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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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It's a girl for Buck I St. Pat!

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
Three-time Trotting Mare of the Year Buck I St. Pat, who retired in 2011, gave birth Thursday morning to her first foal, a filly by 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover, co-owner Howard Taylor said.   The foal was born at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, where Donato Hanover stands as a stallion.   "I'm excited,” said Taylor, who owns Buck I St. Pat ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
Driver David Miller has told Weekend Preview he has presidential aspirations—he wants to win Saturday night's Presidential Series final at the Meadowlands with Dial Or Nodial. In the new Weekend Preview Miller talks about Dial Or Nodial's chances of an upset victory over prohibitive favorite Golden Receiver. The focus then shifts across the Atlantic for Sunday's famed Prix d'Amerique in P...
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Tritton ready to launch Presidential duo

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
Australian-born trainer Peter Tritton sends out a pair of Down Under imports in his quest to upset the mighty Golden Receiver in Saturday's $103,500 Presidential final at the Meadowlands.   Second Wind N and Malak Uswaad N have drawn posts three and four, respectively, and the favorite Golden Receiver, going for his second consecutive Presidential Series sweep, will leave from post ...
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Escape The News wins Meadows feature

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
Escape The News escaped the field after a demanding first quarter and scored easily in Thursday's $22,500 winners over $10,000 life/preferred handicap pace at The Meadows.   Although Escape The News was parked out the entire first panel, he thwarted the first-over challenge of JJ Gladiator and triumphed for Dave Palone in 1:53.2. The pocket-sitting Risk Management was second, three-...
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Come Together wins 10th in a row at Dover

on 01/24/2013 12:00 AM
Come Together continues as hottest horse at Dover Downs, winning his 10th race in a row while Nova Artist put on a fast-closing show to win the 30,000 Delaware Special Handicap to highlight the Thursday program.   Since last fall, it has really "come together" for the Artsplace-Pleasantville 7-year-old gelding rolling up 10 consecutive trips to the winner's circle. His 10...
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Million-dollar Tuesday at Yonkers

on 01/23/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway enjoyed its biggest handle of the young season on a--shall we say--brisk Tuesday night, with $1,017,797 wagered on the 12-race card.   Brian Sears added to his lead in the driver standings with four winners, including both halves of the $13.60 early daily double. Sears now has 29 wins in the first nine racing nights. George Brennan won twice, with Eric Goodell, Jeff ...
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Meadowlands wagering is "through the roof"

on 01/23/2013 12:00 AM
Wagering was absolutely through the roof over the three days of live racing last weekend at the Meadowlands.   Objectively, the comparable weekend in 2012 was compromised by the only significant snowstorm of last winter. However, the total wagered from all sources on M1 races was $8,184,843 a whopping 29 percent increase from last year. To gain more perspective, the 2013 total...
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Watson wins his second Dr. King Pace

on 01/23/2013 12:00 AM
With the temperature hovering around 12 degrees and the winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour, Dennis Watson was undeterred by the weather conditions and confidently reined Ally's Delight to a 2:04.2 victory in the 13th edition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.   The annual event honors the legacy of the great civil rights l...
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Peter Gerry to drive in amateur race in Paris

on 01/23/2013 12:00 AM
Peter G. Gerry, well regarded amateur/gentleman USA driver and venture capitalist, will participate in a prestigious international amateur trot (Prix de Saint-Claude) on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. The 1-5/16 mile event attracts some of the best international amateur competitors. Gerry's participation was organized by legendary Swedish trainer Anders Lindqvist, now sta...
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Two-year deal to continue racing at Woodbine/Mohawk

on 01/23/2013 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Wednesday confirmed that it has reached an agreement in principle with the Province which ensures the continuation of live horse racing at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks for the next two years.   "This long-awaited agreement offers stability while WEG and our partners in horse racing work with government towards a long-term sustainability s...
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OLG has agreements with 10 tracks for slots

on 01/23/2013 12:00 AM
On Wednesday, January 23, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. issued a press release which stated that it has reached lease agreements in principle for its slots operations at a total of 10 provincial racetracks.   "We are pleased to announce that we have reached lease agreements in principle with 10 gaming sites," OLG President and CEO Rod Phillips was quoted as saying in the rele...
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