2009 Winbak News

Read below for the latest on Winbak achievements and graduates.
Stories are from the leading industry news sources.

Shadow Play To Ontario

  • Thursday, December 31, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Blue Chip Farms today announced that an agreement has been made with Winbak Farm to stand World Champion Shadow Play in Ontario for the 2010 season.

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Muscle Hill Named NJ Horse Of The Year

  • Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Muscle Hill was an easy selection as New Jersey’s Standardbred Horse of the Year in 2009.

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Maryland Standardbred Owners and Breeders support Cordish

  • Thursday, December 17, 2009 | Sharon Roberts

Temple Hills, MD --- The governing Boards of the Maryland Standardbred Owners and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Associations today announced their support of David Cordish’s efforts to secure zoning for his planned slots casino.

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Vogel Wants Poker Tables At Rosecroft

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Incoming Rosecroft Raceway owner Mark Vogel has made it clear that he wants to bring table gaming to the Fort Washington, Maryland facility.

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Ontario To Sell Off Crown Assets?

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

With Ontario facing close to a $24.7 billion deficit this year, it has been reported that the provincial government is looking into the possible sale of a fraction, or all, of many of its 'crown corporations,' including the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

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Report: No More Del. Gaming Expansion

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

According to a report, officials from Delaware's three racinos have said that a recent study indicates that the state's gaming market is saturated and likely to shrink.

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Penn. Table Games Pass Big Test

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Table games for Pennsylvania track racinos passed a major test yesterday in the house, winning a narrow 97-95 vote of approval, mainly on straight party-line voting.

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Hurry Up And Wait In NJ

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

According to a report, Robert Bildner has said that a New Jersey government-appointed panel with the mandate of examining the future of the horse racing industry in the state is currently in waiting mode.

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Ocean Downs Renovation Behind Schedule

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

According to an item on the website of The Washington Post, a number of issues in regard to the renovation of Ocean Downs will delay the expected arrival of slot machines in 2010.

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Delmarvalous, Nitro Commando win $100,000 DSBF finals

  • Monday, December 7, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

Dover, DE --- There is no disputing that Delmarvalous and Nitro Commando are the standouts of the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund colt and gelding finals after they posted impressive wins on Sunday, Dec. 6, at Dover Downs.

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Model Legs, Punks Embrace win $100,000 DSBF Finals

  • Sunday, December 6, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

Dover, DE --- Model Legs and Punks Embrace posted decisive victories in $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Finals on a rainy, then snowy, Saturday (Dec. 5) at Dover Downs. Brad Hanners recorded his 4,000th win while Corey Callahan made the winner's circle four times.

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DSBF Freshmen Filly Finals Saturday

  • Friday, December 4, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

After two preliminary legs, the top eight point-getters meet in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 finals for two-year-old filly pacers and filly trotters on Saturday, December 5 at Dover Downs.

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George Frick Passes

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Delaware harness racing lost one of its biggest supporters today, as George Frick, a member of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, passed away at age 83.

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Slots Proximity To Be Scrutinized?

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

An item on The Washington Post website states that Ron George, a republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates, has prepared a bill which would ban slot machines from being within 1,000 feet of a shopping centre, church, community centre, playground or school.

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Dover Wouldn't Have Invested As Much

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Dover Downs' chief executive Ed Sutor has stated that the implementation of parlay sports wagering on National Football League games has helped the facility, but he wouldn't invest the same amount of capital toward the project if he had the opportunity to do things over again.

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Repeat Winners In DSBF Prelims

  • Sunday, November 29, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Both Model Legs and Naughty Indeed picked up where they left off last week, as did Chocolate N Roses with Punks Embrace winning for the first time in $20,000 DSBF prelims on Saturday, November 28 at Dover Downs.

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Yankee Blondie, Must See USHWA Picks As Broodmares of the Year

  • Sunday, November 29, 2009 | Gerry Connors

HARRISBURG, PA – The trotting broodmare Yankee Blondie, dam of major Horse of the Year contender Muscle Hill, and Must See, dam of likely Pacer of the Year Well Said, have been elected Broodmares of the Year as unanimous choices of a blue-ribbon panel of the United States Harness Writers Association.

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Dates Announced For 2010 SC Sales

  • Friday, November 27, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Standardbred Canada today announced the dates for its 2010 horse sales.

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Stakes action resumes this weekend at Dover

  • Thursday, November 26, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

Dover, DE --- After a Holiday break from racing on Thanksgiving and Friday, live racing resumes at Dover Downs this weekend with Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2-year-old second leg preliminaries and the major event on Sunday, the $259,486 Matron 3-year-old colt pace final.

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Matron Elims Completed At Dover

  • Sunday, November 22, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

The betting public got the best of both worlds by virtue of a 39-1 upsetter and a 7-5 favourite clicking to win Sunday’s $39,082 Matron Stake eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Dover Downs.

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Matron Soph Elims, DBSF Prelims Sunday

  • Saturday, November 21, 2009 | Dover Downs

Top three-year-olds return for the Matron Stakes elims while the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) kicks off the first of two weeks of preliminaries at Dover Downs on Sunday, November 22.

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Keystone Horatio Captures WEG Open

  • Friday, November 20, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Millionaire Keystone Horatio earned his first victory amongst Open company for driver Randy Waples and trainer John Kopas on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Tests for Performance-Associated Genes

  • Friday, November 20, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

According to a release, a new biotech company, Equinome, is developing genetic tests to optimize decision-making in the breeding and racing of thoroughbred horses.

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Meadowlands Pace fees to decrease in 2010

  • Friday, November 20, 2009 | Meadowlands Publicity Department

East Rutherford, NJ --- Meadowlands Racetrack will unveil several changes to its harness stakes schedule in 2010, including a 30 percent decrease in nomination and sustaining fees for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace.

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The Fiery Ginga

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | New Zealand

New Zealand-- A 3yo gelding, The Fiery Ginga has won nine of his 21 life-time starts and placed a further nine times for stakes earnings of $81,724.

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Frosh Matron Finals Complete

  • Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Favourites came through in the Matron Stakes Trot finals won by Lucky Chucky and Costa Rica but 9-1 All Heart Gal came on to win the filly pace, on Saturday, November 14 at Dover Downs.

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All Heart Gal is full of fight

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- When Luis Porfilio started training All Heart Gal, he thought she might never race.

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Georgetown Downs Discussed

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Talks are continuing in regard to the proposed Georgetown Downs, which would be situated at the same location as the old facility off Route 9 in Delaware.

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Three Enter Matron, Purse Split

  • Monday, November 2, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Something unusual happened on the way to the Matron Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, with 169 freshmen paying all their stakes fees to remain eligible, only three colts dropped in to race in the Saturday, November 7 feature.

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Muscle Hill an easy winner in the Crown 3yo colt trot

  • Saturday, October 24, 2009 | Karen Briggs, for the Woodbine Entertainment Group

Rexdale, ON ---The incomparable Muscle Hill made his dominance of the 3-year-old trotting colt division indisputable tonight, as he closed out his career with a 2-1/2 length victory in the $617,880 Breeders Crown Final tonight at Woodbine.

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Hollywood's Breeders Crown Stats

  • Friday, October 23, 2009 | Bob Heyden

If Muscle Hill wins on Saturday night, his career summary will be eerily reminiscent to that of another harness racing superstar.

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The Best I've Ever Seen

  • Friday, October 23, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

As stated in a Globe & Mail article today, it has been commonplace over the past few years to regal the top performer in the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding division as the second coming. 

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Virtual Horse Racing To Get Foothold?

  • Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

According to a Tuesday, October 20 article by the Maryland Daily Record, the state's lottery director said his agency could work with the state's racing commission to promote its Racetrax lotto game as an alternative to live horse racing.

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Teague Twosome Set For Saturday

  • Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Two horses, two drivers, both from Post 2. Trainer Brenda Teague is hoping her talented pacers Fancy Filly and Mr Wiggles are 'too' good for their competition on Saturday for the Breeders Crown finals at Woodbine Racetrack.

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For Muscle Hill and Sportswriter, It All Comes Down to the Breeders Crown

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | Perry Lefko for Breeders Crown

In this year’s Breeders Crown, one magnificent horse will end his career, while another will end his first season of racing.

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Peck On Muscle Hill's Pending Retirement

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

"Ronnie (Waples), my trainer over here, he told me to savour every moment, because you can't buy these feelings," Beverly Ross, one of many fractional owners of the great Muscle Hill, has been quoted as saying in a Toronto Star article which previews Saturday's Breeders Crown Night at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Deadlock In Pennsylvania

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Harness Tracks of America

In Pennsylvania, the legislature still is deadlocked in Harrisburg on the tax rate for table games at the state’s racinos and casinos, despite intervention by governor Ed Rendell, who told his legislators that the rate for blackjack, poker and dice needs to be at least 16%, and that setting it too high would “kill the golden goose.”

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Working On Pennsylvania Compromise

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Legislators in Pennsylvania, working toward compromise on the table games at racinos and casinos issue, have solved half of the problem. 

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Sears On Muscle Hill's Season

  • Monday, October 19, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Brian Sears is having the time of his life with three-year-old trotting superstar Muscle Hill.

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Mr Wiggles Wows in Breeders Crown

  • Saturday, October 17, 2009 | Karen Briggs, WEG Media

Mr Wiggles didn’t just worm his way into next Saturday’s lucrative Breeders’ Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts.

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Vivid Photo In To Go

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Colonial Downs will host a $40,000 Invitational Trot this Sunday, October 18, where Vivid Photo and Buck I St Pat headline a field of five participants whose combined purse earnings exceed $5.7 million.

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Muscle Hill Shoots For Perfect Season

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Despite being king of the hill and top of heap in all of harness racing, Muscle Hill will face a field of nine other trotting hopefuls for a final time in the $600,000 (U.S.) Breeders Crown on October 24 at Woodbine Racetrack.

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DSBF Frosh Prelims Underway At Harrington

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events have resumed at Harrington Raceway. Action focuses on two-year-old $20,000 elimination rounds that resumed on Sunday, Nov. 11 with a pair of Winbak Farm-bred fillies chalking up triumphs in first leg trots.

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5th Annual Select Winbak Yearling Sale Oct. 16; Standout Delaware And Maryland Breds

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

An outstanding contingent of 47 impeccably-bred Delaware-sired and Maryland-sired yearlings, the largest group will be sold at one time in 2009 will go under the auctioneer's hammer on Friday, Oct. 16 at the fifth annual Winbak Farm Select Yearling Sale at Winbak Farms' flagship location, Chesapeake City, Md.

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Breeders Crown Next For Muscle Hill

  • Monday, October 5, 2009 | Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

“No chance.” That’s how trainer Greg Peck summed up the likelihood that Muscle Hill might race again at The Red Mile this weekend in an attempt to break the current all-age World Record of 1:50.1 for the trotting mile (on a mile oval). Muscle Hill co-owns the record with Lucky Jim, Donato Hanover and Giant Diablo.

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Muscle Hill Wins Kentucky Futurity

  • Saturday, October 3, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Wins don’t come much easier than the ones that Muscle Hill turned in at The Red Mile on Saturday afternoon in the elimination and the final of the 117th edition of the Kentucky Futurity.

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Muscle Hill wears Kentucky Futurity crown

  • Saturday, October 3, 2009 | Paul Ramlow, USTA Internet News Manager

Lexington, KY --- Muscle Hill added another chapter to his great career as he romped to a straight heat victory in the $600,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday (Oct. 3) at The Red Mile.

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Steroid Rule Proposed In New Jersey

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

New Jersey Racing Commission executive director Frank Zanzuccki recently authorized a proposed new rule which would see new rules implemented regarding a testing program for the presence of androgenic-anabolic steroids in standardbreds.

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Muscle Hill Ready For Kentucky Futurity

  • Monday, September 28, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Trainer Greg Peck says Muscle Hill is ready to go for his first two-heat effort in Saturday's $700,000 (est.) Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Gambling Revenues Down, Only Racinos Up

  • Monday, September 28, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

A report issued today by the Rockefeller Institute of Government shows that state and local government revenues from authorized gambling operations in the United States declined by 2.6 percent from fiscal year 2008 to 2009, marking the first time those revenues have declined in over three decades.

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Winbak Winners Continue

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

Angus Hall, a premiere trotting stallion at Winbak of Canada, continues to rack up important victories in Ontario stakes in $24,000 events at Georgian Downs, Ont.

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Pennsylvania To Lose Portion Of Slot Revenue?

  • Monday, September 21, 2009 | The York Daily Record

The York Daily Record has reported that a proposal announced Friday, September 18 in Pennsylvania could see two per cent of slot machine revenue diverted from the Pennsylvania Horse Race Development Fund to non-horse-racing areas.

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Ohio Slot Effort Hits Another Snag

  • Monday, September 21, 2009 | Dayton Business Journal

According to a report by the Dayton Business Journal, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 today that governor Ted Strickland’s controversial plan to approve 17,500 video lottery terminals at state racetracks is subject to a voter referendum.

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Muscle Hill Reigns Supreme In Canadian Trotting Classic

  • Saturday, September 19, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Muscle Hill continued his supreme reign with an authoritative victory in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack

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Delaware To Appeal Fed. Court Decision

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Delaware To Appeal Fed. Court Decision On Sports Wagering on Monday, September 14, the state of Delaware filed a 24-page petition to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals asking for the court to hear whether the state should be able to offer single-game sports wagering.

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Group seeks to revive racing at Delaware track

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association

Columbus, OH --- A group of investors is reportedly seeking to revive racing at Georgetown Raceway in Delaware, and has sent a letter to the Delaware Racing Commission asking for conditional approval of a racing license.

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Muscle Hill an easy winner in CTC elim

  • Sunday, September 13, 2009 | Karen Briggs, for Woodbine Entertainment Group

Campbellville, ON -- All eyes were on the phenomenal Muscle Hill Saturday (Sept. 12) at Mohawk Racetrack, as the 3-year-old made his Canadian debut in one of two eliminations for next weekend’s $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic.

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Tug River Princess sets Tioga track mark in Artiscape win

  • Sunday, September 13, 2009 | Dustin Ross, publicity director, Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY -- Tug River Princess and Eric Goodell captured the $127,000 fourth edition of the Artiscape Pace on Saturday night (Sept. 12) at Tioga Downs in 1:52.4.

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Barn Art upsets, Well Said delivers in Simcoe

  • Sunday, September 13, 2009 | Karen Briggs, for Woodbine Entertainment Group

Campbellville, ON -- Barn Art, at 25-1 with Sylvain Filion, scooted through on the rail to edge even-money choice Vertical Horizon in the first division of the C$134,153 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old pacers, Saturday (Sept. 12) at Mohawk Racetrack.

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Delaware NFL Parlays To Begin

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Harness Tracks of America has reported that despite severe court restrictions, Delaware sports betting gets underway this week at the state’s three tracks, with $3,000 state limits on National Football League parlays of three games or more.

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Margies Melody Passes At Age 33

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Margies Melody, dam of World Champion multi-millionaire Nihilator, who is known as one of the greatest pacers the sport of harness racing has ever seen, passed away this morning at the age of 33.

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Winbak Farm's Shotgun Scott Passes at age 14

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | Leigh Nichol, for Winbak Farm

Winbak Stallion, Shotgun Scott, who stood in Delaware, passed away this morning at the age of 14 unexpectedly.

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Delaware's Single-Game Wagering Shot Down

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

On Monday, August, 24, a federal appeals court ruled that the state of Delaware's bid to legalize single-game sports wagering be blocked, citing a violation of a 1992 federal ban on sports wagering.

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Big winners continue for Winbak Farm

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

In addition to breeding its second Hambletonian winner in four years, Muscle Hill, major harness racing winners continue to stockpile for Winbak Farm.

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Mets Inn aiming to pick up a second trophy

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | Sandra Snyder

Grand River Raceway continues its exceptional line up of Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing on Friday evening with a pair of Gold Eliminations for the three-year-old trotting fillies.

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Blissfull Hall lass leads Miles charge

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | Brad Bishop

A month ago Lisa Miles wouldn't have dared dream of Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown glory with Led Suitcase.

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Bay Girl Grabs Gold At Mohawk

  • Sunday, August 16, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

The last second heroics of Bay Girl earned her an impressive victory in her OSS Gold Series elimination at Mohawk Racetrack on August 10, and she returned to the Campbellville oval on Sunday and used her closing weapons to post a sharp score in the $130,000 final.

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Thomson Assists Transylvania University

  • Saturday, August 15, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Joe Thomson, owner of Winbak Farm and the 2009 Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame honoree, has brought national glory to Transylvania University.

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Muscle Hill dominates Hambletonian

  • Saturday, August 8, 2009 | Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, NJ --- It was a veritable walk in the park for Muscle Hill in the $1,520,333 Hambletonian on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands, taking the lead right off the gate and trotting six lengths ahead of the field, reaching the winner's circle without so much as a breath of warm air from a challenger at driver Brian Sears’ shoulder.

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It's A Musc-Hill-Tonian!

  • Saturday, August 8, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Muscle Hill led from gate to wire and trounced his nine rivals in a world record equaling 1:50.1 in the $1,520,333 Hambletonian No. 84 for three-year-old trotters on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands.

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Free-Legged: Muscle Mania

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2009 | Dean A. Hoffman

Columbus, OH --- Yes, I think Muscle Hill win will the Hambletonian. Yes, I think if he goes to Du Quoin for the World Trotting Derby he’ll trot the first sub-1:50 mile in history over that sun-baked oval. (And, yes, I have been wrong before.)

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Muscle Hill to start from rail in Hambletonian

  • Tuesday, August 4, 2009 | Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, NJ --- Muscle Hill will start Saturday’s $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack from post No. 1 and was established as the 3-5 favorite to capture the most prestigious trophy in trotting.

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Badlands Hanover, CR Commando Dominate $100,000 Del. Finals

  • Thursday, July 30, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair is Harrington Raceway's biggest day of Summer racing and again progeny of Badlands Hanover and CR Commando dominated the lucrative $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals.

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Brandnewgirlfriend now nine of 10 in 09

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Yonkers

It was Sameoldstory for Brandnewgirlfriend. The state's standout sophomore lass came, saw and conquered Tuesday night in her $43,160 division of Yonkers Raceway's $215,800 New York Sire Stakes Scarsdale Trot for 3-year-old fillies.

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22 crowd Hambo entry box; 32 for Oaks

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Despite the presence of overwhelming favorite Muscle Hill, three eliminations will be needed to reach a field of 10 for the $1.5 million Hambletonian on Saturday, August 8 at Meadowlands Racetrack.

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Governor's Day program set for Thursday at Harrington

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2009 | Harrington

The richest day of the year for Delaware horsemen is set for Thursday as 13 races are carded for the annual Governor’s Day program during the Delaware State Fair at Harrington Raceway.

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Freshman trotters set new Tioga marks in NYSS action

  • Sunday, July 26, 2009 | Tioga

The New York Sire Stakes for 2-year old colt and gelding trotters were in town on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs, and the track records were rewritten when they left.

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Records fall in Canadian Breeders' Championships

  • Saturday, July 25, 2009 | WEG

Undefeated Not Enough made it nine in a row tonight as she captured the $181,877 Canadian Breeders’ Championship for three-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at Mohawk, in a new stakes record time of 1:50.0.

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DiBenedetto wins 5,000th career race at Mighty M

  • Thursday, July 23, 2009 | Monticello

Like many who near a milestone and then seem to slump prior to accomplishing it, after a fruitless Tuesday afternoon in the sulky, Kyle DiBenedetto scored his 5,000th career driving victory Wednesday when he guided Western Wild King to a 1:58.3 triumph in a $12,700 New York Sire Stakes late-closer pace for sophomore colts and geldings at Monticello Raceway.

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Teague has five-pack ready for Adios

  • Thursday, July 23, 2009 | The Meadows

The horses won’t step onto the track for the 2009 Delvin Miller Adios until Friday, but trainer George Teague Jr. already has equaled an unofficial stake record.

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PASS grand slam for Takter-Dube combo at Chester

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | Harrah's Chester

On the Tab ($3), Hard Livin ($3), Chimon ($3.40) and Federalreservenote ($2.60) gave trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Daniel Dube a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes grand slam on Monday evening at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, as five divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings faced the starting gate.

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Where's Waldo finds Tompkins-Geers winner's circle

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | Tioga Downs

Where’s Waldo and Josh Marks captured the lone Tompkins-Geers division for 3-year-old colt pacers on Monday night at Tioga Downs.

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Darlin's Delight, Tug River Princess win Roses Are Red elims

  • Sunday, July 19, 2009 | WEG

Coming off a month’s break, Darlins Delight was fresh and eager tonight as she captured the
first of two $50,000 eliminations for the July 25 Roses Are Red Stakes for mature pacing mares, and later on the Mohawk card Tug River Princess won the second elim.

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Minor hoping for major things from freshman trotters

  • Saturday, July 18, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Dewayne Minor told harnessracing.com Saturday morning at the Meadowlands shortly after his filly trotter Levi's Lady and colt trotter Wishing Stone both came up winners in baby races, that the two were the first he had ever paid into either the Merrie Annabelle or the Peter Haughton Memorial.

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Muscle Hill, Federal Flex win Dancer divisions

  • Saturday, July 18, 2009 | Meadowlands

In his final prep for the Hambletonian, Muscle Hill became the sport’s newest millionaire with a career best 1:52.1 victory in the first of two $185,250 divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial on Friday night at the Meadowlands.

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Its Spring Break time at The Meadows

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | The Meadows

Spring Break and Brett Miller grabbed the early lead and went on to a comfortable victory in the $27,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace on Monday at The Meadows.

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Empire State's finishes sophomore colt pacers in Yonkers action

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | Yonkers

The state's glamour division made its second downstate appearance Monday night with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $217,252 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

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Rookies Battle In Gold Elims

  • Sunday, July 12, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

The Ontario Sires Stakes season got underway for this year’s crop of two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, with 23 youngsters on hand for a trio of $40,000 Gold Series eliminations.

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Angus Halls Dominate At Rideau

  • Sunday, July 12, 2009 | Standardbred Canada

Three-year-old trotting colts and geldings trekked to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening for OSS Grassroots action, and it turned out to be a night dominated by sire Angus Hall.

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Reynolds four-bagger for Morrill

  • Saturday, July 11, 2009 | Pocono Downs

Jim Morrill Jr., won four W.N. RReynolds Memorial Stake races Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, including all three for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

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Nicole just misses Vernon mark in NYSS

  • Saturday, July 11, 2009 | Vernon Downs

Nicole came within one-fifth of a second of the Vernon Downs record for 2-year-old trotting fillies during a division of Friday night’s $178,605 New York Sire Stakes.

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Shorty Robinson wins 1,000th career race

  • Friday, July 10, 2009 | Ocean Downs

History was written at Ocean Downs on Thursday night as Ray "Shorty" Robinson Jr. posted career victory number 1,000.

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Gone Baby Gone fastest in NYSS splits at Mighty M

  • Friday, July 10, 2009 | Monticello

Local gelding Gone Baby Gone turned in the fastest time of the seven New York Sire Stakes divisions for freshman pacing colts and geldings at Monticello Raceway on Thursday.

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Muscle Hill, Honorable Daughter win Big M qualifiers

  • Thursday, July 9, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Hambletonian favorite Muscle Hill, who has won both his starts this year, romped to a 1:54.2 win in a qualifier Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, easily besting his stablemate My Back Pages by 10 lengths.

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NYSS 2CTs in action at Buffalo

  • Thursday, July 9, 2009 | Buffalo

You can’t deny the fact that Proper Villain ($10.60) had home-field advantage in his first pari-mutuel race at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night in one of the $26,404 legs of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings.

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Tug River Princess prevails in Chester Open

  • Thursday, July 9, 2009 | Harrah's Chester

In a showdown between millionaires Tug River Princess and Chancey Lady, Tug River Princess ($2.80) prevailed, holding off a stand-side charge from Cuz She Can for a 1:51 victory in a $35,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday at Harrah's Chester.

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Freshman pacing fillies impressive in Reynolds splits

  • Thursday, July 9, 2009 | Pocono Downs

The second night of Grand Circuit Week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, held Wednesday, featured 2-year-old pacing fillies grabbing the spotlight and producing the fastest times of the 2009 season for freshman fillies on a five-eighths-mile oval.

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Zweig Filly Trot draws 27, split into three divisions

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Co-featured on the Friday night card at Tioga Downs is the Zweig Memorial Trot for 3-year old filly trotters, with 27 seven sophomore fillies split into three nine-horse fields going for $45,447 per division.

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Eighteen entered in Friday's Zweig Colt Trot at Tioga

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2009 | Tioga Downs

Eighteen sophomore trotting colts have entered into the $303,340 Zweig Memorial Trot on Friday night at Tioga Downs.

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Two-year-old fillies spring upsets at Mohawk

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2009 | harnessracing.com

The Big Scoop and Major Girl were both upset winners in Monday night's pair of $95,200(C) Robert Stewart Stakes divisions for 2-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack.

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Art Director closing in on $1 million

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | Harrington Raceway

Kovach Stables' Art Director ($7.80, Victor Kirby) notched his 35th career win with a 1:52.2 win in the featured $23,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway.

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Big M invaders take two of three opening splits of Town Pro

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | WEG

Meadowlands invaders fared well in Monday night's opening leg of the Town Pro Series for 3-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack, winning two of the three $20,000(C) divisions over a rain-soaked oval that was rated as "good."

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DSBF showdown looming for 3 year olds

  • Thursday, June 25, 2009 | Harrington Raceway

A showdown between two Delaware-bred pacing colts is being staged for July 30 as both Gary and Barbara Iles Zee Barber ($2.40, Jim Morand) and Richards Stable, Donna Sullivan and Judy Leonard's Ray's Big Bubba ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) won their Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 eliminations for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in an identical 1:53.2.

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All Heart Gal, Mollinski win inaugural Pa. Stallion divisions

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | The Meadows

All Heart Gal carved out a place in Pennsylvania history on Tuesday at The Meadows when she captured the inaugural division in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake Stallion Series.

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Tom's Toy fastest in DSBF elims at Harrington

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | Harrington Raceway

Thomas Cooke's Tom's Toy ($3, Corey Callahan) earned her seventh win in 15 career starts and secured her spot in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final Tuesday by winning a $20,000 division of the 3-year-old eliminations for pacing fillies at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.2. 

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3-year-old filly trotters vie in NYSS action

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | Yonkers

Held over by popular downstate demand, Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night hosted the $218,200 New  York Sire Stakes New Rochelle Trot for 3-year-old fillies and Brandnewgirlfriend won the evening's third ($43,960) division--first wagering group--with her fourth consecutive victory, third in a row in NYSS  competition and second successive win here.

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TP Lucky equals Harrington mark in DSBF division

  • Monday, June 22, 2009 | Harrington Raceway

Mark Waterman's TP Lucy ($3.80, Tony Morgan) equaled the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday at Harrington Raceway in a $20,000 division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes with a 1:58.1 win.

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NYSS splits held at Buffalo; Stark wins 4,000th

  • Monday, June 22, 2009 | Buffalo Raceway

The New York Sire Stakes 3-year-old colt pacers traveled to Buffalo Raceway for a Father’s Day afternoon card on Sunday, with four divisions worth nearly $40,000 each contested on the 13-race card.

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Elusive Desire's 1:54.3 fastest in Elegantimage elims

  • Saturday, June 20, 2009 | WEG

Favorites Windsong Soprano and Elusive Desire scored in two of the three $35,000
eliminations for the upcoming Elegantimage stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies, and second choice Celebrity Juliet prevailed by a neck in the third at Mohawk Friday night.

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1-2 finishers, plus Chasin Racin, Millionaire Cam advance

  • Saturday, June 20, 2009 | WEG

If I Can Dream and Mr Wiggles won the last two $50,000 eliminations Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, to qualify for next Saturday's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness race on the continent, joining Well Said and Dial Or Nodial.

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Four Empire State divisions contested at Yonkers

  • Friday, June 19, 2009 | Yonkers

The Empire State continued its sublet of Empire City Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting four  consecutive--and soggy --$55,056 divisions of the $220,224 New York Sire Stakes Mount Vernon Pace for 3-year-old fillies.

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Elegantimage 3FT elims kick of big weekend at Mohawk

  • Thursday, June 18, 2009 | WEG

The stakes season at Mohawk is in full swing, and among the many highlights this weekend will be a coming-out party for the sophomore trotting fillies: three $35,000(C) eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes, on Friday night.

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Yonkers hosts five NYSS 3FT divisions

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | harnessracing.com

She's So Savvy, last season's statebred frosh filly divisional champ, made her Yonkers Raceway return a  successful one Tuesday night, winning a $43,960 division of the $219,000 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot.

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Teague's 2 year olds sharp in Chester baby races

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | Teague's 2 year olds sharp in Chester baby races

Delmarvalous, Up Front Tim T, and Model Legs all debuted in fine form for trainer-driver George Teague Jr., winning their respective 2-year-old races in a seven-race non-wagering program Tuesday morning at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.

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Everymileamemory fastest in DSBF action

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | Harrington Raceway

Delauction LLC's Everymileamemory ($2.20, Tony Morgan) was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) winners Tuesday in a set of three $20,000 eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

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13,000 wins for Tony Morgan

  • Monday, June 15, 2009 | Harrington Raceway

Tony Morgan entered hallowed ground on Sunday at Harrington Raceway, as he became the fourth driver in North American harness racing history to reach 13,000 wins after piloting Real Navigator ($4) to victory in the eighth race.

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Malabar Man has surgery for scrotal hernia

  • Monday, June 15, 2009 | Winbak Farm

The 15-year-old trotting stallion Malabar Man, who stands at stud at Winbak Farm in New York, underwent emergency surgery for a scrotal hernia at New England Equine Practice in Patterson, NY, Saturday morning.

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Rags To Riches semi-finals held at Tioga

  • Monday, June 15, 2009 | Tioga Downs

A pair of semi-final divisions in the Rags To Riches pacing series were contested on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs, with Escape Attack and Derek Bromac N coming up winners.

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Muscle Hill wins 10th straight in NJSS final

  • Saturday, June 13, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Despite missing the biggest check of the night with Dial Or Nodial in the New Jersey Classic, driver Brian Sears reined in a pair of stakes winners for a total of six on the Saturday night card at the Meadowlands.

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Coppola, Hennessey score Saratoga hat tricks

  • Friday, June 12, 2009 | Saratoga

Frank Coppola Jr. and Wally Hennessey each tallied hat tricks on the Thursday night card as two of Saratoga's best reinsmen enjoyed a big night.

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PA Sire Stakes championships to be worth $200,000 this year

  • Thursday, June 11, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Now that all of the May 15 payments for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes have been tallied, the projection for the purses being paid out in the series this year should be a record $12.4 million, with the championships set to carry purses of $200,000, up from the $150,000 purse they carried in 2008.

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NYSS 3CT divisions held at Buffalo

  • Thursday, June 11, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Big Sky Domino won the fastest of three $52,106 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) divisions for 3-year-old colt trotters Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway, with Judge Joe and Calchips Brute also coming away with victories.

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Joe Thomson named to Jug Wall of Fame

  • Thursday, June 11, 2009 | LBJ

Joe Thomson, breeder of Little Brown Jug winners Bettor's Delight and No Pan Intended and master of Winbak Farm, has been elected as the 25th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame honoree by a panel of national and international harness racing enthusiasts.

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NA Cup hopefuls have to get through Burlington first

  • Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | WEG

Over 100 colts and geldings on the eligibility list have now been whittled down to 72, and with two weeks to go to the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk racetrack (Saturday, June 27), a clearer picture of the serious contenders is finally starting to emerge.

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Winbak Speed wins again

  • Sunday, June 7, 2009 | harnessracing.com

The small, but speedy Winbak Speed took on all comers and emerged victorious in Saturday’s single $92,030 division in the third leg of the Pacing Classic at Mohawk Racetrack.

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Tug River Princess wins Classic

  • Sunday, June 7, 2009 | Woodbine

Tug River Princess made her 2009 debut a winning one with an impressive 1:52.2 victory in the $92,030 single division in the third leg of the Classic Distaff at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night.

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Muscle Hill trots to new mark in 2009 debut

  • Friday, June 5, 2009 | The Meadowlands

Muscle Hill, the early favorite for the $1.5 million Hambletonian, won his 2009 debut under wraps Thursday night at the Meadowlands, scoring in a career best 1:53.1 in the first of two $54,900 New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old colts.

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Perfect Launch's 1:56.4 mile fastest in NYSS

  • Thursday, June 4, 2009 | Buffalo Raceway

Buffalo Raceway kicked off its 2009 New York Sire Stakes action on Wednesday (with five divisions worth $31,695 each for 3-year-old New York-sired pacing fillies.

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Muscle Hill sparkles in 2009 debut

  • Thursday, June 4, 2009 | the Meadowlands Publicity Department

East Rutherford, NJ --- Muscle Hill, the early favorite for the $1.5 million Hambletonian, won his 2009 debut under wraps on Thursday night (June 4) at the Meadowlands.

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Teague looks for third Rooney win

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | Yonkers

A total of seven 3-year-old colts have been entered for the 2009 edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney  Pace.

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Parker wins five at Monticello

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr.  showed he still has the talent that has made him the ninth winningest driver in the history of the sport.

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10 percent purse increase at The Meadows

  • Saturday, May 30, 2009 | harnessracing.com

The  Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has announced a 10 percent purse increase beginning Monday, June 1, and the increase coincides with The Meadows' return to night racing for the first time since 2007, which will begin on June 1.

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Mr Wiggles wins Hoosier Cup

  • Saturday, May 30, 2009 | Tammy Knox, publicity director, Hoosier Park

Anderson, IN -- Driver Corey Callahan made his first trip to Indiana a memorable one, winning Indiana's richest harness race with Mr Wiggles in the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Saturday (May 30) in 1:52.1.

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Eash has local hopeful for Hoosier Cup

  • Friday, May 29, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Sam’s Escape and Don Eash are hoping for some good luck Saturday in the 13th edition of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup.

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Field set for Hoosier Cup

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | harnessracing.com

A field of 12 will race one dash for a $500,000 purse in the Hoosier Cup Saturday afternoon at Hoosier Park in Indiana, and the field includes Annieswesterncard, the 2-year-old world champion Sheer Desire, and the three-horse George Teague entry of Mr Wiggles, Chasin Racin and Barber Pole.

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Bonus program added for Harrah's Chester

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | PHHA

The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA) has announced the creation of a new bonus program for Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack and an increase in the existing bonus at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. 

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NYSS announces $16 million in purses for '09

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | Agriculture New York

Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Executive Director Peter Goold announced on Tuesday that New York State Sire Stakes purses for the 2009 season are expected to be $16 million, about $1 million higher than previously expected, due to increased revenues from the video gaming machines at New York State harness tracks.

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I Won't Dance steps to OSS Gold victory

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | WEG

I Won't Dance converted from a perfect pocket trip to capture Monday's $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Mohawk Racetrack.

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Muscle Hill wins again in Big M qualifier

  • Thursday, May 21, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Muscle Hill did everything better in his second qualifier of 2009.

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Honorable Daughter, Donttellmywife strong choices in EBC finals

  • Thursday, May 21, 2009 | Vernon Downs

Two heavily favored trotters lead fields of nine in Memorial Day’s Empire Breeder’s Classic finals at Vernon Downs: Honorable Daughter in the $212,875 final for the ladies, and Donttellmywife in the $206,275 final for the men.  

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Sheer Desire draws post 8 in Hempt final

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Post positions are set for Saturday's $300,140 Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and world champion and Hempt elim winner Sheer Desire has drawn post eight in the field of nine.

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Callahan wins 1,000th career race

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Driver Corey Callahan notched his 1,000th win at Harrington Raceway Tuesday aboard Nick Callahan, Dylan Davis and Erica Hanley's Scootin Delta A ($2.40) in 1:54.4.

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OSS 3CT Gold elims contested at Mohawk

  • Monday, May 18, 2009 | WEG

Hitithard, Parlay and I Wont Dance all posted victories in their respective $40,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on a cool and windy Sunday night at Mohawk.

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Sheer Desire fastest in 3 Hempt elims

  • Saturday, May 16, 2009 | Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Johnny Z, Mr Wiggles and Sheer Desire won the three elimination races of the Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday afternoon, with Sheer Desire's 1:51 score the fastest of the three winners.

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Deat heat in Vernon feature trot

  • Friday, May 15, 2009 | Vernon Downs

Unshakeable and Sharpshootennorris tied for top honors in Thursday night’s $9,000 featured sixth race at Vernon Downs.

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Graduate, Cutler, NJSS on tap at Meadowlands

  • Friday, May 15, 2009 | The Meadowlands

This Saturday, world-class racing does not end with the Preakness as the Graduate and Arthur J.

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Three Hempt elims featured at Pocono Saturday

  • Thursday, May 14, 2009 | Pocono Downs

Barber Pole, River Shark, Chasin Racin, Arctic Warrior and Dan Carter head up a field of talented 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings that will be converging on Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for the 2009 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace elimination races on Saturday.

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Divisional champ Muscle Hill strong in 2009 qualifying debut

  • Thursday, May 14, 2009 | harnessracing.com

Trainer Greg Peck told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon, shortly after his reigning divisional champion trotter Muscle Hill won his 3-year-old debut in a qualifier at the Meadowlands, that “Operation Hambletonian” is now fully underway.

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Hall of Famer reaches milestone at Harrah's Chester

  • Monday, May 11, 2009 | Harrah's Chester

Mike Lachance became the eighth driver in North America to reach the 10,000 win plateau on Sunday afternoon, guiding Cool Clyde to a 1:55 victory in the second race at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.

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OSS 3FT Gold elims contested at Mohawk

  • Monday, May 11, 2009 | WEG

Cumin First, Mets Inn, and Butana were all victorious in their respective $40,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old filly trotters on Sunday night at Mohawk Racetrack. It was the first OSS event of the season in this division.

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Bettor Sweet sets world mark, Winbak Speed in Graduate elims

  • Saturday, May 9, 2009 | The Meadowlands

Bettor Sweet paced to a 1:47.2 world record in the first of two $50,000 Graduate eliminations Saturday night at the Meadowlands.

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Trotter takes top prize at Vernon Downs

  • Friday, May 8, 2009 | Vernon Downs

Sir Prize Hall earned top money after a 1:58.2 victory in the $5,500 featured sixth race at Vernon Downs on Thursday night.

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Angus Hall's book is full and closed

  • Friday, May 8, 2009 | Leigh Nichol, for Winbak Farm

Chesapeake City, MD --- Angus Hall, the number one sire in the Ontario Sire Stakes program in 2008, is booked full and closed for the 2009 breeding season.

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Purses up at Harrington

  • Thursday, May 7, 2009 | Harrington Raceway

Horsemen racing at Harrington Raceway were in for a pleasant surprise when looking at the track's most recent condition sheet, which reflected a 10 percent purse increase.

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$165,000 in bonus money paid out at Mohegan Sun at Pocono

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | PHHA

Earl Beal Jr., president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, announced that the group’s 2009 bonus program has paid off to the tune of $165,000 during the first month of live racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

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Berry's Creek elims, Classic Series at the big M

  • Sunday, May 3, 2009 | The Meadowlands

River Shark stamped himself the one to beat in the $230,000 Berry’s Creek as he wired the field in his elimination race Saturday night at the Meadowlands.

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Tioga set to open 2009 meet on Saturday

  • Friday, May 1, 2009 | Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs has slated a 10-race card for its opening day of the 2009 race season that begins on Saturday, May 2 (Kentucky Derby Day). Post time for opening night at Tioga Downs is slated for 6:50 p.m.  

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Honorable Daughter, Donttellmywife strong in sophomore debuts

  • Thursday, April 30, 2009 | harnessracing.com

The 3-year-old filly trotter Honorable Daughter, the reigning divisional champion, made her 2009 debut as part of a star-laden qualifying card Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, and the daughter of Malabar Man came up a winner in 1:58.2.

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The Classic Series at the Meadowlands

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | Classic Series

Harness racing’s top older performers will convene at The Meadowlands this coming weekend for leg two of The Classic Series (TCS).

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Blueridge Western wins last Levy leg, leads in points

  • Sunday, April 26, 2009 | Yonkers

The fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series highlighted Yonkers  Raceway's Saturday night social, with a trio of $50,000 events.

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Badlands Hanover's book is full and closed

  • Friday, April 24, 2009 | Leigh Nichol, for Winbak Farm

Chesapeake City, MD --- Badlands Hanover, sire of millionaire World Champion Badlands Nitro, and 2008 3-year-old Pacing Filly of the Year Tug River Princess, will have his book close today for the 2009 season.

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Updates on Delaware House Bill 100

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | Leigh Nichol, for Winbak Farm

On April 7, 2009 the Delaware House Gambling and Parimutuels Committee met and deliberated on House Bill 100. 

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Bouchard in winner's circle for first time since February

  • Saturday, April 4, 2009 | Yonkers

A drizzling, foggy Friday night found Yonkers Raceway hosting the ladies in the second preliminary round of  the Blue Chip Matchmaker, and Elusive Prey put Stephane Bouchard back in the winner's circle, while the other splits were won by Nip N Attack and Sportsfancy, who battled past Chancey Lady.

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PHHA announces 2009 bonus program

  • Friday, April 3, 2009 | PHHA

The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association (PHHA) has announced a new bonus program for the 2009 racing season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and the amount could reach $1.5 million.

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DSBF 3-year-old trots contested at Dover

  • Thursday, April 2, 2009 | Dover Downs

Five Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old trots completed the preliminary legs of the Delaware-sired stakes program Wednesday at Dover Downs.

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Chloes Silver Star, Shady Sabrina win at Dover

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2009 | Dover Downs

Chloes Silver Star, one of four Ron Pierce wins, took the  $32,000 Mares Open pace while Shady Sabrina and Tim Tetrick won the $25,000 Mares Jr. Open Tuesday, March 31 at Dover Downs.

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Ray's Big Bubba wins fastest Dover split in 1:53.4

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | Dover Downs

Allamerican Idol won the $42,000 Open/Preferred Handicap, while four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund colt pace second-leg events highlighted the racing on Monday at Dover Downs.

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Second-leg divisions at Dover go to bettors' choices

  • Monday, March 30, 2009 | Dover Downs

Favorites Tom's Toy and AJ's Lilgamblingal took the $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund second leg preliminaries Sunday at Dover Downs, with chalk prevailing in the two $15,000 Go The Distance divisions.

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Ruffled Tux, Lookout Hanover win at Dover

  • Sunday, March 29, 2009 | Dover Downs

Ruffled Tux won the feature pace while Lookout Hanover took the top trot at Dover Downs on Saturday (March 28).

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Callahan enjoys some tacos at Dover

  • Friday, March 27, 2009 | Dover Downs

Tacos Du Ruisseau, one of four wins by Corey Callahan, and Hayley Taylor won the Thursday twin-features over a "sloppy" track at Dover Downs.

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Ont. announces $26 million Horse Improvement program

  • Friday, March 27, 2009 | ORC

At its meeting on Wednesday, the Governing Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved the $26.2 million(C) budget for the 2009 Standardbred Horse Improvement Program.

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ORC Announces $26.2 Million Program

  • Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Leigh Nichol for Winbak Farm

Toronto, ON – At its meeting on March 25, 2009, the Governing Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved the $26.2 million budget for the 2009 Standardbred Horse Improvement Program.

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Badlands Hanover, CR Commando Dominated DSBF Prelims

  • Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del--- The 2009 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old preliminaries got underway at Dover Downs with the pacing divisions dominated by Badlands Hanover sons and daughters as well as CR Commando trotting breds.

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Delaware House Bill 100

  • Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Leigh Nichol, for Winbak Farm

On March 26th, 2009 Delaware House Bill 100 was presented to the Delaware Gaming and Parimutuel Committee.

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Badlands Hanover, Three Olives Sophs Win DSBF 1st Leg Prelims

  • Monday, March 23, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del--- Arguably the finest group of Delaware sired three-year-old male pacers led off the first of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminary legs on Monday, March 23.

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Powerful Toy, Badlands Hanover Fillies Win $20,000 DSBF 3-Year-Old Filly Prelims

  • Sunday, March 22, 2009 | Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del--- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Fill Pace preliminaries got underway with daughters of Powerful Toy and Badlands Hanover - Tom's Toy and Little Bit Tricky - winning $20,000 divisions on Sunday, March 22 at Dover Downs.

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Goodtimes to be first big stakes for Federal Flex

  • Friday, March 13, 2009 | Woodbine

Less than eight weeks ago, their owners were accepting O’Brien Award trophies for their accomplishments in their two-year-old years.

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Pacific Philly, Apache Dame, First Draw win at Dover

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | Dover Downs

Pacific Philly, after five seconds this season, broke into the win column in the top distaff event of the week the $32,000 Open, while Apache Dame won the $25,000 Jr. Open and First Draw, a $21,000 female pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, March 10. Tim Tetrick drove five winners; Ross Wolfenden won three.

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Artiscape's book full and closed

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | Brittany Farms

Artiscape is the latest stallion managed by Brittany Farms Stallion Management whose book is full and closed for the 2009 breeding season.

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Winbak to host open houses in Canada, Delaware

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | Winbak Farm

Winbak Farm of Canada and Winbak Farm of Delaware both will be holding open houses soon to showcase the farms and their stallions.

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Winbak-breds receive honors

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | Winbak Farm

The Maryland Standardbred Breeder’s Association held their annual awards ceremony at Rosecroft Raceway on February 28, and Winbak Farm took home four  breeder awards that night.

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General Brock division winners include 87-1 upsetter

  • Friday, February 27, 2009 | WEG

Three new winners emerged from Thursday's second leg of what has been a wide open General Brock Trotting Series for 4 year olds at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Closing Bell sweep for Elizabeth Lane

  • Friday, February 27, 2009 | The Meadows

Elizabeth Lane made it a clean sweep in the eliminations of the Closing Bell, winning her third straight in the series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters on Thursday at The Meadows.

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Empire reigns at Pompano Park

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2009 | Pompano Park

With a quick brush to the lead after the half mile marker, Keystone Empire ($9.40) and driver Richard Simard were able to score their second victory of the year with a 1:56.3 triumph Monday in the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Isle Pompano Park.

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Digital Z Tam wins at Yonkers

  • Sunday, February 22, 2009 | Yonkers

Digital Z Tam took full advantage of his assigned pole position on Saturday night, going the distance to annex Yonkers Raceway's $31,000 Open Handicap pace.

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A surprise in Dover's Open Trot

  • Thursday, February 19, 2009 | Dover Downs

Allmar Surprise, the only female and the youngest in the field, led all the way for a 1:57 victory in the $33,000 Open trot over a "sloppy" track at Dover Downs on Wednesday.

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JK Lullabye in Presidents' Day upset at Dover

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | Dover Downs

JK Lullabye pulled an upset in the $37,500 Delaware Special, while Sharky Osborne streaked to a 1:52.1 victory in the $32,000 Open Handicap at Dover Downs on President's Day.

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Next Flight, Coco Count win at Dover

  • Sunday, February 15, 2009 | Dover Downs

Next Flight is tough to beat on the front end and Jim Morand used that strategy to win the $17,000 male pace co-feature on Valentine's Day at Dover Downs.

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Tioga, Vernon announce plans for 2009 schedule

  • Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Tioga & Vernon Downs

The Tioga and Vernon Downs race dates and stakes calendar has been ironed out for the 2009 racing season (pending regulatory approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board).

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Afternoon Dreams sweeps Don Mills at Woodbine

  • Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | WEG

Afternoon Dreams survived a dramatic three-horse photo to upend the boys and sweep Monday's $61,000(C) Don Mills Trotting Series final for 4 year olds at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Filly Series winners come from off the pace

  • Friday, February 6, 2009 | Maywood

Phaelean Lucky, Smiling Angel and Dynamic Dream were second round come-from-behind winners of the Newcomers Series for fillies and mares Thursday night at Maywood Park and were assured starting berths in next week’s final.

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SBSW is Pacer of Year, Dewey is Trotter of Year

  • Thursday, February 5, 2009 | HRC

Record-setting pacer Somebeachsomewhere was named harness racing’s Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on Wednesday night during the Night of Champions banquet at the Bellagio hotel, receiving 121 of 158 votes to outdistance top trotter Deweycheatumnhowe, who had 35.

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Afternoon Dreams, Sand Wyndham score again in Don Mills

  • Tuesday, February 3, 2009 | WEG

Afternoon Dreams and Sand Wyndham both positioned themselves for a possible sweep of this year's Don Mills Trotting Series with victories in the second leg on Monday night (Feb. 2) at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Winbak Speed Named Horse of the Month

  • Monday, February 2, 2009 | John Pawlak

Melvin "Wayne" Givens and Niel Gargiulo put up $30,000 to claim Winbak Speed from a race at Dover Downs one year ago. 

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Tattersalls Sale underway at the Big M

  • Monday, January 19, 2009 | harnessracing.com

The Tattersalls Mixed Sale is underway at the Meadowlands with more than 200 horses passing through the sales ring so far, and arly in the sale Diamond Creek Farm’s Adam Bowden purchased A Starlet Born, a 5-year-old Muscles Yankee mare in foal to Cantab Hall for $150,000.

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Adios purse to be the richest in years in return to The Meadows

  • Monday, January 19, 2009 | The Meadows

The Meadows announced Monday that the 2009 edition of the Delvin Miller Adios will offer a projected total purse of $820,000--its richest in years--and will space eliminations and the final heat eight days apart, a format introduced last year.

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Winbak Speed wins again; Its That Time takes second split

  • Saturday, January 17, 2009 | The Meadowlands

Winbak Speed extended his streak to three wins in the $50,000 second round of the Presidential Series for free-for-all pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands, hitting the wire first in 1:51.2.

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Eight-degree day at The Meadows is a Spring Break

  • Friday, January 16, 2009 | The Meadows

With the temperature a frigid eight degrees, The Meadows needed a spring break and it got one when Spring Break sizzled in the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, capturing the track's top distaff pace for the second consecutive week.

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A surprise win in the cold at Dover

  • Friday, January 16, 2009 | Dover Downs

The coldest night of the year couldn't stop Allmar Surprise from winning her second straight victory at Dover Downs on Thursday, winning the $15,500 feature trot.

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She is something like a Dame

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | Dover Downs

Apache Dame, after being idle for nearly a year, won her third consecutive $27,000 Mare Open on Tuesday at Dover Downs.

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Brothers Mario and Ben take two Lifetime Dream divisions

  • Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | WEG

Monday's second leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series for 4-year-old trotting mares at Woodbine produced three new winners, all in dominant fashion, with the tandem of brothers Mario and Ben Baillargeon teaming up to take two of the three $25,000(C) divisions, including the opening split with Afternoon Dreams in 1:57.2.

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Double Dream N wins Monticello feature

  • Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | Monticello

Double Dream N led from start to finish en route to winning the weekly pacing feature for fillies and mares at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, with Billy Parker Jr. reining the foreign-bred daughter of Dream Away to a 1:59.4 triumph.

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Grand Circuit announces 2009 schedule

  • Monday, January 12, 2009 | Grand Circuit

The Grand Circuit will once again make 20 stops during its 2009 racing season according to the schedule announced Monday by Grand Circuit president Tom Thomson.

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Vernon to host 2009 New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions

  • Monday, January 12, 2009 | Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs is proud to announce that it will host the 2009 New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 26, with a post time 6:55 p.m. (EDT).

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TSM Scar Face finds Dover winner's circle

  • Monday, January 12, 2009 | Dover Downs

Ron Pierce and trainer Josh Green scored one of their two wins Sunday at Dover Downs when TSM Scar Face flashed down the stretch in 1:53.3 to win the $25,000 claiming allowance pace.

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Lexington Selected to manage Forest City sale

  • Saturday, January 10, 2009 | Lexington Selected Press Release

Forest City Standardbred Sales Inc. and joint venture partner, Western Fair Association, have announced that Randy Manges and Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Co. has been engaged to manage the Forest City yearling and mixed sales in Ontario.

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Winbak Speed, Beau Rivage win first Big M primaries

  • Saturday, January 10, 2009 | The Meadowlands

Winbak Speed asserted his status as the top free for all pacer at the Meadowlands with a decisive score in the $50,000 opening round of the Presidential Series on Saturday night.

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Time for Spring Break at The Meadows

  • Friday, January 9, 2009 | The Meadows

Spring Break brushed to the early lead and was in no danger thereafter as she cruised to victory in the $25,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred pace on Thursday at The Meadows.

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Presidential Series kicks off Saturday night

  • Friday, January 9, 2009 | The Meadowlands

Just a year ago, Winbak Speed was racing against $30,000 claimers at Dover Downs, but on Saturday night he will take on a trio of millionaires in the Presidential Series at the Meadowlands, the first major stakes of the season for free-for-all pacers.

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More racing for NY-sireds at Yonkers in 2009

  • Wednesday, January 7, 2009 | Standardbred Owners Association of New York

At a meeting of the Agricultural & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund on Tuesday morning, the Fund unanimously approved a significant addition of the number of sire stakes legs to be contested at Yonkers Raceway during 2009.

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Ontario horsemen vote to continue racing

  • Monday, January 5, 2009 | harnessracing.com

The Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) met Sunday night, Jan. 4, and the members voted to continue racing at Woodbine while contract negotiations with the Woodbine Entertainment Group continue.

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Winbak Speed wins; Bettor Sweet scores in 1:49.4

  • Sunday, January 4, 2009 | The Meadowlands

Winbak Speed assumed command of the lead midway down the backstretch and never looked back as he cruised to an easy four-length win in Saturday night’s featured $35,000 Invitational at the Meadowlands.

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