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Betting in NJ restaurants, bars moves forward

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
The expansion of wagering on horse races in New Jersey took another step forward on Monday when the state's Assembly approved a bill for a pilot program of up to 20 simulcast machines at North and Central Jersey taverns and restaurants by vote of 74-0. The Senate is also expected to approve the legislation, which limits the pilot program to eligible venues in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, ...
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Near triple dead heat at Monticello

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway Bruce Aldrich Jr. won four more races to bring his seasonal total to 14 and Blue Creek Angie began her 2012 season with a victory. However, her triumph in 1:58.3 was in a rare dead-heat finish with Jordan’s Jewel who was piloted by Jacques Primeau. Still, for the now 9-year-old daughter of On The Attack, it was her second consecutive ...
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Lake pleads guilty in fatal Balmoral accident

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
Former Illinois-based horseman Angus Lake reportedly pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated DUI after a car accident on the Balmoral Park backstretch last April that killed his girlfriend, 25-year-old Michelle Eustis, the daughter of trainer Chuck Eustis III. Lake, 42, was scheduled to go to trial on Monday but 10 minutes before the jury trial was scheduled to begin he changed his plea to guilty....
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Shea can't help but be 'giddy'

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
When David Shea attended the 2010 Canadian Yearling Sale, he went there expecting to buy one horse, not two. Luckily, it turned out to be twice as nice for the longtime owner.   He purchased the horse he was looking for in Giddy Up Cam, but when Shea, who calls Campbellville, Ont., home, was set to leave the sales pavilion, another horse caught his eye. Shea is certainly glad he made the ...
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Meadowlands cards 14-horse race on Friday

on 01/10/2012 12:00 AM
Taking a page from harness racing in other countries, where large fields are not unusual and are popular with bettors and thus spur big handles, the Meadowlands will have a 14-horse field competing at 1 1/2 miles on Friday night. The race, for $7,500 claiming pacers, will carry a purse of $7,400.  The race will be the last leg of the Pick 4 wager, and there will also be Superfecta wagering o...
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Owner Lloyd Arnold dies at age 83

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
Lloyd Arnold, 83, a longtime Standardbred owner and former racetrack operator, died Jan. 8. Mr. Arnold owned many top horses over the years, including the former world champion Warm Breeze in the late 1970s-early 1980s. More recently, he campaigned the top free-for-all pacing mare Sanabelle Island, who earned $1.6 million lifetime and won 57 of 110 starts.   Originally the owner of Arn...
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Wisconsin to honor Jeanne Marquis

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
The Wisconsin Harness Horse Association will hold its awards banquet on Jan. 21 in Madison Wisconsin at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel on East Washington Avenue.  Numerous awards will be given including the Horseperson of the Year Award.  Each year the President of the WHHA chooses the recipient, and President Gabe Wand has chosen Jeanne Marquis, Dane, WI to be honored. Born into a harn...
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Stud breedings available to benefit SRF

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has received gifts of  many breeding donations for the 2012 season, including breedings to the stallions Glidemaster, Badlands Hanover, Lucky Chucky, Mach Three, Rocknroll Heaven, Yankee Glide and many more. Both donations and purchases of breedings are appreciated.   SRF, now in its 23rd year, is a non-profit organization providing ful...
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Chicago tracks honor top driver/trainers

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
With the 2011 season in the books Balmoral Park and Maywood Park honored their leading driver and trainers this past weekend. Youngster Marcus Miller was a runaway winner in the drivers' standings at both tracks while longtime conditioner Robert Phillips notched his first training title at the Crete oval. On the Maywood side of the docket a very exciting training battle came right down to the...
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Brennan named HTA Driver of the Year

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
George Brennan, the 44-year-old driver from Monticello, N.Y., is Harness Tracks of America’s Driver of the Year for 2011, the rigorous achievement that remains the most difficult in the sport of harness racing to win. Hard evidence again this year is the fact that of 3,631 drivers who competed for purses in North America last year, only six were able to finish in the top 10 in money won, races...
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Judge delays decision in Pena case

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
Judge Stanley Chesler, hearing the request of trainer Lou Pena for a temporary restraining order of his exclusion from competing at the Meadowlands Racetrack, opted to reserve his decision after a hearing Monday at Federal District Court in Newark, NJ.   Theresa Trivino, clerk to Chesler, confirmed late Monday afternoon that Chesler would review materials regarding the matter and make a rul...
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Keep On Flirtin wins Pompano feature in 1:51.1

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
The 5-year-old mare Keep On Flirtin had less than $65,000 in career earnings heading into Monday evening's Mares Open Handicap Pace on January 9 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. In the end, she wasn't intimidated one bit by the combined life's earnings of more than $1.5 million of the 2-5 favored entry of Special Sweetheart and I'm Just Special.   The race started...
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Victory Is Coming takes top Meadows mare trot

on 01/09/2012 12:00 AM
Victory Is Coming controlled the mile with a quarter-pole move but had to dig in late to preserve her victory in Monday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Victory Is Coming charged to the front for Mike Wilder and discouraged the early challengers. When Anastasia Whinnie rallied from 7-1/2 lengths back, Victory Is Coming showed grit and class to defeat th...
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Big increase in handle Saturday at Meadowlands

on 01/08/2012 12:00 AM
After a strong opening, the wagering momentum continued to build Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The live handle was $442,822, up 40 percent over the $316,205 wagered the previous year. The $2,725,660 total handle represented a 6.5 percent increase over the $2,558,273 wagered in 2011.   This year's opening night, Friday, Jan. 6, card also produced strong numbers, notably a...
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Olive To Party ripe for Dover upset

on 01/08/2012 12:00 AM
Meet-leading driver Corey Callahan steered 24-1 longshot Olive To Party between horses to win the $15,500 pace on Sunday afternoon at Dover Downs.   After three straight eighth-place finishes, Olive To Party awakened in the stretch to come on for a 1:56.1 victory in a four-horse photo. Trained and owned by Corey’s dad, Nick Callahan, the altered 5 year old by Three Olives-Lock M...
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Red Star Hottie scores for Burke brigade

on 01/07/2012 12:00 AM
Red Star Hottie overcame a poor post and a lengthy layoff to score a front-end victory in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Also on Friday, Tony Hall drove four winners and Dave Palone had three on the 15-race card.   Although she hadn’t raced since Dec. 9 and was saddled with post 9, Red Star Hottie vaulted to the lead for&nb...
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Dan Noble, Woebkenberg honored in Ohio

on 01/07/2012 12:00 AM
Dan Noble, who won more races than any other harness driver in North America in 2011, has been voted the “Winners Circle Award” by the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers for his accomplishments in the sulky last season. Noble drove the winners of 773 races to take the title over George Brennan and Tim Tetrick.   Mike Woebkenberg, a starter at Ohio tracks and county fairs, will rec...
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Odysseus Blue Chip, Mystician Willowdale winners

on 01/07/2012 12:00 AM
There were 14 four-year-old pacers--two fields of seven--competing in the first leg of the Willowdale Pacing Series Saturday night at Woodbine.   In the first $30,000 division, the Baillargeon brothers, Ben and Mario, pulled off the 6-1 minor upset with Odysseus Blue Chip in 1:52.3.   Odysseus Blue  Chip, a son of Cams Card Shark, was in no hurry in the early goin...
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Big Bad John wins, becomes millionaire

on 01/07/2012 12:00 AM
After seizing command of the pace in :27 and the half in :56.3, Big Bad John removed the drama in his quest to join harness racing's millionaire set on Saturday evening (Jan.) 7 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. The win in the $12,000 purse event pushed the lifetime bankroll of Big Bad John to $1,000,559.    Even with second choice Rick's Sign vacating the pocket going into ...
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O'Reailly doubles up in Lifetime Dream

on 01/06/2012 12:00 AM
Trainer Frank O’Reilly sent a pair of 4-year-old mares postward in the first round of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series Thursday night at Woodbine and both captured the lion’s share of the $25,000 purse. Maplegrove Shaelyn and Sashay found the winner’s circle in their respective divisions.   Maplegrove Shaelyn, who made her second start over the Toronto oval, captured the second d...
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