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Champion French trotter Ourasi dies at 33

on 01/12/2013 12:00 AM
World champion trotter Ourasi, who captured France's famed Prix d'Amerique four times over his illustrious career, died Saturday, Jan. 12, in Normandy at the age of 33.   Ourasi won the Prix d'Amerique in 1986-87-88 before being upset in 1989. He came back as a 10 year old to win the 1990 renewal of the prestigious trotting event. Although he had been trained and driven by Jean...
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Electrofire blazes to Yonkers victory

on 01/12/2013 12:00 AM
Favored Electrofire (Brian Sears) was the champion of the chalk players Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Starting inside his six rivals, Electrofire retook from the six wins-in-a-row Proven Lover (Jason Bartlett), after a foggy, 28-second opening quarter-mile. The reformed claimer then rolled through a :55.4 intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarte...
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Four-horse accident at Woodbine

on 01/12/2013 12:00 AM
There was a four-horse spill in the ninth race on Saturday night at Woodbine.   In Commando, driven by James MacDonald, was tipped off cover and advancing first-up in the backstretch when the gelding fell. Hard To Mach (Doug McNair), High Def Z Tam (Billy Davis Jr.) and Anderlecht (Rick Zeron) were unable to avoid the fallen horse, unseating their respective drivers.   Ma...
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Michigan racing in jeopardy after Instant Racing veto

on 01/11/2013 12:00 AM
Michigan horsemen are waking up Friday disappointed as it was announced Thursday night that Gov. Rick Snyder will not sign a bill that would have allowed Instant Racing machines at the state's racetracks. The bill had been passed earlier by the state House and Senate and was awaiting the governor's signature, but on the eve of the Jan. 11 deadline it was announced the bill would be "pocket vet...
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Gural talks about handle increases on NJ Today

on 01/11/2013 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural, chairman of the New Meadowlands Racetrack, shed a little more light on the track's big increase in business this year when he was interviewed by Mike Schneider of NJ Today. "I met some big gamblers who agreed to bet on our product," Gural told Schneider, adding that he gave them a better rebate, which is a standard perk for big customers at casinos and  many rac...
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MHAA president Boyd responds to bill veto

on 01/11/2013 12:00 AM
Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association president Brett Boyd has written a letter to his constituency following the news that Gov. Rick Snyder was not going to sign a bill that would have allowed Instant Racing machines to be introduced at the state's racetracks. Without Snyder's signature the bill will be "pocket vetoed," meaning it will not go into law despite earlier passage by the state Se...
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Shadows Dream powers to Meadows win

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Shadows Dream sustained a powerful first-over bid that carried him to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Risk Management carved out a comfortable half in :57.1, making the task that much more difficult for the back markers. But Shadows Dream moved relentlessly for Eric Ledford from fifth and finally nailed Risk Management at the wire, earning a ...
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Dutchess Seelster royal in Pompano victory

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Dutchess Seelster, the Duke Of York mare that equaled Pompano Park's track trotting record for her age, sex and gait with a 1:54.2 win on Dec. 9, "xeroxed” that performance on Wednesday night in the Open 1 feature over the South Florida five-eighths mile oval.   Trained by Don Glowacki for owner John Campagnuolo, the 7 year old was driven by Wally Hennessey, who gave her a pictur...
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Carlson hopes to make mark at Meadowlands

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Last year, Eric Carlson was the new kid in town. It really didn't matter which town he was in, he was a newcomer trying to make his name. The 37-year-old Michigan native hopes to be considered more of a regular this year.   Carlson arrived on the East Coast in 2012 after a successful launch to his harness racing career in the Midwest and Canada. Carlson, who didn't start drivin...
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Illinois session ends with no gaming progress

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
The lame duck session for the Illinois legislature ended Jan. 9 with no progress toward legislation for a gaming bill to have slots at the racetracks across Illinois. The legislature also failed to extend legislation on ADW wagering, causing all Illinois residents to be unable to use wagering sites like Twinspires, Betzotic, and XpressBet.   "The legislature had months and months to...
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Dadoyan named executive director of SOANY

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York is pleased to announce that Alex Dadoyan, most recently the New Meadowlands Racetrack's director of racing operations, has accepted the position of executive director of the SOA, effective Feb. 1.   "We are fortunate to have someone with Alex's abilities and background join us at the SOA," said Peter Venaglia, SOA first vice president...
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Carroll suspended 4 years for Red Mile meth positives

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
The Red Mile's presiding judge Rich Williams told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that trainer Joe Carroll has been suspended four years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a pair of methamphetamine positives last August at The Red Mile. According to Williams, the positives occurred on the 2-year-old gelding pacer Jude Hall following a win in a $15,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes leg...
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Centaur approved for purchase of Indiana Downs

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings LLC received the Indiana Gaming Commission's conditional approval Thursday of its agreement to purchase Indiana Grand Casino and Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. The state commission's unanimous decision, the second of two state-level regulatory approvals needed, comes after last month's Indiana Horse Racing Commission endorsement. A final review by the Chair...
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Rideau Carleton rivals square off at Big M

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Simon Allard and John MacDonald, the top two drivers at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa, Ont., in 2012 will face off against each other this weekend at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Allard won last year's Rideau Carleton title with 389 wins to MacDonald's 243, after MacDonald had won the previous three seasons.   MacDonald made his debut in East Rutherford, N.J. last wee...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is off to a fast start in 2013 as wagering numbers have increased substantially from last year. In the new edition of Weekend Preview find out where the money is being generated from and what other track officials are saying about the sport's flagship racetrack. The Presidential Series gets underway this weekend and trainer Mark Harder gives his opinion of Golden Receiver's ...
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Marohn Jr.'s star continues to rise

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Five years ago Jimmy Marohn Jr. was the recipient of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA's Rising Star Award. And to say that he's living up to that accolade would be an understatement.   This past season young Jimmy not only won his first driving title at Monticello Raceway but the 29-year-old reinsman was, for the second consecutive season, the driving leader at Tioga Downs. &...
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Versado scores in 1:50.1 at Dover

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Versado, Rusty's All In and McClelland were winners of the $35,000 Preferred, $30,000 Delaware Special and $23,000 Open pace headliners on Thursday at Dover Downs.   Drawing post one proved a plus for Versado in this week's top pace. Last Thursday, driver Matt Kakaley rallied the Nick Surick-conditioned Dragon Again-Beach Jenny gelding from fifth at the half and closed to with...
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Moreau wins 4,000th career race

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
Richard Moreau celebrated his 4,000th training triumph on Thursday night at Woodbine after a pair of his pupils found the winner's circle.   With five starters on the 10-race card, Amazing Quest ($7.50, 1:51.2), driven by Scott Zeron, notched the conditioner's 3,999th win in the seventh race, then Zeron and Windsun T Bird ($4.20, 1:52.4) recorded Moreau's milestone victory in the ni...
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Super Bowl series underway; handle up again

on 01/10/2013 12:00 AM
The popular Super Bowl series for trotters got underway Thursday night at the Meadowlands with four divisions making up the first leg. Coming into the series, it appeared that Andy and Julie Miller held a strong hand and the night produced mixed results for "Team Orange Crush.” One of the Miller trainees, Windsun Galliano, made a break at the start, allowing Joyeaux Dream to go all the wa...
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Week 2 Big M handle: An increase of 32%

on 01/09/2013 12:00 AM
The second week of live racing at The Meadowlands saw a total of $8,178,147 wagered on the 33 live races offered over the weekend, an increase of a remarkable 32 percent over comparable dates a year ago. Meanwhile, construction on the new grandstand continues and Rich Zeigler, construction project manager for the New Meadowlands Racetrack, provides the latest construction update in a vide...
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