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Harrington opens 65th season of racing

on 04/17/2011 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway opened its doors for its 65th season of live harness racing Sunday to a large crowd of racing fans who were greeted by an abundance of promotions to celebrate the commemorative anniversary.   A hat giveaway as well as 65-cent live racing programs and food concessions were enjoyed by many throughout the evening. There was also a variety of family entertainment in the grand...
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Almost 3,500 turn out for Vernon opener

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
The proven veteran Scorpion Moon helped Vernon Downs’ 58th season get off to a fast and successful start with a 1:54.3 victory in Friday evening’s (April 15) $10,000 Open Trot.   A large (3,460) and energetic crown turned out for opening night’s promotional activities and 10 pari-mutuel races and watched the favored Scorpion Moon, shared in ownership by defending training champ Tracy ...
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Brioni, Formula One win in Sweden

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
Brioni captured Sweden's prestigious Olympic Trot on Saturday at the Aby track in Gothenburg, winning the 2,140-meter race in a mile rate time of 1:54.4. Joakim Lovgren drove the son of Timberland out of the Florida Pro mare Armbro Edith.   Marshland (From Above-Trapped, by Bonefish) finished second for driver Menhammar Stud and Orjan Kihlstrom. Yarrah Boko (Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten, by ...
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Foiled Again wins again in Levy action

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continued Saturday night, with five, $50,000 divisions comprising a wet and windy fourth round.   The first division was won by a down-the-road Real Nice (George Brennan). Leaving from post position six, he was able to get around a breaking Truey's Legacy (Mark Lewis) before wading through fractions of :28, :56, 1:24 and 1:52.3. &...
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St. Elmo Hero defeated after 25 wins

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
Through a deep stretch battle, the undefeated St Elmo Hero tasted defeat for the first time in his career Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. St Elmo Hero, who remained undefeated in 25 starts coming into Saturday, was defeated by Art Professor in a photo finish in 1:51.   With the scratch of Mr Saratoga the field was narrowed to just six starters in the $45,000 Open Pace. St Elmo Hero an...
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Pro hockey player see grandfather's horse win

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
A Hollywood actress and prominent pro hockey player with close ties to harness racing turned out for the Saturday evening program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Both reported they were cashing tickets and having a great time in the Florida warmth during their stay.   "My grandfather, Ron MacArthur, is the trainer of the first race winner Waldy Jimmy," said Dion Phaneuf, a hard-hitt...
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Dry Gulch takes Vernon Saturday feature

on 04/16/2011 2:00 AM
Dry Gulch joined stablemate Scorpion Moon as the fastest performers of the fledgling 58th harness racing season at Vernon Downs following his 1:53.3 victory in Saturday night’s (April 16) $10,000 Open pace. Assigned the outside nine post in event 10 by racing secretary Scott Warren, the favorite Dry Gulch ($3.80) went right to the front at the start and, in a driving rain and over a sloppy tra...
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Powerful Mist, Mob Boss win $100,000 DSBF finals

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Powerful Mist was overpowering, Mob Boss showed his grit in $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Colt and Gelding Finals while Cams Art was named Horse of the Meet, Josh Green won his seventh straight Leading Trainer honors and Corey Callahan took Leading Dash Win Driver award on a Spring-like closing day, April 14 at Dover DownsTim Tetrick turned Powerful Mist loose on the final tu...
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Dave Yarock wins NAADA trot

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
On the warm and sunny afternoon  of Thursday, May 14  Dave Yarock reined Biggerthebetter to a gate to wire 2:01:1  triumph  in the third leg of the of the North American Amateur Drivers Associations Spring Series Trot at Monticello Raceway.For Yarock and Biggerthebetter it was a day of seasonal  firsts. Biggerthebetter made his first start for the new  connections and...
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Ohio governor says all gaming "tied together"

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has announced that the state has hired two gambling consulting firms to assist it in sorting out the future of gaming in the Buckeye State.   The Columbus Dispatch reported that in commenting on retaining the consultants, Kasich said," I'm not an expert in it. But I have been told, and again I haven't dug as deeply into it as I will, that this is all tied together. The...
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Big Bad John wins qualifier in 2011 debut

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Big Bad John, whose freshman season last year ended with a pair of Grand Circuit victories at The Red Mile, made his 2011 debut Friday morning at The Meadows. With new driver Brett Miller in the sulky, Big Bad John held an open-lengths lead throughout the mile as he posted fractions of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:27.2 before closing out the win with a final quarter of :27.1 to cross the wire in 1:54.3. ...
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Well-bred pacer on the trot at Western Fair

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Wish N Win, a 5-year-old mare steeped in pacing blood, will make her first lifetime start on the trot Friday night at Western Fair Raceway.   "She was never really happy on the pace, it just wasn’t her cup of tea," explains her owner Morag Watt of Clinton, Ont. whose husband Jim handles the mare’s training. "She raced on the pace, and obviously did okay, winning over $30,000, but...
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Oy vey! Kleinans to drive in Passover Pace

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
On Thursday, April 21, when the marshall calls the pacers for Monticello Raceway’s 13th Annual Passover Pace, Peter Klienhans will be among the drivers participating this year.   “I drove last year and though I didn’t have a particularly good horse I did finish fourth,” Kleinhans said. “I know luck of the draw will determine what horse each driver gets so ...
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169 claims for $5.1 mil at Yonkers this year

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Through April 12, there have been 169 claims at Yonkers Raceway this year at Yonkers Raceway. Total cost of the claims--$5,171,750. If the numbers continue at this pace, the total money spent on claiming tags might just exceed $ 20 million for the year. (Standardbred Owners Association of New York).
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Gural issues statement to horsemen

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
At approximately 3 pm on Friday, April 15,  Jeff Gural issued a statement to horsemen regarding his efforts to lease the Meadowlands racetrack and continue live harness racing there. He said he does not at this time expect the track to reopen for racing on May 7, and is attempting to move the Graduate and Cutler Memorial Trot to either Tioga or Vernon, the tracks he owns. The release follows:...
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Menary gives update on 3YO Prodigal Seelster

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Last year's $297,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final winner Prodigal Seelster is a few weeks away from qualifying, according to trainer David Menary.   The 3-year-old colt by Camluck captured the $291,000 Battle of Waterloo last year along with a single OSS Gold final and an elimination of the Metro Stakes in 1:50. He ended his freshman campaign with $466,487 in earnings for Larry Men...
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All Meadowlands operations to shutdown May 12

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
In a press release issued early Friday evening, Governor Chris Christie called Thursda'y's inaction by the union representing the mutuel clerks at Meadowlands Racetrack on a proposal from prospective track operator Jeff Gural a potentially fatal obstacle to continuing racing operations at the East Rutherford facility.   In the face of unsustainable racetrack losses, and the recognition that...
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Flex The Muscle sets 1:52.4 Pocono mark

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Flex The Muscle set a new track record for 4-year-old trotting stallions in winning the featured Open Trot on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:52.4. The race carried the night’s top purse of $30,000.   Leaving from post position four as the 3-1 second betting choice, Flex The Muscle, driven and trained by Ray Schnittker, grabbed the pocket trip early behind pacesetting fav...
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Maddy Seelster wins Hoosier mare feature

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Maddy Seelster and trainer-driver Ross Leonard made a quiet move at the end to surprise a field of nine in the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace Friday, April 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo covered the distance in a time of 1:55.1, their first win of 2011.   Starting from post five, Maddy Seelster was very quiet in the early stages of the race, sitting behind the ...
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All Spirit fastest in Matchmaker; Ginger falters

on 04/15/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued its run Friday night, with four, $40,000 divisions. The first event was won by a wrapped-up Shacked Up (Eric Goodell, $2.70) in 1:53.4.   Rev Me Up (Yannick Gingras) made the early (:27.2 opening quarter) lead before Shacked Up--away fourth from post position No. 2--eased into the big chair just after a :56 half. A leisurely :29.2 t...
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