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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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Diva's Photo, Ants Iner Pants win at Balmoral

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotting fillies squared off for the first time in 2012 on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of $10,000 divisions of the Trotting Tilly Stakes attracted a total of 15 participants.   In the opening split, David Hermann's Diva's Photo showed no signs of the breaking problems that have plagued her throughout her brief career as she parlayed a perfec...
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Washington Hanover's 1:50.4 fastest at HoP

on 04/18/2012 2:00 AM
Washington Hanover made his presence felt in the late stages of the $24,000 Open Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as he rallied sharply to take home top honors on Wednesday (April 18). Shipping in from Balmoral Park, Washington Hanover's 1:50.4 victory marks the fastest mile thus far of the 2012 Standardbred meet at Hoosier Park.   As the wings of the gate closed, Josh Sutto...
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Knows Nothing cruises in Tie Silk split

on 04/17/2012 2:00 AM
Despite unfavorable conditions due to high winds occurring at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening, a handful of trotting divisions were featured on the 12-race card.   A pair of Tie Silk Series divisions took place in the second leg for sophomore trotting colts, as well as a trio of divisions in the inaugural edition of the Swing Into Spring Series.   In the opening div...
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Poll shows support for Woodbine casino

on 04/17/2012 2:00 AM
A recently commissioned poll by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), conducted by Environics Research Group, shows that 51% of Torontonians surveyed support the idea of a casino at Woodbine. The survey of City of Toronto residents shows that there is considerably more support for a casino at Woodbine than at other locations. This was particularly apparent in Woodbine's local neighborhood of Eto...
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Check Me Out tops star-studded qualifiers

on 04/17/2012 2:00 AM
Several of last year's stars will be on the track for the first time in 2012 in qualifiers Friday at the Meadowlands. Included among the group is the 2011 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year Check Me Out, the 2011 Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year Cedar Dove, and New York Sire Stakes champion Heston Blue Chip, considered to be one of this year's leading sophomore colt pacers. A winner...
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Quillen purse adjusted downward

on 04/17/2012 2:00 AM
The purse structure for the 7th annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway has been adjusted.   Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be $170,000 added to the final as opposed to the $250,000 original figure. Eliminations (if necessary) will be raced for a purse of $20,000 per division. Nominations for the race closed April 17. Eliminations (if necessary) will be held...
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Cloverleaf horsemen being stonewalled by county

on 04/17/2012 2:00 AM
On March 5, 2012, the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association (CSOA) sent a request to the offices of the Prince George's County Executive and the Minority Business Development Division requesting access to public records dated within the last year regarding gaming. By law, the records requested were due April 6, 2012. To date, CSOA has not received the records and worse, received c...
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Cyrus Seelster 1:53.1 series leg winner

on 04/17/2012 2:00 AM
The Rodney Dangerfield of the field, Cyrus Seelster outperformed his odds in Tuesday's Here We Go Again Pace at The Meadows, capturing his third straight win. Dungeon Dragon and TSM Warhol T also took $15,000 second-leg divisions in the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   Dave Palone piloted six winners, including Dungeon Dragon, on the 15-race card. Although Cyrus Seelster fashio...
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Dr. Rick Balmer injured in auto accident

on 04/16/2012 2:00 AM
Dr. Richard Balmer, a well-known veterinarian who practiced on the backstretch at the Meadowlands for many years and is now working in western Pennsylvania, was injured in an automobile accident that killed two persons on Saturday night (April 14).   Balmer, the husband of trainer Kelly Stackowicz, was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC-Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. Accordi...
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Race-day ban on Lasix rejected in Kentucky

on 04/16/2012 2:00 AM
With a tie vote of 7-7, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) on Tuesday afternoon turned down a rule change that would have banned the race-day use of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix. The Race Day Medication Committee earlier Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve the regulations that would have phased out Lasix over a three-year period beginning in 2013.   ...
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Hoorayforvacation rallies to win in series leg

on 04/16/2012 2:00 AM
Hoorayforvacation erased a 6-1/2-length deficit with a determined uncovered bid and went on to capture his second straight split in the Sir Caviar Trot at The Meadows. Bob And Bobby and Keystone Wyatt also took $15,000 second-leg divisions Monday in the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   Hoorayforvacation, who won his opening-leg split in wire-to-wire fashion, did appear to...
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Updated: Moiseyev slightly injured in race spill

on 04/16/2012 2:00 AM
Driver Jack Moiseyev and the 4-year-old pacing gelding Docs Leopard King came away relatively unscathed in a one-horse spill in Monday's fifth race at Woodbine Racetrack.   Doc's Leopard King, a son of Cams Eclipse who is conditioned by Harry Poulton, was eighth along the pylons when he suddenly fell before the three-quarter pole, which ejected Moiseyev from the bike....
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