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Siblings sweep Woodbine finals for Johnson

on 02/18/2012 12:00 AM
Young trainer Corey Johnson and owner Michael Sergi made a profitable journey to Woodbine on Saturday night as they sent out a pair of $50,000 Series final winners in Bay Of Sharks and his half-sister, Bay Girl.   In the WEGZ Series final, Bay Of Sharks, who found the winner's circle in both preliminary divisions, never saw the pylons for driver Jody Jamieson and still cruised to victory in...
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Winbak Farm has new social media competition

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm is proud to introduce a new daily contest. In honor of breeding season, we will feature discounted breedings to those who win.   Thursday's featured stallion was Rustler Hanover. Our lucky winner will receive $500 off of a breeding.    The contest will feature a different stallion on either Facebook, Twitter, or the website. Interested participants are encourage...
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Texas Ridge springs 80-1 Don Mills shocker

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Texas Ridge and driver Sylvain Filion pulled off an 80-1 shocker in their $35,000 Don Mills Trotting Series division on Thursday night at Woodbine.   The Richard Gillock trainee also lowered his lifetime mark to 1:55.2 in notching his second win of the season in six starts.   Texas Ridge followed behind fractions of :27.2, cut by Mr. Joe Sixpack (Scott Zeron), :57...
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Perretti eyeing additions to broodmare band

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
The reports that Perretti Farms is going out of business, to paraphrase Mark Twain, are greatly exaggerated.   Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, N.J., is in the market for fillies coming off the track to add to the broodmare band of the state’s largest Standardbred farm.     This marks a reversal in plans for the Perrettis–father, William, and son, Anthony.  In the fa...
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Indiana stakes March payments due

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
There are two important payment deadlines for Indiana Stakes in the month of March: Thursday, March 1, is the payment deadline for Indiana-sired Late Closers IS-30 and IS-31 while Thursday. March 15, is the payment deadline for Indiana Sire Stakes (3 year olds & older), Indiana-sired Fair Circuit (3 year olds), Maple City Trot (3-year-old pacers) and the Classic Pace (3-year-o...
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Chester qualifers on March 2, 6

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Horsemen are to be advised that Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack will hold pre-meet qualifiers on Friday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 6, with first post at 10 a.m. each day.   Entries will be accepted the day prior on both occasions, with the box scheduled to close at 11 a.m.   Horsemen are also reminded to provide the Race Office with all applicable health documents f...
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Symphony In Motion, Jamie Sue win mare finals

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Symphony In Motion (inside) caught the favorite Higher And Higher in the final strides to win the $63,750 Cape & Cutter Final on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Later in the card, Robert Di Nozzi’s Jamie Sue capitalized on a miscue by the leader to take the $47,000 Tender Loving Care final. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,445,302, up 4.5 percent ($105,539) from the co...
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Breakheart Pass best at Yonkers with 1:53.2 mile

on 02/17/2012 12:00 AM
Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) needed every bit a perfect pocket trip Friday night to win the $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:53.2 at Yonkers Raceway.   One of three leavers--she from post position four--Breakheart Pass was stuffed into the two hole. Invading Canadian pole-sitter Keeper's Destiny (Eric Goodell), as the 2-1 choice, was intent on showing the way, d...
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MHHA president asks governor for help

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association president Brett Boyd on Thursday morning sent a letter to Governor Rick Snyder asking for his help saving the state's horse racing industry. In the letter, Boyd highlights the overwhelming financial power of the tribal casinos and the significant ground that our industry has lost to them over the past 20 years. He also reminds Gov. Snyder that few ...
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Ohio casinos to open, legislation passes House

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
Ohio’s first two casinos got the green light today to open in May, and Cleveland will go first, with Penn National Gaming's Toledo casino set to open the week of May 28.  A casino in downtown Columbus is expected to open later this year.   Meanwhile, on Wednesday (Feb. 15) the Ohio House of Representatives approved legislation which includes rules for the installation of video l...
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Put On A Show wins off 15-month layoff

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
The 5-year-old pacing mare Put On A Show won a qualifier at the Meadowlands Thursday morning in 1:53.3, the first appearance for the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover since her 2010 season in which she was overwhelmingly voted the 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year. Trainer Chris Ryder told The Horseman shortly afterward that Put On A Show would qualify again next Thursday before making her 2012 pari-...
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Rosecroft racing applications available

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway reminds those intending to race at the track’s winter-spring meet that an application must be on file before training, qualifying or racing at Rosecroft. The application is available at http://www.rosecroft.com/ on the internet. The first training session will occur on Thursday, February 23, 2012 with the track opening at 8 a.m. and concludes at noon. The first qualifiers will...
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Trainer confident in Bay Of Sharks despite post

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
One evening, featuring two series and two pacers looking for a clean sweep in their respective $50,000 Series, highlight Saturday night's card of racing at Woodbine.   Bay Of Sharks will headline the WEGZ Pacing Series final. The son of Cams Card Shark-Whitley Bay, who is four-for-five this year, will be looking to notch his third straight win after romping in the preliminary legs. Trainer ...
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NEW! Fla. Files, Breeding Banter & Burke Brigade

on 02/16/2012 12:00 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 addition to insights into this weekend’s Winter Series finals at the Meadowlands, this week’s edition includes an installment of Nick Salvi’s Florida Files and our Breeding Banter column. Last year trai...
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John Wagner drives 5,000th career winner

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
Outlaw went straight to the winner's circle after taking a $13,500 pacing event for 4- and 5-year-olds at Dover Downs on Thursday. In other action, John Wagner drove his 5,000th career winner.   With meet leading driver Corey Callahan in the bike, Outlaw was on his best behavior, scoring a 1:58.2 triumph in the feature race. The win was the third straight, and fourth in five lifetime starts...
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Handle at Maywood Park up 16.9% in 2012

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
With no sign of Old Man Winter in sight, business figures at Maywood Park have been heating up as well. Friday nights in particular have seen an increase in handle of 16.9% compared to the same dates in 2011.   Through Feb. 11, Fridays at Maywood Park are averaging $1,027,864 compared to $879,561 in 2011. Besides the warm weather, business has been helped by an increase of almost one horse ...
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Rags to Riches gets underway at Meadowlands

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
Kentucky Rebel (pictured), a 10-year-old gelding by Armbro Operative, was one of the winners in Rags to Riches Series action at the Meadowlands Thursday night. The condition for the race--3 year olds and up who have started for a base claiming price of $10,000  or less once in the last four starts, up to and including Jan. 30, 2012--attracted enough horses to fill eight fields.   Kentu...
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Pick 5 pool gives Big M another strong handle

on 02/16/2012 12:00 AM
Thanks to a Pick 5 pool of $164,344 which was spurred by a carryover of $27,470, handle for the Thursday night card at the Meadowlands was within $4,326 of the track's handle on the comparable night in 2011, with one fewer race this year.   Total handle on Thursday was $1,885,527 for the 10-race card.   Last week was a record one for the Pick-5 at the Meadowlands. The Thursday and Fr...
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Case, Beeson win Pompano Sweetheart features

on 02/15/2012 12:00 AM
The competitors with the most and fewest lifetime winning drives earned the top prizes in the 2012 Sweetheart Pace and Sweetheart Trot as part of the Valentine's program festivities at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   A cast of nine female drivers was assembled for the races which carried increased purses of $5,500 from the usual $3,000 level. In the Sweetheart Pace, Kelly Case of ...
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Nearing 14,000, Morgan heading to Northfield

on 02/15/2012 12:00 AM
After posting one win on Tuesday’s card at Dover Downs, Tony Morgan is just three victories away from reaching the 14,000-win milestone for his career. Morgan is slated to drive at Dover on Wednesday and Thursday as he continues his quest for 14,000, but on Friday—Dover is dark on Fridays and Saturdays—he will be at Northfield Park where he is scheduled to drive in all 13 races. The 53-year...
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