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Smith Trotting Classic payments due Feb. 15

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Sustaining payments for the Charles I. and Helen Smith Trotting Classics are due on Feb. 15. The Charles Smith and its filly companion event, the Helen Smith, are for 3-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters and are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.     The first sustaining payment of $200 is due on Feb. 15 with a second payment of $300 due...
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Tioga/Vernon stall apps available online

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Tioga and Vernon Downs would like to let all of its horsemen know that stall applications are available for the 2012 race seasons on the Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs websites. For the first time, both tracks applications can be completed and submitted electronically under their respective racing tabs on their websites.   Stall applications close on March 9, and both the Tioga and Verno...
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Davis Jr. dishes--and tweets--on the Don Mills

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
North America’s leading dash-winning driver Billy Davis Jr. will steer a trio of 4-year-old trotters in the opening round of the Don Mills Trotting Series on Monday night at Woodbine.  Many will be watching Davi’s Twitter account to see if he feels he is on-line for a big night, especially after a particular tweet on Thursday, Feb. 2. Under his handle @BillyDavisRacin, he tweeted, A...
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Sand E Fiftyfive wins eighth in a row

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Quietly, and without much fanfare, Sand E Fiftyfive has been winning races at Monticello Raceway. On Friday, the I Am A Fool 8-year-old mare notched her eighth consecutive victory for owner Barry Charles of New Rochelle, N.Y.   Billy Mann was in the pilot’s seat this week behind Sand E Fiftyfive and he took advantage of the pole position by sending the mare to the front and they pass...
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Dayton now planned for relocating Raceway Park

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Published reports in Ohio indicate that Penn National Gaming Inc. has changed plans on relocating Raceway Park to Youngstown and will now seek approval to move to Dayton instead. As a result of that scenario, Penn National has changed its plans to move Beulah Park Thoroughbred track to Dayton and move that site to Youngstown.   "The State of Ohio has approved the placement of VLTs at t...
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Townslight Hanover taking a shot in Aquarius

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
A well-managed sophomore campaign has Townslight Hanover heading into the Aquarius Series in peak form this weekend at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The son of Bettor’s Delight, trained by Aaron Lambert is rated as the 4-1 second choice in the $35,000 first leg of the Aquarius for four-year-old pacers, carded as Saturday’s fifth race.  Hall of Famer John Campbell gets the assignment...
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Alberg back strong in handicapping tourney

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, once again showcased his prowess for picking winners in a qualifying tournament held January 28 at the Meadowlands.   The Washington Township, NJ resident, who sells his picks online (4NJPicks.com), nailed five winners on the card and finished the tournament with a $1,054 bankroll, securing him the $4,360 top cash prize and an e...
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Rose Run Hooligan wires field to win Yonkers Open

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum) was farthest out and fastest home Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position two, she watched the early action, which began with Delightful Diva (Jim Pantaleano) stuffing Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) in behind before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Ride Jumper (George Brenn...
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Itrustyou leads Exit 16W division winners

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Itrustyou kept his winning streak alive with a commanding victory in a division of the Exit 16W Series Friday night at the Meadowlands. Other Exit 16W splits were won by Whogoesfirst (1:50.3), Fearless Diablo (1:50.2) and Sonic Dancer (1:51.3).   With regular driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky, Itrustyou took control of the race before the half, was challenged by Clyde Hirt Series winner S...
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Bier, Burke win Cape & Cutter openers

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
While there were four divisions of the first leg of the Exit 16W Series at the Meadowlands Friday night, the Cape & Cutter, a winter classic for pacing mares, needed only two opening splits.   The first went to Higher And Higher, who prevailed by nose over Oceans Motion in 1:52.1. There were just seven horses in the field, with a two-horse Burke Stable entry. Daryl Bier owns, trains and...
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Delaware Grand Circuit payments due Feb. 15

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
Sustaining payments for the 67th Little Brown Jug and the 42nd Jugette are due Feb. 15.These payments are for foals of 2009.   Sustaining payments are also due Feb. 15 for the Old Oaken Bucket 3-Year-Old Open Trot and the Buckette 3-Year-Old Filly Trot. Also, nominations for the Winbak Farm Pace for 4 year olds and up, the Delaware Open Series and the Ohio Breeders Championships are du...
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Winning Mister's 1:52.4 sets Meadows mark

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
Winning Mister hadn’t raced since December 13, but he was adding Lasix. The public wasn’t certain what that combination might mean, sending him off a middling 9-2.   Dick Stillings hustled Winning Mister to the front in a conditioned trot Wednesday at The Meadows, and the 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Winning Missbrenda didn’t stop until he established a track record of 1:52.4. Th...
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After EPM, horse in series action at Woodbine

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
On July 26, 2010, Bruce Gilkinson was at home on his computer surfing the Internet, not quite realizing what he had just done. He had just purchased a horse online, sight unseen, for $21,000. Now, a few years later, he has reaped the rewards of that unique investment, as Just Assign to Me has banked $199,600 for Gilkinson, along with his brother, Murray, who operate Cat Sass St...
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Some Big M handicappers say it's too early

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
With just 11 race cards and 125 races contested this year (through Jan. 28) at the Meadowlands, some keen observers believe it is still too early to determine the impact the new banking of the racetrack has had on the racing. Although it was expected the banking of the track would lead to an increase in the number of winning horses who closed from behind, early results show that the front end ha...
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WEG introduces online stakes nominations

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is pleased to announce the launch of an online stakes nomination form for both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds.   The online site will assist owners and trainers wishing to electronically submit nomination forms to enter WEG’s stakes events.   The closing Feb. 15 nomination payments for WEG’s major standardbred stakes ev...
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Back to afternoons for Red Mile Grand Circuit

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
The Red Mile will be returning to afternoon racing for the 2012 Grand Circuit meet. The 2011 meet was held at night with the exception of Sunday programs.   The Grand Circuit stand in Lexington will open on Thursday, Sept. 27, with a 1 p.m. post, with racing Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The second week of racing will again be during the afternoons with a 1 p.m...
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New! Weekend Preview spotlights streaking pacers!

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
In this week’s HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, a pair of streaking pacers meet up in the opening round of the Exit 16W Series at the Meadowlands, and the drivers of the pair of hot horses give their take on the much anticipated showdown. One of those drivers is Yannick Gingras, and he is off to one of the fastest starts at the Big M in recent memory. Teamed with trainer Ron Burke, the duo has co...
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Connie Lauxmont wins again at Dover

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
On Groundhog’s day, Connie Lauxmont turned back seven foes en route to a equaling his own early season's record for a 3-year-old colt trot on Thursday at Dover Downs. Roger Plante guided Connie Lauxmont, a son of Conway Hall, to a wire-to-wire score in 1:59 for owners Carol and Jim Atkinson.   Also on Thursday at Dover, Matt Kakaley had three wins to move within six of beco...
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Eastwood Blue Chip fastest in Jr. Trendsetter

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
The Junior Trendsetter can be a proving ground for green 3 year olds, and a couple stepped to the front of the series contenders on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Social Network, Take A Walk and Eastwood Blue Chip all won by comfortable margins while Eastwood Blue Chip (1:53.4) was the fastest of the three division winners.   Also of note, handle for the Thursday night card wa...
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Lisa America retired from racing

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Lisa America, one of the top trotting mares in Europe the past few seasons, has been retired from racing. Jerry Riordan has trained the 7-year-old Varenne mare in Italy for Lou Guida's Guida Italia. She competed in the Prix d'Amerique on Sunday, but despite a trip in the pocket, she finished poorly.   Lisa America earned approximately $1.9 million, took a mark of 1:52.4, and won the Os...
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