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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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Under saddle race Sept. 30 at The Red Mile

on 09/17/2012 2:00 AM
The Red Mile is proud to host a $20,000 trotting monte race on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30. The race is sponsored by Alan Leavitt, Elizabeth Caldwell, Bluestone Farm, Walnut Hall Ltd., Diamond Creek Farm, Peter Gerry and William B. Weaver.   Entries will be taken on Monday, Sept. 24, at The Red Mile race office by 10 a.m. The racing secretary is Billy Perkins and the t...
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Tetrick looks to stay hot in Delaware, Ohio

on 09/17/2012 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick's list of accomplishments increased once again over the weekend and North America's leading harness racing driver hopes to continue to add to it this week.   On Saturday night, Tetrick won the $1.03 million Canadian Trotting Classic with Market Share, putting him in the company of Bill O'Donnell and John Campbell as the only drivers to win three million-dollar races in ...
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Betterthancheddar wins Quillen in record 1:49.2

on 09/17/2012 2:00 AM
Steve Calhoun and West Wins Stable's Betterthancheddar ($3, George Brennan) equaled the world record for 4-year-old horses on a half-mile racetrack Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:49.2 triumph in the $216,500 sixth annual Bobby Quillen Memorial.   The Bettor's Delight stallion also shattered the all-time track record at Harrington, which was held by two-time defending Qui...
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Fancy Creek Elusiv caps off Ill. Super Night

on 09/16/2012 2:00 AM
The final race of the evening turned out to be one of the most thrilling affairs of a very successful Super Night at Balmoral Park Saturday night as the Nick Giberson-trained Fancy Creek Elusiv wore down the heavily-favored Fox Valley Action in the closing yards to win the $250,000 Orange & Blue by a half-length in 1:52.1.   Kept just off an early duel between last week's e...
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Big winners on Michigan Super Night

on 09/16/2012 2:00 AM
Eight Michigan Sires Stakes finals were contested at Hazel Park on Saturday night, including two raced between races as non-betting affairs. There were no surprises in each as the 2-year-old filly pacer Super Soph remained undefeated in eight starts and the 2-year-old colt pacer That'll Be The Rei cruised to his ninth consecutive win. Also, the 3-year-old filly pacer Tropical Breeze, who was r...
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Igottafeelinfran takes OBC for pacing fillies

on 09/16/2012 2:00 AM
Igottafeelinfran won the $28,000 Ohio Breeders Championship for 2-year-old filly pacers on Sunday, the opening day of the Grand Circuit meeting at the Delaware County Fair.   Dan Noble sent the eventual winner first up to challenge the lead by Cating Around (Chris Page) past the half in :58 and three quarters in 1:27.3. Noble sat patiently on the outside and wore down the leader in ...
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Burke says Sweet Lou "going down the road"

on 09/16/2012 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou, reigning 2-year-old colt pacing champion, has not quite lived up to the expectations this season of his trainer Ron Burke.   However, Sweet Lou drew the rail for his elimination heat in Thursday's $487,550 Little Brown Jug. "Starting from the rail means that we're going down the road and if you are going to beat us you're going to have to pace around us. We're going to p...
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14 entered in Thursday's Little Brown Jug

on 09/15/2012 2:00 AM
Fourteen 3-year-old pacers have been entered for the $487,550 Little Brown Jug, set for Thursday at the Delaware County Fair. Among the contenders are colts owned in Ohio, including A Rocknroll Dance.   First Elimination: 1--Escape The News (Tim Tetrick/Joe Holloway)-10-1; 2--Major Bombay (Jim Morrill Jr./Tony Alagna)-8-1; 3--Michael's Power (Scott Zeron/Casie Co...
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Average price down 49% at Canadian sale

on 09/15/2012 2:00 AM
Warrawee Phoenix, a half brother to Warrawee Needy, was the sale topper for the first session of Standardbred Canada's 2012 Canadian Yearling Sale on Saturday, bought by trainer David Menary with a bid of $90,000. But the bigger news was that the average price for the first day of the sale plummeted by 49 percent. A total of 124 yearlings went through the sales ring on Saturday, bringi...
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B Fly Mcqueen, Riccolo first Super Night winners

on 09/15/2012 2:00 AM
Illinois' Super Night 2012 got off to a rousing start on a beautiful Saturday night at Balmoral Park as John Barnard's B Fly Mcqueen posted a 29-1 shocker in the $116,000 Lady Ann Reed. In the next race, the $110,000 Su Mac Lad for 3-year-old colt trotters, there was no big surprise as Riccolo returned to Illinois and won in 1:56.4.   In the Lady Ann Reed for 3-year-old trotting fil...
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