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Quigley, Stillings named for HOF ballot

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Bob Quigley, the "point man" for the development and operation of the Meadowlands for three decades the focal racetrack of world harness racing, and Dick Stillings, an Ohioan turned Pennsylvanian known for his ability to get the best out of an equine athlete, especially during a fruitful relationship with owner Roy Davis, have been selected for midsummer ballot consideration as candidates for ...
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Yonkers Trot draw on the internet Tuesday

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Post positions for both the $445,594 Yonkers Trot and $185,194 Hudson Filly Trot shall be drawn Tuesday night in Yonkers Raceway's winner's circle. The draws for Saturday night's pair of stakes races are scheduled after Tuesday's sixth race. It can be viewed on-line at www.yonkersraceway.com/livevideo/.   There is more than a bit of "method to this madness," as the extra time between r...
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PA budget remains committed to horse racing

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition Monday applauded the Pennsylvania legislature and Governor for approving a state budget that maintains the state's commitment to the Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry by not diverting $72 million from the Race Horse Development Fund, as had originally been proposed in the state's preliminary budget.   The Race Horse Development Fund pl...
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Storms cause phone outage at Scioto

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Because of storms and widespread power outages in central Ohio, Scioto Downs' race office currently does not have telephone service.   "We may not have service in the race office the rest of the week," says Stacy Cahill, general manager of racing at Scioto. "We ask that people who need to reach us please use the cell numbers they were given or try to relay a message through another ...
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New Girls' Night Out Series at Mohawk

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group has introduced a new series to Mohawk's summer stakes schedule, the Girls' Night Out Pacing Series.   Girls' Night Out, which will consist of two preliminary legs and a final, is for aged pacing mares, who are non-winners of $30,000 in 2012 as of midnight July 1, with a minimum of five starts this year. Winners of over $100,000 in 2011 are ineligible. ...
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Freshman PA All-Stars Tuesday at Pocono

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Two-year-old colt pacers and colt trotters will be in action Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania All-Stars opening-round action. The first-year pacers and trotters have been each been divided into six $30,000 divisions. Santa Fe Beachboy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown, is the morning-line favorite in the first pacing event to kick off the card. Driven...
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Coleman stays high on Betterthancheddar

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Casie Coleman knew Betterthancheddar would face a challenge as a 4 year old going up against the best older pacers in harness racing.   But after watching her horse equal the world record for a pacer of any age racing on a five-eighths-mile track by winning last Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace in 1:48 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Coleman is starting to wonder, "What i...
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NYSS freshmen in action Wednesday at Monticello

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
On Wednesday evening, July 4, Monticello Raceway will host the first seasonal divisions of freshman pacing colts and geldings in both the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and the new Excelsior Series (formerly late closers).   The NYSS colts will be vying for points which they will gain along the way competing at various racetracks in New York State. The top eight, when the div...
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For A Dancer 5-for-5 after NYSS victory

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes returned to town Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $343,268 Mike Cyprian Trot for 3-year-old fillies. The event honors the Raceway's long-time, award-winning photographer, with his son, Ralph, and other family members doing the winner's circle presentation honors.   Four divisions went at it, with defending sire stakes champ For A Dancer (Jeff Gregory, $...
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Palone "homers" in 1:51.2 with NY Yankees

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
Stuck with post nine, NY Yankees looked indeed like a "Bronx Bomber” as she moved once for early position, then again for the lead in capturing Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Dave Palone piloted NY Yankees and concluded the Monday card with a pair of wins. That lowered to eight his "Magic Number” to break Herve Fil...
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Freshmen in OSS action Tuesday at Northfield

on 07/02/2012 2:00 AM
OnTuesday, Northfield Park offers guests the opportunity to start their holiday off right with stakes racing action on the track and concession specials trackside. Fans will see four divisions of Ohio Sire Stakes racing action as part of Tuesday's 12-race program.   Freshman filly trotters will start Tuesday's show in race one for the $16,900 first division. Contessa Leigh (Full Cou...
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Restless Yankee sets new Running Aces record

on 07/01/2012 2:00 AM
Restless Yankee, a five-year-old Minnesota-sired gelding owned by Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan, sat a pocket trip behind favored Chewy Baca in the $8000 Open Handicap Pace at Running Aces last night before exploding through the stretch to establish a new all-time overall 1:51.2 track record. The old record of 1:52 flat was set by ML Jackhammer in 2010. "That is an awfully nice horse,” exclaim...
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Commander Crowe wins Forus Open

on 07/01/2012 2:00 AM
Commander Crowe entered the Forus Open Sunday at the Forus track in Stavanger, Norway, with five straight wins in Nordic majors. The 9-year old gelded chestnut is still unbeaten in Nordic top races after another victory!   "His most easy win, since I started to drive him," said driver Christophe Martens. Trainer Fabrice Souloy then added, "This is the currently best t...
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Kendall Blue sets Tioga mark in late-closer final

on 07/01/2012 2:00 AM
Kendall Blue and Jason Bartlett captured the $39,200 William Auto late-closer final on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs in track record time for 4-year old trotting mares in 1:53.2.   Leaving from post position number three, Bartlett hustled Kendall Blue to the front and was persistent on controlling the fractions seating All Munky Business (Mark MacDonald) in the two hole. Kendall B...
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Pierce wins Goshen's Hall of Fame race

on 07/01/2012 2:00 AM
In the $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame drivers Sunday at Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y., Ron Pierce was best of a bunch that started the day with a collective $1.1 billion in earnings.   The newest Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter led with Gotta Luv It through fractions of :29.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.3 before being overtaken by Pierce driving Justa...
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Takter inducted, others honored in Goshen

on 07/01/2012 2:00 AM
Three-time Trainer of the Year Jimmy Takter was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday night (July 1), on the lawn adjacent to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY.   The 51-year-old Takter, a native of Sweden, came to the United States to work as a caretaker in 1978 and 14 years later won the Hambletonian as the trainer of Malabar Man.  "...
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Frenchfrysnvinegar, Cedar Dove score

on 07/01/2012 2:00 AM
Frenchfrysnvinegar and Cedar Dove, who both captured divisions in the first leg of the Miss Versatility Series at Mohawk on May 20, returned to victory lane on Sunday evening at the Campbellville oval in the second round of the series.   Frenchfrysnvinegar, driven by Jody Jamieson, went gate-to-wire in the opening $30,000 division, stopping the timer in 1:53.4. Last year's O'Brien A...
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Scioto to race Saturday despite storm

on 06/30/2012 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs will race its Saturday program despite a storm that swept through central Ohio on Friday evening. "We’re racing at 6:30 p.m., as scheduled,” says Stacy Cahill, track general manager. "We lost power and had almost all our barn roofs ripped off. I want to thank the entire team here at Scioto who persevered and overcame this storm, which was truly of epic proportions.” ...
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Ron Burke: "Lou trained well" at Meadowlands

on 06/30/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke had the 3-year-old colt pacer Sweet Lou out on the track at the Meadowlands Saturday morning and afterward he tweeted: "Lou trained well still tinkering with equipment." Railbirds at the Big M for the training mile told harnessracing.com that stopwatches clocked Sweet Lou's mile unofficially at 1:49.3.   With the $800,000 Meadowlands Pace eliminations one week away...
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Sir Melo’s Z Tam wins again in the Excelsior

on 06/30/2012 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old colt pacer earned his third victory in four Excelsior starts this season by winning his $12,600 division by a quarter-length over Ideal Griff in 1:54.3 Saturday afternoon at Historic Track. Driven, trained and co-owned by Patrick Lachance, Sir Melo’s Z Tam has won four of 15 career races and earned $82,196. "I was shooting for a (New York) sire stakes horse, not an E...
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