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Jans Luck vs. Spring Break

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Affirmed and Alydar dueled through perhaps the most storied rivalry in Thoroughbred racing history, but those legends have nothing on two outstanding Standardbreds, Jans Luck and Spring Break. When the two locked horns in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace, it was the 34th time they battled at The Meadows in their extended grudge match.   This time, Spring Break got the bett...
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PA fair champ wins at The Meadows

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Filly Bay, last year’s divisional champion of the Pennsylvania Fairs, made a successful 2011 debut with a game victory in Wednesday’s Tom’s OK Lady Trot at The Meadows. Love U Overandover captured the other $15,000 opening-leg split in the series for 3-year-old filly trotters. Filly Bay hadn’t raced since the Oct. 16 fairs championship, but Randy Tharps sent her confidently to the lea...
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California amateurs announce 2 series

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
The California Amateur Driving Club (CADC) and the California Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA) have announced two late-closing series for amateur drivers, sponsored by TVG.   Each series will feature two legs and a final with an estimated purse of $8000.  The first series, to be contested beginning on Saturday May 8 for three consecutive Saturdays, is a conditioned claiming...
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East vs. West at Cal Expo this weekend

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
With March Madness in the rear view mirror, the eyes of the world will be on Sacramento, California for the two-day, East versus West, Amateur Driving Challenge.  This weekend was specifically chosen so these races would not take away from the attendance at AT&T Park, as the World Champion Giants are out of town.   Team East will be represented by first-timers Laura Macnamara, Sime...
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Gural to appear on Fox TV at 8 Thursday

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural, the owner of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, who is also negotiating to take over the Meadowlands, will appear on Fox News Channel's 'The O'Reilly Factor' on Thursday night (April 14). The show airs live at 8 pm (EDT) and repeats at 11 pm.   Gural said he was invited to the show to speak about why wealthier Americans should pay more in taxes, and not about any possible dealin...
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Big Jim trains in 1:57.3; set to qualify April 22

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Big Jim, the 2010 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, trained a mile in 1:57.3 on Monday at the Southern Oaks Training Center in central Florida and is scheduled to qualify at Southern Oaks on Friday, April 22.   Trainer James Dean said Phil Hudon, Big Jim's regular driver, is planning to be in Florida to drive the Western Ideal colt in the qualifier. After the qualifier Big J...
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Maine's Gardner Patterson dies at 97

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Crosby Gardner Patterson, 97, who was involved in the Maine harness racing community for many years, died April 11 at his home.   Patterson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine in journalism and English, as well as a Master of Education degree several years later. As a teacher in Westport, Conn., he continued his graduate work at Columbia University in N...
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Enough Talk, One More Laugh, Jezzy win qualifiers

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Defending Breeders Crown Open Trot champion Enough Talk, also voted the 2008 and 2010 Older Trotter of the Year, made his 2011 debut a winning one Thursday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in a qualifier. Also scoring qualifying victories Thursday were the 2010 Meadowlands Pace winner One More Laugh and the multiple New York Sire Stakes winning filly Jezzy. Trainer and co-owner Peter Kleinhans...
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San Pail to qualify Monday at Mohawk

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
The two-time defending Maple Leaf Trot winner, San Pail will be scheduled to qualify this coming Monday at Mohawk Racetrack, according to trainer Rod Hughes. Hughes, a resident of Dunsford, Ontario, recently trained his star trotter in 2:03 over Kawatha Downs and it's all systems go.   “He’s all set to qualify this Monday," he commented. “He looks just as good now as he did when he wo...
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Pari-Mutuel clerks reject Gural's offer

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural's efforts to lease the Meadowlands and keep the track open for harness racing may have ended Thursday night. Security personnel at the Meadowlands voted Thursday evening to accept an offer from Gural that called for wage concessions, but the pari-mutuel clerks refused to even cast ballots on Gural's proposal, effectively rejecting it. According to a source, the union meet...
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Dubois 3YO trotting colt wins Tie Silk final

on 04/14/2011 2:00 AM
With post time favorite, Ibrox making a costly break in stride before the start of the $60,000 Tie Silk Final, the race turned into a wide-open affair. Onirique, a son of Andover Hall, used a first-over attack to score his first career victory in 1:57.3.   Only the Best It (Simon Allard), Con Brio Hall (Jack Moiseyev) and R As Shakenbake (Rick Zeron) were all chasing the top spot going...
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Widger wins five at Hoosier

on 04/13/2011 2:00 AM
It looks like Sam Widger has brought some of his luck from the Chicago circuit to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Widger, who was the leading driver at Balmoral Park before relocating to Indiana for the start of the 2011 Standardbred season, pulled in five wins on the program Tuesday, April 12. Coming back for his third Standardbred meet at Hoosier Park, Widger is enjoying himself so far, and lo...
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Higher And Higher wins Dover Open

on 04/13/2011 2:00 AM
Higher And Higher smilingly too far back on the final turn turned on the burners and closed to victory in 1:52.1 to win the last $26,000 Mares Open pace on an intermittently rainy Tuesday, April 12 at Dover DownsDaryl Bier driving Higher And Higher sat on the outside in a group trailing No Bad Luck (Montrell Teague) beginning to pull away as the field of distaffs completed turning for home. Bier u...
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Glam Cam: Hennessey's new stable standout?

on 04/13/2011 2:00 AM
After a life's mark victory of 1:53.2 earned by Glam Cam in a $6,000 purse conditioned test on the Tuesday evening, April 12 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, trainer Dan Hennessey was happy to comment on the five year old Camotion-CR Charisma mare's future potential. "It was kind of a fortunate situation that brought the mare to my stable just three starts ago in the first plac...
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No Satin Intended in Meadows series upset

on 04/13/2011 2:00 AM
No Satin Intended, who hadn’t raced since Oct. 6, converted a perfect pocket trip to a shocking 21-1 upset victory in a division of Tuesday’s Valentowner Pace at The Meadows. Also capturing $15,000 opening-leg splits in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers were Fall Bliss, Border Fighting and Zipnthruthehall. The event honors Valentowner, a fast-class standout bred and campai...
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Cactus Creek wins Monticello feature

on 04/13/2011 2:00 AM
Five years ago Cactus Creek not only won a division of the Little Brown Jug but the altered son of Artsplace also was victorious in the Adios (Stakes). Some could make a case for geldings winning major stakes in that they return to the racing wars and create some media attention. Though Cactus Creek was, and still is a valuable race horse, he arguably wasn’t the same caliber as some of the stall...
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It's not 8675309 but 5386742 worth $25K at Northville

on 04/13/2011 2:00 AM
Each Friday and Saturday night at Northville Downs, one lucky patron is selected to play one of two exciting games where the contestants can win up to $100,000 in cash. Friday Nights are Royal Flush Fridays where contestants choose five cards from a game board and try to match a royal flush for $100,000, four of a kind worth $25,000, or a full house worth $1,000. On Lucky Seven Saturdays on...
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St. Elmo Hero goes for 26 at Woodbine

on 04/13/2011 2:00 AM
After posting his 25th consecutive victory in his most recent start two weeks ago at Woodbine, St. Elmo Hero has been entered into the $45,000 Open Pace this Saturday at the Toronto oval. The daughter of St. Elmo Hero's Illinois-based trainer Charles Eustis, died Monday in a Balmoral Park backstretch accident, which influenced owner John Barnard's decision to leave St. Elmo Hero in Ont...
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Ranger sidelined by separated shoulder

on 04/13/2011 2:00 AM
Bruce Ranger will be out of action for the Wednesday and Saturday evening programs (April 13 and 16) at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park because of a separated shoulder suffered in a racing mishap on Tuesday evening. The 51-year-old horseman is the leading driver of the current meet with 191 wins for almost $1 million in purses, and earlier this meet Ranger surpassed 8,000 lifetime winning driv...
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Scot Waterman leaving RMTC

on 04/13/2011 2:00 AM
The Thoroughbred racing magazine The Blood-Horse has reported that Dr. Scot Waterman, executive director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) for almost 10 years, is leaving the post at the end of April. Blood-Horse writer Tom LaMarra said "multiple industry sources" confirmed Waterman had departed.   Waterman assumed the role at RMTC when the National Thoroughbred Ra...
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