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Imperial Count scores in Pocono feature

on 03/31/2013 2:00 AM
Imperial Count overcame a wide final turn to stage a furious rally and win Saturday night's $25,000 Preferred Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Leaving from post position six in a field of seven as the 3-2 second betting choice, Imperial Count (Angus Hall-Miss Imperial) sat sixth in the early going as Photo King cut out the fractions. Driver Tyler Buter sentthe 5-year-old stall...
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Matchmaker Series continues at Yonkers

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
Friday night's second round of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for pacing mares featured a heater, a repeater and another repeater. As was case in the opening round, five, $40,000 forays were on display.   First division--Odds-on Eightunrdolarbill (Brian Sears, $2,70), from post position No. 3, eased to the lead passing the half (:27, :55.2), then was a comfy winner (1:24.3, ...
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Callahan still riding the Meadowlands express

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
You can't stop Corey Callahan, you can only hope to contain him. That has been the growing trend at the Meadowlands in recent weeks. For several years, Callahan has seen his numbers climb, but it wasn't until 2013 that he has become a force to be reckoned with on harness racing's biggest stage.   Named the Driver of the Week last week, Callahan picked up right where he left off, win...
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Raceway Park nearing April 27 opener

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
Raceway Park is readying to commence live racing at theTelegraph Road site where pari-mutuel harness action has been featured continuously since 1962. The 42-night season will run from April 27 through Sept. 15 with live programs presented every Saturday and Sunday evening. First race post time is 6 p.m.   Horsemen are reminded that required ship-in stall applications and waiver of ...
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Hoosier Park set to open April 2

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
The stage is set for a whole new chapter in Hoosier Park racing with the advent of one breed, one track. The 20th season of live racing consists of 160 days of all harness racing and will commence on Tuesday, April 2, with an action-packed 12-race card.   With more than 120 entries flooding the box for opening night, the card will feature four divisionsof the Miss Windfall Seri...
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Mattwestern wins Dunn Memorial final

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
Mattwestern, who had dominated the first three legs of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace, unexpectedly found herself in a horse race in the championship. But she dug in Friday at The Meadows to capture the $28,500 final of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares.   When Mattwestern made her customary quarter-pole move to the lead for Dave Palone, it appeared the 1-5 favor...
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High hopes for filly in Blossom Series

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
After a mediocre campaign last season with Belle Boyd, trainer and co-owner Carl Jamieson remains optimistic about a successful 2013 season and so far the daughter of Art Major hasn't disappointed him.   The bay filly is a perfect two-for-two to start her season after a victory in the opening leg of the Blossom Series last Friday at Woodbine.   "She's come back really wel...
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Deal saves racing at Kawartha Downs

on 03/30/2013 2:00 AM
Reports indicate that a deal was struck late Friday night which will keep Kawartha Downs open for live harness racing through 2014.   A late night deal was struck Friday between Kawartha Downs and the province's transition panel to save harness racing at the Fraserville track, Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal said Saturday.   "Mr. (Skip) Ambrose will continue the operation of r...
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2013 HANA contest to focus on Grand Circuit

on 03/29/2013 2:00 AM
The Horseplayers Association of North America's (HANA) harness racing division in association with the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness (Balmoral and Maywood Parks), the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs is pleased to announce "The 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge.”   The format of this year's competition is a change from past Pen vs. Chip competitions as it...
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Vernon Downs ready to celebrate 60 years

on 03/29/2013 2:00 AM
A celebration of the past with an eye towards bigger and better is the theme as Vernon Downs prepares for its historic 60th anniversary season. Live harness racing begins Friday, April 12. Post time has been moved 10 minutes earlier this season to 6:45 p.m. The racing schedule features 90 race days on a mostly Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedule through Nov. 2.   "This is go...
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Fanning's Fast And Fiesty favored in Petticoat

on 03/29/2013 2:00 AM
Her name may be spelled funny, but Fast And Fiesty is on a serious roll...so much so that she's the early choice for Yonkers Raceway's $59,400 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series on Monday night, April 1.   The Petticoat Series is for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares who were non winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1. Originally scheduled for three p...
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Impressive wins in DSBF 3CP splits at Dover

on 03/29/2013 2:00 AM
Artistic Director, Bags Of Money and Hot Roddy were impressive winners of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund first leg divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on the Thursday card at Dover Downs. The sophomore male pacers concluded the first round of DSBF preliminaries.   Artistic Director, from the first crop of Art Director and out of Demotta Bi...
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Horse Racing Motion carries in Ontario legislature

on 03/29/2013 2:00 AM
On Thursday, the Ontario Legislature carried the motion of Essex's New Democratic Party MPP Taras Natyshak. The pro-horse-racing motion calls for, among other things, the suspension of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s gaming modernization plan, and for changes to the current slots-at-racetracks program to be put on hold. Natyshak's motion was carried with a vote of 53-33, with th...
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Amateur drivers set for East-West Challenge

on 03/29/2013 2:00 AM
The 2013 installment of the East-West Amateur Driving Challenge, the brainchild of former Californian harness racing secretary, Dave Goldschmidt, is now going into its eighth year. This year's edition will take place on April 12-13 at Cal-Expo in Sacramento, California.   The California contingent has won five of the first seven annual events, but the Easterners have assembled ...
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Saunders is high on Nob Hill High

on 03/29/2013 2:00 AM
Bruce Saunders believes Nob Hill High is the type of horse any trainer would love to have in his or her stable. Saunders is certainly glad the 7-year-old pacer is in his.   Last week, Nob Hill High won his first-round division of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. It was his second win of the year, in 10 starts, and the 30th of his career. Nob Hill Hig...
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Kentucky Equine Youth Festival attracts 2,500

on 03/29/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the United States Trotting Association joined forces Wednesday, March 27, to expose more than 2,500 students of all ages to harness racing as part of the Kentucky Equine Youth Festival in Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.     The USTA's Jessica Schroeder, along with HHYF's Executive Director Ellen Taylor and project manager Keith G...
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New Jersey Sires Stakes payments due April 15

on 03/28/2013 2:00 AM
April 15 is the last chance for New Jersey-sired 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to all 2013 New Jersey Sires Stakes pari-mutuel racing programs.   The NJSS Premier Division is scheduled to begin in May for 3 year olds at the Meadowlands. The 2-year-old Premier Division will start in late June. The Green Acres Division for 2 and 3 year olds will t...
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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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