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Winning is Endeavor's aim

on 01/16/2020 2:43 PM
Tom Pollack calls Endeavor one of his favorite horses and it is not difficult to understand why. The 7-year-old male pacer possesses a tough-guy attitude and never-give-in style.   “I call him ‘The Big Boy,’” said Pollack, who owns Endeavor with trainer Jeff Cullipher. “He’s kind of a hard-hitting blue-collar lunch-pail-type horse. He’s the bi...
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Buffalo opens 2020 season on Wednesday, Jan. 29

on 01/16/2020 2:01 PM
Buffalo Raceway will open its 79th season of live harness racing on Wednesday (Jan. 29) with a 5 p.m. post time. The day will mark the beginning of a 66-day meet that will see racing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through March with post times set for 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Friday night action will begin in April with starting times slated for 5 p.m. The season will close on ...
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Ed McNeight Jr. tops $10 million in purses

on 01/16/2020 1:12 PM
Driver Ed McNeight, Jr. passed $10 million in career purses Wednesday at The Meadows with his victory aboard Big Booty Rudy in race 7. It was career win 3,516 for McNeight and lifted his total purses to $10,001,903.   McNeight began his career on the Buffalo-Batavia circuit before relocating to The Meadows in 1994. He was inducted into the Upstate New York Harness Racing Hall of Fame ...
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Sectionline Bigry Ohio's Older Pacer of Year

on 01/16/2020 1:10 PM
A quick start to the year set the pace for Sectionline Bigry as he doubled his win total from 2018 on the way to being named Ohio’s 2019 Older Pacer of the Year. Sectionline Bigry, a son of Pet Rock-Aquatic Yankee, won 12 of 20 races for owner Harold Lee Bauder and trainer Steve Bauder, earning $222,420 in 2019. The highlights of the year were winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Older...
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Jersey horsemen urged to contact governor's office

on 01/16/2020 1:08 PM
Both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed legislation (A1045 / S2856), sponsored by Assembly members Ron Dancer, Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, and Senators Vin Gopal and Steve Oroho, to exempt horse boarding, maintenance and related services from the state sales tax. Horse boarding, maintenance and servicing businesses are required to register as a seller with the D...
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Wisconsin native Jessica Schroeder to receive top award

on 01/16/2020 1:01 PM
As the saying goes, one should never forget their roots. Although she has spent the past decade in Ohio, Jessica Schroeder has never forgotten her Wisconsin roots. This dynamic young lady will be presented with the James Laird Memorial Award for Excellence at the Wisconsin Harness Horse Association’s year end banquet on Jan. 25.   Jessica was born and raised in Wisconsin and was...
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Big M's Jackpot Hi-5 carryover tops $100,000

on 01/16/2020 11:06 AM
On Dec. 27 of last year, one sharp Meadowlands player held the only ticket with the winning combination of 10-6-5-3-9 in the Early 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five and walked away with $23,262.20. Were someone to hit the Late JSH5 this Friday night, that payoff would look small by comparison. The carryover for the wager that requires one to be the lone holder of a ticket with the top five...
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Winbak Farm welcomes first foal of 2020

on 01/15/2020 9:51 AM
Winbak Farm is happy to announce the arrival of their first 2020 foal. The colt is the first of close to 300 that will be born at Winbak Farm this season. He was born on Sunday at 8:55 p.m. The Chapter Seven colt was born at Winbak Farm of Maryland. His dam is Bailey’s Breeze, she is a half-sister to Casual Breeze 1:53.1 ($1,313,972) and Slip Into Glide 1:52.2s ($657,981)...
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Jack Vernon scores in 1:53.2 at Dover

on 01/15/2020 8:41 AM
Jack Vernon avoided his previous breaking issues with a wire-to-wire victory in the $25,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night (Jan. 14).   Trainer Dylan Davis called upon the services of Tim Tetrick, and both trotter and driver responded over a sloppy racetrack. Jack Vernon allowed Home’n Dry to take the lead briefly before retaking the lead at the end of a :27.4 quarter. ...
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New England horseman Clyde Mattison, 85, dies

on 01/15/2020 8:39 AM
Former New England harness horseman Clyde Mattison, of Hinsdale, NH, has passed away at the age of 85 after a long illness. Mr. Mattison amassed 312 driving wins throughout his career, piloting his final winner at Rochester, N.H., in September 1996. Mr. Mattison came from a family of horsemen, including sons, brothers and many nephews involved in racing. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; ...
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Wind Of The North wins after long layoff

on 01/14/2020 9:52 PM
Off nearly 11 months, millionaire Wind Of The North showed his class and heart when he moved strongly first over to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Wind Of The North was fourth when Aaron Merriman sent him uncovered after the leader, Icanflylikeanangel. The 10-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding drew even in mid-stretch before surging to ...
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Walter White takes Miami Valley feature

on 01/14/2020 6:18 PM
Walter White, one of the Midwest’s most consistent check-getters in the Open trotting ranks, broke through at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14) to capture the track’s $22,500 feature for squaregaiters in 1:54.1.  The 8-year-old winner of over a half million dollars topped Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) and Whata Swan (John DeLong) to shake a string of four st...
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OHHA to honor Schmitz with Hagemeyer Award

on 01/14/2020 3:50 PM
Robert K. Schmitz will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 annual awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel.   Schmitz has an extensive knowledge of harness racing. He...
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Purses approved for 2020 Kentucky Sires Stakes

on 01/14/2020 3:37 PM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has approved purse distributions for the 2020 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS), supporting the recommendations made by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund and Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund Advisory Panel.  The purse distributions will consist of two series as well as funding for up to seven county fairs. The Commission, also under ...
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Dunn: 2019 was a "massive thrill"

on 01/14/2020 1:24 PM
Dexter Dunn wasted little time in making a name for himself in North America. In his first full season of competing in the U.S. and Canada, the 30-year-old New Zealand native won 460 races and more than $12 million in purses on his way to being named Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He ranked eighth in wins and third in earnings among all drivers on the continent. &...
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Looksgoodinaromper Ohio's 2YO Pacing Filly of 2019

on 01/14/2020 8:19 AM
Looksgoodinaromper rounded into form midway through the 2019 season as she won five straight starts on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year.   Looksgoodinaromper the daughter of Pet Rock – Don’t Blame Her by Village Connection hit the board in eight of 12 races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $321,873. ...
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Ohio set to hand out awards for 2019

on 01/13/2020 7:14 PM
The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Marriott University Area Hotel in Columbus. The Ohio Chapter will honor Chris Page as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the...
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Insomniac romps by 18 lengths at Miami Valley

on 01/13/2020 6:52 PM
Initial legs of a couple more popular Claim To Fame series set sail on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. $15,000 claiming trotters and $8,000 claiming pacing mares contested their opening rounds in two divisions each.   Insomniac (driver-trainer Brady Galliers) crushed the quickest split among trotters, besting Here’s The Magic (John DeLong) and Taurus Du Parc ...
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Explosive Leggs, IC Caviar win Meadows features

on 01/13/2020 6:47 PM
Explosive Leggs moved determinedly first-over, collared the leader, Just Maybe The One, in the shadow of the wire and captured Monday’s co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 conditioned trot.   Just Maybe The One threw down a 27.4 third quarter but couldn’t shake Explosive Leggs, who defeated him by a half-length in 1:55 for Tony Hall. Lars Perry finished third. ...
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Entries for Blooded Horse open through Jan. 17

on 01/13/2020 1:56 PM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale will be taken at least through Friday, Jan 17.  The one-day sale takes place on Tuesday, Feb.11, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at this 57th annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings...
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