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Slots revenue continues strong at Scioto

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Tuesday's Columbus Dispatch is reporting slots numbers at Scioto Downs that are sure to make officials there happy. The newspaper reports the 2,117 video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs made an average of $151 a day in December, while the average daily revenue per each of the 3,015 machines at Hollywood Columbus was $115 in December. Scioto Downs opened its racino on June 19 while Hollywo...
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Murray, MacDonald part ways with WEG

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Two long-serving members of the senior management team at Woodbine Entertainment are no longer with Canadian horse racing's largest operator.   Woodbine CEO Nick Eaves confirmed on Tuesday that WEG has parted ways with Andrew MacDonald, vice president of Strategic Initiatives and Bruce Murray, vice president of Standardbred Racing.   Eaves told Trot Insider that the move ...
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Racing Congress deadline heading to finish line

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
It's the deep stretch of the time to reserve rooms for the Harness Racing Congress, Dan Patch Awards Banquet, and related meetings and events, because the discount on room rates at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ends Thursday at 5 p.m. After that, regular "rack rates," some 50% higher than the discounted rooms, go into effect for the Congress, which officially...
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2 horses die in unrelated incidents at Meadows

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Two horses died at The Meadows during the Monday afternoon race card, a program that for the most part was raced in a snowstorm. According to reports, the 8-year-old mare Lislea Isabelle choked down, according to driver Brady Brown, while warming up for the 14th race and subsequently died. A short time later during the 15th race, Little Bit Tricky fell and died on the track. Brett Miller wa...
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Fall Final Four caps late freshman stakes

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Making a welcome return to the schedule for 2 year olds in 2013 are thelucrative "Fall Final Four" stakes. This group of races, launched at Garden State Park in the mid-1980s, includes the Governor's Cup (2CP $500,000e), Three Diamonds (2FP $400,000e), Valley Victory (2CT $430,000) and Goldsmith Maid (2FT $385,000). The quartet of stakes will be raced in late November during the New Meadowland...
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Run And Tell Pap wins Meadows Preferred

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Away fourth, Run And Tell Pap grabbed the lead with a quarter-pole move and went on to a comfortable victory—his fourth in his last six starts—in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Run and Tell Pap easily repelled the first-over challenge of No Doze and scored, under mild urging from Dave Palone, in 1:56 over a "good” surface. The pocket-sitting TSM Ph...
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10YO Artstanding lowers mark to 1:51.4f

on 02/05/2013 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan, the sport's leading dash-winning driver in 2013, reached the winner's circle six times, one piloting Artstanding, a 10-year-old winner of $675,727 who reduced his lifetime mark to 1:51.4 in a $20,000 claiming pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday. Callahan, seeking a fourth consecutive Dover Downs title, has 86 wins since Jan. 1.   The win was the fifth in his last six outi...
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Ackerman, Robitaille selected for Cal Hall of Fame

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
Douglas J. "Doug" Ackerman, a native of Michigan and third generation horseman, and Robitaille, p, 6, 1:50.4s ($885,290) will be inducted into the California Harness Horseman's Hall of Fame at the annual meeting of the group this coming March.   Ackerman came to California in the late 1940s, racing at such tracks as Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Bay Meadows and Los Alamitos and did ...
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USHWA adds Canadian chapter

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
Throughout most of its 67-year history, the United States Harness Writers Association, harness racing's premier organization for communicators, has had members who lived outside of the United States. They supported the goals of USHWA, and benefited from two-way contact with the organization while being in an "At-Large” category that includes membership near no local chapter of the group. ...
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Cap on WHHC online qualifiers raised to 1,250

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
Due to popular demand and the fact that each of the first six contests of the USTA World Harness Handicapping Championship free, online qualifying series reached the limit of 1,000 contestants, the limit on entries will be increased to 1,250 for the remaining four contests starting with Northfield Park on Friday, Feb. 8, and Pompano Park on Saturday, Feb. 9.   The free entries ...
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Pa. slots revenue drop 6.19 percent in January

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition reported Monday that funds generated from slot machine gaming to the Race Horse Development Funddecreased by 6.19 percent or $1.33 million for the month of January compared to January 2012. The cumulative decline for the first seven months of the fiscal year--June 2012 through January 2013--is $7.69 million or 4.83 percent.   Funding for the Ra...
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Lorentzon has Without A Clue in Singer

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
Through the early part of his delayed career, Without A Clue has done a pretty good job of solving the mystery to winning. A half brother to multiple-stakes-winner Manofmanymissions, the 4-year-old trotter has won five of nine races since making his debut in October.   On Thursday, Without A Clue begins action in the Charles Singer Memorial series for 4-year-old trotters at Me...
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Payments due Feb. 15 for Smith trots

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
The first sustaining payments for this year's editions of the Charles and Helen Smith Trots are due by Feb. 15.   The fee is $200 for the Charles Smith open and $200 for the Helen Smith for fillies. Both stakes, restricted to 3-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters, are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.   The $60,000 (est.) He...
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Train your dog to grass your horse!

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
if you don't have enough time or inclination to take your horse out of the barn for a little grass, how about training your dog to do it? This video posted by cnn.com under "CNN Distraction" shows a dog with a firm hold on a lead shank, and a horse trying to get a little snack of grass.   Here is the video link: http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c4#/video/living/2013/01/30/orig-jtb-d...
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Red Star Hottie wins Meadows mare feature

on 02/04/2013 12:00 AM
Blanked in her first three 2013 starts, Red Star Hottie ended her uncharacteristic dry spell when she shot the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A career winner of $613,850, Red Star Hottie suffered several narrow losses this year before her Monday breakthrough for Dave Palone, who gave her a comfortable p...
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Driver parity/big handle highlight Big M

on 02/03/2013 12:00 AM
Andy Miller and Yannick Gingras were the driving stars Saturday night at the Meadowlands, both winning three races. Miller’s three wins included the "prep” for the Exit 16W with Mr. Dennis. That winner was a recent $110,000 January Mixed Sale Purchase for Nick Surick and the J L Benson Stables. Mr. Dennis, who hit the mile on the snowy night in a sharp 1:49.4, completed the 1 1/16th i...
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Annie'swesterncard wins open pace at Yonkers

on 02/03/2013 12:00 AM
Millionaire Annies’westerncard (Matt Kakaley) charged from first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 5, he watched the early floor show as inside assignee Nob Hill High (Brian Sears) seated both Here We Go Again (Eric Goodell) and Rockin' Robert (Jordan Stratton). While that was going on, Roadway (George Brennan) negated h...
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Northern Companion wins Pompano Feature

on 02/03/2013 12:00 AM
Dorothy Zarza’s Northern Companion overcame his assigned  post position eight and, again, cruised to victory in Pompano Park’s Open Pace on Saturday night. The exceptional five year-old gelded son of Cambest, again driven by Robbie Hoffman, used a different tactic this time around, coming from well off the pace on the strength of a final half in :54.2 to score a win measuring two len...
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Ready Cash offspring 1-2 in Paris 3YO features

on 02/03/2013 12:00 AM
Two important 120,000 euro races for 3-year-olds were raced under bad conditions after rain at the Vincennes track in Paris on Saturday.   The Prix Paul Viel resulted in an upset win for Atlas de Joudes (by Ready Cash, yes, the two-time Prix d'Amerique winner). Driven by Joseph Verbeeck, he is owned and trained by Philippe Allaire, who also owns Ready Cash. The n...
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It’s Miller time on a $3 million Friday

on 02/02/2013 12:00 AM
For the first time since closing night of the 2010 Championship meet, the Meadowlands total handle on a Friday night card surpassed $3 million. In addition, in just 14 days of racing thus far in 2013,the Meadowlands surpassed a mark that took 80 racing days in 2012. Tonight marked the fourth $3 million handle of the young meet. In 2012, that plateau was only reached on three occasions, the thi...
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