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Faraldo to challenge Axelrod for USTA post

on 02/17/2011 12:00 AM
District 3 director and incumbent U.S. Trotting Association Chairman of the Board Ivan Axelrod will be challenged for the chairmanship by veteran District 8-A director Joe Faraldo when the USTA board convenes for its annual meeting in Columbus on March 13.   Both, in accordance with USTA bylaws, have filed letters indicating their candidacy for the position. USTA President Phil Langley was ...
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Burke talks series hopefuls

on 02/17/2011 12:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke is represented in all five stakes finals to be raced this weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack. He gave the rundown on his 10 series contenders:   $49,000 Tender Loving Care –Race 3, Friday Some Girls Do (post 1, head no.1): "She had some steering issues last time that I think we have straightened out. She's sharp right now and I like this spot very much." Hello Camie...
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2 of Moni Maker's offspring die

on 02/17/2011 12:00 AM
Just last month the great international trotting champion Moni Maker escaped injury when the roof on a barn she was stabled in at Lindy Farms in Connecticut collapsed during a heavy snowfall. Two Lindy Farms broodmares died in the accident.   Moni Maker, who is barren, is doing well and is scheduled to be bred to Cantab Hall this spring. Unfortunately, two of her offspring have died within ...
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Richard Sharbaugh dies at age 54

on 02/17/2011 12:00 AM
Richard D. Sharbaugh, an announcer, horseman, and member of a leading Pennsylvania harness racing family, passed away last week at Harrisburg (PA) Hospital at the age of 54.   Sharbaugh is the son of Richard E. Sharbaugh, former executive secretary of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission, and the brother of Eric Sharbaugh, former executive vice president of the U.S. Trotting Asso...
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French sire Buvetier d'Aunou dies

on 02/17/2011 12:00 AM
Buvetier d'Aunou, a product of French horseman J. P. Dubois mixing U.S. and French blood, died Thursday in France at age 22. He was a son of Royal Prestige and the French mare Nesmile, whose daughter produced the top French horse Love You.   Buvetier d'Aunou was the leading sire in France in 2000. His most accomplished offspring include Ganymede, who won the Oslo Grand Prix, Gobernador, who...
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Woodbine cancels Thursday card

on 02/17/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack has been forced to cancel its Thursday night program due to unsafe track conditions. Unseasonably warm temperatures in the Toronto area affected the surface and despite the best efforts of Woodbine's track crew, the track was deemed unsafe for both horses and drivers. Simulcast wagering is still available throughout the evening at Woodbine. Racing is scheduled to resume Frid...
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Trackmaster adds texting to mobiles

on 02/17/2011 12:00 AM
Over 14,000 users have registered for TrackMaster’s Virtual Stable, a free service which notifies harness racing fans when horses they have selected are programmed to race. Over the last ten years, the service has been significantly enhanced.  Among the latest upgrades, users can elect to have text messages sent to their mobile devices 1 hour before the scheduled post of any horse in t...
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Casie Coleman sizing up Florida

on 02/16/2011 12:00 AM
The annual winter trip to Florida and a Caribbean cruise this year for Canada's four time trainer of the year Casie Coleman is no longer just a holiday. "We're doing all the usual things but the winter in Ontario was so brutal this year that it's got me thinking I'd like to be in Florida at this time of year, like so many great trainers and horse-people before me" Coleman said in a live TV tr...
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Trackman Randy Dawson dies in Florida

on 02/16/2011 12:00 AM
Charles “Randy” Dawson, 59, for many years a respected track superintendent at  the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Hoosier Park and  Pompano Park, died Thursday, Feb. 10, in South Florida when his SUV plunged into a Margate, Fla., lake. Rescue personnel arrived on the scene quickly, but Mr. Dawson was wearing his seat belt and when he was finally  pulled free of the submer...
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Cordish sues MD Jockey Club for $600 million

on 02/16/2011 12:00 AM
According to a story in today’s (Feb 16)Baltimore Sun the Cordish Cos. are suing former casino business partners in Indiana and the Maryland Jockey Club for $600 million, citing defamation of Cordish in efforts to prevent it from developing lucrative slots parlor at Arundel Mills mall. The Maryland Jockey Club, Penn National Gaming, MI Developments, the owners and trustees of Indiana Downs and ...
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Ready Cash invited to Breeders Crown

on 02/16/2011 12:00 AM
The Hambletonian Society’s director of publicity, Moira Fanning, confirmed to harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that the connections of recent Prix d’Amerique and Prix de France winner Ready Cash have accepted an invitation to bring the horse to Canada in October to compete in the Breeders Crown Open Trot at Woodbine. Fanning, who traveled to Paris in late January for the Prix d’Amerique ...
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Lucky Chucky's first date is Graceful Touch

on 02/16/2011 12:00 AM
On Valentine’s Day (Monday) the 2011 breeding season began and stallions were busy courting. Among them was Lucky Chucky, a strong contender for 2010 Trotter of the Year honors, and the very first mare he was bred to was the 2010 Trotting Broodmare of the Year Graceful Touch.  On Wednesday Graceful Touch headed back for a second date with Lucky Chucky. Lucky Chucky is managed by Perretti F...
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First foal of Palone Ranger born

on 02/16/2011 12:00 AM
The first foal of millionaire pacer Palone Ranger 4, 1:49.4 ($1,259,545) was born on Thursday, Feb. 10. at Ivy Lane Farm in Goshen, IN.    The unnamed filly is the fifth foal of EJ’s Delite  4, 1:54.3 ($140,443) and is owned by Phillip and Sandra Hawk of Gaston, IN.
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Youth movement at the Big M

on 02/16/2011 12:00 AM
Darin Zoccali, 27, an announcer and broadcaster at Tioga Downs and the Meadowlands, is doing his part to encourage young people to get interested in harness racing. He is encouraging them via Facebook to come out to the track on Friday, Feb. 18.   The event is not an official Meadowlands event, but Zocalli will be at the track handicapping and trying to give fans winners to ...
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Discussion of exchange bets on RCI agenda

on 02/16/2011 12:00 AM
The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) plans to feature discussions on the regulation of exchange wagering at its upcoming 77th Annual Conference on Racing and Wagering Security, which will be held March 23-26 at the La Pavilion Hotel in New Orleans, LA.   “With two major racing states - California and New Jersey - having passed legislation authorizing exchange wageri...
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With splint fixed, Sagebrush Susie is rising star

on 02/16/2011 12:00 AM
It took some time to unlock Sagebrush Susie’s potential, but she has been nearly perfect since trainer Mike Brown found the key.On the board in all seven of her career starts, Sagebrush Susie is rated as the 9-5 second choice in the $49,000 Tender Loving Care Final on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. She will start from post two with driver David Miller at the lines in the evening’s thir...
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Devil's Ivy, Astounding Hanover score at Dover

on 02/15/2011 12:00 AM
Devil’s Ivy won the $35,000 Preferred, Astounding Hanover at 5-1 scored in $32,500 Delaware Special on a top Valentine’s day card  on a clear but windblown Monday, Feb.14 at Dover Downs.In the feature, Eric Goodell and Devil’s Ivy, overlooked at 12-1, nipped veteran Southwind Lynx (Montrell Teague) at the wire in 1:53.3. Harlingen Hanover (Roger Plante) closed strongly to finish third. ...
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Valentines dead heat at Pompano

on 02/15/2011 12:00 AM
The Sweetheart Invitational Trot and Pace $7,000 events at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park attracted an excellent cross section of the continent's best female drivers. In the end a dead heat involving Gro Formia and Jamie Rucker was declared for top prize following the two race competition. "My mare did everything I asked her to. The trainer of CR's Gift, Gaston Lareau was absolutely righ...
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Breedings available to benefit CHHA

on 02/15/2011 12:00 AM
The Christian Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) annual stallion auction is now underway. Proceeds support the CHHA's ministry throughout harness racing. Breedings to about 50 stallions are available this year. You must place your bids at OnGait.com before 2 pm Friday, Feb. 18.   Bid for sires like Hanover Shoe Farm’s Cam’s Card Shark and SJ’s Caviar, Tara Hill ...
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Lightning Treasure takes Dover mare feature

on 02/15/2011 12:00 AM
For the second straight week, Jon Roberts drove Lightning Treasure to victory in the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on Tuesday, Feb.15, at Dover Downs.   Similar to last Tuesday, John Roberts raced Lightning Treasure from off-the-pace, then swung into action heading to the final turn, attacking the leader Alice’s Restaurant (Corey Callahan) before pulling away to a 1:52 win.  ...
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