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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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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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