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Horseplayers offering Road to Crown handicapping contest

on 04/02/2012 2:00 AM
The Horseplayers Association of North America's (HANA) harness racing division, in association with the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, has announced "The Pen vs. The Chip – The Road to the Breeders Crown Handicapping Challenge. " This handicapping contest pits four ‘Pen' (regular) handicappers against four ‘Chip' (computer program) handicap...
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Newton Angus the apple of owner's eyes

on 04/02/2012 2:00 AM
"I wish we had a farm, but it is probably a good thing that we don't, or I would probably have a lot more.” Nancy Campbell laughs at her own words and at the very thought of having dozens of Standardbred horses of her own.   That said, she would love nothing more for that dream to become a reality. But she knows it's just not plausible. For Nancy, the wife of veteran trainer Cal C...
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Action-Broadway breaks stride in 2012 debut

on 04/02/2012 2:00 AM
Trotslikethewind, a 7-year-old mare by Pegasus Spur, captured the $22,500 Preferred Trot for fillies and mares at The Meadows Monday afternoon. Action-Broadway, last year's Dan Patch Trotting Mare of the Year, was lined up in the fifth spot on the gate in her 2012 debut, but she was rough gaited and then launched into a full gallop at the start, taking herself out of the race.   ...
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Sir Jillian Z Tam snags $66,400 Petticoat final

on 04/02/2012 2:00 AM
Favorite Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) won the draw Wednesday morning and the race Monday night, annexing Yonkers Raceway's $66,400 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares in 1:56.3.   "Jillian" stung Look Annie Hall (George Brennan) a bit, then let her go before a 28-second opening quarter-mile."Annie" then rated a :59.1 intermission before S...
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3YOs start season; 4YO Sleigh Bells Ring wins

on 04/02/2012 2:00 AM
The first race of the Monday evening (April 2) program at Pompano featured 3 year olds making their first lifetime starts, but none of them came up a winner in the maiden trot event.   Cutting the mile was Occupy Wall Street, in rein to Jan Johnson. The Muscles Yankee-My Girl Hall filly was a $35,000 yearling item at Harrisburg in 2010, and she was caught at the wire by double-...
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Nuclear Breeze breeding for scholarships

on 04/02/2012 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the donation of a breeding to the Pennsylvania stallion Nuclear Breeze, to benefit the MSOA collegiate scholarship fund.   Tom Cooke, president of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association and owner of Nuclear Breeze, is donating the breeding, valued at $4,000. Nuclear Breeze, who took a mark of 1:48.2f and earn...
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Golden Receiver, Melvyn win SPC legs

on 04/01/2012 2:00 AM
Fresh off a victory in the opening round of the Spring Pacing Championship, Golden Receiver and driver Randy Waples returned to victory in the second $60,000 leg Saturday evening at Woodbine. Sent off as the favourite, Golden Receiver used the same tactics as last week as he immediately took command before the opening panel in :25.4. The seven-year-old son of Village Jove then marched past ...
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Real Nice a millionaire with Levy leg win

on 04/01/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, with another six, $50,000 divisions... and, on the night before April Fool's Day, the big boys weren't fooling around. Real Nice (Jason Bartlett), fresh from throwing down the fastest local mile of the season in Round 1, became harness racing's newest millionaire in Round 2.  Outdra...
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Al's Hammered pounds rivals at Balmoral

on 04/01/2012 2:00 AM
The 2012 stake season kicked off on Saturday at Balmoral Park as a field of nine Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts squared off the in the $12,000 Taurus Bomber Stake.   Getting off to a quick start just like he did as a two-year-old Robert Phillip’s prize pupil Al’s Hammered had no trouble finding the winner’s circle as he rolled to a 1 ¼ length victory in 1:...
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See You At Peelers two-for-two in 2012

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
Yet another Yonkers Raceway Ladies Night Friday, with the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open pacing mares. As was the case in the opening round. five, $40,000 divisions went postward.  As always was the case, See You at Peelers (Brian Sears) was ready for her close-up. After a dead-heat with Chancey Lady in her Round 1 seasonal debut, the lass was not about to shar...
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A 'Per" of General Brock contenders

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
Veteran trainer Per Henriksen finds himself in what can be termed a good dilemma. When he sends top contenders Charlie Is A Joker and Guiltywithanexcuse postward in the $50,000 General Brock Series final on Monday at Woodbine, Henriksen isn't certain which one offers him the best bet to take all the spoils.   "I don't know which one is the best horse,” the Norwood resident offered...
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MSOA announces 2012 college scholarships

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012 MSOA collegiate scholarships, for the 2012-13 academic year. The scholarships are worth a total of $10,500, the highest amount since the program's inception.   In addition to the $5,000 MSOA scholarship, there will again be a $1,000 Dr. Barry C. Betts memorial sch...
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San Pail repeats in Glorys Comet

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
After making his 2012 debut a winning one last week, San Pail returned to victory lane in the second leg of the Glorys Comet Series on Saturday evening (March 31) at Woodbine. The 2011 Horse of the Year on both sides of the border repeated his 1:52.1 clocking for trainer Rod Hughes, who co-owns along with his wife, Emily, and breeder, Glenn Van Camp. Randy Waples guided the eight-...
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Florida amateur drivers find a new cause

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
The Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC) has broadened the scope of their charitable giving and a trackside cheque presentation ceremony on Saturday evening, March 31 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park served to cement the new relationship going forward.      "Here in Florida we hadn't heard much about the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA), but whe...
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Winning streaks on the line Sunday at Dover

on 03/31/2012 2:00 AM
Believe This Bob and Ben G look to continue win streaks in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace feature race at Dover Downs this Sunday, and no foolin,’ it’s April 1. Sunday post time is now 1 p.m. The April Fool’s day feature finds Mary Larrimore’s Believe This Bob, with three consecutive wins driven by Allan Davis while Art Brewer’s Ben G and Corey Callahan closed from far bac...
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Piston Broke goes back-to-back in Youthful

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
After scoring a 1:50.3 lifetime best in the opening round of the Youthful Series, Piston Broke proves to be the horse to beat in the rich $50,000 final after he found the winner's circle again in the second leg on Thursday evening at Woodbine.   Driver Sylvain Filion guided the six-time winner to a 1:54.1 score in the first of two divisions.   The son of Shark Gesture cle...
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Alleigh Girl romps in DSBF prelim

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Favorite Alleigh Girl and first-time winner Cruisin Susan won the two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly trot 1st leg preliminaries on Thursday at Dover Downs.   As expected prohibitive favorite Alleigh Girl won the first DSBF prelim easily romping to a 1:59.3 victory with Ross Wolfenden driving the daughter of CR Commando-French Doll owned by Ar...
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Our Lucky Chip wins by 14 at Hoosier

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Six legs of the Jerry Landess Series, a late-closing event open to 3 and 4-year-old Indiana-sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime, were contested on Thursday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.   Our Lucky Chip stole the show in a dominant 1:55.3 romp. Trained by Jason Miller, Our Lucky Chip cautiously made his way to the front through a first quarter in ...
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Preferred Equine launches social media pages

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
Preferred Equine Marketing has now joined the social media blitz in having launched new pages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, it was announced Friday.   The sales agency plans to use the networks as a way to stay in close communication with clients and other interested parties, and encourages everyone in harness racing to "like” and to "follow” them.   "In this day ...
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PA Equine Coalition addresses NY Times story

on 03/30/2012 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition - a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horseracing industry in Pennsylvania – today called for a series of meetings on the state level made up of key stakeholders in the Pennsylvania horse racing industry with the goal of improving the health and safety of horses, jockey and harness drivers in Pennsylvania. ...
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