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Emily Gaskin new Hoosier Park publicist

on 03/02/2012 12:00 AM
Emily Gaskin has joined the team at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Gaskin has assumed the duties of racing publicist and executive assistant to Brian Elmore, general manager of racing.   A resident of Pendleton, Ind., Gaskin graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in agricultural communication. During her time at UK, she worked as an intern for The Horseman and Fai...
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DGs Tinkerbell, Miss Sand Creek win in Damsel

on 03/02/2012 12:00 AM
With the second leg of the $40,000 Damsel Series taking place Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack, DGs Tinkerbell and Miss Sand Creek took home the lions share for their connections and recorded lifetime best efforts in the process.   In the first division, DGs Tinkerbell and Luc Ouellette enjoyed a perfect pocket trip to score the victory in 1:52.2. Post time favorite Ole Miss (Billy Da...
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Not Afraid a strong Singer Memorial winner

on 03/02/2012 12:00 AM
Not Afraid broke his maiden by open lengths in the $44,500 Charles Singer Memorial final on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Also on the card was the first leg of the Overbid Series for mares and Rocklamation won in 1:52.3, with 2011 Dan Patch honoree Anndrovette third and Put On A Show ninth after starting from post 10 and never seeing the pylons.   With Ron Pierce in tow...
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Danita Harvey wins Sadie Hawkins Trot

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
What's a mother to do when she finds herself driving in a harness race against her son and her daughter? If that mom is Danita Harvey, she puts the pedal to the metal and whups ‘em.   That's what Harvey did Wednesday at The Meadows when she drove in a special $10,000 Sadie Hawkins Trot in a field that also included her son Daren and her daughter Nicki. Leaving from the rail with...
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Ontario's deal with racing "commercial contract"

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
Former Woodbine CEO and now chairman David Willmot has called the Ontario provincial government's plans to take money from the horse racing industry "reckless" and described the partnership between the Ontario Lottery division and horse racing as "a bilateral, commercial contract agreement that has made the province some $15 billion since its inception."   Willmot's comments ar...
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"Dewey" scholarship applications available

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
The Upstate New York chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association is looking for eligible high school seniors or returning college students from families of licensed owners, trainers, or drivers who participate full or part time in harness racing. They can now log on to http://www.upstatenyushwa.com/ and print out an application form that could bring them $1,500 closer to completin...
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See You At Peelers wins qualifier in return

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
Sloppy conditions at the Meadowlands Thursday morning led to the scratches of the $3 million-winners Foiled Again and Arch Madness, but the session saw a successful return to the racetrack for the 2011 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year See You At Peelers. Making her first appearance since finishing seventh in last October's Breeders Crown eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack, See You At Pe...
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Atkinson eyes Singer with Connie Lauxmont

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
Despite being a third-generation horseman, James Atkinson was a heavy equipment operator up until 10 years ago when the lure of his roots became too hard to resist.   The 57-year-old Jackson, N.J., native now resides on a farm in Georgetown, Del., and will send out Connie Lauxmont in Friday's $44,500 Charles Singer Memorial final at the Meadowlands Racetrack. His 3-year-old colt by ...
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Man's Treasure looking for Singer riches

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
A trip to the chiropractor has Man's Treasure re-aligned and ready to line up behind the starting gate in Friday's $44,500 Charles Singer Memorial final at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Man's Treasure, trained by Don Niccum, goes for his second straight win when he leaves from post six (program number five) in the fourth race feature. The 3-year-old gelding by SJ's Caviar looms ...
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Western Fair handle is soaring

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
The Raceway at The Western Fair District is off to a strong start on the wagering front in 2012. On the heels of a 24 percent increase in wagering in January, the numbers were even better in February. A total of just under $4.3 million was wagered on The Raceway product, one of the highest monthly totals on record for the London oval. This marked an increase of 44 percent from February&nb...
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Stall applications close soon for Tioga, Vernon

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
Tioga and Vernon Downs would like to remind all horsemen that stall applications close on March 9, and both the Tioga & Vernon backstretches open for the 2012 race season on April 1. For the first time, both tracks applications can be completed and submitted electronically under their respective racing tabs on their websites. Vernon Downs kicks off its 90 day race meet on Friday, April ...
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Saratoga opens 71st harness season Sunday

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
Saratoga Casino and Raceway will open for its 71st harness racing season at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday (March 4). With 169 racing dates, the 2012 season will run through Dec. 15.   Opening day kicks off with a giveaway. A complimentary commemorative baseball cap will be provided to patrons who purchase a live racing program during the matinee card. As always, parking and admission ar...
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NJSEA OKs deal with "grant" to NJ T-breds

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
According to The Blood-Horse website, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) announced March 1 that it reached an agreement with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association for the lease of Monmouth Park in time for the track's 2012 racing season.   The lease deal reportedly includes substantial advances from the state. The NJSEA said it will "advanc...
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Colville, Moiseyev team up with Guns An Roses

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
Guns An Roses, who carries a two-race win streak, will be a top contender in the second leg of the $40,000 Cam Fella Pacing Series, setfor Saturday evening at Woodbine.   The 4-year-old son of Life Sign-Best Lady captured his first division in 1:51.3 for co-owner/breeder Joanne Colville, who co-owns with her daughter, Emma Christoforou, while Colville's father, Frank, handles the trai...
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Nadia Lobell 3YOFP cancelled

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
The Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers scheduled for Friday, July 20 at the Meadowlands Racetrack has been cancelled because of a lack of nominations. The Red Mile, which administers the race, will refund nomination payments. (Meadowlands)
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New! Weekend Preview, plus Florida Files

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available by clicking below or by signing up by following the link at the top of this home page. Due to a technical problem, subscribers who receive Weekend Preview in their email box may not be able to download it this week. If that is the case, please scroll below and use the link provided.   The Weekend Preview is FREE and in a...
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Rosecroft qualifiers on tap Friday

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
The last pre-meet qualifiers will take place with a first post of 11 a.m. on Friday at Rosecroft Raceway, "The Raceway by the Beltway.”   As usual a wide variety of entrants will be attempting to qualify, with some notables to be on hand including driver-trainer Steve Warrington, of Sanabelle Island fame.   In the first race, a trotting event, Ja's Charmer returns to th...
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Here comes Hollywood Rusty at Dover!

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
With two starters boasting win streaks, Hollywood Rusty pulled a mild surprise scoring a 1:57.3 victory in the $16,000 winners-over trot on Thursday at Dover Downs. Also, Matt Kakaley had a six-pack of winners.   Brad Hanners drove Hollywood Rusty into the lead and led the remaining eight square-gaiters the rest of way to his first win of 2012 with a personal-best 1:57.3. The And...
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Delaware North, Churchill buy Lebanon

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) have announced their joint venture to purchase Lebanon Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio, and develop a new video lottery terminalfacility with up to 2,500 VLTs and a harness racetrack.   Through a joint venture agreement, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and CDI have formed a new company,...
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Pair of trotting series gets underway at Big M

on 03/01/2012 12:00 AM
Funny Fashion won the lone $12,500 division of the opening round of the Syrinx Hanover Series for 3-year-old filly trotters Thursday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack, while Fountainbleau Volo, Definitely Mamie and Ice Machine captured their respective splits of the first leg of the Horse & Groom Trotting Series.   Funny Fashion lit the toteboard at odds of 16-1 as John Campbell rall...
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