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Pat Crowe reminisces about Mohawk

on 05/23/2013 2:00 AM
When Mohawk Racetrack opens its doors for another season Thursday night, it will be doing so for its 50th straight year. The oval has been a Campbellville fixture since April 26, 1963.   Pat Crowe, who will forever be known as the conditioner of, arguably, the greatest pacer of all-time, Cam Fella, captured the inaugural race when he guided David Hal B across the wire first for...
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Freshmen set to qualify Friday at Meadows

on 05/23/2013 2:00 AM
Sixteen 2 year olds will face the starter on Friday morning at The Meadows, making their first official appearances behind a starting gate.   The first qualifying race of the day features eight pacers, four of which are from the Jason Shaw Stable. Among sires, Four Starzzz Shark and Dragon Again lead the way with two entrants each.   Seven trotters will take to ...
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Minor hopes to be coming to Hambo with Smilin Eli

on 05/23/2013 2:00 AM
Don't get him started. Like so many horsemen, trainer Deshawn Minor understandably can barely contain his enthusiasm when you mention the Hambletonian, especially with a prospect in one his stalls at Magical Acres in Chesterfield, N.J.   It's time to dream again for Minor, who teamed up with his older brother Dewayne to finish sixth in the 2000 edition with New Jersey Sires Stakes c...
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Economy Terror a top contender for Betsy Ross

on 05/23/2013 2:00 AM
Owner Howard Taylor hopes Economy Terror can return to be a feared force among female pacers this season. The 4-year-old Economy Terror is among eight horses in Sunday's $250,000 Betsy Ross Mares Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. The field includes Anndrovette, who was voted harness racing's best older female pacer in 2012 and 2011, as well as defending champion Royal Cee Cee N. Sunday...
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Meadows to honor veterans on Saturday

on 05/23/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is proud to announce that on Saturday night of Memorial Day Weekend (May 25), horsemen at The Meadows will honor veterans that have lost their lives for their country. At 6:30PM, prior to the first race of the evening (6:55 post), horsemen will walk from the paddock to the winners circle for the National Anthem, accompanied by a loc...
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"Butch" supplemented when NYSS changed

on 05/23/2013 2:00 AM
The Doctor is in...to the tune of 30-large.  New York Sire Stakes freshman champion Doctor Butch begins his 3-year-old seasonSaturday night, supplementing into Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. A dozen sophs—nine colts and three-geldings--entered the Rooney, necessitating a pair of $40,000 eliminations.   Owner Ken Jacobs plunked down $30,000 for the privilege of gettin...
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New Hall of Fame broodmares announced

on 05/23/2013 2:00 AM
Broodmares Grand Lady and Michelle's Jackpot are the newest members of harness racing's Living Horse Hall of Fame. They join Bettor's Delight, Life Sign and Lady Ashlee Ann as 2013 inductees.   A broodmare is automatically elected to the Living Horse Hall of Fame when she produces a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produces a Harness Horse of the Year (U.S. and...
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Reminder re: Meadowlands series, baby races

on 05/22/2013 2:00 AM
Nomination to the three series' written at the Meadowlands to accommodate the Freehold horsemen through the month of June require a payment of $100, which must be received by the Racing Office by Tuesday, May 28.   Also, Meadowlands Race Secretary Pete Koch and Rick Kane of Pocono have agreed to alternate weekly writing a class for older trotting mares. As a result, a $25,000 Mare O...
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Vernon Downs announces revised schedule

on 05/22/2013 2:00 AM
There are a number of schedule changes for racing at Vernon Downs as a result of the recent quarantine, which is to be lifted on Saturday, June 1.   Horses that are not stabled at Vernon may enter to race for the June 1 card and from there forward. Qualifiers for that week will be held on Saturday, June 1, as well to accommodate trainers with horses that need to be qualified that ar...
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Gingras holds onto lead in Grand Circuit standings

on 05/22/2013 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras continued to extend his lead in the Grand Circuit driving standings as he posted 37.5 points this past weekend in Grand Circuit action at Meadowlands Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack.   Gingras was in the winner's circle at the Meadowlands behind Sweet Lou in the $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity for 4-year-old pacers and finished in a dead heat for second with Wis...
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Breed to Woodstock and help tornado victims

on 05/22/2013 2:00 AM
Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio, wants harness racing to help the victims of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday, killing at least 24 people, including nine children.   "Sugar Valley will donate a breeding to our pacing stallion Woodstock if the full stud fee is paid up front, and the proceeds will go to those affected by the destruction of the Plaza Towers Elementar...
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Saratoga Mutuel Supervisor to celebrate 90th birthday

on 05/21/2013 2:00 AM
Next month, Saratoga Casino and Raceway will celebrate the 90th birthday of a team member who has been part of the company since 1946. Charlie Hoffman, Mutuel Supervisor, began working at the harness track 67 years ago. His career started at the $2 show window, part-time for only the summer seasons, and later became year-round as racing expanded. After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, Ho...
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Pepsi NA Cup to air on Sportsnet in HD

on 05/21/2013 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has signed a deal with Sportsnet to air the 30th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup, slated for Saturday, June 15, at Mohawk, on Sportsnet's The Score.   The one-hour broadcast, a joint production of WEG and Sportsnet, is scheduled for 9 p.m. (EDT), with the race set for 9:42 p.m.   It will be the first time that a Standardbred race ...
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Goshen matinees scheduled for June

on 05/21/2013 2:00 AM
For the 52nd consecutive season Goshen Historic Track will again offer matinee racing during the month of June. And these matinees can double as qualifying races.   Again this year the races will be offered on Sundays in June with the first program on June 2, followed by events on June 9 and June 16.   Entries can be made by calling Historic Track at (845) 294-5333 or (84...
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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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