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Dayton now planned for relocating Raceway Park

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Published reports in Ohio indicate that Penn National Gaming Inc. has changed plans on relocating Raceway Park to Youngstown and will now seek approval to move to Dayton instead. As a result of that scenario, Penn National has changed its plans to move Beulah Park Thoroughbred track to Dayton and move that site to Youngstown.   "The State of Ohio has approved the placement of VLTs at t...
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Townslight Hanover taking a shot in Aquarius

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
A well-managed sophomore campaign has Townslight Hanover heading into the Aquarius Series in peak form this weekend at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The son of Bettor’s Delight, trained by Aaron Lambert is rated as the 4-1 second choice in the $35,000 first leg of the Aquarius for four-year-old pacers, carded as Saturday’s fifth race.  Hall of Famer John Campbell gets the assignment...
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Alberg back strong in handicapping tourney

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, once again showcased his prowess for picking winners in a qualifying tournament held January 28 at the Meadowlands.   The Washington Township, NJ resident, who sells his picks online (4NJPicks.com), nailed five winners on the card and finished the tournament with a $1,054 bankroll, securing him the $4,360 top cash prize and an e...
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Rose Run Hooligan wires field to win Yonkers Open

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum) was farthest out and fastest home Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position two, she watched the early action, which began with Delightful Diva (Jim Pantaleano) stuffing Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) in behind before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Ride Jumper (George Brenn...
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Itrustyou leads Exit 16W division winners

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
Itrustyou kept his winning streak alive with a commanding victory in a division of the Exit 16W Series Friday night at the Meadowlands. Other Exit 16W splits were won by Whogoesfirst (1:50.3), Fearless Diablo (1:50.2) and Sonic Dancer (1:51.3).   With regular driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky, Itrustyou took control of the race before the half, was challenged by Clyde Hirt Series winner S...
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Bier, Burke win Cape & Cutter openers

on 02/03/2012 12:00 AM
While there were four divisions of the first leg of the Exit 16W Series at the Meadowlands Friday night, the Cape & Cutter, a winter classic for pacing mares, needed only two opening splits.   The first went to Higher And Higher, who prevailed by nose over Oceans Motion in 1:52.1. There were just seven horses in the field, with a two-horse Burke Stable entry. Daryl Bier owns, trains and...
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Delaware Grand Circuit payments due Feb. 15

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
Sustaining payments for the 67th Little Brown Jug and the 42nd Jugette are due Feb. 15.These payments are for foals of 2009.   Sustaining payments are also due Feb. 15 for the Old Oaken Bucket 3-Year-Old Open Trot and the Buckette 3-Year-Old Filly Trot. Also, nominations for the Winbak Farm Pace for 4 year olds and up, the Delaware Open Series and the Ohio Breeders Championships are du...
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Winning Mister's 1:52.4 sets Meadows mark

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
Winning Mister hadn’t raced since December 13, but he was adding Lasix. The public wasn’t certain what that combination might mean, sending him off a middling 9-2.   Dick Stillings hustled Winning Mister to the front in a conditioned trot Wednesday at The Meadows, and the 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Winning Missbrenda didn’t stop until he established a track record of 1:52.4. Th...
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After EPM, horse in series action at Woodbine

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
On July 26, 2010, Bruce Gilkinson was at home on his computer surfing the Internet, not quite realizing what he had just done. He had just purchased a horse online, sight unseen, for $21,000. Now, a few years later, he has reaped the rewards of that unique investment, as Just Assign to Me has banked $199,600 for Gilkinson, along with his brother, Murray, who operate Cat Sass St...
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Some Big M handicappers say it's too early

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
With just 11 race cards and 125 races contested this year (through Jan. 28) at the Meadowlands, some keen observers believe it is still too early to determine the impact the new banking of the racetrack has had on the racing. Although it was expected the banking of the track would lead to an increase in the number of winning horses who closed from behind, early results show that the front end ha...
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WEG introduces online stakes nominations

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is pleased to announce the launch of an online stakes nomination form for both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds.   The online site will assist owners and trainers wishing to electronically submit nomination forms to enter WEG’s stakes events.   The closing Feb. 15 nomination payments for WEG’s major standardbred stakes ev...
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Back to afternoons for Red Mile Grand Circuit

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
The Red Mile will be returning to afternoon racing for the 2012 Grand Circuit meet. The 2011 meet was held at night with the exception of Sunday programs.   The Grand Circuit stand in Lexington will open on Thursday, Sept. 27, with a 1 p.m. post, with racing Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The second week of racing will again be during the afternoons with a 1 p.m...
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New! Weekend Preview spotlights streaking pacers!

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
In this week’s HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, a pair of streaking pacers meet up in the opening round of the Exit 16W Series at the Meadowlands, and the drivers of the pair of hot horses give their take on the much anticipated showdown. One of those drivers is Yannick Gingras, and he is off to one of the fastest starts at the Big M in recent memory. Teamed with trainer Ron Burke, the duo has co...
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Connie Lauxmont wins again at Dover

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
On Groundhog’s day, Connie Lauxmont turned back seven foes en route to a equaling his own early season's record for a 3-year-old colt trot on Thursday at Dover Downs. Roger Plante guided Connie Lauxmont, a son of Conway Hall, to a wire-to-wire score in 1:59 for owners Carol and Jim Atkinson.   Also on Thursday at Dover, Matt Kakaley had three wins to move within six of beco...
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Eastwood Blue Chip fastest in Jr. Trendsetter

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
The Junior Trendsetter can be a proving ground for green 3 year olds, and a couple stepped to the front of the series contenders on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Social Network, Take A Walk and Eastwood Blue Chip all won by comfortable margins while Eastwood Blue Chip (1:53.4) was the fastest of the three division winners.   Also of note, handle for the Thursday night card wa...
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Lisa America retired from racing

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Lisa America, one of the top trotting mares in Europe the past few seasons, has been retired from racing. Jerry Riordan has trained the 7-year-old Varenne mare in Italy for Lou Guida's Guida Italia. She competed in the Prix d'Amerique on Sunday, but despite a trip in the pocket, she finished poorly.   Lisa America earned approximately $1.9 million, took a mark of 1:52.4, and won the Os...
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PA extends deadline to Feb. 15 for registering mares

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission announces that the deadline for registering mares due to foal in 2012 and qualifying for the “PA-sired and –bred” category in the PA Breeders Award program has been extended until February 15, for this one year only.   Last year the registration deadline for these mares was extended to March 30, 2011 because the conditions for the Breeders Fu...
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New Jersey Sire Stakes payments due Feb. 15

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
The Feb. 15 deadline for New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of N.J.-sired 2-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2012 Premier and Green Acres racing programs. The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at the Meadowlands in 2012, starting in May for 3 year olds and in July for 2 year olds.&...
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Live wagering, attendance up at Big M

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Live wagering and attendance at the Meadowlands Racetrack show significant growth in the track’s first month of racing under private management.  Additional advertising dollars were allocated to announcing the opening of the 2012 harness meet. More than $70,000 was spent on cable television commercials; outdoor billboards in high-profile locations (including the Lincoln Tunnel, Ne...
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Back to the Track III scheduled for July 13-15

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association has announced that the 2012 edition of “Back to the Track” will take place on the weekend of July 13 through 15.   Back to the Track is a cooperative effort among the USTA, its member racetracks and horsemen from coast to coast. In its first two years, the promotion has energized the racing industry and welcomed substantial crowds who are thus given the opp...
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