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Field set for King Pace at Monticello

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
In his career Cedric Washington has reined 1,795 winners and now having drawn the early line favorite, Blissfull Doll--and the pole position--in Monticello Raceway’s 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace slated to go to post on Monday, Jan. 17, his chances of adding to his lifetime win total seem likely.   Each year since 2001 the Mighty M has featured the Dr. King Pace not o...
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GSP’s Bob Brennan released from prison

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Bob Brennan, who presided over the brief renaissance of Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. from 1985 to 2001, and was also convicted of securities and bankruptcy fraud as well as money laundering and obstruction of justice, was freed from prison on Jan. 7 after nearly 10 years in jail. Brennan, 66, founded First Jersey Securities, a firm that specialized in “pump and dump” penny stocks to...
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Monticello horsemen oppose Catskills casino

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
The Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association have announced unequivocal opposition to the proposed Stockbridge-Munsee casino unveiled last month and joined a growing coalition of those opposed to this wrongheaded proposal.   This agreement--which was negotiated in secret by an outgoing Administration with an out-of-state tribe that has no connection to our communities--is clearly not in t...
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David Miller's mother, Loretta, dies at 74

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Loretta Miller, the mother of driver David Miller, died Thursday night at her Ohio home after suffering an apparent heart attack. She was 74. Mrs. Miller was known to many horsemen as she drove the golf cart in the infield at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds during Jug week.   David Miller told Meadowlands officials that he would drive at the track on Friday and Saturday nights before returni...
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SRF/Niatross Race Gets Richer

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Attractive bonuses have been added to the newly combined Niatross and Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) Race for 2 years olds.   While every 2 year old is eligible to the race, horses nominated that are sired by a stallion for which just one breeding was donated to SRF in 2011 will enjoy the new bonuses. These entries being referred to as SRF-Horse entries, pay only a $500 nomination...
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Northern Chief upset again at Monticello

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
For over three months Northern Chief remained undefeated at Monticello Raceway, but on Dec. 31 he was nailed at the wire in a tight three-horse photo and finished second, beaten by a nose for all the marbles. On Thursday afternoon, after once again cutting the fractions, the veteran pacer couldn’t hold off Doug’s Boy who rallied down the lightning lane to score a 1 1/4- l...
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NJ sportswriters honor Sears

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Brian Sears, who had a year filled with milestones, will be honored as the New Jersey Sportswriters Association’s Standardbred Horseman of the Year at the group’s 75th annual awards banquet on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. In 2010, Sears surpassed 7,000 lifetime victories and $100 million in career earnings.  The victory milestone came in March with a trott...
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Nadia Lobell, Moni Maker move to The Meadows

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
The 2011 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers and the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, which have been contested at The Red Mile since 2003 and 2005, respectively, will be held at The Meadows. The Red Mile’s Grand Circuit race secretary, Connie Hochstetler, stressed that although the races have been moved this year, the upcoming $500 nominating payment due for both events on Feb. 1...
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Indiana bill calls for cut in revenue to racing

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
A bill currently being discussed in the Indiana legislature could have a dramatic effect on purses in the Hoosier State. A line item in the proposed budget bill calls for revenue from slot machines at the racetracks that goes to horse racing to be cut by nearly half. Horse racing currently receives the entire 15 percent of adjusted gross revenue from the slot machines at Hoosier Park and Indiana ...
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KY Filly Futurity runner-up dq'd after positive

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Ontario-based trainer Riina Rekila has been fined $250 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and ordered to return more than $44,000 in purse money earned by Christiana Hanover in the 2010 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile after she tested positive for Isoxsuprine, a supplement used in treatment of navicular disease or syndrome. Christiana Hanover finished second in her $69,975 eliminatio...
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American Native to stand in Indiana in 2011

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
American Native, a son of 1993 Hambletonian winner American Winner who has been standing stallion duty in Illinois the past eight years, will stand stud in 2011 at the Gary Wilcox Farm in Urbana, Ind.   American Native, a winner on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes as well as the 2000 William Connors Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame trainer Doug Ackerman, took a mark of 1:54.2 as a 3 year old and...
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Bouchard on ESPNews Friday night

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Stephane Bouchard will appear on ESPNews’ segment “The Beat” which airs Friday night, Jan. 14, at about 6:25 p.m.in the show, which starts at 6 p.m. (EST).   Bouchard will be driving the pacer White Hot Cards (1:50.2, $357,455), who he owns with James Healey, and skiing. Bouchard’s wife, Eve Bergeron, shot the video of Bouchard skiing behind a pacing White Hot ...
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Barbara Baum has died at 77

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Barbara R. Baum, 77, a longtime Standardbred owner who owned such notables as Doin The Town and Baltic Brat, has died.   She was a partner with Joe Thomson of Winbak Farm for 20 years and they never had an argument. Some of their partnership horses were Doin’ The Town 3,1:54.2 ($475,274), Baltic Brat 4,1:55.4s ($232,160) and Mom’s Millionaire 3,1:54.4 ($56,815), the dam of Snow White 2,...
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Clyde Hirt win 5th in a row for Summer Camp

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Summer Camp extended his winning streak to five in the $18,000 first leg of the Clyde Hirt Series for 4-year-old pacers on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Summer Camp and driver Andy Miller ducked into third on the rail as Meirs Hanover carved out fractions of :27.1, :55.1 and 1:22.4. Miller angled Summer Camp out on the final turn and he flew down the lane to nail Meirs Hanover by...
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Breakheart Pass, Mystical Starlight win

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Breakheart Pass (Yannick Gingras) justified her outside assignment Friday night, winning Yonkers  Raceway's first Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace of the season.Floating out from behind the eight-ball, Breakheart Pass landed fifth while Symphony in Motion (Jeff Gregory) put forth early intervals :28.1 and :58.2. Special Sweetheart (Dan Dube) was pocketed, with Twin B Tiara (Eric Goodell...
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Premiere Intel in Snowshoe Series upset

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
In an action-packed $60,000 Snowshoe Stakes final, it was Premier Intel and driver Rick Zeron scoring the 1:53.2 victory tonight at Woodbine RacetrackIn the early going, Playing Solitaire (Mario Baillargeon) left aggressively to strike the front as the field headed around the first turn. The Platinum Guy (Mark MacDonald) was enjoying a pocket trip as Web Cam, who was still on the outside, had st...
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Photo Maxx develops another Dover win

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Photo Maxx made the winner’s circle photo for the second straight week in the $26,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday Jan. 12.In previous starts Mike Cole drove Photo Maxx from behind to win the week’s top trot last week and twice in the last three starts. This time the SJ’s Photo-Affinity gelding wasted little time getting the lead and then never looked back in a 1:55.4 victory for ow...
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Ranger awaits a milestone

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Bruce Ranger found ways to win twice early on the Wednesday evening, January 12 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park but he was then shut out of the winner's circle for the final eight races on the program. He'll have ample opportunity though to notch the two wins needed on Saturday night to join harness racing's elite 8,000 win club.In the 3rd race Wednesday evening, Ranger broug...
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Bettis holds on for Meadows win

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Customarily a closer, Bettis found the front end to his liking Wednesday at The Meadows when he powered to an early, contested lead and held on late to capture the $22,500 Preferred Trot. Aaron Merriman sent Bettis toward the front, where the 6-year-old Sierra Kosmos-SJ’s Shad Roe gelding encountered congestion that parked him in a 27.4 opening quarter before he could take the point. Althou...
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Report on Aussie floods; Genuwine survives

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer’s splurge into harness racing has been dealt a huge blow by this week’s devastating floods in the country's state of Queensland. Palmer confirmed 14 horses – all North American-bred – drowned at his Cold Mountain Stud in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley on Wednesday morning.   The racehorses to survive included the likes of former U.S. pacers Ge...
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