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The Meadows 2:00 Club announces auction prizes

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
The Meadows 2:00 Club has announced its annual Chinese Auction for Charity at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Racetrack Road, Meadow Lands on Sunday, Dec. 18.    You purchase tickets, write your name on them and drop them in the bag for the designated prize. It is always a lot of fun and you could win one or more of the many great prizes donated by our generous members, friends an...
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Christie blasts Tbed horsemen; Big M deal near

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told the Asbury Park Press Monday afternoon that if an agreement to lease Monmouth Park to private interests isn’t in place in one week that racing at the Thoroughbred track “will disappear.” Jeff Gural’s lease agreement of the Meadowlands has stalled as the Thoroughbred dispute continued. Leo McNamara, the executive administrator of the Standardbred Breede...
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Will it be au revoir to the Au Revoir Pace?

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
If a racetrack runs a promotion for over 20 years and only five times did it actually come to fruition, would one think that all efforts are, and were, for naught? Granted some would say yes unless they actually knew what the promotion was.   The promo referred to is Monticello Raceway’s Au Revoir; a final race for 14-year-old horses which annually is presented on the last, or n...
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Total handled up slightly at Batavia

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
Batavia Downs Casino recently concluded its 65th season of live racing with a slight decline in on-track handle and a huge increase in export handle. Live on-track handle decreased three percent from 2010 while export handle increased an impressive 28 percent. Total handle for the 72 race dates was up one percent.   “We knew coming into this season duplicating last year’s numbers when w...
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Nova Artist wins Dover feature in 1:50.1

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
Nova Artist made a big move at the three-quarters to take command in the $30,000 Preferred/Open Pace while Dancin Yankee closed strongly to win the $30,000 Delaware Special at Dover Downs on Monday.   After just missing by a neck in last week’s Delaware Special, Allan Davis sent Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist past battling leaders Highbeam Rusty N (Matt Kakaley) and Cams Art (Dave M...
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Kavoleff off to strong start at Pompano

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
Only a half dozen starters have gone to the gate at Pompano from his stable but the message is already clear: horses from the Alex Kavoleff barn have arrived ready to roll from Harrah's Chester and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Kavoleff returned to a winter base in Florida after a one-ear absence.   The Kavoleff barn picked up a win with a third straight starter at Pompano in ...
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Kandor Hanover cruises to Meadows win

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
Kandor Hanover put the field away with a swift third panel, then cruised to her second straight victory—and fourth in the last five starts—in Monday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Kandor Hanover was fifth down the backside when she and Dave Palone began their uncovered assault on the leader, Victory Is Coming. The 5-year-old daughter of Tagliabue-...
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Big Prix d'Amerique prep win for Ready Cash

on 12/11/2011 12:00 AM
A lot of European horsemen have been looking forward for a revenge battle in the 1 million (euro) Prix d'Amerique in late January between Ready Cash and Maharajah. Ready Cash has now convinced more than ever with two straight wins in the "B-tests," the Bretagne and now in the Prix de Bourbonnais on Saturday.   Ready Cash was driven by Franck Nivard also this time for an ...
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Dec. 20 deadline to finalize Monmouth Park deal

on 12/11/2011 12:00 AM
The Asbury Park Press has reported that Morris Bailey's agreement to lease Monmouth Park--which he had announced late last week he wished to opt out of--is back on the table. The state of New Jersey has given a deadline of Dec. 20 to finalize the agreement that now calls for Bailey to lease the Thoroughbred track but turn over operations to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. &nbs...
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SOANY holds annual meeting

on 12/11/2011 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York's Board of Directors met on Saturday in a lengthy meeting open to all members at the corporate offices in Yonkers, N.Y.   At the conclusion of a 90-minute meeting of the trustees of the Retirement and Welfare Fund chaired by director Peter Venaglia, the annual meeting commenced with a report of the election's committee. It was announced t...
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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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