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Marks, Sears remember Rocknroll Hanover

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Rocknroll Hanover is gone, but he will not be forgotten. Not now, or likely anytime in the future. The 2005 Horse of the Year winner and a 2012 inductee into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Rocknroll Hanover found success not only on the racetrack, where he earned $2.75 million in his career, but also in the breeding shed. Last year, his offspring won $17 million, which was No. 1 among all ha...
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Northfield Park has stalls available

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Northfield Park is seeking a limited number of new stables that are interested in relocating to Ohio this spring. Barns with qualified horses that are ready to drop in the entry box will receive first preference. Northfield's purses were increased by ten percent on March 1, and will certainly be increased substantially when the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park begins operation. The Roc...
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Krispy Apple wins season debut in 1:53 at Yonkers

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Ides of March, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for trotters along with petite pacers--were won by Calchip's Brute (George Brennan, $12.40) and a season-debuting Krispy Apple (Matt Kakaley, $29.20). Calchip's Brute gave nothing else a shot. Leaving from penultimate post position No. 6, he worked around Political Desire (Jim Pantaleano) before a snappy :27.4 opening...
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Mistress Valentine fast in Meadows win

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Slowed by momentary but troubling breaks in recent starts, Mistress Valentine put it back together Wednesday at The Meadows as she cruised to a comfortable victory in the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. Promisemethis took the other $12,500 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Although Mistress Valentine briefly broke stride at the start in her last t...
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Lugar finally wins a photo at Pompano

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Lugar, who had been involved in four photo finish decisions this year—all of which he lost—picked a great time to, finally, win one…and he picked a perfect time to do it. The five year-old son of Famously took top honors in Pompano Park’s Open I Trot on Wednesday night, eking out a very narrow win in a lifetime best 1:55 for Bruce Ranger. Owned by the Polo Stables and trained by Mark...
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I'm So Striking pulls 32-1 upset win at Dover

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
I’m So Striking, a 32-1 longshot, closed along the passing lane to nip Anders Bluestone at the wire to win the $23,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, March 13 at Dover Downs. With trainer-driver Eddie Dennis at the control, I’m So Striking, a Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable homebred, started from post 1 but began his ascent to the finish line from last in a field of six. De...
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Alexachase wins $40,000 Philly feature

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
After controlling a nondescript early pace, Johnny and Kimberley Waite's Alexachase ($18.80) was an upset winner in Wednesday's $40,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia.   With Kiwi standout Royal Cee Cee assigned the outside post five and racing from off the pace in her seasonal debut, Alexachase was able to settle just off the pacesette...
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Gural sends open letter to horsemen

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural has written an open letter to all owners and trainers who are racing in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Here is the letter:   As you know, the first 29 days of the 2013 meet at the Meadowlands have been an overwhelming success. The public has adapted to the classification system, along with the competitive style of racing full fields, etc. as...
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Marohn captures another St. Paddy Pace

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
It wasn't the fastest of times for Jimmy Marohn Jr., but winning Monticello Raceway's 13th annual St. Paddy Pace on Wednesday for the third time in the last five years was undoubtedly pleasurable.   "Hey, it's always fun to win a race and winning is something I never get tired of,” Marohn said unequivocally after his victory. "I've certainly had bigger wins but this one was e...
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Free USTA media workshop set for March 23

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association and the Harness Racing Museum are teaming up to sponsor a free workshop on how to get media attention for horse-related businesses. The workshop will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday (March 23) at the Museum, at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY. The workshop will cover topics such as how to develop pertinent media contacts, how to write, prepare...
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Define The World injured, retired from racing

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The free-for-all trotter Define The World 6, 1:51.4, a winner of $1,654,115, has been retired after suffering a torn tendon in his right front leg. "He will be going into the paddock with Goodtimes (a Hall of Famer who won well over two million in his career). Not bad having two horses who won nearly $4 million between them," said John Bax, who trained Define The World, in an interview...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The decisive third round of the Aquarius Series is Saturday night at the Meadowlands with six pacers lining up behind the gate in the $57,000 final. Yannick Gingras and Mark MacDonald will direct arguably the two biggest threats to take home the top prize with Escape The News and Warrawee Needy, respectively, and in the new Weekend Preview find out how the two drivers are approaching the conte...
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Ohio court upholds dismissal of challenge to VLTs

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Ohio's Franklin County Court of Appeals on Thursday, March 14, issued a ruling upholding the dismissal of the Ohio Rountable's court challenge of the legality of video lottery terminals (VLTs) at Ohio racetracks. The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas had previously found the Ohio Roundtable had no standing. The Court of Appeals issued its ruling based on lack of standing, meaning that t...
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Modern Family another of Bier's stars

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Daryl Bier has carved out a successful niche by purchasing and winning with a string of established racehorses. Modern Family is the Delaware-based trainer's latest star.   The $110,000 January Mixed Sale buy at the Meadowlands is one of the favorites in Saturday's $50,000 Horse and Groom final, carded as race two on a 13-race program. The $57,000 Aquarius final kicks off the daily ...
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Rocknroll Hanover euthanized in New Jersey

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
The 2005 Horse of the Year Rocknroll Hanover, the sire of 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven and six million-dollar winners, was euthanized on Thursday afternoon (March 14) at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center.The stallion was collected for breeding on Wednesday at the Perretti annex in Pennsylvania. On Thursday morning he showed signs of discomfort and his stomach appeared d...
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Up Front Dan 1:54.3 winner on "good" track

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
Up Front Dan followed his stablemate's cover beautifully Tuesday en route to victory in a sharp 1:54.3 — over a good surface — in the Walter Russell Memorial at The Meadows. The second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding pacers was conducted over three divisions, with Gary's Party and Backdraft Hanover taking the other $11,250 splits. Up Front Dan was roughed up as a t...
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Miami Valley Gaming to put $3 mil into fairgrounds

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Gaming, a joint venture of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and Churchill Downs Incorporated, recently announced a $3 million commitment to Warren County's efforts to revitalize the Warren County Fairgrounds. "Warren County has a tremendous opportunity to transform the Fairgrounds, and Miami Valley Gaming's partnership shows their true dedication to see this reg...
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Mighty M toteboard lights up with big payoffs

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
Rarely does a horse starting from the pole position go off at odds of 48-1. And if they do hardly ever do they emerge victorious. But sometimes they do win. Case in point: Wantasmile.   The 9-year-old Grinfromeartoear horse , who had only three thirds in seven previous starts, lit up the Monticello Raceway toteboard on Wednesday afternoon when driver Patrick Beeler found racing...
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If horse off 21 days, Meadowlands adding info

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack program will now include enhanced information on horses showing no race lines forthree weeks or more.   In the comment section for each race, those horses with 21 days or more away from racing will have some explanation regarding the inactivity and remarks on their level of preparedness for the upcoming race, provided by the trainer. Much like an NFL "...
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Kevin O'Reilly leaving Ontario, moving to Denmark

on 03/13/2013 2:00 AM
Kevin O'Reilly, a regular conditioner on the Woodbine Entertainment Circuit (WEG), announced that he will be leaving Canada with his family at the end of April.   O'Reilly, who has trained winners of over $5 million in purse earnings, will soon call the country of Denmark home. "It was a decision that my wife, Tine, and I made basically because of family,” O'Reilly said. "It's ...
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