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Get It Now wins Big M series opener

on 03/06/2011 12:00 AM
Ron Burke took home the lion's share of the $25,000 purse as his trainees finished one-two-three in the opening round of the Four Leaf Clover Series on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.Get It Now, driven by Brian Sears, swooped in late to best his pacesetting stablemate Code Word by a length and a quarter in 1:52.2.  Windsong Gorgeous, who was parked out the whole way, completed the al...
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Carmella Luchento dies

on 03/06/2011 12:00 AM
Carmella Mildred Luchento, 82, of Freehold, N.J., died at her home surrounded by love on Saturday, March 5. For many years, Mrs. Luchento was involved in the racing stable previously operated by her son, Thomas, who is the current president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.   Born in Jersey City, she married her beloved husband Natale on April 7, 1945...
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Survey of harness bettors posted by HANA

on 03/05/2011 12:00 AM
The Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) has posted the complete results of its first survey of harness racing bettors. A total of 229 people responded to the 88-question survey. When HANA conducted its first survey of Thoroughbred bettors, 550 people participated.   The largest age group (43 percent) of the respondents to the HANA harness survey fell into the 50-64 range, ...
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Gallant wins at Yonkers

on 03/05/2011 12:00 AM
In-form Gallant Yankee (Jason Bartlett), despite being parked past the quarter Saturday night, handily  annexed Yonkers Raceway's $32,500 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 6, the slight 2-1 favorite worked his way around Southwind Tabor (Jim Pantaleano) just after a :27.1 opening station. He then rated a 57-second half before Arduous (George Brennan) took out of third. The le...
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Field set for Pompano drivers' contest

on 03/05/2011 12:00 AM
There's just no way to determine a clear cut favorite with the field now set for the 2011 Isle of Capri Drivers' Championship. In a 10 race series set for March 14-16 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park the competition promises to be fierce among the nine talented reinsmen qualifying to contest the $8,000 top prize. The final berth into the competition went to Joe Pavia Jr. over Chuck Conn...
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Spring Break arrives early at The Meadows

on 03/05/2011 12:00 AM
Spring Break made the right move at the right time as she buried her main rival at the pylons and went on to a 9-1 upset victory in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Spring Luck was third along the cones, with 7-10 favorite Jans Luck on her bumper, when Mike Wilder asked her for pace. She quickly collared the leader, Rev Me Up, and initiated a cover s...
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Woodbine cancels Saturday night card

on 03/05/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack has been forced to cancel its Saturday night program due to unsafe track conditions. Warm temperatures and heavy rains throughout the day took its toll on the oval. Despite the best efforts of Woodbine's track crew, the surface contained several soft spots which were deemed unsafe for the horses and drivers.   Racing is scheduled to resume this Monday night with a 7:10 p....
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Beignet, Caviart Tyler win Dover features

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
Beignet and Caviart Tyler won split 14,000 4&5-Year-Old feature pace divisions on Thursday, March 3 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drives three wins.Montrell Teague teamed with Beignet for his second win in three starts this year scoring a 1:53.3 victory for Ted Gewertz, Jim Bernstein, GeorgeTeague and Teague Partnership in the first of the twin feature races. The win by the Four Starzzz Shark...
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Affirmed Action wins Horse And Groom opener

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
Affirmed Action cruised to his third straight victory in the $20,000 opening round of the Horse and Groom Series on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.Driven by Ron Pierce, Affirmed Action benefited from a pocket trip behind the pacesetter Southwind Vavoom en route to a length and a quarter victory in 1:54.  Arriba Amigo closed for second, while Southwind Vavoom held third.  Affirme...
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Local boy makes good at Meadowlands

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
Ken Tucci spent the weekends of his youth at Meadowlands Racetrack, but he never imagined he would one day be standing in its winner’s circle as a horse owner. “There was a group of four or five of us and we liked harness racing,” said the Moonachie, NJ native.  ”I have no idea why!  Friday night at the Meadowlands was our night out with the guys.” The 55-year-old Tuc...
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Valley Victory dies at age 25

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
Valley Victory, the breed-shaping sire who changed the face of trotting in North America, was euthanized Friday morning after complications from what appeared to be kidney failure, according to Art Zubrod, manager of Brittany Farms and the Valley Victory Syndicate.   The 25-year-old stallion by Baltic Speed-Valley Victoria had been at the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee equine care facility i...
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Jackets Required dressed for success

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
After going winless from six starts so far this season, Jackets Required will be looking to change his fortunes Saturday night in the single $25,000 Cam Fella elimination at Woodbine Racetrack.   With a record of 0-4-1 this season and $35,640 in earnings, trainer Bob McIntosh is hoping that an equipment change will help his pupil’s chances of finding the winners circle.   "He’s...
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Handle on Meadowlands races still down

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
The decline in handle on Meadowlands harness races continued through the month of February. The average daily all-source handle was $2,181,370 for January and February, a 6.1 percent drop from last year. On March 4 the Daily Racing Form reported that total Thoroughbred racing handle in the United States was down 7.66 percent in January and February. The Meadowlands' 6.1 percent decline figur...
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Legislation in FL for destination casinos

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
Two Florida state senators announced Friday that they have filed legislation that would allow five Las Vegas-style casino hotels in Florida, spaced across the state. The legislation was filed by Dennis Jones (R-Seminole, the county where Orlando is located) and Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach, in Palm Beach County in South Florida). Jones is chair and Sachs is vice chair of the Senate Regulated I...
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Dont Worry B Happy wins Saratoga opener

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
Saratoga Casino & Raceway kicked off its 2011 harness season on Friday night and Dont Worry B Happy got the season underway with a bang when he won the first race on the card by a whopping 13 1/4 lengths in 1:57.4.   Dont Worry B Happy, a 3-year-old colt by The Panderosa, is trained by Mark Ford, with Brad Kramer handling the driving duties. Shirley LeVin of suburban Chicago bought the ...
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Not Enough has plenty in 1:50.4 Overbid score

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
Not Enough was more than impressive as she wired the field in the first of two $50,000 Overbid Series divisions for free for all pacing mares on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Driven by Ron Pierce, Not Enough cruised through fractions of :27, :55 and 1:22.3 and held off Ideal Newton by a head for a 1:50.4 victory. On The Glass finished third, in her first start off a four-month la...
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Gingras on "In The Sulky" Saturday

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Yannick Gingras will preview his drives for the night and respond to fans’ questions on Meadowlands Racetrack’s Saturday night pre-card broadcast.   Gingras recently received the President’s Award from the United States Harness Writers Association for his charity work and efforts to promote the sport of harness racing. Fans can e-mail questions for the In The Sulky guest to ans...
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Pacing mare Pancleefandarpels wins 100th start

on 03/04/2011 12:00 AM
Pancleefandarpels, a 7-year-old pacing mare, won her 100th career start while competing in the $32,000 Preferred for mares on Friday night at Woodbine. Bred and owned by Peter Pan Stables, driver Randy Waples worked out a second-over trip and the mare won by three-quarters of a length over betting favorite Four Starz Horndog in 1:54.1.   Trained by Bob McIntosh, Pancleefandarpels was 7 1/4 ...
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"Vavoom' leaves - Ranger relieved

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
With Southwind Vavoom gone to The Meadowlands for Thursday evening action in The Horse And Groom Series, leading Pompano horseman Bruce Ranger is making no attempt to hide his sense of relief about the situation. "That was an incredible trip Southwind Vavoom went here last week and in my opinion he stands to become a great, great horse" Ranger said after Andover America captured the Wednesday...
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Action-Broadway is a Meadows winner

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
Action-Broadway unleashed her customary backside brush and, with a little urging from Dave Palone late, converted it to victory in Wednesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Action-Broadway moved from fifth and caught the leader, Careless Love, at the three-quarters. When Careless Love dug in, Palone tapped Action-Broadway several times; the 4-year-old daug...
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