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Iowa horseman Kermit Hinshaw dies at 95

on 11/05/2014 12:00 AM
Kermit Hinshaw, 95, a former USTA director and a member of the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame, died Tuesday, Nov. 4.   Born and raised in Richland, Iowa, Mr. Hinshaw owned and operated Hinshaw Homestead Farms in Richland, Iowa. He campaigned Jodevin 2,1:59, the 1976 national 2-year-old trotting champion, and winner of 21 out of 22 starts; Curtain 2,2:03.1, the fastest 2-year-old t...
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Muscle Diamond ready for Matron test

on 11/05/2014 12:00 AM
So far in his brief racing career, trotter Muscle Diamond's strength has been his attitude. It's a trait he might have inherited from his mom, former star Windylane Hanover.   "He's a lot like his mom,” trainer Brett Bittle said. "His mom wasn't a big horse. Her biggest asset was her determination, and he's kind of the same way. He's always charging at the wire and giving us what ...
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Western Vintage to stand in Ohio

on 11/05/2014 12:00 AM
Owners Perry Soderberg and Marvin Katz, are proud to announce that Western Vintage, by Western Ideal, out of the Art Major mare, Major Harmony, will be standing the 2015 breeding season at Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, Ohio. At 2, Western Vintage was a force to be reckoned with achieving his mark of 1:49.4 in the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile in Lexington, beating the field of top level ...
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Trotting mare Perfect Alliance retired

on 11/05/2014 12:00 AM
Following a brief comeback attempt from sickness this summer, world champion trotting mare Perfect Alliance has been retired from racing by majority owner Jeffrey Gural of Little E LLC. The 4-year-old daughter of leading stallion Credit Winner retired with 13 wins from 33 career starts and earnings of $249,788. She last raced last Saturday in the Muscle Hill Mare Trot at Vernon Downs.  ...
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Western Terror colt tops HB day 3 at $200,000

on 11/05/2014 12:00 AM
The third session of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling sale in Harrisburg, Pa., continued at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Arena on Wednesday. Through the three sessions, a total of 810 horses had been sold for an average price of $37,718. The Thursday session concludes the all-yearling portion of the sale.   The Wednesday session was stronger than the same session...
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Local horses top contenders in Matron Finals

on 11/05/2014 12:00 AM
From among the top two-and-three-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters in the sport vying for $1,562,150 in purses in all eight Matron Stakes finals on the card, a plentiful group of owners from the Delaware Valley will be competing for a significant portion of the stakes money, on the biggest Thursday in racing at Dover Downs on Nov. 6. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Howard Taylor , a prom...
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Driver George Napolitano Jr. injured at Pocono

on 11/05/2014 12:00 AM
Driver George Napolitano Jr. was injured in an accident during a race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night. Napolitano, Pocono’s leading driver once again this year, was driving #9 Waltzacrossthewire in the seventh race when Southwind Terror broke stride in front of them on the back stretch. Napolitano was dumped to the track as his horse tried to avoid the breaking horse. ...
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Christoforou wins 6,000th career race

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Driver Chris Christoforou joined the 6,000 win club Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Christoforou, 43, steered pacer World Away to victory in the evening's seventh race for career driving victory 6,000.   Christoforou entered Monday's card one win shy of the 6,000 win mark. Although he was not listed in the program to drive World Away, Christoforou picked up the drive because of...
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Hape, Dublin Rose win Autumn 2YO finals

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Hape and Dublin Rose turned in career-best performances to win their respective Autumn Series finales Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-week Autumn Series for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies wrapped up Monday night with the $31,600 final for the trotters and the $30,200 final for the pacers. The top 10 money earners, who entered the final, from the first two legs contested the fin...
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Sears cashes big in FSBOA contests

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
With TVG expanding Pompano Park's visibility on Monday night, the south Florida oval hosted four classes--three off the betting card--of the FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes along with their weekly top Open event for mares.   The first non-wagering affair, the $23,500 Stallion Stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies, went to the Proud Bushy lass Brandy, surviving challenges on both sid...
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Horsemen reach agreement at Monticello

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
After an impasse of over one year, the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association is pleased to announce that it has secured a long-term horsemen's agreement with the management at Monticello Raceway.   Assuming that Monticello or any subsidiary of its parent company, Empire Resorts, is granted one of the potentially two casino licenses soon to be awarded in the Catskill's region, th...
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WEG now accepts apps for winter series

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group is now accepting nominations for 10 stakes series scheduled for the winter months.   Each series carries a nomination fee of $200 and will feature two preliminary legs and a final. All series will be raced at Woodbine Racetrack.   The Horseplayer Interactive, WEGZ, Ontario Girls and Ontario Boys are for Ontario sired horses, while the six ...
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Butch Palone, father of Dave & Mike, dies at 77

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Marion "Butch" Palone Jr., 77, of Rices Landing, Pa., died Nov. 3 at the Washington County Health Center, Washington, Pa.   He was born May 5, 1937, in Crucible, Pa., a son of the late Marion and Anna (Zupancich) Palone Sr. Mr. Palone was a 1955 graduate of Jefferson High School and resided in Dry Tavern, Greene County all of his life.   He served with the U.S. Mari...
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Yonkers draws for first Sunday matinee card

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has drawn the first of its six Sunday matinee racing programs. The half-dozen cards, running from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14, inclusive, replace five Tuesday nights (Nov. 11 through Dec. 9) and shall offer an 11 a.m. first post.   The Sunday programs are going to be front-loaded with trotters, as the first five races of each card—all added-distance (1¼ miles) with hi...
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Svanstedt signs for $225K Tuesday sale topper

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Trond Smedshammer bought only two horses during Monday's opening round of the Standardbred Horse Sale, but came away with more than a handful in the second session.   Smedshammer on Tuesday purchased eight yearlings at the sale, with one being tied for eighth highest in price.   "The ones that I really wanted yesterday just went too high,” Smedshammer said. "There were ...
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Tailgunner Hanover a "miracle baby"

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
When trainer Ray Schnittker looked at yearling pacer Tailgunner Hanover, he saw a resemblance to half-brother Riggins. Schnittker trained Riggins, who earned $924,758 during a stakes-winning career.   But the fact he saw anything at all was something of a miracle.   Tailgunner Hanover is an embryo transfer foal out of Towner's Image, who received the 1993 O'Brie...
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Meadows plays host to Pink Out event

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and The Meadows hosted the track's sixth annual Pink Out event benefitting breast cancer research on Saturday night, Nov. 1.   Featured on the card was an all-female race, captured by Terry Millhoan and Woodruff. Tabby Canarr finished second with Gambler Springs, while two-time defending champion Rachel Kaneoka was third, guiding Fo...
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Dover's big Matron card drawn for Thursday

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
A total of $1,561,150 in Matron Stakes purses is on the line in eight stakes on a giant Thursday (Nov. 6) program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A $26,000 Delaware Special headed by defending Horse of the Meet Nova Artist and track record holder Bandolito lead a strong undercard. There are five $1 million winners, one of whom, Father Patrick, has earned more than $2 million, among the ...
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Graduate Series revamped for 4YOs

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is pleased to announce the $1 million Graduate Series, a new initiative designed to provide racing opportunities for 4-year-old trotters and pacers in 2015.   While the schedule will not be finalized until the December stakes meetings, the series will offer three legs tentatively beginning in late May with $50,000-estimated legs at Tioga Downs, continue through June ...
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NYSS champs celebrated at USTA District 8

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
An enthusiastic group of the top breeders and horsemen from the Empire state assembled at the Vernon Downs Hotel and Casino on Sunday, Oct. 26, for the USTA District 8 meeting and annual presentation of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) awards banquet. As the human and equine honors were distributed, anticipation grew for the horse of the year announcement for 2014.   Gural Hanover (C...
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