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A 'Per" of General Brock contenders

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
Veteran trainer Per Henriksen finds himself in what can be termed a good dilemma. When he sends top contenders Charlie Is A Joker and Guiltywithanexcuse postward in the $50,000 General Brock Series final on Monday at Woodbine, Henriksen isn't certain which one offers him the best bet to take all the spoils.   "I don't know which one is the best horse,” the Norwood resident offered...
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MSOA announces 2012 college scholarships

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012 MSOA collegiate scholarships, for the 2012-13 academic year. The scholarships are worth a total of $10,500, the highest amount since the program's inception.   In addition to the $5,000 MSOA scholarship, there will again be a $1,000 Dr. Barry C. Betts memorial sch...
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San Pail repeats in Glorys Comet

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
After making his 2012 debut a winning one last week, San Pail returned to victory lane in the second leg of the Glorys Comet Series on Saturday evening (March 31) at Woodbine. The 2011 Horse of the Year on both sides of the border repeated his 1:52.1 clocking for trainer Rod Hughes, who co-owns along with his wife, Emily, and breeder, Glenn Van Camp. Randy Waples guided the eight-...
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Florida amateur drivers find a new cause

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
The Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC) has broadened the scope of their charitable giving and a trackside cheque presentation ceremony on Saturday evening, March 31 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park served to cement the new relationship going forward.      "Here in Florida we hadn't heard much about the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA), but whe...
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Winning streaks on the line Sunday at Dover

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
Believe This Bob and Ben G look to continue win streaks in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace feature race at Dover Downs this Sunday, and no foolin,’ it’s April 1. Sunday post time is now 1 p.m. The April Fool’s day feature finds Mary Larrimore’s Believe This Bob, with three consecutive wins driven by Allan Davis while Art Brewer’s Ben G and Corey Callahan closed from far bac...
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Piston Broke goes back-to-back in Youthful

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
After scoring a 1:50.3 lifetime best in the opening round of the Youthful Series, Piston Broke proves to be the horse to beat in the rich $50,000 final after he found the winner's circle again in the second leg on Thursday evening at Woodbine.   Driver Sylvain Filion guided the six-time winner to a 1:54.1 score in the first of two divisions.   The son of Shark Gesture cle...
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Alleigh Girl romps in DSBF prelim

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Favorite Alleigh Girl and first-time winner Cruisin Susan won the two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly trot 1st leg preliminaries on Thursday at Dover Downs.   As expected prohibitive favorite Alleigh Girl won the first DSBF prelim easily romping to a 1:59.3 victory with Ross Wolfenden driving the daughter of CR Commando-French Doll owned by Ar...
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Our Lucky Chip wins by 14 at Hoosier

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Six legs of the Jerry Landess Series, a late-closing event open to 3 and 4-year-old Indiana-sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime, were contested on Thursday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.   Our Lucky Chip stole the show in a dominant 1:55.3 romp. Trained by Jason Miller, Our Lucky Chip cautiously made his way to the front through a first quarter in ...
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Preferred Equine launches social media pages

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Preferred Equine Marketing has now joined the social media blitz in having launched new pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, it was announced Friday.   The sales agency plans to use the networks as a way to stay in close communication with clients and other interested parties, and encourages everyone in harness racing to "like” and to "follow” them.   "In this day ...
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PA Equine Coalition addresses NY Times story

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition - a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horseracing industry in Pennsylvania – today called for a series of meetings on the state level made up of key stakeholders in the Pennsylvania horse racing industry with the goal of improving the health and safety of horses, jockey and harness drivers in Pennsylvania. ...
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St. Elmo Hero trying for big "Spring" victory

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
This time last year, St Elmo Hero, a winner of $461,300, was arguably the most talked about standardbred racehorse in North America. The 6-year-old son of Western Hero started out his career with a fabulous 25-race win streak before tasting defeat for the first time, by a nose to Art Professor, in an Open Pace at Woodbine,on April 16 2011.   Trained by Meg Crone while in Canada, the...
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Freehold to raise purses by 20 percent

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway announced that effective Thursday (April 5) purses will be increased by 20 percent. With the increase, purses will average $48,000 per day.   According to Freehold Director of Racing Karen Fagliarone, "We will continue to feature New Jersey sired horses and preference will be given to New Jersey owned and sired horses.”   Freehold's spring live racing s...
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Stakes finals on tap at Yonkers next week

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's stakes agenda continues next week, led by a pair of rich series finals. Starting on Monday night, April 2, the $66,400 finale of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares goes as the sixth race.   Sir Jillian Z Tam (Patrick Lachance) won the draw and was given the mantle of morning line favorite on the strength of wins in her las...
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Coleman asst. Harris fined $750 by NYSRWB

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Casie Coleman's assistant, Andrew Harris, who became the listed trainer for the stable following Coleman's 45-day suspension that commenced March 30 as a result of a positive test earlier in the month at Woodbine, has been fined $750 by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) for a trio of violations of the state's claiming rule in regard to the subsequent transferri...
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Pocono, Chester requiring negative PCR test

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Until further notice, horses shipping from Saratoga to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs or Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack will be required to show proof of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for strangles. The change is effective for the Tuesday (April 3) draw at both tracks. (Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association) 
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Winning It completes Donna Dunn sweep

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Away a worrisome sixth as the 1-5 favorite, Winning It rallied strongly third over to capture Friday’s $27,400 championship of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows and complete her sweep of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Although Winning It won her first two Dunn divisions on or near the front end, she could not make the early lead in the final despite leaving ...
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New classification system in place at Pompano

on 03/29/2012 2:00 AM
Things went a little better than expected when a new classification system was rolled out for the first time at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on the Wednesday program.   "We're really pleased at the more generous payouts and keen competition this method produced for us on the first night we offered it," said John Yinger, director of racing operations at the South Flo...
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Balmoral Pick-5 pool tops $100,000

on 03/29/2012 2:00 AM
A six-digit Pick 5 pool brought harness and Thoroughbred players to wager on Balmoral Park Wednesday night. When the 10-race card was finished, $1,005,526 had been wagered on the program. The Wednesday numbers moved the March handle at Balmoral to $13,510,847 for 12 programs, a nightly average of $1,125,903. There were 132 races contested for an average race handle of $102,354.   ...
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NY court denies Fusco's appeal

on 03/29/2012 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board's five-year license ban of a harness trainer who repeatedly violated the Board's rules regarding banned substances will be upheld, after the New York State Court of Appeals refused to hear the trainer's appeal.   Last fall, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, denied an appeal by trainer Carmine Fusco.&n...
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NEW Weekend Preview now available

on 03/29/2012 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 Breeding Banter has the story of the stakes-winning Native Bride, who recently delivered her firstborn, a filly, at Blue Chip Farms, and Tom Hicks has an update from the Florida training ce...
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