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Rock N Roll Heaven Horse of Year

on 02/27/2011 12:00 AM
By taking 123 of the 131 votes, Rock N Roll Heaven enjoyed a winning night at the annual Dan Patch Awards banquet Sunday, with his connections picking up trophies for 3-year-old male pacer of the year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North.   Lucky Chucky, who was the 3-year-old male trotter of the year, won Trotter of the Year in a close vote ov...
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Park Avenue, Pembroke Prayer win at Yonkers

on 02/26/2011 12:00 AM
Park Avenue (Tyler Buter) angled and circled Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured  $32,500 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.Leaving from post position No. 3, she watched early as last week's victress, Twin B Tiara (Jim Pantaleano), worked her way around slight 5-2 choice  Delightful Diva (George Brennan). After intervals of :27.1 and :57, Tomorrowpan (Dan Dube) moved firs...
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Pompano is Zin-less

on 02/26/2011 12:00 AM
The special $20,000 Invitational carded on February 26 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park for pacer Delivered From Zin may have looked like a foregone conclusion and an anti-climax when he stopped the clock with lengths to spare in 1:49.1. However, it wasn't as much of a certainty as it may have appeared to be, according to driver George Napolitano Jr. "He wasn't quite as good tonight as ...
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A "Gallant" win at Yonkers

on 02/26/2011 12:00 AM
Gallant Yankee (Jason Bartlett) survived a first-over trip Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,500 Open Handicap Pace.Leaving from post position No. 5, he watched 3-4 favorite Western Shore (Dan Dube) worked around Arduous (George Brennan) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. Western Shore then rated a :29.2 second interval (:56.4) before Gallant Yankee took out of fifth.That one challen...
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"St. Elmo" a hero again

on 02/26/2011 12:00 AM
John Barnard’s St. Elmo Hero’s 23-race win streak became a 24-race streak with an easy win in a $10,900 Free For All at Balmoral Park on Saturday night.Driver Bob Smolin gunned the undefeated pacer away from the gate and controlled the going through splits of :27.4, :55.1 and 1:21.4 on the way to a 1:50 victory. Park Lane Hotshot (Mike Oosting) finished a non-threatening second, passing Big Da...
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Marino builds Big M momentum

on 02/25/2011 12:00 AM
Trainer Chris Marino is off to a swift start this season at the Meadowlands. Through Feb. 24, Marino ranks third in the trainer standings with 11 victories from his 47 starters and $120,495 in purses won.  He trails Lou Pena, who has started more than double the number of horses, by only four wins for second.  The 2001 leading trainer at the Meadowlands comes off his best season in more ...
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St. Elmo Hero does a good deed

on 02/25/2011 12:00 AM
It won’t just be the racing world focused on Balmoral Park on Saturday, February 26th as the hottest horse in North America, St. Elmo Hero, heads out in pursuit of his 24th consecutive win. Supporters of St. Baldrick’s Foundation and soldiers in the war against childhood cancer will have a special interest in the race as well thanks to charity of “Elmo’s” owner John Barnard. . Barnard, ...
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Fontaine elected HTA President

on 02/25/2011 12:00 AM
Paul Fontaine, Director of Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville,Massachusetts, has been elected to be the 24th President of Harness Tracks of America (HTA). Fontaine, who succeeds Western Fair CEO Hugh Mitchell in the post, has served as an HTA Director for the past 13 years and on its Executive Committee for the last seven. Of his election by his peers, Fontaine stated: “I believe the changes t...
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Top filly, broodmare Cathedra dies at Hanover

on 02/25/2011 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that broodmare Cathedra has died following post foaling complications at the age of 18. She foaled a Well Said colt at 1:30 am on Thursday (Feb. 24) and developed signs of colic later that morning, succumbing while she was being transported to the emergency medical clinic.   Cathedra was an accomplished racehorse, winning $435,153 at two with 14 wi...
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Morrill now suspended for 270 days by KY

on 02/25/2011 12:00 AM
Last October driver Jim Morrill Jr. was hit with an "indefinite suspension" by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for refusing to submit to a brealhalyzer test when ordered to do so by the judges. Now the Kentucky commission has slapped Morrill with a more specific penalty, suspending him for 270 days, through July 23, 2011, in a ruling issued Feb. 16. He had 10 days to appeal but had not done s...
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'Vavoom' goes Pompano record!

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
For the second time in less than 96 hours a track record has fallen by the wayside at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. On the Wednesday, February 23 program, Southwind Vavoom stopped the clock in 1:52.4, easily eclipsing the track standard of 1:53.2 set four years ago by Tweedle Dum. With 28 year old Canadian driver Simon Allard subbing in the bike for co-owner and trainer Lormer McClure,...
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Arriba Amigo's Dover streak goes on

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Arriba Amigo chalked up his fourth consecutive victory stepping up to win the $27,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Feb.23 at Dover Downs.Undefeated in four starts since being acquired by David Rovine, VIP Internet Stable and trainer Josh Green, Matt Kakaley sent Arriba Amigo into an early lead and after shaking off a stubborn challenge from Anders Bluestone (Ross Wolfenden) began in mid backst...
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St. Elmo: "symbol of hope for the little guys"

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
The last time Balmoral Park fans saw St. Elmo Hero “live” was back on September 4, 2010. Owner John Barnard’s horse had just won his eighth race in as many tries at Balmoral Park and was starting to garner plenty of “local” attention.   Fast forward ahead to Saturday, Feb. 26, when the now 5-year-old son of Western Hero returns to the Crete oval as a “na...
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Freehold announces purse reductions; possible schedule change

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
 Freehold Raceway announced Thursday that the condition sheet being released today will reflect a 25 percent reduction in purses.   After several significant purse increases in 2010, Freehold has been forced to reverse course and implement reductions. This will be the second reduction this year, with a 15 percent reduction announced in late January.   According to Freehold GM Ho...
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Joel Sterns, former counsel to SBOANJ, dies

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Joel H. Sterns, 76, who helped spearhead the establishment of Atlantic City's multi-billion-dollar casino gaming industry, died Feb. 21 at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.   Mr. Sterns and his Trenton, N.J., law firm, Sterns & Weinroth, grew to be recognized as leading practitioners in the gaming industry throughout the nation, in Canada and Europe....
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Hanover donates Cam's Card Shark breeding

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
This is supposed to be a weekend of receiving, not giving, for Jim Simpson. The CEO of Hanover Shoe Farms was voted harness racing’s highest honor last fall, entrance to the sport’s Living Hall of Fame, and will be making his first “public appearance” as a Hall laureate at the annual Dan Patch Awards banquet this Sunday, February 27, at the Marriott North Fort Lauderdale.   Sim...
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Top PA filly Hidden Viggorish dies

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Hidden Viggorish, the 2006 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 3-year-old filly trot champion and also the winner of the American National that year, died Wednesday night while giving birth to her first foal. Bred, campaigned and still owned by Harmony Spring Stable, the 8-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar may have suffered a ruptured uterine artery.   Hidden Viggorish gave birth to a filly by Mus...
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Headbutt Harley gets the heads up at Dover

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Headbutt Harley rolled down the passing lane to capture the $14,500 feature at Dover Downs on Thursday, Feb.24. Ross Wolfenden had a driving triple.Daryl Bier won the dash to the finish line in 1:54.3 scooting along the passing lane to catch front pacing Mr. Jerry C (Tim Curtin) in the final strides to win the %14,500 4&5-Year-Old pace, his first win of 2011. David and trainer Jeff Clark own T...
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Sears and Simpson in the Big M sulky

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Brian Sears and Brandon Simpson will be the featured guests on Meadowlands Racetrack's Friday and Saturday night television broadcasts. Sears will sit In The Sulky on Friday to recap his stakes wins last weekend and preview his drives for the night.  Simpson, who has cracked the Top 10 in his second season of driving at the Big M, will take the hot seat on Saturday night.Fans can e-mail quest...
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Bet on Bettis at the Meadows

on 02/24/2011 12:00 AM
Parked the opening quarter, Bettis had just enough to hold off the hard-charging Outdoor Action and earn his third consecutive victory, the fifth in his last six starts in Thursday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.Assigned post 8, Bettis moved right for the lead but had to work hard for Aaron Merriman to clear Outdoor Action, who settled into a comfortable pocket. Outdoor Action ...
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