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Multiple Circle City stakes at Indy Downs

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
While the Burke Stable was busy at Woodbine, the Indiana division was doing its part to bring in a few stakes victories. The stable's 2-year-old pacing Darena Hanover and Destiny's Chance won Circle City stakes divisions at Indiana Downs on Saturday night with winning efforts in 1:55.1 and 1:53.2, respectively. In addition, the Burke's Stable 3-year-old pacing colt I'm Feelin Good won in 1:51.2. ...
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Yonkers, Pocono cancel cards due to storm

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has cancelled live racing and evening simulcasting for Saturday due to the snowstorm invading the greater New York area. Afternoon simulcasting ends at the conclusion of the Belmont Park program (approximately 5:30 p.m.). The Saturday night live racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono has also been cancelled.   There is rain in the Dover, Del., area, so despite the early previ...
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Weather forces drivers to miss Crown drives

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
The winter snowstorm that hit the Northeast on Saturday has taken a toll on the Breeders Crown championship night at Woodbine Ractrack as drivers George Brennan, Yannick Gingras, David Miller, Tim Tetrick and trainers Jimmy Takter and Trond Smedshammer were unable to take a scheduled afternoon private plane from New Jersey to Toronto. At 5:15 p.m. the four drivers were officially taken off th...
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Frenchfrysnvinegar rallies to take Mare Trot

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown got underway Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack with a stirring half-length victory by Frenchfrysnvinegar and driver Jody Jamieson, who nailed pacesetter Action Broadway on the wire in 1:53.3 in the $301,170 Open Mare Trot.   "It’s certainly not how you draw it up," said winning trainer Jeff Gillis. "It looked good for a while and then her cover cleared, but she’s incredi...
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Where to see the Breeders Crown races live

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
The big Breeders Crown card at Woodbine Saturday night begins with a first post time of 6:30 pm. As usual, the Woodbine card is available via the RTN channel, but there are other television outlets as well for the big night of racing.   In the US, TVG will be broadcasting the Crown races. TVG is channel 405 on Dish Network and is also available to customers of many cable TV packages. TVG wi...
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NJ horse breeder Manny Wolf dies at 81

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Manfried “Manny” Wolf, 81, a long-time dairy farmer, real estate broker and owner and breeder of Standardbred horses in Flemington, NJ, died Thursday, Oct. 27, at North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach, FL.   Born in 1930 in the rural town of Mertloch, Germany, Mr. Wolf and his parents were able to escape Nazi persecution in 1936 and come to America. Within five years they...
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Batavia cuts purses by 10 percent

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs Casino is cutting purses by 10 percent across the board on Nov. 2. Batavia presently has 15 race dates remaining on its 2011 calendar.   “Nobody wants to cut purses but we simply need to right the ship heading into next year,” Todd Haight, General Manager of Live Racing, said. “We ended the 2010 season with an overpayment of purses and if we aren’t proactive we’...
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DePinto taking his shot in Breeders Crown

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Sam DePinto is harness racing's proof that size doesn't matter --- stable size. In DePinto's case, less has become more.   "I have to be able to sit behind every one of my horses in order for them to do well," said the trainer and part-owner of Breeders Crown finalists We Will See and I Fought Dalaw.   DePinto's other nine horses have been turned out, and a few more could head his wa...
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Small breeder has major influence in Crown

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Seth Rosenfeld has been in the harness game pretty much his entire life. His parents owned some champions in the 1970s and his family shared ownership in Lana Lobell Farms, which was run by his uncle, Alan Leavitt, who now runs Walnut Hall Ltd.   Rosenfeld learned a lot during those days and scored a major success when he and a couple of buddies purchased Beach Towel as a yearling in 1988. ...
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Trainer says don't count out Kandor Hanover

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
With two-time defending Breeders Crown champ Buck I St Pat retired, the 11 mares entered in the $300,000 Mare Trot, the first of 12 championship races on Sat., Oct. 29 at Woodbine, may represent the most difficult handicapping challenge of the night.   It’s the one division Crown leading driver John Campbell has never won. That could change if Yursa Hanover (post 2, 8-1) gets to the wire ...
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Pancleefandarpels takes Yonkers Mare feature

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Pancleefandarpels (Jim Pantaleano), knocking on the million-dollar earnings door, edged closer Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned penultimate post position 7, "Pancleef" was in play early. She drove past Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett0, grabbing the lead just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. From there, there&nb...
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Circle City stakes to Duluth, Feel The Pressure

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Just a couple of days after he celebrated his 84th birthday in Las Vegas by watching a bull he owns compete in the Pro Bull Riding championship event, Doug Ackerman's homebred trotting colt Duluth gave him a $33,700 present. The colt won the $67,400 Circle City for 2-year-old trotters in 1:58.2 Friday night at Indiana Downs. An earlier Circle City split for freshman trotting fillies went to F...
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Gym Tan Laundry, Lady Andi Kindergarten champs

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Gym Tan Laundry and Lady Andi are the new Kindergarten champs. They won their their respective finals of the $383,000 Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs Friday night.   Gym Tan Laundry ($5.40) lowered his personal record and the track’s standard for freshman trotting geldings to 1:55.3 with his bold-striding score in Friday’s $20...
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Longshots light board in Cardinal elim

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters took to the track in Wednesday’s featured event at Balmoral Park which was a $10,000 elimination for next Wednesday’s Cardinal Stake final. The top seven finishers in Wednesday’s event will join Fox Valley Steffen, Blown Away and Vapor Star for next week’s $47,000 (est.) final.    On paper this race looked like a showdown between Lincoln L...
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Smokin Dabra smokes to 1:56.1 Pompano win

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
The 5-year-old trotting gelding Smokin Dabra is the latest Canadian import competitor to prove he loves life in the Sunshine State. In the $12,000 Open Trot on the Wednesday program the son of Kadabra-Smokin Rama was a game front-end winner to hold off the pocket-sitter Aruba Vacation in rein to Fern Paquet Jr. and the robust final half first-over challenge of Hesgotlegs driven...
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New Florida legislation for mega casinos

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
On Wednesday (Oct. 26), legislation was introduced which, if passed, could negatively affect equine racing/breeding interests in Florida, its pari-mutuel racetrack stakeholders, and the economic impact created by the equine industry.   The Destination Resort Act sponsored by Rep. Erik Fresen (R-Miami) and Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale) would provide exclusive full casino lice...
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Chapter Seven turns the page

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Chapter Seven, the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $610,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack, is writing a new chapter in his story. After all manner of traffic problems en route to a fourth-place finish in the Aug. 6 Hambletonian, he’s put together back-to-back stakes wins, one in a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4. “After the Hambletonian, he was sick aga...
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American sires have Swedish Crown finalists

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
There will be no less than 28 stallions represented when the four Breeders Crown finals in Sweden take place Nov. 5 at the Sundbyholm track Eskilstuna. The purse in all finals this season is about $150,000, and the races will all be contested over 2,140 meters (about 1.37 miles).   The most successful of the stallions were Scarlet Knight (Pine Chip-Ruby Crown) with sev...
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USHWA awards for Gural, Luchento, McNamara

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural, Tom Luchento, and Leo McNamara--the three lead forces fighting for the longterm surviving and thriving of the sport’s premier track, the Meadowlands--have been personally selected by U.S. Harness Writers Association’s president Jason Settlemoir for “President’s Awards,” to be given at the Dan Patch Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the DoubleTree Orlando by...
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12 year old sets Monticello track record

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
When Cornishman N and driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. streaked to an 11-length victory in a 1:57 clocking  in the weekly trotting feature on Wednesday at Monticello Raceway it established a new track record for older trotters. The trotter’s victory, which was the New Zealand-bred’s 10th of the season, prompted announcer Howard Oil to exclaim, “How many times do you see a 12 year old set a...
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