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Gural presents nearly $100,000 to charities

on 12/13/2011 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs Casino held a press conference this past Sunday and CEO Jeff Gural presented checks to local organizations and charities.   Gural presented the Southern Tier Veteran’s Support Group with a check for $65,011 to Al Eaton from this summer’s Wynonna Judd concert where all ticket proceeds were donated to the Veterans.   Rod Ballengee and Dot Richters were on hand to r...
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Yonkers requests 238 race dates in 2012

on 12/13/2011 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has submitted its live harness schedule for 2012, comprised of 238 programs, each with a post time of 7:10 p.m.   The schedule, which is pending the approval of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, begins Friday night, Jan. 13. After the cards of Friday and Saturday (Jan. 13-14), the usual five-day-per-week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) schedule r...
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Pretty Crafty eyes third straight in Autumn final

on 12/13/2011 12:00 AM
Pretty Crafty, a 3-year-old daughter of Here Comes Herbie, will look for her third straight victory Thursday evening at Woodbine when she takes to the track in Woodbine’s $60,000 Autumn Stakes final.   Driven by Mario Baillargeon for his brother, conditioner Ben Baillargeon, the three-time winner has had her fair share of issues this summer. The veteran driver is happy to see her fortun...
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Special T Rocks scores at Dover

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
Special T Rocks won the battle to the finish line to win the $16,000 pacing feature on Sunday night at Dover Downs.   With Daryl Bier at the controls, Special T Rocks had just enough to best Big Bad Eli in 1:51.2 to reverse last season’s duel between the 3-year-old geldings. Bier trains and co-owns the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special Girl with Forrest Bartlett and Joann Dombac...
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Monmouth Park lease deal is dead

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
The ever-changing situation in New Jersey regarding the lease of Monmouth Park has changed again on Monday morning as investor Morris Bailey, who had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a five-year lease of the Thoroughbred track, has completely backed out of the deal. Late last week Bailey had announced he was opting out of the agreement, but over the weekend an announcement came th...
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Linda Toscano wins SRF trip to Prix D'Amerique

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
The New Jersey-based trainer Linda Toscano, trainer of this year's Breeders Crown champion Chapter Seven, has her sights on Paris as she is the winner of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation’s (SRF) Prix d’Amerique trip this year. What a year for her and it ends so well with her ticket as the winning one.    The trip includes an airfare voucher of up to $1,800, five days and...
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ORC chair Seiling issues letter

on 12/12/2011 12:00 AM
Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) chairman Rod Seiling has issued an open letter to the industry, a follow up to his March 2011 invitation for the industry to get involved in efforts to revitalize racing. Seiling recognizes the work and effort by tracks, horsepeople and the ORC Administration for the successful conclusion of the 2012 live race date allocation process.   The first ye...
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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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