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MN state shutdown closes Running Aces

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
A budget impasse in Minnesota has led to a shutdown of the government and thus a shutdown of Running Aces Harness Park. Here is a statement issued by Running Aces:   Due to the Minnesota State Government shutdown, Running Aces must temporarily close our business to the public.   We are saddened that 600 of our employees are now unnecessarily without work along with thousands of other...
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Fox Valley Hermia wins Juxtaposition

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
A bargain basement buy for $2,300 as a yearling, Ronald Phillips and Jesse Ferge’s Fox Valley Hermia looked like a million bucks on Thursday night at Maywood Park as she ran her record to a perfect three for three,  crushing eight other Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old pacing fillies by 13 ¾ lengths in 1:58 in the $9,000 Juxtaposition Stake.    Confidently handled by dr...
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St. Elmo Hero qualifies at Mohawk

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
St. Elmo Hero, who has been missing in action in recent weeks, qualified at Mohawk Racetrack this morning, finishing third to Nebupanezzar, who won in 1:51.1 Jody Jamieson was in the bike for owner John Barnard. Jamieson sent St. Elmo quickly away from the gate in post five, and was fifth in the outer tier by the opening quarter of :26.4. They then tucked into fifth and skimmed the pylons through ...
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HHYF to hold teen/family tours at Red Mile

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is offering a unique behind the scenes look at harness racing to teens and their families during the weekend of September 30-October 2.The event kicks off with a registration reception and night at the Red Mile races on Friday (September 30). On Saturday (October 1), a bus tour of a number of equine facilities including the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute...
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NJ Governor vetoes racing commission minutes

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed minutes of the New Jersey Racing Commission over approval of a $15 million supplement for purses from casino taxes. Christie has stated his opposition to such purse supplements time and time again. The racing commissioners specified that if the $15 million was distributed, $5 million of the amount would go toward harness racing purses at the Meadowlands.  ...
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Flipper J's 1:52.4 all-time fastest at Goshen

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old colt pacer Flipper J, driven by Jason Bartlett, won Friday afternoon at Goshen’s Historic Track with the fastest mile in the history of the famed harness racing oval. His time of 1:52.4 in a $15,000 division of the New York Sire Stakes demolished the previous track record of 1:55, which was first set in 1992 and equaled in 2008. Two horses Friday also equaled the record befor...
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The Chancellor takes Yonkers Open Trot

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
The Chancellor (Jason Bartlett) needed every bit of a perfect second-over trip Friday night to win Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $52,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Leaving from post position three, The Chancellor was away fifth as 2-1 choice Whata Winner (Jim Doherty), Cold Winner (Dan Dube), invading Lorenzo Dream (Cat Manzi) and Grain of Truth (Jeff Gregory) all left the gate. A three-wide "Lo...
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Winning Mister picks up 11th win of season

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
Winning Mister led every step of the way for a comfortable victory in Friday night’s featured Open Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $60,000 and the victory increased Winning Mister's 2011 bankroll to $295,300 in 20 starts.   Leaving from post position three in a field of nine as the 1-5 favorite, Winning Mister, who was coming off an Open wi...
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Scioto mare pace feature won by CR Hope

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Kyle Ater sent favored CR Hope three wide around the final turn, then steered her to the inside passing lane in her 1:53.1 victory in the Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Scioto Downs on Friday night. It was the fourth win in 22 starts for the 6-year-old mare who is trained by Harley Jolliff, who owns CR Hope in partnership with Willie Hale. She defeated No Sugar Needed by 2-3/4 lengths ...
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Big M features: 3YO Open Trot, NJSS for 2YOs

on 07/01/2011 2:00 AM
Hambletonian prospect Charlie De Vie (above) delivered an impressive performance on a card that showcased young trotting and pacing talent Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Charlie De Vie defeated a field that included Manofmanymissions.   Driven by Tim Tetrick, Charlie De Vie [$6.80] crushed the field in the $25,000 Open Trot for 3-year-olds.  He took command before the ...
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4 share season's lead after PASS at Meadows

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
A total of 43 freshman filly trotters got their first stakes experience in Wednesday's $229,334 Pennsylvania Sire Stake at The Meadows and, in a statistical oddity, four emerged as national season's leaders by scoring in exactly 1:58.3.   The quartet of promising youngsters, now the fastest 2-year-old filly trotters on a five-eighths-mile track, includes: Sculpted Vanity (Donato Hanove...
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ABC Mercedes takes Hoosier's top trot

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
ABC Mercedes turned in a gutsy performance to take top honors in the $24,000 Open Trot Wednesday, June 29 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Accompanied by trainer Joe Putnam, ABC Mercedes reeled off his second straight win, pulling in his third of the year in a time of 1:55.2.Starting from the outside post eight, ABC Mercedes left alertly for Putnam and got away on the outside in the center of ...
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Kip Huntzinger dies in Lexington

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
Morris "Kip" Huntzinger, 61, who worked in harness racing as a groom, assistant trainer, blacksmith and trackman, died Tuesday, June 28, in Lexington, Ky.   Born in Allentown, Pa., Huntzinger attended Penn State University but migrated to New Jersey in 1969 where he began working as a groom for the Bowser family's Eden Farm. In 1977 he began his apprenticeship as a blacksmith at Ben White R...
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Tioga's Tompkins-Geers golf tourney set

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs would like to extend an invitation to all horsemen and owners participating at Tioga Downs to join us in the annual Tompkins-Geers golf outing on Saturday, July 16.   The format for the golf outing will  be the traditional Captain and Crew format and will take place at Shepard Hills in Waverly, NY, with an 8:30 am shotgun start. There will be a BBQ at Shepard Hills fol...
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Sunday's $70,000 Kin Pace is Clinton's richest

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
Sunday will mark the fourth annual Kin Pace at Clinton Raceway, which will be the richest race in Clinton’s 40-year history. Vying for the $70,000 purse this year will be the morning-line favorite, Wiskywisky Nancy O. The filly is owned by Jean and Jim Caddey, and their grandchildren, 12-year-old Alana and 10-year-old Dylan Belore of Embro, Ont., and trained by Brent Belore. &nb...
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Last call for SBOANJ golf outing

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
This is the last call for the mid-summer golf outing to benefit New Jersey horsemen which will take place on Monday, July 11.    The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey’s annual event will once again take place at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, N.J.  The money raised through the golf tournament supports the New Jersey Standardbred Horsemen’s...
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Chris McErlean 2-year-old namesake wins at Pocono

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
McErlean, named for current Penn National Gaming vice president of racing Chris McErlean, won a $6,000 race for 2-year-old pacers in 1:57.1 Thursday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. A son of McArdle out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Igottwowordsforyou bred by Perretti Farms, McErlean is a half brother to the 2009 Oliver Wendell Holmes winner Drop Red who is currently also racing at Pocono ...
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Hoosier Park adds races to July 6 program

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
The Standardbred racing office at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has added several claiming and conditioned races to the roster for Wednesday, July 6. Entries for the Wednesday racing program will close at 1 p.m. EST. Friday, July 1.   “Due to the volume of 2 year olds that we now have racing on Friday’s racing cards, we have moved several of our races to the Wednesday program,” sai...
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Vanity Treasure, D'orsay win NJSS 2FT splits

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting fillies stepped out in the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Vanity Treasure captured her first career win in the first NJSS division for a purse of $21,500. After stalking race leader Chilitodayhottamale for most of the race, the Muscles Yankee-Armbro Vanity daughter popped the pocket and kicked home to win in 2:00.1. ...
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Michigan breeders hoping to rock'em in Summer Survivor

on 06/30/2011 2:00 AM
Win or lose this Saturday, Rock'em is already the pride of Bill and Patti Gira's Oldfield Farm in Michigan.   Watching via simulcast, the Giras will cheer on the 3-year-old pacer they bred in the $100,000 Summer Survivor final at Meadowlands Racetrack. Three-for-three in the series prelims, Rock'em bids for the sweep from post 10 as the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. David...
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