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Former NY horseman Andrew Nazarian dies

on 10/18/2013 2:00 AM
Horseman Andrew Nazarian, 87, died Wednesday (Oct. 16) at the Mercy Life Care Center in Guilderland, NY.   Born in Watervliet on January 15, 1926, he was the son of the late Agajan and Virkina Tabakian Nazarian. Mr. Nazarian was a graduate of Watervliet High School and served with the US Marines. He operated several service stations early in his career. For over 30 years, he was a horse t...
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Charisma Hanover survives inquiry to win

on 10/18/2013 2:00 AM
Charisma Hanover, Pennsylvania's 3-year-old filly champion, captured Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace at The Meadows, but she had to survive an inquiry to secure the victory.   On top as they turned for home, Charisma Hanover bore out to the center of the track, where Do Me Honor was rallying. Following a review, the judges found no interference and certified the win in 1:...
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Late broodmare Bax Machine has 2 Crown starters

on 10/18/2013 2:00 AM
For a small breeder, having one foal make the Breeders Crown final is exciting. Paul "Pete” Spears' Windsong Stables came to prominence in 2004 when Windsongs Legacy captured the Triple Crown of trotting for trainer Trond Smedshammer.   The Windsong name will be in focus on Saturday night with two foals from the late Bax Machine figuring prominently in both the $250,000 Crown Mare Trot ...
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DSBF freshman trot prelims at Harrington

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old trotters was contested with five divisions Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The fillies were the first to take to the track in two divisions featured second and fourth on the 15-race program.   The first division was also the second fastest on the program as owner/trainer/driver Bryan Truitt's Way...
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Walnut Hall Ltd. downsizing, selling 62 horses

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
  Walnut Hall Ltd. will be downsizing at the Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware, Ohio on Nov. 18 and 20. The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd. The consignment will consist of 11 yearlings, 26 in-foal broodmares, and 25 weanlings. The yearlings are by Cantab Hall, Conway Hall, Deweycheatumnhowe, and Groton Hall, and they represent the last oppo...
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Don't Spank Me upsets in Sunshine State Stake

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
Don't Spank Me pulled off a mile upset at Pompano Park on Wednesday by scoring a decisive win in a lifetime best 1:54 for Bruce Ranger in the Florida Sunshine State Stake for three year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Capital Request, owned by Jean Carter along with trainer Wayne Carter, went right to the front and clocked opening panels of :28.1 and :57.4 before thwarting the bid of the 3...
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Average per card handle up 2.7% at Mohawk

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced that overall handle and average nightly handle on the 2013 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded Monday, Oct. 14, were up over last year. The Campbellville oval, which celebrated its 50th racing season with 84 race cards, recorded an "all-sources" betting total of $131,619,692, a 6.5 percent increase over last year's $123,533,108 (81 dates). ...
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Yonkers Fall Festival includes legislator race

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is prepping for its fifth annual Fall Harvest Festival, a free, family-fun event, set for Saturday night. The Harvest Festival is slated from 5-9 pm on the track apron at the historic half-mile oval, and showcases the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture all across New York State. The Fall Harvest Festival includes pony rides, face painting, pumpkin pat...
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Maine Harness Racing Gives Back Day set

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
The excitement of harness racing will be at its normal pulsing pitch on Saturday (Oct. 19) but the focus of the horsemen and fans alike will be centered around raising funds for charity as the third annual, Maine Harness Racing Gives Back Day is held at Scarborough Downs. Sponsored in tandem by the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association, the Maine Amateur Drivers Club and Scarborough Downs, t...
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Cowgirl Hall overcomes injury to make Crown

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
That Cowgirl Hall is racing in the Breeders Crown, or racing at all, is nothing short of a miracle. Despite suffering a near life-ending injury as a freshman, the 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall has amassed $441,078 in career earnings and, with a solid fourth-place finish in last week's Breeders Crown elimination, earned a berth in Saturday's $250,000 Mare Trot. Owned by Ted Gewertz, NY, N...
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Vida De Vie wins NJSS Green Acres final

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
Vida De Vie, winner of all three preliminary legs, made it a series sweep with her fourth victory in a row in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Muscles Yankee – Velma K continued her dominance of the trotting fillies division with a nine-length tally over Connie Keeper [by M...
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Get ready for the Crown with Weekend Preview!

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
The sport's top performers will be at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Saturday night for the big Breeders Crown championship night of racing. Post time for the card is 5 p.m., but before then you need to get your copy of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, which includes free downloads of program pages courtesy of TrackMaster.   Want to know which race ...
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KY lab IDs substances that work like bicarbonate

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
The RMTC Tactical Research Program was instrumental in the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission's recent prosecution of Donald Roberson by working with the HFL Sport Science -Lexington laboratory to identify dichloracetic acid and tadalafil, which is marketed in the U.S. under the trade name Cialis™. These substances were found during a July 13, 2013 search of Donald Roberson's barn by the...
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Scott Zeron, Moreau leading WEG standings

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
As WEG's harness meet resumes at Woodbine Racetrack this evening, both Scott Zeron and Richard Moreau have commanding leads in the WEG driver and trainer standings. Zeron currently has 229 victories this season, 31 more than his closest rival Sylvain Filion.   Zeron, who was a finalist for the O'Brien Award as Canada's top driver for the past three seasons, finished third in the stan...
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Meadowlands to host Breeders Crown in 2014

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
After a five-year absence, the Breeders Crown, harness racing's $5 million year-end championships, will return to the Meadowlands in 2014. The one-mile oval in East Rutherford, NJ, has played host to many of harness racing's greatest moments over the past decades and will be the site of the 30-year anniversary of the Breeders Crown races.   The Meadowlands Racetrack, under lease to r...
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Spots in Kindergarten finals on the line Friday

on 10/16/2013 2:00 AM
The fifth and last preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series, a Grand Circuit event, will be raced on Friday night at Vernon Downs. Two divisions each of fillies and colts will go for $10,000 and perhaps more importantly, valuable points toward the $200,000 (est.) final for each next Friday, Oct. 25.   In with a puncher's chance, needing a win to advance, is the s...
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Quick Deal sets Yonkers mark & world record

on 10/16/2013 2:00 AM
Quick Deal (George Brennan) dipped his hooves in ink and rewrote Yonkers Raceway's record book Tuesday night, becoming the fastest trotter in local history.   Returning to Westchester for the first time since early this season, Quick Deal's big deal blew away the gang in the $19,000, sixth-race trot. Leaving from post position No. 5 as the 35-cents-on-the-dollar favorite, he made the lead...
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PA USHWA chapter announces Hall of Fame

on 10/16/2013 2:00 AM
The Keystone Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced the first inductees into the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame. They are: Bowman Brown Sr., Roger Huston, Max C. Hempt, Delvin Miller, Dave Palone, Ed Ryan, Lawrence Sheppard, John Simpson Sr., Paul E. Spears and Mary McCune (veteran). All but Mary McCune were elected by the membership of the Keystone...
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Charters honored by Monticello-Goshen USHWA

on 10/16/2013 2:00 AM
Over the decades the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has held annual awards banquets to celebrate the accomplishments, both human and equine, at Monticello Raceway and Historic Track. Along with those accolades the scribes have also honored special individuals whose contributions to the sport have been exceptional. Tom Charters, president and chief exe...
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Burgess: Plan a "very sad result"

on 10/16/2013 2:00 AM
"I respect Ms. Wynne's energy and enthusiasm and her seemingly sincere attempt to save racing in Ontario. However, with this new plan she has failed abjectly unless there is another shoe to drop."   Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer Robert Burgess has written a letter while weighing in on the five-year-plan for Ontario's horse racing industry released Friday by Premier Kathle...
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