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Woodbine Entertainment wins Top Choice Award

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
For the fourth consecutive year, Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is proud to accept the Top Choice Award as the Entertainment Complex of the Year for Woodbine Racetrack. WEG also received, for the second straight year, the Top Choice Award in the Sports Bar (Vaughan) category for its WEGZ Stadium Bar property.   "Woodbine Entertainment Group is committed to providing our customer...
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Meadowlands hires Director of Sponsorship

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
New Meadowlands Racetrack (NMR) is proud to announce the appointment of Jason Hall as the Director of Sponsorship Sales. Hall will also oversee sponsorship sales at Winners Bayonne OTW and continue to serve as Director of Sponsorships Sales at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in New York, sister properties to NMR.   "Jason has been a tremendous asset to the company at Tioga and Vernon a...
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Intowinafortune posts 6th win in last 8 starts

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
Intowinafortune, Grace Of An Angel and 29-1 shot Lookkout Stoke Zone came through with preliminary victories on Tuesday night (Dec. 4) to set the stage for next Tuesdays $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Final at Dover Downs.   Meet-leading driver Corey Callahan had a six-pack of winners on the Tuesday card to make his win total 50 in 2...
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Somebeachsomewhere's book full & closed

on 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms president Jim Simpson has announceds that the 2013 book for Somebeachsomewhere is officially full and closed.   Simpson noted, "We expected an incredible response based on the success of Beach's first crop to the races and the way his yearlings sold at the fall sales. Nevertheless we have been totally overwhelmed by the response we received. USTA rules limit ...
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NJ horsemen to donate to benefit Sandy's victims

on 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
New Jersey's standardbred horsemen are donating their share of the revenue on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Freehold Raceway to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will receive the proceeds from Freehold's "Racing toward Recovery Day.”   "We will be donating our share of the live handle that day to the FoodBank,” said Standardbred Breeders...
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Magic Lindy a pleasant surprise for trainer

on 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
When Magic Lindy first entered the Johnathan McKinnon stable, the young conditioner wasn't sure what would be expected of the trotting miss. Magic Lindy, a sophomore daughter of Kadabra, was purchased for a mere $4,500 by McKinnon along with close friend and driver, James MacDonald, at the Summer Sizzler Mixed Sale hosted by Standardbred Canada in late August.   The lass had earning...
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Fox Valley Smarty takes Meadows Preferred

on 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
Fox Valley Smarty shot the Lightning Lane — and got a break when the leader jumped it off late — as he captured Monday's $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows.   Fox Valley Smarty was gaining inside when Run And Tell Pap made a brief break on top. That was all Fox Valley Smarty and Tony Hall needed. They held off the rallying TSM Photo Bugger in 1:54.3 over a "good” surface wh...
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Harness racing secretaries meet in Florida

on 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
The North American Harness Racing Secretaries held their annual meetings in Deerfield Beach, Fla., from Nov. 30-Dec. 2. President Connie Hochstetler opened the meetings each morning and very successful stakes scheduling sessions followed. She was also re-elected president of the organization.   The Racing Secretaries also participated in the USTA rules seminar, presided ov...
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Hypnotic Blue Chip wins Saturday night Open at Yonkers

on 12/02/2012 12:00 AM
Hypnotic Blue Chip (Brian Sears), he of the $1.7 million career bankroll, rolled from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Pace. Leaving from post position No. 5--in his first local appearance since a leg of the 2010 George  Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series--Hypnotic Blue Chip was content to spectate early. There was a lot to look at, as 3-5 favorite G...
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P L Fighter pulls off a shocker in Autumn final

on 12/02/2012 12:00 AM
P L Fighter, driven by Chris Christoforou, got up in the final strides to upset heavily-favoured Autumn Gottem in the $60,000 Autumn Stakes final on Saturday night at Woodbine. The three-year-old pacing gelding drew into the final off the also eligible list when St Lads Zoom Zoom was scratched. P L Fighter, who was sent off at odds of 16-1, got away eighth and followed behind fr...
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Northern Campanion runs streak to three

on 12/02/2012 12:00 AM
Most astute observers had written Northern Companion off when he trailed by nearly seven lengths at the halfway point of Saturday night's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.  Driver Rob Hoffman wasn't one of them, though, urging his favorite horse past one rival after another until nailing pacesetter Special Strides (Rick Plano) by a head at the wire.  Hay ...
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Heston wins Matron over Thinking Out Loud

on 12/02/2012 12:00 AM
Heston Blue Chip continued to show that he is at the top of his game, overwhelming an all-star group of 3-year-olds in the track record time of 1:48 to win the final Matron event of the season, worth $163,663. In addition, three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second leg colt paces were also held on the Sunday (Dec. 2) card at Dover Downs.   Af...
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All Heart Gal wins Meadows $22,500 F&M Pace

on 12/01/2012 12:00 AM
All Heart Gal proved that her win last week in softer company was no fluke as she reeled off a front-end victory at a juicy 12-1 in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A top earner at 2 and 3, All Heart Gal slumped thereafter and lost her first 25 races this year. But she captured a Nov. 21 conditioned event on the lead and employed the same strateg...
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Kilowatts Fantasy shines in Lebanon win

on 12/01/2012 12:00 AM
Favored Kilowatts Fantasy took the Friday night featured pace at Lebanon Raceway for driver Jack Dailey in 1:58.1, holding off Connie’s Marti. Pacesetting Keene Supreme finished third in the field of nine. At the start, driver Mark Winters, Sr. shot Keene Supreme to the front from post position five while Dailey tucked Kilowatts Fantasy in the two hole right on the leader's back. Their ...
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Nowucit Nowudont continues to shine for Henriksen

on 12/01/2012 12:00 AM
When Nowucit Nowudont entered the Per Henriksen barn earlier this year, it was nothing new for O’Brien Award winning conditioner. Nowucit Nowudont, a son of Kadabra, earned $18,500 as a rookie with a 1:57.1 speed badge, but coming into this season the gelding wasn’t performing as expected and as a result he was off to Henriksen’s barn. "He had a decent ...
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Canada's Davis Jr. triumphant in European debut

on 12/01/2012 12:00 AM
While representing Canada, Billy Davis Jr., a regular driver on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit, won the 2012 Prix des Rencontres Internationales du Trotteur Français on Saturday at the Hippodrome de Paris-Vincennes. The 26-year-old Guelph resident was selected to compete in the international driving competition, which was established by Cheval ...
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Matron Stakes come to an end Sunday at Dover

on 12/01/2012 12:00 AM
The final Matron Stakes of the year features last week’s elimination winners Thinking Out Loud and Hillbilly Hanover and a pair of millionaire pacers, Heston Blue Chip and Bolt The Duer leading a field of eight racing for a $176,663 purse and possible recognition as 2012 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year honors in a power packed Sunday program at Dover Downs. Post time is ...
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Modern Art filly OK Feisty takes Autumn final

on 11/30/2012 12:00 AM
In the last start of her two-year-old campaign, OK Feisty lowered her lifetime mark to 1:54 in the $50,000 Autumn Stakes final on Thursday night at Woodbine.   Driver Scott Zeron and the pacing lass were on the move from sixth as Prettyndangerous (Anthony MacDonald) clocked the :27 opening panel.When a pocket-sitting Marlee B (Sylvain Filion) was tipped to the outside in the backstr...
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Takeout on Pompano Pick 4 lowered to 10%

on 11/30/2012 12:00 AM
In what is described as one of the most significant pari-mutuel developments in recent years, the isle casino racing Pompano Park will debut a 10 percent take-out on their Pick 4 wager—by far the lowest in the industry—beginning on Monday, Dec. 3.   John Yinger, Director of Racing, said the new low take-out will continue through the end of the racing meet. "We have a very compet...
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Versado runs earnings to $742,448

on 11/30/2012 12:00 AM
Versado came along the passing lane to win a blanket finish in 1:50.1 in the $36,000 Preferred/Open Handicap pace while Francyfreeshark withstood a strong stretch assault for a 1:51 triumph in the $30,000 Delaware Special, the Thursday co-features, on a chilly Nov. 29 at Dover Downs. Yannick Gingras drove KDM Stables' Versado to his third consecutive victory, following early leader Sec...
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