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Red Mile nominations are encouraging

on 03/28/2011 2:00 AM
The Red Mile president Joe Costa has told harnessracing.com he is “greatly encouraged” by the early response to the 2011 Grand Circuit stakes scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 9 at the track in Lexington, Ky.  While nominations for this year’s Kentucky Futurity and Tattersalls Pace closed March 15, others, such as the Bluegrass Series, International Stallion Stakes and Allerage Farms Se...
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Yonkers handle tops $1 million

on 03/28/2011 2:00 AM
For the first time since the abrupt closing of the New York City Off Track Betting Corporation in December of last year, the handle at Yonkers Raceway has achieved the seven-figure mark. On Saturday evening, March 26, the Yonkers handle was $1,014,528. While million dollar-plus handle figures had been a quite normal occurrence at Yonkers during 2010, overall wagering dropped precipitously in the s...
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Dave Magee to drive regularly at Hoosier

on 03/28/2011 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicks off an 80-day harness meet Thursday with a new emphasis on raising its profile in the simulcast market. Offering a retooled weekly schedule, the Indiana track looks to leave the gate quickly to start off the season. A total of 163 horses dropped in the box for the opening night program, producing an 11-race card for the opener.   Also of...
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Welsh is youngest Big M tourney winner

on 03/28/2011 2:00 AM
Patrick Welsh, 20, became the youngest person to ever capture a handicapping tournament at Meadowlands Racetrack when he beat the field in the NHHC Qualifier held on March 26, 2011. Welsh built his $100 bankroll into $866, earning him the $2,890 top cash prize and an $800 seat in the National Harness Handicapping Championship on July 9 at Meadowlands Racetrack.  Contestants in the qualif...
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RCI calls for elimination of drugs and medication

on 03/28/2011 2:00 AM
Both the outgoing and incoming Chairmen of RCI challenged the racing industry and member regulators to embrace a strategy to phase out drugs and medication in horse racing.   Outgoing RCI chair Dan Hartman of the Colorado Racing Commission said that “a five-year phase out is reasonable to bring North American racing policies in line with what is going on in other parts of the world like ...
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Northfield announces Wall of Fame honorees

on 03/28/2011 2:00 AM
The newest Northfield Park Wall of Fame class has been announced, and they will be honored at an awards dinner Thursday, April 7, in Lady Luck’s Clubhouse Restaurant at the track. This year's honorees are Tye Loy, the late Elmer Moody, Marty Woolam and the horse Dream Of Glory.   In addition to honoring the Wall inductees and the winners of a number of other established awards, a silent a...
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Corleone Kosmos wins Pompano qualifier

on 03/27/2011 2:00 AM
World-class trotter Corleone Kosmos, whose racing career has been marked by soundness issues, won a qualifier at Pompano Park on Saturday morning in his first appearance on the track since last July. With trainer-driver Tom Haughton, Corleone Kosmos sat second to Hot Shot Blue Chip throughout the qualifier but when that one made a late break, took advantage to trot past and win by a head in 1:55.4...
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Pierce drives 4 winners Sunday at Dover

on 03/27/2011 2:00 AM
Highbeam Rusty M was one of driver Ron Pierce’s four winners at Dover Downs on Sunday. Highbeam Rusty N closed with a rush to win the $16,500 3,4&5-Year-Old feature in 1:53.   Overlooked at 10-1 after finishing third and second in his two previous starts, Pierce rallied Highbeam Rusty N from off-the-pace to dash past the leaders. Carter Racing Stable owns the New Zealan...
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Debauchee Hanover upsets at The Meadows

on 03/26/2011 2:00 AM
Hammered down to 1-5 in the wagering, Diamond Tiara rewarded her many backers with an easyfront-end victory in a division of Friday’s Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Debaucheee Hanover  scored an 8-1 upset in the other $15,000 second-leg split of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares    In the series’ opening leg, Diamond Tiara raced off a 4-1/2-month lay...
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Daley Depost Only earns 28th career win

on 03/26/2011 2:00 AM
The luck of the post position draw went his way and the sturdy veteran pacer Daley Deposit Only knew what to do with it on the Saturday evening, March 26, program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   "Everyone should be as lucky as we've been to have a homebred like this," trainer and driver Dan Daley beamed in the winner's circle after his stable stalwart's 28th career triumph. "...
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Foreign Officer fastest in opening Levy action

on 03/26/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's premier proving ground for free-for-allers, the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, began Saturday night with six, $50,000 divisions. Foreign Officer (Jim Pantaleano, $5.50), as the 17-10 favorite, popped open the six-pack in 1:52.4...swiftest local race of the season.   Leaving from the pole, Foreign Officer stuffed Dreamland's Art (Yannick Gingras) in be...
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Art Professor wins Meadowlands feature

on 03/26/2011 2:00 AM
Hypnotic Blue Chip was in position to win Saturday night at the Meadowlands, but he couldn't hold off the late brush of Art Professor, who kicked home in :26.3 to capture a $27,500 event for 4 and 5 year olds. The time for the mile was 1:51.3. The handle for the 11-race Meadowlands card was $2,483,994.   Hypnotic Blue Chip was put on the point by driver Brian Sears and carved out fract...
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Keystone Neptune takes Dover feature

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Corey Callahan had four winners including Keystone Neptune  in the $14,000 4&5-Year-Old feature at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 24 at Dover Downs. Trainer George Teague haltered three winners.  After a four win Wednesday, Corey Callahan equaled the accomplishment by piloting Keystone Neptune, owned and conditioned by his father, Nick Callahan, to a 1:54.2 score in the featur...
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Preszcator has high hopes for Calgary Seelster

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
When owner/trainer Murray Preszcator shelled out $16,000 at the Forest City Yearling Sale in 2009 for Calgary Seelster, he wasn’t quite sure what would be made of him. Now, over a year later, the London, Ontario resident is enjoying the recent success of his star pacer.Despite being unraced as a rookie, the three-year-old son of Modern Art - Cmon Mama Cass has proven to be worth every penny as h...
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Hanover returns to Meadows with Adios Sale

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
Jim Simpson, the president of Hanover Shoe Farms, has announced that the farm will return to selling yearlings at The Meadows in conjunction with the Adios. The sale will be held Friday afternoon, July 29.   The sale will consist of 32 Pennsylvania sired Hanover yearlings.Simpson said, “With the tremendous growth of the Pennsylvania program this sale is a natural.  Not...
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Don't Know Chip, Some Girls Do win finals

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
A swift early pace set up perfectly for the closing kick of Don’t Know Chip in the $74,000 Horse and Groom, the first of two stakes finals contested on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Don’t Know Chip sat well off the cutthroat duel between Affirmed Action and Southwind Vavoom and exploded home in the final eighth to win the sixth race feature in 1:53.4. Celebrit...
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Mr. Feelgood second in Inter Dominion opener

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
Smoken Up, who finished third in last year's Inter Dominion after starting from the outside post 10 and enduring a grueling first-over trip, showed he is on top of his game again in the 2011 Inter Dominion on Friday night at the Alexandra Park track in Auckland, New Zealand. Horses race clockwise at Alexandra Park, a five-eighths mile oval.   Smoken Up, an 8-year-old gelding by Tinted ...
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Muscles Yankee son wins ID trotting split

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
Let Me Thru, a 5-year-old gelding by Muscles Yankee, won an opening round of the Inter Dominion for trotters on Friday night at Alexandra Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Trained and driven by Chris Lang, Let Me Thru won by one length over Sovereignty in a mile rate time of 2:01 8/10ths for 2,700 meters.   A second division for trotters was won by Dr. Hook, a 5-year-old gelding by Dr. Ronerai...
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Spring Garden matinee set for Saturday

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
Spring Garden Ranch in Deleon Springs, Fla., will hold a matinee program on Saturday, March 26. In addition to matinee racing, the training center will also have an antique car show, pony, wagon and mini-mule rides and clowns for interaction with children.
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Meadows to introduce 50-cent wager

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announced on Friday that effective April 1, it will introduce a 50-cent minimum wager for superfecta boxes and wheels. The track also will add a Pick 4 wager with 20 percent takeout and a third superfecta for each card. All wagering format changes have been approved by the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission.   Currently, The Meadows offers a ...
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