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Southwind Tempo, Tug River Princess Retired

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Owner Eric Cherry told harnessracing.com today that the planned retirement of Southwind Tempo, who set a world record of 1:48.2 in winning a division of the Allerage on closing day at The Red Mile, was official and that she would be joined in retirement by his other award-winning mare, Tug River Princess. “We’d talked about it with Southwind Tempo, before the Lexington race,” said Cherry. ...
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Handle up 3.3% at Grand River meet

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway concluded its 2010 race season on October 25, posting an increase in handle, dining room sales and attendance.   In 2010, the on-track wager for Grand River’s live racing product increased 3.3 percent over the previous year, returning wagering on live racing to the level of 2008. Although it was a slow start during the first third of the 69-day season and wagering leve...
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Faraldo addresses Gural's points in new letter

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Joe Faraldo, the president of the Standardbred Owners Association (SOA) of New York, has written the following letter, dated Oct. 27, to the New York State Assembly and Senate members. Faraldo's letter comes just two days after Jeff Gural, the owner of Tioga and Vernon Downs and a Standardbred breeder and owner, wrote why he thought some concessions by the horse industry in the New York City ...
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Ten straight for Northern Chief at Monticello

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Northern Chief equaled the  Monticello Raceway track record of 10 consecutive victories on Wednesday when Mike Merton drove the 7-year-old Apache’s Fame gelding to a 1:59.3 triumph over the muddy racetrack. Northern Chief’s victory tied him with Hogies Cam (2008) and Mr. Thinker (2010), who each won 10 races in a row.   Northern Chief defeated favored Doug...
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Western Graduate gives Napolitano a milestone

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Western Graduate, the 2007 Jugette winner, made her initial appearance of the season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Wednesday night a successful one. Driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by Lou Pena, Western Graduate captured the $24,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares in 1:51.4.   The victory was the 300th for Napolitano Jr. at the northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack. ...
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Nordic Venture wins ninth of season

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Amy and Steward Oldford’s Nordic Venture ($3, Vince Copeland) kept his stellar run at Harrington Raceway going Wednesday with a 1:56.4 triumph in the $22,000 Open Trot on a track listed as ‘good.’   The 5-year-old Keystone Nordic gelding has 13 starts at Harrington this year with seven wins and six seconds. He has a total of nine wins on the season. Trained by Copeland, he set all the...
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Lots of series action at Meadowlands Friday

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Racing resumes at Meadowlands Racetrack Friday night with the opening legs of three series for 2 and 3-year-old horses. Filly pacers will step out in three $15,000 divisions of the Savilla Lobell.  Among them is Whats New Pussycat, an Art Major-sired daughter of Molly Can Do It, winner of the 2002 Breeders Crown Mares Pace at the Meadowlands.   Whats New Pussycat has hit the ...
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Rock N Roll Heaven supplemented to Messenger

on 10/26/2010 2:00 AM
Rock N Roll Heaven, the richest harness horse this season, leads five 3-year-olds who were entered  Tuesday for the 55th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Messenger Stakes, third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. The final is scheduled for a week from Saturday,  Nov. 6.   The limited number of entrants means the race is a one-dash-for-the-cash event for the third conseutive time and fo...
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Woodbine draws for rich 2YO races

on 10/26/2010 2:00 AM
Two-year-olds take centerstage this weekend at Woodbine Racetrack in eliminations for the $2.2 million Fall Final Four on Nov. 6 at Woodbine Racetrack. The Fall Final Four is comprised of the $709,000 Governor’s Cup for pacing colts, $501,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies, $539,700 Valley Victory for trotting colts and $502,000 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies.   It will take two e...
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World record equaled in DSBF final

on 10/26/2010 2:00 AM
Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 2 year olds were contested on a rich Monday program at Harrington Raceway and one produced a world record-equaling performance.   The most impressive winner came in the 2-year-old pacing colt final when Legacy Racing of Del., Niel Gargiulo and Louie Paglierani’s Powerful Mist ($2.60, Jim Morand) equaled the world re...
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JJ's Gazette survives inquiry at Pompano

on 10/26/2010 2:00 AM
His connections had several anxious minutes after the field crossed under the wire but JJ’s Gazette survived a judges’ inquiry to become a repeat winner in the top pacing class at The Isle Casino-Racing Monday night at Pompano Park.   Driver Dan Clements had the 8-year-old Whiteland Fella-Almahurst Gazette gelding lurking in the pocket for the same trip as seven days ago in the $12,000 ...
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Jojo N Goliath strong in Meadows win

on 10/26/2010 2:00 AM
Oblivious to the sloppy conditions, the first-over Jojo N Goliath blistered the back half in :54.4 en route to a convincing 10-1 victory in Monday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Moving from fourth for Brett Miller, Jojo N Goliath wore down the leader, Johnny Z, and cleared near the three-quarters before drawing off to triumph by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:51.1. Pedro Island a...
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Burke appeals Jugette DMSO positive

on 10/26/2010 2:00 AM
Rock N Soul’s spot as the national season’s leader for 3-year-old filly pacers on a half-mile track set in her Jugette elimination last month is in jeopardy as tests taken that day found an excessive level of Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO). Harnessracing.com has learned trainer Ron Burke has appealed the findings from the tests taken after Rock N Soul’s 1:52 win in her $56,544 Jugette elim and fo...
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Dreamfair Eternal favored in Forest City final

on 10/26/2010 2:00 AM
The richest race for mares at Western Fair Raceway in 2010, the $167,000 Forest City Pace final, goes postward Saturday night at the London, Ontario half-miler. Judging by last week’s eliminations, the final should be a very competitive event. Breeders Crown winner Dreamfair Eternal battled with APs Money Maker in their elimination with the former prevailing by a head.   Owned locally ...
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No Tioga simulcasting Mondays & Tuesdays

on 10/26/2010 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will be closing its simulcast operations on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning on Monday, Nov. 8. The simulcast facility will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays on certain occasions when NYRA is racing, or when there is a holiday.  The decision was made by management after handle numbers for Monday and Tuesdays were low with the lack of racing product available for simulcast customers t...
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Four-win day for Burke/Gingras at Chester

on 10/25/2010 2:00 AM
It was a banner day for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras, as the two teamed up for four wins on the Sunday afternoon 12-race card at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.   Transcending ($18.60) was a tenacious winner for the Burke/Gingras pairing in the featured $28,000 winners-over pace, battling the Lou Pena-trained JA's Outlaw (George Napolitano) up the backstretch e...
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Campbell moves into second in Grand Circuit standings

on 10/25/2010 2:00 AM
John Campbell was the driving star during the second week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile in Lexington with four stakes wins. He was triumphant behind Lucky Chucky in a $121,500 division of the Bluegrass Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters, Strike An Attitude in a $117,000 International Stallion Stakes split for 2-year-old filly pacers, Kash’s Cantab in an $89,300 division of the Interna...
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$5.6 million bid successful for Centaur license

on 10/25/2010 2:00 AM
American Harness Tracks LLC, a Pittsburgh-based harness racing consortium, has reportedly been the successful bidder with an offer of $5.6 million for Centaur Gaming's license to build a racetrack and casino in Lawrence Coutny in Pennsylvania.   In making the annoucement, Centaur said the offer is still subject to approval by a bankruptcy court. If approved, American Harness Tracks would th...
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Schick has big marketing/wagering plan

on 10/25/2010 2:00 AM
Chris Schick, a director of the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA), plans to attend the USTA's Executive/Finance Committee on Saturday in Columbus and introduce a proposal to market wagering on harness racing using guaranteed pools.   "I hope this generates some discussion," said Schnick, who has worked on wagering initiatives at Los Alamitos and Cal Expo. "I'm concerned about the direction t...
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Gural offers his opinion on NYC OTB plan

on 10/25/2010 2:00 AM
 Earlier this month Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, and Tom Grossman, owner of Blue Chip Farms, wrote letters critical of the reorganization plan to save New York City OTB. Now Jeffrey Gural, who owns Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs as well as many Standardbreds, has issued a statement with his thoughts about the reorganization of New York City OTB. &n...
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