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Eaves says WEG has invested $175 mil in slots

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
On Wednesday (June 27), the Guelph (Ont.) Mercury newspaper contains the latest comments by Nick Eaves, president and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, on the slots at the racetrack program. Eaves told Dave Briggs, who is also editor of The Canadian Sportsman, that Woodbine invested $175 million just in capital obligations pertaining directly to the slot parlors at Mohawk and Woodbine. The c...
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Scioto cancels Thursday, Bluegrass moves posts

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs has canceled its Thursday night racing card because of extreme heat conditions. Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees in central Ohio Thursday.   Racing will continue, as scheduled, on Friday and Saturday evenings with post times at 6:30 p.m.   Next week Scioto will start racing with a matinee card on July 4 with post time at 1 p.m. Entries for...
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Somebeachsomewhere shuttling to Australia

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
The pacing stallion Somebeachsomewhere will soon be traveling to Australia, where he will stand at stud for the 2012-13 breeding season at Empire Stallions outside of Melbourne. Somebeachsomewhere, the 2008 Horse of the Year, has been standing at stud at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania and will be the first Hanover stallion to shuttle Down Under. "We're really thrilled to give Souther...
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Fanning, Zenker receive Dewey scholarships

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Julia Zenker and Veronica Fanning, two very hard working, high achievers, were selected as the 2012 recipients of this year's Dewey Degree Scholarship. It was their work ethic and self-motivation that brought them to the forefront of this year's candidates.   Julia Zenker is the daughter of Deborah Lass and Drew Zenker. She is a graduate of Port Jervis High School and is currently a...
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Possess The Will wins qualifier in 1:54.2

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Possess The Will continued to prep for the upcoming Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot and Hambletonian by winning his second qualifier of the season Thursday morning at the Meadowlands. With Tim Tetrick driving, the Donato Hanover Hall colt won by one-half length in 1:54.2. From Above, also a 2011 stakes winner and Hambletonian contender, finished second.   Jim Campbell trains Possess Th...
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USTA committee calls for drug research, testing

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
At the most recent United States Trotting Association (USTA) annual meeting in February, USTA president Phil Langley appointed a committee of horsemen and track operators to study drug testing and to investigate what the industry can do to improve testing procedures, including providing more financial support.   Paul Fontaine, president of Harness Tracks of America (HTA), agreed to...
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Diener named new chair of Indiana commission

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Sarah McNaught announced that she will end her service as chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, effective July 2, 2012. McNaught shared her decision to step down at the June 25 Indiana Horse Racing Commission meeting. Her term was set to expire in September of 2014.   Governor Mitch Daniels has tapped William Diener to replace McNaught as chairman of the Commission. &n...
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Ohio Roundtable files appeal challenging VLTs

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
The Ohio Roundtable group has filed an appeal of its lawsuit which challenges the constitutionality of video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks. The group filed its appeal in the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin County on Thursday (June 28).   On May 30 a Franklin County judge tossed out a lawsuit. Judge Timothy S. Horton, of the Franklin County Court of Common P...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available

on 06/28/2012 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. Trainers Trond Smedshammer and George Teague Jr. talk candidly about their chances with their horses in the Titan Cup at the Meadowlands and the Max Hempt Memorial Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, respectively. The Hempt is just one of ...
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Romantic Moment fastest in NYSS splits

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes invaded Yonkers Raceway Thursday night, with the $335,804 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies.   Centralia Hanover (Yannick Gingras) served up a 22-1 upset in the opening ($111,268) event. Leaving from post position No. 6, she wound up pocketed to just-over-ever-money Brownsville Bomber (Jim Morrill Jr.), who retook soon after a :27.2 quarter-mile.  ...
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Special Canada Day card Sunday at Mohawk

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Racing fans will be treated to first class racing on a special Canada Day card this Sunday, July 1, at Mohawk. The Campbellville oval will offer 10 exciting races including two divisions of the Miss Versatility, featuring North America's top older trotting mares.   Pembroke Heat Wave, who recently captured the Armbro Flight final at Mohawk on June 16, will headline the first of two ...
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Schnittker to climb in the saddle at Goshen

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Two fields of trotters will line up to race at Goshen (NY) Historic Track this Sunday at 1 p.m., with no sulkies or drivers. It's not a stampede; it's a race under saddle, with riders atop 14 trotters who will trade their sulkies for a saddle for the day.   Trotters are commonly raced under saddle throughout Europe, as are pacers on the grass in Wales. It is not uncommon for h...
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"Sun Stakes Saturday" on tap at Pocono

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
One of North America's richest nights of racing gets underway this weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as the track presents their first ever "Sun Stakes Saturday.” All told, $1.5 million in combined purses have attracted the sport's best trotters and pacers to the five-eighths-mile track in northeast Pennsylvania.   The mega-card's main events consist of a trio of prestigious...
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Horse owners, farms step up to help SRF

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
The offers to help came pouring in when caring people heard of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) plight of losing its farm where it boards horses. The burden of finding a new home large enough for 42 Standardbreds and an office eased as 10 permanent homes were secured, some within the racing community, others with equine background that learned about the non-profit's troubles...
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6:35 pm post for Meadowlands Pace card

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Pace Night card on Saturday, July 14, will have a special post time of 6:35 p.m. The $800,000 Meadowlands Pace will be the 11th race on the card, with the top 3-year-old pacing colts going to the gate at 10:15 p.m.   The stakes-filled program will also feature the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters, likely to draw world record holder Googoo Gaa...
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PP draw kind to Pocono stakes favorites

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
The fates of the post position draw certainly smiled kindly on the likely favorites in three stakes races headlining a 16-race card with over $1.2 million in purse offerings this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   The $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older horses, the $300,000 Max Hempt Pace for 3-year-old colts, and the $250,000 James Lynch Pace for 3-year-old fill...
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Joanne Irving, wife of Dana Irving, dies

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
Joanne Irving, 84, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Oxford, Pa., diedJune 24, 2012, at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She was the wife of the late trainer/driver Dana L. Irving, who bred and raced the pacing great Red Bow Tie. Born in Caribou, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Helene Plummer Brewer. Mrs. Irvingwas a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church and a for...
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Brennan takes Betterthancheddar in Franklin

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
George Brennan was in the winner's circle after both eliminations for Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace last weekend, once with an old friend and once with a horse he had seen but never driven.   Brennan guided Aracache Hanover to a track-record 1:48.1 win in his Franklin elim, grinding away from first over to get by leader Bettor Sweet in the stretch and hold off Meirs Ha...
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Ranger sweeps FSBOA divisions

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
The leading driver in the 48-year history of harness racing in South Florida, Bruce Ranger has done it again. He summoned all of his skill to sweep both of the $6,000 3-year-old filly events for a second straight weekin the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Sunshine State Stakes on Wednesday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   In the 3-year-old ...
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Hurrikane watch issued for Hempt final

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
John McDermott believed that if Hurrikane Kingcole put it all together on the racetrack, people would see a very fast horse. Hurrikane Kingcole had it all together in his elimination for Saturday's $300,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. And he was fast.   Driven by Tim Tetrick, the colt posted a 7 3/4-length win over I Like Dreamin in 1:...
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