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Penn National announces details of Ohio plan

on 02/10/2011 12:00 AM
At Thursday's meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission, Penn National Gaming announced its intention to seek approvals to relocate its two Ohio racetracks if the state proceeds with plans to authorize video lottery terminals (VLTs) at Ohio racetracks.  Penn National also presented details of its proposed investment and development plans in new facilities as well as the employment, tax...
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Donato Hanover filly tops Blooded Horse Sale

on 02/10/2011 12:00 AM
Strong consignments attracted large crowds to the Blooded Horse Winter Sale. Buyers poured in from 24 states and four Canadian provinces, along with representatives for European interests.   The Bold Bidder consignment provided the sale topper in the Donato Hanover filly Myura Bi. Atlantic Trot purchased the first foal from the Pine Chip mare Spectacular Scarlet for $35,000 on behalf o...
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Wishing Stone entered in Prix de France

on 02/10/2011 12:00 AM
The plan for Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone (above) flip-flopped again as the 4-year-old was entered for Sunday's 400,000 euro Prix de France, set for the Vincennes racetrack in Paris.   Just last week Dewayne Minor, who trained the horse in the U.S. and saw him recently in France, said that he believed it would be best to wait until March and the prestigiou...
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Kramer leaving East Coast, heads back to Michigan

on 02/10/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Brad Kramer, who moved his base of operations from Michigan to New York late last year, has announced he is returning home to the Wolverine State and will be at Northville Downs when the suburban Detroit racetrack opens Friday night, Feb. 11, for its 68th year of harness racing. “If I was younger, I’d probably stay in New York and stick it out long enough, or if I didn’t have my farm...
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Big news for Yonkers; races back on NY TV

on 02/10/2011 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway debuts as part of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) television network beginning Friday night (Feb. 11). The agreement between the Raceway and NYRA restores the nightly Yonkers' signal back into the five boroughs via Channel 71, as well as places it on the NYRA Rewards streaming video. In addition, simulcast areas at both Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park shall remain o...
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Omen Hanover giving young trainer exposure

on 02/10/2011 12:00 AM
Omen Hanover's success could mean a promising future for young trainer Nick Surick. The open class mare has earned $250,000 since entering the 22-year-old conditioner's barn last April. She makes her next start in the $40,000 second leg of the Cape & Cutter Series on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.  Omen Hanover will start from post six in the tenth race with Matt Kakaley...
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Sherman on Meadowlands broadcast Friday

on 02/10/2011 12:00 AM
Trainer Kent Sherman will talk about his champion trotting mare Jesse's Messenger and his four starters on the card on Meadowlands Racetrack's Friday night pre-card broadcast.   On Saturday, the multi-talented George Anthony sits In The Sulky to discuss his five trainees on the card and his return to the announcer's booth at Ocean Downs.  Fans can e-mail questions for Sherman and Antho...
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Longshots payoff at Pompano

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
With a fast track, no wind, and a temperature well into the 60's it was surely one of the rarest of occurrences and utopia for the longshot lovers. The longest odds horses in two consecutive races came up winners on the Tuesday, February 8 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. In the 5th race, May Street Bon was kept well back of a fast pace and swept up to win a $10,000 purse ...
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Lightning Treasure strikes at Dover

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
Lightning Treasure in similar style as her earlier victory came on strongly in the stretch to win the $26,000 Mares Open pace on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Dover Downs. Jon Roberts got away late and eased out of sixth with Lightning Treasure heading to the clubhouse turn. After working his way alongside pacesetter Wish All You Want (Eric Goodell) at the three quarters, the two raced side-by-side around th...
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Action-Broadway a repeat winner at The Meadows

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
Action-Broadway idled 8 lengths off the lead at the half, but she overpowered the field with an uncovered move and went on to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The 1-5 favorite, Action-Broadway gave her backers some anxious moments before Dave Palone sent her after the leader, Pilgrims Stunner. The 4-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall-Photo W...
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Ill. court rules against casinos on tax challenge

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
An Illinois state appellate court on Tuesday upheld an earlier decision by a county court that dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state by four casinos that argued a law that required them to give three percent of their earnings to the racetracks.   The bill was signed into law in December 2008, requiring the casinos to pay the three percent into the Horse Racing Equity Trust Fund on a d...
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Drivers and trainers mix it up for SRF

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
  Join harness racing’s drivers and trainers for a night at Redd’s Restaurant and Bar in Carlstadt, NJ to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). On Monday February 21, 2011 at 5pm a fabulous menu of fun is planned but the highlight of the night is harness racing’s drivers and trainers serving up the drinks.  There’s a $10 cover charge going to SRF along w...
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27YO trying to get young people to the track

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
Darin Zoccali, 27, an announcer and broadcaster at Tioga Downs and the Meadowlands, is doing his part to encourage young people to get interested in harness racing. He is encouraging them via Facebook to come out to the track on Friday, Feb. 18.   The event is not an official Meadowlands event, but Zocalli will be at the track handicapping and trying to give fans winners to...
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Nathan has the Mulders feeling good

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
‘Gerry and Patricia Mulder have experienced a lot of ups and downs in the breeding business over the last 25 years, but they are riding high now thanks to Nathan Feelsgood. The Mulders, of Lansing, MI, bred and own the son of Mr Feelgood-Black Chana.   Despite a broken head pole from the half-mile on, the 3-year-old colt gamely dug in to win his Junior Trendsetter Series division in 1:54 ...
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St Elmo Hero back home in Illinois

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
Undefeated pacing sensation St Elmo Hero is taking a well-deserved breather after stretching his winning streak to 23 in the $65,000 Complex Series Final on January 29 at the Meadowlands.   “St Elmo Hero is doing very well,” owner John Barnard reported on Tuesday. “He’s back in Illinois and jogging every day. We just want to keep him loosened up. We had scheduled time off for him. ...
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Northville set to open Friday night

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
Friday night marks the 2011 opening for Northville Downs, which first opened for live harness racing in 1944. The half-mile oval, which will have live racing on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., has a big weekend planned with some big changes awaiting racing fans.   Northville Downs underwent a complete upgrade to the facility to include the addition of 350 brand new flat panel televisi...
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Meadows announces $7.8 million stakes schedule

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has announced that its 2011 stakes schedule will offer an estimated $7.86 million in purses. The final of the track's signature event, the Delvin Miller Adios, will be held on Saturday, July 30.   Eliminations of the Adios, the 45th edition of the prestigious event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, will go on Saturday, July 23. The fin...
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Penn National wants to move Raceway, Beulah

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
Penn National Gaming will be putting its card on the table in Ohio on Thursday by asking the state's racing commission for permission to move its Raceway Park operation in Toledo to Youngstown and Beulah Park in Columbus to north Dayton. The Ohio State Racing Commission must approve moving the tracks, which Penn National would also only do if video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the tracks ...
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Anniecrombie dies at age 28

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
Anniecrombie p,1:52.3 ($1,414,477), winner of a Breeders Crown and the 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year in 1986, was euthanized on Monday (Feb. 7) at Hunterton Farm at Stoner Creek in Paris, Ky. The daughter of Abercrombie-Sparklespray (by Windshield Wiper) was 28 and was buried on the farm.   Owned by Ohio breeders Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson, Anniecrombie lived the last five yea...
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Delaware County Fair board's Frank Welker dies

on 02/09/2011 12:00 AM
Frank J. Welker, 85, a longtime member of the Little Brown Jug Society and the Delaware, OH County Fair Board, died February 8.   Born February 20, 1925 in Newark, OH, Mr. Welker graduated from Willis High School in 1943 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 42nd  Rainbow Division.   Welker was also past president of the Delaware County Agric...
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