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Working horsemen thrilled by Big M news

on 05/13/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands was racing its Thursday night card when news that Jeff Gural and his team of negotiators had reached a deal with the Governor’s office. “I heard the news early in the evening. I was sitting with Myron Bell in the box seats,” said trainer Bruce Saunders. “He got a call and he told me that they had an agreement in principle and that everybody that was at the meeting was ...
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Tioga adds May 27 card, drops Aug. 22

on 05/13/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs would like to inform all horsemen and fans that there has been a change to its 2011 race schedule. Tioga Downs has added a live racing day on Friday, May 27, with a post time of 6:50 p.m., and will drop Monday, Aug, 22. For more information regarding the 2011 race season or for condition sheets for upcoming weekend please visit www.tiogadowns.com. (Tioga Downs)
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Burke's brigade march at the M

on 05/13/2011 2:00 AM
Ron Burke trainees Red Star Hottie and The Assassinator finished one-two in the $32,000 Mares Invitational Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.With Brian Sears in the sulky, Red Star Hottie settled in out of the gate and stalked the early leaders through the half in: 55. She came first over on the final turn and accelerated down the stretch to a length victory in 1:51. She returned $4.40 for the...
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Gural interviewed Saturday at Meadowlands

on 05/13/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural will be the featured In The Sulky guest on Meadowlands Racetrack's Saturday pre-card broadcast. The New York investor and developer successfully negotiated a lease yesterday to assume control of and redevelop Meadowlands Racetrack.  Gural, who operates Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in New York, will talk about his immediate plans for the track, his vision for a new grandstand and th...
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Autumn Escapade returns triumphant to Pocono

on 05/13/2011 2:00 AM
Autumn Escapade, racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for the first time since a near-miss in the Breeders Crown, dominated an Open trot for fillies and mares on Friday night. It was the first distaff Open trot at Pocono in the 2011 season, carrying a purse of $60,000.In last year’s Breeders Crown for aged trotting mares at Pocono, Autumn Escapade, trained by Jonas Czernyson, finished second be...
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Bet Night Live returns

on 05/13/2011 2:00 AM
Bet Night Live returns this Monday night following a three-week hiatus with a fresh, new look. The two-hour show beginning at 7 p.m. covers the first five races and is aired coast to coast on The Score Television Network.Chad Rozema, Jeff Bratt, Sandy Hawley, and Natalie Zak will be joined by The Score's Laura Diakun to once again assist in the presentation.There will be a nightly prize pool of $1...
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Billmar Scooter surprises in Pocono's distaff feature

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Billmar Scooter rallied in a frantic finish to pull off an upset at 30-1 in the featured Open pace for fillies and mares on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $60,000.Leaving from post position #5 in a field of 8, Billmar Scooter, driven by Tyler Buter for trainer Amber Buter, sat 6th early on while Lightning Treasure set the pace. On the fr...
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Freddyscooter wins Hoosier invite

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Freddyscooter and driver Trace Tetrick made the ending the best part of the featured $24,000 Invitational Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Wednesday, May 11. The duo rallied hard on past the field to pull in their first victory of 2011 by only one-half length in a time of 1:51.0.“He (Freddyscooter) acted like his old self tonight,” said Tetrick, who had a driving triple on the program....
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Anthonyskywalker perfect at Balmoral

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
After posting open lengths scores in his first two starts in 2011 South Of The Tracks Racing’s Anthonyskywalker figured to be the one to beat in Wednesday night’s $9,000 Niles OTB Stake. Sent off at odds of 1-9 the gelded son of Powerful Emotion-Queen Jamie did not disappoint his legion of backers as once again making it look easy as he cruised to a four-length victory in 1:57.0 for driver Dea...
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BK's Luv returns home to Florida

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Although she didn't win in her return to her home state, the appearance on the racetrack of trotting mare BK's Luv was a most welcome sight on the Wednesday evening, May 11 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.The daughter of Anythings Possible-Luv To Trot owned by Fred Morosini of Deerfield Beach, FL had been away for a year of competition at The Meadows from the Dean Collins barn. In h...
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Tom Hicks new FL Breeders executive director

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association (FSBOA) has named Thomas H. Hicks as its executive director, effective June 6. Hicks has been a breeder/owner of Standardbred horses for over 30 years and bred leading stakes winning trotters including world champion Crazed, a grand circuit stakes winner of over $1mm, Casa Marina, Gift Card, Attitude Dance and Tropical Bay. Tom and his firm ...
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Varenne voted top trotter; Moni Maker 2nd

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Kanal 75, the Swedish company that broadcasts harness racing on TV4 Sport in Sweden, asked 38 international media to rank tracks, horsemen and horses, and the answer to the final question in the survey has finally been revealed. Kanal 75 asked its panel, which included The Horseman And Fair World's Kathy Parker, to name the best horse of all time, and Varenne came out on top.   Varenne, who...
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Dancinwiththestarz retired, in foal to Rock N Roll Heaven

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Dancinwiththestarz, a 4-year-old daughter of Four Starzzz Shark and So Western and a career winner of $918,605, has been retired.Wendy Spring, who owns the pacing mare with her husband Skip and Shannon Brott, told harnessracing.com on Thursday morning that although Dancinwiththestarz originally trained down well under Mark Harder’s tutelage in an attempt to return to the races, an old injury fla...
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See You At Peelers, Fashion Delight qualify

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
More stars were out in qualifying action at the Meadowlands on Thursday morning, and two of the most impressive efforts came from See You At Peelers and Fashion Delight, two of the top juveniles from the 2010 season. In addition, a 3-year-old trotting colt named Opening Night turned in an eye-popping 6 1/2-length, 1:54.1 victory over Broad Bahn.   See You At Peelers, a 3-year-old filly by B...
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Pastor Stephen set to start at The Meadows

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, is set to make his 2011 racing debut on Tuesday at The Meadows. He drew post three in a seven-horse field racing for $69,303 in the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes.   Dave Palone is listed to drive Pastor Stephen at The Meadows. Palone drove the colt to a PASS victory at The Meadows last year, then Yannick Gi...
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13 straight wins for Cantab Hall mare

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Tamla Celeber (above) might be Cantab Hall's best daughter ever. Swedish trotting fans believe the mare is indeed the best daughter of the U.S. sire. That’s because on Thursday night they watched the 4-year-old Tamla Celeber race parked without cover during the 2,140 meter Queen’s Trophy and still trot off to her 13th straight victory.   Tamla Celeber started from post two in ...
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Maryland 2-year-old payments due May 15

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Two-year-old payments (foals of 2009) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on May 15, 2011. This payment is for 2 year olds that will be racing in 2011.   Yearling nominations (foals of 2010) to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes are also due on May 15. As per regulation, since May 15 falls on Sunday, a postmark of May 16, 2011 is a...
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Top filly Pretty Katherine qualifies at Mohawk

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
It's that time of year again where the majority of top stakes horses are surfacing and trainer Casie Coleman once again displayed some of her top stock this Morning at Mohawk.  Western Silk, last year's Fan Hanover Stakes and Jugette winner, captured her first charted line of 2011 this morning at Mohawk Racetrack. The daughter of Western Terror came from off-the-pace and scored the victory&n...
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Wishing Stone sets track mark in Sweden

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Wishing Stone, the 2010 Kentucky Futurity champion, captured Sweden’s prestigious 100,000 (euro) King’s Trophy on Thursday night, May 12, at the Aby track in Gothenburg.   Jean-Michel Bazire, who was recently voted the best driver in the world in an international media poll, gave Wishing Stone a perfect trip. He settled him third at the pylons, then slipped out into second-over position...
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Young barn looking to find a Princess crown

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Friday night at Woodbine will be the venue of a showdown for 3-year-old pacing fillies as they look to duke it out, to be crowned the winner of $80,000 Princess Stakes final.   Last week, trainer Bob Young swept the eliminations with his pair of fillies: OK Dynasty and Dreaming. This week, the barn mates will be pitted against each other with son Scott driving OK Dynasty and Roger Mayott...
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