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Pure Barre closes fast to win Pompano open

on 02/27/2013 12:00 AM
Pure Barre, part of a powerful Tom Gonsalves entry, conquered five rivals, including her stablemate, and a sloppy racing surface to win the $10,500 Open 1 Handicap Trot on Wednesday night at Pompano Park.   The 5 year-old Classic Photo mare, owned by Gonsalves and driven by Kevin Wallis, used her usual stout closing kick to edge past I'll Tell You What (Dave Ingraham) to win by thr...
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Anders Bluestone joins "Millionaire Club"

on 02/27/2013 12:00 AM
After a nearly two month absence from the winner's circle Anders Bluestone returned in full force to win the $23,000 feature trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday. The win elevated Anders Bluestone into the $1 million win club.   The 7-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Annette Hanover went right to the front and driver Ross Wolfenden never looked back en route to a 1:54 victory. Allmar Surpr...
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NY court says Pena can train horses again

on 02/27/2013 12:00 AM
The Daily Racing Form has reported that a New York state court has ruled that Lou Pena be allowed to train horses again. The New Yorkl Gaming Commission could appeal the court's ruling, and individual tracks can still exercise their exclusion powers. Last year Pena was accused of 1,719 violations of New York racing rules and his license to train horses was suspended..   Pena to...
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Fiesta Camcun upsets in 1:51 at Pompano

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
Diane Hellen's Fiesta Camcun, flawlessly handled by Stephane Lareau, pulled off a major upset in the $10,000 Open Handicap for Mares on Monday night at Pompano Park while Bombilla Hanover put in a startling 1:51 performance in the secondary feature for the distaffers.   Fiesta Camcun, a 7-year-old daughter of Camotion, stalked 1-5 favorite Gold Star Gidget, driven by Ricky Macomber,...
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Tracys Song sings winning tune at Mighty M

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
If anybody had a doubt as to Tracys Song's chances to win the final of Monticello Raceway's Name Your Price Claiming Series for mares on Monday afternoon, it certainly wasn't the betting public. They had so much confidence in the 8-year-old Astreos mare that they sent her off at odds of 1-9 in the eight- horse field comprised of the top point earners in the four-week pacing series. &nb...
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Top Ohio sire Nobleland Sam dies at 30

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
Nobleland Sam, 30, one of the top sires in Ohio breeding history, died Tuesday morning in his stall at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, Ohio, according to farm vice president Dr. John Mossbarger.   The son of Sonsam-Ima Happy Noble was bred, owned and trained by Sam A. Noble, Jr. He showed promise as a 2-year-old, but due to an oversight by Noble, was not staked to the Grand Circ...
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USTA board set to meet during Congress

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
The annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Trotting Association, which will be celebrating its 75th anniversary during 2013, will convene on Saturday, March 2, as part of the upcoming Harness Racing Congress in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   USTA business will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with meetings of the Rules, Executive, Registration, Pari-Mutuel and "Save our Stand...
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Meadowlands momentum continues

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
There is a feeling present at The New Meadowlands that had been absent for the past few years. Excitement pervades the grandstand and there's definitely a buzz throughout the industry. The Meadowlands is becoming cool again!   The competitive racing and climbing handle have resulted in an enticing product for the horseplayer.The results are often subtle; an example being a logical w...
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Comments about Ontario casino push heat up

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
Canadian Hall of Fame member Robert Burgess has written to the Ontario Liberal Government pointing out that the government's Transition Panel' for racing's projections of only $10 Million in purses for racetracks beyond Woodbine facilities is virtually a death sentence for racing elsewhere in Ontario.   Burgess' letter also states that gaming at racetrack slots facilities ...
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25YO qualifies for Handicapping Championship

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
Matt Laman, 25, became the second youngest person to ever capture a handicapping tournament at Meadowlands Racetrack when he beat the field in the World Harness Handicapping Championship qualifier held on Feb. 23.   Laman built his $200 bankroll into $1,113, earning him the $4,720 top cash prize and an $1,000 seat in the World Harness Handicapping Championship on April 13 at Me...
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Bier says Modern Family "best trotter I ever had"

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
The first time Daryl Bier drove Modern Family in a training mile at Dover Downs earlier this year, he came to an exciting conclusion. "I knew he was the best trotter I ever had,” Bier said. "He went in (1):58.2 and came home in 28.2 (seconds) by himself. Regular horses can't do that. I was like: Wow.” Bier bought Modern Family for $110,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at...
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Hava Kadabra takes Meadows Preferred Trot

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
Hava Kadabra, whose 2013 campaign began with a disappearing act — and some tough post positions — rediscovered the magic Tuesday at The Meadows with a convincing victory in the $18,000 Preferred Trot. Hava Kadabra banked $180,579 last year at 5 yet began this season with three straight losses, despite adding Lasix for two of those starts. But he won a Winners Over event last week and was u...
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Callahan drives 6 winners, Wolfenden 4 at Dover

on 02/26/2013 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan, the leading dash-win driver in North American in early 2013 and Dover Downs leader, won six races on the Tuesday, Feb. 26, program on an off track and his track runner-up Ross Wolfenden added four wins himself to dominate the 15-race card.   Wolfenden piloted Art Brewer's Albert to a 1:53.2 victory in a light rain to win the $15,000 Male Claiming pace. It was the 12-...
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Monochromatic picks up fifth win at Dover meet

on 02/25/2013 12:00 AM
Monochromatic won the $23,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs for the fifth time this season on Monday night (Feb. 25) and stamps herself as one of the leaders for the Horse of the Meet award at season’s end. Corey Callahan has driven Monochromatic in all of her starts at the track. She had to battle a strong challenge from Southwind Jazmin and Tim Tetrick on the backstretch befor...
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Kakaley wins 6, Sears 3 at Yonkers

on 02/24/2013 12:00 AM
Our Cullenscrown N (Brian Sears, three winners on the 12-race card) continued his form spree Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $28,000 moist, winners-over pace.   Leaving from post position No. 4, Our Cullenscrown N sat as Report for Duty N (George Brennan) left around pole-sitting Roadway (Jim Pantaleano) before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. Stonehouse Adam (Matt Kakaley), a...
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Oil Magnet wins 7th straight in Winter Survivor final

on 02/24/2013 12:00 AM
Make it seven straight for Oil Magnet after the 9-year-old son of Western Hanover scored a 1:53.1 victory over a "sloppy" racetrack Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the $86,700 Winter Survivor Series final.   Yannick Gingras was in the driver's seat as Oil Magnet dropped into fourth early as fellow Ron Burke trainee Killer Quakes took the early lead. After Killer Quakes reached ...
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Big night at Pompano for Pavia, Santeramo

on 02/24/2013 12:00 AM
Joe Pavia Jr. and Andy Santeramo shared the spotlight during Pompano Park's racing program on Saturday night.   Pavia took top honors with Bestnotlie Hanover in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace in a photo finish over Santeramo's Spring Again in 1:51.2 and then came back to double his pleasure with Bet On The Law in a conditioned event for pacers in 1:51, the fastest mile of the night....
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Dover makes scheduling changes

on 02/24/2013 12:00 AM
During March and through April 11, the meet's closing day, Dover Downs will race five days a week, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and Monday to Thursday with the traditional 4:30 p.m. post time. There will be no live racing on Friday andSaturday.   Live harness racing originally scheduled for Saturday, March 2, has been canceled. (Dover Downs)
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Another huge night at the Meadowlands

on 02/23/2013 12:00 AM
On Friday night at the Meadowlands it wasn't a single equine performance that headlined the evening, although Resistance Futile and Quick Deal came close. Nor was it a driver that necessarily stole the show, although Yannick Gingras can't be stopped right now. On this night, it was one of the largest single day increases in handle that could ever possibly be imagined.   The fin...
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Bartlett wins pair of Yonkers features

on 02/23/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps -- for trotters along with prim and proper pacers -- were won by Affirmed Action (Jason Bartlett, $19.80) and Warrawee Koine (Bartlett again, $12).   In play early from post position No. 6, Affirmed Action landed in a three-hole behind Fuel Cell (Brian Sears) and Mymom'sablizzard (Larry Stalbaum). Meanwhile, Bra...
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