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Average overnight purse at Yonkers tops $18,600

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York, which represents horsemen competing at Yonkers Raceway, issued a press release on Tuesday (Dec. 20) noting that over the 245 days of live racing, the average overnight purse was a whopping $18,694.03 per race. That amount represents the highest average overnight purses given out anywhere at a single track over a year â€...
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Edie's Desire tied for most wins in NA this year

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
She’s been a winning machine all season long and with the triumph on Tuesday at Monticello Raceway, Edie’s Desire is now tied for the lead in races won in North America this season.   Again with the meet's leading driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. at the controls, Edie’s Desire scored a come-from- behind victory in a time of 1:59, getting the judges call after a tight three- horse photo....
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Gural signs 30-year contract to operate Big M

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced late Tuesday two critical developments in his goal to establish a fully independent, privately operated horse racing industry in New Jersey, with the signing of a 30-year contract for the operation of the Meadowlands harness-racing track, and an agreement to continue thoroughbred racing at Monmouth Park in 2012. Both developments further the Gover...
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Fred And Ginger upsets Westwardho Hanover

on 12/20/2011 12:00 AM
Fred And Ginger twirled from the pocket in the lane to dance past his stablemate, Westwardho Hanover, and capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Westwardho Hanover overtook Fred And Ginger with a quarter-pole move, but under Brett Miller’s urging, Fred And Ginger — the former all-age track record-holder at The Meadows — proved stronger late, prevailing b...
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Grandich interview on Fox cancelled

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
Harness horse owner and financial markets guru Peter Grandich was scheduled to appear on Fox Business News with Stuart Varney on Tuesday morning (Dec. 20)  between 9:30-10 am, but the interview was cancelled.   On Monday Grandich planned to go to Harrah's Chester to watch his trotter Orange Bigi compete in race 6. Orange Bigi finished second.   On Sunday...
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Pennsylvania surpasses NJ casinos in Nov.

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
The Press of Atlantic City (NJ) has reported that Pennsylvania’s casinos and racinos had more gross gaming in November than Atlantic City. Pennsylvania had a gross of $245.8 million from slot machines and table games in November while the 11 Atlantic City casino hotels had gaming of  $245.1 million for the month.   Also of note, Pennsylvania’s table games generated $54 million in r...
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New Vocations stallion auction needs donations

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 14th Annual Stallion Auction, to be held through OnGait.com Feb 8-14.   “This is a dangerous time for unwanted horses, and a successful stallion auction is essential to our ability to handle the staggering number of horses that need us,” said New Vocations executive director Dot Morgan.   New Vocations has place...
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Pierce takes $50,000 Harrah's driving challenge

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
After driving Roll With Joe to a thrilling nose victory in the Battle of the Brandywine at Harrah’s Chester in August, Pierce ran from the winner's circle to the drivers room, changed clothes – then raced to get to Newark (NJ) Airport, where he was to catch a plane to get married in Sweden in two days.   And if “Chester” and “2011” weren’t already linked in Pierce’s mind, t...
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The Meadows to race 208 cards in 2012

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has announced its live racing schedule for 2012, a program that features 208 cards and the 46th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios the last two Saturdays in July. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has approved the schedule.   The Meadows will race 50 weeks in 2012, dark only Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks. Generally, the track will stage fo...
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Tattersalls catalogs now available

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
Catalogs are now available for the 2012 Tattersalls Meadowlands January Winter Mixed Sale. You may obtain your catalog in a variety if ways:Print, Internet, or download to your iPad using Equineline's Sale Catalog iPad app.   To receive your print version, please visitwww.tattersallsredmile.com and click on theCatalog Request Link or call  914-773-7777. To view the catalog on-line, ple...
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Huston voted Proximity Award recipient

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
Roger Huston, the dean of harness racecallers known as “The Voice” of The Meadows and the Little Brown Jug, has been voted the Proximity Award in balloting conducted among the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Last year's Proximity Award recipient was The Horseman And Fair World magazine, the print sibling of harnessracing.com.   The Proximity is considered second in prestige, only behi...
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Dover horsemen give $10,000 in gifts to kids

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
During a break in racing at Dover Downs on Monday night, trainer Janet Davis, organizer of the Horsemen’s Welfare Trust, and Dover Downs horsemen presented more than $10,000 in Christmas season gifts to needy in the Dover, Del. area. All the Capital School District schools were represented in the drive.   In racing action, in the $31,000 Preferred/Open pace, Corey Callahan drove Southwest...
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3 straight for Kandor Hanover at The Meadows

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
Away last in the field of six, Kandor Hanover erased a 2-1/2-length deficit in the stretch to notch her third straight victory in Monday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Although Kandor Hanover was wide in the lane for Dave Palone, the 1-2 favorite gobbled up the leader, Victory Is Coming, in deep stretch and defeated that rival by 3/4 lengths in 1:55. ...
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No racing at Harrah's Chester on Tuesday

on 12/19/2011 12:00 AM
Harrah's Chester has announced that its card scheduled for Tuesday (Dec. 20) has been cancelled, and the races drawn for that day will be moved to Thursday (Dec. 22).   "We had a horse drop onto the track and die after the race, and the state vets were unsure about the cause and sent it away to the lab for test," said Ron Battoni, executive director of the Pennsylvania Harness Hor...
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Lucky Man prevails in Yonkers Open Pace

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
Odds-on choice Lucky Man (George Brennan) lasted on the lead Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Handicap Pace. In a field reduced to a half-dozen, half of those were on the finish line together.   Lucky Man, leaving from post position four (in one notch), was left to his own devices through fractions of :26.3 and :56.2. Nob Hill high  (Dan Dube) was pocketed, w...
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Big Bad John wins qualifier; Tetrick at Pompano?

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
Serving notice that he may soon be ready to return to the racing wars, the 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John scored in 1:52.1 in a morning qualifier on Saturday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Since being transferred to the top Pompano barn of trainer Dan Hennessey from Ohio by conditioner Ron Potter, the 3-year-old colt by Western Hanover-Truly A Work ...
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3 straight wins for Braden at Dover

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
Braden picked up his third straight victory with a 1:54 triumph in a $15,500 conditioned pace at Dover Downs on Saturday. Jon Roberts drove the Bobby Glassmeyer owned and trained Braden, who has earned all three of the wins at Dover.   Braden, a 3-year-old gelding by Arts Clip, arrived in the Glassmeyer barn only last month and has won each of his three starts. Intr...
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Sparky Mark snags 6th straight victory at Woodbine

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
Sparky Mark, who has recovered from a cracked pastern bone that kept him out of racing action for six and a half months, continued down the comebrack trail as he held off his fellow Preferred pacers to record his sixth consecutive victory at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night. This one was clocked in 1:50.3.   With regular reinsman Sylvain Filion in the sulky for the $38,000 event, t...
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Valedictory action for 3YOs at Woodbine

on 12/17/2011 12:00 AM
A total of 21 sophomore pacing colts and gelding invaded Woodbine on Saturday evening to contest a pair of $25,000 Valedictory Stakes eliminations. They were won by the Rocknroll Hanover-sired Audreys Dream (1:51) and Itrustyou (1:51), trained by Ron Burke.   Sent off as the 2-5 favorite, Audreys Dream and driver Jody Jamieson prevailed over Lonesome Attack. Achilles Blue Chi...
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Tetrick has six-bagger at Yonkers

on 12/16/2011 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick made Yonkers Raceway his own personal playground Thursday night, winning six races, including five in a row at one juncture. He drove in each of the dozen races.    After finishing seventh in the opener and fourth-placed-third in the second race, Tetrick won the $9,000, third-race pace with odds-on So Confusing ($2.70). The 3-year-old lass paced her mile-and-one-sixteenth i...
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