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Collage fastest in Red Star Hottie splits

on 04/22/2011 2:00 AM
Mikayla Rose enjoyed a leisurely first half on top, then blazed home to capture her second-straight division of the Red Star Hottie Pace Friday at The Meadows. Collage and Brookie B Quik also took $15,000 second-leg splits in the series for 3-year-old filly pacers, which climaxes with next Friday’s final.   Mikayla Rose rushed to the lead for Tony Hall but threw on the brakes once sh...
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HHYF Trottingbreds in training

on 04/22/2011 2:00 AM
The Proclaimers may have been willing to walk 500 miles and then walk 500 more, but thanks to the efforts of several volunteer trainers, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's stable of Trottingbreds will need to go only about half that far in preparation for this summer's HHYF youth camps. But while at the camps, those horses "will be working, working hard for you." After a winter of rest and re...
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Real Mean Art real tough in Hoosier Invite

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
Real Mean Art and driver Dave Magee made it a real exciting finish in the $24,000 Invitational Pace Wednesday, April 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo rallied late to win their first start back after a two month layoff in a time of 1:53.0.Real Mean Art began his journey from post five in the eight-horse lineup. Magee made no early indications that the front end would be an option, ea...
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Repeat winners in Meadows series

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
It was déjà vu all over again in Wednesday’s second leg of the Tom’s OK Lady Trot at The Meadows when the two opening-leg winners, Love U Overandover and Filly Bay, jogged to easy victories in $15,000 divisions. That puts them on a collision course for next Wednesday’s final in the series for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Love U Overandover was especially impressive as she made an exte...
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Powerfulconnection wins again at Balmoral

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters were back in the spotlight on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of seven diagonally gaited sophomores squared off in the $9,000 Trotting Tilly Stake for three-year-old fillies.Picking up right where she left off in her sophomore debut Dixie Sue Graham and Steve Poore’s Powerfulconnection notched her second straight victory to open her 2011 campa...
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Action Jackson right choice for Widger

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
No one had more confidence in the ability of Action Jackson than driver Sam Widger. After winning both divisions of the Landess series Wednesday, April 13, Widger had to choose which horse to drive in the final.“I drove this horse (Action Jackson) a little last year and he has the ability,” said Widger. “He’s a little different horse than he was last year. He’s grown up. He’s much ea...
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Mary Ann Konesky, wife of horseman, dies

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
Mary Ann Konesky, 59, of Pemberville, Ohio, died April 19 at her residence.   Mrs. Konesky was born April 26, 1951, to Lawrence and Helen (Rothenbuhler) Kuhlman in Toledo, Ohio. She married John A. Konesky on June 15, 1968, in Gibsonburg, Ohio.   She was an office manager for Wood County Bandag and a real estate agent for Hometown Realty, Pemberville. Mrs. Konesky was a member o...
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Kentucky Instant Racing heading to Court of Appeals

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear a case on Instant Racing machines at the racetracks. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) promulgated rules governing Instant Racing, which was upheld by a ruling by a Franklin County Circuit Court Judge. The Family Foundation then filed a lawsuit challenging the ruling and asked that the state Court of Appeals hear the appeal. The K...
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Won The West tops Pocono qualifiers

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
Won The West, the 2010 Dan Patch winner as older pacing horse, won a qualifier at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs on Thursday, April 21. Trainer Ron Burke was in the bike as the 7-year-old son of Western Hanover was an easy 5 ½-length winner in 1:54. Owned by Country Club Acres, Strollin Stable and William Robinson, Won The West has career earnings of $3,487,024 and a mark of 1:47.Allspeed Hanover, the ...
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Artimittateslife nearing $1 million, motherhood

on 04/21/2011 2:00 AM
Artimittateslife made her 92nd career start Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Chester and in a perfect world for Robert Young, co-owner and breeder of the 6-year-old daughter of Art Major, she won’t make it to start 100. Young told harnessracing.com shortly before Artimittateslife went to post in the third race at Chester that he and his partners are waiting on test results to see if a recent br...
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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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