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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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Darkhorsebet.com to donate to Sandy relief

on 11/13/2012 12:00 AM
The partners of Avatar Ventures/Darkhorsebet have announced a plan for their company to contribute to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The handle driven donation drive will take place on Nov. 21, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with a pledge to donate 25 cents, for every dollar wagered through www.darkhorsebet.com, to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief fund. "It is something we need ...
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Vernon meet closes with handle increase

on 11/13/2012 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs saw a double-digit increase in export wagering handle and single-digit growth in live handle during its recently concluded live racing season.   The export handle (money wagered on Vernon's races at off-track facilities) increased by 14 percent while the live handle (money wager on-track on live races) increased by one percent.   "We are delighted by the doub...
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It's not too late: Sponsor Caraluzzi's runs for horses

on 11/13/2012 12:00 AM
At 22, Jimmy Caraluzzi is a recent college graduate, helping at his father Joe Caraluzzi's stable at Gaitway Farm in New Jersey while he looks for a job. Just out of college, he doesn't have a lot of spare cash to give away, but he does have two strong legs that he's hoping will go a long way toward building support for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.   "About a year and a half...
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Campbell meets with Red Mile stewards

on 11/13/2012 12:00 AM
Driver John Campbell was in Kentucky Tuesday morning to attend a hearing with two of The Red Mile's track stewards regarding the disqualification of Odds On Equuleus for a win in a Bluegrass division Sept. 29. Shortly after the hearing, Campbell told harnessracing.com that he believes he presented a strong argument to overturning the ruling, which led to controversy when it first occ...
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Campbell, Thomson named Proximity finalists

on 11/13/2012 12:00 AM
John Campbell, the Hall of Fame horseman and all-time leading money-winning driver, will be joined by Joe Thomson, squire of Winbak Farms, which has bred three recent Harness Horses of the Year, as finalists for this year's Stan Bergstein–Proximity Award, second only in harness racing prestige to election to the Hall of Fame, in a preliminary round voting of the directors of the United State...
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Stallion registration due in Maryland

on 11/13/2012 12:00 AM
All stallions standing in Maryland for the 2013 breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2012, for their foals to be eligible to the Maryland Sires Stakes.   We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please note the mailing address: P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791-0540.   Stallion Registration forms and re...
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Building of new Big M grandstand underway

on 11/13/2012 12:00 AM
The first columns of steel have been raised for the new grandstand at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The 155,000 square-foot building, expected to open in late 2013, is the integral part of track operator Jeff Gural's plan to reinvigorate harness racing at the Meadowlands.   Approximately 50 pieces of steel a day will be set between now and mid-February 2013, the estimate...
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