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Gural wants USTA to address marketing fund

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
A statement has been issued regarding Jeff Gural, operator of the New Meadowlands Racetrack and Tioga and Vernon Downs, and his hopes that the U.S. Trotting Association will address results of a recent USTA poll of members in the state of Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania at its annual meeting which begins Sunday. Gural wrote a letter to USTA executive vice president...
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Meadowlands changes draw schedule

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Beginning Monday, March 19, Meadowlands Racetrack will draw on Monday for Friday cards and Tuesday for Saturday.   The track will follow that draw schedule for the balance of the season. The entry box closes at 9 a.m. both days. (Meadowlands)
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Weiss late-closers highlight Pocono opening week

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs opens their season on Tuesday, April 3, and opening week will be filled with a trio of late-closing events named for one special track employee.   Bobby Weiss held the title of director of track maintenance for over 40 years, and was responsible for maintaining probably the most widely recognized racing surface, regardless of size, in North America. Nume...
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WEG March 15 stakes payments due

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) would like to issue a final reminder all horsemen that major stakes events including the $1 million Metro Pace, $750,000G Maple Leaf Trot and $830,000E Canadian Pacing Derby closeThursday, March 15. Also, 3-year-old Ontario-sired fillies have a sustaining payment for the 2012 WEG SBOA stakes event.   Two-year-old's have sustaining payments due fo...
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Drennan looking for Horse & Groom atonement

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Nik Drennan will try to avenge a narrow loss in the 2011 Horse & Groom final with his trainee Here Comes Numbers in the $82,000 series final on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Here Comes Numbers drew post three in the fifth race feature for conditioned trotters. He will start alongside rival Fountainbleau Volo, who bids for the series sweep and four in a row at the ...
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Windsor Raceway comments on OLG action

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
The following press release was issued by Windsor Raceway, which also held a press conference Wednesday afternoon (March 14).   Windsor Raceway was shocked to learn today of the OLG decision to close the slots at the Windsor Raceway. It is disappointed at the lack of industry consultation in the processes by which the OLG proposed modernization of gaming in Ontario and the resulting...
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Faraldo responds to Gural's press release

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
The following letter was distributed by the Standardbred Owners Association of New York on behalf of its president, Joseph Faraldo, who also serves as a director of the US Trotting Association, representing his district.   I read with interest the press release of Jeff Gural, which trumpets what he characterizes as "overwhelming support” for taking money from horsemen's purse acco...
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Don't Know Chip repeat winner at Dover

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
Don’t Know Chip repeated his win of last week, taking the $27,500 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on a  summer-like Wednesday, March 14. Again, Tagyoureit Hanover was race favorite and enjoyed a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetting Mandabra. Completing the final turn, the entire field was converging on the leader with Don’t Know Chip, driven by Vince Copeland, coming the fa...
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Pavia makes L Dees Hutspa his 5,000th winner

on 03/14/2012 2:00 AM
It took until the final race of the night and some near misses in recent programs along the way, but driver Joe Pavia Jr. persisted as he has his entire career and earned his 5,000th lifetime win in the bike on Wednesday evening at The Isle Casino Pompano Park. Pavia reached the milestone with 6-5 race favorite L Dees Hutspa, a 4-year-old mare by Bettor's Delight-Heir To Treasure, owned a...
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General Brock double for Henriksen

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
Conditioner Per Henriksen made the most of his trip to Woodbine on Monday evening as the veteran trainer sent out a pair of winners in the opening leg of the $20,000 General Brock Series. Henriksen captured the first two of three divisions sending Charlie Is A Joker and Guiltywithanexcuse to the winner's circle.   Sent off as the heavy 1-2 favorite in the opening division, Char...
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Switzer now calling Monticello Raceway home

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
It's not that Monticello Raceway is giving away anything special but over the years it has always been a track where drivers aspiring for bigger and better things wanted to come to race. Perhaps it's the Mighty M's locale, being so close to metropolitan New York racing, or that if they do well they'll get noticed. And after making a name for themselves here it's easier to move on to Yonkers Ra...
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Buswell named VP, GM at Scioto Downs

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
MTR Gaming Group Inc.has named industry veteran Troy J. Buswell to the position of vice president and general manager of Scioto Downs Casino & Racetrack in Columbus, Ohio, effective immediately. The casino is currently under construction and slated to open in the second quarter of 2012.   "Scioto Downs Casino & Racetrack will benefit greatly from Troy's leadership and experi...
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Mobile betting introduced by Dancer in NJ

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
Horse race fans would be permitted to place bets on special mobile devices under legislation introduced by New Jersey Assembly Republican Ronald S. Dancer.   "Smart phones and other mobile devices have transformed our daily lives and we can bring those modern conveniences to the horse racing,” Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth. "This will allow racetracks to keep...
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Ontario's Gillis talks stable stars

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
After earning himself his first O'Brien Award as Canada's top trainer in 2011, Jeff Gillis has much to look forward to in the coming months. Thanks to top horses such as Frenchfrysnvinegar, Speed Again and Mister Herbie, just to name a few, the Hillsburgh conditioner celebrated a career year in 2011 with $3,875,942 in purse earnings.   Gillis, who was also the leading conditioner o...
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Levy, Matchmaker eligibles announced

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
A total of 94 of the best free-for-all pacers in training have been nominated for Yonkers Raceway's premier events for the older crowd, the $1 million (est.) Blue Chip Matchmaker and $1.5 million (est.) George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   The 2012 Matchmaker has attracted 43 mares, including last season's division winner (older female pacer), the New York-bred Anndrovette. ...
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Hoosier Park qualifiers on Wednesday

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will play host to 17 qualifiers on Wednesday, March 14, as it sets to get underway for the live racing season beginning on March 27. The licensing office will open early at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday (March 14) so all those participating in the qualifiers will have an opportunity to get licensed prior to the 10 a.m. start. Please note that anyone on the track ...
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Eaves says WEG will work with government

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment president and CEO Nick Eaves issued the following statement Tuesday about Monday's announcement by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) to end its slots at the racetracks initiative in March 2013.   "The announcement by the government to cancel the Slots at Racetracks Program has immediate implications and raises serious concerns about the future of the h...
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Sagamore Hill Series gets underway at Yonkers

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's 2012 stakes season continued Tuesday night, with the opening round of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series.   The series, for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings who were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through this past Dec. 1, offered an overflow eight, $12,500 divisions.   Tuesday night's Sagamore Hill events were won by...Braden,g,4 (by Art's Ch...
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Cal Expo bests Pompano in Pro-Am Challenge

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
It all came down to the stretch drive of the final race of the 2012 Sunshine Pro-Am Drivers' Challenge which pitted four man teams from California against Florida in a two-night contest which wrapped up on Tuesday evening at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   The teams were comprised of two full-time catch-drivers and two amateurs. The driver with the fewest wins of all eig...
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Itz Cherry Ripe N is sweet in Dover feature

on 03/13/2012 2:00 AM
Itz Cherry Ripe N used a :27.4 final panel to hold off hard-charging Shacked Up to win the $27,500 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Jim Morand and Ron Pierce had driving triples.   Summer-like weather continued in the week's top distaff event as Morand, teamed with 12-1 Itz Cherry Ripe N, left from the rail and never was in jeopardy until a powerful...
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