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Monticello looking for drivers for King Pace

on 12/30/2013 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway will present its 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in spite of the fact that the nation will celebrate Dr. King's birthday the day before.   "Since we don't race on Sundays and there's no live racing on Monday, Jan. 20, it was decided that we will honor Dr. King's memory on Tuesday, Jan. 21,” said Eric Warner, the track's dire...
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Big night at Big M to close out 2013

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
While there were many storylines on the racetrack at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Saturday night, the most important story was in the final numbers. Comparing to the opening night Saturday of last season, the results could not have been any better. Most notably, the live handle of $360,212 yielded a 56-percent increase over this same day in 2012. The total handle of $3,248,413 was a ...
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Filion, Moreau capture WEG titles

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau retained their titles as Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) leading driver and trainer, respectively, after the 2013 Standardbred racing season came to a close Saturday night at Woodbine.   Filion finished with 248 wins at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks, five in front of Scott Zeron, who had 243 victories, while Jody Jamieson was third with 213, i...
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Anvil Raider N wins 23rd of year in career finale

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
Anvil Raider N ended his career with another win at Northfield Park on Saturday, winning the evening's 10th race. The win represents his 23rd win this year. His win tally ranks Anvil Raider N as the winning horse in North America for 2013.   Despite leading the continent in wins, this year will mark the final racing season for Anvil Raider N. The 14 year old faces mandatory re...
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Sports Creek cancels Saturday live card

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
Racing was cancelled at Sports Creek Raceway on Saturday, Dec. 28, due to unsafe track conditions. The track, located near Flint, also canceled Friday's card due to the same conditions.
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Northfield to race 213 nights in 2014

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
Northfield Park, Ohio's leading racetrack by total handle, in both the on-track and export categories, is offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2014 racing year. January through July racing is Monday through Thursday with three additional dates of Friday, April 28, and Saturdays July 19 and 26.   Beginning in August, Northfield drops Wednesdays and adds Friday even...
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Maywood, Ill. OTBs offer Big M contests

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
A total of $12,000 in cash prizes is the big draw as Maywood Park and Illinois OTB present the first of six consecutive January handicapping contests on Friday, Jan. 3, at Maywood Park.   The top 15 spots are guaranteed nightly with each of the six contests paying out $2,000 in cash prizes. The first prize in each of the six contests will be $1,000.   The contests will be held...
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Trio of 14 year olds bid farewell at Northfield

on 12/28/2013 12:00 AM
North America's winningest horse is among three 14 year olds racing their last race Saturday at Northfield Park. As the calendar will soon be turning to 2014 Armbros Revenge A, Anvil Raider N and How Forever Feels will be forced into retirement per the rules of the U.S. Trotting Association.   Armbros Revenge A (Armbro Operative-Family Revenge-JJ's Pennant) drew the rail in the...
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Hat trick for Zeron; Big M handle tops $2.8 mil

on 12/28/2013 12:00 AM
Scott Zeron is starting to catch on, quickly. Each week he is driving with more confidence and winning more races. The 2012 Rising Star Award Winner scored a natural hat trick on the Friday night card at the Meadowlands.   The Friday guest on "In The Sulky,” Zeron attributed his early season success to the "opportunities trainers are giving him and the confidence they are showing ...
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Sears, Burke take Yonkers titles

on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
To the surprise of no one in particular, Brian Sears and Ron Burke left town with Yonkers Raceway's 2013 titles as leading driver and trainer, respectively.   The 231-program meet (pared down by seven weather cancellations), which ran from Jan .11-Dec. 21, saw Sears--who turns 45 next month--claim his first Westchester title in his first full-fledged Yonkers season. He won 471 race...
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Bruce Weingartner dies at 73

on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
Bruce A. Weingartner, 73, of East Windsor, N.J., died Dec. 25 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.   Mr. Weingartner was a serious racing fan and an owner of both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds in group partnerships. His son, Ken, is the media relations director for the USTA's Harness Racing Communications.   Born in East Orange, he lived most of ...
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Waples, Johnson sweep Boxing Day finals

on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
She was only sixth in the first leg of the Niagara Pacing Series two weeks ago and second last time out, but it all came together perfectly in the $33,200 final for Lyonssweetie on Boxing Day at Woodbine.   Randy Waples drove the 3-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended to the one-length score for trainer Corey Johnson and Geoffrey Lyons Mound in 1:55.3.   Waples sent Lyons...
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CHHA stallion auction begins January 28

on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
The Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association 2014 Stallion Auction will run on www.ongait.com from Tuesday, January 28–Saturday, February 1, 2014. Watch for advertisements in The Horseman And Fair World and Hoof Beats and online at www.harnessracing.com and www.ustrotting.com and in the CHHA Newsletter and website, www.chha.net/stallions. Breeding donations are app...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
Jordan had Pippin; Montana had Rice; Magic had Kareem; Batman had Robin; and Laverne had Shirley. And in harness racing, Feeling You has Billmar Scooter. In the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, owner-driver Tyler Buter talks about his pacing mare Billmar Scooter and how she is a strong 1A in the barn to standout mare Feeling You. Also, the Burke Brigade has set more training rec...
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Wrenn Jr. to be out a month after wrist surgery

on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., who has a lock on the 2013 North American dash title, told harnessracing.com Friday morning that he will miss about a month of action as a result of wrist surgery scheduled for Jan. 6 at The Ohio State University. Through Dec. 26, the 27-year-old Wrenn has 696 victories, a 51-win lead over runner-up Dave Palone, who has won four national dash titles including in 201...
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Meadowlands/SBOA postpone preference system

on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands and Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOA) jointly announce that the current preference system when taking entries for overnight races at the Meadowlands will be postponed until November 2014.   The SBOA approached Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment management due to a series of complaints horsemen had regarding the preference system us...
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Joe Thomson wins Bergstein-Proximity Award

on 12/26/2013 12:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) on Thursday released the majority of their 2013 human award winners for excellence in the Standardbred industry. Heading the list is Joe Thomson, winner of the Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award.   The award, originally named for the great trotting mare, Proximity, is considered the second-most-prestigious hono...
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Callahan wins Rising Star Award

on 12/26/2013 12:00 AM
In voting by members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the Rising Star Award goes to a "younger” driver in the industry who has achieved above and beyond the norm in racing ability and this year's recipient is long overdue: Corey Callahan.   Callahan did not find his way into the harness world until 2005, but his rise has not been of the meteoric variety. Callahan bega...
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Top broodmares are Beehive & Worldly Treasure

on 12/26/2013 12:00 AM
Two outstanding "moms” will be honored as the 2013 Broodmares of the Year in voting by members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. They are Beehive and Worldly Treasure.   The lightly-raced trotting mare Beehive 3,Q1:57.3f ($8,791) is the dam of the undefeated 3-year-old Bee A Magician (by Kadabra), a winner of 26 races in her career (17 of them in this year) and $2,313,...
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Palone, Wilder close out The Meadows in style

on 12/24/2013 12:00 AM
Count Me In roared three wide around the final turn and powered on to his second straight victory in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Count Me In was trailing by three lengths when Mike Wilder moved him wide for the decisive move. He knifed through the slop and scored at 6-1 in 1:56.2, a neck better than Summer Indian. Longshot Martz Time finished thir...
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