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Funeral services set for trainer Mark Austin

on 09/15/2014 2:00 AM
Mark Austin, one of Ontario's most popular and successful trainers, died Sunday, Sept. 14. He was 54. Austin died while at Flamboro Downs, where he was racing.   Hailing from southwestern Ontario, Austin was introduced to harness racing by his uncle, Bud, and got into the sport full-time after high school. One of his earliest brushes with greatness came courtesy Oldcas...
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Charity golf tournament in Lexington Sept. 23

on 09/15/2014 2:00 AM
It is time again for the Horsemens' Unicorn Foundation's (HUF) annual Charity Golf Tournament, Dinner/Dance. Each fall in Lexington, KY, the best horses and horsemen gather for two weeks of harness racing and yearling sales. We have found this to be an ideal time to have the HUF's annual Charity Golf Tournament. We offer a great golf venue, dinner, dance, and silent auction, all in conjun...
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Big Bad John yearlings sell for $100,000-plus

on 09/15/2014 2:00 AM
The revival of the Ohio Selected Jug Sale was a success as 233 yearlings were sold for an average price of $16,283. The sale was held Monday at Eden Park Equestrian Center, located about 15 miles east of Delaware, Ohio, where the Little Brown Jug will be held on Thursday.   The sale showed strength across the board, in pacing-bred and trotting-bred yearlings, and thanks to various s...
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Lady Shadow takes Michigan owners to Jugette

on 09/15/2014 2:00 AM
Although he is still relatively new as an owner, Lindsey Rankin understands how rare it is to find a top racehorse. So he is trying to enjoy the ride with Lady Shadow to the fullest.   Lady Shadow is among 22 horses in Wednesday's $298,100 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. The field was divided into three eliminations, from which the top three...
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Delaware horseman Walter Swain dies

on 09/15/2014 2:00 AM
G. Walter Swain, a longtime horseman from Lincoln, Del., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Bay Health hospital, Dover, Del. surrounded by his wife and children.   Following service as a Seebee in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Swain became active as a horse-owner while operating Swains Construction Co. in 1955. Swain and his wife of 38 years, Judy, enjo...
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Foiled Again takes third Quillen title

on 09/15/2014 2:00 AM
The venerable 10-year-old pacing superstar Foiled Again ($3.20, Yannick Gingras) prevailed in the eighth annual $220,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Monday at Harrington Raceway, winning in 1:50.2.   A large crowd filled the Harrington grandstand, watching harness racing's heavyweights among the older horse pacing ranks battle it out on Delaware's half-mile racetrack.   Owne...
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Field set for Milton final for pacing mares

on 09/14/2014 2:00 AM
On an evening when the trotters had the spotlight, the sport's best older pacing mares contested two eliminations for next Saturday's $286,000Milton Stakes, with 16 of the finest pacing mares split into two $35,000 eliminations.   In the first elimination, Krispy Apple and Tim Tetrick converted off a two-hole trip to win in 1:50.3. Trained by P.J. Fraley, Kripsy Apple started her sea...
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New York crowns 2014 champions

on 09/14/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the 25th edition of the New York Night of Champions. The $1.8 million event--richest night of racing in the state--offered eight, $225,000 sires stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Once again, each race was sponsored by a prominent Empire State breeding farm. Despite Mother Nature sticking her nose in--rain throughout first half...
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Hatfield, Siegel win in Billings action at Delaware

on 09/14/2014 2:00 AM
Bud Hatfield scored his record seventh Billings Trot victory in Sunday action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rewrite The Rules (Dein Spriggs) and Timer (Gregg Keidel) finished second and third, respectively.   Hatfield drove the 5-year old brown mare Really Really Sweet. In the opening quarter, Really Really Sweet was neck-in-neck with Rewrite the Rules timed in 0:30. At the ha...
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Pick The Jug Winner contest now open!

on 09/14/2014 2:00 AM
How would you like a VIP experience at the 2015 Little Brown Jug? Thanks to the Fazoli's "Pick the Jug Winner Contest” one lucky fan will have the ultimate LBJ memory.   Registered contestants will make selections on their choice to win races 9 thru 18 on Little Brown Jug Day. Players will accumulate a virtual bankroll based on a mythical $2 win-place-show wager on each of their s...
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Bell Flower remains perfect with OBC win

on 09/14/2014 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old filly pacer Bell Flower remains perfect on the season as the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye cruised to victory in the $66,734 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship in opening day action at the Delaware County Fair on Sunday.   When the wings of the gate folded Chris Page sent Bell Flower to the early lead, forcing Friskie Lil Devil into the second spot. Bell Flower controlled...
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A Penny Earned wires field in 1:53.4

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
A Penny Earned (Conway Hall-Penny Dream) scored a front-running victory in the $10,000 Open I Trot feature at Vernon Downs on Friday night. The gelding charged to the front before the field reached the first turn and never looked back to win in a solid time of 1:53.4.   A Penny Earned (Chris Lems) grabbed the lead from Wild And Crazy Guy (John Macdonald) just after the gate opened and led...
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Dealt A Winner sets Tioga mark in Reynolds

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacers took center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday evening, contesting their divisions of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake on the penultimate program of the 2014 season.  And while Hall of Terror (Marcus Miller, $3.50) turned in a mightily impressive :54.4 final half mile in his victory, top honors went to Dealt A Winner ($3.90), who set a new track record for 2-year-old pacing ...
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Drive For Youth during Red Mile meet

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
After last year's success the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Drive for Youth, the organization's annual fall fundraiser, will again be a week-long national effort, kicking off on October 5 at The Red Mile and running through Oct. 11.   Top driver and HHYF trustee Corey Callahan is again challenging his fellow horse people to participate.   "Last year was a great success and of ...
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Prix D'Ete card beefed up with invitationals

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
Track management at the Hippodrome 3R has announced that there will be both an Invitational Trot and Pace on Sunday, Sept. 21. For this big weekend, the Hippodrome 3R is hosting a special Saturday night live racing program that will begin at 7:30 pm. The $250,000 Prix D'Ete will be held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 21.   "We want to really showcase our excellent racing here at 3R,” said...
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16 entered in Jug; McWicked draws rail

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
A field of 16 sophomore pacers have dropped into the box for the $647,500 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli's, the second leg of Pacing's Triple Crown, set for Thursday (Sept. 18) at the Delaware County Fair. The purse for the 69th edition of the Jug will be the richest in the history of the classic event.   First elimination: 1--Let's Drink On It; 2--Winds Of Change; 3-Three Of Clubs;...
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Hoosier Park donates $5,000 to save 10 horses

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
In conjunction with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has donated $5,000 to save10 former racehorses from slaughter. With the donation, Hoosier Park is not only helping the horses in need but hoping to raise awareness for the SRF organization who works diligently to provide race horses with homes after their racing careers are finished.   Just ...
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Unlocked one of "Super" wins by Magee

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
Super Night 2014 at Balmoral Park kicked off with a pair of trotting events for three-year-olds as the $100,000 Lady Ann Reed Stake and the $100,000 Su Mac Lad started the biggest night of racing for the state-bred set. It was only fitting that Super Night's leading reinsman, Hall of Famer Dave Magee, piloted the winner of the opener as he guided James Bafia and Eugene White's Bailey's Wish to a...
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Shake It Cerry sets 1:52.1 Canadian record

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
Shake It Cerry, driven by Ron Pierce, destroyed nine rivals in the $409,000 Elegantimage Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A daughter of Donato Hanover – Solveig, Shake It Cerry continued her sensational season Saturday evening with arguably her best performance to date.   Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, Shake It Cerry was parked around the first turn in fourth and eventual...
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Habitat scores in Wellwood for Burke Stable

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
Habitat, driven by Yannick Gingras, wired his nine rivals to take the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial final by a widening six and three-quarter lengths, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.   On a night when the trotting stars of tomorrow shared the spotlight with the star trotters of today, Habitat announced his presence as a possible future champion. The 8-5 second choice went immediately t...
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