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Digital Pix snaps up Meadows feature

on 01/26/2011 12:00 AM
Digital Pix unleashed a powerful uncovered bid that carried her to a 15-1 upset victory in Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Digital Pix had won two of her last three starts, she had performed most recently in a $30,000 optional claimer, causing bettors to look elsewhere for the winner. But when Mike Wilder tipped her off the pylons from fif...
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Freehold cancels Wednesday card

on 01/26/2011 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway has cancelled its Wednesday (Jan. 26) live racing card due to inclement weather. The track is still open on Wednesday for simulcasting. 
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Former harness player talks about betting

on 01/26/2011 12:00 AM
The Paulick Report, a website about Thoroughbred horse racing news, has an interview with a former harness bettor about playing the races today. Racing  journalist Ray Paulick said he met Barry Meadow (nicknamed Barry Meadow Skipper by a mutual friend in honor of the Standardbred great Meadow Skipper) back when the two were playing harness races at Los Alamitos and Hollywood Park. ...
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‘She can be the fastest racehorse I’ve ever had’

on 01/26/2011 12:00 AM
With a win at odds of 54-1 and lighting up the tote board with a $111.80 win payoff in a division of the second round of the White Ruffles Series Jan. 13 at the Meadowlands, Easy De Vie earned a spot in Thursday night’s $43,500 final. Jim Meittinis once again gets the drive behind Easy De Vie in the White Ruffles final, leaving from post seven. But does the 4-year-old daughter of No Pan Intende...
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Young, WEG set up race for A Spring of Hope

on 01/26/2011 12:00 AM
September 3 is already a prominent date on the 2011 harness racing calendar as two Canadian classics, the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace, are both set for that Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.   The date has taken on a greater importance as a prominent owner tries to raise awareness for a critical matter half-way around the world. Richard Young and the Woodbine Entertainment Gr...
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Jim Schaming of Pittsburgh dies

on 01/26/2011 12:00 AM
James "Jim" Schaming, a longtime Standardbred owner who raced horses at The Meadows, died Monday, Jan. 24, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 78.   A native of the Brentwood area of Pittsburgh, Schaming was a graduate of Duquesne University and a long-standing member of the Duquesne Society and a sponsor and supporter of Duquesne's athletic program. He founded Mr. Magic Carwash In...
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Woodbine starter bonus approved by commission

on 01/26/2011 12:00 AM
An application by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) to implement a Guaranteed Starter Bonus at Woodbine this winter meet has been approved by the Director of the Ontario Racing Commission.   Similar to programs in place for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, a starter bonus of  $300 will be paid to non-purse winning horses in races at Woodbine until the end of the meet in May...
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Meadowlands-WEG challenge on Saturday

on 01/26/2011 12:00 AM
Bet the Meadowlands and Woodbine this Saturday for a chance to win $12,000 in prize money and a seat in the National Harness Handicapping Championship!   The Meadowlands Woodbine Challenge is $200 to enter ($100 entry fee/$100 bankroll). The tournament requires players to bet exactly 10 races, including 3 races each from the Meadowlands and Woodbine. Wagers must meet a $10 minimum/$100 maxi...
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Yonkers begins 1 1/16th mile races Feb. 1

on 01/26/2011 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is reminding horsemen and fans that it plans to ring in the shortest month with longer distances. Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1, all of Yonkers Raceway's overnight races shall be contested at the distance of 1 1/16th miles.   "It's something we've been discussing for a while," general manager Bob Galterio said. "We think it's going to get more outside horses into ...
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No elims needed for Miss Vera Bars

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
With just 10 three-year-old pacing fillies entered for this year’s Miss Vera Bars Stakes, no eliminations are required Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.All 10 sophomore fillies will automatically advance to the $60,000 guaranteed final on February 3 with the final post positions announced on Thursday, January 27.The list of entries are listed alphabetically below:BetterluvnexttimeCheap N E...
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Jeremy's Successor wins Dover feature

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
Jeremy’s Successor held off a late charge from Harlingen Hanover and Solano to win the $35,000 Preferred Handicap pace on Monday, Jan. 24 at Dover Downs Meet leading driver Corey Callahan drove five winners.Sean Bier took Jeremy’s Successor into the lead at the start and set all the winning fractions speeding home in :28.1 to hold off a trio of closers, Harlingen Hanover (Roger Plante), Solano...
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Two starts left for Esmeralda Semalu

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
By early next week the racing career of Esmeralda Semalu will be over. Her starts on the Tuesday, January 25 card and in the first week of February will be the final two chances to see the mare that will leave the racetrack as arguably the greatest in the 47 year history of harness racing in South Florida. "After she got good again recently there was some discussion about keeping her racing, ...
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Go Go Raider rallies at The Meadows

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
Trailing by 8 lengths at the half, Go Go Raider launched his customary late rally that erased the deficit and carried him to victory in Monday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Go Go Raider was sitting seventh when Eric Ledford sent him on his wide journey that took him to fourth at the top of the stretch. The 6-year-old Keystone Raider-Costly Toy g...
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Grand Circuit announces 2011 schedule

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
The Grand Circuit will make 17 stops during its 2011 racing season according to the schedule announced Tuesday by G.C.pPresident Tom Thomson.   The Grand Circuit has been in existence since 1871, when representatives from three racetracks in different states met to create a racing circuit. The first campaign for the Grand Circuit took place in 1873, when four tracks offered $169,300 in...
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Piece Of The Rock getting ready to roll

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
When a horse earns more than $300,000 in a year, there is usually nothing to complain about. However, Ontario horseman Bob Young believes that his stable star Piece Of The Rock’s best days are still ahead.   The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Paulas Promise earned $330,198 last season with his largest payday coming with a third-place finish in the $1.5 million Pepsi ...
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A bald Hough is a winning Hough

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
When  Monticello Raceway driver Kevin Hough shaved his head a few days ago he swore he wasn’t trying to emulate Jody Jamieson, one of Canada’s leading drivers.   “I was in the midst of a bad streak and I wanted to change my luck,”  the 24-year-old reinsmen recently told the Mighty M publicity office. "For the first few weeks of this year I was in a bad slump and just this...
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Super Bowl hopes for Monsignor Flan

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
If Monsignor Flan hopes to follow up his win in the second leg of the Super Bowl Trotting Series Jan. 20 at the Meadowlands with a victory in Thursday night’s $58,000 final, he’ll have his work cut out for him after drawing the outside post 10. Although trainer Erv Miller’s brother, Andy, was in the sulky behind Monsignor Flan in both preliminary rounds of the Super Bowl, Yannick G...
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Connors Memorial returns to Hazel Park schedule

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
The $100,000 William Connors Memorial Trot, first raced in 1996 at Hazel Park Raceway, is back on the 2011 stakes schedule after a one-year absence. Hazel Park has scheduled this year's final for Saturday, July 23, with eliminations on July 16.   Named for the late Hall of Fame race secretary, the Connors was first raced in 1996 (won by Dark Magic), but was discontinued after the 2004 race ...
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Zeitgeist hoping for Super Bowl glory

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
Zeitgeist did not attract much attention at the horse sale, but he is racing under the spotlight now. The 4-year-old son of SJ's Caviar bids for a series sweep in the $58,000 Super Bowl final for trotters on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Zeitgeist will start from the rail (program No. 2) as the 4-1 second choice in the field with Brian Sears at the lines. Carded as ra...
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Gingras scheduled to drive at Big M

on 01/25/2011 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras will be driving at the Meadowlands the next few weekends.   "(Trainer) Ron Burke wants me here the next couple of weekends, so I'll be here racing at the Meadowlands," Gingras said. "The Meadowlands has always been good to me and helped me get my career going. Many of my greatest moments are right here. I'm looking forward to racing here." (Meadowlands)
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