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Ontario Sires Stakes still has May 15 deadline

on 04/04/2012 2:00 AM
The Program Administrator of the Standardbred Ontario Sires Stakes Program has issued the following to clarify information currently circulating in the industry. The May 15 deadline for nominating Standardbred yearlings to the Ontario Sires Stakes Program has NOT been cancelled or deferred at this time. Yearling nomination payments currently being received by the program are being accepte...
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More Delaware-bred races for 3YOs at Dover

on 04/04/2012 2:00 AM
The Budster returned to the winner's circle for the first time since Feb. 1, notching a 1:56 triumph in the $22,500 Jr. Open Trot on Wednesday night at Dover Downs. Also, favorites responded with impressive victories in two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) sophomore colt trot preliminaries.   Teamed withVic Kirby, The Budster pulled to the outside ar...
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Wildfire takes 1:55.1 mark with Pompano win

on 04/04/2012 2:00 AM
Florida's older trotting mare of the year in 2011, Wildfire, is truly getting better with age.   In the mid-week top trot for an $8,000 purse at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, the 5-year-old mare by Famously-Giant Wonder was kept in line third behind the fast first half fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 set by Whosgoinwhosstayin, with Wally Hennessey in tow. Up the backstretch, dri...
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Revenue Agent wins series final in 1:56

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
In the General Brock Series final and an opening leg division of the Celias Counsel Series, driver Mike Saftic scored with a pair of upset-minded trotters on Monday night at Woodbine. Revenue Agent (1:56) and Lexus Helios (1:57.1) found the winner's circle in their stakes engagements for Saftic, who crafted a driving triple on the 12-race program.   Heavy favorite Undercover Strike ...
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Monticello to begin taking outside entries April 4

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway announced Tuesday that as of Wednesday, April 4, it will begin taking entries for horses that are not currently housed at Monticello Raceway and will permit horses to ship in to its facility beginning on April 9. Since March 26, no horses from outside the property have been allowed to ship in to Monticello in order to limit exposure to an occurrence of streptococcu...
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7th annual East-West Amateur Driver Challenge

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
Joe Faraldo is no stranger to the winner circle. But he has not been up close and personal to it in our country's largest state. Joe appeared in five races in the 2007 version of the Challenge, and did muster a second place finish, but the glitz of the circle eluded the NY-based barrister. Tony Verruso is making his third appearance to the Golden State. He came away empty in his first trek ...
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Breedings available through New Vocations

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
You can support the racehorse adoption mission by purchasing a stallion season from New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. The charity has breedings available to stallions in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ontario. Call or email for a list: (937) 947-4020 or dot@horseadoption.com All proceeds go toward the care and placement of retired racehorses.
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Low DD payoff at Buffalo results in voucher giveaway

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
On Friday night, March 30, the early double (races one and two) at Buffalo Raceway paid $2.70 for a $2 wager. This payoff was peculiar because the winning horse in the second race, Ideal Miss, paid $29.80 to win. Immediately following the second race, Buffalo Raceway began a full investigation of this matter with the cooperation of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.   ...
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The Game Plan to start season on May 18

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
The Game Plan, last year's 2-year-old trotting colt of the year in Canada, is right on schedule to make his 2012 return, according to trainer John Kopas.   The gelding posted eight victories from 13 efforts last season with freshman earnings of more than $450,000. His biggest triumph came in the $469,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot when he found the winner's circle in 1:55.2...
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Northfield announces 2012 stakes schedule

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
April begins a full slate of stakes action at Northfield Park. The $90,000 (est.) Courageous Lady will go to post on Saturday, April 28. This race is a nationally open stakes event for North America's top three year-old filly pacers and is the first national stakes race in 2012. Among the 22 fillies nominated to the Courageous Lady are last year's two year-old stand-outs: Class Of O Nine (1:55...
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Cam B Zipper sews up Sagamore Hill Series

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
Favorite Cam B Zipper (Jason Bartlett) prevailed from the pocket Tuesday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $70,400 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings.   The Raceway's richest event of the season to date saw Cam B Zipper--perfect in his three series prelims--in play early from post position three. He stepped around Upfront Ellijay Ed (Ma...
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Meirs Hanover repeats at The Meadows

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
Shrugging off a demanding opening panel, Meirs Hanover rolled to his second straight victory in Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Meirs Hanover sprang for the lead from post seven for Dave Palone but encountered resistance from Biletnikoff, who forced the 2-5 favorite to pace in :26.3 before making the front. The 5-year-old son of Artsplace-Mary Mattgalane h...
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Heres My Ticket fastest in DSBF prelims

on 04/03/2012 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce, who drove six winners Monday, continued with a hot hand in piloting four winners, including Freedom Crossing to nip Mystra in the final step in the $27,500 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Heres My Ticket won the first of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old filly pace second leg preliminaries and Two Cam and Mac's Jou...
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Rich N Fancy a 1:55.4 winner at Balmoral

on 04/02/2012 2:00 AM
The Illinois conceived and foaled stakes action continued on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a field of eight three-year-old pacing fillies met for the $12,000 Direct Balance Stake.   Fresh off a wire to wire victory in her 2012 debut at Maywood Park last week, Kenneth Hughes good looking filly Rich N Fancy lived up to her 2-5 status of the betting public as she cruised to a decepti...
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Tioga/Vernon stakes numbers show increase

on 04/02/2012 2:00 AM
The nominations for Tioga and Vernon Downs stakes are in and the numbers are up virtually across the board.   Topping the charts is the Miss Versatility (mare trot),benefiting from a restructuring of the series. Increasing the number of preliminary legs to four, raising the purse for each from $25,000 to $40,000 and staging two at Mohawk Racetrack has resulted in a gain of 80 p...
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64 still North America Cup eligible

on 04/02/2012 2:00 AM
An elite group of 64 horses remain eligible to the 29th edition of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, one of harness racing's most prestigious events.   Headlining this year's talented group is Sweet Lou, who captured the 2011 Breeders Crown and recorded the fastest mile in history for a freshman pacer, courtesy of his 1:49 speed badge. The son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future ...
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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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