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Two Ohio legislators draft VLT legislation

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
A Warren, Ohio, newspaper website has reported that state lawmakers Sen. Joseph Schiavoni and Rep. Ron Gerberry have drafted legislation that would legalize video lottery terminals at horse racetracks in Ohio. However, harness racing insiders believe video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks are dependent on Gov. John Kasich's strategy to solve an $8 billion b...
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Horse Council forum to focus on Congress

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
The American Horse Council (AHC) has announced that the theme for this year’s National Issues Forum is “Congress on a Diet: What It Means for the Horse Industry.”   This year’s National Issues Forum will be held June 21 in Washington, DC during the AHC’s annual meeting.  The annual meeting will run from June 19 to 22 at the Washington Court Hotel and also include an up...
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Colonial to race 30 harness dates in 2011

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
The Virginia Racing Commission awarded 2011 racing dates to Colonial Downs at its monthly meeting on Tuesday. The New Kent track will host a fall harness meet from Sept. 17–Nov. 5, with a total of 30 race days. Pacers and trotters will compete every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, all at 1 pm. There will be a special card scheduled on Friday, Nov. 4.   The ...
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Museum honors Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, an honorary member of the board of drectors of The Harness Racing Museum,has been named its 2011 Pinnacle honoree for exemplary efforts put forth in the promotion of the sport and The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.   Mrs. Kleberg, who has been an ardent supporter of the Museum for many years, races a stable of trotters in both Sweden and North Ameri...
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Florida USHWA honors their best

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
It was an evening punctuated by standing ovations, handshakes, hugs, good feelings, memories and storytelling as the 20th Annual Hall Of Fame inductions dinner was held over the weekend by the Florida chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). A crowd of almost 200 gathered in the Cypress Ballroom at the Marriott North in Ft. Lauderdale to congratulate driver David Ingr...
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Wambam Sam, Cams Art win Dover features

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
Wambam Sam stormed down the lane to win the $35,000 Preferred Handicap pace while Cams Art was fully in command in the $32,500 Delaware Special on Monday, March 21 at Dover Downs.Daryl Bier did not move Wambam Sam until reaching the homestretch then turned the Real Artist-Roses For Sammie gelding lose. The four-year-old roared past the leaders, Three Of Spades (Jon Roberts), Jeremy’s Successor (...
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2011 season begins at Pocono Downs

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 meet at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs gets underway at 6:30 on Tuesday, March 22, with a 14-race card, followed by a 13-race card on Wednesday.  The live racing schedule runs through November 12 with racing every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. There will be a special post time of 5 p.m. on the Thoroughbred Triple Crown dates of May 7, May 11 and June 11.   Rick Kane, in his f...
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Stakes action at Meadowlands Thursday

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
Stakes finals, dollar specials and a handicapping tournament highlight the last week of racing before Meadowlands Racetrack’s spring break. The action starts Thursday as 10 of the toughest trotters tussle in the $74,000 Horse and Groom final, while Some Girls Do bids for her second series sweep in the $53,800 Night Styles.   The best bet in racing also starts at just $1. The Saturday Pick...
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Update from Gural on Friday pre-race show

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural will update fans and horsemen about his progress in negotiating the lease of Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday night's pre-card broadast.   A longtime horse owner and breeder, Gural is the chairman of real estate titan Newmark Knight Frank and principal owner of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs racetracks in New York. The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Paddock Level television ...
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Stage Door Holdup, Mandabra win at Dover

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Stagedoor Holdup held up as a winning favorite while 23-1 Mandabra pulled an upset in the feature trot at Dover Downs on Sunday, March 20. Ross Wolfenden had a driving triple.Driver Tim Curtin and trainer Eli Scott continued as a hot winning combination as Stagecoach Holdup notched his third win of the year scoring a 1:53.4 victory in the $16,500 4&5-Year-Old pace. Joe and JoAnn Thomson bred a...
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Award winners in Pennsylvania

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Ron Battoni, executive director of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association and a prime mover in bringing all 12 Breeders Crown Championship races to Pocono Downs last October, has been voted the most prestigious award of the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the Mary Lib Miller Award. Mary Lib and her husband, Hall of Famer Del Miller, could always be found wher...
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Plainridge to lower takeout; charge ADWs more

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Plainridge Racecourse has announced its takeout rate on all wagers will be lowered to 15 percent for the 2011 season. General manager Steve  O'Toole said, "It's time bettors across America get a better return on investment.  We feel by lowering our takeout to 15 percent on win, place, show and all exotics bets it will keep the average guy in the game a lot longer."   In addit...
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Marshland wins Olympic Trot elim in Sweden

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Marshland, the 19th foal of the Bonefish mare Trapped, captured an elimination for Sweden's Olympic Trot this past weekend at the Jagersro track in Malmo, Swedent. Marshland, a 6-year-old stallion by From Above, took control of the race early and won in a mile rate time of 1:58.3 over 2,140 meters.   Marshland's dam, Trapped, was bred by Castleton Farm and then owned by Stoner Creek Stud be...
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Feb. 15 payments to Hambo Society similar to 2010

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
The number of February stake payments collected by the Hambletonian Society hewed closely to those collected in 2010, reflecting just a 3% drop in overall total payments. This includes all payments for the 123 races the Society administers, stakes, early closers and the Breeders Crown series on a race-to-race comparison between 2010 and 2011. The Society added several new races - six early closi...
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SRF reassures its supporters

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation is assuring its supporters that the management of the mission is in order and their horses well cared for.  Judith Bokman, the Standardbred Retirement Foundation’s (SRF) Executive Trustee, and one of the two founders of the organization shared, “SRF was the first to require that a veterinarian examine and report the condition of every horse it has ...
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Support the Meadowlands with entries!

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
This could be the last weekend of harness racing at the Meadowlands. Jeff Gural is continuing his work to negotiate a lease with the state, but if he can't get a deal done, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said the track will be closed. Last week, after entries for the Meadowlands were weak, Gural said it would help his efforts if horsemen show support for the Meadowlands by ...
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Ryan Anderson has surgery on ankle

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Ryan Anderson, who was injured this past Saturday night when the driving bit broke with Cheyenne Oxe in the first Sagamore Hill division, has undergone surgery on a broken right ankle.   Anderson's horse, who was leading at the time of the incident (past the half-mile going into the third turn), wound up inside the pylons. The 30-year-old Anderson jumped out of the bike, but his right ...
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30 entered in Blue Chip Matchmaker for mares

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
The Blue Chip Matchmaker, the premier pacing series for open mares at Yonkers Raceway, begins Friday night with four, $40,000 divisions. The opening round attracted 30 of the series 44 nominees.   Post time for the 13-race card is 7:10 pm,. with the quarter of Matchmaker events going as races 6 through 9. Defending champion Ginger and Fred drew post position 6 in the second groupi...
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Better Caviar wins by 11 at The Meadows

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Better Caviar extended his career unbeaten streak to four, using an uncharacteristic burst of early speed to capture a division of Monday’s Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Mr Caviar took the other $15,000 second-leg division of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings.   Unraced at two, Better Caviar won his first three starts in closing fashion. In Monday’s leg, how...
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Well timed win by Mike Micallef

on 03/20/2011 2:00 AM
He was already assured of a personal award this weekend in South Florida so Mike Micallef made sure he added to the celebrations with a big night on the track on Saturday evening at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. His biggest accomplishment was a victory in the $14,000 purse top class handicap feature with Dragon's Blood. "The decision to claim Dragon's Blood was made late last year by h...
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