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USTA board meets in Columbus

on 03/13/2011 1:00 AM
The annual board meeting of the United States Trotting Association got underway in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon, with the board's slate of officers all returned in elections. USTA president Phil Langley, vice chairman Russell Williams, treasurer Dick Brandt Jr. and secretary Barbara Brooks all were unopposed and re-elected. In the only contested race, sitting chairman Ivan Axelrod was re-el...
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Zweig's future: Change in conditions, increase in purse

on 03/12/2011 12:00 AM
The Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot, a trophy coveted by many Hambletonian winners over the years and most recently won by no less than the 2010 Trotter of the Year, Lucky Chucky, has undergone a dramatic change for the future.   Beginning in 2012 (the required 2-year-old payment to sustain eligibility for next year is due by March 15, 2011), the Zweig will shift from being raced in d...
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Night racing at Delaware County Fair?

on 03/12/2011 12:00 AM
According to a story in the Delaware (Ohio) Gazette, the Delaware County Fair Board is exploring the idea of racing at night in an effort to boost attendance.   A sub-committee of the Delaware County Fair Board has held preliminary discussions on a proposal to run some of the fair’s horse races during the evening hours — specifically Monday and Tuesday, said Phil Terry, fair manage...
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California driving club announces competition

on 03/12/2011 12:00 AM
Spring will be a busy time for amateur racing at Cal-Expo in Sacramento, California. The amateurs will have the spotlight on beginning in mid-April with the sixth annual East-West Challenge.  Two weeks later, a team from New Zealand will land to take on the West Coasters, and in May, the club hosts the first installment of what has become an annual event, the TVG Amateur Series.   On A...
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Georgian Downs cancels Saturday

on 03/12/2011 12:00 AM
Georgian Downs has cancelled its Saturday evening racing program due to unsafe track conditions.   “We made it through this morning’s qualifiers in pretty good shape, but once the temperature started to rise around noon, a significant amount of water started to seep to the surface and pool,” said Chris Roberts, director of racing operations. “We started adding material, but the heav...
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Valentino has the nose for clover

on 03/12/2011 12:00 AM
Valentino held off Get It Now by a nose to win the $25,000 second leg of the Four Leaf Clover Series on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Valentino chased Strand Hanover to the lead in a swift :53.3 half, edged away at the top of the stretch and dug deep at the wire to win his second start of the season in 1:50. Art Professor made a three-wide sweep for the show money. Va...
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Four straight for Gallant Yankee at Yonkers

on 03/12/2011 12:00 AM
Super-sharp Gallant Yankee (Jason Bartlett) kept the form spree going Saturday night, dominating  Yonkers Raceway's $32,500 Open Handicap Pace.    Ordered behind the eight ball as the 3-2 favorite, Gallant Yankee found himself wide early. He was double-parked to grab the lead from McApulco (Cat Manzi) just after a :27.1 opening quarter mile, then was left to his own devices. He zi...
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Sports Fanatic a winner at Pompano

on 03/12/2011 12:00 AM
A new winner emerged in the weekly top pacing class in South Florida on the March 12 program at Pompano Park.   Sports Fanatic got a well-rated, first-over trip from driver George Napolitano Jr. to catch B N Bad in rein to Joe Pavia Jr. in 1:52 in the $14,000 purse event. BN Bad surged to the early lead in :27.3 and was used in the second quarter to re-take the front in :55. Sports Fanatic ...
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Pompano Drivers' Championship too close to call

on 03/12/2011 12:00 AM
There are tough tasks in harness race handicapping, and this one looks impossible. There's no logical way to choose a favorite for the 2011 Isle Of Capri Drivers' Championship to be decided over the March 14, 15 and 16 programs at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   On statistics alone, perhaps Bruce Ranger would stand out in the nine-man field on the basis of over 8,000 lifetime winning...
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Meirs Hanover wins Cam Fella elim

on 03/12/2011 12:00 AM
Delayed one week due to a cancellation, the Cam Fella elimination Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack was delayed again--albeit momentarily by a recall. Coming off wins in the Clyde Hirt and Exit W finals at the Meadowlands, Meirs Hanover appears on track to make it a series trifecta after scoring a two-length win in 1:51.3 as the 4-5 betting favorite.   Jackets Required and Randy Waples w...
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Zeron clicks for five at Woodbine

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
Scott Zeron had a banner night at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday thanks to a five-win performance on the 12-race card.The Oakville, Ontario horseman captured the $60,000 Silver Reign Stakes final with Blue Monster (1:56) in Race 3 to get the ball rolling, and it only took him two more races to find his way back to victory lane. He clicked with Windsun Montecarlo (1:56) in Race 5 and came right bac...
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Yonkers debuts live video streaming, archived replays

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is pleased to present live streaming race video, which began with Thursday's program.To view the evening's races, visit www.yonkersraceway.com, go to "racing," then "live racing," then "live race video."There is also an archived library of races dating back to March 7, 2007."This has been something we've been working toward ever since the New York State Racing and Wagering Board ga...
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Cool Runnings splashes to Dover win

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
Cool Runnings outlasted Passit in a duel down the lane to win the $14,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace on a rainy Thursday, March 10  at Dover Downs.Eddie Davis Jr. teamed with Cool Runnings, owned by Julianne Watkins and J&E Stable, to score his first win of the year in the feature race. The altered roan son of Three Olives-Gifted Debutante homebred was chased home by Passit (Corey Callahan) ...
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WEG stakes deadline

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to remind everyone of the upcoming stakes closing on March 15th, 2011.There are numerous Stake nominations and sustaining payments that are due for the circuit’s major stake events.Three year old Ontario Sired Fillies have a sustaining payment for the 2011 WEG/SBOA event.Two year olds have sustaining payments due for the 2011 Champlain Open & Champlain...
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Blue Monster captures Silver Reign final

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
With no eliminations necessary and the track listed as sloppy, six Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing fillies made their way behind the Woodbine starting gate tonight, to compete in the $60,000 Silver Reign Stakes final.Driver Scott Zeron engineered a perfect-pocket trip as Blue Monster upset heavily favored Lady Kelleigh Anne (Keith Oliver) in the final strides to stop the timer in 1:56, paying ...
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Bergstein to be honored by USHWA in 2012

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
Stan Bergstein, (not-so-)arguably the greatest executive in the sport of harness racing over the last 50 years, and the only “double Hall of Fame” honoree, will be spotlighted at the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA)’s Dan Patch Awards banquet in late winter 2012. Bergstein first came to prominence as a racecaller in Detroit and Chicago, but it soon became apparent that this...
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Could Panesthetic become a sensation?

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
Panesthetic raced under the radar as a sophomore, but this year, that could change. The 4-year-old son of The Panderosa steps into the spotlight in the $25,000 second leg of the Four Leaf Clover Series Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Trained by Scott Blackler, Panesthetic will start from post seven (program number five) in the tenth race stakes feature. Andy Miller has the drivin...
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Put On A Show has excellent prognosis

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
Surgery to remove a bone chip from Put On A Show's right knee turned out to be a classic, text-book case with an excellent prognosis for the 4-year-old pacing mare's return to racing later this year.   Mike Ross, a veterinarian at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, performed the arthroscopic surgery Friday morning.   "Mike Ross told me it was just like we saw in the ...
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Blue Chip expanding Credit Winner's book

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
Veterinarians have given Credit Winner, the leading trotting sire in North America last year, the green light to breed more mares than anticipated at the start of the 2011 breeding season.   The 14-year-old stallion had been approved to breed 75 mares this year, but Blue Chip Farms will expand his book to at least 100 mares, and may accept additional mares if Credit Winner’s performance ...
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Western Fair cancels; Driving Championship moved

on 03/11/2011 12:00 AM
Due to severe weather conditions, Western Fair has canceled Friday night's card of racing which also means that the Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for the program will be rescheduled.   Officials from Western Fair and Standardbred Canada are hoping to reschedule the Driving Championship on Friday, March 25, and are in the process of confirming the availability of ...
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