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Canadian Racing Hall of Fame's 2011 Nominees

on 05/06/2011 2:00 AM
Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold and Little Brown Jug champion Astreos are on the 2011 ballot for the eighteen Thoroughbred and Standardbred nominees along with twelve racing notables for induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.The winners in the three equine categories for each breed and the jockey/trainer, driver/trainer and builder categories will be announced on May 17.The gala i...
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Ontario horseman suspended pending drug charges

on 05/06/2011 2:00 AM
The Deputy Director of the Ontario Racing Commission has issued a ruling suspending the license of driver/trainer/tradesperson Alain Lamontagne of Hamilton, Ontario, pending the outcome of charges laid by the Ontario Provincial Police.Lamontagne was charged earlier this week with illegally supplying drugs and medications to the horse racing industry.He was released on a Promise to Appear with cond...
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Pacific Splash, Balmy Breeze win Suffolk splits

on 05/06/2011 2:00 AM
Pacific Splash, a 3-year-old daughter of American Winner, was a two-length winner in the first of two $39,825 divisions of the Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon.With trainer Charlie Norris in the bike for owner Bob Key, Pacific Splash ducked to the rail in fourth from post four in the early going as Cameo Credit and Tyler Buter took the field by the opening quarter in :27.4, t...
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Enough Talk prepping for Cutler triumph

on 05/06/2011 2:00 AM
Two-time divisional champion Enough Talk will make his second start off the bench in the $40,000 prep for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Enough Talk won the Titan Cup and Breeders Crown en route to being named the 2010 Older Trotter of the Year, his second divisional title in three years. The 8-year-old gelding earned his first Dan Patch Award i...
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Penn National applies for Rosecroft license

on 05/06/2011 2:00 AM
The Standardbred industry received great news on Friday when Penn National Gaming, Inc. announced that it had submitted an application to the Maryland Racing Commission for a license to operate Rosecroft Raceway.   Penn National’s application proposes to resume operations at Rosecroft on July 1 with Standardbred and quarter horse simulcasting.  Penn National will offer 20 days o...
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Pardon makes winning sophomore debut

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
Last season’s champion two-year-old pacing filly and Horse of the Year here in Illinois, Pardon, returned to action on Wednesday night and the good looking filly picked up right where she left off posting her 15th career win in 16 starts with a 3 ¼ length triumph in 1:53.2 while capturing the $9,000 Crestwood OTB Stake. Handled like she was much the best the daughter of Richess Hanover-Rose Daw...
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Victor's Future bright at Pompano

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
The $10,000 purse mid-week trotting feature at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park had a decidedly Michigan flavor on the Wednesday, May 4 program and a final half head to head battle of the main combatants went to Victor's Future over Gianna."I raced against that mare Gianna in Michigan and at many tracks in my career and she was really tough to catch like she usually is" winning trainer-driver M...
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Nordic Venture wins at Harrington

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
Amy and Steward Oldford’s Nordic Venture ($12.20, Vince Copeland) returned to Harrington Raceway a winner Wednesday with a 1:57.1 win in the $18,600 Open Trot.The 6-year-old Keystone Nordic gelding enjoyed ample success when racing at Harrington last season and was making his first start since January. Trained by his driver, Nordic set all the fractions in his two length win over Photo Maxx and ...
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Sir Caviar equals Meadows track record

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
In only his second start of the year, Sir Caviar flashed mid-season form and then some Wednesday at The Meadows when he captured the $22,500 Preferred Trot in 1:53.2, equaling the track record for older geldings. Sir Caviar, a 5-year-old son of SJ’s Caviar-Sierra Flower K, led every step for Brian Zendt, reeling off fractions of 27/56/1:25.1/1:53.2. When his most likely challenger, the pock...
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Yearling nominations due for Delaware, Ohio

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
Yearling nominations for foals of 2010 are due on May 15 for all Delaware, Ohio, Grand Circuit events. Little Brown Jug and Jugette nominations are $50 each and are due May 15. The races will be contested in 2013. A fee of $25 is also due for the Old Oaken Bucket and Buckette which also will be contested in 2013.   The $25 nomination fees for all four divisions ...
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France's Bazire voted best driver in world

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
With its survey panel dominated by members of the European media, French horsemen Jean-Michel Bazire was voted the best driver in the world. Kanal 75, the Swedish company that broadcasts harness racing on TV4 Sport in Sweden, asked 38 international media to rank tracks, horsemen and horses. The Horseman And Fair World's Kathy Parker was among those surveyed.   Kanal 75 posed the question, "...
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Michigan's Pinnacle to remain closed in 2011

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
Pinnacle Race Course, Michigan's only Thoroughbred track that has had financial difficulties since it first opened in 2008, voluntarily surrendered its 2011 racing license Wednesday to the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The track raced a live meet in 2010 but ceased simulcasting operations in November and has been shuttered since,   In a story in Thursday's Crain's Detroit Busines...
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Dewey Degree scholarship deadline May 16

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
Time is growing short and you only have until May 16 to apply for the 2011 Dewey Degree College Scholarship.   The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association is looking for eligible high school seniors (or returning college students) from families of licensed owners, trainers, or drivers who participate full or part time in harness racing. They can now log on ...
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Shadyshark Hanover sharp in Big M qualifier

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
Making his first appearance as a 3 year old, Shadyshark Hanover kicked home in :25.4 to win his qualifier in 1:56.1 Thursday morning, May 5, at the Meadowlands. The 2010 Woodrow Wilson champion Fashion Delight also made his first start of the year but he had to settle for second in his respective qualifier. Among the trotters, the 3-year-old filly Creme De Cocoa came up victorious while Dejarmbro...
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Foiled Again hoping for third time Molson charm

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
The connections of iron horse Foiled Again are hoping the third time will prove the charm in the upcoming $300,000 (est) Molson Pace, Western Fair Raceway’s signature race which gets underway with eliminations on May 20 followed by the final the following Friday night, May 27.   This will mark the third time Foiled Again has competed in Western Fair’s richest race and he’s proven ea...
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Big Bad John to make 2011 debut Saturday

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
Big Bad John, a central Ohio owned, trained and driven Little Brown Jug contender, will make his first start in a division of Saturday’s $210,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrah’s Chester.   "He seems ready to go,” said trainer Ron Potter of Delaware, Ohio. “He’s won two qualifiers at The Meadows including a 1:53 effort last week on a cool, rainy day. That was right w...
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Son of French horseman killed in Grobois fire

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
French horseman Philippe Allaire, who campaigns Ready  Cash, the winner of this year's Prix d'Amerique, suffered a tragedy late Wednesday night when fire swept through his apartment home adjacent to his stable at Grobois outside of Paris and his 20-year-old son William was killed.   European trotting media reported that about 20 fire trucks responded to the blaze, which broke out while...
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Star 3 year olds qualify at Mohawk

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
There was a great parade of returning 3 year olds Thursday morning at Mohawk Racetrack, as many of last year's elite 2 year olds marked their first charted line of 2011.   Last year's top Ontario-sired pacers, Prodigal Seelster and Mystician both made their sophomore qualifying debuts this morning. Both colts sired by Camluck finished one-two, respectively.   Mystician wa...
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Tioga opens Saturday with open mares featured

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will open up for its sixth season of live racing action from Nichols, N.Y., on Saturday, May 7 (Kentucky Derby Day) with a post time of 6:50 p.m. A 10-race card will highlight opening night co-featured with Tioga’s Derby Fest featuring all day activities including mint juleps, a Derby Day hat contest, live entertainment, wagering and video from Churchill Downs, and much more. &...
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Federal legislation causes concerns

on 05/05/2011 2:00 AM
Two Kentucky legislators filed legislation in Congress on Wednesday that calls for federal intervention in the regulation of horse racing. Standardbred breeder Alan Leavitt, who is a member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, presently is uncertain that federal intervention could be a positive for horse racing.  The bill, titled the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act o...
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