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Transcending scores in featured Philly opener

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
A ferocious open-stretch rally propelled Transcending ($3.40) to victory in the featured $23,000 conditioned pace on Friday evening's Opening Night card at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The Ron Burke-trained Transcending sat off a contested early pace before brushing to the lead and subsequently yielding the pacesetting duties to Rockin Robert (Eric Goodell) through a :55.3 half mil...
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Nominations increase for 2013 Am-Nats

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
After a banner year of American National Stakes that attracted the sport's top pacers and trotters in 2012, Balmoral Park is looking forward to another stellar season as February nominations for the prestigious stakes are up in total and once again read like a who's who of Standardbred royalty.   Nominations for the aged pace are up four in total to 47 and feature the likes of such...
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Foiled Again 3rd in qualifer; big morning for Burke

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
After a Friday night in which his horses swept the featured races at the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Harrah's Philadelphia, trainer Ron Burke posted five victories in qualifiers Saturday morning at the Big M. Included was a one-two-three sweep in the last qualifiers with horses who have combined earnings of more than $6.8 million.   The last qualifier was the s...
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Kathleen Abbatiello dies in New Jersey

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
Kathleen Frances McMahon Abbatiello, the wife of Hall of Fame horseman Anthony Abbatiello, died Saturday, March 9, following a brave fight against lymphoma. Mrs. Abbatiello was born and raised in Freehold, N.J. She graduated from Freehold Regional High School.   In 1960, she married Standardbred horseman Anthony Abbatiello and moved to Five Point Farm in Colts Ne...
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Meadows horsemen do some Harlem Shakin'

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
The NBA champion Miami Heat have nothing on harness racing and the horsemen from The Meadows.   After morning qualifying races on Friday, March 9, Meadows horsemen banded together to produce harness racing's version of the Harlem Shake, which features Brett Miller handling the opening solo dance.   Harlem Shake, a song originally recorded by American DJ and producer Baauer,...
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Escape The News in 1:48.4 in Aquarius

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
In a reversal of fortune from last weekend's opening round of the Aquarius Series for 4-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands, Escape The News edged past Warrawee Needy in the final strides to score a 1:48.4 victory in Saturday's night's five-horse, $35,000 division of the second round of the Aquarius.   Making the lead coming out of the first turn for driver Mark MacDonald was Warrawe...
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David Miller hot on a snowy Big M night

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
It may have been a snowy night in East Rutherford, N.J., but that did little to stop the hot hands of the Buckeye, Dave Miller. By night's end, Miller won five of 10 races on the card.   Miller swept the early double, a sequence that included a very impressive win by Jurgen Hanover, a young trotter with plenty of upside. Jurgen Hanover took back, tracked cover, loomed up t...
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PASS payments postmarked by March 15

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
A reminder to horsemen that Pennsylvania Sire Stakes payments for March must be postmarked by Friday, March 15.   For 2 year olds, the payments due are $150 for pari-mutuels and $25 for fairs. This payment MUST BE MADE for the horse to have any future opportunities in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (and the Stallion Series, eligibility for which is "included” in the pari-mutuel...
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Hambletonian Society payments due March 15

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Friday, March 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked no later than midnight on Saturday, March 16.   The Hambletonian Society services 129 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events theweb site http://www.hambletonian.org/ contains all the tools and information necessa...
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Meadows horse died of natural causes

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
A necropsy done on Lislea Isabella, one of two horses that died within minutes of each other on Feb. 4 at The Meadows, reportedly shows that the cause of death was natural causes of either exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhaging, an electrolyte imbalance or some other cause.   The 8-year-old mare Lisla Isabella collapsed and died while on the track prior to racing. In the next race ...
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More track deals reached in Ontario

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
Ontario's horse-racing industry waited with bated breath on Friday for Premier Kathleen Wynne to make her much-anticipated announcement regarding the future of racing in the province.   "The reason there are so many of you here today is because this is such an important industry, and I know you've got lots of questions about how we're going to go forward," said Wynne, who has also t...
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Youth Foundation looking for trainers

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is seeking qualified trainers to condition its stable of Trottingbreds in preparation for the organization's 2013 summer program schedule.   Volunteer trainers are expected to jog or exercise the horse on a daily basis to build stamina, but no actual training miles are required. Trainer is responsible for all care, feed, hay, bedding, and shoeing. ...
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WEG applauds Ontario gaming announcement

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) president and CEO Nick Eaves released the following statement in response to Premier Kathleen Wynne's announcement Friday that her new government intends to integrate horse racing with the provincial gaming strategy to ensure future revenue streams for racetracks: "WEG is very pleased that Premier Wynne has personally intervened to ensure that Onta...
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Delaware fair payments due March 15

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 69th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 44th Jugette, the 62nd Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 63rd Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2011 and will be raced in 2014.   Sustaining payments are also due for the 74th Standardbred 2-year-old colt and filly stakes for foals of 2011...
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Pick 10 winners at Western Fair, win $1,000

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
The Raceway at The Western Fair District will offer a new daily promotion starting Monday, March 11.   The "Pick 10 For A Grand" contest is free to play and requires correctly selecting 10 consecutive winners during the race program. The contest will run from races 3-12 daily and is available both online and for those customers on track.   Anyone who correctly select...
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Quick Deal in 1:52.1 in Horse & Groom

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras has told trainer Ron Burke that Quick Deal was the fastest trotter he's ever driven, and the 5-year-old Revenue gelding showed he might prove his driver right as he scored an impressive 1:52.1 victory in the single $18,000 division of the second leg of the Horse & Groom Series Friday night at the Meadowlands.   Leaving from the outside post eight, Quick Deal...
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Ontario Sires Stakes deadline moved to April 30

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission announced Thursday that the sustaining payment deadline for both the 2- and 3-year-old Standardbred Ontario Sires Stakes has been extended to April 30.   While government and racetrack operators continue their negotiations surrounding transition funding, it was determined through consultation with the Standardbred Advisory Group that an extension o...
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Racing's future in Ontario to be addressed Friday

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
A media-only press conference scheduled for Friday at Grand River Raceway will reportedly be used by the Ontario government to make an announcement concerning the future of racing in the province.   A release from the Premier's Office stated that "an announcement on the future of the horse racing industry in Ontario" will be made at the press conference.
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Meadowlands nominations show increase

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
With the final count now in from the Feb. 15 payments, nominations to the brand new $1 million Free For All races scheduled for the Meadowlands fall meet have exceeded expectations.   Both the pacing and trotting races attracted 36 nominees with most of the stars of the division listed among them. Payments continue through May 15 for those races.   A pleasant side-effect...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Daryl Bier believes Modern Family is the best and Ron Burke has the same sentiment about his duo of DW's NY Yank and Quick Ideal, and you can read their opinions of the looming showdown in Friday night's Horse & Groom Series at the Meadowlands in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview that is now available. Also, just five 4-year-old pacers will line up behind the gate in Saturd...
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