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Kayla Prentice recipient of Dewey Degree scholarship

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
The members of the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association are proud to announce that Kayla Prentice is the recipient of the 2013 Dewey Degree Scholarship. Prentice is the daughter of Jessica and Howard Okusko Jr., who are both longtime trainers (and driver) at Vernon Downs. She  will receive her check in the winner's circle that her parents so often visi...
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The Captain is ready to battle in the Battle

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous returns to work Saturday night when he faces eight foes in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Virtually all of the leaders in North American harness racing will be at PoconoSaturday, with $2,375,000 on the line during Super Stakes Saturday at the northeast Pennsylvania oval.   Ranked No. 1 in ...
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Drug testing by the numbers

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
Racing Commissioners International (RCI) President Ed Martin said Wednesday that all professional sports are challenged by those who would cheat by using performance enhancing substances. But Martin said horse racing "gets a bum rap” from those who ignore the numbers and overlook the fact that the sport does not permit athletes to compete under the influence of a prohibited substance wi...
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Blooming Genius wins Indiana's Fox Stake

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
Blooming Genius brushed to the lead at the half-mile marker and was never caught on his way to a 1:55.3 score in the $45,738 Fox Stake for 2-year-old open pacers on Wednesday afternoon at the Indiana State Fair.   Dave Magee was in the bike for trainer Todd La Fountaine and owner Lawrence Gary as the son of Quik Pulse Mindale-Hasty Dewar won for the third time in four care...
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Lola De Vie looks to be odds-on in NYSS

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
The sophomore trotting fillies will strut their stuff at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon in the $160,000 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS and they will be joined by other 3-year-old fillies who will compete for over $64,000 in the Excelsior Series. The Sires Stakes divisions will each go for purses in excess of $53,000 while each of the Excelsior Series splits is worth $12,700. &nb...
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Foiled Again, Bolt The Duer set for Gerrity

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
Saratoga Casino and Raceway will welcome several of the North American Standardbred industry's most heralded individual performers, with the fifth annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Free for All Pace on Saturday night.   In the past, the Gerrity Memoral has been held as a series of legs, culminating in the final. This year, the memorial pace features one dash for $275,00...
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Money added to OHHA Charity Night at Scioto

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
MTR Gaming Group/Scioto Downs Racino has added $5,000 to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Charity Race Night at Scioto on Thursday (August 15).  Each of the 10 previously selected charities will receive $500 from the racetrack. "We saw what the OHHA was doing to support the local charities and we wanted to contribute even more to each noteworthy cause,” said Joe Billhime...
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Father Patrick wins PASS at Pocono

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
Father Patrick continued his domination of the 2-year-old trotting class with a win in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were four divisions of Sire Stakes held on the night for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot, with purses ranging between $67,410 and $67,411. Coming off a ten-length romp in the Haughton at the Meadowlands, F...
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Gene Riegle Memorial set for Aug. 23

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
The Great Darke County Fair will host the $20,000 (est.) Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace, sponsored by Brittany Farms, Remington Steel, the Darke County Harness Horsemen's Association, and the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Racing returns to Greenville, Ohio, on Friday night (Aug. 16) for the Great Darke County Fair's annual week long race meet. Racing also takes place on Saturday (Aug. 1...
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Delaware's Neville Award to honor Dale Walters

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
Dr. Dale E. Walters, a long-time veterinarian and owner/breeder, will be honored as the 2013 Joseph Neville Award winner by the Delaware County Fair. Dr. Walters died at age 85 on Nov. 6, 2012, in Delaware. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn; daughter, Linda (Gary) Mays; son, Bill (Debbie); and grandsons, Joe (Patty) and Jason McLead. Dr. Walters was a 60 year resident of D...
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USTA teams with NY firm on social media

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association ("USTA”), the national organization for the harness racing industry, announced Tuesday (Aug. 13) that it has retained Converseon, the New York based, award-winning social media consultancy, to design and implement a social media marketing initiative designed to help drive awareness and visibility for the sport. "Effective social media engagement is a...
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Burgess, Fellows express frustration in update

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
Canadian breeder Bob Burgess and horseman Robert Fellows met with the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel on Friday, Aug. 2, and have written a letter (below) which details their problems with the panel's work and the decision to end the province's Slots at the Racetracks program. Bill O'Donnell, president of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, also attended the ...
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$85,000 top price at Land of Lincoln yearling sale

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
The annual Land of Lincoln Yearling Sale was held Sunday, Aug. 11, in Sherman, Ill., conjunction with racing at the Illinois State Fair in nearby Springfield. Despite the fact that the Illinois legislature has not expanded gaming at the racetracks, prices at this year's sale rose 28.4 percent from 2012.The average price for the 121 yearlings sold—most of them from Dr. Ken and Pat Walker's br...
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Cal Expo plans series to honor late legends

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
Watch and Wager LLC plans to honor many of the legendary figures of California harness racing with an extensive series of late closing events at their upcoming 2013/2014 fall-winter meeting at Cal Expo. The trotters and pacers return on October 5 and will race through May 17. Among the highlights are the Annette Funnicello pacing series starting on October 12; the Dr, Gary Budahn Trotting s...
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Stars set to shine on Super Stakes Saturday

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
The "Captain” returning to the races, "Royalty” coming off a Hambletonian win, the "Queen” of the pacing fillies--virtually all of the leaders in North American harness racing will be at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs this Saturday night, with $2,375,000 on the line during Super Stakes Saturday at the northeast Pennsylvania oval.   The 1-3-4-5-7 horses in the just-released Top Te...
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Hoosier Park adds Trakus system

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
In a continued effort to provide the highest quality racing experience for racing fans, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the introduction of Trakus, a state-of-the art wireless tracking system that enables racings fans to easily follow their horse instantaneously throughout a race. Upon the launch of this revolutionary system, Hoosier Park will become the only Standardbred...
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Allstar Partner fastest in PASS divisions

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
Allstar Partner and McWicked began the day tied for second in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes points. They ended the day still tied but atop the leader board after winning their respective divisions of a $265,408 PASS at The Meadows in the final preliminary leg.   Allstar Partner earned bragging rights for the day by scoring in 1:51.4, fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old gelding on a f...
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Ronnie Wrenn Jr. notches 1,000th career win

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. scored the 1,000th win of his driving career while driving Muckmuck Woodchuck in Northfield Park's second race on Tuesday. Wrenn sat the pocket with Muckmuck Woodchuck, tipped in the backstretch and drew off by 11 lengths. The 2:00.3 mile was a new lifetime mark for the 6-year-old trotter who was heavily favored and returned $3.40 to win.   Wrenn left his Worthingt...
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Tyler Smith, 20, youngest to reach 1,000 wins

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
Tyler Smith made harness racing history at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday as he became the youngest driver ever to reach the 1,000-win mark at the age of 20.   Smith came into Hoosier Park's 14-race card on Tuesday with 999 career driving victories and needed just one more victory to reach the career milestone and stamp his name in the record books. He accomplishe...
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PA Stallion freshman trots showcased at Pocono

on 08/13/2013 2:00 AM
Six divisions of the Stallion Series highlighted the Tuesday night card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The races, contested by two-year-old colts and geldings on the trot, each carried a purse of $20,000.   The Stallion Series winners for the night: Faust (Glidemaster-Nirvana Blue Chip), driven by Howard Parker and trained by Jim Raymer, in 1:57.3; Hyannis Hanover (Cantab Hall-High...
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