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Ohio horseman Clarence J. Schalk Jr. dies

on 10/29/2014 2:00 AM
Clarence J. Schalk Jr., 83, of Wilmington, Ohio, died Tuesday morning, Oct. 28, at home, surrounded by family.   Mr. Schalk was born on Sept. 15, 1931, to Clarence J. Sr. and Carrie Osler Schalk. He was an active member of the Clinton County Horseman's Association, a farmer, trainer, breeder and Korean War veteran. He enjoyed racing on the Ohio fair circuits...
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Meadowlands lists trainers in rewards program

on 10/29/2014 2:00 AM
In March of this year, the Meadowlands announced that it will begin keeping track of trainer's entries with the purpose of implementing a rewards program which would go into effect on Nov. 14. The program is in conjunction with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ).   "I want to thank the Meadowlands for implementing this program,” said SBOANJ pre...
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Town Pro dies at age 27 at White Birch Farm

on 10/29/2014 2:00 AM
Town Pro p,3,1:51.4 ($1,229,582) died in her sleep at the age of 27 at her home at White Birch Farm, in Imlaystown, N.J., on Sunday, Oct. 26. She was buried at the high point of the farm, overlooking the paddocks and adjacent training track. A headstone will be erected in her memory, according to Farm Manager Steve Williams, who reports that she was active and comfortable until the end. &nb...
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Nearly 1,400 horses in Blooded Horse Sale

on 10/29/2014 2:00 AM
The 67th Blooded Horse Fall Sale will offer nearly1,400 horses at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Monday, Nov. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 20. The sale features 262 yearlings, 175 two year olds, 312 three year olds, 58 weanlings, and 150 in-foal broodmares, along with hundreds of raceway horses.   Yearlings from Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario are in abundance ...
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Crown to Woodbine, Meadowlands, Hoosier Park

on 10/29/2014 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown, harness racing's year-end series, has awarded the 12 annual championship events through 2017 to two longtime partners: Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Meadowlands, along with a new Breeders Crown host track, Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind.   Securing Breeders Crown sites in the long-term has been a top priority of Charlie Keller, chairman of the executive com...
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Churchill signs deal to manage Saratoga Harness

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc. (SHRI) and Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) have signed a definitive purchase agreement wherein CDI will purchase a 25 percent membership interest in Saratoga Casino Holdings, LLC (SCH) for approximately $30.6 million, to be paid in cash.   SCH is a newly formed entity which will include the following assets - Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Sarat...
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The Way I Am gives Sears 9,000th driving win

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Brian Sears won the 9,000th race of his illustrious career Tuesday night, the milestone coming with The Way I Am ($9.80) in the fifth race of Yonkers Raceway's 12-race program. The 3-year-old Muscle Mass gelding went wire-to-wire from post position 3, winning the mile-and-one-sixteenth event trot by 8¼ lengths in 2:05.4.   Sears began his work night needing two wins for the la...
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Sears at 8,998 wins with 4-bagger at Yonkers

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Brian Sears began his work night needing six wins to turn over the odometer yet again, and he nearly did just that. Sears sat in the waiting room of the 9,000 win plateau Monday night, winning four of his 10 drives during Yonkers Raceway's 12-race card to get within two of that milestone.   He began the evening with a pair of odds-on halves of a chalky, $7.80 early daily double, Bet...
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New winners in Autumn action at Woodbine

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Second round action of the Autumn Series got underway Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack and new faces found their way to the winner's circle. A pair of $14,000 divisions for both the two-year-old pacing and trotting fillies were contested.   In the first division for pacers, Evas Girl and Jody Jamieson rebounded from a sixth place finish in the first leg to score a leg two victory ...
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Sunshine Beach to stand at Seelster Farms

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms LLC and Seelster Farms, as co-managers of the stallion are pleased to announce that Battle of the Brandywine winner, and world champion, Sunshine Beach p,2, 1:52.1, 3, 1:47.4f-'13 ($977,438) will be standing at Seelster's Lucan, Ont. farm starting with the 2015 breeding season.   A spectacular looking son of super-sire Somebeachsomewhere, Sunshine Beach is ...
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Southwind Spirit retired, to stand in Ohio

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Dublin Valley Farms has announced that Southwind Spirit (Muscle Hill-Spice On Ice) 2,1:54.1($377,495) will be standing his first season at stud in 2015.   As a 2 year old, Southwind Spirit took his mark by winning the American National, on a sloppy track, scoring by 11 1/4 lengths at Balmoral Park. Southwind Spirit was also the 2013 Kindergarten Classic champion, race...
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Big races for 3YOs at Hoosier Park Friday

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Harness racing's richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana's Hoosier Park for Friday's $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds.   Father Patrick, who on Tuesday ascended to the No. 1 spot in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, knocking Sebastian K from the position he held each of the previous 23 weeks of the...
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Cowgirl Hall snags 13th win of the season

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Cowgirl Hall endured a brutal first quarter and went on to capture her second straight — and 13th this year — in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Cowgirl Hall dueled with Classicality through a wicked :26.4 opening panel before yielding to the pocket. But when Dave Palone sent her out again past the quarter, the 5-year-old daughter of ...
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2FT Fox Valley Yoko takes Violet at Balmoral

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
Continuing her quest to lock up divisional honors among the ICF two-year-old trotting filly set, Dr. Patrick Graham's Fox Valley Yoko took another step towards securing those honors on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as she came charging through the lane to record a 1 ¼ length victory over five rivals in the $40,050 Violet Stake. The final time of 1:58.2 was a new career mark for the good looking...
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Ontario adds siren to emergency warning system

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
The Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved revisions and new rules directing all Standardbred racetracks to upgrade their emergency warning light systems to now include a siren. The changes/upgrades must be implemented by Jan. 1, 2015.   The rule change was a recommendation following an investigation and report by the ORC's Equine Accident Specialist into an incident w...
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Bettor's Delight to stand in Ontario in 2015

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms and the Bettors Delight Syndicate are excited to announce Bettor's Delight's migration back to Canada.   Bettor's Delight will continue to build his legacy as one of the most prolific Standardbred stallions ever, having sired winners of over $200 million globally. He has sired multiple world champions including Darlins Delight and Bettor Sweet as well as 11 millionai...
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Doyoubelieveinmagic? Yes!

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
Dead last heading into the final turn, Doubelieveinmagic unleashed a wide rally through the lane that carried her to victory in Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   Doubelieveinmagic trailed the leader, Novascotia Hanover, by seven lengths before she got rolling for Dave Palone. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Hawaiian Beachlady sco...
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Woodbine announces draw schedule change

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
The Woodbine race office would like to advise horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule for the Woodbine Fall/Wintermeet.   Effective immediately, Saturday cards will now be drawn on Wednesdays, while the draw for Friday cards will remain on Tuesdays.   Here is the full draw schedule for the Woodbine meet:   Enter Monday for Thursday. Enter Tuesday for Friday. Enter Wed...
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JK's She'salady fulfills Johansson's dreams

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
As trainer Nancy Johansson gets ready to prepare JK She'salady for the final weeks of her season, she can only laugh when she thinks about how the star filly pacer looked a year ago.   "I liked her from the beginning, even though she was fat like a broodmare when she came in (to begin training for her 2-year-old campaign),” Johansson said with a big smile. "I think about it when w...
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Horseman Donnie Conrad dies at 66

on 10/26/2014 2:00 AM
Donald E. "Donnie” Conrad, 66, of Corydon, Ind., died Oct. 25, 2014, at University of Louisville Hospital.   He was born March 11, 1948, in Corydon, to Charles E. Conrad and the late Bernice Barksdale Conrad. He was an owner, trainer, driver, and breeder of Standardbreds, as well as a former member of the board of directors of the Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association. He was a ...
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