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Former Delaware harness judge awarded $102,000

on 01/15/2011 12:00 AM
A former Delaware Standardbred judge who sued the state and the Delaware Harness Racing Commission claiming he was wrongfully fired in 2003 has reportedly been awarded a $102,000 judgement by a Delaware Superior Court jury.   Don Harmon was fired in 2003 after he was arrested by the state police for allegedly altering documents that allowed an ineligible horse to race at Dover Downs. T...
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Gural on Big M's In The Sulky show Jan. 21

on 01/15/2011 12:00 AM
Want to make sure you know and understand what's happening with racing at the Meadowlands? Tune in next Friday, Jan. 21, to the track's In The Sulky pregame show at 6:30 p.m. as Jeff Gural, who is in the midst of putting together a contract to lease/purchase the New Jersey racetrack from the state, will be the guest of host Sam McKee.   This will be your chance to learn what the current si...
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Ghee's wins at Yonkers

on 01/15/2011 12:00 AM
Ghee's House (Brent Holland) slipped out behind a tiring rival and slipped into the winner's circle  Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Handicap Pace.Special Report (Larry Stalbaum), assigned the inside as the 3-2 favorite, seated everyone at the outset. Ghee's House, starting right outside, protected the  pocket with Dragon Island (George Brennan) and Blueridge Weste...
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St. Elmo Hero's streak continues; Presidential begins

on 01/15/2011 12:00 AM
St. Elmo Hero extended his undefeated streak to 21 wins in the $20,000 first leg of the Complex Series Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. St. Elmo Hero and driver Tim Tetrick sat fourth through a swift :55.1 opening half and pounced from second over to best Windsong Gorgeous by a length and a half in 1:50.3.  Thunder's Fury tracked the winner to finish third."They were mixing it up earl...
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Jamieson sweeps Willowdale elims

on 01/15/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Jody Jamieson made his presence felt tonight at Woodbine Racetrack capturing both $30,000 eliminations of the Willowdale Stakes eliminations for four-year-old pacers. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $100,000 final next week.Sparky Mark went gate-to-wire in the first elimination, stopping the clock in 1:52.3.The son of Astreos controlled the pace past the opening ...
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Big night for Dover longshots

on 01/15/2011 12:00 AM
A 45-1, 35-1, 29-1,13-1   and 10-1 shot winner and a 4-5 favorite highlighted Saturday racing on Jan. 15 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby drove three winners for the second straight program. In the $14,500 feature 4&5-Year-Old trot, Matt Kakaley took owner-trainer Trish Folk’s PIO Power right to the front later shook off a challenge from runner-up Punks Embrace (Vince Copeland) aroun...
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Brennan, Bartlett leads Yonkers' 2011 opener

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
The calendar may have changed, but in Westchester, the song remains the same.George Brennan (four winners) and Jason Bartlett (three winners) were Yonkers Raceway's opening night stalwarts, combining to win more than half of Thursday's dozen dashes.  Bartlett comes off his third consecutive local driving title, with Brennan a solid second while balancing work on both sides of the river. ...
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Exotic Toy wins at Dover

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Longshot Exotic Toy got up at the finish line for one of Vic Kirby’s three winning drives at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan. 13. George Dennis drove four winners and Ron Pierce equaled Kirby with three-baggers.Exotic Toy won the dash to the finish in 1:54.2 to win the $14,000 4&5-Year-Old feature pace, Elmer Wilson and trainer Clifford Outten own the altered son of Powerful Toy-Carmalita Bow. ...
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Bolender’s homebreds sweep Blizzard final

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
After scoring a pair of victories in their respective eliminations last week, owner/breeder Stuart Bolender and trainer Tan Micallef completed the 1-2 punch tonight by finishing firstand second in the $60,000 Blizzard Stakes final at Woodbine Racetrack. With the victory, Bolender celebrated his biggest payday as an owner/breeder.In the early going, Keystone Nobility (Mark MacDonald) left aggressiv...
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Sears,Team Miller score in Big M series

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Brian Sears reined in three winners as the first round of winter series action kicked off on a bitterly cold Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.Sears sprung out of the gate with Zeitgeist in the first race, one of five $12,500 Super Bowl Series divisions for 4-year-old trotters on the card.  Zeitgeist led the field at every call and drew off to a three-quarter-length victory in 1:56.3.&n...
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Monticello scratch rule proving successful

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
A few months ago Monticello Raceway followed Yonkers Raceway‘s lead and instituted the 14-day rule with hopes to cut down on scratches from the seven and eight post positions. The rule simply states that if a horse is scratched from an outside position the trainer must wait 14 days before the horse is eligible to race again. And by all means it seems to be working.   According to E...
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Field set for King Pace at Monticello

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
In his career Cedric Washington has reined 1,795 winners and now having drawn the early line favorite, Blissfull Doll--and the pole position--in Monticello Raceway’s 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace slated to go to post on Monday, Jan. 17, his chances of adding to his lifetime win total seem likely.   Each year since 2001 the Mighty M has featured the Dr. King Pace not o...
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GSP’s Bob Brennan released from prison

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Bob Brennan, who presided over the brief renaissance of Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. from 1985 to 2001, and was also convicted of securities and bankruptcy fraud as well as money laundering and obstruction of justice, was freed from prison on Jan. 7 after nearly 10 years in jail. Brennan, 66, founded First Jersey Securities, a firm that specialized in “pump and dump” penny stocks to...
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Monticello horsemen oppose Catskills casino

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
The Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association have announced unequivocal opposition to the proposed Stockbridge-Munsee casino unveiled last month and joined a growing coalition of those opposed to this wrongheaded proposal.   This agreement--which was negotiated in secret by an outgoing Administration with an out-of-state tribe that has no connection to our communities--is clearly not in t...
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David Miller's mother, Loretta, dies at 74

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Loretta Miller, the mother of driver David Miller, died Thursday night at her Ohio home after suffering an apparent heart attack. She was 74. Mrs. Miller was known to many horsemen as she drove the golf cart in the infield at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds during Jug week.   David Miller told Meadowlands officials that he would drive at the track on Friday and Saturday nights before returni...
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SRF/Niatross Race Gets Richer

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Attractive bonuses have been added to the newly combined Niatross and Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) Race for 2 years olds.   While every 2 year old is eligible to the race, horses nominated that are sired by a stallion for which just one breeding was donated to SRF in 2011 will enjoy the new bonuses. These entries being referred to as SRF-Horse entries, pay only a $500 nomination...
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Northern Chief upset again at Monticello

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
For over three months Northern Chief remained undefeated at Monticello Raceway, but on Dec. 31 he was nailed at the wire in a tight three-horse photo and finished second, beaten by a nose for all the marbles. On Thursday afternoon, after once again cutting the fractions, the veteran pacer couldn’t hold off Doug’s Boy who rallied down the lightning lane to score a 1 1/4- l...
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NJ sportswriters honor Sears

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Brian Sears, who had a year filled with milestones, will be honored as the New Jersey Sportswriters Association’s Standardbred Horseman of the Year at the group’s 75th annual awards banquet on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. In 2010, Sears surpassed 7,000 lifetime victories and $100 million in career earnings.  The victory milestone came in March with a trott...
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Nadia Lobell, Moni Maker move to The Meadows

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
The 2011 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers and the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, which have been contested at The Red Mile since 2003 and 2005, respectively, will be held at The Meadows. The Red Mile’s Grand Circuit race secretary, Connie Hochstetler, stressed that although the races have been moved this year, the upcoming $500 nominating payment due for both events on Feb. 1...
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Indiana bill calls for cut in revenue to racing

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
A bill currently being discussed in the Indiana legislature could have a dramatic effect on purses in the Hoosier State. A line item in the proposed budget bill calls for revenue from slot machines at the racetracks that goes to horse racing to be cut by nearly half. Horse racing currently receives the entire 15 percent of adjusted gross revenue from the slot machines at Hoosier Park and Indiana ...
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