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Big M announces $1 million FFA series in 2013

on 12/06/2012 12:00 AM
The stakes calendar at The Meadowlands will have a distinctly different look for 2013 with the focus shifting from 2 year olds stakes to events geared for the older horse set.   Gone are the Woodrow Wilson and Sweetheart. The Reynolds and Simpson freshman stakes have been relocated to sister tracks Tioga and Vernon Downs and scheduled later in the season. The Final Four (Gover...
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Reduced threshold causes NY positives

on 12/06/2012 12:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) over the past few weeks has issued rulings against seven trainers for positives for the Class 2 drug levamisole with its metabolite pemoline, used as a lung wormer in horses. There are also at least two additional positives which have not yet resulted in formal rulings. Harnessracing.com has talked to some of the trainers, who have nearl...
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Batavia set to bring curtain down on 2012

on 12/06/2012 12:00 AM
Just 24 blares of the bugle remain before the curtain comes down on another racing season at Batavia Downs Casino. America's oldest lighted harness racetrack began operation in 1940.   Friday night features Customer Appreciation Night. After the fourth race in the enclosed grandstand, Subway subs and cake and coffee will be served while supplies last. Racing programs will be $1; cof...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/06/2012 12:00 AM
The new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available, which takes a look at Saturday night's $130,000 Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park, which consists of a high-powered field of six 3-year-old colt pacers going postward.   The Weekend Preview talked to a pair of trainers who still have Dan Patch Award honors on their mind. Trainer Bob McIntosh believes Thinking Out Loud has a ...
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Scarborough holding toy drive

on 12/06/2012 12:00 AM
Scarborough Downs will be donating to children and horses in need this holiday season. Starting this weekend, the track will be collecting toys for the Salvation Army's Toy Shop: customers who bring in a new, unwrapped toy will receive a free race program through December 16th. Drop boxes will be available at all program locations in the Grandstand and Clubhouse buildings. In addition, hand...
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Wark Woman wins Autumn final in 1:56

on 12/06/2012 12:00 AM
Sophomore trotting fillies highlighted the Thursday evening card at Woodbine as the $60,000 Autumn Stakes final took place on the program. Post time favorite Wark Woman scored an impressive victory in stakes record fashion for driver Randy Waples in 1:56.   After winning her elimination last week, the daughter of Ken Warkentin swept the series as her earnings now sit at $114,380 for...
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Nob Hill High 1:50.3 winner at Dover

on 12/06/2012 12:00 AM
Nob Hill High spent the mile on the outside and still prevailed in the $35,000 Preferred/Open Handicap while Nova Artist came three-wide to win the $30,000 DelawareSpecial at Dover Downs on Thursday, Dec. 6.   David Miller raced Nob Hill High on the outside from the start and they continued to wear down their opponents the rest of a 1:50.3 mile. The victory was Nob Hill High's&...
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Owner back in game with Don't Hurry Love

on 12/06/2012 12:00 AM
When Don't Hurry Love captured the first leg of the Bob Staats Pacing series last weekend at Cal Expo, it marked a victorious return to racing for owner Ed Acktinson, who was watching his first starter in some 15 years. For good measure, he added a tally with the trotter Chevie Balboa a bit later on the same program. "Ed is retired now and called me and said he wanted to get back in the gam...
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Brett Miller drives 6,000th winner

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Brett Miller notched career win 6,000 when he piloted They Call Me Moon to victory, although by disqualification, in Tuesday's first race at The Meadows.   They Call Me Moon and Miller finished second but were awarded the milestone victory when the apparent winner, TSM Artist Star B, was set back for interference on the backside. Miller earned career win 6,001 the traditional w...
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Balmoral Park handle to show increase for 2012

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
If the first week of December is any indication, Balmoral Park will cap off a stellar 2012 season with sizable gains in business. Handle for the opening weekend of December was robust. The Saturday, Dec. 1, handle of $1,380,892 was $128,107 higher than 2011, and the Sunday, Dec. 2, program handled $1,135,362 versus $954,770 last year, an increase of $180,592. The combined two day weekend handl...
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Milby mania at Rosecroft on Tuesday

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Leading driver Frank Milby turned in another big night at Rosecroft on Tuesday night. Milby had 11 drives on the 13-race card and had five winners, two seconds and a third. He also had another finish fourth for a huge night.   Milby won the second race with Storm Logan, breaking that one's maiden in 1:57 for owners Norman, Dawn and Storm Short of Georgetown, Del. Melanie Major train...
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Art Official to stand at Midland Acres in Ohio

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Kentuckiana Stallion Management together with Midland Acres is extremely excited to announce that multiple world champion Art Official p,3, 1:47 ($2,082,885), by Art Major-Naughty Shady Lady, by Falcon Seelster, will stand the 2013 breeding season at Midland Acres, located in Bloomingburg, Ohio. Kentuckiana Stallion Management will continue to serve as Stallion Manager and, along with Midland ...
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High-powered field entered in Cleveland Classic

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Northfield Park director of racing Dave Bianconi told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that while just six horses will go postward in Saturday night's $140,000 (est.) Cleveland Classic, it's not lacking for quality. The post-position draw will be held later Wednesday and posted when available.   Entered in the Cleveland Classic are: Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance;...
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120-time winner Tattler's Jet nearing retirement

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
In a few weeks, the career of 14-year-old pacer Tattler's Jet will come to an end. And as the final chapter is written in the life of the fastest horse ever bred in Wisconsin, 71-year-old breeder-owner Dave Carter might have provided the most amusing summation of the tale, which also features 68-year-old trainer Gene Miller.   "We're just two old guys and one old horse,” Carter s...
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Brooks brigade primed for Woodbine series

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Uxbridge conditioner Jeffrey Brooks and owner/breeder Prince Lee Acres will be busy this weekend at Woodbine. The pair will send out a trio of starters in the last two stakes engagements of the year.   PL Firstlady will contest the first round of the Niagara Series on Friday and PL Fighter and PL Faststrike will contest the opening leg of the Valedictory Series on Saturday.  ...
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Field set for $130,000 Cleveland Classic

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
The $130,000 Cleveland Classic, one of Northfield Park's premier races, is set for Saturday night. The final open stakes event on this year's national harness racing calendar, the Classic always draws an impressive slate of equine athletes as well as North America's top drivers. This year is no exception.   Thinking Out Loud has drawn the rail and has been named the 2-1 morning...
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Gilmour: "I wanted to go out a winner"

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
After his victory on Nov. 28 with his beloved trotter My Buddy Chimo, John Gilmour announced in the winner's circle that he was retiring from driving.   Unbeknownst to nearly everyone, Gilmour sprung that on the world although he admitted he'll continue training his current five- horse stable. "Now I'll leave the driving to them young fellers,” he said.   Asked why all...
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Between-race interviews to start at Maywood

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horseman's Association (IHHA) this Friday will unveil unprecedented between-race interviews that promise to revolutionize the way that fans handicap and understand harness racing in Chicago.   "I hope racing fans tune in to the Maywood Park signal on Friday,” said IHHA president David McCaffrey. "There are no other horseman's associations or racetracks going b...
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Commander K in charge again at Pompano

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Commander K, smartly driven by Joe Pavia Jr., was sent to the lead as the gate's wings folded and wired the competition for the second straight week in Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Trot on Wednesday night.   Owned by trainer Luca Derrico, the 5-year-old gelded son of Ken Warkenton carved out panels of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25 before digging in late to hold off the surging even-money favorite,...
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Gurf wins Wednesday Dover Open Trot

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Overlooked at 15-1 after winning at Yonkers from post eight last week, Gurf stormed from last to first in the stretch to win the $23,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday.   With Allan Davis at the controls, Gurf sat seventh when the field began to bunch as Magic Wheel (Brad Hanners), who led from the start, tried to hold on when the entire field came at the leader. Gurf, how...
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