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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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USHWA adjusts Dan Patch format

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
With the conclusion of the annual meetings and the Dan Patch Awards dinner conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association this past weekend at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, there were some dramatic changes passed in the format for announcing year-end award winners. A new procedure for awards in USHWA's 'Rules and Regulations' was submitted by the Kentucky ...
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Draw schedule change at Meadowlands

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
The draw schedule for the Meadowlands is changing with the move to a live racing schedule of Friday and Saturday only.   The box will close at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 11, for Friday, March 15, races and 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, for the Saturday, March 16, card.   Enter by 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, for the final Thursday card of the 2013 season raced on March 14. ...
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Artstanding, Lislea Miles keep streaking at Dover

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Mustang Art scored a 1:51 victory in the $30,000 Delaware Special and Artstanding blew away the opposition to win his sixth consecutive start to highlight Thursday racing at Dover Downs.   On another windy day, Mustang Art and Ron Pierce returned to the winner's circle for the first time since mid-January fashioning a 1:51 victory for trainer Jim McGuire and owners Max Walton ...
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Payments reduced for Nadia Lobell, Moni Maker

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will host the Nadia Lobell and Moni Maker during the 2013 fall meet on Saturday, Nov. 30. These events offer a purse estimated at $200,000 for 3-year-old pacing and trotting fillies, respectively.   Nominations are due March 15.   Payments for these races have been slightly reduced and will be taken by The Red Mile. Nomination forms are available at ...
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St. Louis Jr.'s license revoked for 2 years

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Michigan-based horseman Marc St. Louis Jr. has had his occupational license revoked and deemed ineligible for licensing until February 2015 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board for violation of probation stemming from an earlier incident in which he was suspended one year following the death of a horse and then attempting to "conceal, tamper and destroy evidence…by improperly burning and bur...
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Yonkers cancels Thursday race card

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Due to the late-winter inclement weather descending upon the greater New York area, Yonkers Raceway has cancelled both live racing and evening simulcasting on Thursday.   Live racing (and evening simulcasting) is scheduled to resume Friday, Mar. 8, with the usual 7:10 p.m. first post.   Thursday afternoon simulcasting is scheduled to wrap up at approximately 6:15 p.m., wh...
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Illinois committee approves gaming expansion

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
An expanded gaming bill has passed by a vote of 10-4 in the Illinois Senate Executive Committee that would approve slot machines at racetracks, five new casinos and slot machines at Chicago airports. Gov. Pat Quinn recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed expanded gaming, saying it was excessive and did not have ethical standards.   While the bill would allow slots at racetrac...
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Grandich to sponsor St. Paddy Pace

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
When Monticello Raceway presents its 13th annual St. Paddy Pace for drivers of Irish heritage, for the first time since the its inception, the race will have a sponsor.   Peter Grandich is a sportsman and horse owner whose Trinity Financial Sports and Entertainment Management Company (http://www.trinityfsem.com/) provides insurance and estate planning services to professional athle...
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Meadowlands qualifiers moved to Saturday

on 03/06/2013 12:00 AM
Due to the forecast of a winter storm, Meadowlands qualifying races for this week have been moved to Saturday morning at 10 a.m.   Entries are being taken this morning with the box to close at 9 a.m. Race Office phone is (877) 782-2537. (Meadowlands)
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Devan, Hempt to museum executive committee

on 03/06/2013 12:00 AM
The Board of Trustees of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located in Goshen, N.Y., met Friday, March 1, during the Harness Racing Congress in Ft. Lauderdale to discuss filling executive committee vacancies left by the passing of John A. Cashman Jr. and Paul E. Spears.   The Board unanimously supported the Executive Committee's recommendation to appoint Lawrence S. ...
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New events at the Meadowlands

on 03/06/2013 12:00 AM
 A few new races have been added for this season at the Meadowlands.   The Meadowlands Maturity is an opportunity for the 4 year olds to race for a purse estimated at $100,000 ($75,000A). There is no condition on the race; it is open to all aged 4 years and the top 10 lifetime money winners entered will be accepted into the race. No payment is necessary to be eligible other than t...
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Major Herbie takes feature trot at Dover

on 03/06/2013 12:00 AM
Starting from post 8 was not a burden for Major Herbie who closed strongly in the stretch to record a 1:57.2 victory in the $16,500 Winners-Over feature trot on Wednesday, March 6 on a ‘sloppy’ track at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce drove the win, Major Herbie’s third in four races, overtaking early leader Allmar Surprise after turning down the lane, and rolled on for his 19th lifetime vi...
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Waiting On A Woman wins 4th in a row at Pompano

on 03/06/2013 12:00 AM
Waiting On A Woman led from his first step off the gate to his widening last strides through the wire in winning his fourth straight Open 1 Trot at Pompano Park on Wednesday night over Lugar (Bruce Ranger) and I’ll Tell You What (Dave Ingraham). Last week’s winner, Pure Barre (Kevin Wallis) was fourth with She’s All In (Luke Plano) next and picking up the remaining marble. The five year-o...
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Hoosier Park gearing up for 2013 meet

on 03/06/2013 12:00 AM
Final preparations are underway on the backstretch at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in anticipation of the return of live Standardbred racing. Now in its 20th season, the Standardbred meet will begin on April 2 and offer five days of racing per week through Nov. 9, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. (EDT).   Horseman who have been granted stalls for the meet may begin moving in ...
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Cal Expo & Pompano in a dead-heat

on 03/05/2013 12:00 AM
In one of the most heated contests of the new year, the Cal-Expo/Pompano Park Pro-Am competition, featuring the leading drivers at both tracks, finished in a dead-heat with each team winding up with 124 points in the six race event. Wally Hennessey led all drivers with 56 points on the strength of three wins in the competition featuring a 13-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system. Steve Wiseman led ...
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HHI announces new board of directors for 2013

on 03/05/2013 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International, who participated in the 2013 Harness Racing Congress held at the Westin Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL, on March 2 & 3, announces a new Board of Directors for 2013. Tom Luchento was elected as President, while Kim Hankins will serve as First Vice President and Tony Somone will serve as Second Vice President.  Luchento is the President ...
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ORC suspends Casie Coleman indefinitely

on 03/05/2013 12:00 AM
Casie Coleman, recently honored as Canada's 2012 Trainer of the Year, the record fifth time she has been recognized with the O'Brien Award, has been suspended indefinitely by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC). A hearing has reportedly been scheduled for Monday, March 11. The suspension was issued on Monday and it scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Coleman, who is winter training at ...
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No timetable for return of San Pail

on 03/05/2013 12:00 AM
San Pail, a three-time winner of the Maple Leaf Trot and Canada's Horse of the Year in 2011, hasn't posted a pari-mutuel start since last April, but is travelling smoothly along the road to recovery.   Trained by Rod Hughes for Hughes Stable Inc. and breeder Glenn Van Camp, San Pail, a winner of over $3 million, is recovering from a suspensory injury to his left hind ankle. "'...
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