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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 dĂ...
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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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Darlin's Delight delivers Rocknroll Hanover colt

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
Multiple stakes winner and double millionairess pacer Darlin's Delight delivered her first foal, a Rocknroll Hanover colt, at 3:30 a.m. on March 30 (3/30) at the home of her owners, White Birch farm, in Allentown, N.J. A 2006 O'Brien Award winner, the 8-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight out of Town Pro raced for trainer Jeff Stafford from 2005 through 2009 and amassed $2.9 million in purse mo...
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NY purse surcharge proposal appears dead

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
New York lawmakers are expected to leave out a surcharge on purses in a budget expected to be approved by April 1.   Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, a Democrat who chairs the Asssembly racing committee, said he learned Tuesday evening, March 29, that the plan for a 2.75 percent surcharge on purses was dead. There was an attempt in the Assembly to replace the purse surcharge and replace it with a ...
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Kelley bringing handicapping to Hoosier Park

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
“Trottin’ Tom” Kelley has provided Chicagoland with insight into the sport of harness racing for the past 25 years through handicapping, journalism, and other essential racing tools. With the start of the 2011 Standardbred season, he will expand his expertise to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, providing Indiana racing fans with handicapping selections on the Website as well as the official...
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Hall of Fame announces new broodmare members

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
Stan Bergstein, chairman of the Living Horse Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, together with Harness Racing Museum trustee Ellen Harvey, has announced that the broodmares Artistic Vision, JC's Nathalie and Tsunami Hanover are the latest inductees into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.   The criteria met by these three fabulous matrons is that they must have produced a $1 mill...
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Campbell driving Lisagain in Spring Championship

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jeff Gillis will be looking for a big night from his pupils as he sends out a trio of starters in the $125,000 Spring Pacing Championship this Saturday at Woodbine. Lisagain, Ideal Race and Twin B Warrior will all line up behind the starting gate for Gillis.   Lisagain, a recent addition to Gillis from trainer Erv Miller, was victorious this past Saturday at Woodbine stopping the ...
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St. Elmo Hero returns Saturday at Woodbine

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
St. Elmo Hero, who is undefeated in 24 career starts, has been entered into Saturday's $28,000 Preferred 2 pace at Woodbine Racetrack. St. Elmo Hero has not raced since Feb. 26 at Balmoral Park and will come into Saturay's contest off a 35-day layoff. He had been entered in the Cam Fella Series at Woodbine but was scratched out of his March 12 elimination.   "Basically we needed to get a ...
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SRF Horses to be named for fallen officers

on 03/30/2011 2:00 AM
The Philadelphia Police Department plans to name five adopted horses from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) to honor officers who have died in the line of duty. The horses, Amazing Art, Broadway Kevin, Atlantic Yankee, Seelster Sam, and You’reapisawork will be named after Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, Officer Isabel [Santiago] Nazario, Sgt. Patrick McDonald, Sgt. Timothy Simpson, and Offic...
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Vizzi, Stabile undeterred by Pompano rain

on 03/29/2011 2:00 AM
After recent lawn watering and water use restrictions were put in place because of a drought in South Florida, heavy rain on Monday was welcomed almost everywhere. Although the overdue heavy rain caused a 40 minute delay in the start of the March 28 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, the trainer-driver team of Steve Stabile and Ray Vizzi seemed to thrive on the sloppy track and rain s...
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Wambam Sam wins Dover feature

on 03/29/2011 2:00 AM
Wambam Sam used his now familiar strong finish to catch 32-1 shot Everlasting Pride (Ron Pierce) in the final strides to win the $35,000 Preferred Handicap while Solano won an accident marred $32,500 Delaware Special Handicap at Dover Downs on Monday, March 28 at Dover Downs.Corey Callahan drove six winners.In the feature, Ron Pierce sent longshot Everlasting Pride into the lead as the seven-horse...
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Well Schooled wins Meadows final

on 03/29/2011 2:00 AM
Plagued by gaiting problems throughout his career, Well Schooled rewarded his connections’ patience Monday at The Meadows when he shot the Lightning Lane to capture the $27,600 championship of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings. Well Schooled broke stride in each of the qualifying legs, slipping into the final with third- and fifth-place finishes. Bill Zen...
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Hoosier's sous chef will sing national anthem

on 03/29/2011 2:00 AM
Opening day has arrived at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and it is truly a grand occasion. This season promises to be a great one with lots of entertainment in store for everyone who walks through the doors. To help kick off the 18th Standardbred racing season, one of Hoosier Park’s employees, Terrance Hazard, will perform his rendition of the National Anthem Thursday, March 31.Hazard current...
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American Ideal book full and closed

on 03/29/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 book for American Ideal, a world champion racehorse and champion sire from his first crop, is now full and closed, according to Brittany Stallion Management's Art Zubrod. American Ideal, who stands at Blue Chip Farms in New York, has serviced large books since he first entered the stud in 2007, and sends his largest foal crop (109) to the races this year.   "His first crop was ve...
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Model Magnate gets nod in Mighty M finish

on 03/29/2011 2:00 AM
Model Magnate, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror,  scored  her second seasonal victory in a near three-horse dead heat on Monday at Monticello Raceway.    Model Magnate,  driven by Jimmy Marohn Jr., sat a two-hole pocket trip all the way to the head of the lane before Marohn tipped her out to challenge the pacesetter Please Sweetie, who was ...
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Tioga/Vernon nominations show increase

on 03/29/2011 2:00 AM
With the March 15 payments taken and tallied, several of the marquee events scheduled for the 2011 Tioga and Vernon season have realized substantial increases.    The popular free-for-all early closers are up slightly and have again captured the best and most recognizable equine personalities harness racing has to offer. The anticipation of the excitement created by ...
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Meadowlands handle, starter numbers

on 03/29/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands finished its 2011 winter harness meet Saturday, March 26, with an average all-source handle of $2,302,751. Total all source common pool handle for the meet was $76.8 million, with another $3.79 million coming in from separate pool wagering from Australia and New Zealand.   Without the Australasian handle included from the 15 cards simulcast Down Under, the average all-source...
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A celebration at Harrah's Chester

on 03/28/2011 2:00 AM
Sunday afternoon's feature at Harrah's Chester was a $30,000 winners-over pace, in which Joseph Davino and Jeffrey Bamond's Real Celebration was sent off the 1-2 favorite after finishing a strong second to Western Shore in last week's Open Pace.   The 6-year-old Real Artist gelding tracked a reasonable pace set by Presidential Order (Brian Sears) before moving first-over on the backs...
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