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Woodbine casino expansion nixed by council

on 05/21/2013 2:00 AM
On Tuesday, Toronto City Council voted by a count of 24-20 to support a motion introduced by Councillor Mike Layton to oppose expanding the current gaming offerings at Woodbine Racetrack.   Woodbine Entertainment Group issued the following statement: Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is disappointed with today's vote by Toronto City Council against expanded gaming at Woodbine,...
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Abbatiello, Fusco capture Freehold titles

on 05/21/2013 2:00 AM
When the winter-spring meet concluded on May 18 at Freehold Raceway, Eric Abbatiello had claimed his third straight driving title, Vincent Fusco topped the trainers' standings at the Monmouth County track for the first time and 61 days of racing drew a total of $26 million in wagering.   "Our first half of the year results were mixed,” said Freehold general manager Howard Bruno. "...
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12 in Rooney, Doctor Butch supplemented

on 05/21/2013 2:00 AM
A dozen 3-year-olds--nine colts and three geldings--have been entered for the 23rd edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. The number of entrants resulted in a pair of $40,000 eliminations this Saturday night, with the first four finishers in each elim qualifying for the $275,000 final, set for Saturday night, June 1. Eight fillies were entered in the companion Lismore.   ...
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Raven Victory set for PASS at Meadows

on 05/21/2013 2:00 AM
Raven Victory failed to win his first start this season, but the 3-year-old colt trotter showed he could see plenty of triumphs in his future. If that's the case, trainer Linda Toscano won't look this gift horse in the mouth. A son of stallion Andover Hall out of the multiple-stakes-winning mare Winky's Goal, Raven Victory finished second by a half-length to Cajole Hanover in 1:53.3 on May ...
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Foiled Again headlines Molson Pace field

on 05/21/2013 2:00 AM
The $150,000 Molson Pace Invitational is quickly approaching and so far the connections of six horses have accepted invitations to The Raceway at Western Fair District's signature event.   Two-time defending champion – and the richest pacer of all-time – Foiled Again will headline this year’s edition. Joining the career winner of more than $4.8 million will be Aracache Hanover...
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Dan Patch Invitational on HRTV Saturday

on 05/21/2013 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce a renewed partnership with HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, to provide exclusive coverage for the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 25.   Now in its 20th edition, the Dan Patch Invitational pace sets the stage for the top rated horses in North America to convene on H...
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Another new bill for feds to handle doping

on 05/20/2013 2:00 AM
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representatives Joe Pitts (R-PA), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) have introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013 to regulate/prohibit substances, methods and treatments that may be used in racing. The legislation is not the same as the bill they introduced in the last Congress. The bill calls for a new "indep...
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Sweet 16 for Tracys Song!

on 05/20/2013 2:00 AM
In what turned out to be a new track record performance, Tracys Song scored her 16th consecutive victory at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon when the 8-year-old pacing mare toured the double oval in 1:57.3, once again with Bruce Aldrich Jr. at the controls.   Her victory erased the former mark of 15 wins in a row set by Northern Chief and driver Mike Merton in 2010. ...
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Callahan still in control in dash standings

on 05/20/2013 2:00 AM
Corey Callahan was slow to embrace working with racehorses, but he's been quick to win driving them.   The 35-year-old Callahan is the winningest harness racing driver in North America this year, entering Monday with 299 victories. Last month Callahan wrapped up his fourth consecutive leading driver title at Dover Downs in Delaware and he is third in the standings at Harrah's Philad...
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Papa Ray scores in Harrington debut

on 05/20/2013 2:00 AM
Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Papa Ray ($7.40, Jim Morand) made his Delaware debut a winning one Monday by capturing the $18,000 featured Open Pace in 1:52.3.   Trained by Ron Burke, the 4-year-old Village Jolt stallion mounted his attack second-over behind Beavercreek Artist towards three-quarters as pacesetter Fissato set fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.2. Papa Ray ...
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Lislea Moran, Classical Man win Northfield opens

on 05/20/2013 2:00 AM
Lislea Moran was first across the wire in the $6,000 Open Pace in Northfield Park's opening race on Monday. Thomas O'Donnell owns the 7-year-old pacer. Trainer Andy Rickert called upon Northfield Park Wall of Famer Greg Grismore to drive the gelding.   Lislea Moran (Lislea-L'etoile) started from post one and sat the pocket through fractions of :27.3, :56 and 1:24.1. Grismore pu...
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Maven sets record in Miss Versatility opener

on 05/20/2013 2:00 AM
In just the first start of her 4-year-old campaign, Maven lowered the Woodbine track record and equaled the Canadian record for older trotting mares in her division of the $30,000 Miss Versatility Series.   Maven, who captured the Breeders Crown last October at Woodbine, got under the wire first in 1:52 for regular pilot Yannick Gingras.   One More Ginny (Mario Baillargeo...
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Meadowlands card lives up to the hype

on 05/19/2013 2:00 AM
Saturday night at the Meadowlands Championship Meet featured the Arthur J Cutler Memorial, which may well have been the most exciting edition in the stake's sixteen year history with four top trotters hitting the wire together. In addition, the $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity for older pacers was contested with Sweet Lou a winner, plus New Jersey Sires Stakes for 3-year-...
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Scioto wagering sitting high

on 05/19/2013 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs Racino is holding steady at a 33% increase in wagering this year over 2012.  While racing four nights vs three nights per week, Scioto is averaging $164,951 per night in total handle. A large crowd came out to view the Preakness and stayed well through the 14 race card Saturday.  Man He Can Skoot won the Open pace in 1:51.2 for Virgil Morgan, Jr. and driver Greg G...
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Arch Madness gets 1, Take My Picture PP2

on 05/19/2013 2:00 AM
The draw for Sweden's prestigious Elitlopp was held Sunday, and America's hopes for the race, Arch Madness and Take My Picture, drew posts 1 and 2, respectively, in separate eliminations.   The fields are as follws. Elimination 1: 1--Nesta Effe (trainer­ Holger Ehlert), 2--Take My Picture ( Nik Drennan), 3--Timoko (Richard Westerink), 4--Formula One (Reijo Liljendahl), 5--Raja...
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Western Trademark captures feature at Tioga

on 05/19/2013 2:00 AM
In Sunday afternoon’s $16,000 open handicap pace, Western Trademark and Mike Simons used a tough first over grind to hang on for victory at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number four, Western Trademark settled in third as One More Laugh (Ray Schnittker) cut through an opening quarter of 27.3. Mike Simons pulled first over from third past the three eighth’s mile mark of the race, a...
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"Captain" wins; Normandy Invasion sets track mark

on 05/19/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous won his 2013 debut on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, cruising to an under-wraps 1:49.4 victory in a $62,587 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division. Martini Hanover won the first of the four Sires Stakes splits in 1:49.3 to kick off the PASS season for the pacing colts while trainer Brian Brown sent out the other two winners, Beach Memories (1:50.3) and Normand...
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NJSS winners; $53,201 payoff in Pick 4

on 05/18/2013 2:00 AM
The first New Jersey Sires Stakes events of the year were the three year old colt & filly trots on Friday night at The Meadowlands.   Smilin Eli made his first career start a stakes winning endeavor by wearing down the Takter entry of Muscle Mountain and Corky to score in 1:54.4 in the $34,000 colt division. A homebred from Nick Cimino's multiple stakes winning mare Gerri's Joy,...
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Curtsy Hanover's 1:54.1 fastest in PASS

on 05/18/2013 2:00 AM
Finding a late seam inside, Curtsy Hanover poured through the Lightning Lane to pull off a 21-1 upset victory in Friday's $236,320 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows.   The event for 3-year-old filly trotters, known as the Stenographer, was contested over four divisions, with Frau Blucher, Mistery Woman and Drink The Wine also taking $59,080 splits. Jim Morrill, Jr. enjoyed a s...
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New Track Record at Scioto

on 05/18/2013 2:00 AM
With an opening quarter of :26.4, it looked like the Fillies & Mares Open would be a fast mile but no one figured Betterluvnexttime would set a new track record.  Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. guided the five-year-old American Ideal mare to a mile in 1:51.2, which also was her new lifetime best, and set the new track record for aged pacing mares. Al Tomlinson trains Betterluvnexttime fo...
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