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Ettore "Eddie" Annnunziata dies at 85

on 02/13/2020 8:00 PM
Ettore “Eddie” Annunziata, a resident of Mahopac, N.Y., since 1970, passed away on Tuesday (Feb. 11) at the age of 85. Annunziata was born in Sarno, Italy, on Nov. 26, 1934, the son of Claudio and Maria (Francesca) Annunziata. Eddie was a long time USTA member, racing heavily on the East Coast, and was considered a strong supporter of harness racing throughout his successful car...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/13/2020 4:05 PM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Marcus Melander tells Kathy Parker that the Elitlopp on May 31 in Sweden could be on the calendar for two-time Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. Also, trainer Nancy Takter, coming off a career year, makes her 2020 debut on Friday night at the Meadowlands with the 3-year-old filly pacer Caviart Jane.   This week’s Breedi...
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Monti "made some big strides" in '19

on 02/13/2020 1:56 PM
When opportunity knocked, Drew Monti answered. It led to the best season of the 25-year-old driver’s career.   Monti was amid what he called a “pedestrian” campaign at his home track, Buffalo Raceway, when he was presented an opportunity to drive regularly at Plainridge Park. It gave Monti the chance to make new, as well as strengthen previous, connections and driv...
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Books of Hanover pacing stallions full and closed

on 02/13/2020 1:08 PM
The book for sophomore pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been announced as full and closed.  Stay Hungry  P, 3, 1:47.3M ($1,303,709) is a son of the legendary Somebeachsomewhere out of the world champion double millionaire mare My Little Dragon. Stay Hungry stands in Pennsylvania at Hanover Shoe Farms.   The first foals of this exciting stallion are being born now and uni...
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Stakes deadline extended until Feb. 18

on 02/13/2020 1:02 PM
February sustaining and nominating payments for 133 Hambletonian Society stake and late-closing events are due Saturday, Feb. 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 18.   February is the gateway payment for most 3-year-old and older stakes and closers as well as initial 2-year-old payments for Breeders Crown and Kentuckiana Stallion Manageme...
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Jimmy Freight Stakes to continue in 2024

on 02/13/2020 11:18 AM
Adriano Sorella’s aggressive promotion of new Ontario sire Jimmy Freight is not stopping any time soon. This week, the Guelph, Ont.-based Standardbred owner unveiled more significant news.   In December, Sorella and Woodbine Entertainment announced the creation of the Jimmy Freight Stakes. The stakes, which will be contested at Woodbine Mohawk Park, will debut in 2023 and i...
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Competitive racing + low takeouts = Big Big M returns

on 02/13/2020 11:06 AM
In harness racing, it’s not uncommon to see tracks with favorites that win at a rate of 45 percent and higher, but at the Meadowlands, the races play out more as they would at major Thoroughbred tracks, meaning bigger payouts for the patrons. As of Monday (Feb. 10), the Big M’s post-time choices have been clicking 36 percent of the time, which is the same rate as at Aqueduct and G...
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Harness Museum's breeding auction now underway

on 02/13/2020 7:32 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has an outstanding list of stallions for this year's breeding auction. Bids on the listed breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by this Saturday, February 15, 2020. The breedings that do not receiving successful bids by the close of the auction may be available after that date.   This is your opportunity to breed to Rockin ...
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Wilberforce steps up, captures Buffalo Open Trot

on 02/13/2020 7:31 AM
After a couple of narrow losses in the $13,000 Open Trot level at Buffalo Raceway, a better post and a change of equipment proved to be the right remedy for Wilberforce ($3.10) on Wednesday night (Feb. 12)   With a pair of starts from the seven hole, Wilberforce drew the five post and went coast to coast in collecting a 2-3/4 length victory over Lougazi in 2:00.1 over the sl...
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Lakeisha Hall takes Meadows Open Mare Pace

on 02/13/2020 7:29 AM
 Lakeisha Hall pounced on the leaders with a quick backside burst and went on to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Lakeisha Hall zipped to the front for Dave Palone and stretched out her early challengers, Touchamatic and McDazzle, to the three-eighths before yielding. Thus, when Lakeisha Hall attacked, that early duo was vulner...
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Blooded Horse has strongest sale in 57-year history

on 02/12/2020 9:18 PM
The Blooded Horse Winter Sale held Tue. Feb. 11, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was the strongest in its 57-year history.  Owners, trainers and breeders flooded the pavilion to restock stables and acquire broodmares.   “People love coming to a sale to actually see and touch the horses they want to buy,” said sale manager Jerry Haws. “It may take a b...
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SBOANJ mare residency forms available online

on 02/12/2020 4:01 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will again offer a resident mare rebate as well as pacing stallion incentive program in 2020. ​SBOANJ membership is required to qualify for all programs. The resident mare rebate will pay up to $500 to owners of mares bred in 2020. A mare does not have to be bred to a New Jersey stallion but must reside in New Jersey for 15...
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Incredible ride for Jim Avritt Sr.

on 02/12/2020 3:58 PM
Jim Avritt Sr. bought his first Standardbred in 1963 when he was a senior at Xavier University and nearly 60 years later continues to enjoy the thrills of racing and breeding.   On Feb. 23 in Orlando, Fla., Avritt’s Precocious Beauty will be honored as the Pacing Broodmare of the Year at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Award banquet. Precocious Beauty is t...
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Ohio Harness Horsemen's Assn. launching radio show

on 02/12/2020 3:54 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association in partnership with WDLR Radio of Delaware, Ohio is creating a new half hour radio show focusing on harness racing in the Buckeye State. “Horsing Around” is scheduled to debut Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m.   Kelley Bell of the Little Brown Jug Radio Network will host the show with Michelle Gatchell. The show will featur...
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Ont. Mare Residency Program helping breeders

on 02/12/2020 12:56 PM
Seelster Farms topped all participants in the Ontario Resident Mare Program in 2019, earning a total of $370,026 in breeders’ rewards from the efforts of offspring from their Resident Mares. Pacing filly Karma Seelster topped all Seelster-breds competing in 2019, contributing $75,727 to the Lucan, ON nursery’s bottom line. In her freshman campaign the daughter of Sportswriter and ...
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Hawthorne Race Course set to open Saturday

on 02/12/2020 11:53 AM
Saturday evening will mark the start of harness racing at Hawthorne Race Course, marking 50 years after the first harness meet was conducted at the Stickney oval in 1970.  This season the schedule for racing in Illinois takes a slight adjustment as construction of a new racing and casino venue will begin on the grounds of Hawthorne Race Course.  With construction ongoing during the...
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Aldrich Jr., Devaux each win 4 at Monticello

on 02/12/2020 11:29 AM
Both Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Jim Devaux enjoyed banner days on Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway as each driver won four races on the muddy afternoon.   Track superintendent Anthony Desimone did an excellent job in maintaining the racing oval after two days of rain and mud.   Aldrich started off the day by winning the first race with the heavy favorite Always Ya Baby in...
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Saratoga opens 79th harness season on Sunday

on 02/12/2020 11:04 AM
Sunday, Feb. 16, will mark the beginning of Saratoga Raceway’s 79th season of live harness racing. Post time is scheduled for noon. Coupled with the 2020 racing season is the unveiling of the SaratogaBets Simulcast Center, an exciting new trackside venue offering carrel seating, self-service and live teller wagering options, in addition to bar and food service at Diamond Jim&r...
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Tight Lines takes Tuesday's Open Trot at Dover

on 02/12/2020 10:34 AM
Tight Lines took the overland route to the winner’s circle in Tuesday night’s (Feb. 11) $27.500 Open Trot at Dover Downs, posting a Corey Callahan floated Tight Lines forward from his assigned post seven, and the pair dropped in fourth behind early fractions of :27.2 and :56 set by Home’n Dry. Up the backstretch, Tight Lines rushed first-over while mare Sheez On A Cruze was towe...
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East Coast veterinarian John Peters dies at 87

on 02/12/2020 10:31 AM
John Thomas Peters, DVM, 87, a leading equine veterinarian who practiced at Vernon Downs and tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region, died Feb. 11.   Born in Howard County, Ind., in 1932, Dr. Peters was the son of Ralph and Thelma Peters. He graduated from Greentown High School and was on the high school basketball team that beat Kokomo High School in the Sectional Championship in 1950. Dr....
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