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See You At Peelers eyes 19 in NYSS at Vernon

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
The undefeated sophomore pacing filly See You At Peelers headlines 30 fillies set to go postward in four divisions of New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night.   Coming off of an impressive three-length victory in the $613,020 Fan Hanover at Mohawk Racetrack, Peelers will be reunited with Marcus Johansson who drove her to a world record victory (1:49.3) at Tioga Downs in the E...
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Leader Of The Gang 9-5 choice for Yonkers Trot

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Leader Of The Gang, trying to bring his trainer a third consecutive victory in this race, drew post  position No. 2 and was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's 57th edition of Yonkers Raceway's $445,474 Yonkers Trot. Jimmy Takter, a Harness Hall of Fame nominee, had enlisted Dave Miller to drive the son of 1998 Trot winner Muscles Yankee.The Trot goes as race 9 on the 12-race ca...
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Bartlett suffered concussion, now sidelined

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
 Jason Bartlett, involved along with Jordan Stratton in a Monday night auto accident while bound for Yonkers Raceway, was originally expected to return to driving Thursday night.  However, his recuperation from eye and head injuries is going to take a bit longer than originally thought.   According to Bartlett's wife, Kristen, Bartlett was experiencing pain and returned to the hos...
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Penn National gets "conditional" Rosecroft license

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Penn National Gaming’s plans to reopen Rosecroft Raceway for harness racing appear to be on hold after the Maryland Racing Commission approved only a conditional license for the track on Wednesday. The commission placed financial conditions on the license after expressing concerns about the financial viability of the track without a simulcasting agreement in place with the Maryland Jockey Club. ...
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Spring Break tops $700,000 in earnings

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
Spring Break enjoyed a comfortable pocket trip, then charged through the Lightning Lane to capture her second straight — and vault over $700,000 in career earnings — in Wednesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Not Listed/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   With Lorrie Please providing escort service, Spring Break paced patiently until the stretch, where she brushed for Ray...
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Pastor Stephen latest philanthropist for Africa

on 07/06/2011 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotter, who is among the favorites to win August’s $1.5 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racetrack, is helping raise money to support the mission work of his namesake, the Rev. Stephen Heinzel-Nelson, and the Allentown Presbyterian Church, in Africa.   Trainer Jimmy Takter, his wife Christina, and fellow owners John Fielding and Brittany Farms have pledged to donate fiv...
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Roger Huston to make Clinton Raceway #128

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
The legends of harness racing will make their descent on Clinton Raceway Sunday, Sept. 4, and on hand to call the $20,000 Legends Trot will be the voice of the Little Brown Jug, Roger Huston. Huston, along with several other announcing talents, will be on hand for the sixth biennial charity event.    This will be stop number 128 on Huston's long list of racetracks. As of&nbs...
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Takter on ballot for consideration of Hall of Fame

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter, who came early on to the U.S. – “The Land Of Opportunity” as he calls it -- and has since bloomed into the world’s leading trainer of trotters and pacers alike was selected to be placed on the ballot of election to the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame. Takter's selection came about through the annual committee meetings held  amidst the traditional F...
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40 freshman trotting fillies in NYSS at Buffalo

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
Wednesday July 6, will be a day to remember for the connections of a handful of the 40 filly trotters that will make their New York Sire Stakes debuts at Buffalo Raceway on The Fairgrounds. There will be five divisions, with the purses for each $25,439.   Free programs are available to download for members of the Inside Track which is free to join at www.buffaloraceway.com. Inside Track mem...
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State shutdown keeps Running Aces closed

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
For the third consecutive program, Running Aces races scheduled for Tuesday night have been canceled due to the ongoing Minnesota State government shutdown caused by a budget impasse between Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republicans holding a majority in the state's House of Representatives and Senate. The Governor has called for meetings to attempt to resolve the issue to resume quickl...
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Back to the Track plans for The Meadows

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is pleased to announce that it will team with The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the United States Trotting Association to take part in “Back To The Track,” a national racing promotion.  Events will take place at The Meadows on Saturday, July 16.  Post time for the day is 12:55 pm.   Back To The Track is designed to b...
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19 entered in Meadowlands Pace

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
Up The Credit, the North America Cup champion, tops the list of 18 colts and one filly entered in Saturday's eliminations for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. The top five finishers in each of the two $50,000 elims, carded as races five and six, will advance to the track's signature event for 3-year-old pacers on July 16.   Up The Credit enters the Pace elims off a four-race winning streak ...
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Odysseus Bluechip still showing improvement

on 07/05/2011 2:00 AM
Last season, trainer Ben Baillargeon wasn’t exactly sure what he saw in Odysseus Bluechip, but after a solid start to his sophomore season, the son of Cams Card Shark is making Baillargeon a believer. The 3-year-old gelding began his 2011 season in fine form with a pair of victories and a second-place effort from four starts. With a recent second place finish in his $20,000 Summertime eliminat...
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Just By Design plans a Balmoral win

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
A full field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing fillies lined up behind the gate for Sunday’s headliner the $9,000 Crestwood OTB Stake. Providing the fireworks in this battle Mike Brink, R.D. Poppleton and David Carter’s Just By Design came up with the perfect game plan as the roan filly rolled to a 1 ¾ length front stepping score in 1:53.4 to take home top honors. ...
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Back-to-back wins for trotter Opal Mine

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Opal Mine and Jim Meittinis made it back-to-back Open Trot victories on Monday afternoon, scoring in the $16,500 feature at Tioga Downs, this time winning in 1:55.1.   Leaving from post position number six, Opal Mine settled in fourth past the quarter pole as The Kentuckian (Greg Merton) took control of the field from Aruba Vacation (Fern Paquet Jr.) in 28. As the field passed by the three-...
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Bold And Fresh tops Beatgoeson Hanover in PASS

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Three-year-old trotting fillies invaded Harrah's Chester Racetrack on July 4 to compete in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Stakes. The winners of the $65,000-plus Sire Stakes races were Cedar Dove (1:55.1), Celebrity Katie (1:55.4) and Bold And Fresh (1:55).   Bold and Fresh, owned by Don Bartling, who campaigned the filly's sire, SJ's Caviar, trotted past Beatgoes...
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Spender Hanover scores on holiday card

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Spender Hanover served up an afternoon-fastest 1:53.1 victory in Monday’s $8,000 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs. Facing seven solid rivals in the week’s Open-2 Pace, Spender Hanover ($34.20) was hustled to the front by driver Joe Nassimos and sliced through splits of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.1 en route to a half-length victory over the pocket-sitting Four One One.   Beating the day’...
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Takter profiled in NY Times on July 4

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Horseman Jimmy Takter and his wife Christina keep their love of America on display year-round, with a miniature of the Statue of Liberty at the entrance to their New Jersey farm, and flags prominently displayed. And in the Fourth of July edition of The New York Times, both their patriotism and Jimmy's horsemanship make a story worth reading.   “There was something about this place that fe...
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Bartlett, Stratton in accident en route to Yonkers

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Drivers Jason Bartlett and Jordan Stratton were involved in an auto accident while Yonkers Raceway-bound Monday night. According to Bartlett's wife, Kristen, the car--driven by Stratton with Bartlett as the only passenger--was struck on the passenger side while approaching the Bear Mountain Bridge, about 36 miles northwest of Yonkers Raceway.   Bartlett and Stratton were taken to Arden...
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Jessica Action romps by six in Ohio Sire Stakes

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Kent Sherman and driver Ryan Stahl unveiled another outstanding trotting lass on Monday at Scioto Downs when Jessica Action won a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes by six lengths in 2:01.2.   Two years ago Sherman and Stahl campaigned the freshman filly Jesse’s Messsenger, a daughter of Jailhouse Jesse like Jessica Action, to an unbeaten season and honors as Ohio Horse of...
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