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Misti Maiden delivers in Celias Counsel final

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
After scoring a victory in her elimination last week, Misti Maiden was pressured for most of the stretch drive in the $60,000 Celias Counsel Stakes final, but she survived the pressure to earn her largest payday of her career.After being purchased for $10,000 at the Fall Extravaganza Mixed Sale in late October, the three-year-old daughter of Angus Hall now has a career bankroll of $44,080 for owne...
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Washingtonian remains unbeaten at Meadows

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
Washingtonian made a decisive quarter-pole move to the lead and went on to capture a division of Monday’s Rembrandt Spur Trot — a victory that kept him undefeated in three career starts — at The Meadows.Better Caviar took the other $15,000 opening-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The series honors world champion Rembrandt Spur, who for owner Roy Davis an...
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Legislation just one step toward Rosecroft reopening

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
Late Monday night (April 11) Maryland lawmakers passed legislation which was critical to the revival of harness racing at Rosecroft Raceway. However, more action must still take place outside the legislature before the track’s reopening is set.   "This is just one of several steps that need to be done before racing can resume at Rosecroft,” said Chris McErlean, vice president of ra...
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Dancer makes statement on date reduction

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Burlington, Ocean, Mercer and Monmouth), the son of the late Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer, has issued a statement following New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's signing of legislation which allows a reduction in the number of live racing dates in the state, if agreed to by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.   "The horse racing industry...
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Entries still open for May Blooded Horse Sale

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
The Blooded Horse Sale is still taking entries for the 48th Annual Spring Sale May 9 at Delaware, Ohio. This very popular sale offers racing stock, young green horses, yearlings, broodmare prospects, and mares with foals. Entries can be made online at www.bloodedhorse.comor faxed to the sale office at (859) 858-8498 through Friday April 15. (Blooded Horse Sale)
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Dean hoping for big year for Big Jim

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
Big Jim, voted 2-year-old pacing colt divisional honors last year in both the U.S. and Canada, is currently training at James “Friday” Dean’s winter base at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Fla., and is likely less than two weeks from making his sophomore debut. The 48-year-old Dean, who at one time worked alongside Canadian Hall of Famer Stew Firlotte with such standout pacing co...
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Vernon Downs set to open April 15

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
Despite being in the midst of negotiations with the Harness Horse Association of Central New York (HHACNY) for a new contract to replace the one that expired in March, Vernon Downs is scheduled to open its 58th season of racing on Friday, April 15. Although the recent two-year contract with the HHACNY expired, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board approved race dates at Vernon Downs throug...
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Eustis tragedy update; arrangements announced

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
Reports from Balmoral Park on Tuesday morning indicate that 21-year-old caretaker Heather France has been upgraded from “critical” to “fair” condition at a local hospital one day after being involved in an alleged DUI accident on the track backstretch that killed 25-year-old Michelle Eustis, the daughter of Charles Eustis III, the trainer of the undefeated St. Elmo Hero. France and Michel...
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Indulge Me retired, to be bred to Art Major

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
Following a victory by Indulge Me Friday, April 8, at Harrah’s Chester, trainer Ed Lohmeyer announced the retirement of the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight.   Indulge Me p, 2, 1:52 ($675,165) won 18 of 72 starts, with her biggest victory coming in the $203,425 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs. Owned by Robert and Lauren Tucker, Indulge Me will be bred to Art Major. &nbs...
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Zeron talks Rainbow and Martini

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
After celebrating a career year as a trainer last season with $1,725,343 earned, Oakville, Ont. resident, Rick Zeron is hoping to succeed that goal in 2011. The 2010 O'Brien Award winner for Horsemanship is eagerly anticipating the return of his two stable stars, Lady Rainbow and Peach Martini.   Lady Rainbow, a 3-year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee, earned $212,989 last season with four ...
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Vernon draws for opener, has tentative contract

on 04/12/2011 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs completed the final tune-up for Friday’s (April 15) 58th season’s opener last night. On Tuesday the track's Media Night program consisted of seven races. Earlier in the day, racing secretary Scott Warren, beginning his initial season at the central New York harness track, conducted a double draw for opening weekend.  Friday’s 10-race program includes a $10,000 fil...
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42-1 Caviart Tyler, CC's Fred win Dover features

on 04/11/2011 2:00 AM
Caviart Tyler put on a strong finish to chalk up a 1:52 lifetime fastest victory at 42-1 to win the $16,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace while CC’s Fred has found the winning formula in the $14,500 trot on a sunny Sunday, April 10 at Dover DownsWith Corey Callahan in the bike, Tom Cooke’s Dragon Again-Caviart Sierra gelding, trained by Bib Roberts, pulled a big surprise in the day’s top pacing ev...
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Misti Maiden favored in Celias Counsel final

on 04/11/2011 2:00 AM
Misti Maiden, a 3-year-old daughter of Angus Hall, will headline this year's group of sophomore trotting fillies coming into Monday night's $60,000 Celias Counsel Stakes final   The Frank Coville trainee scored the fastest elimination victory last week with a gate-to-wire, maiden-breaking score in 1:59 for driver and co-owner Jack Moiseyev.   "That was the first time I have ever pu...
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Insurance agent Jim Fry dies in Ohio

on 04/11/2011 2:00 AM
Longtime insurance agent Jim Fry, a familiar face at horse sales and raceracks for probably 40 years, died Monday morning at a care facility in central Ohio after battling cancer. A native of Ohio, Jim and his father operated Fry's Horse Transportation for many years before selling the business. At that time Jim became an equine insurance agent, founding Fry's Equine Insurance in 1984 and maintain...
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Tragedy at Balmoral Park

on 04/11/2011 2:00 AM
Michelle Eustis, the 25-year-old daughter of Charles Eustis III, the trainer of the undefeated St. Elmo Hero, was killed in an accident on the Balmoral Park backstretch early Monday morning. The accident also left a caretaker seriously injured. Sources have told harnessracing.com that Eustis and groom Heather France were riding a horse bareback on the road parallel to the backside of Balmora...
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NJ bill signed to permit less live racing

on 04/11/2011 2:00 AM
The Asbury Park Press newspaper has reported that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law legislation that permits the state's racetracks to race as few as 75 live dates a year with approval by the state's horsemen's associations.   Previous legislation required Freehold Raceway to host 168 race days and the Meadowlands to host 141 days. Freehold had already droppe...
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Flamboro driver arrested for stealing sulky

on 04/11/2011 2:00 AM
After an OPP/ Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) investigation into the theft  of a $7,000 race bike at Flamboro Downs, a licensee has been arrested, charged and released on an appearance notice. Driver Mark Pezzarello, Wheatley, Ont., has been charged with Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000, contrary to Sec. 354(1) (a) of the Criminal Code.  Pezzarello’s first court appearance is ...
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Urgent Action taken in Sagamore Hill final

on 04/10/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway offered its richest race of the season to date Saturday night, with the $67,200 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings. As was the case with Friday night's final of the Petticoat Pacing Series, the human connections of that victress--Full Picture--were at it again.   Urgent Action, owned by Marvin Rounick, trained by Jerry Silv...
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Southern Allie's 1:52 fastest in Levy splits

on 04/10/2011 2:00 AM
Saturday night's stakes agenda at Yonkers Raceway included the third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The opening event was won by 3-10 favorite Blatantly Good (Bartlett) in 1:52.1.   Leaving from the pole and wanting no part of seat behind Versado (Yannick Gingras), the people's choice retook in turn two (after a 28-second opening quarter) and went on (:56.1 hal...
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Wrobbel horses ready to race at Hoosier

on 04/10/2011 2:00 AM
Horses require special care both at the track and while at home, which is why the job of a blacksmith is so important. Several great blacksmiths are available at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. One of them is Ron Wrobbel.    Wrobbel’s interest in horses began around the age of nine when two of his uncles purchased a few Standardbred horses and began training. He would watch his unc...
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