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12YO Joey Chindano drives winner at Goshen

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
Joey  Chindano drove Kevin's Apples to a victory at Goshen's Historic Track on Monday, June 10. What's so special about that? Chindano is just 12 years old. On Sunday, June 10, at the Historic Track matinee races, Chindano, of Bullville, NY, made his first drive a winning one when the youngster guided veteran pacer Kevin's Apples to a 2:05.2 victory, which brought the cr...
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2011 HOY San Pail to qualify Friday at Mohawk

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
Trotting titan San Pail, who last raced April 23 at Woodbine, is set to qualify this Friday at Mohawk, according to trainer Rod Hughes. A winner of $3,076,635, San Pail will look for his fourth straight Maple Leaf Trot title on July 21 at the Campbellville oval.   "He's right on schedule,” Hughes said from his Dunsford home. "We'll qualify him on Friday and maybe again the followi...
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Googoo Gaagaa draws 6 in $500,000 Beal final

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
Googoo Gaagaa, who won his elimination for the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in a world record 1:51.3, drew post six for Saturday night's rich race. Stormin Normand, who captured the second elim in 1:51.4, will start from post four in the nine-horse field of 3-year-old male trotters. "I am hoping for somewhere in the middle,” Googoo Gaagaa's driver, C...
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Hall making most of Big M driving stint

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
Tony Hall is one of the top drivers in Pennsylvania, yet he always relishes the chance to display his talents at the Meadowlands Racetrack. With several of the Big M regulars at Pocono Downs for stakes action, Hall will be a busy sulky sitter this Saturday, and a television guest on In The Sulky before the races.   Hall, 34, has had a productive month at the Big M. On June 9, he sco...
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Plainridge cancels Thursday due to heat

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
Plainridge Racecourse has canceled its live racing card for Thursday, June 21, due to the extreme heat forecasted in southeastern Massachusetts. Racing will resume at Plainridge on Monday, June 25, at 4 p.m. (Plainridge)
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Jim Campbell: "very tough group of 3 year olds"

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
After watching Stormin Normand and Googoo Gaagaa become the only 3-year-old trotters in history to win in less than 1:52 on a five-eighths-mile track in their Earl Beal Jr. Memorial elimination races last week, trainer Jim Campbell was asked whether the world record was in jeopardy again in Saturday's $500,000 final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. But for Campbell, who trains Stormin Norman...
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Fortunista breaks maiden in NYSS

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
You don't usually see a 0-17 horse with lifetime earnings of $93,068. But that was the story of Fortunista (Credit Winner-Meadowbranch Mary), who finally found her way to the Buffalo Raceway winner's circle Wednesday night. Driver Dan Noble guided her to a 1:59.3 victory in the $48,104 third division of New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies.   Fort...
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3YO Riccolo, 2YO Dune In Red easy winners

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
It was a very busy night of stakes action for Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park.   The most impressive effort of the night came from Walter and Paige Paisley's Riccolo. He kept his perfect 2012 record intact as he romped home with a 9 ¼-length victory in a career best of 1:54.3 while capturing the $12,000 Betzotic Stake for 3...
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Under saddle race set for Hambo card

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
An under saddle race for open trotters will be held on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 4, at the Meadowlands. The purse will be $15,000, half of it put up by the track, the other half by Blue Chip Farms, Winbak Farm, and Walnut Hall Ltd., each of which is contributing $2,500.   The race will be posted on The Meadowlands regular condition sheet for that week and entries taken by the race offi...
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Quail wins in Sunshine State Stakes action

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
The day-long tropical rain in South Florida which stopped just before post time didn't dampen the spirit of the three year old fillies on both gaits as the Sunshine State Stakes kicked off on Wednesday, June 20, at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. It's the opening event on the 2012 calendar for the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) program.   In the $6...
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Siegelman helping program aimed at military vets

on 06/20/2012 2:00 AM
Robbie Siegelman and HorseAbility, a center for equine-facilitated programs, are driven to help others.Together they soon will help others to drive.   HorseAbility, which was founded in New York by Katie McGowan in 1993, recently moved to a facility at SUNY College at Old Westbury on Long Island. The location is only a few miles from Siegelman's home, so the longtime harness racing ...
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Decker Jr. wins Monticello "Junior" Free For All

on 06/19/2012 2:00 AM
In years past, with the old A-B-C system for classifying horses, the Junior Free For All was actually for the second best class of horses competing at a given racetrack during those years.   When Monticello brought back its Junior Free For All on Monday, one day after Father's Day, it wasn't, however, for purposes of classifying horses. The race was for drivers who ea...
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Burke says he'll look at Sweet Lou's rigging

on 06/19/2012 2:00 AM
Although Sweet Lou isn't scheduled to race again until Meadowlands Pace eliminations July 7, he will be kept busy. Trainer Ron Burke indicated Monday he's considering a number of rigging changes following Sweet Lou's fourth-place finish as the odds-on favorite in last Saturday's $1.5 million final of the Pepsi North America Cup. "There are things I can do to help him,” Burke said. ...
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Companion late-closer for EBC added at Tioga

on 06/19/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will offer late-closers for those New York-bred 3-year-old pacers not competing in the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC). Horses nominated to any of the state-bred programs (NYSS, Excelsior and NY fairs) may be made eligible for these races. The condition for these events is non-winners of $60,000 lifetime by July 1, 2012. The nomination deadline for both is July 15, 2012. ...
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Arrangements for Jack Campbell

on 06/19/2012 2:00 AM
Jack Campbell, 80, a second generation horseman from Ailsa Craig, Ont., and father of Hall of Fame driver John Campbell and horseman Jim Campbell, died on Monday (June 18) after a brief battle with lung cancer. Campbell is survived by his wife of 59 years, Florence; his sons John and Jim; daughter Joanne McLinchey and a large and loving extended family.   Visitation will be hel...
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2 NY harness tracks join forces on ADW

on 06/19/2012 2:00 AM
Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation, owner of Batavia Downs Casino, announced today a strategic partnership of services with Saratoga Casino and Raceway and eBet Technologies, LLC. Subject to approval of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, these two prominent New York State racing entities will be partnering in the launch of the new advance deposit internet wagering platfo...
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Can the 'Big Dog' beat the heat at Mohawk?

on 06/19/2012 2:00 AM
DM Big Dog Daddy, a 4-year-old son of Art Major, will look to find his winning stride come Friday evening at Mohawk in the $20,000 first leg of the Beat The Heat Pacing Series.   The winner of $41,530 has been ultra-consistent since entering trainer Bob Young's barn. The bay gelding has yet to miss a check in six starts for the Guelph resident, which includes a pair of victories and...
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Dontfusswithruss shines in ISS division

on 06/19/2012 2:00 AM
Dontfusswithruss was back to his old form Tuesday, taking the third of four $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings in the evening's opener at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The reigning freshman trotting champ turned in a gate-to-wire performance to win in a lifetime best effort of 1:56.2 for driver Trace Tetrick.   Leaving from post t...
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Palone wins 5, now just 28 from Filion

on 06/19/2012 2:00 AM
Dreamlands Art stung Schoolkids to the quarter before yielding to the pocket, then blew by in the lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone drove five winners Tuesday, raising his career total to 15,152 as he closes inexorably on Herve Filion's North American record of 15,180. Hustled to the lead by Mike Wilder, Dreamlands Art would not release Schoolki...
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Billmar Scooter repeats at Pocono

on 06/19/2012 2:00 AM
Billmar Scooter used a pocket trip and the passing lane to capture the featured mares' pace of the week for a second consecutive time on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race, which was contested by mares who are winners of over $25,000 lifetime, carried the night's top purse of $25,000.   Leaving from post four in a field of seven as the 8-5 favorite, Billmar ...
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