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Runners working on return to Big M turf in May

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NJTHA), which recently leased Monmouth Park from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, announced on Thursday (March 8) that it plans to hold Thoroughbred racing at the Meadowlands. Jeff Gural, who leases the Meadowlands from the NJSEA, told harnessracing.com he has a verbal agreement with the NJTHA, but details have not yet been fin...
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Fountainbleau Volo cruises at Meadowlands

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
Fountainbleau Volo (pictured) turned in a powerful 1:53.1 victory in second leg action of the Horse & Groom Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands.   The 4-year-old gelding by SJ's Caviar was settled at the pylons for the first quarter mile but then driver David Miller moved him to the lead just after the timer flashed :28.1 for the opening panel. After middle splits of :...
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Gary Charette, caretaker for Dragon's Lair, dies

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
Longtime harness racing participant Gary Charette passed peacefully at his home in Florida on Feb. 29. He was 64.   Charette worked with the horses for many years. He was the caretaker for world champion Dragon's Lair for the Jeff Mallet Stable and also worked for the Jim Miller Stable, where another of his favorites was Brace Yourself. Until his retirement last year he had worked 1...
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Hot Pistol guns to 5th straight at Monticello

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Hot Pistol had a new driver Tuesday at Monticello Raceway but it didn't matter. The pacer won for the fifth consecutive time this season in a seasonal best of 1:58.1.   Mike Merton handled the driving chores for owners Antonio and Maria Grillo and like Jimmy Marohn Jr. had done in the pacer's four previous trips to post, Merton got the Incredible Finale gelding home first....
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Cam Fella winner Reibercrombie tests positive

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Reibercrombie, who won a division of the second round of the Cam Fella Series March 3 at Woodbine Racetrack, has been declared ineligible to race for 90 days by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) as a result of a positive test after finishing second in the Series opener on Feb. 25. According to the ORC, the Casie Coleman-trained pacer Reibercrombie received the positive for the Class III d...
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Seized Standardbreds ready for adoption

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Homes are needed for 16 Standardbreds, eight geldings and eight fillies and mares, seized by the Humane Society of Carroll County (Maryland). They will be shown to prospective adopters on April 1 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hanover Fairgrounds, 451 Eagle Avenue, Hanover, Pa. The public is invited and the horses can be adopted by individuals or section 501©(3) groups.   There is...
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St. Elmo Hero wins Balmoral qualifier

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Despite racing into a stiff headwind in the Balmoral Park stretch, St. Elmo Hero won a qualifier Wednesday morning in 1:56.3 with Pat Curtin driving. Now six, St. Elmo Hero was making his first appearance since finishing fourth last November in the American National at Balmoral, a race that capped off a season that saw the pacer stretch a career-opening win streak to 25 before finally coming u...
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Greg Haverstick named Groom of the Year

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Greg "Stick" Haverstick, a veteran groom working with trainer Colby Hubble's Maryland-based stable, has been named 2011 Groom of the Year in the annual competition sponsored by Harness Tracks of America ("HTA") and Hanover Shoe Farms. In nominating Haverstick, Hubble noted that while the stable has never had any award winners, Haverstick "treats every horse as if they're champions." Havers...
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WEG's stakes payments approaching

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Nominations for Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) major stakes events, including the $1 million Metro Pace, $750,000G Maple Leaf Trot and $830,000E Canadian Pacing Derby close Thursday, 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 for the 2012 Champlain Open and C...
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Scorpion Moon rises to top at Pompano

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Although she was not successful with her new purchase Muscles Marinara later in the card, owner-trainer Tracy Brainard had decidedly better fortune with Scorpion Moon in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday at The Isle Pompano Park.   With Joe Pavia Jr. in the bike, Scorpion Moon sat third in line as Jaavos Boy, in rein to David Ingraham, showed the way to three quarters in 1:...
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Don't Know Chip knows Dover winner's circle

on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM
Don't Know Chip overtook Tagyoureit Hanover in deep stretch to win the $27,500 Open Trot in 1:54 at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Struttin Conway won the $16,000 trot by a nose in the sub-feature. Meet-leading trainer Josh Green haltered three winners.   Vince Copeland moved Don't Know Chip up on the outside to challenge leader and race favorite Tagyoureit Hanover, piloted by Matt ...
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Christian Harness Horsemen's scholarship news

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
The Christian Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) Scholarship Application is now available at www.chha.net. This year CHHA will be awarding a John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship, a James "Bart” Glass Memorial Scholarship, a Carl Allen Memorial Scholarship, Rambling Willie Scholarship and a Weldon Stockwell Scholarship and some unnamed scholarships. Students enrolled in an institute of ...
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If I Can Dream moving to New Jersey for 2012

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Bulletproof Enterprises has announced that world champion and full brother to Western Terror, If I Can Dream p, 2, 1:50.4f; 3, 1:49.4f ($1,990,276), will stand the 2012 breeding season at Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ. Kentuckiana Farms will continue to serve as syndicate manager of his breeding career.   If I Can Dream, the 2-year-old world champion and full bro...
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Imposter A wins season-high 7th of year

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Imposter A, an Australian bred-altered son of Fake Left, scored his seventh victory of the fledgling season on at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon. With that triumph the pacer now leads the nation in races won this year.   Mike Forte was in the sulky once again for trainer Elisha Lafreniere and he used the front-end route with the veteran pacer to score a season's-best 1:58 vic...
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$100,000 guarantee Pick 4 Wednesday at Balmoral

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Here we go again! Get ready for another giant betting opportunity Wednesday as March Madness starts early at Balmoral Park. Players will get a $100,000 guaranteed pool, a big carryover, free program pages courtesy of Track Master and a low 15 percent takeout. What more could a player ask for? If you are a part of the growing "Balmoral Nation," you are certainly aware that the second gu...
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Sulky stats now tracked at Meadowlands

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
By popular request, the Meadowlands Racetrack is now tracking sulky statistics for its players. Several weeks ago, the Meadowlands began color coding sulkies and tracking the information on its live television broadcast. Statistics have been compiled for the past month and will now appear in the live racing program as well. "The statistics of a certain sulky's performance is not only good ...
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More politics in Ohio as legislature negotiates

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Ohio needs emergency legislation passed which specifies the rules for operating video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state's racetracks under the supervision of the Ohio Lottery Commission, but to get that emergency legislation passed there has been some horse trading going on at the statehouse.   Legislation has passed the House that would allow rules for VLTs, but the legislation...
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HOY San Pail set to qualify Thursday

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
San Pail, the Horse of the Year on both sides of the border in 2011, is scheduled to make his first charted line of 2012 in a qualifying session on Thursday morning at Mohawk.   Trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes confirmed that the winner of $2,977,885 who has three Maple Leaf Trot victories will participate in a pair of qualifying sessions to prepare for his first stakes engagement of...
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Valentowner takes Meadows feature

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Valentowner waited patiently in the pocket, then roared through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows at a healthy 5-1. Greg Grismore pushed Valentowner to the lead, where he stung Southern Allie before yielding to the pocket. That strategy paid off when Valentowner, a bit fresher late, downed Southern Allie by a neck in 1:52. Full Of Sand fi...
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Yonkers bringing back Sheppard for 2YOs

on 03/06/2012 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is bringing back the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, for years the Raceway's signature event for 2-year-old colts and geldings.   The Sheppard, dormant since 2003, is scheduled to offer elimination races ($25,000 each division) Saturday night, July 14, with the $100,000 (est.) final going Saturday night, July 21.   An original $250 nomination is due April 1, wi...
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