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Update from Gural on Friday pre-race show

on 03/22/2011 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural will update fans and horsemen about his progress in negotiating the lease of Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday night's pre-card broadast.   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. The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Paddock Level television ...
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Stage Door Holdup, Mandabra win at Dover

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Stagedoor Holdup held up as a winning favorite while 23-1 Mandabra pulled an upset in the feature trot at Dover Downs on Sunday, March 20. Ross Wolfenden had a driving triple.Driver Tim Curtin and trainer Eli Scott continued as a hot winning combination as Stagecoach Holdup notched his third win of the year scoring a 1:53.4 victory in the $16,500 4&5-Year-Old pace. Joe and JoAnn Thomson bred a...
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Award winners in Pennsylvania

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Ron Battoni, executive director of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association and a prime mover in bringing all 12 Breeders Crown Championship races to Pocono Downs last October, has been voted the most prestigious award of the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the Mary Lib Miller Award. Mary Lib and her husband, Hall of Famer Del Miller, could always be found wher...
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Plainridge to lower takeout; charge ADWs more

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Plainridge Racecourse has announced its takeout rate on all wagers will be lowered to 15 percent for the 2011 season. General manager Steve  O'Toole said, "It's time bettors across America get a better return on investment.  We feel by lowering our takeout to 15 percent on win, place, show and all exotics bets it will keep the average guy in the game a lot longer."   In addit...
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Marshland wins Olympic Trot elim in Sweden

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Marshland, the 19th foal of the Bonefish mare Trapped, captured an elimination for Sweden's Olympic Trot this past weekend at the Jagersro track in Malmo, Swedent. Marshland, a 6-year-old stallion by From Above, took control of the race early and won in a mile rate time of 1:58.3 over 2,140 meters.   Marshland's dam, Trapped, was bred by Castleton Farm and then owned by Stoner Creek Stud be...
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Feb. 15 payments to Hambo Society similar to 2010

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
The number of February stake payments collected by the Hambletonian Society hewed closely to those collected in 2010, reflecting just a 3% drop in overall total payments. This includes all payments for the 123 races the Society administers, stakes, early closers and the Breeders Crown series on a race-to-race comparison between 2010 and 2011. The Society added several new races - six early closi...
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SRF reassures its supporters

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation is assuring its supporters that the management of the mission is in order and their horses well cared for.  Judith Bokman, the Standardbred Retirement Foundation’s (SRF) Executive Trustee, and one of the two founders of the organization shared, “SRF was the first to require that a veterinarian examine and report the condition of every horse it has ...
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Support the Meadowlands with entries!

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
This could be the last weekend of harness racing at the Meadowlands. Jeff Gural is continuing his work to negotiate a lease with the state, but if he can't get a deal done, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said the track will be closed. Last week, after entries for the Meadowlands were weak, Gural said it would help his efforts if horsemen show support for the Meadowlands by ...
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Ryan Anderson has surgery on ankle

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Ryan Anderson, who was injured this past Saturday night when the driving bit broke with Cheyenne Oxe in the first Sagamore Hill division, has undergone surgery on a broken right ankle.   Anderson's horse, who was leading at the time of the incident (past the half-mile going into the third turn), wound up inside the pylons. The 30-year-old Anderson jumped out of the bike, but his right ...
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30 entered in Blue Chip Matchmaker for mares

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
The Blue Chip Matchmaker, the premier pacing series for open mares at Yonkers Raceway, begins Friday night with four, $40,000 divisions. The opening round attracted 30 of the series 44 nominees.   Post time for the 13-race card is 7:10 pm,. with the quarter of Matchmaker events going as races 6 through 9. Defending champion Ginger and Fred drew post position 6 in the second groupi...
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Better Caviar wins by 11 at The Meadows

on 03/21/2011 2:00 AM
Better Caviar extended his career unbeaten streak to four, using an uncharacteristic burst of early speed to capture a division of Monday’s Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Mr Caviar took the other $15,000 second-leg division of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings.   Unraced at two, Better Caviar won his first three starts in closing fashion. In Monday’s leg, how...
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Well timed win by Mike Micallef

on 03/20/2011 2:00 AM
He was already assured of a personal award this weekend in South Florida so Mike Micallef made sure he added to the celebrations with a big night on the track on Saturday evening at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. His biggest accomplishment was a victory in the $14,000 purse top class handicap feature with Dragon's Blood. "The decision to claim Dragon's Blood was made late last year by h...
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This Is Wyatt wins at Yonkers

on 03/20/2011 2:00 AM
This is Wyatt (Eric Goodell) did it the hard way Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $28,000 winner-over paceLeaving from post position No. 6, he went up and over Go Go Solano (Dan Dube) after that one put up fractions of :26.2, :55 and 1:23.4.This is Wyatt found the lead early in the lane, found the mile marker in 1:51.4, then finished off the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 1:59.1...a n...
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Save My Shark, Neighysay Hanover are Yonkers winners

on 03/19/2011 2:00 AM
Favored Save My Shark (Jim Pantaleano) was both active and effective Friday night, winning Yonkers  Raceway's co-featured $32,500 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.Leaving from post position No. 5, she was in the early fray through quick fractions. Save My Shark played leapfrog on the lead with Giveittoemstaight  (George Brennan) in between intervals of :26.3 and :55. She had a a first-u...
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Isabella's Magic in Meadows upset

on 03/19/2011 2:00 AM
Isabella’s Magic, who had a single win in 17 previous starts, poured from the pocket in the stretch to upset 1-5 favorite Diamond Tiara in a division of Friday’s Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Givemybest Hanover captured the other $15,000 opening-leg split in the event for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers. The event honors the late Donna Dunn, longtime horse owner and the...
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Meirs Hanover conquers in Cam Fella

on 03/19/2011 2:00 AM
Meirs Hanover and teamster Jody Jamieson wired his eight rivals in the $100,000 Cam Fella Stakes final at Woodbine in 1:49.1, a new stakes record and lifetime best.After posting the single elimination victory last week, the four-year-old son of Artsplace has now been unbeaten in four starts, as his lifetime earnings lifted to $248,439 for owners David Van Dusen, Michael Cimaglio and Strollin Stabl...
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Team Allard wins Four Leaf Clover

on 03/19/2011 2:00 AM
Rene Allard can check another goal off his career list. The 24-year-old trainer picked up his first Meadowlands stakes trophy with Strand Hanover in the $100,000 Four Leaf Clover final on Saturday night.  Strand Hanover pounced off a perfect second over journey to win the fifth race feature in 1:50.2.  He paid $11.80 to win.  Art Professor closed from far back to finish second, whil...
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Brennan, Pena share St Paddy's six pack

on 03/18/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's St. Patrick's Night math equation went something like this...In the 12-race card,  George Brennan drove 11 times, Lou Pena sent out eight horses...and the pair combined to win six races.The parade began with See Through It ($6) going the distance in the $10,000, second-race trot (2:05.3) before Lady Jay ($3.60) lasted on the lead in the lead in the $6,000, third-race pace (2...
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Jimmy Marohn wins Monticello's St. Pat's race

on 03/18/2011 2:00 AM
Konjo N was certainly the best on paper going into the 10th edition of Monticello Raceway’s St Paddy Pace on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17  and when the judges hung the official sign Konjo N lived up to his billing. The pacer, who came into the contest off consecutive victories in his last two starts, rambled to another triumph in the race exclusively for driver s of Irish extraction.Jimmy ...
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Hoboken Hanover wins Dover feature

on 03/18/2011 2:00 AM
Hoboken Hanover won the St. Patrick’s day feature race at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 17.Tim Curtin drove Hoken Hanover to his second straight victory reducing his lifetime record to 1:54.3 in a 3,4&5-Year-Old pace. Owned by Dave Toomey, Dave and trainer Bill Moffett, the Cam’s Card Shark –Haps Hanover gelding shook off a cluster of rivals in the stretch with GE’s Corey (Allan Davis...
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