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Report says Flamboro dates cut from 188 to 100

on 04/05/2013 2:00 AM
The Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator has reported that Flamboro Downs will not race during the months of June through September this year and will cut back from 188 dates in 2012 to just 100 in 2013.   The story in the Spectator said the Ontario Racing Commission had not officially released the dates, but they were confirmed by a local legislator and the track.   "We'll go from a...
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Sports figures to make Big M appearances

on 04/05/2013 2:00 AM
Peter Grandich, managing member of Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Co., LLC, has announced that the company has committed major marketing support to the New Jersey harness racing industry. As part of his support, members of the Trinity Financial Corporate Advisory Board will soon begin making appearances at the Meadowlands Racetrack in an effort to provide added value to ...
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Grand River races reformatted, but still alive

on 04/05/2013 2:00 AM
A sponsorship of C$75,000 from the Grand River Agricultural Society has ensured the continuation of the Battle of Waterloo and the Battle of the Belles during the 2013 edition of the annual Industry Day Celebration at Grand River Raceway.   GRAS is the parent company of the Elora, Ont., track. The Board of Directors voted to extend the cash as a base for the races, which are the highlight...
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Vernon hosts first qualifiers of 2013

on 04/05/2013 2:00 AM
A total of 78 Standardbreds were declared to start in Friday morning's initial qualifying session of the 60th harness racing season at Vernon Downs.   A total of 41 pacers and 34 trotters actually participated in the 14 races in preparation for Vernon's opening on Friday, April 12. Three other harness horses were scratched.   The Turn N Burn Stable's veteran pacer Bullish Blue...
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Trainer hopes to hear "rohr" of the Big M crowd

on 04/05/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Heidi Rohr has come a long way in a relatively short time, following a steady path of success from Maine to the Meadowlands Racetrack with an exemplary work ethic and a passion for horses.   On Saturday night, Rohr will send out Recent News, one of the major contenders in the $20,000 Dash for the "C” Notes Final (for C-1 class pacers), carded as race three on the 13-race program...
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Betterluvnexttime takes Hoosier feature

on 04/05/2013 2:00 AM
Betterluvnexttime made her Hoosier Park debut a winning one as she captured the featured $24,000 fillies and mares Invitational Pace on Friday (April 5) with driver Pete Wrenn at the lines.   Leaving from post seven, Wrenn sent Betterluvnexttime to the front but Trace Tetrick and Aqua Artist had the same idea. Aqua Artist made the front and remained uncontested through first half fract...
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Defending Matchmaker champ Rocklamation wins

on 04/05/2013 2:00 AM
On a cold and windy night, Yonkers Raceway played host to the Blue Chip Matchmaker for pacing mares on Friday night. Four, $40,000 divisions--leg three of five--went postward, summarized as such.   In the first division, a pair of odds-on lasses went at it, and it was their race from the outset. Royal Cee Cee N (George Brennan) led through intervals of :28, :58 and 1:26.2,...
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Morrill wins seven at Pocono Wednesday

on 04/04/2013 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr. put on a driving clinic at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night, driving five straight winners and then picking up another two victories to take seven of the 14 races. Morrill started his streak off with Libra Vita in race 3, winning by a nose. After picking up wins in races 4 through 6, he steered the 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere filly Exotic Beach to a 1:55.1 sc...
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6 straight for Waiting On A Woman, Visible Gold

on 04/04/2013 2:00 AM
Waiting On A Woman extended his winning streak to six at Pompano Park on Wednesday night with a handy win for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.3. Meanwhile, at The Meadows, Visible Gold captured his sixth straight in a conditioned pace, scoring in 1:52  for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables.   Waiting On A Woman was handic...
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59 nominated to $1 million Pepsi NA Cup

on 04/04/2013 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group Thursday announced 59 horses have been nominated to the 30th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest harness racing event. That number is down from 64 for the 2012 edition of the race.   The one-mile pace for 3 year olds, set for Mohawk Racetrack, is scheduled for Saturday, June 15.   Headlining the 2013 c...
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East vs. West battle on April 12-13 at Cal Expo

on 04/04/2013 2:00 AM
A Floridian and a New Yorker will be looking to avenge previous defeats in the upcoming East vs. West Challenge at Cal Expo in Sacramento.   Dein Spiggs is no stranger to the winner's circle, but he has not been up close and personal to a California winner's circle since 2006. Dein appeared in five races in the inaugural version of the Challenge finishing with a win, a second a...
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Piontkowski resigns as Plainridge president

on 04/04/2013 2:00 AM
Gary Piontkowski, who helped found Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts in 1999, has resigned his position as president, reportedly because of health problems. John Grogan, who has been acting as senior consultant to the track on the issue of expanded gaming, will take over as president, with Steve O'Toole overseeing the racing side.   The Boston Sun Chronicle repor...
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Hoosier adds $10,000 Pick 4 on Thursdays

on 04/04/2013 2:00 AM
The buzz and excitement of opening week at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues with the announcement of a guaranteed $10,000 Pick-4 pool offered on Thursday nights. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager beginning on Thursday, April 4.   The P...
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New Weekend Preview Now Available!

on 04/04/2013 2:00 AM
Spring training may be over in baseball but it's just beginning in racing as the stars of the sport are in the midst of being prepped for their 2013 campaigns. Besides the established veterans, this is also the time of year where trainers keep their fingers crossed that they have a star in their group of 2 year olds. And in the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview that is now availa...
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Handle up 25 percent at Buffalo Raceway

on 04/03/2013 2:00 AM
Although fans have ended up with six of seven on numerous occasions over the last several weeks, the elusive Pick 7 jackpot continues to grow at Buffalo Raceway. The carryover heading into the Wednesday (April 3) program is $9,157. The Pick 7 is a $2 minimum wager held nightly on races 6-12. The Pick 7 carryover is not the only thing continuing to rise at Buffalo Raceway, as overall handle ...
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Pancetta wins Sagamore for trainer Todd

on 04/03/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's annual tribute to Teddy Roosevelt--the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-olds colts and geldings--wrapped up Tuesday night. At $67,200, it was the Raceway's richest event of the season to date. That fun factoid was good news for Pancetta (Brian Sears), who sat an antsy pocket, then rolled by One Through Ten (Dave Miller) en route to a 1:53.1 victory. Involve...
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RCI approves schedule for thresholds, guidelines

on 04/03/2013 2:00 AM
Racing Commissioners International (RCI) on Tuesday (April 2) gave final approval to the "RCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule,” setting the stage for uniform implementation of racing medication rules in the United States and beyond. The RCI schedule is intended to be a guide for testing laboratories in determining the level at which the presence of a substance would v...
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HHYF announces 2013 program schedule

on 04/03/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) has announced one of the most extensive program schedules in the Foundation's history, with over 20 events scheduled in ten states. Complete schedule information, along with applications for the Foundation's Youth Camps and one- and two-day events, is available at http://www.hhyf.org/programs.asp.   HHYF's popular overnight youth camps, for ...
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Munroe reappointed to Ohio Racing Commission

on 04/03/2013 2:00 AM
Ohio Governor John Kasich reappointed Mark Munroe to a four-year term as a member of the Ohio State Racing Commission on April 2. His term will end on March 31, 2017. Munroe, 62, was appointed initially by the governor on Dec. 5, 2011.   Munroe holds two degrees from Youngstown State University including a Masters of Business Administration. He has served in the U.S. Air Force ...
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"Handful" of a horse wins 10th of 2013

on 04/03/2013 2:00 AM
Despite a wire-to-wire, 1:57.3 triumph with Haroun Hanover in the eighth race at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, driver Jimmy Marohn Jr. had his hands full.   However, it wasn't until the race was completed that most of Marohn's problems really began as he couldn't pull the horse up after the mile.   Since the pacer first came here last fall, Haroun Hanover has b...
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