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My Leap Of Faith wins Pocono feature

on 04/07/2011 2:00 AM
My Leap Of Faith made a powerful stretch drive to capture the featured condition trot on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $16,000.With Hall of Famer John Campbell doing the driving for trainer Brian Seidel, My Leap Of Faith left from post position #5 in a field of nine in the race for non-winners of $15,000 in their last five starts. Campb...
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Vernon qualifiers set for Saturday, Tuesday

on 04/07/2011 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is set to host its second set of qualifiers in preparation for the beginning of the 2011 race season. Qualifiers will be held on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 11 a.m. Horsemen wishing to enter horses to qualify should call the Vernon Downs’ race office at (315) 829-6825 by Friday, April 8, at 11 a.m.   Vernon will also host another set of qualifiers on Tuesday, Ap...
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HHYF scholarship applications due April 30

on 04/07/2011 2:00 AM
Applications for several Harness Horse Youth Foundation scholarships must be postmarked by April 30. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on GPA, financial need, completeness of application and quality of essay (where applicable). For compete application forms and more information on these awards, log on to www.hhyf.org/scholarships.asp.   ...
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Freehold announcer Lederman recovering

on 04/07/2011 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway announcer Larry Lederman told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that tests are scheduled for Friday to determine the status of a brain tumor discovered earlier this week. Lederman had taken his daughter Leslie’s car to an auto shop on Monday when he suddenly passed out. “I bent over and lost it and thought I was having a massive heart attack,” Lederman, 54, said from...
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One More Laugh wins Pocono qualifier

on 04/07/2011 2:00 AM
One More Laugh, whose victories last year included the Meadowlands Pace, Cane Pace, Art Rooney final, American National final and Cleveland Classic, made a successful return to the races Thursday as he won a qualifier at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:53. The now 4-year-old son of McArdle—whose career earnings top $2.1 million—was driven by trainer Ray Schnittker. Leading gate to wire throu...
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Indiana Downs' parent company files bankruptcy

on 04/07/2011 2:00 AM
According to published reports, Indianapolis Downs LLC, the parent company of Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, on Thursday in federal court filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Company officials have stated both the track and casino will continue to operate normally during the restructuring. Centaur LLC, the owner of Hoosier Park & Casino in Anderson, also filed for bankruptcy last year a...
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Cal Expo to honor memory of Pulse on Saturday

on 04/07/2011 2:00 AM
Cal Expo has named Saturday night’s eighth race for Pulse, the popular 13-year-old pacer who died last week. Pulse died from injuries suffered when he was attempting to breed at Shannon Machovec’s Second Chance Farm in Elk Grove, Calif.   “It was tragic, and we’re still trying to recover from the shock,” said Machovec. “Gretchen Smith gave me Pulse for a riding horse, ...
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Mystra wins Dover mares open

on 04/06/2011 2:00 AM
Mystra took the lead early and was never headed in the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, April 5 at Dover Downs.Ron Pierce was at the controls of the six-year-old by Art Major-Pastrami Hanover in her first victory at the $26,000 Mares Open level. After consecutive second-place finishes racing off the pace, Pierce took the Trish Foulk-trained Mystra to the front and dictated the fractions on ...
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Speed N The Tunnel going strong at 8

on 04/06/2011 2:00 AM
Speed N The Tunnel and driver Sam Widger proved that one year later has not slowed them down at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo picked up a win in the meet’s first $24,000 Invitational Trot of the year Tuesday, April 5, covering the one-mile event with a gate to wire performance in a time of 1:57.0Starting from post five, Speed N The Tunnel got right to the lead to establish fractions ...
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Ridge Jumper in Pocono upset

on 04/06/2011 2:00 AM
Ridge Jumper snuck out of the pocket late to rally for an upset win in Tuesday night’s featured Open pace for fillies and mares at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $25,000.Leaving from post position #5 in a field of 6 as a 13-1 shot, Ridge Jumper, a 7-year-old mare from the barn of Lou Pena, was sent for the early lead by driver Brandon Simpson but didn’...
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Bryan's Ideal scores at Pompano

on 04/06/2011 2:00 AM
The tote board said it was a 13-1 upset but owner-trainer Jim Mattison wasn't surprised that his new stable leader Bryan's Ideal won the $14,000 purse pacing mares weekly feature on Tuesday, April 5 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. "We've had her at the top of her game for close to a month now " Mattison said in a live post-race trackside TV interview. "Two starts ago on March 22 she w...
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Petticoat, Sagamore Hill finals on tap at Yonkers

on 04/06/2011 2:00 AM
Though their earlier exploits may have been overshadowed by the big girls (Blue Chip Matchmaker) and big boys (George Morton Levy Memorial), the lasses and lads of Yonkers Raceway's "other" series grab the limelight this weekend. Friday night, it's the $66,000 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares (6th race). The next evening, it's the same age, differen...
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Cameron Chip wins Meadows trot

on 04/06/2011 2:00 AM
Taking advantage of the leader’s miscue, Cameron Chip vaulted from mid-back around the final turn and went on to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows.BV’s Sister made a powerful first-over move to the front and opened a daylight lead on the field, only to break stride at the top of the lane. That was the signal for Cameron Chip and Dave Palone to get serio...
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Tioga late-closers close April 15

on 04/06/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs' 2011 live racing season will begin on Saturday, May 7, and brings with it the annual slate of late-closing events. The Tioga series' are the only events available in the region that are restricted to 3 year olds.   Pacing (the Kenneth J) and trotting (the Morrisville College Sale) colts kick things off on opening weekend. They are to be followed by events f...
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Dobson is 'speaking Greek' at Monticello

on 04/06/2011 2:00 AM
In Monticello Raceway’s winners-over pace on Tuesday afternoon, former Adios Pace winner Cactus Creek got the bettors' support and Jake Of Diamonds was second choice. But when the judges hung the "official" sign, the 7-2 shot Speaking Greek had rallied to a two-length triumph in 1:58.3 over the  racetrack laden with mud.   Billy Dobson handled the driving chores f...
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Indiana passes racino ownership bill

on 04/06/2011 2:00 AM
A bill that would allow Indiana racino operators to own more than one facility in the state passed through the Statehouse on Tursday. The law would apply to the ownership of Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs.   “Basically we really wanted parity with what you have in the riverboat industry,” said Jeff Smith, CEO of Hoosier Park's parent company Centaur. “In the riverboat industry, y...
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Woodbine raises Pick 4 guarantee to $100,000

on 04/05/2011 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), pleased with the $116,000 wagered into last Saturday’s $100,000 guaranteed early Pick-4 pool at Woodbine, has raised the guarantee on Saturday nights for the rest of the month.   Originally offered as a $75,000 guarantee on the early Pick-4 for the other Saturday nights in April (9, 16, 23, 30), ...
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Hambletonian Society endorses Strategic Wagering

on 04/05/2011 2:00 AM
At the annual Winter Meeting of the Hambletonian Society on March 27, the board of directors voted to strongly endorse the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering project and applauds the success of the initial guaranteed pool efforts of Balmoral Park, Northfield Park and Cal-Expo.   "Guaranteed or seeded pools have proven to attract gamblers for whom pool size is everything...
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Yonkers joins Pick 4 guarantee program

on 04/05/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced it shall offer guaranteed Pick 4 pools twice weekly as part of the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program. Beginning this Saturday, April 9, and continuing each Saturday and Monday at least through the end of the month, the late Pick 4 (races 7 through 10) comes complete with a $15,000 guaranteed pool.   "We 're very happy to be a part of...
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Mare not dreaming at Mighty M--3 wins in a row

on 04/05/2011 2:00 AM
There are truly some horses that can string many wins together and that’s usually because they fit the class they are competing in, though occasionally some horses just dominate. For Notimefordreaming, the former assessment is most accurate.   On Monday afternoon Notimetimefordreaming notched her third consecutive victory at Monticello Raceway which also was her sixth win in her la...
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