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Harrisburg yearling sale finishes up 2.7%

on 11/11/2011 12:00 AM
The four-day yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale Company’s auction at Harrisburg concluded on Thursday with the average price settling at $31,572, an increase of 2.7 percent from last year. The total gross for the 1,067 yearlings sold was $33,687,500, with a median price of $20,000, the same median price at last month’s Lexington Selected Sale.   While pacing colts were the ...
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Indiana slot subsidy reduction suggested

on 11/11/2011 12:00 AM
After an exhaustive 16-month investigation of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Indiana’s Inspector General, David O. Thomas, has found no criminal code or ethics violations. A report detailing the Inspector General’s findings was released on Thursday and posted on the Inspector General’s agency website.   In addition to finding no violations of law, the report indicates no wr...
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Graceful Touch sells for $560,000; The Queen for $350,000

on 11/11/2011 12:00 AM
Jean-Pierre Barjon, the owner of the 2009 Prix d'Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta, was the successful bidder at $560,000 for Graceful Touch, the dam of the 2007 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive, world champion Muscle Mass and 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner Thatsnotmyname, during the Perretti Farms broodmare dispersal on the first of two days of the mixed sale auction at Harrisburg, Pa. Not p...
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Rembrandt Spur returns to form at The Meadows

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Returning to The Meadows’ top trot after sharpening his game in a conditioned race, Rembrandt Spur made up 6-3/4 lengths late to capture Wednesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot. The all-age track record-holder on the trot, Rembrandt Spur endured a long drought before taking an Oct. 22 conditioned event. He flashed his old form Wednesday when he swung wide in the stretch for trainer/dr...
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Vaporstar shines at Balmoral

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
State-bred trotting colts were back in the spotlight on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of seven two-year-olds met in the $14,200 Normal OTB Stake. Coming off back to back romps over this surface Fox Valley Standardbreds and Harold & Joshua Carter’s Vaporstar continued his late season dominance as he strolled to a 6 ¼ length victory in 2:00 with driver Mike Oosting at the contro...
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American Nationals on tap Saturday at Balmoral

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park will play host to some of the top Standardbreds as the prestigious American National Stakes are contested this Saturday night.   Some of the horses pulling into Balmoral Park this weekend include:   BETTERTHANCHEDDAR – won both the 2011 Breeders Crown and the Cane Pace (1st leg of the pacing Triple Crown);  BIG BAD JOHN – won 2011 Little Brown Jug (2nd ...
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Smokin Dabra ends Keystone Thomas win streak

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
A conqueror to the supremacy of Keystone Thomas has finally been found in Florida and it's Ontario import Smokin Dabra. The 5-year-old Kadabra-Smokin Rama gelding used a robust two-move effort to take down the top prize in the $12,000 purse mid-week  Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   In the early stages, Fern Paquet Jr. darted to the fr...
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Illinois gaming bill voted down in House

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
The Illinois House of Representatives failed to pass a new gambling bill late Wednesday afternoon. A revamped bill, which called for slots at the state's racetracks, was defeated by a vote of 58-55, falling short. It needed 71 votes to become law over a potential veto by Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he is opposed to slots at the tracks. After the vote, the bill’s House s...
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Whirlwind week continues for Cancelliere

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Less than 24 hours after spending more than $1.2 million on two yearling purchases at Harrisburg, trainer Tom Cancelliere didn’t have much chance to enjoy the moment as he had to ensure that his recent Breeders Crown winner, Bettor Sweet, was on his way to Balmoral Park for Saturday’s $175,000 American National for older horse pacers. “I barely got to bed; it was after one o’clock when I ...
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Broad Bahn to stand at Winbak of New York

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm of New York is proud to welcome Broad Bahn, winner of the 2011 Hambletonian. The son of Broadway Hall has earned $1,526,996 in his career and has a lifetime mark of 1:53. As a 2 year old he won his Breeders Crown elimination and set the track record, won the William Wellwood elimination while setting Mohawk’s track record and equaled Lucky Chucky’s Canadian record. He also w...
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Valley Victory final to be raced as non-bettor

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Although earlier controversy regarding the eligiblity of three horses for Sunday's $410,000 Valley Victory Trot at Harrah's Chester is no longer an issue, the race will now be contested as a non-wagering event and still carded as the fifth race on the program. Post time for the first race is 12:40 p.m., with the Valley Victory--one of four 2-year-old finals on the card--scheduled for approxim...
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Betterthancheddar looking for Am-Nat victory

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Sporting victories in four of his last six starts, Steve Calhoun and West Wins Stables’ Betterthancheddar, this year’s 3-Year-Old Breeders Crown champion, will be looking to parlay a big late season run into divisional honors when he takes on nine other sophomore pacers in Saturday’s $225,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Pace at Balmoral Park.   Coming off a thrilling triumph in ...
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Will luck be a Podges Lady Saturday night?

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
After opening a promising career with a pair of victories including a four-length romp in a division of the Hanover Stake here at Balmoral Park back in July, Sawgrass Farms Podges Lady returns to the local scene looking to take home top honors in Saturday’s $86,800 American National for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Heading out for what turned into an extended and very successful road trip the Pe...
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Yearling sale concludes; final day up 3.7%

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
The fourth and final day of the yearling portion of the annual Standardbred Horse Sale Company auction in Harrisburg concluded Thursday with 267 horses sold for an average price of $18,698. That's an increase of 3.7 percent from the 2010 average price.   A gross of $4,992,300 was realized for the 267 yearlings sold Thursday, with both figures not including those horses listed as "not sold."...
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Pacer gets teeth stuck in gate; race 'no contest'

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
The 12th race at Monticello Raceway on Thursday was declared “no contest” when the Docdor Chaser got stuck to the mobile starting gate.   According to Scott Hamilton, the starting judge, Docdor Chaser’s top teeth got stuck in a bar of the mobile starting gate and the pacer couldn’t get free as the wings began to fold which caused Hamilton to reopen the ...
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Maine voters turn down expanded gaming

on 11/09/2011 12:00 AM
Two referendums approving expanded gaming in Maine met with resounding defeats Tuesday. One proposal that would have allowed Scarborough Downs and a new harness track in Biddeford to operate slot machines was trailing 55-45 percent with 87 percent of the precincts reporting, while the second proposal, which would have allowed a casino to be built in Lewiston, lost by a 63-37 percent margin.  ...
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3rd session down, but overall sale up 2.7%

on 11/09/2011 12:00 AM
The third session offering yearlings at the annual Standardbred Horse Sale Company auction in Harrisburg concluded Wednesday with 275 horses sold for an average price of $18,493. That's a drop of 3.8 percent from the average of $19,218 attained in last year's third session, when 303 yearlings were sold. Several consignors and buyers described the crowd as lighter than expected and said bargains we...
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Bettor's Delight to stand in Canada in 2012

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Bettor's Delight, North America’s 2011 leading moneywinning pacing sire, will be standing in Canada in 2012 pending syndicate approval.   Bettor's Delight has had a phenomenal year which recently culminated in two Breeders Crown victors at Woodbine on Oct. 29.   Details will be announced shortly after the Harrisburg Sale. (...
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Moon Beam to stand in PA at Delaware Valley

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
Moon Beam 1:51f ($772,486) will stand the 2012-breeding season at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa.   The son of Dragon Again-Sun N Moon won four of six starts at two, earning $407,650 with a mark of 1:52:2s and placing second in the $1 million Metro Pace final and Woodrow Wilson. At three, Moon Beam won $284,796, with wins in the Battle of the Brandywine consolation...
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OSS Super Finals drawn for Saturday

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
Over $2.4 million will be at stake this Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack as eight $300,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals go to post, featuring the province's top pacers and trotters.   Two and 3 year olds competing in the Gold eliminations and finals throughout the season accumulate points based on performance and the top point earners are eligible to compete in the rich finals on ...
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