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OHRIA responds to ending slots at tracks

on 03/12/2012 2:00 AM
The president of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is warning that the government's announcement Monday morning to cancel the slots at the racetrack program will be costly. The OHRIA press release follows.   Ontario's horse racing industry employs over 60,000 Ontarians, supports rural Ontario economies by spending more than $2 billion a year, and generates $1.1 b...
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Indiana program escapes legislative changes

on 03/12/2012 2:00 AM
While battles with government leaders for funds are in play in Ontario and Pennsylvania, the Indiana state legislature adjourned its annual budget session last Friday and the state's racing program was left intact for 2012.   "Nothing changed. We were lucky that we escaped the session,” said Jack Kieninger, president of the Indiana Standardbred Association. "We had one legisl...
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Oak Ridge Boy takes Meadows series opener

on 03/12/2012 2:00 AM
Oak Ridge Boy, who had been performing in conditioned claimers, upgraded his game substantially Monday at The Meadows when he powered to victory in the opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot. Black Chip and Sky Lav, both piloted by Dave Palone, also captured $15,000 divisions in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   The event honors the late Ken Weaver, ...
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Teams tied after first night of Sunshine Pro-Am

on 03/12/2012 2:00 AM
The visitors from Cal-Expo in California came roaring out to an early lead only to see it dissipate as the driving crew from Florida came battling back stoutly and the opening night ended in a dead heat for the 2012 Sunshine Pro-Am Drivers' Challenge at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   David Siegel gave the Cal-Expo team a head start on the proceedings in the first race of the...
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2 sub-1:50 winners on Monday at Dover

on 03/12/2012 2:00 AM
Nova Artist ground out a lifetime fastest 1:49.3 victory on a speedy Monday card (March 12) at Dover Downs.   On a spring-like day with fast horses taking advantage of the near-perfect weather conditions, a number of the races flirted with 1:50 clockings. In addition to Nova Artist, Fancyfreeshark scored in 1:49.2.   Allan Davis guided Nova Artist to a grinding ...
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Large crowd welcomes Rosecroft opener

on 03/11/2012 1:00 AM
On a crisp winter Saturday night a large crowd welcomed live harness racing action back to Rosecroft Raceway. Horsemen proclaimed the racetrack was in great shape and favored neither the front end nor closers as winners came from last, next last, wire to wire, first-over and via a trip.   As for prices only one favorite, a determined El Cumanchero and Steve Warrington held on late t...
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Rock To Glory scores in Yonkers feature

on 03/11/2012 1:00 AM
Rock To Glory (Eric Goodell), a bridesmaid in his last couple of starts, made it to the altar Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position five, Rock To Glory was away fourth as Foreign Officer (Jordan Stratton) led the octet through intervals of :27.4 and :56.2. Code Word (Tyler Buter), as the 19-10 choice, moved from third going t...
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Break The Bank K second in Meadows return

on 03/10/2012 12:00 AM
TSM Photo Bugger inherited the lead early and made the most of it, overpowering the field once on top and capturing Friday's $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows.   Mike Wilder hustled TSM Photo Bugger toward the front, and when Sharp Edge jumped it off while dueling for the lead, the 5-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding dominated the rest of the way, scoring in 1:54.2. Bre...
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Tioga/Vernon stakes payments due March 15

on 03/10/2012 12:00 AM
Payments to nominate to all stakes serviced by Tioga and Vernon Downs have a closing date of March 15.   The Empire Breeders Classic, Kindergarten Trotting Classic, Artiscape, Bettor's Delight, Credit Winner, Muscle Hill and Miss Versatility are all back for 2012 as part of a program estimated to be worth over $2.5 million at the two New York venues.   Stall applications ...
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Ouellete looks for Damsel win with DGs Tinkerbell

on 03/10/2012 12:00 AM
When driver Luc Ouellette lines up behind the gate on Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack in the $100,000 Damsel Pacing Series final, he knows that his charge, D Gs Tinkerbell, will give him every chance of finding the winner's circle.   The daughter of Cambest has been very consistent in 2012 with a record of 4-2-2 from eight starts, all with Ouellette in the sulky.   ...
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Despite bobble, Modern Legend wins Cam Fella

on 03/10/2012 12:00 AM
Despite making a break in stride at the half, Modern Legend, driven by Jack Moiseyev, extended his winning streak to eight as he swept the $100,000 Cam Fella Series final on Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.   Sent off as the heavy 1-9 favourite, Modern Legend settled away in third at the opening quarter in :26.3, set by Arsenal (Billy Davis Jr.). Heading towards the half the parke...
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Ole Miss surprises in Damsel final

on 03/10/2012 12:00 AM
Sent off at odds of 14-1 in the $100,000 Damsel Series final, driver Billy Davis Jr. guided Ole Miss to victory in 1:51.4 at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday evening, equaling the series record.   Davis wasted no time off the gate as he sent Ole Miss to the front from post 10 to reach the opening panel in a quick :26. Jolting Kate (Scott Zeron) was in the pocket with the post time favo...
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Aracache Hanover second in Pompano return

on 03/10/2012 12:00 AM
Aracache Hanover was the first millionaire pacer to appear in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace since Big Bad John eight weeks ago when the Saturday edition turned to the starting gate at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Although he gave a robust effort from the front end after an assigned post eight outside start, Aracache Hanover was caught in the closing strides and had to settle f...
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12-1 Rockin Glass upsets in Rags To Riches

on 03/10/2012 12:00 AM
The $127,950 Rags To Riches final delivered big dividends to a field of claiming horses and a group of racing fans on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Rockin Glass, a 12-1 shot, led the field at every call en route to a half-length victory over Alastair Hanover in the Rags To Riches. David Miller guided Rockin Glass ($26) to the 1:50.2 clocking. The 4-year-old Rocknro...
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Big purse, prizes up for grabs in Rags To Riches

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
Saturday night's Rags to Riches final is an opportunity for both claiming horses and Meadowlands fans to cash in big.   The series gave owners of low level claimers the opportunity to race for a flashy $127,950 purse in the final. The Rags To Riches was restricted to 3 year olds and up who have started for a base claiming price of $10,000 or less once in their last four starts up t...
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HHYF to attend Pinehurst matinee

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer a number of interactive experiences for race fans of all ages at the Pinehurst, N.C., matinee, scheduled for Sunday, April 1. The organization conducts dozens of educational programs, including overnight and day camps, across the country each year. It will be HHYF's first trip to the Pinehurst event.   "The Pinehurst matinee makes s...
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Rosecroft set to open Saturday night

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
After a 2 ½-month break live harness racing action returns to Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday evening, with a first post of 7:25 p.m. The opening night card is heavy on distaffers with four races exclusively for fillies and mares while the rest also feature plenty of distaffers. The feature on the card is the 10th race which has a field having earned over $1.4 million lifetime. Doctor Rich r...
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Zeke Parker set to return after surgery

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
After a hiatus of nearly 2 1/2 months Billy "Zeke” Parker Jr. will soon be back in action at Monticello Raceway.   No, he wasn't on vacation. He had to interrupt his career to undergo prostate cancer surgery and according to Parker it certainly was no vacation. "It was tough going early on but it seems like it came out OK," he said. "Now it's behind me and I'm glad it's all ...
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Mayotte aims at General Brock with Herbie L

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
Veteran horseman Roger Mayotte has won the final of the General Brock Trotting Series twice as a driver, but has yet to win it with one of his own trainees.   Mayotte, who won the 2003 edition of the General Brock with the Roy Jeffries trainee Stonebridge Velvet and the 2007 event with the Brad Maxwell-trained Ericskarri, is hopeful that a new addition to his stable can give him tha...
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Keeper's Destiny wins Yonkers F&M Open

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
Keeper's Destiny (Eric Goodell), ordered behind a Friday night eight-ball, was sharp in winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   The 3-2 choice dropped in fourth as Arctic Fire N (James Rattray) led through early fractions of :28.3 and :58.3. "Keeper" was then out and moving, engaging the leader in and out of the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Arct...
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