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Ill Rumpel dies in Canada

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Illa Rumpel, who traveled to North American racetracks with her husband, Gordon, to watch their star horses such as Matt's Scooter and On The Road Again, died April 29 after years suffering with Alzheimers.   Gord and Illa had been married for 59 years and their story was documented by Horse Racing Alberta in a feature called “A Special Lady” and that video production won HRA top honors...
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Youth Foundation names new trustees

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Harness Horseman's Association Executive Director Ron Battoni and former HHYF Assistant Ryan Avenatti have been elected to three-year terms on the HHYF's fifteen-member Board of Trustees.   Battoni, 61, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has worked closely with HHYF in the past in his role with the PHHA . "I was honored to be asked to serve on the Board," he says. "The HHYF does so much goo...
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Harrington joins USTA's wagering program

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway recently joined the USTA’s strategic wagering program and will be guaranteeing its pick four on Tuesdays in May with a $5,000 minimum pool.It will begin on May 3 with Harrington’s pick four, which starts nightly at race three. For selections, visit,   http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absolutenm/templates/?a=42194&z=87.Harrington Raceway currently races on a Sunday t...
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Saunders happy with colt's third-place finish

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Bruce Saunders is no stranger to campaigning 3 year olds to lucrative seasons. Last year Saunders trained Rock N Roll Heaven to top honors and this year he's back with Lookinforadventure. The colt finished third Friday, April 29, in his second start of the season. Lookinforadventure faced a minor setback to begin his 2011 season but Saunders is confident his charge can rebound. "In hi...
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Raceway Park opens 2011 meet

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Raceway Park began its live racing season on Saturday to a record opening weekend crowd of more than 2,200.  The crowd came out early for the promotions, including 150 season passes that were all gone before the first race even started.   “We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our 2011 season”, said General Manager Bill McLaughlin. “The weather was perfect and the e...
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Field set for Italy's rich Lotteria

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
The draw for the 62nd edition of the famed Gran Premio della Lotteria at the Agnano track in Naples, Italy, a track located in the shadow of the vulcano Vesuvio, has been conducted and the race includes the American-breds Pretty Boy Lindy and Southwind Samurai. The race will be held Sunday.   The eliminations have purses of $20,900 each while the total purse is over $600,000. The thr...
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Bettor Design 1:52.3 Meadows winner

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Seemingly blocked and racing for a minor award, Bettor Design shot through a narrow opening in deep stretch to capture Monday’s $22,500 winners-over $10,000 life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Bettor Design sat third for most of the race but found himself shuffled to a trailing position as the field turned for home — one horse in front of him, one to his inside, another to hi...
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2 straight Harrington wins for Dina's Gamble

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Legacy Racing of Delaware and Louie Paglierani’s Dina’s Gamble ($6, Jim Morand) earned his second straight win in the $17,200 Delaware Special Monday at Harrington Raceway.   The Wayne Givens-trainee assumed command approaching the quarter mile in 28.3 and set fractions of 57.3 and 1:25.4 before holding off a game first-over Harlingen Hanover in 1:53.4. Cadence N was third. A 6-year-old...
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Define The World easy 1:52.1 winner

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
In his last start in North America before heading to Norway for the Oslo Grand Prix, Define The World turned in a huge victory at Woodbine Monday night, leading virtually gate-to-wire and winning the $45,000 Open by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:52.1.   Driver Paul MacDonell sent Define The World to a quick lead and then dictated splits of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.1 before his horse jogged home. San Pail...
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Yonkers handle tops $1 million Saturday night

on 05/01/2011 2:00 AM
Although there was no show wagering on the George Morton Levy Memorial or Blue Chip Matchmaker finals, the strong Saturday night card at Yonkers Raceway propelled the track to a million-dollar handle. Handle for the 12-race Yonkers card hit $1,066,944.   Meanwhile, Woodbine handled $1,413,961 for 11 races and Balmoral Park generated a $914,175 handle from 12 races.
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Define The World races Monday before shipping

on 05/01/2011 2:00 AM
Paul MacDonell and Define the World are set to ship out and battle for one of the world's most prestigious events, the Elitlopp in Sweden. This will be the duo’s second trip overseas. Last year, in the Oslo Grand Prix in Norway, Define The World finished third but that was followed up by a disappointing fifth-place effort in the Elitlopp elimination, which did not advance him to the final. &nbs...
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Pickens Russell dies at 96

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Pickens Russell, a veteran horseman who lived out his retirement years in his native Alabama, died Thursday at age 96. Russell was the brother of Hall of Fame horseman Sanders Russell and the uncle of new Hall of Famer Walter Russell, who will be inducted this summer.   Mr. Russell died in his ancestral home on the family farm in Stevenson, Alabama, where he had lived his entire life, excep...
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Smoken Up's 1:48.5 first sub-1:50 Down Under mile

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Smoken Up, an 8-year-old gelding by the Winbak Farm-bred Tinted Cloud, became the first horse to win a race in sub-1:50 time in Australasia on Saturday night when he won the $100,000 one-mile Les Smith Memorial in 1:48.5 at the seven-eighths mile Tabcorp Park Menangle outside of Sydney, Australia. Mr. Feelgood, the 2006 Little Brown Jug winner, finished third.   Smoken Up, who earlier ...
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Commander Crowe stars in Finland

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Commander Crowe, who put together an extensive winning streak a couple of years ago but then suffered from ailments and saw his abilities compromised, appears to be back in top form after a strong victory in the Finlandia at the Vermo track in Helsinki on Saturday. The 8-year-old gelding won in a mile rate time of 1:58.4 over 2,100 meters (about 1.3 miles). Meanwhile, in Sweden, Maharajah was vict...
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Takter Stable stars win qualifiers

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Stars from the Jimmy Takter Stable were shipped to the Meadowlands Saturday to prep for their 3-year-old campaigns, and the results were good. Pastor Stephen, Thatsnotmyname and See You At Peelers, all top 2 year olds last season, won their qualifiers, as did the now 5-year-old pacer Vintage Master.   Marcus Johansson drove Pastor Stephen 2, 1:56 (Cantab Hall) to a 1:56.4 score. Johansson w...
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McIntosh says Strike An Attitude about ready

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
A trio of stable stars from the Bob McIntosh barn are nearly ready to begin their 2011 campaigns. Strike An Attitude, Lauren and Windsong Soprano are just a few weeks away from qualifying according to the veteran conditioner.   After racing primary on the Grand Circuit last year as a 2-year-old, Strike An Attitude is looking to extend her already impressive $582,614 bankroll. The homebred d...
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Tomorrowpan captures Matchmaker final

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Tomorrowpan (Dan Dube) did very good work from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $301,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker going away.   Leaving from post position four, Tomorrowpan made an immediate lead. Ginger And Fred (Yannick Gingras), last season's series champ and this night's pole-sitting, 1-2 favorite (with entrymate Breakheart Pass), wanted no part of a tw...
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Real Nice upsets in Levy; Foiled Again third

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Real Nice (George Brennan) was all that and more Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $495,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series in 1:51.2.   The 24th (and richest-ever) Levy for free-for-allers began with Real Nice swooping to the lead from post  position five. He was in command well before the :26.4 opening quarter-mile. This Is Wyatt (Eric Goodel...
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Courageous Lady splits held at Northfield

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Favored Some Girls Do ($2.60) won an early speed duel with Hi Maintenancechic and led at every call enroute to a 1:53.2 victory in the $50,750 first division of the Courageous Lady Pace at Northfield Park Saturday night. The second division went to I Kill time in 1:54.1.   Some Girls Do, a 3-year-old daughter of American Ideal, posted fractions of :27, :57.1 and 1:25.4 before spri...
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Golden Receiver wins; Hypnotic Blue Chip third

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Golden Receiver rallied from the pocket to capture the featured $60,000 Open Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday night (April 30) in thrilling fashion. The field for the race included three horses with well over a million dollars earned in their careers (One More Laugh, Hypnotic Blue Chip, and Bettor Sweet), as well as Europan Union, who had won his last four starts. But Golden Recei...
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