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Giddy on up to the Dover Downs' winner's circle

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Giddy Up Lucky with a 1:50.2 effort proved much the best in the $35,000 Preferred Pace while Barber Pole posted a 1:50.3 win in the $32,500 Delaware Special and Next Flight took the $26,000 Open Pace on a sometimes foggy Monday at Dover Downs.    Leaving from post eight in the feature, David Rovine and Baron Racing Stable’s Giddy Up Lucky continue on a winning tear registering his ni...
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Watch My Wake a $333 winner at Pompano

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
When a field of claiming pacers turned to the starting gate on Monday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park it was obvious the overwhelming majority thought number six, Watch My Wake, had little or no chance.   Precisely one minute, 55 and 1/5 seconds later, Watch My Wake proved that majority wrong by delivering a flawless front-end win at the jaw-dropping odds of 165-1. Joe Sanz...
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Trainer had a good feeling about Lugar

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Trainer Mark Friedman admitted he had a good feeling about the prospects for his 2-year-old trotter Lugar going into the $32,814 Florida Stallion Stake on the Monday evening program at The Isle Casino-Racing Pompano Park.    “Things went a little better than I expected,” Friedman proclaimed after the Famously-Chili Vanili freshman gelding captured a life’s mark of 1:58.3 in ...
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Dorothy Manges dies

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Dorothy J. Manges, died Saturday, Nov. 13, in Dover, Del. She was 85.   Mrs. Manges was a member of the USTA and owned many horses which were raced by her late husband, Del, mostly in the Western New York area and Delaware.   She is survived by her children, Dean (Jonnie), Gene, Larry (Jeannie), Randy, Brian (Margie) and Diana (Richard) Finch; 10 grandchildren; an...
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A closer look at Hanson's report

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
The latest recommendation by Jon Hanson, advisor to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on horse racing and casino gaming, is that there should be only six days of harness racing at the Meadowlands in 2011, with an additional 30 dates in the fall of 2011 at Monmouth. At face value, the news is devastating to harness racing. But picking through Hanson’s latest report, a simple three-page narrative fu...
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Luchento: We can't accept Hanson report

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
If the Hanson Report was implemented, it would be the end of horse racing in New Jersey. “While New Jersey is trying to entice industries and jobs with expensive tax incentives, the state is in jeopardy of losing one of its most important employers – horse racing,” said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.   Luchento was respon...
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One More Laugh draws post 7 in Windy CIty

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Friday night’s $200,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park is a rematch of sorts from last Saturday’s $245,000 American National at Balmoral Park as the one-two-three finishers, One More Laugh, Aracache Hanover and Razzle Dazzle, have all been entered. One More Laugh drew post seven in the eight-horse field, while Aracache Hanover and Razzle Dazzle will start from the inside two posts, respective...
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NY may approve new Indian casino

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
The New York Times has reported that New York Gov. David A. Patterson is ready to approve a casino development in the state's Catskills region. That's the same region where Monticello Raceway is located.   The story said the governor is close to an agreement with the Stockbridge-Munsee, a Mohican tribe based in Wisconsin that has roots in New York. If Patterson approves the project, the tri...
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Canadian driving championship in PEI

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has announced that Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park, Prince Edward Island, will be the host track for the 2011 Canadian National Driving Championship.   The NDC will take place on Saturday, May 7, and the winner will represent Canada in the World Driving Championship hosted in concert with the World Trotting Conference in the United States....
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NJ elected officials: Hanson's plans wrong

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Some of New Jersey's elected officials are publicly criticizing the second report by the Hanson commission, which has recommended racing just six days of harness racing at the Meadowlands and then closing the track permanently. Their comments were reported by writer John Brennan in The Record (www.northjersey.com).   Sen. Jennifer Beck, a Republican legislator who attended a racing symposiu...
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NJ governor sees NJSEA downsized

on 11/15/2010 12:00 AM
The Bergen Record newspaper of northern New Jersey has reported that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to downsize the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority--operator of the Meadowlands Racetrack--in the coming months.   The story, which came about after the newspaper's editorial board met with the governor, also noted that the contract of Dennis Robinson, the NJSEA's president and&...
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Reminder for those breeding mares to PA studs

on 11/15/2010 12:00 AM
Breeders of mares to Pennsylvania stallions during 2010, hoping to get foals in 2011, are reminded that in order to be eligible to receive the highly-lucrative top level of Pennsylvania Breeders awards, they must register these mares and their matings with the Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders Development Fund, administrated by the State Racing Commissions, by December 31, 2010.   In order...
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Michigan's Kramer takes on New York

on 11/15/2010 12:00 AM
Quietly and without much fanfare Brad Kramer has moved his base of operations from Michigan to New York State. Kramer, 53, has driven nearly 7,000 winners over his career and has been considered one of the best drivers in the Wolverine State over the past few decades.   Among his many accolades are driving titles at nearly everyone of Michigan’s pari-mutuel racetracks which  include ...
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Internet wagering bill passes NJ committee

on 11/15/2010 12:00 AM
Another step toward securing funding for New Jersey’s racing and breeding industries was taken Monday when the state senate’s Budget and Appropriations Committee approved a bill which would permit internet wagering based on casino games in Atlantic City.   A provision of the bill appropriates a percentage of the amount of tax generated by internet wagering for the benefit of t...
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New proposal: 6 days at Meadowlands in 2011?

on 11/15/2010 12:00 AM
A new report by Jon F. Hanson, who heads a special commission for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the state's gaming and horse racing businesses--became public late Monday afternoon and it recommends only a six-day meet at the Meadowlands in 2011, and moving any other harness racing dates to Monmouth Park.   The latest news, which began as a rumor which filte...
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Read the latest Hanson commission report

on 11/15/2010 12:00 AM
The latest report by the Hanson commission, the informal name for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Advisory Commission on Gaming, Sports and Entertainment, recommends that the Meadowlands be closed after 2011 and harness racing moved to Monmouth Park. It also says Monmouth Park could be renovated/upgraded for harness racing at a cost of $4.6 million. The entire report follows, including news ...
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Northfield's Open Handicap Pace to Hansum Eclipse

on 11/14/2010 12:00 AM
Sam Mignano's Hansum Eclipse ($) a five-year-old homebred son of Cams Eclipse from Hansup Bar-b, made his Northfield Park debut a successful one Saturday, winning the $6,000 Open Handciap Pace in 1:54.3. Aaron Merriman put the winner on the lead just past the 5/8 pole and led from there, holding off the late charge of Delivered Rules, who had yielded to the winner after taking control past the qua...
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American Nationals full of excitement

on 11/14/2010 12:00 AM
The action was fast and furious on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as six American National finals totaling $938,000 in purses attracted some of North America’s top trotters and pacers to the Crete oval The $124,000 Aged Trot kicked off the proceedings and things went exactly as expected as millionaires Buck I St Pat and Enough Talk hooked up in the lane with Buck I St Pat getting the best of he...
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Rockin Image easy Progress winner at Dover

on 11/14/2010 12:00 AM
Rockin Image overpowered the field to win the $320,000 Progress Pace Sunday night at Dover Downs, while trotters Wishing Stone and Costa Rica took the Matrons for trotters. Also, Sand Windsor pulled off a huge--44-1--upset in the Matron for 3-year-old filly pacers.   For the second straight week Yannick Gingras and Rockin Image made short work of seven rivals to take the 14th...
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Sutton's Pompano debut a winner

on 11/13/2010 12:00 AM
The debut in Florida just couldn’t have been any more perfect for 28 year old driver Joshua Sutton on the Friday, November 12 program at The Isle Casino-Racing Pompano Park.It was just great to come into a situation where I was picking up a live drive and to get the job done in the feature race of my first program here" a beaming Sutton in the live trackside post-race TV interview. "I knew of th...
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