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1:51 speed needed to win PASS for pacing colts

on 05/07/2011 2:00 AM
It took 1:51 speed to win a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday at Harrah's Chester Racetrack & Casino. Four divisions for the sophomore colts were contested, with a $100,000 open pace (won by One More Laugh in 1:51.2) and the Pennsylvania Stallion Series also on the card.   In an early non-betting PASS, Big Bad John won his 2011 debut with ease, scorin...
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Tioga opens with crowd of more than 11,000

on 05/07/2011 2:00 AM
More than 11,000 showed up during the day to enjoy simulcast action of the 137th Kentucky Derby and the launch of the 2011 race season at Tioga Downs.   Four divisions of the Morrisville College Sale Trot were contested on Saturday night each leg for $7,500. I Love New York stole the show when he turned in the most impressive performance of the night as Greg Grismore set the tempo thro...
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Bettor Sweet, Looking Hanover in Big M wins

on 05/07/2011 2:00 AM
Bettor Sweet went straight to the head of the class for the Graduate final with a gutsy elimination win Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Bettor Sweet attached first over, put away St Elmo Hero after a lengthy duel and gamely held on for a 1:50 victory in the $50,000 headliner on a 14-race card.  Driver John Campbell steered Bettor Sweet to his second victory in six starts ...
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He's Gorgeous sets Vernon track record

on 05/07/2011 2:00 AM
In an eye-popping performance, Hes Gorgeous powered to 1:50 track record for 4-year-old pacing horses while winning the $10,000 featured ninth race on Saturday night at Vernon Downs.   Competing against four select rivals in the week’s open-1 contest, Hes Gorgeous battled with Sheer Brilliance to the quarter, reached in :26.3, then took command and led through additional splits of :54.4...
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Tioga Downs ready for 2011 opener

on 05/06/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will open up for its sixth season of live racing action from Nichols, New York on Saturday, May 7 (Kentucky Derby Day) with a post time of 6:50 pm. A ten 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. Satu...
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Canaco Star shines at Vernon Downs

on 05/06/2011 2:00 AM
The super steady pacer Canaco Star became the 12th two-time winner after seven Vernon Downs programs following her 1:54.2 performance in Thursday night’s $6,000 featured ninth event.Leaving from post three against five select female rivals during the track’s initial Thursday program of 2011, the favored Canaco Star ($3.70) went right to the front and cut fractions of :28 seconds, :56.3 and 1:2...
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Matt's Scooter retired from breeding

on 05/06/2011 2:00 AM
Matt's Scooter, the sire of the winners of more than $72.1 million, has been retired from stud duty after a breeding career of 22 years at Perretti Farms in New Jersey. According to Bob Marks of Perretti Farms, the 26-year-old son of Direct Scooter is in good health for his age, but has a weak hind suspensory.   "His libido is willing, but with his hind suspensory, we're afraid he could hur...
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Hazel Park opens 59th season Friday

on 05/06/2011 2:00 AM
Hazel Park Raceway begins its 59th year of harness racing on Friday night, with a first-race post time of 7:25 p.m. for the 13-race card. The featured events on the first of 50 programs are a Preferred Pace for fillies and mares and an Open Trot, while fans will be able to enjoy the first of the weekly Friday night “Action on the Apron” with $1 hot dogs, soft drinks and popcorn and $2 draft be...
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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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