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Dadoyan named executive director of SOANY

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York is pleased to announce that Alex Dadoyan, most recently the New Meadowlands Racetrack's director of racing operations, has accepted the position of executive director of the SOA, effective Feb. 1.   "We are fortunate to have someone with Alex's abilities and background join us at the SOA," said Peter Venaglia, SOA first vice president...
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Carroll suspended 4 years for Red Mile meth positives

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
The Red Mile's presiding judge Rich Williams told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that trainer Joe Carroll has been suspended four years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a pair of methamphetamine positives last August at The Red Mile. According to Williams, the positives occurred on the 2-year-old gelding pacer Jude Hall following a win in a $15,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes leg...
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Centaur approved for purchase of Indiana Downs

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings LLC received the Indiana Gaming Commission's conditional approval Thursday of its agreement to purchase Indiana Grand Casino and Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. The state commission's unanimous decision, the second of two state-level regulatory approvals needed, comes after last month's Indiana Horse Racing Commission endorsement. A final review by the Chair...
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Rideau Carleton rivals square off at Big M

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Simon Allard and John MacDonald, the top two drivers at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa, Ont., in 2012 will face off against each other this weekend at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Allard won last year's Rideau Carleton title with 389 wins to MacDonald's 243, after MacDonald had won the previous three seasons.   MacDonald made his debut in East Rutherford, N.J. last wee...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is off to a fast start in 2013 as wagering numbers have increased substantially from last year. In the new edition of Weekend Preview find out where the money is being generated from and what other track officials are saying about the sport's flagship racetrack. The Presidential Series gets underway this weekend and trainer Mark Harder gives his opinion of Golden Receiver's ...
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Marohn Jr.'s star continues to rise

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Five years ago Jimmy Marohn Jr. was the recipient of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA's Rising Star Award. And to say that he's living up to that accolade would be an understatement.   This past season young Jimmy not only won his first driving title at Monticello Raceway but the 29-year-old reinsman was, for the second consecutive season, the driving leader at Tioga Downs. &...
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Versado scores in 1:50.1 at Dover

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Versado, Rusty's All In and McClelland were winners of the $35,000 Preferred, $30,000 Delaware Special and $23,000 Open pace headliners on Thursday at Dover Downs.   Drawing post one proved a plus for Versado in this week's top pace. Last Thursday, driver Matt Kakaley rallied the Nick Surick-conditioned Dragon Again-Beach Jenny gelding from fifth at the half and closed to with...
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Moreau wins 4,000th career race

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Richard Moreau celebrated his 4,000th training triumph on Thursday night at Woodbine after a pair of his pupils found the winner's circle.   With five starters on the 10-race card, Amazing Quest ($7.50, 1:51.2), driven by Scott Zeron, notched the conditioner's 3,999th win in the seventh race, then Zeron and Windsun T Bird ($4.20, 1:52.4) recorded Moreau's milestone victory in the ni...
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Super Bowl series underway; handle up again

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
The popular Super Bowl series for trotters got underway Thursday night at the Meadowlands with four divisions making up the first leg. Coming into the series, it appeared that Andy and Julie Miller held a strong hand and the night produced mixed results for "Team Orange Crush.” One of the Miller trainees, Windsun Galliano, made a break at the start, allowing Joyeaux Dream to go all the wa...
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Week 2 Big M handle: An increase of 32%

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
The second week of live racing at The Meadowlands saw a total of $8,178,147 wagered on the 33 live races offered over the weekend, an increase of a remarkable 32 percent over comparable dates a year ago. Meanwhile, construction on the new grandstand continues and Rich Zeigler, construction project manager for the New Meadowlands Racetrack, provides the latest construction update in a vide...
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Come Together wins eighth straight

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
When you're hot, you are hot,” and Come Together is certainly hot winning from cutting out-the-mile or from off the pace for the eighth consecutive time on Tuesday Dover Downs.   Claimed out of his sixth straight win two weeks ago, Come Together after a win by a nose a week ago returned to the winner's circle after a 1:51 performance with meet-leading driver Corey Callahan&nb...
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Cantab Lindy upsets in Meadows feature

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
Sent off the longest shot in the field, Cantab Lindy took advantage of the leader's late miscue and pulled off a 35-1 shocker in Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Run And Tell Pap appeared to have the race in hand, but the swift fractions caught up with him, and he broke stride in mid-stretch. Cantab Lindy was able to chart a course inside for Greg Grismore ...
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Other tracks benefiting from strong Big M

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is harness racing's flagship racetrack and as the New Jersey site goes, so does racing. If the Big M's start to 2013 is any indication, this will be a good year for racing. On-track wagering has been even with the 2012 meet, so the increase in wagering is coming from off-track sources. Woodbine, which has also seen a handle increase in 2013 on its product, wagered $154,950 o...
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Sevruga takes top Dover trot in 1:53.2

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
Sevruga, after completing his biggest season in 2012, started the New Year with a 1:53.2 victory in the $23,000 Open Trot on Wednesday (Jan. 9) at Dover Downs. Driven by Pat Berry, Sevruga rolled out of fourth heading to the clubhouse turn and slowly progressed on the outside to reach race-leading Green Day with Corey Callahan by the three quarters. He the took over the lead and sped...
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KD Amazin Spirit giving Willey wins, thrills

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
KD Amazin Spirit lived up to his name last weekend, overcoming some interference at the head of the stretch to reel in heavily-favored Franky Provolone with new best friend Scott Cisco giving directions at Cal Expo.    KD Amazin Spirit, a 7-year-old son of Thadrow, is going strong as ever these days and you can say the same thing about his 78-year-old owner/trainer/breeder Keit...
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Meadows reports 15% jump in 2012 handle

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino closed out its 2012 racing season with strong gains in its key indicators, including a 15 percent jump in all-sources handle.   Average daily handle in 2012 was $501,550, an increase of more than $65,000 per card from 2011. On-track wagering grew 22 percent, an indication that competitive racing and an attractive, diverse betting menu are drawing m...
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Yonkers 1996 race makes the Tonight Show

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
Harness racing got a plug on national TV on Monday night, Jan. 7, but in a strange sort of way. A race that was contested 16 years ago at Yonkers received play as part of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno's "Headlines" feature.   In the segment, Leno displays an assortment of material, including advertisements with typos or words that are suggestive. Usually those headlines ar...
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Revenues to PA Race Horse Fund drop 4.6%

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition reported on Tuesday (Jan. 10) that funds generated from slot machine gaming to the Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF) decreased by 4.6 percent, or $6.36 million, over the past six months, the most significant decline in the history of the fund.   The Race Horse Development Fund was created by Act 71 of 2004, the Pennsylvania Race Horse Developm...
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US Dept. of Ag needs census participation

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is preparing to conduct its 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. Horses will be included in the Census. Every five years, USDA conducts an agriculture census to determine the number of U.S. farms and ranches and gather vital information about U.S agriculture, including the horse community. The census is a valuable tool to help the USDA determine land use and...
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No Cam Fella Award for second straight year

on 01/08/2013 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada today announced there will not be a 2012 recipient for the Cam Fella Award. This is second straight year without a recipient. The Cam Fella Award, named in honor of the world-class standardbred Cam Fella, is awarded for extreme recent meritorious service to the Canadian harness racing industry. Because of his unparalleled contributions to the sport of harness racing, Sta...
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