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Shopping With Art pays off again at Dover

on 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
Shopping With Art is a winner, at least in his last six races, Versado returned with a 1:50.1 front-pacing victory in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap, and Catchmecullen A closed strongly to win the $30,000 Delaware Special at Dover Downs on a windy Thursday.   Owner-trainer-driver Daryl Bier acquired Shopping With Art after an odds-on win at Woodbine and since he has been ...
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NJ Ag names Toscano Horseperson of the Year

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher awarded the 2012 Governor's Award for Horseperson of the Year to Linda Toscano, one of harness racing's most successful trainers, at the 56th annual Breeders' Luncheon in Eastampton on January 27. Toscano, who lives in Freehold, trained the 2012 Standardbred Horse of the Year, Chapter Seven. Over the course of her career, Toscano has had 1,...
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Saratoga Harness Racing buys Colorado casino

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. (SHRI), owner of Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, NY, has announced the official completion of its acquisition of Fitzgeralds Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colorado, on Tuesday (Jan. 29). SHRI began operating Fitzgeralds Casino Black Hawk earlier in the day.   The closing on the purchase from The Majestic Star Casino, LLC ("M...
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Royal Dream: new record; no 5/8 mile track races

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Royal Dream set a new race record in winning the Prix d'Amerique on Sunday in Paris. His mile rate time was 1:55.3, which erases the previous mark of 1:55.4 held by Offshore Dream and Ready Cash.   In other post-Prix d'Amerique news, trainer-driver Jean-Philippe Dubois said he would not race Royal Dream on five-eighths mile track, and thus will not consider either the Elitlopp ...
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Blooded Horse Sale still taking supplements

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Supplemental entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Mixed Sale can be made through Saturday, February 2. This sale attracts buyers from across the United States and Canada and takes place in Delaware, Ohio February 11-12. Over 570 racehorses, broodmares, young prospects, yearlings, and stallions are already cataloged. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter a horse or to order a catalog. ...
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Western Fair cancels Wednesday's live card

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Unseasonably warm temperatures and heavy rains over the past two days have forced the cancelation of Wednesday's live program at The Raceway at The Western Fair District.   The track will remain open for afternoon and evening simulcasting and live racing is scheduled to resume this Friday night with a first post of 7:05 p.m. (Western Fair)
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Hanover Shoe Farms honored with HTA award

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms of Hanover, Pennsylvania, one of harness racing's premier and storied breeding farms, has been named the 2013 winner of Harness Tracks of America's Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association of major racing organizations in the United States and Canada. In announcing the award, HTA Executive Vice President Paul Estok said, "Hanover...
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USTA's Full circle program explained in video

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
The USTA's Full Circle program offers a free, no obligation means for anyone who'd like to know if a horse in their life, past or present, may need their help. There are nearly 5,000 horses enrolled in Full Circle, which mirrors similar programs offered by the American Quarter Horse Association, The Jockey Club and the American Morgan Horse Association. Click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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I'll Tell You What trots to 1:55 Pompano win

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
I’ll Tell You What, who had been knocking at the Open I winner’s circle door the last few starts, finally was able to gain entrance on Wednesday night at Pompano Park by scoring a convincing open lengths victory in 1:55 for Dave Ingraham. The hard-hitting 8-year-old son of Lockkeeper, away sixth in the early going, was out and churning forward with one lap to go, collared the leading la...
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More progress on Centaur taking over Indy Downs

on 01/30/2013 12:00 AM
Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings, LLC has announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976 review of the company’s pending acquisition of Indiana Grand Casino and Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. expired at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 29 without the Federal Trade Commission taking any action. This clears the path for Centaur to seek financing, with a projec...
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Purses to decrease by 10 percent at Meadows

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) announced today that purses will decrease by 10 percent at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino starting February 1, 2013. The MSOA represents owners, trainers, and drivers of Standardbred horses racing at The Meadows, which is located near Washington, Pa. This measure was deemed necessary due to the negative impact of the 4.6 decrease ($6.36 m...
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New Jersey Sires Stakes payments due Feb. 15

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
The Feb. 15 deadline for New Jersey Sired Stakes first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of NJ-sired 2-year-old and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2013 Premier and Green Acres racing programs.   The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2013 starting in May for 3 year olds and in late June for 2 yea...
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NJ Sires Stakes have payment due Feb. 15

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
The February 15 deadline for New Jersey Sire Stakes first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of NJ-sired two-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2013 Premier and Green Acres racing programs. The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2013 starting in May for three-year-olds and in late June for tw...
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Positive wagering at Big M; new FFA Series

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
The positive wagering trend continued at the Meadowlands this past weekend despite the adverse weather conditions. Post time temperature hovered between 17 and 20 degrees the three days and blowing snow blanketed Friday's fields throughout the card.   On the tote board, the all-sources handle was up 16 percent over what was a very mild weekend weather-wise last year. ...
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Frank Chick's Sale moved to April 9

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
Frank Chick's Harness Horse Sale has announced a change in date for its annual spring sale.   The sale has been moved from its traditional March date to April. It will be held on Tuesday, April 9. beginning at 12 noon at Harrington Raceway in Harrington, Del.   Horse consignments are being accepted now; deadlines are March 8 for the sale catalog and March 22 for...
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Ladies needed for Lady Godiva Pace

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
It may be early but responses are coming in slowly from potential participants in Monticello Raceway's 11th annual Lady Godiva Pace which is slated for Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14. The race, part of the track's Heritage Drivers Series 2013, is exclusively for lady drivers.   "As it stands now we have only heard from three women who say they are ready to drive in our upcoming ...
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New racino at Northfield Park: Rocksino

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
The Akron Beacon Journal has reported that the new racino that is currently being built at Northfield Park will be called Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The announcement came Monday from Hard Rock International which said in a statement that the name pays tribute to Cleveland as the birthplace of rock and roll as well as being a play on the word racino.   "It's meant to ex...
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Indiana-sired millionaire Go On BB retired

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
When filly pacer Summer In Fiji was sidelined by an injury during her 2-year-old season after going 5-for-5 and winning the 2006 Indiana Sires Stakes summer championship, owner Frank Baldachino worried his fun might be ending.   Instead, the good times would go on.   Baldachino, with the assistance of trainers Mickey and Ron Burke, purchased Go On BB as Summer In Fiji's r...
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TSM Photo Bugger flies to Meadows win

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
TSM Photo Bugger used a powerful first-over move to swallow up the leader and go on to a facile victory in Tuesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   TSM Photo Bugger was sitting fourth down the backside when Mike Wilder sent him after the leader, Hava Kadabra. The 6-year-old S.J.'s Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding grabbed the lead in a matter ...
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Carlson pulls "Holdup" at Dover Downs

on 01/29/2013 12:00 AM
Stagecoach Holdup came from off the pace to capture the Tuesday feature, a $20,000 male claiming pace, at Dover Downs.   After a month's respite, Stagecoach Holdup returned to the races and struck with a 1:51.4 victory, a lifetime record, with Eric Carlson at the controls. Philanthropist (Corey Callahan) finished second in front of Four Starz Q (Ross Wolfenden).   Eli Sco...
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