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Balmoral handle up $10 million in 2012

on 04/12/2012 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park reported strong first-quarter growth in 2012 showing an increase of 35 percent in handle versus the first quarter of 2011. Total Q1 handle of $41,926,837 for 38 programs in 2012 was an increase of $10,879,738 compared to the 2011 Q1 handle of $31,047,099 on 37 programs.   The nightly average at Balmoral rose to $1,103,337, an increase of $264,227 per night versus Q1 of...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/12/2012 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 driver George Brennan talks about his chances with Sea Venture to upset Foiled Again in a Levy division Saturday at Yonkers. Read what Brennan's thoughts are on what exactly is his "recipe ...
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After 9 years, Ouellette set for Yonkers return

on 04/12/2012 2:00 AM
It's sort of odd to see a new face emerge in a the fourth round of a series...but then again, this new face is really an old, familiar face. Luc Ouellette makes his initial Yonkers Raceway appearance in nearly nine years Saturday night, driving early solid choice Strand Hanover from post position four in the fourth race--the first of five, $50,000 divisions of the George Morton Levy Memor...
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Request made for Cal Expo meet Aug.-Dec.

on 04/12/2012 2:00 AM
The California Exposition & State Fair has sent a letter to the California Horse Racing Board requestion permission to operate a harness meet beginning in late August. Here is that letter:     Dear Commissioners: On behalf of the California Exposition & State Fair, we respectfully request the allocation of harness racing dates at Cal Expo for the period of Aug. 24, 2...
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Alleigh Girl scores in DSBF 3FP final

on 04/12/2012 2:00 AM
Alleigh Girl lived up to advance billing and overpowered seven rivals to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-Year-Old Filly Pace final on closing day of Dover Downs' 43rd season on Thursday.   For the third time in four $100,000 finals, driver Ross Wolfenden and Les Givens' Nanticoke Racing made the winner's circle, this time with co-owner Delbert Cain, rei...
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Royal Passion brings out broom in Miss Windfall

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
Royal Passion swept both legs and the $15,000 final of the Miss Windfall Series, a late-closing event open to 3- and 4-year-old Indiana-sired fillies and mares that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime, off a tough front-end effort at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday.   In just her third start of the season, Royal Passion has now increased her lifetime bankroll to over $17,...
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Upfront Ellijay Ed fastest in Weiss splits

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
Social Network, with regular driver Dave Miller aboard, took little effort in making the top at the quarter in the first division of the Weiss Late Closing Series Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   After hitting the half in :57.2, the pair led the field through a third panel in :27.2. In mid-stretch Social Network comfortably drew away from Showdown At Sun Up and Its Rock N R...
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Fillies prepping for April 28 Courageous Lady

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
The $90,000 Courageous Lady, an open event for North America's top 3-year-old filly pacers, is the first national stakes race in 2012. Scheduled for Saturday, April 28, at Northfield Park, the race has 22 fillies nominated, and some of them have been preparing for the event in impressive fashion.   Frontierpan has two winning qualifiers under her belt at The Meadows. The ...
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Spring Fever hitting The Meadows April 13

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will be sponsoring a special Spring Fever event at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino on Friday night, April 13, hoping to make it a Lucky Friday the 13th for local racing fans.   There will be a divers meet and greet at the entrance to the casino to start the evening, with those participating giving away beads that correspond wit...
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An imposter in the Monticello winner's circle

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
It might be told as a tale of two coasts. Monticello Raceway pacer, Imposter A, scored his 10th seasonal triumph already this year and he's at the top of the North American leaderboard, but he is joined by Cal Expo pacer Double Dakota, who also has accumulated 10 wins this season.   Imposter A scored his 10th win Tuesday at Monticello when regular teamster Mike Forte guided the ...
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Meadowlands open for training Saturdays in May

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will open its track Saturday mornings in May for stables that would like to train their 2-year-olds over the surface. Training hours will be held 7–11 a.m. on May 5, 12, 19 and 26. Owners are welcome to come out and watch their young horses on the track. The first baby races of the season will start on Saturday, June 2. Trainers should contact the Meadowlands race of...
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Takter happy with See You At Peelers' return

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
Fans will not see See You At Peelers on Friday night as the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for older female pacers continues at Yonkers Raceway. After opening her season with three wins, the 4-year-old mare will take a week off.   Sidelined last year by a heart ailment, See You At Peelers appears to have returned to the form that saw her win her first 22 lifetime starts. She has ...
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Warrawee Needy likely to qualify in early May

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
This time last year, Carl Jamieson, trainer of pacing star Warrawee Needy, was preparing a top sophomore colt for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest race on the continent for 3-year-old pacers. When Up The Credit crossed the wire first in the premier pacing event in 1:49.3 for Jamieson, the months of preparation no doubt paid off with that memorable score.   Drive...
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Ontario commission chair comments on uncertainty

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
Rod Seiling, chairman of the Ontario Racing Commission, has issued the following statement regarding the Horse Improvement Programs for 2012.   The announcement by the government on February 13, 2012, ending the Slots at Racetracks Program, has created uncertainty for the industry including the Ontario Racing Commission. As was announced, however, the status quo does remain until Ma...
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VC Chocoholic picks up first 2012 victory

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
VC Chocoholic 3, 1:54.4 ($222,203) snagged his first victory as a 4 year old on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Chester. The son of Chocolatier scored in 1:55.4.   With Andy Miller in the sulky for trainer Trond Smedshammer, VC Chocoholic started from post six but quickly took the lead heading into the first turn. He trotted to splits of :28.2 and :58 before Googoo Gaagaa was sent u...
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Smokin Dabra scores in 1:55.2 at Pompano

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
Ontario's top trotting contribution to the 2011-2012 meet at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Smokin Dabra, has made his way into the win column for his 6-year-old campaign. In the $8,000 purse Isle Mile 1 Handicap on the Wednesday (April 11) program, Smokin Dabra made the most of a trip just off the leader to earn his first win in his third start of the year.   The recent ...
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Windshield wins another Delaware Fund final

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
Windshield (pictured) wiped away the opposition to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final for 3-year-old colt and geldingm trotters, while Allmar Surprise was never headed and won the $22,500 Jr. Open Trot on Wednesday night (April 11) at Dover Downs. Despite drawing the outside post in a field of eight and with the greatest challenge coming from I'...
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Levy contender Fitz's Z Tam "getting better"

on 04/11/2012 2:00 AM
Tyler Raymer likes to see Fitz's Z Tam in front, who will be competing in the George Morton Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night, but only when it matters. Raymer trains Fitz's Z Tam, a 5-year-old pacing speedster who likes to race on the lead but is at his best when racing from behind.   Last week Fitz's Z Tam came from off the pace to capture his third-...
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DePinto hoping for strong 2012 campaign

on 04/10/2012 2:00 AM
Sam DePinto does not know what will happen this season with his stable, but he believes the potential exists for another big year.   Last season, DePinto's stable won a career-high $1.58 million thanks in large part to the success enjoyed by pacers We Will See and I Fought Dalaw. Both horses will be back again this year and DePinto also is training down a group of 2-year-old pacers...
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Passover Pace converted to Passover Trot

on 04/10/2012 2:00 AM
It certainly wasn't planned but as it worked out Monticello Raceway's Passover Pace will become the Passover Trot this year. And though the gait of the horses for the race has changed the race will still be presented on Thursday, April 12, which falls during the Passover holiday.   According to the racing office they couldn't fill any of the low-priced pacing classes but they c...
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