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Near The Limit wins 50th at Northfield Park

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
Near The Limit trotted home for his 50th career victory at Northfield Park on Wednesday night. The classy veteran has 222 career starts, with his 50 wins joined by 28 seconds and 31 thirds.   Near The Limit started from post six and virtually made every pole a winning one, posting fractions of :28.3, :57.4, 1:28 and 1:59.2. He finished 1 ¼-lengths clear of his closest competit...
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Don't Blink scores on sloppy Meadows track

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
Don't Blink moved first-over through the slop, collared the leader in the stretch and captured Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Don't Blink was sitting fourth when Brett Miller tipped her off the cones. The 6-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall-SB Ina roared by Daylon Miracle and held off the late charge of Magic...
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Modern Family wins, Tim Tetrick returns at Dover

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
Modern Family disposed of five rivals en route to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $20,000 over a "good” track on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick returned to the racing following his recent hip surgery.   Daryl Bier guided Modern Family into the lead at the quarter and led throughout the mile posting his 14th career victory in 39 starts and $283,822 in purses. Bier, Charles Domb...
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Pompano celebrates anniversary in rain

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
Not even a three-inch deluge of rain could dampen the festive aura at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as the South Florida track celebrated its 50th anniversary.   Besides the appearance of hockey's Florida Panthers cheerleaders, the track was well garnished with the appearances of several drivers who appeared during the track's inaugural season in 1964, including Lucien Fontaine, T...
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PA-resident mares must be registered soon

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is reminding Standardbred horse owners to register their broodmares as "PA-resident” before Feb. 15 to ensure their foals are eligible for Breeders Fund awards.   Broodmares must reside in Pennsylvania for at least 180 contiguous days, including foaling, and be in foal to a registered Pennsylvania stallion, to be eligible for the awa...
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Waples to guest star on WEG pre-game show

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
The always entertaining Randy Waples, a three-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's outstanding driver, will be the guest on Woodbine Racing Live's pre-game show on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 6:45 p.m.‬   ‪Waples, 49, is quickly closing in on 6,000 career wins and currently has over $103 million earned as a driver.‬   ‪Some of his big...
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The Meadows to remember Jeannot on Friday

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadows, its horsemen and horsewomen will honor the memory of Mike Jeannot with a trackside ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, before the start of the live card.   Jeannot, president of Meadows Racing for The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, died last Friday after battling liver cancer.   For the ceremony, the trainer/driver colony--in their colors--will walk ...
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Still no agreement for racing in Chicago

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) posted on its website that several discussions have taken place with racetracks executives, Illinois Racing Board (IRB) commissioners, and the IHHA, but no agreement for a contract between the IHHA and Balmoral and Maywood Park racetracks was reached.   "We've found that the IRB and it's Commissi...
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New Weekend Preview available!

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
A new era in Ohio racing begins this weekend as Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway opens its inaugural meet Friday night. Ohio trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. talks about his Miami Valley starters on the opening night card for Weekend Preview. Award-winning writer Dave Briggs has another "Stretch Call" column and don't forget that the Meadowlands is back in action this weekend ...
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Yonkers amends draw schedule due to storm

on 02/05/2014 12:00 AM
Due to another snowstorm moving toward the greater New York area, Yonkers Raceway has once again amended its draw schedule.   Horsemen are advised that Wednesday's (Feb. 5) draw for Monday's (Feb. 10) program has been cancelled. Instead, another double draw has been scheduled. The cards of Monday/Tuesday (Feb. 10 and 11) shall be both be drawn Thursday (Feb. 6), with the entry box c...
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PA prohibits Amicar effective March 1

on 02/05/2014 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission (PHRC), in consultation with Dr. Mary Robinson, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School of Medicine, New Bolton Center, has announced that effective March 1, the pre-race medication Amicar will no longer be permitted to be used in conjunction with Furosemide (also commonly known by trade names Lasix or Salix).   The PHRC has made the d...
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Miami Valley qualifiers postponed to Thursday

on 02/05/2014 12:00 AM
Due to icy roads and track conditions the eight qualifying races scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night at Miami Valley Raceway have been postponed and moved "as is” to Thursday night, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.   We regret this change, but for the safety of the horses and people involved, we feel it was necessary. (Miami Valley)
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Jeremes Sweetheart wins Dover feature

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Jeremes Sweetheart, after four times finishing second in the $20,000 Mares Open Pace, finally made the winner's circle in the feature on Monday at Dover Downs.   With Ron Pierce driving the Jereme's Jet-Fox Valley Evanna mare sitting directly behind Cooking The Books, who had lead from early in the race, the 5 year old trained by Eric Ell for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve ...
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Jebswesternshake wires field in Northfield open

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Jebswesternshake was the winner of the $9,500 Open Pace at Northfield Park on Monday. Staci Malady of Rives Junction, Mich. owns the 9-year-old pacer. Trainer Gerald Malady called upon Northfield Park leading driver Josh Sutton to pilot.   Jebswesternshake (Western Hanover-Shake Away-Dream Away) started from the rail and led at every call through blistering fractions of :2...
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Monticello horsemen shut off simulcast signal

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
As a result of the expiration of an agreement between the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association and Monticello Raceway for consent of the simulcast of live racing at the card, the export of the Monticello signal has been shut down, per federal law.   In a release issued by Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association representative Joe Faraldo, it was stated: Due to an impasse...
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Feb. 8 O'Briens to be videostreamed live

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
How would you like to watch the 2013 O'Brien winners receive their awards live from the comfort of your own home?   For the fourth consecutive year, there will be a live video stream for the O'Brien Award presentations. This will be made available courtesy of Bell Aliant and is sponsored by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino, Charlottetown and Summe...
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Monticello racing Tues.; cancels Weds. due to snow

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Although Monticello's Tuesday afternoon race card will go on as scheduled, due to an impending winter storm, the racetrack has cancelled live racing for Wednesday, Feb. 5.
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Pocono announces 2014 stakes schedule

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
A doubleheader on Kentucky Derby Day and an additional day per week of racing in July and August are two of the changes in the new Pocono Downs racing schedule for 2014, as announced by vice president of racing operations Dale Rapson.   Racing opens at the renowned five-eighths mile oval in Wilkes Barre, Pa., on March 22, and for the first few months of the new season, (M...
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Indiana's Stewart finding home at Buffalo

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Charles Stewart and his stable were looking for a place to settle down for the winter months with Hoosier Park closed during that time.   His choice? Buffalo Raceway. It's a selection that has proved to be the right and a profitable one thus far.   "I looked around and I thought the horses I had would fit very well into the conditions at Buffalo Raceway," Stewart said. "H...
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Veteran racing official Andy Reese dies

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Andrew L. "Andy" Reese Jr., 87, for many years the starter at Vernon Downs, died Feb. 2, at Olean General Hospital.   Born in Buffalo, NY, Mr. Reese was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in the Cavalry Division. He was a highly successful salesman and retired from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. His sons Gary and Todd have both served as racing o...
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