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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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Live coverage of Jug on radio again this year

on 09/07/2011 2:00 AM
For the second straight year, Delaware radio station WINF(101.9-FM) and Marysville’s True Oldies WQTT (1270-AM) will broadcast with live racing coverage from the Delaware County Fair, Sept. 18-22, concluding with the 66th Little Brown Jug.  All coverage will be simulcast on www.winf.fmand  www.qt1270.com.   The broadcasts include the live call of each race from th...
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Giveaways big part of Super Night at Scioto

on 09/07/2011 2:00 AM
There will be over $600,000 given away to horses in the Ohio Sires Stakes finals at Scioto Downs on Saturday night, but racing fans will also benefit from some giveaways.Ticket packages to the Little Brown Jug will also be given away as part of the Super Night festivities at Scioto. The Jug is held, of course, just up Rte. 23 from Scioto at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Sept. 22Also on Super ...
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Hockey player inspires cheers for trainer Ed Hart

on 09/07/2011 2:00 AM
When Tom Grossman was a kid, he saw New York Rangers goalie Ed Giacomin knocked unconscious in a game at Madison Square Garden. The crowd began chanting “Ed-die, Ed-die” as it tried to will Giacomin to his feet.   More than three decades later, Grossman one night at dinner resurrected the chant in playful fashion as trainer Ed Hart walked into the room. If he was trying to will Hart to ...
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Breaks keep Go Tapaigh out of PASS final

on 09/07/2011 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania's rule that horses must have a clean line in a race or qualifier--not a workout--has apparently kept the 2-year-old trotter Go Tapaigh out of this Saturday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for freshman colt trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Go Tapaigh, a son of Andover Hall-Armbro Gaelic, has a record of 5-3-0-1, but broke stride in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes...
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Xquisite Chocolate a Peaceful Way contender

on 09/07/2011 2:00 AM
Paul Kelley cannot recall whether Xquisite Chocolate was on his list of yearlings to examine at last fall’s Lexington Selected Sale, but the filly grabbed his attention anyway. She has kept his interest since then.    A daughter of Chocolatier out of the mare Armbro Exquisite, Xquisite Chocolate has won one of six races and earned $22,870 for owners Abraham Singer, Bill Weaver and th...
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Big M news: track work, Gural reviewing lease

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands racing surface is receiving a major facelift. The project to increase banking on the turns, bringing the banking back to the level it had about 10 years ago, began the last week of August, with work well underway before the rains of Tropical Storm Lee arrived. “We’re going to use over 16,000 tons of specially blended traprock material to create the newly banked curve...
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Southwind Amiga wins; Lady Rainbow breaks

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
With just five entries competing in the lone $204,626 Simcoe Stakes division for sophomore trotting fillies at Mohawk, it was Southwind Amiga and driver Jody Jamieson scoring the upset victory over the 2-5 favorite Lady Rainbow.   Jamieson was in no hurry in the early going as Mario Baillargeon sent Oh Sweet Baby to the lead past the first station in :28. As the fillies headed towards the h...
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Tea Party Princess upsets in Simcoe 3FP

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
Tea Party Princess got up in time to capture the lone $204,626 Simcoe Stakes division for sophomore pacing fillies Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Sent off at 9-2, the David Menary trainee notched her sixth victory in 13 starts this season while taking a new lifetime mark of 1:50.3.   Swinging Beauty (Doug McNair) hit the quarter pole in :26, before Jody Jamieson pulled Monkey On My Whe...
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Brennan labors to 7 wins at Yonkers

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
George Brennan spent the second portion of his Labor Day winning...and winning...and winning. Brennan, who began his Monday with a fruitless visit to Harrah's Chester--0-for-4 with three breakers--reached Yonkers Raceway in time for his scheduled debut in the fourth race. From there, he reached the winner's circle seven times--including three from the eight-hole--in 10 drives.    Brenn...
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Scioto gearing up for Ohio Super Night

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
The countdown to Ohio Super Night has begun at Scioto Downs as the track prepares to host the greatest night of racing in the Buckeye State on Saturday.   "Scioto hosted Super Night three years ago and it was one of the greatest evenings ever at the track,” says Stacy Cahill, general manager. “We’re hoping that this year it will be even better.”   Since Super Night occurs on ...
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Meadows cancels Tuesday, Wednesday cards

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has canceled its live racing programs for Tuesday and Wednesday due to poor track conditions. Scheduled track maintenance, which included scarifying the racing surface to restore life to it, was performed over the weekend, but when steady rain settled in the area, the track condition was compromised. The Meadows and all its off-track...
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Smedshammer triples up in NYSS

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
Trond Smedshammer stole the show, taking three of the four New York Sire Stakes divisions that were part of an all-stakes evening program during the Labor Day doubleheader at Batavia Downs Casino.   The second half of the twin bill featured four New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, four $30,000 late-closers finals for sophomores and four $8,000 County Fair f...
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Michigan's Carlson moves to Balmoral/Maywood

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Eric Carlson has moved his base of operations from his home state of Michigan to Illinois and he is now competing on a full-time basis at Balmoral Park and Maywood Park. Carlson drove for the first time at Balmoral on Sunday night, Aug. 27, and he quickly found himself in high demand. Carlson, 35, blossomed onto the driving scene in 2009 when he won 361 races in 1,890 drives and topped the...
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Hanover allowing x-ray, scoping of yearlings

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that customers will be permitted to make radiographic (x-ray) and endoscopic (scoping) examinations of the farm's yearlings prior to their being shipped to their respective sale.  Such examinations will not be permitted after the horses arrive at the sales facility.   "We had this policy for our yearlings sold at Harrisburg last year," said Murray ...
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Colonial set to open harness meet Sept. 17

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs will open its 14th annual harness racing season next Saturday, Sept. 17, and continue a seven-week campaign through Nov. 5. The track will conduct racing strictly in the afternoon this year, on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1 pm. In the past, Colonial had run a 5 pm Saturday program, but chose to race earlier in the day to take advantage of the nice fall we...
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See You At Peelers at Cornell; no Jug start

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Monday morning that See You At Peelers will not be entered against the colts in the Little Brown Jug and that the 3-year-old filly pacer is currently at Cornell University where she is undergoing tests to determine her health status. See You At Peelers had her unbeaten streak snapped at 22 when she finished sixth in the Nadia Lobell Aug. 29 at The Meado...
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