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MacDonald looking for second Jug victory

on 09/19/2012 2:00 AM
Mark MacDonald knows how it feels to win the Little Brown Jug. He won it six years ago with the appropriately named Mr. Feelgood.   The 33-year-old Canadian native is hoping to feel good again after Thursday's $487,550 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, this time with Bolt The Duer.   Fourteen horses entered the Lit...
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Darena Hanover wins Jugette

on 09/19/2012 2:00 AM
Darena Hanover, who finished second in her elimination of Wednesday afternoon's $296,050 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers at Delaware, Ohio, posted a 1:51 victory in the decisive second heat that earned her the trophy in the classic's 42nd renewal.   In the second heat, driver Yannick Gingras settled Darena Hanover in briefly after starting from post three, outside elim winners S...
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Special Jug Preview now available!

on 09/19/2012 2:00 AM
The special Little Brown Jug HarnessRacing Preview that is now available takes an inside look at Thursday afternoon's 67th renewal of the Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio.   Trainer Jim Mulinix is hoping to keep the Jug trophy in the state of Ohio, following Big Bad John's score for Ron Potter in 2011. Mulinix and driver Yannick Gingras talk about A Rocknroll Dance's chances in th...
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O'Sullivan looks for Milton repeat

on 09/19/2012 2:00 AM
Conditioner Tony O'Sullivan will look to add back-to-back scores to his resume when he sends out Drop The Ball inthe 2012 edition of the $384,000 Milton Stakes final on Saturday night at Mohawk.   O'Sullivan, who captured the event last year with Laughandbehappy, has another heavy hitter as Drop The Ball captured her elimination in 1:51.4, defeating the world champion Put On A Show ...
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Trot Fudge Sundae, Longwell win Am-Nats

on 09/19/2012 2:00 AM
A pair of American National Stakes shared top billing on Wednesday as freshman trotters stepped into the spotlight at Balmoral Park.    A field of eight fillies were sent postward in the first tussle as they slugged it out for a purse of $70,000. After dominating the state-bred division here in Illinois with six wins and a second in her first seven starts, James Bafia, Eugene W...
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Coon says Delaware track is "good to go"

on 09/18/2012 2:00 AM
"We should be good to go this afternoon,” says track consultant Geg Coon, following an all-night rain which covered the Delaware County Fair's world famous half-mile track. The track is scheduled for 12 races on Tuesday, with first post at 1 p.m.   "At nine o'clock this morning we put a couple of rubber blades on two graders and wiped the juice to the outside of the track. We then...
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Jug Society elects new president, directors

on 09/18/2012 2:00 AM
Tom Wright was elected president of the Little Brown Jug Society. Wright takes over the roll his late father-in-law, Tom Thomson, held for 20 years.   Phil Terry will move into the Vice President's position and Bill Lowe will serve as secretary. The society also announced the election of Jim Simpson, Tom Charters, Don "Skip” Hoovler and Senena Esty as directors.  ...
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Centaur winning bidder for Indiana Downs

on 09/18/2012 2:00 AM
Centaur Holdings LLC, the parent of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, has been chosen the winning bidder for Indiana Downs and the Indiana Grand Casino. According to a story published on the Indianapolis Business Journal’s website, Centaur placed the winning bid Friday, September 14 in New York. The story states that while Centaur officials would not disclose the bid, bankruptcy filings stipulat...
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McIntosh has 2 Jug chances this year

on 09/18/2012 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh could experience another first this year when he sends two sophomore pacerspostward in the famed Little Brown Jug, set for Thursday at Ohio's Delaware County Fair. McIntosh had never won the Pepsi North America Cup, the world's richest race for 3-year-old pacers, until this past June at Mohawk. Thinking Out Loud stormed home late to capture the $1.5 mi...
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Incentives for Youth Foundation fundraiser

on 09/18/2012 2:00 AM
A total of $1,700 worth of gift certificates are available to donors for The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) fourth annual Drive For Youth Fundraiser, to be held during the races at Lexington's historic Red Mile on Sunday, Sept. 30.   The individual contributing the most dollars to Drive For Youth will received a$1000 gift certificate towards the purchase of a UFO racebike.T...
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Saratoga gets ok for 30% interest in Ellis

on 09/18/2012 2:00 AM
Saratoga Harness Racing Inc.(Saratoga), owner of Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, NY, received unanimous approval on Tuesday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to enter into an agreement with Ellis Park Race Course (Ellis) in Henderson, Ky., that provides for an equity ownership stake in Ellis.   Upon conclusion of the hearing on Tuesday, Saratoga was ...
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UF Dragon Queen leads in Keystone Classic

on 09/18/2012 2:00 AM
UF Dragon's Queen finally found her comfort zone on the lead, drawing off to score in 1:54.2 in the slop in the fastest division of Tuesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The $140,000 event for 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Somwherovrarainbow, South Pacific and Want Answers also taking $35,000 splits. Entering the Keystone Classic, UF Dragon's Queen had...
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No pressure for Potter with Carol's Comet

on 09/18/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Potter knows the thrill of winning the Little Brown Jug. He also knows that sending out the longshot Carol's Comet in this year's classic is going to be a lot more fun.   "We are going to have a lot of fun this year,” noted Potter who won the 2011 Jug title with Big Bad John. "There is not near as much pressure this year as last.”   Carol's Comet is owned ...
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Posts drawn for NYSS Night of Champions

on 09/18/2012 2:00 AM
Post positions were drawn Tuesday for Saturday's $1.8 million New York Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway. Eight $225,000 divisional finals--for 2- and 3-year-old of both sexes and gaits--comprise the richest night of racing in the state. The races go as Nos. 2 through 9 as part of Yonkers Raceway's 13-race card, with first post at the customary 7:10 p.m. The 23rd edition of the Night of C...
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Gingras: "It would be great to win for Jim"

on 09/17/2012 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras knows what it is like to have a dream fulfilled. Now he will try to return the favor. In July, Gingras won the Meadowlands Pace, thanks to 3-year-old pacer A Rocknroll Dance and trainer Jim Mulinix. On Thursday, Gingras and the colt will look to give Mulinix a victory in the $487,550 Little Brown Jug. Mulinix was born in Toledo, Ohio, and lives in nearby Wauseon. The Jug, wh...
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More numbers for Canadian yearling sale

on 09/17/2012 2:00 AM
Despite selling 56 fewer horses offered this year, the Canadian Open Yearling Sale which concluded Sunday, Sept. 15, ended with a drop of 43 percent in the average price. The numbers made it clear that people are backing off on their participation in Ontario harness racing while there is uncertainty about the future of the sport in the province.   In addition to the overall dec...
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Tuesday post at Delaware moved to 1 p.m.

on 09/17/2012 2:00 AM
Post time for the Tuesday card at Delaware, Ohio, has been moved back an hour from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The change was made because only 12 races are on the program.
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TV add touts money NY tracks raise for schools

on 09/17/2012 2:00 AM
The New York Gaming Association has launched a television advertising campaign touting the funds that the state's racetrack casinos raise for public education. The association's nine racinos have contributed $3.4 billion to education since 2004 — including more than $550 million so far in 2012, according to the New York Division of the Lottery. "We are incredibly proud of o...
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Brett McFavrelous sets Keystone Classic mark

on 09/17/2012 2:00 AM
Though he hadn't seen the lead at any point in his last three races, Brett McFavrelous roared to the front in Monday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows and scored handily in a stakes-record 1:52.1.   The $140,598 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Our Dragon King and Eddie Sweat also taking splits--each for Dave Palone. The...
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Cal Expo incentive program announced

on 09/17/2012 2:00 AM
The California Harness Horsemen's Association, in partnership with the new Cal Expo harness operator Watch and Wager LLC, has announced a new horse incentive plan for the meeting that is set to open on Friday, Nov. 2, and run through May 11, 2013.   Each new horse, defined as a trotter or pacer who has not raced at Cal Expo since June 18, 2011, will receive a $750 incentiv...
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