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Bee A Magician 2013 Horse of the Year

on 02/23/2014 12:00 AM
It was the perfect ending to a perfect season for Bee A Magician. The female trotter on Sunday night was named 2013 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association at the Dan Patch Awards banquet at Dover Downs. Bee A Magician, who was unbeaten in 17 races last season at age 3 and earned a divisional record $1.54 million, bested pacers Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous for the hono...
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Backstreet Hanover wins by neck in 1:56.4

on 02/22/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of "good" Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who were up to the assignment--were won by pocket-sitters Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton, $6.90) and Backstreet Hanover (Eric Carlson, $4.40).   In play early from post position 4, Ideal in Vegas made the first lead. She then relinquished it to an out-a-long-way Economy Ter...
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Gingras wins 6 at Meadowlands Friday

on 02/22/2014 12:00 AM
It's a Yannick Gingras World and we're all just living in it. That has been the theme at the Meadowlands for the past two weeks. That theme continued Friday night as the leading driver at the track racked up another six victories on the night. Three of the six wins came teamed up with leading trainer, Ron Burke. That makes it eight wins for Gingras this week and 15 wins over the last five...
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Itaziam wins $7,000 trot feature at Miami Valley

on 02/22/2014 12:00 AM
Despite the outside post position in a scratch-shortened field of seven, Itzaziam trotted to an impressive 1:57.4 score in a $7,000 conditioned event at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night. The six-year-old gelded son of Harrys Star Ranger put in two stellar qualifiers at his new home track before notching his first Ohio pari-mutuel win over Cashahallic (Jim Pantaleano) and Mama Made Me Blue (D...
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Marks, Parker candidates for Communicators Hall

on 02/22/2014 12:00 AM
Bob Marks, the longtime marketing guru of Perretti Farms and a noted writer and handicapper, and Kathy Parker, the editor of The Horseman and Fair World magazine and general manager of Horseman Publishing Company, have been selected by the Directors of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) during their annual meetings here this weekend to be the ballot candidates for ...
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Pierce wins 5 at Yonkers; handle tops $1 mil

on 02/22/2014 12:00 AM
It was "new barn, old result” for Domethatagain (Ron Pierce) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Pace.   Unhurried from post position four, the 13-10 choice watched as invading Texican N (Matt Kakaley) made the lead around pole-sitting, defending champ Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell). Texican N made the lead before a :28 opening quarter-mile and...
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Raid on Michigan fair racing fund averted

on 02/21/2014 12:00 AM
The Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee has turned down a request by the state's Thoroughbred horsemen to take $588,000 from the Agricultural Equine Industry Development fund, which funds the state's county fair circuit for harness racing, to pay for converting Hazel Park and Northville Downs to Thoroughbred racetracks.   If the request had been approved, the funneling of the money t...
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Gural thanks industry, asks for continued support

on 02/21/2014 12:00 AM
The following statement was sent from the Meadowlands Media Department on behalf of Jeff Gural, chairman of the New Meadowlands LLC. Gural will be honored at the U.S. Harness Writers Awards dinner on Sunday night at Dover Downs.   "I want to thank everyone who voted for me as it is indeed an honor to be recognized by the industry in winning the 2013 Railbird Recognition Horse P...
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Automatic Slims wins 4th straight at Meadows

on 02/21/2014 12:00 AM
Automatic Slims, who last week pulled the pocket early en route to victory, used the same move with the same result Friday as he captured his fourth straight in the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Automatic Slims was sitting comfortably behind Visible Gold when Brett Miller sent him after the lead before the three-quarters. The 8-year-old son of Bettor's Delight-Natchito...
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Harness Museum invites Immortal nominations

on 02/21/2014 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is inviting Immortal nominations for the Class of 2014. All Museum members, in good standing, have the privilege of nominating persons and horses who they feel have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness racing.   The nominees must be deceased THREE years or more to be eligible for consideration. Nominations must include a comp...
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Pure Barre wins close decision at Pompano

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
Tom Gonsalves' Pure Barre, handled by Mickey McNichol, eked out a photo finish decision over the late charging Jolene's Pinehonker, driven by Mark O'Mara, in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night. Photo King, teaming up with Jason Dillander, finished third in his first start in top Open company while Andover America finished fourth. Tug River Dylan picked up the nickel i...
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USHWA silent auction items up for bids

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
Would you like to own Yannick Gingras's helmet and colors, personally autographed to you? Or perhaps Bill Haughton's trainer trophy clock from winning the $2 million Woodrow Wilson Pace with Nihilator? Maybe a Mary Lou Dondarski original painting of the trotter Bee A Magician or the pacer Captaintreacherous?   These items and many more are all up for grabs in the U.S. Harness ...
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Dan Patch Awards to be video streamed live

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
Video streaming of harness racing's biggest night of the year, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet, will take place this Sunday (Feb. 23) at Dover Downs and can be seen on the United States Trotting Association's website, http://www.ustrotting.com/.   Heading the awards will be the announcement of the 2013 Harness Horse of the Year along with both the Pacer and Trotter of the Year winners. The ...
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Buffalo cancels Thursday's card

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway has cancelled the racing card for Thursday due to thaw related track conditions and forecasted rain this afternoon.   The racing season at the Hamburg oval will continue Friday, Feb. 21, with a first post of 6:40 p.m. (Buffalo)
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Longtime Michigan horseman Paul Jensen dies

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
Longtime Michigan-based horseman Paul Jensen died early Monday morning, Feb. 17, in Margate, Fla. He was 82. Mr. Jensen was born on Sept. 9, 1931, in Pontiac, Mich. His career in harness racing began in the 1950s where he owned, trained and raced horses at all the racetracks in his home state, many in partnership with Don McIlmurray and Adolph "Bud” Silverstein. One of Mr. Jensen's early suc...
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Monticello cancels after 1st race Thursday

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway was forced to cancel the race card after the first race Thursday afternoon due to track conditions. Racing will resume Monday, Feb. 24, with post time at 12:25 p.m.
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Red Mile Sees Court Ruling As Positive

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
On Thursday the Supreme Court of Kentucky ruled that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has the authority to license and regulate the operation of pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse races. In its ruling the Court specifically rejected an argument by The Family Foundation of Kentucky that historical racing falls outside the "statutorily-circumscribed parameter of `legitimate horse racin...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
Trainer Mark Harder has a veteran and a newbie in to go on Saturday night at the Meadowlands and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, he talks about the $380,000 yearling making his debut in a Gilmour division and what he expects this year from stalwart Golden Receiver as the 9 year old makes his first appearance of 2014. Also, Sunday night's Dan Patch Awards will be video streame...
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Y Mach Me, Daylon Miracle win mare features

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
Y Mach Me captured the filly and mare feature at Northfield Park on Thursday night. Y Mach Me (MachThree-Sunnie Corleone-Pacific Rocket) started from post four and was fourth through initial fractions of :28.2 and :59.1.Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his move in the third panel and was second through the 1:29.2three-quarters. Y Mach Me hit the front in the final turn and bested her competition by tw...
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Perfect Alliance gives Andy Miller 8,000 wins

on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM
Andy Miller drove Perfect Alliance to a dominating 7 3/4-length victory in a division of the first leg of the Charles Singer Memorial at the Meadowlands Thursday night and in the process earned his 8,000th driving win. The time for the mile was 1:53.3.   A native of Illinois, Miller handled the driving of Perfect Alliance for trainer Julie Miller, who is also his wife. Perfect Alliance is...
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