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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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PA extends deadline to Feb. 15 for registering mares

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission announces that the deadline for registering mares due to foal in 2012 and qualifying for the “PA-sired and –bred” category in the PA Breeders Award program has been extended until February 15, for this one year only.   Last year the registration deadline for these mares was extended to March 30, 2011 because the conditions for the Breeders Fu...
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New Jersey Sire Stakes payments due Feb. 15

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
The Feb. 15 deadline for New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of N.J.-sired 2-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2012 Premier and Green Acres racing programs. The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at the Meadowlands in 2012, starting in May for 3 year olds and in July for 2 year olds.&...
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Live wagering, attendance up at Big M

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Live wagering and attendance at the Meadowlands Racetrack show significant growth in the track’s first month of racing under private management.  Additional advertising dollars were allocated to announcing the opening of the 2012 harness meet. More than $70,000 was spent on cable television commercials; outdoor billboards in high-profile locations (including the Lincoln Tunnel, Ne...
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Back to the Track III scheduled for July 13-15

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association has announced that the 2012 edition of “Back to the Track” will take place on the weekend of July 13 through 15.   Back to the Track is a cooperative effort among the USTA, its member racetracks and horsemen from coast to coast. In its first two years, the promotion has energized the racing industry and welcomed substantial crowds who are thus given the opp...
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$1.6-million winner Abbey Road C retired

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Trainer-driver Keith Jones has officially announced the retirement of 13-year-old trotter Abbey Road C, a career winner of $1,651,917.   The son of Incredible Abe-Jayport Whimsy was purchased as a yearling for $11,000 by owner, Mary Charlton and was conditioned by Jones throughout his entire career.   “He was just getting up there in age and we decided to call it a career,” said ...
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New Vocations has 90 stud seasons available

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Breedings to Deweycheatumnhowe, Conway Hall, Camluck, Dragon Again, Yankee Cruiser, and Artistic Fella are among the 90 seasons donated to New Vocations 14th Annual Stallion. The auction starts at 2:00 pm February 8 and runs through 2:00 pm Feb 14 at www.ongait.com.   The auction is conducted in an Open Ended format that allows for bidding slightly beyond the 2:00 p.m. deadline if less than...
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Graceful Touch gives birth to Lucky Chucky colt

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Graceful Touch, one of the most prolific trotting mares of modern time, gave birth to a colt by Lucky Chucky at Hunterton Farm in Paris, Ky., outside of Lexington on Tuesday night. The mare and foal are owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon of France, who bought Graceful Touch for $560,000 from last fall's Perretti Farms dispersal in Harrisburg.   "She's a wonderful mare. She foaled at 9:15 las...
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Bob McIntosh breaks pelvis in training accident

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada's website has reported that four-time O'Brien Award winning trainer Bob McIntosh was involved in a training accident at his farm Wednesday morning and broke his pelvis. “This morning my father was thrown from the jog cart when a yearling kicked and got his leg over the shaft," McIntosh's son, Rob, told SC's Trot Insider. "He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and wa...
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Jaavos Boy 1:54.3 winner in Pompano trot

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
A few days after marking the occasion of his 50th birthday late last November, driver David Ingraham renewed acquaintances with trotter Jaavos Boy in Florida. It was the start successful winter season campaign which is showing no sign of tapering off.   In the Wednesday evening (Feb. 1) edition of the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Jaa...
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Big upsets at Dover; Morgan nears 14,000 wins

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Race favorite The Budster won the $23,000 Open Trot on an longshot filled Wednesday (Feb. 1) at Dover Downs. Also on the night, Tony Morgan picked up one win and is now only six away from the 14,000 milestone.   Hall of Famer Ron Pierce steered Jeff Bartels’ The Budster to his first win of the New Year, setting a new race record with a 1:54 conquest in the week’s top trot. Following tw...
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Blanket finish in Pompano mares open

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
The final Mares Open Handicap Pace feature of January at Pompano Park on Monday night ended in a blanket finish with Special Sweetheart overlooked to the tune of 5-1 and digging deep to score a narrow decision in a cavalry charge to the wire.   George Napolitano Jr. put the 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Ladys Special Girl on the point early and she was forced to deal with a stro...
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