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Burke's Jans Luck wins Meadows feature

on 02/04/2011 12:00 AM
Jans Luck ended an uncharacteristic drought Friday at The Meadows when she moved first- over and went on to capture the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace.   Jans Luck boasts more than $805,000 in career earnings, but she endured a troubled 2010 when she could manage only four starts and was off the board in three previous outings this year. Her frustratio...
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Pompano fans bid "Esmeralda' goodbye

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
A 74 degree evening brought out a full house trackside to say a final goodbye from Pompano to Esmeralda Semalu, arguably the greatest race mare in the South Florida track's 47 year history. "I had some mixed feelings about it but the deal to retire her was pretty much done last Fall" says trainer and driver Joe Pavia Jr. "She gave me some signs last year that it would soon be time for her to ...
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Winning Mister scores in Dover debut

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
Winning Mister made his first local start an impressive one, scoring a 1:54.3 victory in the $26,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Matt Kakaley left fast with Winning Mister to get the lead and then never looked back in his second win in three 2011 starts. A Bob Key homebred 5-year-old son of Angus Hall-Winning Missbrenda, Winning Mister has now won four of his last five races and h...
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Jersey update: Meetings taking place

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
Meetings are continuing as part of Jeff Gural’s due diligence to craft an offer to lease the Meadowlands from the state.   “The SBOA and Jeff Gural have meetings with the unions on Friday,” revealed Leo McNamara, executive administrator of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ). McNamara added that closing the track’s backstretch—which costs...
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Standardbred Canada announces online staking

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
The latest eShop feature available on the Standardbred Canada website is the online stake payment program. This program has been designed with simplicity in mind for owners and trainers to self-stake their horses. It will save time and the hassle of keeping track of stake payments manually. For a yearly fee of $40 per race horse and an introductory fee of $15 per yearling, you can add any hors...
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Maryland racing: Cooke hoping PNG can move forward

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
Tom Cooke, president of Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association, which owns Rosecroft Raceway’s bankrupt parent company Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc., said that after months of focusing on deadlines, Maryland harness horsemen will be in “limbo” if Penn National Gaming’s purchase of the track is challenged in court.   On Wednesday, Feb. 2, a bankruptcy judge approved the sale of ...
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Blacks A Fake getting ready for ID 2011

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
The amazing Australian pacer Blacks A Fake officially starts his quest for a record fifth Inter Dominion crown next week. Trainer-driver Natalie Rasmussen said the 10-year-old would qualify next Tuesday or Thursday in preparation for a race at Albion Park.   “He’s in fantastic order, but a bit on the fat side,” she said. “I’ll give him two trials (qualifiers) before I find a first...
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Maywood Park cancels Thursday card

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
Maywood Park has cancelled its live racing card scheduled for Thursday night due to inclement weather. After a blizzard dumped more than 20 inches of snow on the Chicagoland area on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning high winds have caused severe blowing and drifting making removal of the snow from the racing surface nearly impossible. The drifting and icy conditions have also made many o...
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French driver Bazire hurt in Vincennes accident

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
French champion driver Jean Michel Bazire has reportedly suffered a fractured leg as a result of a race accident Thursday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris, France, the site just four days ago of the famed Prix d’Amerique.   According to reports, the incident occurred at the start of the fourth race, which sent Bazire tumbling out of the sulky. However, he managed to hold on but w...
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Feb. 15 payments due for WEG races

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
With the calender now turned to February, Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to remind all horse owners and trainers that nominations for its major stakes events, including the $1,500,000 Pepsi North America Cup and the $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Classic close Tuesday, Feb. 15.   Also, sustaining payments are due for the 2011 Simcoe, Simcoe Filly and SBOA stakes events for 3-year-o...
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New Vocations Stallion Auction set to open

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
Breedings to Deweycheatumnhowe, Conway Hall, Dragon Again, Cam’s Card Shark, and Jailhouse Jesse are among the 84 seasons donated to New Vocations 13th Annual Stallion. The auction is in progress online, via www.ongait.com and runs through 2 pm Feb 8.   “This is our most important fundraiser of the year,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan.  “We have a great list of stalli...
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Lappe back to defend Lady Godiva title

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
Last year some slick driving enabled Jennifer Lappe  to angle her pace Polly S Turr between horses at the top of the stretch and then rally to a  2:00.3 victory over Trust Funding and Betsy Phillips in the Lady Godiva Pace.   Lappe will return to defend her crown this year when Monticello Raceway presented its ninth edition of the race Monday, Feb. 14, for the Godiva Cho...
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Summer Camp fine after Clyde Hirt race

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
Summer Camp, whose lengthy winning streak got snapped last week, looks to rebound in the first leg of the Exit 16W Series on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Summer Camp had won six straight races, including a career best 1:49.3 in the Escort Final, before his defeat as the favorite in the $62,600 Clyde Hirt on January 29.  He left hard to take the lead but folded at the three-...
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Drennan, Miller in the Meadowlands "Sulky"

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
Trainer Nik Drennan will be the featured In The Sulky guest on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. Drennan will recap Alexie Mattosie's stunning upset in the Presidential Final last week and also discuss his starters for the weekend.   Fans can e-mail questions for Drennan to answer on-air to racing@thebigm.com.  The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Paddock Level television se...
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Yonkers starts 1 1/16 mile races

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
Delayed a couple of nights due to weather, Yonkers Raceway debuted its mile-and-one-sixteenth  overnight racing Thursday evening.The new distance, which was to begin Feb. 1 (Tuesday was snowed out, Wednesday a scheduled dark night), encompasses all overnight races. Series and stakes races remain at the traditional flat-mile distance.   The off-the-pace Nancy Irene (Jim Pantaleano,...
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Nathan Feelsgood wins with broken head pole

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
A broken head pole from the half-mile on did not faze Nathan Feelsgood as he held off I'm Feelin Good to win their $12,500 Junior Trendsetter division on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Driver Tim Tetrick masterfully kept Nathan Feelsgood on task through the stretch battle and he gamely dug in to best his foe by a half-length in 1:54. Given the slight nod over the runner-up ...
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Wish Away takes Woodbine final in 1:55.2

on 02/03/2011 12:00 AM
With two scratches heading into the $60,000 Miss Vera Bars Stakes final Thursday night at Woodbine, Wish Away was able to put away her eight rivals and score in 1:55.2.   Jody Jamieson, who currently leads all WEG drivers with 25 wins, positioned the daughter of Real Artist fifth in the early going, as post time favorite Tea Party Princess (Randy Waples) cleared to the lead past t...
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Alice's Restaurant serves up a win at Dover

on 02/02/2011 12:00 AM
Fast-closing Alice’s Restaurant needed only one call, at the finish line, to win the $26.000 Mares Open pace at 10-1 odds on a fog-shrouded  Tuesday, Feb.1 at Dover Downs.Cory Callahan bided his time as High Seed Life (Matt Kakaley) cut out the pace. In the stretch four starters converged on the leader and approaching the wire Alice’s Restaurant zipped past them all to win the week’s to...
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Esmeralda's era ends at Pompano

on 02/02/2011 12:00 AM
She went down swinging with a valiant effort to the last stretch drive of her career and the era of Esmeralda Semalu came to a conclusion on the Tuesday, February 1 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. In the end it was millionaire mare Not Enough that got the best of Esmeralda Semalu in her retirement race. She's being sent this weekend to begin her broodmare career with a first breeding ...
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Storm continues to prompt Wednesday cancellations

on 02/02/2011 12:00 AM
The massive winter storm prompted several racetrack cancellations on Tuesday and the weather has again prompted Wednesday cancellations. Monticello Raceway, Balmoral Park, Buffalo Raceway, Windsor Raceway, Western Fair and Flamboro Downs have cancelled their Wednesday live race cards.   Balmoral Park's Wednesday qualifiers were cancelled and the scheduled draw for Saturday's program ha...
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