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Newmark, where Gural is chairman, to be acquired

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
On Thursday the brokerage firm BGC Partners announced it had reached an agreement to purchase Newmark, the real estate advisory firm that operates as Newmark Knight Frank in the United States. Jeff Gural, who is in negotiations to lease the Meadowlands, is chairman of Newmark Knight Frank.   The price of the transaction was not disclosed.   "This is the beginning of a drama...
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Sky Mesa gets game win at The Meadows

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
Sky Mesa, who appeared to be heading for a place finish when his lead vanished in the stretch, reached down and found more at the last moment to hang on and capture Tuesday’s $27,800 championship of the Valentowner Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Sky Mesa used a quarter-pole move to take the lead, a position driver Eric Ledford projected as the most comfortable for him. “He l...
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Ideal Newton rallies for win in Pocono's distaff open

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
Ideal Newton rallied from last to first to win the featured Open pace for fillies and mares on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. In the process, the mare captured the winner’s share of the biggest purse for an overnight race in Pocono history.The purse for the Open was $60,000, which was twice the amount of Pocono’s previous high for an overnight race. Those lofty purses will be fe...
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Cam Town Carrie upsets at Pompano

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
A field of six mares was assembled for the $14,000 purse top event on Tuesday evening, April 26 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. When the dust settled the longest shot in the field got the last laugh.Tom Sells made one of his patented patient drives with the unrespected Cam Town Carrie who was widest in the stretch to arrive home first at 24-1."I'd like to say I planned it that way but it s...
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Levy, Matchmaker finals drawn

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night stakes finals, the $495,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and $301,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker...the two richest North American harness races of the season to date.Post time for the 12-race card is 7:10 PM, with the (ladies first) Matchmaker going as the 6th race (approximate post 8: 45 PM) and the Levy going as t...
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Bare Necessity looks to extend streak

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
Bare Necessity will likely be the talk of the tote board in the $60,000 Ontario Spring Open Final on Friday night at Woodbine.The three-year-old homebred son of Apaches Fame remains undefeated in five career starts for trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms of Newmarket.In his most recent start, the $20,000 Ontario Spring Open elimination, Bare Necessity scored a comfortable, gate-to-wire score...
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Bling shines at Harrington

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Corey Callahan and trainer Josh Green capped off a big Tuesday evening at Harrington Raceway, winning the $18,600 Mares Open with Baron Racing and David Rovine’s Bling ($4.20) in 1:55.1. Callahan had four winners on the card, three of which were aboard Green-trained horses. Bling, a 5-year-old mare sired by Scoot Outa Reach, received a two hole trip behind pacesetter Itz Cherry Ripe ...
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Elmore named GM at Hoosier Park

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced the appointment of Brian Elmore to the position of General Manager of Racing.  Elmore, who will assume the new position beginning May 1, replaces Jeff Smith who will continue in his position as Managing Director of Racing for Hoosier Park’s parent company, Centaur LLC.   In his previous position as Director of Racing Operations...
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Tioga nominations available on website

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will offer the first qualifying races of the season on Friday, April 29, at 11 am. Entries will be taken by the Racing Office at (607) 699-7688 until the box is closed at 10 am on Thursday, April 28. The next opportunity to get qualified will be Tioga’s annual “Press Night” on Tuesday, May 3, at 6:50 pm, under the lights. That evening serves as a dress rehearsal and offers the lo...
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Visa issues could keep Arch Madness home

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Trond Smedshammer told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that a planned trip overseas for Arch Madness to race in next month’s Oslo Grand Prix in Norway and the Elitlopp in Sweden could be scrapped due to paperwork issues concerning the Norwegian’s visa. “It’s the American Embassy in Oslo that I’m waiting for,” said Smedshammer, who added he has been given no timetable as ...
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Setback for Bigtime Ball

on 04/27/2011 2:00 AM
Racing fans will have to wait until the end of summer if they want to see Bigtime Ball in the entry box. The career winner of $1,321,330 suffered an injury to his sesamoid bone according to trainer-owner Gord Irwin.   "We had him trained down to 2:00 around the beginning of April," Irwin said. "Then the injury happened. It's a terrible feeling to have an injury happen to him just a few week...
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Live action resumes at Pompano

on 04/26/2011 2:00 AM
After a planned one week pause in the action the four nights per week live harness racing schedule resumed on Monday, April 25 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Headlining the program was three year old colt trotter Celebrity Bombay. Last Fall, the son of Yankee Glide-Secret Harmony was a starter in the Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington and the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. Although he did ...
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Thoroughbred horsemen protest Gural exclusive

on 04/26/2011 2:00 AM
In the latest development involving the Meadowlands, late Monday New Jersey's The Record newspaper reported that Thoroughbred interests have made public a letter in which they disputed Jeff Gural being given an "exclusive" opportunity to lease the Meadowlands.   In the story by John Brennan, Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the office of Gov. Chris Christie, said state offic...
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Arch Madness, Define The World invited to Elitlopp

on 04/26/2011 2:00 AM
Although it's a month away, invitations are being extended to the Elitlopp. Among the horses invited thus far are Brioni, who won the Olympic Trot on April 16; Arch Madness, who is first heading to Norway for the Oslo Grand Prix on May 15; Define The World, who won at Woodbine Monday night in 1:53.3 on April 18; Prince Tagg, an impressive winner in Sweden last week; and Rapide Lebel, who showed he...
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Look Cheap ready for Ontario Filly final

on 04/26/2011 2:00 AM
Look Cheap and nine other sophomore pacing fillies will assemble this Thursday to contest the $60,000 Ontario Spring Filly Stakes final at Woodbine. Look Cheap, a daughter of Geartogear-Chimi Hanover, took her $20,000 elimination in 1:54.1, the faster of the two divisions.   Trainer Rod Boyd is confident in Look Cheap’s abilities to return to the winner’s circle for a second week in a...
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It's Official: Gural has agreement with tellers

on 04/26/2011 2:00 AM
An agreement has been reached between the union representing the mutuel clerks at the Meadowlands Racetrack and Jeff Gural, who is working to finalize a deal to lease the Meadowlands for harness racing. The executive board of Local 137, which represents the tellers, approved the agreement Tuesday afternoon. Harnessracing.com confirmed that the executive board vote was sufficient to pass the a...
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$60,000 Tuesday overnight sets Pocono record

on 04/25/2011 2:00 AM
As the weather heats up in Northeast Pennsylvania, so does the racing action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. When eight top fillies and mares hit the famous Pocono five-eighths mile oval on Tuesday they will be racing for a purse of $60,000, the biggest overnight purse, ever, at the track.   Trainer Chris Oakes is sending out his top earner Not Enough in the Open, the 10th race on the ...
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New tracks join Strategic Wagering program

on 04/25/2011 2:00 AM
Chris Schick, the California-based U.S. Trotting Association director who spearheaded the Strategic Wagering program that helps racetracks fund guaranteed Pick-4 pools, told harnessracing.com Monday morning via email that in addition to the previously announced addition of The Meadows to the program in May, several other new tracks have signed on. According to Schick, Harrington Raceway will add ...
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Competition leads to $60,000 Opens in PA

on 04/25/2011 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ race secretary Rick Kane told harnessracing.com Monday morning that because he and Joe Auger, his counterpart at Harrah’s Chester, were competing for the same horses to fill the top-class races at the two Pennsylvania racetracks, an agreement was reached to alternate races and offer double purses. Pocono had been offering $30,000 purses for its open pacers, open t...
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Andover Hall filly OK America wins in Italy

on 04/25/2011 2:00 AM
OK America, an Andover Hall 3-year-old filly who is a half sister to Lisa America, won the Premio Emilia Filly race in Milan, Italy, on Monday. Trained by Jerry Riordan and bred and owned by Hall of Famer Lou Guida's Guida Italia, OK America turned in a strong rally over the five-eighths mile oval to score in a mile rate of 1:59.4 for the 2,100 meters (1.3 miles).   OK America is out of Gui...
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