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Harness Museum part of Museum Day Live!

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, as part of Smithsonian magazine's ninth annual Museum Day Live! on Saturday Sept. 28, will conduct a drawing for "The Glorious Standardbred,” a limited series of porcelain statuettes including Hambletonian, Dan Patch, Greyhound and Niatross by noted artist Bev Lopez. Visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at the time of admission will be ...
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Court upholds Indiana commission on licensing

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission was updated at its Sept. 17, 2013, meeting concerning an Indiana Court of Appeals decision that affirms the Commission's broad discretion in determining who is required to be licensed by the agency. IHRC General Counsel Lea Ellingwood updated the Commission on the case, which stemmed from an appeal of an agency decision filed by Edmund Martin Jr. Mr. Mart...
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Palone wins 16,000th career race

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
Hall of Famer Dave Palone, already the "winningest" driver in North American harness racing history, continues to go where no North American driver has gone before, becoming the first with 16,000 career wins. He notched the historic win Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted DM Big Dog Daddy to victory in the second race.   Palone vaulted atop the win list July 5, 2012, wh...
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Tioga sees increased numbers on big-race days

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
A pair of world records were set and nine track records were matched or broken, highlighting the recently concluded live racing season at Tioga Downs.   All-sources handle on the track's signature race days was up, including the fourth-highest single day handle in the track's eight-season history set on Roll With Joe and Artiscape day in June. Live handle was also up nearly 10 ...
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Father Patrick, Precocious Beauty in Friday at Red Mile

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit racing continues on Friday at The Red Mile with three divisions each of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters and filly pacers. Those freshmen will compete for total purses well in excess of a half-million dollars and the "top of the crop" for each group are among the entrants.   The colt trotters will compete in the Walnut Hall Limited Cup, carded as races fi...
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Ill. facing possibility of little live racing in 2014

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
The Illinois Horse Racing Board (IRB) held what Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) president Dave McCaffrey called "a remarkable meeting" on Tuesday (Sept. 24) when it addressed the 2014 racing calendar. If the IRB doesn't have enough money in its budget to regulate live racing, it may be forced to slash live racing dates, with harness racing facing a possi...
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Deweykeepumnwhy ready for big Ontario final

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
With a 4-0-2 record this season from eight starts, Deweykeepumnwhy remains the top candidate for this years $200,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final in the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings division this Saturday at Mohawk. Owned by Norah Parks and trained by Ron Parsons, the talented rookie is the division leader with 112 points. Driven primarily by Jody Jamieson, the son of Deweych...
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Fields set for NY Night of Champions

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for the 24th edition of the New York Night of Champions, hosted by Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. The $1.8 million event, richest night of racing in the state, offers eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Some hot-off-the-overnight-sheet tidbits from each of the races (2-through 9) follow.   Crawford Fa...
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Weeper's 1:51.4 fastest in Keystone Classic

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
Weeper had the field in tears once again Tuesday at The Meadows as she jogged off to the fastest win in a $121,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The event was contested over four divisions, with That Woman Hanover, Lucy's Pearl and McVita Bella taking the other splits.   Mike Wilder (That Woman Hanover, McVita Bella) and Dave Palone (Weeper, Lucy's Pearl) each enjo...
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Former Maywood executive Pat Flavin dies

on 09/23/2013 2:00 AM
Chicago native Patrick J. Flavin, 74, former chairman and president of Maywood Park, died Thursday, Sept. 19, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he had resided since 1993. Born and raised on Chicago's West Side, Mr. Flavin attended Loyola University, worked for IBM, then, in the mid 1960s, started an innovative computer software design firm, American Data Centre. Through the years, ADC expande...
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3rd time a charm for Chantal and DW's NY Yank

on 09/23/2013 2:00 AM
It could have been "three strikes and you're out!" but instead it was "the third time is a charm" for DW's NY Yank and Chantal Sutherland-Kruse at The Meadows on Monday afternoon. With Thoroughbred jockey Sutherland-Kruse aboard, DW's NY Yank bested the North American record for one mile under saddle on a five-eighths mile track with a 1:59 effort. The record came after DW's NY Yank made ...
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Freshman filly trotters kick off Red Mile Grand Circuit

on 09/23/2013 2:00 AM
The fortnight of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile gets underway with the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters on Thursday night. This group has had a remarkable season to this point with a bounty of talented debutantes re-writing the record books throughout the summer.   Three divisions of freshman fillies will race over the clay with the first split carded a...
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Ewald Hanover fastest in Keystone Classic

on 09/23/2013 2:00 AM
Used multiple times during the mile, Ewald Hanover responded like a polished veteran, roaring through the stretch to capture the fastest division of Monday's $121,400 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old cold and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Kingofthejungle and Seventh Secret taking the other splits.   Dave Palone's four wins on the 15...
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Uncle Peter shatters track record at Hoosier

on 09/22/2013 2:00 AM
The sport’s top trotters were showcased in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during an action-packed 14-race card on Saturday, September 21. Uncle Peter, with David Miller at the lines, became the sport’s newest millionaire and shattered the track record for older horses on the trot when powered home a winner in 1:52.3. The previous track record of 1...
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“The Captain” conquers Hoosier Park

on 09/22/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous continued his winning ways in stunning fashion while taking the $50,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Invitational for 3-year-old male pacers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 21. The 2012 Pacer of the Year embraced his title as he made every call a winning one in his Hoosier Park debut and coasted across the wire four lengths in front in 1:49.4. Leaving ...
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Sapphire City wins open handicap at Yonkers

on 09/22/2013 2:00 AM
Sapphire City (Jason Bartlett) parlayed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned the pole, Sapphire City found the only leaver in Michael's Power (Eric Goodell). That one made the lead before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile, then rated a 56.4 intermission. At that point, last week's winner, Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum), tried it fi...
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Gold colts sizzle at Mohawk before lights go out

on 09/21/2013 2:00 AM
Weather brought Mohawk Racetrack’s Friday (Sept. 20) program to an early halt, but not before fans got a taste of what they can expect when the top Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series horses return to the Campbellville oval for Super Final Night. Two Gold divisions for the 3-year-old trotting colts, two for the 2-year-old trotting colts and one freshman pacing colt division were completed b...
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Palone, Burke to drive prompters in under-saddle record attempt

on 09/21/2013 2:00 AM
When Chantal Sutherland-Kruse tries for the North American trotting-under-saddle record Monday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, two of harness racing’s most accomplished horsemen will be part of the effort. The Meadows and The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) announced today that Dave Palone, the "winningest” driver in North American harness history, and Ron Burke,...
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Illinois-breds shine on Saturday at Balmoral

on 09/21/2013 2:00 AM
State-bred pacers were front and center on Saturday, Sept. 21st at Balmoral Park  as a pair of two-year-old events shared top billing on the 13-race program. An overflow field of 12 freshman pacing fillies was sent postward in the $14,200 Thrifty Way Stake to kick off the Saturday action. When the dust settled it was Sawgrass Farms Molly Go Lightly who emerged with a 2...
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Rocklamation upsets in Milton Stakes Final

on 09/21/2013 2:00 AM
The defending champion, Rocklamation, did it again once again as she posted the 12-1 upset in this year’s $284,000 Milton Stakes Final on Saturday evening at Mohawk. The pacing miss equaled her own stakes record of 1:49.4 taken last year at odds of 23-1. The race changed drastically from the start as even-money favourite Drop The Ball (Doug McNair) made a break behind the starting ...
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