yonkers to resume simulcasts to France in 2015

on 12/04/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have announced an expanded simulcasting calendar with Le Trot and the French PMU for the 2015 racing season. Pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, a total of 31 racing cards -- featuring 173 trotting races -- are scheduled to be simulcast from Yonkers into Europe.   Last month, Yonkers Raceway be...
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Business good for Pompano's first Tuesday

on 12/03/2014 12:00 AM
Tuesday nights had been missing from the racing calendar in South Florida for a couple of seasons, but fans responded with a flurry with its return to the schedule. More than $460,000 was wagered on the 10-race card on Tuesday, Dec. 2, with $8,872 of that coming in the nightly 50-Cent Pick 5, which featured a $1,592 carryover going in. The sequence produced no real surprises, and returned...
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Robert Kane to receive award posthumously

on 12/03/2014 12:00 AM
Robert J. Kane was the chairman of the board of Western Regional Off Track Betting (WROTB) for 26 years, but he was also a huge fan of harness racing. When a longtime local racetrack went out of business in Batavia, it looked like an economic blow to many horsemen as well as the community it resided in. But Kane didn't see a failed business, he saw an opportunity for a rebirth. After Batavi...
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Running Book to stand first season in Ohio

on 12/03/2014 12:00 AM
Curran Racing, LLC, of Red Hook, New York, is proud to announce that Running Book p,3,1:48.4 ($659,335), by Real Desire out of the Big Towner mare Open Book, will be standing his first season in 2015 at Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Winner of the Champlain Stakes, Meadowlands Pace elim., where he received his lifetime mark of 1:48.4,  the Progress Cons., the Gold Rush and much mo...
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James keeps watching McWicked win

on 12/03/2014 12:00 AM
Horse owner Ed James figures it's best to do a lot of listening and limit his talking. So James listened when he was advised that McWicked was the best horse in the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale. And his response was succinct. "I said, OK I'll buy him,” James recalled, laughing. "I make it simple.” James, who races as SSG Stables, bought McWicked for $210,000. He put the ...
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Monica Thors charged with animal cruelty

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Late Tuesday (Dec. 2) afternoon, the New Jersey SPCA posted the following update on its investigation of Monica Thors, who had Standardbred horses in her care at a New Jersey farm. The posting reads, "Monica Thors Horse Case Update : Mullica Hill : NJSPCA today charged Monica Thors with Animal Cruelty. Also after several weeks of planning today's operation ...with a select group of volunteers ...
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Favorites prevail in DSBF prelims

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Totally Rusty and Purrfect Bags remained unbeaten and Gigi Deo won for the first time in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second-leg preliminaries while Handsoffmycookie scored impressively to win the $18,000 Mares Open pace on Monday at Dover Downs.   The favorites reined supreme in the final prelims leading to next Monday's $100,000 DSBF final. Totally Rusty was an ...
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Sutton wins 7 at Hollywood Dayton

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Just two days after taking the lead in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway dash standings, Josh Sutton scored triumphs in one-half of the new track's 14 Monday night races to put some distance between himself and his closest competitors, Chris Page and Dan Noble, who took the night off at Dayton.   The 32-year-old Sutton, who ranks in the top 10 in the national drivers' standings, now has ...
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Muddy Stratton scores 5 at Yonkers

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Question: Who had a mud facial and won five races Monday night at Yonkers Raceway?  If you answered "Jordan Stratton,” then advance to the next round. Stratton began the month with a quintet of Yonkers Raceway winners, relishing the raindrops and sashaying through the slop.   Stratton swept the $53 early daily double, with the pacer Move Blue Chip ($14.60) in the $9,000 ...
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New officers for NY Harness Horse Breeders

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
With the onset of a New Year comes a new administration group for the organization that represents the many Standardbred Breeders in the Empire State. The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State (HHBNYS) has announced that Noelle Duspiva was elected the new president, Ken Jacobs the new vice-president, and Jean Brown the new secretary by a vote of the board of directors. Anne Zweig was re-ele...
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Outrider Jami Chatt Batavia's Unsung Hero

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Jami Chatt is a fourth generation horsewoman and the granddaughter of longtime western New York driving favorite Fred Haslip. She has been around the Western New York racing colony all her life and is currently one of two outriders who ply their trade at Batavia Downs. She is there on race nights to help the horses on the track, but when one horseman was seriously injured last November she too...
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New Jersey SPCA to visit Thors' horses

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
The New Jersey SPCA will visit the Swedesboro, NJ, farm where Monica Thors is stabled today. The action comes after repeated investigations into alleged mistreatment of horses.   "We wanted to share with the concerned horsemen and public, who are following this case, that we have learned that the NJ SPCA is going to the farm today to evaluate the conditions and conduct a thorough in...
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After 5 years, Arch & Ida get ready to part ways

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
From afar, he might not appear the easiest to love. But it didn't take him long to steal Ida Nilsen's heart. Archie is just that way. For the last five years, Nilsen has been the caretaker of world renowned trotter Arch Madness, aka Archie, in the stable of trainer Trond Smedshammer. On Saturday night, Nilsen and Arch Madness went to the races together for the final time. On Monday, Nilsen ...
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Impasse could limit wagering on Meadowlands

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
MidAtlantic Cooperative LLC, a purchasing cooperative representing 23 racetracks, has issued a statement that it has failed to reach agreement with Monarch Content Management Company (a company under the umbrella of the Stronarch Group), and that could keep horseplayers at many tracks from wagering on the Meadowlands races this weekend. The impasse is over rates paid for racing simul...
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Certified Ideal wins after layoff at Meadows

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Winless since late July, Certified Ideal regained her top form Tuesday at The Meadows when she moved first-over to capture the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace.   Although Certified Ideal rolled up nine victories early in the year, five consecutive winless starts earned her a break of more than nine weeks. In Monday's contest, her second off the ...
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Ross Wolfenden drives 6,000th winner

on 12/02/2014 12:00 AM
Ross Wolfenden had a good feeling on Tuesday, Dec. 2, when driving trotter Good Feeling, crossing the finish line first in the sixth race at Dover Downs. The win marked the 6,000th lifetime win for the transplanted New Zealander.   "I wanted to come to [the USA] because there is more opportunity to race here. Back home, there aren't many tracks or races to compete,” remarked the p...
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New executive director for Ohio horsemen

on 12/01/2014 12:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) has announced the hiring of Ohio native Renee L. Mancino as Executive Director. After an extensive search over several months and the consideration of many candidates with outstanding qualifications, the OHHA Board of Directors chose Mancino to lead the rapidly growing membership into the future.   She is a Cuyahoga Commu...
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Easy win for Easy Again at Meadows

on 12/01/2014 12:00 AM
Rebounding from a tough outing, Easy Again seized the early lead and rolled through the slop to capture Monday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. In his most recent start, Easy Again was parked early and eventually broke stride. The 5-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling had no such misfortune Monday when he made the front from post 8 fo...
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