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Waples finishes 10th in European debut

on 12/03/2011 12:00 AM
Randy Waples made his European debut on Saturday at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes in a race featuring a rematch of the 1-2 finishers in the 2011 Breeders Crown Open Trot.   Waples was driving against France's Eric Raffin for the first time since San Pail and Rapide Lebel electrified the harness racing world at Woodbine in October. The two drivers were competing in the 2011 Prix des Rencontres ...
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Chalk mark wins in Autumn 2FP elims

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Chris Chistoforou made the most of his trip to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday evening as he captured both $20,000 Autumn Stakes eliminations for freshman pacing fillies.   In the first elimination, Christoforou guided the 2-5 post time favorite, Machleen, to victory in a new lifetime best of 1:56.   The daughter of Mach Three-Aileens Luck was positioned well off the pace in the...
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Idol Kemp springs 13-1 Dover upset

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
Overlooked Idol Kemp stormed down the lane at 13-1 odds to win the $13,500 feature trot at Dover Downs on Thursday.   After being favored last time out and a with a win and two seconds in four starts this meet, Roger Plante steered Carol and trainer Jim Atkinson’s Idol Kemp to a come-from-behind 1:58.1 victory, equaling his lifetime best. The Credit Winner-Insider Hanover 4-year-old ...
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Lexington Select announces 2012 sale dates

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
Sale dates for 2012 have been announced for the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The sale, to be held as usual at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion, will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and continue though Sunday, Oct. 7. The auction will coincide with The Red Mile's Grand Circuit meet.   In making the announcement, the sale's co-manager Randy Manges said that basically there's no reason to mess with...
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Woodbine's Bet Night Live customers top 2,000

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group says it it pleased with its Bet Night Live handicapping contest, which concluded Monday, Nov. 28.   Bet Night Live (BNL) was launched in May 2010, which replaced Race Night on The Score. The redesigned two-hour programs (Mondays for standardbred and Wednesdays for thoroughbred), which airs on WEG’s longtime TV partner, The Score, focuses directly on the wage...
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Sugar Valley Farms new Ohio stallion station

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
Ohio horsemen Bill Walters and Joe McLead will be operating Sugar Valley Farm as a stallion station in 2012. The farm was established in 1968 by Walters' father and McLeads' grandfather Dr. Dale Walters. Among the studs Sugar Valley will be standing are the pacing stallions Woodstock, Mr Wiggles and I'm Gorgeous and the trotter Pilgrims Taj.   Trained by George Teague Jr., Mr Wigg...
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Umphrey hoping to wrangle up another star

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
After celebrating a career year with over $1.1 million in earnings, which included a victory in the Breeders Crown with Monkey On My Wheel, trainer Travis Umphrey is hoping Twin B Wrangler will be his next superstar pacer.   The lightly-raced rookie son of Mach Three-Stryper will headline his $50,000 Autumn Stakes final Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack after an impressive 1:53 lifetime ...
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Walker wins $25,000 Billings Gold Cup

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
Mitchell "Sky" Walker, last year's Silver Cup winner, stepped up his game to the ultimate level Friday at The Meadows when he won the Delvin Miller Memorial Driving Championship Gold Cup, the $25,000 final of the prestigious C.K.G. Billings Series for amateur drivers.   "Trader" Bud Hatfield, dismissed at 25-1, rallied late to win the Silver Cup.   Walker and Rush N Supreme were unhu...
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Saftic steers longshots to Autumn Stakes wins

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
Nineteen three-year-old pacing fillies trucked to Woodbine on Friday evening to contest two eliminations for this year’s Autumn Stakes, but with a pair of longshots, it was driver Mike Saftic who stole the show.   Saftic guided both Shadys Art and Machs Delicacy to victory. In the first $25,000 tilt, Shadys Art pulled off a 22-1 shocker for trainer George Hunt.   Lucky Taryn (Antho...
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Omen Hanover, Sun Of A Victory win at Yonkers

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
Omen Hanover (Yannick Gingras) was both hounded and heroic Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Starting outside her seven rivals, Omen Hanover swooped 'em all at the start. She made the lead well before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile, getting around pole-sitting Look Siera (Eric Goodell).   Feeling You (Brian Sears), unable t...
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Dover to feature pair of $100,000 DSBF finals

on 12/02/2011 12:00 AM
The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Finals for trotters and pacers is set for this Saturday (Dec. 3) card. First post is 5:30 p.m.  In the filly pace finale, Badlands and LeBlanc racings’ No Picnic, with Ross Wolfenden at the controls is program favorite in a field of eight. She has won her two preliminaries impressively after finishing second in late Octob...
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Master In Charge master of Dover feature

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
Master In Charge won the battle to the wire to win the $16,000 winners-over feature trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday. With Ross Wolfenden at the controls, Master In Charge overtook leader Defend The Rock (Corey Callahan) and held off fast-finishing Photo Maxx (Jon Roberts) to score a 1:55.4 victory in the week’s top overnight trot.   Joe Hundertpfund trains the Master Lavec-Take Charge La...
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Jaavos Boy upsets at 8-1 in Pompano Open

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
The feature event on the final program of November at Pompano Park saw driver David Ingraham at his crafty best to weave through stretch traffic after a pocket trip for an 8-1 upset in the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot with Jaavos Boy.   Aruba Vacation was tested on the front end by Fern Paquet Jr. in :27.3, :56.3 and 1:26 to put away the first-over move of Thro Time, driven by ...
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Meadows Horse of the Year Sir Caviar scores

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
Named Horse of the Year at The Meadows earlier this week, Sir Caviar demonstrated once again why he deserved the honor as he overcame post nine and a five-week layoff to capture Wednesday's $22,500 Preferred Trot--his 24th victory over the last two seasons.   Sir Caviar was voted the track's best by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. He didn't let the honor go to his head, as he c...
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Meadowlands announces 2012 schedule

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will kick off its 2012 harness meet on Friday, Jan. 6. Post time is 7 p.m. for the season opener, which also marks the start of the meet-long Free Fridays promotion in which guests receive free admission and live programs.   Opening weekend continues with a calendar giveaway on Saturday, Jan. 7.  The first 3,000 paid admissions will receive a wall calendar featuri...
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Freehold to race 90 days in 2012

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission approved on Wednesday the request of Freehold Raceway for a 90-day race meet in 2012. The winter/spring meet will begin March 1 and run until May 26.  The summer/fall meet will start Aug. 30 and conclude Dec. 22. Racing will be conducted three days a week--Thursday to Saturday for both meets--with special holiday racing on Labor Day.&n...
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NJSEA notifies Big M employees of status change

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
NorthJersey.com has reported that employees of the Meadowlands Racetrack received an e-mail Wednesday notifying them that their last day of work for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) will be Friday, Dec. 23. The e-mail reportedly stated that the employees will receive their last paycheck from the NJSEA on Dec. 22, with their vacation paycheck coming two weeks later. &nbs...
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Billings driving finals Friday at The Meadows

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
If one doesn’t think that amateur racing has arrived, ponder this…. The Meadows will use both the Delvin Miller Memorial Driving Championship Gold Cup final and the Silver Cup final as part of their 16-race card on Friday night. And unlike the other 14 races on the card, both Billings trots will be contested at a distance of 1 1/4 miles.   As envisioned by Delvin Miller and hi...
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Deadline for Tattersalls entries is Friday

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
Friday, Dec. 2, is the deadline for entries to the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale, set for Monday, Jan. 16, at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   With winter racing series on the schedule, the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale is popular with both sellers and buyers. Among the graduates from the January 2011 sale was Foreign Officer, who is approaching $300,000 in earnings this year.&nbs...
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NY takes official action on positive tests

on 12/01/2011 12:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has issued fines and suspensions to 16 individuals who were found to be responsible for oxymetazoline violations at Yonkers Raceway, Monticello Raceway and Saratoga Casino and Raceway. One trainer’s punishment is still under review by the Board.   The positive tests for the drug known to be a component of Afrin, a bronchial dilator, first ...
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