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HTA supports RCI drug initiative

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
The Executive Committee of Harness Tracks of America (HTA) has voted to recommend to its Board of Directors that it support the recently announced call by the outgoing and incoming chairmen of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for a “five-year phase-out” of equine medication in horse racing in order to bring the United States “in line with what is going on in other ...
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Gural says he may move forward without union

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
Dave Little, an active member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association who works for the New York Daily News, reported on Thursday that a union leader said Jeff Gural didn't extend an early enough invitation to meet with them.   "They didn't have any plans of meeting with him," said Pat Bartolotta, president of Local 137. "What Gural did was tell the newspapers that they were having a m...
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Inter Dominion winner has test "irregularity"

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
Adam Hamilton, racing writer for the Melbourne Herald Sun and a special contributor for harnessracing.com, has reported that horseman Lance Justice is vehemently denying that his Inter Dominion champion Smoken Up was treated with DMSO before the race.   "I'm devastated," Justice said. "There's no way this horse has ever been treated with DMSO. He hasn't been within 100 yards of being t...
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Krivelin takes home the matzo at Monticello

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
In his first time competing in Monticello Raceway’s Passover Pace Bob Krivelin walked away a winner Thursday afternoon after he reined Whitaker Blue Chip to a 2:01.4 triumph in the "Race for the Matzos."   “I felt like Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt,” Krivelin joked. “This is the first pacer I’ve driven in a long time and let me tell you he was a whole lot easier to handle th...
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Meeting between tellers, NJ legislators

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
John Brennan, who has been covering the Meadowlands situation for New Jersey's Bergen Record newspaper, reported at 6 pm Thursday evening that a meeting took place earlier in the day between tellers, state Senator Richard Codey and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo.   Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, confirmed to Brennan that the meeting took...
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Border Fighting wins sixth at The Meadows

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
Border Fighting knifed through the slop with ease in Tuesday’s Valentowner Pace at The Meadows, capturing his sixth straight race and stamping himself as the favorite in next week’s series final. Fall Bliss and Zipnthruthehall also took $15,000 second-leg divisions in the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Dave Palone allowed Border Fighting to float away from the gate third but se...
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Yonkers announces purse increase

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced a sizable, across-the-board purse increase, beginning next Monday, Apr. 25. Effective next week, all condition races (including those with optional claimers) go up 15 percent, while all straight claiming races increase by 10 percent. After the hike, purses range from $10,000 for the bottom condition up to $43,000 for the three weekly Open Handicaps. Also of ...
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Dover Downs 2010-2011 recap

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
Dover Downs 42nd season came to a close on April 14 with two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old finals for colt and geldings. Powerful Mist, handled by Tim Tetrick, took the colt pace final easily with a 1:52.2 performance while Bret Brittingham guided Mob Boss home in 1:59 to win the male trot. The previous day featured two $100,000 filly finals for pacers and trotters. T...
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$600,000-winner Mattscape Seelster euthanized

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
Mattscape Seelster, a winner of more than $651,000 in his long career and a regular on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit for many years, was euthanized Tuesday morning after suffering a spiral fracture of his left hind cannon bone in the 12th race at Western Fair Raceway Monday.   "We’re not exactly sure what happened, but he just started to run," said the horse’s trainer and ow...
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Meadows joins Pick 4 guarantee in May

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announced today it is teaming with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program to guarantee $5,000 pools on Pick 4 wagers at the track each Monday and Tuesday in May. The initiative kicks off Monday, May 2.   The USTA in early April introduced the concept of partnering with tracks to guarantee sizable pools for key exotic wagers, ...
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Tioga bringing back "Pick Six Sundays"

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs has announced that it will bring back its "Pick Six Sundays" for its upcoming meet with an even larger guaranteed pool. In co-ordination with owner and trainer Peter Kleinhans and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association, Tioga Downs will now guarantee its Pick Six at $10,000.   The Pick Six at Tioga was guaranteed at $6,000 last year but was given a hike t...
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One More Laugh to make first start Saturday

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
Double millionaire One More Laugh is set to make his 2011 debut on Saturday night at Vernon Downs in the $10,000 Open Pace, slated as race 10 on the 12-race card.   The gelded son of McArdle-Fancy Creek Funny has prepped for his 4-year old campaign with two qualifying events at Pocono Downs on April 7 and 14. One More Laugh came away from both qualifiers winning in convincing fash...
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Top breeder Brittany Farms to scale back

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
George Segal, who shares ownership of The Red Mile and is a part of Jeff Gural’s group trying to lease the Meadowlands, is planning to downsize his Brittany Farms breeding operation that since 1986 has been located on historic Pisgah Pike just outside of Lexington, Ky. For almost a quarter century, Brittany has been one of the leading breeders of Standardbreds.   “George and I have been...
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Maywood Park joins Pick 4 frenzy

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
Maywood Park, with the support of the USTA Strategic Wagering initiative, will offer its first $10,000 guaranteed Pick  4 pool on Thursday, April 21. With the help of a $5,143 carryover, the guarantee will be surpassed with ease. The track estimates a final Pick 4 pool of $20,000.   The Maywood Pick 4 is contested on the final four races on the card. The wager will consist of race...
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Gural gives update about union meeting

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural, who is trying to put together a plan to lease the Meadowlands racetrack and have harness racing continue there, issued the following statement late Wednesday afternoon.   "I met with Bob Ligouri, Head of the Tellers Union, today (Wednesday), however, for reasons known only to themselves, six of the seven members of his negotiating committee boycotted the meeting.  In additi...
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RMTC meets; Dr. Scoggins to be project manager

on 04/20/2011 2:00 AM
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors announced today that it will join the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in organizing an international summit this summer to address race day medication. The exact date and location of the summit will be announced in the very near future. The announcement cam...
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Walsh Harness reins in new Antonacci owners

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
When Lindy Farms’ Frank M. Antonacci approached Walsh Harness and Saddlery about providing equipment for the newly created Bourbon Slush Stable, Walsh’s president Paul Treiber didn’t need much time to deliberate.  “I told Frank we were onboard with this stable and to let me know what they needed,” said Trieber. “The more people we can get involved with owning horses, the better t...
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Callahan wins six at Harrington

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Corey Callahan is starting the Harrington Raceway meet where he left off at Dover Downs. The 32-year-old driver won six races Monday at Harrington, just days after finishing the Dover Downs meet as the track’s leading driver.   Callahan has won 10 races in two days at Harrington, including Monday’s subfeature, the $17,200 Delaware Special with Cadence N ($10.60, 1:54.4). The Art ...
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Maryland eligibles now available online

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
The list of 3 year olds foals of 2008) eligible to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Feb. 15, 2011, is now on the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund website.  Also available is the list of 2 year olds (foals of 2009) that made the Mar. 15, 2011, payment to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes.  All staking forms, race date...
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Benefit account set up for Heather France

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
A benefit account has been established to assist with the medical expenses of Heather France, a groom who was injured on Monday, April 11, in an accident on the backstretch at Balmoral Park Racetrack. Heather was catch-paddocking and working part time with the horses and going to Fox College in Ill. full time to be a vet tech. She currently has no health insurance.    For ...
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