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Handle up 20 percent at Scioto meet

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
After its first 16 racing programs of the 2012 season, handle at Scioto Downs is up more than 20 percent. Racing general manager Stacy Cahill attributes that to improvements in the penthouse and grandstand facilities and the efforts of pari-mutuel manager Steve Carpenito.   "We're pleased to be off to a great start this season,” Cahill says. "We've had a lot of 10-horse fields and...
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Possess The Will may return to track next week

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
One prominent trotter missing from action in this weekend's big races for 3-year-old trotting colts is Possess The Will, the 2011 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Trainer Jim Campbell hopes to qualify the Donato Hanover colt next week at the Meadowlands.   "He got caught with some sickness and it cost him three weeks," Campbell said. "I trained him last...
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Plenty of action on NA Cup night at Mohawk

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
Racing fans will be treated to world-class racing along with a number of exciting promotions this Saturday at Mohawk, the night of the 29th edition of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup.   To kick off the evening, racing enthusiasts can get autographs from their favourite drivers, as the sport's finest will be on hand for a meet and greet before the stakes-filled card gets und...
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Another 'sweet' Cup moment for Pinske?

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
In a race chock full of compelling storylines, this Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup will no doubt have special meaning to Tim Pinske and his family. When this year's $1.5 million classic gets underway, thousands of racing fans will have gathered at Mohawk, while thousands more will be watching their TV sets to take in the 29th edition of the event.   For Pinske, who will be taki...
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Round 2 of TrackMaster handicapping open

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
Three final slots are on the line again this week as round two of the TrackMaster Harness Handicapping Challenge opens on Thursday at 3 pm Eastern. The final boasts cash prizes totaling $3,500.   Qualifying round #1 of the eight-week long TrackMaster Harness Handicapping Challenge was held this past Saturday and there were already some great handicapping skills on display. Top honor...
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Fox Valley Hermia favored in Maywood Filly

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
The state's top sophomore pacers will all be in action on Friday evening as a field of eight Illinois conceived and foaled fillies square off in the featured $112,000 Filly Maywood Pace final while 13 of their male counterparts will meet in a pair of $10,000 Maywood Pace elimination's. The top five finishers will return next week to battle for a $100,000 (est.) jackpot.   Carded as...
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A real "Junior" free for all at Monticello

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
In what may be a harness racing first, eight juniors will line up behind the mobile starting gate at Monticello Raceway on Monday, June 18, and drive their horses to the finish, each seeking to be the winner of the track's first-ever Junior Free For All.   When fans view the official program they'll see something they probably never saw before. All the drivers in the Junior Free For...
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New! Weekend Preview now available!

on 06/14/2012 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. There is plenty of racing action this weekend, with center stage being Mohawk Racetrack where the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup tops a star-studded program.   John Campbell has won the most NA Cups and he talks about his chan...
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Here's My Ticket fastest in DSBF splits

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
Round two of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies that included three $20,000 divisions, were the main attraction on the Tuesday Harrington Raceway program.   Designer Bags ($5.40, Allan Davis) won the first division after her usual late surge completed a sweep of her eliminations for owner Ed Walls and trainer David Rearic. The Ro...
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Woodbine's Eaves talks about slots, racing

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group, the largest business in the Ontario horse racing industry, has been relatively quiet about the Ontario government's plans to end the slots at the racetrack program through the provincial lottery corporation. But at Tuesday's Pepsi North America Cup draw, Woodbine CEO Nick Eaves spoke with Harold Howe of The Harness Edge and very candidly discussed horse racing...
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Lenore Alpert, wife of Sid Alpert, dies

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
Lenore Alpert, 83, well known in harness racing during the last half of the 20th century, died June 10 in Silver Spring, Md.   Mrs. Alpert and her husband, Sidney, were known at a number of racetracks where her husband's company, Electronic Race Patrol, provided sound and video. Among the tracks the Alperts worked at were Brandywine Raceway, Dover Downs, Rosecroft Raceway, Laurel an...
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Tioga's week reviewed on Inside Harness Racing

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
The 8-year-old pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal broke her own track record in capturing her second Artiscape Open Mare Pace over the weekend at Tioga Downs.   The historic win is chronicled on this week's episode of "Inside Harness Racing.” The program airs at a special time of 9 p.m. with a repeat at 10:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Sports throughout Upstate New York. The s...
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2012 Hambo to be televised live on CBS Sports

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
The $1.5 million Hambletonian, the richest race for 3-year-old trotters in the world, will air live from The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. [EDT]. The Hambletonian has enjoyed a 37-year run on national television, and remains the only harness race to be broadcast across North America on an annual basis. CBS Sports Ne...
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Kentucky votes to ban stakes race-day Lasix

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
Kentucky is poised to become the first jurisdiction in North America to ban the race-day use of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix in Thoroughbred stakes races after the state's Horse Racing Commission voted Wednesday in favor of the rule change. In April the commission failed to approve a rule change that would have banned the race-day use of Lasix on all horses. The regulation change must no...
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McDonald moves to Pompano trainers' lead

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
Jim McDonald surged to the lead by sending out a pair of winners on the Wednesday evening program, but the summer meet contest for top trainer will be tight right down to the finish on July 28 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   McDonald harnessed up claiming mare pacer SOS Rivertrail and conditioned race trotter Mr. Taurus for victories on Wednesday at The Winter Capital...
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Riccolo rolls to sixth straight at Balmoral

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters were in action on Wednesday at Balmoral Park as a pair of events shared top billing on the program.   Coming off five straight victories to start his 3-year-old season, Walter and Paige Paisley's Riccolo was sent off as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite against six rivals in the $12,000 Mikes A Mystery Stake to lead off the pa...
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Action-Broadway looks for Armbro Flight encore

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Action-Broadway returned to the winner's circle in last weekend's eliminations for the $376,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters at Mohawk Racetrack, and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. is hopeful that's a good sign.   Sent off at odds of 69-1, Action-Broadway and driver Doug McNair won by a head over favorite Cedar Dove in 1:56.1. It was the mare's second win in six starts...
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Big M, PA tracks to alternate Open races

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Harrah's Philadelphia have reached an agreement to alternate the dates of their free for all races in order to spur fuller fields and wagering on the upper echelon of horses.   Utilizing the existing stakes calendar for openings, the three facilities have come up with a schedule of dates for each track to host an open race for a...
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Karen Goans dies

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Karen B. Goans, 61, of Greensburg, Pa., died June 9, 2012, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.   She was born March 17, 1951, in Waynesburg, the daughter of Johnetta (Kurtyka) Battistoni and the late Charles S. Battistoni Sr. She had been employed by IBM in Pittsburgh.   She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Greensburg, the United States Trotting A...
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Scholarship race held at Tioga

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
On Sunday afternoon, June 10, at Tioga Downs, five local area high school students got the opportunity of a lifetime in the third annual Tioga Downs' Scholarship Race. The students representing five local area high schools were: Kayla Pepper of Johnson City High School, Whitney Seabrooks of Binghamton High School, Gabriella Martinichio of Chenango Forks, Adrian Roma of Maine-Endwell, and Kari...
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