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Royal Dream wins Prix d'Amerique

on 01/27/2013 12:00 AM
In this photo by Gerard Forni, Royal Dream trots to an upset victory over Ready Cash in the 1 million euro (about $1.3 million) Prix d'Amerique on Sunday afternoon in Paris, France. Royal Dream, an 8-year-old stallion by Love You, followed Ready Cash's moves and then trotted by his rival in the long homestretch at Hippodrome de Vincennes. The mile rate time for the race was 1:55.4. &nb...
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Longtime Michigan publicist Dan Conway dies

on 01/27/2013 12:00 AM
Longtime Michigan publicist Dan Conway, who worked for Standardbred groups in the state for many years, and whose stories appeared on the pages of The Horseman And Fair World, died Jan. 17. He was 68.   Despite being wheelchair bound, Mr. Conway was a regular at racetracks in Michigan. Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of harness racing, he taught handicapping classes and le...
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Kirby wins with Panfully Cool at Dover

on 01/27/2013 12:00 AM
Vic Kirby waited until the homestretch to unleash Panfully Cool and the 5 year old responded with his second straight victory, a 1:52.3 mile on Sunday at Dover Downs. For driver Kirby, it was one of his three wins during the card.   In the $11,500 male pace, Panfully Cool blitzed down the lane from far back to notch a victory for trainer Jim King and owners JoAnn King and Tom Kemp. ...
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Handle up Friday at Meadowlands

on 01/26/2013 12:00 AM
The snow and cold couldn’t slow down the drivers Friday Night at the Meadowlands.  Of the 11 races that were held, 9 different drivers found their way to the winner’s circle, with Tim Tetrick and Andy Miller being the only two drivers to win more than one race.  Miller put bookends on the card with wins in the first and last race. The large payouts that have become a trend at ...
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Thebandfromboston wins in Buffalo

on 01/26/2013 12:00 AM
In what was arguably the best race of the night, Thebandfromboston won the $8,500 featured trot in 2:03, for owners Foulk Brothers Inc. of Dover Delaware, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (January 25). It was the third win this season for the seven-year-old Boy Band-Pleasecometoboston mare. Leaving from the far outside in the field of seven, driver Mark Beckwith settled in fourth as Key...
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Peter Gerry has poor racing luck in Paris

on 01/26/2013 12:00 AM
American Peter Gerry took his best shot in his first driving appearance at Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris, France, on Saturday afternoon, but his horse broke stride and he was disqualified. Gerry, who has competed in the CKG Billings Amateur Series for years, drove in the Prix de Saint-Claude   Gerry drove the 9-year-old gelding Quariace Stop from the stable of Anders Lindqu...
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Love is in the air for 3rd straight time at Dover

on 01/26/2013 12:00 AM
Artomatic Love chalked up his third win in a row and Mississippi Hippy made it three wins in four starts in Saturday afternoon twin features at Dover Downs.   George Dennis drove Artomatic Love, the only 3 year old in a Delaware $12,000 female pace, to her third straight win for Claim To Fame LLC. The win was the second of the day for Dennis, trainer Mike Hall of the Doug Lewi...
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Miller trainees sweep Super Bowl final

on 01/26/2013 12:00 AM
The Julie Miller-trained Windsun Galliano and Helios finished first and second, respectively, in the $51,000 Super Bowl final for 4-year-old trotters on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Despite leaving from the outside post 10, driver Andy Miller was able to work his way up into second-over position around the final turn with Windsun Galliano and the son of Ken Warkentin wa...
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Holdingallthecards scores in Hirt final

on 01/26/2013 12:00 AM
Driver Tim Tetrick played his best hand with Holdingallthecards in Saturday night's $67,400 Clyde Hirt Series final for 4-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands and he was rewarded with a 1:51.1 victory.   Leaving from post one with the 4-5 favorite, Tetrick settled in third as Corey Callahan sent Ethan Hanover first to the front and Simon Allard dropped into the two hole with...
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Marcus Miller wins first at Meadowlands

on 01/25/2013 12:00 AM
It was a night of "firsts” at The Meadowlands as 23-year-old Marcus Miller made his first trip to the Meadowlands winners circle. The filly that brought him there, Ideal Ginny was doing the same, earning her first lifetime win. Miller guided his filly through a perfect pocket trip, tracking the favored Liz's Lil K K around the track, eventually sling-shoting past in the stretch in 1:55. &...
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Meadows cancels Friday evening card

on 01/25/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadows has canceled Friday evening's live card due to a snowstorm that swept through southwestern Pennsylvania.   All facilities remain open for simulcast viewing and wagering and live racing at The Meadows will resume on Monday at12:55 p.m., eastern. (The Meadows)
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Topping off new Meadowlands grandstand

on 01/25/2013 12:00 AM
The top steel beam for the new grandstand building at the Meadowlands Racetrack was erected on Friday morning and a large crowd gathered for the occasion. In the front in a blue jacket is New Meadowlands racetrack operator Jeff Gural, with New Jersey Assembly President Steve Sweeney, whose district includes Atlantic City, and northern New Jersey state legislators Paul Sarlo and Ralph...
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Yonkers features to Chief Karen, Master Pine

on 01/25/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of snowflake-themed Friday night $35,000 Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and trotters of either gender--were won by Chief Karen (Larry Stalbaum, $21.20) and Master Pine (Jim Pantaleano, $68).   Watching early from post position five (in one notch after an inside scratch), "Karen" saw a wide Hot List (Matt Kakaley) make the lead from her outside venue. She w...
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Adenium wins Pompano Trot feature in 1:56

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
Adenium, handled by Dan Daley, made amends for his untimely miscue last week by eking out the narrowest of decisions in Pompano Park's Open 1 Trot on Wednesday night.   The 7-year-old son of Revenue S, though starting from the rail, lollygagged near the back of the pack in seventh as Blushing Hanover (Mickey McNichol) and Waiting On A Woman (Wally Hennessey) traded punches through p...
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He's Spooky steps up in 1:53.4 at Dover

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
After winning a Dover Downs winners-over trot at 8-1 last week and stepping up to the $23,000 Open Handicap feature on Wednesday, bettor's didn't give He's Spooky a ghost of a chance of winning, sending him off at 16-1 odds in the feature race. He's Spooky surprised, however, scoring a 1:53.4 victory on a chilly Wednesday night (Jan. 23).   Eric Carlson was at the controls...
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Indiana Senate committee OKs table games

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
A gambling bill that would allow table games such as blackjack at racetracks near Indianapolis received unanimous support from an Indiana state Senate committee during a hearing Wednesday. The Public Policy Committee voted 9-0 in favor of the bill, which would also reduce taxes in all Indiana casinos and allow riverboat casinos to move onto land adjacent to their docks.  ...
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Yonkers series paymnents coming due

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association  (SOA of NY) wishes to remind all horsemen that the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares gets underway at the Hilltop oval commencing Monday, March 11. The Petticoat Series goes three consecutive Monday nights with a consolation and final on Monday, April 1. The Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, geldings...
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Murray Brown comments on purse structure

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
Murray Brown, longtime director of public relations for Hanover Shoe Farms and general manager of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company in Harrisburg, has written the following in letter regarding the sport's purse structure.   "The relatively low sale prices for Idyllic and Martiniontherocks at the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Monday illustrates the problem...
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WEG: purses to continue at 2013 level

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) held a press conference Thursday morning (Jan. 24) to discuss its agreement in principle with the Ontario Government's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, which ensures the continuation of live horse racing at Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack for the next two years.   The press release states that Standardbred purses w...
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Important changes to Yonkers stake purses

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Racetrack management has increased the appeal of its most important stakes beginning in 2013 by guaranteeing final purses in the open divisions, slashing entrance fees for colt and filly races by more than half, and reducing the sustaining payments by 50 percent to these events.The changes take effect immediately with the foalcrop of 2010.   The half-mile oval is home t...
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