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Varenne voted top trotter; Moni Maker 2nd

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Kanal 75, the Swedish company that broadcasts harness racing on TV4 Sport in Sweden, asked 38 international media to rank tracks, horsemen and horses, and the answer to the final question in the survey has finally been revealed. Kanal 75 asked its panel, which included The Horseman And Fair World's Kathy Parker, to name the best horse of all time, and Varenne came out on top.   Varenne, who...
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Dancinwiththestarz retired, in foal to Rock N Roll Heaven

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Dancinwiththestarz, a 4-year-old daughter of Four Starzzz Shark and So Western and a career winner of $918,605, has been retired.Wendy Spring, who owns the pacing mare with her husband Skip and Shannon Brott, told harnessracing.com on Thursday morning that although Dancinwiththestarz originally trained down well under Mark Harder’s tutelage in an attempt to return to the races, an old injury fla...
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See You At Peelers, Fashion Delight qualify

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
More stars were out in qualifying action at the Meadowlands on Thursday morning, and two of the most impressive efforts came from See You At Peelers and Fashion Delight, two of the top juveniles from the 2010 season. In addition, a 3-year-old trotting colt named Opening Night turned in an eye-popping 6 1/2-length, 1:54.1 victory over Broad Bahn.   See You At Peelers, a 3-year-old filly by B...
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Pastor Stephen set to start at The Meadows

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, is set to make his 2011 racing debut on Tuesday at The Meadows. He drew post three in a seven-horse field racing for $69,303 in the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes.   Dave Palone is listed to drive Pastor Stephen at The Meadows. Palone drove the colt to a PASS victory at The Meadows last year, then Yannick Gi...
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13 straight wins for Cantab Hall mare

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Tamla Celeber (above) might be Cantab Hall's best daughter ever. Swedish trotting fans believe the mare is indeed the best daughter of the U.S. sire. That’s because on Thursday night they watched the 4-year-old Tamla Celeber race parked without cover during the 2,140 meter Queen’s Trophy and still trot off to her 13th straight victory.   Tamla Celeber started from post two in ...
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Maryland 2-year-old payments due May 15

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Two-year-old payments (foals of 2009) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on May 15, 2011. This payment is for 2 year olds that will be racing in 2011.   Yearling nominations (foals of 2010) to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes are also due on May 15. As per regulation, since May 15 falls on Sunday, a postmark of May 16, 2011 is a...
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Top filly Pretty Katherine qualifies at Mohawk

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
It's that time of year again where the majority of top stakes horses are surfacing and trainer Casie Coleman once again displayed some of her top stock this Morning at Mohawk.  Western Silk, last year's Fan Hanover Stakes and Jugette winner, captured her first charted line of 2011 this morning at Mohawk Racetrack. The daughter of Western Terror came from off-the-pace and scored the victory&n...
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Wishing Stone sets track mark in Sweden

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Wishing Stone, the 2010 Kentucky Futurity champion, captured Sweden’s prestigious 100,000 (euro) King’s Trophy on Thursday night, May 12, at the Aby track in Gothenburg.   Jean-Michel Bazire, who was recently voted the best driver in the world in an international media poll, gave Wishing Stone a perfect trip. He settled him third at the pylons, then slipped out into second-over position...
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Young barn looking to find a Princess crown

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Friday night at Woodbine will be the venue of a showdown for 3-year-old pacing fillies as they look to duke it out, to be crowned the winner of $80,000 Princess Stakes final.   Last week, trainer Bob Young swept the eliminations with his pair of fillies: OK Dynasty and Dreaming. This week, the barn mates will be pitted against each other with son Scott driving OK Dynasty and Roger Mayott...
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Simpson 3YO trots on tap Saturday at Vernon

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will play host to its first Grand Circuit stakes of the season as the John Simpson Stakes head to Vernon, N.Y., on Saturday, May 14. Three divisions for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters and three divisions for 3-year old filly trotters have been slated by race secretary Scott Warren. Leading the way for the ladies is 2010 New York Sire Stakes runner-up Jezzy, from the Ray Schnitt...
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Deal reached for Gural to lease Meadowlands

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
Gov. Chris Christie approved landmark deals Thursday that will turn the state-owned Meadowlands Racetrack over to a private management group headed by Jeff Gural. A marathon 10-plus hour meeting at the governor's office in Trenton tied up loose ends and finalized details for Gural's group to lease the Meadowlands and continue harness racing there. A statement was expected to be released by Ch...
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Gov. Christie's office issues statement

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
The office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued the following statement Thursday night regarding the deal it had reached with Jeff Gural for Gural to lease the Meadowlands from the state. The press release follows:   Making good on his commitment to put the horse racing industry on a self-sustaining path, Governor Chris Christie announced tonight that live racing at the Meadowlands and ...
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3YO filly pacer Rocklamation 1:52.1 winner

on 05/12/2011 2:00 AM
There were plenty of 3 year olds in action at the Meadowlands Thursday night, with the 3-year-old filly pacer Rocklamation the most noteworthy of the winners. Drivenby Tim Tetrick, he daughter of Rocknroll Hanover started from post nine, took control of the race early and cruised home a 4 1/4-length winner in 1:52.1 thanks to a :27.1 last quarter.   Mark Harder trains Rocklamation, who took...
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Rod Allen bags first win of 2011

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
It turned out to be a happy reunion for well known 55 year old horseman Rod Allen with pacing mare Glam Cam on the Tuesday evening, May 10 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.The longtime resident of Ocala, FL developed five year old pacing mare Glam Cam before a private sale in March to Arthur Mergenhagen of Williston, FL. Now racing from the Dan Hennessey barn in an $8,000 purse condi...
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Don’ttellmewhattodo wins Harrington's distaff open

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
Darryl Gombert, Jeffrey Rose and Hankook Stable’s Don’ttellmewhattodo ($10, Allan Davis) parlayed a pocket trip to prosperity Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:54 win in the featured $18,600 Mares Open.The Charles Cochran III trainee sat behind pacesetter No Bad Luck who gave way in deep stretch to a surging Don’ttellmewhattodo. It was her fifth win of the season.Allan Davis, Corey Call...
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Tioga's Inside Harness Racing airs Wednesday

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
The second season of the television show, “Inside Harness Racing” debuts tonight at 6 pm/EST on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network throughout Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania.  The 30-minute weekly program covers the racing scene at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. Fans outside of the viewing area can also watch the show online at the Tioga Downs YouTube site.   This week...
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Smedshammer in "Sulky" Thursday--maybe!

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
Trond Smedshammer will be the "In The Sulky" guest Thursday night on the Meadowlands Racetrack pre-game show if he is not catching an airplane to his native Norway that evening. Smedshammer, who is planning to race Arch Madness in the Oslo Grand Prix on Sunday, May 16, has had issues in getting his visa updated and approved by the Norwegian government.   "I could fly there but I don't know ...
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Meadowlands changes draw schedule

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will institute a new draw schedule for its Friday and Saturday cards beginning the week of May 16, 2011.  The Friday card will be drawn Monday with the entry box closing at 9 a.m., while Saturday will be drawn on Tuesday, also with a 9 a.m. deadline.  Additionally, the entry box for Thursday morning qualifiers will close at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.  New scratch times...
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Big Jim still waiting as Woodbine open doesn't fill

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
After going behind the gate in a schooling race this past Monday at Mohawk Racetrack, owner Jim Carr was hoping to be racing his star pacer, Big Jim this weekend at Woodbine Racetrack. However, that will not be the case as the 3-year-old open class did not fill which means that Big Jim's first pari-mutuel start will likely be in the New Jersey Classic elimination on May 21 at the Meadowlands. &...
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Meadowlands box full; meeting set for Thursday

on 05/11/2011 2:00 AM
Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), said his May 10 letter pleading with horsemen to support the Meadowlands by entering horses was well received. But more importantly, he noted, the Meadowlands had an overflowing entry box for Saturday's card, which will give him a bit of relief when he attends...
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