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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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American Rage in Meadows series mark

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
American Rage raged through the stretch Tuesday at The Meadows to capture a division of the Dennis Sheehan Memorial Pace in 1:54.4, fastest this year by a sophomore colt on a five-eighths-mile track. Border Fighting took the other $15,000 second-leg split, giving him two consecutive victories in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings. Greg Grismore hustled American Rage to the le...
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Sixes wild at Yonkers on Saturday

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's premier event for the Free-For-Allers, the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, gets underway Saturday night with six divisions. Post time for the 13-race card is 7:10 PM, with the Levy—honoring the Hall Of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway--going as races 7 through 12. As is customary, each race in each of the five preliminary legs is worth $50,000. All told, 4...
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Pocono, Flamboro cancel Wednesday cards

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
Due to the sudden, fast moving snowfall that blanketed the Northeast, races have been cancelled for Wednesday, March 23, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Also, Flamboro Downs has cancelled its live card of harness racing set for Wednesday afternoon.   Horsemen's reps and track officials decided to cancel at Flamboro primarily due to unsafe travel conditions as the area is expecting more snow...
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No elims for Spring Pacing Championship

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
With just 10 older pacing colts and geldings entered for this year’s Spring Pacing Championship, no eliminations are required Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. All 10 starters will automatically advance to the $125,000 final on April 2, with the final post positions to be announced on Wednesday, March 30.   Also, WEG will offer a $100,000 guaranteed early Pick-4 that evening. A $7...
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Two Ohio legislators draft VLT legislation

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
A Warren, Ohio, newspaper website has reported that state lawmakers Sen. Joseph Schiavoni and Rep. Ron Gerberry have drafted legislation that would legalize video lottery terminals at horse racetracks in Ohio. However, harness racing insiders believe video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks are dependent on Gov. John Kasich's strategy to solve an $8 billion b...
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Horse Council forum to focus on Congress

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
The American Horse Council (AHC) has announced that the theme for this year’s National Issues Forum is “Congress on a Diet: What It Means for the Horse Industry.”   This year’s National Issues Forum will be held June 21 in Washington, DC during the AHC’s annual meeting.  The annual meeting will run from June 19 to 22 at the Washington Court Hotel and also include an up...
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Colonial to race 30 harness dates in 2011

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
The Virginia Racing Commission awarded 2011 racing dates to Colonial Downs at its monthly meeting on Tuesday. The New Kent track will host a fall harness meet from Sept. 17–Nov. 5, with a total of 30 race days. Pacers and trotters will compete every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, all at 1 pm. There will be a special card scheduled on Friday, Nov. 4.   The ...
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Museum honors Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg

on 03/23/2011 2:00 AM
Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, an honorary member of the board of drectors of The Harness Racing Museum,has been named its 2011 Pinnacle honoree for exemplary efforts put forth in the promotion of the sport and The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.   Mrs. Kleberg, who has been an ardent supporter of the Museum for many years, races a stable of trotters in both Sweden and North Ameri...
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Florida USHWA honors their best

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
It was an evening punctuated by standing ovations, handshakes, hugs, good feelings, memories and storytelling as the 20th Annual Hall Of Fame inductions dinner was held over the weekend by the Florida chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). A crowd of almost 200 gathered in the Cypress Ballroom at the Marriott North in Ft. Lauderdale to congratulate driver David Ingr...
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Wambam Sam, Cams Art win Dover features

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
Wambam Sam stormed down the lane to win the $35,000 Preferred Handicap pace while Cams Art was fully in command in the $32,500 Delaware Special on Monday, March 21 at Dover Downs.Daryl Bier did not move Wambam Sam until reaching the homestretch then turned the Real Artist-Roses For Sammie gelding lose. The four-year-old roared past the leaders, Three Of Spades (Jon Roberts), Jeremy’s Successor (...
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2011 season begins at Pocono Downs

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 meet at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs gets underway at 6:30 on Tuesday, March 22, with a 14-race card, followed by a 13-race card on Wednesday.  The live racing schedule runs through November 12 with racing every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. There will be a special post time of 5 p.m. on the Thoroughbred Triple Crown dates of May 7, May 11 and June 11.   Rick Kane, in his f...
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Stakes action at Meadowlands Thursday

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
Stakes finals, dollar specials and a handicapping tournament highlight the last week of racing before Meadowlands Racetrack’s spring break. The action starts Thursday as 10 of the toughest trotters tussle in the $74,000 Horse and Groom final, while Some Girls Do bids for her second series sweep in the $53,800 Night Styles.   The best bet in racing also starts at just $1. The Saturday Pick...
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