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USA Today previews Meadowlands Pace

on 07/15/2011 2:00 AM
USA Today's weekend edition published Friday includes a story in the sports section about Saturday's $1 million Meadowlands Pace. The story focuses on youth in the race--20-year-old Montrell Teague, who will be driving Custard The Dragon, and the efforts of Jim Carr, owner of betting favorite Big Jim, to engage children with his horse by inviting them into the winner's circle when the co...
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Soulful Delight, Turtle Express faves in Connors

on 07/15/2011 2:00 AM
Soulful Delight and Turtle Express are the morning-line favorites in a pair of elimination races Saturday night at Hazel Park Raceway for the $100,000 William Connors Memorial 3-Year-Old Trot final scheduled for July 23 at the suburban Detroit track. Soulful Delight is listed as the odds-on 6-5 favorite in the second of the two $10,000 elims, with Ontario-based trainer Robert Young listing Darrel...
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NJ commission denies Crys Dream appeal

on 07/15/2011 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned from the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) that because of reciprocity with the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), they are upholding the 90-day suspension of the 3-year-old filly trotter Crys Dream that came as a result of a positive test. Crys Dream tested positive for the Class 2 drug O-desmethylvenlafaxine following her June 18 victory in the $519,000 Elegantima...
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Hey Mister wins Del Miller Memorial

on 07/15/2011 2:00 AM
Hey Mister rallied off a second-over trip to win the $257,000 Del Miller Memorial Trot for 3-year-old fillies on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Despite drifting four wide in the lane, the 1-5 favorite got up to best Crème De Cocoa by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.4.  Lost Symbol held third after setting the fractions.  Driven by Brian Sears, Hey Mister was...
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Back to the Track Pick 4 pays $196.50

on 07/15/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 Back To The Track National Pick Four wager on Friday night paid $196.50 for a $1 ticket.  There were 130 tickets with the winning 5-2-3-6 sequence.  The pool totaled $30,069.   The wager, which featured a $25,000 guaranteed pool, began with Meadowlands Race 8 and included one race each from Northfield (8), Yonkers (9) and Maywood (6). (Meadowlands) 
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Miss Annie J just misses Tioga track record

on 07/15/2011 2:00 AM
In the second of a five-day stretch of live racing at Tioga Downs, the filly pacers were in the spotlight on Friday night. Five divisions for 2-year old fillies were contested, while just one full field of nine was drawn out for the sophmores. When the Grand Circuit is in town at any track across the East Coast, Dave Palone is usually not far behind, and he made his trip worth while posting a driv...
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Arch Madness by a neck at Pocono

on 07/15/2011 2:00 AM
Trotting superstar Arch Madness came through with a hard-fought win as the overwhelming favorite in the featured Open Trot on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $60,000.   Fresh off a record-setting win in the Titan Cup at the Meadowlands, Arch Madness, the 7-year-old gelding and pride of the Trond Smedshammer barn, was made the 1-9...
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Delightful Diva three-peats at Yonkers

on 07/15/2011 2:00 AM
Delightful Diva (George Brennan) completed the three-peat Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $52,000 co-featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Ordered outside her seven rivals--then undaunted by a tough time getting the lead--the 3-5 "Diva" made the lead around Lightning Dragon (Cat Manzi)  after a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. Delightful Diva then found a :55.3 half before S...
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CR Hope rallies to win Scioto feature

on 07/15/2011 2:00 AM
For the third straight week, C R Hope came from off the pace to win the Fillies and Mares Open at Scioto Downs in dramatic fashion on Friday night. As usual, Kyle Ater was in the bike for winning trainer Harley Jolliff, who co-owns the 6-year-old mare with Willie Hale.   Driver Jack Dailey shot No Sugar Needed away from the gate like a rocket, and she reached the opening quarter in :26.4 wi...
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Strike An Attitude, Foxy Lady take PASS

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
Strike An Attitude, runner-up in last year’s Breeders Crown but winless in four previous 2011 outings, ended her seasonal drought with a sharp 1:52.4 victory in a division of Wednesday’s $206,710 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Foxy Lady's 1:52.2 effort took the other split in the event, known as the Romola Hanover, for 3-year-old filly pacers.   Last year Strike An Attitu...
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Fox Valley Ruffian finds room to win Hanover Stakes

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
Hanover Stakes action continued on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a compact field of five 3-year-old filly trotters squared off in a $24,500 event. Splitting horses in the final sixteenth of a mile, Ron Marino and David Hermann’s Fox Valley Ruffian came flying through the lane to win by a half-length in a career best of 1:58.1.   Saving ground throughout the mile as Always Yours...
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Gewertz has historic baker's dozen at Tioga

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
You might think it impressive that New York-based owner Ted Gewertz has an interest in three horses entered in Saturday’s $1 million Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands, but on Thursday night he will do something that likely has never before been done: Gewertz owns an interest in at least one horse in each of the 12 races at Tioga Downs. Overall, Gewertz has 13 horses scheduled to start Thursda...
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Obituary for Charles Bowen

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
Charles E. Bowen, 84, died Tuesday, July 12, in Indianapolis, after a prolonged illness.  A long time Columbus, Ohio, resident, he was preceded in death in 2010 by his wife, Lenore, of 61 years.    Bowen will be long remembered for his many contributions to the harness racing industry. As a third generation Standardbred devotee, he began his activities in earnest with th...
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More promotions for final month at Meadowlands

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
A summer season finale complete with fireworks is just one of the events new operator Jeff Gural has added to Meadowlands Racetrack’s promotional schedule.   Big M Club members are invited to try and “Beat The Boss” in a handicapping challenge on Friday, July 22. Club members who can out handicap Jeff Gural will be entered into a drawing the following day for a $1,000 betting voucher....
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Bartlett to be out of action a while longer

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
Jason Bartlett, recovering from an Independence Day auto accident while Yonkers Raceway-bound, has provided another status update. The Yonkers Raceway's three-time defending driving champion--who suffered head and (left) eye injuries--has been through an array of tests from any number of specialists.   According to Bartlett, he continues to suffer from headaches, but his vision is...
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Autumn Escapade favored in Armbro Flight elim

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
When Autumn Escapade lines up behind the gate for her $50,000 Armbro Flight elimination on Friday evening at Mohawk, David Miller, her driver and owner, will be in the unfamiliar position of observer, watching from the drivers' room at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.   A 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Winning Colors K, Autumn Escapade, who'll have Mark MacDonald in the sulky, has retur...
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Kentucky Downs approved to add Instant Racing

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) on Thursday unanimously gave approval to the Kentucky Downs Thoroughbred racetrack to install 200 Instant Racing Machines. The KHRC last fall approved regulations under its pari-mutuel rules to allow the slot machine-like machines that allow players to make wagers on previously-run races without knowing the outcome, with those rules going into effect Jul...
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Donato's trainer has a fast Donato colt

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
One of the fastest 2-year-old trotters this season is named Power Play, and he used a move indicative of his name to take control of a qualifying race at the Meadowlands this morning and then sprint home his last quarter in :27.2 to win by 12 ½ lengths in 1:56.3 with Andy Miller in the sulky.   Julie Miller trains the royally-bred Donato Hanover-Mystical Sunshine colt for an ownership grou...
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Hoosier Park closes out 2011 meet Saturday

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will close out its 2011 Standardbred meet Saturday, July 16 with athletic stars of all kinds. Tagged as Hoosier Champions, the evening will include purse money in excess of $1.2 million and offer numerous giveaways and appearances, including a meet and greet session with Matt Howard from Butler University’s record-making NCAA basketball team.   Howard, a n...
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Carr using Big Jim to create new fans

on 07/14/2011 2:00 AM
When Tim Nagle and his wife, Dolores, brought their grandson Kyle to Meadowlands Racetrack on May 28, they hoped to pick a few winners. They never thought they would end up in the winner's circle. Yet that is where the Nagles found themselves after Big Jim won the $400,000 New Jersey Classic. Big Jim's owner, Jim Carr, brought the family into the winner's circle and put Kyle front and center for t...
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