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Chapter Seven, Pardon win Big M qualifiers

on 07/07/2011 2:00 AM
Two of last year’s standout freshmen, trotting colt Chapter Seven and pacing filly Pardon, each won their qualifiers at the Meadowlands on Thursday.Chapter Seven, who closed a seven wins in eight starts freshman season by winning the Matron final at Dover Downs last November, has been delayed in returning to the track because he was stricken with pneumonia. But he turned in a strong effort in th...
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Muscles Yankee freshman fillies sweep NJSS

on 07/07/2011 2:00 AM
Vanity Treasure and Southbeachprincess, both $35,000 yearling purchases by their connections, won their respective divisions of the $45,500 New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters Thursday night at the Meadowlands.   Vanity Treasure, sent off the 8-5 favorite in the first $22,500 NJSS split, got away second for trainer-driver Chris Ryder behind longshot She's All In and Andy Mi...
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Freshmen pair set season's marks at The Meadows

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
A pair of freshmen vaulted to the head of their respective classes Tuesday at The Meadows by establishing national season’s marks in their career debuts. Robin Cruiser became the sport’s fastest freshman filly pacer on a five-eighths-mile track by roaring through the lane for Brian Zendt to erase a 5-length deficit and score in 1:55. Bella Sophia was second, 1/2 length back, with Cruzin T...
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Grand Circuit week at Pocono starts with the Reynolds

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Myluvmylife and Uncle Peter scored the fastest miles in their respective classes of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Reynolds races are the highlight of Grand Circuit Week, which began at Pocono on Tuesday.There were five “Judge Moore” Reynolds divisions held for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot, which held purses ranging from $19,...
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Career-best efforts for favs in Town Pro elims

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Thirteen three-year-old pacing fillies contested two Town Pro Stakes eliminations Tuesday evening at Mohawk, but only two have earned the right to pick their posts for the final. Swinging Beauty captured the first $20,000 elim as well as her first victory of her sophomore campaign in the process for trainer Gregg McNair.Into the first turn, From The Start (Scott Zeron) inherited the lead from Taxi...
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Abercrombie on tap Friday at Hoosier

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacers will once again be the focus of the Friday night card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The entire eight-race abbreviated program includes four divisions of the Abercrombie series for freshman colts and geldings and four divisions of the Sandra Lil series for freshman fillies Friday, July 8.First round winner T R Kilowatt Sam and driver Ricky Macomber will kick things off in...
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Tetrick in Big M announcer's booth Thursday

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Harness fans will get a chance to hear Tim Tetrick Thursday night from the announcer's booth as the record-holding driver is scheduled to call the first race at the Meadowlands. Tetrick had drives on the afternoon card at Harrah's Chester but is leaving the Pennsylvania racetrack early to ensure he arrives at the Big M in plenty of time for first-race post time of 7 p.m.   Tetrick has ...
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Clarification about PA stallion residency

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
In response to a number of inquiries for clarification, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders Development Fund state that the MINIMUM PERIOD a stallion has to stand in Pennsylvania to become a registered sire, with offspring eligible for the two Pennsylvania breed-incentive programs, is Feb. 15 until July 4.   The stallion MUST be in the state during this ...
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He's Spooky returns after stem-cell injections

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
More stories are surfacing about stem-cell injections being used to treat injuries in horses. One horse who has recovered from an injury thanks to a stem-cell injection is He’s Spooky, a winner of an International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile as a 2 year old in 2009. The patience of trainer Frank Antonacci has been rewarded in recent weeks as He’s Spooky returned to the track off the long ...
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Big Bad John MIA for Meadowlands Pace

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
It’s not often a horse that was the betting favorite in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack isn’t entered in the Meadowlands Pace that takes place one month later, but that’s the case this year with Big Bad John as the Ron Potter trainee is missing in action for Saturday’s Pace eliminations at the Meadowlands. After finishing fifth as the betting favorite in the J...
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See You At Peelers eyes 19 in NYSS at Vernon

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
The undefeated sophomore pacing filly See You At Peelers headlines 30 fillies set to go postward in four divisions of New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night.   Coming off of an impressive three-length victory in the $613,020 Fan Hanover at Mohawk Racetrack, Peelers will be reunited with Marcus Johansson who drove her to a world record victory (1:49.3) at Tioga Downs in the E...
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Leader Of The Gang 9-5 choice for Yonkers Trot

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Leader Of The Gang, trying to bring his trainer a third consecutive victory in this race, drew post  position No. 2 and was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's 57th edition of Yonkers Raceway's $445,474 Yonkers Trot. Jimmy Takter, a Harness Hall of Fame nominee, had enlisted Dave Miller to drive the son of 1998 Trot winner Muscles Yankee.The Trot goes as race 9 on the 12-race ca...
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Bartlett suffered concussion, now sidelined

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
 Jason Bartlett, involved along with Jordan Stratton in a Monday night auto accident while bound for Yonkers Raceway, was originally expected to return to driving Thursday night.  However, his recuperation from eye and head injuries is going to take a bit longer than originally thought.   According to Bartlett's wife, Kristen, Bartlett was experiencing pain and returned to the hos...
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Penn National gets "conditional" Rosecroft license

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Penn National Gaming’s plans to reopen Rosecroft Raceway for harness racing appear to be on hold after the Maryland Racing Commission approved only a conditional license for the track on Wednesday. The commission placed financial conditions on the license after expressing concerns about the financial viability of the track without a simulcasting agreement in place with the Maryland Jockey Club. ...
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Spring Break tops $700,000 in earnings

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Spring Break enjoyed a comfortable pocket trip, then charged through the Lightning Lane to capture her second straight — and vault over $700,000 in career earnings — in Wednesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Not Listed/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   With Lorrie Please providing escort service, Spring Break paced patiently until the stretch, where she brushed for Ray...
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Pastor Stephen latest philanthropist for Africa

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotter, who is among the favorites to win August’s $1.5 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racetrack, is helping raise money to support the mission work of his namesake, the Rev. Stephen Heinzel-Nelson, and the Allentown Presbyterian Church, in Africa.   Trainer Jimmy Takter, his wife Christina, and fellow owners John Fielding and Brittany Farms have pledged to donate fiv...
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Roger Huston to make Clinton Raceway #128

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
The legends of harness racing will make their descent on Clinton Raceway Sunday, Sept. 4, and on hand to call the $20,000 Legends Trot will be the voice of the Little Brown Jug, Roger Huston. Huston, along with several other announcing talents, will be on hand for the sixth biennial charity event.    This will be stop number 128 on Huston's long list of racetracks. As of&nbs...
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Takter on ballot for consideration of Hall of Fame

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter, who came early on to the U.S. – “The Land Of Opportunity” as he calls it -- and has since bloomed into the world’s leading trainer of trotters and pacers alike was selected to be placed on the ballot of election to the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame. Takter's selection came about through the annual committee meetings held  amidst the traditional F...
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40 freshman trotting fillies in NYSS at Buffalo

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
Wednesday July 6, will be a day to remember for the connections of a handful of the 40 filly trotters that will make their New York Sire Stakes debuts at Buffalo Raceway on The Fairgrounds. There will be five divisions, with the purses for each $25,439.   Free programs are available to download for members of the Inside Track which is free to join at www.buffaloraceway.com. Inside Track mem...
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State shutdown keeps Running Aces closed

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
For the third consecutive program, Running Aces races scheduled for Tuesday night have been canceled due to the ongoing Minnesota State government shutdown caused by a budget impasse between Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republicans holding a majority in the state's House of Representatives and Senate. The Governor has called for meetings to attempt to resolve the issue to resume quickl...
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