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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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Manofmanymissions to stand in Ontario

on 11/23/2011 12:00 AM
Kentucky Futurity champion Manofmanymissions will be standing at stud in Ontario for the 2012 breeding season for a stud fee of $7,000 (Canadian funds). Kentuckiana Farms made the announcement that the son of Yankee Glide-Armbro Vanquish (by Garland Lobell) will stand at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm of Rockwood, Ont.  Kentuckiana Farms will serve as sy...
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Meadowlands to hold qualifiers Dec. 29

on 11/23/2011 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands will offer qualifying races on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. in preparation for the return of live harness racing over the one-mile oval, starting on Jan. 6. Director of Racing Peter Koch said that there would be a second day of qualifying on Friday, Dec. 30, if there were enough entries to fill at least four races.   Entries for the December 29 qualifiers will be ...
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Instant Racing earning big money for KY purses

on 11/23/2011 12:00 AM
Instant Racing, in which gamblers bet on old horse races, is catching on in Kentucky at Kentucky Downs, a track which has held very short race meets in the town of Franklin, Ky., about 45 miles from downtown Nashville, Tenn.   According to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Instant Racing games generated $6.77 million in handle in October, up from $4.34 million in September. Th...
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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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