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Gural thanks Meadowlands horsemen

on 07/29/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural has sent out a letter to horsemen competing at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Here is the letter in its entirety as it was posted on the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey website:   Dear Meadowlands Drivers & Trainers,I just want you all to know how much I appreciate the support you have given as the meet winds down. After a slow start I think we have man...
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Slave Dream to miss Nat Ray after surgery

on 07/29/2011 2:00 AM
When the best older trotters in North America compete in the $300,000 Nat Ray on Aug. 6 at the Meadowlands, last year’s winner, Slave Dream, will not be lining up behind the gate.   Slave Dream, a 6-year-old son of Pearsall Hanover-Hungarie F, had surgery to remove a chip out of his front right ankle following his third-place finish in the $220,750 Titan Cup on July 2.   Trainer ...
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$32,000 yearling tops Hanover's Adios sale

on 07/29/2011 2:00 AM
Roger Hammer traveled to The Meadows specifically to buy hip 16 at Hanover Shoe Farms' Adios Yearling Sale on Friday afternoon, and it took the horse home after bidding $32,000, the top price at the sale.   Hammer bought a filly by Allamerican Native out of the Camluck mare Aurora Seelster named Aquina Hanover. He owns virtually the entire family, which includes Alastor Hanover, Au Courant ...
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Big Chocolate in sweet Haughton elim win

on 07/29/2011 2:00 AM
Big Chocolate rallied from the back of the field to win one of two $20,000 eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Heavy rains soaked the track early in the card, creating sloppy conditions for the 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. That didn't stop Big Chocolate from accelerating down the stretch to capture his first career win in 1:57. Ow...
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A Penny Earned stays undefeated with NYSS win

on 07/29/2011 2:00 AM
On Friday night Yonkers Raceway featured 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in New York Sire Stakes action. Rain, including some heavy downpours, greeted the youngsters for most of the five divisions on the wagering card.   The first ($36,671) betting event was a handy, down-the-road win by odds-on A Penny Earned (Jeff Gregory, $2.30) in 2:00.3. The son of Conway Hall, co-owned by ...
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Power outage shortens Scioto's stakes card

on 07/29/2011 2:00 AM
Special Lady D got a perfect pocket trip and used that as a springboard to an easy 3 3/4-length victory in the Ohio Breeders Stakes at Scioto Downs Friday night. The bay freshman daughter of Stand Forever paced her mile in 1:56.2, dropping a tick from the mark she took earlier this month at Scioto. Her victory came on a rain-shortened program as lightning and heavy thunderstorms knocked out power,...
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Penny Pincher takes Tioga mare pace feature

on 07/29/2011 2:00 AM
Penny Pincher was a force to be reckoned with in the fillies and mares Open Pace early in the 2011 season before a few breaks led to a one-month hiatus from racing. In her third start back from the break, Penny Pincher posted her second consecutive win at Tioga Downs on Friday night. This time it was in the $18,000 featured event for mare pacers.   Pinny Pincher started from post ...
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Meadowlands Pick 6 carryover $21,543

on 07/29/2011 2:00 AM
The Pick 6 carryover continues to grow at the Meadowlands, with $21,543 heading into Saturday night's card.   A $1 base wager, the Pick 6 will begin in race four, the second of two $35,000 eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks.  Jezzy, who is 18-19 lifetime, tops the field of 3-year-old filly trotters.  She is rated as the 5-2 favorite with entrymate Iron Lady. (Meadowlands)
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The Evictor, Mythical Hall win Arden Downs

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
The Evictor and Mythical Hall each notched a division of Wednesday’s $65,848 Arden Downs stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, sharing the spotlight with Dave Palone, who piloted both as part of his nine-win evening at The Meadows. Palone, a Hall of Famer who ranks second in career wins among North American drivers, won 11 races at The Meadows on April 21, 2008 and twice before ha...
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Florida's 'Jeanie' wins 11 straight

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
Not even an outside start from post position nine could stop the streaking Seeking Jeanie from running up her perfect lifetime record to eleven straight wins on the Wednesday, July 27 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.The filly's latest conquest was in the championship final of July's Sunshine State Stakes, the first of five events this year for the Florida Standardbred Breeders And O...
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Maryland Sire Stakes at Ocean Downs

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
Ocean Downs played host to four $25,000 Maryland Sire Stakes (MSS) finals for 2 year olds beginning with a non-wagering event for filly trotters.  Tejano Chick pulled a big upset over Mrs Weasley  after that one made a break leaving the gate. Tejano Chick won by a neck in 2:12.4 and was driven by trainer Nick Coblentz who also owns the filly with Christopher Coblentz.Also off the card wa...
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Nearly-euthanized pacer wins ninth of 2011

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
Doug’s Boy, a virtual castoff a few seasons ago, notched his ninth victory of the year when Alan Schwartz guided him to a 1:58.3 triumph in the Catskill Amateur Club Series final on Wednesday at Monticello Raceway.   After sitting back off a speedy :57.3 half, Schwartz and Doug’s Boy circled most of the competition up the backside and then caught the leader, Admiral’s C...
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Campbell wins 2 qualifiers; next up Hambo elims

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
For the 29th consecutive year, John Campbell is programmed to drive a horse in the Hambletonian eliminations, with the Hall of Famer up behind Live Jazz, who he co-owns in partnership with a group that includes trainer Chuck Sylvester, on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Out for nearly two months while recovering from injuries sustained in a Memorial Day race accident at Harrah’s Chester, the...
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Sweeps in Governor's Cup day DSBF finals

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 3 year olds headlined the annual Governor’s Day card during the Delaware State Fair at Harrington Raceway Thursday.   All four DSBF winners were capturing at least their second $100,000 DSBF final event. Badlands Jenna ($2.10, Ben Stafford Jr.) was the first DSBF winner in the event for pacing fillies. The Badl...
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M Pace champ Roll With Joe wins qualifier

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
Roll With Joe won a qualifier Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, the first appearance for the 3-year-old son of Cam’s Card Shark since capturing the $1 million Meadowlands Pace final on July 16. With Ray Schnittker driving for trainer Ed Hart, Roll With Joe sat second through fractions of :29.1 and :59.1 before moving to the lead and opening up over the field by two lengths at the 1...
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Zeron says maturity key to Lady Rainbow

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
The Rick Zeron trainee Lady Rainbow has had a very productive sophomore season this year and her conditioner hopes that continues when she lines up behind the gate in Saturday’s $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks eliminations at the Meadowlands.   The daughter of Muscles Yankee has $133,871 in earnings from just four starts this season, despite failing to find the winner's circle. The veteran driv...
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NBC to televise Hambletonian in HD

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
NBC, whose sports division was recognized this year with nine Emmy Awards, the most of any network, will provide high-definition live coverage of this year’s Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Saturday afternoon, Aug. 6.The Hambletonian is the only harness racing event broadcast on network television and will air on NBC for a fifth consecutive year, following a 13-year run on CBS. The hour-long sho...
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Meadowlands video: Campbell talks return

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
John Campbell returned to action Thursday for the first time since the end of May and is looking forward to driving Live Jazz, a colt he co-owns, in Saturday's eliminations for the $1.5 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racetrack.  Campbell was sidelined as the result of a racing accident May 30 at Harrah's Chester. His injuries included a broken right shoulder and broken right knee. He go...
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Shelliscape takes 2YO pacing filly elim at Mohawk

on 07/28/2011 2:00 AM
Shelliscape remains undefeated after capturing the lone Whenuwishuponastar Stakes elimination for 2-year-old pacing fillies Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Bob McIntosh filly picked up her third win in three career outings with driver Randy Waples in the sulky.   Shes Astronomical (Sylvain Filion) was the tempo-setter for the $20,000 tilt, holding the lead through fractions of :27...
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Thinking Out Loud takes Dream Maker in 1:52.4

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
Thinking Out Loud, a son of Ponder, rallied from off-the-pace to take the $50,000 Dream Maker Stakes Final for 2-year-old pacers Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Bob McIntosh homebred took a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4 in the process with driver Randy Waples in the bike.   Spinarama (Paul MacDonell) was the first to the front with a :27.1 opening panel. The pair held the lead thr...
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