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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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Whiskey Pete bottles up foes in Pocono Open

on 04/10/2011 2:00 AM
Whiskey Pete continued his torrid tour of Eastern tracks with an impressive win in Saturday night’s featured Open Handicap Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $25,000. Whiskey Pete, who followed up wins in two out of three starts at the Meadowlands with a win in an Open pace at Chester in his last race, shipped into Pocono as the 5-2 second choice. ...
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Dragon's Blood's win sweet for Pompano connections

on 04/10/2011 2:00 AM
There were going to be broad smiles anyway after the win by Dragon's Blood following the Saturday night feature on April 9 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, but the occasion was made even sweeter for the pacer's connections by the events of the week leading up to the race.    "Last Wednesday, my trainer and driver Mike Micallef and his wife welcomed the arrival of a baby girl int...
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Lisagain bests Hypnotic Blue Chip at Woodbine

on 04/10/2011 2:00 AM
Lisagain came up a 1:50 winner in Saturday night's $45,000 Open Pace Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack, besting Hypnotic Blue Chip by a half length and reversing the finish of last weekend's Spring Pacing Championship.   Driver Rick Zeron left fast with Lisagain from the inside post, taking the early lead while Paul MacDonell dropped into the two hole with Art Professor. Reaching the qua...
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Wishing Stone wins first race in Europe

on 04/10/2011 2:00 AM
Wishing Stone took his first victory in Europe Sunday when he captured the Grand Prix du Sud-Ouest (group II) at the Toulouse track in France. Although he had post seven, he took command early and was then not really challenged in the 2,150 meter race (about 1.33 miles).   The Brittany Farms-bred Wishing Stone(Conway Hall–Meadowbranch Magic) drifted to the outside a little ...
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Combs, 74, loves his blacksmih trade at Hoosier

on 04/09/2011 2:00 AM
The term loyal employee may have been made for blacksmith Loren Combs. Combs has been the blacksmith for the backside of the track since before Hoosier Park was even open for business. Being an employee since 1994 makes Combs one of the longest standing employees here and he says he can’t think of anything else he would rather be doing. Combs values the position he holds as well as the longstand...
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Pocono trot goes to Likeabatoutahell

on 04/09/2011 2:00 AM
Likeabatoutahell controlled matters on the front-end to capture Friday night’s featured Open Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $25,000.   With John Campbell driving for trainer Trond Smedshammer, Likeabatoutahell, an 8-year-old gelding, left from post position five in a field on nine as the even-money favorite. Campbell sent the ge...
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Former claimer Neptune T wins Meadows Preferred

on 04/09/2011 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 10-1, converted claimer Neptune T made his debut in the $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot a successful one as he raced first-over to victory Friday at The Meadows.   Trainer William Rhoades grabbed Neptune T for his own account from a $20,000 claimer on March 8, and the 6-year-old Master Of Style-Sister Oliver gelding subsequently earned his way to the top trot by winning a $30,0...
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Maryland committee approves racing subsidies

on 04/09/2011 2:00 AM
The Daily Record in Maryland reported Saturday that a state Senate committee voted to approve changes that would limit a proposal by Gov. Martin O’Malley to help the horse racing industry. According to the report, the Maryland Jockey Club would have to reach a simulcast agreement with Rosecroft Raceway by July 1 in order to be eligible to receive up to $6 million in operating subsidies in 2012....
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Ibrox scores in Tie Silk elimination

on 04/08/2011 2:00 AM
With just a single elimination necessary for the Tie Silk Stakes, Ibrox and driver Jody Jamieson went gate-to-wire to score the victory in 1:57 Thursday night at Woodbine.   The son of Yankee Glide wasted little time off the gate from post five as he controlled the tempo past the first quarter in :28.1, ahead of Going for It (James MacDonald) and Only the Best It (Simon Allard). As th...
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DSBF prelims continue at Dover

on 04/08/2011 2:00 AM
 Powerful Mist and Dyslexic won the paces, Mob Boss and Smart Strike the trots, in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second-leg $20,000 preliminaries on a sunny Thursday at Dover Downs. Ross Wolfenden had a driving grand slam. As anticipated, Powerful Mist was too much for six rivals in the first DSBF male pace victory. Tim Tetrick drove the son of Powerful Toy-Misty Speed, ...
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Jam And Jelly toasts foes at Cal Expo

on 04/08/2011 2:00 AM
A class drop was just what the doctor ordered as Jam And Jelly got the dough.A field of nine trotters, six in on a condition, three to be claimed, were featured at Cal Expo on Thursday night (April 7), on which Jam And Jelly won for the 29th time in her career.In advance of starting from post-five, drive Luke Plano knew that good things could be ahead."She had raced fine against better in her last...
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Hoosier's celebrity drivers race for charity

on 04/08/2011 2:00 AM
The second annual Hoosierdega Nights is gearing up for another evening of fast paced action at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The evening will bring a Nascar feel to the atmosphere as the Fab Five Standardbred Drivers are joined by The Champion and The Challengers in a special race for charity Saturday, April 16.The eighth race of the evening, tagged as the Hoosierdega Champion Cup, will featur...
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Gloria Lewis dies

on 04/08/2011 2:00 AM
Gloria Diamond Lewis, mother of well-known trotting trainer Gary Lewis, died on Thurday night, April 7, in Florida, just a month after celebrating her 93rd birthday. She had been in declining health.   She was a familiar figure at Pompano Park for many years and owned horses for more than a half-century.    A native of Brooklyn, she studied at New York University and lived i...
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