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Multi-year suspensions handed down in PA

on 04/04/2014 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission (PHRC) has reached an agreement with two trainers whose horses tested positive for the blood-boosting drug darbepoetin (Aranesp) last May after racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainers Chastity L. Dege of Seaford, Del., and John Wagner of Centerville, Md., were originally fined $5,000, suspended for five years, and the purse money earned by the ho...
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USTA's online entry program live on Monday

on 04/04/2014 2:00 AM
The USTA's online entry program, which has been in the beta testing phase during the past month, is scheduled to go live on Monday (April 7). When the platform kicks off officially on Monday, nine racetracks are signed up and ready to start taking online entries. The nine tracks are Balmoral Park, Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway, Maywood Park, The Meadows, Plainridge Racecourse, Mohegan Sun at Po...
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PA HarnessWeek kicks off 7th season

on 04/04/2014 2:00 AM
"PA HarnessWeek,” harness racing's fastest-paced half-hour, kicks off its seventh season on Saturday.   The show covers the best of harness racing from Pennsylvania and across the globe. Hosts Heather Vitale and Steve Ross have been a team since the second season. Sportscaster Sharla McBride continues as reporter and guest host. Two-time Emmy® award winner Bruce Casella, who has bee...
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Anndrovette's Matchmaker win her first in 2014

on 04/04/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier proving ground for Open Mare pacers, on Friday night. Three soggy $40,000 divisions went postward.   The first event saw former New York Sire Stakes standout Summertime Lea (George Brennan, $2.40, part of odds-on entry) take it to the house (:29.2, :58.4, 1:26.4, 1:55.1). Leaving from post posit...
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Rock N Roll Xample wins again in Blossom

on 04/04/2014 2:00 AM
After an impressive victory in the opening leg of the Blossom Series last week at Woodbine, Rock N Roll Xample repeated her effort with a convincing score in the lone, second-leg division Friday at Woodbine. The pacing miss will look for the $36,000 series sweep on Friday, April 11, at Woodbine.   Outtathewheelhouse (Jonathan Drury) gunned their way to the front to lead past the opening s...
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2 in a row at Hoosier for American Girl

on 04/04/2014 2:00 AM
American Girl and driver Peter Wrenn found the winner's circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp, front-stepping effort to capture the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 4. In just her second start of the season, American Girl switched up her tactics from the previous week and was a decisive w...
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Southwind Pepino, Lutetium, Southern Allie win

on 04/04/2014 2:00 AM
Despite the fact he was making his first money start in over four months, Southwind Pepino was impressive Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway, fighting fierce wind gusts and six creditable rivals to capture the $9,000 Open Trot.   A winner of eight races and $165,000 last year, Southwind Pepino, a handsome six-year-old son of Chocolatier, had just a mediocre qualifier under his...
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Last chance for first year studs for Crown

on 04/04/2014 2:00 AM
April represents the last chance for stallions standing their first commercial season in 2014 to be nominated to Breeders Crown No. 31. This is the program for foals of 2015 to be made eligible to the $5 million championship series. The conditions allow for first-year stallions to be made eligible to the program as long as the advertised stud fee and any surcharges are paid within 60 days after ...
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American In Paris top JK Letitgo in series leg

on 04/04/2014 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands unveiled a brand new series for female pacers on Friday night, named for the talented race mare and Hall of Fame broodmare Artistic Vision.   The first of two scheduled $22,500 legs required the entrants be split into a pair of sevens with the first division going postward as just a five-horse field after two scratches in race two. The two hottest mares nominated to t...
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I Like My Boss remains perfect in DSBF

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
I Like My Boss made it six wins in six career starts, all in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events, while Toolbox and Streets Of Gold also won $20,000 second leg colt trot preliminaries on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Unlike last week's prelim, I Like My Boss came from behind to keep his record perfect, scoring a 1:56 triumph in his $20,000 division. Jonathan Roberts was co...
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Grand River announces 2014 season

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway's live harness racing season will consist of 48 dates in 2014. The recent announcement from the Ontario Racing Commission confirmed approved race dates for nine Standardbred tracks in the province. During its 11th season, the Elora, ON oval will race Monday and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. from June 2 through September 29. The track's signature Fun & Frivolity Frida...
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Phantom Dan back in Cal Expo Open

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
After taking a few weeks off, Phantom Dan returns to the wars in Saturday's Open Pace while taking on the classy Pancetta and the streaking Doc's Zippy in the main event. The 6-year-old son of Little Steven is owned, trained and driven by James Kennedy and was last seen capturing the March 22 Open Handicap Pace by a nose over heavily-favored One And Only while lowering his career standard t...
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Richard Watts dies at 83

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Richard A. Watts, of Delray Beach, Fla., died March 16 at Bethesda East Heart Hospital. He was 83. Mr. Watts was born June 29, 1930, in Providence, Rhode Island. He began his career as a horse caretaker with Thoroughbreds through his dad. Later, he devoted himself to harness racing along with his wife Queen. They were affectionately known as "The King and Queen of the Shedrow,” as quoted ...
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Waxman loses appeal, faces 8 years in prison

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Former Ontario-based Standardbred owner Bob Waxman, who was convicted on charges of fraud and theft, has reportedly lost his court appeal and now faces a sentence of eight years in prison. The Hamilton Spectator reported Thursday the Ontario Court of Appeal announced its decision earlier in the day just one week after a three-day hearing.   Waxman was convicted of stealing $18 ...
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Five rule changes approved by USTA

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
The committee reports from the recently-held 2014 USTA Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, are now available on http://www.ustrotting.com   The reports are from the following committees that met during the past weekend: Registration – Owners/Breeders, Pari-Mutuel, Driver/Trainer, Regulatory, Fairs, Communications/Marketing, Rules, and Finance.   The Rules Committee report includes ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke's horses are dominating the George Morton Levy Memorial Series and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview he talks about his starters, including the 10-year-old Foiled Again who seems to have once again found the Fountain of Youth as he has come back this year better than ever. Also, the big news in Kentucky is the historic Red Mile receiving commission approval...
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Bandolito blazes to Dover 1:48 track mark

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Bandolito scored the fastest mile of the year on any size track while equaling the all-track record of 1:48 set in 2012 by Heston Blue Chip, while Casino Bags Carlo was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 preliminaries and in the $33,000 Delaware Special, on a strong Thursday program at Dover Downs.    Daryl Bier moved Bandolito up on the outside a...
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Pena's R Journey Together 2 for 2 in Weiss

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
R Journey Together, Envious Hanover, and Stucklikeglue captured divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, all with career-best times. There were three Weiss divisions held for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares on the pace, each carrying a purse of $15,000. R Journey Together (Western Ideal-R Xample) put herself at two-for-two for the series, controllin...
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Ontario Alliance tracks applaud partnership

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
The Ontario Standardbred Alliance (Alliance) today expressed its strong support for the Horse Racing Partnership Plan announced by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF).   The five year plan provides not only more total race days annually than last year but also provides a firm base of activity with established purse levels, uniform race classes, a consistent year roun...
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Diamond Tiara sparkles in 8th win of year

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
After the Monticello Raceway-based pacer Rusty's Flying scored her seventh seasonal triumph on April 1 she joined another Mighty M pacer, Diamond Tiara, in second place in wins on the current North American leaderboard.   Slated to make her 13th start of the year on Tuesday, Diamond Tiara won for the eighth time and now she's tied--albeit with four others--for the lead in ...
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