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Gural's TV interview now online

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural joined Meadowlands Racetrack's pre-card show on March 25 to update fans and horsemen about his progress in negotiating the lease of Meadowlands Racetrack.   A longtime horse owner and breeder, Gural is the chairman of real estate titan Newmark Knight Frank and principal owner of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs racetracks in New York.  Click here to watch the interview on Mead...
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Chancey Lady fastest in Matchmaker splits

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Mares began Friday night, with a quartet of $40,000 sojourns for the sisterhood.   Millionairess Chauncey Lady (Jason Bartlett) left nothing to chance in the series opener, dusting six rivals in a spiffy 1:54.1. Leaving from post position No. 4, she led through intervals of 27.4, :57. and 1:24.4. Up by 2 1/2 lengths turning for home in a strun...
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Favorites romp in Youthful eliminations

on 03/25/2011 2:00 AM
A pair of $20,000 Youthful Stakes eliminations took place Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with Im Feelin Good and Calgary Seelster prevailing as race favorites. Im Feeling Good, sent off at odds of 2-5, coasted to a comfortable 1:54 score in the first elimination for driver Randy Waples. Calgary Seelster took the second elim with an open-lengths 1:54.2 effort.   With ...
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Balmoral guarantees April Pick 4s

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
Beginning Saturday, April 2nd, Balmoral Park’s Pick 4 wagers will have guaranteed pools of $15,000 on Saturday’s and $25,000 on Sunday nights. The guaranteed pools will be in effect throughout the entire month of April. In conjunction with the United States Trotting Association, Balmoral Park, Yonkers Raceway and Northfield will all be offering the guaranteed Pick 4 pools. Yonkers will offer $...
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Libra Vita, Allmar Surprise win at Dover

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
Libra Vita notched her second straight victory in the $18,000 Winners-Over trot and Allmar Surprise took the sub-feature on a rainy Wednesday, March 23 at Dover Downs  Corey Callahan drove four winners to tie Ron Pierce for first place in dash win standings.Ron Pierce driving Libra Vita shook off a determined bid from Second Hand News and Corey Callahan to persever in the week’s top trot. O...
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$90,000 yearling wins at Pompano

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
It's that time of year in South Florida when promising young horses begin to show up and Lucky Cadet just could prove to be one of the most promising of all in the months ahead. The three year old Art Major-Yankee Luck colt did not race as a two year old. That decision appears to have been extremely prudent as the $90,000 purchase at the 2009 Lexington Selected Sale romped to victory in 1:56....
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Storm Queen wins again at The Meadows

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
It was a dark and stormy night - the perfect setting for Storm Queen, as she blazed to the front and captured her second straight division in Wednesday’s Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Shelby County took the other $15,000 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters. Heavy rains and hail hours earlier rendered the track sloppy, but they couldn’...
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Formula One wins in Sweden, now 9 for 11

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
Stig H. Johansson's 4-year-old favorite Formula One (Yankee Glide-Ferrari Of, by Credit Winner) made his season's debut a winning effort at Solvalla Wednesday night, taking his ninth win in 11 career starts. The big upcoming races for the US-bred are the King's Trophy and Sprintermastaren.   Formula One is aptly named and probably the new star of Johansson's stable. He was bred by...
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Inter Dominion gets underway Friday in NZ

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 Inter Dominion, the famed racing event in Australia and New Zealand, will get underway at approximately 4 am EDT on Friday, March 25. The Inter Dominion series was begun in 1936 as a competition between the neighboring countries of Australia and New Zealand. This year’s prestigious event is being held at Alexandra Park in Auckland, New Zealand, where they race clockwise. The Inter Domin...
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Stalls still available at Tioga

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
Stalls are still available at Tioga Downs as the March 12 deadline has been extended. Through March 23, about 100 stalls were still available.   “In the past, Pompano had been shutting down around the time we opened, and then we were shutting down around the time they reopened, so we had a nice little thing going there,” said Director of Racing Jason Bluhm. “Now that Pompano is racing...
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Real Desire book full and closed

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
Brittany Stallion Management's decision to move Real Desire to Indiana proved very popular among breeders, as it was announced Thursday that his book for 2011 is full and closed. He moved this year from Pennsylvania to Midland Acres' Indiana division, where he stands for a fee of $5,000.   "We're very pleased with the response Real Desire received from breeders, both those who have t...
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Delaware House committee nixes more casinos

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
According to reports, on Wednesday a Delaware House committee voted 6-5 against authorizing two new casinos in the state. Those two casinos would compete with Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Delaware Park. However, the measure may still be heard by the full House before the legislative session ends June 30.   Delaware Online reported that most arguments against the bill&n...
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Hoosier holding dress rehearsal Friday

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
A total of 22 qualifiers have been carded for Friday for the annual night-time dress rehearsal program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Due to the volume of events, the first race will go behind the gate at 4 p.m. Lasix for horses qualifying will be administered from 1:00 – 1:15 p.m. EST.   The evening of qualifiers allows horsemen, racing officials and racing fans to watch quali...
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New PA track? "Nothing to report"

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that at a Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission meeting on Thursday, a Centaur Inc. representative told the commission, "There's really nothing to report," as far as any progress on the transfer of Centaur's license for a proposed track known as Valley View Downs.   Centaur Inc. was awarded a racing license four years ago by the Pennsylvania co...
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Calgary Seelster ready for Friday's Youthful

on 03/24/2011 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, Calgary Seelster, a 3-year-old son of Modern Art- Cmon Mama Cass, has proven to be ...
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Ontario official says purse surplus unclear

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
Earlier this week, Hall of Famer Bill O'Donnell, president of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, discussed Ontario's new purse redirection program with racing journalist Dave Briggs, writing for the Guelph Mercury, and told him, “I think the biggest concern is there will be a surplus of around $9 million.” On Thursday afternoon, John L. Blakney, Executiv...
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Hopefully, this win is a good omen

on 03/24/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural (next to driver Andy Miller) and Mike Gulotta joined Whatever It Takes in the Meadowlands winner's circle Thursday night. Hopefully it was a good omen as Whatever It Takes, a 3-year-old colt by Credit Winner, picked up his first career win. Gural owns the colt with Brittany Farms, Bluechip Bloodstock and Credit Capers Partners (John Fodera and Melvin Hartmann).   Gural ...
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Higher And Higher wins Dover Open

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
Higher And Higher made her second start of the year a success winning the $26,000 Mares Open pace on Tuesday, March 22 at Dover Downs to complete a sweep of both top features of the early week.The previous day Wambam Sam won the $35,000 Preferred feature coming from off the pace. Again driver Daryl Bier used similar tactics driving Higher And Higher. Bier who also trains and owns the Western Terro...
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Broodmare a 'Special Girl' to owners

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
While on edge awaiting the arrival of the next foal from their outstanding broodmare Ladys Special Girl, Susan and Ted Colby savored a milestone win from one of her high earning daughters on the Tuesday evening program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. In the $14,000 purse top mares pacing class carded weekly in South Florida, I'm Just Special was ordered to the outside in the field of ...
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2011 Season Opens at Pocono

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
Artsbred Camotion kicked off the 2011 harness racing season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a frontrunning victory in a claiming pace on Tuesday night at the Northeastern Pennsylvania track. The race was one of 14 held on Pocono’s Opening Night.With Matt Kakaley in the bike for trainer Kent Sherman, Artsbred Camotion, the 9-5 favorite, took over the lead around the first turn and stayed stro...
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