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Jans Luck retired; Do Me Honor wins

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
Her shoes pulled in the winners' circle, millionaire Jans Luck officially retired from racing Wednesday at The Meadows while a newcomer to the track, Do Me Honor, honored the great lady by winning the Jans Luck Retirement Pace.   The 8-year-old Jans Luck, who will join the Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare band, was fast and tough, banking $1,015,484 in a career that spanned 149 races an...
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Pet Rock out to smash rivals in Windy City

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
Friday's $215,000 Windy City Pace, the signature event on a big Friday night of stake action at Maywood Park, should be a hotly contested affair from start to finish as a very strong field of eight 3-year-old pacing colts square off in this prestigious event.   Frank Bellino's Pet Rock has been accorded the slight morning line favoritism at 2-1 after drawing post position two for t...
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Big McDeal favored in Cinderella

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
Brad Grant's prize filly Big McDeal will look to show the world that she is the "real deal” when she takes on nine other 3-year-old pacing fillies in Friday's $83,000 Cinderella Stake at Maywood Park. Coming off a third-place finish in the Breeders Crown final at Woodbine, the daughter of McArdle-Ideal Gal has put up some big numbers while chasing the likes of such great pacing fill...
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Stallion retirement restrictions in effect in 2013

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
A restriction in the conditions of stakes races serviced by the Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs and Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) tracks regarding the breeding of stallions under five years of age goes into effect for mares being bred in the 2013 season.   The restriction states that foals of 2014 sired by stallions which were foaled in 2009 or later (4 year olds or younger ...
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Somebeachsomewhere stud fee $20,000

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
Jim Simpson, the President of Hanover Shoe Farms and the syndicate manager of the stallion Somebeachsomewhere, announced on Thursday (Nov. 15) that the horse will stand the 2013 season at a stud fee of $20,000. His 2012 fee was $15,000.   The Beach's first crop are now two year olds and in it he has done what no other sire in the history of harness racing has accomplished. ...
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California Board approves exchange wagering

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) on Thursday unanimously approved exchange wagering at racetracks, including Cal Expo, the state's lone Standardbred site. Exchange wagering allows a betting platform in which individual bettors wager between themselves on possible outcomes in races. The California legislature first passed a law allowing exchange wagering in 2010, and in August 2011 the C...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
The new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available, taking a look at stakes action that takes place at Maywood Park, Dover Downs and Western Fair. Also, all the news from the recent yearling and mixed sales in Harrisburg can be found in theWeekend Preview, with plenty of stats that includes a look at sire averages and the high-price purchases.   The weekend's stakes action gets ...
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Nova Artist repeats at Dover

on 11/15/2012 12:00 AM
Allan Davis drove Nova Artist to a 1:51 triumph in the $35,000 Preferred Open Handicap at Dover Downs on Thursday, the second straight week the 5-year-old son of Real Artist ground out a victory.   Owned by Eddie and Kathy Davis, and trained and driven by their sons, Martin and Allan, Nova Artist briefly battled Valentino and Yannick Gingras before moving to the lead and then rolled on t...
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Clarence Chaffee dies at 83

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
Veteran Standardbred owner and breeder Clarence L. Chaffee Sr., 83, died Nov. 10. In the 1980s, Mr. Chaffee fulfilled a lifelong dream and entered the Standardbred breeding business. He and his wife bought a small horse farm in Hartwood, Va., and under the moniker of Shadow Acres bred and raised horses that they largely raced themselves for more than 20 years.   Mr. Chaffee, the son...
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Michigan House passes Instant Racing 91-16

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
The Michigan State House of Representatives has passed by a vote of 91-16 a bill that will allow the state's racetracks to add Instant Racing Machines, which allow bettors to play on slot machine-like games on historical Thoroughbred races that are selected by random.   The bill is now awaiting a vote in the State Senate, where it is believed there is also enough support to be passe...
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Gaming legislation resurfacing in Illinois

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
Since the latest election cycle is over, legislation for expanded gaming is back on the agenda in Illinois. According to reports, the two main sponsors of legislation to expand legal gambling in Illinois say they're prepared for a veto override if Gov. Pat Quinn continues to push back.   One news report said that Gov. Quinn's staffers said the governor "could live with slots at...
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Approval given to build new Lebanon Raceway

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
The moving of Lebanon Raceway in Ohio got a big boost on Tuesday when Warren County Commissioners approved site plans that will allow the building of a new multi-million-dollar racetrack and casino in Turtlecreek Township near Dayton. The project is scheduled to begin next month and last a year. The new site, which has yet to be given an official name, is expected to open in 2014. &nbs...
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Put On A Show in Friday's Open at Yonkers

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
The mare with the big resume finally tries the small track. Put On a Show, the fastest mare of all time, makes her Yonkers Raceway--and small-track--debut Friday night, beginning behind the eight ball in the $35,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Brian Sears does the sixth-race honors for trainer Chris Ryder.   The 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, co-owned by Craig Hend...
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Zubrod named vice chair at UK Gluck Center

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
Case Clay, president and chief executive officer of Three Chimneys Farm, a Thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Ky., was named chair of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation's board of directors at its October meeting. Art Zubrod, manager of Brittany Farm, was named vice chair. Clay takes the leadership reins from Walter Zent, a veterinarian and former partner at Hagyard Equin...
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McCarthy has Windy City hopes

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
Andrew McCarthy has come close to winning several big races with Dynamic Youth. He hopes Friday is the night he gets to bring the horse to the winner's circle.   Dynamic Youth is among eight 3-year-old male pacers entered in Friday's $215,000 Windy City Stakes at Maywood Park in Chicago. He will start from post four with McCarthy handling the driving for trainer Aaron Lambert and o...
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Mare has home-field advantage in Forest City

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
The best older pacing mares in the sport will descend on The Raceway at The Western Fair District this Saturday night for the $200,000 Forest City Pace final.   Local favorites Modern Cinderella and Misty Moonstone will leave right beside each other from posts two and three, respectively, in the star-studded field.   The latter will not be hard to pick out as the lone gra...
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Jan's Luck retiring in ceremony at Meadows

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
Jan's Luck, a winner of more than $1 million lifetime, will be retired Wednesday night after she leads the post parade for the Preferred Mare Pace at The Meadows, her home track. She has been purchased privately by Hanover Shoe Farms, where she will begin a new career in the breeding shed next spring. The daughter of Camluck-Jan's Scooter, took a mark of 1:50.4f and, after her final ...
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Commission approves Meadowlands dates

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will hold 82 dates of live harness racing in 2013, as approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission at its meeting on Wednesday. The principal meet, which officially begins Friday, Dec. 28, will run through Saturday, Aug. 3. Racing is slated for three nights a week, Thursday–Saturday, through March 16.   The schedule then reverts to Friday and Saturday un...
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Delaware 2YO trotters in action at Dover

on 11/14/2012 12:00 AM
Racing last at the top of the stretch, Anders Bluestone closed in spectacular fashion to overtake his five opponents and score a 1:54.3 victory in the $23,000 Open/Handicap Trot. Meanwhile, Dingy's Boy and Bella's Spunkypunk won $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Colt and Gelding Trot, the first preliminary leg, at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 14.   With 2011 ...
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Ponder to stand in Pennsylvania for 2013

on 11/13/2012 12:00 AM
Ponder, the sire of last weekend's Messenger Stakes winner Bolt The Duer p,3,1:47.4f ($1,036,063), will be relocated to stand in 2013 at the new Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania, according to farm owner Adam Bowden. His fee will be $4,000. The stallion had stood the past two seasons at Seelster Farms in Ontario. "We think it's time for Ponder to stand with the big boys in Pennsylvania,...
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