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Dr. Rick Balmer injured in auto accident

on 04/16/2012 2:00 AM
Dr. Richard Balmer, a well-known veterinarian who practiced on the backstretch at the Meadowlands for many years and is now working in western Pennsylvania, was injured in an automobile accident that killed two persons on Saturday night (April 14).   Balmer, the husband of trainer Kelly Stackowicz, was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC-Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. Accordi...
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Race-day ban on Lasix rejected in Kentucky

on 04/16/2012 2:00 AM
With a tie vote of 7-7, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) on Tuesday afternoon turned down a rule change that would have banned the race-day use of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix. The Race Day Medication Committee earlier Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve the regulations that would have phased out Lasix over a three-year period beginning in 2013.   ...
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Hoorayforvacation rallies to win in series leg

on 04/16/2012 2:00 AM
Hoorayforvacation erased a 6-1/2-length deficit with a determined uncovered bid and went on to capture his second straight split in the Sir Caviar Trot at The Meadows. Bob And Bobby and Keystone Wyatt also took $15,000 second-leg divisions Monday in the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   Hoorayforvacation, who won his opening-leg split in wire-to-wire fashion, did appear to...
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Updated: Moiseyev slightly injured in race spill

on 04/16/2012 2:00 AM
Driver Jack Moiseyev and the 4-year-old pacing gelding Docs Leopard King came away relatively unscathed in a one-horse spill in Monday's fifth race at Woodbine Racetrack.   Doc's Leopard King, a son of Cams Eclipse who is conditioned by Harry Poulton, was eighth along the pylons when he suddenly fell before the three-quarter pole, which ejected Moiseyev from the bike....
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Drop Red Edges Fred And Ginger in 1:50

on 04/14/2012 2:00 AM
Drop Red won a thrilling stretch duel with Fred And Ginger to take the featured condition pace on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000.   Leaving from post position four in a field of seven as the 2-1 second betting choice, Drop Red, trained by Robert Horowitz, fought for the early lead before backing off at the quarter and allowing Fred...
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Big M pre-game show: Wilfork talks horses, football

on 04/14/2012 2:00 AM
New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork joined Meadowlands Racetrack's Saturday pre-game show to talk about racing Midnight Lawyer, a horse he co-owns, at the East Rutherford, NJ oval.   Wilfork shares ownership of the 6-year-old pacing gelding with Plainridge Racecourse President and CEO Gary Piontowski, Stephen O'Toole and Alfred Ross. Although Midnight Lawyer won bac...
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Breakin The Law wins fourth straight at Big M

on 04/14/2012 2:00 AM
Breakin The Law, a 3-year-old gelding by Artiscape, won his fourth straight race Saturday night when he captured a $15,000 Spring Survivor Series semi-final at the Meadowlands in 1:52.2. Driven by David Miller, Breakin The Law kept his winning streak alive by edging Arts Ideal Hanover by a head.   Breakin The Law, who is trained by Ron Burke, won three of his five starts last year a...
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Real Nice, Foiled Again among Levy winners

on 04/14/2012 2:00 AM
On Saturday night Yonkers Raceway offered penultimate preliminary round competition of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series competition. A quintet of $50,000 events comprised the fourth round, with many of the usual names--save for the AWOL Atochia--adorning the marquee.   In the first division, three-time local driving champion Luc Ouellette, back here for t...
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Yagonnakissmeornot romps in Blossom

on 04/14/2012 2:00 AM
The ultra-consistent pacing filly Yagonnakissmeornot romped to a victory in in the Blossom Series final on Saturday evening at Woodbine. With driver Jody Jamieson in the sulky, the George Teague Jr. student captured the lion's share of the $50,000 purse by 5 3/4 lengths in 1:52.3   Machleen (Chris Christoforou) paced by the first quarter in :27 before the other Teague Jr. train...
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Our Lucky Chip sweeps Landess Series

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
Our Lucky Chip completed the Jerry Landess Series sweep as the 3-year-old colt rattled off a sharp front-end effort in the $15,000 final of the late-closing event open to 3- and 4-year-old Indiana-sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday.   Adam Short attempted to control the fractions as he sent Cage Fighter to...
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Meadowlands Mixed Sale set for July 29

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
The annual Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale will be held this year on Sunday, July 29, the day after the eliminations for the $1 million Hambletonian, it was announced Friday. The sale, presented by Tattersalls Sales Co., is back to its more traditional spot on the calendar after being held on Hambletonian weekend last year.   "We think elim weekend provides the best opportunity to dra...
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Trotters go back-to-back in Celias Counsel

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
After capturing their respective divisions in the opening round of the Celias Counsel Series last week, both Lexus Helios and I'm On Cloud Nine found the winner's circle once again in the second leg on Thursday evening at Woodbine.   In the opening division, Lexus Helios went gate to wire for driver Mike Saftic in 1:58. The daughter of Ken Warkentin-Lexus Hall led through pa...
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Four-bagger for Dobson at Saratoga

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
Billy Dobson is back atop the drivers' standings after a big Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   The 27-year-old is coming off back-to-back driving championships at the Spa and though he fell behind Jim Morrill Jr. in the early stages here in 2012, Dobson has surged back into the lead.   Dobson put in his best night of the young season on Thursday while ...
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Alan Charles wins Passover Trot

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
As Four Starz Ransom and Digital Photo raced through the lane the former went offstride as they neared the finish line which opened the door for the latter to rally to a 2:05.2 victory in Monticello Raceway's 14th annual ‘Race For The Matzos' for drivers of Jewish descent on Thursday afternoon.   Alan Charles drove the winner confidently and luck was on his side when he got Digita...
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O'Sullivan hoping to Mach A Wish in Blossom

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Tony O'Sullivan always admired Mach A Wish and ultimately that led to him purchase the lightly-raced 3-year-old filly just a few weeks ago.   Now, the daughter of Mach Three could give O'Sullivan the largest return on his investment when she goes postward in the inaugural edition of Blossom Pacing Series final on Saturday at Woodbine.   With a record of 4-0-1 from...
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Lake sentenced to 9 years in Balmoral accident

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
Horseman Angus Lake was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison as a result of a drunk-driving crash that killed 25-year-old Michelle Eustis one year ago on the Balmoral Park backstretch. The Chicago Tribune reported that moments before Lake heard his sentence by a Will County Court judge, he apologized to the family of Eustis, including her father, trainer Chuck Eustis.   Chuck Eustis...
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Ohio horse owner Robert Drake, 94, dies

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
Robert W. Drake, 94, a longtime Findlay attorney and Standardbred owner, died at Birchaven Retirement Center on Thursday, April 12. Mr. Drake campaigned horses in Ohio for many years, including the notables Dark Secret, Kit Hanover and Preferred Time.   Mr. Drake was born Sept. 5, 1917, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Delos D. and Catherine B. (Loftus) Drake. He graduated from Findlay High Scho...
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Chester Short, father of Gil Short, dies

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
Chester Short, 94, died Friday (April 13). Mr. Short was employed for 18 years by his son, Gil, at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida. He was best known for shipping and helping take care of Steinam, the 1985 divisional champion as the sport's top 3-year-old pacing filly. Stienam earned $1,355,474 in her career and won the 1985 Breeders Crown. (USTA)
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Apogee Hanover big 1:53.2 winner in qualifer

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
Apogee Hanover, the 2-year-old Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final champion, made her 2012 debut in qualifying action at The Meadows Friday. With trainer-owner Roger Hammer in the sulky, the filly by Jeremes Jet created a buzz among horsemen when she coasted to a 15 1/2-length win in 1:53.2.   Apogee Hanover cut the pace with fractions of :28.2, :57 and 1:25.1. Last year the filly put togethe...
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2 guaranteed pools at Balmoral Saturday

on 04/13/2012 2:00 AM
A one-day Pick 5 carryover of $9,665 will once again bring players across North America to wager on two guaranteed pools at Balmoral Park on Saturday. The 50 cent Pick 5 wager is offered on races 2 thru 6. With the large carryover in play, the USTA and Balmoral Park have created a $35,000 INSTANT GUARANTEED POOL on the Saturday Pick 5. Post time for the second race is 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central ...
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