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Oropuro sets Italian season's mark in Bologna

on 04/05/2011 2:00 AM
It looks like the Italian 3 year olds are ready for major efforts already now, as the first important stake was opened with a new season¹s record of 1:56.1 by Oropuro Bar. The 88,000 (euro) Gran Premio Italia was raced over the half-mile track in Bologna, with 11 starters.   The early leader in the race was Obama Gar (SJ's Photo), but he yielded to Ombretta Bar (Ganymede) while Orup...
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Strong field for 'Last Chance' for Olympic Trot

on 04/05/2011 2:00 AM
The "Last Chance" is the final elimination for the Olympic Trot, with almost $250.000 to the winner in the race scheduled for April 16 at the Åby-track in Gothenburg. Quite surprisingly (too close to the final) the "Last Chance² became the most interesting field of all eliminations, as it will be raced at Solvalla, April 9 as part of the V75 races. Only the winner will get a tic...
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Big Jim, Feel Like A Fool top Jug nominees

on 04/04/2011 2:00 AM
The 2010 two-year-old Dan Patch Award winner Big Jim and runner-up Feel Like A Fool are the early favorites to win this year's power-laden 66th Little Brown Jug. The undefeated 2-year-old filly champion See You At Peelers and second-place finisher Idyllic headline the 40th Jugette. Big Jim and See You At Peelers also were voted Canada’s best and received O...
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Pick 4 guarantee program an early success

on 04/04/2011 2:00 AM
If the first weekend of the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program that helps racetracks offer guaranteed Pick 4-pools is any indication, the plan is a success. The initiative—spearheaded by California-based USTA director Chris Schick—has total funding of $100,000 to help ensure the Pick-4 guarantees, but the money wasn’t even close to being touched as bettors at Northfield...
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Redhot start for Illinois sophomore filly

on 04/04/2011 2:00 AM
The Illinois conceived and foaled stakes action continued on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a field six filly and mare pacers squared off in the $9,000 Direct Balance Stake for 3 year olds.   Using the inside starting spot to perfection Redhot Hart and driver-trainer Mike Brink saved ground throughout the opening half mile, then swept to the top on the far turn in route to an easy 1-¼ le...
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Vernon Downs approved to open April 15

on 04/04/2011 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has received approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to kick off its 2011 race season on Friday, April 15, with a post time of 7 p.m., and has been given approval for the month of April.   Vernon Downs will race a Friday-Saturday schedule during the month of April with all post times scheduled for 7 p.m. Vernon will host its second set of quali...
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St Elmo Hero makes it 25!

on 04/03/2011 2:00 AM
After being scratched from the Cam Fella Stakes elimination in his most recent start, St Elmo Hero made his Woodbine debut a winning one to extend his unbeaten streak to 25 straight victories in the $28,000 Preferred 2 pace.The son of Western Hero was urged on from the start as driver Jody Jamieson rolled him to the front past O K Boromir at the quarter in :27. Heading towards the half, Lennon Blu...
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Gingras, Burke score big in Levy splits

on 04/03/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series offered up Round 2 Saturday night with another six, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions. The first division saw Legal Litigator (Dave Miller)--just about wiped out a week ago--take it the distance. Leaving from post position No. 4, he put up intervals of :27.2, :56.3, 1:24.3, before winning by a length in 1:53.3. Foreign Officer (Jim...
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Hypnotic Blue Chip charges to SPC win

on 04/03/2011 2:00 AM
With no elimination necessary, Hypnotic Blue Chipand driver Jody Jamieson unleashed a ferocious late kick to capture the $125,000 Spring Pacing Championship at Woodbine. The Kevin McDermott trainee was sent off as the 4-5 favorite, as he scored the victory in 1:51 for owner Francis Azur.Schoolkids (Pat Berry) aggressively took over command from post six ahead of Mr Saratoga (Keith Oliver) and Lisa...
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Big Gus upsets in Balmoral stake win

on 04/03/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 Balmoral Park stake schedule kicked off on Saturday, April 2 with a field of 10 Illinois conceived and three-year-old pacing colts squaring off in the $9,000 Taurus Bomber Stake. When the smoke cleared from this wild and wooly affair it was G&B Stable of Illinois’ Big Gus toting home top honors at odds of 10-1 as he rolled to a one-length victory in a career best of 1:54.4.Leaving f...
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Magee making his mark at Hoosier

on 04/03/2011 2:00 AM
Dave Magee, who has been the reigning champion for years on the Chicagoland circuit, is now making a strong bid for the throne at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Magee scored four wins Friday, April 1 to assist in his push to the top of the driver standings for the three-day opening weekend.A native of Wisconsin, Magee has raced at Hoosier Park in the past on a limited basis. Earlier this year, ...
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High Joltage, CC's Fred win Dover features

on 04/03/2011 2:00 AM
High Joltage, the only sophomore in the $16,500 pace, and CC’s Fred after seven second-place finishes in eight starts this year, won the twin features at Dover Downs on Sunday at Dover Downs.    Overcoming a start from outside post eight, Ben Stafford Jr. guided High Joltage to his fourth win of the year, but first since January, to win the top pace on the card in 1:53.1, a...
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Columbia County wins Battle of Saratoga final

on 04/03/2011 2:00 AM
The Battle of Saratoga #3 series for trotters wrapped up on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and the winner had some similarities to the Saturday victors in the Battle of Saratoga #1 and #2 series.     Columbia County (Sierra Kosmos) went undefeated in his two legs of the $4,500 per division series for claming trotters and would look to complete the hat trick o...
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Daniel Elliott dies

on 04/03/2011 2:00 AM
Daniel J. Elliott, 56, of East Windsor, N.J., died March 22, 2011, after a lengthy illness.    Mr. Elliott grew up in Detroit, Mich., and began his grooming career at Detroit area tracks such as Hazel Park, Northville Downs and Wolverine Raceway. He moved to New Jersey in 1976 when the Meadowlands opened.   Over several years, he worked for various trainers but mainly...
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Calgary Seelster romps in Youthful final

on 04/02/2011 2:00 AM
After scoring a victory in his elimination last week, Calgary Seelster wired his nine rivals to capture the $60,000 Youthful Stakes final at Woodbine. In doing so, the three-year-old son of Modern Art extended his unbeaten streak to six for owner/trainer Murray Preszcator. He also equaled his largest payday of his young career after capturing the $60,000 Apaches Fame Stakes final, just two starts ...
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Debauchee Hanover upsets in Meadows final

on 04/02/2011 2:00 AM
Taking advantage of swift early fractions, Debauchee Hanover went wide to pounce on the tiring leaders and score a 14-1 upset Friday at The Meadows in the $23,400 championship of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. While Givemybest Hanover and Morwyn Hanover dueled for the early lead in a 56.1 opening half, Debauchee Hanover and Eric Ledford waited patiently ...
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Round two of Matchmaker at Yonkers

on 04/02/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up the second round the same way it presented the first...with four, $40,000 Friday night divisions for the girls. Headpoles R Us (Cat Manzi, $22.40), leaving from post position No. 6, won the first division. She snapped pace-setting (:28, :57, 1:25.1) pole-sitter Giveittoemstaight (catch-driver Jason Bartlett) on the money by a short schnozz in ...
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Roosevelt legacy project Phase II complete

on 04/02/2011 2:00 AM
Harness Racing Museum trustee Bill Mulligan challenged the Museum and its supporters to collect $20,000 in new contributions to complete Phase II of the Roosevelt Raceway Legacy Project. In return he promised a $10,000 donation to seed Phase III, the installation of a permanent exhibit and publication of a commemorative book. Since October, 2010, when the Challenge officially began, a little more ...
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McLaughlin joins Hoosier Park's TV team

on 04/02/2011 2:00 AM
If you haven’t seen or met Rachel McLaughlin, you’re likely to before you know it. She is the new television commentator and co-host on the racing show with Track Announcer Steve Cross at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. McLaughlin stepped into the position with a moment’s notice and has kicked off the season with an outstanding performance.Viewers may recognize McLaughlin as a return comme...
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NJSS payments due April 15

on 04/02/2011 2:00 AM
April 15 is last chance for New Jersey-sired two-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to all 2011 N. J. Sire Stakes pari-mutuel racing programs.           The NJSS Premier Division is scheduled to begin in May at The Meadowlands and the Green Acres Division in August at Freehold Raceway. NJSS Executive Secretary ...
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