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Hiteman wins 8,000th career race

on 12/04/2010 12:00 AM
Longtime Chicago veteran reinsman Dale Hiteman reached a coveted plateau in his racing career on Friday night at Maywood Park as the 54-year-old native of Westville, Ind. posted his 8,000th career driving victory behind the Dave McCaffrey-trained Daibin N. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the $6,000 claiming event, Hiteman took full advantage of his inside starting spot as he put the 9-year-old Ne...
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Lisa America second at Vincennes in Paris

on 12/04/2010 12:00 AM
The Lou Guida-owned trotting mare Lisa America (above, 8) continues to turn in impressive performances as she prepares for a possible appearance in the famed Prix d'Amerique in late January. On Saturday at Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris, where snow covered the ground, Lisa America finished a fast-closing second behind the veteran French free-for-aller Ready Cash in the 110,000 (euro) Prix Doynel...
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Blueridge Western wins Yonkers Open

on 12/04/2010 12:00 AM
Blueridge Western (Jason Bartlett) made it three consecutive wins--the last two here--winning Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night $38,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position five, the 11-10 favorite worked around Forensic Z Tam (Pat Lachance), assuming command just after the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.4 intermission, eight-ball assignee Atochia (Yannick Gingras) made ...
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One More Laugh wins snowy Cleveland Classic

on 12/04/2010 12:00 AM
One More Laugh got the "last" laugh of the 2010 stakes season Saturday night at Northfield Park, winning the $172,000 Jay Auto Group Cleveland Classic in 1:52.1. But it was actually Mother Nature who was probably chuckling a bit as the race was contested under blizzard-like conditions that virtually obscured any clear view.   Although a light snow had fallen throughout the program...
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Freshmen impressive in FSBOA elims

on 12/04/2010 12:00 AM
When the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) 2010 Super Night is staged on Dec. 11 the best of the eight finals could well be the battle looming in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace division. Close to $400,000 in purses goes on the line for the annual gala next Saturday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   The speculation about a pitched battle in the 2-year...
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It was a Berry good night at the Big M

on 12/04/2010 12:00 AM
With the top regular Meadowlands drivers out of town, Pat Berry took full advantage of as he won five races Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Berry kicked off the night by teaming with trainer Tom Fanning to sweep the early double with More Diamonds and So Be It. More Diamonds charged to the wire in 1:54.3 to win the first race, a $12,500 conditioned pace for 3 and 4-year-old fill...
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Sparky Mark defends Autumn Series title

on 12/04/2010 12:00 AM
Sparky Mark won the $60,000 Autumn Stakes final for 3-year-old colt pacers Saturday night with a 1:51.3 effort for driver Jody Jamieson. The win gives the Mark Austin trainee back-to-back Autumn scores, having won the 2009 final as a 2 year old.   Mark MacDonald had Smarter Yet on top early but Lucky Terror and Rick Zeron was able to clear at the :27.1 quarter. Jamieson then sent Sparky Mar...
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Mach Lady scores in Autumn stakes elim

on 12/03/2010 12:00 AM
After being purchased for $31,000 at the Fall Extravaganza Mixed Sale at Flamboro Downs last month, Mach Lady has turned in back-to-back victories for her new connections as she captured the single Autumn Stakes elimination for 2-year-old filly pacers Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   The daughter of Mach Three got away third for driver Jody Jamieson as Giddy Up Bella (Paul MacD...
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WEG's Friday Pick-4 ticket

on 12/03/2010 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will once again will present a $40,000 guaranteed pool for its early Pick-4 for its card of racing. Greg Gangle of WEG’s media department has handicapped the four races for and offers his thoughts on Friday night's Pick-4 wager. Race 4 – 9, 5, 4 9. Tracey My Love – Obviously is my #1 choice after posting four consecutive victories. Her most recent was at this same class le...
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Nova Artist and Foxland win Dover features

on 12/03/2010 12:00 AM
Nova Artist and Foxland chalked up impressive victories in separate $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old pace divisions the Thursday, Dec. 2 twin feature races at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce, first to win six races this meet.  Early this season Nova Artist was a highly thought-of colt in the three-year-old ranks but some minor injuries prevented him from being a major item in the sophomore Summer stakes. A...
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Burlington renamed 'Somebeachsomewhere'

on 12/03/2010 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has renamed the Burlington Stakes, the key stakes prep race for the Pepsi North America Cup, the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes.   "Somebeach," a two-time Horse of the Year in Canada (2007, 2008), kicked off his outstanding 3-year-old campaign with a tour de force victory in the Burlington in 2008.   "He is one of the most outstanding, influential hors...
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International Sound wins Messenger Award

on 12/03/2010 12:00 AM
Harold and David Snyder, the father-son team who, through their International Sound Corporation and their families, have been the principal supporters of Harness Tracks of America’s College Scholarship Fund, will receive HTA’s highest honor, the Stan Bergstein Messenger Award, at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program’s awards luncheon in Tucson on Dec. 7.   The fund ha...
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Autumn 3YOFP elims featured at Woodbine

on 12/03/2010 12:00 AM
A pair of Autumn Stakes eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies took place Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with Theta Blue Chip and Touch Of Kathryn posting the victories.   In the first elimination, Full Circle Patty (Mike Saftic) blasted off the gate to cross over and take command to lead her rivals past the opening panel in :27. As the field headed towards the half, Tymal Dalia (J...
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Fillies find form in FSBOA elims at Pompano

on 12/03/2010 12:00 AM
The timing couldn’t be better for a pair of precocious fillies to return to form after bouts of sickness at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. After wins on the Friday evening program in the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) Breeders Stakes Eliminations, the picture is much rosier for the 3-year-old trotting filly Pocohontas Fame and the 2-year-old pacing filly Ruby ...
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Bartlett wins pair of Yonkers features

on 12/03/2010 12:00 AM
Friendly Amigo (Jason Bartlett) took it the distance on Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Open Handicap Trot.Friendly Amigo was a sharp winner for Jason Bartlett in Friday's trotting featureLeaving from post position five, the lone lass worked around the 8-5 choice, Don'ttellmywife (George Brennan), grabbing the lead before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :58.2 inte...
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Rembrandt Spur wins Meadows top trot

on 12/02/2010 12:00 AM
Enjoying his seat behind the dueling leaders, Rembrandt Spur charged through snow showers and the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sir Caviar controlled the early fractions but was challenged down the backside by Triumphant Caviar. Rembrandt Spur saved ground and energy along the pylons, then brushed inside for trainer/driver Dick Stillin...
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Starsel goes wire-to-wire at Dover

on 12/02/2010 12:00 AM
Starsel was in command from the start in a 1:55.3 victory in the $27,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Dover Downs. Daryl Bier got Starsel away quickly to take the front and play follow-the-leader the rest of the mile recording his third win of the year in the week’s feature trot. Glen DelRusso, Charles Dombeck and trainer-driver Bier own the seven-year-old Angus Hall-Super Sally ge...
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Brian Sears Returning To Florida

on 12/02/2010 12:00 AM
One of the harness sport’s highest profile drivers, Brian Sears, is returning to Florida for at the least next two weekends of competition culminating in the 2010 Florida Super Night on Saturday, December 11 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.“I’m really looking forward to it and it’s going to be fun to return to Florida and to Pompano” Brian says. “I see it as an opportunity for a...
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Bergstein writes about Jersey for DRF

on 12/02/2010 12:00 AM
In the Nov. 30 edition of the Daily Racing Form, Harness Tracks of America's Stan Bergstein calls for answers regarding the alleged losses on the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority's books from harness racing.   Bergstein writes that if Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, can ever have a direct conversation about the track's los...
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Illinois Senate approves slots; now on to House

on 12/02/2010 12:00 AM
The Illinois state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill calling for expanded gaming in the state, including slot machines at racetracks, four new riverboat casinos, and a land-based casino in Chicago. The bill was approved by a vote of 31-20, and must still be passed by the state House and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, who has been quoted as saying, "I'm not for a top-heavy expansion of gambling." &nb...
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