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Hambletonian Society payments due March 15

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Friday, March 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked no later than midnight on Saturday, March 16.   The Hambletonian Society services 129 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events theweb site http://www.hambletonian.org/ contains all the tools and information necessa...
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Meadows horse died of natural causes

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
A necropsy done on Lislea Isabella, one of two horses that died within minutes of each other on Feb. 4 at The Meadows, reportedly shows that the cause of death was natural causes of either exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhaging, an electrolyte imbalance or some other cause.   The 8-year-old mare Lisla Isabella collapsed and died while on the track prior to racing. In the next race ...
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More track deals reached in Ontario

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
Ontario's horse-racing industry waited with bated breath on Friday for Premier Kathleen Wynne to make her much-anticipated announcement regarding the future of racing in the province.   "The reason there are so many of you here today is because this is such an important industry, and I know you've got lots of questions about how we're going to go forward," said Wynne, who has also t...
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Youth Foundation looking for trainers

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is seeking qualified trainers to condition its stable of Trottingbreds in preparation for the organization's 2013 summer program schedule.   Volunteer trainers are expected to jog or exercise the horse on a daily basis to build stamina, but no actual training miles are required. Trainer is responsible for all care, feed, hay, bedding, and shoeing. ...
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WEG applauds Ontario gaming announcement

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) president and CEO Nick Eaves released the following statement in response to Premier Kathleen Wynne's announcement Friday that her new government intends to integrate horse racing with the provincial gaming strategy to ensure future revenue streams for racetracks: "WEG is very pleased that Premier Wynne has personally intervened to ensure that Onta...
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Delaware fair payments due March 15

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 69th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 44th Jugette, the 62nd Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 63rd Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2011 and will be raced in 2014.   Sustaining payments are also due for the 74th Standardbred 2-year-old colt and filly stakes for foals of 2011...
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Pick 10 winners at Western Fair, win $1,000

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
The Raceway at The Western Fair District will offer a new daily promotion starting Monday, March 11.   The "Pick 10 For A Grand" contest is free to play and requires correctly selecting 10 consecutive winners during the race program. The contest will run from races 3-12 daily and is available both online and for those customers on track.   Anyone who correctly select...
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Quick Deal in 1:52.1 in Horse & Groom

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras has told trainer Ron Burke that Quick Deal was the fastest trotter he's ever driven, and the 5-year-old Revenue gelding showed he might prove his driver right as he scored an impressive 1:52.1 victory in the single $18,000 division of the second leg of the Horse & Groom Series Friday night at the Meadowlands.   Leaving from the outside post eight, Quick Deal...
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Ontario Sires Stakes deadline moved to April 30

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission announced Thursday that the sustaining payment deadline for both the 2- and 3-year-old Standardbred Ontario Sires Stakes has been extended to April 30.   While government and racetrack operators continue their negotiations surrounding transition funding, it was determined through consultation with the Standardbred Advisory Group that an extension o...
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Racing's future in Ontario to be addressed Friday

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
A media-only press conference scheduled for Friday at Grand River Raceway will reportedly be used by the Ontario government to make an announcement concerning the future of racing in the province.   A release from the Premier's Office stated that "an announcement on the future of the horse racing industry in Ontario" will be made at the press conference.
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Meadowlands nominations show increase

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
With the final count now in from the Feb. 15 payments, nominations to the brand new $1 million Free For All races scheduled for the Meadowlands fall meet have exceeded expectations.   Both the pacing and trotting races attracted 36 nominees with most of the stars of the division listed among them. Payments continue through May 15 for those races.   A pleasant side-effect...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Daryl Bier believes Modern Family is the best and Ron Burke has the same sentiment about his duo of DW's NY Yank and Quick Ideal, and you can read their opinions of the looming showdown in Friday night's Horse & Groom Series at the Meadowlands in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview that is now available. Also, just five 4-year-old pacers will line up behind the gate in Saturd...
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USHWA adjusts Dan Patch format

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
With the conclusion of the annual meetings and the Dan Patch Awards dinner conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association this past weekend at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, there were some dramatic changes passed in the format for announcing year-end award winners. A new procedure for awards in USHWA's 'Rules and Regulations' was submitted by the Kentucky ...
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Draw schedule change at Meadowlands

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
The draw schedule for the Meadowlands is changing with the move to a live racing schedule of Friday and Saturday only.   The box will close at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 11, for Friday, March 15, races and 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, for the Saturday, March 16, card.   Enter by 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, for the final Thursday card of the 2013 season raced on March 14. ...
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Artstanding, Lislea Miles keep streaking at Dover

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Mustang Art scored a 1:51 victory in the $30,000 Delaware Special and Artstanding blew away the opposition to win his sixth consecutive start to highlight Thursday racing at Dover Downs.   On another windy day, Mustang Art and Ron Pierce returned to the winner's circle for the first time since mid-January fashioning a 1:51 victory for trainer Jim McGuire and owners Max Walton ...
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Payments reduced for Nadia Lobell, Moni Maker

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will host the Nadia Lobell and Moni Maker during the 2013 fall meet on Saturday, Nov. 30. These events offer a purse estimated at $200,000 for 3-year-old pacing and trotting fillies, respectively.   Nominations are due March 15.   Payments for these races have been slightly reduced and will be taken by The Red Mile. Nomination forms are available at ...
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St. Louis Jr.'s license revoked for 2 years

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Michigan-based horseman Marc St. Louis Jr. has had his occupational license revoked and deemed ineligible for licensing until February 2015 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board for violation of probation stemming from an earlier incident in which he was suspended one year following the death of a horse and then attempting to "conceal, tamper and destroy evidence…by improperly burning and bur...
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Yonkers cancels Thursday race card

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
Due to the late-winter inclement weather descending upon the greater New York area, Yonkers Raceway has cancelled both live racing and evening simulcasting on Thursday.   Live racing (and evening simulcasting) is scheduled to resume Friday, Mar. 8, with the usual 7:10 p.m. first post.   Thursday afternoon simulcasting is scheduled to wrap up at approximately 6:15 p.m., wh...
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Illinois committee approves gaming expansion

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
An expanded gaming bill has passed by a vote of 10-4 in the Illinois Senate Executive Committee that would approve slot machines at racetracks, five new casinos and slot machines at Chicago airports. Gov. Pat Quinn recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed expanded gaming, saying it was excessive and did not have ethical standards.   While the bill would allow slots at racetrac...
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Grandich to sponsor St. Paddy Pace

on 03/07/2013 12:00 AM
When Monticello Raceway presents its 13th annual St. Paddy Pace for drivers of Irish heritage, for the first time since the its inception, the race will have a sponsor.   Peter Grandich is a sportsman and horse owner whose Trinity Financial Sports and Entertainment Management Company (http://www.trinityfsem.com/) provides insurance and estate planning services to professional athle...
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