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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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Menary gives update on 3YO Prodigal Seelster

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Last year's $297,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final winner Prodigal Seelster is a few weeks away from qualifying, according to trainer David Menary.   The 3-year-old colt by Camluck captured the $291,000 Battle of Waterloo last year along with a single OSS Gold final and an elimination of the Metro Stakes in 1:50. He ended his freshman campaign with $466,487 in earnings for Larry Men...
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All Meadowlands operations to shutdown May 12

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
In a press release issued early Friday evening, Governor Chris Christie called Thursda'y's inaction by the union representing the mutuel clerks at Meadowlands Racetrack on a proposal from prospective track operator Jeff Gural a potentially fatal obstacle to continuing racing operations at the East Rutherford facility.   In the face of unsustainable racetrack losses, and the recognition that...
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Flex The Muscle sets 1:52.4 Pocono mark

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Flex The Muscle set a new track record for 4-year-old trotting stallions in winning the featured Open Trot on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:52.4. The race carried the night’s top purse of $30,000.   Leaving from post position four as the 3-1 second betting choice, Flex The Muscle, driven and trained by Ray Schnittker, grabbed the pocket trip early behind pacesetting fav...
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Maddy Seelster wins Hoosier mare feature

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Maddy Seelster and trainer-driver Ross Leonard made a quiet move at the end to surprise a field of nine in the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace Friday, April 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo covered the distance in a time of 1:55.1, their first win of 2011.   Starting from post five, Maddy Seelster was very quiet in the early stages of the race, sitting behind the ...
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All Spirit fastest in Matchmaker; Ginger falters

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued its run Friday night, with four, $40,000 divisions. The first event was won by a wrapped-up Shacked Up (Eric Goodell, $2.70) in 1:53.4.   Rev Me Up (Yannick Gingras) made the early (:27.2 opening quarter) lead before Shacked Up--away fourth from post position No. 2--eased into the big chair just after a :56 half. A leisurely :29.2 t...
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Jans Luck vs. Spring Break

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Affirmed and Alydar dueled through perhaps the most storied rivalry in Thoroughbred racing history, but those legends have nothing on two outstanding Standardbreds, Jans Luck and Spring Break. When the two locked horns in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace, it was the 34th time they battled at The Meadows in their extended grudge match.   This time, Spring Break got the bett...
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PA fair champ wins at The Meadows

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Filly Bay, last year’s divisional champion of the Pennsylvania Fairs, made a successful 2011 debut with a game victory in Wednesday’s Tom’s OK Lady Trot at The Meadows. Love U Overandover captured the other $15,000 opening-leg split in the series for 3-year-old filly trotters. Filly Bay hadn’t raced since the Oct. 16 fairs championship, but Randy Tharps sent her confidently to the lea...
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California amateurs announce 2 series

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
The California Amateur Driving Club (CADC) and the California Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA) have announced two late-closing series for amateur drivers, sponsored by TVG.   Each series will feature two legs and a final with an estimated purse of $8000.  The first series, to be contested beginning on Saturday May 8 for three consecutive Saturdays, is a conditioned claiming...
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East vs. West at Cal Expo this weekend

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
With March Madness in the rear view mirror, the eyes of the world will be on Sacramento, California for the two-day, East versus West, Amateur Driving Challenge.  This weekend was specifically chosen so these races would not take away from the attendance at AT&T Park, as the World Champion Giants are out of town.   Team East will be represented by first-timers Laura Macnamara, Sime...
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Gural to appear on Fox TV at 8 Thursday

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural, the owner of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, who is also negotiating to take over the Meadowlands, will appear on Fox News Channel's 'The O'Reilly Factor' on Thursday night (April 14). The show airs live at 8 pm (EDT) and repeats at 11 pm.   Gural said he was invited to the show to speak about why wealthier Americans should pay more in taxes, and not about any possible dealin...
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Big Jim trains in 1:57.3; set to qualify April 22

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Big Jim, the 2010 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, trained a mile in 1:57.3 on Monday at the Southern Oaks Training Center in central Florida and is scheduled to qualify at Southern Oaks on Friday, April 22.   Trainer James Dean said Phil Hudon, Big Jim's regular driver, is planning to be in Florida to drive the Western Ideal colt in the qualifier. After the qualifier Big J...
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Maine's Gardner Patterson dies at 97

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Crosby Gardner Patterson, 97, who was involved in the Maine harness racing community for many years, died April 11 at his home.   Patterson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine in journalism and English, as well as a Master of Education degree several years later. As a teacher in Westport, Conn., he continued his graduate work at Columbia University in N...
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Enough Talk, One More Laugh, Jezzy win qualifiers

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Defending Breeders Crown Open Trot champion Enough Talk, also voted the 2008 and 2010 Older Trotter of the Year, made his 2011 debut a winning one Thursday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in a qualifier. Also scoring qualifying victories Thursday were the 2010 Meadowlands Pace winner One More Laugh and the multiple New York Sire Stakes winning filly Jezzy. Trainer and co-owner Peter Kleinhans...
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San Pail to qualify Monday at Mohawk

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
The two-time defending Maple Leaf Trot winner, San Pail will be scheduled to qualify this coming Monday at Mohawk Racetrack, according to trainer Rod Hughes. Hughes, a resident of Dunsford, Ontario, recently trained his star trotter in 2:03 over Kawatha Downs and it's all systems go.   “He’s all set to qualify this Monday," he commented. “He looks just as good now as he did when he wo...
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Pari-Mutuel clerks reject Gural's offer

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural's efforts to lease the Meadowlands and keep the track open for harness racing may have ended Thursday night. Security personnel at the Meadowlands voted Thursday evening to accept an offer from Gural that called for wage concessions, but the pari-mutuel clerks refused to even cast ballots on Gural's proposal, effectively rejecting it. According to a source, the union meet...
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