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Grand River announces 2014 season

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway's live harness racing season will consist of 48 dates in 2014. The recent announcement from the Ontario Racing Commission confirmed approved race dates for nine Standardbred tracks in the province. During its 11th season, the Elora, ON oval will race Monday and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. from June 2 through September 29. The track's signature Fun & Frivolity Frida...
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Phantom Dan back in Cal Expo Open

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
After taking a few weeks off, Phantom Dan returns to the wars in Saturday's Open Pace while taking on the classy Pancetta and the streaking Doc's Zippy in the main event. The 6-year-old son of Little Steven is owned, trained and driven by James Kennedy and was last seen capturing the March 22 Open Handicap Pace by a nose over heavily-favored One And Only while lowering his career standard t...
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Richard Watts dies at 83

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Richard A. Watts, of Delray Beach, Fla., died March 16 at Bethesda East Heart Hospital. He was 83. Mr. Watts was born June 29, 1930, in Providence, Rhode Island. He began his career as a horse caretaker with Thoroughbreds through his dad. Later, he devoted himself to harness racing along with his wife Queen. They were affectionately known as "The King and Queen of the Shedrow,” as quoted ...
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Waxman loses appeal, faces 8 years in prison

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Former Ontario-based Standardbred owner Bob Waxman, who was convicted on charges of fraud and theft, has reportedly lost his court appeal and now faces a sentence of eight years in prison. The Hamilton Spectator reported Thursday the Ontario Court of Appeal announced its decision earlier in the day just one week after a three-day hearing.   Waxman was convicted of stealing $18 ...
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Five rule changes approved by USTA

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
The committee reports from the recently-held 2014 USTA Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, are now available on http://www.ustrotting.com   The reports are from the following committees that met during the past weekend: Registration – Owners/Breeders, Pari-Mutuel, Driver/Trainer, Regulatory, Fairs, Communications/Marketing, Rules, and Finance.   The Rules Committee report includes ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke's horses are dominating the George Morton Levy Memorial Series and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview he talks about his starters, including the 10-year-old Foiled Again who seems to have once again found the Fountain of Youth as he has come back this year better than ever. Also, the big news in Kentucky is the historic Red Mile receiving commission approval...
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Bandolito blazes to Dover 1:48 track mark

on 04/03/2014 2:00 AM
Bandolito scored the fastest mile of the year on any size track while equaling the all-track record of 1:48 set in 2012 by Heston Blue Chip, while Casino Bags Carlo was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 preliminaries and in the $33,000 Delaware Special, on a strong Thursday program at Dover Downs.    Daryl Bier moved Bandolito up on the outside a...
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Pena's R Journey Together 2 for 2 in Weiss

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
R Journey Together, Envious Hanover, and Stucklikeglue captured divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, all with career-best times. There were three Weiss divisions held for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares on the pace, each carrying a purse of $15,000. R Journey Together (Western Ideal-R Xample) put herself at two-for-two for the series, controllin...
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Ontario Alliance tracks applaud partnership

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
The Ontario Standardbred Alliance (Alliance) today expressed its strong support for the Horse Racing Partnership Plan announced by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF).   The five year plan provides not only more total race days annually than last year but also provides a firm base of activity with established purse levels, uniform race classes, a consistent year roun...
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Diamond Tiara sparkles in 8th win of year

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
After the Monticello Raceway-based pacer Rusty's Flying scored her seventh seasonal triumph on April 1 she joined another Mighty M pacer, Diamond Tiara, in second place in wins on the current North American leaderboard.   Slated to make her 13th start of the year on Tuesday, Diamond Tiara won for the eighth time and now she's tied--albeit with four others--for the lead in ...
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Prairie Jaguar ready to roll at Big M

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Mike Deters is uncertain of Prairie Jaguar's future, in part because he didn't expect the present.   Prairie Jaguar, a 6-year-old gelding pacer, has won five of six races this season--and nine of his last 10 dating back to December--as he prepares for Saturday's start of the Whata Baron Series at Meadowlands Racetrack. Prairie Jaguar is in the second of two $22,500 divisions...
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Historical Racing approved at historic Red Mile

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
The Red Mile, which held its first race on Sept. 28, 1875, received approval on Wednesday to operate Historical Racing games, also known as Instant Racing in other areas, at the track. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which regulates Historical Racing, approved requests from both The Red Mile and Keeneland to conduct Historical Racing operations. Alan Leavitt, the only Standardbred repres...
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Woodbine adds Thursday racing

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has added another night to Woodbine's weekly Standardbred live racing calendar. Beginning April 3, Woodbine will now offer a Thursday evening card, in addition to its current schedule of Monday, Friday and Saturday night racing, for the remainder of the Spring meet, which concludes Monday, May 19. Post-time for the each night is set for 7:25 p.m.
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Top driver at Hoosier can win Corvette for year

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is excited to unveil a driver challenge like never seen before in the sport of harness racing. The 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. &nb...
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Magic Wheel, St Lads Zena win features

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
Magic Wheel sat comfortably behind 3-5 favorite Unefoisdansmavie, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Later, at Buffalo Raceway, St Lads Zena was assigned the inside post in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace and used that advantage to edge out Delightful Syd by a nose...
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Perfect Alliance, Take The Money still undefeated

on 04/02/2014 2:00 AM
Driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller continue to dominate the Bobby Weiss series for distaff trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as their mares Take The Money and Perfect Alliance stayed unbeaten in 2014 with easy victories on Wednesday night. There were three Weiss divisions for three and four-year-old fillies and mares on the trot contested on Wednesday, each carrying a purse of ...
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New spring mixed sale May 18 at Big M

on 04/01/2014 2:00 AM
There's a new sale on the 2014 calendar, and it's right around the corner. Tattersalls on Tuesday announced plans to conduct a mixed sale at the Meadowlands on Sunday, May 18.   The new sale, named the Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale, will feature racehorses and 2 year olds in training, according to Tattersalls manager David Reid. Entries for the main catalog will be taken throug...
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Machararoundtheclock wins Petticoat final

on 04/01/2014 2:00 AM
Macharoundtheclock (Scott Zeron) pounced from the pocket Monday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $63,000 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series.   The series, for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, culminated with a 1-9 parimutuel entry in the form of Doo Wee Rusty (George Brennan, post 1) and Hobe Sound (Brian Sears, post 2).   It was "Rusty” outsprinting everyone bef...
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College Games for Charity a success at Meadows

on 04/01/2014 2:00 AM
Six teams and nearly than 50 college students were on hand at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Friday night as the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted its first-ever College Games for Charity.   In the end, Phi Sigma Cappa from Robert Morris University took top honors and earned $500 for Special Olympics.   The teams competed in several events, including Handicappin...
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Gulotta appointed trustee to NJ Sires Stakes

on 04/01/2014 2:00 AM
Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente farms has been appointed a trustee with the New Jersey Sires Stakes. For Gulotta, it's the logical extension of the commitment Deo Volente has made to the New Jersey breeding industry via the acquisition of a world class broodmare band in addition to standing the stallions Wishing Stone and If I Can Dream at its Flemington facility.   Following in th...
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