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Freehold announces purse reductions; possible schedule change

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
 Freehold Raceway announced Thursday that the condition sheet being released today will reflect a 25 percent reduction in purses.   After several significant purse increases in 2010, Freehold has been forced to reverse course and implement reductions. This will be the second reduction this year, with a 15 percent reduction announced in late January.   According to Freehold GM Ho...
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Joel Sterns, former counsel to SBOANJ, dies

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Joel H. Sterns, 76, who helped spearhead the establishment of Atlantic City's multi-billion-dollar casino gaming industry, died Feb. 21 at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.   Mr. Sterns and his Trenton, N.J., law firm, Sterns & Weinroth, grew to be recognized as leading practitioners in the gaming industry throughout the nation, in Canada and Europe....
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Hanover donates Cam's Card Shark breeding

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
This is supposed to be a weekend of receiving, not giving, for Jim Simpson. The CEO of Hanover Shoe Farms was voted harness racing’s highest honor last fall, entrance to the sport’s Living Hall of Fame, and will be making his first “public appearance” as a Hall laureate at the annual Dan Patch Awards banquet this Sunday, February 27, at the Marriott North Fort Lauderdale.   Sim...
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Top PA filly Hidden Viggorish dies

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Hidden Viggorish, the 2006 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 3-year-old filly trot champion and also the winner of the American National that year, died Wednesday night while giving birth to her first foal. Bred, campaigned and still owned by Harmony Spring Stable, the 8-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar may have suffered a ruptured uterine artery.   Hidden Viggorish gave birth to a filly by Mus...
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Headbutt Harley gets the heads up at Dover

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Headbutt Harley rolled down the passing lane to capture the $14,500 feature at Dover Downs on Thursday, Feb.24. Ross Wolfenden had a driving triple.Daryl Bier won the dash to the finish line in 1:54.3 scooting along the passing lane to catch front pacing Mr. Jerry C (Tim Curtin) in the final strides to win the %14,500 4&5-Year-Old pace, his first win of 2011. David and trainer Jeff Clark own T...
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Sears and Simpson in the Big M sulky

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Brian Sears and Brandon Simpson will be the featured guests on Meadowlands Racetrack's Friday and Saturday night television broadcasts. Sears will sit In The Sulky on Friday to recap his stakes wins last weekend and preview his drives for the night.  Simpson, who has cracked the Top 10 in his second season of driving at the Big M, will take the hot seat on Saturday night.Fans can e-mail quest...
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Bet on Bettis at the Meadows

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Parked the opening quarter, Bettis had just enough to hold off the hard-charging Outdoor Action and earn his third consecutive victory, the fifth in his last six starts in Thursday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.Assigned post 8, Bettis moved right for the lead but had to work hard for Aaron Merriman to clear Outdoor Action, who settled into a comfortable pocket. Outdoor Action ...
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Perfect M Forever wins again at Dover

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
Perfect M Forever step up after winning last week’s Winners-Over pace to take the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb.22 at Dover Downs.Eric Goodell sent Perfect M Forever past Alice’s Restaurant heading past the three quarters and then opened up a big lead on the way to a 1:51.3 victory in the female feature of the week. Trained by meet leader Josh Green for KSJ Stables, the Stand For...
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I'm Just Special is a Pompano winner

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
An equipment change on Tuesday evening tipped off a strong return to form for the richest older mare at the meet at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. With an announced change of the blinkers removed, I'm Just Special was a flawless front end winner in the $14,000 purse top weekly class for pacing mares in 1:51.1 with George Napolitano Jr. in the bike. "Back on February 8, two weeks ago, it...
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Western Fair To Host Driving Championship

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
Many of Ontario’s top drivers will be on hand at Western Fair Raceway on Friday, March 11 for the Ontario Regional Driving Championship which determines Ontario’s representatives to the National Driving Championship. Simon Allard, Gord Brown, Scott Coulter, Trevor Henry, Jody Jamieson, John MacDonald, Doug McNair and Scott Zeron will participate in the eight race contest. The top two finisher...
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Gulotta not surprised by NJ veto

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
Mike Gulotta, who along with Andy Willinger owns Deo Volente Farm in Flemington, NJ, told harnessracing.com that he was disappointed, but not surprised, regarding Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would have directed monies received from the sales tax on horse transactions back to the horse racing industry. Christie vetoed, Bill S2394/A3531 on Friday, Feb.  18 “Well, it’s d...
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Meadowlands qualifiers moved to Saturday

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
Due to the prediction of rain and snow for Friday (Feb. 25), qualifiers at Meadowlands Racetrack are being moved to Saturday (Feb. 26). The entry box closes on Thursday (Feb. 24) at 4 pm. (Meadowlands)
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$1.6 mil bet Down Under on Meadowlands cards

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
While handle at the 2011 winter meet at the Meadowlands is still down roughly 20 percent from the 2010 meet, there has been encouraging news from Down Under. Thus far a total of six programs have been sent via satellite to Australia and New Zealand, with total wagering of $1,646,139. That's an average of $274,356 per program.   The simulcasts began with the Feb. 3 card, which aired in Sydne...
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St. Elmo Hero at Balmoral Saturday

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
The conquering hero returns home.St Elmo Hero, the winner of all 23 of his career starts, will race Saturday night at Balmoral Park in a $10,900 free-for-all pace against four rivals. St Elmo Hero began his career in a claiming race at Balmoral and won his first eight starts at the Chicago track.   The 5-year-old gelding is coming off a stakes-record 1:49.1 win in the $65,000 Complex at the...
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Horsemen check on family in New Zealand

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
New Zealand horsemen in the United States have been checking on family in the hours since the earthquake in Christchurch. Expat Kelvin Harrison, a native of Methven, 50 miles southwest of Christchurch, was able to reach his family and confirm that all are OK. According to the Associated Press, at least 75 people were killed in the quake and some 300 remain missing. Many sections of Christchur...
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Parker wins five at Monticello

on 02/22/2011 12:00 AM
Winning races is nothing new to Billy "Zeke" Parker, Jr. And driving titles'. he’s had a plethora of them in his illustrious career---17 alone at Monticello Raceway. And even at age 56 Zeke can handle himself with the best of them and he is always a force to be reckoned with.There were times over the years when he scored nine victories races on a 10-race card; and he’s won six and seven six ra...
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Lareau gets win 1,000 at Pompano

on 02/22/2011 12:00 AM
Being atop the drivers' standings has never mattered to Gaston Lareau, but just the same he was relieved to get the 1,000 lifetime win milestone out of the way. Perhaps reflecting a common occurrence in his career, he reached the four digit career win total in the first race of the Monday, February 21 program with a pocket trip long shot score at 22-1. Lareau was teaming four year old Wewering-Wal...
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Schoolkids aces Dover test

on 02/22/2011 12:00 AM
Schoolkids was at the top of his game repelling seven rivals to win the $35,000 Preferred Handicap while Nova Artist took the lead and never looked back in the $32,500 Delaware Special pace and Cams Art wins again to highlight the Presidents’ day card on Monday, Feb.1 at Dover Downs.Pat Berry took the lead from Harlingen Hanover (Roger Plante) before the opening panel and then set all the pace o...
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Hoosier Classic sale has new ownership

on 02/22/2011 12:00 AM
The Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, annually the leading sale for Indiana sired yearlings, was sold to a new ownership group effective Feb. 17.  The sale company, now incorporated as Hoosier Classic Sale Company LLC, has been sold by original proprietor Carl Becker to Jeffrey and David Fought of Shipshewana, IN.  The Foughts operate Cornerstone Stock Farm, a small farm exclusively breedin...
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Delaware writer Jack Ireland retires

on 02/22/2011 12:00 AM
Jack Ireland, who has been writing for the Delaware News Journal for more than 35 years, has announced his retirement. “Irish Jack” was named horse racing writer in 1989 following the retirement of Izzy Katzman, who was elected in 1994 to the Communicator’s Corner of the Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. “There are so many people to thank, there isn't room in the paper,” Ireland wrote i...
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