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Smedshammer in "Sulky" Thursday--maybe!

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
Trond Smedshammer will be the "In The Sulky" guest Thursday night on the Meadowlands Racetrack pre-game show if he is not catching an airplane to his native Norway that evening. Smedshammer, who is planning to race Arch Madness in the Oslo Grand Prix on Sunday, May 16, has had issues in getting his visa updated and approved by the Norwegian government.   "I could fly there but I don't know ...
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Meadowlands changes draw schedule

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will institute a new draw schedule for its Friday and Saturday cards beginning the week of May 16, 2011.  The Friday card will be drawn Monday with the entry box closing at 9 a.m., while Saturday will be drawn on Tuesday, also with a 9 a.m. deadline.  Additionally, the entry box for Thursday morning qualifiers will close at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.  New scratch times...
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Big Jim still waiting as Woodbine open doesn't fill

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
After going behind the gate in a schooling race this past Monday at Mohawk Racetrack, owner Jim Carr was hoping to be racing his star pacer, Big Jim this weekend at Woodbine Racetrack. However, that will not be the case as the 3-year-old open class did not fill which means that Big Jim's first pari-mutuel start will likely be in the New Jersey Classic elimination on May 21 at the Meadowlands. &...
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Meadowlands box full; meeting set for Thursday

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), said his May 10 letter pleading with horsemen to support the Meadowlands by entering horses was well received. But more importantly, he noted, the Meadowlands had an overflowing entry box for Saturday's card, which will give him a bit of relief when he attends...
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Post positions drawn for Cutler, Graduate finals

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
The $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and $246,000 Graduate finals top Meadowlands Racetrack’s first stakes night of the summer on Saturday, May 14.   Looking Hanover, who snuck through late on the pylons to upset the field in the Cutler prep, drew the rail in the final with driver and co-owner Yannick Gingras.  Buck I St Pat and Enough Talk, the 2010 Dan Patch Award winners for top...
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Kiss My Art wins at Harrington

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
Josh Green’s Kiss My Art ($5, Corey Callahan) used a powerful charge in deep stretch to win his Harrington Raceway debut Monday in the featured $18,600 Open in 1:54. The 5-year-old Artsplace gelding reeled in pacesetter Roy Orbisong in the final stages and outkicked a fast closing Harlingen Hanover for a narrow win. Harlingen Hanover was second while Roy Orbisong rounded out the trifecta. K...
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Smolin commits to Florida racing

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
While expressing an understandable twinge of regret about leaving his home state and the racing circuit where he started out in the game, 25 year old driver Bobby (Robert) Smolin is at the same time finding it tough to contain his enthusiasm for committing to a permanent move to compete at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park."I'm really excited to be here and make no mistake about it, this is a pe...
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Tattersalls accepting entries for July sale

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
Tattersalls Sales Co. is now accepting entries for its Meadowlands July Mixed Sale, to be held on Sunday, July 17, the day after the $1-million Meadowlands Pace. This year the sale returns to its usual spot on the calendar after moving to Hambletonian week last summer."Like everyone in the business, we're happy that things seem to be moving in the right direction at the Meadowlands, thanks to the ...
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Ocean Downs lifts restrictions on races

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
A special notice has been issued to all horsemen who intend to participate in the late-closing program and overnight races this summer at Ocean Downs. All restrictions for three of the late-closing events--The Dawn Trader Memorial, The Bob Cotton Memorial and The Austin Thomas Memorial--have been lifted.   “In an effort to reach out to our fellow horsemen in neighboring states, the ...
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HANA to host Western Fair Pick 4 'Pool Party'

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
The Horseplayers Association of North America’s Harness Racing division--“HANA Harness”--is happy to announce a “Pool Party” for the pick 4 at Western Fair Raceway on $300,000 (est.) Molson Pace night on Friday, May 27.   “Pool Parties” were first introduced by HANA in 2009. The concept is simple: Horseplayers gather to bet a specific pool on a specific day or evening to ...
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Canadian HOY Dreamfair Eternal debuts Friday

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
After qualifying Monday morning, Canada's Horse of the Year in 2010, Dreamfair Eternal is set to make her first pari-mutuel debut of 2011 this Friday at Woodbine. She will begin from post five in the $40,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in race nine for regular pilot Randy Waples and trainer Patrick Fletcher.   The daughter of Camluck-J Cs Natalie conquered her division last year with a 1...
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Hoosier Park joins Strategic Wagering program

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park will join the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program with a $5,000 guaranteed Pick 4 beginning May 18 as well as offering a $20,000 guaranteed superfecta for the Dan Patch Invitational on May 28.   Hoosier’s guaranteed Pick 4 will be races three through six each Wednesday. First race post time is 5:30 p.m. EDT, with the first leg of the Pick 4 scheduled fo...
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Fantaddy aims to put best foot forward in Diplomat

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
After a less than stellar freshman campaign, Fantaddy seems to be putting his best foot forward this season. The 3-year-old son of Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Member has posted a 2-1-0 record in three starts this season, including an elimination victory of The Diplomat Stakes this past Saturday at Woodbine.   Last year, Fantaddy earned $10,110 from four starts but wasn't showing his best s...
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Northfield seeks Battle of Lake Erie nominees

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
Northfield Park is seeking the sport’s top veteran pacers to race in the $100,000 (est) Battle Of Lake Erie on Saturday night, July 23. This year’s Battle will be raced as a late-closer, with nominations due July 1. The nominating fee is $1,000, with a $3,000 starting fee due on race night. Northfield Park will add $60,000 to the purse.   “The Battle of Lake Erie has traditionally dra...
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Thatsnotmyname, Temple Of Doom meet at Big M

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
Thatsnotmyname, who was an early season freshman sensation last year for trainer Jimmy Takter, winning the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stake final and the $437,000 Merrie Annabelle, both at the Meadowlands in the summer of 2010, makes her seasonal debut in the fourth race conditioned event at that track on Thursday night, May 12.The 3-year-old daughter of Windsong’s Legacy was a $250,000 yearling p...
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Luchento pleads with industry to enter horses

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
On Tuesday, May 10, Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), wrote an open letter to industry participants, slamming them for failing to support the Meadowlands. Luchento wrote the letter after just 65 horses were entered for the upcoming Friday card. The letter appears below:   Dear Horsemen: Saturday night the Meadowlands Ra...
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Ponder filly In Deep Thought sets PASS record

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
Trailing by 6-1/2 lengths at the half, In Deep Thought launched a powerful uncovered move that carried her to victory in a stakes-record 1:52 in Tuesday’s $210,109 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers, known as the Adios Betty, was contested over three divisions, with Mikayla Rose (1:53.2) and Pupetta (1;53.2) taking the other splits.   Dave ...
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Allen reunites and wins with Glam Cam

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
It turned out to be a happy reunion for well known 55-year-old horseman Rod Allen with pacing mare Glam Cam on the Tuesday evening program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Allen developed Glam Cam, a 5-year-old pacing mare, before a private sale in March to Arthur Mergenhagen of Williston, FL.   Now racing from the Dan Hennessey barn in an $8,000 purse conditioned test for pacin...
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Spring Blooded Horse Sale draws big crowd

on 05/10/2011 2:00 AM
Trainers were sifting through horses like panning for gold at the spring Blooded Horse Sale. “It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen at a spring sale,” said vice president Charley Morgan. “Lots of people were out in the barns, and you could hardly move in the holding area.”   Condensed into a strong one day venue, both the sale topper and runner-up sold near the end of the 443 ho...
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St. Elmo Hero recovering

on 05/09/2011 2:00 AM
After a fading, eighth-place finish in the $50,000 Graduate elimination at the Meadowlands on Saturday, May 7, after a lengthy duel with eventual winner Bettor Sweet, owner John Barnard knew something was wrong with pacer.“That was just not like him. After the race we found out he was sick,” he said, adding that there were inklings before the race that all might not be well. “I don’t think...
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