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Pennsylvania's East Meets West at Pocono

on 10/12/2011 2:00 AM
The best of the best in Pennsylvania will battle it out for bragging rights, plus a share of $50,000 in total prize monies, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free.   The East Meets West Driving Challenge will bring the four leading drivers from The Meadows--Dave Palone, Brett Miller, Tony Hall and Eric Ledford--to Poc...
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Average daily handle up 4.1% at Mohawk meet

on 10/12/2011 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group today announced that the average nightly wagering handle on the 2011 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded Saturday, Oct. 1, increased from 2010 figures.   The "all-sources" betting total of $124,633,640 represents a 3 percent increase over last year. Per night handle showed an increase of 4.1 percent over 2010 as $1,284,883 was the average nightly betting...
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Lower nominating fees for Big M series

on 10/12/2011 2:00 AM
Two new series and a reduction in nominating fees to several high-profile events highlight Meadowlands Racetrack's 2012 winter late-closing program.   The marquee events for older pacers--the Presidential, Cape & Cutter, Overbid, Aquarius and Four Leaf Clover--will all feature lower nominating fees in 2012. For example, the nominating fee for the Presidential has been lowered from $2,00...
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Daley says Magic Tonight bound for Crown

on 10/12/2011 2:00 AM
It is not necessary to win at Lexington’s Red Mile to advance to the Breeders Crown, but in the case of 2-year-old colt trotter Magic Tonight, back-to-back victories there stamped his ticket to the big event in Canada.   Magic Tonight won his $85,250 division of the Bluegrass Stakes by eight lengths over favorite American Gangster in 1:55.1 on September 30, and then won his $75,750 divisi...
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Maine pacing fillies are best friends, foes

on 10/12/2011 2:00 AM
The best of Maine will be on display at Scarborough Downs, outside Portland, when the finals of the Maine Sire Stakes are held Sunday afternoon, with post time at 12:05. Age, gait and gender divisions will each go for a purse of $85,000 after a summer of slugging it out for points at fairs across the state.   Trainer/driver Kevin Switzer, who lives in Cumberland Center, Maine, had expected ...
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Council members still against slots at Rosecroft

on 10/12/2011 2:00 AM
The prospect of expanded gaming at Rosecroft Raceway is still not being embraced by the a Prince George's County Council committee. On Tuesday the committee passed legislation banning slot machines from the county, clearing the way for the entire council to vote on the measure. The bill would ban slots and other video lottery machines.   Penn National Gaming bought Rosecroft Racew...
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Dover getting ready for November stakes

on 10/12/2011 2:00 AM
Following completions of the eight Breeders Crown finals later this month, the last major stakes action of the 2011 season shifts to Dover Downs in early November. The Delaware capital city raceway’s opens its 43rd meet on Saturday, Oct. 29, with the lucrative Matron Stakes and rich Progress Pace the following weekend.    The Matrons, the oldest continual major stakes in the sport, b...
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Season's sweep possible for Florida filly

on 10/12/2011 2:00 AM
She turned to the gate for the biggest purse of her young career and 2-year-old pacing filly Cracker Coffee came through with flying colors again in the $31,400 Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stallion Stakes on the Wednesday program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   The rookie daughter of Six Of Diamonds-Nasty As Can Be has been a model of consiste...
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Yonkers' tote board lights up

on 10/11/2011 2:00 AM
Many a bulb on Yonkers Raceway's tote board was pressed into holiday service. Monday night, with the $18,000, fifth-race pace producing several season-high payoffs.Early fractions of :27.3; 55.4 and 1:23.4 led to the front end falling down. The bombardiers were waiting to pick off the panting, with 77-1 Taylorlane Cruiser (Stephane Bouchard)--fifth turning for home--defeating 99-1 Upscale Hanover ...
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Ranger sweeps Florida Stallion stakes

on 10/11/2011 2:00 AM
It was a most familiar sight at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on the first Monday card of the new meet as Bruce Ranger was in the bike for both championship trotting finals of the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Stallion Stakes.In the $31,400 purse title event for the two year old fillies over the track rated good due to rain an hour before the program, Ranger wa...
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Gural elected to Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame

on 10/11/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural, chairman of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs and the managing member of  the New Meadowlands Racetrack, has been elected the 28th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame honoree.   “This is a big honor for me. To be honest, my favorite two days of the year are when I come to Delaware for the Jugette and Little Brown Jug.  Honestly, it is very depressing when the Jug is o...
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Docdor Libby wins Harrington Mares Open

on 10/11/2011 2:00 AM
Kim Gadino’s Docdor Libby ($7, Ross Wolfenden) earned her sixth win of the year in the $22,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway Tuesday in 1:53.4.The 5-year-old Camluck mare sat behind pacesetter No Bad Luck throughout the mile before surging by the game leader in the final strides. Melissa’s Fancy, who had won the past two distaff events, finished third.For ‘Libby’, the win served as rede...
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Vaporstar, Maplegrove Shaelyn win at Balmoral

on 10/10/2011 2:00 AM
The year’s richest event for Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old trotting colts was contested on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 diagonally gaited youngsters battled in the $112,000 Lincoln Land Stake. Fresh off a big second-place finish in his elimination last week, Fox Valley Standardbreds and Harold and Joshua Carter’s Vaporstar picked a nice time to snag his first ...
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DSBF 2-year-old trots underway at Harrington

on 10/10/2011 2:00 AM
Four divisions of the Delaware Standarbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old trotting stakes for both sexes were held Sunday at Harrington Raceway.   The fastest divisional winner was the first to take place, as Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain’s Alleigh Girl ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) was a dominant winner on the front end over Skuttlebutt and Jodi Lin in 2:02.4 to equal the track record for...
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Vernon's Simpson box closes Tuesday morning

on 10/10/2011 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will host all freshman divisions of the John F. Simpson Memorial Stakes over the weekend of Oct. 14-15. Entries will be accepted by the Vernon race office (315) 829-6825 until the box closes at 9 a.m. on Tuesday for Friday's race and Wednesday for Saturday. The entry fee for all Simpson races is $310 payable to Vernon Downs.   Following the Simpsons, the Kin...
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Magic Wheel sets Windsor mark in OSS Gold

on 10/10/2011 2:00 AM
Magic Wheel lowered the Windsor Raceway track mark for 3-year-old filly trotters Sunday night with a 1:55.2 victory in a $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) final. The effort lowered the previous mark set last week in an OSS Gold elim by Oh Sweet Baby.   Trainer-driver Joe Hudon left fast with Magic Wheel, reaching the opening quarter on top in :26.4, with the Mario Baillargeon-driven O...
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Rosecroft updates info on qualifying, draws

on 10/10/2011 2:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway will be drawing Mondays for Friday this fall and scratch time will be 9 am Wednesday mornings. The box will open at 9 am and close at 1 pm. Rosecroft will draw Wednesday for Saturday this fall and scratch time will be 9 am Thursday mornings. The box will open at noon and close at 3 pm.   Rosecroft will be qualifying this week on Wednesday morning at 10 am with the box clos...
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Delaware Breeders Fund divisions held

on 10/10/2011 2:00 AM
Seven $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) for 2-year-old pacers were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway. There were four filly divisions, which were carded first on the program.   Badlands Racing and Leblanc Racing’s No Picnic ($2.80, Ross Wolfenden) overcame post seven for her dominant win in the first division in 1:57.4. A daughter of Badlan...
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2YOPC Warrawee Needy 1:49.4 winner

on 10/10/2011 2:00 AM
In gate-to-wire fashion, Warrawee Needy (pictured) established a new stakes record in the $170,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.   The Carl Jamieson student stopped the teletimer in 1:49.4, lowering the all-time OSS record for 2-year-old pacing colts on a seven-eighths mile oval, which was originally set b...
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Yonkers holds Fall Festival with under saddle race

on 10/09/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Saturday night played host to the $400,000 Fall Harvest Series. Eight, $50,000 events--2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits who were not eligible for last week's New York Night of Champions.   Among the winners was the 3-year-old pacing filly Alexachase (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners (trainer) Johnny Waite & Kimberley Waite/driver Greg Merton; 1:54.3.   "T...
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