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Holloway making news with Escape The News

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Two decades ago, Joe Holloway, one of Standardbred racing's leading conditioners, sent out a horse in one of the sport's biggest events, the $1 million North America Cup at Greenwood Raceway.   Although the betting public didn't show much interest in Safely Kept the night of the 1992 North America Cup, Holloway had faith in the son of Jate Lobell. At odds of 30-1, Safely Kept, driven by H...
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Illinois horsemen applaud slots approval

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) applauds the Senate's passage of SB1949 late Thursday. Passage of the bill is another step toward allowing slot machines at horseracing tracks in Illinois, which will boost purse values and help Illinois horseracing stay competitive with other states that have already allowed slots at their racetracks. The House passed the bill last week and it wi...
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Vivid Photo to be officially retired June 23

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo, the winner of the 2005 Hambletonian, will be retired from racing Saturday, June 23, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, the same night the track plays host to the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot. "The Beal Memorial is always a special night, and having Vivid Photo as a guest will just make it even more special,” said Sam Beegle, president of the PHHA. "We're very pleased that Roger Hamme...
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HTA issues statement

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Paul Fontaine, president of Harness Tracks of America (HTA), released the following statement outlining the association's position with respect to recent events in racing involving alleged medication violations and enforcement of racing regulations. In light of highly publicized recent events in horse racing and with continuing dedication to the importance of personal and professional integr...
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Yonkers purses to increase 20 percent

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
When Yonkers Raceway returns from recess, it's going to be accompanied by a sizable purse increase. Effective Friday, June 15, an approximate 20 percent, across-the-board increase goes into effect.   The new purse structure is now going to range from $11,500 (for non-winners of two pari-mutuel pacers, and $12,500 claimers of both gaits) to $44,000 for the weekly trio of Open Handicaps (tr...
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Googoo Gaagaa scores in 1:53.4 in Philly

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Googoo Gaagaa stayed in shape by trotting to a 1:53.4 victory in an overnight race at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. The 3-year-old colt by Cam's Rocket was driven by his regular driver, Corey Callahan.   Callahan and Googoo Gaagaa had post one but got away sixth in the field as Tim Tetrick fired And Heez Perfect to the front. Tetrick set fractions of :27.4, :56.2 an...
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All Ready Hanover defeats Win Missy B

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Despite unfavorable weather conditions at the Mohawk oval, a pair of Casual Breeze divisions took place featuring the sport's top sophomore trotting fillies.   In the first $79,519 split, All Ready Hanover rose to the challenge and upset the highly talented Win Missy B, who banked $727,140 last season. Win Missy B was making her first appearance of 2012.   All ...
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Feeling You prevails in Yonkers mare pace

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Feeling You (Eric Goodell) found the passing lane just in time Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $36,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. In play early from post position five, Feeling You was stuffed in behind Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) before a :26.2 opening quarter-mile. (Four Starz Roe [Jordan Stratton] broke in the first turn). Meanwhile, Breakheart Pass ...
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Sweet Lou jogs over sloppy track in PASS

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou continued to show his best form as he won a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at The Meadows Friday night by a comfortable five lengths. With rain turning the track sloppy, Sweet Lou covered the oval in 1:50.3. Two other divisions, all with purses of $93,000 to $94,000-plus, went to Shady Breeze (1:53.2) and Sar Recruit (1:53.1).   Dave Palone is the regular driver of Sweet...
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Leanback Coco gets back on winning track

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
On a windy, rainy night at Tioga Downs, the first leg of the Morrisville College Sale late closer was contested with three divisions behind the gate. In the first division, race favorite Opinion Hanover left from the gate to take the field through fractions of :29.2, 1:00.3 and 1:28.4. Unchallenged throughout, Sean Bier cruised through the wire with the four year old gelding in 1:57.4. Mr Fenwic...
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Former president Bill Clinton at Meadowlands

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Former President Bill Clinton was in attendance at the Meadowlands on Friday night. Clinton was in the Pegasus dining area on the top level of the track attending a fund-raiser for New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.   Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural is active in Democratic fund-raisers and a friend of Clintons and arranged for Meadowlands announcer Sam McKee to interview the former ...
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Scioto begins new era with VLT gaming

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
The action on the track at Scioto Downs was hot Friday night, but not nearly as hot as the action in the adjacent racino as the Columbus track ushered in a new era in Ohio racing. Thousands poured through the doors of the opulent new gaming facility and liked what they saw. They marveled at the décor and the array of video lottery terminals, then set about enjoying the action at the only ra...
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Riccolo wins Cardinal to stay perfect in '12

on 05/31/2012 2:00 AM
After showing glimpses of talent during an abbreviated 2-year-old campaign in 2011, Walter and Paige Paisley were optimistic that their bay gelding Riccolo would return in 2012 a more mature and even stronger race horse. The talented son of Northern Kid has not disappointed his connections one bit as he scored for the fifth straight time this year winning Wednesday's $41,900 Cardinal Stak...
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Merriman--Jason Merriman--wins 1,000th race

on 05/31/2012 2:00 AM
Whenever Jason Merriman travels to a new track, he is greeted by the same question: No, he is not related to Aaron Merriman.   But that's not to say Merriman is without family ties in harness racing. Although he is not related to Aaron Merriman, a well-known driver with more than 5,150 wins to his credit, Jason Merriman notes proudly that he is a fourth generation horseman on b...
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Whittemore escapes injury in Bangor truck accident

on 05/31/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Stan Whittemore and his wife and daughter escaped serious injury late Tuesday night after racing at Bangor Raceway when their truck and trailer hydroplaned on a wet road and overturned. Three horses in the trailer also were not hurt in the accident that occurred on Interstate 95. Whittemore suffered a couple of broken ribs in the accident while his wife and daughter both had just mi...
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Fields set for EBC 3CT divisions at Vernon

on 05/31/2012 2:00 AM
Eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic, for New York-sired 3-year-old trotters, will be raced on Friday, June 1, at Vernon Downs. Two divisions, each, of colts and fillies will endeavor to advance to next Friday's rich finals.   The colts come up first in race five, with Flyhawk Jester the morning line choice in the field of seven. Vernon's favorite son, Brian Sears, will ret...
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MDSS Showdown finals moved to July 29

on 05/31/2012 2:00 AM
To avoid any conflict for trainers and drivers that race both the Maryland and Delaware Stakes, the 3-year-old Maryland Sire Stakes Summer Showdown Finals, scheduled for Thursday, July 26, have been moved to Sunday, July 29.   This is due to the Delaware State Fair's change to night racing.  At this time all other races will remain as originally scheduled.   Please...
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Mike Merton now two from 2,000

on 05/31/2012 2:00 AM
No jinx for Mike Merton as he approaches 2,000 career driving victories. On Wednesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway the Monticello native reined another pair of winners and now finds himself just two away from a personal career milestone.   In the second race on the card Merton won a squeaker with a come-from-behind-charge with Badlands Josh to collar the leaders and prevail in a ...
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Rosecroft requests change in fall meet opener

on 05/31/2012 2:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway has requested a change in the starting date for its 2012 fall race meet. The 29-night meet was scheduled to commence on Oct. 9. The revised schedule will now move the opening date to Sept. 15. The track will conduct live racing two nights a week--Tuesdays and Saturdays--with a post time of 7:25 p.m. The meet will end on Dec. 22 resulting in the same 29-date format.   ...
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Big M to raise purses, pay all overnight starters

on 05/31/2012 2:00 AM
Purses will increase 25 percent for the non-winners of one and non-winners two classes at the Meadowlands beginning Friday, June 8. In addition, all horses competing in overnight races at the Meadowlands will earn money regardless of where they finish. Beginning Friday, June 8, horses finishing sixth through 10th will receive two percent of the purse value. The additional payout will not e...
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