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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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Vintage Master to remain in Ontario in 2014

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
Although the original plan had Vintage Master moving to New Jersey for the 2014 breeding season, it has been decided that the world champion racehorse and promising young stallion will remain in Ontario for next year.   According to Brittany Stallion Management, he will continue to stand at Winbak Farm of Canada in Caledon, Ont. for a fee of $3,500©.   Brittany manag...
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Monticello cancels Monday race card

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway has cancelled its Monday, Dec. 23, race card.   "Due to an unsafe racetrack caused by the unusually warm winter temperatures in our area so for the safety of everyone concerned, we canceled our live race card Monday,” noted Eric Warner, senior director of racing.   No racing is scheduled on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and with no racing on Christ...
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Important deadlines for Pennsylvania breeders

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission reminds horsemen that Pennsylvania-sired yearlings must be nominated to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, with the first supplemental nominations, for those missing the regular May 15 deadline, requiring postmarking by Dec. 31. Owners who pay after this date will incur a higher fee during the Jan. 1–Mar. 15, 2014 period, and must also make the March 15 ...
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Tetrick, Burke honored again by USHWA

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick and Ron Burke both need to make room for another award. For the second consecutive year, Tetrick was named harness racing's best driver while Burke nabbed the honor for trainers for the second time in three seasons..   Results for the awards, voted upon by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, were announced Monday.   A 32-year-old Illinois native, Tetrick has...
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Rosecroft meet ends with live handle up 28%

on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM
The recently concluded 29-night fall meet at Rosecroft Raceway showed a 28% in total live handle versus the comparable 2012 meet. A robust export handle, especially on Tuesday evenings, helped fuel the increased wagering figures.  Exports were up 39% for the fall meet; live on-track handle was down just under 3%.   Another highlight of the fall meet was the strong Maryland raci...
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Prairie Jaguar 1:50 winner at Pompano

on 12/22/2013 12:00 AM
Northern Companion scored a repeat win in Pompano Park's feature $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night, but had to share the spotlight with Prairie Jaguar as the latter scorched the "PPk" five-eighths mile oval in a lifetime best 1:50 to win the Open 2 Pace.   Prairie Jaguar, a Florida-bred five year-old son of Spy Hard driven this night by Jason Dillander, rocketed out of the gate fr...
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I Luv The Nitelife NJ Standardbred of the Year

on 12/22/2013 12:00 AM
I Luv The Nitelife, one of the top pacers of the year, has been named 2013 Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy winner as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year as selected by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.   I Luv The Nitelife will be among the honorees at the 57th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 26, 2014 at Charley's Other Brother in Easta...
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1:48.4 mile by Validus Deo; $2.88 million handle

on 12/22/2013 12:00 AM
While we are many months away from the warm spring and summer months and the marquis Championship Meet at the Meadowlands, the unseasonably mild conditions provided a hint of summer on the track on Saturday night. In what was the fastest mile witnessed so far at the new Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Validus Deo opened eyes by going a huge first-over trip and stopping the teletim...
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Sweet Justice wins again at Meadowlands

on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM
Dave Miller, who had driven Sweet Justice to victory in his last two starts was missing from that horse's sulkyFriday night at the Meadowlands. That was because a horse that Miller co-owns, Aisling, was entered in the same race. While Aisling mounted a strong late surge to finish a very solid third from an impossible spot, it was Sweet Justice who stole the show again.   Making the ...
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Woodbine cancels Saturday due to ice storm

on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will cancel its live card of racing for Saturday evening. The 12-race program has been cancelled due to an impending ice storm in the Greater Toronto Area.   Live racing will resume on Boxing Day (December 26) with a special 1 p.m. post time.
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Sapphire City takes Yonkers Open Pace

on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM
Last laurels of the season went to Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) Saturday night, who won Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace.   In the fray early from post position 3, Sapphire City, along with Dream Out Loud N (Matt Kakaley) and Dallenbach Hanover (Larry Stalbaum), led the legions. They were 1-2-3 through early intervals of :27 and :55.2. Escape The News (George Brennan), as th...
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