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Gural believes he'll lease Big M within days

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
The Record newspaper of northern New Jersey has reported that Jeff Gural has said he hopes to sign a lease Monday to take over the Meadowlands Racetrack from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.   The story said final touches for privatizing the Meadowlands Racetrack may be completed Wednesday, with Gural then left to sign off. Gural will then need to be licensed by the New ...
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Biletnikoff wins at Meadows after 10-week layoff

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
Showing no ill effects from a 10-week layoff, Biletnikoff took advantage of live cover to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   When Tuneariffic came first-over after the leader, Windsong Gorgeous, Biletnikoff followed. Under Aaron Merriman’s urging, the 7-year-old Keystone Raider-Strikadeeze gelding vaulted around Tuneariffic to down that rival by a neck i...
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Illinois legislature takes no action on gaming

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
The Illinois legislature finished its veto session on Tuesday without taking any action on a gambling bill that could have paved the way for expanded gaming at the state's racetracks and in downtown Chicago. Dave McCaffrey, president of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA), posted the following explanation on the IHHA website to explain what had happened--or did not happen.   ...
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Hall, Wolfenden score Dover triples

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
Lorrie Please won the $16,500 mares winners-over pace, the first of three consecutive Mike Hall-trained winners at Dover Downs on Tuesday at Dover Downs.     Matt Kakaley took Lorrie Please to the top early and never looked back en route to a 1:52 conquest in the week’s top distaff feature. It was the Western Ideal-National Gallery 4 year old's 13th win of the season e...
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One Lucky Dragon gets maiden win at Pompano

on 11/29/2011 12:00 AM
On Tuesday, One Lucky Dragon became the second $90,000 yearling purchase to score his first career win in 2011 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.     The 2-year-old colt by Dragon Again-Kiss My Lips was sent to Florida in October by Ohio trainer Ron Potter. Now racing from the care of one of Pompano's perennial top trainers, Dan Hennessey, One Lucky Dragon was well rated...
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Lower stud fee for PA stallion Western Terror

on 11/28/2011 12:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms and VAE Stallion Management recently announced that the service fee for the coming breeding season on Western Terror will be $10,000. The marks a reduction of $5,000 on the 10-year-old son of Western Hanover, whose credits on the racetrack in 2011 included Breeders Crown champion Economy Terror, North America Cup winner Up The Credit, Drop The Ball and the New Zeal...
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Vernon meet shows handle increase

on 11/28/2011 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs recently concluded its 58th season of live racing with impressive increases in wagering handle, bucking nationwide trends. Live on-track handle increased four percent over 2010 while export handle went up a staggering 35 percent.   “We’re very pleased with the successful 2011 meet and would like to thank our customers and horsemen for their support throughout the ...
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Jeremy's Successor 1:50.1 winner at Dover

on 11/28/2011 12:00 AM
Jeremy’s Successor took the lead turning for home and then outclassed eight rivals on the way to a 1:50.1 victory in the  $31,000 Preferred/Open pace on Monday at Dover Downs.   Sean Bier elected to race Andrea Hill’s Jeremy’s Successor from off the pace and the tactic proved correct as the Mach Three gelding won for the 10th time this season, earning $189,658 in purses. In ...
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Hawaiianphotograph takes Meadows trot feature

on 11/28/2011 12:00 AM
After launching a first-over move, Hawaiianphotograph dug in and scored a narrow victory in Monday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Hawaiianphotograph was racing fourth down the backside when Brian Zendt sent her on her uncovered journey after the leader, Kandor Hanover. Hawaiianphotograph wore down her stablemate and held off the late ch...
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Does Nillabomb hold a record for most drivers?

on 11/28/2011 12:00 AM
It's a category for all breeds which is seldom, if ever, visited, but pacing mare Nillabomb must be approaching some sort of precedent. It must surely be a rare occurence for a horse of any breed to have over 30 different drivers or riders in the lifespan of their competitive career.   When she went to the gate in the first race on the Monday evening program at The Isle Casino Rac...
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Drivers, horses escape serious injury at Pompano

on 11/28/2011 12:00 AM
Fortunately, a serious-looking accident just before the opening quarter of the $12,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace did not cause injury to horses or drivers on the Monday evening program at the Isle Pompano Park.   Hay Beautiful, driven by Mike Micallef, made a sudden break, scattering the field and she would later be disqualified after finishing second. In a split-second&n...
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Ouellette drives 5 winners Saturday

on 11/27/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Luc Ouellette made five trips to the winner’s circle Saturday evening during the 11-race program at Woodbine Racetrack. Ouellette, who ranks sixth on Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) driver standings, kicked off the night with a victory in the first race. He guided U Bettor Watch Out ($3.70, 1:51.1), a Shawn Robinson trainee, to victory and followed it up by winning the fourth race wi...
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Voelz Hanover upsets field in Forest City

on 11/27/2011 12:00 AM
Despite being stung through a sizzling :25.3 opening quarter, millionaire pacing mare Voelz Hanover eventually made the lead and held on to pull off a 15-1 upset in the third edition of the $195,000 Forest City Pace at Western Fair Raceway on Saturday night.   When the wings of the gate folded, there was a five-horse dash for the early lead with Blissful Smile (Scott Zeron) making a break a...
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All About Kisses sweet at Saratoga

on 11/27/2011 12:00 AM
In what has been a sensational sophomore season for pacing filly All About Kisses, the Janice Connor trainee set a lifetime mark on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   All About Kisses was a New York Sire Stakes star this summer, finishing second in the final on the Night of Champions in a race contested at the Spa.   On Sunday afternoon, the filly marched out to the e...
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Hugadragon game in 1:50.3 Matron victory

on 11/27/2011 12:00 AM
Hugadragon closed out his 3-year-old season by scoring a 1:50.3 triumph in the $221,465 Matron final at Dover Downs on Sunday night. On the card, were four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Fund (DSBF) second-leg prelims, which were won by pacers Shaving Mug and Flying Instructor and trotters Windshield and Im So Striking.   In front of the grandstand Yannick Gingras rushed Hugadragon...
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Smoken Up captures $500,000 Miracle Mile

on 11/26/2011 12:00 AM
Lance Justice cruised into Miracle Mile immortality when his champion pacer Smoken Up won Saturday night's pinnacle sprint, worth $500,000, at Tabcorp Park Menangle northwest of Sydney, Australia. It was the second straight Miracle Mile victory for Smoken Up, who edged I'mThemightyquinn and Karloo Mick, with 2006 Little Brown Jug winner Mr. Feelgood racing parked for much of the mile a...
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Foreign Officer wins 11th race of 2011

on 11/26/2011 12:00 AM
Foreign Officer (Jim Pantaleano) was up on the money Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Pace. Away fourth from post position four, Foreign Officer watched as pole-sitting, 7-5 choice Lucky Man (Brian Sears) lined up his rivals through a :26.3 quarter-mile and :55.3 half.   Code Word (Yannick Gingras) then moved from third, with Foreign Officer chasing that one towar...
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Sparky Mark wins 4th straight Woodbine Preferred

on 11/26/2011 12:00 AM
Sparky Mark picked up his 10th win in 14 starts this season when he captured the Preferred Pace with a career-best 1:49 effort on Saturday night at Woodbine.   Sparky Mark survived a first-over trip and held on to win his fourth straight Woodbine Preferred Pace. This January and February he won four of five Woodbine starts.   In the Saturday night Preferred, driver Sylvain Filio...
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Breakheart Pass, Wuthering Hanover win features

on 11/25/2011 12:00 AM
Pocket-sitting Breakheart Pass (Yannick Gingras) authored the upset Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position seven, Breakheart Pass was one of several interested early. She wound up making the lead before yielding to 11-10 choice Tomorrowpan just after a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Before a :56.3 half, r...
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Gingras, wife welcome new daughter

on 11/23/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Yannick Gingras, the sixth leading money-winning driver in North America with purse earnings of slightly more than $11 million, is taking a few days off this week playing "Mr. Mom." Gingras's wife, Vicki, gave birth to the couple's third child, a girl, on Tuesday. The couple already have a daughter and son.   "We've named her Averi," said Gingras on Wednesday morning. "She ...
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