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Vernon draws Wednesday for Saturday, Sunday

on 08/20/2013 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will conduct a double draw on Wednesday, Aug. 21, for Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25 races. The box will close at 9 AM. The race office phone is (315) 829-6825.   Chief among the events for the weekend are the $700,000 Zweig Memorial trot, open and filly divisions, which will be raced on Sunday along with the first leg of the 2013 Drivers' Championship.   The Ex...
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Albert Jeffers, stood studs with wife Mary Lea, dies

on 08/20/2013 2:00 AM
Albert L. Jeffers, 88, a noted philanthropist, horse breeder and retired attorney, died Aug. 10, 2013, in McAllen, Texas, after a long illness. Mr. Jeffers was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Duff, Ind. He attended school in Huntingburg and graduated from Bosse High School in Evansville. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, earning his Dolphins, traveled through the Panama Canal on the sub tender...
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Jamieson gets Drivers' Championship exemption

on 08/20/2013 2:00 AM
Top Canadian driver Jody Jamieson has received the sponsor's exemption and will be the ninth and final competitor in the seventh annual Tioga/Vernon All-Star Drivers' Championship.   Jamieson will be competing in his third straight Drivers' Championship. He accomplished an unprecedented double in 2011 when he won both the Tioga/Vernon Drivers' Championship and the World Driving...
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Seekman seeks first Metro Pace victory

on 08/20/2013 2:00 AM
North America's top freshman pacing colts and geldings are about to thrust into the spotlight. The lucrative $700,000 Metro Pace is slated for Saturday night at Mohawk, but first, a trio of eliminations is required, Saturday at the Campbellville oval.   Illinois-based Joe Seekman has yet to win the rich classic and has a chance with top-ranked pacer Let's Drink On It, who has a...
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Bluffs Real Deal picking up where dam left off

on 08/20/2013 2:00 AM
Tony Domino Jr.'s Bluffs Real Deal ($3.60) earned her second straight victory Tuesday in the featured $11,200 conditioned pace for mares with a 1:53.3 win at Harrington Raceway. Trained by her owner, the 7-year-old McArdle mare set all the fractions in her narrow win over fast-closing Brickyard Nellie and Beechwood Diana. It was the fourth win of the year for Bluffs Real Deal, whose dam Call H...
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New Ontario Racing Commission member

on 08/20/2013 2:00 AM
Rod Seiling, Chair of the Ontario Racing Commission, has announced that Sandra J. Meyrick, BA, MSc, LLB of Toronto, Ontario, has been appointed by the Government of Ontario as a member of the ORC for a period of two years, effective Aug. 7, 2013. Ms. Meyrick is an experienced lawyer, adjudicator, community volunteer, and advocate for vulnerable members of the community. She served as an adjudi...
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Help needed for New Vocations fund-raiser

on 08/20/2013 2:00 AM
Items, services, and table sponsors are needed for the eighth annual Little Brown Jug benefit held in conjunction with the Pre-Jug party on Wednesday (Sept. 18). Proceeds go toward the retraining and placement of retired racehorses and the Delaware Co. Fair.   "We seriously need owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, racetracks, and those that benefit from racing, to help with this fu...
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Morrill sweeps NYSS 2YOCT at Yonkers

on 08/20/2013 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes hit town Tuesday night with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $283,574 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. With the event attracting just a dozen, it meant a pair of divisions going for a cool $141,787 each. That factoid suited driver Jim Morrill Jr. just fine, since he won 'em both.   The first event saw 3-10 favorite Crazzycrazzy (Brian Sea...
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Daniel Semalu wins Jack Campbell Memorial

on 08/19/2013 2:00 AM
Fans packed Clinton Raceway on Sunday (Aug. 18) for the half-mile oval's popular Legends Day program and the 2-year-old trotting colts did their part to entertain the masses in five Grassroots divisions. Solar Son and trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie clocked the fastest Grassroots mile, halting the Clinton teletimer at 2:03 in the seventh race. The Majestic Son gelding bested Southernfrie...
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Raceway has big Ohio Sires Stakes night

on 08/19/2013 2:00 AM
Raceway Park held an Ohio Sires Stakes extravanganza of sorts Sunday night (Aug. 18), with 8 of the 12 races on the card Sires Stakes for both sexes and gaits of 2 year olds.   The fastest of the winners was naturally a competitor in the 2-year-old pacing colt division. Rocket Beau, a son of 2001 Adios winner Pine Valley, won by a neck over Friskie Adam in 1:56.4. Chris Page drove R...
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"Team Captain" congratulates "Team Beach"

on 08/19/2013 2:00 AM
This past Saturday evening, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hosted more than $2 million worth of top quality races in their inaugural Super Stakes Saturday card. The event was well attended and very well done, providing some of the season's best racing.   One of the featured events, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine, resulted in an epic battle between a pair of colts by Somebeachsom...
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Harness racing on new Fox Sports 1 show

on 08/19/2013 2:00 AM
Harness racing fans in North America should be on alert to tune into America's newest sports network, Fox Sports 1 Monday at 5 p.m. (EDT).   The network launched on Saturday, Aug. 17, and will feature a new nightly sports discussion show (Monday-Friday) called "Crowd Goes Wild,” featuring long-time TV personality Regis Philbin.   The network is available to more than 9...
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KY court to hear Instant Racing case next week

on 08/19/2013 2:00 AM
The Louisville Courier-Journal has reported that the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments over Instant Racing next week. It has been three years since Instant Racing was approved by the Kentucky Racing Commission, but legal challenges then were filed. Two tracks, Kentucky Downs and Ellis Park, began offering Instant Racing, but other tracks in the state have waited as the legality of the...
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Regis Philbin & crowd goes wild for Regis The Horse

on 08/19/2013 2:00 AM
The crowd went wild--literally--on Monday's debut of Crowd Goes Wild on the new Fox Sports 1 network as they and host Regis Philbin watched as Regis The Horse won the first race at Harrington Raceway. The 81-year-old Philbin was surprised midway through the one-hour show with the news that a 2-year-old pacer owned and trained by George Teague Jr. had been named in his honor and that he would b...
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All but 1 named for Tioga/Vernon Championship

on 08/19/2013 2:00 AM
Harness racing's version of the All-Star Game returns to Upstate New York when North America's premier drivers compete in the 7th Annual Tioga/Vernon Drivers' Championship. The continent's top six money-winning drivers have been confirmed to participate led by Tim Tetrick, whose mounts have earned more than $9.2 million in 2013. Tetrick has led North America in earnings for an unprecedented si...
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Pounce Hanover taking on Flanagan Memory

on 08/19/2013 2:00 AM
After enduring a winless freshman season, Pounce Hanover finally found his way to the victor's circle on July 20, in his second sophomore start, and the trotting gelding seemed to find the experience to his liking. Since that 1:57.4 score at Georgian Downs, Pounce Hanover has added two more to his resume, including a Grassroots win back at Georgian Downs on Aug. 13.   Making their s...
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Precocious Beauty sets 1:50.2 stakes mark

on 08/18/2013 2:00 AM
Twenty of the sports top freshman pacing fillies were put on display on Saturday evening in a pair of $108,933 divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes.   Precocious Beauty led the way in the first division with a 1:50.2 stakes record to set the tone for next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady Stakes eliminations. Driven by Doug McNair, the daughter of Art Major took over command pa...
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Paco Labrook's 1:48.4 erases Gallo's record

on 08/18/2013 2:00 AM
On a night where records were breaking across the country, it was only fitting that a new all-age track record was made at Scioto Downs Racino as well. Paco Labrook and Brad Hanners broke the 1:50 track record set by Gallo Blue Chip and Dan Dube 13 years ago when they hit the wire in 1:48.4.   "He had the 9-hole last week,” said Hanners. "With the circumstances I just ha...
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A Cool Card continues to win in comeback

on 08/18/2013 2:00 AM
A pair of state-bred stakes, each split into two divisions, along with two carryover pools and two big guaranteed pools highlighted a busy Saturday night of racing action at Balmoral Park. With a total of 15 distaffers dropped into the box for the Parklane Powerful Stakes, a pair of $30,000 splits kicked off the "Elvis Night” action.   In the first division, Mystical Marker F...
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Statesman N takes Yonkers Open Pace

on 08/18/2013 2:00 AM
Statesman N (Jordan Stratton) snapped favored Malak Uswaad N (Eric Goodell) on the money Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Pace. Watching early from post position No. 5, Statesman N saw China Grill (Steve Smith) seat Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett) early Then, Mr. Hasani (Dan Dube) and 2-5 choice Malak Uswaad N stuck their noses in. It resulted in early fractions of :27....
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