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Veteran horseman George Ursitti dies at 87

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
Veteran Midwest-based horseman A. George Ursitti died Sunday, Nov. 2. He was 87.   Mr. Ursitti was born May 23, 1927, in Chaffee, N.Y., outside Buffalo. He was a star athlete in high school and college at the University of Buffalo, lettering in virtually every sport.   "One time George brought in a scrapbook from his high school days and he was all-everything,” said lon...
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Always B Miki to be Crown supplement

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
Three-year-old colt pacer Always B Miki, the winner of four races in a row and eight of his last nine, will be supplemented to compete in the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands Racetrack later this month. Always B Miki has won 11 of 18 races this year and $778,982. For his career, the son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper has won 13 of 30 starts and $914,366. He is owned by Bluewood Stable,...
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Supplemental entries to Crowns due Monday

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
With most divisional titles still in play as the Grand Circuit heads towards the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs, the spotlight turns shortly to the Meadowlands Racetrack and the $5.4 million 12-race Breeders Crown series. It's final decision time for foreign invitees, supplementals, and entries for the Crown finals slated for Friday. Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, in East Rutherford, NJ. Invite...
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Muscle Hill colt tops HB opener at $390,000

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling sale got underway Monday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, Pa., and a trotting colt topped the sale at $390,000. Hip number 139, a colt by Muscle Hill, was sold with the last bid by horseman Jonas Czernyson. Czernyson said he was asked to keep the buyer's name confidential.   The colt named Brooklyn Hill (pictur...
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Crazed returns to stud duty in New York

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
Preferred Equine Marketing and Blue Chip Farms announced Monday that world champion Crazed will return to the New York stallion ranks in 2015.   The million dollar-winning son of Credit Winner stood at Blue Chip's facility at the start of his stud career before moving to Hanover Shoe Farms in 2013. After siring both the 2- and 3-year-old New York Sires Stakes colt champio...
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Monochromatic wins Dover feature in photo

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
Monochromatic, driven by defending meet champion, Corey Callahan, closed with a rush between rivals to score a 1:52.2 victory in the Monday $18,000 Mares Open Pace feature at Dover Downs.   A Delaware-bred 9 year old, Monochromatic has been a leading female pacer in local feature races for North State Street Stable. Callahan moved to the outside from fourth and slowly edged up to ev...
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Rock The Nite takes Meadows series sweep

on 11/02/2014 1:00 AM
Rock The Nite completed his sweep of a late-closing series for freshman pacing colts and geldings Saturday at The Meadows when he captured the $25,750 championship with a front-end victory. The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 2-year-olds Saturday, with Sixteen Encores, Momas Got A Gun and She Glides taking the other championships. Owner Bob Key enjoyed a double with Rock The ...
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Father Patrick upset; "Miki" powers to win

on 11/01/2014 2:00 AM
The top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the sport of harness racing descended upon Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 31 to battle it out in search of the lucrative purses offered on the 14-race card as Grand Circuit racing action made its fourth and final stop at Hoosier Park this season. With purses topping the $1.2 million mark, the stakes filled card delivere...
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Artist's Dream best in gray pace at Vernon

on 11/01/2014 2:00 AM
Saratoga shipper An Artist's Dream ($20.40) managed to escape the pocket in the final 150 yards of Friday (October 31) evening's featured $6,500 Four One One Pace for grey and roan horses at Vernon Downs, scoring a 1:52.2 minor upset.   Settling into the pocket amid a three-way pace battle with Ontario invader Zambuca Gass (John MacDonald) and top local mare Artic Byrd (Truman Gale)...
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Coffee Addict wins from first-over at Yonkers

on 11/01/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Halloween night $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—one for distaff pacers and one for any trotter with scary moves—were won by a long, first-up Coffee Addict (Dan Dube, $11.60) and a start-to-finish DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.20).   Unhurried from an assigned post position No. 5, Coffee Addict watched as 17-10 choice Campanile (Tyler Buter) moved around R...
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More series action at Hollywood Dayton

on 11/01/2014 2:00 AM
Elimination heat winners Ola Hanover, MA Duty and Her Ideal Hanover will headline the field for the $12,900 championship leg of the "Stars of the Future” mini-series for non-winners of two pari-mutuels distaff pacers next Friday night (November 7). The top three finishers from a trio of $6000 survival battles advanced during Friday's rain-soaked live racing program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. ...
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BZ Glide rallies to take top trot at Batavia

on 11/01/2014 2:00 AM
For the seventh time of the meet, BZ Glide came from the back of the pack Friday night (Oct. 31) to collar the best diagonal-gaiters on the grounds in the Open trot feature at Batavia Downs. As last week's winner Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) assumed his regular position on the front end off the gate, driver Mike Caprio did the same at the rear with BZ Glide. Lutetium took the field to a :58.1 hal...
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Batavia Downs cancels live racing Saturday

on 11/01/2014 2:00 AM
An electrical transformer that supplies power to the track lighting system blew prior to the start of the first race Saturday night (Nov. 1) at Batavia Downs causing the cancellation of the entire live card of racing. With none of the lights that illuminate the far turn operational, it was impossible to conduct racing with any semblance of safety. Todd Haight, Director/GM of live racing a...
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Gingras stakes hat trick headlines Vernon closing night

on 11/01/2014 2:00 AM
It's seemed lately that Yannick Gingras has had the Midas touch, racking up stakes wins with incredible ease.  He continued in that fashion on Saturday (November 1) evening at Vernon Downs, taking home gold in three of the four stakes races on the 11-race closing night program. His stakes hat trick began in the $178,000 Artiscape distaff pace, where he kept double millionaire Rocklam...
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Jody Jamieson wins 7,000th race

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Driver Jody Jamieson became the newest member of the 7,000 win club Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   In the evening's seventh race, Jamieson guide pacer Frankie Boy to victory in a division of the Autumn Series for his 7,000th career win.   Jamieson, 37, entered the night three wins shy of the milestone, but quickly moved in on the 7,000 win plateau after scoring v...
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Longshot winner pays $355.60 at Northfield

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Longshot players were ecstatic as the horses crossed the wire in the ninth race at Northfield Park on Thursday when Upland Hanover successfully kicked from the back to win at odds of 176-1.   Greg Bartlett owns and trains the 7 year-old. Jason Thompson was aboard for the winning drive. It was the fourth win this year in 23 starts and represents Upland Hanover's 12th lifet...
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Repeats and maiden breakers in Autumn splits

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Another action packed round of the Autumn Series took place Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A trio of $14,000 second leg divisions for the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the freshman trotting colts and geldings were contested.   In the first division for the trotters, One Direction repeated him impressive performance from leg one to win in 1:58.2.   Sent o...
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Happy 100th birthday Aime Choquette

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Aime Choquette, who has been a "behind the scenes” great in harness racing, is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, Oct. 31.   Born in 1914 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Aime returned to his home town four years ago and lives a quiet life in an assisted living center. He is close to his sister, age 94, and has breakfast with her every week.     "I don't ...
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Charmed Life hopes to live it up in Muscle Hill

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Coming off a race described by trainer Dave Menary as "vicious,” Charmed Life might finally be sitting pretty as she gets ready for Saturday's $178,000 Muscle Hill Stakes for older female trotters at Vernon Downs.   Charmed Life drew outside starting spots in four of her previous five races, but will begin the Muscle Hill from post four with driver Jody Jamieson, who on Thursday n...
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Crawford Farms receives Excelsior Award

on 10/31/2014 2:00 AM
Few harness horse breeders have made a larger multi-media splash this year than Michelle and Albert Crawford's Crawford Farms of Durhamville, N.Y. From the second-story Crawford Farms mural at The Meadowlands to the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet where the water trucks proudly displayed the farm's iconic insignia, racing fans are constantly reminded of the dynamic duo's substantial commitment to ...
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