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Stakes payments due March 17--Monday

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Saturday, March 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, March 17. Information for stakes administered by the Society, plus info for Red Mile stakes due March 15, follows.   Changes to the March 15 payment schedule include an increase in the Breeders Crown futu...
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Buffalo Raceway cancels Wednesday

on 03/12/2014 2:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway has cancelled racing for Wednesday March 12 due to the winter storm hitting Western New York, forecasted to bring 8 – 14 inches of snow and high winds. The racing season at the Hamburg oval is scheduled to continue Thursday with a first post of 5 pm. (Buffalo)
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Wrenn takes over Northfield driver standings

on 03/12/2014 2:00 AM
Although Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had more wins than any driver in North America last year, 2014 started much differently. He did not drive his first race this year until Jan. 27 due to undergoing wrist surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Since returning, Wrenn has been stacking up wins at an expeditious rate. On Tuesday (March 11) Wrenn took the lead in the Northfield Pa...
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G Momma repeats in Meadows series

on 03/12/2014 2:00 AM
Despite leaving from post 7, G Momma rolled to her second straight victory in Wednesday’s Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows and stamped herself as the horse to beat in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Mystical Melody and Baby K, each piloted by Aaron Merriman, took the other $15,000, second-leg splits. G Momma roared to the front for Mike Wilder and widened h...
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Ontario breeders sue Lottery & Gaming Corp.

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
A group of more than 30 Standardbred horse breeders are seeking $65 million in damages from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation according to a notice of action filed Monday at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Guelph. The breeders are seeking damages for losses incurred when the lottery corporation cancelled the Slots at Racetracks Program "without prior notice, consultation, ...
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Florida honors its best at awards dinner

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) held its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 7, during which both human and equine stalwarts received their 2013 Hall of Fame awards.   Chapter members Lucien Fontaine and communicator Steve Wolf, along with veteran driver/trainer Mark O'Mara, were inducted into the Hall of Fame. On the equine side Florida's l...
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Julians Caesar takes Northfield Open Trot

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
Julians Caesar won the $9,500 Open Trot in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday (March 10). Ron Burke trains the 7-year-old trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page was the winning driver.   Julians Caesar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post six and let his competition carve out the fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:28 before taki...
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First qualifiers of year held at Pocono

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
The first qualifiers of the 2014 racing season were held on Tuesday morning (March 11) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the weather cooperated as the track was listed as fast as the mild temperature was a balmy 44 degrees under brilliant sunshine. In the first qualifier, Matt Kakaley and Match Play tripped the teletimer in 1:59. Kakaley, regularly among the top five of the driver colony at P...
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Burke Stable has 10 of 47 eligibles to Levy

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
In a sure sign that spring is (theoretically) approaching, Yonkers Raceway has announced the eligibles for its premier free-for-all events, the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker.   Leading the list of 47 Levy lads is twice-a-champion Foiled Again. The now-10-year-old gelding looks to add to his $6 million retirement account when the series g...
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Ontario racing exec Ken Middleton Sr. dies

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
Longtime racing official Ken Middleton Sr. passed away Thursday, March 6, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. He was 67. The resident of Bobcaygeon, Ont., who began his career in the racing industry as a teenager in the mailroom at the Ontario Jockey Club, held a number of racing-related positions. He was the Toronto Sun's handicapper for racing from the Ontario Jockey Club before movin...
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Purse increase, reward program at Meadowlands

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), together with Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, announced that beginning on Nov. 14, 2014, a system will be implemented for taking entries that will reward those trainers who raced their horses predominantly at the Meadowlands during the period of March 28, 2014, through Aug. 2, 2014.Over that same period of time ...
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Jim Moran retiring after 50 years at Vernon

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has named Michael Chamberlain its lead racecaller as legendary announcer Jim Moran will retire after a half century in the broadcast box.   Announcer emeritus Moran, a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame's Communicators' Corner, will call his final race at Vernon Downs to kick off the Opening Night program on Friday, April 11.The evening, capping a 50-year le...
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Mogul Hanover wins second straight in series

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
First-over from before the half, Partyatbartsplace ground out his second straight victory in Tuesday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Also capturing $15,000, second-leg splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts, horses and geldings were Mogul Hanover, who won his second straight in the Russell, and KR's Power Surge, a 25-1 surprise.   Partyatbartsplace wa...
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Pierce wins 6 at Dover, Morrill 4 at Saratoga

on 03/10/2014 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce and Jim Morrill Jr. had big days on Sunday, Pierce at Dover and Morrill at Saratoga.   Pierce, coming off a four-win slam on Thursday at Dover, made it six winning drives on Sunday. Pierce's six winners were Sucha Bad Girl in the second, Devil's Ivy in the fourth, Reindance Ray in the fifth, Go Big Spinder in race 10, Nuts And Jolts in the 12th and Three Ten in ...
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Imagine Hanover, Gotta Luv Cash score

on 03/10/2014 2:00 AM
Imagine Hanover dominated his Ken Weaver Memorial Trot field once again, cruising to an unchallenged victory Monday at The Meadows. Gotta Luv Cash took the other $15,000 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts, horses and geldings.   Hammered down to 1-9, Imagine Hanover sped to the lead for Brett Miller and was ahead at every call, just as he was ...
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National Debt captures Buddy Gilmour final

on 03/09/2014 1:00 AM
National Debt continued the parade of unbeaten prospects when he captured the $60,500 Buddy Gilmour pacing series fina in Saturday’s eleventh race at the Meadowlands. Driver Tim Tetrick protected the eventual winner’s position from the rail, allowing second choice Capital Account a short lead before retaking before the 55.2 half. The winner faced token pressure through the 27.4 third ...
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A J Corbelli wins open handicap at Yonkers

on 03/09/2014 1:00 AM
AJ Corbelli (Ron Pierce) prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from post position No. 4--his best starting venue the way the race was laid out--"A J" watched lone leaver American Rage (Brian Sears) work around pole-assignee Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton). American Rage found early intervals of :27.1 a...
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Yagonnakissmeornot, DW's NY Yank win at Yonkers

on 03/08/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who knew the secret password--were won by a formful Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $4.90) and an equally-so DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.30). Leaving—as the second choice--from post position No. 5, Yagonnakissmeornot worked around Summer Snow (Larry Stalbaum), making the lead bef...
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Maywood & Balmoral prepare for openers

on 03/08/2014 12:00 AM
With a new 16-month contract with the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association in place both Maywood Park and Balmoral Park are busily preparing for the opening of the 2014 racing season which will take place on Friday, March 14th at Maywood Park. Balmoral Park will host its opening weekend of racing on Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th.  As always, post time at both tracks wil...
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Bruce McElven, owner of Fool's Goal, dies

on 03/08/2014 12:00 AM
Bruce B. McElven, age 66, co-owner of the 2002 Trotting Horse of the Year Fool's Goal, passed away suddenly March 6 at home. He was a lifelong resident of Pemberton, NJ, and graduate of Pemberton Township High School Class of 1966.   Mr. McElven was a fuel oil merchant and was the second generation owner of McElven Fuel Inc., Pemberton. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and for...
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