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CHHA scholarship applications due April 30

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association scholarship Applications are due April 30, 2011. The Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association is reminding everyone that the 2011 scholarship applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2011. Application forms can be found at http://chha.net/files/scholarship.pdf.   Contact the Harness Horsemen's Association at leealphen@comcast.net or at...
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Blue Porsche adds new owners

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Blair Burgess has told harnessracing.com that his 3-year-old trotter Blue Porsche, whose five wins last year included a career-best 1:54.1 effort in the $539,000 Valley Victory at Woodbine that led to O’Brien Award honors, has picked up several new owners over the winter. Owned during his freshman campaign by Burgess’s wife, Karin, and his father, Bob (whose Pedigree Farm is the breed...
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PA Harness Week begins Saturday

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
“PA Harness Week,” harness racing’s fastest-paced half-hour, is back in 2011 with more excitement, great features and behind-the-scenes reporting. New episodes air every Saturday at 1 p.m. beginning on April 2 on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia through Dec. 24.   Fans outside the viewing area can watch complete episodes at the show’s website, www.HarnessWeek.com. The site also link...
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Pick 4 producing big numbers at Balmoral

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
With the help of the USTA Strategic Wagering program, Balmoral Park will offer guaranteed Pick 4 pools every weekend in April. The one-mile oval will guarantee $15,000 every Saturday night and up the ante to $25,000 on Sundays. The Pick 4 will encompass the FINAL FOUR races.   Since the takeout on the Pick 4 was lowered to 15 percent after the 2009 season, the Balmoral Pick 4 has ...
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Gural: Meeting went well on Friday

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that a meeting held earlier in the day with major investors in his plan to lease the Meadowlands Racetrack from the state of New Jersey “went well.” A March 31 deadline imposed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been extended two weeks as Gural finishes the final touches on financing and continues negotiations with union leaders. “The me...
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Gary Seibel is out at TVG

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Gary Seibel, known as the voice and face of harness racing on Television Games Network (TVG) since the horse racing channel launched in 1999 and the host of the "Drive Time" show, told harnessracing.com early Friday evening that he has been laid off from the network. TVG announced last week that 20 employees had been let go but none were officially named in the company release. &nb...
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Update on drivers after Maywood spill

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Here is an update on the conditions of veteran reinsmen Del Chupp and Casey Leonard who were involved in a nasty spill that took place just after the start of the second race of Maywood Park’s Thursday night card.   Leonard, who sustained a dislocated shoulder in the wreck, had the shoulder popped back into place by doctors and was discharged from Gottlieb Memorial Hospital late Thur...
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Gisser named HHYF project manager

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Keith Gisser has joined the Harness Horse Youth Foundation as project manager according to HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor. In addition to media and promotion, Gisser will be involved in recruitment and programming for the educational organization.   "HHYF is growing and moving forward with the addition of Keith to the team. His talents and enthusiasm will strengthen our efforts in imp...
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Winbak dominates DSBF 1st leg highlights

on 04/01/2011 2:00 AM
Three-Year-Old stakes got underway at Dover Downs on the final two days in March with 1st leg trotting and pacing $20,000 preliminaries at Dover Downs.On DSBF opening day, March 30 , Delaware-sired fillies took the spotlight. Badlands Jenna, after sweeping both the Harrington and Dover Downs 2010 two-year-old filly paces, picked right up where she left off last scoring a 1:55.4 victory in her $20,...
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Jamieson, Henry tops in Western Fair driving contest

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
Drivers Jody Jamieson and Trevor Henry topped the point standings in the Ontario Regional Driving Championship at Western Fair Raceway on Wednesday evening with a pair of victories each to earn their place in the National Driving Championship.Despite sitting out for two of the eight legs due to late scratches, Jamieson, the 2001 World Driving Champion, put forth a consistent effort throughout the ...
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Lady Godiva, Marion Mistletoe share Meadows win

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
When Lady Godiva pulled even with Marion Mistletoe in deep stretch Wednesday at The Meadows, it was impossible to tell with the naked eye which crossed the wire first. The camera couldn’t separate them either, as the pair dead-heated for win in the $24,600 championship of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Neither mare won an elimination in the series, ...
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DSBF sophomore stakes begin at Dover

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old stakes got underway with two $20,000 divisions each of pacers and trotters Overnight Command and Tokyo Oklahoma won 1st leg preliminaries at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 30 at Dover Downs. Trainer-driver John Wagner won one DSBF trot and a pace.Badlands Jenna picked right up where she left off last year scoring a 1:55.4 victory in he...
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Blood stable roars out of March

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
His stable may have come into the month like a lamb at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park but his starters went out with a lion's ferocity as the March portion of the racing schedule concluded in South Florida.On the March 29 and 30 programs, trainer Peter Blood accomplished a natural hat trick by winning with three consecutive starters from his barn. His hot streak increased to three in a row on...
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'The Bachelor' among 3 added to Hoosier Park cast

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s Fab Five are back in action. The five drivers will once again participate in the popular promotion at the track and raise money for their selected charities along the way.   The original cast, Ricky Macomber, Jason Dillander, Joe Putnam, Mike Peterson, and Trace Tetrick, are primed for another solid meet and will once again be joined by The Champion, P...
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Butler Bulldog favored on Hoosier opener

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
It's NCAA Final Four time, and the Butler Bulldogs are set to play Saturday to try to advance to the championship game, so it's time for Butler Bulldog the trotter to win, right? Last year on March 31 Butler Bulldog, an Indiana-owned trotter, won at Hoosier Park. Now Butler Bulldog is set to race Thursday night at Hoosier Park--the track's 2011 opener--and is the 4-1 morning line choice to win. He...
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NY budget passed without purse surcharge

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The New York legislature passed a $132.5 billion state budget early Thursday morning. According to reports, the Senate passed the budget at about midnight and the Assembly followed at 1 a.m., as the state worked to finish the spending plan before the April 1 deadline.   The budget was passed without any surcharge levied on horse racing purse money. However,  Joe Faraldo, president...
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Gural speaks at NJ gaming conference

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
Another gaming conference was held in New Jersey on Thursday, with harness racing's Jeff Gural and Jim Simpson among the participants. The event was held at Rutgers University and sponsored by Rutgers University's School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Hall Institute of Public Policy.   Since beginning an effort to put together a deal to lease the Meadowlands, Gural has been sp...
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Cal Expo handles top $900,000 March 25, 26

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The two-day all source handle for Cal Expo Harness Racing Association for March 25 and 26 approached the $2 million mark for the first time in over a year. The total handle was $1,889,398, with $918,972 going through the windows on Friday and $970,426 wagered on Saturday.   “These totals are a testament to how hard the horsemen are working to fill the races,” said Cal Expo Director...
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Scarborough set to open on Saturday

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Scarborough Downs staff is busy putting the finishing touches on the racing facility as the 111-day, 2011 harness racing meet kicks off with opening weekend, Saturday, April 2, post time: 4 pm and Sunday, April 3, post time: 1:05 pm. The Saturday and Sunday programs will each feature 12 races. Fridays will be added to the racing schedule on April 22 (4 pm), and Thursdays will be added on June ...
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Gural has 2 more weeks for a deal

on 03/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Asbury Park Press has reported that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office has said that the deadline for Jeff Gural to put together a deal to lease the Meadowlands has been extended another two weeks. The deadline was originally set for March 31, but Gural is still hoping to get some concessions from three unions in order to make a deal work.   Christie's spokesman, Michael ...
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