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Valley Victory final to be raced as non-bettor

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Although earlier controversy regarding the eligiblity of three horses for Sunday's $410,000 Valley Victory Trot at Harrah's Chester is no longer an issue, the race will now be contested as a non-wagering event and still carded as the fifth race on the program. Post time for the first race is 12:40 p.m., with the Valley Victory--one of four 2-year-old finals on the card--scheduled for approxim...
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Betterthancheddar looking for Am-Nat victory

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Sporting victories in four of his last six starts, Steve Calhoun and West Wins Stables’ Betterthancheddar, this year’s 3-Year-Old Breeders Crown champion, will be looking to parlay a big late season run into divisional honors when he takes on nine other sophomore pacers in Saturday’s $225,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Pace at Balmoral Park.   Coming off a thrilling triumph in ...
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Will luck be a Podges Lady Saturday night?

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
After opening a promising career with a pair of victories including a four-length romp in a division of the Hanover Stake here at Balmoral Park back in July, Sawgrass Farms Podges Lady returns to the local scene looking to take home top honors in Saturday’s $86,800 American National for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Heading out for what turned into an extended and very successful road trip the Pe...
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Yearling sale concludes; final day up 3.7%

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
The fourth and final day of the yearling portion of the annual Standardbred Horse Sale Company auction in Harrisburg concluded Thursday with 267 horses sold for an average price of $18,698. That's an increase of 3.7 percent from the 2010 average price.   A gross of $4,992,300 was realized for the 267 yearlings sold Thursday, with both figures not including those horses listed as "not sold."...
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Pacer gets teeth stuck in gate; race 'no contest'

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
The 12th race at Monticello Raceway on Thursday was declared “no contest” when the Docdor Chaser got stuck to the mobile starting gate.   According to Scott Hamilton, the starting judge, Docdor Chaser’s top teeth got stuck in a bar of the mobile starting gate and the pacer couldn’t get free as the wings began to fold which caused Hamilton to reopen the ...
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Maine voters turn down expanded gaming

on 11/09/2011 12:00 AM
Two referendums approving expanded gaming in Maine met with resounding defeats Tuesday. One proposal that would have allowed Scarborough Downs and a new harness track in Biddeford to operate slot machines was trailing 55-45 percent with 87 percent of the precincts reporting, while the second proposal, which would have allowed a casino to be built in Lewiston, lost by a 63-37 percent margin.  ...
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3rd session down, but overall sale up 2.7%

on 11/09/2011 12:00 AM
The third session offering yearlings at the annual Standardbred Horse Sale Company auction in Harrisburg concluded Wednesday with 275 horses sold for an average price of $18,493. That's a drop of 3.8 percent from the average of $19,218 attained in last year's third session, when 303 yearlings were sold. Several consignors and buyers described the crowd as lighter than expected and said bargains we...
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Bettor's Delight to stand in Canada in 2012

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Bettor's Delight, North America’s 2011 leading moneywinning pacing sire, will be standing in Canada in 2012 pending syndicate approval.   Bettor's Delight has had a phenomenal year which recently culminated in two Breeders Crown victors at Woodbine on Oct. 29.   Details will be announced shortly after the Harrisburg Sale. (...
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Moon Beam to stand in PA at Delaware Valley

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
Moon Beam 1:51f ($772,486) will stand the 2012-breeding season at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa.   The son of Dragon Again-Sun N Moon won four of six starts at two, earning $407,650 with a mark of 1:52:2s and placing second in the $1 million Metro Pace final and Woodrow Wilson. At three, Moon Beam won $284,796, with wins in the Battle of the Brandywine consolation...
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OSS Super Finals drawn for Saturday

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
Over $2.4 million will be at stake this Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack as eight $300,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals go to post, featuring the province's top pacers and trotters.   Two and 3 year olds competing in the Gold eliminations and finals throughout the season accumulate points based on performance and the top point earners are eligible to compete in the rich finals on ...
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Southwind Trucker wins at sunny Mighty M

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
During the 2009 campaign Southbound Trucker was the Horse of the Year at Monticello Raceway. He performed well last season but raced mostly out of town and this year having bankrolled just $22,000  the grand old campaigner’s numbers were running far behind his previous season's outputs.   Nevertheless, at the Mighty M on the bright warm sunshiny Tuesday afternoon,...
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After 2 sessions, average up, median down

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
The second session of the Standardbred Horse Sale Company's annual yearling auction in Harrisburg was missing the fireworks of the opening session, but it still finished to keep the entire sale in positive territory.   Through the first two sessions, the sale is up 2.9 percent in average. This year 525 yearlings have been sold for a gross of $23,609,500, with an average price of $44,970. La...
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Tunearrific overcomes 5-length deficit to win

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
With the help of live cover, Tunearrific zipped the back half in a snappy :54.4 en route to victory in Tuesday’s Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   When Jojo N Goliath took the field through a comfortable :57 half, it appeared that Tunearrific might be hard pressed to erase his five-length deficit. But he picked up the first-over cover of Windsong Gorgeous, tipped wide into the tur...
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Higher And Higher wins Dover $23,000 mares feature

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
Higher And Higher duplicated her winning performance of last week to win the $23,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on Tuesday (Nov. 8) at Dover Downs.In similar fashion to her win last week, Daryl Bier moved Higher And Higher to the outside heading to the clubhouse turn and then followed cover before making her decisive move on the final turn on the way to another impressive victory in 1:51.2 victory, ...
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New Jersey voters approve sports wagering

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
Voters in New Jersey on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a ballot proposal that would allow sports wagering at racetracks, sites of former racetracks and casinos. NJ.com reported shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday night that with more than 50 percent of the votes tallied, voters were approving the referendum by a margin of nearly 2-1.   Although approved, the legalization of sports bett...
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Roll With Joe strong favorite in Messenger

on 11/08/2011 12:00 AM
Roll With Joe, the richest harness horse in North America this season. drew post position three for Yonkers Raceway's Messenger Stakes. The 56th edition of the final leg of the Pacing Triple Crown goes as Saturday night's sixth race, a one-dash-for-the-cash event worth $401,000. Post time is approximately 8:50 p.m.   Roll With Joe, a son of Cam's Card Shark, lists the $1 million M...
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Pierce wins 8,000th career race

on 11/07/2011 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce won his 8,000th career race Sunday night, reaching the milestone with the 3-year-old filly pacer Fouralarmfire in the 12th race at Dover Downs. The 55-year-old Pierce is just the 20th driver to reach 8,000 victories. Pierce began Sunday three away from 8,000, and was shut out in four starts on the afternoon card at Harrah’s Chester. Making the trip then to Dover, ...
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Updated: Valley Victory drawn despite controversy

on 11/07/2011 12:00 AM
UPDATED (Nov. 7, 4:15 pm)  Howard Taylor has given harnessracing.com an update on the draw situation regarding the post position draw for Sunday's $410,000 Valley Victory 2-Year-Old Colt Trot at Harrah's Chester, and he said the race was drawn with five finalists and did not include the three horses that made breaks in their respective eliminations and were deemed ineligible to advance to the...
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Donato Hanover brother brings record $825,000

on 11/07/2011 12:00 AM
John and Tom Cancelliere have made harness racing history by buying the breed's most expensive yearling ever, paying $825,000 for Detour Hanover, a full brother to Donato Hanover early Monday evening at the Standardbred Horse Sales Company auction in Harrisburg. Karl-Erik Bender of Sweden, who won the Hambletonian with Alf Palema, was the underbidder. The previous record price ...
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Harrah's Chester 2-year-old stakes drawn

on 11/07/2011 12:00 AM
Post positions for the four stakes races for 2 year olds on the Sunday card at Harrah's Chester have been drawn. There are just five slated to line up behind the gate in the $410,000 Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters, with that race still in limbo as a court appeal is expected to be filed to include three horses that made breaks in the elims and were deemed ineligible.   Also on t...
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