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Monticello looking for the "brains" of racing

on 04/17/2013 2:00 AM
On two previous occasions Monticello Raceway has hosted events for racetrack executives called the Battle of the Brain Trusts, and with good success. Now the third edition of the race is in the works for later this season and already there's interest.   Like the previous contests, the Battle of the Brain Trusts III is a unique non-wagering one mile race open only to CEO's, track pre...
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"Nashgate" leads to Klahr's $40K WHHC win

on 04/17/2013 2:00 AM
The story behind Jeff Klahr's journey to the 2013 World Harness Handicapping Championship and its $40,000 first prize at the Meadowlands last Saturday sounds more like fiction than fact.   The 59-year-old salesman from Erie, Pa., earned his berth into the national championship under very unusual circumstances. Klahr played in "a few” of the first-ever USTA World Harness Handicappi...
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Shaq Is Back scores in 1:54 at Solvalla

on 04/17/2013 2:00 AM
Shaq Is Back, a 6-year-old son of Credit Winner-Vivica Hall, put his name on the list of potential contenders for the Elitlopp when he set a season's record of 1:54 at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm on Wednesday night.   Trained and driven by Daniel Reden, Shaq Is Back cut the pace and fought off a challenge by Friction to win the 1,640 meter race (1.01 miles).   Sha...
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Night Pro sweeps Jerry Landess series

on 04/17/2013 2:00 AM
Night Pro made his third consecutive trip to Hoosier Park’s winner circle as he completed the Jerry Landess series sweep winning the $15,000 final of the late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings, that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, April 17. The three-year-old colt notched his fourth consecu...
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Fox Valley Camo splashes to victory at Balmoral

on 04/17/2013 2:00 AM
After heavy rains turned the track into a sea of mud for Wednesday’s Balmoral Park card Amy and Ethan Giberson & Mark and Austin Winship’s Fox Valley Camo came splashing through the stretch to rally for a neck decision in Wednesday’s featured $12,000 Speedy Rodney Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old trotting colts. The final time was 1:59.3 over the sloppy surface....
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Chiptomylou, Top Tart prevail in Meadows series

on 04/17/2013 2:00 AM
Undeterred by post 9, Chiptomylou vaulted to the front, shrugged off her only serious challenge and scored easily in Wednesday’s Trotslikethewind Trot at The Meadows. Top Tart captured the other $12,500 second-leg division of the series for 3-year-old fillies. With Chiptomylou on an easy lead, Monroe County made a serious uncovered bid from third. But the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Pi...
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Tracys Song overcomes 8 hole to win 12th

on 04/16/2013 2:00 AM
Missing a week and having to start from the eight hole was in no way a detriment to Tracys Song. The 8-year-old Astreos mare cruised to her 12th consecutive victory, this one in a time of 1:57.4, at Monticello Raceway on Monday. She now takes sole command as the winningest horse in North America.   Once again Bruce Aldrich Jr. was at the controls and he used his wisdom on ...
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Horseman's Waterstone to play in HANA Challenge

on 04/16/2013 2:00 AM
The Horseplayers Association of North America's harness racing division, in association with the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness (Balmoral and Maywood Parks),Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, are pleased to announce the handicappers and their respective charities for the 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge which kicks off on Friday, April 26, at Northfield P...
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Big M nearing break; baby races on June 1

on 04/16/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands will take a scheduled break from live racing next weekend, April 26-27. There will be no qualifying races on Saturday, April 27.   As we transition into the Championship Meet, the main track will be available for training from 7-11 a.m. on each of the five Fridays in May. Horsemen must contact the racing office by noon each Tuesday to list the horses that w...
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Lebanon approved, Penn National not approved

on 04/16/2013 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission Tuesday morning unanimously granted approval of Miami Valley Racing's plans to move Lebanon Raceway to the southern area of Dayton, but Penn National Gaming Inc.'s plan to move Raceway Park in Toledo to north Dayton is still on hold.   Both ventures have met with resistance by commission members for an insufficient number of seats for fans to watch t...
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Googoo Gaagaa fifth in qualifying debut

on 04/16/2013 2:00 AM
Making his first appearance since finishing sixth in the Matron final on Nov. 18 at Dover Downs, world-champion trotter Googoo Gaagaa finished fifth in a qualifier Tuesday morning at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driven by Corey Callahan for breeder-owner-trainer Richard Hans, Googoo Gaagaa was never a factor in the race as he sat a distant fifth the entire mile before crossing the wire 11 ½ leng...
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West beats East, but amateurs also help cause

on 04/16/2013 2:00 AM
After winning the first four legs of the East-West Challenge on Friday night and holding a commanding lead, the amateur squad from Cal-Expo managed to rebound after losing some of that lead in leg five and ultimately defeat the Eastern team, comprised of some of the top Billings drivers, with a final score of 179-112. The evening opened with Team West sporting a 60 point advantage after Dav...
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Day Blue Chip ready for Night Styles final

on 04/16/2013 2:00 AM
Day Blue Chip wants to win; all she needs is a chance. Limited to eight starts during her career, the 4-year-old mare pacer has won six times. She was 1-for-1 as a 2-year-old, 1-for-2 at 3, and is 4-for-5 this season. Two of this year's victories came in the preliminary rounds of the Night Styles series at the Meadowlands Racetrack, the first by four lengths in 1:54.4 and the second by two ...
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Jins Dragon bounces back from heart ailment

on 04/16/2013 2:00 AM
Jins Dragon, who recently suffered a heart ailment that left his racing career in doubt, showed that his ticker — and his legs — are doing just fine when he scored impressively in Tuesday's Schoolkids Pace at The Meadows.   The series for 3-year-old colts and geldings was conducted over three divisions, with Counterterror and Terror High — a pair of Western Terror geldings —...
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Meadowlands Maturity for 4 year olds in May

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack will offer two brand new $100,000 races to 4 year olds when the Championship Meet begins in May.   The "Meadowlands Maturity" provides an opportunity to gradually transition into the aged ranks with a start for a significant purse against their own age group in the early part of the season. The trotting race is on Saturday, May 4, and the pace comes two we...
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Back to the Track set for July 5-7

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
Twenty of harness racing's leading racetracks have agreed to participate in this year's edition of "Back to the Track,” the sport's annual opportunity to attract new fans and welcome back those that attended in the past, but for whatever reason have been away from harness racing in recent years.   Back to the Track Weekend will take place July 5 through 7.   The tracks wil...
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Sara The Spy holds on in Balmoral stake

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
The first trotting stake of the 2013 season was contested on Sunday night at Balmoral and when the smoke cleared it was the Dane May-owned and trained Sara The Spy who took home top honors, winning the $12,000 Trotting Tilly Stake by a diminishing neck in 1:59.3.   Nicely handled by driver Dean Magee, the daughter of Powerful Emotion-Sarabella was allowed to settle at the back of th...
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City Hall rally says "yes" to Woodbine casino

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
As the City of Toronto Executive Committee met Monday to consider potential casino locations in Toronto, about 150 people rallied outside City Hall in a show of support for a casino at Woodbine Racetrack. The rally was joined by horse racing legend Sandy Hawley, Woodbine track announcer Dan Loiselle, and Nick Eaves, president and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group.   The recen...
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George Millar Sr., owner of Ball And Chain, dies

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
George Irvine Millar Sr., who together with is son George Jr. campaiaagned such notables as Ball And Chain, died peacefully at his home in Newmarket, Ont., on Friday (April 12) at the age of 89.   Born on July 30, 1923 in Ballycarry, Northern Ireland, George was in the Royal Navy Submarine Service and bravely served his country during World War II. George emigrated to Cana...
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Imagine Hanover repeats in Meadows series

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
Imagine Hanover moved to the front at his leisure Monday and rolled to his second straight victory in Monday's Winning Mister Trot at The Meadows. The second leg of the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings was contested over three divisions, with The Traveler and Born To Fight taking the other $11,250 splits.   Although Imagine Hanover captured his opening-leg division on the le...
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