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Mary Birkhold FL Caretaker of the Month

on 01/01/2014 12:00 AM
On Dec. 30 the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) presented its November Caretaker of the Month award to Mary Birkhold for her work as caretaker, trainer and co-owner (with George Birkhold and Ohioan David Reiselt) of the improving trotter Rose Run Nolan.   Birkhold and her brother George selected "Nolan” as a yearling from an Ohio public...
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Services for Mary Beth Koch, sister of Peter Koch

on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
Mary Beth Koch, 62, of Tinton Falls, NJ, sister of Meadowlands Director of Racing Peter Koch, died suddenly on Friday, Dec. 27.   Ms. Koch was a 1969 graduate from Red Bank Catholic High School and a 1973 graduate of Trinity College in Washington, DC, where she also worked as an usher at the JFK Center. She was community minded, working as an Emergency Room volunteer at Mo...
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Historic Track moves offices, needs donations

on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
For decades the track office at Goshen Historic Track has been underneath the longstanding grandstand and recently work has been completed to move the main office to the Arden Clubhouse, which has been totally restored.   "The new move has been absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciated,” noted Linda Myers, the longtime secretary to the Board. "It's such an improvement and so ni...
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Dondarski honored with President's Award

on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
Mary Lou Dondarski, whose unselfish work and donations over many years by supporting most every special event concerning Standardbreds in North America, ranging from rescue groups, charity auctions, museum events, fundraisers and more, has been selected by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) president, Steven Wolf, as the recipient of the 2013 President's Award.   ...
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Wrenn, Loney capture Northfield titles

on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. topped the Northfield Park 2013 leading drivers, winning 388 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 234 winners. Keith Kash Jr. (213), Jason Thompson (196) and Chris Page (193) completed the top five reinsmen.   Wrenn, 27, resides in Northfield, Ohio, and now has two driving titles under his belt. He was the leading driver ea...
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Dontyouforgetit to stand at stud in Ohio

on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
Dublin Valley Farms of Ohio is proud to announce that World Champion 2-year-old on a half mile track Dontyouforgetit 2,1:55.2f-1:55.3h; 3,1:52.1f-'13 ($598,049) will be standing his first season at stud in 2014. Dontyouforgetit is a son of 2013's leading money-winning trotting sire Cantab Hall and out of the 2004 filly trotter of the year Solveig. Solveig is also the dam of 2013 Breeders Crown win...
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New home for Bad Man Sam after Dover win

on 12/30/2013 12:00 AM
Bad Man Sam made it three wins in a row fighting off a determined bid from Stubbs Hanover from mid backstretch to post a 1:55.3 victory in the $20,000 claiming pace feature over a sloppy track when live racing returned from a Christmas Break Week on Sunday at Dover Downs.   Trainer-driver Jason Lynch claimed Bad Man Sam for owner Jim Jacobs in late November and now has won...
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Contenders prep for Prix d'Amerique in Paris

on 12/30/2013 12:00 AM
The third prep for the Prix d'Amérique, the Prix de Bourgogne, was raced Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris and the French horsemen with the top trotters thought it was time to show their cards after earlier eye-openers.   Aggressive drives were made by Jos Verbeeck, who sent Timoko  immediately to the lead, where they were challenged st...
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Groton Hall, Up Front Charlie to Pin Oak Lane

on 12/30/2013 12:00 AM
The Maryland racing situation has changed dramatically since the initiation of alternative gaming in the state. Expectations are for $10–15 million in purses leading to six-figure daily race cards, with most funds expected to be allocated for Maryland horses and sire stakes for two, three, four, and five-year-olds. Maryland foal crops have been extremely small and the opportunity to make mon...
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Monticello looking for drivers for King Pace

on 12/30/2013 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway will present its 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in spite of the fact that the nation will celebrate Dr. King's birthday the day before.   "Since we don't race on Sundays and there's no live racing on Monday, Jan. 20, it was decided that we will honor Dr. King's memory on Tuesday, Jan. 21,” said Eric Warner, the track's dire...
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Big night at Big M to close out 2013

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
While there were many storylines on the racetrack at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Saturday night, the most important story was in the final numbers. Comparing to the opening night Saturday of last season, the results could not have been any better. Most notably, the live handle of $360,212 yielded a 56-percent increase over this same day in 2012. The total handle of $3,248,413 was a ...
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Filion, Moreau capture WEG titles

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau retained their titles as Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) leading driver and trainer, respectively, after the 2013 Standardbred racing season came to a close Saturday night at Woodbine.   Filion finished with 248 wins at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks, five in front of Scott Zeron, who had 243 victories, while Jody Jamieson was third with 213, i...
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Anvil Raider N wins 23rd of year in career finale

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
Anvil Raider N ended his career with another win at Northfield Park on Saturday, winning the evening's 10th race. The win represents his 23rd win this year. His win tally ranks Anvil Raider N as the winning horse in North America for 2013.   Despite leading the continent in wins, this year will mark the final racing season for Anvil Raider N. The 14 year old faces mandatory re...
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Sports Creek cancels Saturday live card

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
Racing was cancelled at Sports Creek Raceway on Saturday, Dec. 28, due to unsafe track conditions. The track, located near Flint, also canceled Friday's card due to the same conditions.
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Northfield to race 213 nights in 2014

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
Northfield Park, Ohio's leading racetrack by total handle, in both the on-track and export categories, is offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2014 racing year. January through July racing is Monday through Thursday with three additional dates of Friday, April 28, and Saturdays July 19 and 26.   Beginning in August, Northfield drops Wednesdays and adds Friday even...
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Maywood, Ill. OTBs offer Big M contests

on 12/29/2013 12:00 AM
A total of $12,000 in cash prizes is the big draw as Maywood Park and Illinois OTB present the first of six consecutive January handicapping contests on Friday, Jan. 3, at Maywood Park.   The top 15 spots are guaranteed nightly with each of the six contests paying out $2,000 in cash prizes. The first prize in each of the six contests will be $1,000.   The contests will be held...
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Trio of 14 year olds bid farewell at Northfield

on 12/28/2013 12:00 AM
North America's winningest horse is among three 14 year olds racing their last race Saturday at Northfield Park. As the calendar will soon be turning to 2014 Armbros Revenge A, Anvil Raider N and How Forever Feels will be forced into retirement per the rules of the U.S. Trotting Association.   Armbros Revenge A (Armbro Operative-Family Revenge-JJ's Pennant) drew the rail in the...
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Hat trick for Zeron; Big M handle tops $2.8 mil

on 12/28/2013 12:00 AM
Scott Zeron is starting to catch on, quickly. Each week he is driving with more confidence and winning more races. The 2012 Rising Star Award Winner scored a natural hat trick on the Friday night card at the Meadowlands.   The Friday guest on "In The Sulky,” Zeron attributed his early season success to the "opportunities trainers are giving him and the confidence they are showing ...
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Sears, Burke take Yonkers titles

on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
To the surprise of no one in particular, Brian Sears and Ron Burke left town with Yonkers Raceway's 2013 titles as leading driver and trainer, respectively.   The 231-program meet (pared down by seven weather cancellations), which ran from Jan .11-Dec. 21, saw Sears--who turns 45 next month--claim his first Westchester title in his first full-fledged Yonkers season. He won 471 race...
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Bruce Weingartner dies at 73

on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
Bruce A. Weingartner, 73, of East Windsor, N.J., died Dec. 25 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.   Mr. Weingartner was a serious racing fan and an owner of both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds in group partnerships. His son, Ken, is the media relations director for the USTA's Harness Racing Communications.   Born in East Orange, he lived most of ...
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