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PA budget passed; diversion of 17% sunsets

on 07/02/2013 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition has announced that a provision of state code that resulted in the diversion of 17 percent -- more than $200 million over the last four years -- from the Race Horse Development Fund has sunset with the adoption of the state budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition also partially turned back a budget proposal to divert approxi...
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Upstate NY USHWA puts Manges, Menchi in Hall

on 07/02/2013 2:00 AM
Last Saturday night Buffalo Raceway hosted the families of two local racing legends as they were inducted into the Upstate New York USHWA Harness Racing Hall of Fame.   Del Manges, who was a driving star from the late 1950s through the early 1970s and Pat Menchi, who was at the forefront of the breeding scene his whole career, were both installed posthumously as their relatives acc...
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Another strong month in June for Meadowlands

on 07/02/2013 2:00 AM
On the heels of a record month of May. the Meadowlands powered its way through a big month of June. For the second consecutive month, the Meadowlands posted gains in on-track and export handle, thanks in part to event marketing.   "June began with a bang with Jerseyfest 2013,” said general manager/CEO Jason Settlemoir. "The momentum never stopped. With events like camel and ostric...
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2YOFP debuts in 1:52.4, breaks sesamoid

on 07/02/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Anette Lorentzon told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that Book Babe, who scorched the Mohawk seven-eighths mile oval Monday night in 1:52.4 in her career debut in an Ontario Sires Stakes (ONSS) division, has suffered a broken sesamoid bone in her left hind leg and will not return to the races in 2012. Book Babe, with Billy Davis Jr. driving, won her ONSS split in wire-to-wire f...
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Only one elim needed for Meadowlands Pace

on 07/02/2013 2:00 AM
After working hard to win the Max C. Hempt Memorial last weekend, Captaintreacherous will do no work at all to advance to the final of the Meadowlands Pace.   Captaintreacherous was among three horses to receive a bye based on seasonal earnings to the July 13 final after a total of 13 horses entered the race for 3-year-old pacers. A single 10-horse elimination will be held Saturday ...
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Hoosier has all trot card Wednesday, July 3

on 07/02/2013 2:00 AM
On Wednesday, July 3, Hoosier Park will play host to a 14-race card comprised of all trotting events. The first of its kind at Hoosier Park, the evening will feature two divisions of the fourth round of the $10,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies.   The 2-year-olds will also be out in full force at the Anderson, IN track as the late-closing action for fres...
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Lowe named Delaware Fair GM through 2013

on 07/02/2013 2:00 AM
The Board of Directors of the Delaware County Agricultural Society has announced that William C. "Bill” Lowe will serve as general manager through December 31, 2013. The 2013 Delaware County Fair runs from September 14 through September 21.   Lowe is very familiar with the Delaware County Fair and its cornerstone event , the Little Brown Jug. Lowe has been...
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Frau Blucher stars in PA All Stars

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Frau Blucher picked up her fourth victory in as many tries this year, highlighting Pennsylvania All Stars action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Sunday night.   Frau Blucher (Broadway Hall--My Angel), who had already won three Pennsylvania Sires Stakes races to start her 2013 campaign, continued her dominance with a half-length win over Fashion Athena in one of three $35,000 divis...
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Pizza Dolce brother ties Buffalo 2CT mark

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
The Lindy Treaty, a 2-year-old colt trotter by Conway Hall, out of the Valley Victory mare Peace A Pie, won his $38,562 division of the New York Sire Stakes in 2:01.2 at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon. That winning time now goes in the record book along with Timothy Patrick (2012) for 2-year-old colt trotters at Buffalo.   It was the first lifetime start for The Lindy...
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Top Swedish trainer Svanstedt to relocate to US

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Sweden's Trav Ronden news magazine has reported that top Swedish horseman Ake Svanstedt has announced he intends to relocate to the United States this fall and will winter train at Palema Farm in Vero Beach, Fla. Svanstedt said he decided to make the move because after working hard for 30 years, he will get to avoid working in harsh winter conditions. "I hope we get the horses so that we...
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Big week of NYSS at Yonkers begins Monday

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Today's phrase that pays is "Sire Stakes-A-Palozza," with Yonkers Raceway hosting three New York Sire Stakes divisions for state-breds this week. On Monday night, it's the $356,456 Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Four races in succession (races 5 through 8) comprise the event. The opening ($89,914) division includes Tirade Hanover (Victor Kirby, post 4), runner-up in la...
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Ohio-sired 2YOs take to track Wednesday

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
A new generation of harness hopefuls take to the track at Northfield Park on Wednesday night in the opening leg of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 2-year-olds. Both trotters and pacers will be in action in five races, each with a $30,000 purse. The action in juvenile races early in the season is often unpredictable as the youngsters have so little racing experience. Some fail to follow through on the...
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"Captain" has added $8,000 to Droste's wallet

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack contest winner, Robert Droste of Clifton, N.J., has a prize that just keeps on giving. In a drawing on May 4, Droste won the grand prize in the "Win a Share of Captaintreacherous” promotion.   More than 10,000 entries were submitted over the course of several Saturday nights, and Droste's name was selected to receive one percent of the pacer's earnings for th...
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Betterthancheddar injured, retired from racing

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Betterthancheddar, who finished eighth in the hotly-contested $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has been retired from racing. According to the horse's trainer, Casie Coleman, "Cheddar" tore his left front suspensory ligament in the race and she is hopeful a deal to stand him at stud can be made.   "We still don't know exactly what happened," a...
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Pompano purse increase; new late-closers added

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Pompano Park has announced a purse increase and is formulating plans for a fall late-closer program when the track reopens for its 50th anniversary season in early October.   The 10 percent purse increase is effective immediately and will continue through closing night, July 27.   Director of racing John Yinger said, "While our seasonal peak is three months past, we ...
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EL Rocket fastest in NYSS 3CT splits

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Monday night hosted the $356,456 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   The opening ($89,914) division wound up with an unintended makeover when 7-10 choice Tirade Hanover (Victor Kirby) jumped it off right before the start. A few others did the dance of the damned, leaving a match race between Blackwolf Run (Sam Schillaci) and O...
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Run And Tell Pap repeats at The Meadows

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Run And Tell Pap made it two straight when he quarter-poled to the lead and rolled to a convincing victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Trot at The Meadows.   Away third, Run And Tell Pap moved crisply to the lead for Dave Palone and never allowed the challengers outside to threaten. He scored in 1:53.2, matching his lifetime mark, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of the rallying Bettis. Early ...
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Foiled Again headed for 5th Battle of Lake Erie

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Foiled Again, the richest pacer in the history of harness racing, is expected to headline the field for the $100,000-plus 28th annual Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on Saturday night, July 20.   Already a two-time Battle champion, Foiled Again would be the first horse in history to win Northfield's most prestigious event three times.   The connections of Foiled Ag...
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Maven, D'Orsay capture Miss Versatility splits

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jonas Czernyson made the most of their venture to Mohawk on Monday evening as the pair took both divisions of the Miss Versatility. The Grand Circuit event featured North America's top trotting mares.   Maven remains unbeaten this season in four starts after her victory in the first division.   In a short field of six, Maven settled away...
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Barn Babe's 1:54.2 best in NYSS for filly trotters

on 06/30/2013 2:00 AM
Barn Babe and John Cummings Jr. posted the fastest mile of the night as the New York Sires Stakes for 3-year old trotting fillies rolled into Tioga Downs on Saturday night. Three divisions of sophomore filly trotters highlighted the 12-race card.   Barn Babe (John Cummings Jr.) left the gate alertly from post position number four and sat a two hole trip behind Wygant Lady (Jeff...
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