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Changes work for Nillabomb at Pompano

on 01/02/2012 12:00 AM
Nillabomb, one of the most recognizable fan favorite mares in Florida in recent years because of her striking roan color, came out with wholesale equipment changes but the same old fighting spirit to capture her 2012 debut Monday night at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. It was the first card of the New Year at the South Florida venue.   Trainer Eric Beach elected to let her h...
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Schoolkids gets winning grade at Dover

on 01/02/2012 12:00 AM
Schoolkids went right to the front to win the $31,000 Preferred/Open Pace while Fancyfreeshark came from off the pace to take the $30,000 Delaware Special in the twin-feature races on Monday at Dover Downs.   The 2009 Matron winner Schoolkids took the lead early for Pat Berry and the brown son of I Am A Fool-Game Bunny disposed of seven rivals on the way to win the first feature race of the...
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$125.90 winner in Blizzard Series opener

on 01/02/2012 12:00 AM
The first leg of the $20,000 Blizzard Pacing Series were contested Monday evening at Woodbine with Dream Outloud, DGs Tinkerbell and Ms Curator finding the winner’s circle. The series is for fillies and mares who are 3 and 4 year olds in 2012 and are non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of midnight, Oct. 31.   In the first division, Dream Outloud and Randy Waples converted off ...
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Ready Cash wins another prep for Prix d'Amerique

on 01/01/2012 12:00 AM
With about one month before the 1 million euro Prix d'Amerique, set for Jan. 29 at Hippodrome Paris Vincennes, the suspense might be over as Ready Cash has stamped himself as the horse to beat.   Ready Cash, the 2011 Prix d'Amerique winner, has won all three B-pre-tests thus far---Prix de Bretagne, Prix de Bourbonnais and Prix de Bourgogne on Sunday, Jan. 1--and&nbs...
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Aldrich, Messenger take Monticello titles

on 12/31/2011 12:00 AM
The 2011 meet at Monticello Raceway ended on Thursday with Bruce Aldrich Jr.’s 410 winners tops among drivers. Aldrich, who now has won back to back driving titles here, finished with 22 more wins than runner-up Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr., whose total was 388.   Trailing Aldrich and Parker in driving victories last season was Jimmy Taggart Jr., with 285, followed by Jimmy Marohn Jr...
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Blizzard, Snowshoe ring in 2012 at Woodbine

on 12/31/2011 12:00 AM
Although there is a dusting of snow in the city, Woodbine Racetrack will be creating its own winter wonderland on Monday as the first legs of the Blizzard and Snowshoe Series get underway.   Thirty-five pacing colts and geldings will compete in four $20,000 divisions of the Snowshoe Series and 33 pacing fillies and mares will contest three $20,000 divisions of the Blizzard Series. The ...
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Big M video report from first-week qualifiers

on 12/31/2011 12:00 AM
Hosts Sam McKee and Darin Zoccali gave their scouting report from the first round of qualifiers held Thursday and Friday morning at the Meadowlands. Click the following to watch now on Meadowlands Racetrack's YouTube Channel: http://youtu.be/RBlj6gsjvSM. To watch all the qualifier replays, click the following link that is available here and choose Meadowlands Qualifiers for either date: ht...
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Jamieson, Gillis capture 2011 WEG titles

on 12/31/2011 12:00 AM
As the 2011 standardbred racing season came to a close on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine, driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jeff Gillis proved once again they are a force to be reckoned with. Jamieson and Gillis took top honors on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit, finishing atop the 2011 driver and trainer standings.   Jamieson captured his third WEG driving title with 328 wins...
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Big Bad John sets Pompano track mark

on 12/31/2011 12:00 AM
He had to wait until the final 3 1/2 hours of his 3-year-old campaign, but 2011 Little Brown Jug champion Big Bad John was able to add one more achievement to his memorable season.   In the New Year's Eve card at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Big Bad John wasn't bothered one bit by starting outside in the field of seven horses as he front-stepped his way to victory in 1:51.1, ed...
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Noble wins 2 on New Year's Eve, finishes with 773

on 12/31/2011 12:00 AM
The long journey endured by reinsman Dan Noble to the 2011 drivers' dash title concluded on the New Year's Eve card at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. The Ohio based reinsman, who will mark his 29th birthday on Jan. 15, used a perfect second-over position in the backstretch to explode away to a widening margin of victory with the 5-year-old pacer Deep Finesse in ...
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Pacer gets retirement ceremony, owner much more

on 12/30/2011 12:00 AM
He hadn’t stepped a foot on a racetrack since 2008, but during his formative years Fox Valley Kincade was a force to be reckoned with. In the pacer's illustrious career, the Sportsmaster gelding earned more than $300,000 in purse money and took a lifetime record of 1:53.1 at Maywood Park during the 2003 racing season.   “He wasn’t as sharp towards the end of his career ...
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Expanded gaming discussion in KY heats up

on 12/30/2011 12:00 AM
No morning line just yet, but the odds are a little lower that Kentucky could have a constitutional amendment on the November balloting asking voters if they want more gambling in the state, although any inclusion of racetracks is far from clear. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who was elected to a second term in November, announced Thursday that he has lined up a Republican legislat...
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NY Post reports Mohegan Sun has debt problems

on 12/30/2011 12:00 AM
The New York Post has reported that Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, the operator of Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, has said it has yet to reach an agreement to refinance $811 million in debt. The Mohegan Tribe owns and operates Pocono Downs.   The Post story said the delay in refinancing fiscal 2012 maturities is among conditions that “raise substantial doubt about ...
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White re-elected Historic Board president

on 12/30/2011 12:00 AM
On Dec. 21 at the monthly meeting of the Historic Track Board of Directors in Goshen N.Y.,  Bernie White was re-elected to another two-year term as president of the Board. For White it marks the sixth time that he has been elected president.   "I’m very appreciative of the support  the Board members have shown me over the years,” said White  who lives in nearby ...
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A well-done win for Mc Tbone Ida

on 12/29/2011 12:00 AM
The McNeil racing family from Vernon Center, N.Y., has competed for just three months in Florida but their minds are already made up to return in future years.   "It's working out much better than we expected and we're so relieved we've been able to continue the strong year at our home base of Vernon Downs in the summer months to here at Pompano for the winter," beamed J...
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Vintage Master to stand at Winbak in Ontario

on 12/29/2011 12:00 AM
World Champion and double-millionaire Vintage Master p,2,1:57.4; 3,1:49.2f; 4,1:48.1f ($2,119,713), by Western Ideal and from Art’s Vintage (by Artsplace), will be retired from racing and will stand in Ontario at Winbak Farm of Canada. His stud fee has been set at C$3,500.   The 5-year-old horse was bred and owned by Brittany Farms and the Brian Monieson Revocable Trust and trained by J...
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Too little, too late for Parker at Monticello

on 12/29/2011 12:00 AM
The battle for driving supremacy at Monticello Raceway was a back-and-forth situation between Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Zeke Parker nearly all season long. However, with a hot hand in early December Aldrich drew off and by the end of the month he had everything well in hand. Aldrich had a 25-win lead on Parker on his way to his second consecutive driving title.   Although Pa...
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Qualifying resumes at the Meadowlands

on 12/29/2011 12:00 AM
Cruizin Angel (above), a 3-year-old filly by Yankee Cruiser, won the first qualifier at the Meadowlands since Jeff Gural officially leased the track and took control of operations last week. With Andy Miller driving for trainer Daniel DeVitis and owners George Green and Rhonda Heady, the filly won in 1:53.4, lowering her mark from 1:55.3f.   A total of 20 qualifiers were scheduled for Thurs...
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Santeramo a 3-time winner in Florida amateurs

on 12/29/2011 12:00 AM
Florida Amateur Drivers Club (FADC) members performed in their 10th amateur trot event Wednesday night at Pompano Park and it produced the first three-time seasonal winner. Thomas Santeramo garnered his third win in just four FADC starts in the fall-winter meet. Jamie Marra is the only 2-time winner in the competitive series.   Driving the Illinois-bred You Go Girl (Smokey Legend-Heath...
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Top drivers praise new banked turns at Big M

on 12/29/2011 12:00 AM
Drivers thought they were at the “New” Meadowlands Racetrack when they hit the track for 20 qualifying races Thursday morning. The first races were held over the one-mile oval which now features significantly-enhanced banking in the two turns. Charles E. Coon & Sons Inc. oversaw the project which put 16,000 tons on the two turns back in early September.   “They did a great job ban...
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