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Gurf wins Wednesday Dover Open Trot

on 12/05/2012 12:00 AM
Overlooked at 15-1 after winning at Yonkers from post eight last week, Gurf stormed from last to first in the stretch to win the $23,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday.   With Allan Davis at the controls, Gurf sat seventh when the field began to bunch as Magic Wheel (Brad Hanners), who led from the start, tried to hold on when the entire field came at the leader. Gurf, how...
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Crazed moving to Hanover in 2013

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
World champion Crazed will move to Hanover Shoe Farms in 2013, it was announced Tuesday. He stood in New York at Blue Chip Farms since he entered stud in 2009, with full books his first two seasons and well over 100 mares bred in each of the past two.   His fee for next year has been set at $6,000.   Crazed Syndicate manager David Reid said the move to Pennsylvania o...
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Windsong Ingenius upsets at 31-1 in Autumn

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
An upset-minded Windsong Ingenius stormed home late to lower the stakes record to 1:54.4 while defeating the popular Nowucit Nowudont in the $60,000 Autumn Stakes final on Monday night at Woodbine.   With driver Mike Saftic at the helm, the 3-year-old trotting gelding scored the victory at odds of 31-1 for trainer Joseph Cirasuola.   Windsong Ingenius left swiftly from p...
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Monochromatic wins at Dover off layoff

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
Following a two-month hiatus from racing Monochromatic came back as if she hadn't been away, closing strongly to win the $23,000 Filly and Mare Open/Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Monday. During the last two seasons, Monochromatic has been nearly invincible in the upper ranks at Dover.   Again this time, Corey Callahan guided the 7-year-old Dream Away-Miss Ty mare to her 10th win of...
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Toscano: 2013 Spirit of the Horse Award winner

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
The Rutgers Equine Science Center has named Linda Toscano as the 2013 recipient of the Center's annual "Spirit of the Horse” award.   Toscano will receive the award during the Equine Science Update on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Cook Campus Center on the G. H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick, N.J. Liz Durkin, the 2012 recipient and vice chair of the Rutgers University Board fo...
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Amateur Schwartz wins 500th career race

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
Amateur driver Alan Schwartz is having a banner year. Not only did he rein his 57th winner of the season at Monticello Raceway on Monday, but that triumph was Schwartz's 500th of his amateur driving career. Schwartz's milestone victory came behind Space Chalet in 1:58.1.   That makes him one of the most prolific amateur drivers of all time, ranking him second in races won ...
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NY Times story wins 1st Bergstein Award

on 12/04/2012 12:00 AM
The first annual Stanley Bergstein Writing Award was presented at a special luncheon in Lexington, KY, on Tuesday (Dec. 4). Sponsored by Barry Irwin's Team Valor International, the award went to writers Walt Bogdanich, Joe Drape and Rebecca Ruiz for their New York Times story about the role of veterinarians in the use of drugs in American horse racing.   The award included a check f...
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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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