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Cocktail Attire a snappy winner at The Meadows

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Cocktail Attire completed a stylish series sweep--and established a season's mark in the process--when she captured Wednesday's $27,400 championship of the Action-Broadway Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. In her two previous series wins, Cocktail Attire flashed different styles, taking the first leg with a quarter-pole move and the second with a protracted first-over bid. ...
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Hernia surgery for Cam's Card Shark

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, farm manager for Hanover Shoe Farms, told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that the 21-year-old stallion Cam's Card Shark has recovered well from scrotal hernia surgery on April 17 that resulted in his right testicle and several feet of small intestine removed and the end of his 2012 breeding season. "He's doing well and he'll be home before lunch today,” said D...
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Vernon Downs set to open Friday

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is all set for the 2012 opening weekend of live racing with 10 races being drawn for opening night on Friday, April 27, with a post time of 6:55 p.m. Fans of Vernon Downs will be welcomed back with a race date t-shirt and race date magnet giveaway at the front entrance of Vernon Downs (while supplies last). Also on tap for opening night will be the promotion, Cash It or Stash...
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NY USTA members support defined contributions

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
The Empire State Harness Horsemen's Alliance (ESHHA) on Thursday announced the results of a recent United States Trotting Association poll that showed nearly unanimous support among New York USTA members for mandating defined contributions to the state's racing industry from any future expanded table games or slots.   The survey was undertaken at the request of ESHHA in respons...
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Sirius XM radio racing schedule announced

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
In conjunction with Creative Media Productions, Sirius XM radio will air more than 20 hours of live coverage of major harness races this year, including many of the sport's biggest events like the Hambletonian, Little Brown Jug and Breeders Crown.   "Tonight at the Races” will kick off June 2 with live coverage of the Art Rooney Pace from Yonkers and will undergo a necessary name ...
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Check Me Out wins Pocono qualifier

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Check Me Out, last year's 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year and runner-up to San Pail in voting for Trotter of the Year, romped to a 14 ¾-length victory in 1:55 in a qualifier Thursday morning at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Also winning qualifiers Thursday were New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Pirouette Hanover and Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Bolt The Duer. With trainer Ray Schnittker...
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$3 per Springsteen/Vernon ticket to charity

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
As track owner Jeff Gural told harnessracing.com two weeks ago and with tickets going on sale Saturday, April 28, Vernon Downs announced Thursday a continuation of its recent $8.1 million dollar expansion by reviving the racetrack as a major concert venue!   The Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band concert on Aug. 29 will rekindle the use of the outdoor grandstand and trac...
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2013 Harness Racing Congress announced

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Four major, national and international Standardbred racing organizations–Harness Horsemen International (HHI), Harness Tracks of America (HTA), United States Harness Writers' Association (USHWA) and United States Trotting Association (USTA)–have announced that they will participate in the 2013 Harness Racing Congress to be held from Feb. 28 through March 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at the W...
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Molson Pace on tap May 25 at Western Fair

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
The Raceway at The Western Fair District is gearing up for the $300,000 Molson Pace which will highlight the closing night program on Friday, May 25.   This year's event will be bigger and better than ever and fans should note that special post time of 6:50 p.m. has been implemented for that night only.   For the first time ever, the Molson ‘Post Time Party' will be hel...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available by clicking below or by signing up by following the link at the top of this home page. The Weekend Preview is FREE and this edition features a look at Saturday's Levy Memorial Series final at Yonkers, a race which was turned upside down when favorites Real Nice and Foiled Again drew the outside posts. Drivers Jason Bartlet...
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Tbed turf races at Meadowlands May 4-5

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
As a prelude to the May 12 opening of the 2012 racing season at Monmouth Park, two days of Thoroughbred turf racing will be conducted at the Meadowlands on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5.   Four races on the Meadowlands grass course will be run each day, with the first race going off at 3:30 p.m. The second event will be run at 4 p.m., the third at 4:30 and the fourth and final ...
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Knows Nothing knows Tie Silk winner's circle

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Knows Nothing remains unbeaten in his career as he found the winner's circle once again in the $50,000 Tie Silk Series final on Thursday evening at Woodbine. The lightly-raced son of Kadabra-Savvy Yankee notched his third career victory in a career-best clocking of 1:56.1.   In the early going, Cimeronken (Sylvain Filion) alertly left the gate to lead his nine rivals past the openin...
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Gillis knows something about Knows Nothing

on 04/25/2012 2:00 AM
He certainly knows something, as his reigning Trainer of the Year in Canada honor attests. But Jeff Gillis also Knows Nothing...and he couldn't be prouder.   Gearing up for the summer stakes-filled months on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for Gillis.The conditioner hopes his 3-year-old trotting colt Knows Nothing can pro...
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Rage N Ryan scores in Here We Go Again final

on 04/25/2012 2:00 AM
Aided by a last-minute equipment adjustment, Rage N Ryan poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $32,400 championship of the Here We Go Again Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows.   Tony Hall guided Rage N Ryan to victory, and Hall was just getting started, as he drove seven winners on the 16-race card. The 33-year-old Hall, who ranked third in U...
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Chad Rozema leaves WEG TV

on 04/25/2012 2:00 AM
Chad Rozema, who worked as an on-air commentator for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred broadcasts for Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), has made the decision to leave the company to spend more time with his family.   Rozema, who began his career as a commentator with HPItv on Feb. 6, 2007, is grateful for having had the opportunity to offer his insight on both breeds, including h...
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Foiled Again behind the eight ball in Levy

on 04/25/2012 2:00 AM
Nowhere, not even in the fine print, does the word "handicap" appears, and as a sage of the sport once said, "Post position is just a starting point."   That power of positive thinking figures to be the mantra of Yannick Gingras entering Saturday night's $455,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, the Raceway's signature Free-For-All event. &nb...
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Harrah's Chester now Harrah's Philadelphia

on 04/25/2012 2:00 AM
Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack in Pennsylvania, which opened in September 2006, will have a new name beginning Sunday, April 29. Because of what company officials termed "rebranding," the track will now be known as Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack.   With the name switch, the U.S. Trotting Association will also be changing the racetrack abbreviation from Chst to Phl...
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Winbak offering Shark Gesture discount

on 04/25/2012 2:00 AM
Due to the unfortunate circumstances regarding the 2012 breeding season of Cam's Card Shark (hernia surgery), Winbak Farm is now giving $1,000 off of Shark Gesture p,2,1:51.3; 3,1:49.1; 1:48.1 ($2,818,021) to anyone who was booked to Cam's Card Shark and to 2011 returning breeders.   Shark Gesture's 3-year-old crop is led by Piston Broke p,2,1:56.4f; 3,1:50.3s-'12 ($124,528), who mo...
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Batavia Downs Casino expansion approved

on 04/25/2012 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs Casino announced Wednesday that their $27 million expansion has been approved by the New York State Lottery.   The expansion, which is slated to begin immediately, will make repairs to the roof, replace the facility's neon sign with an energy efficient LED one and most notably, bring the facility's second story gaming floor down to ground level. The project is ex...
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Tax rebate for new Big M grandstand receives support

on 04/25/2012 2:00 AM
A New Jersey state tax commission on Wednesday approved a bill that would provide a $10.5 million tax rebate for the construction of a new grandstand at Meadowlands Racetrack. During the meeting of the commission it was also noted that Gov. Chris Christie supported the bill.   The bill provides for a tax rebate on the purchase of supplies and materials used for building seating at b...
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