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Death of Giddy Up Lucky results in suspensions

on 04/20/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Josh Green, assistant trainer Boyd Hudson Jr., and veterinarian Dr. Jan Henriksen have all been suspended by the New Jersey Racing Commission as a result of their roles in the death last September of the horse Giddy Up Lucky following what was reported at the time as a reaction to an iron supplement. Green, the leading trainer at Dover Downs for seven consecutive years and currently...
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A bit of a difference for Lexus Helios

on 04/20/2012 2:00 AM
When it comes to the fortunes of 3-year-old trotting filly Lexus Helios, trainer/owner Norm Dunstan is hoping the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Lexus Helios, a homebred daughter of Ken Warkentin, is out of the Conway Hall mare, Lexus Hall. Dunstan purchased Lexus Hall as a yearling for $5,200 in 2001.   "She went on to win just under a quarter of a million dollars for me and...
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Winning Mister edges Sir Caviar at The Meadows

on 04/19/2012 2:00 AM
It was Goliath vs. Goliath in Wednesday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, with Winning Mister slaying Sir Caviar in the season's first match-up of the track's top two older trotters.   Each entered the battle with impeccable credentials. Winning Mister had taken on elite competition at such tracks as Harrah's Chester, Woodbine and Hoosier Park, winning seven of nine ...
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$143 payoff for Typical New Yorker

on 04/19/2012 2:00 AM
Last year Typical New Yorker was one of the top 3-year-old trotting colts on the New York Sire Stakes circuit where he amassed $73,841 in 12 starts, earned a seasonal record of 1:59.1, and ended the year with purses totaling $85,948.   A recent arrival at the Mighty M, up from Pompano Park where he had two trips to post with only a fourth and fifth-place finish to show for his effo...
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Ooh Bad Shark dominates in Weiss final

on 04/19/2012 2:00 AM
Ooh Bad Shark dominated on the front end to complete a sweep of the Bobby Weiss Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares on the pace, winning Wednesday night's final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $30,000.   Leaving from post position five in a field of eight as a 5-2 second betting choice, Ooh Bad Shark was hustled to the front by driver George Na...
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Southwind wants photos of Muscle Hill yearlings

on 04/19/2012 2:00 AM
Southwind Farms is looking for photos of Muscle Hill's first crop yearlings.   We have the list of the royal mares that have registered 2012 yearlings up on our web site, http://www.southwindfarms.net/ and we would like to post photos of your yearlings. We are excited about Muscle Hill's first crop of yearlings and we would like to show the world the next generation of trotting...
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Impact of harness racing in Ontario

on 04/19/2012 2:00 AM
As part of its April 19 issue, The Canadian Sportsman put together a special 24-page pullout section called Fight For Our Future documenting the stories of real people impacted by the cancellation of Ontario's slots-at-racetracks program.   Go to page two and click on this link: http://www.canadiansportsman.ca/userfiles/file/Sportsman-FightForOurFuture.pdf
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Gural: "How did we get Springsteen?"

on 04/19/2012 2:00 AM
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have performed at virtually all of the world's biggest venues, and on Wednesday, Aug. 29, they will add a new site to the mix: Vernon Downs Raceway in Vernon, N.Y. This year's Wrecking Ball tour includes stops at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia, Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/19/2012 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 in this edition trainer Bruce Saunders talks about his chances with Nob Hill High—who stands eighth in the point standings—in a division of the final preliminary of the Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers ...
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Royal Passion still unbeaten in '12 at Hoosier

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
Royal Passion continued her undefeated streak as she captured a division of Tuesday's Bill Thompson Series, a late-closing event open to Indiana sired 3-year-old and older fillies and mares that are non-winners of $30,000 lifetime, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The 3-year-old filly is now four for four in 2012 as she equaled her career-best time of 1:56.   Leaving from post se...
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Fearless Diablo rallies to win Weiss final

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
Fearless Diablo used a powerful closing kick to capture the $30,000 final of the Bobby Weiss Series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings on the pace on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Leaving from post position six in a field of nine, Fearless Diablo settled in seventh around the first turn as Three Artist took the field to the quarter in a quick :26.4. Th...
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Chalk players bite the dust at Rosecroft

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
Longshot players had their night at Rosecroft on Tuesday evening as the favorite failed to win all races on the 11-race card. Craig Fletcher's Strong Like Bull got good early position and converted it into a win paying $66.20 in the evening's second race.   Wayne Long drove two longshot winners beginning in the night's opener with Living The Dream who paid $25.40 and then he returne...
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First qualifiers at Tioga on Friday, April 20

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
The first qualifying races of the season will be offered at Tioga Downs at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20. Entries will be taken at 607.699.7688 until the box closes at 10 a.m. on Thursday.   The big news on the grounds is that the new paddock, built over the winter by Chenango Builders, will be making its debut onFriday morning.   "Having the paddock adjacent to the barns w...
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HANA handicappers discuss contest strategy

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
With just a little over a week until the kick off 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--we asked some of our handicappers participating in the challenge what they felt are the most importantand overrated handicapping angles. Here are their thoughts...
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Art Z making self known in Levy Series

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
Take a gander at the leaderboard entering this Saturday's final preliminary round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. There's millionaire Real Nice, last season's series champ and this season's only four-for-four combatant. There's the off-this-week Foiled Again, thrice a millionaire and twice a series winner (2009 and 2010). There's Atochia, a seven-figur...
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Gaming at PA casinos/racinos hit monthly high

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
On the heels of a record amount of monthly revenue for slot machines during March of this year, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced on April 17 that revenue for table games that same month was also an all-time high.   Gaming also increased at two of the three facilities that also host harness racing. Harrah's Chester's gaming climbed by $448,065 and Mohegan Sun...
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Breedings available to benefit SRF

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has new breeding donations to Lucky Chucky, Classic Photo, Tom Ridge and Glidemaster for sale, as well as other breedings.   The SRF, now in its 23rd year, is a non-profit organization. The sale of stallion breedings is one of SRF's key fundraisers. Both donations and purchases of breedings are appreciated. Proceeds from the sales benefit...
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Bigtime Ball on schedule for May return

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
This time last year trainer Gord Irwin wasn't very optimistic when it came to his prized pacer, Bigtime Ball. The 2009 O'Brien Award winner for Canada's older pacer of the year was trained down to 2:00 in the spring of 2011 in Florida before suffering an injury to a sesamoid bone. That sidelined him until the fall months.   Bigtime Ball, an 8-year-old, raced just six ...
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Sugg gets 2,000th win with own horse

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
Kurt Sugg scored the 2,000th win of his driving career while driving RUA Looker in Northfield Park's 12th race on Tuesday evening. They went off as the 2-5 betting choice and took the lead right off the gate. The pair never had an anxious moment at any point in the mile and won by 1¼ lengths, stopping the clock in 2:01.4.   Sugg also co-owns and trains the 10-year-old son of Ilooke...
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Qualifiers at Gaitway Friday, April 27

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
With the Meadowland closed next week, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, in cooperation with Freehold Raceway and Gaitway Farms, has arranged for a special qualifying card on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Manalapan, NJ, training center. The qualifiers at Gaitway Farms will begin at 9:30 a.m. on April 27.   Entries will be taken from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on ...
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