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Miss New Jersey to present Miss New Jersey

on 05/03/2011 2:00 AM
Ashleigh Udalovas, 23, will continue the tradition of two-legged Miss New Jerseys meeting the winner of the Miss New Jersey Stakes on May 28 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Udalovas, who is from Millville, N.J., will present the trophy for the $150,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey, a stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies who are by New Jersey-based stallions.   Sponsored by ...
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Takter recognized in international survey

on 05/03/2011 2:00 AM
International trotting media has voted Jimmy Takter as the second best trainer 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.   French horseman Fabrice Souloy, who is presently training Wishing St...
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Luchento honored by NJ leaders

on 05/03/2011 2:00 AM
April 27 was officiall Thomas F. Luchento Day in Monmouth County, New Jersey. It was already late in the day when Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association, was presented a plaque by the Freeholders of Monmouth County at the Hall of Records.   Luchento’s work and the importance of the racing community to the people of Monmouth County was noted in the o...
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Fashion Delight set to qualify Thursday at Big M

on 05/03/2011 2:00 AM
Fashion Delight, one of last year’s elite 2 year olds, will make his sophomore qualifying debut Thursday at the Meadowlands, according to trainer Jim Campbell. The son of Bettors Delight-B Js Sunshine conducted a 5-3-3 record from 11 starts last year as a freshman.   "The plan is to qualify him this Thursday at the Meadowlands," Campbell said. "He’s come back in great form and we...
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Lucky Jim wins Big M qualifier in 1:53

on 05/03/2011 2:00 AM
With Andy Miller in the bike for trainer Julie Miller, the 2009 Trotter of the Year, Lucky Jim, won a Meadowlands qualifier by 11-3/4 lengths in 1:53 at the Meadowlands on Tuesday May 3. Lucky Jim was on top at every call, leaving from post six and posting splits of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:25.3 en route to the open-lengths win over the fast track.Temple Of Doom (Ray Remmen) was second with Pilgrims Chu...
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Mater Deo another top filly from Coleman barn

on 05/03/2011 2:00 AM
After scoring two victories and $72,239 in earnings last year as a freshman, Mater Deo will make her sophomore debut this Thursday in the $25,000 Princess Stakes eliminations at Woodbine. Last season, the daughter of Western Ideal-Life Matters captured a $100,529 division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes for trainer Casie Coleman and owners West Wins Stable and Steve Calhoun.   "I'm lookin...
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Smoken Up to North America?

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Down Under’s record-breaking pacer Smoken Up (Tinted Cloud-Carnlough Bay) could race in North America. Not content with with obliterating the Australasian mile record last Saturday night, the horse's trainer-driver, Lane Justice, will talk to Smoken Up’s owners about chasing the world record.   The 8-year-old gelding left the Menangle crowd gobsmacked when he took a staggering...
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Mayotte announces Escape The Wind retired

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Veteran horseman Roger Mayotte announced Monday morning that his multiple stakes winning pacer Escape The Wind has been officially retired at the age of 11 years old. Escape The Wind recorded 62 wins, 25 seconds and 27 thirds in 224 starts over the course of his career to earn over $1.9 million for the Venture 2000 Stable, which consists of Mayotte and longtime friends and partners Stavr...
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Ill Rumpel dies in Canada

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Illa Rumpel, who traveled to North American racetracks with her husband, Gordon, to watch their star horses such as Matt's Scooter and On The Road Again, died April 29 after years suffering with Alzheimers.   Gord and Illa had been married for 59 years and their story was documented by Horse Racing Alberta in a feature called “A Special Lady” and that video production won HRA top honors...
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Youth Foundation names new trustees

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Harness Horseman's Association Executive Director Ron Battoni and former HHYF Assistant Ryan Avenatti have been elected to three-year terms on the HHYF's fifteen-member Board of Trustees.   Battoni, 61, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has worked closely with HHYF in the past in his role with the PHHA . "I was honored to be asked to serve on the Board," he says. "The HHYF does so much goo...
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Harrington joins USTA's wagering program

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway recently joined the USTA’s strategic wagering program and will be guaranteeing its pick four on Tuesdays in May with a $5,000 minimum pool.It will begin on May 3 with Harrington’s pick four, which starts nightly at race three. For selections, visit,   http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absolutenm/templates/?a=42194&z=87.Harrington Raceway currently races on a Sunday t...
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Saunders happy with colt's third-place finish

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Bruce Saunders is no stranger to campaigning 3 year olds to lucrative seasons. Last year Saunders trained Rock N Roll Heaven to top honors and this year he's back with Lookinforadventure. The colt finished third Friday, April 29, in his second start of the season. Lookinforadventure faced a minor setback to begin his 2011 season but Saunders is confident his charge can rebound. "In hi...
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Raceway Park opens 2011 meet

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Raceway Park began its live racing season on Saturday to a record opening weekend crowd of more than 2,200.  The crowd came out early for the promotions, including 150 season passes that were all gone before the first race even started.   “We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our 2011 season”, said General Manager Bill McLaughlin. “The weather was perfect and the e...
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Field set for Italy's rich Lotteria

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
The draw for the 62nd edition of the famed Gran Premio della Lotteria at the Agnano track in Naples, Italy, a track located in the shadow of the vulcano Vesuvio, has been conducted and the race includes the American-breds Pretty Boy Lindy and Southwind Samurai. The race will be held Sunday.   The eliminations have purses of $20,900 each while the total purse is over $600,000. The thr...
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Bettor Design 1:52.3 Meadows winner

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Seemingly blocked and racing for a minor award, Bettor Design shot through a narrow opening in deep stretch to capture Monday’s $22,500 winners-over $10,000 life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Bettor Design sat third for most of the race but found himself shuffled to a trailing position as the field turned for home — one horse in front of him, one to his inside, another to hi...
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2 straight Harrington wins for Dina's Gamble

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
Legacy Racing of Delaware and Louie Paglierani’s Dina’s Gamble ($6, Jim Morand) earned his second straight win in the $17,200 Delaware Special Monday at Harrington Raceway.   The Wayne Givens-trainee assumed command approaching the quarter mile in 28.3 and set fractions of 57.3 and 1:25.4 before holding off a game first-over Harlingen Hanover in 1:53.4. Cadence N was third. A 6-year-old...
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Define The World easy 1:52.1 winner

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
In his last start in North America before heading to Norway for the Oslo Grand Prix, Define The World turned in a huge victory at Woodbine Monday night, leading virtually gate-to-wire and winning the $45,000 Open by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:52.1.   Driver Paul MacDonell sent Define The World to a quick lead and then dictated splits of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.1 before his horse jogged home. San Pail...
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Yonkers handle tops $1 million Saturday night

on 05/01/2011 2:00 AM
Although there was no show wagering on the George Morton Levy Memorial or Blue Chip Matchmaker finals, the strong Saturday night card at Yonkers Raceway propelled the track to a million-dollar handle. Handle for the 12-race Yonkers card hit $1,066,944.   Meanwhile, Woodbine handled $1,413,961 for 11 races and Balmoral Park generated a $914,175 handle from 12 races.
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Define The World races Monday before shipping

on 05/01/2011 2:00 AM
Paul MacDonell and Define the World are set to ship out and battle for one of the world's most prestigious events, the Elitlopp in Sweden. This will be the duo’s second trip overseas. Last year, in the Oslo Grand Prix in Norway, Define The World finished third but that was followed up by a disappointing fifth-place effort in the Elitlopp elimination, which did not advance him to the final. &nbs...
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Pickens Russell dies at 96

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Pickens Russell, a veteran horseman who lived out his retirement years in his native Alabama, died Thursday at age 96. Russell was the brother of Hall of Fame horseman Sanders Russell and the uncle of new Hall of Famer Walter Russell, who will be inducted this summer.   Mr. Russell died in his ancestral home on the family farm in Stevenson, Alabama, where he had lived his entire life, excep...
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