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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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Indiana Sires Stakes finals produce upset winners

on 10/24/2010 2:00 AM
Favorites didn’t fare well Saturday, October 23 at Indiana Downs. The Shelbyville track played host to four Indiana Sires Stakes finals for freshman trotters and pacers, with only one bettors’ choice reaching the winner’s circle. With $800,000 in purses at stake, upsets and exciting finishes were guaranteed.   ABC Easter may have been the more successful of the Dan Shetler-trained ent...
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Chocolatier has winner in Europe

on 10/24/2010 2:00 AM
Chocolatier had a big winner in Europe as the 2-year-old Criterium Partenopeo Filly was captured by his daughter Olga di Azzurra. The filly out of Creole Ferm (by Ata Star L. Pam’s Key) was driven by Natale Cintura. The winning filly was timed in a mile rate of 2:02 over 1,600 meters.
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Little Peanut cracks Pompano winner's circle

on 10/23/2010 2:00 AM
It was a joyous moment for trainer Linda Kakaley in the winner’s circle at the Isle Casino-Racing Pompano Park on Friday evening as her pet project Little Peanut came through with her first lifetime victory.   Kakaley’s ties run deep for the family of the 2-year-old trotting filly by Wewering-Maia Maia, and she found it difficult to contain her joy after a 2:05 win in the fourth&nb...
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Modern Connection scores Ontario Gold

on 10/23/2010 2:00 AM
Modern Connection posted her second Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final victory of the year as she delivered in her 2-year-old filly division on Friday at Woodbine Racetrack. Stonebridge Damsel was quickest off the gate from post nine but released Imagine Semalu (Mario Baillargeon) to the lead just as the fillies rolled past the opening panel in :27.2. As Imagine Semalu took her rivals past the half i...
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Sat. Backstretch with Gordon--and a Pick 4 play

on 10/23/2010 2:00 AM
As my boss, Kathy Parker, likes to say: Holy Cow, Batman! The Weather Channel says it’s supposed to reach a near-record 80 degrees this glorious Saturday afternoon in Lexington, and even if the local forecasters are more accurate with their high of “just” 75, once again, Holy Cow, Batman! It’s a terrific Saturday morning at The Red Mile and it should be a terrific afternoon of racing. By ...
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Southwind Tempo goes out a world champion

on 10/23/2010 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick rallied Southwind Tempo off cover at the top of the stretch and the 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight responded with a world-record 1:48.2 victory in the $77,000 Allerage Farms for older pacing mares Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. Under picture-perfect conditions, Southwind Tempo lowered the previous world mark for older pacing mares shared by Frightening P and Hana Hanover,...
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Lucky Jim, Buck I St. Pat win Allerage trots

on 10/23/2010 2:00 AM
Reigning Trotter of the Year Lucky Jim tipped first-over midway through the final turn for driver Andy Miller and the 5-year-old gelding went on to a 1:51.1 victory in the $143,600 Allerage Farms Open Trot Saturday afternon at The Red Mile. Buck I St. Pat followed second-over around the final turn and the 7-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse parlayed the trip into a 1:51.1 victory in the $74,000...
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