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USTA states position on Lasix

on 03/20/2012 2:00 AM
After a year of considering all the issues concerning the race day administration of furosemide, commonly known as Salixor Lasix, the U.S. Trotting Association believes the determining factor should be the welfare of the horse. Concluding this past Sundaywith the testimony of Dr. Alice Stack, Dr. Jay Baldwin and Alan Leavitt, it became very clear to us that furosemide has very therapeutic benefits...
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'Youthful' Zeron doubles up in series opener

on 03/20/2012 2:00 AM
Real Infusion and driver Scott Zeron pulled off a 39-1 shocker in the opening leg of the Youthful Pacing Series Monday evening at Woodbine.   In his $20,000 division, the Randy Van Meer pupil got under the wire in a career-best performance of 1:51.4, while visiting the winner's circle for the first time as a 3 year old.   Take A Walk (Jack Moiseyev) cleared to the front as he pass...
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Switzer notches four-bagger at Monticello

on 03/20/2012 2:00 AM
There's a new kid in town and he's getting noticed. And why shouldn't he? After all Kevin Switzer Jr. was the leading driver last year in his home state of Maine and now he's brought that talent to the Mighty M.   On Monday afternoon, the 24-year-old Switzer reined four winners on the 12-race card. He won both halves of the early double; first with Whiskey Gal in 1:52.2 and the...
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Instant $50,000 Pick 5 guarantee at Balmoral

on 03/20/2012 2:00 AM
A one-day Pick 5 carryover of $13,901 will once again bring the national gambling spotlight to the 10-race program at Balmoral Park on Wednesday. The 50-cent Pick 5 wager is offered on races 2 thru 6. With the large carryover in play, the USTA and Balmoral Park have created a $50,000 INSTANT GUARANTEED POOL on the Wednesday Pick 5. Post time for the second race is 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central...
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42 of 51 nominated entered in first Levy leg

on 03/20/2012 2:00 AM
Six, $50,000 divisions have been drawn for Saturday night's opening round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. A total of 42 horses (from a talent pool of 51) of the best older horses in training are scheduled to compete in races 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9. A quickie glimpse at the happy half-dozen follows:   First division--Strand Hanover (Brian Sears, post 4) h...
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Full Of Sand full of pace in Meadows victory

on 03/20/2012 2:00 AM
Customarily a closer, Full Of Sand made an early move to the lead and apparently liked the view as he cruised to victory in Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Pace at The Meadows. His time of 1:50.4, a career best, is the fastest this year by a 4-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track.   Full Of Sand got away fourth but vaulted to the lead at the quarter pole for driver-trainer Ray Paver ...
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Monochromatic holds on to win Dover feature

on 03/20/2012 2:00 AM
Monochromatic had just enough to hold off fast-finishing No Bad Luck to win the $27,500 Mares Handicap Pace in 1:52.1 on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Mach Lady won the $19,000 mares winners-over pace on a female dominated 15-race card.   Corey Callahan steered Monochromatic, a 7-year-old daughter of Dream Away-Ty trained by Dylan Davis for North State Street Stable, to her seco...
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Heartbeat of Ontario racing video released

on 03/19/2012 2:00 AM
In light of the recent announcement from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, that it plans to end the province-wide Slots at Racetracks program in March 2013, the following two and a half minute video was created to illustrate the wide range of people who will be dramatically affected by this decision.   Of the more than 60,000 people involved directly or indirectly with hor...
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Hearthetrainacomin around the bend at Woodbine

on 03/19/2012 2:00 AM
Hearthetrainacomin, a 4-year-old son of Mr. Lavec, will look to find the winner's circle again via the second leg of the $30,000 General Brock Trotting Series,Thursday evening at Woodbine.   Dr. John Chandler, who trains and owns the bay, couldn't be more pleased with how his gelding has performed as of late, especially with his 1:56.3 lifetime best taken last week,returning a hands...
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Broodmare producing upset winners at Pompano

on 03/19/2012 2:00 AM
Cara Mia Hanover has earned a deserved reputation as a broodmare responsible for producing offspring that raced to a remarkable number of upset wins in the 2011-2012 campaign at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. The latest noteworthy winner from the mare was Jump Start at 17-1 in the fifth race on Monday night.   With Anthony Napolitano in the bike, the 7-year-old daughter of Alb...
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37 entered in Blue Chip Matchmaker opener

on 03/19/2012 2:00 AM
Five $40,000 divisions have been drawn for Friday night's opening round of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker. A total of 37 (from a pool of 43) of the finest pacing mares in training are scheduled to compete in races 3,4,5,7 and 8.   A quick perusal of the overnight sheet finds Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick, post 7) and local standout Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett, post 6) leadi...
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NF Notebook wins Meadows debut in 1:57.3

on 03/19/2012 2:00 AM
NF Notebook, whose experience consisted of a single qualifier, made a sparkling debut Monday at The Meadows when he launched an uncovered bid that carried him to victory in the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot. His time of 1:57.3 was the fastest this year by a 3-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track.   Upfront Charlieboy and Americangeneration also captured $15,000 second leg divisi...
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Fancyfreeshark wins Dover feature

on 03/19/2012 2:00 AM
For the third straight week Fancyfreeshark has stepped up in class and for the second week in a row the 5 year old has turned in the fastest time of the week at Dover Downs, this time scoring a 1:50 victory to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap on Monday. Tim Tetrick was at the controls as Fancyfreeshark left quickly to take the lead and then never looked back en route to his fourt...
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Dan Noble to drive at Meadowlands

on 03/17/2012 2:00 AM
  Dan Noble, the 2011 dash leader, will drive at the Meadowlands for the next few weekends. The Ohio-based Noble won driving titles at Northfield Park, Scioto Downs, Lebanon Raceway and The Red Mile en route to 773 victories last year. The 28-year-old reinsman, who bested George Brennan by 19 wins, was voted USHWA's 2011 Rising Star of the Year for his achievement. Noble is the son of ...
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Talk To Tony surprises in 1:51.1 at Pompano

on 03/17/2012 2:00 AM
You couldn't blame millionaire pacer Aracache Hanover for wanting to get away from Florida after his first two races of 2012. Specificially, Aracache Hanover would likely want to get away from driver Wally Hennessey if he could voice his opinion on the topic.   In the $12,000 purse Open Handicap Pace on Saturday evening, at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Aracache Hanover ...
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Anndrovette, Art Z take Overbid, "Clover"

on 03/17/2012 2:00 AM
Anndrovette dominated the field from gate-to-wire in the $101,750 Overbid final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. And in the $78,400 Four Leaf Clover final, longshot Art Z split rivals just in the nick of time to win.   Deftly driven by David Miller, Art Z sat behind dueling leaders Risk Management and Fools Gold and burst through a narrow opening in deep stretch ...
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Woodbine cancels after 9 due to fog

on 03/17/2012 2:00 AM
After Brave Alex Semalu won the $50,000 Open Pace at Woodbine Saturday night, the remainder of the racing card was canceled due to fog. The Ontario Racing Commission judges were unable to utilize the photo finish equipment as a result of the fog, which caused the cancellation of the card after the ninth race.   As for Brave Alex Semalu, he was a three-quarter length winner in 1:49.4...
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Dave Rankin dies at age 65

on 03/16/2012 2:00 AM
Ohio Hall of Fame horseman Dave Rankin, who had been battling cancer for some time, died  Thursday night at the age of 65. Rankin, who was a top colt trainer of his generation, was inducted into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame last January.   A native of Bremen, Ohio, Rankin was a driving force on the Ohio Sire Stakes and fair circuits in the Buckeye State for nearly 40 ye...
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Taggart wins St. Paddy Pace

on 03/16/2012 2:00 AM
Jimmy Taggart Jr. gunned Prince Aidid away from the gate from the six hole and worked out a picture- perfect two-hole journey en route to a 2:00 victory in the 11th edition of the St. Paddy Pace at Monticello Raceway on Thursday.    Besides scoring his initial triumph in the event which features drivers of Irish heritage, Taggart also celebrated his 42nd birthday that day.   Whe...
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PA Harness Week show starts Saturday

on 03/16/2012 2:00 AM
"PA Harness Week,” harness racing's fastest-paced half-hour television show, is back with more action and a longer season. New episodes will air Saturdays at 1 pm through Dec. 29 on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.Tomorrow's season premiere will air at the special time of 12 noon due to NHL hockey.   Online viewers can catch a special sneak preview of tomorrow's episode online at HarnessWe...
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