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The Meadows cancels Friday's card

on 09/09/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has canceled Friday's card as the track continues to repair damage to the racing surface caused by heavy, persistent rain after maintenance on track was begun last weekend. A decision will be announced later today on the status of qualifying races scheduled for Saturday morning. The Meadows and all its off-track facilities remain open for simulcasting. Live ...
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E L Rock, Firstclassprincess win Smith divisions

on 09/09/2011 2:00 AM
Using completely different strategies post time favorites E L Rock and Firstclassprincess won the Charles Smith for sophomore colt trotters and its filly companion race, the Helen Smith, at Freehold on Friday afternoon.With a long first over brush, post time favorite E L Rock and driver George Brennan won the $75,000 Charles Smith for 3-year-old trotting colts. Owned by ACL Stuteri AB and trained ...
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Osborne’s Sweeper, Hare Craft look for Super Night repeats

on 09/09/2011 2:00 AM
It’s a great honor to win an Ohio Sires Stakes final, but it’s a greater honor to win the championship two years in a row.On Saturday at Scioto Downs, only two sophomores racing on Super Night have a chance to be crowned as the best in Ohio again. They are the pacing filly Osborne’s Sweeper and the pacing colt Hare Craft.Both were winners on Super Night last fall at Lebanon Raceway and both ...
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Kindergartners in attendance Friday at Red Mile

on 09/09/2011 2:00 AM
The Kindergarten Classic kicks off at The Red Mile with five $10,000 divisions on Friday night for freshman trotters.  There were 29 two-year old filly trotters dropped in the box causing three divisions, while 16 two-year old colt trotters split into two fields of eight.     The two headliners of the colt divisions, Big Chocolate and Vic Smith, drew into separate e...
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Handsoffmycookie chews up NYSS field

on 09/09/2011 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes resumed in Westchester Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the$250,012 Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Four divisions--two off the card, two on--went postward.  The first ($63,403) wagering event went to 2-5 favorite Double Major (Jason Bartlett). Leaving from post position No.2, she had to work to get around pole-sitter Sha Delight (Jim  Morrill Jr...
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"Gangster" sets 1:54.4 mark in Wellwood elim

on 09/09/2011 2:00 AM
Twenty freshman trotters contested a trio of $30,000 William Wellwood Memorial eliminations Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack, but it was The Game Plan and American Gangster who stole the spotlight after they each took a turn lowering the track record.   By stopping the teletimer in 1:54.4 in the third elimination, the Chris Oakes pupil American Gangster set a new track record for 2-year-old...
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Autumn Escapade trots 1:53.2 Vernon record

on 09/09/2011 2:00 AM
Autumn Escapade lowered the track record for older trotting mares to 1:53.2 with her gate-to-wire victory in Friday night’s $25,000 leg of the Miss Versatility Series at Vernon Downs.   With David Miller doing the teaming for trainer Jonas Czernyson in Friday’s eighth race, the third and final series preliminary round, the favorite Autumn Escapade ($3.80) flashed fast foot from the star...
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Big stakes day in Maine Sunday at Scarborough

on 09/09/2011 2:00 AM
The Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (MSBOA) and Scarborough Downs will present the Maine Breeders Stakes 2-year-old Trotting and Pacing Finals on Sunday, September 11, 2011.  Post time is 1:05 pm.   The event showcases the very best in young harness racehorses that are bred, stabled and trained in Maine, that have been competing throughout the fair circuit and at com...
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Big miles by Vic Smith, Whit at Red Mile

on 09/09/2011 2:00 AM
New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Vic Smith showed that he's was the top dog in Kindergarten Classic 2-year-old trotting colt action at The Red Mile Friday night, turning in a powerful 1:57.4 performance before he heads to Balmoral for the American National.   Vic Smith is trained by Julie Miller and driven regularly by her husband Andy, but since Andy was at Mohawk, Hall of Famer Dave Magee ...
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Tioga, Meadows cancel Thursday cards

on 09/08/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs has cancelled racing for Thursday, Sept. 8, due to the extreme weather conditions and resulting flooded roads in the area. In addition, The Meadows has cancelled its Thursday card as the track continues to repair damage to the racing surface caused by heavy, persistent rain. The Meadows and all its off-track sites remain open for simulcasting. Live racing is scheduled to resu...
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Mike Newlin named New Meadowlands GM

on 09/08/2011 2:00 AM
Mike Newlin has been appointed general manager of the New Meadowlands Racetrack. In this role, Newlin will be responsible for all aspects of the operation at the Meadowlands and the development of the Bayonne OTW.   Newlin has a proven record of leadership success across diverse racing and gaming properties including the Nebraska State Fair, where he increased attendance...
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NYSS sophomore pacers in action at Mighty M

on 09/08/2011 2:00 AM
Many of top 3-year-old pacing colts in the New York Sire Stakes strutted their stuff in the three $49,000 divisions over the rain-soaked half-mile oval at Monticello Raceway  on Wednesday afternoon, and when the judges hung the official sign Heston Blue Chip, Steelhead Hanover and Forever Just walked away with the lion’s share of the purses.   Arguably the standou...
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Pocono still on despite area flooding

on 09/08/2011 2:00 AM
Although more than a million people have been evacuated from the Wilkes-Barre, Pa. where Pocono Downs is located, and heavy rains are continuing to negatively impact travel, Rick Kane, race secretary at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, said that only horseman coming from certain areas would likely have to plan ahead to see if they need to change their  shipping  plans or routes.  ...
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Cane moved to Pocono due to flooding at Tioga

on 09/08/2011 2:00 AM
Due to the extreme conditions resulting from record flooding and impassable roads, live racing has been cancelled at Tioga Downs for Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. As a result of those cancellations, some stake races have been moved to other venues. The Cane Pace and Shady Daisy will be moved to Mohegan Sun at Pocono downs intact and will be raced on Saturday, Sept. 10, as they have b...
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Nisonger family on track on Ohio Super Night

on 09/08/2011 2:00 AM
Having a Nisonger behind a horse on the track at Scioto Downs isn’t anything unusual as Jeff Nisonger has long been one of the top drivers at the track. On Saturday night, however, Jeff’s wife and two daughters are going to take their turn in the spotlight as they will lead the post parades for several Super Night races driving registered mini horses.   So while Jeff is driving in the p...
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Check Me Out tastes defeat in Peaceful Way elims

on 09/08/2011 2:00 AM
A trio of $30,000 Peaceful Way eliminations took place Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack featuring the continent’s top freshmen trotting fillies.Win Missy B and driver Trevor Ritchie gave the 1-9 favorite, Check Me Out, her first career defeat in nine tries to advance to next week’s $447,000 final.Ritchie wasted little time in the early going as he sent Win Missy B to the front past the ope...
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Soph fillies in 230G NYSS Bedford trot

on 09/07/2011 2:00 AM
Statebreds sloshed their way back down the Thruway Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the soggy $230,508 New York Sire Stakes Bedford Trot for 3-year-old fillies. Four, $57,627 consecutive divisions started in a monsoon (the evening’s first race was delayed about 20 minutes due to power issues), with defending sire stakes champ Some Girls (Brian Sears) prevailing from the pocket in the ...
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Faraldo testifies on NY gaming expansion

on 09/07/2011 2:00 AM
Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA), testified before the New York Senate Committees on Racing & Wagering and Judiciary on Wednesday, Sept. 7, regarding the expansion of gaming at New York's racetracks. Any expansion would require a constitutional amendment. The day before Faraldo's testimony Jeff Gural, who operates Tioga and Vernon...
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Edie's Desire flourishes at Monticello

on 09/07/2011 2:00 AM
An old adage states that there are horses for courses and  that could certainly apply to a 5 –year-old pacing mare by the name of Edies’s Desire.  Unwanted and considered not caliber enough to compete on the five-eighths mile oval at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, the daughter of Real Desire just notched her 13th seasonal triumph over Monticello Raceway’s double oval on Tuesday (Sept. 6...
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Peaceful Way, Wellwood elims drawn

on 09/07/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Randy Waples will steer two freshman trotting fillies in Thursday’s $30,000 Peaceful Way eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack in hopes they both advance to the $447,000 final on Saturday Sept. 17.   From post position two, Waples will first drive Witch Way for trainer Joseph Macisaac in the first race. The daughter of Ken Warkentin-Chelemark Gizmo, who is owned by Douglas Millard of...
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