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6:35 pm post for Meadowlands Pace card

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Pace Night card on Saturday, July 14, will have a special post time of 6:35 p.m. The $800,000 Meadowlands Pace will be the 11th race on the card, with the top 3-year-old pacing colts going to the gate at 10:15 p.m.   The stakes-filled program will also feature the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters, likely to draw world record holder Googoo Gaa...
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PP draw kind to Pocono stakes favorites

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
The fates of the post position draw certainly smiled kindly on the likely favorites in three stakes races headlining a 16-race card with over $1.2 million in purse offerings this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   The $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older horses, the $300,000 Max Hempt Pace for 3-year-old colts, and the $250,000 James Lynch Pace for 3-year-old fill...
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Joanne Irving, wife of Dana Irving, dies

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
Joanne Irving, 84, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Oxford, Pa., diedJune 24, 2012, at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She was the wife of the late trainer/driver Dana L. Irving, who bred and raced the pacing great Red Bow Tie. Born in Caribou, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Helene Plummer Brewer. Mrs. Irvingwas a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church and a for...
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Brennan takes Betterthancheddar in Franklin

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
George Brennan was in the winner's circle after both eliminations for Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace last weekend, once with an old friend and once with a horse he had seen but never driven.   Brennan guided Aracache Hanover to a track-record 1:48.1 win in his Franklin elim, grinding away from first over to get by leader Bettor Sweet in the stretch and hold off Meirs Ha...
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Ranger sweeps FSBOA divisions

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
The leading driver in the 48-year history of harness racing in South Florida, Bruce Ranger has done it again. He summoned all of his skill to sweep both of the $6,000 3-year-old filly events for a second straight weekin the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Sunshine State Stakes on Wednesday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   In the 3-year-old ...
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Hurrikane watch issued for Hempt final

on 06/27/2012 2:00 AM
John McDermott believed that if Hurrikane Kingcole put it all together on the racetrack, people would see a very fast horse. Hurrikane Kingcole had it all together in his elimination for Saturday's $300,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. And he was fast.   Driven by Tim Tetrick, the colt posted a 7 3/4-length win over I Like Dreamin in 1:...
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Sweet Lou switched from steel to aluminum

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
When Sweet Lou finished fourth as the odds-on favorite in the Pepsi North America Cup, trainer Ron Burke pledged to undertake a complete review of Sweet Lou's rigging.   He has done just that. The result: Sweet Lou will be sporting new shoes for the July 7 Meadowlands Pace eliminations.   "We're going with aluminum shoes instead of steel shoes,” Burke reports. "They may...
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Hoosier Classic seminar deemed a success

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
The Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale held its first Yearling Care and Preparation Seminar, Saturday June 23. With all Hoosier Classic and Hoosier Heritage consignors invited to this event, a large crowd was in attendance to learn from several industry experts.   Presenters included long-time industry veteran and well respected horseman Albert C. Adams. Adams, with the assistance of his...
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$500 winning trainer bonus at Tioga July 4

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
The racing schedule at both Tioga and Vernon Downs will change for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday week.   Tioga picks up an extra live date on the evening (6:50 p.m.) of Wednesday, July 4, and that card has been designated "Trainer Appreciation Day." The trainer of the official winner of each race on that card will be awarded a bonus of $500.   Another wr...
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NYSS for 3YO pacers set for Yonkers

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes invade Yonkers Raceway this week, with events for 3-year-old pacers of both genders. Thursday night it's the $335,804 Art Watson for sophomore fillies, going as the first three races on the dozen-race card. The colts will take to the track on Friday night. Defending statebred champ Handsoffmycookie returns here for the first time since handily winning the $176,484 Lismo...
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The Ladies Man back for Mohawk series

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
The Ladies Man appears to hit his best stride when participating in the Beat The Heat Pacing Series at Mohawk. Last year, in its inaugural edition of the event, the gelding captured a preliminary leg of the series before finishing second in the rich $60,000 final.   This season, the 6-year-old son of Modern Art has picked up right where he left off, capturing his opening round divis...
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Googoo Gaagaa in 5-horse Yonkers Trot field

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
Five 3-year-old colts, led by world champion Googoo Gaagaa, have been entered for the 58th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Yonkers Trot, first jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. The limited number of entrants makes the race, worth $455,594, a one-dash-for-the-cash event set for a week from Saturday night, July 7.   The quintet, in alphabetical order with declared drivers, are…Archan...
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Takter always looking for next great horse

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
When Jimmy Takter left Sweden three decades ago for a career in harness racing in the U.S., he dreamed of finding success in the sport's biggest races. As he prepares for his induction Sunday in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, his motivation remains unchanged.   "I'm still very hungry,” said the 51-year-old Takter, a three-time Trainer of the Year Award winner whose stable has pr...
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2YO trotting colts in action at Hoosier Park

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
The first 2-year-old races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino this season were held on Tuesday (June 26) as three $10,000 divisions of "The George Sholty” series were contested, a late closing event open to two-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Among the list of impressive performers were Dojea Nodoze and Mr Jesse, a first start time starting duo sent postward from ...
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Gillis has high hopes for Santanna Blue Chip colt

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
Following Santanna Blue Chip's stellar freshman campaign in 2007, Jeff Gillis began to assemble a group of broodmares he felt would pair well with the son of Art Major when the time came for the pacer to retire. This Friday, Gillis will see his plan come to fruition as two-year-old pacing gelding Santanna One makes his debut in a Gold Series Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack.   "So fa...
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Big racing card, record handle at Running Aces

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Running Aces presented an expanded 11-race program with several of its best weekly races on Sunday, billed as "Family Carnival Night”, and the result was some exciting racing before a large crowd and an all-time track record handle of $225,096.   At Last turned the tables on last week's winner, Ally-Con, in an $8000 Open pace. Lemoyne Svendsen drove the six-year-old son of Western...
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Stakes winner Martha Maxine dies at 8

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Martha Maxine p,5, 1:49.2 ($731,079), who became a stakes winner in open mare events but later was determined to be an anatomical male, died on the track at Mohawk on Saturday night while competing in a $30,000 claiming race for trainer Richard Moreau. He was 8 years old.   Martha Maxine, an offspring of Park Place-Another Agenda (by Cole Muffler), won the 2009 Cape & Cutte...
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Win Missy B in Currier & Ives record 1:54.4

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Win Missy B, whose eight wins last year as a 2 year old included the Goldsmith Maid and Peaceful Way, won her first race of 2012 in four attempts Monday afternoon at The Meadows, capturing one of three $40,000 divisions of the Currier & Ives 3-Year-Old Filly Trot in a stakes record-equaling 1:54.4. The other divisions went to Delicious and Shanty Irish in 1:56 and 1:56.1, respectively. ...
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Funeral services set for Herman Brickel

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Herman Brickel, a veteran racing official who worked as race secretary at Northfield Park and Hoosier Park as well as other tracks, and as presiding judge at Scioto Downs, died Monday in Columbus, Ohio, of an apparent heart attack. He was 72. Brickel also operated the Buckeye Standardbred Yearling Sale in Columbus for many years. When not working, Brickel was always at the fall Grand Circ...
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Bamond to donate percentage to SRF

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Horsemen continue to come to the assistance of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, which in less than 30 days must find a new location for horses in its care. Following in the footsteps of earlier initiatives to provide the organization with financial help, horse owner Jeffrey Bamond said he would donate 10 percent of pacer Blatantly Good's earnings from this Saturday night's $35,000 "King...
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