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Dr. Don Catlin, renowned in testing, to consult for USTA

on 03/14/2014 2:00 AM
Dr. Don Catlin, who for more than a quarter century has been a leader in the battle against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, will serve as a consultant to the United States Trotting Association's Medication Advisory Committee, announced USTA President Phil Langley on Friday. "The USTA is very serious about pointing research towards finding the performance enhancing drugs that so ...
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Yonkers increases purses by 15 percent

on 03/14/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced an across-the-board purse increase of approximately 15 percent, beginning with the race week of Monday, March 24.   The new purse structure shall range from $9,000 (for non-winners of $5,000 in last six starts) to $38,000 (for the trio of weekly Opens/Open Handicaps). The "old” range went from $6,500 to $33,000.   "We realize that with Pocono and Har...
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2 straight series wins for Small Town Charmer

on 03/14/2014 2:00 AM
Small Town Charmer overwhelmed the field once again, notching her second straight series victory in Friday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Black Silk Jammys and Radar Lover took the other $15,000, second leg splits in the event for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Dave Palone enjoyed a series double with Small Town Charmer and Black Silk Jammys.   Palone allowed the dust to...
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Funeral services set for Brandy Pinske

on 03/14/2014 2:00 AM
Brandy Pinske, 40, daughter of trainer Nelson and Kay Willis, of Beecher, Ill., passed away on March 14 after a long illness.   An experienced horsewoman, Brandy grew up working alongside her parents, Nelson and Kay Willis, who have competed successfully for decades on the Illinois harness racing circuits. Brandy was also an accomplished rider, and an owner and breeder of Standardbr...
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Dragon Again's book full and closed

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
Sugar Valley Farm and the Dragon Again Syndicate have announced that the 2014 book for Dragon Again is full and closed. Dragon Again moved to the Delaware, Ohio, farm this season after 13 years at Hanover Shoe Farm in Pennsylvania.   ""We are extremely pleased with the response and the support our stallion has received,”" noted Syndicate Manager Joe McLead. ""We are proud to ...
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My Revenuer wires Pompano Open field

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
Tom Petri's My Revenuer, with Bruce Ranger handling the lines, used a new strategy to win Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The 6-year-old son of Revenue S tried the "wiring act" for the first time--and it worked.  My Revenuer held off the late-surging Photo King, driven by Jason Dillander, by a neck in 1:54.2, equaling his lifetime best ...
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Third straight Dover open win for Baximum

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
For the third consecutive start, Tina Clark and Joe Clark's Baximum came on strongly to win the $20,000 Open Trot/Handicap over a sloppy track on Wednesday (March 12) at Dover Downs.   As has been usual, Baximum began his move after the first half mile. Daryl Bier ushered the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine veteran up on the outside in mid-backstretch picking up steam to go into the lead ap...
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Auciello on Woodbine Live! Saturday night

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
Carmen Auciello, who currently sits in second with 19 wins as a conditioner this season on the WEG Circuit, will be the guest on Woodbine Racing Live's pre-game show this Saturday, March 15, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Auciello celebrated a career year last season with 120 victories and over $2 million in earnings. Auciello will send out a combined eight starters on Saturdays program.  ...
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Cal Expo trainer suspended after horse dies

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
Debbie Arrington, a former correspondent for The Horseman And Fair World magazine and staff writer for the Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CA), has reported that the the California Horse Racing Board is investigating the death of Nutmegs Davey, a 5-year-old pacer who succumbed Sunday at Cal Expo, less than 24 hours after winning a Saturday night race. The horse's remains were apparently ...
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NY: Clenbuterol ok for harness up to 96 hours

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
The New York Gaming Commission, which now regulates horse racing in the state, on Wednesday approved a rule allowing Standardbred horses to be administered clenbuterol up to 96 hours (approximately four days) before a race. There had been a push to make rules on clenbuterol the same for both Standardbred racing and Thoroughbred racing—no administration 14 days before a race--but Standardbred i...
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Weekend Preview: Racing, breeding, Stretch Call

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
The George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Matchmaker series begin next weekend and horses are starting to line up behind the starting gate to get ready for the first big stakes battle of the season for older pacers. On Friday night at the Meadowlands, one of the most interesting Matchmaker eligibles will be in action, Somwherovrarainbow, the winner of the 2012 Breeders Crown 2-Year-old ...
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Tim Tetrick hits 8,000 win milestone

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
Illinois native Tim Tetrick drove his 8,000th winner on Thursday night, hitting the milestone with Spender Hanover at the Meadowlands. He became the youngest ever to reach that win mark.   The 32-year-old Tetrick, who has returned to the sulky after undergoing a second hip replacement late last year, broke the record held by Walter Case Jr., who hit the 8,000 win mark in 19...
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Stakes payments due March 17--Monday

on 03/13/2014 2:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Saturday, March 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, March 17. Information for stakes administered by the Society, plus info for Red Mile stakes due March 15, follows.   Changes to the March 15 payment schedule include an increase in the Breeders Crown futu...
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Buffalo Raceway cancels Wednesday

on 03/12/2014 2:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway has cancelled racing for Wednesday March 12 due to the winter storm hitting Western New York, forecasted to bring 8 – 14 inches of snow and high winds. The racing season at the Hamburg oval is scheduled to continue Thursday with a first post of 5 pm. (Buffalo)
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Wrenn takes over Northfield driver standings

on 03/12/2014 2:00 AM
Although Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had more wins than any driver in North America last year, 2014 started much differently. He did not drive his first race this year until Jan. 27 due to undergoing wrist surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Since returning, Wrenn has been stacking up wins at an expeditious rate. On Tuesday (March 11) Wrenn took the lead in the Northfield Pa...
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G Momma repeats in Meadows series

on 03/12/2014 2:00 AM
Despite leaving from post 7, G Momma rolled to her second straight victory in Wednesday’s Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows and stamped herself as the horse to beat in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Mystical Melody and Baby K, each piloted by Aaron Merriman, took the other $15,000, second-leg splits. G Momma roared to the front for Mike Wilder and widened h...
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Ontario breeders sue Lottery & Gaming Corp.

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
A group of more than 30 Standardbred horse breeders are seeking $65 million in damages from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation according to a notice of action filed Monday at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Guelph. The breeders are seeking damages for losses incurred when the lottery corporation cancelled the Slots at Racetracks Program "without prior notice, consultation, ...
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Florida honors its best at awards dinner

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) held its annual awards banquet on Friday, March 7, during which both human and equine stalwarts received their 2013 Hall of Fame awards.   Chapter members Lucien Fontaine and communicator Steve Wolf, along with veteran driver/trainer Mark O'Mara, were inducted into the Hall of Fame. On the equine side Florida's l...
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Julians Caesar takes Northfield Open Trot

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
Julians Caesar won the $9,500 Open Trot in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday (March 10). Ron Burke trains the 7-year-old trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page was the winning driver.   Julians Caesar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post six and let his competition carve out the fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:28 before taki...
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First qualifiers of year held at Pocono

on 03/11/2014 2:00 AM
The first qualifiers of the 2014 racing season were held on Tuesday morning (March 11) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the weather cooperated as the track was listed as fast as the mild temperature was a balmy 44 degrees under brilliant sunshine. In the first qualifier, Matt Kakaley and Match Play tripped the teletimer in 1:59. Kakaley, regularly among the top five of the driver colony at P...
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