$77,000 top price of Indiana sale daily double

The big Indiana daily double of sales, the Midwest Mixed Sale and the Michiana Yearling Sale, took place Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana. In its second year, the Midwest Mixed Sale saw an increase in both gross sales and average compared to the …

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Dayton opens both won by American Ideal sons

Despite being assigned the outside post position and being relegated to an almost journey long first-up attack on the outside, Endeavor (Trace Tetrick) made his initial visit at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway a winning one in the Saturday (Nov. 24) $ 18,500 Open I Pace. Tetrick left the gate hard…

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Brennan wins five at Yonkers on Saturday night

‘Twas a dark and stormy Saturday night (Nov. 25th), except for George Brennan. Brennan won five of Yonkers Raceway’s dozen races, including the pair of $ 44,000 Open Handicap Paces. He and Always at My Place ($ 6.70) tracked down a clear, 7-5 favorite Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) late, win…

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Merriman goes back to back with 1,000 wins

Aaron Merriman became the first driver in the history of harness racing to achieve multiple 1,000-win seasons when he scored in the 12th race on Saturday at Northfield Park. The triumph was a gate-to-wire victory aboard Zumba in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface. Harness Racing fans have been count…

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Horseman Harold Lunde, trained Rotation, dies

Harald Lunde, 72, has died in Norway. He was regarded as one of the top Norwegian horsemen and he enjoyed success in his native country as well as North America, where he trained the stakes winners Rotation and Banker Hall. Lundy was born in Lademoen outside Trondheim, just a few steps from Leang…

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Michigan horseman John Schubert dies at 80

John Schuberg, 80, died after a long battle with dementia on Saturday, Nov. 24. Schuberg, a resident of Perrysburg, Ohio, earned $ 1.9 million as a trainer and $ 406,564 as a driver. He was a US Trotting Association director, representing District 2. He was elected to the USTA Board in 1986 …

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Kim Sholty, daughter of late Hall of Famer, dies

Kimberly Sholty, 57, of Westport, Conn., a daughter of the late Hall of Famer George Sholty and the late Myrna Sholty, devoted and much loved wife of Joseph Martens and mother of two sons, Jack and Finn, died on Friday, Nov. 23, following a brief illness. She grew up in Old Westbury on Long Islan…

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Shartin N makes Horse of the Year case

She’s done all she can do. Now, she hopes the Horse of the Year voters are in her corner. Shartin N became the first older pacing female to earn $ 1 million in a single season by taking the $ 175,000 TVG Mares Pace in 1:50.3 in a dominant performance over a sloppy track at the Meadowlands Saturday …

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McWicked monstrous as Sears doubles in TVG

McWicked completely dominated his foes for a third straight stakes start, and in the process, likely wrapped up Horse of the Year honors Saturday night at the Meadowlands after taking the $ 350,000 TVG Open Pace by 2 lengths over Dealt A Winner in 1:48 over a sloppy track. Filibuster Hanover was thir…

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Gokudo Hanover has bounced back since colic

Gokudo Hanover joined the ranks of Scott Di Domenico’s stable last fall and quickly became one of the top horses in his barn. He won the local Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers twice and placed another two times over the winter. Di Domenico thought enough of the gelding to enter him in the first leg o…

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Pine Dust grabs another victory at Dayton

Chalk bettors enjoyed the $ 18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night, while some others chasing longshots were rewarded in the co-featured $ 18,500 Mares Open Pace. Pine Dream was the repeat winner of the weekly top trot, scoring for driver Aaron Merriman in 1:53.3. The favorit…

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Captain Crunch leads Fall Final Four winners at Big M

Captain Crunch and driver Scott Zeron tipped three wide coming off the final turn and powered through the stretch to win the $ 469,300 Governor’s Cup for 2-year-old male pacers by 3-3/4 lengths over Mac’s Power in 1:50.3 on a wet Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Blood Money finished t…

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Mohawk Park to remember Bill Gale Thursday

Woodbine Mohawk Park has announced a moment of silence in memory of Bill Gale will be held prior to Thursday evening’s races. The moment of silence will take place at approximately 6:55 p.m. and horsepeople and industry participants are invited to gather in the winner’s circle for the mom…

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My Cherry Pie upsets at The Meadows

Trailing by six lengths at the three-quarters, My Cherry Pie turned on the jets in the lane and pulled off a 7-1 upset in Wednesday’s $ 20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Making her Meadows debut for trainer Dane Snyder and owners Linwood Higgins, Jason Ash, Vicki Go…

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McCarthy sweeps Philly trotting features

With the “Trottin’ Thursday” program usually featured weekly at Harrah’s Philadelphia knocked out by the dark racing day on Thanksgiving Thursday, Wednesday became the day that featured several fields of quality trotters at the riverside oval. And the guy who was on fire in the featured trots wa…

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Kaitlyn Rae wins 14th of year at Batavia

Who has 62 lifetime wins, 14 of which were taken this year and is currently the fourth winningest mare in North America? That would be Kaitlyn Rae, who bested the top female pacers in western New York once again on Wednesday evening after she won the $ 10,400 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares …

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Freshman trotters race DSBF leg at Dover

The final leg for 2-year-old trotting fillies went to post early at 4:10 p.m. in a non-wagering event Wednesday at Dover Downs. Command The Day (CR Commando-Deanna Troy) did command the way as last week’s winner, Bella’s Party Punk, went off stride at the three-quarter pole. This was her first w…

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Jimmy Freight wins Progress Pace elim

Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) collected his 11th victory of the season on Wednesday evening in the $ 35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs by besting Breeders Crown victor Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) in 1:49.2. This Is The Plan (Tim Tetrick) was third. Leaving from post pos…

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Moira Fanning to be honored by USHWA chapter

Name a committee, executive board or organization in all of harness racing and chances are that Moira Fanning has served it–well. In fact, her name has become synonymous with getting the job done in Standardbred Sport. On Sunday, December 2, USHWA’s Monticello-Goshen Chapter will present Fan…

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Coleman, King talk about McWicked, Shartin N

Harness racing’s top-ranked horses, No. 1 McWicked and No. 2 Shartin N, head to their respective TVG Series championships Saturday at The Meadowlands Racetrack looking to bolster their Horse of the Year credentials while closing out historic seasons. The Meadowlands hosts four TVG Series finals…

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