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More guaranteed Pick 4 pools set for April

on 03/10/2011 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association will hold its annual board of directors meeting in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday and Monday, March 13 and 14. Among the items on the agenda is a wagering initiative spearheaded by director Chris Schick of California.   Schick offered an update on Thursday, March 10. “The plan is moving forward,” he said. “There is a seven-person committee that has held thre...
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Eight possible bidders for Monmouth Park

on 03/10/2011 12:00 AM
The Asbury Park Press is reporting on its website that eight prospective management companies each submitted $25,000 deposit checks on Thursday at a bid conference held by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. One of the bidders was John Brunetti, a New Jersey resident and real estate developer, who owns Hialeah Race Course in Florida and was a shareholder in the old Monmouth Park befor...
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Meadowlands cancels after one race

on 03/10/2011 12:00 AM
Summer Snow got up in the final strides to win her $16,000 Night Styles Series division before the Meadowlands was forced to cancel the remainder of its Thursday, March 10 card due to unsafe racing conditions.   Summer Snow nipped the pacesetter BJ’s Mayreau by a neck in 1:58.1 in the first race, one of three divisions of the Night Styles Series for filly and mare pacers slated on th...
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Careless Love rolls to Meadows win

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
Careless Love sat comfortably in the pocket, then brushed strongly through the lane to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot.Eric Ledford hustled Careless Love from the gate before settling her behind RT Sun Poco. When Ledford moved the 6-year-old daughter of Keystone Nordic-Will You Be Mine off the cones into the final turn, she roared past RT Sun Poco and scored by 2-3/4 le...
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Upset winners at Dover

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
An 8-1 surprise Mystra won for the second straight time in an $18,500 Mares pace while 19-1 Joanna Allen racked up her first win of 2011to take a $16,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over pace on a longshot-filled Tuesday, March 8 feature race at Dover Downs. Joanna Allen and Kellytuck Sophie won the sub-feature paces. Ron Pierce drove five wins.Foulk Stable’s Mystra, with her regular pilot Ro...
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Pavia: pumped at Pompano

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
Joe Pavia Jr. is hoping the saying is true that history repeats itself when the 2011 Isle of Capri Drivers' Championship is staged next week at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. "I've been in a few of these drivers' championships in my career but the one I remember best was right here at Pompano close to twenty years ago" Pavia says. "The format was a ten man round robin competition staged...
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Plainridge set to open May 16

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
Plainridge Racecourse will open its 2011 harness racing season on Monday, May 16. On Tuesday, March 8, Plainridge general manager Steve O'Toole and Michael Perpall, president of the Harness Horsemen's Association of New England, jointly announced that they have agreed to a new schedule for live racing at Plainridge Racecourse for 2011.   The new schedule is subject to the approval of t...
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Berry's Creek winner Wearable Art returns

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
Wearable Art, the 2007 Berry's Creek champion, will return to the racetrack after a two-year absence Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   The 7-year-old son of Artiscape retired to stud duty after suffering the third separate tendon injury of his career on Sept. 18, 2008 at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds. He will return to action in the 12th race Saturday night for trainer Peter Kleinh...
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Hall of Fame's Roosevelt project needs help!

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
On Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 4, 2010, William Mulligan, a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, announced he would donate $10,000 to the important effort to examine, identify, categorize, maintain, store and digitize more than 8,000 photographs and 3,500 press releases saved from the demolition of Roosevelt Raceway.   But Mulligan's donation had one catch -- his...
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Gural says progress continues for Big M deal

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural issued the following statement on Wednesday afternoon, March 9:   I promised a quick update on the progress in leasing the Meadowlands prior to the March 15 stakes payments. The good news is that we continue to make progress in finalizing the plans and I have several groups interested in investing with us in the project.   We would still have to raise $40-$50 million in de...
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Hoosier Park driver to make donation

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
Fab Five Standardbred driver Mike Peterson will present his charitable donation from last year’s activities at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to Shriner’s Hospital for Children Friday, March 11 at the Madison County Shrine Club in Anderson, Ind. Peterson will present the check at 6 pm during the weekly fish dinner session, which is open to the public. Gary Dalzell, president of the local cha...
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Changes in Pocono, Chester race offices

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
The race offices at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Harrah's Chester have new faces as the two tracks prepare to open their 2011 harness meets. Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack has named Joe Auger its race secretary for the upcoming 2011 meet, while Mike Harant will serve as assistant race secretary.   Auger takes charge of the Chester race office after assisting Rick Kane for the...
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Photo Maxx 1:55.2 Dover winner

on 03/09/2011 12:00 AM
Photo Maxx emerged from a group of horses to win the $18,500 winners-over feature trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Jon Roberts took Photo Maxx to the outside as a quartet of trotters converged on leader Baximum (Corey Callahan) and challenger Libra Vita (Ron Pierce), dueling in midstretch. Photo Maxx then quickly out-closed the entourage to score a 1:55.2 victory. LT’s Best (Vince...
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Calgary Seelster fastest in Apaches Fame elims

on 03/08/2011 12:00 AM
Calgary Seelster (Phil Hudon), a son of Modern Art,extended his winning streak to three tonight at Woodbine as he captured the fastest of two $20,000 Apaches Fame eliminations, stopping the timer in 1:53.The Apaches Fame series is for three-year-old colts and geldings who are non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2010.Calgary Seelster, a $16,000 yearling purchase from the Forest City Y...
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Solano shines at Dover

on 03/08/2011 12:00 AM
Solano notches 1:51.2 victory to win the $33,500 Delaware Special; Wambam Sam scores a 1:51.1 win in the $26,000 Open Handicap and Village Blast takes a 1:52 triumph in an $18,500 Male Winners-Over pace, to highlight Monday, March 7 at Dover Downs. Meet leading dash win driver Corey Callahan extended his lead with five wins. Ron Pierce racing third found room to move to the outside at the three-qu...
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Standardbreds to march in St. Paddy's Day Parade

on 03/08/2011 12:00 AM
When the 35th Annual Mid-Hudson ST. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13th in the Village of Goshen, NY, residents of the Cradle of the Trotter will be treated to a half-dozen retired Standardbreds along the parade route.  They will be joined in the marching procession by a current performer that just won his last start who will be pulling the Harness Racing Museum...
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ORC providing cell phone access to judges

on 03/08/2011 12:00 AM
As part of its commitment to officiating excellence, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is publicizing the cell phone numbers of the panel of Officials at each track.  The Official Veterinary Supervisor contact information regarding the Death Registry is also included. The goal of this initiative is to ensure full accessibility to Officials, so that racing participants can get answers to the...
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Stars nominated to Western Fair stakes

on 03/08/2011 12:00 AM
Many of harness racing’s top older pacers have been nominated for Western Fair’s signature races, the Molson Pace and its’ distaff companion event, the Forest City Pace. The Molson Pace will anchor the London, Ont. track’s 50th anniversary celebrations this May. The eliminations are set for Friday, May 20, with the $225,000 (added) final the following week, May 27.   Foiled Again,...
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PW Rainbow upsets in Dover feature

on 03/07/2011 12:00 AM
Longshot PW Rainbow captured the feature pace while Windcross gave Vic Kirby his third winning drive in the top trot in 4&5-Year-Old co- feature events on a rain soaked Sunday 6 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick and Vic Kirby had driving triples.    Ken Wood’s unheralded PW Rainbow pulled an 8-1 surprise in the $!6,500 pace for young horses with Jim Morand driving a 1:54.3 win in the f...
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Yonkers distance experiment shows promise

on 03/07/2011 12:00 AM
In the month since Yonkers Raceway made 1 1/16 miles its set overnight racing distance, there has been much chatter, pro and con. Whenever something is proactively attempted in order to improve our product, discussion and debate is both warranted and healthy. Still, and while admittedly the jury is still out with such a small sampling of data to analyze, preliminary result...
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