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Matrix Hall picks up seventh win of season

on 11/23/2011 12:00 AM
Matrix Hall made his first start at Dover Downs a winning one in the $16,500 winners-over trot on Wednesday. Daryl Bier steered the Conway Hall-Melissa Hall gelding between horses to victory in 1:56.4.   Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own Matrix Hall, a 7-year-old winner of eight races this year. Matrix Hall's seasonal bankroll now tops $101,000. Lets Get Serious (...
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Marino, Hensley team up to win 3 at Pompano

on 11/23/2011 12:00 AM
Trainer Chris Marino and driver Ed Hensley teamed up to dominate the Wednesday evening program at the Isle Pompano Park on yet another ideal 78-degree evening in South Florida.Their winners included trotter Lord Burghley in a $5,000 purse conditioned test for owner Howard Jacobs of West Orange NJ, along with claiming pacers Wild Request and One Tough Hombre, owned by Robert Weinstein of Bellmore, ...
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Powerful Burke duo headlines Matron 3CP final

on 11/22/2011 12:00 AM
Hugadragon and Westwardho Hanover, both easy winners of their respective eliminations of the Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace last Sunday at Dover Downs as odds-on choices, have drawn posts two and four, respectively, for this Sunday's $221,465 final. Both trained by Ron Burke, Hugadragon will be driven by Yannick Gingras, while Westwardho Hanover will have the services of Dave Palone.   Westwa...
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Forest City attracts star-studded field

on 11/22/2011 12:00 AM
Several of this year’s star performers, on the track and in the bike, will be at The Raceway at Western Fair District this Saturday night for the $195,000 Forest City Pace, the feature event of the fall meet at the London, Ont. racetrack.   The draw was completed this morning among the nine pacing mares which will compete for the title. Between them they have amassed $10.5 million in pu...
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Pompano introduces MEGA-9 wagering

on 11/22/2011 12:00 AM
The upcoming final weekend of November at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park marks the rollout of several new exciting and interesting initiatives for both fans and horsepeople. These are explained in detail below.   MEGA-9 Wager (Starts Nov. 28)--Leading off the new offerings for fans is the implementation of the MEGA-9 Wager on the Saturday evening, Nov. 26 program. The base wa...
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SBOANJ thankful for work to release purse money

on 11/21/2011 12:00 AM
Freehold horsemen have something to be thankful for this week – a purse increase. The purse increase going into effect at Freehold Raceway on Friday is the end product of negotiations between the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and the Office of the Governor.   “We want to thank Governor Chris Christie and his staff for working with us to reach the agre...
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Woodbine/Mohawk adopt Gural's rules on studs

on 11/21/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced stakes conditions for its major races will be revised to align with the stallion eligibility requirements introduced by U.S. racetrack operator Jeff Gural.   Beginning with foals born in 2014 (and therefore affecting WEG's major 2-year-old events in 2016), horses eligible to participate must be sired by stallions that raced as a 4-year...
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Running Aces 2012 dates approved

on 11/21/2011 12:00 AM
Running Aces Harness Park is pleased to announce that the 2012 dates for the track's fifth season of live racing have been approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission. Opening night will be Wednesday, June 6, with racing continuing on a four-night-a-week schedule through a special Labor Day program featuring the lucrative annual Minnesota State Championship races on Monday, Sept. 3.   ...
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Artists Rally rallies to Dover win

on 11/21/2011 12:00 AM
Artists Rally closed strongly to score a 1:51.4 victory in the $30,000 Delaware Special pace feature at Dover Downs on Monday night.   With Jim Morand in the bike, the Real Artist-Spunky Gal gelding bested Nova Artist (Allan Davis) and front-pacing Highbeam Rusty N (Corey Callahan) to win the week’s top overnight event for owner-trainer Ed Gannon Jr. The win was the fifth of the year for ...
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Dinah Ross is supreme for Pavia at Pompano

on 11/21/2011 12:00 AM
Joe Pavia Jr. has returned to The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park from Pocono Downs with a 30-horse stable to his winter season base in South Florida and the 51-year-old horseman won his first two drives Monday night. It was the first time Pavia had competed at Pompano since last March.   In the opening race of the program, Pavia returned to the winner's circle afte...
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OSS champ Mister Herbie wins Preferred

on 11/21/2011 12:00 AM
Fresh off a Canadian record performance against sophomores in the $300,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final, Mister Herbie returned to Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening and romped against older rivals in the $38,000 Preferred Trot.   Undefeated since joining forces with trainer Jeff Gillis, Mister Herbie was in no hurry in the early stages of Monday’s assignment. Jody Jamieso...
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Vintage Master wins Chester feature in 1:50.2

on 11/20/2011 12:00 AM
Vintage Master, who went over $2 million in earnings a few starts back, picked up his sixth win of the season when he captured the $60,000 Open Pace on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Chester. With Daniel Dube in the sulky, the 5-year-old stallion by Western Ideal scored in 1:50.2.   The Lou Pena-trained Big Bay Point, the betting favorite, set the pace in the race. Dube worked out a secnd-ove...
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Burke Stable sweeps Matron elims for 3YO pacers

on 11/20/2011 12:00 AM
Westwardho Hanover, winner of last Sunday’s $330,000 Progress Pace, and his stablemate Hugadragon, were in top form, scoring impressive front-pacing sub 1:50 victories to win respective $32,745 Matron Three-Year-Old Colt elimination paces Sunday night at Dover Downs.   On the same card, Shaving Mug, It’s Outta Here and trotters Windshield and I’m So Striking won Delaware Standardbred ...
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All Heart Gal upsets at The Meadows

on 11/19/2011 12:00 AM
Dismissed at 18-1, All Heart Gal unleashed a powerful first-over move that carried her to a stunning victory in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. All Heart Gal was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman tipped her off the cones and asked her for pace. She gobbled up the leader, Red Star Hottie, and held off the late bid of Mud Pie Hanover to down...
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Pompano cancels Saturday night card

on 11/19/2011 12:00 AM
The Saturday night racing program at the Isle Pompano Park has been cancelled due to unsafe track conditions caused by sustained rain in the area. Although the weather improved early Saturday, shadows kept the track from drying out in all areas.
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Freehold purses increased 30 percent

on 11/19/2011 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway announced that effective Friday, Nov. 25, purses will be increased by 30 percent. The increase is possible due to a payment from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority of an allocation of monies from the Purse Enhancement Agreement (PEA).With the increase, purses will average $40,000 per day. “As a result of the recent payment, we were able to erase a signific...
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Brennan, Lucky Man take Yonkers feature

on 11/19/2011 12:00 AM
Lucky Man (George Brennan) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 winners-over pacing feature.   Leaving from post position seven, Lucky Man was in the game from the outset. He left around Nob Hill High (Brian Sears), then passed the baton to outside assignee Silent Swing (Dan Dube) just after a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. Silent Swing found a :56 h...
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Delaware Breeders legs for 2YO fillies held at Dover

on 11/19/2011 12:00 AM
The public choices responded with impressive victories in four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) first leg preliminaries, each worth $20,000, for 2-year-old fillies at Dover Downs on Saturday, Nov. 19. Meet-leading driver Corey Callahan had three winners.   Alleigh Girl made it five straight wins, romping to a easy 2:01.3 triumph in the first DSBF prelim. The outcome...
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Western Tsunami takes Vernon feature on closing night

on 11/19/2011 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs closed out its 2012 meet with the veteran pacer Western Tsunami capturing the $10,000 Open. The 8-year-old gelding by Western Hanover-Rons Girl won in 1:51.2 for trainer Tracy Brainard, who also owns the horse with Andrew Herzog. The victory was the fourth this season--and 39th career-wise--for Western Tsunami.   Brandon Simpson was in the sulky behind Western Tsunami, whose tr...
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Big Bad John to stand at Midland in Ohio

on 11/18/2011 12:00 AM
Big Bad John p,2, 1:50.4; 3, 1:49 ($988,559), the winner of this year's Little Brown Jug, has been retired to stud duty at Midland Acres in Ohio. Ed Telle, whose Winchester Baye Acres owns the stallion, made the announcement along with Midland Acres.   "We're thrilled to have him. Big Bad John might be the best-bred and most accomplished colt to ever stand stud in Ohio," said Midland's Dr. ...
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