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Lenore Alpert, wife of Sid Alpert, dies

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
Lenore Alpert, 83, well known in harness racing during the last half of the 20th century, died June 10 in Silver Spring, Md.   Mrs. Alpert and her husband, Sidney, were known at a number of racetracks where her husband's company, Electronic Race Patrol, provided sound and video. Among the tracks the Alperts worked at were Brandywine Raceway, Dover Downs, Rosecroft Raceway, Laurel an...
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Tioga's week reviewed on Inside Harness Racing

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
The 8-year-old pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal broke her own track record in capturing her second Artiscape Open Mare Pace over the weekend at Tioga Downs.   The historic win is chronicled on this week's episode of "Inside Harness Racing.” The program airs at a special time of 9 p.m. with a repeat at 10:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Sports throughout Upstate New York. The s...
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2012 Hambo to be televised live on CBS Sports

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
The $1.5 million Hambletonian, the richest race for 3-year-old trotters in the world, will air live from The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. [EDT]. The Hambletonian has enjoyed a 37-year run on national television, and remains the only harness race to be broadcast across North America on an annual basis. CBS Sports Ne...
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Kentucky votes to ban stakes race-day Lasix

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
Kentucky is poised to become the first jurisdiction in North America to ban the race-day use of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix in Thoroughbred stakes races after the state's Horse Racing Commission voted Wednesday in favor of the rule change. In April the commission failed to approve a rule change that would have banned the race-day use of Lasix on all horses. The regulation change must no...
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McDonald moves to Pompano trainers' lead

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
Jim McDonald surged to the lead by sending out a pair of winners on the Wednesday evening program, but the summer meet contest for top trainer will be tight right down to the finish on July 28 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   McDonald harnessed up claiming mare pacer SOS Rivertrail and conditioned race trotter Mr. Taurus for victories on Wednesday at The Winter Capital...
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Riccolo rolls to sixth straight at Balmoral

on 06/13/2012 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters were in action on Wednesday at Balmoral Park as a pair of events shared top billing on the program.   Coming off five straight victories to start his 3-year-old season, Walter and Paige Paisley's Riccolo was sent off as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite against six rivals in the $12,000 Mikes A Mystery Stake to lead off the pa...
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Action-Broadway looks for Armbro Flight encore

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Action-Broadway returned to the winner's circle in last weekend's eliminations for the $376,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters at Mohawk Racetrack, and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. is hopeful that's a good sign.   Sent off at odds of 69-1, Action-Broadway and driver Doug McNair won by a head over favorite Cedar Dove in 1:56.1. It was the mare's second win in six starts...
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Big M, PA tracks to alternate Open races

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Harrah's Philadelphia have reached an agreement to alternate the dates of their free for all races in order to spur fuller fields and wagering on the upper echelon of horses.   Utilizing the existing stakes calendar for openings, the three facilities have come up with a schedule of dates for each track to host an open race for a...
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Karen Goans dies

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Karen B. Goans, 61, of Greensburg, Pa., died June 9, 2012, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.   She was born March 17, 1951, in Waynesburg, the daughter of Johnetta (Kurtyka) Battistoni and the late Charles S. Battistoni Sr. She had been employed by IBM in Pittsburgh.   She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Greensburg, the United States Trotting A...
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Scholarship race held at Tioga

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
On Sunday afternoon, June 10, at Tioga Downs, five local area high school students got the opportunity of a lifetime in the third annual Tioga Downs' Scholarship Race. The students representing five local area high schools were: Kayla Pepper of Johnson City High School, Whitney Seabrooks of Binghamton High School, Gabriella Martinichio of Chenango Forks, Adrian Roma of Maine-Endwell, and Kari...
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Favored Sweet Lou to start from 4 in NA Cup

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou, last year's champion 2-year-old colt pacer in the United States, heads a field of 10 of the continent's finest 3 year olds for Saturday's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack.   Post positions were drawn Tuesday afternoon at Mohawk, with New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto as guest drawmaster. Trainer Ron Burke was in attendanc...
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14 entered in Beal Memorial for trotting colts

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Fourteten horses will compete in eliminations for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot for 3-year-old trotting colts on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The line-ups for the elims, each with a purse of $25,000, are below. The fields include Googoo Gaagaa, Stormin Normand and Uncle Peter.   First elim: 1--Modern Family (Mike Lachance/Tony Alagna), 2-Solvato (Tro...
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Box closes Thursday for Historics at Tioga

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
The time-honored Historic stakes for 3-year-old trotters and pacers will be raced at Tioga Downs on Sunday, June 17. Entries will be taken by the Tioga Downs race office at (607-699-7688) until 9 am on Thursday, June 14. The list of eligibles may be found here and follow this link for the Tioga condition sheet.
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NJ Ag Secretary meets white colt at Fair Winds

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
On Tuesday (June 11) New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Mark Mullen, owner of Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, to meet the much-acclaimed Coochie Mama and her foal, a rare white colt. Tthe last known all-white Standardbred in North America was born in Canada almost 15 years ago. The white colt was born on May 6 at Fair Winds Farm. To learn more about the whi...
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Schoolkids erases Riyadh's Meadows mark

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Following his cover beautifully, Schoolkids brushed through the lane Tuesday at The Meadows to capture the $22,500 Preferred Pace in a swift 1:49.4 and erase the oldest record on the books at The Meadows. The winner is owned by New Jenneration LLC (Heather Kolczynski) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.   When JJ Gladiator popped off the pylons to chase the leader, Handsome Prince, Schoolkid...
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Takter talks about his Fan Hanover contenders

on 06/12/2012 2:00 AM
Romantic Moment might not be the best known 3-year-old filly pacer owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter, but that's far from a knock against her. It's tough to get noticed when American Jewel is your stablemate. But Romantic Moment is trying to gain attention. After winning her elimination for Saturday's C$642,000 Fan Hanover Stakes by 2-1/4 lengths over Pirouette Hanover i...
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Givens trifecta in DSBF divisions

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Les Givens captured three of the five $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old trotters Sunday at Harrington Raceway.   Nanticoke Racing and Ross Wolfenden's Windshield (Wolfenden, $2.10) won his 13th race in 15 starts with a dominant front-end win in the first colt split in 2:00.2. The Political Briefing colt never had an anx...
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Ostriches, camels, broadcasters to race at Big M

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
For the first time, animals other than horses will race across the finish line at the Meadowlands!  Camel and ostrich racing makes its debut Friday, June 15. The exotic animals will race in between the live horse races. The first event will take place after race five (8:30 p.m.) and the second event after race seven (9:15 p.m.).   The Arabian Nights theme at the track includes...
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Pens' McKelvie holds onto HANA lead

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
This past week, three different handicappers took top honors in HANA Harness' The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. By the time the dust settled, Pen Handicapper Mark McKelvie barely held on to the lead in the overall standings with a 1.0 Win ROI, just a .02 lead over Trackmaster's Chatsworth Consortium. ...
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Burke wants post 3 or 4 for Sweet Lou

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
When Sweet Lou powers from the gate in Saturday's C$1.5 million final of the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, he likely will be leaving from post 4 or 3.   Under NA Cup rules, the connections of last week's elimination winners, Sweet Lou and Dapper Dude, select the post positions of their choice before the balance of the final is drawn. Ron Burke, Sweet Lou's trainer, al...
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