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Durkin calls a NYSS winner

on 08/12/2011 2:00 AM
A name familiar to racing fans – both Thoroughbred and Standardbred – was heard in the Vernon Downs winner’s circle on Thursday night, Aug. 11. That name was Tom Durkin, the Meadowlands announcer for nine Hambletonians and the voice of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown from 2001 to 2010.Durkin’s home-bred trotter Coraggioso was in victory lane after winning a $20,922 New York State Fair race b...
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Draw changes for rescheduled OSS Gold 2CT

on 08/12/2011 2:00 AM
As a result of an ORC hearing held on Aug. 11, the draw for the rescheduled Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) 2 year-old Colt Trot will be limited to those 27 horses that originally drew into the cancelled July 21 Gold eliminations.   On July 22, the Program Administrator issued notice that the 2-year-old Colt Trot elimination races at Mohawk on July 21 would be rescheduled to Aug.19. In that decis...
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Sweetheart victory for Handsoffmycookie

on 08/12/2011 2:00 AM
Handsoffmycookie rallied in the stretch to win the $20,000 Sweetheart elimination for two-year-old pacing fillies Friday night, August 12 at Meadowlands Racetrack.   In her Meadowlands wagering debut, Handsoffmycookie and driver Tim Tetrick sailed past heavy favorite Podges Lady to score a one-length victory in a career best 1:52.4. The daughter of Art Major-Observe Me was a $25,000 yearlin...
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Il Mago magical in Gold Final win

on 08/12/2011 2:00 AM
Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts put on an impressive show for Rideau Carleton Raceway fans on Friday evening, waging a three way battle all the way to the wire in the second $130,000 Gold Final of their season.   As the starting gate rolled away from the field of nine, Dalglish stepped out smartly to post a :28.3 opening quarter. Reigning Gold Final champion Good Sound Advice wa...
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Shacked Up, Calchips Brute score Yonkers features

on 08/12/2011 2:00 AM
Shacked Up (Eric Goodell) was just up Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $52,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   After 3-2 choice Panagler (George Brennan, eight winners on the 12-race card) stepped around first leader Full Picture (Brent Holland), the people's preference threw down intervals of :26.4, :56.2 and 1:24.2. First-up came Breakheart Pass (Jim Pantaleano), w...
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McNair bids for Haughton berth with Aracache Hanover

on 08/12/2011 2:00 AM
Young Canadian driving dynamo Doug McNair will aim for a starting spot in the $523,000 William R. Haughton Memorial with Aracache Hanover in the first of two $50,000 elimination races on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The Haughton elims share the spotlight with a quartet of $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championships for 3-year-olds. A doo wop concert, classic car show an...
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Bambino Hall, Big Rigs win in Meadows PASS

on 08/11/2011 2:00 AM
 When former stablemates Bambino Hall and Big Rigs met in a Hambletonian elimination, the results were disastrous; they locked wheels late and finished out of the money. But as often happens in harness racing, their fortunes turned quickly. Wednesday at The Meadows, each won a division of the $199,412 Hickory Smoke, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, and...
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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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