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Northfield adds $500k Carl Milstein Memorial

on 01/09/2014 12:00 AM
Less than one month after the opening of the $265,000,000 Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park has announced the creation of the $500,000 Carl Milstein Memorial to be raced on Friday, Aug. 15. The Milstein Memorial is an early-closer for 3-year-old-colt-and-gelding pacers. Northfield will add $250,000 to the purse, for an estimated $400,000 Final and a $100,000 Consolation. The top eight purse ea...
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3 new Living Horse Hall of Fame members

on 01/09/2014 12:00 AM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2014 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame.   Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Donato Hanover and Precious Bunny. Th...
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Sir Global Z Tams wins Dover feature

on 01/08/2014 12:00 AM
Sir Globalop Z Tam swept out of second and came on to nip Alittleaintenough at the wire in 1:53.3 to win the $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Allowance on a very cold Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Dover Downs. Eddie Davis Jr. driving Sir Globalop Z Tam stalked front-pacing Alittleaintenough (Ross Wolfenden) from the start and then rolled to the outside and just got up for victory in the feature rac...
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Future of Maine racing hinges on LD 1111

on 01/08/2014 12:00 AM
The future of Maine's harness racing industry may well hang in the balance as the public hearing for LD 1111, An Act to Allow Maine's Harness Racing Industry to Compete with Casino Gaming, has been scheduled before the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on Wednesday during their afternoon session which is set to begin at 1 p.m. (EST) in room 437 of the State House in A...
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Allamerican Native to stand in Ohio in 2014

on 01/08/2014 12:00 AM
Allamerican Native will be servicing mares in 2014 at Hagemeyer Farms in Clarksville, Ohio, for a fee of $2,500 with multiple mare discounts.   A champion 2 year old and the second-place finisher in the 2003 North America Cup, Allamerican Native spent his first seven years at stud in Pennsylvania before moving to Ontario for the last three years.   The son of Presidential...
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Woodbine drivers to chat with fans

on 01/08/2014 12:00 AM
Has anyone wanted to ask a driver what they are really thinking out on the Woodbine or Mohawk track? Or get some insight into how to handicap the races on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit?   Fans will get that chance to chat, face-to-face, with some of the finest drivers in harness racing before this Saturday's (Jan. 11) card at Woodbine.   Jody Jamieson (@JodyJam...
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Big M/Tioga/Vernon implement Cobalt threshold

on 01/08/2014 12:00 AM
For the past year, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has been conducting out of competition testing on horses racing at the Meadowlands, in part to determine if any trainers are using illegal substances, but also to gather information pertaining to what racehorses are being given prior to their races and to implement rules to keep the horses safe. This testing, performed in a joint effort...
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Awsome Valley & longshot winners at Dover

on 01/08/2014 12:00 AM
Awsome Valley dictated the fractions on the way to a wire-to-wire 1:56.2 victory in the $20,000 Open/Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday.   Tony Morgan took Awsome Valley into the early lead and strolled to the half in a pedestrian :59.1 before turning on the burners en route to a 1:56.2 success holding off Enrico AS and Allan Davis who challenged the winner on the backstretch...
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Racetrack closings due to polar vortex

on 01/07/2014 12:00 AM
The words of the day on Tuesday continue to be "polar vortex" and the frigid temperatures that have blanketed much of the country continue to take its toll on racing with several racetrack cancellations.   Tuesday cancellations include Monticello, Yonkers (simulcasting also closed), Western Fair (simulcasting remains open), Northfield Park and The Meadows. Monticello will get b...
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Polar Vortex--a pacer who had a frigid career

on 01/07/2014 12:00 AM
While many people may be hearing the term "polar vortex" for the first time because of the explanation meteorologists have been giving as to the reason for the frigid conditions blanketing much of the country, the two words have been used in harness racing.   More specificially, Standardbred racing had the pacer Polar Vortex, a 1990 gelding by Kawartha Skipper out of the G...
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Dover Downs: "We're committed to racing"

on 01/07/2014 12:00 AM
And then there was one! Tuesday's harness schedule originally had just six racetracks open for live racing, but the now-famous polar vortex that has brought frigid temperatures and blizzard-like conditions to much of the continent has forced five to cancel and only one to remain open: Dover Downs in Dover, Del. "We're racing because we're committed to racing, and we've been advised by our s...
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Northfield Park increases purses 10 percent

on 01/07/2014 12:00 AM
Northfield Park has announced a 10 percent overall purse increase beginning with the Thursday, Jan. 9 program. This is the first increase of several anticipated throughout 2014.   The Hard Rock Rocksino, a $265 million gaming and entertainment facility built adjacent to Northfield Park racetrack, opened Dec. 18 and has shown strong early returns. The results have allowed f...
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Gural, Bee A Magician win Railbird Awards

on 01/07/2014 12:00 AM
The fans have spoken and the votes are in and the winners of the 2013 USHWA-USTA Railbird Recognition awards have been selected. One was a winner by open lengths and the other eked out victory in a photo finish.   Jeff Gural was voted Horseperson of the Year for his enormous contribution to the sport by the fans of harness racing. Gural has been the driving force behind the res...
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Purses boosted for Battle of Waterloo, Belles

on 01/06/2014 12:00 AM
Grand River Raceway's 2014 signature races will receive a bump in purse money over 2013 offerings, and the nomination process will return to a three-payment format. The 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo and 6th annual Battle Of The Belles will be raced during the track's annual Industry Day Celebration, on Monday, Aug. 4, at 1:30 p.m.   The Battle Of Waterloo final (for ON-sired two-ye...
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Stubbs Hanover wins in the fog at Dover

on 01/06/2014 12:00 AM
Stubbs Hanover prevailed in a tight three-horse photo finish in the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance feature on an often-heavy, fog-shrouded racetrack on Sunday, Jan. 5, at Dover Downs.   With only track race caller Jack Gallagher's description from high-atop the track announcer's booth to go on through most of a 1:52.3, three horses charged side-by-side down the homestretch to be separ...
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Pacing mare Arodasi wins first start after layoff

on 01/06/2014 12:00 AM
Arodasi, back in business after a two-month layoff, took top honors in the $10,000 Open Pace for mares on Sunday at Pompano Park, scoring a handy win for Joe Pavia Jr. in 1:52.1.   The 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror, owned by the consortium of Peter Shank, Joseph Barbera, AGC Stables and the Joe Pavia Jr. Stables, used a bold first over backside bid from third into the lead a...
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Say goodbye to Super Stakes Sunday

on 01/06/2014 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association executive vice president Ron Battoni confirmed to harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that the $2 million Super Stakes Sunday program that had been contested at Harrah's Philadelphia since 2007, and moved to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last August, has been taken off the 2014 schedule. Battoni said the decision to take the Battle of the Brandywine ...
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Northfield Park cancels Monday card

on 01/06/2014 12:00 AM
Acting on the request of the Ohio State Racing Commission, Northfield Park cancelled the Monday, Jan. 6 race program. Cold temperatures approaching five degrees below zero with even harsher wind chill readings are expected in northeast Ohio.   Simulcasting continues as scheduled.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Tuesday, Jan. 7 with a 6 p.m. post time. (Nort...
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Steve Jones elected Historic Track president

on 01/06/2014 12:00 AM
At a recent meeting of the Historic Track Board of Directors, Steve Jones was elected president of the Board.   "I have been on the Board since 1983 and it's a honor to be associated with the oldest harness track in the United States” he said. "And with the help of the Board we'll try to keep Goshen's tradition going for decades to come.”   Of course everyone knows Go...
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Total wagering and purses increase in 2013

on 01/06/2014 12:00 AM
The total wagering on harness racing at U.S. tracks in 2013 surpassed $1.6 billion and represented more than a six percent increase from 2012 while nearly $422 million was paid out in purses during the past 12 months, four percent more than the previous year, it was reported by the U.S. Trotting Association on Monday.   Total handle on U.S. harness racing in 2013 was $1,604,039,996,...
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