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Whata Donato takes top trot at Meadows

on 11/26/2014 12:00 AM
Whata Donato stalked patiently from the pocket, then pounced in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winnners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Take The Money took the field through three-quarters in a sharp 1:25.4 over a sloppy surface. But when trainer/driver Doug Snyder pointed Whata Donato to the Lightning Lane, the 4-year-old daughter of ...
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So Take That's 1:53 effort best in Del. Special

on 11/26/2014 12:00 AM
With no racing on Thanksgiving Day, the Wednesday card was power packed with both the $26,000 Delaware Special won by So Take That and Baximum the winner of the $18,000 Open Trot. It was a windy and rainy Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Dover Downs, with racing conducted over a sloppy track. Corey Callahan had a five bagger.   So Take That has shown an affinity for the Dover five-eighths oval...
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McWicked draws post 1 in Progress preview

on 11/25/2014 12:00 AM
Progress Pace supplemental entry McWicked, fresh from a 1:49 victory in last week's $531,250 Breeders Crown final, leads a stellar group of seven rivals in a $35,000 prevue of next week's $301,000 Progress Pace on Sunday at Dover Downs. Post time is 5:30 p.m.   David Miller will drive the Casie Coleman trainee owned by SSG Stables from post 1. Coleman will also start Ontario campaign...
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Racing official Joe Crugnale dies at 62

on 11/25/2014 12:00 AM
Joseph V. "Joe" Crugnale, Chief Investigator for the Ohio State Racing Commission and formerly a longtime judge at The Meadows, Louisville Downs, and other tracks, died Sunday, Nov. 23, after battling cancer. He was 62.   A native of Rochester, NY, Mr. Crugnale was a graduate of the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program. Prior to that he had worked as a mail c...
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Stallions, late yearling deadline in Maryland

on 11/25/2014 12:00 AM
In order for their foals to be eligible to the slots enhanced Maryland Sires Stakes all stallions standing in Maryland for the 2015 breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2014. Forms and payment info can be found on the website at http://www.msrfonline.com/. All stallion forms must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2014.   A late yearling nomina...
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Do Me Honor rallies for win at Meadows

on 11/25/2014 12:00 AM
Trailing by eight lengths at the half, Do Me Honor took advantage of live cover to get into position, then brushed through the lane to capture Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   Do Me Honor was sixth down the backside when Aaron Merriman moved her third-over in the cover flow. She needed to go wide to do it, but the 6-year-old daughter of C...
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Monticello cancels Wednesday program

on 11/25/2014 12:00 AM
Due to the impending heavy snowstorm, Monticello Raceway is cancelling its live race card on Wed., Nov. 26.   Also canceled are the morning qualifiers on Wednesday as well as the evening simulcasts. However, afternoon simulcasts may be available.   With no racing scheduled on Thanksgiving Day, the next live racing program from Monticello Raceway will be on Monday, Dec. 1. Firs...
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Thors subject of animal cruelty investigations

on 11/25/2014 12:00 AM
The CBS affiliate in Philadelphia has called attention to the actions of Monica Thors, well-known as a Standardbred photographer and one-time amateur driver. She has been reported to New Jersey authorities for abusing her horses, and now the CBS report says concerned residents called Eyewitness News, saying a woman is abusing her horses. They say despite recent deaths of several of the hors...
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DSBF 2YO colt paces continue at Dover

on 11/24/2014 12:00 AM
Sonofa Sizzle, Dashboard and Smoking Joey won opening $20,000 legs of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old paces on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Dover Downs.   After an impressive qualifying win, Mike White's Sonofa Sizzle dominated the first of three $20,000 colt and gelding paces. With Corey Callahan in the bike driving the first of his two DSBF winners, the Life Sizzle...
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French wagering tops $1.5 mil at Yonkers

on 11/24/2014 12:00 AM
The third rendition of Yonkers Raceway's "Matinee Madness” went postward during a downright balmy (mid-50's) pre-Thanksgiving Sunday.   The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the opener (post time 11:12 a.m.), with favored Itzaziam (Brian Sears, $5.70) winning that event in 2:27.3 fo...
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Adios Butler trainer Paige West dies

on 11/24/2014 12:00 AM
Paige H. West, 82, of Pompano Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Nov. 23. He had been a local resident since 1986 after moving from Salisbury, Md.   Mr. West was retired from the harness horse racing business. He was the trainer and sometimes driver of Adios Butler, the Horse of the Year in 1960 and 1961.   He is survived by his wife, Lois; sons, Todd (Mary) and Dana; grand...
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Zuccarello wins Billings Gold, then gets engaged

on 11/24/2014 12:00 AM
After seven months of competitions in the C.K.G Billings amateur driving series, the $25,000 Gold Cup and $15,000 Silver Cup championships were contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, with "Mighty Matt” Zuccarello victorious in the Gold with Rebel Strike. Kelly "Sky” Walker copped the Silver with Rush N Supreme.   Both events were on the betting card and eac...
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Always B Miki has successful surgery for injury

on 11/24/2014 12:00 AM
Always B Miki underwent surgery for a P-1 (long pastern) fracture of his left hind on Monday morning. Dr. Patty Hogan performed the surgery on the 3-year-old colt who was scratched lame from the Breeders Crown after exhibiting lameness while in the post parade and scoring down before the race.   "Dr. Hogan used four screws to repair the fracture and said she was very optim...
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Mister Big standing stud in Ohio in 2015

on 11/24/2014 12:00 AM
Mister Big, the richest Canadian-sired Standardbred of all time and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, will stand stud at Abby Stables in Ohio starting with the upcoming 2015 breeding season. His introductory fee will be a very reasonable $2,500. Ohio is quickly becoming one of the most desirable jurisdictions in which to race, and Mister Big has a history in the state havi...
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Penny Paratrooper wins $100,000 Delaware final

on 11/24/2014 12:00 AM
Penny Paratrooper won the first of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old finals to highlight the Monday, Nov. 24, program at Dover Downs. Paradise Lost took the $18,000 Mares Open trot on the regular card. Ross Wolfenden drove four feature race winners.   Ross Wolfenden was at the controls as the bay filly took command on the backstretch and opened up...
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Commander Crowe sharp in Crown victory

on 11/23/2014 12:00 AM
The 11-year-old Commander Crowe became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown, capturing Saturday night's $500,000 Open Trot at the Meadowlands in a stakes-record-equaling 1:51. The winner's share of the purse also pushed the career earnings of the trotter affectionately known as "Le Grand Blond" to more than $5 million, behind only Ready Cash, Varenne and Moni Maker on the trotting sid...
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Limelight Beach scratched, Sebastian K qualifies

on 11/22/2014 12:00 AM
Sebastian K and Limelight Beach made news early Saturday morning. Sebastian K qualified impressively at the Meadowlands while Daily Racing Form reported thst Limelight Beach has been scratched from the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace on Saturday night.   In the qualifier, Sebastian K was sent to the front of the field in the first turn at the Meadowlands and carved out fractions...
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McIntosh and Crown: A perfect combination

on 11/22/2014 12:00 AM
He has raced more than 100 different horses in the Breeders Crown, earned $6 million in purses and collected 15 trophies over the past 30 years, but for trainer Bob McIntosh the opportunity to add to his remarkable Crown ledger means more to him with every passing year.   On Saturday night at the Meadowlands, McIntosh will race two homebred sons of Ponder in the Crown, 2-year-old co...
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Hamilton remembers first Crown 3CT

on 11/22/2014 12:00 AM
Thirty years ago, on a similar fall Saturday afternoon, Marcia Hamilton was doing what so many caretakers around the country are doing right now: getting their horses ready to race. But in her case, she took care of the morning-line favorite in the inaugural $481,000 Breeders Crown sophomore trot, one in a three-horse Nordin Stable entry, named Baltic Speed.   No one knew at the ti...
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JK She'salady caps off year with Crown win

on 11/22/2014 12:00 AM
Make that an even dozen in as many tries for JK She'salady as she and driver Tim Tetrick won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. She covered the mile in 1:50.2, a track and stakes record.   JK She'salady is trained by Nancy Johansson and owned by 3 Brothers Stables of New York. It was the first winner for 33-year-old Johans...
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