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Longtime race official Bruce Munn dies

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Bruce Munn, 78, who worked for many years in the sport in several capacities, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, at his home in Virginia.   Mr. Munn worked as the racing secretary at Suffolk Downs in 1971. He also spent time as program director at Liberty Bell Park the same year. He then worked at Brandywine Raceway (1974-1976) and Monticello Raceway (1978-1988) in the capacity of racing se...
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MTR Gaming gets VLT license for Scioto

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
MTR Gaming Group, Inc. has announced that it has received its license to install and operate video lottery terminals (VLTs) at its Scioto Downs racetrack and has submitted its initial $10 million license fee.   With the license secured, the Company will continue its construction of the new facility at Scioto Downs, which will have a beneficial impact on the Columbus, Ohio area in term...
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Burke has 16 entered at Big M Saturday

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Ron Burke believes it’s the most horses his massive stable has entered on one card at the Meadowlands Racetrack.On Saturday night, the Dan Patch Award-winning 2011 Trainer of the Year has a total of 16 pacers spread out over 11 of the 13 races, including a four-ply entry in the $74,000 Complex Final.   “With 16 in there on Saturday that has to be the most I’ve raced there in one day,...
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Philly cop balances badge and backstrech

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Philaldelphia police officer Owen Eiler Jr. will bid for the biggest win of his budding training career in Thursday night’s $58,500 Super Bowl final with Dontevenknowmymame.   Dontevenknowmymame is rated as the 3-1 favorite from post two in the sixth race feature for 4-year-old trotters.  Eric Abbatiello will drive the star of Eiler’s five-horse stable.  Eiler purchased Dont...
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GM Newlin, Pierce on In The Sulky Thursday

on 01/25/2012 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack General Manager Mike Newlin will answer fans’ questions on Thursday night’s edition of In The Sulky.  Questions may be submitted to racing@newmracing.com. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce will be the featured guest on Friday night.  Pierce will discuss his recent trip to Sweden, his Saturday stakes hopefuls and more. Fans can watch the broadcast live from the Padd...
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Northern Kid open house on Sunday, Feb. 5

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
The Northern Kid Partners group has extended an invitation to an Open House and stallion showing for Kentucky’s new trotting stallion Northern Kid that will be held Sunday,  Feb. 5, from noon to 2 pm at Walnut Hall Stock Farm in Lexington, Ky., where he will be standing for the 2012 breeding season. The stallion showing will be at 1 pm and lunch will be served. Visitors may al...
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O'Brien Awards streamed live on internet

on 01/24/2012 12:00 AM
Racing fans and horsepeople from around the world will be able to watch the 2011 O’Brien winners receive their awards, live, without leaving home!   For the second consecutive year, Woodbine Entertainment Group is providing a live video stream of Canada’s national harness racing awards. You’ll be able to sit back and relax from the comfort of your favorite La-Z-Boy and watch all of t...
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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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