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Winners Bayonne to open July 17

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
Eat. Drink. Bet. Those three words will all be under the same roof when Winners Bayonne opens to the public on Tuesday, July 17. Branded as a sports bar with action, the 25,000 square-foot venue boasts two large simulcast areas, a VIP room and a 38-seat bar and full-service restaurant operated by McLoone's. With more than 150 television screens, the facility aims to please horseplayers and ...
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Haughton winner Weingartner set to qualify

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
Peter Haughton Memorial winner Weingartner will return to action in Thursday morning's qualifiers at the Meadowlands Racetrack after missing time because of a pastern bone fracture. The 3-year-old colt trotter will be driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, who still hopes the horse can be ready for the Hambletonian eliminations on July 28 at the Meadowlands. The $1.5 million Hambletonian final i...
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IL star Riccolo sold, moved to Smedshammer

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
The top 3-year-old Illinois-bred trotter Riccolo has been sold and if all goes according to plan, will be racing in the Hambletonian for a Norwegian owner and trainer and a Swedish driver. Torkel Alendal, a shipping executive from Haugesund, Norway, has purchased Riccolo from Walter and Paige Paisley, who also bred the horse, for a six-figure price.  With the purchase of Riccolo, ...
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Dreamfair Eternal ready for more red roses

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
If there is one race that trainer Pat Fletcher looks forward to every year, it's the Roses Are Red Stakes at Mohawk. Two eliminations, featuring the continents top older pacing mares, will take place on Saturday evening with the top five finishers advancing to the rich $391,000 final on July 21, a part of Maple Leaf Trot night.   Fletcher's pupil,Dreamfair Eternal, is the defending champi...
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Vernon's plans for big state fair stakes weekend

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is proud to invite all owners and horsemen participating at Vernon Downs during the State Fair weekend (Aug. 24–26) to be part of their weekend celebration. Vernon will be putting on a carnival like atmosphere at the track all weekend long, holding owner barbeques and cocktail parties before the races, and hosting a free horsemen's golf outing.   The State Fair weekend kick...
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Harness Night School to begin July 26

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
Night School, the racing industry's national online fan education program, announced today a major expansion into the Standardbred racing world with the unveiling of Harness Night School. The popular online fan education programs that have served the Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse industries since February 2011 will begin a new course curriculum focused on harness racing beginning Thu...
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Fighting Foleys: Father vs. daughter in Pace

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
Under most circumstances, Kim Foley would be rooting for her father, trainer Pete Foley, to win the Meadowlands Pace with Bolt The Duer. But when the 10 horses go behind the gate for Saturday's $600,000 event for 3-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack, it will not be one of those instances.   That's because Kim Foley is the caretaker of Heston Blue Chip, another of the top c...
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SBOANJ fundraising golf outing held

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
The 17th annual SBOANJ Golf Outing raised funds to benefit horsemen and produced a fun day for 117 golfers on July 9, 2012 at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ. It was a bright, sunny day for the 135 golfers and guests who capped their round with a prime rib dinner, famous for its brontosaurus-sized slices. Berman, Gara and Rutsky Group of UBS Financial Services sponsored the desserts....
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One In A Million On Track For Hambletonian

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
If people think of the chances of owning a Hambletonian-winning horse as one in a million, Chuck Sylvester at least has a colt with the right name to be successful. Sylvester trains and is among the owners of 3-year-old colt trotter One In A Million, who enters this weekend's final stakes prep for the upcoming Hambletonian off a career-best 1:53.3 win in a non-stakes event on July 6. On ...
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Casino Night, Poker tourney on tap for Hambo week

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
A Hambletonian Casino Night and Poker Tournament will be held Wednesday (August 1) at Il Villaggio Restaurant in Carlstadt, N.J. Proceeds will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall Of Fame. Tickets for the event are now on sale. Dinner tickets are $125 per person and include dinner, dessert, open bar and $50 in casino chips. Additional casino chi...
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Lightning Too's 1:58.1 fastest in Illinois stakes

on 07/11/2012 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old trotters hit the track on Wednesday (July 11) at Balmoral Park. A total of 14 youngsters were sent to battle in a pair of $5,000 Psychic Spirit Stake splits, which were contested as non-wagering events before the start of the regular program.   In the first division, Ronald Knupp's Master Of Excuses kept a perfect record intact as he not...
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Mark MacDonald drives 5,000th winner

on 07/10/2012 2:00 AM
Driver Mark MacDonald reached the 5,000-victory milestone Monday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's sixth race with the pacing mare Midnight Mass. MacDonald won the $14,500 event as the odds-on ($3.30) choice (1:56.2), returned to the winner's circle for the requisite 60 percent pomp and 40 percent circumstance, then had to wait out a judge's inquiry involving possible stretch interference. The ...
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Tattersalls Summer Mixed catalog now online

on 07/10/2012 2:00 AM
The catalog and past performance racelines for the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls website and also by download using the Equineline sales catalog app for the iPad. The printed catalog and past performances will be mailed this week. The sale, featuring 165 head plus supplements, will start promptly at 12:00 noon on Sunday, July 29 in the Meadowlands race p...
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Meadowlands Pace draw sets the field

on 07/10/2012 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou was installed the 5-2 favorite in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace, the track's signature event for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday, July 14.   As one of the two elimination winners, Sweet Lou earned the right for his connections to pick their starting post in the final. They chose post four, while the team behind Heston Blue Chip, the other elimination winner, opted for post t...
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Delano, Coraggioso among 15 in NYSS

on 07/10/2012 2:00 AM
While 15 sophomores--including Googoo Gaagaa--were entered in the Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot, set for Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Vernon Downs will kick off its first Wednesday racing card on July 11, and will feature two divisions of New York Sire Stakes for 3-year old colt trotters. Fifteen sophomore trotters dropped in for Wednesday's event, and it looks as if the two toughest drew...
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No eliminations needed for Maple Leaf Trot

on 07/10/2012 2:00 AM
With 10 horses entering for the prestigious $730,000 Maple Leaf Trot, set for July 21 at Mohawk Racetrack, no eliminations will be required for the 2012 edition of the classic. The field includes all of the top free-for-allers, except for defending champion San Pail, who is recovering from an injury.   Daylon Magician, last year's 3-year-old trotting colt of the year in Canada, coul...
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Quarter Horse breeder new AHC president

on 07/10/2012 2:00 AM
Jim J. Shoemake, past president of the American Quarter Horse Association and senior partner in the St. Louis law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall & Shoemake, L.L.C., was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council (AHC) at the AHC's annual meeting in Washington, DC on June 26. The AHC represents the horse industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in...
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Jersey Boys look for sweet Pace win

on 07/10/2012 2:00 AM
Larry Karr and Phil Collura know the thrill of winning a big race. Now the New Jersey residents are looking for a thrill with an added dimension. They want to win a big race at their home track of the Meadowlands.   Karr, a Randolph resident, and Collura, from Carteret, are part of the group that owns Sweet Lou, one of the top contenders to win Saturday's $600,000 Meadowlands Pace. ...
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Sailer Eddie fastest in PA Stallion splits

on 07/10/2012 2:00 AM
Sailer Eddie sailed right to the front and cruised home to win the fastest division of Tuesday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over five divisions, with Me And Cinderella, Boffin, Smoother Ride, Shockoe Hanover and Vitamin Hanover also capturing $20,000 splits. Dave Palone won five divisions, scoring...
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All Maevey Gravy in Hanover

on 07/09/2012 2:00 AM
Sophomore trotting fillies headlined the Sunday program at Balmoral Park as a field of nine diagonally gaited ladies were sent postward in the $34,700 Hanover Stake. Using the inside starting spot to their advantage, driver Marcus Miller put Maevey Gravy right on the front from the word go and the daughter of Northern Kid-Grace Elizabeth never looked back, scoring by 1 3/4 lengths in ...
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