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Big M video feature: Takter's award winning season

on 03/16/2011 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter won the 2010 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands with Muscle Massive en route to being named Trainer of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association.   Take a look back at the highlights of the Takter Stable's season in this video on Meadowlands Racetrack's YouTube Channel:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBQHFQj6zrE(Meadowlands)
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Simon Allard set for Big M debut

on 03/16/2011 2:00 AM
Simon Allard, the young Canadian driving sensation, will make his Meadowlands debut on Saturday night.     Allard is listed to drive three horses on the Saturday card for his brother, trainer Rene Allard, including Strand Hanover in the $100,000 Four Leaf Clover final. Allard will also be the In The Sulky guest on Meadowlands Racetrack's Friday pre-card broadcast. Fans c...
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More racing opportunities, fewer full fields

on 03/16/2011 2:00 AM
Harrah's Chester opens its 2011 harness meet on Friday with 13 races, and it appears the additional racing opportunities had an impact on the weekend cards at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands carded just 11 races on Friday and Saturday, with only three 10-horse fields on each card.   The top purse race on the Chester opener is a $30,000 winner-over trot. Chester filled out nine of its ...
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Yonkers' 2011 stakes season begins Friday

on 03/15/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway takes the shrink wrap off its 2011 stakes season Friday night, with the opening round  of the Petticoat Pacing Series.The Petticoat, for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, begins with seven,  $12,500 divisions on the overstuffed 13-race card.Both the Petticoat and companion event for the boys--the...
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Despite break, Summer Camp wins at Dover

on 03/15/2011 2:00 AM
Summer Camp went off stride approaching the starting gate then caught the field and powered to a 1:51.2 victory in the $35,000 Preferred pace on Monday, March 14 at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce drives five winners to take the track dash-win lead by one.Driver Andy Miller quickly returned Summer Camp to pacing and quickly joined the other five starters before the opening quarter. The Rocknroll Hanover-R...
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Calgary Seelster captures Apaches Fame

on 03/15/2011 2:00 AM
Fresh off his 1:53 elimination victory last week, Calgary Seelster went gate-to-wire to win the $60,000 Apaches Fame final. In doing so, the son of Modern Art lowered his lifetime best to 1:52.4 and remains unbeaten in his last four starts for owner/trainer Murray Preszcator.Calgary Seelster enjoyed his largest payday of his young career as his lifetime earnings climbed to $62,780. The $16,000 yea...
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Pompano drivers championship Round One:

on 03/15/2011 2:00 AM
As expected the action was intense and it's no surprise there's a logjam at the top after the opening round of the 2011 Isle of Capri Drivers' Championship at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.Drawing first blood in the contest was Wally Hennessey as he guided conditioned race trotter Vitamight to a dominant front end win in 1:56.1 for trainer Odell Thompson and owner Henry Solomon of Sunrise, F...
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Parker wins five at Mighty M

on 03/15/2011 2:00 AM
Though Billy "Zeke" Parker, Jr. is approaching 58 years of age he shows no signs of slowing down.Currently ninth on the all-time list of drivers with the most lifetime wins, on the  Monday afternoon March 14th at Monticello Raceway  the bearded wonder added five more victories to his totals  and now is just one victory shy of 10,300.He began the day  with a 2:00:4 victory with ...
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Better Caviar is The Meadows best

on 03/15/2011 2:00 AM
Better Caviar remained undefeated in his three-race career - although he needed help at the wire - when he captured a division in Monday’s opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Walltocousins took the other $15,000 split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The series is named for the late Ken Weaver, longtime Meadows trainer who also was a fix...
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Woodbine to have $100,000 Pick 4 guarantee

on 03/15/2011 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) on Tuesday announced there will be a $100,000 guaranteed early Pick 4 pool on the Saturday, April 2, Standardbred card at Woodbine.   A $75,000 guaranteed early Pick 4 will also be offered on the following Saturday nights in April (9, 16, 23, 30).   "The Pick 4 is one of harness racing'...
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2 members of harness community die in Lexington

on 03/15/2011 2:00 AM
Two well-known members of Lexington's harness racing community have died. On Saturday, March 12, Tom McKinley, the husband of Kit McKinley, who operates the Fennell's harness shop adjacent to The Red Mile, died at  home. Then on Monday, March 14, Kenneth Bell passed away.   McKinley's services will be held Wednesday, March 16, at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Memori...
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Kiss My Art, Maravich win at Dover

on 03/14/2011 2:00 AM
Kiss My Art got up in the stretch to win the $16,500 4&5-Year-Old pace while Maravich took the $14,500 trot for young horses on Sunday, March 13 at Dover Downs.In the feature, Cory Callahan drove Kiss My Art to his fourth consecutive victory overtaking Stagecoach Holdup (Tim Curtin) in mid stretch on the way to  lifetime best 1:53.3 triumph. High Joltage (Ben Stafford Jr.) came on strongl...
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Northfield reducing takeout on Pick 3s, 4s and 5s

on 03/14/2011 2:00 AM
Next month, Northfield Park wagering fans across the continent will be in the green instead of being mellow yellow. Effective April 1, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers at Northfield will have a reduced takeout of just 14 percent, more than a one-third reduction from the previous rate. That will increase pool sizes on the multi-race wagers, according to executive vice president of racing Dave Bianc...
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Quaker Jet wins in France; Wishing Stone fifth

on 03/13/2011 1:00 AM
Quaker Jet, with breeder-owner-driver Jean Etienne Dubois, rallied under poor weather conditions Sunday afternoon at the Cagnes-sur-Mer Racetrack in France to win the $200,000 Grand Criterium de Vitesse des Casinos de Monte Carlo. American hopeful Wishing Stone could fare no better than fifth after getting caught wide early with driver Orjin Kihlstrom. The most important piece of equipment at...
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Robert Waxman found guilty of fraud

on 03/13/2011 1:00 AM
Standardbred owner Robert Waxman has reportedly been convicted on six fraud and thefts charges related to allegations he cheated Philip Services Corp. of almost $20 million through a serious of fraudulent copper trades he made while he was president of the company's metals recovery group in 1996 and 1997. The Hamilton Spectator is reporting Waxman--who remains free on bail pending a sentencing hea...
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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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