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Therres is heading home

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
Rod Therres will be leaving Ontario at the end of August to return to his native land of British Columbia.Therres, who has spent over a year and a half in Ontario, has campaigned such standout pacers as Primary Purpose ($437,679), Royal Morn ($474,702) and Village Janus ($254,568). He admits he’s looking forward to be heading back to the west coast.“I’m homesick,” Therres said. “I have a...
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Leanback Coco wins at Tioga

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
Friday night got back to usual after last week’s Wynonna Judd concert at Tioga Downs, and things didn’t change as Leanback Coco once again proved toughest in the $18,000 Fillies and Mare Open handicap pace. Phil Fluet used the usual tactic of backing the mare off the gate and settled in fourth past the quarter in 27.3. On the front end Micallef and Freedom Crossing used their moved and blister...
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Wildfire Princess makes it four straight

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
It took favored Wildfire Princess a long time to reach the front, but once she did was wasn’t about to yield and she won the featured Friday night pace at Scioto Downs in 1:54.4, equaling her lifetime mark.J.D. Wengerd was in the sulky for owners Carl Howard and Bradley Rucker and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. It was her fourth straight win at Scioto.Driver Kyle Ater had Jellyfish Joy fastest away ...
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Hambo enjoys ratings increase on NBC

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
The recent Hambletonian broadcast on NBC Sports registered a 0.5 ratings compared to 0.4 last year in the same time slot. The ratings data was provided by The Nielsen Company. The uptick represents an additional 150,000 viewers for the only national broadcast of a harness racing event. A ratings breakdown for the day is as follows: Hambletonian—NBC (3-4 pm)--0.5 (720,000 viewers); US Swimming c...
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Handicapping contest returns to Batavia Saturday

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
The first of three $1,000 handicapping contests kicks of this Saturday, August 20 at Batavia Downs Casino. The other two contest dates are scheduled for September 17 and October 15. “Over the years, the turnouts for the contests have grown,” said Todd Haight, General Manager of Live Racing at the track. “We’re coming off a huge Saturday night, (50-cent hot dog night) and we expect to ...
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Fridaynightflight wins Fox Stake

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Fridaynightflight, a son of Panspacificflight out of the Grinfromeartoear mare Ramblin Rosie, won the $53,372 Fox Stake for 2-year-old pacers Thursday afternoon at Indiana Downs. Fridaynightflight was driven to the 1:52.4 victory by Peter Wrenn, whose five winners on the 10-race program also included One In A Million, a half sister to world champion Snow White. Just five freshmen lined up behind ...
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Jonathan Groff to sing Anthem at Chester

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Actor Jonathan Groff, the 26-year-old son of veteran horseman Jim Groff who portrays Jesse St. James on the Fox TV show Glee, will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of Harrah's Chester's Super Stakes race program on Sunday afternoon.   Groff, who sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Meadowlands in 2007 on Hambletonian Day, previously starred on Broadway in the ...
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Jay Picciano in critical condition in NJ hospital

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Veteran horseman Jay Picciano, who has been working for trainer Chuck Sylvester this year, is in critical condition at Hamilton Woods Hospital in New Jersey. Doctors are dealing with a variety of issues in treating Picciano, including his failing pancreas, and on Thursday they were not overly optimistic that he can recover.   Picciano, 56, began his career in harness racing working for...
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Marcus Miller has big Springfield meet

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes action continued on Thursday at the Illinois State Fair, while a few miles away the racing industry’s future fortunes lay with the legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn was in attendance at the fair on Wednesday for the Democratic County Chairmen’s breakfast and was urged by dozens of suppoters of harness racing to sign the legislation allowing slots at the race...
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SOA of NY wins case against testing rules

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
After an over three-year battle led by tthe Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA) and joined by the Empire State Harness Horsemen’s Alliance (comprised of the representative horsemen’s associations at Yonkers, Monticello, Buffalo, Batavia, Vernon and Saratoga) to achieve proper, fair and enforceable out-of-competition testing rules, a state judge has struck down the rules...
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Canadian Hall of Fame welcomes new members

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Burning Point and Invitro, two pacing mares with combined earnings of over $5 million, along with Steve Condren and Bob Burgess, headlined this year’s class of inductees into Canada’s Horse Racing Hall of Fame Thursday night in a ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ont., outside of Toronto. Standardbred electors were unable to separate the greatness of...
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Maryland Sire Stakes prelims at Ocean Downs

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Ocean Downs played host to Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries on Thursday night. In the first Maryland Sire Stakes preliminary, Corey Callahan drove O’what A Stunner to a 1.58.2 victory in the 3-year-old filly pace. O’what A Stunner is owned by Thomas B Cooke and trained by Roger Hans.   In the second MSS event, for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, Callahan captured hi...
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Perfect M Forever wins Harrington feature

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
KSJ Stables’ Perfect M Forever ($4, Ross Wolfenden) was a decisive winner Tuesday in the $18,600 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.1. The Josh Green-trainee picked up her eighth win of the year with a wire-to-wire triumph over Pacific Philly and a fast closing Chausettes Blanche. ‘Perfect,’ a 6-year-old daughter of Stand Forever, has now banked more than $139,000 in 2011. Dr...
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Sears to cash 6th title; Big M simulcast Gold Cup & Saucer

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
Brian Sears is poised to capture his sixth Meadowlands driving title in seven years this weekend. Sears leads the standings with 144 wins and $3.1 million in purses heading into the final two programs of the meet. Tim Tetrick is second with 134 victories, while David Miller is third with 96. Yannick Gingras and Andy Miller are tied for fourth with 94 wins apiece.   Sears won five straight...
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Trio of horsemen on 'Inside Harness Racing"

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
See You at Peelers’s quest for her 22nd straight win has to wait one more week. A torrential downpour and sloppy track prevented the undefeated filly from continuing her streak at Tioga Downs over the weekend. “Inside Harness Racing” has an exclusive interview with Peelers’s driver, Marcus Johansson, who discusses the decision to scratch her and how the unexpected layoff could affect her p...
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Teague has Gold Cup & Saucer starter

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
When trainer George Teague Jr. traveled to Prince Edward Island this past March to speak at a horseman’s banquet he never expected that he’d be making the same trip within the next six months. But because the Delaware-based Teague had such an enjoyable time in the Maritimes he decided he would enter at least one horse in the famed Gold Cup & Saucer at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Teagu...
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Gaitway Farm founder Ken Fischer dies

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
Gaitway Farm founder and former Freehold Raceway owner Kenneth R. Fischer died Saturday, Aug. 13, at his home in Freehold. He was 93.   Born in Brookly, N.Y., in 1918, Mr. Fischer graduated from Malverne, N.Y. High School in 1935. He joined American Export Lines as a merchant seaman before serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine Corps during World War II. Upon retu...
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Drivers' Championship kicks off Sat. at Big M

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
Four races have been slated to make up the opening leg of the 2011 Fifth Annual Drivers’ Championship to begin on Saturday, Aug. 20, on closing night at the Meadowlands. The Championship will kick off in race number two at the Big M featuring Yannick Gingras, David Miller, Ron Pierce, George Brennan, Ed Hensley, Tim Tetrick, Andy Miller, Brian Sears, and Jody Jamieson. All nine drivers will com...
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Broad Bahn looking for Hambo-Colonial double

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
Broad Bahn will look to become the first Hambletonian winner since Mack Lobell in 1987 to also capture The Colonial when the $500,000 race for 3-year-old trotters is contested Sunday at Harrah’s Chester.   Since The Colonial was resumed in 2007 after a three-year hiatus, Hambletonian winners have bypassed the race as they prepared for the World Trotting Derby and Canadian Trotting Classic...
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Bellino family cheering for Mybrothergeorge

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
 When Mybrothergeorge competes in Saturday’s $317,800 Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands Racetrack, it will be the biggest race of his fledgling career. But for Joe Bellino, the size of the purse matters little. Every race with Mybrothergeorge is special.   “It’s nice to hear my brother’s name out there again,” Bellino said. “The other night when he won, it felt like winning...
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