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Tyler Smith driving at Cal Expo Friday

on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM
Tyler Smith, who this summer at age 20 became the youngest driver in harness racing history to reach 1,000 victories, is scheduled to drive at Cal Expo for at least for the next couple of months beginning Friday night.   Smith, who will turn 21 in January, was the leading driver at the recently-concluded Hooiser Park meeting in Indiana and is currently plying his trade on a Monday-t...
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Twilight Bonfire favorite in Cleveland Classic

on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM
Twilight Bonfire has drawn post 2 in Saturday's $126,000 Cleveland Classic and has been named the 5-2 morning-line favorite in by Northfield Park Executive VP/Director of Racing Dave Bianconi.   The field includes: 1--Only The Lonely (driver Aaron Merriman, trainer Nick Surick)--10-1; 2--Twilight Bonfire (Tony Hall/Rich Gillock)--5-2; 3--Dedi's Dragon (Dave Palone/Ron Burke)--3...
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Remmen hoping for 2 in a row for Word Power

on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM
Word Power picked up his first stakes win of the season last time out and hopes to make it two in a row to finish the campaign when he faces five foes in Saturday's $126,000 Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old pacers at Northfield Park.   Trained by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant, Word Power won the $176,000 Windy City Pace on Nov. 15 at Maywood Park. The colt, second by a neck t...
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Kentucky commission adopts uniform drug rules

on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday afternoon voted to adopt the uniform drug, medication and substance classification recommended by the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC), rules that apply to all breeds of horse racing. Most of the pre-vote discussion among the commissioners was about the bonding of Standardbreds with other breeds, most specifically regarding ...
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Jersey Boy wins $20,000 open trot at Dover

on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM
Jersey Boy, a 7-1 shot from the rail scored a decisive 1:54.3 victory to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan added five more wins to his meet leading total now at 70. Trace Tetrick took Jersey Boy to the outside and moved up to challenge leader Can Do with Vic Kirby after the half mile. They raced side-by-side until j...
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Spend It All cashes in at Dover

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
Spend It All, the only 3 year old in the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, beat the older horses for one of four winners for driver Jim Morand and trainer Les Givens at Dover Downs on Monday.   Jeremes Sweetheart left quickly with Ron Pierce and set the early fractions but Spend It All was best in the stretch for a 1:52.2 victory in the week's top distaff event. Jeremes Swe...
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Gingras is 15th to reach $100 million

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
With his 1:53.3 victory with Lucky House in the fifth race at Harrah's Philadelphia on Monday, Yannick Gingras not only topped $14 million in seasonal earnings but he also became the 15th driver to reach the $100-million mark in career earnings. The 34-year-old Gingras entered the year 23rd on the earnings leaderboard but with his career-best year he jumped past eight drivers. Three ot...
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Philly cancels Tuesday, moves card to Wednesday

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
Horsemen and fans alike are advised that the Tuesday card at Harrah's Philadelphia has been cancelled, but will be rescheduled and raced in its entirety on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Post time will be 12:40 p.m. (EST).   Horsemen should also note that the draw originally scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 11, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, with the box clos...
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SOA of NY holds annual meeting

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
On Saturday, Dec. 7, The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA), the horsemen's association representing the over 1,000 owners, trainers and drivers regularly competing at Yonkers Raceway, held its annual membership meeting.   At the meeting, the results of the SOA's 2013 Board of Directors election were certified. In the driver/trainer category, Ray Schnittker and P...
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Yonkers cancels Tuesday due to snow

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
An early taste of winter in the greater New York area has forced Yonkers Raceway to cancel its live racing program and all simulcasting on Tuesday.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Thursday, Dec. 12, with the usual 7:10 p.m. first post. Afternoon simulcasting is scheduled to resume Wednesday, Dec. 11.   Horsemen are advised that Tuesday's draw for Satur...
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Testimony on Instant Racing in NJ

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
Legislation to create Instant Racing at New Jersey's racetracks was released from committee on Monday, Dec. 9. The action was taken by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee in Committee Room 7 of the State House Annex in Trenton.   Among those testifying on behalf of the Senate Bill 2935 was Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association...
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Aldrich vs. Wrenn in Mighty M showdown

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
Harness racing fans know that Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Bruce Aldrich Jr. are top drivers; after all, their records speak for them. Wrenn's 658 driving victories is tops in North America while Aldrich's 588 winners ranks him third in races won on the continent. But are they good handicappers?   We'll find out on Thursday afternoon at Monticello when the two drivers go head to head on the...
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New Vocations needs breedings, donations

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 16th Annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 10-14, 2014. "This is a difficult time for unwanted horses, and a successful stallion auction is essential to our ability to handle the large numbers that need us,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan.   New Vocations annually offers hundreds of former raceh...
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SOANY, Yonkers reach deal on 3-year contract

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association (SOA) of New York and Yonkers Raceway are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement on the terms of a new three-year contract. The new agreement will cover the conduct of racing at Yonkers Raceway for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 racing seasons. The previous expired contract had been extended until Dec. 31, 2013, by mutual agreement.   The 2014...
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6-1? Unefoisdansmavie wins Meadows feature

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
Snubbed by bettors in favor of her stablemate, Unefoisdansmavie brushed wide in the lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows at an uncharacteristic 6-1.   Unefoisdansmavie was the favorite in each of her last three races, but when she was matched Tuesday against the red-hot Summer Indian — they raced as separate wagering interests — players made h...
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Caretakers appreciated at The Meadows

on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM
Joe Lucas turned out to be the big winner on the day, but he was just one of the many caretakers who went home with a special pre-holiday bonus on Caretaker Appreciation Day on Tuesday at The Meadows, hosted by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.   The second annual event featured a cash prize ranging from $30 to $300 for each winning caretaker, with the prize drawn at rand...
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Rosecroft's Dec. 7 card all-Maryland production

on 12/09/2013 12:00 AM
On  Saturday, Dec. 7, for the first time, an entire race card at Rosecroft Raceway featured 100 percent participation by Maryland-based owners and trainers as well as horses bred and sired in the state.   The Dec.  7 card featured all 99 of the night's participants meeting the preference criteria set up through the combined efforts of Rosecroft and Cloverleaf Standar...
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Michael Carter named new Buffalo announcer

on 12/09/2013 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway, located on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, N.Y., hasannounced that Michael Carter will be the race caller for the 2014 season.   Carter, a Hattiesburg, Miss., resident has called races as a fill in announcer at many tracks including Colonial Downs in Virginia and Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland.   "The race meet at Buffalo is fantastic, especially during the wi...
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Twilight Bonfire captures Reynolds

on 12/08/2013 12:00 AM
It was six months ago when Twilight Bonfire burst on the scene with a runner-up performance in the Pepsi North America Cup. Since then, it has been a year of ups and downs. In fact, he entered Saturday's Reynolds Stake at the Meadowlands with just one win from his last 13 starts.   On this night, he asserted his class, making a long move to the lead under pilot Tim Tetrick and ...
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Sweet win for Sweet Lou at Yonkers

on 12/08/2013 12:00 AM
Double-millionaire Sweet Lou (George Brennan) made a successful local debut Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Ordered outside his seven rivals (though inside one notch after a defection), 3-5 choice "Lou" worked around Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), making the before a quick :26.3 opening quarter. It was a rated 30-second quarter (:56.3) with Ard...
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