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Penn files app to move Raceway to Dayton

on 07/03/2012 2:00 AM
Penn National Gaming has reportedly filed with the Ohio State Racing Commission and the Ohio Lottery Commission a formal request to move its racetracks Raceway Park in Toledo and Beulah Park outside Columbus to Dayton and Youngstown, respectively, and for licenses to install video lottery terminals at both sites. Penn National opened a VLT parlor in late May in Toledo and is scheduled to open a...
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Archangel looking for Yonkers Trot victory

on 07/03/2012 2:00 AM
He's the best 3-year-old trotter racing in New York looking to win the best race for 3-year-old trotters in New York. Such is the Reader's Digest resume of Archangel, who prepares for another Yonkers Raceway work night, this time in Saturday's 58th Yonkers Trot.   For what it's worth, his name is first among the five entrants, who also include world champion Googoo Gaagaa, Market Share, M...
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16 entered in two Meadowlands Pace elims

on 07/03/2012 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou, hoping to bounce back following a fourth-place finish as the beaten favorite in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, has drawn post two in the first of two eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Thinking Out Loud, the winner of the NA Cup, will start from post three in the second elimination, a field that also includes the u...
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Meadows SOA announces scholarship winners

on 07/03/2012 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA)  has announced its 2012 Collegiate Scholarship Winners. The awards will be formally presented in the winner's circle on Adios Day at The Meadows, July 28.   A $5,000 MSOA scholarship has been awarded to Caitlyn Bolon, daughter of Ben and Darla Jo Bolon of Washington, PA. Caitlyn attends Waynesburg University.   Travis Fif...
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Crown Jeweler helping kids learn at camp

on 07/03/2012 2:00 AM
With summer comes horse camps and kids. Former Ohio trotter Crown Jeweler, now 22, is a favorite when it comes teaching kids how to ride and drive for adopters Rob and Julie Wilson of Kentucky. "He is priceless,” says Wilson. "All the children love him and even ones as young as eight can drive him.”   Crown Jeweler raced 170 times over eight years and earned $88,000 for Harold Breiden...
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Scioto increases purses; hosts Sires Stakes

on 07/03/2012 2:00 AM
Stacy Cahill is greatly satisfied with the start of the 2012 season at Scioto Downs. "We've just implemented some huge purse increases in various classes,” said the track's general manager. "You're already seeing them in the purse amounts. This is a reward to owners and horsemen for their loyal support of Scioto Downs through some very difficult years. We look forward to a very bright and exci...
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Googoo Gaagaa draws post 1 in Yonkers Trot

on 07/03/2012 2:00 AM
World champion Googoo Gaagaa drew post position one for Yonkers Raceway's Yonkers Trot, first jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. The 58th edition of Yonkers' premier trotting event is worth $445,594 and goes as the sixth race on Saturday night's 13-race wagering card. Post time is the usual 7:10 pm, with the Trot scheduled for approximately 9 pm.   The rest of the field i...
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Durkin at Yonkers to see Coraggioso win

on 07/03/2012 2:00 AM
Tuesday night's $337,270 New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings was contested in three divisions, worth $113,090, $110,090 and $113,090, respectively, at Yonkers Raceway.   Talented homebred Coraggioso (Phil Fluet, $3.20) with co-owners/breeders Joe Spadaro and Tom Durkin dutifully in attendance, wired the first event in 1:56...a tick off the track record for 3-year-o...
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Palone now 2 wins away from Filion's record

on 07/03/2012 2:00 AM
With six wins on Tuesday's card at The Meadows, Dave Palone lowered his "Magic Number” to two to break Herve Filion's all-time North American career victory record of 15,180 and set the stage for his final assault on the mark Thursday.   The Meadows is dark Wednesday, but when action resumes Thursday at 12:55 pm, Palone is scheduled for 14 drives, including five with morning-line favori...
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Riccolo now 8-for-8 after Hanover win

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Walter and Paige Paisley's Riccolo faced his toughest test to date in an amazing 2012 run on Sunday night at Balmoral Park and the son of Northern Kid-Touch Of Victory passed with flying colors as he rolled to a half-length victory in a career best of 1:54.2 while taking the $34,700 Hanover Stake for 3-year-old trotting colts.   Handled perfectly by driver Marcus Miller the ba...
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Quigley, Stillings named for HOF ballot

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Bob Quigley, the "point man" for the development and operation of the Meadowlands for three decades the focal racetrack of world harness racing, and Dick Stillings, an Ohioan turned Pennsylvanian known for his ability to get the best out of an equine athlete, especially during a fruitful relationship with owner Roy Davis, have been selected for midsummer ballot consideration as candidates for ...
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Yonkers Trot draw on the internet Tuesday

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Post positions for both the $445,594 Yonkers Trot and $185,194 Hudson Filly Trot shall be drawn Tuesday night in Yonkers Raceway's winner's circle. The draws for Saturday night's pair of stakes races are scheduled after Tuesday's sixth race. It can be viewed on-line at www.yonkersraceway.com/livevideo/.   There is more than a bit of "method to this madness," as the extra time between r...
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PA budget remains committed to horse racing

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition Monday applauded the Pennsylvania legislature and Governor for approving a state budget that maintains the state's commitment to the Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry by not diverting $72 million from the Race Horse Development Fund, as had originally been proposed in the state's preliminary budget.   The Race Horse Development Fund pl...
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Storms cause phone outage at Scioto

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Because of storms and widespread power outages in central Ohio, Scioto Downs' race office currently does not have telephone service.   "We may not have service in the race office the rest of the week," says Stacy Cahill, general manager of racing at Scioto. "We ask that people who need to reach us please use the cell numbers they were given or try to relay a message through another ...
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New Girls' Night Out Series at Mohawk

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group has introduced a new series to Mohawk's summer stakes schedule, the Girls' Night Out Pacing Series.   Girls' Night Out, which will consist of two preliminary legs and a final, is for aged pacing mares, who are non-winners of $30,000 in 2012 as of midnight July 1, with a minimum of five starts this year. Winners of over $100,000 in 2011 are ineligible. ...
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Freshman PA All-Stars Tuesday at Pocono

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Two-year-old colt pacers and colt trotters will be in action Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania All-Stars opening-round action. The first-year pacers and trotters have been each been divided into six $30,000 divisions. Santa Fe Beachboy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown, is the morning-line favorite in the first pacing event to kick off the card. Driven...
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Coleman stays high on Betterthancheddar

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Casie Coleman knew Betterthancheddar would face a challenge as a 4 year old going up against the best older pacers in harness racing.   But after watching her horse equal the world record for a pacer of any age racing on a five-eighths-mile track by winning last Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace in 1:48 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Coleman is starting to wonder, "What i...
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NYSS freshmen in action Wednesday at Monticello

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
On Wednesday evening, July 4, Monticello Raceway will host the first seasonal divisions of freshman pacing colts and geldings in both the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and the new Excelsior Series (formerly late closers).   The NYSS colts will be vying for points which they will gain along the way competing at various racetracks in New York State. The top eight, when the div...
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For A Dancer 5-for-5 after NYSS victory

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes returned to town Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $343,268 Mike Cyprian Trot for 3-year-old fillies. The event honors the Raceway's long-time, award-winning photographer, with his son, Ralph, and other family members doing the winner's circle presentation honors.   Four divisions went at it, with defending sire stakes champ For A Dancer (Jeff Gregory, $...
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Palone "homers" in 1:51.2 with NY Yankees

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Stuck with post nine, NY Yankees looked indeed like a "Bronx Bomber” as she moved once for early position, then again for the lead in capturing Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Dave Palone piloted NY Yankees and concluded the Monday card with a pair of wins. That lowered to eight his "Magic Number” to break Herve Fil...
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