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Dubois breeding in another big French winner

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
In French harness racing, “jeunes” means young, and in French trotting the 3 year olds are the young generation. Per the French breed registry custom of an orderly progression through the alphabet for each foal crop, this year’s 3 year olds all have names that begin with the letter “u.”   There are two classic Criteriums for the 3 year olds, one in the early season and one at the ...
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Please don't let me draw the one at Woodbine

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
One sentence that has likely not been heard yet in 2011 at Woodbine Racetrack: “I hope my horse draws post one.”   Through Feb. 28, post one has been an extremely disadvantageous starting spot at Woodbine, winning races at just a 7.25-percent rate. While pacing races show a win average of 8.1 percent, just 5.2 percent of trotters starting along the pylons have managed to reach...
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Kelley ready for racing despite harsh winter

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
Despite a record year for snowfall in the Saratoga Springs, NY, area this winter, many horsemen were able to get their horses exercised and prepped for the March 4 opening at Saratoga Casino & Raceway.   Trainer Paul Kelley is stabled at Bob Rosenheim’s White Hollow Farm, about eight miles from the track. He recently qualified four horses at Saratoga – three winners and a fifth - ...
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Border crossing rule could hamper breeding

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
There are three points to cross the Canada-U.S. border in the Buffalo, NY, area, but crossing now could be problematic for Canadians shipping horses from Canada to the US. Effective March 1, an appointment with the port veterinarian must be made 48 hours in advance to cross at the Niagara Falls Animal Import Facility at the Lewiston/Niagara Falls crossing.  The new requirement will probably ...
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A glimpse at RNR Heaven's book of mares

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
Newly crowned Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven has been busy in the breeding shed at Blue Chip Farms in New York while his connections have been celebrating his latest honor.   Rock N Roll Heaven’s stud fee is $12,000, and his 2011 book is full and closed. As would be expected, his book includes some of the breed’s best accomplished mares. Blue Chip’s Jean Brown said that the aver...
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Northfield to go dark on Saturdays in May & June

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
Northfield Park executive vice president of racing Dave Bianconi has told harnessracing.com that the Cleveland track will not conduct live racing on Saturday nights in May and June. The reduced schedule during those two months leaves Northfield Park racing three nights a week—Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The change to Saturdays being a “dark day” for live racing allows Northfield to sim...
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NJ Governor vetoes online gaming bill

on 03/03/2011 12:00 AM
As New Jersey racing industry leaders expected, on Thursday afternoon New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a measure that would have made New Jersey the first state in the country to legalize online gambling. Acccording to nj.com, the governor said he had "legal and constitutional" concerns with the bill at a press conference on Thursday morning, and cited "significant concerns" about t...
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Perfect M Forever wins again at Dover

on 03/02/2011 12:00 AM
Whether racing on the front-end or off-the-pace, Perfect M Forever has been perfect in her last three races. On Tuesday, March 1, she won the $26,000 Mares Open pace again at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce drove five winners.KSJ’s Perfect M Forever was strongest in the stretch this time as Eric Goodell guided the Stand Forever-Perfect Model six-year-old to her 37th lifetime success. Trained by meet lea...
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Changes in PA award payment procedures

on 03/02/2011 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders Development Fund has announced two changes in its operating procedures concerning award payments: 1--The deadline for registering mares bred to Pennsylvania stallions to spend 180 contiguous days, including foaling, in the state during 2011, thus becoming “resident mares” for Breeders Fund purposes, has been extended to Thursday, March 31 (postmark for p...
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Woodbine March 15 payments reminder

on 03/02/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to remind all owners, trainers and horsemen, of the upcoming stakes closing on March 15. There are numerous nominations and sustaining payments that are due for the circuit’s major stake events.   The 3-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 Cham...
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St. Elmo Hero scratched from Cam Fella

on 03/02/2011 12:00 AM
St. Elmo Hero, the most talked about horse in harness racing in the last few months, has been scratched from Saturday's Cam Fella elimination at Woodbine Racetrack, according to owner John Barnard. The horse had drawn the outside post 10 in the 11-horse field.   The 5-year-old son of Western Hero has gone undefeated in 24 starts, while earning a 1:49.1 lifetime best and $202,950 in career...
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Big Jim tops 83 NA Cup nominees

on 03/02/2011 12:00 AM
An elite group of 83 horses have been nominated to the 28th edition of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, one of harness racing's most prestigious events, set for Saturday, June 18, at Mohawk Racetrack.   Big Jim, who recorded the fastest mile in history for a freshman pacer with a 1:49.1 world record, will headline this year's group of nominees. The son of Western Ideal won six of...
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Stakes payments/stall apps due at Tioga

on 03/02/2011 12:00 AM
The first round of payments for the 2011 stakes season at Tioga and Vernon Downs are due on Tuesday, March 15. Also due around the same time is the Tioga stall application, which is due Saturday, March 12. A listing of stakes and payments due are noted below.   For more information, visit the Tioga Downs website at www.tiogadowns.comor call the race office at (607) 699-7688.   ...
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Summer Camp in session at Dover

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
Summer Camp won an electrifying head-to-head duel with Schoolkids to win the $35,000 Preferred Open pace at Dover Downs on Monday, Feb. 28. Tim Tetrick adds four more wins.Andy Miller driving Summer Camp attacked pacesetting Schoolkids (Pat Berry) on the backstretch but could not get past the lead heading to the far turn or through most of a stretch-long duel until the final strides when the four-...
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Young Zeron getting the last laugh

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
After purchasing a trip and sending his parents to the Cayman Islands this week, young driver Scott Zeron knew exactly what he was doing coming into tonight’s $60,000 General Brock Stakes final aboard his father Rick’s trainee, E W Fisher. The son of Fool Me Not (18-1) scored an overpowering victory and lowered the stakes record to 1:54.2, paying $39.80.Zeron blasted off the gate in the early ...
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Pompano's cash contest for drivers

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
A whole lot more has just gone on the line for the opening weeks of March for the talented driving colony and for fan interest at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. "We're announcing a cash contest for a three night drivers' challenge from March 14 through March 16" says John Yinger, the track's Racing Operations Director. "We've tried to devise it in such a way that the excitement starts t...
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Sustaining payments due March 15 for Jug week races

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
Sustaining payments for the 67th Little Brown Jug,  42nd Jugette  and  45th Old Oaken Bucket and Buckette are Due March 15.  These are for foals of 2009 and will be raced in 2012.  Sustaining payments are also due for the Standardbred two-year-old colt and filly stakes for foals of 2009  to be raced in 2011.  The estimated purse for the 2012 Little Brown Jug&...
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No elims needed for Silver Reign

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
Eliminations are not necessary for this year’s Silver Reign Stakes on March 3, as only seven sophomore pacing fillies had their names dropped into the entry box. The $60,000 guaranteed final will be contested at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday, March 10, with final post positions drawn on Monday, March 7.   Here are the entries, listed in alphabetical order: Backyard Baby Blue Mon...
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Stall apps now available for Running Aces

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
Stall applications are now available for the fourth season at Running Aces Harness Park and must be submitted prior to the April 15 deadline for consideration. Opening night in 2011 is May 31 with the meet ending on Aug. 27. A total of 51 programs will be presented on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday nights with a 7 p.m. post time.    Purse projections call for an appr...
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Gwen Gilmour dies

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
Gwen Gilmour, for 57 years the wife of Hall of Fame horseman Buddy Gilmour, died Wednesday, Feb. 23.   Gwen was involved in harness racing long before she married Buddy. She was the daughter of Hall of Famer Levi Harner and his wife, Arlene, and her brother was the late horseman Eldon Harner.   In addition to her husband, Gwen is surived by daughters Karen (Alan) ...
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