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Twin B Warrior rallies to win Willowdale

on 01/22/2011 12:00 AM
Twin B Warrior closed with a final quarter of :27.1 to win Saturday night's $100,000 Willowdale Series final for 4-year-old pacers at Woodbine Racetrack. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Twin B Warrior tipped off cover in the stretch to score by a neck over favored Good Bad Ugly and driver Jody Jamieson. Art Professor, who held the lead for much of the way, finished third for Mario Baillargeon....
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VIP Stable hosting Day at the Farm in FL

on 01/21/2011 12:00 AM
VIP Stable and trainer John Butenschoen are issuing an open invitation to attend “A Day at the Farm” at the Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Florida on Friday, Feb. 11.   Current horse owners, anyone interested in learning about Standardbred racehorse ownership, and those who are just fans of the sport of harness racing are welcome to get an inside glimpse at a day inside a St...
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Buffalo cancels Friday live card

on 01/21/2011 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway has canceled live racing Friday, Jan. 21, because of a snowstorm. Racing will resume Saturday, Jan. 22, at 6:40 pm. Simulcasting remains open.
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Galterio on Yonkers, Meadowlands handle

on 01/21/2011 12:00 AM
As expected, the closing of the bankrupt New York City Off-Track Betting system has caused declines in handle on harness racing at Empire City at Yonkers Raceway. Robert Galterio, vice president and general manager at Yonkers, said the track’s total handle is presently down 10-15 percent, or between $100,000 to $150,000 on a Saturday night.   “NYRA (the New York Racing Association, whic...
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Balmoral/Maywood announce stakes dates

on 01/21/2011 12:00 AM
The 2011 stake schedules for both Balmoral and Maywood Park have been released by racing secretary Doc Narotsky. The action kicks off on Saturday, April 2, with the Taurus Bomber Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old pacing colts.   The first “major” state-bred stake of the season will be contested on Sunday, May 22, with 3-year-old pacing fillies squaring off in the $45,00...
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Gural talks about hopes for Meadowlands

on 01/21/2011 12:00 AM
On Friday night before the Meadowlands harness program began, Jeff Gural spoke about his efforts to lease the racetrack so harness racing can continue there. Gural was interviewed by Meadowlands announcer Sam McKee. About 40-50 people listened right alongside the television set on the Meadowlands’ Paddock Level and applauded Gural at the conclusion of the interview.   Gural admitted to Mc...
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Six straight wins for Summer Camp

on 01/21/2011 12:00 AM
Summer Camp made it six straight wins as he wired the field in the $18,000 second leg of the Clyde Hirt Series for 4-year-old pacers on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Sent off the 1-2 favorite, Summer Camp [$3] sailed through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25 toward a final 1:52 clocking.  Andy Miller steered the son of Rocknroll Hanover to his twelfth career victory in the ...
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Headpoles R U takes Yonkers mare feature

on 01/21/2011 12:00 AM
Headpoles R Us (Cat Manzi) timed it just right Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 co-featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position five, Headpoles R Us watched the early antics as slight 5-2 choice Little Mermaid N (Jim Pantaleano) and Twin B Tiara (Dan Dube) took turns on the lead though intervals of :28.1 and :58. Up Front Cruiser (Yannick...
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Cold Winner hot at Dover

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Cold Winner took the lead at the start and never was headed in a 1:54.4 mile to win the $26,000 Mares Open on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Dover Downs.  Ron Pierce piloted the winner to a never-look-back victory equaling his career fastest clocking of 1:54.4. Ed Gannon Jr. conditioned the Credit Winner-Fancy Racket gelding for owners Dawn Gannon, Yannick Gingras and Fran Canzone. The win was the 36t...
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Pompano's Sun Island a rising star

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
A resounding victory earned by a long uncovered mile has trainer Mario Dessureault and owner Gene Kirsch of Coconut Creek, FL thinking they got much more than they bargained for when entering a claim on trotter Sun Island just over a month ago. "He's continuing to surprise us but maybe the time for us to be surprised should be ending" Dessureault declared after the four year old CR Excalibur-...
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Track execs analyze Meadowlands numbers

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
After five days of racing, total handle on the 2011 Meadowlands harness meet is down 19.5 percent. Last year the track enjoyed $3 million-plus handles on the first two Saturdays of the meet. This year handle hasn’t topped $2.5 million for a single card, and the track’s last $3 million-plus handle was on Aug. 20, the closing night of the championship meet.  So what’s the cause of the de...
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Woodbine’s average bet per race is up

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
While track in the U.S. are seeing declines in handle, Woodbine’s winter meet is off to a stable start. Bruce Murray, vice president of Standardbred racing for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, said the stability has likely come from cutting back to four days of racing a week from the five cards offered in 2010.   “Our average bet per race is up, and that’s in part because we’ve g...
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Drennan has strong Meadowlands contenders

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Hot off a hat trick, trainer Nik Drennan will send out a quartet of stakes contenders this weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Sniper Seelster, one of Drennan’s three winners on January 14, looks for back-to-back victories in the $18,000 second leg of the Clyde Hirt Series for 4-year-old pacers on Friday night. The Woodbine shipper announced his arrival last week with a huge stretch rally...
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Bettis wins Meadows pace feature

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Aided by live cover down the backside, Bettis powered wide through the stretch to capture Thursday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Bettis was sitting fifth for Aaron Merriman and seemingly facing a long first-over grind when Tough Call popped off the pylons to provide escort service. Bettis, the 6-5 favorite, outkicked Tough Call in the lane to defeat that rival by two...
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Easy De Vie upsets at 50-1 in White Ruffles

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Billy Dobson and Jim Meittinis both got stuck in traffic, but Meittinis picked up a big win with Easy De Vie in one of three divisions of White Ruffles for 4-year-old pacing mares Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Dobson was scheduled to drive Easy De Vie, but couldn't get to the Meadowlands because of traffic and Meittinis got the drive at the last minute. Easy De Vie, a daughter of No P...
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Monsignor Flan fastest in Super Bowl

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Monsignor Flan, a 4-year-old gelding by SJ’s  Photo out of the Illinois champion Fox Valley Flan, kept his act together this week and won his division of the Super Bowl Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Last week he broke stride near the wire and settled for second; this week he was leading by 6 ¼ lengths at the stretch call and won by 2 ½ lengths in 1:55.2. Andy Miller drove Mon...
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Pierce wins five at Dover Thursday

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Cool, one of Ron Pierce’s five winners, and Bryson Seelster won the co-features on Thursday at Dover Downs.   In the first $14,000 pace for young horses, Pierce squired Cool o the lead and then led the rest of a front-pacing 1:54.1 mile for his first 2011 win. Ron Dixon trains the Village Jolt-Winsome Gambler gelding for W.J. McDougall Racing.   Elijah Hanover (Matt Kakal...
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Another NJ bill to assist in privatization

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Legislation to allow a maximum one-year transition period to privatization of the Meadowlands Racetrack advanced in a New Jersey state Assembly committee on Thursday. The bill would allow the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to assist in managing the track.   The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, or NJSEA, would be allowed to operate the Meadowlands Racetrack jointly wit...
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Ranger celebrates 8,000 wins

on 01/19/2011 12:00 AM
It was the night at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park that the track's leading driver, Bruce Ranger, literally had his cake and ate it too. Typical of Ranger, he then shared the huge ceremonial cake with the large crowd assembled on the tarmac by the winner's circle after the first race. The ceremony was for fans, friends and well wishers to share in Ranger's milestone 8000th lifetime winning dr...
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Rosecroft auction set for Jan. 28

on 01/19/2011 12:00 AM
The Baltimore Sun –on a blog post by Hannah Cho  – is reporting that a bankruptcy judge gave approval on Tuesday, Jan. 18 for the track, which has been in bankruptcy, to be auctioned to the highest bidder. Baltimore Orioles owner and  attorney Peter Angelos is expected to be the lead bidder. He has agreed to buy the track for $9 million with an additional $5 million added if slots ...
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