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Dillander returns to Florida and wins

on 11/18/2012 12:00 AM
It didn't take Jason Dillander long to pick up right where he left off in sunny Florida. Following a most successful 2011-12 winter season at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, the 36-year-old reinsman spent the past summer at his other home base, the Hoosier Park-Indiana Downs circuit where he has excelled in recent years.   Dillander brought his talents back and on Saturday nig...
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USTA District 7 meets; initiatives in PA discussed

on 11/18/2012 12:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association District 7 annual meeting and banquet took place on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Holiday Inn in Clarion, PA. At the meeting, Chairman Walter "Boots” Dunn stepped down from that position and passed the reins to Sam Beegle.   "I'm going to continue on as a USTA director, but Sam (Beegle) is going to take over as chairman,” said Dunn in making the...
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Progress to Heston; Googoo Gaagaa falters

on 11/18/2012 12:00 AM
Heston Blue Chip continued with his late-season surge as he captured the $270,000 Progress Pace in 1:49 on Sunday night at Dover Downs. Driver Tim Tetrick and the American Ideal colt controlled the race, setting fractions of :25.2, :54 and 1:21.1.   There was plenty of Matron Stakes action on the card as well, and in the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot the Jimmy Takter Stable ga...
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Key has 2 wins, 1 second in Matron action

on 11/18/2012 12:00 AM
Owner Bob Key had a big Sunday at Dover as he won two Matron events and finished second in another. The program started out well for the Pennsylvania breeder-owner as his 2-year-old trotting colt Text Winner, a son of Tom Ridge, scored in 1:56.3. A few races later his top 3-year-old trotting filly Win Missy B finished second to Personal Banner in 1:53.2. Then Twilight Banner, a 2-year-old paci...
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$35,000 top price for racehorse at Blooded Horse

on 11/17/2012 12:00 AM
Buyers from across the country flocked to Delaware, Ohio Nov 12-15 for the 65thannual Blooded Horse Fall Sale.Ohio-bred yearlings were the stars opening day as prominent owner Ed Mullinax purchased two Feelin Friskie offspring for $45,000 and $32,000, along with a Chip Chip Hooray for $26,000.   "Racing is on the verge of dramatic improvement in Ohio,” Mullinax said. "It's going t...
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Fox Valley Smarty's 1:55.2 best in trot feature

on 11/17/2012 12:00 AM
Fox Valley Smarty worked out a cozy pocket trip before brushing through the Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Meadows newcomer Southwind Pepino gained steadily uncovered to slip past early leader Rembrandt Spur at the top of the stretch. But Fox Valley Smarty and Tony Hall found the Lightning Lane in time to gain a narrow victory ov...
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Market Share tops $2 million with Galt victory

on 11/17/2012 12:00 AM
Market Share went over the $2 million mark in earnings for the 2012 season with a victory in the $108,000 Galt Stakes at Maywood Park Friday night. He also set a track and stakes mark with his 1:54.4 victory by 3 1/2 lengths over Lindys Jersey Boy. Appomattox finished third while the pacesetter Prayer Session held on for fourth. Market Share's accomplishment makes him just the fourth...
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Pet Rock easy 1:51.4 Windy City winner

on 11/17/2012 12:00 AM
Pet Rock picked up a big stakes win when he captured the $215,000 Windy City at Maywood Park Friday night. Doug McNair, who drove the colt, allowed A Rocknroll Dance to initially take the lead, but before his foe had even broken the beam at the first quarter-mile mark (:27.2), McNair took command.   "I wanted to stay away from an early duel but I also wanted to be in contr...
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Racing Medication group oks thresholds

on 11/16/2012 12:00 AM
At its Nov. 13 meeting in Louisville, Ky., the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors addressed a number of important initiatives including therapeutic medications, laboratory proficiency, corticosteroid regulation and penalties for rule violations. Among the board's actions were approvals of thresholds and withdrawal guidelines for six medications that were present...
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Malabar Millennium dies at age 12 due to cancer

on 11/16/2012 12:00 AM
The stallion Malabar Millennium, 12, owned by Mal and Janet Burroughs, was euthanized on Thursday (Nov. 15) at Lindwood Farm in Greensburg, Pa., due to intestinal cancer. He won a Hambletonian elimination race in 2003 and was sixth in the final in what ended up being his final career starts due to injury. The son of Hambletonian champion Malabar Man and Hambo Oaks winner Gleam, he took a ...
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Dadoyan, Silver leave Meadowlands

on 11/16/2012 12:00 AM
More management changes have taken place at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Jeff Gural, chairman of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, confirmed that Alex Dadoyan, Director of Racing Operations, and Amy Silver, Director of Marketing, are no longer with the company.   Dadoyan and Silver have been key members of the staff at the Meadowlands for many years. Dadoyan was ...
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Put On A Show rallies, But Royal Cee Cee wins

on 11/16/2012 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-features--an Open Handicap for distaff pacers and an Open for trotters--were won by first-over Royal Cee Cee N (George Brennan, $6.80) and pocket-sitting Brando's Muscle Man, also driven by Brennan.   In play from post position seven, Royal Cee Cee N found a seat third as Rock N Soul (Jason Bartlett) put last week's victress, K...
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Toscano's magical season nears completion

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
As trainer Linda Toscano gets her horses ready for the final full weekend of stakes action this season, she also is getting ready to see the final chapter written in what has been a career year.   Toscano trains three horses in the sport's Top 10 poll: No. 1-ranked Chapter Seven, who saw his career come to an end with a win in last weekend's American-National Stakes for older trotte...
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Jans Luck retired; Do Me Honor wins

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
Her shoes pulled in the winners' circle, millionaire Jans Luck officially retired from racing Wednesday at The Meadows while a newcomer to the track, Do Me Honor, honored the great lady by winning the Jans Luck Retirement Pace.   The 8-year-old Jans Luck, who will join the Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare band, was fast and tough, banking $1,015,484 in a career that spanned 149 races an...
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Pet Rock out to smash rivals in Windy City

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
Friday's $215,000 Windy City Pace, the signature event on a big Friday night of stake action at Maywood Park, should be a hotly contested affair from start to finish as a very strong field of eight 3-year-old pacing colts square off in this prestigious event.   Frank Bellino's Pet Rock has been accorded the slight morning line favoritism at 2-1 after drawing post position two for t...
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Big McDeal favored in Cinderella

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
Brad Grant's prize filly Big McDeal will look to show the world that she is the "real deal” when she takes on nine other 3-year-old pacing fillies in Friday's $83,000 Cinderella Stake at Maywood Park. Coming off a third-place finish in the Breeders Crown final at Woodbine, the daughter of McArdle-Ideal Gal has put up some big numbers while chasing the likes of such great pacing fill...
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Stallion retirement restrictions in effect in 2013

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
A restriction in the conditions of stakes races serviced by the Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs and Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) tracks regarding the breeding of stallions under five years of age goes into effect for mares being bred in the 2013 season.   The restriction states that foals of 2014 sired by stallions which were foaled in 2009 or later (4 year olds or younger ...
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Somebeachsomewhere stud fee $20,000

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
Jim Simpson, the President of Hanover Shoe Farms and the syndicate manager of the stallion Somebeachsomewhere, announced on Thursday (Nov. 15) that the horse will stand the 2013 season at a stud fee of $20,000. His 2012 fee was $15,000.   The Beach's first crop are now two year olds and in it he has done what no other sire in the history of harness racing has accomplished. ...
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California Board approves exchange wagering

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) on Thursday unanimously approved exchange wagering at racetracks, including Cal Expo, the state's lone Standardbred site. Exchange wagering allows a betting platform in which individual bettors wager between themselves on possible outcomes in races. The California legislature first passed a law allowing exchange wagering in 2010, and in August 2011 the C...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
The new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available, taking a look at stakes action that takes place at Maywood Park, Dover Downs and Western Fair. Also, all the news from the recent yearling and mixed sales in Harrisburg can be found in theWeekend Preview, with plenty of stats that includes a look at sire averages and the high-price purchases.   The weekend's stakes action gets ...
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