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Up Front Ben tops Blooded Horse Sale at $39,000

on 02/15/2012 12:00 AM
Good racehorses and well-bred broodmares were in demand at the two-day Blooded Horse Sale. Five out of the top nine horses sold were for racing and four were for breeding.   Up Front Ben, from the Upfront Racing consignment of Ed Mullinax, topped the sale at $39,000. Tracy Brainard purchased the tough Andover Hall trotter to race at the Meadowlands, along with pacer Adams Hanover from ...
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Allmar Surprise 3 for 5 in 2012

on 02/15/2012 12:00 AM
Local favorite Allmar Surprise was overlooked in the $16,500 winners-over trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, scoring a 1:54.4 victory in the feature. Tony Morgan moved to within two winning drives of becoming the third driver in North American history to win 14,000 races.     Since arriving at Dover three years ago, Allmar Surprise has been one of the winningest trotters. Vic...
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Making a case for keeping ONT's deal with racing

on 02/15/2012 12:00 AM
The Ontario horse racing industry has stepped up to make its case why horse racing shouldn't be cut out of the deal it make with the provincial government to agree to slots gaming at its facilities. Dave Briggs, editor of The Canadian Sportsman, made a case for racing in a Guelph, Ont., newspaper.   Briggs writes, "The first thing you need to know is Ontario’s horse racing industry does n...
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KY governor unveils casino/racino amendment

on 02/14/2012 12:00 AM
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear unveiled a casino gambling amendment Tuesday that would allow five racetrack casinos and two others if legislators and then voters approve.   The proposed amendment does not specify which racetracks would get casinos, or where the non-track casinos could be located. Kentucky has eight racetracks and a ninth license available that has never been awarded. In p...
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'Fisher' King for Zeron in Don Mills?

on 02/14/2012 12:00 AM
When trainer-driver Rick Zeron returns home Thursday evening after attending his Oakville Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the horseman hopes to see that E W Fisher fared well in the $35,000 second leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series at Woodbine. The 2011 General Brock winner has eight wins and one third-place finish in 17 lifetime starts, with $80,960 in career earnings for owners Lise L...
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Arrangements announced for Jim Ewart

on 02/14/2012 12:00 AM
James E. “Jim” Ewart, 72, one of the sport’s best-known racing secretaries, died Feb. 14, in Grove City, Ohio, following a long struggle with cancer.   A visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 p.m. until a 3 p.m. memorial service at Barkley Funeral Home, 300 North Kentucky St., Greenup, Ill. 62428. An additional visitation will be held Saturday, March...
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Mary Frocione, wife of Lon Frocione, dies

on 02/14/2012 12:00 AM
Mary C. Frocione, 81, of Syracuse, NY, the wife of owner Lon Frocione, who has campaigned such stakes winners as Big Apple Deli, died Saturday, Feb. 11, at Saint Joseph's Hospital after a brief illness.   Mrs. Frocione was born Sept. 2, 1930, in Syracuse. She was a eucharistic minister for most of her life at St. Andrew's Church. She loved her vacations in Florida w...
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Big carryovers Thursday at Meadowlands

on 02/14/2012 12:00 AM
Carryovers in the Pick-5 and Pick-6 top the wagering opportunities Thursday night (Feb. 16) at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The 50-cent Pick-5 begins in race one with a $27,470 carryover. In partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program, the gross pool for Thursday’s Pick-5, including the carryover, is expected to be at least $100,000. Free past performances for the Thursday Pick-5...
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Morgan now 3 wins from 14,000

on 02/14/2012 12:00 AM
Mystra, a frequent visitor to the Dover Downs winner’s circle, did it again winning the $23,000 Valentine’s Day Mares Open pace on Tuesday. Also on the card, Tony Morgan registered win number 13,997 for his career.   With Brad Hanners at the controls, Mystra held off strong charges from runners-up I’m Won Wine Wiser (George Dennis), second, and race-favorite No Bad Luck (Montrell...
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Eaton, Welch named IHHA Hall of Famers

on 02/14/2012 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association's Hall of Fame committee has announced that the following were chosen for induction into the Illinois Harness Hall of Fame.   Living Inductee: Jim Eaton and Roger Welch; Equine Inductee: Million Dollar Bye and Valley Victor. Also being honored with special recognition will be: Person of the Year: Dave McCaffrey; Caretaker of the Year: Ted Pe...
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Jojo N Goliath posts first-over win at Meadows

on 02/14/2012 12:00 AM
Taking advantage of demanding early fractions, Jojo N Goliath pounced on the leaders down the backside and drew off to a convincing victory in Tuesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Away third for Eric Ledford, Jojo N Goliath moved uncovered to collar the leader, Valentowner, who was vulnerable after a :26.3 opening panel on a “good” surface. The 6-year-old Keysto...
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WEG nominations close Wednesday

on 02/13/2012 12:00 AM
Nominations for Woodbine Entertainment Group’s (WEG) spring series and major stakes events, including the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup and the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic, close Wednesday, Feb. 15. Also, sustaining payments are due for the 2012 Simcoe, Simcoe Filly and SBOA stakes events for 3-year-olds.   Nominations can be made online at:  http://www.woo...
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Palone drives 5 winners on his 50th birthday

on 02/13/2012 12:00 AM
Dave Palone celebrated his 50th birthday at the place he's often the happiest--in the winner's circle. Palone, who turned 50 on Monday, drove five winners on the 15-race card at The Meadows.   One of Palone's five winners was Kandor Hanover in the $22,500 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Kandor Hanover spotted the field 9 lengths but launched a relentless rally that ca...
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Ontario slots revenue targeted in budget talks

on 02/13/2012 12:00 AM
Just one week after the Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry saw the state's governor target funds from slots earmarked for racing in his proposed budget, Ontario finance minister Dwight Duncan said Monday that subsidies totaling $345 million to the horse racing industry last year are ‘not sustainable.’   Sue Leslie, the president of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Associat...
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Royal Dream beats Ready Cash in Prix de France

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
Ready Cash failed to win the 400,000 euro Prix de France on Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris, finishing third behind Royal Dream. The time was a mile rate of 1:55.1 for the 2,100 meter race (1.3 miles). Ready Cash finished third as the runner-up was a Yankee Glide stallion.   Royal Dream, trained and driven by John-Philippe Dubois, started from post seven behind the mob...
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Heyden, McKee on ballot for Communicators Corner

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
Two of the best and brightest communicators in the sport – who just happened to be hosting the TV show at the nation's flagship track Saturday night – were finalized as ballot candidates for the Communicators Hall of Fame election this summer. ThesDirectors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association voted to put on the ballot Meadowlands TV hosts Bob Heyden and Sam McKee.   Heyd...
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Turn The Tide dies at Walnut Hall Stock Farm

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
Turn The Tide p,3, 1:53.2 ($860,993), a top stakes performer of her era who went on to produce the winners of more than $2 million, died Saturday (Feb. 11) at Walnut Hall Stock Farm in Lexington, Ky., her home for the past 20 years. She was bought by Walnut Hall Stock Farm owners Katherine and Dr. James Sautter in the fall of 1990. The daughter of Albatross-Pretty Tricky (by Overtrick) was of...
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Joan Van Blarcom dies in Lexington

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
Joan Van Blarcom, the widow of John Bradley, a noted pedigree expert and Tattersalls sale company manager, died Friday (Feb. 10) at her home in Lexington, Ky., after battling cancer. She was 62.   Van Blarcom worked at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame before moving to Lexington with her husband, who died about 10 years ago, also of cancer. When her husband was alive she was regu...
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San Pail HOY; Foiled Again Pacer of the Year

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
With a crowd of more than 300 in attendance, the Canadian-based trotter San Pail was revealed first as the 2011 Trotter of the Year and then moments later as the Horse of the Year at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Night of Stars awards dinner, held in Orlando, Fla. Foiled Again, who was the divisional Older Pacing Horse champion, was announced as the Pacer of the Year.   In the ballot...
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Westwardho Hanover wins by head in Aquarius leg

on 02/11/2012 12:00 AM
Camaes Fellow (7) pressured Westwardho Hanover (9) from the half all the way to the finish line, but Westwardho still had the edge at the wire, winning the second leg of the Aquarius Series by a head at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The time of the mile was 1:51.1 on a night when the toteboard had the most interesting numbers, with a $71 payoff with Ron Pierce aboard and David Miller d...
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