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New conditions for Zweig at Vernon Downs

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
The Zweig Memorial 3-Year-Old trot will have both a new location and format in 2012. Raced on Sunday, Aug. 26, over Vernon Downs' highly regarded seven-eighths mile strip for the first time, the race is expected to attract the top sophomores in training.   This will be the first season where the conditions dictate that the top money earners in 2012 will compete in th...
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Hambletonian Society endorses Gural; Reid new director

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
At the annual meeting of The Hambletonian Society held Aug. 3, the board of directors voted to strongly endorse track owner Jeff Gural's initiatives on whipping restrictions and uniform medication rules, elected a new director and opened Hambletonian No. 90, the stake for foals of 2012.   As owner of the New Meadowlands LLC, now host of the Hambletonian through 2015, Gural addresse...
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Horse of the Year San Pail nears return

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
San Pail, who was sidelined due to injury earlier this season, will be returning to the racetrack in a couple of weeks, according to trainer Rod Hughes.   The three-time defending Maple Leaf Trot winner was unable to defend his title this year.   "He was sidelined because of inflammation in his right-hind ankle, which came close to his suspensory,” Hughes said. "We had to take th...
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Ontario Sire Stakes makes some date changes

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has announced date changes for five Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series races.   Given the uncertainty regarding the fall meet, the three OSS dates scheduled for Windsor Raceway are being moved to other racetracks. Moving the dates at this time will allow owners and trainers time to plan their schedules for the latter part of the season.   A...
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Alagna scores NJSS hat trick

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Tony Alagna sent out a trio of winners in the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacers on Friday night at the Meadowlands. His hat trick began with Somebodythatiusedtono, who gamely held off Sweetheart winner Jerseylicious to win the $23,000 opener in wire-to-wire fashion. Driven by Andy Miller, Somebodythatiusedtono carved out a :58.2 opening half before the favorite range...
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Gracie Montana wins Girls' Night Out final

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
Gracie Montana overcame a trailing post 12 to score the 5-1 upset in the inaugural edition of the Girls' Night Out Pacing Series final on Friday night at Mohawk.   With driver Jody Jamieson in the bike, the five-year-old mare emerged in a blanket finish to score the lion's share of the $50,000 purse for trainer Bill Davis.   Gracie Montana got away 10th, well behind a 26-...
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MM's Lucky Boy, All Spirit win Yonkers features

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps--for trotters and distaff pacers, respectively--were won by odds-on choice MM'S Lucky Boy (Brent Holland, $3) and All Spirit (Jim Marohn Jr., $10).   MM's Lucky Boy made it three wins in his last four Friday trotting features, doing the damage in 1:55.3. Leaving from post position No. 5--in one notch after an inside defe...
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Frontierpan fastest in PA Stallion splits

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
Driver Matt Kakaley won two of the four Stallion Series divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies that were held on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Each of the four divisions carried a purse of $20,000.   Kakaley won the first split with Frontierpan (No Pan Intended-Disneypan), who is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Peter Pan Stables, in the night's fastest Stallion Ser...
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Summertime Lea's 1:52.2 fastest in NYSS

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
Summertime Lea (1:52.2) captured the fastest of three divisions in a $116,605 New York Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (Aug. 9) at Vernon Downs.   Also on the card, Jetta Blue Chip collected a career-fastest 1:53.3 victory in the quickest of five flights of a $64,100 NYSS-sponsored Excelsior Series segment for state-bred frosh filly members of the lat...
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Freshmen in MSRF action at Ocean Downs

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
Ocean Downs hosted the 2-year-old Maryland Standardbred Fund races on Wednesday night.   In the first division for colt and gelding trotters, a non-wagering event, Cashmere Briefs (Political Briefing-Cashmere Sahbra) left from post three to control the mile. Jonathan Roberts pulled Pure Glory at the five-eighths-mile marker and just when it looked like he was going to catch Cashmere Brief...
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Ewart named 2012 Neville Award recipient

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
The late Jim Ewart, a longtime racing official, will be honored as the 2012 Joseph Neville Award winner by officials at the Delaware, Ohio fair.   Ewart worked as race secretary at 18 different tracks in North America plus Australia and New Zealand. Much of his career centered at Scioto Downs where he presided for 26 years, from 1976 through 2002. He also served several years as rac...
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NY racetracks generating big bucks for schools

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
New York Gaming Association (NYGA) members continue to produce significant funding for New York's schools, generating over $71 million for public education in July, according to data available on the Division of Lottery's website. In addition to directly funding New York's public schools, the monthly payments help keep property taxes down for all New Yorkers by offsetting the cost of education...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available by clicking below or signing up by following the link at the top of this home page. In this week's feature, trainer John Butenschoen talks about his pair of formidable contenders going postward in New Jersey Sire Stakes action for 2-year-old colt pacers at the Meadowlands. Also, Check Me Out gets a quick chance to rebound ...
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Doctor Butch 1:54.4 NYSS winner

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
Doctor Butch (pictured) was the fastest as the New York Sire Stakes invaded Yonkers Raceway Thursday night with the $285,120 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The event, honoring the memory of the Raceway's long-time corporate controller, went as a fearsome foursome.   The twosome of trainer Linda Toscano and driver Tim Tetrick won half the battles, with odds-...
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Coleman talks about Sarandon, stable, slots

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
Casie Coleman always knew Sarandon Blue Chip possessed sizable talent. She just had to wait for the pacing filly to grow into it.   With Dave Miller in the sulky, Sarandon Blue Chip reeled off an impressive 1:50.1 victory in the $125,000 Miss New Jersey on Hambletonian Day. The three-year-old daughter of Western Ideal wheels right back in a $15,000 condition event on Saturday night ...
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Googoo Gaagaa easy 1:57.4 winner

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
Googoo Gaagaa was back to his winning ways on Thursday night as he captured a $20,555 Maryland Standardbred Race Fund event in 1:57.4 at Ocean Downs. With Corey Callahan driving for trainer Richard Hans, he won by open lengths over Windshield, who was undefeated in six starts this season. Googoo Gaagaa was making his first start since breaking stride in the Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meado...
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Plainridge applies for gaming license

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
Plainridge Racecourse president and CEO Gary Piontkowski today issued the following statement regarding the track's efforts to obtain a license for expanded gaming: "It is an honor and privilege for the owners, employees, vendors and management of Plainridge Racecourse to submit this application and $400,000 filing fee in furtherance of a Class II gaming license to the Massachusetts Gaming ...
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Cantab Hall colts take Mohawk series leg

on 08/09/2012 2:00 AM
Wheeling N Dealin, a rookie son of Cantab Hall, has stamped himself as a top contender heading into the $50,000 Bridger Trotting Series final on Monday (Aug. 20) at Mohawk. The bay remains perfect in three outings to start his young career as he took his $30,000 division in the second round of the Bridger Trotting Series on Thursday evening at Mohawk. Trained by Dustin Jones, Wheeling N Dealin...
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Rare white colt at Meadowlands Aug. 17

on 08/08/2012 2:00 AM
The 2012 Championship Meet at the Meadowlands Racetrack will end with a bang – literally - on Friday, August 17. Fireworks, live music, eight stakes races, the Vernon/Meadowlands Drivers' Championship and unbelievable prize drawings are in store at the track's Summer Finale. The evening kicks off at a special 6:35 p.m. post time and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show after the last ...
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Posts drawn for two-heat Confederation Cup

on 08/08/2012 2:00 AM
Eleven 3-year-old pacers have been entered for Sunday's Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. The double-heat race is divided into a pair of $50,000 eliminations, with the top four finishers in each plus one fifth-place finisher will return for the same-day $481,000 final.   Included among the entries to this year's 36th renewal of the Confederation Cup is Panther Hanover, who is a $...
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