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A wise investment pays off

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Jeff and Debbie Elchuk of Surrey, BC paid $31,000 for Mach Lady at this years Fall Extravaganza Mixed Sale and that investment has proven to be a wise one after she scored in Thursday night's $50,000 Autumn Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine Racetrack.After scoring her elimination victory last week the daughter of Mach Three has been undefeated in three starts for her new conne...
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Zarachino, Never Going Away win at Dover

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Zarachino made short work of seven rivals scoring his second straight victory in the first of two $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old paces while Never Going Away won the other, on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Dover Downs. Southwind Whitney pulled a mild surprise taking the $13,000 distaff pace. Ron Pierce made good use of starting from post 1 with Zarachino. In similar style to his previous start, the Red River Ha...
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Autumn Stakes field set for sophomore fillies

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Petite Syrah and R Tonys Girl were victorious in Thursday night's two $25,000 Autumn Stakes eliminations for 3-year-old trotting fillies, earning their spots for next weeks rich final.In the first elimination, American Holiday (Jody Jamieson) flashed early gate speed along with Lisas Passion (Mike Saftic) and Yorke Puddin (Sylvain Filion).American Holiday cleared the lead at the :27.2 first quarte...
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USTA wins fundraiser for Retirement Foundation

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
A fundraiser for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) that featured a raffle to win a trip to the 2011 Prix d'Amerique has been won by the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA).   "We gratefully accept the trip, which we have made available to all our employees through our own raffle, and I'm thrilled that we won. Many thanks," was the reaction of Mike Tanner, the USTA's Executive Vice...
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Sears to drive Palm Beach Boy in FL final

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Brian Sears could prove to be a factor on the 2010 Florida Super Night program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on Saturday night.   Total purses for the showcase of the year’s best in the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) gala night will easily surpass $450,000. The eight divisional championships in the Florida Breeders Stake is on the eve o...
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Aussie racing club sells Sydney track

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
The New South Wales Harness Racing Club, which operates harness racing in the Australian province which includes Sydney, has agreed to a deal to sell its Harold Park racing property near downtown Sydney to a development group. The deal is reported to be worth $200 million.   NSWHRC chief executive John Dumesny said details of the deal remain confidential and refused to comment on the agreed...
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Lucky Chucky ready for stud duty

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Lucky Chucky, a top contender for 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Trotter of the Year honors, recently passed his fertility test with flying colors, Perretti Farms has announced. Lucky Chucky, who won the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic and was the runner-up in the $1.5 million Hambletonian, will be standing at stud at Winbak Farm of New York.   Lucky Chucky, who was trai...
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Muscle Hill OMT on 2011 calendar at Vernon

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs is proud to announce one of its newest sponsors for one of the top Open mare trotting events in North America to its 2011 stakes schedule in the Muscle Hill. Recently known as the Conway Hall, The Muscle Hill Syndicate has stepped up to sponsor one of the top mare events for an estimated purse of $200,000.    “We are very pleased to be involved with the management of Ver...
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Antonacci marketing ownership with Bourbon Slush

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Horseman Frank Antonacci is delivering a gift idea for the holidays, and he’s using a horse rather than reindeer. He hopes it ends up being a present to the industry, as well.   In an effort to promote the sport and attract new owners, the 27-year-old trainer and the Lindy Farms Racing Stable are selling shares of their trotter Bourbon Slush, who was purchased as a yearling for $11,0...
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Andover America is an overachiever

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Five year old gelding trotter Andover America has become a living testimonial to the complete horsemanship of Pompano’s top driver Bruce Ranger in 2010 by winning 15 of 30 starts.“He’s overcome so much and for him to win half of his starts in the top class this year is really incredible” Ranger said in a trackside TV interview after he executed the win from back in the pack with his stable...
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Racing leaders still working on Jersey solutions

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Those working behind the scenes on behalf of harness racing believe there is still time for solutions to be crafted so harness racing can open a 2011 meet at the Meadowlands in early January. Harness racing stakeholders are continuing to lobby at the state legislature and also were scheduled to meet with the governor's office on Thursday to discuss progress on solutions.   According to sour...
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Peter Haughton purses to be released

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission confirmed on Thursday that the purse for the $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial Trot will be released with The Lindy Reserve receiving first place money.   Pastor Stephen crossed the wire first in that race, held August 7 at the Meadowlands, but was disqualified for interference and The Lindy Reserve placed from second to first. The connect...
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Gural, Faraldo talk about NYC Off-Track Betting

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
So is the demise of New York City Off-Track Betting (NYCOTB) good or bad for harness racing? On Wednesday a group of New York horsemen and breeders, under the collective title of Empire State Harness Horsemen’s Alliance, issued a press release that said that while the closure of NYCOTB “will obviously generate short term challenges for New York’s harness racing industry, in the long term it ...
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Muscle Massive passes breeding exam

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that Muscle Massive has passed his official breeding soundness exam. He has been declared by the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center to be a satisfactory prospective breeder for a book of 140 mares (the maximum permitted by the U.S. Trotting Association).   Muscle Massive is currently being syndicated and interested breeders are encouraged to a...
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Doug McNair heading to BIg M this weekend

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Doug McNair will make at stop at Meadowlands Racetrack this weekend on his quest to become the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins.   Entering Thursday, the 20-year-old Canadian needed six wins to supplant Matt Kakaley as the youngest driver to arrive at the milestone. He will have ample opportunity to do so this weekend. McNair is booked to drive seven horses on Friday nig...
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14 straight for Northern Chief at Monticello

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Northern Chief extended his own Monticello Raceway track record for consecutive victories  when  the veteran pacer cruised to his 14th win in a row on Thursday, Dec. 9.   Mike Merton was again at the controls and he guided Northern Chief to a wire to wire triumph in a time of 2:00.   "He’s just unbelievable. What else can I say? He hasn’t raced in two weeks and he still...
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Go On BB wins Dover debut

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
Go On BB made her first appearance at Dover Downs a winning one taking the $26,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace on a cold and windy Tuesday, Dec. 7.After coming east from the Midwest a month ago, Matt Kakaley drove $1.1-million winning Go On BB to a 1:54.1 victory, her second win in a row and eighth of the season for trainer Ron Burke and owner Frank Baldachin. The Dontgetinmyway-Challo BB fi...
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Esmeralda Semalu's career winds down

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
She’s provided a wealth of memories and a track record performance in her career in South Florida, but the racing career of six year old pacing mare Esmeralda Semalu is now in it’s final stages."This year I was never able to get her past about 60% of what she used to be” trainer and driver Joe Pavia Jr. declared in a live trackside TV interview after his stable stalwart’s romp in the Tuesd...
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Last call for Tattersalls entries

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
If you want to sell a horse at the January Tattersalls Mixed Sale, don't hesitate to make your call now. Year after year, the January Select Mixed Sale offers buyers and sellers a marketplace for racehorses and broodmares. At the 2010 sale, Hypnotic Blue Chip, who set a 1:47.2 world record on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, was the sale-topper at $325,000. He was followed by ...
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Meadowlands LC nominations due Friday

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
Nominations close Friday, Dec. 10, for Meadowlands Racetrack’s 2011 Winter Late Closers. Stakes applications are available at MeadowlandsRacetrack.com: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.aspx?id=1509. The three-week parade of series, which consist of two preliminary legs and a final, are anchored by the Presidential for free-for-all pacers, Su Mac Lad for free-for-all trotters and O...
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