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A "hopskipanajump" into winner's circle?

on 03/28/2013 2:00 AM
Given the choice between restaurant management and stable management, Lisa Zabielski prefers the latter.   "I like being in the barn, it's easier,” Zabielski said, laughing. "The horses don't talk back or complain. And it's definitely more fun, especially in the summer. You're not stuck inside.”   The 25-year-old Zabielski, from Greenfield, N.Y., hopes her outdo...
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Tyler Buter drives 2,000th winner

on 03/28/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Tyler Buter drove his 2,000th winner on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Buter, 27, accomplished the feat with Zooming.   Zooming, a 5-year-old gelding by Classic Photo, scored in 1:55.4. Buter owns the winner with Steve Oldford, Oldford Farms LLC, and his wife, Amber, who also trains the horse.   Buter, a native of Michigan, is the so...
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Southwind Farms' Connie Skolnick dies

on 03/28/2013 2:00 AM
Connie Skolnick, who together with her husband, Allen, own Southwind Farms, has died at the age of 84 due to pancreatic cancer.   The funeral service for Mrs. Skolnick will be at 10 a.m. on March 31 at Boulevard Riverside Chapels, 1450 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557. Visit www.boulevardriversidechapel.com for more information.   Mrs. Skolnick and her husb...
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New Weekend Preview now available

on 03/28/2013 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available and in addition to taking a look at this weekend's leg of the George Morton Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers, there is also news about the 2012 Pennsylvania Breeders Awards and a spring training update from horseman John Butenschoen, who is winter training at Southern Oaks in central Florida.   You can also catch up...
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HTA scholarship applications available

on 03/28/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Tracks of America College Scholarship Fund is offering three, $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education to students actively involved in the sport of harness racing or to the children of harness racing professionals (living or deceased), including licensed drivers, trainers, caretakers or management officials.   Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic me...
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DSBF 3FP opener raced at Dover

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
Country Romance and Podium posted victories in $20,000 first leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old filly pace preliminaries on Tuesday at Dover Downs.   Allan Davis steered William Moffett's Country Romance to the lead heading to the half and then romped home for a 1:58.2 victory in one of the two prelims. It was the fourth career win for the Giant Hit-Give A Hoot ...
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Winbak's Ladwig turns driver for parade

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm Yearling Manager, James Ladwig, took his turn as a driver in the annual Chesapeake City St. Patrick's  Day Parade in Chesapeake City, Maryland.
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Temple Of Doom's return day is Friday

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
Temple Of Doom is back on the racetrack and driver Andy Miller hopes the trotter soon will be back in the winner's circle.   Sidelined nearly all of last year because of an injury, Temple Of Doom won a qualifier by a half-length over Arch Madness in 1:55.4 on March 23 at the Meadowlands. It was the 6-year-old trotter's first action since winning his only two starts of 2012, both at ...
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Handle on PA horse races increased in 2012

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released its sixth annual Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report on Wednesday (March 27). Since its first release in 2008, this annual report has concentrated on the impact that Pennsylvania's casinos have had on the state's horse racing industry.   Among the report's findings, total dollars wagered on Pennsylvania races in 2012, referred to as ...
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No Coleman/Harris horses allowed at Meadowlands

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned that In the wake of trainer Casie Coleman's 60-day suspension by the Ontario Racing Commission as a result of three positive tests for flumethasone at Woodbine Racetrack, horses trained by her assistants will not be allowed to race at the Meadowlands during the course of that suspension.   Coleman's suspension began March 5 and is schedul...
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Scarborough Downs opens meet Saturday

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
The Scarborough Downs staff is busy gearing up for Opening Weekend as the 108-day, 2013 live harness racing meet gets underway on Saturday, March 30th at 4 pm and Sunday, March 31, at 1:05 pm. Fridays will be added to the schedule beginning April 5th (4:00 pm post). The track is pleased to be racing on Monday, May 27th Memorial Day (1:05 pm post), and Thursdays will be added to the live race s...
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Ohio commission delays Dayton racetracks

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
For the third time this month, the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) Wednesday morning told Penn National Gaming Inc. and Miami Valley Gaming officials to add more seats at planned racetrack/casino projects in Dayton. The OSRC is withholding approval until it deems as adequate the number of seats, which means a delay in planned construction.   Penn National hop...
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Canada's Hall of Fame ballot announced

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
Racing greats Secretariat and Niatross figure prominently on the 2013 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame election ballot, which reflects the changes announced earlier this year. Eligibility now includes those people and horses that brought honor to Canadian horse racing.   Also new to this year's ballot is the Communicators category, added to honor those who have been instrumental i...
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Father-son dead heat at Monticello

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
It was just another lazy early spring afternoon at Monticello Raceway with 10 races carded  and nothing unusual  happening until lightning struck.   Not literally. The lightning referred to was that a once in a lifetime thing occurred when a father and son finished in a dead heat for win in the ninth race on Wednesday. Jimmy Marohn Sr.  was driving  Quiet Hero (1...
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Another contender for Handicapping Championship

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
Tedd Derian of the Bronx, NY, won the Meadowlands Racetrack’s March WHHC Qualifier held on March 23, 2013. Derian captured first place with a big score in the final race of the night.  His $40 win wager on Dana’s Sharp Smart in Race 12 paid $304 and ended his night with a bankroll of $466.50. Derian’s win earned him the $2,280 cash prize and a $1,000 seat in the World Harness H...
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Solo Command, Triple Command in DSBF elims

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
The ‘Commands’  prevailed in 1st leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding trots with victories by Solo Command and Triple Command in $20,000 divisions while 82-1 Sand Top Gun was longshot winner of the $23,000 Open/Handicap trot. In the first section, Jim Morand sent Solo Command right to the front and had little trouble en route to a 1:59.1 victory...
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Tug River Dylan steps up with win at Pompano

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
Tug River Dylan, off of a lifetime best 1:54 winning performance last week in Open 3 ranks, stepped up to the big time at Pompano Park on Wednesday night—the Open 1 class—and scored a very handy win for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.1. Owned and trained by Robert Dutilly, the seven year-old got a picture perfect drive from Wally Hennessey, stalking the pace-setting My Man (Kevin Wallis) through f...
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Promisemethis takes Meadows series final

on 03/27/2013 2:00 AM
Used twice in the mile, Promisemethis still had plenty in reserve Wednesday at The Meadows as she captured the $29,500 championship of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Dan Rawlings hustled Promisemethis to the three hole from post 7 and didn’t hesitate to send the 3-year-old daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Promisemespring after the lead at the quarte...
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Career marks set in Youthful divisions

on 03/26/2013 2:00 AM
The opening round of the Youthful Series kicked off on Monday evening at Woodbine with Orillia Joe and Classic Gen finding the wire first. In doing so, the pair also lowered their career marks.   In the first division, Orillia Joe, driven by Paul MacDonell, went gate to wire in 1:52.4.   The son of Western Ideal led through panels of :27, :56.1 and 1:24.3, before using a ...
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Eric Cherry talks about cartel wagering

on 03/26/2013 2:00 AM
Eric Cherry, who races horses as Let It Ride Stables and owns the South Florida Trotting Center in Florida, has written the following in response to recent articles regarding cartel wagering at the Meadowlands Racetrack:   The recent article about cartel wagering and how The Meadowlands is secretly fostering this practice to the detriment of horsemen in order to artificially raise t...
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