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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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Strong SBSW influence in Breeders Crown 2CP

on 10/15/2013 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania-based stallion Somebeachsomewhere will have a heavy sire influence throughout Saturday night's Breeders Crown card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but there's one especially interesting connection in the $500,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Pace event.   The same connections that raced "The Beach,” the 2008 Breeders Crown champion and Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada, w...
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Gallie Bythe Beach, Royal Assets Crown scratches

on 10/15/2013 2:00 AM
Royal Assets, trained and driven by Ray Schnittker, finished fourth in her elimination and drew the eight post in the final of the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old-Filly Trot but was scratched this morning. Per the Breeders Crown conditions, the first also eligible can opt to move into the race on the outside post nine of the remaining entrants. Linda Toscano, trainer of also eligibleSouthwi...
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Burke wins Preferred Trot with Summer Indian

on 10/15/2013 2:00 AM
Summer Indian shrugged off a demanding first quarter and rolled to his second straight victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Summer Indian was parked through a :26.4 opening panel before grabbing the lead at the three-eighths. The 4-year-old Majestic Son-A Touch Of Frost gelding was in charge thereafter, scoring for Dave Palone in 1:53.2. Redder Than...
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Elite Awards, Solace win DSBF 2YOPC elims

on 10/15/2013 2:00 AM
Three $20,000 divisional eliminations of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts went postward on the 15-race Harrington Raceway program Tuesday. The final division featured a showdown of two local pacing heavyweights and previous elimination winners, Hawker and Elite Awards, who had previously not met in their limited previous on-track performances wi...
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Big trade news: Derby for Breeders Crown

on 10/14/2013 2:00 AM
Tom Kelly, who managed the Minnesota Twins from 1986-2001, and won two World Series (1987 and 1991), was involved in many trades over the years, but none the likes of his most recent one in swapping Thoroughbreds for Standardbreds. Kelly had his number 10 retired by the team in ceremonies at Target Field on Sept. 8, 2012. Kelly, who still serves as a special assistant to the general manager...
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Quebec group announces higher purses in '14

on 10/14/2013 2:00 AM
The revival of horse racing of Standardbreds in Quebec has again reached another milestone . At its meeting on Oct. 11, the Board of Directors of the Quebec Jockey Club approved an increase of more than 50 percent for purses in the 2014 racing season at the Hippodrome 3R. The increase of pari-mutuel wagering recorded by QJC this year at the track, as well as on the internet through the...
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Pick all 12 Crown winners; win $12k prize

on 10/14/2013 2:00 AM
With harness racing's championship night, The Breeders Crown, nearly upon us, New Meadowlands Racing LLC has put together a promotion to make the night even better. The event will take place at both of its properties, the Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Bayonne. The promotion, a free handicapping contest, is sponsored by Jeff Gural's Allerage Farms. The handicapping contest could send som...
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Seboomook Fool Yah fastest in DSBF 2FPs

on 10/14/2013 2:00 AM
Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway.   Owner Frank Deliberti's The Wiz Kids Stable had an owner double, capturing two divisions as I'm Won Rum Wiser, co-owned by George and Tina Dennis, improved to three-for-three lifetime and completed a sweep of her eliminations wi...
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Breeders Crown announces on-line contest

on 10/14/2013 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown and 123 Racing is pleased to announce the creation of the Breeders Crown Challenge handicapping contest to be contested on Breeders Crown evening, Saturday, Oct. 19. 123 Racing is sponsoring the one-night-only free play on-line contest which features a total cash prize pool of $3,000. Registration is now open at http://www.breederscrownchallenge.com/ to enter contest. ...
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