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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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Pick 4 guarantee program continues its success

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program continues to be a success as bettors continue to flock to the guaranteed Pick 4 wagers now offered at five tracks with a sixth scheduled to join in May. The idea was spearheaded by California-based USTA director Chris Schick. Northfield Park, Balmoral Park and Yonkers Raceway were the original trio of participating tracks and all saw sp...
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Strongbow bests 2:00 at Monticello

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
It’s a rare occasion when a trotter shades two minutes at the Mighty M so when one does its newsworthy. The aforementioned happened on Monday when Strongbow and driver Jimmy Taggart Jr.  crossed the finish line in 1:59.1, which was one of three wins on the card for the Monticello native.   Taggart shadowed the speedy leader, Playa Tulum (Zeke Parker), through...
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Gural says he's cautiously optimistic

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
At approximately 12:30 pm on Tuesday, April 19,  Jeff Gural issued a statement to horsemen regarding his efforts to lease the Meadowlands racetrack and continue live harness racing there while working with Local 137, the union representing the Meadowlands Racetrack's mutuel tellers."Thanks to the help of some of the Meadowlands major customers who have been talking to the tellers for the la...
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Buck I St. Pat wins 2011 qualifier debut

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
Buck I St. Pat, the unanimous choice as the 2010 Older Trotting Mare of the Year—her third consecutive year voted the divisional champion—won a qualifier Tuesday morning at Harrah’s Chester in her first appearance on the track since winning the American National final at Balmoral Park last November. With Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Ron Burke and owners Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abraham Ba...
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Woodbine extends Sat. Pick 4 $100K guarantee

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association have extended the $100,000 guarantee on the early Pick 4 pool, offered on Saturday*s Standardbred racing cards, until the end of the Woodbine meet.   The early Pick 4 pledge on Saturdays was raised earlier this month to $100,000 through the end of April and that guarantee is now available until May 14...
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St Elmo Hero lost shoe last Saturday night

on 04/19/2011 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that Ontario Racing Commission judges have added a "broken equipment" notation to St Elmo Hero's charted line from Saturday night, April 16, when he was defeated for the first time in 25 career starts.   "It was brought to our attention by driver Jody Jamieson on Monday that St Elmo Hero lost a shoe (left front) after the start of his race on Satur...
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Dean eyeing LBJ for Big Jim

on 04/18/2011 2:00 AM
It is mid April and North America’s leading 3-year-old colt pacers are getting ready for the long and challenging 2011 stakes schedule. Big Jim, reigning 2-year-old colt pacing champion in both the U.S. and Canada, will make his first qualifying start on Friday, April 22, at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Fla.   Trainer James “Friday” Dean says Big Jim is paid up in a...
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Vernon has double draw on Tuesday

on 04/18/2011 2:00 AM
The Vernon Downs race office would like to remind all horsemen that it will be holding a double draw on Tuesday, April 19, for the cards on Friday and Saturday night. The entry box will close at 10 am on Tuesday morning and entries should be called into the race office at 315.829.6825. Vernon will host its second weekend of live racing on Friday and Saturday night with a post time of 7 pm. (Vernon...
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San Pail upset, Il Villaggio wins in qualifiers

on 04/18/2011 2:00 AM
Reigning O’Brien Award winner San Pail came up short in a qualifier Monday morning at Mohawk Racetrack, while the 2009 O’Brien Award winner Il Villaggio was victorious. San Pail, making his first appearance since winning the $125,000 Glorys Comet final last January, sat third throughout the qualifier for driver Randy Waples, but the 7-year-old son of San Pellegrino could not catch the pocket-...
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East beats West in Cal Expo tourney

on 04/18/2011 2:00 AM
This past Friday a band of nomadic harness drivers visited a gold mine close to where the rush of 1849 began. The weather was a dry 75 degrees and the ore they saw was shiny, heavy and quite valuable and pondered why it took them so long to extract value from this land of riches known as California.   Friday night the sixth annual East-West drivers challenge held at Cal-Expo. No soone...
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Pentland hoping luck with fillies continues

on 04/18/2011 2:00 AM
When Patsys Luck goes behind the starting gate for the Ontario Spring Filly Stakes elimination this Thursday, trainer John Pentland is hoping his luck with training fillies continues. Pentland, a resident of Dorchester, Ont., has had multiple success in the past with fillies. Luck Of Michelle, a daughter of Camluck, earned $907,709 over her career for Pentland and was Canada's 2-year-old filly o...
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US-bred 4YOs to compete in Norway

on 04/18/2011 2:00 AM
The Easter holiday in Scandinavia means lots of harness racing in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. In Finland on Easter weekend, the Finlandia Trot takes place and is expected to attract Commander Crowe (Juliano Star-Somack, by Mack Lobell) and probably Rapide Lebel (Ginger Somolli-Koranie des Noes, by Dream With Me), the speedster from France. Among the Swedish representatives expected is R...
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Better Caviar sets 1:55.3 season's mark

on 04/18/2011 2:00 AM
Monday’s second leg of the Rembrandt Spur Trot at The Meadows paired the undefeated Washingtonian with the once-beaten Better Caviar. But what appeared a showdown turned into a “beat-down” when Better Caviar blew by Washingtonian with an uncovered bid and went on to score in 1:55.3, fastest this year for a 3-year-old colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track.   Ridgeandfamous captured...
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Benefit for Eustis's daughter begins Monday

on 04/17/2011 2:00 AM
An online auction to benefit Michelle Eustis’s 7-year-old daughter Haylee will be taking place beginning on Monday, April 18 and ending at midnight on Saturday, April 23. All proceeds from this auction will go directly to the Haylee Kofoid Benefit Fund.   Among the items that will up for bid in the auction are Chicago Bulls playoff tickets, Chicago Cubs tickets, Chicago White Sox tic...
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Harrington opens 65th season of racing

on 04/17/2011 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway opened its doors for its 65th season of live harness racing Sunday to a large crowd of racing fans who were greeted by an abundance of promotions to celebrate the commemorative anniversary.   A hat giveaway as well as 65-cent live racing programs and food concessions were enjoyed by many throughout the evening. There was also a variety of family entertainment in the grand...
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Almost 3,500 turn out for Vernon opener

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
The proven veteran Scorpion Moon helped Vernon Downs’ 58th season get off to a fast and successful start with a 1:54.3 victory in Friday evening’s (April 15) $10,000 Open Trot.   A large (3,460) and energetic crown turned out for opening night’s promotional activities and 10 pari-mutuel races and watched the favored Scorpion Moon, shared in ownership by defending training champ Tracy ...
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Brioni, Formula One win in Sweden

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
Brioni captured Sweden's prestigious Olympic Trot on Saturday at the Aby track in Gothenburg, winning the 2,140-meter race in a mile rate time of 1:54.4. Joakim Lovgren drove the son of Timberland out of the Florida Pro mare Armbro Edith.   Marshland (From Above-Trapped, by Bonefish) finished second for driver Menhammar Stud and Orjan Kihlstrom. Yarrah Boko (Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten, by ...
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Foiled Again wins again in Levy action

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continued Saturday night, with five, $50,000 divisions comprising a wet and windy fourth round.   The first division was won by a down-the-road Real Nice (George Brennan). Leaving from post position six, he was able to get around a breaking Truey's Legacy (Mark Lewis) before wading through fractions of :28, :56, 1:24 and 1:52.3. &...
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