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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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Favored Sweet Lou to start from 4 in NA Cup

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou, last year's champion 2-year-old colt pacer in the United States, heads a field of 10 of the continent's finest 3 year olds for Saturday's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack.   Post positions were drawn Tuesday afternoon at Mohawk, with New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto as guest drawmaster. Trainer Ron Burke was in attendanc...
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14 entered in Beal Memorial for trotting colts

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Fourteten horses will compete in eliminations for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot for 3-year-old trotting colts on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The line-ups for the elims, each with a purse of $25,000, are below. The fields include Googoo Gaagaa, Stormin Normand and Uncle Peter.   First elim: 1--Modern Family (Mike Lachance/Tony Alagna), 2-Solvato (Tro...
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Box closes Thursday for Historics at Tioga

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
The time-honored Historic stakes for 3-year-old trotters and pacers will be raced at Tioga Downs on Sunday, June 17. Entries will be taken by the Tioga Downs race office at (607-699-7688) until 9 am on Thursday, June 14. The list of eligibles may be found here and follow this link for the Tioga condition sheet.
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NJ Ag Secretary meets white colt at Fair Winds

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
On Tuesday (June 11) New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Mark Mullen, owner of Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, to meet the much-acclaimed Coochie Mama and her foal, a rare white colt. Tthe last known all-white Standardbred in North America was born in Canada almost 15 years ago. The white colt was born on May 6 at Fair Winds Farm. To learn more about the whi...
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Schoolkids erases Riyadh's Meadows mark

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Following his cover beautifully, Schoolkids brushed through the lane Tuesday at The Meadows to capture the $22,500 Preferred Pace in a swift 1:49.4 and erase the oldest record on the books at The Meadows. The winner is owned by New Jenneration LLC (Heather Kolczynski) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.   When JJ Gladiator popped off the pylons to chase the leader, Handsome Prince, Schoolkid...
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Takter talks about his Fan Hanover contenders

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Romantic Moment might not be the best known 3-year-old filly pacer owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter, but that's far from a knock against her. It's tough to get noticed when American Jewel is your stablemate. But Romantic Moment is trying to gain attention. After winning her elimination for Saturday's C$642,000 Fan Hanover Stakes by 2-1/4 lengths over Pirouette Hanover i...
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Givens trifecta in DSBF divisions

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Les Givens captured three of the five $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old trotters Sunday at Harrington Raceway.   Nanticoke Racing and Ross Wolfenden's Windshield (Wolfenden, $2.10) won his 13th race in 15 starts with a dominant front-end win in the first colt split in 2:00.2. The Political Briefing colt never had an anx...
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Ostriches, camels, broadcasters to race at Big M

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
For the first time, animals other than horses will race across the finish line at the Meadowlands!  Camel and ostrich racing makes its debut Friday, June 15. The exotic animals will race in between the live horse races. The first event will take place after race five (8:30 p.m.) and the second event after race seven (9:15 p.m.).   The Arabian Nights theme at the track includes...
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Pens' McKelvie holds onto HANA lead

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
This past week, three different handicappers took top honors in HANA Harness' The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. By the time the dust settled, Pen Handicapper Mark McKelvie barely held on to the lead in the overall standings with a 1.0 Win ROI, just a .02 lead over Trackmaster's Chatsworth Consortium. ...
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Burke wants post 3 or 4 for Sweet Lou

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
When Sweet Lou powers from the gate in Saturday's C$1.5 million final of the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, he likely will be leaving from post 4 or 3.   Under NA Cup rules, the connections of last week's elimination winners, Sweet Lou and Dapper Dude, select the post positions of their choice before the balance of the final is drawn. Ron Burke, Sweet Lou's trainer, al...
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Fillies battle in Fox Valley Diva splits

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Trotters and pacers were both in action on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of state- bred events highlighted the 11-race program. A total of 15 three-year-old trotting fillies met in a pair of $9,000 Fox Valley Diva Stake splits while six Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old pacing colts squared off in the Bingo Johnnie Stake which was contested as a non-wagering event.   ...
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Raffle for UFO sulky to benefit Christian HHA

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
UFO Racing LLC has donated a UFO race bike to the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association to be raffled off at the Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Meadowlands. You can obtain tickets now at http://www.chha.net/.The bike will be painted in the winner's choice of colors.   Proceeds will help the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association keep Christ alive and Ch...
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SBOANJ scholarship deadline looming

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Applications for the 2012 Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey college scholarships must be submitted and postmarked by June 25, 2012.   Scholarships, which can range from $2,500 to $5,000, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing...
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Yonkers returns Friday with purse increase

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Recess is just about over. Yonkers Raceway, dark since the June 2 stakes card, returns Friday night with a dozen-race dossier.   Yonkers also returns with a nearly 20 percent, across-the-board purse increase. The new purse structure ranges from $11,500 for non-winners of two pari-mutuel races on the pace and $12,500 claimers on both gaits to $44,000 for the weekly trio of Open Handi...
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Post 3 for Check Me Out in Elegantimage

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
The luck of the draw was unkind to Check Me Out the last time she competed at Mohawk Racetrack, so this time nothing was left to chance.   Check Me Out lost only two races in 16 starts last year. The first came in her elimination race for the $455,940 Peaceful Way Stakes, when she was defeated by a half-length by Win Missy B. For the subsequent final, the connections of Win Missy B were a...
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Winning Mister survives inquiry at The Meadows

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Winning Mister survived a stiff challenge from an unexpected source as well as a judges' inquiry en route to victory in Monday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Winning Mister dueled with Sir Caviar for the early lead, forced to go :26.3 to get there. Although Sir Caviar broke stride in the lane, Winning Mister and Dave Palone still had to contend with Big And Littl...
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