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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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St. Elmo Hero defeated after 25 wins

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
Through a deep stretch battle, the undefeated St Elmo Hero tasted defeat for the first time in his career Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. St Elmo Hero, who remained undefeated in 25 starts coming into Saturday, was defeated by Art Professor in a photo finish in 1:51.   With the scratch of Mr Saratoga the field was narrowed to just six starters in the $45,000 Open Pace. St Elmo Hero an...
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Pro hockey player see grandfather's horse win

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
A Hollywood actress and prominent pro hockey player with close ties to harness racing turned out for the Saturday evening program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Both reported they were cashing tickets and having a great time in the Florida warmth during their stay.   "My grandfather, Ron MacArthur, is the trainer of the first race winner Waldy Jimmy," said Dion Phaneuf, a hard-hitt...
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Dry Gulch takes Vernon Saturday feature

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
Dry Gulch joined stablemate Scorpion Moon as the fastest performers of the fledgling 58th harness racing season at Vernon Downs following his 1:53.3 victory in Saturday night’s (April 16) $10,000 Open pace. Assigned the outside nine post in event 10 by racing secretary Scott Warren, the favorite Dry Gulch ($3.80) went right to the front at the start and, in a driving rain and over a sloppy tra...
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Powerful Mist, Mob Boss win $100,000 DSBF finals

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Powerful Mist was overpowering, Mob Boss showed his grit in $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Colt and Gelding Finals while Cams Art was named Horse of the Meet, Josh Green won his seventh straight Leading Trainer honors and Corey Callahan took Leading Dash Win Driver award on a Spring-like closing day, April 14 at Dover DownsTim Tetrick turned Powerful Mist loose on the final tu...
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Dave Yarock wins NAADA trot

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
On the warm and sunny afternoon  of Thursday, May 14  Dave Yarock reined Biggerthebetter to a gate to wire 2:01:1  triumph  in the third leg of the of the North American Amateur Drivers Associations Spring Series Trot at Monticello Raceway.For Yarock and Biggerthebetter it was a day of seasonal  firsts. Biggerthebetter made his first start for the new  connections and...
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Ohio governor says all gaming "tied together"

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has announced that the state has hired two gambling consulting firms to assist it in sorting out the future of gaming in the Buckeye State.   The Columbus Dispatch reported that in commenting on retaining the consultants, Kasich said," I'm not an expert in it. But I have been told, and again I haven't dug as deeply into it as I will, that this is all tied together. The...
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Big Bad John wins qualifier in 2011 debut

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Big Bad John, whose freshman season last year ended with a pair of Grand Circuit victories at The Red Mile, made his 2011 debut Friday morning at The Meadows. With new driver Brett Miller in the sulky, Big Bad John held an open-lengths lead throughout the mile as he posted fractions of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:27.2 before closing out the win with a final quarter of :27.1 to cross the wire in 1:54.3. ...
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Well-bred pacer on the trot at Western Fair

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Wish N Win, a 5-year-old mare steeped in pacing blood, will make her first lifetime start on the trot Friday night at Western Fair Raceway.   "She was never really happy on the pace, it just wasn’t her cup of tea," explains her owner Morag Watt of Clinton, Ont. whose husband Jim handles the mare’s training. "She raced on the pace, and obviously did okay, winning over $30,000, but...
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Oy vey! Kleinans to drive in Passover Pace

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
On Thursday, April 21, when the marshall calls the pacers for Monticello Raceway’s 13th Annual Passover Pace, Peter Klienhans will be among the drivers participating this year.   “I drove last year and though I didn’t have a particularly good horse I did finish fourth,” Kleinhans said. “I know luck of the draw will determine what horse each driver gets so ...
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169 claims for $5.1 mil at Yonkers this year

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Through April 12, there have been 169 claims at Yonkers Raceway this year at Yonkers Raceway. Total cost of the claims--$5,171,750. If the numbers continue at this pace, the total money spent on claiming tags might just exceed $ 20 million for the year. (Standardbred Owners Association of New York).
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Gural issues statement to horsemen

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
At approximately 3 pm on Friday, April 15,  Jeff Gural issued a statement to horsemen regarding his efforts to lease the Meadowlands racetrack and continue live harness racing there. He said he does not at this time expect the track to reopen for racing on May 7, and is attempting to move the Graduate and Cutler Memorial Trot to either Tioga or Vernon, the tracks he owns. The release follows:...
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