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Sir Lehigh Z Tam fastest in NY State Fair splits

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
Sir Lehigh Z Tam turned in the fastest performance among the 81 New York-bred 2-year-old distaff Standardbreds competing in Friday night's $128,300 State Fair racing program at Vernon Downs.   With Pat Berry doing the teaming for trainer Richard Ringler in Friday's eighth event, a division of the $63,900 frosh filly pace, Sir Lehigh Z Tam rallied from fifth in the early ...
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Well To Do Guru prevails in Egyptian

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
The top older Illinois conceived and foaled pacers were back in action on Friday at Maywood Park as a field of eight classy veterans were sent postward in the $30,000 Egyptian Stake.   As local fans have grown accustomed to, James Gorman's Well To Do Guru proved once again that he is the "King” of this division as he toughed out a hard-fought wire-to-wire victory, winning by a nec...
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Commander Crowe beats the best in France

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
The Grand Prix du Conseil General Des Alpes was raced Saturday at the southern France track of Cagnes-sur-Mer outside of Nice.  The French media had tagged the race as a challenge between the French champions Rapide Lebel, Ready Cash, and the leading trotter in Europe in 2012, the Swedish-bred Commander Crowe.   With 90,000 euro for the winner (approximately $112,600 U.S.)...
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She's A Great Lady field set after elims

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
I Luv The Nitelife, sent off as the 4-5 post time favorite, set a new world record in her $35,000 She's A Great Lady elimination at Mohawk Saturday night in a sizzling 1:50.1.   Driven by Jack Moiseyev, the rookie pacing filly settled in the three hole in the early going as longshot, Belle Boyd (Jody Jamieson) held the lead past the opening quarter in :26.4. Heading towards the half...
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One More Laugh wins Yonkers Open

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
Double-millionaire One More Laugh (Eric Goodell) two-moved and prevailed Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position No. 5 as the 6-5 favorite, One More Laugh made the lead before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. He yielded to Rock to Glory (Dan Dube) in the second turn, retook, then found a :54.4 half. Code Word (Jason Bartlett) e...
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Smarty Pants upsets Miss Paris in Ontario

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Murmur Hanover displayed the heart of a champion at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, battling back in the stretch to score a nose victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:55.2.   Starting from post 6, driver Mario Baillargeon sent Murmur Hanover after the early lead and the two-year-old trotting colt was comfortably in hand by the :13.3 opening eighth. The fan favorites carr...
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Zweig Trots attract 3-year-old stars

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Historic Vernon Downs will revisit its former glory on Sunday, Aug. 26, the final day of the recreation of State Fair weekend. Being raced for the very first time at Vernon, the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial has attracted the very finest 3-year-old trotters in the land.   Hambletonian winner Market Share heads the $350,000 Zweig Open division (race 10) where he will face New York...
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Delaware racing to be broadcast live via radio

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Delaware radio station WINF (101.9-FM) and Marysville radio station WQTT (1270-AM) will broadcast "live” all of the harness races from the Delaware County Fair, September 16-20 concluding with Thursday's 67th Little Brown Jug. The broadcast will be streamed online on the worldwide web at www.winf.fm andwww.qt1270.com for listeners around the world.   The broadcasts include the liv...
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Vegas indictments in race wagering scheme

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting Friday that a former race and sports book manager of the Palms casino and two other ex-employees and a bettor have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a betting scheme that involved accepting "invalid" wagers on horse races. The group is alleged to have defrauded the Palms out of more than $800,000 in the scheme that took place between July 2006 a...
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SBOA to continue to monitor Freehold track

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
The responsibilities of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ)include the conditions under which horsemen operate at the state's tracks. "While we came to an agreement with the management of Freehold Raceway on Thursday to move ahead with qualifying races on Friday morning, we will continue to scrutinize the conditions of the racing surface for the safety ...
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Vernon familiar territory for Archangel

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Archangel will see familiar foes in Sunday's $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, but this time it is on his home turf. The Zweig, being held for the first time at Vernon Downs, features five horses that competed in the Hambletonian, including winner Market Share, third-place finisher My MVP, fourth-place Archangel and beaten favorite Uncle Peter. &nb...
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Maryland champs include Cam's Rocket offspring

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Ocean Downs hosted the Maryland Sire Stakes Showcase of Champions and Carnival of Racing on Thursday night (August 23). The enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a great night of races, hat and shirt giveaways from both the USTA and Ocean Downs, plus drawings for many other prizes. The kids in the crowd were treated to pony rides and face painting plus the Standardbred Star books. The night started wi...
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Interim report released in Ontario

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Today, Ted McMeekin, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, released the following statement on the status of consultations being led by the horse racing transition panel, which came to the conclusion that the decision to end the Slots at Racetracks program by the government was the proper decision.   The 48-page report includes a chart that shows that of...
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License granted for Cal Expo harness meet

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
The California Horse Racing Board unanimously approved the license application of new harness operator Watch and Wager.com LLC at their Thursday meeting. The Board also approved the management agreement between Watch and Wager and Golden Bear Racing LLC for the day-to-day operation of the race meet. The approval was contingent on the receipt of a few outstanding safety items.   ...
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Pink Camo still red-hot in Ohio Breeders

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Pink Camo rolled to her fourth straight win in setting a 1:52.4 track mark at Scioto Downs for freshman pacing fillies. Her victory came for driver Tony Hall in the $20,000 Ohio Breeders Stakes on Friday night.   Made the 1-9 favorite by bettors, Pink Camo grabbed the lead early in the mile and discouraged any challenges with a final half mile timed in :55.2. Second choice Cati...
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Rock N Soul, Second Hand News win at Yonkers

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of $44,000 co-featured Opens--this week handicapped for distaff pacers, but not for trotters--were won by a repeating Rock N Soul (Jason Bartlett, $15.40) and favored Second Hand News (Brian Sears, $3.60).   Rock N Soul, remanded outside her seven rivals, tucked in fourth as Keeper's Destiny (Mark MacDonald) made the lead around Ticket to Ro...
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Digital Lexington sale catalog now available

on 08/23/2012 2:00 AM
The catalog for the 2012 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the company's website, www.lexingtonselected.com, or on the popular Equineline sales catalog app for the iPad.   The catalog in its entirety may be downloaded from the Lexington Selected website, or pages may be sorted by sire, dam, consignor or session. There is also a brand new "sortable sale roster” w...
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82YO Boots Dunn drives PA fair winner

on 08/23/2012 2:00 AM
The third day of racing at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville, Pennsylvania brought the return of Walter "Boots” Dunn to the bike, and at age 82, he proved that he can still get the job done. Dunn, a longtime USTA Director and the winningest amateur driver in the sport with more than 1,150 career wins, went wire-to-wire in an overnight non-winners pace, catch-driving SJs America...
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Handover Belle wins Kentuckiana Stallion 2FT

on 08/23/2012 2:00 AM
Handover Belle moved first-over from third for driver Mike Lachance to win Wednesday night's $190,800 Kentuckiana Stallion Management 2-Year-Old Filly Trot at Indiana Downs in 1:56. Finishing second, 1 3/4 lengths behind the Tony Alagna trainee at the wire, was the odds-on favorite Frau Blucher, who made an early break with driver Brian Sears but recovered quickly.   The Peter Wrenn-drive...
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Gural this year's LBJ Wall of Fame honoree

on 08/23/2012 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural, chairman of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs and the managing member of the New Meadowlands Racetrack, has been elected the 28th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame honoree. "This is a big honor for me. To be honest, my favorite two days of the year are when I come to Delaware for the Jugette and Little Brown Jug," said Gural. "Honestly, it is very depressing when the Jug is over because ...
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