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NJ Senate passes bill critical to track management

on 06/29/2011 2:00 AM
A bill enabling the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to share management of the tracks with private operators passed the New Jersey state Senate by a vote of 39-0 on Wednesday.This bill had to be passed this week in part because it also clarifies that both the Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park will run a minimum of 71 dates with the assent of the standardbred and thoroughbred ...
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Yonkers hosts Mildred Williams Thursday

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
On Thursday night Yonkers Raceway hosts the Mildred Williams International Driving Series for a fifth consecutive season.The Mildred Williams Series is, of course, a ladies-only driving competition which travels across North America racing to raise awareness about--and money toward--breast cancer research. The annual Westchester visit goes as Thursday's third race, with post time at approximately ...
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Enter to win a spot in the NHHC Saturday

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
Fans will have one last shot to win a seat in the 2011 National Harness Handicapping Championship in a prize drawing to be held Saturday, July 2 at Meadowlands Racetrack.  Entry forms for the drawing, sponsored by Racing and Gaming Services (RGS), will be available in the live racing program and at program stands and Guest Service locations.Harness racing's biggest tournament of the year, the...
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Jamieson says Warrawee Needy not for sale

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Carl Jamieson told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that “the phone has been ringing off the hook all day” with offers to purchase at least an interest in the 2-year-old colt pacer Warrawee Needy, who dazzled Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with a seemingly effortless 1:51.4 victory in an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold elimination. “I guess other people liked him too. They’ve been t...
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Seven enter 57th Yonkers Trot

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
Seven 3-year-olds were entered Tuesday for the 57th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Yonkers Trot, first jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. The one-dash-for-the-cash event, worth $445,474, goes next Saturday, July 9.       Entrants, in alphabetical order, are...Bambino Hall, Celebrity Bombay, Del Cielo, Evil Urges, Leader of the Gang, Live Jazz and Pegasus Blue Chip...
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2YO trotting fillies in PA Stallion Series

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
Making her career debut, Ciao Dough executed a decisive quarter-pole move like a polished veteran and want on to capture a division of Tuesday’s $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. Backflip won the other $20,000 split in the event for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 2:03.   After Ciao Dough broke stride in her initial qualifier, trainer Aaron Hamilton rigged her with...
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Balmoral takeout just 15% on Pick 4s

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
On Wednesday June 29, Balmoral Park will go where no other Illinois track has ever gone before. With the help of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative, Balmoral Park will offer guaranteed pick 4 pools with a low 15% takeout every racing night, beginning with a new $15,000 guarantee this Wednesday . Free program pages are available each racing night at ustrotting.com.   The Balmoral Pick 4 ...
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Lorrie Please sets 1:52 Harrington record

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
Allen Kaplan, Ira Kaplan and David Sheib’s Lorrie Please ($21.60, Tony Morgan) set a new track record for 4-year-old pacing mares Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52 clocking in the $18,600 Mares Open.   The 4-year-old Western Ideal mare set all the fractions in her three-length win over Pacific Philly and Fleeting Flirt N. Trained by Mike Hall, it was her ninth win of the year. "Lo...
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Shelby's Cobra battling back from EPM

on 06/28/2011 2:00 AM
When Shelbys Cobra lines up behind the starting gate this Saturday in the second leg of the $20,000 Beat The Heat Pacing Series at Mohawk, trainer Ken Sucee is hopeful his hard-luck pacer's recent hiss-tory is a sign of things to come after an unsuccessful 2010 campaign.   Last season, the son of Western Ideal was diagnosed with EPM, which had to be treated and required time off to rec...
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Running Aces sets new handle record

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
A record mutuel handle and new track records in three categories highlighted the Sunday night card at Running Aces.  The new later 7 p.m. Sunday night post time is being well received as the $183,856 pushed through the windows was an all-time high at Minnesota track, besting the old record set exactly one week ago.   On the track, an all-time trotting mark was establishe...
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My Miss Caroline stars at Balmoral

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
It was another busy weekend of Illinois conceived and foaled stakes action at Balmoral Park and shining brightest of all was La Bella Vita Stables, Robert Taylor and Kevin Dixon’s prize trotting filly, My Miss Caroline, who won for the 14th time in 15 career starts as she easily knocked off six other diagonally-gaited 3 year olds in Sunday night’s $9,000 Elk Grove OTB Stake. The final time was...
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New Jersey Classic yearling sale canceled

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 New Jersey Classic Sale has been canceled due to insufficent entries. The Garden State Standardbred Sales Company, which has held the sale, made the announcement Monday morning. The yearlings that had already been entered into the sale will be sold as a group at Harrisburg, on Friday, Nov. 11, when they will begin the Standardbred Horse Sales Company mixed sale.
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No Yonkers Trot supplement for Dejarmbro

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Trond Smedshammer told harnessracing.com Monday morning that although he has until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to make a final decision on supplementing recent $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot winner Dejarmbro to the upcoming Yonkers Trot, he doesn’t plan on entering the colt. Dejarmbro is not eligible to several major stakes, including the Hambletonian, but there are some—including the Yonk...
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Michael Fahy, Emily Murphy earn scholarships

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
Ellen Taylor, executive director of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, has announced the winners of the organization's annual scholarships. The $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip scholarship, sponsored by Martin Scharf, goes to Michael Fahy, the son of Bill and Moira Fahy, of Washington, Pa., while Lambertville, New Jersey's Emily Grace Murphy, the daughter of Patti and Joseph Murphy, has been nam...
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Young Hochstetler implores governor to sign bill

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
Enews Park Forest in Illinois on Sunday profiled Jay Hochstetler, the 18-year-old son of Illinois-based trainer Homer Hochstetler and Red Mile Grand Circuit race secretary Connie Hochstetler, who has been making daily phone calls to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn imploring him to sign the recent legislation passed in the legislature that would allow slot machines at racetracks. “If (Gov. Quinn) doesn...
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E Dee's Cam 2YO 1:51.4 winner at Mohawk

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
Warrawee Needy (above) is the horse to beat in the $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 2-year-old pacing colts next Monday, as he powered to a 1:51.4 score in tonight’s OSS Gold eliminations at Mohawk. Warrawee Needy's mile was also the fastest time in North America for a 2-year-old. Jake Sully and Aaron Byron captured the other elimination in 1:53.3.   Warrawee Needy, d...
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Village Blitz earns 58th career victory

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
Andrea Hill’s Jeremy’s Successor ($7.20, Sean Bier) earned his fifth Harrington Raceway win in 2011 Monday with a 1:53.1 score in the featured $18,600 Open Pace. Also on Monday at Harrington, veteran pacer Village Blitz earned his 58th career win.   As for Jeremy's Successor,  the 7-year-old Mach Three gelding sat behind pacesetter Harlingen Hanover throughout and surged up the in...
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Wind Surfer takes Meadows trot feature

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
Overcoming a bad draw, Wind Surfer used speed early and the "Lightning Lane: late to capture Monday’s $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows. Leaving from post eight, Wind Surfer hustled to the front for Eric Ledford and was pocketed by the quarter-pole move of Rembrandt Spur. Wind Surfer charged by Rembrandt Spur in the stretch and defeated him by a length in 1:54.3. Y-Dat raced well first-over ...
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I'm Just Special scores in 1:50.3

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
A humid evening with the temperature well into the 80s was much to the liking of I'm Just Special as she reeled off a 1:50.3 lifetime mark performance in the $14,000 fillies and mares feature Monday evening at the Isle Pompano Park.   Jason Dillander made his weekly trek back from Hoosier Park to drive the 6-year-old daughter of Camluck-Ladys Special Girl. They sped through f...
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Battle of Lake Erie a LC, nominations due

on 06/27/2011 2:00 AM
The $100,000 (est.) Battle of Lake Erie is scheduled for Saturday night, July 23, and Northfield Park is seeking the sport’s top veteran pacers to race in the prestigious event. This year’s Battle will be raced as a late closer and nominations are Friday due July 1, 2011. The nominating fee is $1,000, with a $3,000 starting fee due on race night. Northfield Park will add $60,000 to the purse...
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