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Radar Contact extends winning streak to 12

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Radar Contact extended her winning streak to 12 races and improved to a perfect eight-for-eight in 2011 with a 1:53 triumph Tuesday, August 9 at Indiana Downs. Bet down as the heavy favorite, the sophomore pacing filly won her $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes division by five and one-quarter lengths. Pacific Sun Rae, sent off at 15-1, scored a 1:54 upset in the second split.   Starting from the...
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Good news in Illinois! Purses to receive boost

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Millions of dollars could be rolling into Illinois horse racing purse accounts as soon as next week. The revenues would come from money that has been held in escrow which was generated by a 3 percent tax on Illinois riverboat proceeds. The amount for both harness and Thoroughbred racing is approximately $140 million. Last Friday a stay filed by the riverboat operators with the U.S. Supreme Co...
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See You At Peelers to return to Tioga Downs

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
The undefeated superstar See You At Peelers is coming back to the scene of her world record performance. Trainer Jimmy Takter confirmed the filly will race Sunday (August 14) at Tioga Downs.Find out more on this week’s episode of “Inside Harness Racing.” Viewers can see all the action Wednesday (August 10) at 6 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Sports throughout Upstate New York. Viewers are encoura...
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2018 Hambo eligibility limits offspring of studs

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administrates many of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events, held its annual meeting on Friday, Aug. 5, the eve of the $1.5 million Hambletonian, its crown jewel for 86 years.   Two new directors were elected to the board and racing conditions restricting eligibility of 4-year-old stallions to the Hambletonian in 2018 were approved.&nb...
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Broad Bahn's Japanese caretaker also deaf

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Nearly lost in the hoopla of this year’s Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands was the small figure of Risa Tanaka, the 31-year-old caretaker of the winning horse, Broad Bahn.  While the spotlight was on driver George Brennan and trainer Noel Daley, it was Tanaka who hugged the horse and understood him even if she could not hear the cheers that followed his victory.   Born de...
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Samshu Bluegrass euthanized at age 30

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms has reported that that Samshu Bluegrass p,3,1:57.4; 1:55 ($664,978), 30, was euthanized Wednesday morning (August 10) after having resided at the farm for 23 years. A top Open mare, Samshu Bluegrass was named Older Pacing Mare of the Year in 1986 after winning the Breeders Crown. She had 15 foals during her broodmare career whose combined earnings were just short of a m...
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Up The Credit draws 7 in Confederation Cup

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
The box closed for Flamboro Downs' signature event, Confederation Cup XXXV with a top-notch field of 16 pacing colts and geldings headlined by North America Cup champion Up The Credit. With a mark of 1:49 and earnings in excess of $939,000 on the season, Up The Credit is both the richest and fastest of the 16 colts set to compete for the $650,000 in purses. The Western Terror-Cantbuymehappin...
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Roll With Joe heading for the LBJ

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace champion Roll With Joe, who was a bit unlucky as a two-year-old,, has blossomed into one of the top three-year-olds of 2011.  “I always thought he was a good colt but things didn’t always go his way at two.  He failed to make the finals of the Woodrow Wilson and Breeders Crown.  But, this year he raced exceptionally well in the North America Cup Final  (fin...
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PA Fair action at two venues

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Action on the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit split into two venues, one on each side of the state, forcing horsemen to make a choice in their travel plans.On the western side of the state at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg, Keystone Wyatt opened the day with a win in the PA Sire Stake 2-year-old col trot. Brian Zendt guided the Cantab Hall gelding to his first career win, timed in 2:08.1 fo...
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Rookie fillies battle for Gold at Mohawk

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
A quartet of $40,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for freshmen trotting fillies were contested Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.Cool Creek Breeze, Destinys Magic, Princess Fortune and Circles found the winner’s circle and advance to next week’s $130,000 final.In the first elimination, Mario Baillargeon guided Cool Creek Breeze to her second career victory in three starts as she sto...
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Andy Miller gets exemption for Tioga/Big M tourney

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs is proud to announce that Andy Miller will be the sponsor’s exemption for the 2011 Drivers’ Championship at Tioga Downs and the Meadowlands.   Not only was Miller’s high level of talent a determining factor in his selection, but he showed great support to the Meadowlands during times of uncertainty and for that he showed great loyalty to not only New Jersey ...
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Hambo starters return on NJSS finals night

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
Fresh from competition against the top pacers and trotters in North America, the leading New Jersey-sired 3-year-old trotters and pacers will compete Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack in four New Jersey Sire Stakes Night of Champions races worth a total of $700,000 in purses.   Among the finalists for the NJSS Premier Division Championships are Whiskey Tax (Revenue S), ...
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Shared international racing intelligence planned

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
Sharing information was on the minds of the delegates to the 22nd World Trotting Conference, who resolved to exchange investigative intelligence and marketing data as the international conclave came to an end on Tuesday morning in Jersey City, N.J.   The “IRIIS” -- the International Racing Intelligence and Information System -- will be data compilation that will give investigators aroun...
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Cal Expo cuts dates from early schedule

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
In a change from the original schedule, the Cal Expo harness meeting, which is set to begin on Friday, Aug. 26, will feature two-day racing weeks until October 6. There will then be racing on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night basis through Dec. 17.   Cal Expo received permission from the CHRB to eliminate three previously scheduled Thursdays in September. Those Thursdays were Septe...
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European wagering boosts Hambo Day handle

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
Record European wagering helped produce the third highest harness handle in history on August 6 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  Total all-source wagering on the 15-race card was $8,489,496, trailing only the $8.8 million wagered in 2002 and $9 million wagered (on a 17-race card) in 2005.International wagering was nearly $2.9 million, up from the $2.4 million wagered on the 2010 simulcast.&nb...
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NY Governor says he's looking at casinos

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
The New York Post reported on Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his administration is actively investigating whether to bring commercial, non-Indian casinos and related gambling to New York.   Allowing more commercial casinos in New York would likely require legislation. A constitutional amendment may or may not be necessary. Cuomo said it was time for the state to “come t...
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Groom Hanover sets Meadows stakes record

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
Groom Hanover shrugged off challenges early and late to score in a stake record 1:56 — and earn a spot in the championship — in Tuesday’s $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was conducted over three divisions, with Big And Little and Fountainbleau Volo taking the other splits. Groom Hanover made an easy lead from ...
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Manyofmanymissions headlines NJSS finals

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
Manofmanymissions, who will attempt to redeem himself from a miscue in the Hambletonian, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite from post 10 in the fourth race, one of a quartet of $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the Meadowlands.A total of $700,000 in New Jersey Sire Stakes purses will be distributed to determine the champions in all four three-y...
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Gun Show is Ohio's best in July

on 08/08/2011 2:00 AM
Gun Show started his career a perfect three-for-three and his efforts have earned him the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association's July Horse of the Month.The two-year-old colt started his month and career with a victory in the $35,300 Ohio Sires Stake leg at Scioto Downs on July 2. Two weeks later, Gun Show was back in the Scioto Downs winner's circle with a $34,300 OSS sco...
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J J’s Hall takes Ohio Governor’s Cup in 1:55.4

on 08/08/2011 2:00 AM
The ultra-consistent J J Hall capitalized on a miscue by odds-on favorite Shining Ember to win a $32,000 split of the Ohio Governor’s Cup on Sunday afternoon at Scioto Downs. He was driven to victory by Ohio Hall of Famer Chip Noble for trainer Scott Mogan.Shining Ember and catch-driver Dan Noble grabbed the lead from Future Night Train at the first quarter in :28 seconds and rolled onto the hal...
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