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Pena drops lawsuit against Meadowlands

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
Lou Pena, the leading trainer at the Meadowlands in 2010 and 2011, has reportedly dropped his lawsuit that he had filed as a result of not being allowed to race his horses at the track this year. A story on NorthJersey.com by John Brennan stated Pena had filed a "notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice" on Wednesday, and the suit was dismissed in U.S. District court on Thursday.   P...
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Fella's Ella, Dontevenknowmymame win series finals

on 01/26/2012 12:00 AM
The first two of the Winter Series finals were held Thursday night at the Meadowlands and the pair of contests could not have been raced in more different fashion. While the $38,000 White Ruffles final for 4-year-old pacing mares was start-to-finish action that resulted in a 77-1 winner in Fella's Ella, the $58,500 Super Bowl for 4-year-old trotters saw second-choice Dontevenknowmyname overcome a ...
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NY late closers replaced by Excelsior Series

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Some significant changes have been made to the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) racing program for 2012. Replacing the New York Late Closer program is the brand new Excelsior Series, which will include the historic New York State Fair events.   For the upcoming season, the New York State Fair races will not require a separate payment. To make your horse eligible for the New York State Fair...
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Lucky Jim co-owner William Gregg dies

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
William Gregg, 54, a longtime Standardbred owner, died Jan. 24, 2012. Mr. Gregg was a member of the USTA since 1995 and was one of the owners of Lucky Jim, the 2009 Dan Patch Award winner as the sport's best older male trotter.   Mr. Gregg was a 1980 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Upon graduation he worked as district engin...
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Indiana star LW Sweet Talker dies at age 10

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
LW Sweet Talker 4, 1:56.2 ($225,316), a two-time champion in the Indiana Sire Stakes program, has died after fracturing her hip in a freak barn accident. She was 10 years old.   Owned by Black Creek Farm, LW Sweet Talker was walking out of a stall when she was frightened by something and leaped into the air, then fell on her hip. She was rushed to the veterinary hospital at Purdue Univ...
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European champion Sea Cove dies at 26

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Sea Cove, the winner of the 1994 Prix d'Amerique and the 1993 Elitlopp while racing for German ownership, has died at the age of 26. A son of Bonefish out of the Songcan mare Songlark, he was bred in Canada by A.M. Cuddy Stables.   Sea Cove raced at age three in the U.S., wining five of seven starts and taking a mark of 1:56.2 before he was exported. He matured and became one of Europe's gr...
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WEG announces three new stakes

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Three new stakes events are being added to the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s (WEG) 2012 Standardbred stakes schedule, while two others are being moved earlier in the calendar.   WEG has added two new spring series for 2012, the Swing Into Spring Trotting Series and the Blossom Pacing Series.   The Swing Into Spring is for trotters, 4 year olds and older in 2012, who...
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Longtime race official Bruce Munn dies

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Bruce Munn, 78, who worked for many years in the sport in several capacities, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, at his home in Virginia.   Mr. Munn worked as the racing secretary at Suffolk Downs in 1971. He also spent time as program director at Liberty Bell Park the same year. He then worked at Brandywine Raceway (1974-1976) and Monticello Raceway (1978-1988) in the capacity of racing se...
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MTR Gaming gets VLT license for Scioto

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
MTR Gaming Group, Inc. has announced that it has received its license to install and operate video lottery terminals (VLTs) at its Scioto Downs racetrack and has submitted its initial $10 million license fee.   With the license secured, the Company will continue its construction of the new facility at Scioto Downs, which will have a beneficial impact on the Columbus, Ohio area in term...
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Burke has 16 entered at Big M Saturday

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Ron Burke believes it’s the most horses his massive stable has entered on one card at the Meadowlands Racetrack.On Saturday night, the Dan Patch Award-winning 2011 Trainer of the Year has a total of 16 pacers spread out over 11 of the 13 races, including a four-ply entry in the $74,000 Complex Final.   “With 16 in there on Saturday that has to be the most I’ve raced there in one day,...
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Philly cop balances badge and backstrech

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Philaldelphia police officer Owen Eiler Jr. will bid for the biggest win of his budding training career in Thursday night’s $58,500 Super Bowl final with Dontevenknowmymame.   Dontevenknowmymame is rated as the 3-1 favorite from post two in the sixth race feature for 4-year-old trotters.  Eric Abbatiello will drive the star of Eiler’s five-horse stable.  Eiler purchased Dont...
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GM Newlin, Pierce on In The Sulky Thursday

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack General Manager Mike Newlin will answer fans’ questions on Thursday night’s edition of In The Sulky.  Questions may be submitted to racing@newmracing.com. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce will be the featured guest on Friday night.  Pierce will discuss his recent trip to Sweden, his Saturday stakes hopefuls and more. Fans can watch the broadcast live from the Padd...
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Northern Kid open house on Sunday, Feb. 5

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
The Northern Kid Partners group has extended an invitation to an Open House and stallion showing for Kentucky’s new trotting stallion Northern Kid that will be held Sunday,  Feb. 5, from noon to 2 pm at Walnut Hall Stock Farm in Lexington, Ky., where he will be standing for the 2012 breeding season. The stallion showing will be at 1 pm and lunch will be served. Visitors may al...
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O'Brien Awards streamed live on internet

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
Racing fans and horsepeople from around the world will be able to watch the 2011 O’Brien winners receive their awards, live, without leaving home!   For the second consecutive year, Woodbine Entertainment Group is providing a live video stream of Canada’s national harness racing awards. You’ll be able to sit back and relax from the comfort of your favorite La-Z-Boy and watch all of t...
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Mighty M muddy five-bagger for Dobson

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
The warm weather in the Northeast this year has presented some strange winter days. A lack of any significant snow and an increase of rain has made just driving over the muddy racetrack at Monticello Raceway on Monday a task in itself.   With soft rain steadily falling negotiating around the racetrack and seeing exactly where one was going called for strict concentration to the busines...
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Public support for Big M casino is overwhelming

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
It was not a scientific poll but most of those who responded to the question of whether there should be a casino in Bergen County supported the idea, according to the Star-Ledger’s www.nj.com website.   The vote was 61 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed. The site did not disclose how many votes were cast.   “We put the question to NJ.com users last week when the pr...
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Woodbine finals rescheduled for Friday

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
With Woodbine Racetrack forced to cancel its Monday evening’s card of racing, a pair of stakes finals have been rescheduled.   The $75,000 Lifetime Dream Trotting Series final and $50,000 Blizzard Pacing Series final, which were originally scheduled to take place on Monday’s card, will now been contested on Friday, Jan. 27.   The Lifetime Dream final is slated for race three wi...
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USTA president Langley to honor 4 in March

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
US Trotting Association president Phil Langley has announced the association's 2012 President's Award recipients. Three President's Awards will be presented to Gail Cunard, Callie Davies Gooch, Chris Schick and Chris Wittstruck at a luncheon on Monday (March 19) during the USTA’s annual Board of Directors meeting in Columbus, Ohio.   "In their own way, each of them has played an...
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Patriots star tackle Wilfork has his horse claimed

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
With the clock ticking toward the kickoff to pro football's championship game on February 5, Pompano based trainer Peter Blood is expecting a friendly phone call any time now from New England Patriots star nose tackle Vince Wilfork.   "After last Sunday's game everyone could see that Vince is not only a terrific football player and a great asset to his team, bu...
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Rosecroft set to open 2012 meet on March 10

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
Rosescroft Raceway is set for harness racing in 2012, receiving approval for 54 dates, racing Tuesdays and Saturdays from March 10 through June 2. Post time for all cards is set for 7:20 pm.   "The return of racing at Rosecroft was positively received," said Chris McErlean of Penn National Gaming, which bought the bankrupt track last year and opened last fall for a limited meet. "Obvio...
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