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Lets Get Serious at Dover Downs

on 12/28/2011 12:00 AM
Veteran Lets Get Serious N turned back six rivals to win the Tuesday feature trot over a sloppy track at Dover Downs.    George Dennis pulled the Jeff Clark-conditioned Lets Get Serious N three wide at the three-quarters to get the lead then pulled away for a 1:57.2 victory in the rain. The win was the fourth of the year for the Joe Muscara-owned 10-year-old son of Sondon-Queen Charlot...
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Big Bad John takes aim at $1 million

on 12/28/2011 12:00 AM
The clock is not only ticking toward the arrival of the New Year but also toward the highly anticipated return to the track of the 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John. His final start as a 3 year old is set for New Year's Eve Saturday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.    If he's going to win the final start of his 3-year-old campaign and challenge the track's...
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Kelly Walker named Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/28/2011 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association recognizes him as Mitchell K. Walker but in harness racing circles he’s known by his middle name, Kelly. And to be more precise, in the amateur movement  he goes by the nickname “Sky”…and for Kelly “Sky”  Walker these are good times.   He placed well in the seven-month C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series and in ...
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Gural applauds Up The Credit decision

on 12/28/2011 12:00 AM
It was recently announced that 2011 North America Cup winner, Up The Credit, will be bred to mares in 2012 but rather than retiring from racing will be pointed toward a 4-year-old campaign on the race track. “He (Up The Credit) had a knee problem all year and he's over it and better now than he's ever been, so we thought we'd bring him back and race him as a 4 year old and maybe even a 5 year ...
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New Lasix procedures at Meadowlands

on 12/28/2011 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission’s veterinarian, Dr. Barbara Greene, has issued changes in Lasix procedures for the 2012 Meadowlands meet.   Qualifiers will take place Thursday, Dec. 29, and Friday, Dec. 30, and the first night of live racing is Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Director of Racing Peter Koch has split the qualifiers with pacers going on Thursday and trotters [and additional entr...
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Meadowlands getting ready with qualifiers

on 12/28/2011 12:00 AM
A total of  20 qualifiers for pacers are carded for Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, with trotters and any overflow of pacers to be accommodated in Friday morning qualifiers (with the box closing at 9 am Thursday). “I’m encouraged by the response to the qualifiers and we’ve got our first condition sheet available for the opening weekend (Jan. 6 and 7) as well,” said Peter Koch, Di...
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Class droppers score in Dover features

on 12/27/2011 12:00 AM
Both No Bad Luck and Docdor Libby dropped down from the Open ranks to win split $16,000 filly and mare twin features on Monday at Dover Downs.   In the first $16,000 division, Montrell Teague pulled to the outside to pass leader Ash Larue at the three-quarters and then rolled away to a 1:52.3 victory. The Badlands Hanover-Gee I’m Lucky 4 year old won her fifth of 2011 and goes over t...
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Tom Cango standing at Ohio's Cool Winds Farm

on 12/27/2011 12:00 AM
Kim and Randy Haines of Cool Winds Farm, along with Buckeye Breeding, in conjunction with Joe Chnapko and Bill Gallagher, have announced that Tom Cango 2,1:57.1f; 3,1:53.2 ($515,930),  will be entering the Ohio stallion ranks for the 2012 season, standing at the Lima, Ohio, farm.   A 13-time winner and half brother to Broadway Hall, Tom Cango is the fastest and rich...
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Blue Creek Angie picks up 19th win of season

on 12/27/2011 12:00 AM
Blue Creek Angie has joined three others at the top of the North American leaderboard in races won this year when Bruce Aldrich Jr. guided the 8-year-old On The Attack mare to her 19th seasonal triumph at Monticello Raceway on Monday, Dec. 26. She stopped the timer at 1:58.2. Her seasonal best was a 1:55.4 clocking  in September.   Now this season-- which is quickly drawing to an ...
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Pennsylvania horseman Ron Murin dies

on 12/27/2011 12:00 AM
Veteran Pennsylvania horseman Ronald H. Murin, 69, of Washington, died on Christmas Day. Mr. Murin was a trainer and driver for more than 44 years and retired in 2007. He was one of the first trainers who located his stable at The Meadows Racetrack. In addition, Mr. Murin was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of The Meadows Racetrack Chapel congregation for many years and was current...
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Michael Fahy wins Gallo Scholarship Award

on 12/27/2011 12:00 AM
Martin Scharf will present the sixth annual Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship to Michael Fahy of Washington, Pa., during the Sunday, Jan. 7 race card at the Meadowlands. Fahy is the son of Bill and Moira Fahy and attends Marietta College in Ohio, where he is a double major in International Business and Asian Studies.   Fahy, whose parents campaign a stable at The Meadows, graduated from Trinit...
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San Pail, Check Me Out top Dan Patch winners

on 12/27/2011 12:00 AM
San Pail was a big winner again and Check Me Out dominated once more. San Pail, who ended the season the No. 1-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll after winning 14 of 16 races and finishing second twice, was named harness racing’s best older male trotter for 2011 by the U.S. Harness Writers Association in Dan Patch Award voting released Tuesday.   Check Me Ou...
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Brennan, Pena take titles for 2011 Yonkers meet

on 12/27/2011 12:00 AM
George Brennan and Lou Pena easily won their respective driver and trainer titles for Yonkers Raceway's recently-concluded 2011 season.   The racing calendar, which ended this past Friday night (Dec. 23), saw Brennan run away and hide with 697 local victories from 2,413 drives, winning with just under 29 percent of his escorts. Brennan, in his first full Westchester season, also rolled home...
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Itrustyou sails to Valedictory victory

on 12/26/2011 12:00 AM
After capturing his Valedictory Stakes elimination last week, Itrustyou and Brett Miller clicked again in the $60,000 final Monday afternoon at Woodbine.   It was a cavalry charge heading into the first turn as Curator (Billy Davis Jr.), Thebestofjoel (Keith Oliver), Itrustyou and Weigh The Odds (Chris Christoforou) were all looking for position. Thebestofjoel would strike the front to lead...
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Niagara final won by Windsun Soho

on 12/26/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Phil Hudon engineered the winning trip as he guided race favorite Windsun Soho to an off-the-pace victory in the $60,000 Niagara Stakes final for sophomore filly pacers at Woodbine on Monday afternoon.   Hudon was in no rush in the early going as D Gs Tinkerbell (Luc Ouellette) and Seascape Hanover (Mario Baillargeon) were both looking for top honors. D Gs Tinkerbell would lead past ...
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Lisa America takes feature in Rome

on 12/26/2011 12:00 AM
The Lou Guida-owned, Jerry Riordan-trained Lisa America won the feature at the Tor di Valle track in Rome on Monday, turning back rivals in the stretch drive. The 6-year-old Varenne mare captured the Gran Premio Gala, contested over a distance of 2,100 meters.   Lisa America was settled quietly at the start by driver Dominique Locqueneux, then after about 600 meters she was sent to the fron...
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Karin Burgess wins Davies Humanitarian Award

on 12/24/2011 12:00 AM
Saturday night is the night that Santa usually does his good deeds, but to a group of impoverished youth in Swaziland, Africa, Santa has already come in the guise of the organization Swazi Kids, among whom is the wife of noted Canadian trainer Blair Burgess, Karin Olsson-Burgess, who is being honored by the U.S. Harness Writers Association with the January Davies Humanitarian Award. &nb...
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Yonkers puts a wrap on 2011 season

on 12/24/2011 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway put a lid on its 2011 racing season Friday night with its usual pair of $38,000 co-features.   Delightful Diva (David Miller), cutting her travel distance in a way that would make Santa proud, skimmed the cones in the Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position three, Delightful Diva was minding her business along the inside as first 4-5 fave ...
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USHWA awards to Antonacci, Armbro Vanquish

on 12/23/2011 12:00 AM
Two names associated with “excellence in trotting families,” horseman Frank Antonacci and the broodmare Armbro Vanquish, have recently been voted year-end awards in a polling of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Antonacci was honored with the Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award, while Armbro Vanquish was named Trotting Broodmare of the Year.   The “Antonacci” name has long been ...
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Gural's lease of Meadowlands OK'd; rent to be $1

on 12/23/2011 12:00 AM
On Friday (Dec. 23), the Board of Commissioners of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority formally entered into a 31-year lease agreement with the New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC (NMRLLC), headed by Jeff Gural, for the operation of Meadowlands Racetrack. The agreement will close, and private operation commence, on Dec. 24, 2011. The NMRLLC has been responsible for all costs of op...
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