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Vernon opens 60th racing season

on 04/12/2013 2:00 AM
Aruba Vacation and High Speed Life were co-feature winners at Vernon Downs on Friday night (April 12) as the central New York harness track launched its 60th racing season.   On a rainy night and over a "sloppy” track, Aruba Vacation posted a front-striding 1:57 victory in Friday's opener, the week's $10,000 Open trot, while High Speed Life forged the fastest mile of the evening, a 1:56...
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Burke Stable wins 3 of 4 Matchmaker divisions

on 04/12/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Mares entered its penultimate phase Friday night, as in the fourth of five preliminary rounds. The mares were featured in four $40,000 divisions.   In the first division, it couldn't have been much easier for puny proposition Camille (Yannick Gingras, $2.10). Leaving from post position five, she worked around her wagering friend Hot List (Ma...
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Late Closing action takes shape at Hoosier

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Pacing colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, April 10 as three legs of the Jerry Landess series, a late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime, were held. Mysterious Bob and Pete Wrenn made amends for their second place finish in the first round of the series as t...
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Campbell trio on track for May debuts

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Jim Campbell trains three of the top 22 trotters listed in the Hoof Beats/TrackMaster Predictive Rankings, but he is not going to get too excited over anything he sees in print or, for that matter, anything he sees during training miles.   Campbell's Fashion Athena, Fashion Blizzard and Hall Of Muscles are approximately three weeks from heading to the racetrack to qualify. Fashion A...
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Andover America 1:55.2 Open Trot winner

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Andover America, with Bruce Ranger handling his lines, eked out a narrow victory in Pompano Park's Open I Trot on Wednesday night in 1:55.2.   The 8-year-old son of Andover Hall dug in late in his mile to hold off the furious late charge of I'll Tell You What (Dave Ingraham) to win by a head with the very fast closing Pure Barre (Mickey McNichol) third and only three parts of a leng...
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Cancellation of slots at tracks to be reviewed

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Ontario's auditor general has announced that it will investigate the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's expansion plans and the cancellation of the slots-at-racetracks program. The announcement came following a legislative committee voting for such action on Wednesday.   The gaming corporation's president and chief executive officer Rod Phillips said the agency will support the a...
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April 15 payments for Tioga, Meadowlands races

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
The sustaining payments for the 2013 Kindergarten Trotting Classic, Artiscape, Credit Winner, Miss Versatility, Muscle Hill and Roll With Joe (formerly known as the Bettor's Delight) are due by April 15. Visit the Tioga Downs website or call 607-699-7688 for further information. The following Meadowlands races require an April 15 sustaining payment to continue eligibility. Visit The Meadowl...
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Saratoga Casino announces record revenue

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Saratoga Casino and Raceway has announced record revenue for the state fiscal year ending March 31, including growth in funding for education, agribusiness and local governments. The casino reported gross gaming revenues of $159 million, an increase of two percent over the previous fiscal year. "Thanks to the continued support of our patrons and community, we are proud to announce...
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Parker closing in on 11,000 victories

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Billy "Zeke” Parker Jr. copped pair of races Wednesday at Monticello Raceway and in the process he raised his career total to 10,928, which ranks him seventh all-time in races won in North America.   He won the featured trot with Jon Win by three lengths in a very creditable 1:58.3 over Sweet Joe and driver Greg Merton. He also scored behind KZ Too in 2:00.2 for the Dream Awa...
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USTA still fixing handle discrepancies

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Because of what U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) officials called a "glitch in the coding,” handle figures for U.S. harness tracks that had been posted on its website that compared numbers from 2013 to 2012, have been taken down until the inaccuracies can be corrected. Because of the glitch, as handle numbers were being accumulated for 2013, handle numbers from the similar days in 2012 from ...
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Trainers affected by barn fire back racing

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
It's been nearly two months since every horse owner's worst nightmare-- a barn fire-- hit the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Va. No equine lives were lost in the fire that hit the barn where trainers Lawrence Marston, Betsy Brown and Doris Lineweaver base their stables. However, the fire claimed equipment from bandages and bits to headpoles. Nearby Rosecroft Raceway opened last...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Ron Burke is the busiest trainer on the planet and this weekend is no different as he has horses scheduled to race at several racetracks, including Yonkers for the Levy Memorial and Matchmaker series and the Meadowlands for the Hudson River Series and the A1-Free-For-All Trot. In the new Weekend Preview, Burke talks about Foiled Again's rise toward the $5-million mark in career earnings and how...
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Silverman gets the "full picture" in Matchmaker

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Full Picture faces a tough task to be in the picture when the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final is contested April 27 at Yonkers Raceway, but trainer Richie Silverman knows she will make every effort to be there.   A 6-year-old mare pacer, Full Picture enters Friday's fourth round of the series tied for 23rd place in points. She missed the first week of the series, and because a horse rec...
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Belle Boyd belle of the Blossom Series

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
As expected, heavily-favored Belle Boyd delivered in the $35,600 Blossom Series final on Thursday evening at Woodbine.   Trained and co-owned by Carl Jamieson, who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in August, Belle Boyd now remains a perfect four-for-four in 2013 with $90,475 in career earnings. She was sent off at odds of 1-5 and paid $2.60 to win.   Dri...
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Artistic Director wins DSBF final on Dover closer

on 04/11/2013 2:00 AM
Artistic Director lived up to his odds-on favorite's role scoring a 1:52.4 victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old colt and gelding pace final on meet-closing day, Thursday, at Dover Downs. Nova Artist set a personal best 1:49.2 in the $35,000 Preferred Pace on a day that went from summer-like to cool and windy as the 15-race program progressed. ...
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$16,434 carryover for Pick 7 at Buffalo

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Although fans connected on six of seven for three out of four racing programs last week, the Pick 7 wager remains unsolved and the carryover continues to grow at Buffalo Raceway. The carryover sits at $16,434 heading into the Wednesday (April 10) program. The Pick 7 is a $2 minimum wager held nightly on Races 6 – 12. Live racing continues Wednesday and Thursday nights with a first pos...
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Breeder Bob O'Donnell dies at age 88

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Robert E. O'Donnell, 88, a prominent breeder for many decades, died Wednesday morning (April 10) in Florida after a long illness. O'Donnell started Hobby Horse Farm in Grafton, Ohio, a carriage-trade breeding farm, in the 1960s and became a Standardbred breeder. His yearlings were always in great demand at prominent yearling sales. Hobby Horse Farm did not stand a stallion, but O'Donnell as...
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Following surgery, Gingras hopes to return Friday

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Yannick Gingras told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that he is "75 percent" sure he will be back in the sulky on Friday night (April 12) at Yonkers after recuperating from hernia surgery performed on Monday, April 8. Gingras has a full slate of mounts this weekend at Yonkers, including several horses trained by Ron Burke scheduled to start in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series on...
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Father-daughter team headed to Cal Expo

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
Michelle Ruvola and her father, George Bonomo, will be hopping a plane to the left coast this week to participate in the eighth annual East-West Challenge for Amateur Drivers. They are joined by teammates Bob Krivelin and Dein Spriggs hoping to get the better of their left coast counterparts. This will be the second trip west for Ms. Ruvola. She competed in 2007, winning her first race...
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D'One, daughter of Donato-Giant Diablo, wins

on 04/10/2013 2:00 AM
D'One, the first foal of the world champion mare Giant Diablo, won her first career start on Wednesday night at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden. The filly by Donato Hanover won a 2,140 meter race (about 1.3 miles) by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths for driver Orjan Kihlstrom.   Roger Walmann trains D'One. Walmann also trained Giant Diablo and brought her to the United ...
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