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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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Fillies battle in Fox Valley Diva splits

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Trotters and pacers were both in action on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of state- bred events highlighted the 11-race program. A total of 15 three-year-old trotting fillies met in a pair of $9,000 Fox Valley Diva Stake splits while six Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old pacing colts squared off in the Bingo Johnnie Stake which was contested as a non-wagering event.   ...
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Raffle for UFO sulky to benefit Christian HHA

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
UFO Racing LLC has donated a UFO race bike to the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association to be raffled off at the Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Meadowlands. You can obtain tickets now at http://www.chha.net/.The bike will be painted in the winner's choice of colors.   Proceeds will help the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association keep Christ alive and Ch...
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SBOANJ scholarship deadline looming

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Applications for the 2012 Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey college scholarships must be submitted and postmarked by June 25, 2012.   Scholarships, which can range from $2,500 to $5,000, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing...
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Yonkers returns Friday with purse increase

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Recess is just about over. Yonkers Raceway, dark since the June 2 stakes card, returns Friday night with a dozen-race dossier.   Yonkers also returns with a nearly 20 percent, across-the-board purse increase. The new purse structure ranges from $11,500 for non-winners of two pari-mutuel races on the pace and $12,500 claimers on both gaits to $44,000 for the weekly trio of Open Handi...
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Post 3 for Check Me Out in Elegantimage

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
The luck of the draw was unkind to Check Me Out the last time she competed at Mohawk Racetrack, so this time nothing was left to chance.   Check Me Out lost only two races in 16 starts last year. The first came in her elimination race for the $455,940 Peaceful Way Stakes, when she was defeated by a half-length by Win Missy B. For the subsequent final, the connections of Win Missy B were a...
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Winning Mister survives inquiry at The Meadows

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Winning Mister survived a stiff challenge from an unexpected source as well as a judges' inquiry en route to victory in Monday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Winning Mister dueled with Sir Caviar for the early lead, forced to go :26.3 to get there. Although Sir Caviar broke stride in the lane, Winning Mister and Dave Palone still had to contend with Big And Littl...
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Flying Instructor scores in DSBF showdown

on 06/11/2012 2:00 AM
Three divisions of the top Delaware-bred pacing colts and geldings went postward in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eliminations Monday at Harrington Raceway.   The second division on the card pitted last year's $100,000 DSBF final winners in an early showdown in the second leg of Delaware stakes action. Last week, both Gary and Barbara Iles' Shaving Mug and Legacy Raci...
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Wishing Stone, VC Chocolatier win in Denmark

on 06/10/2012 2:00 AM
Wishing Stone, the winner of the 2010 Kentucky Futurity, captured the Copenhagen Cup in the Danish capital city on Sunday afternoon (June 10). The 5-year-old son of Conway Hall was driven by Jeppe Juel while Bo Westergard handled the training of Wishing Stone in Denmark for regular conditioner Ake Svanstedt. The purse for the race was approximately $225,000.   Racing 2,011 meters (a...
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Fields set for Goodtimes, Fan Hanover

on 06/10/2012 2:00 AM
The fields are set for the $642,000 Fan Hanover Stakes and the $351,000 Goodtimes, while the draw for the Pepsi North America Cup will take place Tuesday.The fields for the $530,000 Elegantimage and the $376,000 Armbro Flight are also set.   Here is the line-up for the Fan Hanover: 1--Angel Scent, 2--Legal Entity, 3--Big McDeal, 4--Romantic Moment, 5--American Jewel, 6--Jet Wash, 7-...
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Dreamfair Eternal, Clear Vision star at Tioga

on 06/10/2012 2:00 AM
Fans were treated to 20 of the sport's best horses in training and two fantastic races on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs: the $184,000 Artiscape Pace for mares and the $182,000 Bettor's Delight open pace.   In the Artiscape Pace, Dreamfair Eternal and Jody Jamieson left from post position number one and got away sixth as Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) surged to the lead from post p...
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Marty Party sets PASS mark at The Meadows

on 06/09/2012 2:00 AM
Shrugging off a demanding 26.4 opening quarter, Marty Party remained strong to the wire Friday at The Meadows, capturing a Pennsylvania Sires Stake division in a stake-record 1:51.3. The $278,886 event for 3-year-old filly pacers, known as the Adios Betty, was contested over three divisions, with Podges Lady and Destiny’s Chance taking the other $92,962 splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake...
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For A Dancer, Archangel in Empire Breeders Classic

on 06/09/2012 2:00 AM
The superiority of New York-bred 3-year-old trotters For A Dancer and Archangel was again apparent on Friday night at Vernon Downs by virtue of the fact that each was a track record-breaking winner in this season’s $472,750 Empire Breeders Classic divisional events. For A Dancer remained undefeated in four season’s starts (two at Vernon) with a career-best 1:54 effort in the $239,500 EB...
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2YO trotters impress in Meadowlands qualifiers

on 06/09/2012 2:00 AM
Saturday morning's qualifers for 2-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands included several impressive performances. Solveig's Breeders' Dontyouforgetit, a colt by Cantab Hall out of Solveig, turned in the fastest time for a freshman colt trotter to date winning in 1:58 flat for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. Another Takter trainee, Peaceful EZ Feelin, a filly by Muscles Yankee and the second foal f...
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Shebestingin in 2YO Season's Record 1:54.3

on 06/09/2012 2:00 AM
David Miller guided Shebestingin (Bettor's Delight-Armbro Tussle) to a national season's best record for 2-year-old pacers of 1:54.3 in a Saturday morning qualifier at the Meadowlands. Trained by Joe Holloway the freshman filly is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L&L Devisser LLC.
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Florida amateur drivers remember Bob Arnold

on 06/09/2012 2:00 AM
A special winner's circle presentation was conducted after the first race of the Saturday, June 9 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park by the Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC) to remember the late Robert (Bob) Arnold. A plaque presentation was made to Renee Arnold, Bob's widow, and family members by the FADC with a large contingent from the Pompano training and driving colo...
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Wrenn doubles up in Hoosier Park co- features

on 06/09/2012 2:00 AM
Paco Labrook earned his first lifetime Open-level win with an impressive 1:50.4 triumph in the co-featured $24,000 Open Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (June 11). In a lifetime best effort, Paco Labrook  was able to overcome a taxing trip to score his third straight victory in three outings this year. The Nelson Willis-trained entry worked in tandem around the fi...
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