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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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The Captain lands on post 1 in Crown final

on 10/16/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous, harness racing's top-rated pacer, will start from post No. 1 in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Post positions were drawn Wednesday for the Breeders Crown races for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters. Elimination winners drew from posts one through five with the remainder of the field in an open dra...
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Crown trophies named for Grant, Cashman

on 10/16/2013 2:00 AM
Two of the iconic crystal trophies that have graced the Breeders Crown championship series since 1984 will bear additional etching this year - in memory of two men whose influence on the creation of the series and on all of harness racing cannot be underestimated. The Three-Year-Old Colt Pace trophy will be inscribed the H. A. Grant Jr. Memorial Trophy and its trotting counterpart has been nam...
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Don Dorado Bob Baggitt Jr.'s Crown debut

on 10/16/2013 2:00 AM
Saturday's $5.6 million Breeders Crown spectacular will feature an array of familiar faces, both equine and human. After 29 years of Crown races, many will have been here before, but some like 52-year-old Bob Baggitt, Jr., trainer of Don Dorado, is making his Crown debut in the $500,000 2-Year-Old-Colt Trot. This will also be the first-time Crown for owner Mitchell Walker, a farmer and nursery...
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Former Scioto owner LaVerne Hill dies

on 10/16/2013 2:00 AM
LaVerne Hill, a former vice-president and owner of Scioto Downs and the wife of the late Charlie Hill, who was founder and chairman of the board of the Columbus racetrack, died Wednesday (Oct. 16) morning.   Both Charlie (1985) and LaVerne (2001) won Harness Tracks of America's prestigious Messenger Award, the first husband and wife so honored. Mrs. Hill was also presented with...
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Intimidate preps for Crown with 1:52.4 win

on 10/15/2013 2:00 AM
Sylvain Filion and Intimidate didn't get much tempo to chase in Monday's $34,000 Preferred Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, but it didn't keep them from finding their way to the winner's circle, scoring in 1:52.4.   The O'Brien Award-winning homebred will look to do the same on Saturday evening as he gets set to make a road trip to Pocono Downs to take on many of sport's top older tro...
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Grossman elected to Gluck Equine Foundation

on 10/15/2013 2:00 AM
Thomas Grossman, owner of Blue Chip Farms, LLC in Wallkill, NY was recently elected to the  University Of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Foundation. The Gluck Equine Research Foundation is non‐profit organization whose goal is to provide the exchange of information between the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center and the horse industry and to secure research funds...
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NY State Gaming Commission appeals Pena ruling

on 10/15/2013 2:00 AM
The New York State Gaming Commission has released a statement regarding the recent decision of the State of New York Supreme Court that directed the state to dismiss all charges against trainer Lou Pena. The Gaming Commission has appealed the decision.   Here is the statement: "The state has appealed a recent court decision favoring Mr. Pena, which brings with it a stay of the ...
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