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Tracks, horsemen prepare for Hurricane Irene

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Hurricane Irene has tracks and horsemen in her path making plans and taking action. Ocean Downs, near Ocean City, Md. has already been affected by Irene’s approach, preemptively cancelling what would have been its final race card on Sunday, Aug. 28. Ocean City issued a phase 3 evacuation from the barrier island starting at 12 midnight on Thursday, Aug. 25, thereby making Thursday night the ...
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No detention for Zweig at Tioga due to storm

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs has cancelled the scheduled detention for those horses racing in the Zweig Memorial 3YO Colt Trot on Sunday, August 28, due to weather concerns. Horsemen are urged to ship to Tioga sooner rather than later and stalls will be available to those that desire to stay overnight Saturday, but there will be no formal detention and an overnight stay is NOT mandatory.  ...
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Settlemoir to be second announcer at Delaware

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Jason Settlemoir will be the second announcer during the 2011  Grand Circuit week at the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair.  The Newark, Ohio, native, whose entire life has been devoted to harness racing, also will continue as the Delaware fair’s simulcast director. Settlemoir will replace Steve Cross as assistant to Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston.   Jason is also vice-presi...
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Well-known names in Xtreme Trotting Under Saddle race

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Top trainer-driver Riina Rekila, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and Taylor Burgess, the son of trainer Blair Burgess, will be among a field of nine riders for the Xtreme Trotting Under Saddle race Saturday at Georgian Downs. The exhibition race will be featured at Xtreme Horsepower following the first race on Saturday night at Georgian Downs, which starts at 6 p.m. The event will also include some top...
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Mohawk purses to increase Sept. 1

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) on Friday announced that effective Sept. 1, Standardbred purses will be raised at Mohawk Racetrack. Wagering on Standardbred racing at Mohawk and Woodbine has been stable over the last 12 months, prompting the WEG-COSA partnership to raise purses.   "There has been sustained growth in wagering ...
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Weingarter finishes second in PASS

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Peter Haughton Memorial champion Weingartner was defeated in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at Harrah's Chester Racetrack & Casino on Friday afternoon. Three divisions, each worth slightly more than $74,000, were featured.   Weingartner, who was driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, sat the pocket to the Cantab Hall colt Beer Summit through fractions of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26. Beer Summit was...
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Yonkers cancels Saturday night racing

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live harness card for Saturday night (Aug. 27) due to oncoming Hurricane Irene. The track plans to be open for simulcasting on Saturday through the duration of Saratoga's Travers Day Card, with first post at 11:35 am and final post scheduled for 6:18 pm.   Live racing (and simulcasting) is going on as scheduled Friday evening and is sche...
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Tioga offers free programs for Sunday

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs is offering free programs for its Sunday afternoon race program on Sunday, Aug. 28, which begins at 1:30 pm, on its website at www.tiogadowns.com, courtesy of Trackmaster. The Sunday afternoon race card consists of six divisions of the Drivers’ Championship, two races for 3-year-old colt trotters, and two divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters in the Zweig. Customers should log...
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Yonkers features to Full Picture, Calchips Brute

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Full Picture (Jason Bartlett), despite being parked nearly two turns, relished the road trip Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $52,000 co-featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position 6, Full Picture had to wait her turn as 17-10 choice Breakheart Pass (Yannick Gingras) made the lead right before a :26.3  opening quarter-mile. Full Picture continue...
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Freedom Crossing takes Tioga Friday feature

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
In the Friday night $18,000 fillies and mares open pace, Freedom Crossing and Mike Micallef turned a pocket trip into a victory for trainer Kevin Efimetz. Leaving from post position number five, Freedom Crossing left strongly to take control of the field past an opening panel of 27.2. The heavy favorite McFlirty and Ed Hensley quickly surged to the front from third and led the field of six through...
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Next Flight In remains undefeated with ISS win

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
After equaling the Indiana Downs track record for two-year-old colt pacers with a 1:52.1 performance in his last start, Next Flight In returned to the winner’s circle Wednesday, August 24. The Panspacificflight colt repeated his previous effort, winning in Indiana Sires Stakes action in a time of 1:52.1. He was driven to victory by Peter Wrenn.   Lima Storm and Trace Tetrick took command ...
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Conditions sheets available for Delaware, Ohio

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
The complete stakes and overnight schedules for the 2011 Delaware County Fair have been released and are now available and can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.   Phil Terry, general manager of the Delaware County Fair, also announced that  for the first time a half-mile pace will be contested on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The pace is for horses and geldings...
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Tuesdays With Mom is back at Batavia

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
The third start of the year was the charm for Tuesdays With Mom, as the popular 4-year-old trotting mare notched her first win of the season, in wire-to-wire fashion, to take the $7,000 Fillies and Mares Open trot on Wednesday night (Aug 24) at Batavia Downs Casino. Tuesdays With Mom (Credit Winner-Princess Deanna) left the gate quickly and was on top before the field of seven trotted one-eighth ...
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Expanded gaming bill introduced in Massachusetts

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
A bill that would allow three casinos and one slot parlor in Massachusetts has been introduced in the state legislature. The three Las Vegas-style casinos would be located in three regions, with the slot parlor that would have at most 1,250 machines located anywhere in the state.   Although the bill doesn't specifically provide for expanded gaming at racetracks, Plainridge Racecourse presid...
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Dan Patch Awards dinner Feb. 12 in Orlando

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
The date, location, tickets, menus--everything but the names of the actual award winners--are now set for the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards Dinner that will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.   The 2012 Dan Patch Awards Dinner will not only honor the leading horsemen, horsewomen, and equine stars of the 2011 season, but will als...
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Big Jim injured, sidelined rest of 2011

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that the $1.5 million-winning 3-year-old colt pacer Big Jim has suffered injuries to both rear ankles and will not race anymore this year and possibly could be retired. Owner Jim Carr said the full extent of the injuries won't be known until next week and that is when a decision will likely be made on the colt's future.   A winner of six of 10 starts last ye...
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Carr: Big Jim "not going to race again this year"

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
Owner Jim Carr confirmed to harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that the $1.5 million-winning 3-year-old colt pacer Big Jim has suffered injuries to both rear ankles and will not race anymore this year and will likely be retired. Carr said the full extent of the injuries won't be known until next week and that is when a decision will be made on the colt's future. “He definitely is not going to...
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Crys Dream allowed to race in Am-Nat

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
Despite receiving a 90-day suspension that runs through Sept. 26 from the Ontario Racing Commission as a result of a positive test following her win in the Elegantimage final June 18 at Mohawk, Crys Dream is continuing to race in the United States. The 3-year-old filly trotter won her Hambletonian Oaks elimination and then was third in the $750,000 final Aug. 6 at the Meadowlands, and is now liste...
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Familiar faces stay on board at Big M

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
With the transition to an 80-day racing schedule, the new Meadowlands Racetrack group headed by Jeff Gural has reduced the racetrack’s staff. According to Gural, “Many employees will be offered opportunities during the 2012 live season. We will announce our 2012 dates after they are approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission later this fall.”   Among the familiar faces—and voice...
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Monticello looking for some grays and roans

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
In what started out in 1990 as a spoof on the world-famous Little Brown Jug, Monticello Raceway’s Little Grey Jug had become a regular attraction and an anticipated event for both horsemen and fans alike. So much so that over the years more than one division has been necessary to accommodate all the entries.   However, in recent seasons a shortage of available gray pacers has hi...
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