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Baseball team owner looks at Rosecroft purchase

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway is once again being considered for purchase by Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos. The bankrupt harness racing track not far from Washington, D.C., and the nation's capital has sat vancant since July, when it ended its simulcasting operation   The purchase of Rosecroft is of course tied to allowing slot machines there, which are presently prohibited. On Tuesday ...
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Admirals Express wins Cam Fella Award

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that Admirals Express has been voted the 2010 recipient of the Cam Fella Award. The Cam Fella Award, which recognizes extreme recent meritorious service to the Canadian harness racing industry, will be presented to the connections of Admirals Express, fondly known as the "The Gray Gladiator," at the annual O'Brien Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 29, ...
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Saturday Big M card another strong one

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Thursday morning was another busy one at the Meadowlands as 161 horses dropped in the box for the Jan. 8 Saturday card, while another 129 entered Friday’s qualifiers.  The second Meadowlands’ card of 2011 is another strong one. “We’re encouraged by the interest in our product,” said Peter Koch, director of racing.  “For Saturday we have all but two 10-horse fields and those ...
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Gallo Blue Chip, Eternal Camnation to Hall of Fame

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Stanley Bergstein, chairman of the Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, has announced the results of recent balloting that determined the 2011 class for induction into the The Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehors...
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Former Meadowlands exec Phil Dunn dies

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Phil Dunn, who worked at the Meadowlands Racetrack with general manager Bob Quigley in the track’s early years, serving in executive positions, died Monday, Jan. 3, at the age of 81.   Dunn was hired by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) in 1961 as an administrative assistant. He advanced rapidly within the organization to serve as the assistant director of public relations en route t...
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Trainer has 2 contenders in Blizzard

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack, trainer Tan Micallef sends out two fillies in a pair of $20,000 Blizzard Stakes eliminations. Hat Trick Honey (5-2) and Hustleonhome (3-1) will go to post in races one and three, respectively. Both fillies are owned and bred by Stuart Bolender of Elora, Ont.   In the first elimination, Hat Trick Honey has been assigned post two for driver Roger Mayo...
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Winner's circle 'photo' at Dover

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Photo Maxx stormed down the lane to overtake a wall of challengers in deep stretch to win the $26,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday.   As in his previous win two starts back, driver Mike Cole put Photo Maxx into high gear entering the stretch and the SJ’s Photo-Affinity gelding zoomed past a foursome of challengers to front-trotting Starsel and rolled on for an impressive 1:55.1 c...
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Samsawinner at Monticello

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Samsawinner, a 5-year-old Victory Sam gelding, scored an stunning 1:58.4 triumph in the weekly trotting feature at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon. A recent purchase by Woody Hoblitzell of Destin, Fla., Samsawinner was reined to victory by hot-handed Bruce Aldrich Jr.   Sent off second choice from post position six in the nine-horse field, Aldrich sent the trotter t...
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Longshots light up Pompano tote board

on 01/04/2011 12:00 AM
It was a rare occurrence indeed when a wave of longshots crossed the wire first on the Monday evening, January 3 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. With the recent trend of larger and more attractive wagering pools again spiking the evening's handle into the $400,000 range, a succession of long odds winners ranging in price from 15-1 to a jaw dropping 77-1 were paid out during the 12 rac...
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A 'stacked deck' highlights Big M qualifiers

on 01/04/2011 12:00 AM
Eight qualifiers went postward at the Meadowlands Tuesday morning, with the newly-turned 6-year-old mare Stacked Deck taking speed-badge honors with a 1:53.4 victory. Trained by Joe Anderson and driven by his son, Ryan, Stacked Deck was a nine-time winner in 42 starts last year as the son of Bettor’s Delight increased his career earnings to nearly a quarter-million dollars. The trotter Sooner T...
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Tioga, Vernon show promise in 2010 handle

on 01/04/2011 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs wrapped up 2010 with some promising handle figures despite the current industry trends.   Tioga showed increases in both live and export handle during its 2010 race meet, live handle was up for the year by nearly four percent, while the export numbers jumped by more than an eight-percent increase. The import numbers at Tioga stayed about the same compared t...
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Thoroughbred group moving forward on tote security

on 01/04/2011 12:00 AM
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) board of directors has voted unanimously to support development by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) of a tote security system to ensure the close of betting throughout the pari-mutuel network and eliminate dramatic shifts in final odds through the production and dissemination of real-time decimal odds to participating host racetracks for u...
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Big M winter meet has strong first draw

on 01/04/2011 12:00 AM
The first draw for the Meadowlands Friday Jan. 7 opening night card went off without a hitch on Tuesday morning according to Peter Koch, director of racing. “We had 175 in the box for Friday,” he said. “I believe last year we had 189, so that was good. We have 13 races and full fields.  The Mares Invitational drew nine and we combined the two high-level trots. But there was a lot ...
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Noel Daley hurt in training accident

on 01/04/2011 12:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley is in a Trenton, N.J. hospital Tuesday afternoon recovering from surgery to repair a compound right ankle fracture suffered in a training accident Monday morning at Magical Acres. Daley told harnessracing.com Tuesday that the accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday while he was training a newly-turned 2 year old, and that he was at the hospital by 8 a.m., with the su...
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Meadowlands replay show on TVG

on 01/04/2011 12:00 AM
Racing fans can watch replays from every racing card at the Meadowlands on TVG in 2011. TVG will air the Racing From The Meadowlands show during its morning recap block the following day. All shows will be 30 minutes in length. The Meadowlands is working with TVG to secure a regular time slot for the show. For now, fans should check their program guide for air times.   TVG is available thro...
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USTA's Full Circle registry helps horses

on 01/03/2011 12:00 AM
Standardbred owners are taking advantage of a no cost, no obligation USTA program that helps to connect horses in need of a new home with their breeder, former owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers or any other interested individual. The program, called Full Circle, is modeled after a well received initiative by the world's largest equine registry -- the American Quarter Horse Association. &...
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Rock N Roll Heaven NJ Horse of the Year

on 01/03/2011 12:00 AM
Rock N Roll Heaven, the Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year, has been selected New Jersey Standardbred Horse of the Year for 2010. The son of Rocknroll Hanover will be honored at the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board’s 54th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at Charley’s Other Brother Restaurant in Eastampton Township, NJ at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 30.   Rock N Roll Heaven, the be...
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Allamerican Native to Winbak in Ontario

on 01/03/2011 12:00 AM
Winbak Farms has announced that the pacing sire Allamerican Native will stand the 2011 season at Winbak Farm of Canada in Ontario for a fee of $3,000. He previously stood at stud at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania.   Allamerican Native is already the sire of top performers, including  2007 Dan Patch and O’Brien award-winning Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the...
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Croquet Style 1:55.2 winner in series elim

on 01/03/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack presented its first program of the New Year on Monday evening and 4-year-old trotting mares were in the spotlight as the battled in a set of $25,000 eliminations for the Lifetime Dream Stakes.   PJ's Photo ($5.20) took the opening split for the tandem of driver Paul MacDonell and trainer Daren Harvey, and she was impressive. The streaking daughter of SJs Photo-Big Ko...
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Dr. M. Paul Simon dies in New Jersey

on 01/03/2011 12:00 AM
Dr. M. Paul Simon, 88, of Short Hills, N.J., a family physician in Lake Hiawatha and a horseman for 48 years, died Jan. 2, 2011.   Dr. Simon, a USTA member since 1962, was an owner, trainer and driver. He campaigned his horses under the nom de course of Lord & Lady Stables Inc. and many of his horses carried the Lord or Lady in their names, including Lord Stacy and Lord Simon.   ...
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