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Super Bowl hopes for Monsignor Flan

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
If Monsignor Flan hopes to follow up his win in the second leg of the Super Bowl Trotting Series Jan. 20 at the Meadowlands with a victory in Thursday night’s $58,000 final, he’ll have his work cut out for him after drawing the outside post 10. Although trainer Erv Miller’s brother, Andy, was in the sulky behind Monsignor Flan in both preliminary rounds of the Super Bowl, Yannick G...
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Connors Memorial returns to Hazel Park schedule

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
The $100,000 William Connors Memorial Trot, first raced in 1996 at Hazel Park Raceway, is back on the 2011 stakes schedule after a one-year absence. Hazel Park has scheduled this year's final for Saturday, July 23, with eliminations on July 16.   Named for the late Hall of Fame race secretary, the Connors was first raced in 1996 (won by Dark Magic), but was discontinued after the 2004 race ...
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Zeitgeist hoping for Super Bowl glory

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
Zeitgeist did not attract much attention at the horse sale, but he is racing under the spotlight now. The 4-year-old son of SJ's Caviar bids for a series sweep in the $58,000 Super Bowl final for trotters on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Zeitgeist will start from the rail (program No. 2) as the 4-1 second choice in the field with Brian Sears at the lines. Carded as ra...
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Gingras scheduled to drive at Big M

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras will be driving at the Meadowlands the next few weekends.   "(Trainer) Ron Burke wants me here the next couple of weekends, so I'll be here racing at the Meadowlands," Gingras said. "The Meadowlands has always been good to me and helped me get my career going. Many of my greatest moments are right here. I'm looking forward to racing here." (Meadowlands)
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Oosting arrested on domestic battery charge

on 01/24/2011 12:00 AM
The Chicago Tribune has reported that driver Mike Oosting is in jail Monday morning awaiting a hearing after being arrested early Sunday morning on a domestic battery charge. Oosting, 48, is being held without bail on the misdemeanor charge and is scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.   Oosting, who has more than 4,400 driving victories and $27.8 million in purse earnings, was the leadi...
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Prix d'Amerique probables race in Paris

on 01/23/2011 12:00 AM
Four of the preliminary entries for next Sunday’s Prix d’Amerique raced in the world’s most prestigious and richest monté (under saddle) race, the 700,000 euro Prix de Cornulier, on Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome Paris Vincennes.   Olga du Biwetz, a probable Prix d’Amerique starter, won the Prix de Cornulier, and if she went on and captured the Prix d’Amerique, she wouldn’t be ...
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Mickey Chasanoff dies at 78

on 01/23/2011 12:00 AM
Michael "Mickey" Chasanoff, who raced such top stakes winners as Homesick, So Cozy and Die Laughing, died Friday, Jan. 21, at age 78.   Chasanoff, his son Robert, and his brother Allan, raced horses under the name of Alnoff Stable and also had a farm in New York. Die Laughing, who they raced in partnership with Val d'Or Farms, was one of Alnoff's last stakes winners as they&n...
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Personal Ad answered at The Meadows

on 01/22/2011 12:00 AM
The long shot Personal Ad rode her first-over cover beautifully as she captured Friday’s $22,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred/Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Dismissed at 12-1, Personal Ad was pacing in fifth when Aaron Merriman tipped her off the pylons, where she picked up the live cover of Summer Hope. While Summer Hope flickered in the lane, Personal Ad powere...
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Widger wins 4,000th at Maywood Friday

on 01/22/2011 12:00 AM
Sam Widger, a fixture on the Chicago racing circuit for the past two decades, posted his 4,000th career driving victory on Friday night at Maywood Park as he guided the aptly-named Polar Bear to a neck victory in the 12th race of the night. With temperatures hovering in the single digits and a wind chill factor of nearly 10 below zero, Widger remained red-hot finishing up the evening with seven ...
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Michigan honors best; 6 new Hall of Famers

on 01/22/2011 12:00 AM
The Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA) held its annual awards banquet Saturday night in Flint, and included among the honorees were the newest inductees into the state's Harness Racing Hall of Fame.   The newest Hall of Famers include Tom Harmer, Sam Johnson and John Putnam. Also inducted were the top racehorses Informant and Rair Earth, and Platinum Card, whose progeny includ...
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Dragon Island scores in Yonkers feature

on 01/22/2011 12:00 AM
Dragon Island (George Brennan) took it to the house Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's  $38,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned post position six, Dragon Island was put in play early. He grabbed the lead from last week's winner, Ghee's House (Brent Holland), before a  :27.1 opening quarter mile, A rated 30 second next interval helped the cause before Keystone Rideau (Eric Go...
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Kakaley has the Power to win at Dover

on 01/22/2011 12:00 AM
PIO Power made it two wins in a row in the $14,000 featured trot Saturday at Dover Downs.     Matt Kakaley sped PIO Power into the lead and had little trouble the rest of a 1:57.4 mile to take this division for the second straight week. Trish Foulk owns and trains PIO Power now a winner of five of his 20 lifetime starts and $71,343 lifetime. CC’s Fred (Sean Bier) close...
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Presidential contest declared a tie

on 01/22/2011 12:00 AM
The photo finish camera could not separate Alexie Mattosie and Bettor Sweet at the wire in their $50,000 division of the Presidential Series on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.     The free-for-all pacers finished in a dead heat for the win in 1:49.4. Driven by David Miller, Alexie Mattosie ($2.10) sat a pocket trip behind Presidential Order and split horses in the st...
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St. Elmo Hero's streak now at 22

on 01/22/2011 12:00 AM
St. Elmo Hero lengthened his undefeated streak to 22 wins in the $20,000 second leg of the Complex Series Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Driver Tim Tetrick and St. Elmo Hero surged up to take command around the opening turn and were never seriously challenged en route to victory in 1:50.1. Now three-for-three at the Meadowlands, St Elmo Hero looms the one to beat in the...
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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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