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MSOA announces 2014 award winners

on 12/11/2014 12:00 AM
The 3-year-old colt pacer Cammikey, owned by Cam Land LLC, has been named Horse of the Year by the members of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). Cammikey, who is trained by Bill Zendt and was also named the organization's Pacer of the Year, beat out Daylon Miracle for the top honor. Daylon Miracle, owned and trained by Bill Bercury, was named the MSOA's Trotter of the Year. ...
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Weekend Preview: Will Canada go Takter?

on 12/11/2014 12:00 AM
Just because Jimmy Takter isn't based in Canada, should that mean he shouldn't be considered for that country's Trainer of the Year? Dave Briggs takes a positive stance in Stretch Call in the new and free Harness Racing Weekend Preview that is now available for download. Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. talks about his four starters at the Meadowlands, including $300,000-plus winners Cobalt Man an...
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Saratoga cancels Thursday, Friday

on 12/11/2014 12:00 AM
Saratoga has canceled live racing for Thursday (Dec. 11) and Friday (Dec. 12) due to poor track conditions.  
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Wrenn scores eight-bagger at Northfield

on 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., drove eight winners on Tuesday, dominating the 15-race program. Wrenn's eight scores included Heeza Nordic ($2.40) in Race 1, Lou Lous Princess ($3.60) in Race 3, Action Aubree Rosa ($10.60) in Race 6, Best Dream Seeker ($3.40) in Race 9, Feel The Heat ($2.10) in Race 10, Get Packin ($4.00) in Race 12, Rountuit Bluegrass ($2.20) in race 13 an...
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Gingras, Burke top Grand Circuit standings

on 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
The final Grand Circuit race of the 2014 season was to be at Northfield Park this Friday as the Northeast Ohio oval was to host the $150,000 Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old male pacers. However, only five sophomore pacers entered for the $150,000 guaranteed purse and the race was canceled. Their ownerships will each receive a check in excess of $17,000 for entering.   The Gran...
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Racing & Gaming Symposium underway

on 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
The 41st Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming got underway on Tuesday at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Ariz., with a full day of sessions covering a wide variety of topics.   Oonagh Chan of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, speaking via Skype, dazzled attendees by telling how her company uses technology to improve the wagering experience.   "At the Hong Kong Jockey Club, we...
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Americangirlfriend upsets at 32-1 at Meadows

on 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
Dismissed at 32-1, Americangirlfriend stayed calm when her cover broke stride and pulled off the upset in Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. At Dover Downs Tuesday, Star Recruit was back in the winner's circle for the fourth time in five starts. Americangirlfriend and Jim Pantaleano were following Miss Kilo when that one jumped it off entering the f...
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Meadowlands late-closers due Dec. 15

on 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
Nominations to the 2015 Winter Late-Closing events at the Meadowlands are due (postmarked by) Monday, Dec. 15. These nine series' include races for 3 -and 4-year-old (as of Jan. 1, 2015) trotters and pacers from January through early March. Please note that the eligibility for all events is up to and including Dec. 1, 2014.   Please call the racing office with questions at (877...
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Horseman, racing official Bobby Williams Sr. dies

on 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
Robert J. (Bob) Williams Sr., 78, a respected horsemen in harness racing, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 9.   Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Jan. 14, 1936, Mr. Williams is, perhaps, best known for driving Diamond Exchange to victory in the second edition of the World Trotting Derby in DuQuoin, Ill., in 1982. He also was the author of the very first 1:55 trotting mile a...
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Krivelin wins third Amateur Driver of the Year

on 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
This year USHWA's National Amateur Driver of the Year Award goes to Bob "Rapid Rail” Krivelin and it could be said that Krivelin won the honor in a split decision. His name rose to the top over other prolific drivers and for the New York City wholesale food purveyor it marks the third time that he has received this prestigious award.   When Krivelin was notified he was on vacation...
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The inspiring story of Waco Hanover

on 12/10/2014 12:00 AM
  Editor's Note: Waco Hanover, a son of Tar Heel-Wanda Hanover, born May 4, 1977, will officially be 38 on Jan. 1. He's among 43 horses of distinction featured in Standardbred Old Friends, available on Amazon, Ebay, and the Harness Racing Museum website. His long life has been one of quiet service. Here is an excerpt of his chapter in the book. Everett Kettler quickly spotted t...
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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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