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Pocono Pick-6 bettor takes home $25,000

on 03/25/2013 2:00 AM
It took just two nights but there was a winning Rainbow Pick 6 ticket cashed at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Sunday, March 24. Although just $2,151 was wagered over the two nights in the Rainbow Pick 6 pool, the lucky bettor took home a check of $25,000. Pocono Downs opened its 2013 meet on Friday with the new Rainbow Pick 6, which was first introduced last year at Gulfstream Park Th...
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Wheeling N Dealin tops 116 Hambo eligibles

on 03/25/2013 2:00 AM
The $1.2 million Hambletonian and filly companion stakes, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. The 88th edition of the classic event will revert to the format of heat racing as conducted from 1991-1996, with eliminations and the final on the same day.   Eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks...
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Kentucky changes Sires Stakes residency rules

on 03/25/2013 2:00 AM
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear last week signed a bill that will open up the state's Sires Stakes program to horses sired by stallions in other states. Sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, the bill will officially be signed by Gov. Beshear late Monday afternoon in ceremonies at the state capitol building in Frankfort. The bill allows the Kentucky Horse Racing Comm...
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DSBF season gets underway at Dover

on 03/25/2013 2:00 AM
The Ben Stafford trained and Ben Stafford driven team won two of the three $20,000 first leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) prelims in an elongated Dover Downs race program due to a near hour break while the snowed-on racetrack was being resurfaced on Monday.   The biggest surprise of the 3-year-old pacing filly division came when Blush With Pride outbrushed 20...
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Red Falkor captures Weaver Trot final

on 03/25/2013 2:00 AM
Taking advantage of his native speed and a sloppy track, Red Falkor forged to the front and dared his rivals to catch up—they couldn't—as he captured Monday's $30,500 championship of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings at The Meadows.   In the last two preliminary legs of the series, Red Falkor worked out pocket trips but couldn't erase ...
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Cruizin K C cruises in Pompano feature

on 03/24/2013 2:00 AM
Cruizin K C, driven by lessee and trainer Mark O’Mara, came from nine lengths off the pace early to sweep to a convincing victory in a lifetime best 1:51.1 in Pompano Park’s Open Handicap on Saturday night. The gelded five year-old son of Mach Three paced his final 3/4s in 1:22.3 and last half in a tad better than :53.3 to whiz by, first, the pacesetting McSocks and, then, the deep stretch ...
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Handle & Callahan top Meadowlands Friday

on 03/23/2013 2:00 AM
Much has been said regarding The Meadowlands betting handle in the last few days.  On Friday night, the bettors made a statement of their own. The total handle of $3,229,341 eclipsed the 2012 same day total of $2,301,594 by $927,747 or 40 percent. In addition it was the 2nd best bet Friday card of the 2013 betting season and the 15th time the total handle has eclipsed $3 million...
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Money is up for Meadowlands C Class

on 03/23/2013 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing Secretary Pete Koch has added the "Dash the C-Note" for C class condition horses for next weekend. Those races will be, in effect, a mini-series for the class. On Friday, the C-2 trots will race for the standard purse of $8,000. The top money winners from those races will return on Friday, April 5 and race for $17,500. Saturday's sheet promises the same f...
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Matchmaker Series begins at Yonkers

on 03/23/2013 2:00 AM
Five $40,000 opening leg divisions of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for fillies and mares were raced at Yonkers on Friday night. In the first division, Krispy Apple (Matt Kakaley, $6.80) methodically prevailed from first-up in a paceless (:28.3, :58, 1:26) race, getting to 6-5 favorite Royal Cee Cee N (George Brennan) by a half-length in 1:54.2. Hot List (Yannick Gingras) was ...
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Bolon released from Pittsburgh hospital

on 03/23/2013 2:00 AM
Horseman Rod Bolon was released from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh late Saturday afternoon after doctors diagnosed him with a severe concussion and torn ligaments in his neck. The neurosurgeon who evaluated his condition said the ligaments would heal without surgery, but could not offer more specifics without additional tests, which will be performed next week, after the symptoms from t...
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Levy Memorial Series opens with six-pack

on 03/23/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, 2013 edition, began Saturday night. A half-dozen, $50,000 divisions of Free-For-Allers went before the faithful, chronologically contested as such. First division--Odd-on Versado (Brian Sears, $3) toyed with his five rivals, two-moving to the lead from his outside starting venue, then widening (:27.2, :56.4, 1:25.2, 1:53.4). He ...
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Statesman N serves notice at The Meadowlands

on 03/23/2013 2:00 AM
There were no stakes finals at The Meadowlands this weekend, but there may have been a budding star that emerged in race 11 on Saturday Night. Statesman N, who flashed a powerful late kick in his North American debut showed versatility tonight, moving to the lead through a 56.2 half mile and never looking back. He paced a final quarter on the front end in 26.4 with John Campbell at the lines. ...
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Scott Zeron drives 2,000th winner

on 03/22/2013 2:00 AM
On Thursday evening at Woodbine, Scott Zeron made harness racing history as he became the youngest driver in the sport to reach 2,000 wins.   Zeron was only two victories back of the milestone coming into Thursday, but he completed the quest in four races when he found the winners circle in the second dash with Express Jet (1:55.4), before reaching the plateau with Lark Seelster (1:...
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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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