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14 qualifiers held at new Miami Valley track

on 02/01/2014 12:00 AM
When trainer Ben Davis guided Julie Lou onto the Miami Valley Raceway track to warm up at 10:48 Saturday morning, the five-year-old mare was the first horse to ever set foot on the brand new five-eighths mile oval. Four hours later, 14 qualifying races had been completed successfully with high praise for the racing surface and an air of eager anticipation for opening night of the pari-mutuel m...
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Robinson-Rawlings take Buffalo feature

on 02/01/2014 12:00 AM
Sand Summerfield didn't mind the rainy, raw and sloppy conditions at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Feb.1) as he splashed and dashed his way to victory over Stonebridge Rocket in the $10,500 Open Pace. The win completed the sweep in Open competition for owner Robert Main and trainer Jason Robinson at Buffalo Raceway as Ellisarro Hanover took the $10,500 Open Trot on Friday night.   ...
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Prairie Jaguar extends streak to 7 wins

on 02/01/2014 12:00 AM
This harness racing journalist had to make a decision after Prairie Jaguar won for the seventh consecutive time at Pompano Park--simply "cut and paste" the same article written in his last start two weeks ago or write something new. Of course, the answer is obvious.   Prairie Jaguar, the incredible Florida bred six year-old son of Spy Hard, did it again--winning, this time, in 1:49....
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Dancin Yankee steps to 8-1 Dover victory

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
After consecutive fast wins, 8-1 Dancin Yankee moved into the $30,000 Preferred to another win to highlight a strong Thursday card at Dover Downs.   Overlooked in the betting despite two straight impressive victories, Dancin Yankee, driven by Chris Page, blew past the leaders in the stretch to record a 1:51.1 triumph in the top purse race of the week. The 6-year-old son o...
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Longtime Ohio owner Jack Shearer dies

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Longtime Standardbred owner Jack R.Shearer died Wednesday, Jan. 29. He was 86.   Mr. Shearer was born in Canton on Aug. 13, 1927, to the late Nelson and Ester (Roth) Shearer. He attended Avondale Elementary and was a member of the class of 1945 at Lehman High School.   After serving two years in the Navy and attending Ohio University, he joined his three-generation f...
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NJSS sustaining payments due Feb. 15

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
The Feb. 15 deadline for New Jersey Sires Stakes first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of NJ-sired 2-year-old and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2014 Premier and Green Acres racing programs.   The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at the Meadowlands in 2014 starting in May for 3 year olds and in late June for 2 yea...
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PA Equine Coalition issues statement

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition is fully opposed to the proposed legislation introduced by state Rep.Todd Stephens to transfer $250 million annually from the Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF) to support education funding in Pennsylvania. Representative Stephens has unfortunately chosen to propose this legislation as a means to score political points. While we agree that equitable and fair f...
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SBOA honors Freehold outrider Cumberland

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association and the horsemen who compete at Freehold Raceway gathered in the winner's circle on Friday, Jan. 31, to salute outrider Beth Cumberland. After the fourth race on the card, Cumberland was presented with a plaque which read: "Thank you for your exemplary horsemanship on January 10, 2014.” Joining her for the presentation were SBOANJ Execu...
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Meadows executive Mike Jeannot dies at 61

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Mike Jeannot, president of Meadows Racing for The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, died Friday, his family confirmed. He was 61 and had been suffering from liver cancer. "The entire Meadows family is saddened by the passing of Mike,” said Bill Paulos, principal of Cannery Casino Resorts, which owns and operates The Meadows. "His enthusiasm for his work, combined with his genuine and warm p...
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Miss Poppycock upsets at 10-1 in Blizzard

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Trainer Murray Brethour had much to be thankful for on Friday night at Woodbine as his stable stars finished first and second in the $34,000 final of the Blizzard Series. After finishing second in both preliminary legs, Miss Poppycock scored the 10-1 upset for Brethour with stablemate Murrayfield finishing second in 1:54.1.   Rock N Roll Xample (Billy Davis, Jr.) was the quickest to...
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Economy Terror wins from post 8 at Yonkers

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all qualified participants--were won by Economy Terror (Ron Pierce, $15.20) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $5.50).   Ordered behind the eight-ball, Economy Terror--a winner in her last effort two weeks ago--saw a whole lot of action take place in front of her. A wide-early Lorrie P...
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Ellisarro Hanover, Peter Wrenn win at Buffalo

on 01/31/2014 12:00 AM
Ellisarro Hanover used a big brush down the backstretch to the three-quarter pole and took off from there to notch an impressive 6-3/4 length victory in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (Jan. 31).   Fiorentina (Aaron Byron) had laid down a :58.4 opening half mile over the fast track but Ellisarro Hanover (Peter Wrenn) went first-over at that point and was out and movi...
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Magic made in Meadows featured trot

on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
Despite jumping up two classes, Magic Wheel controlled the mile after an uncertain start and collected her third straight victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Magic Wheel appeared to be idling on the outside early before Mike Wilder clicked her into gear. She roared to the front and scored in 1:58.1 on a "slow” surface. Don't Bl...
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Callahan drives Traverse Seelster to Dover win

on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
Traverse Seelster had to take the long route on the way to his second straight $20,000 Open/Handicap Trot win on a chilly Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Corey Callahan pulled Traverse Seelster to the outside in front of the grandstand and steadily moved on the outside chasing the leader, Modern Family and Daryl Bier, who had a big lead heading to the final turn. Callahan was able...
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HP Forte upsets in Pompano open

on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
HP Forte, the seemingly weaker half of the Mark O'Mara-trained but uncoupled entry, pulled off a 13-1 upset in the $11,000 Open Trot at Pompano Park on Wednesday night in 1:55.2.   The 9-year-old son of Muscles Yankee got a picture-perfect journey from O'Mara and pulled away in the stretch to score a victory measuring 2 1/4 lengths over the 41-1 chance Tug River Dylan, driven...
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Coletta family lawyers ask for track inspection

on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
Attorneys from Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett, & Bendesky, P.C., representing critically injured harness racing driver Anthony Coletta, are seeking a court order to force the owners of Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack to permit a forensic investigation of the track surface which has been linked to the horrific Nov. 17, 2013 accident that nearly claimed the life of Mr. Coletta....
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Breedings available to benefit New Vocations

on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
Breedings to Donato Hanover, Deweycheatumnhowe, Conway Hall, Camluck, A Rocknroll Dance, and Dragon Again are among the 85 seasons donated to New Vocations 16th Annual Stallion. The auction starts Monday Feb. 10, and runs through 2 pm Friday Feb 14 at http://www.ongait.com/. The auction is conducted in an Open Ended format that allows for bidding slightly beyond the 2:00 p.m. deadline if ...
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Coletta lawyers win motion for track inspection

on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
Attorneys representing critically injured driver Anthony Coletta and his family reportedly were granted an order from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Thursday morning that will allow them access to Harrah's Philadelphia and conduct a forensic investigation of the racetrack surface. Coletta suffered numerous fractures and brain and skull injuries as a result of the accident that occur...
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Red River Hanover dies from snake bite

on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
Red River Hanover p,3, 1:48.4 ($965,426), a son of Western Hanover-Rich N Elegant and thus a full brother to Rocknroll Hanover, Richess Hanover and Royalflush Hanover, has died at a breeding farm in New South Wales, Australia. The 15-year-old stallion died as a result of being bitten by a brown snake.   Before he was exported Down Under in 2009, Red River Hanover excelled ...
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Harrington's 84-day meet opens April 21

on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
Harrington Raceway will race a total of 84 days in 2014, beginning its 68th year of live harness racing on April 21.   Starting one day after Easter Sunday, the half-mile racetrack will race primarily on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule until July 3. The final night of the spring season (July 3) will take place on a Thursday. There will be no racing on Sunday, June 29. The track'...
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