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Special T Rocks takes Dover feature

on 03/26/2012 2:00 AM
Special T Rocks pulled a mile surprise winning the $36,000 Preferred/Handicap Pace at Dover Downs Monday, while Flying Instructor, It's Outta Here and Bail Money won Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund preliminaries.   Daryl Bier became a two-time owner- trainer-driver winner, piloting Special T Rocks to a1:51.3 triumph in the week's top pace, out-legging Bondy N and Ron Pierce to t...
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Pine Of Broadway 69-1 winner for Fahys

on 03/26/2012 2:00 AM
A monstrous longshot at 69-1, Pine Of Broadway saved ground, brushed wide late and pulled off a stunning upset in Monday's $28,600 championship of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows.   Dave Palone notched two wins on the 15-race card, lifting his career total to 14,996 as he seeks to become the second driver in North American harness racing history with 15,000 lifetime vict...
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Real Nice leads Levy Series winners at Yonkers

on 03/25/2012 2:00 AM
The grown-ups came out to play Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway beginning its George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. A half-dozen, $50,000 divisions comprised the first leg for Free-For-Allers, and the participants saved the fastest for the lastest.   Defending series champ Real Nice (Jason Bartlett) stole a cheap early number in the final grouping, then held sway against t...
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See You At Peelers a narrow winner in return

on 03/24/2012 2:00 AM
She was both the star attraction and the biggest question entering Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open pacing mares. Friday night featured the 4-year-old debut of See You at Peelers (Brian Sears), and, even though she only came away with half a loaf, she a was whole lot better. After beginning her career with 22 consecutive victories, she became both mortal (theee consecuti...
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Spring Survivor Series begins next week

on 03/24/2012 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will hold the first round of its Spring Survivor Series for trotters and pacers next week.  The trotting series begins Friday, March 30, with the entry box closing at 9 a.m. Monday, March 26.  The pacing series commences Saturday, March 31.  That entry box closes 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27. Due to fewer nominations than anticipated, no horse will b...
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Toscano hoping to play her 'air guitar' at Woodbine

on 03/24/2012 2:00 AM
Air Guitar Hanover will make her Canadian debut in the opening round of the inaugural edition of the Blossom Pacing Series, Monday evening at Woodbine.   While racing at Harrah's Chester, The Meadows, the Meadowlands and Tioga Downs, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Amorettocrafted a career record of 3-2-2 in 10 outings, alongwith $46,295 in lifetime earnings.   ...
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San Pail wins 2012 debut; nearing $3 million

on 03/24/2012 2:00 AM
San Pail, the 2011 Horse of the Year on both sides of the border, notched his 50th career win in 1:52.1 in the lone division of the opening leg of the Glorys Comet Series at Woodbine. With the victory, the son of San Pellegrino-Village Beauty brought his career earnings to $2,913,106. Driven by regular pilot Randy Waples, San Pail cleared to the lead past the opening panel by Windsong Geant...
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Campagnuolo sweeps FADC trots at Pompano

on 03/24/2012 2:00 AM
Avid horse owner and amateur driving enthusiast John Campagnuolo of Loxahatchee, FL had a dream night he won't soon forget on Saturday evening, March 24 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. The 49 year old trucking company operator was in the bike to win both of trotting events in the weekly Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC) series. He teamed Blake Island to a perfect pocket trip win i...
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Sparky Mark, Golden Receiver win at Woodbine

on 03/24/2012 2:00 AM
On Saturday’s programme at Woodbine, four-year-old and older pacers contested two $50,000 divisions of the opening leg of the Spring Pacing Championship Series. Both Sparky Mark and Golden Receiver prevailed as favourites in their respective tilts. Sparky Mark, in rein to driver Sylvain Filion, scored the fastest of two divisions after stopping the clock in 1:49.4. The son of Astreos cleared...
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Conditions approved excluding progeny of 4YOs

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
The official language designed to exclude the progeny of 4-year-old stallions (absent meeting one of the listed exemptions) from stakes races at The New Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs has been approved for inclusion in stakes conditions at those tracks beginning with horses bred in 2013, foals of 2014.   This same language is to be included in stakes conditions by the Woodbine Entertai...
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Racing canceled at Saratoga due to strangles

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
Due to an outbreak of Strangles, all racing at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway has been cancelled. Qualifiers were scheduled for Friday morning but were canceled, and disinfection of the paddock was underway. Racing will resume, barring any complications, on April 11.   "We have been in contact with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board regarding the issue," said John...
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Ontario commission warns about oxygen-carrying substances

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission advises all members of the Ontario racing community to use caution when administering substances that may cause a positive test. In particular are those drugs which affect the oxygen-carrying ability of the hemoglobin molecule. Severe penalties and sanctions will be imposed on trainers who possess, use or whose horses test positive for a range of substances that ma...
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Notables return to track in Big M qualifiers

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Jim Campbell sent out his 2010 stakes star Fashion Delight and his 2011 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Opening Night in qualifying action at the Meadowlands Friday morning and both horses won and appear ready for the 2012 season.   Opening Night, a 4-year-old son of Broadway Hall who also finished third in last year's Hambletonian, won by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:54, with John Campbell...
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Machapelo on track to begin season in Ontario

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
When co-owner Marc Hanover receives the status report on his prized pacer, Machapelo, from trainer Linda Toscano, he keeps hearing "he's all business."   A homebred son of Mach Three-Capelo Rose, Machapelo enjoyed a profitable rookie campaign last season with a record of 3-5-2 from 14 starts with earnings of $504,243. His biggest payday came in the $300,000 Battle of Waterloo, along with vi...
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Sugar Valley Farm open house on March 31

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
Sugar Valley Farm will host an open house and stallion parade on Saturday (March 31) from 2-4 p.m. There will be two parades -- one at 2:30 p.m. and the other at 3:30 p.m. The stallions will be available to be viewed throughout the afternoon. Food will be provided by Jeff Short of Shorty's Barbeque.   Sugar Valley Farm is located in Delaware, Ohio, home of the Little Brown Jug. To reach t...
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Majority of Ontarians approve of slots at tracks

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
Fully three quarters of Ontarians say they approve of the 'Slots at the Racetrack' program (74%), and two-thirds approve of the specific terms of the deal OLG currently has with Ontario's horse racing tracks (61%) according to a new survey conducted by Forum Research on behalf of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association.   The vast majority say it is important that the 60,000 jobs conn...
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Yonkers, Freehold, Maine react to strangles case

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
Effectively immediately, all horses entering Yonkers Raceway's paddock and barn area shall be required to have a current health certificate. No exceptions are to be made to this edict, which remains in effect until further notice. For further information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627.   Freehold Raceway has announced that all horses that have either raced or have...
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Negative tests for stranges required at Tioga, Vernon

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in preparation for the 2012 race seasons, will open their barn areas on April 1. The main racetrack at Vernon Downs will open on Monday, March 26, due to the warm weather, while Tioga will open on Monday, April 2, to gear up for the first qualifying events (April 13 – Vernon), and (April 20 – Tioga). Management would also like to inform horsemen that if the...
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Stay granted, Reibercrombie back in Levy

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
Reibercrombie will compete in the George Morton Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers on Saturday night. Owner Steve Calhoun appealed the ruling of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, which honored the horse's suspension in Ontario, and a stay was granted.   Earlier in the week, according to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board director of communications Lee Park, R...
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Memorial service for Dave Rankin Saturday

on 03/23/2012 2:00 AM
A small memorial service for Dave Rankin, an Ohio Hall of Fame horseman, will be held at Mt. Sterling Methodist Church at 1 p.m. in Hopewell, Ohio. Rankin died last week after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The church is located at 8185 National Road (Route 40) just west of Zanesville.   The Rankin family asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Ste...
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