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Balmoral handle up $17 million in 2012

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park reported surging handle growth in the first half of 2012 showing an increase of 27 percent in handle versus the first six months of 2011. Total combined Q1 and Q2 handle of $80,909,290 for 76 programs in 2012 was an increase of $17,469,771 compared to the 2011 combined Q1 and Q2 handle of $63,439,518 on 75 programs .   The nightly average at Balmoral rose to $1,064,595...
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Tompkins-Geers rolls into Tioga

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
The Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit events begin its stay at Tioga Downs beginning Thursday night at 6:50 p.m. Three divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and three divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts lead off the five-day stretch of live racing.   Tioga Downs will race Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:50 p.m. Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., and Monday evening at 6 ...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available

on 07/19/2012 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. The Maple Leaf Trot and Roses Are Red are the featured races at Mohawk Saturday night and trainers Linda Toscano (Chapter Seven) and Chris Ryder (Put On A Show) offer their thoughts about their chances. Also in this edition, Ron Burke talks a...
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2YO colt Aperfectyankee trots 1:56.4 mile

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Three divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and three divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies highlighted the nine race card on Thursday night at Tioga Downs.   Aperfectyankee (Jim Oscarsson) established a new stakes record for 2-year-old trotting colts in the second division with a wire to wire effort in 1:56.4. The 2-year-old son of Yankee Glide–Asixpakfromperfect cut throug...
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Blazing Future takes Scioto feature trot

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Blazing Future won the co-featured seventh race trot event on the Thursday night card at Scioto Downs. The 3-year-old gelding triumped in 1:57.4 for driver Dan Noble and trainer Jim Arledge Jr. The victory was his third in nine starts this season and brought his seasonal earnings to $15,375 for owners Ronald Bates and Dustin Arledge.   Blazing Future defeated Master's Fly Trap and B...
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Luchento's comments at NJ gaming hearing

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
On Thursday (July 18) afternoon, the New Jersey Assembly held a meeting on gaming at the Meadowlands. Among those offering testimony was Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ). Below is Luchento's comments:   I want to thank Chairman Ruben Ramos and the members of the Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee for holdi...
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2YOs in action in series at Mohawk

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
The second round of the Dream Maker Pacing Series continued at Mohawk on Thursday evening featuring two-year-old pacing colts. Lucan Hanover, driven by Scott Zeron, captured the fastest of two $30,000 divisions in 1:53.1.   A  son of Western Ideal, Lucan Hanover took over command past the opening panel in :27.4 and never looked back as he laid down panels of :56.4 and 1:25...
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Glad Cam a 1:52.3 winner in Vernon feature

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
The hard-charging pacer Glad Cam didn't disappoint her backers in Thursday night's featured first race at Vernon Downs, posting a 1:52.3 victory.   Going off as the favorite in Thursday's $10,500 Open for laterally-gaited females, Glad Cam ($3.00) gathered momentum from fourth at the quarter before sweeping into the lead with fast and frisky move approaching the three-quarter mile m...
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2 qualifiers left in TrackMaster handicapping contest

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
There are only two qualifying rounds left of the TrackMaster Harness Handicapping Challenge. The final round is shaping up to be a battle of the sport's best handicappers, where $3,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. The second to last chance to earn yourself a seat in the finals is this coming Saturday, with contest entries opening on Thursday at 3PM Eastern time. Last week's top qualifier "m...
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Ocean Downs to host Maryland Sire Stakes

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Ocean Downs will host the preliminary round of Maryland Sire Stakes on Wednesday (July 18) and Thursday (July 19). The 2 year olds go as three early non-wagering events starting at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday night.   The stallion Cam's Rocket has the most starters on Wednesday but other Maryland stallions represented are Best Mood, Capitol Power, Up Front Charlie, Straight Up Lindy and You...
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SOA of NY announces scholarship winners

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA) and Yonkers Raceway proudly recognized two top collegiate scholars in the winner's circle. Both young ladies strive to make our world a better place, and the SOA and Yonkers Raceway are proud to assist them in their respective quests.   Olivia Amitrano is the winner of the2012/2013 $5,000 scholarship. Olivia is currently enrolled...
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Big handle for Tuesday card at Running Aces

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
A total of $70,200 in purse money was distributed over the 10-race card at Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 17) which resulted in a handle of $189,284—the highest mid-week figure in the track's short five-year history.   Featured on the program was a $10,600 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, an $8,000 "Future Stars” championship final for horses that started the series as non-winn...
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First Adios elim includes big race winners

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Eighteen of harness racing's top 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers—including North America Cup winner Thinking Out Loud, Meadowlands Pace champion A Rocknroll Dance, and 2011 Dan Patch winner Sweet Lou--will compete in Saturday's eliminations for the $600,000 Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.   The first division offers the potential for an amazing, actio...
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Foiled Again favored in Battle of Lake Erie

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Foiled Again drew post five and has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $111,500 Battle of Lake Erie by Northfield Park executive VP/director of racing Dave Bianconi. Saturday's 11th race will reveal if Foiled Again is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win the Battle of Lake Erie three times.   The 8-year-old son of Dr...
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Lots of promotions on Maple Leaf Trot night

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Watching and wagering on first-class harness racing, meeting a hockey icon, and having the chance to ‘Feel it Live' is what fans can look forward to this Saturday evening at Mohawk.   Racing enthusiasts will find a heavily staked 13-race programme, featuring the 61st edition of the $750,000 Maple Leaf Trot, the $391,000 Roses Are Red Stakes and four Canadian Breeders Championship ...
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Arch Madness trying for second Maple Leaf

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Arch Madness, the richest Canadian-sired trotter in history, will return to Canada this weekend to contest in the $750,000 Maple Leaf Trot this Saturday at Mohawk. Owned by Marc Goldberg and Barry Goldstein's Willow Pond LLC, the 8-year-old has had nothing short of a spectacular career, which includes 30 victories from 82 lifetime starts. This Saturday he will attempt to capture...
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Rocnrolwilneverdie favored in Sheppard

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Saturday card is highlighted by the $119,000 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Post time for the baker's dozen bonanza is 7:10 p.m., with the feature going as the sixth race (approximate post 9 p.m.).   The Sheppard--a Raceway stakes staple for decades which was named for the man who helped make Hanover Shoe Farms a giant in ...
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Gold Star Gidget wins FSBOA photo finish

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
After the two preliminary July legs of the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stakes, there was very little separating the 3-year-old filly pace division's arch rivals Quail and Gold Star Gidget. They were true to form again as a scant nose decision was earned by Gold Star Gidgetin the $10,300 FSBOA final highlighting the Wednesday program at The Isle Casino Raci...
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3-year-old trotting fillies smash Pocono mark

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
All three winners of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs went faster than the existing track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies, with Holier Than Thou matching a world record in her division win as a 27-1 longshot. There were three divisions of the Sire Stakes held at Pocono for the sophomore distaff trotters with purses ranging from $99,503 to $9...
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Star Recruit aims for Adios trophy

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
The connections of Star Recruit believe they have a nice horse for the Delvin Miller Adios. On Saturday, when two eliminations are held at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, they will begin to see if they are correct.   Star Recruit, trained by Bruce Riegle with Mike Wilder listed to drive, drew post two in the second of two elims for the Adios, which is one of harness racing's to...
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