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Il Villaggio dazzles in Canadian record 1:51.4

on 07/13/2011 2:00 AM
Il Villaggio is one of 10 older trotters entered in the $730,000 Maple Leaf Trot July 23 at Mohawk Racetrack, and the 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide showed he might be an unexpected force to be reckoned with after posting a Canadian and Mohawk record-equaling 1:51.4 victory Tuesday night. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Il Villaggio moved to the lead before the half and drew clear to win by 7 ½ lengths ...
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Running Aces to pay for horses entered

on 07/13/2011 2:00 AM
Two full weeks of racing programs at Running Aces Harness Park have now been cancelled due to the current Minnesota state government shutdown (including the layoff of the Minnesota Racing Commission employees required to conduct racing), caused by a state budget impasse between the governor and the legislature.   In response to the prolonged crisis, Running Aces Harness Park and Minnesota H...
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Sears on Up The Credit; Brett Miller on Westwardho

on 07/13/2011 2:00 AM
With several drives Saturday night at Mohawk in Breeders Championship eliminations and behind Laughandbehappy in the Roses Are Red elimination and Lucky Jim in the Maple Leaf Trot prep, Jody Jamieson will remain in Canada and not drive either Meadowlands Pace starter Westwardho Hanover or Pace consolation starter Up The Credit at the Meadowlands. While Brett Miller will now drive the Tim Pinske-t...
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Pace would be father-son moment for Teagues

on 07/13/2011 2:00 AM
When trainer George Teague Jr. hands Custard The Dragon's lines to the youngest driver to ever compete in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace final on Saturday, he will have nothing but confidence in the 20 year old. The fact that the 20 year old is his son, Montrell, makes it all the more special.   "I think I'd be in trouble if he didn't have the talent, but I feel very confident having him d...
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Big M Club will try to "Beat The Boss (Gural)"

on 07/13/2011 2:00 AM
Members of the Big M Club at the Meadowlands will have a chance Friday, July 22, to win a $1,000 betting voucher if they can do one simple thing: Out-handicap Jeff Gural in the “Beat The Boss” Handicapping Challenge. Eligible to Big M Club members only, persons who out-handicap Gural will be eligible for a drawing held the following day to win the $1,000 voucher. Ties will not be entered into...
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Ryder may have Hambo horse in Charlie De Vie

on 07/13/2011 2:00 AM
Chris Ryder has never started a horse in the Hambletonian, but that could change this year with Charlie De Vie. Still, the longtime trainer is not focusing on trotting’s $1.5 million prestigious event, which is approaching quickly.   “It kind of crept up on me a bit,” Ryder said. “As a trainer, I just try to focus on the horse and leave it at that. If I’m going into the Hambo, I...
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USTA guaranteed Pick 4s have raised handle

on 07/13/2011 2:00 AM
The $25,000 guaranteed Pick-4 on Friday, July 15, that’s a centerpiece of this weekend’s Back To The Track promotion is the latest installment in a U.S. Trotting Association (USTA)-sponsored initiative that has been successful in raising handle on Pick-4 wagers at selected tracks by a collective 103 percent. Since April of this year, the USTA has covered any possible losses to 13 different t...
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A Trio Of OSS Gold elims contested

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
Twenty-five freshmen pacing fillies converged on Mohawk Racetrack, Monday evening, for a trio of Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations.Class Of O Nine remains undefeated in three lifetime starts after capturing her $40,000 elimination for Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh. Last Luck (Rick Zeron) took the field to the first turn, but it was Breezin On Bye (Luc Ouellette) who pulled the pocket and ...
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That's Justice repeats in Tioga Open

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
Phil Fluet and That’s Justice took home the featured $16,500 Open Handicap pace on Monday evening, for the second straight week. Leaving from post position number five, Fluet settled That’s Justice in fourth along the pylons as Lahaye (Brandon Simpson) stepped out to an early lead with favorite Winbak Dimensions (Jimmy Marohn Jr.) settling in second through an opening panel of 27. Lahaye conti...
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Warrawee Needy breaks, still wins OSS elim

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
Handicappers at Rideau Carleton Raceway were spot on with their selections in Monday’s $40,000 OSS Gold Series eliminations for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, as Best Ears and Warrawee Needy got the job done in their respective assignments.   Warrawee Needy, who was sent off as the 1-9 favorite in the second elim, nearly gave his backers--and his connections--cardiac arr...
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Shoeing change for "Cheddar" for Pace final

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
Having enjoyed successes over the years, horse owner Steve Calhoun and trainer Casie Coleman will try and take it a step further and make history on Saturday.   Coleman, Canada's four-time Trainer of the Year, including the last two seasons, will attempt to become the first female trainer to win the $1 million Meadowlands Pace when Betterthancheddar goes to the gate Saturday night at Meadow...
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Charlie Bowen dies at age 84

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
Charlie Bowen, for many years the Director of Sponsorships at The Red Mile and before that in a similar role for the Little Brown Jug, died Tuesday morning at an Indiana care center. He was 84. Bowen had been in declining  health and had missed his first Lexington meet last fall. Bowen's wife, Lee, predeceased him.   Funeral arrangements are not yet available.
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SRF’s Announces the Win*Win Program

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) today announced a new program to allow Standardbred owners to share in the earnings of their racehorses with non-competitive Standardbreds in need of a home.  The SRF has partnered with numerous race tracks to accommodate owners, trainers, and drivers in the Win*Win Program making it easy to authorize any percent of winnings they choose as an autom...
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NJSS freshman finals on tap Saturday at Big M

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
The leading New Jersey-sired 2-year-old pacers and trotters will compete Saturday night at the Meadowlands in four New Jersey Sire Stakes Night of Champions races worth $700,000 in total purses. Three double winners of preliminary legs in the NJSS Premier Division series headline the fields competing for $175,000 in each of the individual championship events.   Notreadytobenice, a dau...
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15 entered in Stanley Dancer Trot

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
The Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot, set for Saturday night at the Meadowlands, has attracted 15 entries. The race has become a sneak preview of the Hambletonian. This year's race carries a purse of $325,000. Noticably missing from  the entries are Blue Porsche (winner of the Goodtimes earlier this year), Leader Of The Gang (winner of last weekend's Yonkers Trot) and The Lindy Reserve ...
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Big Jim Is Meadowlands Pace favorite

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
New Jersey Classic winner Big Jim has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, July 16.  The 3-year-old colt is 3-for-3 at the Meadowlands Racetrack, including a win in his Meadowlands Pace elimination race on July 9.  Elim winners earned the right to choose their starting posts for the $1 million final at Tuesday's draw.  His Cana...
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Valley View Downs back on track in Pennsylvania

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission on Tuesday morning voted to approve American Harness Tracks’ application to build Valley View Downs & Casino on 250 acres northwest of Pittsburgh. Only chairman Roy Wilt voted among the two members of the commission as Richard Welsh did not vote because of a conflict of interest. American Harness Tracks had purchased the Valley project last O...
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No elim needed for Maple Leaf Trot

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
With 10 horses entering this morning for the prestigious $730,000 Maple Leaf Trot, set for July 23 at Mohawk Racetrack, no eliminations will be required for the 2011 edition of the classic. The entries, in alphabetical order, are Arch Madness, Define The World, Enough Talk, Four Starz Speed, Hot Shot Blue Chip, Il Villaggio, Lucky Jim, Premiere Steed, San Pail and Triumphant Caviar.   San...
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See You At Peelers in Saturday's Tarport Hap

on 07/12/2011 2:00 AM
See You At Peelers will make her only stop at the Meadowlands this season on Saturday. Her only other appearance at the Meadowlands was in her first career start, a conditioned race for 2-year-old fillies on July 10, 2010. She is not eligible to the Mistletoe Shalee, set for Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands.   See You At Peelers, harness racing's undefeated princess of pacing bids, ...
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"Peelers" gets harness racing more ink in Times

on 07/11/2011 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old pacing filly See You At Peelers has put harness racing in The New York Times once again. The story describes her 19th straight victory at Vernon Downs last Saturday night.   When asked if See You If Peelers can keep winning, the filly's trainer, Jimmy Takter, told writer Joe Drape, "Only God knows how long she can keep winning. But it is going to take a fast horse and a ...
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