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Big M increases Thursday Pick 4 guarantee to $50G

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands' Thursday Pick Four pool will be guaranteed at $50,000 beginning Jan. 20. Offered nightly on races six through nine, the Pick Four is a must-bet with its low 15 percent takeout, high return rate and guaranteed pools ($50,000 Thursday-Friday, $75,000 Saturday). The average Pick Four payoff was $4,313 for the 2010 season. The record is $70,446, paid out on March 26, 2010. (Meadowland...
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Breedings now available through Hall of Fame

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum's breeding auction, with proceeds helping to support the museum, is now underway. This year’s list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) and Cam’s Card Shark (2007).   Income raised by the auction, nearly $400,000 over the past 12 years, supports the Museum’s general operating fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, trave...
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Gural on the Big M's In The Sulky Friday

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
As reported over the weekend on harnessracing.com, Jeff Gural, who is negotiating the possible lease of the Meadowlands, is the featured guest on a special edition of In The Sulky on Friday, Jan. 21. Fans can e-mail questions for Gural to answer on-air to racing@thebigm.com.  The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Paddock Level television set.  Watch it live on-track or at ...
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Major Ideal takes Meadows feature

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
Major Ideal made a decisive first-over move that carried him to victory in Tuesday’s $22,500 winners-over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Major Ideal was sitting fourth when Tony Hall sent him after the leader, Handsome Prince, who raced well despite a demanding :26.3 opening quarter in the slop. Major Ideal covered the back half in :57 and downed Handsome Prince by...
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Shacked Up cruises in Dover mare feature

on 01/18/2011 12:00 AM
Shacked Up, a $1 million winner, easily won the $26,000 Mares Open at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Jan. 18, scoring in 1:52.4. Shacked Up was one of three winners on the card for trainer Josh Green.   With Eric Goodell at the controls, Shacked Up, second last week, won her first 2011 race, outdistancing five rivals in the top distaff event of the week. Owned by Baron Racing and ...
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Pappy wins Dover feature

on 01/17/2011 12:00 AM
Pappy came on in the stretch to score a 1:54.1 victory in the Sunday, Jan. 15 $16,500 feature race at Dover Downs.Driven by Vic Kirby, Pappy had just enough to beat Flippin Out (Jim Morand) in the final strides in the $16,500 4&5-Year-Old pace .Veteran Arty Foster and trainer Julianne Bobby own the five-year-old Ft. Apache-Annie up gelding. Bluehurst (Ross Wolfenden) was third.Dragon Woman and...
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Ford big spender at Tattersalls Mixed Sale

on 01/17/2011 12:00 AM
An air of anticipation filled the Meadowlands back paddock Monday morning as the 2011 Tattersalls January mixed sale was set to begin. Trainer Mark Ford was the prominent buyer during the most competitive portion of the sale. He found himself in several bidding wars, wars that may have begun with several hands being raised, but ultimately ending in a showdown between Ford and one competitor Repea...
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Ranger wins 8,000th career race

on 01/16/2011 12:00 AM
In a team sport the word "dynasty" would be summoned to perhaps best describe what driver Bruce Ranger has accomplished over the past 29 years of his career at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. His stature took another leap upward on Saturday as he became the 19th driver in history to earn 8,000 wins.   "What I'm most thankful for is to be still be here inta...
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USTA District 8A meets at Yonkers

on 01/16/2011 12:00 AM
A large turnout of nearly 150 interested members attended the annual meeting of District 8A (lower New York State) held on Saturday afternoon in The Good Time Room of Yonkers Raceway.   The focal point of the two hour-long conclave involved spirited debate regarding the numerous and sundry proposed rules changes for 2011. Significant discussion on such topics a...
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Cycle Power rolls At Cal Expo

on 01/16/2011 12:00 AM
With the outside post and surely to have to close from last, a decision was made to prevent that scenario, and boy was that decision a good one as Cycle Power destroyed his foes.A field of six conditioned pacers, racing for a $4,500 purse, were featured on Saturday night (January 15), on which Cycle Power paced to the fastest mile of the young Cal Expo season.Prior to starting from post-six in the...
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Arrangements announced for Loretta Miller

on 01/16/2011 12:00 AM
Loretta M. Miller, 74, the mother of driver David Miller and a former member of the USTA, died Jan. 13, 2011 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital.She was a member of Beacon Chapter #593 OES and the Sulky Sweeties.She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne (Jason Moore) Turley; son, David (Misty); grandchildren, Stephanie Turley, Devan, Nicholas Turley and Leigha; brother-in-law, Del (Andi); best friend, Mary...
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USTA District 4-A meets

on 01/16/2011 12:00 AM
The annual membership meeting of USTA District 4-A, comprising Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, was held on Saturday, January 14, at the Best Western Regency Inn in Marshalltown, Iowa.Approximately 70 members and directors Royal Roland and Gabe Wand were in attendance. Rule change proposals were discussed and voted on.The Iowa Harness Horseman’s Association held th...
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Sweden's Maharajah big Paris winner

on 01/16/2011 12:00 AM
The winner of the Prix de Belgique--a prep race for the Prix d'Amerique--has not been able to win the big French trotting jewel since 1993, when Sweden's Queen L accomplished the feat. Only six times in the history of the race has the Prix de Belgique winner gone on to capture the Prix d'Amerique.   But perhaps it will happen in 2011. Sweden's Maharajah (Viking Kronos–Chili Khan...
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DSOA Dinner honors Delaware standouts

on 01/15/2011 12:00 AM
A capacity turnout of around 400 horsemen, legislators and friends of racing turned out for the 14th annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards Dinner at the Dover Sheraton Hotel Friday, Jan. 15, 2011.Mistress of Ceremony Heather Moffett presented a colorful, fun-filled video of high spots of her weekly harness program Post Parade on WBOC TV followed by highlights of the 2010 ra...
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The Assassinator strikes at The Meadows

on 01/15/2011 12:00 AM
The Assassinator lurked in the pocket until the stretch, then struck in the Lightning Lane to capture Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Dave Palone guided The Assassinator to the pocket behind the speedy Idol, who took the field through three-quarters in a strong 1:24.3. But when Idol tired late, The Assassinator brushed inside to score a comfor...
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Playing the Pick 4 at Woodbine Saturday?

on 01/15/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will present a $40,000 guaranteed pool for its early Pick-4 Saturday evening. The Pick-4 will  kick off as usual in Race 4. Greg Gangle of the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s media department has handicapped the four races and has provided the following insight: Ticket Summary: Race 4 – 1, 2, 4, 7 Race 5 – 5, 10 Race 6 – 1, 3, 6, 7 Race 7 – 1, 6, 7 Total - $96 for ...
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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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