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Rockin Wizard, Belle Boyd win in WEG series

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Belle Boyd (pictured) and Rockin Wizard found the winner's circle at Woodbine Thursday night, taking their respective Princess and Diplomat Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies and colts and geldings, respectively.   After finishing second in last week's lone division of The Diplomat Series, Rockin Wizard took no prisoners in Thursday's $20,000 second leg. He...
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Arch Madness leads Oslo Grand Prix invitees

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
The major races in Scandinavia for the top international trotters starts with the Finlandia Ajo, with the draw for the May 12 race set to take place this Sunday, May 5. The 2,100 meter race will carry a purse of 1.5 million Norwegian kroner, with about $258,000 (U.S.) to the winner.   Arch Madness is expected to make the trip to represent the United States for the third straight year...
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Latest Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Top 2-year-old performers of the 2012 season are beginning to hit the track and if you are having trouble keeping up with who is racing where, the Ones To Watch column in the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview will help.   The Friday afternoon card features two Lady Suffolk divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters at Freehold Raceway and then later that night there are 3 ...
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Revenue to PA Horse Fund drops for April

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Continuing a trend of steady declines, revenues from slot machines at Pennsylvania's six racetrack casinos were down 7.4 percent for the month of April compared to the same month in 2012. The decrease in slots revenue caused funding for the state's Race Horse Development Fund -- which supports live horse racing and breeding in the state -- to decrease by $1.77 million for the month of April. "Slo...
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1 week after triple bypass, Gill in winner's circle

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Last year Danny Gill burst on the scene and on the final day of the 2012 season at Monticello Raceway he harnessed his 117th winner and walked away with leading trainer honors, with one more win than runner-up Bob Lounsbury. A Kentucky native who now calls Ballouville, Conn., home, Gill is battling Lounsbury for leading trainer honors again this year. Currently he leads him by three wins t...
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Yonkers race office offering text message alerts

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is advising horsemen that they can now can now sign up to receive text message alerts from the race office. Text messages are sent to alert horsemen when horses are needed for certain classes on draw days, as well as other pertinent racing information. To register, send YRRACING to 292929, with standard rates in effect. For further info., please contact the race office at (914) 4...
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Joie de Vie fillies sweep Lady Suffolk divisions

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
A pair of fillies bred and owned by New Jersey’s Joie De Vie Farm, both trained by Chris Ryder, swept the split divisions of the Lady Suffolk on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.Lola De Vie, by Credit Winner, claimed the $39,900 first division, a non-wagering event, while Vida DeVie, sired in New Jersey by Muscles Yankee, was a wire-to-wire winner in the $40,900 second division, carded ...
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Imperial Count takes Yonkers Open Handicap

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $46,000 Open Handicaps--for either-gender trotters and distaff pacers--were won by Imperial Count (Tyler Buter, $7.50) and Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube, $7.30).   Imperial Count, leaving from post position seven, watched early and Canadian visitor Hesgotlegs (Mark MacDonald) worked around Political Desire (Jason Bartlett) passing a :27.1 opening quarte...
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Betterluvnexttime holds on for 1:54.1 score

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Betterluvnexttime and Pete Wrenn made amends for their second-place finish last time out as they pulled off a sharp front-running effort in the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 3. Betterluvnexttime made a late surge at the wire to notch her 20th career victory.   Leaving from post nine, Wrenn sent Betterluvnexttime to the front as Ricky Macomber Jr. and Mo...
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Dragon's Tale upsets in Meadows series final

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
The odds seemed stacked against Dragon's Tale in Friday's $34,000 championship of the My Drag Queen Pace at The Meadows. She had finished no better than third in the preliminary legs, and near the three-quarter pole in Friday's final, her sulky suffered a flat tire. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, she poured through for Mike Wilder to pull off a 13-1 upset and claim the championship in the...
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Top Tart upsets Promisemethis in 1:56.2

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
Top Tart tipped three wide at just the right time to get the jump on her main rival and pull off a 10-1 upset in Wednesday's $31,250 championship of the Trotslikethewind Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows.   Seeing that Promisemethis, the 1-5 favorite as part of an entry, was temporarily blocked by her stablemate, Chiptomylou, Eric Ledford and Top Tart peeled off cover into ...
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Hazel Park opens Friday; Adler new announcer

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
Hazel Park Raceway's 61st season of harness racing will get underway Friday night, May 3, at 7:35 p.m. It won't take long for fans to notice a big change as longtime Windsor Raceway race-caller Marty Adler will be in the announcer's booth.   "We are very fortunate to have someone like Marty Adler join us here at Hazel Park this year," said Ken Marshall, the director of operations at the s...
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Economy Terror, Frau Blucher win qualifiers

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
National-caliber horses continuing their preparations for their 2013 campaigns again put on impressive shows in Thursday morning qualifiers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Economy Terror, 2011 juvenile filly champ and double world record-setter in capturing PA Sire Stakes Championships here at 2 and 3, won her second straight qualifier. This week she was put on the engine by driver Jim Morr...
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Panel says Ont. association not responsible for payment

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
The Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), a member of Harness Horsemen International (HHI), scored a victory on April 4, 2013, when an Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) Panel upheld a May 2012 ruling that the OHHA was not responsible for paying $100,000 to the ORC.   The ORC Director had asked for the $100,000 as compensation for costs that arose from an investigation conducted by...
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Formula One receives Elitlopp invitation

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
The 6-year-old Formula One (Yankee Glide–Ferrari Of, by Credit Winner) had been sidelined by suspensory problems since last summer, but he returned to the track on Wednesday night (May 1) at Solvalla in Stockholm and won in 1:52.4 over the 1,640 meter race (about one mile). The field was full of trotters trying for an Elitlopp invitation.   Formula One had been trained b...
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Scioto set to open with clubhouse renovations

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs Racino will host a press night on Tuesday, May 7, starting at 6 p.m. Qualifying races start at 6:30 p.m. and will give attendees a chance to preview the harness races and have first glimpse at the newly renovated clubhouse. Qualifiers will typically be held Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. but the switch to Tuesday evening will allow the facility to execute a dry run before opening ...
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RCI names new chair, honors Hugh Gallagher

on 05/01/2013 2:00 AM
John T. Ward, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Board, was recently chosen as the Chairman-Elect of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Board of Directors. The election came at during the meeting held at the conclusion of the 79th Annual RCI Conference on Racing and Wagering Integrity, held last week at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in New Orleans, LA. ...
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Raceway given ok to move to Dayton

on 05/01/2013 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission approved the transfer of the racing license of Raceway Park to Dayton at a meeting held on Wednesday (May 1). Raceway Park is owned by Penn National Gaming. The commission also had been reviewing Penn National's application to transfer its Beulah Park license in Columbus to the Youngstown area, and that plan was approved as well.   Penn National offi...
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Meadowlands set to begin Championship Meet

on 05/01/2013 2:00 AM
The $1.2 million Hambletonian, the richest prize in harness racing, headlines the 28-day Championship Meet at The Meadowlands Racetrack that begins this Friday night. Now through Aug. 3, the Meadowlands will feature many of the richest and most prestigious stakes in the sport. The Meadowlands Pace, the track's signature race for 3-year-olds, tops the biggest night of the Championship M...
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Urbanite Hanover on road to NA Cup

on 05/01/2013 2:00 AM
John Williamson's Urbanite Hanover will look to continue his winning ways in the lone $20,000 division of The Diplomat Series on Thursday at Woodbine. The 3-year-oldson of Western Ideal is fresh off a comfortable 1:53.1 winning effort to kick off his sophomore campaign last week. It was the first career score for the youngster who has $63,832 in the bank.   "That was a good mile for hi...
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