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Three's company for Dr. Moore in Diplomat

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Dr. Ian Moore is hoping one of his 3-year-old pacing colts, State Treasurer, Spinarama or Ontheclock Hanover, can travel the same path as last year's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup champion. Last year, the Carl Jamieson trainee, Up The Credit, won The Diplomat final, then a Somebeachsomewhere Stakes division, before capturing the prestigious "Cup."   On Thursday, NA Cu...
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$50K High 5 guarantee Wednesday at Balmoral

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park will kick off the month of May in style for players across North America, offering two guaranteed pools on Wednesday, May 2.   The U.S. Trotting Association and Balmoral Park have announced an instant guarantee of $50,000 on the Wednesday High 5 finale. This is possible because none of the 246,540 dime combinations selected the High 5 wager on Sunday, creatin...
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53 still eligible for North America Cup

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
The connections of 53 colts made the April 15 sustaining payment to this year's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup and remain eligible to contest North America's richest race for pacers.   Headlining this year's talented group is Sweet Lou, who became the fastest 2 year old in history with his 1:49 world-record performance in last year's Breeders Crown. The son of Yankee Cruiser h...
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Meadowlands championship meet opens Friday

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands kicks off its summer season with live turf and harness racing on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5. Post time for the four grass events is 3:30 p.m., while Standardbreds take the stage at 7 p.m. Live music and a t-shirt giveaway also highlight opening weekend of the 2012 Championship Meet at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Opening night festivities include f...
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Noble, MacDonald to drive at Tioga on Sundays

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Dan Noble, the 2011 leading dash-winning driver, will be joining the Sunday afternoon driving colony at Tioga Downs for the 2012 race season, starting with this coming weekend on Sunday, May 6. Noble, who posted 773 wins in 2011, currently ranks sixth in harness racing for driver wins with 179 in 2012.   "I'm looking forward to coming to Tioga on Sunday afternoons to compete agains...
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Yonkers increases purses by 10 percent

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced an across-the-board purse increase of approximately 10 percent, beginning with the racing program of Monday, May 7. The new purse structure now ranges from $9,500 (from the current $8,500) for bottom condition/claimers to $36,000 (from the current $33,000) for the weekly trio of Open Handicaps (trotters, pacers and distaff pacers).   "We know this ...
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Chips take early lead in HANA challenge

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
The first leg of HANA Harness' The Pen vs. The Chip--The Road to the Breeders Crown Handicapping Challenge co-sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, is in the books and if the first leg is an indication of how the contest is going to go, it is going to be very competitive as Team Chip takes the lead with a small .03 advantage in the cri...
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Longtime New York owner William Mego dies

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
William Mego, an Orchard Park, N.Y., resident who owned harness racing horses over the past 30 years, died Friday, April 27, in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, N.Y., after an illness that had lasted about two years. He was 73.   Mr. Mego attended high school in West Seneca at West Seneca West, where he graduated in the mid-1950s. He also graduated from Erie Community College, whe...
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Ohio Breeders' Championship payments due

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
The Ohio Breeders' Championship stallion subscription payments are due May 15. The nomination forms and conditions can be found on the Little Brown Jug website: http://www.littlebrownjug.com/ under racing nomination forms. All Ohio-bred colts, geldings and fillies that are sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission and upon which the stallion subscription has been ...
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"Operation: Save Michigan Horse Racing" underway

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association president Brett Boyd has issued a statement regarding "Operation: Save Michigan Horse Racing" that is underway in the Wolverine State. Meetings will be held at four different locations in the state Monday night, including Northville Downs and Sports Creek Raceway.   Here is Boyd's statement: As many of you know, it's been a busy couple of week...
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Woodbine launches mobile betting platform

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
Responding to consumer popularity of mobile devices, Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) officially released its new HorsePlayer Interactive (HPI) Mobile Betting platform on Monday, April 30.   Horse racing customers can now place their wagers through an advanced user friendly interface for mobile devices, with all the traditional HPI conveniences such as live video streaming, progra...
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Qualifiers set for Tioga's Tuesday "media" night

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs' annual "Dress Rehearsal" will take place this Tuesday evening with 4 qualifiers under the lights at 6:50 pm. Each season, the local press is invited to attend a session of qualifying races to generate interest in the live racing season. Media access to racing personalities, press guides with the season's highlights listed and delicious hors d'oeuvres will compose Tuesday's menu...
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NY Racing Board to review use of furosemide

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board held its monthly meeting on Monday and took action on purses for Thoroughbred claiming races, and also discussed policy and changing its rules regarding the use of furosemide (also known as Salix or Lasix) in horse racing. The board opened a two-week public comment period from the horse racing industry on the widely used diuretic. ...
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Dreamfair Eternal second in 2012 qualifier debut

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
Dreamfair Eternal, Canada's 2010 Horse of the Year, returned to the racetrack for Mohawk's Monday morning qualifying session to kick-start her 8-year-old campaign. The Pat Fletcher veteran (Jody Jamieson) finished second by a head behind Roll On (Roger Mayotte). The 4-year-old gelding went wire to wire to win the qualifier in 1:54.4.   Dreamfair Eternal, who is a 53-time career win...
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Meadowlands qualifiers on Saturdays in May

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will move its morning qualifiers to Saturdays for the month of May. Post time will remain at 10 a.m. The track will be available Fridays in May for training in the mornings from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Trainers can contact the race office for training hour details. The cost is $50 per horse per week or $1,000 for unlimited training for a stable. Qualifiers will move back to Fri...
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Trotslikethewind takes Meadows feature

on 04/30/2012 2:00 AM
The only mare in the field, Trotslikethewind used an impressive uncovered move to beat the boys and notch her fourth straight victory in Monday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Trotslikethewind was sitting fifth, 5 lengths behind, when Tony Hall tipped her off the cones. She wore down the leader, Rembrandt Spur, and went on to score in 1:53.4, matching her career ...
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Atochia edges Foiled Again in Levy final

on 04/29/2012 2:00 AM
Atochia (1), driven by Ron Pierce, grabbed the gusto from his stablemate Saturday night, nailing Foiled Again (1A) and driver Yannick Gingras and winning the $455,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. It was North America's richest harness race of the season to date.   The 25th edition of the Levy--named for the Hall of Founder of Roosevelt R...
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Rocklamation scores in Blue Chip Matchmaker

on 04/29/2012 2:00 AM
After leading through three-quarters of the $297,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, the 3-5 favorite See You At Peelers faded to seventh in the stretch as Rocklamation rallied from third for the 1:51.3 victory, a stakes and track record for 4-year-old pacing mares.   Brian Sears had the two-time divisional champion See You At Peelers on top quic...
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Park Lane Deputy dominates in Rambling Willie

on 04/29/2012 2:00 AM
Continuing an amazing comeback after an injury limited his 5-year-old season to just one start, Shirley Le Vin's Park Lane Deputy dominated seven other Illinois conceived and foaled pacers as he cruised to a 2 3/4-length victory in 1:51.1 for driver Mike Oosting in Saturday's $17,000 Rambling Willie Stake at Balmoral Park.   Floated away in fifth as Well To Guru (Casey Leonard) and ...
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Sebastian K upsets Rapide Lebel in Finland

on 04/29/2012 2:00 AM
The classy Scandinavian season for the older elite horses in 2012 opened Saturday with The Finlandia Ajo at the Vermo-track in Helsinki, where the great favorite for the laurels in this year's major Scandinavian races (Oslo Grand Prix, the Elitlopp and Copenhagen Cup), Rapide Lebel (Ginger Somolli), started his northern campaign.   But Rapide Lebel was too aggressive already in the...
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