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Ontario commission denies big Flamboro date cut

on 11/18/2011 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission announced 2012 race dates on Friday, and included in the notice that it had denied a request by Flamboro Downs to be closed for three months.   Woodbine and Mohawk will race 228 dates in 2012, with 130 at Woodbine and 98 at Mohawk.   Flamboro Downs, which is owned and operated by Great Canadian Gaming, requested a three-month shutdown and a reduction to ...
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Sears takes Yonkers Friday features

on 11/18/2011 12:00 AM
Bling, driven by Brian Sears, found the pocket payoff Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position three, Bling was in play early. She made the first lead before giving in to 19-10 favorite Breakheart Pass (Yannick Gingras) before a  :26.4 opening quarter-mile. That one rated a :57.1 half and&...
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Fridaynightflight wins Abe Lincoln in 1:54.2

on 11/18/2011 12:00 AM
Fridaynightflight rebounced from a ninth-place finish in the American National at Balmoral the previous week and took the $127,800 Abe Lincoln on the other side of the Windy City on Friday night at Maywood Park, scoring in 1:54.2. Fridaynightflight now has career earnings of $387,704.   Fridaynightflight started from post one with Todd Warren in the sulky. Warren maintained his positio...
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"Cheddar," Crossthreaded big Windy City winners

on 11/18/2011 12:00 AM
Betterthancheddar coasted to a huge open-lengths victory in the $175,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park Friday night, hitting the wire in 1:52.3 with George Brennan in the sulky. The victory was the fifth straight for Betterthancheddar, who won the Breeders Crown at Woodbine on Oct. 29.   A couple of races earlier, Crossthreaded, a daughter of Towner's Big Guy bred in Ohio by James Buehrer...
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Mr. Avalanche wins Vernon Open Trot by neck

on 11/18/2011 12:00 AM
Mr. Avalanche brushed by the favorite Scorpion Moon in late stretch to win Friday night’s $10,000 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs.   With Chris Lems handling the lines for trainer Paul Drante, Jr., Mr. Avalanche ($10.80) drafted along in the pocket behind the mile-cutting, crowd choice Scorpion Moon until the final furlong, and then scurried to the front to win the week’s Open Trot ...
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‘Threepeat’ for Rembrandt Spur at The Meadows

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Pushed five wide around the final turn, Rembrandt Spur charged through the slop to capture Wednesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot for his third straight victory. Rembrandt Spur got away an unhurried sixth for trainer/driver Dick Stillings but erased a 5-length deficit with his impressive late brush. He triumphed in 1:55.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Bettis, who was hard used in the open...
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Rare Ranger longshot at Pompano

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
It's very seldom that Bruce Ranger, the leading driver in track history at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is overlooked at double digit odds, but that's what happened in the conclusion of the daily double on Wednesday evening, November 16.With 1-5 favorite Tom Cango in rein to Fern Paquet Jr. parked out almost to the half in 57.3, Ranger enjoyed a pocket trip view the rest of the way with Tob...
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Second Hand News first at Dover

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Second Hand News returned to his former home track a winner in the $16,500 Winners-Over feature trot on a rainy Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Dover DownsWith Jon Roberts at the controls the Pathway To Victory-Mohawk Super Night gelding took the lead early and was never headed in a 1:54.3 triumph. Brit Evans trains and co-owns the nine-year-old with Foulk Stables. It was his ninth win of the campaign and $...
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Brittany announces 2012 stud fees

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Stud fees for 2012 have now been set for the Brittany Stallion Management stallions. Art Zubrod, Brittany's manager, said that a stallion's commercial appeal, production, and overall market conditions were taken into consideration by each stallion's syndicate when determining the fees.   "In addition to the incentive offered by standing these stallions where there are lucrative sire stake...
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Up The Credit heads to Dover for Matron

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Up The Credit will leave Canada for Delaware’s Dover Downs, looking to finish his season with one more stakes victory. The North America Cup champion was among 15 horses entered in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers. Two eliminations will be held Sunday, with the top four horses from each division advancing to the final on Nov. 27.   Westwardho Hanover, who won the $330,000 Prog...
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Forest City girls prepping at Woodbine

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
With no eliminations required for the $195,000 Forest City Pace on Nov. 26 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, five of the nine mares entered will prep this weekend, all at Woodbine.   Warrawee Koine has drawn post five in Friday evening’s fourth race at Woodbine. Jody Jamieson is listed to steer the 5-year-old daughter of Astreos who has won $246,890 so far this season for ow...
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Young Bongiorno adds another Mighty M win

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
High School student Joe Bongiorno is working on his “Masters Degree.” Not one from any university but one that will further his career. Since he was old enough to know what he wanted to do in life the 18-year-old senior at Colts Neck (N.J.) High School is working toward that goal: to be a professional harness driver. And by all accounts he’s doing very well.   At Monticello ...
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Vernon set to close meet on Saturday night

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs is set to kick off its final weekend of live racing action this weekend beginning on Friday night with a 12- race card at 6:55 pm. The 90-day race meet then concludes on Saturday night with 10 races beginning at 6:55 pm, followed by a fireworks display immediately following live racing.   "We have had a very good race meet this year at Vernon Downs and would like to thank all o...
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Can Crime Of Passion overcome post 11?

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
After pulling off an upset at 11-1 in last week’s $121,100 American National Stake at Balmoral Park, it would only seem fitting if Erv Miller Stable, Leland Mathias and Omer Miller’s Illinois-bred sensation Crime Of Passion could pull off a repeat performance in Friday’s $127,800 Abe Lincoln Stake at Maywood Park.   The striking roan gelding has been one of the more dominant 2-year-ol...
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Swinging Beauty looks for 2 in a row in Chicago

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Fresh off a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the $135,000 American National Stake at Balmoral Park last Saturday night, William Switala and James Martin’s Swinging Beauty will look to make it two in a row on the Chicago circuit when she leads a field of nine sophomore pacing fillies postward for Friday’s $70,000 Cinderella Stake.   Despite drawing a starting spot in the second tier...
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Feelin Friskie yearling tops sale at $29,000

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Buyers from 25 states, several Canadian provinces, and Europe rolled into Delaware, Ohio, for the 64th annual fall sale.  The 1,226 horse catalog featured a wide variety of green prospects, young racehorses, seasoned campaigners, broodmares, weanlings, and yearlings.  However, it was the bidding wars for Ohio-bred yearlings that had the crowd buzzing.   Ohio pacing sire Feelin Fri...
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Meadowlands lease could be done by Dec. 5

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural says he hopes to execute his lease of the Meadowlands Racetrack for harness racing by Monday, Dec. 5, but if not, Dennis Robinson, president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) told a New Jersey reporter the track could be operated jointly, as it was in the final weeks of the 2011 meet.   Gural said, “No one has to worry about harness r...
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No action taken to prohibit slots at Rosecroft

on 11/16/2011 12:00 AM
The county where Rosecroft Raceway is located has decided to not issue an order to prohibit video gaming or slot machines in the county.   Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III released the following statement following the 5-4 decision of the Prince George’s County Council to not pass CB-49, which would have sought to prohibit video gaming/slots in Prince George’...
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Urgent! Contact Florida Gov. to save racing

on 11/16/2011 12:00 AM
Tom Hicks, executive director of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA), says the horse racing industry should be on high alert because of various legislative initiatives and workarounds being discussed in the Sunshine State.   The most urgent are initiatives to allow pari-mutuel barrel racing in the state, which would allow operators of those meets to apply f...
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1995 Jug winner Nick's Fantasy at SRF

on 11/16/2011 12:00 AM
Jean Rastetter has a small stable at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania; mostly racehorses, a yearling and until recently a Little Brown Jug winner. Since 1997, when 1995 Little Brown Jug winner Nick’s Fantasy raced at Los Alamitos in California, Rastetter cared for him at home in West Alexander, Pa., until he arrived at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation this month, in need of a permanent ...
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