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Mud Pie served at The Meadows

on 12/10/2011 12:00 AM
Mud Pie Hanover wrested the early lead from Red Star Hottie, then kept her pocketed the rest of the way as she captured Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   After that early tussle for the front, Eric Ledford gave Mud Pie Hanover a second-panel breather in :30. That was all she needed to blaze home in :55.3 and triumph in 1:53, downing Red Star Hottie by 1 1/...
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Handle on rise at Balmoral Park

on 12/10/2011 12:00 AM
On the heels of a very strong November, Balmoral Park rolls into the holiday season showing strong gains in handle compared to 2010. The combination of large fields, guaranteed pools, low takeout and monster payoffs has made the Balmoral Park signal extremely attractive.   There was no stronger barometer than the average wagered per race. Balmoral Park showed double-digit gains in November ...
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Cal Expo Board to opt out of meet operation

on 12/10/2011 12:00 AM
At the Dec. 9 meeting of the Cal Expo Board of Directors, members unanimously approved a motion to exercise their option, under the current agreement with the California Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA), not to operate or manage harness racing at Cal Expo after Aug. 23, 2012.   Such action will not impact the current racing meeting or the Winter/Spring Harness Meet at Cal Expo that r...
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Dragon's Blood scores in 1:51.1 at Pompano

on 12/10/2011 12:00 AM
Mike Micallef has always maintained that the best game for top class pacer Dragon's Blood is from the front end. The driver and horse were tested to the limit to prove it in the feature race on the Saturday program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park and they came through with flying colors.   Micallef, also the trainer of the 7-year-old Dragon Again-Canaco Model gelding, had him on...
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Despite layoff, Southern Allie best at Yonekrs

on 12/10/2011 12:00 AM
Southern Allie (Yannick Gingras), despite four weeks off, proved best Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position three, "Allie" was away third, watching as Pangiorno (catch-driver Cat Manzi) led through early intervals of :26.2 and :55.2. Southern Allie made his move in turn three, engaging--then overtaking--the leader right at th...
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A Callahan six-pack at Dover Downs

on 12/10/2011 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan became the first driver to win six races on a single card during this meet at Dover Downs but he could not win the $15,000 pace because he did not have a drive in the feature race on Saturday. A 19-1 shot, Sometimes Regrets, was the winner with Ross Wolfenden in the sulky.   For the second straight week Sometimes Regrets, owned by Ryan Gray and Scott Collier, w...
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Modern Legend sets Autumn record

on 12/10/2011 12:00 AM
  On a cold December night, Modern Legend still sizzled, lowering the Autumn Stakes record to 1:50.4 in the $60,000 final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Saturday at Woodbine. With driver Jack Moiseyev in the bike, Modern Legend also took a new lifetime mark when he captured the lion’s share of the purse for trainer/owner/breeder David Drew.   Mach My Word (Randy Wap...
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Cleveland Classic to Westwardho Hanover

on 12/10/2011 12:00 AM
Despite being parked three wide through the opening quarter of :27.2, the heavily-favored Westwardho Hanover made easy work of the $162,200 Jay Auto Group Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at Northfield Park. With Dave Palone driving, Westwardho Hanover scored in 1:51.1, easily defeating runner-up Mystic Desire, driven by Peter Wrenn, and third-place finisher Audreys Drea...
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Kash's Cantab wins Big Noon race in Sweden

on 12/09/2011 12:00 AM
Kash's Cantab won big at the Solvalla track in Stockholm on Wednesday night. The Solvalla races at least one night a week throughout the year, with Wednesday always a staple of the schedule. One week ago the Swedish betting company ATG introduced a new game called V86, which ask the player to find 6, 7 and 8 winners. So far it's been a challenge as the first card did not have any winne...
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The Prophet Mary divine in Autumn final

on 12/09/2011 12:00 AM
The Prophet Mary, driven by Keith Oliver, captured the $50,000 Autumn Stakes final Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.   The lightly-raced daughter of Million Dollar Cam-Proxahantis left alertly from post six and sat comfortably in the two hole as St. Lads Morgan (Billy Davis Jr.) crossed over to command past the opening station in :28.1. As the freshman filly pacers went past the hal...
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Up The Credit to stand at Seelster Farms

on 12/09/2011 12:00 AM
Up The Credit p, 2, 1:51.4s; 3, 1:49s ($1,161,643), the winner of the $1.5 million North America Cup this year, will be standing at Seelster Farms in Ontario in 2012.   Up The Credit's other sophomore victories include the $117,644 Simcoe Stakes, $100,000 Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, $100,000 Meadowlands Pace Consolation, $80,000 Diplomat Pacing Series Final and an elimination ...
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Rose Konesky, 91, dies in Ohio

on 12/09/2011 12:00 AM
Rose Konesky, 91, the widow of John Konesky Jr. and mother of horseman John Konesky III, died Dec. 7   Mrs. Konesky, her late husband, and children John Konesky III and Roseann Ward have been deeply involved in harness racing in Ohio for many years.   The family will receive friends one hour before a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Catholic Church...
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Adventure Bound Autumn winner bound?

on 12/09/2011 12:00 AM
Although Adventure Bound did not win his Autumn Stakes elimination this past Saturday at Woodbine, trainer Eric Adams remains optimistic that he has his sophomore pacer on the right track heading into the $60,000 final on Saturday.   The son of Camluck-Unchained Speed finished a respectable fourth in his elimination, a race which Adams was proud of.   "He’s been getting better an...
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Horseman R. Steven "Steve" Gray Sr. dies

on 12/09/2011 12:00 AM
Richard Steven Gray, Sr., 50, of Anderson, Indiana, died Thursday, Dec. 8, in Anderson, Ind. Mr. Gray was the brother of Kentucky-based horseman Jack Gray Jr. and horsewoman Peggy Grant.   Born May 14, 1961 in Marion County, KY, he was an owner and trainer of Standardbred horses.   At the time of his passing, Mr. Gray had trained the winners of $2,058,736. Over his lif...
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$79.90 for a 'Candy Bar' at Woodbine

on 12/09/2011 12:00 AM
Not only did Highland Candy Bar capture the $60,000 Autumn Stakes final for sophomore pacing fillies Friday evening at Woodbine, but the miss did it the hard way, parked out the entire mile at odds of 35-1.   Coming into the featured event, the daughter of Mach Three-Oh My Dear was winless in 25 starts this season for trainer-driver Garrett Whelan and owner Highland Thoroughbred Farm. &n...
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Symphony In Motion wins Yonkers photo finish

on 12/09/2011 12:00 AM
Millionairess-in-waiting Symphony In Motion (Jason Bartlett) stuck her tongue out at the right time Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from post position five, she made the first lead, then surrendered to Breakheart Pass (Yannick Gingras) before a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. As the ladies approached the :56.3 half, T...
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Harness Racing Museum needs bubble wrap

on 12/09/2011 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum has put out a call for packing "peanuts" and bubble wrap to help them prepare holiday gifts for shipping from their gift shop.  Packing peanuts and bubble wrap can be dropped off at the Museum at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. during business hours.  The Museum is open Saturday and Sunday also, www.harnessmuseum.com for directions and hours. &...
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Bailey asks out of Monmouth lease agreement

on 12/08/2011 12:00 AM
The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting Thursday afternoon that Morris Bailey, who had earlier reached a tentative agreement to lease Monmouth Park Thoroughbred track, has decided to opt out of the deal because of a dispute with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association over the number of race dates. “Mr. Bailey is very disappointed the transaction could not be closed,” attorney Ronald...
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Stakes changes at Big M; Adios raced at night?

on 12/08/2011 12:00 AM
With the annual Florida meeting of the sport’s race secretaries in the books, the 2012 stakes schedule is beginning to take shape. The Meadows’ Tom Leasure told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that the early schedule the track turned into the Pennsylvania State Racing Commission has the eliminations and final for the Adios for 3-year-old colt pacers moved from its traditional daytime slot ...
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Social media, ADWs on agenda at Racing symposium

on 12/08/2011 12:00 AM
The 38th Annual Symposium on Racing & Gaming came to a close Thursday, wrapping up an innovative week of panels focused on adjusting the current racing business model in order to meet the needs of the modern market.  One of the final panels, “Social Media and the ADW: a Match Made in Heaven?” provided a look at how new technologies can be managed in ways that will re-engage current r...
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