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Palone drives 5 winners on his 50th birthday

on 02/13/2012 12:00 AM
Dave Palone celebrated his 50th birthday at the place he's often the happiest--in the winner's circle. Palone, who turned 50 on Monday, drove five winners on the 15-race card at The Meadows.   One of Palone's five winners was Kandor Hanover in the $22,500 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Kandor Hanover spotted the field 9 lengths but launched a relentless rally that ca...
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Ontario slots revenue targeted in budget talks

on 02/13/2012 12:00 AM
Just one week after the Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry saw the state's governor target funds from slots earmarked for racing in his proposed budget, Ontario finance minister Dwight Duncan said Monday that subsidies totaling $345 million to the horse racing industry last year are ‘not sustainable.’   Sue Leslie, the president of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Associat...
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Royal Dream beats Ready Cash in Prix de France

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
Ready Cash failed to win the 400,000 euro Prix de France on Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris, finishing third behind Royal Dream. The time was a mile rate of 1:55.1 for the 2,100 meter race (1.3 miles). Ready Cash finished third as the runner-up was a Yankee Glide stallion.   Royal Dream, trained and driven by John-Philippe Dubois, started from post seven behind the mob...
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Heyden, McKee on ballot for Communicators Corner

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
Two of the best and brightest communicators in the sport – who just happened to be hosting the TV show at the nation's flagship track Saturday night – were finalized as ballot candidates for the Communicators Hall of Fame election this summer. ThesDirectors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association voted to put on the ballot Meadowlands TV hosts Bob Heyden and Sam McKee.   Heyd...
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Turn The Tide dies at Walnut Hall Stock Farm

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
Turn The Tide p,3, 1:53.2 ($860,993), a top stakes performer of her era who went on to produce the winners of more than $2 million, died Saturday (Feb. 11) at Walnut Hall Stock Farm in Lexington, Ky., her home for the past 20 years. She was bought by Walnut Hall Stock Farm owners Katherine and Dr. James Sautter in the fall of 1990. The daughter of Albatross-Pretty Tricky (by Overtrick) was of...
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Joan Van Blarcom dies in Lexington

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
Joan Van Blarcom, the widow of John Bradley, a noted pedigree expert and Tattersalls sale company manager, died Friday (Feb. 10) at her home in Lexington, Ky., after battling cancer. She was 62.   Van Blarcom worked at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame before moving to Lexington with her husband, who died about 10 years ago, also of cancer. When her husband was alive she was regu...
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San Pail HOY; Foiled Again Pacer of the Year

on 02/12/2012 12:00 AM
With a crowd of more than 300 in attendance, the Canadian-based trotter San Pail was revealed first as the 2011 Trotter of the Year and then moments later as the Horse of the Year at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Night of Stars awards dinner, held in Orlando, Fla. Foiled Again, who was the divisional Older Pacing Horse champion, was announced as the Pacer of the Year.   In the ballot...
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Westwardho Hanover wins by head in Aquarius leg

on 02/11/2012 12:00 AM
Camaes Fellow (7) pressured Westwardho Hanover (9) from the half all the way to the finish line, but Westwardho still had the edge at the wire, winning the second leg of the Aquarius Series by a head at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The time of the mile was 1:51.1 on a night when the toteboard had the most interesting numbers, with a $71 payoff with Ron Pierce aboard and David Miller d...
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Hennessey scores with new horse, nears 8,000

on 02/11/2012 12:00 AM
Not only is Wally Hennessey about to become the 21st driver in history to reach 8,000 wins, he also still has a very sharp eye for acquiring a promising horse. The 55-year-old driver has made a private purchase of Waterside Champ in partnership with Ian Smith. Dan Hennessey continues as the trainer of record on the pacer.   In the first start for the new owners, Waterside Champ stepped...
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2 opens in a row for Tobago Cays at Yonkers

on 02/11/2012 12:00 AM
Tobago Cays, given a slick drive by Jim Pantaleano, defended his title Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from behind the eight-ball, Tobago Cays was double-digit lengths out of it early, beating no one. Corky Baran (Pat Lachance) yielded to Gallant Yankee (catch-driver Stephane Bouchard) just after a :27 opening quarter-mile, then retook passing...
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Post positions set for Sunday's Prix de France

on 02/10/2012 12:00 AM
The top three finishers in the Prix d’Amerique are among the entered starters for the 400,000 euro (about $530,000) Prix de France, set to be raced on Sunday at the Vincennes track in Paris. Prix d’Amerique winner Ready Cash is in the field and has drawn post six.   The distance for the race, which is begun with horses lined up behind an American-style starting gate, is 2,100 meters, or...
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Hoosier Classic sets dates, adds sale

on 02/10/2012 12:00 AM
The Hoosier Classic Sale Company of Indiana has announced their dates for the 2012 auction season. The company will conduct its annual yearling auction October 26 and 27 in the West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis IN. The 2012 auction will be a select event with entries being inspected and graded.   The Hoosier Classic will also introduce a new au...
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Big M engaging fans in ownership

on 02/10/2012 12:00 AM
Some lucky racing fans will get to enjoy the thrills of horse ownership without paying any of the bills in the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Rags To Riches promotion. For four consecutive weeks, February 16 – March 10--guests will root for their horse to advance through the series for the chance to share in its earnings in the $100,000 (estimated) final.   On Thursday, Feb. 16, the first...
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Fire kills person, horse in hyperbaric chamber

on 02/10/2012 12:00 AM
According to reports, an explosion on Friday (Feb. 10) in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (KESMARC) in Ocala, Fla., has reportedly killed one person and a horse and severely injured another person. KESMARC also has a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at its location in Lexington, KY, and Standardbreds are often patients there, especially durin...
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Nominations due for Meadowlands EClosers

on 02/10/2012 12:00 AM
Stakes applications are available under the Horsemen Section at MeadowlandsRacetrack.com.  Twelve of the 14 early closing stakes feature a 20 percent reduction in nominating and sustaining fees for 2012.  The early closers [with estimated purses and dates of finals] include the $220,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and $200,000 Graduate on May 12; $235,000 Titan Cup on June ...
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Fox Valley Sage tops Yonkers mares in 1:54.1

on 02/10/2012 12:00 AM
Fox Valley Sage (Cat Manzi) proved best Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. She defeated Keystone Katherine by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:54.1.   Unhurried early from post position four, Fox Valley Sage watched as first Celtic Danser (Larry Stalbaum), then Ideal Newton (Mike Vanderkemp) fronted the fray. In between a :27.1 opening quar...
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Mud Pie Hanover pays $121.60 in Cape & Cutter

on 02/10/2012 12:00 AM
Higher And Higher and Mud Pie Hanover won the two divisions of the second leg of the Cape & Cutter Series at the Meadowlands Friday night, with Higher And Higher an expected winner and Mud Pie Hanover a huge surprise, paying $121.60 for a $2 win ticket.   Higher And Higher started trainer-driver Daryl Bier's night off well as she cruised to a one-length victory in 1:53.1. The 5-yea...
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Itrustyou wins 12th straight in Exit 16W action

on 02/10/2012 12:00 AM
Itrustyou (pictured) won his 12th straight race when he captured a division of the second leg of the Exit 16W Series in 1:50.3 on Friday night at the Meadowlands, but it wasn't an easy victory. The other Exit 16W splits went to Special T Rocks and Real Flight, both clocked in 1:50.4.   He was pressured hard in the last yards by Fearless Diablo and became slightly rough gaited...
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Bay Girl's 1:51.4 fastest in WEG mare series

on 02/10/2012 12:00 AM
Twenty-eight pacing mares were at Woodbine on Friday night to contest the second round of the HorsePlayer Interactive (HPI) Series. DGs Tinkerbell, Bay Girl and You Thrill Me were the ones taking top honors in the three $30,000 divisions.   In the first tilt, the Richard Moreau-trained D Gs Tinkerbell didn’t disappoint the betting public. Driven by Luc Ouellette, the 8-5 favorite low...
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The gray Ruff Me Up brings trainer good fortune

on 02/09/2012 12:00 AM
If it was Joe Cirasuola who looked into a crystal ball last year, he would have balked at the very idea of believing a gray horse would bring him good fortune.   For most of his career, the trainer admittedly wasn’t a fan of grey horses. But the words of a psychic and Ruff Me Up, a pacer on a six-race win streak, who’ll contest the $30,000 second leg of the WEGZ Series on Saturday eveni...
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