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New classification system in place at Pompano

on 03/29/2012 2:00 AM
Things went a little better than expected when a new classification system was rolled out for the first time at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on the Wednesday program.   "We're really pleased at the more generous payouts and keen competition this method produced for us on the first night we offered it," said John Yinger, director of racing operations at the South Flo...
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Balmoral Pick-5 pool tops $100,000

on 03/29/2012 2:00 AM
A six-digit Pick 5 pool brought harness and Thoroughbred players to wager on Balmoral Park Wednesday night. When the 10-race card was finished, $1,005,526 had been wagered on the program. The Wednesday numbers moved the March handle at Balmoral to $13,510,847 for 12 programs, a nightly average of $1,125,903. There were 132 races contested for an average race handle of $102,354.   ...
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NY court denies Fusco's appeal

on 03/29/2012 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board's five-year license ban of a harness trainer who repeatedly violated the Board's rules regarding banned substances will be upheld, after the New York State Court of Appeals refused to hear the trainer's appeal.   Last fall, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, denied an appeal by trainer Carmine Fusco.&n...
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NEW Weekend Preview now available

on 03/29/2012 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available by clicking below or by signing up by following the link at the top of this home page. The Weekend Preview is FREE and in this edition Breeding Banter has the story of the stakes-winning Native Bride, who recently delivered her firstborn, a filly, at Blue Chip Farms, and Tom Hicks has an update from the Florida training ce...
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Big Hoosier opener for handle, Dillander

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino opened its 19th season of Standardbred racing in front of a packed house of racing fans on Tuesday. On-track handle was up 94 percent from the first Tuesday of the 2011 Standardbred meet with one additional race on the card. Export handle also saw some positivity as it was up 15 percent. The total handle for the night was up an impressive 19 perc...
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I Told Gordy wins Rosecroft feature

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
On a cold March Tuesday night the racing action at Rosecroft was red hot. I Told Gordy, trained and owned by Thomas Swann, used a two-hole trip to win the winners-over handicap over favored Gone Nuclear (Frank Milby). Driver Justin Brenneman worked out a perfect trip and pounced on a hard used leader to set the meet's fastest time of 1:53.4. Gone Nuclear was second best in a good effort. &n...
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Livelikeurdying sweeps Meadows series

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
Livelikeurdying overcame his initial reluctance to follow the leader and kicked home in the stretch to capture Tuesday's $27,200 championship of the John Sitzer Memorial Pace at The Meadows and complete his sweep of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings.   Although Livelikeurdying won his first two Sitzer splits handily, he was ahead at every call in those ra...
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Check out Winbak's stallion contest

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
This is just a reminder to be the first to emailstallions@winbakfarm.com today and receive $500 off of Village Jove's stud fee. Village Jove stands in New York and is the sire of 2012's richest and fastest pacer, Golden Receiver.   Interested in learning more about our stallion contest? Be sure to check www.facebook.com/WinbakFarm, www.winbakfarm.com, and www.twitter.com/WinbakFarm ...
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24-hour health certificate RQ'd at Tioga, Vernon

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
All horses shipping into Tioga Downs or Vernon Downs that have raced or resided at Saratoga Harness from March 1 through March 21, 2012, must have a 24-hour health certificate and rectal temperatures must be recorded.   The following statement must appear on the health certificate: "Horses on this certificate have not originated from a barn with a confirmed or suspect case of strang...
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Harder talks about Woodbine starter Golden Receiver

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
Golden Receiver has proven to trainer Mark Harder that he is a professional racehorse and after a gate-to-wire score in first leg of Spring Pacing Championship Series, they are ready for round two to get underway, Saturday at Woodbine.   When Golden Receiver lines up behind the starting gate in the first $60,000 division, Harder believes the six other aged pacers will have their wor...
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Mister Herbie held out of Glorys Comet leg

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
An original list of 41 nominees for the Glorys Comet Series at Woodbine Racetrack led to just nine entries for last weekend's opening leg. The cast has been cut by nearly half again for Saturday night's $60,000 second leg, with reigning Horse of the Year San Pail a prohibitive favorite to repeat his winning effort from round one. San Pail made his first start of 2012 in last Saturday night'...
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3YO colt State Treasurer sets 1:52.3 track mark

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
State Treasurer, a 3-year-old colt by Real Desire trained and driven by Dr. Ian Moore, set a track record at Spring Garden Ranch on Tuesday in a qualifying race. The colt edged his stablemate Eighteen, a 4-year-old, in 1:52.3, with a last quarter in :26.4.   Bred by Brittany Farms, State Treasurer is the first foal of the Western Ideal mare Ideal Treasure. Last year he took a mark o...
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Second round of Levy comes up 'sixes'

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
"Six" was the magic number of divisions in last week's opening round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. As luck would have it, "six" is again the defining digit for Saturday night's second round, as in races 3,4,6,7,8 and 9...at $50,000 a pop.   All six winners from their first-round forays are back in search of encores.   Real Nice, who was...
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Feegee giving Irish trainer a "Survivor" chance

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
Feegee may have the luck o' the Irish on her side in Friday's kick off of the Spring Survivor Series at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Conway Hall filly, trained by 29-year-old Dublin, Ireland native Joe Hanney, has drawn post six in the first of two $12,500 divisions, carded as races two and four. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce picked up the assignment.   Despite his roots in harness rac...
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Thomas Pontone going to "driving school"

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
Thomas Pontone has seen the view from atop the sport, having been among the owners of 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill. In two months, he will see it from the rear.   Pontone, who with his father Louis make up the TLP Stable, will be among the "students” in this year's U.S. Trotting Association Driving School. The program, which for the first time is being held in the Goshen, N....
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3YO trotting colt Vic Smith sold to Swedes

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
Vic Smith will race for new owners this year, but he will stay in familiar hands. Julie Miller, who trained and co-owned Vic Smith with her husband, Andy, and Larry Baron's Baron Racing Stable, said Wednesday that the 3-year-old colt trotter was sold to Swedish interests in a deal brokered by agent Ole Bach. Miller will continue to train Vic Smith, who won six of 11 races and earned $213,275 l...
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Expanded gaming bill defeated in New Hampshire

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
The New Hampshire House of Representatives soundly rejected the expansion of gambling on March 28 by a wide margin even though both supporters and opponents predicted that the vote would be razor thin.   HB 593 called for the construction of four casinos, two small and two large, with a total of 14,000 slot machines and 420 table games. Rockingham Park was the odds-on choice to be a...
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Horses available for adoption Sunday

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
The universal birthday for all horses is January 1. But for 23 Standardbreds from Carroll County, Md., October 6 might be a fitting date for the start of a new life. October 6, 2011 is the date 23 Standardbreds, ranging from age 2 to 15, arrived at Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pa., after legal seizure by the Humane Society of Carroll County (HSCC) due to severe neglect. The horses, then owne...
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Philly cop in Spring Survivor with Markz Moose

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
Philadelphia police officer Owen Eiler Jr. will send out a pair of starters, including Markz Moose in the Spring Survivor Series, on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The 49-year-old trainer had an early season success with Super Bowl Series champion Dontevenknowmymame. He will try to keep that momentum going with Markz Moose in the first bracket of the Spring Survivor for three-year-...
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Anders Bluestone wins 4th straight at Dover

on 03/28/2012 2:00 AM
Anders Bluestone won his fourth straight start at Dover Downs this year with a win in the feature $27,500 Open/HandicapTtrot while Windsheild and I'm So Striking scored impressive victories in two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Colt & Gelding trot first leg preliminaries on Wednesday (March 28).   Ross Wolfenden moved Anders Bluestone out of fifth heading to ...
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