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Illinois purses to rise 50 percent immediately

on 08/11/2011 2:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) has advised its membership via its website that it and the management of Maywood Park and Balmoral Park have agreed to increase purses across the board by approximately 50 percent effective immediately.   The new condition sheets for Balmoral and Maywood Park show the following improvements: straight $4,000 claimer--old ...
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Bluebird Elian, Queens Lonely Earl win ISS legs

on 08/11/2011 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs hosted the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes for sophomore colt trotters Wednesday, August 10, carding two $40,000 divisions. Bluebird Elian, a 1:57.1 winner, and Queens Lonely Earl, victorious with a 1:57.4 performance, each established new lifetime marks in victory.   Bluebird Elian and trainer Dan Shetler took advantage of cover and a :29.4 last quarter to pick up their ...
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More NYSS late closers at Batavia Downs

on 08/11/2011 2:00 AM
Five divisions of New York-bred Late Closers, including two non-wagering events, for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, worth $13,300 each, highlighted the Wednesday (Aug-10) program at Batavia Downs Casino. Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze stables is loaded in the 3-year-old NY bred trotting ranks with ultra talented Dejarmbro and I’m the Answer and she have another good one in the quick...
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Chesapeake Bay Series contested at Ocean Downs

on 08/11/2011 2:00 AM
Ocean Downs had 11 races on Wednesday night’s card with purses totaling $100,000 including the Chesapeake Bay Racing Series and The Hal Belote Memorial Final.Jim Morand drove track champion GooGoo GaaGaa uner the wire in 1.57.3, setting a new track record for 2-year-old trotting colts. GooGoo GaaGaa is by Cam’s Rocket a pacer and out of Kora’s Trotter, obviously a trotter. The colt has won a...
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Condition changes to try to keep stars racing

on 08/11/2011 2:00 AM
In an effort to keep the sport's stars racing longer, the Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will change their stakes conditions to make horses sired by 4-year-old stallions ineligible to participate. Beginning with the foals of 2013, nomination to stakes and early closing events at the three tracks will require that the sire of any nominee be a minimum of five years of age a...
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Harrah's Chester to offer $15,000 guarantee Friday

on 08/11/2011 2:00 AM
With a $4,100 carryover from Thursday’s Pick-4, Harrah’s Chester will offer a $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 on Friday (August 12). Free past performance pages, courtesy of TrackMaster, for Friday’s card are available here. The Pick-4 is offered on races 7-10. First race post time is 12:40 p.m. at Harrah’s Chester. The first leg of the Pick-4 is scheduled for approximately 2:40. The wager is ...
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Discounts, Doo Wop and Double Points at Big M

on 08/11/2011 2:00 AM
Only two weekends remain to Meadowlands Racetrack's 2011 harness meet!This Friday, August 12, is Fan Appreciation Night with free admission, free program, $1 hot dogs and $2 draft beers on tap.  Big M Club members will earn double points on live Meadowlands harness wagers.  Not a Big M Club member?  Sign up at Guest Service Central on the Paddock Level or find out more at Thebigmclu...
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Schedule change at Cal Expo

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
In a change from the original schedule, the Cal Expo harness meeting, which is set to begin on Friday, August 26, will find two-day racing weeks until October 6. There will then be racing on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night basis through December 17.Cal Expo received permission from the California Horse Racing Board to eliminate three previously scheduled Thursdays in September. Those Thursda...
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Radar Contact extends winning streak to 12

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Radar Contact extended her winning streak to 12 races and improved to a perfect eight-for-eight in 2011 with a 1:53 triumph Tuesday, August 9 at Indiana Downs. Bet down as the heavy favorite, the sophomore pacing filly won her $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes division by five and one-quarter lengths. Pacific Sun Rae, sent off at 15-1, scored a 1:54 upset in the second split.   Starting from the...
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Good news in Illinois! Purses to receive boost

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Millions of dollars could be rolling into Illinois horse racing purse accounts as soon as next week. The revenues would come from money that has been held in escrow which was generated by a 3 percent tax on Illinois riverboat proceeds. The amount for both harness and Thoroughbred racing is approximately $140 million. Last Friday a stay filed by the riverboat operators with the U.S. Supreme Co...
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See You At Peelers to return to Tioga Downs

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
The undefeated superstar See You At Peelers is coming back to the scene of her world record performance. Trainer Jimmy Takter confirmed the filly will race Sunday (August 14) at Tioga Downs.Find out more on this week’s episode of “Inside Harness Racing.” Viewers can see all the action Wednesday (August 10) at 6 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Sports throughout Upstate New York. Viewers are encoura...
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2018 Hambo eligibility limits offspring of studs

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administrates many of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events, held its annual meeting on Friday, Aug. 5, the eve of the $1.5 million Hambletonian, its crown jewel for 86 years.   Two new directors were elected to the board and racing conditions restricting eligibility of 4-year-old stallions to the Hambletonian in 2018 were approved.&nb...
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Broad Bahn's Japanese caretaker also deaf

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Nearly lost in the hoopla of this year’s Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands was the small figure of Risa Tanaka, the 31-year-old caretaker of the winning horse, Broad Bahn.  While the spotlight was on driver George Brennan and trainer Noel Daley, it was Tanaka who hugged the horse and understood him even if she could not hear the cheers that followed his victory.   Born de...
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Samshu Bluegrass euthanized at age 30

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms has reported that that Samshu Bluegrass p,3,1:57.4; 1:55 ($664,978), 30, was euthanized Wednesday morning (August 10) after having resided at the farm for 23 years. A top Open mare, Samshu Bluegrass was named Older Pacing Mare of the Year in 1986 after winning the Breeders Crown. She had 15 foals during her broodmare career whose combined earnings were just short of a m...
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Up The Credit draws 7 in Confederation Cup

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
The box closed for Flamboro Downs' signature event, Confederation Cup XXXV with a top-notch field of 16 pacing colts and geldings headlined by North America Cup champion Up The Credit. With a mark of 1:49 and earnings in excess of $939,000 on the season, Up The Credit is both the richest and fastest of the 16 colts set to compete for the $650,000 in purses. The Western Terror-Cantbuymehappin...
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Roll With Joe heading for the LBJ

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace champion Roll With Joe, who was a bit unlucky as a two-year-old,, has blossomed into one of the top three-year-olds of 2011.  “I always thought he was a good colt but things didn’t always go his way at two.  He failed to make the finals of the Woodrow Wilson and Breeders Crown.  But, this year he raced exceptionally well in the North America Cup Final  (fin...
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PA Fair action at two venues

on 08/10/2011 2:00 AM
Action on the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit split into two venues, one on each side of the state, forcing horsemen to make a choice in their travel plans.On the western side of the state at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg, Keystone Wyatt opened the day with a win in the PA Sire Stake 2-year-old col trot. Brian Zendt guided the Cantab Hall gelding to his first career win, timed in 2:08.1 fo...
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Rookie fillies battle for Gold at Mohawk

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
A quartet of $40,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for freshmen trotting fillies were contested Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.Cool Creek Breeze, Destinys Magic, Princess Fortune and Circles found the winner’s circle and advance to next week’s $130,000 final.In the first elimination, Mario Baillargeon guided Cool Creek Breeze to her second career victory in three starts as she sto...
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Andy Miller gets exemption for Tioga/Big M tourney

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs is proud to announce that Andy Miller will be the sponsor’s exemption for the 2011 Drivers’ Championship at Tioga Downs and the Meadowlands.   Not only was Miller’s high level of talent a determining factor in his selection, but he showed great support to the Meadowlands during times of uncertainty and for that he showed great loyalty to not only New Jersey ...
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Hambo starters return on NJSS finals night

on 08/09/2011 2:00 AM
Fresh from competition against the top pacers and trotters in North America, the leading New Jersey-sired 3-year-old trotters and pacers will compete Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack in four New Jersey Sire Stakes Night of Champions races worth a total of $700,000 in purses.   Among the finalists for the NJSS Premier Division Championships are Whiskey Tax (Revenue S), ...
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