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Free Meadowlands Preview now available!

on 01/06/2012 12:00 AM
The New Meadowlands Racetrack opens on Friday night as Jeff Gural’s 31-year lease is now in full swing. There are plenty of changes at the Big M, including a newly-banked racetrack surface, and you can read how some believe the differences will likely come into play in this week’s free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. There are also changes to the wagering offerings, and the full menu can ...
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Winbak offers discount for early bookings

on 01/06/2012 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm will be giving a $1,000 discount to anybody who books by the end of February to Riverboat King and Village Jove.    Riverboat King, p, 2, 1:54.1; 3,1:50.1; 4,1:48.3 ($1,234,576), is a son of Cam’s Card Shark, out of the No Nukes mare, Why Won’t Ya. He is the sire of 2011 Dan Patch Award Winner, Anndrovette, p, 2, 2:01.4h; 3, 1:52.1s; 4, 1:49.2s -'11($1,325,080) who rece...
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Pena files suit against Meadowlands ban

on 01/06/2012 12:00 AM
NorthJersey.com has reported that trainer Lou Pena, who said he was told by officials at the New Meadowlands Racetrack that he would not be allowed to race his horses at the track in 2012, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against track lessee Jeff Gural and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.   The report indicated Pena is requesting an immediate and permanent injuncti...
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Put On A Show to return for Overbid

on 01/06/2012 12:00 AM
Trainer Chris Ryder told harnessracing.com Friday morning that the 2010 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Put On A Show, who did not make a start in 2011 after having surgery to remove a bone chip in a knee, is on schedule to return to the track in the Overbid Series that begins March 2 at the Meadowlands. “She’s been in 2:15 and I expect she’ll qualify in about five or six weeks,...
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Gural thanks industry, asks for support

on 01/06/2012 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural issued the following press release Friday afternoon prior to the kick-off for the 2012 Meadowlands meet.   "I would like to thank all of the fans for honoring me with the Railbird Recognition Award.  It is very much appreciated.  I promise that I will do everything I can to promote harness racing at the Meadowlands and make the product that we present the finest possibl...
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Handbook for Ontario Resident Mare Program, OSS

on 01/06/2012 12:00 AM
The Ontario Horse Improvement Program has published the 2012 Program Criteria Book for the Standardbred Improvement Program (SIP), which includes the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program and the Ontario Resident Mare Program (ORMP). The book provides the specific details for the suite of Standardbred programs worth over $23 million in 2012. To read the full release which includes changes and highlig...
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Meadowlands live on-track handle up 50%

on 01/06/2012 12:00 AM
Live handle was up more than 50 percent on opening night of the 2012 harness meet at Meadowlands Racetrack. On-track wagering was $380,499 versus $245,139 the previous year, a 55 percent increase. The $2,166,584 total handle was on a par with 2011, despite one less race on the card. The numbers are a promising start to the Meadowlands’ first season under private management.   Si...
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Keystone Thomas continues to win at Pompano

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
The Wednesday card at Pompano Park featured the first Open Handicap Trot of 2012 and Keystone Thomas gave no clue that his 2011 successes will be curtailed anytime soon.   Jaavos Boy, in rein to David Ingraham, was trying to repeat his heroics of Dec. 28 with another front-end try which lasted into the stretch after a third-quarter battle with Pembrook Street to the final turn in 1:25....
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Blueridge Tornado upsets in Dover feature

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
Blueridge Tornado, a 10-1 shot, won his fifth straight recording a lifetime-best 1:55.4 in the $23,000 Open Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Shortly after the start of the feature race, prohibitive favorite Anders Bluestone (Ross Wolfenden) and Lets Get Serious N (George Dennis) went off stride and were never factors.   Matt Kakaley got Blueridge Tornado away fourth and then waite...
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New farms for Shadyshark Hanover, Allamerican Captor

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
It's the time of year for stud news, and new homes have been announced for Shadyshark Hanover and Allamerican Captor.   Shadyshark Hanover p,2,1:50.4; 3,1:47.4 ($765,656), a son of Cam's Card Shark-Shady Past (by No Nukes), will stand in 2012 at Victory Hill Farm in LaGrange, Ind.   Shadyshark Hanover was 2011’s fastest 3-year-old pacer with his stakes record 1:47....
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Miss Gypsy Witt to be inducted into Wisconsin Hall

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
The Wisconsin Harness Horse Association will hold its awards banquet on January 21 in Madison at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel on East Washington Avenue. Numerous awards will be presented, including three inductions into the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame. One of this year’s inductees will be the broodmare Miss Gypsy Witt (Horse Category).   As Castleton Farms began advertisi...
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Cancellieres negotiating to buy Magical Acres

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
New Jersey-based trainer Tom Cancelliere told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that not only is he extremely happy with the early progress of the eight yearlings he and his brother John purchased last fall for a combined $1.95 million, but they are also negotiating to purchase Chuck Sylvester’s Magical Acres training center in Chesterfield. “We touch (property) with Chucky; we hav...
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"Monkey" no wrench in Umphrey's O'Brien pursuit

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
His career year in 2011 turned plenty of heads, a million dollar-plus campaign that could see Travis Umphrey get the nod for a coveted O’Brien Award, courtesy of a fleet-footed filly.   After eclipsing the seven-figure mark in purse earnings last year, it’s only fitting that Umphrey will be in attendance at the O’Brien Awards, which celebrates Canadian harness racing’s best, on Ja...
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Cam Fella Award not awarded in 2011

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada on Thursday announced there is no 2011 recipient for the Cam Fella Award.   The Cam Fella Award, named in honor of the world class Standardbred horse, Cam Fella, is awarded for extreme recent meritorious service to the Canadian harness racing industry. Because of his unparalleled contributions to the sport of harness racing, Standardbred Canada established the Cam F...
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Pierce to head to Sweden for festivities

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
The Swedish trotting publication Trav Ronden has reported on its website that Hall of Famer Ron Pierce will be a special guest at the Swedish Horse Year Gala, where year-end honors are presented, on Friday, Jan. 13, in Gothenburg, Sweden.   Pierce, 55, also said he was interested in any driving opportunities and may possibly compete in V75 races at the Aby track in Gothenburg the next day.
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Trotter Jessesjo wins third straight

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
Jessesjo worked out a comfortable half, then brooked no challenges late as he drew off to his third straight victory in Thursday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Vaulting to the lead from post 8, Jessesjo and Dave Palone threw on the brakes to get the opening half in :59.1. The 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Boston Blaze gelding romped home to score in 1:57.2 over a sloppy ...
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Bier wins with his horse Highway at Dover

on 01/05/2012 12:00 AM
Daryl Bier rang up his second winner at Dover Downs on Thursday night when he steered Highway to victory in a $13,500 trot for 4 and 4 year olds.   Highway, a four-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall-Something Of Value who is owned, trained and driven by Bier, turned in a 1:58.1 mile to win in his first start of the New Year.  Hollywood Rusty (Brad Hanners) was...
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Pennsylvania's Walter Christman dies

on 01/04/2012 12:00 AM
Walter L. Christman, 74, of Washington, Pa., died Tuesday (Jan. 3) from complications of diabetes. Mr. Christman owned Standardbreds that raced at The Meadows for many years, and his son, Mark, trains and owns horses that race at the track.   Born in Washington, Pa., where he was raised by his grandparents, Mr. Christman was a 1955 graduate of Washington High School...
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Gural named Horseperson of the Year

on 01/04/2012 12:00 AM
Voting for the Railbird Recognition Awards ended on New Year’s Eve and the voice of the fans of harness racing have been heard. After nearly 8,000 votes were cast, Jeff Gural was named the 2011 Horseperson of the Year and Big Bad John’s Little Brown Jug win was tabbed as the most memorable Racing Moment of 2011.   Gural, who owns and operates Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in New York St...
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Yonkers returning to one-mile racing

on 01/04/2012 12:00 AM
When Yonkers Raceway returns for 2012, flat-mile racing does, too. The Raceway has announced that all races--overnights, series and stakes--shall be contested at the traditional one-mile distance. Yonkers had offered mile and one-sixteenth overnight events exclusively since last February.   Any distance exceptions would be indicated on the weekly condition sheet.   Speaking of said s...
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