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Another gaming forum set for March 31 in NJ

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural, who is working to put together a deal to buy the Meadowlands, is scheduled to participate in a forum organized by the Hall Instituteof Public Policy and the School of Public Affairs and Administration at  Rutgers University-Newark on Thursday, March 31. March 31 is also the deadline date for Gural to have a lease in place to secure the future of harness racing ...
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2011 Inter Dominions moved to Auckland

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
The devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, has forced the transfer of the 2011 Christchurch Casino Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championships from Addington Raceway to Alexandra Park in Auckland. Christchurch is located on New Zealand's south island while Auckland is on the north island. The Inter Dominion Championships, which are an annual event on the...
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Connor now a driving contender at Pompano

on 03/01/2011 12:00 AM
Unheralded driver Chuck Connor Jr. suddenly lost his ability to fly in under the radar with a pair of crafty off- the-pace wins in consecutive races on the Tuesday program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   "Before I got to the track tonight I wasn't aware of all the details for that $17,500 Drivers' Challenge here on March 14-16, but I sure am paying attention now," Connor said afte...
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Penn National Gaming finalizes Rosecroft purchase

on 02/28/2011 12:00 AM
Penn Nation Gaming completed their transaction to purchase Rosecroft Raceway today completing the harness racetrack’s Chapter 11 reorganization plan which called for the sale of substantially all of the assets of Cloverleaf Enterprises Incorporated (CEI) which includes Rosecroft Raceway. U.S. District Judge Paul Mannes ruled on February 2, 2011 that Penn National Gaming had offered the be...
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Saratoga's 70th season begins March 4

on 02/28/2011 12:00 AM
Celebrating 70 years of live harness racing, Saratoga Casino and Raceway will open for the season at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, March 4. With 171 racing dates, the 2011 season will run through Dec. 11. Throughout March, races will begin at 7:05 p.m. Fridays, 12:45 p.m. on Sundays and doubleheaders every Saturday at 12:45 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. For the full season schedule, visit www.saratogagaming.com To ...
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Meadowlands Chamber releases vision for Big M

on 02/28/2011 12:00 AM
With a goal of regaining its status as the world’s leading multi-venue sports and entertainment complex, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber has released a concept plan for the continued redevelopment of the Meadowlands Sports Complex that will include a casino, convention center, hotels, entertainment and sports facilities. Conceptualized in collaboration with Chamber members including Parsons Br...
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New Jersey's Dr. Dey II dies

on 02/28/2011 12:00 AM
Dr. Stephen Perrine Dey II, 74, passed away on Monday, Feb. 28. Dr. Dey, a lifelong resident of Allentown, N.J. and an equine veterinarian for more than four decades, was based at his family’s 500-acre Heritage Hill Farm, one of the founding farms of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Program.   Heritage Hill was honored as the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey’s Bree...
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Handsome Prince takes Meadows feature

on 02/28/2011 12:00 AM
Handsome Prince enjoyed a cozy pocket trip behind Object Of Art, then brushed by him in the lane to score a convincing victory in Monday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone gunned Handsome Prince to the front but willingly yielded to Object Of Art, who was strong enough to thwart the early challengers. But Handsome Prince, the 1-5 favorite...
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Barnard tickled by another Elmo win

on 02/27/2011 12:00 AM
On a wet and chilly night, John Barnard’s St. Elmo Hero continued the amazing start to his racing career easily dispatching of four rivals in Saturday’s $10,900 Free For All for his 24th win in as many starts. . The final time of 1:50 over a track generously rated as “good” was the second fastest effort of the five-year-olds career. Hustled away from post position five by driver Robert Smo...
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Artistic Vision delivers full brother to Rock N Roll Heaven

on 02/27/2011 12:00 AM
While in Florida for the expected coronation of Rock N Roll Heaven as 2010 Horse of the Year, breeders Julie and Cotton Nash, received a phone call that their broodmare Artistic Vision delivered a full brother to Rock N Roll Heaven at around 1 am on Sunday morning at Hunterton Farm at Stoner Creek in Paris, Ky.   "Her timing was incredble!" said Julie Nash.   The Nashes wer...
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Kentucky's Nate Sholar dies

on 02/27/2011 12:00 AM
Nate Sholar, a longtime leader of the Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association who was especially active in keeping county fair racing in Kentucky alive, has died. Sholar, who lived in Mayfield, KY, was a member of the Kentucky Harness Racing Hall of Fame.   Sholar was born in Mayfield in western Kentucky and began his involvement with harness horses in 1962. For more than 40 years he worked...
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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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