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Joe Sacco dies in Michigan

on 02/24/2012 12:00 AM
Joseph O. Sacco, 82, a longtime Standardbred owner and one of the original owners of Sports Creek Raceway in Swartz Creek, Mich., died Thursday, Feb. 23.   Mr. Sacco was born in Chicago, Ill., on June 2, 1928. He was a resident of Las Vegas, Nev., for 13 years, and was formerly of West Bloomfield for 20 years. He was a veteran of the Merchant Marines and loved to play golf. ...
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Judges announced for Stanley Bergstein Writing Award

on 02/24/2012 12:00 AM
Frank Deford, Bill Nack, Bill Christine and Richard Eng will serve as judges for Team Valor International's inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award.   Barry Irwin, founder and chief executive officer of Team Valor International, instituted the award last fall to foster the type of writing Bergstein embodied as an influential scribe on important issues in horse racing. A columnist ...
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Anders Bluestone rallies in sloppy Big M feature

on 02/24/2012 12:00 AM
Anders Bluestone followed the cover of Hava Kadabra and was then able to edge past his rival in the final strides to win Friday night's $30,000 Invitational Trot at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Driven by Ron Pierce, Anders Bluestone crossed the wire in 1:54.4 over a "sloppy" track for his fourth win in a row this year in five starts.   Equity and Aisling traded the lead through openin...
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Favorites score in Yonkers features

on 02/24/2012 12:00 AM
Keeper's Destiny (Eric Goodell), snapped on the money in her local debut a week ago, had no such issues Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.   Leaving from post position five, the 11-10 choice worked around pole-assigned Arctic Fire N (James Rattray) before a soggy :28.1 opening quarter mile. She then found a :57.4 intermission befor...
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Bongiorno scores 'Hudson River Double'

on 02/24/2012 12:00 AM
Eighteen-year-old driver Joe Bongiorno posted his first professional wins at both the Meadowlands and Yonkers racetracks on Friday night.   Bongiorno steered Don't Blame Her to the winner's circle in the third race at Yonkers before crossing the George Washington Bridge in time to guide Moving Art to a dead heat for victory in the 11th at the Meadowlands. Both horses are owned by h...
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Oceans Motion fastest in Damsel opener

on 02/24/2012 12:00 AM
In the opening leg of the Damsel Pacing Series, Oceans Motion and driver Jody Jamieson clocked the fastest division on Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.   In the third and final $30,000 division, Oceans Motion came from off the pace to notch a hard-fought victory over post time favorite Ole Miss in 1:54.1.   Ole Miss (Billy Davis Jr.) cleared to the lead past the open...
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Get Chipped gets nod in Mighty M blanket finish

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
Before they went to post for Wednesday's weekly trotting feature at Monticello Raceway the race appeared to be very competitive, perhaps because post positions were assigned by the racing secretary. Whether that was the redeeming factor or not, the contest was one of the best of the season thus far with five horses across the track at the wire and  literally only one-fifth of a seco...
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Record $44,675 Pick-5 payout at Balmoral

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
With a two-night carryover of nearly $30,000 and a $100,000 guaranteed pool helping to fuel interest, the eyes and wallets in the harness racing world were trained on races two through six on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park.   Looking for that one big “score,” fans poured another $140,945 through the betting windows, making the final pool for the 50 cent wager a whopping $170,627,...
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Northern Luck dies at 18 after colic surgery

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
Northern Luck p,3, 1:49.1 ($907,974), a horse known for his striking dark color, was euthanized at Charles Sturt University in the state of New South Wales, Australia, due to complications following colic surgery on Feb. 13. He was 18. A son of Camluck and the Big Towner mare Town Sweetheart, Northern Luck was trained by Canadian Jack Darling, who campaigned the horse in partnership wi...
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Put On A Show, Anndrovette win qualifiers

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
The 5-year-old pacing mare Put On A Show won her second qualifier of the season at the Meadowlands Thursday morning in preparation for her 2012 debut in the Overbid Series. The Overbid Series gets underway March 2 at the Meadowlands.   With Brian Sears up behind her for just the second time (he won the Tarport Hap with her in 2010), Put On A Show cruised to a 1:52.2 score. Although ...
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Standardbreds part of Houston funeral in Newark

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
The Newark (NJ) Mounted Police Department assisted in providing security for the funeral of the late pop singer Whitney Houston on Feb. 18 and 19 and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) horses were part of that effort.   Seven of the horses in the police department's mounted division were adopted from the SRF (www.adoptahorse.org). They provide security at special events as ...
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KY Senate votes down bill for expanded gaming

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
After nearly two hours of debate which began late Thursday afternoon (Feb. 23), the Kentucky state Senate voted down a bill that called for a November referendum on the issue of expanded gambling. The bill received 16 "aye" votes, with 23 needed to pass a constitutional amendment in the Senate. There were 21 "nay" votes. The day before the bill had passed a Senate subcommittee a...
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NEW Weekend Preview with Florida Files

on 02/23/2012 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. The Weekend Preview is FREE and in addition to insights into the East Coast driving colony it includes an installment of The Florida Files, with Nick Salvi reporting on the 3-year-old trotter One In A Million, complete with a photo of ...
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Simpson making his mark at the Meadowlands

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
Brandon Simpson has combined training a small stable with his sizable driving talent to become a strong presence at the Meadowlands.     Simpson will steer three of his trainees, in addition to the rest of his catch-drives on Friday night. The 30-year-old Illinois native and son of noted trainer Dirk Simpson manages a stable of 13 horses at the Mark Ford Training Cent...
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Winning Mister wins third straight at The Meadows

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
Winning Mister made his third straight victory look as convincing as the first two when he barreled to the lead and waltzed home unchallenged in 1:54 in Thursday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Winning Mister went an evenly rated mile for Dick Stillings, clocking matching :57 halves. He scored by 3 lengths over the rallying TSM Photo Bugger, with No Doze third. R...
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Man's Treasure, Trouble take Singer splits

on 02/23/2012 12:00 AM
Man's Treasure and Trouble captured the two $12,500 splits in second leg action of the Charles Singer Memorial Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands.   Man's Treasure, the betting favorite, was put on the lead by driver Tim Tetrick and won in 1:58.1. Don Niccum is training the 3-year-old gelding by SJ's Caviar for breeder-owner Bob Key. Last year Man's Treasure made just one...
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Summertime Yankee's 1:54.3 sets season's mark

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Summertime Yankee willingly accepted cover early, then powered through the lane to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in 1:54.3, fastest this year by an older mare on a five-eighths-mile track.   Summertime Yankee yielded the point to Photo Fantasy past the quarter, but under Aaron Merriman’s urging, she blew by that rival in the stretch to...
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Tioga discontinues LCs, adds NYSS "preps"

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs will begin its 2012 live racing season on Saturday, May 5, and some changes have been made to this season's opening schedule of races. The New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) will start in mid May this year, resulting in the late closers restricted to 3YOs offered in past seasons at Tioga being discontinued. The concern was that with the vast majority of nominees to t...
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Valley View license story is erroneous

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania State Gaming Control Board director of communications Doug Harbach says statements issued on Tuesday, including on harnessracing.com that used reports from the Ellwood City Ledger website, claiming the gaming license for the Valley View Downs project was approved are erroneous.   Harbach noted that an application for a gaming license for Valley View Downs has no...
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WEG's Eaves says tracks make $1.5 billion for ONT

on 02/22/2012 12:00 AM
On Wednesday morning (Feb. 22), as the horse racing community was poised to rally at a park in downtown Toronto, Ont., to voice opposition to a government plan to take money away from the province's racing program, Woodbine CEO Nick Eaves delivered some powerful data in a story published in Toronto's Globe And Mail.   Eaves says if the government is looking to find value for mo...
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