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World Harness Handicapping Championship set for April 19

on 12/13/2013 12:00 AM
On April 19, 2014, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for over $60,000* in prize money in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC), at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, N.J.   The WHHC qualifiers at the newly opened Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment are set for Jan. 11, Feb. 22 and March 15.   The Meadowlands J...
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Woodbine announces holiday draw schedule

on 12/13/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to remind horsepeople of the holiday draw schedule and special post times over this holiday season. The Rexdale oval will conduct racing on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 28. Post time remains 7:25 p.m.   Woodbine will also hold a special Boxing Day matinee card (Thursday, Dec. 26) with post time scheduled for 1 p.m. The Valedicto...
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Second Bergstein Writing Award announced

on 12/12/2013 12:00 AM
Thoroughbred racing's Team Valor International has honored a Paulick Report story on a drug violation at Tampa Bay Downs with the second annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson.   Team Valor founder and CEO Barry Irwin presented Ray Paulick, the publisher of the Paulick Report and ...
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Horse of the Year talk in new Weekend Preview!

on 12/12/2013 12:00 AM
Who is going to be voted Horse of the Year? Who is going to be named Trotter of the Year? How about Pacer of the Year? In the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Gordon Waterstone looks at the candidates and gives the pros and cons for each. Pacer of the Year looks to be a contentious battle and he gives his thoughts about their chances. The last stop on the 2013 stakes trail is at Northfiel...
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Jan. 15 deadline for NJ Dev. Fund Series

on 12/12/2013 12:00 AM
The deadline for registering mares to New Jersey's new Standardbred Development Fund Series is January 15, 2014. Beginning with the foal crop of 2014, the Standardbred Development Fund Series will replace the Green Acres Division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The first of the new stakes races will be contested in 2016.   "The SDF will be open to the traditional New Jersey-sired hor...
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Aldrich Jr. bests Wrenn Jr. in Mighty M battle

on 12/12/2013 12:00 AM
With six victories, Bruce Aldrich Jr. won the head-to-head driving competition against Ron Wrenn Jr. on Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. Wrenn had four wins on the 12-race program in the battle between two of the top three names on the 2013 North American dash standings list.   Wrenn, who leads the standings, won the first race to take the lead but heading into the fin...
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Holiday draw schedule for Meadowlands

on 12/12/2013 12:00 AM
Due to the Christmas Holiday falling on what typically would be draw days for racing, The Meadowlands is releasing the following holiday draw schedule.   For the weekend of Dec. 27 and 28, the draw for Friday, Dec. 27, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 21, with the box closing at 4 p.m., scratch time will be Monday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m.   The draw for Saturday, Dec. 28, wi...
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Dynamic Youth takes Del. Special in 1:49.2

on 12/12/2013 12:00 AM
Despite cold weather, fast miles were in vogue at Dover Downs as Dynamic Youth tripped the timer in 1:49.2 to win the $30,000 Preferred/Open and 10-1 Its That Time scored a lifetime best 1:49.3 mile in the $27,500 Delaware Special on Thursday.   They say ‘Youth Must Be Served,” and in the feature race, youth did the serving. Hard-hitting Dynamic Youth, trained by Aaron Lambert, ...
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Wonderful Charm fastest in Niagara divisions

on 12/12/2013 12:00 AM
Three-year-old pacing fillies highlighted the Thursday program at Woodbine in the opening round of the Niagara Series. With a pair of $15,000 divisions taking place, Wonderful Charm and Bad Girl Vegas provided the upsets for their respective connections.   Wonderful Charm and Jody Jamieson clicked in the first division as they kicked-off the 12-race program at odds of 5-1. Jamieson ...
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Menary assembles new troops at Woodbine

on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM
Trainer David Menary has a pair of newcomers in his barn and hopes to start them off on a winning note in a pair of stakes engagements to be held Thursday and Friday at Woodbine.   Newly acquired Envious Hanover will begin in the Niagara Series for pacing fillies, while Americhi will contest the Valedictory on Friday for pacing colts and geldings.   Envious Hanover, a dau...
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Veteran horseman Ted Taylor dies at 86

on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM
Longtime horseman Theodore "Ted” Taylor, a member of the Harness Horsemen's Hall of Fame in both Michigan and Florida, died Dec. 2, 2013. He was 86. Born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised on a farm in London, Ohio, Mr. Taylor joined the Navy after graduating from high school, serving from 1944-48. He earned Atlantic and Pacific campaign ribbons, and was a gunner's mate 3rd class when discharg...
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Keidel to return to Ohio at Dayton area tracks

on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM
In a joint announcement, both Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC and Hollywood Casino At Dayton Raceway, the two brand new tracks currently under construction in southeast Ohio, have named veteran racing official Gregg Keidel as their new Race Secretary.   Miami Valley will kick off the 2014 season with opening night slated for Friday, Feb. 7, the first of 66 nights through Saturday...
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So Surreal SBSW's first son to stand stud

on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM
So Surreal p,2,1:49.4 (Somebeachsomehwere–Must See), the half-brother to Well Said, has been sold and will stand at stud at Cameo Hills Farm in Montgomery, NY, in 2014. He suffered a broken coffin bone while preparing for the Governor's Cup and has been retired. He was trained and co-owned by Ray Schnittker, who is retaining an interest in the horse.   So ...
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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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