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Meadowlands to re-open; statement issued

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Although negotiations with the New Jersey Thoroughbred horsemen regarding percentage splits of simulcast money still continue, the Meadowlands will re-open on Saturday, May 7. Contrary to previous reports, the track will not reopen under the management of Jeff Gural, but under the terms of the previously agreed upon deal between the state of New Jersey and the Standardbred Breeders ...
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Big Bad John wins accident-marred qualifier

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Big Bad John overcame the outside post nine and an accident at the three-quarters that sent two horses falling to the track, two to not finish and another three to finish more than 50 lengths behind, to win his second qualifier of the year Friday morning at The Meadows. A winner of seven of nine starts last year at age two—including a pair of fall Grand Circuit victories at The Red Mile—Big B...
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63 eligible to North America Cup

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
An elite group of 63 horses remain eligible to the 28th edition of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, one of harness racing's most prestigious events, set for Saturday, June 18, at Mohawk Racetrack.   Headlining this year's talented group is Big Jim, who recorded the fastest mile in history for a freshman pacer with a 1:49.1 world record. The son of Western Ideal-Bold Pink won six ...
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Haight named GM at Batavia

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Todd Haight, has been appointed general manager of live racing at Batavia Downs, it was announced Friday by the board of directors of Western Regional Off-Track Betting, the Public Benefit Corporation that owns the Genesee County racetrack and casino.   Haight, who begins his new duties May 1, replaces Michael D Kane, who was recently appointed president and CEO of WROTB.   I...
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Yonkers increase Pick 4 guarantee as of May 2

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced it shall continue its participation in the US Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering, though with some changes in the guaranteed Pick 4 pool.   Beginning in May, Yonkers shall "up the ante" to a $20,000 guaranteed pool for its late Pick 4 (from $15,000), and make it available every Monday and Tuesday night (a change from Monday/Saturday). The $15,000 guara...
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Meadowlands condition sheet available

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has issued a condition sheet, covering the re-opening on May 7, 2011 as well as the programs on May 8 and May 12. The Saturday, May 7, program features the elimination races for a pair of free for all stakes, the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Trot and the Graduate Pace. Entries are due by 12 pm on Wednesday, May 4.   Click here for the condition sheet.    
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Anders Bluestone dominates at Pocono

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Anders Bluestone added Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to the list of Eastern tracks he has conquered in recent weeks, winning the featured Open trot on Friday night in dominant fashion. The race carried the night’s top purse of $60,000.   Leaving from the #5 post as the 9-5 favorite, Anders Bluestone, who has captured Opens at Dover and Chester already this spring, settled sixth around the f...
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3YO Playin Time takes final in 1:52.1

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
After finishing second in his elimination last week, driver Chris Christoforou gave Playin Time a perfect, pocket-trip to win Friday night's $60,000 Ontario Spring Open final at Woodbine.   The 3-year-old son of Mach Three showed sharp gate-speed from post seven and crossed over to take the lead before the opening panel in :27. The 3/2 choice favorite, Bare Necessity (Sylvain Fili...
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Tough Challenger in Harrington track record

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Nanticoke Racing and Jim Morand’s Tough Challenger ($13.60, Morand) set a new track record Wednesday for 4-year-old trotting horses with a 1:56.1 win in the featured $18,600 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway.Trained by Les Givens, the 4-year-old You Betcha stallion made his move on pacesetter Allmar Surprise shortly after the half-mile mark where he steadily gained on that rival and eventually cle...
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Scirocco Andy wins at Pompano

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Astute horse owner Lewis Whitaker of Boynton Beach, FL was paid an immediate dividend for the restructuring plan he executed for three year old pacer Scirocco Andy on the Wednesday, April 27 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park."It's a good for everyone with Peter Blood taking on an ownership share in addition to taking over training the horse" Whitaker explained after the Real Desire-Da...
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Love U Overandover in Meadows sweep

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Love U Overandover unleashed a wicked first-over move that carried her to victory in 1:56 in Wednesday’s $25,400 championship of the Tom’s OK Lady Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. The win gave Love U Overandover a series sweep and the fastest mile this year by a sophomore filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Love U Overandover was sitting fourth down the backside when Da...
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Some Girls Do, I Kill Time favs in Courageous Lady

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
With 14 three-year-old fillies in the entry box, Saturday’s $101,500 Courgaeous Lady at Northfield Park has been split into two $50,750, seven-horse divisions, with the first, race 8 on the card, scheduled for about 9:45 PM, and the second, race 11, set for about 11:00 PM. The two Courageous Lady heats will “bookend” Northfield’s Guaranteed $10,000 Pick Four (with reduced 14 percent takeou...
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Cal amateurs to take on Kiwis this weekend

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
After a team of east coast drivers came to California and defeated the locals in a two-night series, word quickly spread across the Pacific. A group of rebels from down under banded together and made their way across treacherous seas seeking their own gold in California.   This Friday and Saturday, the California Amateur Driving Club hosts a team of four Kiwis in an International Friendship...
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RCI board votes to re-examine furosemide

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
The Board of Directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) voted without objection this week in favor a resolution calling for the re-examination of whether its current policy pertaining to furosemide should be continued.   RCI also endorsed international coordination and collaboration on overall medication policies and underscored the need to do so with non-stero...
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NJ reaches deal on Xanadu takeover

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
The New York Times has reported that the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, along with lenders and a new developer, have reached a deal to revive the Xanadu entertainment and retail complex located adjacent to the Izod Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.   When New Jersey Gov. Christie empowered Jon Hanson to study the gaming industry in New Jersey, his assig...
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Seven trotters to battle in Pocono $60K open

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is getting ready for another massive night of racing action on Friday night and a $60,000 purse for the Open Trot. Seven of the most powerful trotters will meet on the track for the 10th race of a 16-race card.   Trainer William Taylor sends Anders Bluestone to Pocono, and he’ll check in as the morning line favorite. The 5-year-old is coming off a win in t...
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Bill to ban drugs in racing to be introduced in Senate

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
The Associated Press reported Thursday afternoon that New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall will introduce a bill next week in the U.S. Senate that give the federal government a role in governing horse racing in enacting a law that prohibits performance-enhancing drugs.   Under Udall's proposed legislation, any person with three violations of the ban would be permanently banned from horse racing. A hor...
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Gural hopes to announce good news Friday

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Although one hurdle was cleared Tuesday for Jeff Gural to lease the Meadowlands when an agreement was reached with the racetrack's mutuel tellers, there is still another to be overcome with the state's Thoroughbred horsemen. On Thursday afternoon, Gural issued the following statement:   "As reported, I have a meeting with the State tomorrow at 9 a.m. to hopefully resolve the issue with...
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Indiana to continue funding for racing program

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Indiana newspapers reported Thursday that the Indiana legislature has reached an agreement that would continue subsidizing purses at the racetracks from slot machine revenue.   The state House had earlier passed a bill cutting the subsidy money from approximately $60 million to $27 million, Although Ways and Means chairman Jeff Espich had also stated earlier that he was against having the s...
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Wishing Stone, Raja Mirchi win in Sweden

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Eliminations for Sweden's prestigious Queen's and King's Trophy races for 4 year olds were held Thursday night at the Aby track in Gothenburg, and it was a great night for American blood. Seven of the 12 fillies advancing to the Queen's Trophy final are by stallions standing at stud in the U.S. In addition, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone won his elim for the King's Trophy.   In...
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