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Dancing Rusty steps to Dover upset

on 01/22/2012 12:00 AM
Dancing Rusty was in perfect step as Brad Hanners guided the 9-1 shot to his third win of the day in the $13,500 featured pace over a "good" track on Sunday at Dover Downs.   Hanners made good use of leaving from post one, getting Dancing Rusty quickly away for the lead and then led at all posts for a 1:55.2 upset victory in the $15,500 feature for young male pacers. The altered s...
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Luchento honored by N.J. sports writers

on 01/22/2012 12:00 AM
Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey president Tom Luchento received the Sportsman of the Year Award before 500 attendees at the New Jersey Sports Writers Association’s 76th annual banquet on Sunday at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J.   In accepting the trophy, Luchento thanked the SBOANJ Board of Directors and his family, many of whom were in attendance. &nbs...
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Mud Pie Hanover in 1:52.3 at The Meadows

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
Parked the entire first quarter, Mud Pie Hanover was unassailable once she made the front, capturing Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a sharp 1:52.3.   Leaving from post nine, Mud Pie Hanover got the worst of the opening panel on a blustery, snowy evening. But she persevered for Eric Ledford, and once on the point, she brooked no serious challeng...
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Bertos Angel starts 2012 on winning note

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
Chester invader Bertos Angel, a 5-year-old Ken Warkentin mare, out of the Incredible Abe mare Spark Of Abbey, won the $10,000 Open Trot in 2:02 for owner Scott Woogen on Friday at Buffalo Raceway. It was the first win this season for Bertos Angel, who won her last two races last year at Chester to end the season.   Bertos Angel ($6) leaving from post six and driven by Kevin Cummin...
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Yonkers cancels Saturday due to snowstorm

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live Saturday night card, as well as all simulcasting, due to the first winter snowfall in the greater New York area.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday night (Jan. 23), with the usual 7:10 p.m. first post, while simulcasting is scheduled to resume Sunday afternoon (Jan. 22), with Aqueduct's first post at 12:20 p.m. (Yonkers)
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Hall of Famer Tom Thomson dies; services Saturday

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
Walter D. “Tom” Thomson, 73, a member of the Living Hall of Fame and president of the Grand Circuit, who perhaps most famously served as director of racing for the Little Brown Jug, died Friday, Jan. 20.   Mr. Thomson, the son of one of the Jug’s founders, Henry Clay “Hank” Thomson, has in recent years brought the Jug into the 21st Century, modernizing the pacing classic without i...
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Meadowlands open Saturday: Presidential leg featured

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will be open for live racing and simulcasting on Saturday. The $40,000 second leg of the Presidential Series for free-for-all pacers and a $75,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool headline the 12-race card, which begins at 7 p.m.   The Pegasus Buffet will feature recipes inspired by Carmine’s, the iconic Broadway Italian restaurant, including baked clams, chicken a la romana a...
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Nine straight for Itrustyou in Complex

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
A three-horse entry from trainer Ron Burke's barn may have come up empty in the first of two $18,000 divisions of the second leg of the Complex Pacing Series Saturday night at the Meadowlands, but Itrustyou came through for the stable in the second split as he cruised to his ninth straight victory.   Driver Yannick Gingras left fast from post seven with Itrustyou and dropped in at the ...
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Kommander Hawk lights Pompano board

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
The Saturday evening edition of the Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park produced a huge upset as all of the starters with assigned outside post positions failed to hit the board.   Dan Clements had one of the longshots, Red Star Paylater, into full stride quickly to take command at the quarter in :26 before the outside challenge appeared from Rick's Sign and driver Fern Paquet Jr. ...
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Modern Legend sets Snowshoe stakes record

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
Not even a post 10 start could stop Modern Legend and Jack Moiseyev from sweeping the $50,000 Snowshoe Pacing Series final Saturday night at Woodbine. After being victorious in the two legs prior to this evening, the son of Modern Art-Ruby Cam also equaled the stakes record as he stopped the timer in 1:52.2.   Moiseyev wasted little time off the gate as he sent Modern Legend to the front ...
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Westwardho Hanover wins Willowdale final

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
After finishing third in both preliminary rounds, Brett Miller guided Westwardho Hanover to victory in the $100,000 Willowdale Pacing Series final in 1:50, equaling the series record.   Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Miller rushed Westwardho Hanover to the lead at the quarter in :26.3. Camaes Fellow (Doug McNair) sat in the pocket with Reckless Ric (Randy Waples) third. No challengers enga...
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Golden Receiver, Vintage Master in Presidential

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
Golden Receiver and Vintage Master won their respective $40,000 divisions of the second round of the Presidential Series for free-for-all pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Golden Receiver won in 1:49.2 as he won for the fifth straight time and second in the Presidential Series, while Vintage Master, third in his Presidential opener last Saturday night, was victorious in 1:49.1.  ...
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Tioga/Vernon announce 2012 stakes schedules

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have finalized their 2012 race and stakes schedule for the upcoming race season (pending regulatory approval). Tioga Downs will hold 61 live racing days in 2012, set to begin on Saturday, May 5 (Kentucky Derby Day). Highlighting the 2012 stakes calendar at Tioga Downs are the $200,000 (est.) Artiscape for open mare pacers and the $200,000 (est.) Bettor’s Delight Op...
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Monticello winner is an imposter

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
Eight days ago Mike Forte joined the 3,000-win club at Monticello Raceway and after he passed that milestone he’s continued to visit the track's winner's circle with regularity. He recently upped his win total to 3,009, assisted greatly by a hat trick on Thursday afternoon.   One of those victories was with Imposter A in the third leg of the Macedonio Pacing Series.&nb...
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Maywood cancels Friday due to winter storm

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
Due to the severe winter weather conditions, Maywood Park has cancelled its live racing program for Friday night. (Maywood Park)
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A 'frank' look at Lifetime Dream final

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
Trainer Frank O’Reilly will be looking to make the most of his trip to Woodbine on Monday night as he sends out a pair of entries in the $75,000 Lifetime Dream Trotting Series final.   Sashay and Maplegrove Shaelyn have each won a division of the two-leg series prior to the rich final for O’Reilly. Sasha y will begin from post four for driver Sylvain Filion while Maplegrove Shaelyn wi...
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Group to invest $20 mil in Meadowlands

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
Clairvest Group Inc.), Clairvest Equity Partners IV Limited Partnership and Clairvest Equity Partners IV-A Limited Partnership announced on Friday a combined $20-million commitment to invest in New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. Clairvest Group Inc., a Canadian company, is a private equity management firm which invests its own capital, and that of third parties through the Clairvest Equity P...
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Special T Rocks rolls to fifth straight in Hirt

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
Special T Rocks has proven to be a special purchase by driver-trainer Daryl Bier.  The 4-year-old pacer rolled to his fifth straight victory with a decisive two-length score in the $16,000 second round of the Clyde Hirt Series on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.    Special T Rocks came first-up and drew off to a career-best 1:51 clocking. Sent off the 3-1 secon...
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Confirmed case of equine herpes in Ontario

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission is forwarding the attached Biosecurity Advisory on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs. OMAFRA has been notified of a confirmed case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), caused by equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1), in Southern Ontario.   ORC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Bruce Duncan is monitoring the details of the case to det...
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New World Harness Handicapping Championship announced

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
More than $10,000 in cash prizes and seats in the World Harness Handicapping Championship are up for grabs in Meadowlands Racetrack’s first harness handicapping tournament of the season on Saturday, Jan. 28.      Payouts are to the top 10, plus players keep their bankrolls. The top two finishers will qualify for the inaugural World Harness Handicapping Championship to ...
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