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Saratoga harness acquiring Colorado casino

on 05/15/2012 2:00 AM
Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. (SHRI), owner of Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, NY, and The Majestic Star Casino, LLC (Majestic Star) announced on Tuesday (May 15 that SHRI has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of Majestic Star's issued and outstanding limited liability company interests of Majestic Colorado Gaming, LLC d/b/a Fitzgeralds Casino - Black Hawk...
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Steve Condren....he's still got it

on 05/15/2012 2:00 AM
For most horsemen, a 2:07.2 mile away from the racetrack might seem insignificant, but for Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren, it was a deeply personal moment, one that showed he hadn't lost a beat.   It was a picture-perfect April morning in Lake Worth, Fla., a city of roughly 37,000 people, nestled in Palm Beach County. At 8:30 in the morning, the sun was out in a cloudless sky and th...
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Mohawk seeking to race 4 instead of 5 days a week

on 05/15/2012 2:00 AM
The Implementation and Monitoring Group of the Ontario Racing Program has received an application from Woodbine Entertainment Groupto continue racing four days a week when WEG moves to Mohawk for its summer meet.   The current approved 2012 race date schedule for Mohawk includes a move to five days a week. The WEG application to vary the Mohawk schedule proposes to remove 17 race da...
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Maven upsets Check Me Out in 1:53.4

on 05/15/2012 2:00 AM
In a $68,778 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows on Tuesday afternoon, the Glidemaster-sired Maven upset Check Me Out, the 2011 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, in a stakes record time of 1:53.4. The clocking was just three-fifths of a second off the world record, set by Hidden Viggorish at The Meadows.   "I was happy with how she was set up going into the race, and ...
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Monochromatic wires Harrington field in 1:53.1

on 05/15/2012 2:00 AM
North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($2.60, Brad Hanners) and Jeff and David Clark and Vernon Cannon's Ash Larue ($3.40, Jim Morand) each won their respective $16,000 Mares Junior Open divisions Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.   Ash Larue was the faster of the two winners with a front-stepping 1:53.1 wire-to-wire victory over Honey B Skipalong and Angelwithanattitude. It was th...
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Suit Up tops Blooded Horse Sale at $18,000

on 05/15/2012 2:00 AM
The Spring Blooded Horse Sale was the strongest since 2004 as buyers from across the country sought horses to add to their racing stables. Suit Up, consigned by Trent Stohler, was the sale topper at $18,000.The competitive 3-year-old son of Allamerican Ingot was purchased by William Hartt of Maine.   Mark Christman of Pennsylvania won the bid at $17,000 for the handsome Mythica...
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Paulson holds onto lead in HANA contest

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
Pen handicapper Mark McKelvie is the winner of leg 4 of HANA Harness' The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge, sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs which was contested this past weekend at the Meadowlands.   McKelvie had six winners for the evening with a Win ROI of 1.90. Finishing second and third at the Meadowlands were Chip han...
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PA Sire Stakes payments due May 15

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
A final reminder from the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes that there are payments in all age brackets that must be postmarked by Tuesday, May 15.   For yearlings, there is a $50 payment to nominate to the pari-mutuel Sire Stakes division (which also includes nomination to any Stallion Series races to be held), and a $5 payment to become eligible to the fair Stakes program.   ...
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Mister Herbie, Winning Mister invited to Nat Ray

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
According to reports, the connections of Commander Crowe, who won the Oslo Grand Prix on Sunday (May 13), plan to bring the horse to the U.S. to compete in the Nat Ray on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. The horse has not yet been officially invited to compete in the event, which is an invitation-only race.   "I haven't talked to the Commander Crowe people, but obviously we woul...
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Mohawk opens with $50,000 Pick 4 guarantee

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
The 2012 Mohawk meet is set to kick off this Thursday with all the wagers traditionally offered at the Campbellville track. This year, opportunity and choice will be the themes for both core horseplayer and casual fan. First up? Since the $50,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-4 (races 4-7) has been a success at Woodbine, Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has extended the $50k offer to the...
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Woodbine says track will close without slots

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
The Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper has reported that a representative of Woodbine Entertainment told a committee of Toronto's mayor that "If the slots were removed from Woodbine you would see the end of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.” Jane Holmes, the vice-president of corporate affairs for Woodbine Entertainment Group, made the statement in the meeting on Monday, May 1...
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Woodbine closes Monday, Mohawk opens Thursday

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
Just weeks away from summer and the hotter temperatures, many racing fans are warming up to the idea of a return of harness racing, this Thursday night, May 17, to Mohawk.   For the last seven months, Standardbred racing was conducted at Woodbine (Monday night is the final program), but the scene shifts west to the Campbellville track and many in the racing community are looking for...
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Rare white Standardbred born

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
With each birth of a foal comes hope for greatness, for speed, for courage above all others. Among Standardbreds , those hopes usually come with long odds, as there are about 10,000 foals born in North America each year, virtually all in a plain brown wrapper. While there are occasional greys and chestnut Standardbreds, they are the exception to the rule--brown or bay. May 6, 2012 was the ...
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More than 1,000 turn out for Ontario Open House

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
A trip to the local Standardbred breeding farm proved to be a popular choice for more than 1,000 people that visited and toured the four farms that took part in the Mother's Day Open House on Sunday. The event was coordinated by the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association and Standardbred Canada's I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club.   High Stakes Farm in Moffat, Seelster F...
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Florida-bred Quail now 3-for-3 in 2012

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
Although the stakes program for the Florida state-bred program doesn't begin until June 20, Quail is establishing herself as an early favorite in the 3-year-old filly pace division.   With the track rated "sloppy" due to a steady light rain on the Monday evening program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Quail was an outstanding front-end winner over a non-winners of three ...
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One-eyed Bad As Thunder wins at Harrington

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
Elizabeth Brittingham's As Bad As Thunder ($12.60, Bret Brittingham) may have only one eye, but he knows how to find the winner's circle.   The 6-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding, who is without his right eye, received a two-hole trip behind favorite Powerful Mist and surged by that rival willingly in the stretch for a 1:52.3 triumph in the $18,000 featured Open Monday at Harringto...
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Taylor Jean strong in PA Stallion Series

on 05/14/2012 2:00 AM
Taylor Jean powered to the lead from post eight and glided through the slop to capture a division of Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows.   The event for 3-year-old trotting fillies, which kicked off the 2012 stakes season at The Meadows, was contested over five divisions, with Mariko Hanover, Cannot Tell A Lie, Say What and Devilicious taking the oth...
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Arch Madness 3rd to Commander Crowe in Oslo

on 05/13/2012 2:00 AM
Commander Crowe, the third-place finisher behind San Pail and Rapide Lebel in last year's Breeders Crown Trot at Woodbine, won the Oslo Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon in the Norwegian capital city. Arch Madness, the American representative but trained and driven by Norweigan native Trond Smedshammer, was locked in and didn't get out to challenge and had to settle for third. (The video link to ...
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Meadowlands to card $50,000 invite May 19

on 05/13/2012 2:00 AM
With the top free-for-all pacers in town for the Graduate final and other stars returning to action, the Meadowlands Racetrack will card a $50,000 invitational pace for Saturday, May 19.   Entries are due Tuesday at 9 a.m.Trainers should contact the Meadowlands race office with questions. To see a condition sheet for May 18-19: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.as...
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Sapphire City sets 1:49.4 Tioga track mark

on 05/13/2012 2:00 AM
Sapphire City continued with his career best form on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs in the $16,500 Open Pace, winning in 1:49.4. The mile by Sapphire City established a new track record for 4-year old gelding pacers on the five-eighths mile track.   Leaving from post position number three, Tyler Buter was unhurried as Eastend Eddie (Jason Bartlett) was putting up scorching fraction...
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