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Update on drivers after Maywood spill

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Here is an update on the conditions of veteran reinsmen Del Chupp and Casey Leonard who were involved in a nasty spill that took place just after the start of the second race of Maywood Park’s Thursday night card.   Leonard, who sustained a dislocated shoulder in the wreck, had the shoulder popped back into place by doctors and was discharged from Gottlieb Memorial Hospital late Thur...
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Gisser named HHYF project manager

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Keith Gisser has joined the Harness Horse Youth Foundation as project manager according to HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. In addition to media and promotion, Gisser will be involved in recruitment and programming for the educational organization.   "HHYF is growing and moving forward with the addition of Keith to the team. His talents and enthusiasm will strengthen our efforts in imp...
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Winbak dominates DSBF 1st leg highlights

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Three-Year-Old stakes got underway at Dover Downs on the final two days in March with 1st leg trotting and pacing $20,000 preliminaries at Dover Downs.On DSBF opening day, March 30 , Delaware-sired fillies took the spotlight. Badlands Jenna, after sweeping both the Harrington and Dover Downs 2010 two-year-old filly paces, picked right up where she left off last scoring a 1:55.4 victory in her $20,...
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Jamieson, Henry tops in Western Fair driving contest

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
Drivers Jody Jamieson and Trevor Henry topped the point standings in the Ontario Regional Driving Championship at Western Fair Raceway on Wednesday evening with a pair of victories each to earn their place in the National Driving Championship.Despite sitting out for two of the eight legs due to late scratches, Jamieson, the 2001 World Driving Champion, put forth a consistent effort throughout the ...
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Lady Godiva, Marion Mistletoe share Meadows win

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
When Lady Godiva pulled even with Marion Mistletoe in deep stretch Wednesday at The Meadows, it was impossible to tell with the naked eye which crossed the wire first. The camera couldn’t separate them either, as the pair dead-heated for win in the $24,600 championship of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Neither mare won an elimination in the series, ...
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DSBF sophomore stakes begin at Dover

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old stakes got underway with two $20,000 divisions each of pacers and trotters Overnight Command and Tokyo Oklahoma won 1st leg preliminaries at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 30 at Dover Downs. Trainer-driver John Wagner won one DSBF trot and a pace.Badlands Jenna picked right up where she left off last year scoring a 1:55.4 victory in he...
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Blood stable roars out of March

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
His stable may have come into the month like a lamb at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park but his starters went out with a lion's ferocity as the March portion of the racing schedule concluded in South Florida.On the March 29 and 30 programs, trainer Peter Blood accomplished a natural hat trick by winning with three consecutive starters from his barn. His hot streak increased to three in a row on...
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'The Bachelor' among 3 added to Hoosier Park cast

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s Fab Five are back in action. The five drivers will once again participate in the popular promotion at the track and raise money for their selected charities along the way.   The original cast, Ricky Macomber, Jason Dillander, Joe Putnam, Mike Peterson, and Trace Tetrick, are primed for another solid meet and will once again be joined by The Champion, P...
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Butler Bulldog favored on Hoosier opener

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
It's NCAA Final Four time, and the Butler Bulldogs are set to play Saturday to try to advance to the championship game, so it's time for Butler Bulldog the trotter to win, right? Last year on March 31 Butler Bulldog, an Indiana-owned trotter, won at Hoosier Park. Now Butler Bulldog is set to race Thursday night at Hoosier Park--the track's 2011 opener--and is the 4-1 morning line choice to win. He...
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NY budget passed without purse surcharge

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The New York legislature passed a $132.5 billion state budget early Thursday morning. According to reports, the Senate passed the budget at about midnight and the Assembly followed at 1 a.m., as the state worked to finish the spending plan before the April 1 deadline.   The budget was passed without any surcharge levied on horse racing purse money. However,  Joe Faraldo, president...
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Gural speaks at NJ gaming conference

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
Another gaming conference was held in New Jersey on Thursday, with harness racing's Jeff Gural and Jim Simpson among the participants. The event was held at Rutgers University and sponsored by Rutgers University's School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Hall Institute of Public Policy.   Since beginning an effort to put together a deal to lease the Meadowlands, Gural has been sp...
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Cal Expo handles top $900,000 March 25, 26

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The two-day all source handle for Cal Expo Harness Racing Association for March 25 and 26 approached the $2 million mark for the first time in over a year. The total handle was $1,889,398, with $918,972 going through the windows on Friday and $970,426 wagered on Saturday.   “These totals are a testament to how hard the horsemen are working to fill the races,” said Cal Expo Director...
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Scarborough set to open on Saturday

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Scarborough Downs staff is busy putting the finishing touches on the racing facility as the 111-day, 2011 harness racing meet kicks off with opening weekend, Saturday, April 2, post time: 4 pm and Sunday, April 3, post time: 1:05 pm. The Saturday and Sunday programs will each feature 12 races. Fridays will be added to the racing schedule on April 22 (4 pm), and Thursdays will be added on June ...
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Gural has 2 more weeks for a deal

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Asbury Park Press has reported that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office has said that the deadline for Jeff Gural to put together a deal to lease the Meadowlands has been extended another two weeks. The deadline was originally set for March 31, but Gural is still hoping to get some concessions from three unions in order to make a deal work.   Christie's spokesman, Michael ...
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Allamerican Mobile impressive in Dover win

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
Allamerican Mobile took no prisoners en route to a lifetime best 1:52 triumph in the $18,000 Mares Winners-Over pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, March 29 at Dover Downs.Ross Wolfenden made good use of starting from the rail sending Allamerican Mobile to the front and cut the fractions in her second win of the year. Fred Hertrick bred and owns the Art Major-Modern Life six-year-old trained by Justin...
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Pellegrino having career best year

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
Persistence is paying off in a big way for 57 year old Peter Pellegrino, the leading trainer at the 2010-2011 meet at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. On the way to becoming the first conditioner at the track to reach 50 wins for the meet, he's already secured his best career year in the process. Pellegrino harnessed only one starter on the Tuesday evening, March 29 program in South Flori...
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Border Fighting sweeps Meadows series

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
Border Fighting completed his sweep of the Dennis Sheehan Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings when he clicked off a sharp front-end score in Tuesday’s $25,200 championship at The Meadows. Border Fighting came to the series off a victory in the Junior Trendsetter consolation at the Meadowlands, and he won his first two Sheehan divisions despite unfavorable posts. It was d...
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Roberts out 2-6 weeks after Dover spill

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
Following release from the hospital, Jon Roberts, one of the top young drivers at Dover Downs, will be sidelined from two to six weeks after a racing accident  during the Monday card.   X-rays showed Roberts sustained two compression fractions of the vertebra. The 29 year old was then fitted with a back support. Though he will be able to do most things, Roberts cannot resume driving ho...
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Battle lines drawn for Matchmaker, Levy splits

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's battle lines have been drawn for the second round of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Matchmaker, an Open Mare event, goes in four, $40,000 divisions (races 8,9,11 & 12) Friday night.   Standout statebred On the Glass (Yannick Gingras, post five), a hard-charging second a week ago, is the choice in the opening event ...
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Plantagenet back racing, has 2 wins at age 9

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
The 2008 Elitlopp starter Plantagenet (Donerail-Cold Toes, by American Winner) is back racing. After a 20-win career in the U.S., he started his Scandinavian career with the Stig H. Johansson Stable in Sweden and looked like he would be a top contender when he was invited to the Elitlopp.   Injuries, however, stopped him early, but the now 9-year-old gelding is back in acti...
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