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Mighty M muddy five-bagger for Dobson

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
The warm weather in the Northeast this year has presented some strange winter days. A lack of any significant snow and an increase of rain has made just driving over the muddy racetrack at Monticello Raceway on Monday a task in itself.   With soft rain steadily falling negotiating around the racetrack and seeing exactly where one was going called for strict concentration to the busines...
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Public support for Big M casino is overwhelming

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
It was not a scientific poll but most of those who responded to the question of whether there should be a casino in Bergen County supported the idea, according to the Star-Ledger’s www.nj.com website.   The vote was 61 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed. The site did not disclose how many votes were cast.   “We put the question to NJ.com users last week when the pr...
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Woodbine finals rescheduled for Friday

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
With Woodbine Racetrack forced to cancel its Monday evening’s card of racing, a pair of stakes finals have been rescheduled.   The $75,000 Lifetime Dream Trotting Series final and $50,000 Blizzard Pacing Series final, which were originally scheduled to take place on Monday’s card, will now been contested on Friday, Jan. 27.   The Lifetime Dream final is slated for race three wi...
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USTA president Langley to honor 4 in March

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
US Trotting Association president Phil Langley has announced the association's 2012 President's Award recipients. Three President's Awards will be presented to Gail Cunard, Callie Davies Gooch, Chris Schick and Chris Wittstruck at a luncheon on Monday (March 19) during the USTA’s annual Board of Directors meeting in Columbus, Ohio.   "In their own way, each of them has played an...
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Patriots star tackle Wilfork has his horse claimed

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
With the clock ticking toward the kickoff to pro football's championship game on February 5, Pompano based trainer Peter Blood is expecting a friendly phone call any time now from New England Patriots star nose tackle Vince Wilfork.   "After last Sunday's game everyone could see that Vince is not only a terrific football player and a great asset to his team, bu...
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Rosecroft set to open 2012 meet on March 10

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
Rosescroft Raceway is set for harness racing in 2012, receiving approval for 54 dates, racing Tuesdays and Saturdays from March 10 through June 2. Post time for all cards is set for 7:20 pm.   "The return of racing at Rosecroft was positively received," said Chris McErlean of Penn National Gaming, which bought the bankrupt track last year and opened last fall for a limited meet. "Obvio...
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Jojo N Goliath edges Valentowner by nose

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
Jojo N Goliath worked out a cozy pocket trip but needed every inch of the Lightning Lane to capture his second straight Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows on Tuesday.   Jojo N Goliath left alertly and settled in behind his stablemate, Biletnikoff. But when Valentowner and Greg Grismore got the jump first-over, Jojo N Goliath poured through the Lightning Lane for Eric Ledford to dow...
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Mayo Sisler, owner of Apt-To-Acres, dies

on 01/23/2012 12:00 AM
Mayo S. Sisler, who operated Apt-To-Acres in New Jersey, where stallions such as BG's Bunny stood at stud, died surrounded by his family Wednesday evening, Jan. 18, at his home in East Brunswick, NJ. He was 89.   Mr. Sisler was born in Wilson, Maryland. He entered the United States Army and served overseas during World War II. Upon his return home he worked for some time in the We...
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Chaplaincy of Canada has breedings available

on 01/23/2012 12:00 AM
The Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada has announced its line-up for its Second Annual Stallion Breeding Auction, headlined by 2008 Hambletonian winner and Trotter of the Year Deweycheatumnhowe.   Eleven North American Standardbred stallions will be available to bid on January 25 to 29. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada Ontario Standardbred ...
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Gural talks about New Meadowlands in Ontario

on 01/23/2012 12:00 AM
Prosecution, not drug testing, is the way to ensure integrity in harness racing, Jeff Gural told the sold-out crowd at the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) Awards Banquet in Toronto on Sat., Jan. 21. “Some individuals will always be one step ahead of any testing procedures,” he said,” but once a couple of people are taken away in handcuffs, that will be a big deterrent....
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Woodbine cancels Monday due to track

on 01/23/2012 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack has been forced to cancel its Monday night program due to unsafe track conditions. Warm temperatures and rain throughout the day took its toll on the oval. Despite the best efforts of Woodbine's track crew, the surface contained several soft spots which were deemed unsafe for the horses and drivers. Racing is scheduled to resume this Thursday night with a 7:10 p.m. first post.
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Delivered From Zin takes Dover Preferred

on 01/23/2012 12:00 AM
Delivered From Zin got back on the winning track in the $30,000 Preferred Pace at Dover Downs Monday night while Broadies Song picked up his first victory for new owners in $30,000 Delaware Special paces.   Also, JoAnn King and Tom Kemp’s Panfully Cool posted his sixth consecutive victory. Jim King took advantage of starting from post one and Panfully Cool closed along the ...
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Victory Is Coming wins by neck at The Meadows

on 01/23/2012 12:00 AM
Victory Is Coming took the point with a quarter-pole move, then held on late to win her second straight in Monday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows. Racing third early, Victory Is Coming was moved aggressively by Mike Wilder over the sloppy surface. The five-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer had just enough to survive the late charge of Allthatnabagofchip...
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Quartet of stakes added to Meadowlands line-up

on 01/22/2012 12:00 AM
Four major stakes have been relocated to the Meadowlands in 2012 to enhance the racing opportunities for younger horses during the Championship Meet.     Nominations are due Feb. 15 for the W.N. Reynolds and John F. Simpson Memorial stakes for 2 and 3 year olds, administered by the Hambletonian Society, and the Moni Maker and Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old fillies, administered by Th...
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Luke Plano notches eight-bagger

on 01/22/2012 12:00 AM
Luke Plano won the feature pace Saturday night at Cal Expo with Marlin Hanover, then proceeded later in the card to win six in a row, and seven of the last eight races, thus equaling a personal driving best of eight.   Winners-over pacers were featured for a purse of $4,500, in which Marlin Hanover was victorious. Owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada, the Liberio Pacheco-trained pu...
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Rich race for horses under saddle in Paris

on 01/22/2012 12:00 AM
Quif de Villeneuve, a son of Coktail Jet, won the 750,000 euro Prix du Cornelier, France's most prestigious race for trotters being ridden, or "monte," Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. The winner of the race receives an automatic invitation to next Sunday's Prix d'Amerique.   There were many lead changes during the race, and Quif de Villeneuve defeated the field that i...
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Holliday hurt in Buffalo race spill

on 01/22/2012 12:00 AM
A bad accident marred the running of the ninth race on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway. The race was declared a "no contest" by the judges and all wagers were refunded.   Ashston Seelster and driver Ken Holliday hit the ground right after the start of the race, which also caused Native Treasure and reinsman Kevin Cummings to go down. Both horses appeared to be all right and went back to t...
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Dancing Rusty steps to Dover upset

on 01/22/2012 12:00 AM
Dancing Rusty was in perfect step as Brad Hanners guided the 9-1 shot to his third win of the day in the $13,500 featured pace over a "good" track on Sunday at Dover Downs.   Hanners made good use of leaving from post one, getting Dancing Rusty quickly away for the lead and then led at all posts for a 1:55.2 upset victory in the $15,500 feature for young male pacers. The altered s...
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Luchento honored by N.J. sports writers

on 01/22/2012 12:00 AM
Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey president Tom Luchento received the Sportsman of the Year Award before 500 attendees at the New Jersey Sports Writers Association’s 76th annual banquet on Sunday at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J.   In accepting the trophy, Luchento thanked the SBOANJ Board of Directors and his family, many of whom were in attendance. &nbs...
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Mud Pie Hanover in 1:52.3 at The Meadows

on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM
Parked the entire first quarter, Mud Pie Hanover was unassailable once she made the front, capturing Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a sharp 1:52.3.   Leaving from post nine, Mud Pie Hanover got the worst of the opening panel on a blustery, snowy evening. But she persevered for Eric Ledford, and once on the point, she brooked no serious challeng...
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