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Minnesota commission: Running Aces can open

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
Running Aces got a green light to open its harness meet on June 1 on Thursday night at a meeting of the Minnesota Racing Commission.   Canterbury Park in suburban Minneapolis had filed a request that the commission revoke the gambling license at Running Aces because it is in a dispute with the track over a share of simulcast revenues generated at Running Aces on Thoroughbred ra...
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Big day at Monticello for Mike "Fourte"

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
In December of 2011, less than 15 months ago, Mike Forte reined his 3,000th career winner and finished that season with 155 driving victories. Last year his output was even greater when he won another 216 times.   Off to an unusually soft start this year, Forte may now have snapped out of his doldrums after reining four winners on Thursday at Monticello Raceway.   "Y...
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OSRC to meet March 27 again on Dayton tracks

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
Members of the Ohio State Racing Commission once again heard presentations by Penn National Gaming officials related to the relocations of Raceway Park to Dayton and Beulah Park to Austintown during a four-hour meeting on Wednesday, March 20.   Representatives of River Downs and Miami Valley Gaming and Racing also delivered plans or updates related to future construction of racing f...
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Update: Bolon remains hospitalized

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
Horseman Rod Bolon was injured Friday morning in a training mishap at The Meadows and flown by helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, a recognized trauma unit in the area, which is standard procedure at The Meadows.   As of Friday night Bolon, 54, remained hospitalized at Allegheny General. He underwent a CT scan that was negative but was la...
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Callahan elected to HHYF board of trustees

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
Maryland native Corey Callahan, who splits his time driving on the Delaware circuit and Harrah's Philadelphia, has been elected to fill a vacant seat on the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Board of Trustees. Callahan, 34, represented the United States in the 2011 World Driving Championship, finishing second. He has driven over 500 winners in each of the past three years and is on pace to win ...
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Golden Receiver wins 55th race at Philadelphia

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
Winless in just two prior career starts at Harrah's Philadelphia, Golden Receiver put a win on the books on Friday afternoon as he cruised to a wire-to-wire 1:51 victory in the featured $40,000 Open Pace. Handicapped with the outside post six, the 1-5 favorite Golden Receiver left fast with driver Tim Tetrick and never looked back as he easily scored his sixth win in as many starts this year. ...
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Levy champ Special Report living in south

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
Special Report, winner of the 2008 Levy Memorial, was recently retired and is now stabled at Olive Branch Farm in North Carolina.   Although Special Report hasn't made a pari-mutuel start since May 13, 2011, it wasn't until recently that owner Hugo Iodice, trainer Kim Asher and driver Larry Stalbaum (Asher's husband) made the decision to "officially” retire the 11-year-old gelded ...
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Blossom Series underway at Woodbine

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
The inaugural edition of the Blossom Series kicked off Friday evening’s card at Woodbine with a pair of $18,000 divisions. Wildcat Hanna and Belle Boyd found the winner’s circle first for their respective connections. Wildcat Hanna, driven by Sylvain Filion, captured the opening division in 1:55.2 at odds of 12-1. The daughter of Mach Three came from off-the-pace as Burning ...
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Mattwestern rolls through Meadows series

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
Mattwestern continued to roll through the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace, winning her third straight Friday in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares at The Meadows. Although Mattwestern began the series off a five-month layoff, she has dominated the event, taking her three splits by a combined 9-1/2 lengths. On Friday, she got away a leisurely fifth, brushed to the lead past the qu...
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Kandian Klub wins by 3 in Meadows series

on 03/21/2013 2:00 AM
Kandian Klub shrugged off a serious backside challenge Wednesday at The Meadows and drew away to a comfortable victory--her second in the series--in the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. Promisemethis captured the other $12,500 third leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The $20,000-added final is set for Wednesday, March 27.   Kandian Klub was cruising on...
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Five straight for Waiting On A Woman

on 03/21/2013 2:00 AM
Waiting On A Woman extended his winning streak to five on Wednesday night at Pompano Park with a hard-fought win in 1:54.4 for Wally Hennessey.   The 5-year-old, gelded son of Northern Bailey won for the eighth time in nine 2013 starts--he suffered a did not finish line due to broken equipment in his only loss--by holding-off Mystical Starlight, handled by Joe Pavia Jr., by three-qu...
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Five-bagger for Smith at Northfield

on 03/21/2013 2:00 AM
Northfield Park's leading driver Tyler Smith drove five more winners on Wednesday.   Smith's winners included JJ's Beat The Rap ($2.80) in race one, Life Long Hanover ($3.20) in race three, Mr. Sam ($5) in race five, Handnlcbgetwithit ($3) in race 10 and Morningsailor ($3) in race 12.   Smith has garnered 107 victories at Northfield Park this year and enjoys a seven win l...
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He's Spooky lowers own Dover track record

on 03/21/2013 2:00 AM
He's Spooky was never headed in a 1:52.3 victory in the $23,000 Open Handicap Trot, breaking his own track record for an older trotting horse by a full second, on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Eric Carlson sped away from the starting gate quickly with He's Spooky and never relinquished the lead en route to his fourth victory of the year in the week's feature trot. Anders Blueston...
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James MacDonald back driving at Woodbine

on 03/21/2013 2:00 AM
James MacDonald, who hasn't driven since a Jan. 12 race accident at Woodbine, will return to the sulky tonight at Woodbine. MacDonald, 27, suffered a broken right ankle along with torn ligaments following the spill. He required surgery on January 14, which resulted in the addition of two plates and eight screws for corrective healing. "I'm glad to be back,” MacDonald said. "It's been over...
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New thresholds address drug "stacking"

on 03/21/2013 2:00 AM
At its March 19 meeting in Baltimore, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors adopted recommendations for thresholds and withdrawal times for four therapeutic medications identified by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI). The recommendations were for procaine penicillin, lidocaine, detomidine and xylazine.   While some of t...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/21/2013 2:00 AM
Quick—who won last year's Levy Series final at Yonkers Raceway? Atochia. Quick--who was second? Foiled Again, who won the rich contest in 2009 and 2010. The 2013 renewal of the Levy Series gets underway on Saturday with 42 older pacers entered. While Foiled Again is back again for a fifth try in the five-week series, there is a hodge-podge of other horses coming from tracks everywhere. Ge...
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Running Aces looking for presiding judge

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
The Minnesota Racing Commission is accepting applications for the contract position of presiding judge, for the 2013 live meet at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minn.   The meet will run from June 1 to Aug. 31. Approximate dates for the contracted service would be from May 13 through Sept. 3. Candidates must be accredited through the USTA.   The deadlin...
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El Cumanchero wins 2013 debut at Rosecroft

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
On a crisp March evening longtime Mid-Atlantic leading driver Steve Warrington returned to Rosecroft along with 2012 Spring Rosecroft Horse of the Meet El Cumanchero. Making their first respective first starts of 2013 the combination returned to the winner's circle for the sixth time at Rosecroft but it wasn't easy.   The always competitive Trophy Hunter blasted away from the gate i...
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PA horseman Richard King, 68 dies

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
Richard A. King, 68, of Stoneboro, Pa.,died March 6 at his home. Born May 6, 1944, in Grove City, Mr. King was a son of Melville G. "Mel” King and Georgia D. Cramer King. He attended Mercer High School and enlisted in the Army and was a Vietnam-era veteran, serving in Korea. After the military, he went to work for Foster Grading Co. of Jackson Center, where he operated its asphalt plant. He reti...
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Haroun Hanover scores 9th win of 2013

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
What would the odds be that two horses from the same racetrack lead North America in wins? Probably be real long, you'd think. But on Tuesday, Haroun Hanover scored his ninth seasonal victory and now joins another Monticello Raceway pacer, Tracys Song, who won her ninth race on Monday, at the top of the North American leaderboard for races won this season.   Both Haroun Hanover and ...
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