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Track execs analyze Meadowlands numbers

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
After five days of racing, total handle on the 2011 Meadowlands harness meet is down 19.5 percent. Last year the track enjoyed $3 million-plus handles on the first two Saturdays of the meet. This year handle hasn’t topped $2.5 million for a single card, and the track’s last $3 million-plus handle was on Aug. 20, the closing night of the championship meet.  So what’s the cause of the de...
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Woodbine’s average bet per race is up

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
While track in the U.S. are seeing declines in handle, Woodbine’s winter meet is off to a stable start. Bruce Murray, vice president of Standardbred racing for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, said the stability has likely come from cutting back to four days of racing a week from the five cards offered in 2010.   “Our average bet per race is up, and that’s in part because we’ve g...
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Drennan has strong Meadowlands contenders

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Hot off a hat trick, trainer Nik Drennan will send out a quartet of stakes contenders this weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Sniper Seelster, one of Drennan’s three winners on January 14, looks for back-to-back victories in the $18,000 second leg of the Clyde Hirt Series for 4-year-old pacers on Friday night. The Woodbine shipper announced his arrival last week with a huge stretch rally...
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Bettis wins Meadows pace feature

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Aided by live cover down the backside, Bettis powered wide through the stretch to capture Thursday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Bettis was sitting fifth for Aaron Merriman and seemingly facing a long first-over grind when Tough Call popped off the pylons to provide escort service. Bettis, the 6-5 favorite, outkicked Tough Call in the lane to defeat that rival by two...
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Easy De Vie upsets at 50-1 in White Ruffles

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Billy Dobson and Jim Meittinis both got stuck in traffic, but Meittinis picked up a big win with Easy De Vie in one of three divisions of White Ruffles for 4-year-old pacing mares Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Dobson was scheduled to drive Easy De Vie, but couldn't get to the Meadowlands because of traffic and Meittinis got the drive at the last minute. Easy De Vie, a daughter of No P...
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Monsignor Flan fastest in Super Bowl

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Monsignor Flan, a 4-year-old gelding by SJ’s  Photo out of the Illinois champion Fox Valley Flan, kept his act together this week and won his division of the Super Bowl Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Last week he broke stride near the wire and settled for second; this week he was leading by 6 ¼ lengths at the stretch call and won by 2 ½ lengths in 1:55.2. Andy Miller drove Mon...
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Pierce wins five at Dover Thursday

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Cool, one of Ron Pierce’s five winners, and Bryson Seelster won the co-features on Thursday at Dover Downs.   In the first $14,000 pace for young horses, Pierce squired Cool o the lead and then led the rest of a front-pacing 1:54.1 mile for his first 2011 win. Ron Dixon trains the Village Jolt-Winsome Gambler gelding for W.J. McDougall Racing.   Elijah Hanover (Matt Kakal...
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Another NJ bill to assist in privatization

on 01/20/2011 12:00 AM
Legislation to allow a maximum one-year transition period to privatization of the Meadowlands Racetrack advanced in a New Jersey state Assembly committee on Thursday. The bill would allow the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to assist in managing the track.   The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, or NJSEA, would be allowed to operate the Meadowlands Racetrack jointly wit...
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Ranger celebrates 8,000 wins

on 01/19/2011 12:00 AM
It was the night at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park that the track's leading driver, Bruce Ranger, literally had his cake and ate it too. Typical of Ranger, he then shared the huge ceremonial cake with the large crowd assembled on the tarmac by the winner's circle after the first race. The ceremony was for fans, friends and well wishers to share in Ranger's milestone 8000th lifetime winning dr...
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Rosecroft auction set for Jan. 28

on 01/19/2011 12:00 AM
The Baltimore Sun –on a blog post by Hannah Cho  – is reporting that a bankruptcy judge gave approval on Tuesday, Jan. 18 for the track, which has been in bankruptcy, to be auctioned to the highest bidder. Baltimore Orioles owner and  attorney Peter Angelos is expected to be the lead bidder. He has agreed to buy the track for $9 million with an additional $5 million added if slots ...
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Meadowlands moves qualifiers to Saturday

on 01/19/2011 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has moved this week's qualifying races from Friday (Jan. 21) to Saturday (Jan. 22) due to the forecast for a winter storm that should hit the area on Friday. The entry box will still close on Thursday (Jan. 20) at 4 p.m.
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Ontario horseman Bob McNair dies

on 01/19/2011 12:00 AM
Longtime Ontario horse owner and breeder Robert "Bob" McNair, the father of leading trainer Gregg McNair and grandfather of top driver Doug McNair, died suddenly Tuesday night at the Bruce Lea Haven in Walkerton, Ontario. He was 74.   Mr. McNair and his wife Gwen were active in Standardbred racing for more than 40 years and raced and/or bred such good horses as Son Of Grace...
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Team Miller favored in Super Bowl legs

on 01/19/2011 12:00 AM
Julie and Andy Miller have an uncanny knack for bringing out talent in trotters, as evidenced by their latest success stories, Ellen's Isle and Dolce Ducci. After obliterating the competition in round one of the series, Ellen's Isle and Dolce Ducci loom the ones to beat in the $12,500 second leg of the Super Bowl Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Ellen's Isle and Dolce Duc...
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Tioga, horsemen agree on 5-year pact

on 01/19/2011 12:00 AM
The Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association (STTHA) and Tioga Downs have agreed to and executed a five-year agreement that begins in 2011. In the new contract, the STHHA has increased its number of live race days at Tioga Downs from 57 to 61 days per year.   The contract also states that as long as the horse supply is sufficient, Tioga Downs will have 12 races on Fridays and Sat...
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Dillander making inroads at Pompano

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
He marked the occasion of his 35th birthday last week but driver Jason Dillander was actually paying attention to a different sort of milestone. "Since the start of 2011 I've been able to win over 20% of my starts and at least for the time being that put me into the company of the top guys here including Bruce Ranger, Anthony Napolitano and Wally Hennessey" Dillander observes. "As important a...
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Vertical Horizon leads Dover winners

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
Vertical Horizon was strong in the stretch to win the $35,000 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Preferred pace while Nova Artist and Cams Art racked up their sixth wins in a row on Monday, Jan. 17 at Dover Downs.A pair of strong Delaware family connections continued lengthening win streaks. Nova Artist, driven by Allan Davis and trained by his brother Martin for owners Eddie and Kathy Davis, their parent...
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San Pail does not fail in Glory's Comet

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
San Pail ($2.10) extended his undefeated streak to nine as he captured tonight’s $125,000 Glorys Comet Stakes final at Woodbine in 1:53.2, a new stakes record.June 29, 2010 was the last time the son of San Pellegrino tasted defeat as his earnings climbed to $1,793,965 for trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes along with breeder Glenn Van Camp.“He raced super tonight,” Hughes commented following th...
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Dale Ford dies

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
P. Dale Ford, 68, of Washington Court House, Ohio, died Monday, Jan. 17, at his residence.   Mr. Ford was a longtime employee of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA), from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. He served as a horsemen's representative at Lebanon Raceway, Raceway Park, and Scioto Downs, before becoming the assistant general manager at the OHHA. Prior to his time w...
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Monticello cancels live card, simulcasting Tuesday

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
Inclement weather  in the Southern N.Y. Catskills has forced Monticello Raceway to cancel its Tuesday afternoon racing program. Simulcasting is also cancelled. Racing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, with first post slated for 12:25 p.m.
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Cedric Washington wins King Pace

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway presented its 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace on Monday and for the third time since the race's inception Cedric Washington reined the winner.   Washington used the front-end route to score a 2:02 victory with Tinalouise Regina’s Blissfull Doll in the race which featured the talents of African-America drivers. Washington had previously won the inaugural...
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