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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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Two elims for Canadian Trot Classic, Simcoe 3CP

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
Fifteen of the nation’s top sophomore trotting colts will line up behind the starting gate this Saturday at Mohawk to compete in a pair of $40,000 Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. Saturday night will also feature two Simcoe Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts, two Champlain Stakes divisions for rookie pacing colts and a single Champlain Stakes division for freshman pacing filli...
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NY track operators lobbying for more gaming

on 09/06/2011 2:00 AM
New York racetrack operators have joined as the New York Gaming Association to lobby the legislature for the expansion of gaming at the state’s racetracks. On Tuesday (Sept. 7), Jeff Gural, who owns and operates Vernon and Tioga Downs, testified to a Senate Racing Committee about the revenue the expansion could bring to the state. Earlier this summer New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaled his inte...
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Sophomore champs crowned in Pennsylvania

on 09/05/2011 2:00 AM
Four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships for 3 year olds were contested Monday afternoon at Harrah's Chester, with the pair of $200,000 pacing finals going to Big Bad John and Foxy Lady, while the $200,000 trotting finals went to Opening Night and Caitrin Hall.   In the sophomore pacing colt final, Big Bad John, who has been banging heads all year with the continent's leading male p...
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John Campbell wins Legends Day title at Clinton

on 09/04/2011 2:00 AM
Driver John Campbell earned his third straight victory in the $20,000 Legends Day Invitational Trot featured on Clinton Raceway’s Sunday afternoon Legends Day program.   Campbell, who won the 2007 edition with Runway and the 2009 event with New Dice Please, guided Lexis D J to a six length score in this year’s race, which was packed full of some of the sport’s greatest drivers in...
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Jimmy Takter elected to Hall of Fame

on 09/04/2011 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter, whose journey from promising horseman in early-80’s Sweden to the very pinnacle of conditioning harness racehorse worldwide, has been rewarded for his outstanding talents and successes with election to harness racing’s Living Hall of Fame, in balloting recently conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Takter, 50, has of course brought the trotting knowledge he learned f...
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Fanning, Emerson voted to Communicators Corner

on 09/04/2011 2:00 AM
Jean Emerson and Moira Fanning, pioneering journalists who have crossed the country (north to south and back in Emerson’s case, east to west and back in Fanning’s), have been recognized for their outstanding efforts in harness racing with election to the sport’s Communicators Hall of Fame, in balloting recently conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Emerson, a proud resident of S...
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See You At Peelers dq'd in NYSS

on 09/04/2011 2:00 AM
Although it appeared at first that See You At Peelers had got back on the winning track after seeing her perfect 22-race unbeaten streak halted in last week's Nadia Lobell at The Meadows, the 3-year-old filly was disqualified from a victory in a $49,235 New York Sire Stakes division Sunday night at Tioga Downs and placed second. The race and subsequent outcome puts in serious jeopardy the pos...
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