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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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Perfect M Forever wins again at Dover

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
Perfect M Forever step up after winning last week’s Winners-Over pace to take the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb.22 at Dover Downs.Eric Goodell sent Perfect M Forever past Alice’s Restaurant heading past the three quarters and then opened up a big lead on the way to a 1:51.3 victory in the female feature of the week. Trained by meet leader Josh Green for KSJ Stables, the Stand For...
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I'm Just Special is a Pompano winner

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
An equipment change on Tuesday evening tipped off a strong return to form for the richest older mare at the meet at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. With an announced change of the blinkers removed, I'm Just Special was a flawless front end winner in the $14,000 purse top weekly class for pacing mares in 1:51.1 with George Napolitano Jr. in the bike. "Back on February 8, two weeks ago, it...
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Western Fair To Host Driving Championship

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
Many of Ontario’s top drivers will be on hand at Western Fair Raceway on Friday, March 11 for the Ontario Regional Driving Championship which determines Ontario’s representatives to the National Driving Championship. Simon Allard, Gord Brown, Scott Coulter, Trevor Henry, Jody Jamieson, John MacDonald, Doug McNair and Scott Zeron will participate in the eight race contest. The top two finisher...
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Gulotta not surprised by NJ veto

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
Mike Gulotta, who along with Andy Willinger owns Deo Volente Farm in Flemington, NJ, told harnessracing.com that he was disappointed, but not surprised, regarding Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would have directed monies received from the sales tax on horse transactions back to the horse racing industry. Christie vetoed, Bill S2394/A3531 on Friday, Feb.  18 “Well, it’s d...
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Meadowlands qualifiers moved to Saturday

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
Due to the prediction of rain and snow for Friday (Feb. 25), qualifiers at Meadowlands Racetrack are being moved to Saturday (Feb. 26). The entry box closes on Thursday (Feb. 24) at 4 pm. (Meadowlands)
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$1.6 mil bet Down Under on Meadowlands cards

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
While handle at the 2011 winter meet at the Meadowlands is still down roughly 20 percent from the 2010 meet, there has been encouraging news from Down Under. Thus far a total of six programs have been sent via satellite to Australia and New Zealand, with total wagering of $1,646,139. That's an average of $274,356 per program.   The simulcasts began with the Feb. 3 card, which aired in Sydne...
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St. Elmo Hero at Balmoral Saturday

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
The conquering hero returns home.St Elmo Hero, the winner of all 23 of his career starts, will race Saturday night at Balmoral Park in a $10,900 free-for-all pace against four rivals. St Elmo Hero began his career in a claiming race at Balmoral and won his first eight starts at the Chicago track.   The 5-year-old gelding is coming off a stakes-record 1:49.1 win in the $65,000 Complex at the...
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Horsemen check on family in New Zealand

on 02/23/2011 12:00 AM
New Zealand horsemen in the United States have been checking on family in the hours since the earthquake in Christchurch. Expat Kelvin Harrison, a native of Methven, 50 miles southwest of Christchurch, was able to reach his family and confirm that all are OK. According to the Associated Press, at least 75 people were killed in the quake and some 300 remain missing. Many sections of Christchur...
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Parker wins five at Monticello

on 02/22/2011 12:00 AM
Winning races is nothing new to Billy "Zeke" Parker, Jr. And driving titles'. he’s had a plethora of them in his illustrious career---17 alone at Monticello Raceway. And even at age 56 Zeke can handle himself with the best of them and he is always a force to be reckoned with.There were times over the years when he scored nine victories races on a 10-race card; and he’s won six and seven six ra...
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