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BC champ Bettor Sweet aims for Graduate

on 04/24/2012 2:00 AM
Bettor Sweet is better than ever as he gets ready to begin another season racing against the best older pacers around.   Last week, the 7-year-old gelding returned to the racetrack for the first time since last winter, winning a qualifier by 14 lengths in 1:52.1 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. He could make his seasonal debut for trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere on ...
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Real Nice 7, Foiled Again 8 in Levy final

on 04/24/2012 2:00 AM
The pills played out, shall we say, rather interestingly. Real Nice and Foiled Again drew post position numbers seven and eight, respectively, for Saturday night's $455,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   The complete lineup, with declared drivers...1-Blatantly Good (George Brennan), 2-Art Z (Brett Miller), 3-Atochia (Ron Pierce), 4-Fitz'...
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Royal Passion continues her Hoosier roll

on 04/24/2012 2:00 AM
After successfully sweeping the Miss Windfall Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Royal Passion extended her dominating win streak with a triumph in the second $12,500 leg of the Bill Thompson series on Tuesday. The Rod Lorenzo-trained filly is now a perfect five-for-five in her sophomore season as she bested her lifetime mark to 1:55.4.   Walter Haynes Jr. sent Nucs Southe...
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Tioga to offer NYSS prep races

on 04/24/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will offer New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) prep races to all NYSS-eligible horses. The unofficial "preps" are for New York-bred 3 year olds of each sex and gait. These races are designed to ensure the sire stakes horses a start against other sophomores heading into the first leg of the program.   The "preps" require entrants to be NYSS eligible and do not count toward the p...
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Hat tricks for Nice N Nice, Morand, Wolfenden

on 04/24/2012 2:00 AM
Nanticoke Racing and Josh Parker's Nice N Nice ($12.60, Jim Morand) won her third straight race Tuesday, pulling off a mild upset in a division of the $16,000 Mares Junior Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.4.   The 5-year-old Blissfull Hall mare set all the fractions, leaving from post one and fought off a stubborn first-over No Bad Luck throughout, while holding off a fast chargin...
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Haydon named RMTC interim director

on 04/24/2012 2:00 AM
At its April 23 meeting, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors approved an agreement with The Jockey Club to engage the full-time services of Jamie Haydon as RMTC interim executive director. Haydon will report directly to the RMTC board of directors. He has worked for The Jockey Club as manager of industry initiatives since 2008, and has also previously served ...
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Gingras scores 4,000th career win

on 04/23/2012 2:00 AM
Driver Yannick Gingras scored his 4,000th career driving victory Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Chester, reaching the milestone with the 5-year-old pacer Versado in 1:53 in the fourth race. The win came two races after Gingras notched win 3,999 with the 11-year-old trotter Ripped. Leaving from post one with Versado, Gingras got away third but then moved to the top by the opening quarter. Race...
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Arch Madness invited to Elitlopp, Oslo

on 04/23/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Trond Smedshammer told harnessracing.com Monday morning that Arch Madness, on the heels of back-to-back 1:52.2 victories in the Invitational Trot at the Meadowlands, has been invited to defend his championship in the Oslo Grand Prix May 13 in Norway and also to make a return engagement in the famed Elitlopp May 27 at the Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden, a race where he won his elimination...
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Pennsylvania breeders elect new officers

on 04/23/2012 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania (SBAP) recently elected new officers and added two new members to the Board of Directors for the association. The new line-up for the coming year includes the following: Joe M. Thomson of Winbak Farm as president; Dr. John M. Egloff of Vieux Carre Farm as vice president; and Dr. Paul F. Spears of Windsong Stable and Hanover Shoe Farms as secret...
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Condren returns with qualifying victory

on 04/23/2012 2:00 AM
Hall of Famer Steve Condren, one of Canada's most successful drivers of all time, returned to the sulky Monday morning at Mohawk Racetrack in a pair of qualifying races.  Condren, who last raced on May 22, 2011, has been sidelined for almost a full year after being diagnosed with cancer.   "I'm just happy to be back,” said the 54-year-old Milton resident. "Six months ago...
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Celias Counsel winner is 'on cloud nine'

on 04/23/2012 2:00 AM
Im On Cloud Nine pulled off a series sweep to retain her perfect three-for-three sophomore record in the $50,000 Celias Counsel final on Monday night at Woodbine.   Over a sloppy track, trotting filly Sugar Wheeler (Paul MacDonell) put up splits of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:28.4, while the 2-1 second choice,Im On Cloud Nine (Jack Moiseyev), made a bid for the lead past the half. The Kevin...
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A Geant upset of San Pail at Woodbine

on 04/23/2012 2:00 AM
Windsong Geant and trainer-driver Rick Zeron defeated trotting titan San Pail by three-quarters of a length, stopping the teletimer in 1:55 in the $50,000 Open Trot Handicap Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The five-year-old gelded son of Kadabra-Early Secret, who is owned by The Brabant Stable and Fred Brayford, will head to Europe in the coming weeks to compete in a pair of signature e...
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Ranger goes four deep at Pompano

on 04/23/2012 2:00 AM
The Monday evening card at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park featured a stretch of four consecutive races which were won by Pompano's all-time leading reinsman, Bruce Ranger.   His streak began in the second race with the maiden 3-year-old trotting filly Magical Affair for owner Brittany Farms and trainer Ron Gurfein. That was followed by a 14-1 upset in the Mares Open P...
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Arch Madness romps in Meadowlands invite

on 04/21/2012 2:00 AM
Arch Madness cruised to a seven-length, 1:52.2 victory in Friday night's $30,000 Invitational Trot at the Meadowlands.   Trainer Trond Smedshammer was in the sulky behind the 8-year-old son of Balanced Image as he increased his win streak to three. Hot Shot Blue Chip and John Campbell finished a distant second, with In Focus and Ron Pierce third.   Marc Goldberg and Willo...
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Looking for a breakout year for Mel Mara

on 04/21/2012 2:00 AM
Tony Alagna knows colt pacer Mel Mara is fast. Beyond that?   "The horse could be anything,” Alagna said. "He could be a top colt, or he could be middle of the road. But he's got the speed to be a top horse if everything works his way.”   Mel Mara opened eyes last year at age two when he won a qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack by 18 1/4 lengths with a 25-second ...
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Commander Crowe, Main Wise As win in Europe

on 04/21/2012 2:00 AM
Two major races were held in Europe on Saturday afternoon and both featured two notable North American-breds, 2010 Kentucky Futurity champion Wishing Stone and the stakes-winning filly Crys Dream. Neither horse was a factor, however. The Olympic Trot in Sweden was won by Commander Crowe, the third-place finisher in last year's Breeders Crown at Woodbine. The son of the sire Juliano Star was...
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Mother's Day Open House in Ontario

on 04/21/2012 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association and Standardbred Canada's I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club are partnering to present a special Mother's Day Open House Program at five Standardbred breeding establishments in the province.   On Sunday, May 13, these breeding farms will open their gates and farms to the general public from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to showcase thei...
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Miller time in Spring Survivor finals!

on 04/21/2012 2:00 AM
Driver David Miller got off to a fast start Saturday night at the Meadowlands, directing both winners of the Spring Survivor Series finals for 3 year olds of both gaits. Miller kicked off the card with a win with Breakin The Law in the $59,200 final for pacers, and then followed that up with a score behind Top Billing in the $58,650 final for trotters.   Miller got away fourth ...
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Real Nice still real perfect in Levy Series

on 04/21/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Saturday night offered up fifth and final preliminary round competition in its George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series competition. Four $50,000 events comprised the fourth round, with many of the usual names--save for the AWOL Foiled Again--strutting their stuff.   Defending series champ Real Nice (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) was this season's five-legged monster, as i...
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Rick's Sign posts win in Pompano feature

on 04/21/2012 2:00 AM
Almost 24 hours of rain cleared away just in time for live racing to resume on Saturday evening after a week off at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   With the track rated as "good" under clearing skies and a temperature hovering near 80 degrees, the program's top event was the Isle Mile 1 for an $8,000 purse. Favored Talk To Tony with Wally Hennessey in tow, was involved in a f...
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