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Aldrich now president & COO of Northfield

on 01/31/2011 12:00 AM
Northfield Park  has announced the appointment of Thomas M. Aldrich, currently in his 26th year at the Cleveland-Akron metro area pari-mutuel facility, to president, filling a post left open by the retirement of Myron Charna last year.   Aldrich will retain his title of chief operating officer and will continue to oversee the day-to-day operation of the company and its subsidiaries. Al...
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NJ betting bills signed into law

on 01/31/2011 12:00 AM
Legislation authorizing exchange wagering and single pari-mutuel pools in New Jersey was signed into law Monday by Gov. Chris Christie. The legislation is expected to give the state's horse racing industry a shot in the arm. The law authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to issue a license to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to establish an exchange wagering system....
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Ready Cash tops Maharajah in Prix d'Amerique

on 01/30/2011 12:00 AM
The 2011 Prix d'Amerique lived up to its billing as a battle between France's Ready Cash and Sweden's Maharajah as the two horses finished a half-length apart, with Ready Cash winning the classic at the Vincennes track in Paris on a cold but sunny Sunday afternoon. A purse of 1 million euros (about $1.3 million) was on the line. (The video of the race is linked below.)   Both Ready Cash and...
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Saturday night Meadowlands handle near $3mil

on 01/30/2011 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands enjoyed a big Saturday night from a handle perspective as $2,991,548 was wagered on the 13-race card. The program featured the Complex, Clyde Hirt and Presidential Series finals, a Pick 4 with a $75,000 guarantee pool, and the Meadowlands-Woodbine handicapping challenge. The final race in the Pick 4, race 9, generated the biggest play of the night, $295,364.   Handle for the...
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Art Official filly born at Oldfield in Michigan

on 01/30/2011 12:00 AM
Shortly before Modern Connection finished as the runner-up to Idyllic as Canada's 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of 2010, Modern Connection's dam, Cambest Connection, delivered a filly by Art Official at Oldfield Farm in Michigan.   The filly is believed to be the first foal by Art Official. Cambest Connection is owned by Yousif Yousif of Chesterfield, Mich., and Ameer Najor of Detro...
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American blood wins Saturday Paris feature

on 01/29/2011 12:00 AM
The big Prix d’Amerique weekend got underway with excitement at the Vincennes racetrack on Saturday afternoon as a horse with American blood wowed trotting aficionados with a powerful victory timed in a mile rate of 1:54 in a 2,100 meter race. Rapide Lebel, a 6-year-old gelding by Ginger Somolli, took the lead shortly after passing the first quarter mile and from there set a sensational pace fo...
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Wishing Stone to race at Cagnes-sur-Mer

on 01/29/2011 12:00 AM
Wishing Stone, the 2010 Kentucky Futurity champion, trained last week in France, but despite a satisfactory effort, his connections have decided to skip the one mile Prix de France at Vincennes in Paris next month and instead prepare for racing at Cagnes-sur-Mer on the French Riviera in March.   Also, American trainer Jerry Riordan was at Vincennes on Saturday and reported that his star mar...
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23 for St. Elmo Hero; 6,000 for Tetrick

on 01/29/2011 12:00 AM
St. Elmo Hero made it 23 wins in a row and Tim Tetrick became the youngest driver to reach 6,000 career wins on a busy night of action Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   St. Elmo Hero won the $65,000 Complex Series final for pacers ages five and under, with Tetrick picking up win No. 6,000 in the process. St. Elmo Hero won by 1 1/4 lengths over Windsong Gorgeous in a stakes-record 1:4...
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Alexie Mattosie wins Presidential final

on 01/29/2011 12:00 AM
Alexie Mattosie won the $127,000 Presidential Series final for older pacers and Meirs Hanover won the $62,600 Clyde Hirt Series final for 4-year-old male pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   In the Presidential, Alexie Mattosie used a first-over charge to overcome leader Vlos and then held off Bettor Sweet by a head in 1:49.2. River Shark was third.   “It was the s...
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Southwind Tabor upsets at Yonkers

on 01/29/2011 12:00 AM
Southwind Tabor (Jim Pantaleano) proved best from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers  Raceway's $32,500 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position two, Southwind Tabor tracked Smellthecolornine (Jason Bartlett) around the oval. The latter put up intervals of :27.2, :56.3  and 1:25. Lahaye (Eric Goodell) moved first-up from fifth, with reformed claimer--and sligh...
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Arriba Amigo finds Dover friendly

on 01/29/2011 12:00 AM
In his first local start since arriving from Canada, Arriba Amigo pulled away from eight rivals in 1:56.2 to win the $14,500 trot, one of six wins for driver Matt Kakaley, on Saturday at Dover Downs.    Arriba Amigo easily beat fast-finishing CC’s Fred (Sean Bier) and Iron Will (Roger Plante) in the weekend’s feature trot. Purchased after the Amigo Hall-Fidanzata gelding...
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Dreamfair Eternal named Canada's HOY

on 01/29/2011 12:00 AM
On Saturday, Standardbred Canada hosted the 2010 O’Brien Awards to honor and recognize the horses and people that have made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness racing over the past season. The awards are named for the late Hall of Famer Joe O'Brien, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   Casie Coleman was the biggest winner on the evening, as she collected th...
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Legal online poker through FL racetracks?

on 01/28/2011 12:00 AM
Florida lawmakers are talking about allowing legal online poker through card rooms at pari-mutuel racetracks and jai lai frontons. The card rooms would act as a portal.  "It's common sense," Florida Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D), who proposed the bill, told the Sun-Sentinel. "There are hundreds of thousands of players in Florida in unregulated and unprotected offshore sites. Why not legalize, re...
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St. Elmo Hero makes Complex look simple

on 01/28/2011 12:00 AM
St. Elmo Hero, who is undefeated in 22 career starts, looks to keep his streak alive in the $65,000 Complex Series Final on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Rated as the prohibitive 1-2 favorite in the field, St. Elmo Hero will start from post five for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Charles Eustis III.  The 5-year-old son of Western Hero has been perfect since winning his ...
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Oosting excluded at Balmoral and Maywood

on 01/28/2011 12:00 AM
Following his arrest early Sunday morning, Jan. 23, on a domestic battery charge, Illinois-based driver Mike Oosting has been excluded from driving at Balmoral Park and Maywood Park by the Illlinois Racing Commission stewards until his court appearance scheduled for late February. The 48-year-old Oosting was held overnight without bail on the misdemeanor charge until he appeared in bond court on ...
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Penn National buys Rosecroft; plans to reopen track

on 01/28/2011 12:00 AM
Penn National Gaming, which owns Raceway Park in Ohio, Bangor Raceway in Maine, part of Freehold Raceway, and Thoroughbred tracks in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, purchased Rosecroft Raceway on Friday in a bankruptcy auction, agreeing to pay $10.25 million in cash for the racetrack. Last year Penn National bought a 49 percent interest in Laurel and Pimlico racetracks in Maryland.   ...
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Andy Miller drives 7,000th winner

on 01/28/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Andy Miller hit the 7,000-win milestone in the second race Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. Miller steered Odds On Riesling to victory in 1:53.3 for trainer Carl Porcelli.   A 42-year-old Illinois native, Miller moved to New Jersey in 2006 and has ranked as one of the leading drivers at the Meadowlands each year since.  His wife, Julie, is among the track's leading tr...
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St. Elmo Hero's trainer on In The Sulky Saturday

on 01/28/2011 12:00 AM
Charles Eustis III, trainer of the undefeated St Elmo Hero, will be the featured In The Sulky guest on Meadowlands Racetrack's Saturday night pre-card broadcast.   St Elmo Hero bids for his 23rd consecutive victory in the $65,000 Complex Series Final on Saturday night.  Fans can e-mail questions for Eustis to answer on-air to racing@thebigm.com.  The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. ...
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Jasperthat A takes Yonkers feature in 1:55.1

on 01/28/2011 12:00 AM
Jasperthat A (Cat Manzi) upset the Friday night apple cart, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured  $32,500 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Bling (Eric Goodell) garnered all the early attention, taking over from inside assignee Celtic Danser (Jordan Stratton) just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.2 intermission, Breakheart Pass (Dan Dube)--who left into fourth from h...
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Brad Kramer wins four and Stratton wins big

on 01/27/2011 12:00 AM
Late last fall Brad Kramer moved his base of operations to the Mighty M and not being well known on the east coast he caught on slowly but  once again his talent is speaking for itself.On the Wednesday card of January 26 Kramer reined four winners.He won the first race with Jack & Rose Deluca’s Beach Weekend  ($6.60) in a 2:02 clocking and then copped the  third race behind Ro...
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