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Gural seeks input from horsemen

on 05/23/2012 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural has writen a letter to horsemen asking them to enter horses to support the track, and he also encourages them to forward any ideas for races to him via email.   "As we move forward with the next phase of the Meadowlands project which consists of building a new grandstand at a cost of around $90,000,000, I am becoming increasingly concerned over the fact tha...
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He's Gorgeous's big mile on Inside Harness Racing

on 05/23/2012 2:00 AM
He's Gorgeous made history when he turned in the fastest mile in the 59-year history of Vernon Downs this past Saturday, winning the $9,500 Open Pace in 1:48.3. Afterward, owner Ken Jacobs described his earner of more than $700,000 as lazy.   "If he gets to the front, they can't catch him, but if he doesn't make the front, he's lazy,” said Jacobs.   See more from the un...
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McNair hoping for some Ontario racing luck

on 05/23/2012 2:00 AM
Doug McNair really likes the horses he will drive in Friday's $300,000 Molson Pace and Saturday's $600,000 Upper Canada Cup. He is less enthusiastic about their starting spots.   Aracache Hanover will leave from post seven in the eight-horse Molson Pace for older pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District in Ontario. Secretsoftheknight fared even worse in the draw for the ...
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Space still available in Youth Foundation camps

on 05/23/2012 2:00 AM
June 1 is the application deadline for young people ages 12 to 14 who wish to participate in the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Midwest Summer Programs, a series of one and two-day events designed to give youth hands-on experience working with the HHYF's stable of Trottingbred horses. Each event will allow children the chance to explore many aspects of harness horse preparation, from stall c...
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Sub-1:52 miles by 3YO pacing fillies at Philly

on 05/23/2012 2:00 AM
There were eight divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies in Pennsylvania Stallion Series stakes action at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, and there were two very, very fast winners.   Dream Of Winning, a filly by Yankee Cruiser, took the lead at the quarter and was in command the rest of the way, finally hitting the wire a 3 1/4-length winner in 1:51.3. Yannick Gin...
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Put On A Show ready for Sunday's Betsy Ross

on 05/23/2012 2:00 AM
Put On A Show brings a four-race win streak to Sunday afternoon's $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for pacing mares at Harrah's Philadelphia. In her only previous appearance at the track, Put On A Show won the 2010 Valley Forge in a stakes-record 1:50.1. She was named the sport's best 3-year-old pacing filly that season.   "She's doing well,” trainer Chris Ryder said about Put On ...
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Illinois House OKs gaming bill; governor says no

on 05/23/2012 2:00 AM
The Illinois House of Representatives passed a gaming bill on Wednesday that includes slot machines at the state's racetracks, but Gov. Pat Quinn, who has opposed prior gaming bills, quickly objected.   "As long as I'm governor, I will not support a gambling bill that falls well short of protecting the people of Illinois," Quinn said in a statement on Wednesday aftern...
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Ornellaia Dream having great season as 8YO

on 05/23/2012 2:00 AM
From humble beginnings with many of the foundation races in her career tracing to Ontario's Rideau-Carleton Raceway, Ornellaia Dream is now the prime force to be reckoned with in the top trotting class at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   In the $7,500 purse Isle Mile Open Handicap Trot on the Wednesday (May 23) program, Ornellaia Dream abandoned her usual hard-closing style. D...
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Sea Raven, Allan Davis have big nights

on 05/23/2012 2:00 AM
Steve Anderson's Sea Raven ($3.40, Victor Kirby) was a front-end winner in the $10,600 featured conditioned trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.2 over a track rated good.   The 6-year-old Andover Hall mare assumed command early from post two and never looked back as she fought off first-over pressure from Struttin Conway, who finished fourth and held pocket sitting Libra Vi...
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Mikey Hanover's 1:55.1 fastest in Grassroots

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
Three-year-old trotting gelding Mikey Hanover celebrated Victoria Day in Canada with an impressive victory in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack. Piloted by trainer Mark Steacy, Mikey Hanover took control of the race before the halfway marker and fought hard down the stretch to claim a neck victory in a personal best 1:55.1, the fastest clocking of the six Grassroots divisions. T...
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Scioto VLTs to open June 1

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
MTR Gaming Group Inc.announced Tuesday that it has satisfied all conditions of the Ohio Lottery's conditional license and has received its permanent license to install and operate video lottery terminals at its Scioto Downs racetrack in Columbus, Ohio.   On June 1 at 2 p.m., the new Scioto Downs will become the premier choice in the Columbus metro area for gaming, entertainment...
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Stilletto ready to update status to millionaire

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
Northfield Park's first race on Tuesday, May 15, marked the 46th and most recent win of the 12-year-old trotter Stiletto. It also bumped his career earnings to $999,173. Stiletto is scheduled to compete in his next race on May 25 at The Meadows.   Stiletto looked promising right from the start. His racing career began in June 2003 and he won all of his first three races in sub-...
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Sadinsky to consult with Ontario horse racing

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) has announced it has formed a task force and has retained Stanley Sadinsky, a lawyer and former chairman of the Ontario Racing Commission, it assist and act as an advisor. The Task Force is currently comprised of Sue Leslie, Chair of OHRIA as Chair, Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President, Racing at Woodbine Entertainment and Hugh Mitch...
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6 entered in Rooney, 5 in Lismore at Yonkers

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
A half-dozen 3-year-olds--five colts and a gelding--have been entered for Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. That limited number means the 22nd edition of the Rooney, worth $306,204, will be a one-dash-for-the-cash event, scheduled for Saturday night, June 2.   The contestants, in alphabetical order with declared drivers, are: Bolt the Duer (Mark MacDonald), Domethata...
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Shetler takes home a pair of Indiana silver

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
Driver-trainer Dan Shetler scored twice in the second round of the $10,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stakes action on Tuesday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Shetler brought home four winners on the 13-race program, two of which came from his own training stable in the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes action.   Shetler captured the final splits of the stakes action behind his 3-year-o...
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Accident at Rosecroft sends drivers to hospital

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
A Rosecroft Raceway spokesman said a seven-horse accident in race 5 on Tuesday night sent three drivers to the hospital, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.   Race 5 was declared a no-contest as only two horses even finished. Drivers Donnie Russell, Justin Hite and William Carter were taken to local hospitals. No horses were seriously injured in the accident, whic...
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Accident sends 3 Rosecroft drivers to hospital

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
A seven-horse accident in the fifth race at Rosecroft Raceway Tuesday night delayed the races for more than one hour as a trio of injured drivers were taken to a nearby hospital. According to a report on the Washington, D.C., local CBS station WNEW, a medevac helicopter was used to transport driver Donnie Russell to the hospital. Drivers William Carter and Justin Hite were also injured in the ...
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Hugadragon digs in to win Meadows feature

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
Forced wide in a demanding :26 opening quarter, Hugadragon had enough in reserve late to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Leaving from post eight, Hugadragon expended considerable energy wresting the early lead from American Rage. He easily thwarted the first challengers, but had to deal with the fresh threat from Jojo N Goliath in the lane. The 4-...
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Mud Pie Hanover wires field at Pocono

on 05/22/2012 2:00 AM
Mud Pie Hanover led at every pole to score a victory in the featured winners of over $25,000 lifetime pacing event on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night's top purse of $25,000.   Mud Pie Hanover, the 5-2 second choice from the barn of trainer Jason Robinson, left from post four in a field of eight and outdueled two other horses to get to the eng...
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A Rocknroll Dance to race in NJSS final

on 05/21/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Jim Mulinix told harnessracing.com Monday morning that he has decided that A Rocknroll Dance, who won his New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) division on Saturday night at the Meadowlands in his season debut, will skip this weekend's second leg and then return for the $150,000 final on June 2. Mulinix had contemplated on bypassing the NJSS final and instead head to Mohawk Racetrack for th...
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