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Riordan talks about Lisa America, Elitlopp

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
The Lou Guida-owned Lisa America turned in a huge effort to finish second in last Sunday’s Oslo Grand Prix, a race she won last year. Trained by American horseman Jerry Riordan, the 6-year-old Varenne mare is now headed for her third Elitlopp appearance. So what will it take for her to win in Stockholm and give Guida, who won the Elitlopp with Mack Lobell in 1990, his second Elitlopp triumph? ...
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Expanded gaming talks in Illinois, Maine

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Horse racing is in the mix again in the Illinois state legislature in Springfield. “There’s a lot of chatter going on in Springfield right now,” said Tony Somone, executive director of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association. “Now that Rahm Emanuel is mayor (of Chicago), it’s been very clear since day one that he’d love to have a Chicago casino, and if the Illinois legislature f...
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Rooney Pace eligible tunes up

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
Line Officer, one of the octet eligible for the 2011 Art Rooney Pace, invaded Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night. He came away with some road work and a $6,000 payday.Line Officer ($4.40) won the $12,000, "non-winners of 2" fourth race, which usually doesn't attract those with more than $200,000 on account. He wired the field from the eight-hole, negotiating the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 2:04.1.Since t...
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Pompano winner making owner happy

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
John Campagnuolo of Loxahatchee, FL was both happy and surprised with the winning effort of his stable member Ultimate Control in the $16,000 championship of the inaugural Appraisal Trotting Series which highlighted the Tuesday, May 17 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park."Really, we bought him very reasonably just over a year ago at a sale in Ohio for me to drive in the Florida Amateur ...
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Don’ttellmewhattodo repeats at Harrington

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
Darryl Gombert, Jeffrey Rose and Hankook Stable’s Don’ttellmewhattodo ($10.80, Allan Davis) was a repeat winner in the $18,600 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54. Davis sent her to the front early where she would set the pace with favorite Bling in the two hole throughout. In the stretch, Don’ttellmewhattodo finished strong and held off a game first-over World Fame to the ...
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3 American-owned horses in Elitlopp

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
There are four invitations remaining to be extended for the 2011 Elitlopp. On Wednesday night Elitlopp officials announced that the American-owned Wishing Stone and Lisa America have been extended invitations. The American-owned Arch Madness received his invitation after he captured the Oslo Grand Prix on Sunday.   The field thus far is as follows: Arch Madness, Brioni, Commander Crowe, Def...
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A review of 'Unharnessed--Behind The Scenes'

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
The first episode of “Unharnessed—Behind The Scenes,” produced in part by Ontario-based driver Randy Waples, is now available for viewing on the Standardbred Canada website. The first show introduces some members of the driving colony on the Woodbine/Mohawk circuit, including Waples, Jody Jamieson, Mark MacDonald, Rick Zeron and Phil Hudon. It's two thumbs up for the first episode. Despite ...
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Tioga's "Inside Harness Racing" on Thursday

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
Coverage of top 3-year-old pacer Feel Like a Fool’s impressive seasonal debut in the John F. Simpson Stakes at Tioga Downs highlights the newest episode of “Inside Harness Racing.”  The show airs this evening at 6:00 PM/EST on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network throughout Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania.  Fans outside of the viewing area can also watch the show online ...
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Ouellette on Crys Dream: “She was unreal”

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Last year’s O’Brien Award winner, Crys Dream exploded past her older rivals tonight as she made her sophomore debut a winning one at Woodbine for regular pilot, Luc Ouellette. The filly was entered into a $25,000 condition event and paid $4.70 for the victory.Crys Dream, who won seven of eight starts as a freshman, earned $596,065 last season, took her lifetime best when she captured the $502,...
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Big week pads Pena's lead at 3 racetracks

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Lou Pena currently sits atop the trainers’ standings at three racetracks—Yonkers, Harrah’s Chester and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs—and he significantly padded his numbers after a monstrous period of Saturday, May 7, through Saturday, May 14. Pena, currently second on the national trainers’ dash and earnings list behind only Ron Burke, had a huge week at Yonkers as he continued to domina...
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Big M offers new series for trotters

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will be holding a new series for 3-year-old trotters in the month of June.The series will be for non-winners of two extended pari-mutuel races or $25,000 lifetime up to and including June 5, 2011.A pair of $15,000 legs will be held on Friday, June 10, and Friday, June 17. A $40,000 final will be contested on Friday, June 24.There is no entry fee. The box will close the Monday...
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Molson Pace & OSS elims drawn

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
The stars will abound at Western Fair Raceway on Friday, May 20 as the track hosts two eliminations for their signature race, the Molson Pace, and the first Ontario Sire Stakes events of the year with several top performers, equine and human, set to perform at the London racetrack.The two $20,000 Molson Pace eliminations will go postward as races six and 11. In the first test early favorite Art Pr...
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Manofmanymissions tops Thursday Big M qualifiers

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Several stars will be on the racetrack Thursday morning in qualifying races at the Meadowlands, but it will likely be the sixth race—a 3-year-old colt trot—that will attract the most attention. Drawing the outside post six in the race is Manofmanymissions, who scored a world-record 1:53.2 victory in last October’s $600,000 Breeders Crown final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, with his compet...
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Jody Jamieson, Jeff Gillis take WEG titles

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
The Woodbine meet came to an end on Monday, May 16 with driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jeff Gillis finishing atop the leaderboard. Jamieson put up very impressive records over the winter, with top numbers in every category.   Jamieson drove 136 winners in 588 starts, which is 53 wins more than his closest competitor, Randy Waples. Jamieson’s purse earnings were in exces...
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Meadowlands joins guaranteed Pick-4 program

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack’s existing guaranteed Pick-4 bets will be added to the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program beginning this week.   The Meadowlands offers $50,000 guaranteed Pick-4 wagers every Thursday and Friday and a $75,000 guaranteed Pick 4 each Saturday. The Pick-4 is offered races 6 through 9 on each card. First race post time is 7 p.m., with the first ...
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Canadian Hall of Fame inductees announced

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Burning Point and Invitro, two Standardbred pacing mares with combined earnings of over $5 million, along with a filly that won the Queen’s Plate and the Woodbine Oaks in 2002, headline this year’s class of inductees into Canada’s Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   Standardbred electors were unable to separate the greatness of Burning Point and Invitro, as both mares gained admission in the...
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Tioga reminds horsemen about golf outing

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs would like to extend an invitation to all horsemen and owners participating at Tioga Downs over the Memorial Day weekend to join the track in the annual golf outing on Sunday, May 29. The format for the golf outing will  be the traditional Captain and Crew format and will take place at Shepard Hills in Waverly, NY, with an 8:30 am shotgun start. There will be a BBQ at Sh...
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Pastor Stephen coasts in 2011 PASS debut

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Making his 2011 pari-mutuel debut, Pastor Stephen, last year’s Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year, coasted to a 1:55.2 victory over a track listed as “sloppy” in the third of three $69,303 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) divisions Tuesday afternoon at the Meadows. The other two PASS splits went to Onirique (1:55.2) and Washingtonian (1:56.1). Dave Palone, who directed Pastor Stephen to a...
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Big Jim to debut Saturday in NJ Classic prep

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Big Jim, the 2010 divisional champion, tops the list of 3-year-old colts and geldings that will compete in a $25,000 prep race for the $400,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack.     The nine colts and geldings in the prep will join Shadyshark Hanover in the May 28 final, the richest event restricted to New Jersey-sired pacers. Th...
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Feel Like A Fool leads Simpson action at Tioga

on 05/16/2011 2:00 AM
Feel Like A Fool made the first start of his sophomore campaign a winning on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs in the lone division of the John Simpson Memorial stakes for 3-year old colt and gelding pacers. Howard “Pacin” Parker picked up the drive on the 3-year old son of Art Major – Fool That I Am for trainer and co-owner George Teague Jr.   Parker settled the colt in sixth as Bitter...
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