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Drop The Ball's 1:49 a Canadian record

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
Drop The Ball set the Woodbine track and Canadian records for 3-year-old filly pacers with a 1:49 win in her Breeders Crown elimination race on Saturday night. Monkey On My Wheel was second, followed by Swinging Beauty, Idyllic and Strike An Attitude. Rocklamation took the second elim in 1:50.4. Also of note, See You At Peelers was put on the lead before the half but wasn't her usual self and fade...
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Yonkers holds special legislator races

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's third annual Fall Harvest Festival took place Saturday night, with an array of family-friendly events adorning the track apron. The Festival once again showcased the thriving relationship between agriculture and horse racing throughout New York State.   On the track, the third edition of the Legislators’ Challenge grew to four divisions, with competitive spirit leapfrogg...
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Westwardho Hanover, Betterthancheddar prevail

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old pacing colt division was a mixed up affair on Saturday night as the top contenders thus far this season was beaten in Breeders Crown elimination action at Woodbine. Westwardho Hanover won the first elim over Meadowlands Pace champion Roll With Joe while Betterthancheddar topped a field that included Little Brown Jug champion Big Bad John, Tattersalls Pace winner Hug A Dragon, and No...
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$200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals contested

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
The second set of Indiana Sire Stakes finals for 2 year olds, with all four divisions worth $200,000 each, were contested at Indiana Downs on Saturday night and one of the biggest winners of all was Emily Gaskin, the daughter of horseman Ernie Gaskin. Emily's 2-year-old gelding pacer Jammin Joshua, who she bought as a yearling for just $900, won his final, which ...
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Harlem Rockturne wins Vernon feature

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
Harlem Rockturne regained her title as Queen of the Pacing Hill at Vernon Downs following a 1:54.1 victory in Thursday night’s $10,000 featured 10th event.Leading dash-winner Jimmy Whittemore did the teaming for his father, trainer/owner Dennis Whittemore, as Harlem Rockturne ($4.60) raced aggressively throughout the mile contest, closing from second in the stretch to defeat the favorite, All Ab...
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Lawsuit filed challenging Ohio VLTs

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that as expected, the Ohio Roundtable, a group opposed to gambling proposals, filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s recent executive order suspending the state’s normal rule-making process so as to allow Ohio track owners to quickly set up VLTs at state tracks.But the suit, which was filed in the Franklin County Court of Common P...
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Pirouette Hanover, Shelliscape tune up for Crown

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
With no eliminations necessary for the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace at Woodbine on Saturday, Oct. 29, some of the finalists are keeping tight with qualifying races. Pirouette Hanover and Shelliscape finished one-two in the second qualifier at Mohawk on Friday morning. Pirouette Hanover, who edged Handsoffmycookie by a head in the Sweetheart at the Meadowlands on Aug. 20, cut a mil...
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Saftic still sidelined after Oct. 8 spill

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
Veteran driver Mike Saftic is a familiar face on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit, but for at least the rest of October, he will be absent from the racetrack.   Saftic was involved in an on-track incident on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Woodbine, when he was dumped from the sulky after he was unable to avoid Whippet Good and driver Jason Brewer who fell, which then caused a chain reactio...
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More choices for buying programs?

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
You may have more choices for obtaining your harness racing past performances in program form in the future. That's because the United States Trotting Association is presently in negotiations with both TrackMaster, the current vendor in the U.S. and the Daily Racing Form so both could offer the programs.    Presently, TrackMaster has an exclusive to sell past performance informati...
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Freshman Breeders Crown elims in the books

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
Forty-five of harness racing’s top two-year-olds converged on Woodbine Racetrack Friday night to contest five $25,407 Breeders Crown eliminations.The elimination winners earned the right to select their post positions for their respective finals.Colt Trot: In the first Crown elimination for rookie trotting colts and geldings, the James Campbell-trained Possess The Will notched his third straight...
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Pompano's Cracker Coffee: four down - one to go

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Two year old pacing filly Cracker Coffee has suddenly made herself a major focal point of interest for the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) 'Super Night 2011' set for November 5. The precocious rookie daughter of Six Of Diamonds-Nasty As Can Be is the only horse still eligible for this year's $100,000 bonus offered for any two year old able to sweep all five stakes even...
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HTA seeking nominations for Groom of the Year

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 "Groom of the Year" Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport’s horses.   All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 30th annual "Groom of the Year" award is a letter from an individual...
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Rosecroft set to open on Friday at 6:45

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
The final touches are going down to the wire in preparation for the first pari-mutuel meet in over three years at Rosecroft Raceway.  The track was purchased out of bankruptcy earlier this year by Penn National Gaming Inc.   First race post time will be 6:45 p.m. nightly with live racing every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 17.  Thursdays will be added to that schedule for ...
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Minor hopes to make major Crown noise

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Last October, Dewayne Minor headed to the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters with stakes-winner Wishing Stone and nearly came away with the trophy as his colt finished second from post nine to Break The Bank K in a world-record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   This year, Minor goes to the Breeders Crown without much fanfare, but he hopes to make noise again. Minor has Uncommo...
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Top trotting mare I'm Justa Lady retired

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
I'm Justa Lady, one of the all-time great trotting mares at The Meadows who combined talent and tenacity in a career that brought her 73 wins and nearly $700,000 in earnings, has been retired due to injury.   Bill Daumit, who has trained the 10-year-old daughter of Inquirer-Quite Becoming since acquiring her at auction at 3, said she suffered a broken splint bone on a rear leg. While the co...
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New harness handicapping tip sheet debuts

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
A new harness racing handicapping tip sheet website--www.harnesswinners.com--debuts online Thursday. Created by long-time Philadelphia harness racing handicapper Alan Mitchell, the new website features daily selections from Yonkers Raceway, the Meadowlands, Woodbine/Mohawk, and other tracks featuring strong races.   Mitchell will feature daily comments and selections for the three tracks an...
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Buck I St. Pat Crown appeal denied

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Ontario Racing Commission deputy director Rob McKinney told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that an appeal by the connections of Buck I St. Pat regarding the rejection of her entry into the upcoming Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack has been denied. A hearing was held in the ORC offices earlier Thursday after the appeal was filed by Buck I St. Pat’s owners, including attorney Howard Taylo...
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Waxman sentenced to 8 years in prison

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Former Ontario-based Standardbred owner Robert Waxman has reportedly been sentenced to eight years in prison on fraud charges stemming from an alleged series of thefts from his company Philip Services Corp. of nearly $18 million in 1996 and 1997. The sentence was handed down Thursday morning by a Superior Court justice after Waxman has been out on bail since 2005. As the president of Philip Servi...
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Handsoffmycookie wins Chester qualifier

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Handsoffmycookie, last seen winning her New York Sire Stake final for freshman filly pacers during the Night Of Champions at Saratoga on Oct. 1, won a qualifier at Chester on Thursday morning by 7 1/2 lengths in 1:54.4.Tim Tetrick was in the bike for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owners Joann and Ed Fucci. Tetrick brushed the filly to the lead after the half in 1:00 and used a last quarter of :27....
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Zeron on the mend, hopes to return next month

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
After being involved in a race accident on Oct. 8 at Woodbine Racetrack that saw him briefly hospitalized, trainer-driver Rick Zeron is well on the road to recovery.   The veteran horseman was ejected from the bike following a spill at the Rexdale oval. Zeron, guiding Blended Whiskey on the outside past the half, couldn't sidestep Whippet Good and driver Jason Brewer who fell to the trac...
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