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New policy for workman's comp in NY

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
As a result of the diligent efforts of the Empire State Harness Horsemen’s Alliance, consisting of the Harness Horse Association of Central New York, Vernon, New York, the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association, Monticello, New York, the Saratoga Harness Horsepersons Association, Saratoga Springs, New York, the Standardbred Owners Association, Inc. of New York, Yonkers, New York and the Wes...
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Can Charlie De Vie be a Hambo contender?

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
This could be the year for surprises in the $1.5 million Hambletonian. The connections of 18 colts entered the fray on Tuesday with only 10 guaranteed a spot in the final on Aug. 6. Trainer Chris Ryder could be that “Why Not Me?” guy when he sends out the precocious Charlie De Vie in one of the classic’s two elimination heats.   For Ryder, who has done quite well with some aged trotte...
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Is there a Big Sky Storm brewing in Hambletonian?

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
What Big Sky Storm lacks in concentration, he makes up for in raw talent. The Hambletonian hopeful, trained by Chris Marino, will compete for a spot in the $1.5 million final in one of two $70,000 eliminations on Saturday night at Meadowlands. Big Sky Storm will start from post three in the first of the two elims, race five, with David Miller at the lines.   "This horse has really high...
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$600,000 Governor's Cup card at Harrington

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
A showcase of Delaware’s top horses will take place Thursday at Harrington Raceway as $600,000 in purses will be up for grabs as part of the annual Governor’s Day program during the Delaware State Fair. A special 11 a.m. post time is slated for the 13-race program. The First State’s top sired 3-year-old horses will compete in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final event...
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World Driving Championship starts Sunday at Chester

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 World Driving Championship (WDC) gets underway Sunday at Harrah’s Chester, with 10 countries represented in the 20-race competition that will take place overall at five East Coast racetracks. A total of $55,000 in prize money is up for grabs, with a check for $25,000 going to the winning driver and $12,500 going to the second-place driver.   Dave Magee is the last U.S. ...
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John Campbell to drive Thursday at Big M

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
John Campbell's record streak of 28 consecutive years with drives in the Hambletonian may not be over after all. Campbell has been on the sidelines since suffering a broken collarbone, shoulder and knee and cracked ribs in a Memorial Day accident at Harrah's Chester, and having been on crutches as recently as just a few weeks ago it appeared that a date for his return to the sulky--if at all-...
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Custard The Dragon draws post 1 for Adios

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
Custard The Dragon has drawn the rail for the $500,000 Adios, set for Saturday afternoon at The Meadows and has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. The race will be the 10th on the card, with an approximate post time of 4 pm.   “My reaction is good,” said the favorite’s conditioner, George Teague, Jr., who won last year’s Adios with Delmarvalous and is looking to become...
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2YO filly Counter Pointe takes Gold in 2:00.4

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
On Wednesday afternoon Counter Pointe lined up at the center of the Flamboro Downs starting gate, and for the second straight week the 2-year-old trotting filly by Striking Sahbra powered straight to the front and on to the winner’s circle to capture the $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final.   In rein to trainer Wayne Henry, Counter Pointe accelerated away from post 4 an...
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Fox Valley Velvet easy winner at Balmoral

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old trotting fillies were the featured attraction on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 squared off looking for starting spots in next week’s $55,000 Fox Valley Flan Stake Final. The top eight finishers from Wednesday’s elimination will join Fox Valley Lexus and Muscle My Way in next week’s encounter.   Coming off a tough loss as the...
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Paul E. Spears named to Jug Wall of Fame

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Paul E. Spears, chairman of the board of Hanover Shoe Farms and executive vice president of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, has been elected as the 27th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame honoree.    Spears will be officially inducted on Thursday afternoon,  Sept. 22 during winner’s circle ceremonies on Little Brown Jug Day and will receive the commemorative gold ring and Littl...
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Down Under star Blacks A Fake retired

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Blacks A Fake, the champion Down Under pacer with $4,535,438 with earnings from Australia and New Zealand and a four-time winner of the Inter-Dominion Pace Grand Final, the southern hemisphere’s most prestigious race, has been retired from racing just shy of his 11th birthday(Australian calendar). The announcement came from his only campaigner, and friend, Natalie Rasmussen, who drove ...
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MOMM, Blue Porsche top Hambo entries

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Eighteen colts and 19 fillies have dropped in the Hambletonian entry box Tuesday morning, necessitating two eliminations for each gender to be raced Saturday, July 30.    Oaks entries include Jezzy, a winner of eight straight races this year and Crys Dream, the freshman Dan Patch champion. Hambletonian entrants include Stanley Dancer Memorial winner Manofmanymi...
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Wrenn wins six on Indy Downs opener

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Peter Wrenn began the defense of his leading driver title at Indiana Downs with a fast start Monday, July 25. The veteran driver collected victories in six of 13 races on the opening night card, the first of 80 programs to be offered at the Shelbyville track. The 13-race card generated $442,648 in handle, a record for an opening night harness program at Indiana Downs.   Wrenn wasted li...
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Tioga to draw Thursday for WDC races

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will draw on Thursday, July 28, for the 2011 World Driving Championship (WDC) races, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 1. The box will close at 9 a.m. The Sunday, July 31, races will also be drawn on that day as part of a double draw.   The WDC will span four races on the Aug. 1 card and will offer an enticing bonus to both owners and trainers participating in those even...
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Fields drawn for Hambo, Oaks eliminations

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Eighteen 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters are now in pursuit of harness racing's greatest prize, the $1.5 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racetrack.    The contenders were divided in two $70,000 eliminations to be raced Saturday, July 30. The top five finishers in each will advance to the $1.5 million Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 6. Elim winners earn the r...
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Spots still open for Hambletonian Golf tourney

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
A few slots remain for the 19th Annual Hambletonian Charity Golf Tournament, Monday, Aug. 1, at top-ranked Hackensack Golf Club in Oradell, N.J. It’s a rare opportunity to play one of the most elite private clubs in NJ as well as mingle with Hambletonian trainers, drivers, owners and breeders. Call (845-294-6330) or email (operations@harnessmuseum.com) by Friday, July 29, and let John Mayo ...
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Delco Willowbee equals Running Aces record

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Delco Willobee proved worthy of trainer-driver John De Long’s confidence Sunday night at Running Aces, holding on by a head in front of a full field of open pacers in the weekly $9,000 feature race. His winning time of 1:52.3 equaled the Running Aces track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings.   Deco Willobee, a son of Ft Apache Hanover who De Long calls “one of the best hors...
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Running Aces wants to extend season

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Running Aces is hoping to add six days of racing to replace the 12 days lost during the government shut down. It will make its request to the Minnesota Racing Commission. Running Aces wants to add racing on August 28, 30, 31 and September 3, 4, along with a special showcase of Minnesota-bred races on Labor Day, Sept. 5.   “We feel that our racing offers a fun and unique se...
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Maven's 1:56.1 sets stakes mark at Meadows

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
This year's crop of 2-year-old trotters continued to show incredible speed as six divisions of Arden Downs stakes held at The Meadows Monday afternoon resulted in fast times despite an off track.   Maven, a 2-year-old filly by Glidemaster, lowered the Arden Downs stakes record to 1:56.1 with a powerful performance that included a :27.4 third quarter where she opened up on the field. Dr...
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Can Speed Again surprise again in Dream Maker?

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Speed Again will be looking to astonish his trainer once again when the 2-year-old pacer goes to post for the $50,000 Dream Maker final at Mohawk Racetrack, Tuesday evening. The brown son of Dragon Again-Sand Speed scored his second lifetime win, a 2 1/2-length decision in his $20,000 elimination, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2 in the process.   It wasn’t his speed that amazed tr...
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