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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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An upset by Cold Winner at Dover

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
Cold Winner, overlooked at 12-1,held off a strong charge from Aners Bluestone to win the $26,000 Open Trot while 14-1 Matrix Hall took the $15,000 sub-feature trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs.    Ron Pierce hustled unsung Cold Winner past early leader Starsel (Daryl Bier) into the lead after the half mile and then shook off a determined bid by race-favorite Anders Bluestone (Ross ...
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Pre-meet qualifiers scheduled at Chester

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
Horsepeople are to be advised that pre-meet qualifiers at Harrah's Chester will be held on Friday, March 11, and Monday, March 14 with first post at 10 a.m. for both qualifying sessions.  Entries for the first qualifying session will be taken until Thursday, March 10, at 11 a.m., while entries for the second qualifying session will be accepted until Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m.  To ente...
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Glidemaster book full and closed

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
As of Thursday, the 2011 book for Glidemaster is full and closed, according to Brittany Stallion Management's Art Zubrod. Glidemaster, the world champion as a 2 year old and Triple Crown winner and "Horse of the Year" at three, has been booked full each year since he first entered stud in 2007.   "Glidemaster closed out his freshman year as a sire on a very high note," said Zubrod. "He sire...
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Dubois breeding in another big French winner

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
In French harness racing, “jeunes” means young, and in French trotting the 3 year olds are the young generation. Per the French breed registry custom of an orderly progression through the alphabet for each foal crop, this year’s 3 year olds all have names that begin with the letter “u.”   There are two classic Criteriums for the 3 year olds, one in the early season and one at the ...
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Please don't let me draw the one at Woodbine

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
One sentence that has likely not been heard yet in 2011 at Woodbine Racetrack: “I hope my horse draws post one.”   Through Feb. 28, post one has been an extremely disadvantageous starting spot at Woodbine, winning races at just a 7.25-percent rate. While pacing races show a win average of 8.1 percent, just 5.2 percent of trotters starting along the pylons have managed to reach...
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