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Meadows to host Sadie Hawkins races

on 02/27/2012 12:00 AM
In the fertile imagination of Li'l Abner creator Al Capp, Sadie Hawkins Day was a once-a-year occasion when a woman could marry a man of her choosing — if she could catch him and drag him across the finish line. Capp's 1937 invention spawned Sadie Hawkins Day races across the country. On leap year night, Wednesday, Feb. 29, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will sta...
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Hoosier Park eyes purchase of Indiana Downs

on 02/27/2012 12:00 AM
Following the announcement last week that Indiana Live/Indiana Downs has filed a motion in bankruptcy court that would place the facility up for sale, published reports in Indiana state that Centaur, the parent company of Hoosier Park Casino & Racing, is an interested buyer.   A story in The Herald Bulletin of Anderson, Ind., quotes Centaur CEO Rod Ratcliff as confirming his com...
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Hoosier Park gearing up for March 27 opener

on 02/27/2012 12:00 AM
Final preparations are underway for the 19th season of Standardbred racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The 80-day meet begins Tuesday, March 27, offering five days of racing per week through Saturday, July 14. Post time Tuesday through Saturday is set at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.   Hoosier Park will allow horsemen to ship in to use the racetrack beginning Monday, March 5. The trac...
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Payments for PASS, fair racing due March 15

on 02/27/2012 12:00 AM
Approximately $12 million is ready to be won by Pennsylvania's brightest and fastest harness racing stars during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition in 2012.   With slots play in the state at an all-time high of more than $30.3 billion last year, the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund, which gains a portion of the slots proceedings, also grew to record levels, and in thi...
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Pocono stable area to open Thursday

on 02/27/2012 12:00 AM
After one of the mildest winters on record, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is preparing for its 2012 racing season by opening the stable gates Thursday (March 1), for the arrival of horsemen and horses. Racing kicks off Tuesday, April 3.   Luann Reynolds, stall superintendent, will be on hand as more than 50 horses begin arriving shortly after the gates open at 8 a.m. Among the early a...
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PL Daley takes Don Mills final in 1:55.4

on 02/27/2012 12:00 AM
After posting a pair of second-place efforts in the preliminary rounds of the Don Mills Trotting Series, PL Daley was guided to the winner's circle in the rich $75,000 final Monday evening at Woodbine by regular pilot Chris Christoforou.   Christoforou elected to use off-the-pace tactics in the early going as Charlie Is A Joker (Sylvain Filion) was the front-runner at the opening qu...
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Hennesseys win with Eyewitness Account

on 02/27/2012 12:00 AM
Following closely after his milestone 8,000th winning drive and his February private purchase of pacer Waterside Champ bringing him a pair of wins in his first three starts, Hall Of Fame driver Wally Hennessey has done it again with a private acquisition of pacing mare Eyewitness Account at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   In the first start in the care of trainer Dan Hennesse...
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Photo Fantasy upsets in Meadows mare trot

on 02/27/2012 12:00 AM
Dismissed at 11-1, Photo Fantasy worked out a comfortable pocket trip, then charged through the Lightning Lane to score the upset in Monday's $22.500 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows.   Although competitive in The Meadows' top distaff trot, Photo Fantasy had been earning checks rather than wins and thus was lightly regarded. On Monday, however, she sat behind the hard-...
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Tetrick drives 5 winners on Dover card

on 02/27/2012 12:00 AM
RossWolfenden put Southwestern Dream into the lead on the clubhouse turn and Southwestern Dream held off Ise The By Boy the rest of the way while chalking up a 1:50.4 victory in the $31,000 Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on Monday (Feb. 27).   In other Dover action, the ever-improving Jolt scored an impressive win in the $23,000 Open Pace and Ross Wolfenden drove both feature race wi...
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2,000 wins for Jordan Stratton

on 02/26/2012 12:00 AM
With his second win on Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night card driver Jordan Stratton won the 2,000th race of his career. Stratton, who reached 1,999 with Foreign Officer ($9.30) in the $27,000, eighth-race pace, hit the milestone when Lola's Cruiser ($13.60) was both good and lucky in the $20,000, 11th-race pace.   "Lola" prevailed (1:55) in a race where runner-up Report F...
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Roxane Griff beats Ready Cash in Prix de Paris

on 02/26/2012 12:00 AM
The Prix de Paris, the last of the three giant races during the 2011/2012 winter-meeting at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, was raced Sunday afternoon.   Surprisingly, Ready Cash made another start before entering stud and it was a test of his stamina in the marathon-event, which is contested at 4,150 meters (about 3 1/2 miles). It was a thrilling race with Quif de Villeneuve (Cokt...
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Tetrick is Fool Of Ideas at Dover

on 02/26/2012 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick drove Fool Of Ideas to his second consecutive victory in the $15,500 pace on a balmy Sunday at Dover Downs. Meet leader Corey Callahan had a four-win "grand slam" on the card.   For the second week, the I Am A Fool-Enlightened One gelding Fool Of Ideas took the lead early and was never headed in a 1:53 decision with Tetrick at the controls. Viper Hanover (Tony...
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Illinois-based trainer Jerald Grevengold dies

on 02/25/2012 12:00 AM
Friday was a tough day for horsemen and fans of Maywood Park as longtime trainer Jerald Grevengoed passed away late Friday afternoon.   The 69-year-old Grevengoed, who had sent out almost 300 winners after embarking on a training career in 1992, was found unresponsive in a tack room on the backstretch at Maywood Park after bringing a pair of horses to the track for Friday's rac...
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Drivers hurt in Maywood race accident

on 02/25/2012 12:00 AM
A nasty wreck in the 10th race at Maywood Park on Friday night sent four horses and drivers tumbling to the ground after Stylish Soiree N and John Roberts set off a chain reaction accident while storming to the lead while three wide after the three-quarter-mile mark.     Just after clearing to the top the Tom Harmer trainee appeared to take a bad step and went tumbling to t...
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Near-perfect qualifiers at Rosecroft

on 02/25/2012 12:00 AM
Over a track rated as fast, but with a two-second allowance given for howling winds, 22 of the 23 horses that competed Saturday morning at Rosecroft qualified. The day's most impressive mile was put up by I Told Gordy who backed off the half and outsprinted a determined Devil's Ivy to score a 1:57.2 mile. Devil's Ivy was valiant in defeat finishing two lengths back at the wire.   Ru...
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Drive All Night drives hard late in Pompano win

on 02/25/2012 12:00 AM
It might have seemed to reinsman Anthony Napolitano that he had to drive all night before prevailing in an 8-1 upset photo finish decision in Pompano's $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday. And that's exactly what he did. With an unlikely trip scenario, Napolitano teamed Drive All Night to a hard-closing victory. The tempo was hot and heavy in the early going of the featured event in Sou...
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Blatantly Good wins Big M Invitational

on 02/25/2012 12:00 AM
Driver Ron Pierce tipped Blatantly Good from fourth approaching the half and the 8-year-old son of Albert Albert remained game despite a first-over journey the rest of the distance to win Saturday night's $30,000 Invitational Pace at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2.   Brian Sears left fastest from the inside post with the 3-5 favorite Golden Receiver as David Miller tucked into the two ho...
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Itrustyou's streak ends at 13 in Cam Fella

on 02/25/2012 12:00 AM
Itrustyou had his impressive 13-race win streak come to an end Saturday night when Modern Legend captured the opening round of the Cam Fella Pacing Series at Woodbine. Driver Jack Moiseyev, who swept both $30,000 divisions, guided Modern Legend to the winner's circle. The 4-year-old gelding extended his own win streak to six with the triumph.   Sonic Dancer (Jody Jamieson) clocked t...
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Moffett to make polar plunge for charity

on 02/25/2012 12:00 AM
Heather Moffett is known for her compassion and raising money for charity, almost as much as she is known for her bubbly, energetic personality on the two harness racing television shows she hosts. Organizing fund raisers, getting people involved in community service and raising awareness for her favorite non-profit organizations are on-going efforts for the third-generation horsewoman. Now, H...
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MacDonald scores in Yonkers debut

on 02/24/2012 12:00 AM
Mark MacDonald made his Westchester--and 2012 seasonal--debut Thursday night, driving a Yonkers Raceway duo.   MacDonald's first drive was a last (sixth)-place finish behind Heaven and Hall in the $11,000, second-race trot. He then found paydirt in the $14,000, 10th-race pace, winning with the first-up Tongue Twister ($16.60) in a season's-best 1:55.3.    Both h...
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